Monday, March 29, 2004

Rick Geerling is the latest to answer Dave Fiore's favorite movie list call and having thought it over am now ready to inflict mine upon you as well.

First, the usual ambling preamble. This is a list of my personal favorite films, and I fully realize that there are several films of, shall we say, dubious stature among film buffs on it. So this is not a "all-time best movies in my opinion" list. There's no way that I am going to try to convince you, nor do I believe that, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, for example, is a better film than The Godfather or Touch of Evil, classics both but not on my list because they haven't given me the idiosyncratic personal pleasure that the movies on the list have. That being said, I am prepared to make a case for each and every one of them. I had to make some tough calls, especially with films by creators I admire like the Coen Bros. or Hitchcock. There are probably at least two other films by either that I could put in place of the ones that did make the cut, but the ones listed are those I got the biggest kick out of, and besides, I didn't want to have, say, five Coen movies on a list of 40-something. Also bear in mind that this is my list as of today...this time next year this list might look completely different. So without any further ado, here be the list. In alphabetical order, so I can cop out on naming which ones I think are better than others...

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (Across the 8th Dimension) (1984)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Airplane! (1980)
Army of Darkness (1993)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The Black Cat (1934)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Caddyshack (1980)
A Christmas Carol aka Scrooge (1951)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Duck Soup (1933)
Eight Men Out (1988)
Ffolkes aka North Sea Hijack (1980)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fisher King (1991)
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Head (1968)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Island of Lost Souls (1933)
It's A Gift (1934)
King Kong (1933)
The Lady and the Duke (2001)
The Last Emperor (1987)
L.A. Story (1991)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The Natural (1984)
North By Northwest (1959)
Pollock (2000)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Return to Oz (1985)
Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Sling Blade (1996)
Snatch. (2000)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
Videodrome (1983)
Yellow Submarine (1968)

And that's it! I'll stop at 45, 'cause it's such a nice round number. Well, actually it's kind of a pointy number but you get what I mean. Feel free to discuss in the comments section!

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