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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 7:21:59 AM PDT
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Ah, TCG, the most I talk about animated films, the more I am reminded of how much I dislike most of them, so I must keep my comments focused. The Nightmare Before Christmas is second only to Alice in Wonderland at the bottom of my Burton ratings.

Re: the best list: I would propose an edit as follows:

Amadeus: out, an insult to genius;
On the Waterfront, out: dated and heavy handed;
The Silence of the Lambs, out: not Demme's best film at all;
Tom Jones, in: a film of great charm and originality.

I would have to disagree with Pastor; Schindler's List isn't a film, it's a sermon.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 7:33:46 AM PDT
10 exercises in Strange Cinema:

Youth without Youth (review forthcoming)
Glen or Glenda
Carnival of Souls
Daughter of Horror
Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!
Beach Ball
Peeping Tom
Lost Highway

Strange cinema may be defined as a subset of the cult film; you know that you are watching strange cinema when you get the feeling "Just what the heck is going on here?"

Posted on May 21, 2012, 9:25:43 AM PDT
Top Ten SpudULike fillings:-

Grated cheese
Chili con carne
Chicken tikka
Coronation chicken
Cottage cheese
Egg mayonnaise
Brie and cranberry sauce
Tuna and sweetcorn
Corned beef
Plain with butter

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 10:17:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012, 10:21:42 AM PDT
KatieHepburn says:
Yummmmmm, brie and cranberry sauce. Gotta try that one! And maybe just a little honey/pepper smoked salmon on the side?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 11:10:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012, 11:16:53 AM PDT
That would be even nicer! I love a Brie and Cranberry Sauce baguette which is often served in pubs in Britain. I often have that when we go out for a walk with our dog in the Summer holidays on day trips i.e visiting Jane Austen's House at Chawton. My husband took our little dog to the park whilst my daughter, niece and I had a lovely wander around the house. It was a sunny warm day and so lovely sitting in the pub garden eating our meal with a refreshing glass of lager. (I hasten to add the girls had non alcoholic drinks! :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 11:19:40 AM PDT
KatieHepburn says:
I will close my eyes and imagine...


In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 11:34:32 AM PDT
WAS: I was really ranking my films based on their status in the Best Picture race as well as the year in general; that was also why I did not include Schindler's List, which loses its significance after the very first viewing. For 1993, the best picture would be either Groundhog Day or Fearless, and among the competition, I'd probably say The Fugitive, which is only a good movie, not a great one (I rarely ever watch it).

Amadeus: Understanding how much you hate that movie, we might as well agree to disagree. But if not that film, I'd probably rank Once Upon a Time in America or Ghostbusters as the Best Film of 1984.

On the Waterfront: For me, it just slightly edges out Rear Window and The Cain Mutiny for Best film of 1954, but I have enough common sense to know that Seven Samurai is a better movie.

The Silence of the Lambs: Not terribly familiar with Demme's work (outside of this and Rachel Getting Married, which was okay). You did say that you prefer this film over JFK, Beauty and the Beast, Prince of Tides, and Bugsy (the only film of the bunch I haven't the slightest clue of your opinion) so I am curious as to know what would make your Top 10 Best Films of 1991 list, and what would be your number 1 for that year.

Tom Jones: Agree with you on it being a great film, and I can see it as the best film of 1963, and while I don't remember off the top of my head what I got ranked higher, I do have at least 5 films that I prefer over Tom Jones (if memory serves, Tom Jones is ranked number 6 for that year). I felt it wouldn't be proper to include it on my list.

And regarding Nightmare, if it's second only to Alice for Burton's worst films in your eyes, then what are your thoughts on James and the Giant Peach, Corpse Bride (which he co-directed), and 9? They are all animated movies Burton had a hand in developing, so I can only suspect that they would probably make up the bottom 5 or so of Burton's work as a whole.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 11:48:58 AM PDT
A list of all of Pixar's films that don't cause me to lapse into a coma:

Toy Story (great)
Toy Story 2 (great)
The Incredibles (an entertaining treat)
Ratatouille (not terribly bad or sentimental)
Toy Story 3 (a good film that is marred by sentimentality and some pretensions in the use of symbolism)
Monsters Inc. (too cutesy for my taste, but it's well acted and has its fair share of clever moments)

And the films that are bad, but aren't worth all the venom:

A Bug's Life (bleh!)
Cars (bleh!)

And the remaining junk under the Pixar name:

Finding Nemo (witless sentimentality)
Wall-E (the less I say about this film, the better)
Up (cloyingly sentimental 10 minutes accompanied by 10 minutes of witless comedic banner, and followed up by 100 minutes of cliched, contrived halt in the overall plot)
Cars 2 (it's The Avengers (1998) meets Simple Jack, starring Larry the Cable Guy; I never thought Pixar would ever make an even worse film than Wall-E, but they did!)

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 11:55:40 AM PDT
I love Finding Nemo and Up. Both films are great.

I think the actors they choose for the voices are perfect.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 12:22:53 PM PDT
10 Movies With The Word "Brain" In The Title:

Brain Dead
Brainsmasher: A Love Story
The Brain That Wouldn't Die
They Saved Hitler's Brain
The Man With Two Brains
The Brain From Planet Arous
Brain Damage
Brain of Blood
The Man With The Screaming Brain

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 12:25:03 PM PDT
Savage Lucy says:
Rock, I approve of this list.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 12:54:46 PM PDT
re: Pixar's remaining junk

"Junk" sounds a little dramatic and unfair, really. If you deem the entertaining and funny "Finding Nemo" to be worthless junk, I feel a twinge of pity for you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 1:55:28 PM PDT
And the best brain movie without "brain" in the title:

Fiend without a Face

And you did miss one great brain film: Brain Candy.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 2:00:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2012, 6:36:16 AM PDT
How about the ten greatest composers of film scores?

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Max Steiner
Franz Waxman
Dimitri Tiomkin
James Horner
Bernard Herrmann
John Barry
Sir Malcolm Arnold
Elmer Bernstein
Danny Elfman
John Williams
Maurice Jarre
Ennio Morricone
Sergei Prokofiev
Lalo Schifrin
Carl Stalling (for all the best of the Warner Bros. cartoons.)

Couldn't stop at ten. Sorry.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 2:13:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012, 2:14:14 PM PDT
TCG: Among the nominees up against Amadeus--A Passage to India was an infinitely superior film, not least because it represented a return to form for David Lean after Zhivago and Ryan's Daughter.

Well, you'd have a hard time convincing me that Seven Samurai is a better film than Rear Window, much as I admire Kurosawa.

A few 1991 films that I can admire: Dead Again, Bugsy, Soapdish, The Rocketeer, and LA Story. Among the nominees, I would prefer Bugsy over Silence of the Lambs. Some of Demme's earlier films--Swing Shift, Married to the Mob, Melvin and Howard, Something Wild--are just so much better than Silence. Brian Cox was a better Lechter than Hopkins (in Manhunter)--a much overpraised performance. And, with the exception of Philadelphia, which is a pretty good film, Demme has't made a good film since Silence.

A quick look at 1963 suggests that the only film that I might rate significantly higher than Tom Jones is The Haunting--and High and Low. (Much as I like The Birds, I don't rate it as highly as does JB>)

Posted on May 21, 2012, 2:14:58 PM PDT
BGT: And why is Herrmann not at the top of the list? :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 2:19:33 PM PDT
Beauty and the Beast and JFK were among, if not, the best films of 1991.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 3:27:26 PM PDT
WAS: I had a premonition you were going to say that.

My list wasn't intended to be in the order of "greatness" although Korngold can be seen as the progenitor of American film composers. He was an influence on Bernard Herrmann as Herrmann's style of orchestration is an unmistakable influence on Danny Elfman, whose music I also like very much.

Another name I should have mentioned is Leonard Rosenman who composed atonal music for the scores of "Fantastic Voyage" and "East of Eden." He studied music with Arnold Schoenberg.

Posted on May 21, 2012, 4:45:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012, 4:46:33 PM PDT
Top Ten Flying Movies:

The Great Waldo Pepper
Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Strategic Air Command
Fly Away Home
The Right Stuff
The Final Countdown
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Airplane/Zero Hour!
Top Gun

Posted on May 21, 2012, 4:54:48 PM PDT
Top Ten Dana Andrews Movies:

Where the Sidewalk Ends
While the City Sleeps
A Walk in the Sun
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Ox-Bow Incident
Boomerang (1947)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Tobacco Road
Berlin Correspondent

Posted on May 21, 2012, 5:08:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2012, 10:36:33 AM PDT
Top Ten Movies About the Kennedy Assassination:

Executive Action
An American Affair
Cry of Battle
War Is Hell

Posted on May 21, 2012, 5:17:48 PM PDT
Top Ten Dick Haymes Movies:

DuBarry Was a Lady
Diamond Horseshoe
State Fair
Do You Love Me
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Carnival in Costa Rica
Up in Central Park
One Touch of Venus
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

Posted on May 21, 2012, 5:26:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012, 6:36:41 PM PDT
KatieHepburn says:
Ten old (1960 and before) movies I really really like:

My Man Godfrey
The Magnificent Seven
39 Steps
The Philidelphia Story
Life with Father
Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Bringing Up Baby
Little Women (the one w/me in it)

Posted on May 21, 2012, 5:39:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012, 5:42:05 PM PDT
Top Ten Winners of the Oscar for Black & White Cinematography:

Wuthering Heights (Toland)
The Naked City (Daniels)
The Third Man (Krasker)
On the Waterfront (Kaufman)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (Ruttenberg)
Sons and Lovers (Francis)
The Hustler (Shuftan)
Hud (Howe)
Zorba the Greek (Lassally)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Wexler)

Posted on May 21, 2012, 6:00:18 PM PDT
Top Ten Films Which Failed to Win the Oscar for Best Black & White Cinematography, 1939 - 1966

Citizen Kane (Toland)
Casablanca (Edeson)
Double Indemnity (Seitz)
The Best Years of Our Lives (Toland)
Champion (Planer)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Stradling)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harlan)
The Birdman of Alcatraz (Guffey)
King Rat (Guffey)
The Pawnbroker (Kaufman)
Seconds (Howe)
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