There’s been a list floating around facebook… a list of 249 movies and the suggestion that anyone who has watched 85 movies “has no life.” I’ve yet to see a person who has a score less than 85, but the real problem with the list are the glaring ommissions. It seems to be heavy on movies of the past 20 years–and many of them generic Hollywood fare like the Scream movies and the works of Adam Sandler.
So without even trying, I’m going to list ten movies they left out (that I’ve seen).
Lawrence of Arabia
Planet of the Apes
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
A Clockwork Orange
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Blues Brothers
That’s just stream of consciousness at work. Now I’m going to go through the list and add brief random notes.
Lawrence of Arabia – starring Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Sir Alec Guiness, and a host of other famous names. Interesting bit of trivia, it’s the only movie I can think of where there are no spoken female roles.
Planet of the Apes – “Take yer stinking paws off of me, you damn dirty ape!” I loved this movie, its four sequels, the single-season TV series, and even the single season animated series. Pierre Boule, who wrote the original novel, also wrote Bridge over the River Kwai
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Jack Nicholson in one of his best performances ever. Bummer ending, but what a ride.
A Clockwork Orange – I loved the book, and even though the movie took a slightly different focus, it was a pretty good adaptation. A bit of the old ultra-violent and a horrorshow kick to the gulliver, it is!
Juno – Great script. Great acting. Great direction and cinematography. Great soundtrack, too. How the hell did I end up loving a movie about teen pregnancy?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – Groundbreaking film tech with some decent writing and impressive acting from poor Bob Hoskins who played second banana to a rabbit. Kudos to Chinatown while I’m thinking of it.
Harvey – Speaking of playing second banana to a rabbit. You just know if they remade this, they’d ruin it by trying to show Harvey.
The Blues Brothers – “We have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes. It’s night. And we’re wearing sunglasses.” “Hit it!”
Henry Fool – Yeah, he’s never heard of you either. A Hal Hartly film staring Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, and Parker Posey. It spawned the sequel Fay Grim ten years later. We can only hope for another ten years down the line.
Sunday nights are always weird for sleeping around Casa de Teehan. I think part of it is the change in sleep patterns from weekday to weekend back to weekday. This particular night is also rough as Margaret has a headcold and I seemed to have strained my wrist a bit from playing out last night and neither of us could get comfortable. Add to that the cats always having tense relations at night, waking us at random points with cat fights. Yeesh.
So screw it. I’m up at 3am. I have things I can do. The first proof of the medical journal is finished, but I need to prep the PDF versions of the proof for the editor. I have a whole mess of photos for the Ray Danton book to go through. I need to go through the latest proof of The Professionals. And I know later in the day I will have some work related to a new book apparently entitled It Came From the 70s which appears to be about 70s SF/horror movies. (Sounds like a fun book!) And I should be getting materials for the Nebula issue of the SFWA Bulletin today as well.
I need to write two pages of material to finish the TumbleTap sampler and get that off to the printer. And there is still a little bit more of the Rogue Satellite Comics collection that needs finishing.
Add to that I finally got the old box spring and mattress out of my pantry and into the hands of some poor unfortunates so now I can get some spring cleaning done in there today.
So yeah, I have stuff I can do.
Today’s link goes to Scooby-Doo, We Love You – a fan site dedicated to everyone’s favorite gang of meddling kids. Many vidcaps and a brief episode guide to the various series and seasons. Some fun to be had for those looking for a quick nostalgia fix.