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The 100 Best Movies Ever - A Daily List from Nick

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Wonderful! CHUD lists have introduced me to so many movies over the years. I look forward to reading more.

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Awesome, I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the list.

 

Good first choice. I'm not as big a fan as Nick is, but the scene of John Cleese as Robin Hood absolutely slays me every single time.

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This 100 is gonna be murder on my wallet. First one out of the bat reminds me I don't have Time Bandits.
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There is a convenient link to Amazon!
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Time Bandits is easily top 20, hell, maybe even top 10, for me. It's in my childhood Holy Trinity, along with Alien and Empire, that opened my eyes to what cinema was capable of. It's one of the most formative films in my young life in terms of humor, imagination, the lure of myth (and mythmaking), and the weird, twisted beauty of nightmares. It's a strange thing to say, but Time Bandits taught me how to enjoy nightmares.

 

And that George Harrison closing song fills me with such ... fullness, every single goddamned time I watch it.

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There is a convenient link to Amazon!
I will. Just 'll wait for every 15 to save on S&H
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First off, super excited about a new list from Nick.

 

Second, this was such a brilliant movie. BRILLIANT. The actors, the tone, the writing, the settings, the unusual-for-a-kids(?)-movie dark moments especially at the end, and the visuals... What I never see mentioned in TIME BANDIT discussions are some of the really striking scenes. What really stood out to me as what had to have been challenging film making is the cage scene. Also love the exterior of Evil's castle. And of course the ship giant.

 

Anyway, this movie was pure magic and a real gift from Gilliam.

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"Mom! Dad! Don't touch it! Its evil!"

 

  Great movie to start the list.

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"The problem! I must have fresh fruit!!!"

 

Great idea for a list and a great start.  Good to see this stuff back Nick.

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This is not the “film critic’s top 100″ list. There’s no guarantee Citizen Kane or The Bicycle Thief will be in the top echelon or even on the list. This is the 100 movies I would put my name on as my top 100. 

 

And this is what I like/intrigues me. Films like KANE or CASABLANCA are rightly heralded as all-time classics, but at this point, it's more interesting when people share their personal favorites rather than going for prestige and some kind of objective greatness.

 

Looking forward to see what comes.

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Here's hoping that THE REF makes it to #1.

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Love that flick, and love Hoffman and Pepper's performances in particular. 

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On a side note, great book as well.  I was always split on him writing a sequel.

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I'd really like to revisit 25th Hour.  I remember loving the whole movie except for the mirro-logue scene.  It ripped me right out of the film, and left such a bad taste in my mouth for years.

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Grace Kelly is disgustingly good looking in this. I don't watch this movie as much as I want to because I get upset at how beautiful she looks.

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She was never more beautiful.

 

This is my favorite Hitchcock film. The shot of Burr looking into the camera still gives me a case of the "ohmygodohmygodohmygod"s.

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Rear Window has a permanent spot in my Top Five. It's the best movie about watching movies.

Grace Kelly's entrance is the greatest Technicolor closeup in history. And that impeccable voice, like silk pajamas.

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Another great choice. Really enjoying this series.
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After Psycho, Rear Window is my favorite Hitchcock movie, so stealthily transgressive and not a second of its running time is wasted.  I also think Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly bring so much warmth and human accessibility to the movie.   It's just perfect.

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I really love Rear Window but my favorite Hitchcock/Grace Kelly movie is 'To Catch a Thief'

 

 

I mean....damn!

 

Hopefully Nick will consider this one....

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I like that movie but it's not on the list.

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Love to see anyone discuss their top movies! 

 

My opinion so far: Time Bandits - I loved this movie as a kid. One of the first movies I remember seeing in a theater and certainly helped develop my youthful tastes.  I watched it recently (maybe 2 years ago) and while thought it was still very good, found the restraints of the budget really hurt it from an adult eye...it didn't look "epic" anymore. Still enjoyed it but wouldn't place it in my top 100.

 

25th hour: I don't know - I watched it once and it didn't stick with me. I can't say as I even remember any of it. 

 

Rear Window - YES - first one I would probably have in my top 100. Certainly a movie that I would consider to be on a "must see" list of great movies. At that point in his career, Hitch was really playing with form so much, and to make such an engrossing taut thriller set entirely in a single location. And yes, Grace Kelly is incredibly beautiful in it. So, so good. 

 

Look forward to the next 97. I'm sure I'll disagree with many of them, but that's the point, isn't it?

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I really love Rear Window but my favorite Hitchcock/Grace Kelly movie is 'To Catch a Thief'

 

 

VTRan, I'm with you. I won't even argue that TCAT is Hitch's best, but it's my personal favorite of all his films.

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I'd take Justified as the quintessential Leonard (and I think he did too, since it inspired him to write a new novel with the characters), but Out of Sight is a movie that you can basically smile along with for the entire running time. It's just so damned fun and so damned cool. The Ocean's Eleven films occasionally hit the highs that Out of Sight nailed in practically every scene.

 

How good is it? I've never liked Jennifer Lopez in anything else (not even In Loving Color!), and yet I can't dislike her due solely to this film. That is POWER.
 

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How good is it? I've never liked Jennifer Lopez in anything else (not even In Loving Color!), and yet I can't dislike her due solely to this film. That is POWER.

 

 

Who likes Lopez in anything else?  Soderbergh looks like a genius for coaxing a performance like this from her.

 

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"You got one that says 'Undercover'?"

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Rear Window was an excellent choice.  As for the rest of the list thus far .... Rear Window was an excellent choice.

 

I look forward to seeing whether or not Aliens, Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Empire Strikes Back nabs the top spot. 

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Let's not get into list-predicting. But none of those are likely to be Nick's #1.
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Let's not get into list-predicting. But none of those are likely to be Nick's #1.

 

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Soderbergh is my lord and savior. Of course I'm pleased with this. If anything it would be higher on a list of my own.

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That poster is indeed sweet.
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I have created a scintillating base for film discussion!
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I have created a scintillating base for film discussion!

 

So ... the number one spot....which candidates are at the forefront?

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I think the thing that makes American Werewolf stick is that it feels like it has a life of its own off the screen. Not just the characters but the movie itself.

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So ... the number one spot....which candidates are at the forefront?

 

Are scratch tickets tough for you?  Do you overnight ship everything?  How difficult is Christmas eve/morning?

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Nothing to add, other than the movie made one hell of a great house at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando last year, arguably the best in the 13 years I've been going.  You could tell the guys who designed it--who work with horror properties 365--had a lot of love and respect for it.

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Is there a filmed record of Kirk Douglas' McMurphy? That would be an interesting comparison.

ETA: and holy crap, the role of Billy was originated by Gene Wilder.
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I find it hard to watch as Billy starts hitting himself at the end. Actually that whole scene just unnerves me.

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First watched this movie in high school English class when I was about 15 and I think it may even be the first film I ever saw that wasn't a cartoon or genre movie. It made one fuck of an impression, I'll tell you that for free.

Unrelated: That was the same English teacher who introduced me to Tom Waits (in poetry class no less). Always wondered what happened to Mr Fletcher (no relation). I'd like to thank him some day.
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A capital-G Great film.

 

Question for Nick: I clicked on the link, and it led to a search of various Cuckoo's Nest related things. If I keep searching through to find the Blu-Ray, will that money go to CHUD? If not, send me a correct link and I'll snap it up.

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Also, Louise Fletcher is so good in this movie, the perfect personification of the blandness of evil. I remember reading (I think it was Biskind's "Easy Riders Raging Bulls") about how she saw Robert Altman making fun of her after she signed her speech to her deaf parents, and that made me think less of him.

 

EDIT: I meant to say, she signed her Oscar speech to her parents when she won.


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Nothing to add, other than the movie made one hell of a great house at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando last year, arguably the best in the 13 years I've been going.  You could tell the guys who designed it--who work with horror properties 365--had a lot of love and respect for it.

 

Shit, wasn't that the GREATEST? Walking through THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB, creeping down the aisle of the dirty movie theater with the dead bodies strung about, and SEEING THE TRANSFORMATION IN PERSON. I was on cloud nine.

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I'm late getting around to read this list, but Nick's description of Time Bandits as a "gateway drug for Monty Python" exactly matches my experience. I devoured that movie endlessly as a kid when it was on HBO in the 80's, and when Python first came to MTV later, I was already a fan of these comedians.

Health care reform in America could have been fixed once and for all if Congress had sat down to watch Jenny Agutter as the nationalized health care system worker who takes the American Werewolf home with her when he's well enough.
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I feel really lukewarm towards this movie. On an intellectual level I completely appreciate it but it simply fails to connect with me.

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