+1 Lists – Episodes 31-40
More Filmspotting/Cinecast Top Five Plus One lists…
Around the time of the original broadcasts, Adam and original co-host Sam were doing two shows a week, but only providing one weekly top five list. I think the first show of the week announced movies that “just missed” inclusion in the next show’s top five list.
In the interests of time, and really sheer laziness, I’m not going back to listen to all of these shows to determine which “just missed” movies I should avoid. Instead I’ll just be adding on to the top five lists as shown on their site.
EDITED: What’s really funny about this is that since I wrote the above description, the Filmspotting Top 5 page has been updated to include the films that “just missed” their Top 5. The appropriately named “6 through 10 movies” — listed without ranking — begin right where I’m about to, with episodes 31 & 32. It’s like my laziness had some cosmic influence over the Web, and the information I didn’t want to search out was suddenly provided. Like a wish was just magically granted.
Hmmm. Okay, Internet/Magic Lamp: Now I’d like to make $300K a year but I’m too lazy to work for it. Work your magic.
There, that ought to do it. In the meantime, let’s continue…
Cinecast #31/32: Overrated Movies
|1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail||Mel Brooks movies|
|2. Saving Private Ryan||Network|
|3. As Good As It Gets||Boogie Nights|
|5. The Sting / My Dinner with Andre||Barton Fink|
|6-10. Brazil||The Royal Tenenbaums|
|Scarface||The Usual Suspects|
|Life Is Beautiful||Fight Club|
|Gods & Monsters||The Natural|
Me: Let me start by mentioning that I usually side with Adam – which is also true in this case. However, his list is awfully safe, doncha think? Does anyone really think Holy Grail is a great film? I do have a bone to pick about his inclusion of The Sting, but otherwise, Adam provides a solid but boring list. On the other hand, Sam was out for blood, skewering some modern favorites, as well as Network, for which he has notoriously shown disdain.
For my pick, I guess I’ll roll out Blade Runner, which I just recently caught up with. People have mentioned that it’s a movie I need to watch more than once to truly appreciate, but I find this completely illogical. Shouldn’t I be compelled to rewatch it because I was enthralled the first time, and perhaps wanted a deeper understanding, rather than needing to review Ridley Scott’s pompous, self-indulgent flick to truly appreciate the subtle message it’s trying to convey? What am I missing? Someday I may revisit, but right now, I declare it clap-clap-clapclapclap, O-VER-RA-TED.
Cinecast #33/34: Badasses
|1. Doc Holliday (Tombstone)||Col. Kilgore (Apocalypse Now)|
|2. Sonny Corleone (The Godfather)||Bill the Butcher (Gangs of New York)|
|3. Don Logan (Sexy Beast)||Gen. George Patton (Patton)|
|4. Sgt. Barnes (Platoon)||Little Bill (Unforgiven)|
|5. Bill the Butcher (Gangs of New York)||Mark ‘Chopper’ Read (Chopper)|
|6-10. Bud White (L.A. Confidential)||Peoples Hernandez (Shaft)|
|Tyler Durden (Fight Club)||Wilson (The Limey)|
|Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon)||Ellen Ripley (Alien)|
|Dallas ‘Dally’ Winston (The Outsiders)||‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)|
|The Bride (Kill Bill)||Quint (Jaws)|
Me: Hmmm. I’m tempted to go with Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) from Full Metal Jacket, because he owns the whole first half of that flick. I can’t imagine the film without him. On the other hand, his character is completely one-dimensional and unfortunately, R. Lee Ermey has basically been aping the role ever since. Instead, I’ll go with a more well-rounded choice: Gene Hackman as ‘Popeye’ Doyle from The French Connection. The character is hard-nosed and unapologetic, and also just a few years removed from Hackman’s completely non-badass role as Harry Caul in The Conversation.
Cinecast #35/36: Book Adaptations
|1. All the President’s Men*||One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest*|
|2. The Sweet Hereafter||To Kill a Mockingbird|
|3. The World According to Garp||Wonder Boys|
|4. Sophie’s Choice||A River Runs Through It|
|5. Apocalypse Now||In Cold Blood|
|6-10. Devil in a Blue Dress||The Princess Bride|
|Field of Dreams||The English Patient|
|High Fidelity/About a Boy||Ran|
|All Quiet on the Western Front||Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy|
|My Own Private Idaho||Stand by Me|
Me: I can’t recall but I think that one of the rules had to be that your picks had to be books you’d read (Hear that, Internets? Need you here) . So, with that limitation in mind, and because I haven’t used it yet, I’ll have to go with Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. I forgot to mention John Huston for Best Directorial Debut prior to this. Let’s hope there’s no future episode of Filmspotting featuring Top 5 Final Lines.
Cinecast #37/38: Foreign Language Films
|1. The Bicycle Thief||Burnt by the Sun|
|2. Nights of Cabiria||Fanny and Alexander|
|3. The Conformist||Yi-Yi|
|4. Wings of Desire||City of God|
|5. Hiroshima Mon Amour /Night and Fog||The Piano Teacher|
|6-10. Amores Perros||Amores Perros|
|Day for Night||Chungking Express|
|Rashomon||My Life as a Dog|
|Wild Strawberries||The Triplets of Belleville|
Me: I love Luis Buñuel. Let’s go with one of his most mainstream films, Belle du jour. Surrealism matched with the luscious Catherine Deneuve as a part-time prostitute? It’s the best of both worlds!
Cinecast #39/40: Movies with a Conscience
|1. The Candidate||The Insider|
|2. The Great Dictator||Bloody Sunday|
|3. Cradle Will Rock||Three Kings|
|4. The Thin Blue Line||Beautiful People|
|5. Matewan||The China Syndrome|
|6-8. Roger & Me||6-10. The Incredibles|
|Lone Star||Paths of Glory|
|Dr. Strangelove||Do the Right Thing|
|Bowling for Columbine|
Me: This category just lends itself to documentaries, doesn’t it? Okay, I’ll bite and select Brother’s Keeper. It’s an odd little story about a murder that speaks about lots of things, especially the notion of communities. The filmmakers went on to make the much more widely seen Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, but it’s this movie that still haunts me.
And now, to dream up more wishes… ooh, how about a Cubs World Series sometime before I die? I’d even put with a Robin Williams-voiced genie for a while for something that good.