The Princess Bride — without doubt the best swordfight ever filmed
Blues Brothers — so many good things to say about this movie
Aliens (the second movie; preferably the director’s cut) — classic SF with some great lines
Apocalypse Now (director’s cut) — on the insanity of war
Up — because I can relate to the grumpy old man as hero
Pale Rider — my favourite Eastwood western
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Sergio Leone at his best with a quintessential Clint Eastwood performance and Ennio Morricone soundtrack
2. High Society – Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Grace Kelly; a swell party with true love the winner.
3. 2001 A Space Odyssey – All makes sense after the 10th watching, and it is timeless. Kubrick was a genius.
4. O Lucky Man – Lindsay Anderson’s follow-up (loosely) to “If” starring Malcolm McDowell.
5. The Road – bleak beyond redemption
Nice picks. I remember watching 2001 at a midnight screening in Dunedin – quite an experience. Am too scared to watch The Road – the book was so inutterably sad I don’t think I could handle it on the big screen! Hmmm am also missing some Grace Kelly in my Top 5 & Audrey Hepburn …
I had the chance to see 2001 on the big screen when I was still living in LA; it is amazing how different the pacing is. This is one film that does not transfer well to DVD. Like one of my all-time favourites, “Lawrence of Arabia”, some films will never be the same on small screens, no matter how hi-definition they are.
Just a few of my favourites and in no particular order
1. Some Like It Hot
2. African Queen
3. Bridge on the River Kwai
4. The Italian Job (original 1960s version)
5. Cinema Paradiso
6. Oliver (the Lional Bart musical)
8. Ladykillers (original 1950s version)
9. Princess Bride
10. The Thomas Crown Affair – both versions
Ooh, there look to be some fantastic films on these lists! I’m not much of a movie watcher, so I will be looking back here to find my next picks, I think. That said…
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
10 Things I Hate About You
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Le Destin Fabuleux d’Amèlie Poulain
I Heart Huckabees
…all made strong impressions on me. =)
High society is swell, but I’m going for the original with ‘The Philadelphia story’: no Louis to sing Gone fishin’ but it’s still mighty fine.
Rounding out my top 5 are: Roman Holiday, The Empire Strikes Back, Casablanca, and Hugo.