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Top 21

Ever year or so I make a list of my all-time favorite movies. I used to do a top 10, but there's no way to leave certain movies out of that short list, even 21 is too short. Still, I like to reflect on the top 21 movies that come to my mind, not only as good, but as movies I enjoy seeing over and over. They are, in alphabetical order:

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein-loved that monsters played it straight.
Badlands-difficult to watch but mesmerizing.
The Big Sleep-I still haven't figured out all the plot lines (and I read the book).
Bride of Frankenstein-the best ever monster movie.
Bringing Up Baby-fell in love with irresistible Kate Hepburn.
Casablanca-the perfect movie.
Dracula's Daughter-amazing themes for the forties.
The General-genius Keaton unsurpassed.
A Hard Day's Night-we all wanted to be Beatles.
Harvey-my favority whimsical fantasy play and movie.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers-should have left original ending (You're next! You're next!). Yipes!
King Kong-Beautiful.
The Maltese Falcon-Hammett and Humphrey. Yes!
Miracle on 34th Street-I believe!
Psycho-demonstrates Hitchcock's genius after repeated viewings.
Singing in the Rain-Gene, Donald, Debbie Make 'em laugh! Make 'em smile!
Sons of the Desert-superbly paced and infinitely funny.
Tarzan and his Mate-who wouldn't want to live in the woods with Maureen O'Sullivan, especially wearing those pre-censor costumes. What a doll!
The Thing-the tension is killing me! You do remember tension!
The Third Man-Welles shot greatest entrance in film history after film two-thirds over.
The Wizard of Oz-I want friends like that.

That's it! Oops, I forgot... oh, next time.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 18th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Obviously we are blood brothers, my friend!
Nov. 19th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
We certainly do have taste.
Nov. 19th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
I once had a girlfriend who said she was appalled at my taste. That relationship didn't last long.
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
***delayed reaction*** That's very funny when you think about it.
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess it is!
Nov. 19th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
I can't possibly list my favorite movies, as there are faaaaar too many! I just watched Arsenic and Old Lace this afternoon with my best friend. I switched between busting a gut and drooling over Cary Grant by turns... It was a good day for me indeed!
Nov. 19th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
Arsenic and Old Lace is one of my all-time favorites too. My niece just bought me the DVD. I used to watch it with her and her brothers when they were little. They all loved the old classic comedies and horror classics.

I actually was invited to try out for the role of Jonathan in our high school production. I couldn't do it because of track and baseball conflicts. It was a big hit, especially the "guys" playing the Brewster sisters. What a fun play and what great characters.

Btw, did you know Karloff played the role of Jonathan on Broadway and reprised the role in one of the early tv broadcasts (Ford Theater/1949---I think)? I would have loved to see Karloff and Lorre on stage together. To bad Karloff was unavailable for the film.

Also, the play was originally known as "Bodies in Our Cellars."

Chaarrrge! (You being a woman should appreciate that, April)
Nov. 20th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
I didn't know that - having Karloff in the stage play must've really been something!

I used to be in Theater back in high school, but I was far better at writing scenes than acting in them... *lol*

Oh - and I read some of what you sent me - I like it quite a bit. It's not too heavy, and it has a sort of youthful charm...
Nov. 20th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
I would have guessed you'd had some background in theater or storytelling of some sort. Despite the trauma of "growing up," I think that our early years and experiences are the most fun and memorable. It's that kind of innocence and wonder I try to capture in my own writings (Things do get a little "heavy" now and then, especially in the second book). I hope you get to know my characters. You'll probably see parts of yourself or your friends in them and relive some of your own so recent past, or wish things like this had happened to you. Everyone does. I do too.
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