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Friday, April 14, 2006

What's on your top five list of favorite movies?

Forrest Gump has shared his top five list of favorite movies, and it's pretty solid: "2001," "The Godfather," "Fargo," "Boogie Nights" and, strangely, "Elephant."

Not that I need an excuse to make another meaningless list, but this is as good occasion as any to share my top five list. These kind of lists always change for me, but I feel pretty good about these choices.

1. "Taxi Driver," dir. Martin Scorsese
2. "The Godfather Parts I and II," dir. Francis Ford Coppola
3. "E.T.," dir. Steven Spielberg
4. "This is Spinal Tap," dir. Rob Reiner
5. "Annie Hall," dir. Woody Allen

Honorable mention(s): "Mulholland Drive," "Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2," "Dr. Strangelove," "Goodfellas," "Sideways," "MASH," "Boogie Nights," "His Girl Friday," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

So I showed you mine. Show me yours.

18 Comments:

Blogger Thomas Roz said...

personally, i'm a fan of anything by robin williams. haha, just messin'. off the top of my head, i'd pick from a pool of, "fight club," "adaptation," "reservoir dogs," "clockwork orange," "taxi driver," "thin red line," "full metal jacket," "trainspotting" and both "toy story" movies. i also know that whenever "the burbs" is on TV, i watch every damn minute of it.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous kbl said...

I have the viewing habits of a 75 year-old, so bear that in mind.

Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story (I just realized I also have, apparently, a Cary Grant fixation), Chinatown, and, since I will always be that stoner I was in collge, The Big Lebowski. I feel I should work Dazed and Confused on there, too, as well as Sense and Sensibility, but I'm not sure what to drop.

If we are counting documentaries as well as fiction, I'd add Fog of War. And, my ultimate feel-good movie since it is the equivalent of porn for the disenchated political hack like myself: Dave.

I also saw Good-bye Lenin in the theatre three times and have an affinity for it that I can't quite articulate, but I don't think I can reasonably get rid of Chinatown for that. Speaking of movies, way to make us go all Sophie's Choice. Apparently, when I am given instructions to choose only 5 things, I willfully disregard them. No wonder I was the suck/lame troublemaker.

4:46 PM  
Blogger mark said...

i'm listless. but i really love i heart huckabees

7:06 PM  
Anonymous e4life said...

Pulp Fiction, Bullitt, All the President's Men, High Fidelity, The Godfather.

7:36 PM  
Blogger road apples said...

My fave, as you well know, is Nobody's Fool with Paul Newman. Call grandma Martha and have a great easter.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous brad said...

am I going to get beat up by skiny emo dudes in tight pants because I'm over 30 and commenting?

in no partivcular order
Godfather Part II
The Station Agent
High Fidelity / Almost Famous (if you rolled them into one)
Harvey

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Rev. Gavin McSchmitt said...

Heck, of all the films I've seen, to narrow it down to a top 5... tough call.

Let's just say top 2 are "Mallrats" and "A Walk to Remember". Not that they're great movies fro ma critical point of view, but they both hit me in the gullet in a way no other film has. Well, except maybe "Kids".

2:32 PM  
Blogger mark said...

i'm ready to add to my list.. i also love wonder boys and mallrats, and am stealing gavin's defense/explaination for the latter.

i'll try and come up with the last 2

12:15 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Se7en. Garden State. The Notebook. Jurassic Park. Beauty & The Beast.

That was really hard. My choices were made based on movies that I am willing to watch over and over again. Other films, such as Lemony Snicketts and Memoiors of a Geisha are visual masterpieces. The Silence of the Lambs is also a movie that still gets me no matter how many times I've seen it. Snatch makes me laugh pretty damn hard. i heart huckabees is funnier everytime I see it. Oh, and Shrek. Love Shrek. I think five from each category (drama, comedy, etc) would be more fair.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxi Driver
Office Space
Clerks
Return of the Jedi
American Beauty

11:10 AM  
Blogger Thomas Roz said...

high fidelity and lebowski. how could i forget you?

12:25 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Garden State, Closer, Crash, The Life of David Gale and Anchorman - also based solely on movies I could watch repeatedly. Clearly you don't see Anchorman winning any Academy Awards, but it's damn funny, and that's what matters.

1:45 PM  
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3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full Metal Jacket
Scarface
Clerks
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Pulp Fiction

5:23 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

High Fidelity
Manhattan
Amelie
Notorious
and ... Sleeping Beauty. I'm sorry. I have to admit it.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

The long hot summer
One flew over the cuckoos nest
HUD
Imitation of life
To Kill a Mockingbird

7:32 PM  
Blogger klhp said...

Can't make a list, but the best movie I've seen recently is "The Station Agent," and the movies I can watch over and over without taking a breath are "American President" and "French Kiss."

8:55 PM  

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