Sunday, January 2, 2011

15 Films Meme

Just when I thought I was done with memes, up pops a blog called The Banksyboy Brief and here I go...okay...I admit to being a bit bored this holiday break and looking forward to getting back into my regular routine tomorrow.

Anyway, don't take too long to think about it and come up with a list of fifteen films that you will never forget. Leave me a link, won't you.

1.  Taxi Driver

2. Breaking the Waves

The incomparible Emily Watson as Bess McNeil in  Breaking the Waves directed by Lars von Trier

3. Midnight Cowboy
4. The Piano
5. Knife in the Water

7. Black Orpheus

8. The Bicycle Thief
9. I Am Sam
10. The Hours
11. Annie Hall

12. Blood Simple

13. The Graduate
14. The Last Waltz
15. The Girl with a Pearl Earring


  1. Aaargh, Sphinx, you’ve mentioned so many I would have mentioned too (including Orfeu Negro) and now I feel challenged to name 15 more, different ones! Ok, here goes:

    1. Harold and Maude
    2. Once upon a Time in America
    3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    4. Mephisto
    5. Easy Rider
    6. Blue Velvet
    7. Casablanca
    8. Don’t Look Now
    9. The Sting
    10. Paris Texas
    11. The Remains of the Day
    12. Sophie’s Choice
    13. E.T.
    14. Apocalypse Now
    15. Lord of the Rings (all three of them and I don’t care if that’s cheating!)

  2. We might overlap a bit (I can't imagine why!) but I'm sure my juvenility will force a few digressions.

    Here goes:

    1) Eraserhead
    2) Le Petit Argent
    3) Rosemary's Baby
    4) Down By Law
    5) Life Is Beautiful
    6) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    7) Polyester
    8) Midnight Express
    9) Blue Velvet
    10) Andy Warhol's Frankenstein

    I'm sure I'm gonna kick myself as soon as I hit "send," but then, who cares - certainly not me! :)

  3. ...Oh, BTW, Happiest of New Years to ya! ;)

  4. 15 films....You have me stopped at the Piano and the finger and Harvey Kietel. That movie took so much out of me, but how it changed me....

    I will try this in the a.m.

    Happy New Year!

  5. I've seen most of those and have made a note about the ones I haven't like the Lars von Trier one (Kingdom was pretty cool). Since I don't want to duplicate I'll give you my list (in no particular order):

    Yojimbo - Kurosawa
    Lawrence of Arabia - Peter O'Toole
    A Night at the Opera - Marx Brothers
    Drunken Master - Jackie Chan
    Love and Death - Woody Allen
    Zatoichi - Takeshi Kitano
    Persona - Ingmar Bergman
    I'm No Angel - Mae West
    Dead Man - Jim Jarmusch
    Beauty and The Beast - Jean Cocteau
    Scent of a Woman - Martin Brest
    Angel Heart - Alan Parker
    Magnificent Seven - John Sturges & Seven Samurai - Kurosawa (neat to see them close together)
    The Year of Living Dangerously - Peter Weir
    Paris, Texas - Wim Wenders

    Damn, only 15? How about the Lord of the Rings, Red Cliff, Avatar and so many, many more?

  6. Have to confess I think your list is pretty impressive... I need to do some research to catch up!

    Appreciate your blog content too, it's similar to where I have been trying to arrive on mine, albeit with more of a musical emphasis.

    Best for 2011 and beyond...


  7. Pathetically, I come up with five, no six! - some nudged to the fore fornt of my memory by your own list. I am not good at remembering titles of books or names of films, offhand.
    They are not in order of preference and the Japanese one has the Spanish title as I watched it with Spanish subtitles, here in Spain.

    The Orchestra
    The Piano
    The Hours
    The Graduate
    and two or three wonderful low budget Irish films - which sort of makes a cheat's nine!

    I have left a comment for you on my Sunday Snippet post.

  8. I'm so thrilled to see 'The Bicycle Thief' on this list. I haven't seen that in over 20 years, and yet I can't have mozzarella melted on crusty bread without being reminded of it.

    Others on the list:

    Hiroshima Mon Amour
    Un Chien Andalou
    Mad Max
    Wild At Heart
    Monty Python's Meaning of Life
    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    A Clockwork Orange
    Touch of Evil
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    I know that's not 15, but those are what come to mind rather quickly for me. I love film, and if you spend any time over at my blog you'll see that. Thanks for this!

  9. Cant remember the last film I went out to see, and as for the TV, we dont have films from sky, so its mainly the old type films.
    Mostly I see are like
    Good,bad and ugly

    The Green Mile


  10. Ha! You have no idea how much fun it was for me reading your lists! So impressive. It was difficult to keep it to 15. I don't have time right now to sort through who named what but some on all of your lists that I like too are:

    E.T. - it's actually one of my favorites, though for some reason it did not immediately come to mind.

    Eraserhead - too weird to forget!

    Fargo - I like most all the Cohen Bros. movies

    Wild at Heart - Lynch's best film IMHO

    Life is Beautiful - so sad, it causes actual pain - right up there with Sophie's Choice and Gorillas in the Mist.

    Anna and her Sisters - since Susan mentioned Love and Death

    Thanks, guys! It was fun.

  11. First meme I've been tempted by for ages. I like your list, and would have chosen some of those myself but here's some you didn't mention. I'll put them on my blog and link to your list.

    In no particular order:

    A Taste of Honey
    The King of Comedy
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    Brother Sun, Sister Moon
    Donnie Darko
    Gregory's Girl
    The Blood on Satan's Claw
    The Wicker Man
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance
    Marathon Man
    West Side Story
    A Canterbury Tale
    This Is England

  12. Man, I'm humbled by the volumes of great film you're all reminding me about, and enticed by those I haven't seen (or more honestly, haven't heard of!)

    Like the boy said coming out of the confessional, "So many good leads!"



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