Friday, August 28, 2009

from a Facebook page of a fellow contributor

15 Movies in 15 Minutes

OK: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you've seen that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what movies my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note -- upper right hand side.)

Well -- I can promise I didn't take fifteen minutes . . . .

(1) Kelly's Heroes

(2) The Mechanic

(3) My Name Is Trinity

(3a) Battle of the Bulge

(4) Beyond The Valley of the Dolls

(5) National Lampoon's Animal House

(6) Life of Brian

(7) Stripes

(8) Caddyshack

(9) Love and Death

(10) Manhattan

(11) Count Yorga, Vampire

(12) Dracula A.D. 1972

(13) The Exorcist

(14) Out of The Past

(15) Patton

(15a) On The Waterfront

Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!

Okay. now for the fun part -- quick explanations! You se, the instructions look to movies that will always "stick with me" -- not to movies whose artistic merit I trumpet.

So snapshots of each:

(1) Kelly's Heroes -- my favourite movie. Very good, Fischer -- you win a cookie. Make a deal. A deal deal; maybe the guy's a Republican!

(2) The Mechanic Charles Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. I saw it in Thailand, and had my first understanding that mainstream movies weren't necessarily made in Hollywood.

(3) My Name Is Trinity -- saw it with my old man in Saigon (the same trip I also saw PLay Misty For Me); his laughter rings in my ears. Others may have had this experience with Blazing Saddles

(3a) Battle of the Bulge -- as a kid (age: 6), my family and I walked into the Cinerama Theater (guess what format of film projection was showing. . . . ) on Calle 72 to see this; when we left three hours later, there had been a coup and soldiers lined the (trafficlesss) streets, and we walked twenty blocks to our apartment. And I thought "cool! does this happen for every movie?"

(4) Beyond The Valley of the Dolls -- saw it with my old man. Lesbian sex, fvcking -- a fourteen-year-old's dream. The old man was. . . surprised.

(5) National Lampoon's Animal House -- You fvcked up -- you trusted us!: the defining line o' my life? Oh, yeah: Mandy Pepperidge

(6) Life of Brian -- He has a fwiend in Wome, you know. . . .

(7) Stripes -- and then, depression set in

(8) Caddyshack . . . pond would be good for you

(9) Love and Death

(10) Manhattan

(11) Count Yorga, Vampire -- age ten. Had skipped the latency phase. Meaningful

(12) Dracula A.D. 1972 -- same idea, two years later. Cushing / Lee moved me

(13) The Exorcist -- don't know; I was unable to see this overseas in Thailand or Colombia, and had to see it in 1976 upon re-release. I thought it worked, and the buildip has made it "stick with me"

(14) Out of The Past -- came to it as an adult. Understood it. Lived it, in my late-90s way.

(15) Patton

(15a) On The Waterfront -- Brando. Predictable? Sure. Don't care.

No photos -- all copyrights elsewhere


Mythical Monkey said...

What? I can't clear my throat in fifteen minutes much less come up with a list of movies and talk about them.

Okay, let's see. it's 14:28 by my clock (never did give up the habit of military time after England ...)

1) Duck Soup -- key to getting a job in Washington D.C.

2) The Philadelphia Story -- like Cary Grant, I married a Philadelphia redhead

3) Holiday (1938) -- it's me, me and Katie-Bar-the-Door

4) Manhattan -- probably more than any one film is why I became a writer

5) Rio Bravo -- favorite sick day movie, i.e., lying on the couch, dozing, can pick it up at any point because I know it so well

6) The Thing (From Another World) -- the 1951 original, second favorite sick day movie

7) The Apartment -- once wrote out chunks of the dialogue longhand just to see how it flowed on paper. One of my all-time favorite movies

8) Casablanca -- I'd say my favorite movie of all-time

9) Man's Favorite Sport? -- which popped into my head because Paula Prentiss in a comic role is one of my favorite movie pleasures

10) Singin' In The Rain -- love the title song scene, but it's "The Broadway Melody" sequence that plays like a reminder in my head about not getting sidetracked from the pure pleasure i get when I write

11) A Hard Day's Night -- the fact that it was so difficult to see a movie back when I was a kid (no cable, no DVD, no tapes) made the act of tracking it down, at drive-ins, revival theaters, etc., such a pleasure

12) 2001: A Space Odyssey -- saw this in the theater when I was seven. The collision of my space program obsession with my future film obsession altered my head for life

13) The Sting -- saw this in the theater with my father and little brother. My dad's shoulders slumped when Redford and Newman were shot (just another anti-hero downer, he thought) then hearing his gasp of delight when it proves otherwise is another of those permanent pleasures ...

14) The General -- without which there would not have been three months of blogging about silent movies, which I enjoyed ...

15) Pandora's Box -- which along with Diary of a Lost Girl has inspired a, so-far, 2700 word essay about Louise Brooks, destined to crack 3000 words before I'm done.

There. 14:43. Fifteen minutes.

The Jestaplero said...

Fifteen movies that will always stick with me, by the Jestaplero!


1) Help! When I was a kid, my friend and I memorized every line of this movie instead of A Hard Day's Night, for some reason. It spoke to us, and I also like the music a little better.

2) The Train. One of my dad's favorite films, when it was on the Late Show I could stay up late with him. I was already a huge sucker for WWII anything, and this had a scene with a Spitfire in it.

3) The General. Another one of my dad's favorites, couldn't get enough of it, probably saw it a dozen times. Sometimes they would show it on Saturday afternoon at my town's (single-screen) theater.

4) Duel. Scared ths shit out of me and really haunted me for a long time, long before I knew what a "Steven Spielberg" was.

5) Yellow Submarine. My dad owned a 16mm print of it, only feeding my burgeoning Beatles geekdom.

6) Love and Death. One of the funniest movies ever. "No, YOU must be Don Francisco's sister!"

7) Annie Hall.

8) Manhattan.

Woody took over there, for a while.

9) A Bridge Too Far. Can't turn it off when it comes on the TV.

10) The Matrix. During law school I must have watched it 100 times. It was the only way I could cope.

11) Animal House. Junior year of high was "our" movie.

12) Empire Strikes Back. There's almost no limit to how many times I can watch this. Must have seen it six times in its first run at Springfield Mall multiplex, alone.

13) The Godfather I. My parents took me to see it at a drive-thru. My first exposure to cinematic nudity and excessive violence, in such unlikely circumstances.

14) Concert for George. The greatest concert film of all times? And the closest thing to a Beatles reunion concert.

15) Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. "Beatles! Stop fighting here in India!" First movie Erica and I adopted as our own.

I could talk about 50 more...


The Jestaplero said...

Drive-thru? I guess they were really called "Drive-ins"

Jean Siskill said...

jessie, ya beat me to it!