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
(9) Love and Death
(11) Count Yorga, Vampire
(12) Dracula A.D. 1972
(13) The Exorcist
(14) Out of The Past
(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
(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.
(15a) On The Waterfront -- Brando. Predictable? Sure. Don't care.
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