The Broadway Melody
All Quiet on the Western Front
It Happened One Night
Mutiny on the Bounty
The Great Ziegfeld
The Life of Emile Zola
You Can’t Take It With You
Gone with the Wind
How Green Was My Valley
Going My Way
The Lost Weekend
The Best Years of Our Lives
All the King’s Men
All about Eve √
An American in Paris
The Greatest Show on Earth
From Here to Eternity
On the Waterfront
Around the World in 80 Days
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Apartment √
West Side Story √
Lawrence of Arabia
My Fair Lady √
The Sound of Music √
A Man for All Seasons
In the Heat of the Night
The French Connection
The Sting √
The Godfather Part II
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Annie Hall √
The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs. Kramer
Chariots of Fire √
Terms of Endearment
Out of Africa
The Last Emperor
Driving Miss Daisy
Dances With Wolves
The Silence of the Lambs√
The English Patient √
Titanic (1997) √
Shakespeare in Love √
A Beautiful Mind√
The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King√
Million Dollar Baby√
No Country for Old Men
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I printed out the list and me and the hubby are going to start this. No particular order or plan, but we will re-watch any film that we have all ready seen. Wonder how long this will take us?
I have a major Oscar obsession so this is a must do for me :) 7 months ago
A very good movie! Colin Firth really made the movie, he did an excellent job all from all angles. Helena Bonham Carter was captivating as well, and played a character very different from those she usually plays.
I always love movies that transcend their genres, and there were some real laughs in this otherwise serious drama.
I was glad to be able to watch this one. 8 months ago
This movie wasn’t really what I expected. The first half wasn’t too interesting to me, but the second half caught my interest much more.
I wasn’t incredibly impressed with any particular actor’s performance, and the plot wasn’t that exciting.
I feel that there were better movies this year that weren’t even nominated for the award, but what can you do? It wasn’t a bad movie, and probably was provocative for it’s time, but it wasn’t that special a movie for me. 9 months ago
I decided since I just had success watching a silent movie, I’d go for the other one on the list. So funny that there have only been 2 silent winners; the first and the most recent to date.
This movie was enjoyable—a lot longer, so it took a bit more commitment. There really isn’t any multitasking when you’re watching a silent movie.
There was a lot of spectacle, for lack of a better term—this film must have had amazing special effects for it’s day, what with the bubbles and airplanes and coloring and all. Clara Bow really stood out to me- she was captivating to watch.
I wouldn’t say the plot was too involved, but it was a good show. 9 months ago
Wow, I’ve really been slacking off here. No entries in about a year, but I know I’ve watched a few movies since then.
Tonight I watched The Artist, and it was completely unexpected. I really enjoyed it, and although I wasnt expecting not to enjoy it, I liked it more than I thought I would.
The irony was great, but the story was good enough on its own. Good acting, good costumes and sets.
I can see why it got so much so much attention and praise for being so daringly diffferent. 9 months ago
Watched this one the other night with my Dad. He liked the intensity, but didn’t really “get it” I think.
It was on TV, so I don’t know if this was a shortened version, it did feel a little jumpy from what I remember.
I have to say that Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh—“Sugar” has got to be one of the all-time movie bad-asses. Just pure psychotic. Watching his antics and trying to figure out how his mind works is just one of the things that makes the movie so intriguing.
Also, I think the gas station coin toss scene is one of the most tense and memorable scenes we’ve had in a while. Bone chilling.
This movie really makes me want to go read the book. From what I understand it’s mostly true to the book, so there might be a little more insight and answers found there.
Certainly, the lack of a complete plot doesn’t make it less of a movie. Not everything in life comes neatly packaged up and tied together in the end.
Coen brothers FTW. 20 months ago
I’m glad to have this one behind me. Not that it isn’t a great movie, but it’s usually just a really tough one to watch. I think I did alright last night.
I really do love this movie. You can just get swept up and lost in it, even to the point that you forget that it’s a story within a story.
Such a beautiful testament to love- and again, the “it could have really happened” makes it that more fascinating. I love things that are based on historical events like this. It always prompts me to look into the facts, and one of the most interesting things I stumbled accross was Eloise Hughes Smith, who was returning from her honeymoon. She was pregnant and lost her husband in the wreck, but later remarried—to a fellow Titanic survivor.
Anyway, they really did a great job capturing the feeling and emotion in this movie. Everything from acting to cinematography was spot-on for a best picture. 21 months ago
I’ve loved this movie since I was a child, and loved watching it as an adult; I really understood the political tensions a lot more. This gave certain parts of the movie and even deeper meaning.
Anyway, I know that the story isn’t exactly true to life, but the fact that it almost was certainly makes it that much more exciting. Of course, I think it has more to do with the characters created here. Very believable acting, even in a musical written for the stage—where over dramatic is not so unusual. This was a great film adaptation… and the second consecutive year a musical won Best Picture. 21 months ago
I’ve always loved this movie, but never really knew that it was an Oscar winner. Guilty pleasure no more!
It really is a great story with great acting, and I love the Shakespeare references throughout it. Definitely fun for anyone who knows his work. 21 months ago
I saw this movie once a long while ago, but watching it as an adult is much different.
I can really feel the emotions in this movie; strong bonds of friendship and family ties, sadness, and smugness, and everything in between.
Miss Daisy’s stubbornness is frustratingly endearing, and makes for a good, complex character. Seeing her soften and teach Hoke to read, write, and treat his as a close friend really brings you into the friendship. Hoke’s patients, persistence, and good-nature is just what’s needed to counterbalance Miss Daisy.
Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman were perfect for their parts. The portrayal of the changing social climate in America was very moving as well. Not just racial, but religious prejudices were still dealt with every day, and even acknowledging this was a problem was frowned upon by some in the South.
This is just a great story of how two people, different from everyone else, and very different from each other, find enough in common to form a lasting friendship. The movie did a great job.
I’m really on a winning streak with this goal. I’m watching lots of movies, and seem to be picking ones that I really enjoy. Hopefully I can not leave too many tough ones for the end. 21 months ago
It’s no surprise that this movie swept the Oscars; it’s stellar on all accounts.
The movie had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I love a good thriller, and Silence of the Lambs delivered. It had a very well-worked story line, with just enough twists to keep it fresh.
And, now I finally understand what Jay was doing in Clerks II.
I’ll definitely be watching this movie again, and the others related to it. Good stuff.
With this movie I have 60 more to go for the challenge. Just over a third done. 21 months ago
Seeing Dustin Hoffman’s role in this movie juxtaposed with his role in Kramer vs Kramer really shows what a great actor. The dynamics between him and Tom Cruise here really make the film.
Those are some of my favorites movies- ones where the characters are deeply developed, and the relationships feel genuine. They certainly do in this movie.
For Charlie to go from wanting the money to wanting to care for his brother, in spite of frustrations really is a great thing to watch progress over the course of the movie.
I also think autism wasn’t really a well-known condition when this movie was made, and while it still may not be well-understood, the movie showing a main character with a disability in a realistic and positive light was a very good thing. 21 months ago
I think they did a really great job with this movie. Especially the characters and their relationships. There was some really great acting that really held the movie together.
At the end, there really didn’t isn’t a bad party. Just two people who’ve done bad, but done their best to redeem themselves.
Between this and Apocalypse Now, which was also up for best picture in ‘79, I’m not sure I’d go with this movie, but I do think it’s a great film. 21 months ago
I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Still, it doesn’t make me want to sit down and watch the other 5 movies because I couldn’t get enough.
I like the story of the underdog winning, but in this case he didn’t win… so it’s hard to feel like the movie really took me anywhere.
Not only that, but I just had a hard time following. I think more of a background on fighting would make it flow a little more easily. Either way, it just felt a little too slow. Meh. 21 months ago
“There are even places where English completely disappears- In America they haven’t used it for years!”
Tell me about it! An opening scene that really rings true here today. People’s awful way of communicating these days is one of my pet peeves. On a more related note… Great movie. I remember watching this as a kid. I just didn’t realize how long it is!
I absolutely adore Audrey Hepurn, and while this isn’t her signature role, I think that displays her skills as an actress all the more. Really a tremendous job showing Eliza’s transformation.
I must say I’m pleasantly surprised to see a decent number of musicals on the list. Not an overwelming percentage, but a fair recognition of some of the greats! 21 months ago
I try to get off the modern movies and end up doing a 40’s kick. Good job. I have to say, they are some great movies!
This movie is about a struggling alcoholic and his final binge weekend. I didn’t recognize any of the actors, but they all did great work.
Socially, I found some of the views about alcoholism surprising for the time period, specifically when Helen said it was a sickness just like any other and they wouldn’t turn their backs on him if he had another illness, or a heart defect.
Jane Wyman played Helen and while she didn’t gain recognition for this role, she received Oscar nominations for several other movies in the 40s and 50s. Also, I really saw a lot of my self in that character.
Ray Milland has quite a few movies under his belt, I’m sort of surprised I didn’t recognize. He does a great job, as the main character, certainly dominating in screen time. He was also unpredictable and hard to read right till the end, which I liked. Overall, another deserved winner. 22 months ago
I went to see this last night in a 90 year old theater. I’m so glad I did, and hope to be able to go to more of the classic movie showings.
Anyway, instead of previews they showed an animated short titled “Carrotblanca” with Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, and all the gang. Very cute.
Then the movie began. I can’t really say that I’ve seen this movie all the way through before last night.
As time goes by, a bitter Rick remember a lost love as war erupts around them. The plot is great and all that, but the “Hollywood magic” is what really stands out to me.
The way Ingrid Bergman’s earrings catch the light and shimmer in time with he music, and her glassy, shining eyes. The feeling of depth in character relationships brought by impeccable casting.
Movies today should definitely take a lesson from Casablanca… and a great movie does not always require a chiche “happy ending”, although it is nice to know the characters we’ve grown to relate to are going to be alright. 22 months ago
Rebecca wasn’t what I expected from a Hitchcok flick, but I suppose that should be expected from a Hitchcock flick. Overall, I liked the story. There was an errie feel to the movie, but I was expecting a ghost movie from Netflix’s discription.
Of course, the movie left me wanting to know more, especially about Rebecca’s confessions, flaws, and relationship with Ms. Danvers.
Other than that I don’t know what to say… except for that I should be writing about the movies when I watch them, not a week later. Good movie. I wouldn’t have picked this as Hitchcock’s Oscar Winner for best picture, but I guess it all depends on what you’re up against for the year?
I think at some point I shall start a “Watch all the movies Alfred Hitchcock directed” goal, but I need to finish my Disney goal first, probably this one as well… and try to make significant progress on an upcoming “watch 43 musicals” goal. Trying not to bite off more than I can stomach at one time. 22 months ago
Oh, how I love this movie! I miss the girls night sing-alongs to Moulin Rouge, Chicago, and Disney movies with wine and chocolate pudding. Those were the days.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen this movie from start to finish. It’s one that is so familiar that it sort of fades in the background, so it was good to watch it with fresh eyes for this goal.
I think the whole cast really played their part well; it’s a rare movie where I don’t see a particular standout. Just lots of talent, booze, and jazz. 22 months ago
I took a good look at the list the other day and saw what movie I had access to. Boyfriend was pretty excited when I told him that I’d finally be sitting down with him to watch a few of his movies.
I’m sort of surprised that I had never seen this. I really enjoyed it. The movie was a little long for me, but it was still great. Another one to file away and watch again later. I really need to mix it up, though, as I bought and watched about half of A Beautiful Mind, and I’m currently watching Chicago. Time to start watching some more older ones. 22 months ago
Good movie. Kept me interested, at the edge of my seat the whole way through. The movie definitely wasn’t what I expected- in a good way. Perfect for my mood last night.
Anyway, Kevin Spacey did a great job making it believable. Annette Bening’s performance and transition was also impressive to watch, although it was different to see her younger and playing a different character that what I last saw her in; The Kids are Alright.
I’m glad I got the DVD.. I’ll be watching this again someday.
Only 70 more movies to go! 22 months ago
Loved this movie.
This was my first time seeing it, and I have to say it’s just great. Gregory Peck is flawless, of course. The dynamics between his character and his son, who he is trying to raise as a single father, are amazing. I love the way he explains things to him.
The reactions that “Phil” received from people whom he told he was Jewish were upsetting, but realistic- I feel that a lot of them might be relevant today, with the way some people harbor prejudice about different people. Not to say we haven’t gotten somewhere in sixty years, but we’ve still a way to go.
The script was extremely well written as well, with many powerful monologues and dialogues. As I mentioned, I especially liked the explanations Peck gave to the boy, the conversation between Kathy and Dave at the end, and Mrs. Green’s thoughts.
This was just a great movie, certainly my favorite one I’ve seen for the first time here. 22 months ago
It’s been a while since I’ve made any progress. I stalled out on another Clark Gable movie, but was able to enjoy this one with my boyfriend over a couple of nights.
Not having seen this movie in ages, it was great to watch. Way ahead of its time in so many respects. It amazes me too, that a movie so long manages to stay so interesting all the way through.
The great acting really plays a part in that, all the leading and supporting cast does a wonderful job, and it’s no wonder the movie won so many other awards. 23 months ago