Saturday, July 12, 2008

EW's New Movie Classics

My best friend brought this fun post to my attention this morning, and after a week of watching movies over vacation, it fits right in with my thoughts. I'm going to say right up front that I have no clue what a meme is, but I hope someone will enlighten me. And y'all play along!

Here goes!

Here's how to play:
Copy and paste this list.If you’ve seen the movie, put the title in bold type.Put an asterisk next to the movies you’ve seen and liked.

The following list comes from the current double issue of Entertainment Weekly in which they list the 100 best movies of the last 25 years (aka The New Classics).

1. Pulp Fiction 1994
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy 2001-03 *
3. Titanic 1997 *
4. Blue Velvet 1986
5. Toy Story 1995 *
6. Saving Private Ryan 1998 *
7. Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
8. The Silence of the Lambs 1991*
9. Die Hard 1988 *
10. Moulin Rouge 2001
11. This Is Spinal Tap 1984
12. The Matrix 1999 *
13. GoodFellas 1990
14. Crumb 1995
15. Edward Scissorhands 1990
16. Boogie Nights 1997
17. Jerry Maguire 1996 *
18. Do the Right Thing 1989
19. Casino Royale 2006 *
20. The Lion King 1994*
21. Schindler’s List 1993 *
22. Rushmore 1998
23. Memento 2001
24. A Room With a View 1986
25. Shrek 2001*
26. Hoop Dreams 1994
27. Aliens 1986*
28. Wings of Desire 1988
29. The Bourne Supremacy 2004*
30. When Harry Met Sally… 1989*
31. Brokeback Mountain 2005
32. Fight Club 1999
33. The Breakfast Club 1985*
34. Fargo 1996
35. The Incredibles 2004 *
36. Spider-Man 2 2004 *
37. Pretty Woman 1990 *
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
39. The Sixth Sense 1999 *
40. Speed 1994*
41. Dazed and Confused 1993
42. Clueless 1995
43. Gladiator 2000*
44. The Player 1992
45. Rain Man 1988 *
46. Children of Men 2006
47. Men in Black 1997 *
48. Scarface 1983*
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000
50. The Piano 1993
51. There Will Be Blood 2007
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad 1988
53. The Truman Show 1998
54. Fatal Attraction 1987
55. Risky Business 1983 *
56. The Lives of Others 2006
57. There’s Something About Mary 1998
58. Ghostbusters 198459. L.A. Confidential 1997
60. Scream 1996
61. Beverly Hills Cop 1984*
62. sex, lies and videotape 1989
63. Big 1988*
64. No Country For Old Men 2007
65. Dirty Dancing 1987 *
66. Natural Born Killers 1994
67. Donnie Brasco 1997
68. Witness 1985*
69. All About My Mother 1999
70. Broadcast News 1987
71. Unforgiven 1992
72. Thelma & Louise 1991*
73. Office Space 1999*
74. Drugstore Cowboy 1989
75. Out of Africa 1985
76. The Departed 2006
77. Sid and Nancy 1986
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 *
79. Waiting for Guffman 1996
80. Michael Clayton 2007 *
81. Moonstruck 1987
82. Lost in Translation 2003
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn 1987
84. Sideways 2004*
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin 2005*
86. Y Tu Mamá También 2002
87. Swingers 1996
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997*
89. Breaking the Waves 1996
90. Napoleon Dynamite 2004
91. Back to the Future 1985*
92. Menace II Society 1993
93. Ed Wood 1994
94. Full Metal Jacket 1987
95. In the Mood for Love 2001
96. Far From Heaven 2002
97. Glory 1989
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999*
99. The Blair Witch Project 1999
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut 1999

EW also listed the top 7 movies that readers said were missing from the list. They are:

Shawshank Redemption* - I can't say it better than Angie. It's a travesty that this was left off the list.

Forrest Gump* - Okay, I liked this one, but it depresses me so I don't like to watch it over and over, which leaves it off my list of classics. But I see why it is considered great.

American Beauty - I saw this, but I must be the only person in America who thinks it's disturbingly screwed up. I don't put "disturbing" in my definition of entertainment. But here again, I do see why people like it.

The Ususal Suspects* - This is a classic. If you haven't seen it, RUN.

Jurassic Park* - This is just one of the coolest things I've ever seen. The special effects were incredible. They did a tremendous job bringing the dinosaurs "back to life."

The Princess Bride* - I don't know who was in charge of compiling the EW list, but whomever it was should be fired. STAT. Such a great movie.

Braveheart* - They've saved one of my all time favorites for last. I love the country of Scotland (going way back, my ancestry tracks there) and this is such a great (and true) story. I bawl every time, but I adore this movie.

And now, I want to add a couple of my own. Just because I'm feeling saucy today!

(1) The Rock (1996). Who doesn't love Sean Connery? And a great story about Alcatraz? (Oh, okaaaaay. And Nick Cage)
(2) Ferris Beuller's Day Off (1986). Ummmmm... How did they miss this one? Anyone with me on this?
(2) Top Gun (1986). Ahhh...ditto...huh?

Okay. That's it for me, because I could go on adding favorite movies to this list (yes, those I consider "classics") for a looooong time. But I know my wonderful readers don't have all day to listen to my ramblings. So, Happy Saturday!

Love, Dahrlin'

5 comments:

Angie said...

I loved The Rock too! And I 100% agree about Ferris Bueller and Top Gun being left off. WTF??

Veggie Mom said...

This looks like a lot of fun. I think I'll try it out over the weekend! BTW, I'm new to the blogosphere, and I'm offering a Great Giveaway on my blog this week. Please stop in sometime!

jamie in rose cottage said...

Wow, quite a post! I see that you are a GA gal (like me!), so I stopped in to say hi!

Veronica said...

OK-I'm pretty sure that EW list had to made by an early 20 something male given the titles listed. I'm so with you on Ferris Bueller and Top Gun. As a movie fanatic I have embarassingly seen all but 2 movies on the list(!) Here's my missing: Dead Poets Society, Crash, Capote, The Great Debaters and my favorite movie of the moment The Namesake. But hey, that's just me!

Angela said...

Angie - yep, I think they left out some real "true classics!" We need to make our own list!

Veggie - thanks for stopping by!

Jamie - So nice to meet you! Drop in anytime!

Veronica - wow! You just reminded me of Dead Poet's Society. That is one of my ALL time faves - can't believe I forgot it. And that's amazing that you've seen all but two of the movies named! Thanks for stopping by & hope to see you again soon!

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