the favored fifteen in film

February 5, 2013

so there's this website called the internet movie database. you've probably heard of it. if not, oh, it's lovely. it is an invaluable asset to film geeks like myself. i could spend hours surfing this thing. seriously. HOURS. if i wanted to know anything at all about any film ever made, this site has the goods.

like, what were the most popular films in seventy-three? the answer is here. it wasn't a very good year, by the way.

i made another list for you. i know you're thrilled.

for this one, i looked at the top ten most popular films lists for every year since my birth and jotted down all the films i liked a lot. and then i selected fifteen as the films i liked the best.

again, it's not a perfect system. there are films not represented here that i ABSOLUTELY LOVE (like dedication and playing by heart). but it's a pretty good list, regardless of this.

star wars: episode five - the empire strikes back
princess leia: i'd just as soon kiss a wookiee.
han soloi can arrange that. you could use a good kiss.

the breakfast club
john bender: well, brian, this is a very nutritious lunch. all the food groups are represented. did your mom marry mr. rogers?
brian johnson: uh, no. mr. johnson.

the princess bride
when harry met sally

billy clanton: why, it's the drunk piano player. you're so drunk, you can't hit nothin'. in fact, you're probably seeing double.
doc hollidayi have two guns, one for each of ya.

the lord of the rings: the two towers
love actually

pirates of the caribbean: the curse of the black pearl
elizabeth: captain barbossa, i am here to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against port royal.
barbossa: there are a lot of long words in there, miss; we're naught but humble pirates. what is it that you want?
elizabethi want you to leave and never come back.
barbossa: i'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. means "no".

the notebook
the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind


star trek
scotty: that's what i'm talking about! how do you think i wound up here? had a little debate with my instructor on relativistic physics and how it pertains to subspace travel. he seemed to think that the range of transporting something like a... like a grapefruit was limited to about a hundred miles. i told him that i could not only beam a grapefruit from one planet to the adjacent planet in the same system - which is easy, by the way - i could do it with a life form. so, i tested it out on admiral archer's prized beagle.
kirk: wait, i know that dog. what happened to it?
scotty: i'll tell you when it reappears.

(five hundred) days of summer
crazy, stupid love
gangster squad 

what would your list look like?

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