Archive | February, 2011

My Top Ten: Movie Monologues

25 Feb

10. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind (1939)


9. Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver (1976)


8. Michael Douglas as Andrew Shepherd, The American President (1995)


7. Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, American Beauty (1999)


6. Robin Williams as John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)


5. Spencer Tracy as Matt Drayton, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)


4. Peter Finch as Howard Beale, Network (1976)


3. Hugo Weaving as V, V for Vendetta (2006)


2. Robin Williams as Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting (1997)


1. Charlie Chaplin as Adenoid Hynkel, The Great Dictator (1940)


My Top Ten: Classic Movies

24 Feb

I. Love. Movies. My Dad was well-known for his breadth and depth of trivia knowledge; in particular, he was a history and film buff. As a six year old, I watched such “classics” as Frankenstein and Dracula, mocking the poor special effects instead of trembling with fear (much to my Dad’s chagrin). This upbringing recently led me to a lifelong undertaking, which began in the summer of 2008: to watch every Best Picture nominee and winner since the first Academy Awards. (Secretly, I’m glad that Netflix does not currently have Wings in stock.) Now that I’ve seen well over 100 movies on the list, I feel I am in the position to create my first draft of my top ten classic movies.

*Note: Who and what defines a classic movie? Welp, it’s my blog so I’m defining it as a movie that contains timeless qualities, that captivates people generation after generation. And while I recognize this list omits such classics as Gone with the Wind and Casablanca, frankly, my dear, they’re just not my favorites. (See what I did there? I used part of a famous quotation from Gone with the Wind. Meh.)

10. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb




"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"




9. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner



"It never occurred to me that I would fall in love with a Negro, but I have, and nothing's going to change that."




8. All About Eve




"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"




7. It’s a Wonderful Life



"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"




6. Rear Window

"Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killin' yet."

5. E.T.



"Come..." "Stay..."




4. The Wizard of Oz



"Unusual weather we're having, ain't it?"




3. It Happened One Night




"I'll stop a car, and I won't use my thumb!"




2. The Godfather




"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."




1. Some Like It Hot

"Well, nobody's perfect."


24 Feb
Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Lord Alfred Tennyson

My Top Ten: Beatles Songs

20 Feb

10. “Octopus’s Garden” – One of Ringo’s two songs. Light-hearted. Lovely. Littoral.

9. “Come Together” – Absurd. Animated. Acid trip.

8. “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” – Simple. Smart. Sexy.

7. “In My Life” – Passionate. Pensive. Pure.

6. “When I’m 64” – Merry. Melodic. Memorable.

5. “Something” – Harrison’s best. Romantic. Rousing. Real.

4. “Hey Jude” – Invigorating. Inspiring. Infectious.

3. “I’ve Just Seen a Face” – Bewitching. Beguiling. Breathtaking.

2. “Get Back” – Fun. Fast. Fantastic.

1. “A Day in the Life” – Complex. Crazed. Calming.

Honorable mentions: “Rocky Raccoon,” “It’s Only Love,” “Helter Skelter,” “If I Fell”

Least favorite Beatles song: “Revolution 9”