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As part of my own listing project ('25 FAVORITE MOVIES'), I've decided to post my personal Top Ten list here today. Here they are in alphabetical order:
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)
|"SEVERAL SPECIES OF SMALL FURRY ANIMALS GATHERED TOGETHER IN A CAVE AND GROOVING WITH A PICT"|
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to discover their love for poetry and "Seize the day!" ~IMDb
In my opinion, this was the role Robin Williams was born for. Any movie that quotes Thoreau is right up my alley. I'm Stephen T. McCarthy... and you know what the "T." stands for, right?
What a fantastic ending to an inspiring movie!
Roger Ebert said the ending made him want "to throw up". Well, I give that repulsive little fatso two thumbs down and one middle finger up!
EAST OF EDEN (1955)
|JAMES DEAN LOOKING LIKE A LOVE-STARVED WOLF.|
In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father, Adam. ~IMDb
It was THIS performance that really ignited the "acting bug" in me. James Dean was the world's most imaginatively creative actor. One cannot teach others how to do what he managed: it's not a technique; it's a God-given gift. James Dean was the best, and 'East Of Eden' was the best of James Dean.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
|HA! SORRY, BUT I REALLY COULDN'T HELP MYSELF. IT HAD TO BE DONE.|
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. ~IMDb
Of course, everyone's seen this one. There's nuttin' I need to add... except... the best name for a Rock band that I've ever heard was ZUZU'S PETALS.
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. ~IMDb
In 1982, a fellow film enthusiast recommended I see 'KOYAANISQATSI', a movie with no story, no actors, no narration. In some respects, I was a different person when I walked out of that theatre. No movie before or since has blown me away like 'KOY' did. It literally changed the way I saw the world. And for weeks afterwards, I dragged just about everyone I liked to that movie theatre. I probably saw 'KOY' 12 times in 3 weeks!
If God told me I could watch only one movie for the rest of my life, 'KOYAANISQATSI' is the one I'd select.
MONTE WALSH (1970)
|"A REAL WESTERN"|
An aging cowboy realizes that the West he knew and loved will soon be no more - and that there will be no room for him, either. ~IMDb
Recently, some folks were discussing whom they imagined might play the part of themselves in a movie about their lives. Well, me, I didn't need to speculate, because the story of my life was filmed back in 1970. They titled it 'MONTE WALSH', and Lee Marvin played the part of Stephen T. McCarthy.
Sometime later, Jeanne Moreau stated that Lee Marvin was the most masculine man she ever shared the screen with. (I'm sure she woulda said the same 'bout me;o)
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
|"SOMEBODY GET ME A WIENER BEFORE I DIE!"|
|I LOVES ME SOME CHARLIE CHESWICK.|
Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive
Well, simply put, I first saw it in a theatre in 1975, and I never tire of watching it. It's funnier than most "Comedies", but what a damned great Drama it is! One of my Top 5 favorite movies.
|ROCKY AND BUTKUS KISS.|
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. ~IMDb
Never mind the 364 remakes disguised as sequels. The first one should have been the ONLY one!
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. ~IMDb
Hands down the best version of 'A Christmas Carol'. If there is such a thing as a movie that's better'n 'It's A Wonderful Life', it's THIS one! Every December I debate with myself over which of the two is my favorite.
Great story, great sets, great songs, great acting! What's not to love? (You gotta admit, those British actors really are the best.)
TORTILLA FLAT (1942)
|THE PIRATE WITH ONE OF HIS SMALLER "GOOD BOYS".|
Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends. ~IMDb
No dog lover should fail to see this movie! The Pirate (Frank Morgan - the Wizard of Oz) and his "good boys" come close to stealing the show. The movie is better'n the Steinbeck book it was based on. It's "Double H" (Hilarious 'n' Heartwarming).
Protly Top 5 for me, right after '...Cuckoo's Nest'.
If you can watch this movie without craving wine
It's highly unlikely you're a good friend of mine.
THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. ~IMDb
Link: WHY 'THE WILD BUNCH' IS A CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE
As some of you may have heard, my friend Kevin and I are currently working on the third installment of the 'OUR FAVORITE MOVIES' project. (The last edition was in 2004.) We're collecting lists of your 25 FAVORITE MOVIES, and keeping score to see what our collective list of favorite movies looks like when all the results are in.
Anyone may participate (whether you and I know each other or not). We hope to have all the lists in by the end of November, so we can tabulate the results then.
For details about this filmtastic good time, click the link below and scroll down to where you read this message:
And now, a special message to YOU from my friend Kevin (and me)...
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 25 FAVORITE MOVIES EVER MADE?
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy