I'm going to rest my spleen and just have some fun. This is the time of the year that we start seeing lists -- The best of, the worst of... I'm an unabashed Movie lover. I thought I'd list
My 10 favorite movies in no specific order.These are all movies that I can (and have) watched repeatedly.
1. Forbidden Planet (1956) - Get this one and see it, you will see where Startrek came from. It's the root of ALL space operas. A young Leslie Nielson plays the Jim Kirk role and Robbie the Robot is Spok-Data, etc. Turn out the lights and suspend all belief -- it's Great Fun.
2. Robin and Marion (1976) - Richard is dead and Robin returns from the Holy Land with his friend Little John. Maid Marion is now in a Nunnary. The interplay between these two old war horses is unbelievable. Sean Connery is Superb and Audrey Hepburn is the Ultimate Marion.
3. Casablanca (1942) - you've all seen it, but if you want to see why it is on everyone's list of great movies watch it this way: Turn off the phone, hang a Do Not Disturb sign on the door, get your popcorn ready, turn off the lights. In otherwords watch it the way it was intended to be seen. If the movie does not touch you, you have no soul.
4. The Chosen (1981) Chaim Potok's prize winning novel taken delicately to the screen. The movie is about two young Jewish boys, one a Chasid, the other orthodox, and their relationship in a complex world. Rod steiger's performance as the Chasedic Rebbe is probably one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. Whether you're Jewish or not - this is a superb movie.
5. Island in the Sky (1953) This movie was just released on DVD, I had never seen it before. John Wayne plays a pilot of a plane lost in Northern Canada during the winter. Andy Devine steals every scene that he's in. A Young James Arness is a Co-pilot. The casting is great. The acting is well done. One thing that struck me about this movie, however. I have had quite a bit of survival training during my life. This move does it right! Enjoy!
6. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) The Greatest Sword fighting adventure movie of all time. Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland Define the Robin Hood-Maid Marion roles and the final Sword fight between Robin and Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) is probably the Greatest sword fight ever filmed.
7. The Vikings (1958) Here's the Cast:
Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles (The Narrator). It was filmed on location in the Fjords of Norway. The film Describes Fun!
8. The Bride of Frankenstien (1935) The ultimate monster movie in the Frankenstein, Dracula, Mummy mold. It is a masterpiece. The special effect are superb (In 1935!) Boris Karloff is allowed to put some meat on the bones of the tragic monster.
9. King Kong (1933) I haven't seen the remake yet - as a matter of fact I'm going to see it this afternoon. It will have to go quite a bit to compete with the original, however. King Kong is the standard against which all other Thrillers are measured. Go buy an uncut version and watch it. It will surprise you.
10. Pardners (1956) Filmed the year that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis broke up, this film answers the question -- Were they Really that good? Two people never had that Chemistry or timing ever. The plot is a minor part of this - the singing and clowning are magnificent - Jerry Lewis never recaptured the magic without Dean (My opinion). In a recent Interview, Jerry Lewis waxed poetic about Deans timing and natural skill - this movie tells you what he meant. IMHO Dean was the Power behind the team.
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