Saturday, September 6, 2008

Just missing that little statue.

In April, on another spur of the moment decision (I make these quite frequently), I started watching every movie to have won an Academy Award for best picture. The Husband didn't expect this to last because I never finish anything I start but I've since worked my way through more than half. (Shit, I still have some 30+ movies to watch???)

Actually, it's been fun. I love to watch movies. I like to watch them on Sunday afternoons, while the sun is shining through the bedroom window, on top of blankets and sheets that are fresh from the laundry. Of course, I inevitably fall asleep.

I have a confession to make. I watch movies, all movies, with the subtitles turned on. I don't know. When I watch movies, sometimes I walk away feeling like I'm missing a big chunk of the story. (I usually am. I daydream a lot.) With subtitles, I never feel like that.

Here's a list, with some of my rambling thoughts thrown in:

The Broadway Melody of 1929
All Quiet on the Western Front (Started this, but haven't finished it. It's really boring long.)
Grand Hotel
It Happened One Night (One of my new favorite scenes is when Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are forced to share a room. They hang a blanket in the middle for privacy and on one side, she turns out the light and starts to undress, while he listens from the other side and blows smoke rings in the dark. Hot.)
Mutiny on the Bounty
The Great Ziegfeld
The Life of Emile Zola
You Can't Take It With You
Gone With the Wind (Have seen this already a hundred times. One of my all-time favorites.)
How Green Was My Valley
Mrs. Miniver
Casablanca (Can you believe I had never seen this movie before? Humphrey Bogart is delicious.)
Going My Way
The Lost Weekend (Having grown up with alcoholic parents, this was hard to watch. It leaves an impact.)
The Best Years of Our Lives
Gentleman's Agreement
Laurence Olivier's Hamlet
All the King's Men
All About Eve (Love, love, love Bette Davis.)
An American in Paris
The Greatest Show on Earth
From Here to Eternity
On the Waterfront (How come nobody told me Marlon Brando was so freakin' cute?!)
Around the World in 80 Days
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Ben Hur
The Apartment (Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon are just delightful in this movie. I absolutely adored it! Well, all except for the whole attempted suicide thing.)
West Side Story
Lawrence of Arabia
Tom Jones
My Fair Lady
The Sound of Music (I have loved this movie for years.)
A Man for All Seasons
In the Heat of the Night
Oliver! (Can I tell you something embarrassing? There was a side A and side B to this DVD. I thought (and still believe!) that I put it on side A. An hour and fifteen minutes later the movie ended and I realized I had just watched the second half first. Yeah, I'm dumb.)
Midnight Cowboy
The French Connection
The Godfather (I watched this movie several years ago when I was too young to understand it. I just finished watching it again and I absolutely loved it. However, it's really too bad Mr. Brando couldn't keep his looks.)
The Sting
The Godfather, part II
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest I love Jack Nicholson. What I found fascinating about this movie is that you don't realize just how serious it is until the very end.)
Annie Hall
The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs. Kramer
Ordinary People
Chariots of Fire
Terms of Endearment
Out of Africa
Platoon (I'm sorry, I'm just not a fan of war movies. I can respect them and what they portray, but they're just not something I want to watch. And I really just can't buy Charlie Sheen as a serious actor. Although, I love Willem Dafoe.)
The Last Emperor
Rain Man
Driving Miss Daisy
Dances With Wolves
Silence of the Lambs
Schindler's List
Forrest Gump
Braveheart (I thought this movie was fantastic except for one major thing: he was in love with one woman for his entire life, but as soon as she dies, he's headed straight for the bedroom of another? Stupid, typical man.)
The English Patient (I'm easily influenced and didn't expect to like this movie after the Seinfeld episode in which Elaine is disgusted with everyone for raving about this film. I loved it! I watched it three time before I sent it back.)
Shakespeare in Love (Despite my not being a Gwyneth Paltrow fan nor a Romeo and Juliet fan, I actually enjoyed this.)
American Beauty
A Beautiful Mind
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (I haven't watched this one yet, but what really bugs me is that it's the third in a trilogy and I haven't seen any of them. I can't watch the third without having watched the first two! And I really have no interest in watching any of them.)
Million Dollar Baby
The Departed
No Country for Old Men

I'm curious. Any of these movies your favorite? Any that you've seen a hundred times? Tell me you love Rocky. That'll make me feel better about eventually watching it.


  1. Lord of the Rings is actually quite good. I never made it through any of JRR Tolkien's books. I tried the Hobbit, but when on something like page seventeen he was still describing the entrance into the valleys of the Shire, well, yawn. I hate long descriptions. The beauty of a movie is you get a twenty-second shot and bam! there's your entrance into the valleys of the Shire.Anyway, Peter Jackson is just a great filmmaker, and if you have any liking at all for good-vs-evil type movies, you should be able to stay awake for this one. Three.