(This list, like all lists in this blog is regularly updated when I feel it is necessary).
I like to release a fun little list in conjunction with my new posts and pages. I think it’s time I put up a new one, especially considering the fact that I didn’t have such a list for that mammoth publication on montage theory I did. Now, considering the emphasis I placed on wit and dialogue in my “My Take On…Comedy” page, I felt it would be appropriate to list the greatest movie quotes of all time. Most of these are comedic in that they are funny, satirical, witty, or sarcastic—as a matter of fact, they’re all at least witty (though some are far from funny). That is good enough reason to publish this list in conjunction with an analysis on comedy. Continue reading →
I have been on an acting binge lately and have determined to publicize a list of the greatest acting performances of all time; this is conjunction with my current two-part series on acting that can be found in my pages, as well as my earlier list of my favorite actors. I’m sure a list of my favorite actresses will come next. With this list, I see little to no necessity to divide based on gender or—worse yet—to divide into four, first by gender then again by the ever-present lead-role/supporting-role dynamic. So, I have made a list wherein all acting performances that I personally have witnessed (irregardless of gender or prevalence in the film) are given equal footing and wherein only the best are counted. The selection of number one, I know, is bold. But I dare anyone to see this person in this movie and tell me that I’m wrong. Of course, I think I’m right. It’s my opinion. Continue reading →
All movie-goers (casual and competent) have “guilty pleasures.” For me, the occasional action film or comedy can fulfill a part of me that no Antonioni drama ever could. That being said, there is a mortal aspect to said pleasures: they are rooted either in nostalgia or in the heat of a single moment that soon dies off. Because of that, you will notice the allowance of indulge into my list-making. I think that of all my lists, my lists on actors will be the most indulgent. But, don’t be made to think that these don’t have clout. Consider them overrated. Better yet, consider them necessary indulgences for the evolution from casual to competent. Continue reading →
There is a somewhat calculated way that I go about selecting which films I want to review first, and I do it in accordance with what my imaginary audience would deem most useful. If my true goal is to highlight the progression from casual to competent–and I believe that I have made that expressly clear–it would not be wise of me to jump into a review of L’Avventura or The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. What I have found to be the best springboards for development as an active movie-watcher are any Hitchcock film, most Coppola films, and, surprisingly, silent movies. I hope to use these three sub-groups in my preliminary reviews. Continue reading →