screen test

barsetshirediaries responded to a challenge by Paula Acton (with whom I agree about The Rocky Horror Picture Show* but couldn’t fit it in to my top 10) and posted Top Tenners, his top ten favourite films.

I share here part of my comment about one of his choices “it was a only few years ago I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and felt totally ripped off at the end when Holly tosses the cat into the rain in the alley… there’s no redeeming her in my eyes… “

I was only going to comment but it got me thinking, and distracted me from my WIP posts…

This is one of those questions… what I choose today could be very different to what I choose tomorrow…

In no particular order.

  1. The Goodbye Girl (1977) – I still have an affection for it as one of those late night TV movies I watched before Bridget Jones’ Diary came along.
  2. The Princess Bride (1987) – if you haven’t seen it, it’s about “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…”.
  3. The Magnificent Seven (1960) – classic cast of that era: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. The G.O. and I both love a good “yippie”.
  4. Walk the Line (2005) – the story of Johnny Cash & June Carter. Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon are great in their roles, and the soundtrack is fantastic.
  5. Red Dog (2011) – great Aussie movie – be warned though, you’ll need tissues.
  6. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) – Mickey Rourke & Don Johnson! Never fails to entertain the G.O. & me.
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) – any movie with Johnny Depp is good for me, and the G.O. too.
  8. Bad Santa (2003) – seasonal, and questionable taste but I’m a fan of Billy Bob Thornton (shhhh, don’t tell anyone).
  9. Everything Is Illuminated (2005) – the film adaptation of the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. Sammy Davis Junior Junior steals the show.
  10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) – “Feed me Seymour…”. Steve Martin is hilarious as “Orin Scrivello, DDS, an abusive, sadistic and nitrous oxide-huffing dentist”.
IMG_20130711_182400_edit0Other than The Goodbye Girl and Everything Is Illuminated (which we’re lacking) the rest are part of our not so extensive collection of DVDs. It’s hard to see common themes – comedy, dogs, music… and escapism from every decade from the 60’s on. Much of the rest of the collection comprises [more] westerns, fast cars and motorcyles… but this is my top 10, not the G.O.’s.

Anyone else want to give this a shot?

* If you also like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, check out this Aussie take on one of its songs… Spicks & Specks does The Time Warp

37 thoughts on “screen test

  1. It has been really interesting seeing other peoples top tens, it seems such an easy question until you actually have to try to pick just ten I have thought of probably another twenty of so since and can’t believe I missed Johnny out!


    1. I’m intrigued… and give you fair warning as I did LDP, not to go there with Bad Santa 😉 But, if you like off beat comedy you might be amused and entertained.


  2. You’re a brave woman EllaDee! I’d have to admit I love old, old musicals with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald, and I’m not brave enough to do that. 😉


        1. Too many years sitting through tedious talentless end of year school musicals in halls in awful heat put me off them for life… Porgy & Bess aaargh, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof aargh aargh.


  3. Nothing like mine! Mag Seven was OK, but I wouldn’t put it top ten.

    Don’t even tell me about Bridget Jones’ Diary. helen fielding was in the year above me at school! why aren’t I living that life? 😀 Jealous? Me? Never.

    apart from MS I’ve not seen any of the others, oh maybe PotC. If I don’t know it isn’t memorable.

    First thoughts, Reservoir Dogs, partly because of Stealers Wheel. And I do quite like For a Few Dollars More.

    So there’s half a tenner.


    1. Interesting but quite understandable that varying demographics would give varying results, although each list I’ve looked at there are some I like also. I’m not sure my top 10 are based on merit, more affection. Reservoir Dogs although we have it, is a little violent for me, but the attraction was the soundtrack. In my 11-20, I’d include pretty much anything with Clint Eastwood in it.


  4. I’m not sure I’d even watch RDs any more it is so violent, but I did think it was a good film (when I watched it at the time). Unlike Dog bites Man or Man bites Dog whatever it was called. Truly vile.

    Faves at the time are not necessarily so later. As said, they were first to come to mind, so maybe they were the ones that had the most impact?

    Thinking about faves now, totally different list comes to mind. One, if not the very most fave of all times, is Kind Hearts and Coronets. Just. Superb. If I did compile a list, they would probably be largely British anyway, Brassed Off. Not Full Monty, but it was still good. Soft Top, Hard Shoulder. Killing Time. The Italian Job. Get Carter. Some of the Bond films. The Tailor of Panama.

    One blogger recently did a top 100 of places to visit. Couldn’t believe how low down the list Sydney was 😦 but a top 100 films would be interesting. Or possibly 50. He did it ten at a time, so 50-41 etc up to 10-1.

    I think with films though, you have to discern between what are good films, and what you enjoy/are you faves. Not necessarily the same. Naked Lunch (Cronenberg) was a good film. I nearly walked out half way through but I was glad I sat through it. Favourite? No. Good and powerful? Very. Would I watch it again? Probably.


    1. I definitely agree, there is vast difference between good films, and what I enjoy! And, I think favourites change and move around over time… I tend to judge mine by the intensiity of my “oh I love this…” reaction. We differ I think in film because Australia is very exposed to the US, less so to the UK, and finally we are making decent films of our own which the rest of the world appreciates sometimes, sometimes not. The UK has influenced us more musically, I would say, over the years.


      1. Well you have made good films before. I am a big fan of Peter Weir films, Picnic at Hanging Rock was superb and is the Aus film that always comes to mind immediately. Year of Living Dangerously was brilliant, I loved that. And Mosquito Coast was great too, apart from the fact that it had Harrison Ford in it, but that was balanced out by Helen Mirren.

        And the wonderful Judy Davis was superb in Naked Lunch.

        How can I not mention Priscilla. Excellent. I think everywhere suffers from over-exposure to America but other films are out there if we look.


  5. 4 is good. 5 is sooo sad!
    Have to stick Kill Bill 2 in. I know it’s violent, but you have to look at is for what it is – the graphic novel format in it was intriguing technique.
    Sometimes I have to distinguish between films I “like” because of plot/characterization and those I admire because of the production techniques and effects – these are different lists for me


    1. I’ve never seen Kill Bill 2. I will add it to my Quickflix queue and employ my usual technique of sliding my glasses off it it gets too rough for me! Definitely different lists… I don’t watch many “quality” films, mainly I go for escapism but the one that spings to my mind is Ten Canoes
      After we saw the movie at teh cinemna I refused the G.O.’s request for a copy of Red Dog. I sobbed my way through it, and I have never seen him cry except in that movie, when he blamed the perfume on lady next sitting on the other side of him. I relented and gave him a copy for Christmas, and of course we both cried again. Why we do it to ourselves I don’t know. I’ve buried it deep in the collection.
      We usually trot out Walk the Line on Valentines Day… along with a romantic pizza 🙂


      1. Just a warning, Kill Bill 2 is very violent. (I don’t usually go for the violent ones…but I had a horrible work environment about the time this came out…) It’s just very stylized – and much like Japanese manga.
        You don’t have to watch Kill Bill 1 first for it to make sense
        Right now I want sheer entertainment – even the old old classics ones: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Monroe, Hitchcock….something with characterization, plot, or clever dialogue, glamour sounds pretty nice right now… real life is so complex, and grim so often…Entertainment, please.


        1. Just didn’t want you to think it was Mary Poppins. Although most probably think the blood is not a big deal..the samari sword fights have such choreography – like ballet. And it’s not stupid violence – it all moves the plot.
          If you want a saga about a strong determined – persistent woman – where good overcomes all, there it is. Strong characterization, witty plot. Music, lighting – it all works
          Might make you want to watch the rest of the series.
          (But I will not watch Old Yeller – ever again…ever…too sad)


  6. I watched Red Dog and sobbed for hours! I’m not good with movies that make me cry 😯

    Don’t tell anyone, but I’m a big fan of Billy Bob Thornton as well 😉


  7. Never seen Red Dog, I hate animal movies in general, sad things happen, someone always dies, The End. I think I was scarred by Lassie and Benji when I was young and just can’t go back….

    I am not sure I could do a top ten of movies, maybe I would have to do a top ten of sci if, chick flick, comedy, etc etc individually because I could never narrow it down!
    I think the movies that most stick in my mind are not necessarily the best ones but the ones where a line has entered our household lingo, “Feed me Seymour!” is definitely one of those lines. “What’s your boggle?” is also used here on an almost daily basis and I can thank Demolition Man for that. Not at all a memorable movie but that one line just stuck.
    I agree with you about Johhny Depp (his long cameo in the French movie Happily Ever After… *sigh*) but as for Bad Santa, when it came out we actually knew a very distasteful person who looked just like BBT and who could have easily played the main role and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to watch it!


    1. It’s unfortunate you have those scars… even though it is one of those “sad things happen, someone always dies” sob inducing films the scenery and the music is great, and it’s a true story but I know where you’re coming from, it took a lot of convincing to get me to watch it a second time.
      It is really hard to scale favourite and good movies into neat piles and numbers. I’m sure if I looked in the DVD cupboard, I’d find a few more favourites, and like the 80’s song lists, if I searched further, I would be into the top 100.
      I tend to do the same with movie quotes but it’s lost on the G.O.. After 2 weeks travelling the Kimberley and NT, he finally cracked and asked “who’s Toto?”
      Ooh, I can imagine the pseudo BBT… BBT is so bad, he’s bad…


  8. I like your list, EllaDee and we have a few in common, one of them being Bad Santa. Now that must mean something but damned if I know! 🙂
    The Spicks and Specks clip was hysterical. Thanks for the link.


    1. I think you have to have really good taste to appreciate something that’s really bad taste! That’s what we have in common 😊
      We’re going tonight to see Adam Hills, the host of Spicks & Speck, in his new comedy stage show Happyism.


    1. Our movie watching fluctuates… but that list is an all time. It would be a little different if it was movies I’ve watched recently. I’d add The Sapphires, Water for Elephants, Mad Bastards,
      The Hunter, Chad Morgan – I’m Not Dead Yet, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Men in Black 3, Argo, My Week With Marilyn, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel…
      We have a basic Quickflix subscription, the equivalent of the US’s Netflix, and it keeps us entertained when we have a spare couple of hours 😊


  9. You’ve got a terrific list here! l love love loved Walk the Line. And I agree about Johnny Depp too.


    1. Thanks 🙂 Movies and books are such a universal thing… there’s always something on someones list I’ve enjoyed, or think ooh I want to watch/read that!


  10. I’ve just read David’s list as well. Some good choices there though I must admit to not having seen all the films on your list. I saw a bit of Bad Santa a couple of years ago, maybe nearer Christmas I might try and watch it properly 🙂


    1. I’m always hesitant to confess to or recommend Bad Santa but if you like Christmas films because it is that too as well as being comedic bad taste, it might work for you.


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