And It's A Big Thumbs Up From Me  

Fallic40 54M
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1/16/2006 10:04 pm
And It's A Big Thumbs Up From Me

I had a brilliant idea, a brain fart of the highest order, if you will. I would simply list my five favourite movies and tell you what they mean to me and what it is about them that appeals to me.

Getting the list to 10 movies was not too difficult:

1. The Fifth Element
2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
3. The Agony and The Ecstasy
4. Richard III (Sir Ian McKellan version)
5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
6. Cry, The Beloved Country
7. A Man For All Seasons
8. The Legend of 1900
9. Life of Brian
10. Kill Bill, Vol. 2

But, depending on what day of the week it is, whether I have been eating red meat, are my bowel movements regular, has the ex-missus been on the blower to me, the ability to put them into some semblance of order is somewhat of an illusion. I could give myself a brain hernia figuring this out.

So, as of today, Monday, a day without red meat, with several good bowel movements and no phone call from the “trouble and strife” (Cockney rhyming slang for wife), 'ere we go.

5. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: “Harry didn't think that he did a very good job, so he grabbed the nearest thing to hand, which just so happened to be a 15 inch black rubber cock, and proceeded to beat poor old Smithy to death with. And that was seen as a nice way to go. Now, that is why you pay Hatchet Harry, when you owe.” And that is some of the tamer dialogue from the film. This is the coolest English film made. I watch it regularly and my oldest daughter sits there and picks out friends of mine. She tells me that I am Soap, my mate Bry is Bacon, Steps is Eddie. We dress as cool. We drink as cool. The whole movie is Friday night at the pub.

4. Richard III: “I can smile. And murder while I smile.” The version of Richard III directed and starring Sir Ian McKellan has the subtlety of, say, a tank going through a house. Not in Shakespeare, I hear you say! But there are no tanks in Shakespeare. But there are in this version. The eminent Sir Ian has moved the entire affair to 1930s England and dallies with some very unsavory ideas that have turned out to be much close to truth than fiction. Watch this movie. Understand that, as secret documents in England are coming out from the blanket of the Official Secrets Act, this civil war could easily have happened and then realize that the world would have been goose stepping if results had gone badly.

3. Life of Brian: “He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!” Truly the most brilliantly irreverent film ever made: the outrageously funny life story of the baby born in the next stable to Jesus. Look for some of the little things mixed in amongst the broad humor such as stick shift spaceships. I love to watch this and “always look on the bright side of life.”

2. The Fifth Element: “What's wrong with you? What you screamin' for? Every 5 minutes there's somethin', a bomb or somethin'. I'm leavin'. bzzzz.” This film is almost indescribable. It is from my favorite director, Luc Besson. He also made the incredible The Professional. Everything in the movie is completely over the top and the story, for a science fiction movie, is excellent.

1. Cry, the Beloved Country: “He's the only man I've ever met, black or white, who saw me for what I am. What I really am.” It is fitting that on Martin Luther King Day, this movie is the top of the list. It is about apartheid in 1940s South Africa and is based on the novel by Alan Paton. What sets this film in the number1 slot is an ending that is heart rending and reaffirming all at the same time. James Earl Jones and Richard Harris are brilliant and through their pain they show the eternal truth that nobility is inherent in all people.

And while I will vaccillate endleesly on numbers 2 through 10, there is no doubt in my mind that Cry, the Beloved Country is my all time favourite film.

Fox4aKnight1 44F

1/16/2006 11:24 pm

I enjoyed about half of those and I enjoy Monty Python from time to time. between MP's Grail movie and the princess bride and the fith element (love the music in the movie) I mostly agree. I love the humor and the music and I adore action movies. even if they are more sci-fi that action. hm not sure what you might term Mortal Kombat though.....action on Sci-fi *shrug* in either case I enjoyed the movies ....But I enjoy the books more. LOL

_Safira 54F
11260 posts
1/17/2006 2:16 am

Fallic ~ I'm with Kelli in that I'll usually take a book over a movie. You KNOW I need more time than this! But I agree, this was a great list for yesterday ... most especially for "Cry the Beloved Country", which I shall watch this weekend if I have my Netflix way.

In addition, stay tuned for my Golden Globes' wrap-up, to appear "shortly!"

This is my blog - Comes With Warning Labels. There are many like it, but this one is mine.


Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/17/2006 6:14 pm

Safira, one of the movies that I did not include on my list, because I do not know if it really qualifies as a movie is Eddie Izzard: Dressed To Kill. Order it and be amazed.

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/17/2006 6:16 pm

Fox4, a lady who loves action movies: too cool. A lot of people seem to love the music from the Fifth Element.

impish_pixie 55F
6867 posts
1/17/2006 7:08 pm

#5 - Yep....One of my favorites too. I'm running it over in my mind and putting you in as Soap...hmmm.

#4 - Did not see this one - but I'm sure I'd love it as I am a major fan of Ian McKellan.

#3 - And now I'll be whistling this song in my head for the next week...Thank you very much! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie!!

#2 - Sounds familiar...but...I do love "The Professionl". That movie makes me cry everytime I see it. So beautifully redemptive and sweet.

#1 - Haven't seen yet...but will now.

And while I love the books too...I am a major freak for a movie. Love to just be taken away. Speaking of which...if you're a Johnny Cash fan you MUST see "Walk the Line". Beautiful, just beautiful.

I make mistakes, I am out of control & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/17/2006 8:01 pm

imp, the lads down the pub have the suits, the attitude, and the accents plus there are four of us. My youngest daughter regaled all of her friends with tales of how I sound like the Geico gecko.

Walk the Line is fantastic. I am a huge Johnny Cash fan.

meerkittykat 43F

1/17/2006 11:01 pm

Too hard to narrow down my movies, but words to live by...

"Blessed are the cheesemakers"

What Jesus fails to appreciate is that it's the meek who are the problem. Or so I heard....

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/19/2006 6:09 pm

Hi Shaye, I really like the second Lord of the Rings film as well. It would definitely be in the next 10.

Jaws is a great film, but like other films such as Taxi Driver, Saturday Night Fever, and The Long Good Friday, it just looks very dated and hasn't aged well.

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/19/2006 6:11 pm

meerkitykat, a fellow member of the Popular Front of Judea, I surmise.

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