Lists by XpatPete

a list of 12 titles
This is a tough one. Looking at the best sequels by box-office improvement ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_sequels_by_box-office_improvement ), one does get the nagging feeling that neither democracy nor capitalism work after all. In any case, here are my favourite sequels, based on the prerequisite that the films were at least up to par if not better than the originals (or the story was just too good or too unfinished to miss the follow-up). Special mention: Although "Silence of the Lambs" is certainly not a sequel in the classical definition of the word, "Manhunter" (1986) is the original Hannibal Lecter (see also the later "Red Dragon"), so there :-). And what about "Superman II", "X2", "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn", "Batman Returns", "Aliens", "Crank: High Voltage ", "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", "Resident Evil" (sorry Mila), "Gremlins 2", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (as much as I like Julianne Moore, no Sam Neill, no chance), "Bad Boys II", "The Naked Gun 2 1/2", "Toy Story II" or "The Dark Night"? No way, José. Even "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" doesn't qualify (imho), if only "The Last Crusade" had been the follow-up to the original, it would be a different story. And what about "French Connection II"? Had the original not been so outstanding, it might have made the list. And why not "Day of the Dead" (George Romero, 1985)? Because I am no longer 16 :-). Close misses by "Mad Max II", "Spiderman II", "2046" and many more ...
 
a list of 11 titles
Here's a list of films with the telephone at the centre of the story. The rule for being included in this list is simple: the film could not have been made without the concept of the telephone (or similar technology).

Yes, I know, the rule is a bit wishy-washy, but the question to ask yourself: would the film have to be changed significantly if we didn't have phones? Could it have been made at all?

What am I missing? Suggestions very welcome :-).

Note: I've ignored those films with such poor ratings that we would be grateful if they hadn't invented the phone just to make sure these films wouldn't have been shot.
 
a list of 53 titles
Personal film library (disk IV of VI)
 
a list of 40 titles
Personal film library (disk III of VI)
 
a list of 12 titles
Very personal all-time favorite dozen
 
a list of 12 people
Although some novelists were excellent screen writers, adapting both their own work, as that of others to the big screen, top original screen play writers are mostly a breed of their own.

(s.a. "Favorite Dozen Bestseller-Authors adapted to Film"
and "Favorite Dozen Top-Playrights adapted to Film")

PS. Admittedly, these lists overlap somewhat as a number of authors should have been included in two or more but weren't simply because I needed the room :-).

Disclaimer: I purposefully named this listing a "Favorite" and not a "Top"-list. I know I have left out a number of top candidates (due to the fact that a dozen = 12, grr) and am afraid I've left out even more authors I never even thought of in the first place.
 
a list of 12 people
Some authors seem predestined to having their novels adapted to the cinema, with others it seems almost impossible. This list is an early version of a "Top" list including those that I am able to add off the top of my head. More to follow.

(s.a. "Favorite Dozen Top-Playrights adapted to Film"
and "Favorite Dozen Original Screenplay Authors")

PS. Admittedly, these lists overlap somewhat as a number of authors should have been included in two or more but weren't simply because I needed the room :-).

Disclaimer: I purposefully named this listing a "Favorite" and not a "Top"-list. I know I have left out a number of top candidates (due to the fact that a dozen = 12, grr) and am afraid I've left out even more authors I never even thought of in the first place.
 
a list of 12 people
Some playrights seem predestined to having their works adapted to the cinema, with others it seems almost impossible. This list is an early version of a "Top" list including those that I am able to add off the top of my head. More to follow.

(s.a. "Favorite Dozen Bestseller-Authors adapted to Film"
and "Favorite Dozen Original Screenplay Authors")

PS. Admittedly, these lists overlap somewhat as a number of authors should have been included in two or more but weren't simply because I needed the room :-).

Disclaimer: I purposefully named this listing a "Favorite" and not a "Top"-list. I know I have left out a number of top candidates (due to the fact that a dozen = 12, grr) and am afraid I've left out even more authors I never even thought of in the first place.
 
a list of 12 people
Avoiding adjectives such as "best" or "top", this list simply includes those directors which managed to draw me to a movie alone by his or her name.
 
a list of 12 titles
My 12 favorite music and dance films
 
a list of 10 titles
My 10 favorite Neil Simon films
 
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My 12 favorite Cary Grant films
 
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My 12 favorite Harvey Keitel films
 
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My 12 favorite films concerned with discrimination and racism
 
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My 12 favorite films on sports and games
 
a list of 12 titles
My 12 favorite films for the baby-boomers generation
 
a list of 24 titles
My 12 favorite film noirs (oh alright, I know, there's two dozen but just can't manage to cut the list down to twelve)
 
a list of 12 titles
My 12 favorite films on war and conflict.
 
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My 12 favorite comedies.
 
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My 12 favorite sci-fi and fantasy films
 
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My 12 favorite films on social themes