Lists by matsnowie
A slowly-expanding list of the films worth seeing that deal with LGBT themes.
My favourite or the most-recognizable film from each of the US 50 states (because there aren't films for every Canadian province).
I compared the official results of the Oscars to the score out of 10 given to the nominated films on IMDb. The following are all the Oscar winners (ties going to the film with more votes) that would have resulted if IMDb users voted instead of the Academy.
Just because it can be done (with a bit of cheating).
Sometimes imagination and reality cross paths, and in these films imagination has (possibly) taken over.
Easier than top 10 movies, but deceptively so. This is an attempt to pick which series I enjoy watching and rewatching. (Be aware that I haven't yet started The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Boardwalk Empire or Deadwood; I'm also not counting talk shows like The Daily Show).
Disney was particularly guilty of cashing in on a good film with a cheap sequel. Here are some films that were poor additions to their originals.
Some people's lives are just too interesting to not put on film. Unfortunately those people tend to be the last ones who would want their lives made into movies. Filmmakers have always found ways around this, of course, and not mentioning names is usually a good start.
One of the more difficult decades to limit to 10 choices, I was forced to kick off The Usual Suspects, Beauty and the Beast, Cinema Paradiso, and Ghost (just kidding).
The relationship between Film and History is a very complicated one: some films rewrite history willy-nilly and are fabulous; others are slaves to fact and are boring to watch; others still rewrite until the story is unrecognizable; and some stick to the "truth" and create wonderful films.
When a filmmaker tries to do something clever it can be called a film experiment. If they fail then it's called a gimmick.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to see enough of the 1920s and 30s to give them their own lists. As is obvious from below most of my attention in that period has been focused on Charlie Chaplin. As the birth of mass cinema, however, this period included the first classics, and these films stand the test of time.
The decade where Hollywood went from production code censorship to violent rebellion. It was also a decade with a fondness for long titles.
Charlie Chaplin is only one of my favorite directors, but he is my absolute favorite actor. Much of his best work was done in the two reel comedies he made for Mutual in 1917, but many of his feature films are classic examples of his genius as well. Anyone interested in Chaplin should see the terrific documentary Unknown Chaplin.
Possibly my favorite director, Stanley Kubrick left behind only a dozen films (that are easily available), which include many of the greatest examples of film art ever.
The 1980s, also known as the boom-and-bust decade. Hollywood went blockbuster crazy after Star Wars was so successful. At first it paid off to take huge gambles on expensive films, but then came Michael Cimino's disasterous Heaven's Gate. Hollywood reset itself and entered the 90s a humbled industry (right?).
Often remakes are met with scorn, but sometimes filmmakers manage to create something entirely new with an old idea. From time to time a film is remade and the second version is so loved that the original is forgotten. These are some of the best. (I'm including only remakes of films, not alternate adaptations of previously published material).
The standard film genres (Sci-Fi, Action, Western, Romance, Comedy, etc.) can be mixed up in many combinations. Here are some interesting examples listed alphabetically:
The Academy Awards are not always right, and there have been a few instances where they were very wrong. These films are not necessarily bad, and many are very good; these are the Best Picture winners that I think should have been runners up. In descending order of Oscar year:
These are the best films based on books that I have read.
There are great stories, and sometimes they come pre-packaged with the "True Story" guarantee. These are the greatest, based on their relationship to that important below-the-title phrase: "Based on a True Story".
I stress SPOILER ALERT! There are more classic endings, but these are my favorites. Each includes a great last line, a great final shot, a great piece of music, or a combination of all three.
Particularly since the introduction of DVD and Blu-ray technology, filmmakers have been able to make extended or alternate cuts available to the public. Here are the ones that add to or alter the theatrical cuts for the better.