Lists by blue_sock_monkey

a list of 58 titles
Join me in exploring the world of noir--movies whose characters are as grey as the shadows with which they're filmed.

I like my Scotch neat, my fashions retro, and my noir dark, drawing me into a world that follows its own dreamy logic. The movies should have a flawed hero whose integrity will be tested & found wanting, a beautiful dame with a secret, an intriguing plot with a MacGuffin or two, a gritty urban landscape that itself becomes a character--plus actors and a director who know what depth & ambiguity are.

This list includes my personal ratings & pocket-size reviews. Come with me for a walk on the noir side.
 
a list of 228 titles
With my ratings & comments.

Dozens of ways to make your pulse race! Turn out the lights, roll the film--and be afraid. Be very afraid.

I've listed these movies (plus a select few tv shows) chronologically, complete with my highly opinionated pocket reviews. Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved it/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me. The lower I've rated a film, the later at night you should watch it.
 
a list of 14 titles
With my ratings & comments.

These are films that, for me, fell short in some fundamental way. Some of them are technically excellent, and yet...

Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me.
 
a list of 20 titles
With my ratings & favourite scenes (yes, I used spoiler tags.)

I've seen more than 40 films directed by Hitch, and have a special fondness for the under-appreciated British period. My favorite tends to be whichever one I've watched most recently.

Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me.
 
a list of 57 titles
Listed in chronological order. Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved it/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me.
 
a list of 12 titles
With my ratings & comments.

All of us have gone to at least one movie we expected to hate--maybe it's been praised so much, we assume it will fall short; or it's a genre we don't much cotton to; or the story sounds silly. And then as we watch, despite our preconceptions, something wonderful happens...

Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me.
 
a list of 34 titles
Listed in no particular order. Most of these are justly revered classics. All of them are films that reward repeat viewings--and they're a pleasure to watch.

Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me.
 
a list of 86 titles
With my ratings & comments.

I love the plays in a variety of guises--traditional, modernized, surreal, abstract, animated, parody; in ballet and opera; I even like Silent Shakespeare (there's an entire DVD of films made 1899-1911--look for it at Amazon). I've grouped these alphabetically by Shakespeare's title, and tried to include at least two versions of each one (plus a few derivative works).

Please note that I do not care if a production is "critically acclaimed" or "innovative" or "transgressive" or even if Richard Burbage himself rose from the grave to star in it; I don't care if it's performed in the nude on the dark side of the moon and incorporates every obscure literary theory proposed in the past three decades. I only care if it works.
 
a list of 42 titles
With my ratings & comments.

We all know that many of the best opera recordings are only available on CD, rather than DVD. But sometimes, even if I can't get to an opera house, I want a fuller experience--costumes, staging, lights. Here are 30+ productions, all available on home video.

Some of my ratings may look wrong (sometimes very wrong) to you. But I've tried to consider each production as a whole, not just the singing and orchestra. Unless the cinematography is really wonderful or really awful, I've mostly ignored it.

I've included a few recommendations for CDs, just for fun.
 
a list of 25 titles
With my ratings & comments.

A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays! Here are more than 20 film, animated & radio versions to choose from.

Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved it/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me.

May your days be merry and bright:
http://stripgenerator.com/strip/456867/thin-man-christmas-eve/
 
a list of 23 titles
With my ratings & comments.

Dickens's stories have vivid characters and great dialogue--perfect for translation to film. Here are some of the best adaptations (plus a few misfires).

Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved it/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me.