Monday, March 18, 2013

Top 10 Movie Countdown Blogfest

From the Ninja Captain Alex comes a challenge for March 18th: List YOUR top ten favorite movies.






Creating a list is easy, narrowing it down to 10 movies is not. I chose movies that changed trends, introduced new technology or styles, and some that are simply classics that never die. I've included the links if you want to know more.


DG's Top Ten:

1)  2001, A Space Odyssey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(film)


2)  A Clockwork Orange
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clockwork_Orange

1971 poster, A Clockwork Orange


3)  Casablanca
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_(film)


4)  The Seven Samurai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Samurai


1954 Japanese Poster, The Seven Samurai



5)  Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Rings)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings_(film_series)


6)  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly



1966 Poster, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly



7)  The Red Balloon (Fr.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Balloon




1956 DVD cover, The Red Balloon


8)  Les Miserable (2012)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_(2012_film)


9)  Midnight in Paris (2012)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_in_Paris


10) 42nd Street
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Street_(musical)


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What's your favourite of these 10 (if any)? OR Which is new to you?
Please share your choice in the comments, and keep on bloghopping.

The Linky List is at Alex's Blog.

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72 comments:

  1. You know, I've never seen 2001, A Space Odyssey. My father recently sent it to me on DVD. I really need to make time to watch it. And LOTR is a great series, I should have added it to my list. The Red Balloon is another one I've never seen, but my mother has talked to me about it before and she loved it. Seems like that's another one I need to sit down and watch.

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    1. I agree with your father and mother about 2001 and The Red Balloon. Hubs records any movies about Paris for me. That's how we find a lot of French films. And I forgot Amelie a film I loved!

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  2. Clockwork is just that film that will scare me, thrill me and be a great film... did you know Darth Vader is in that film?

    Jeremy [Retro-Z]
    Howlin' Wolf

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    1. No, I didn't know that? Vader before he became Dark? Malcolm McDowell is fairly young in Clockwork too.

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  3. Dang, I loved 'Midnight in Paris' and forgot all about it when making up my list. Great choices.

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    1. To meet some of those writers and artists would be nice. You had some great choices on your list, farawayeyes.

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  4. Of course Les Miserables is on your list! And don't throw things at me, but I've never seen Casablanca!! I know! What's wrong with me?

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    1. There's always time to watch a little Bogie and Bergman. . . it could be the start of a beautiful relationship. . .

      I watched some of Les Miserables with daughter, she likes to sing along.

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  5. LOTR is on my list. And I've seen the Eastwood flick on several others.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. Classics, of their time, and the beginning of an era of movies--spaghetti westerns and scifi with effects. Both seem destined for cultism in the future.

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  6. LOTR, Casablanca, and 2001, A Space Oddysey. I saw A Clockwork Orange, but only remember some of it.

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    1. Clockwork was early creepy, with a British flavor. Glad we agree on a few.

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  7. LOTR will be for a very long time...one of my top favorites...The Hobbit doe not reach its strength :).

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    1. Agreed. One is an appetizer, the other a meal.

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  8. I have Midnight in Paris recorded, just waiting for me to watch. Now I can't wait to push "play".

    Nice list!

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    1. Don't miss the young Hemingway or Dali. Great casting, IMO.

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  9. LOTR was on my list too. But I have yet to watch these other films! Must put them in my queue.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. I'm learning about some new ones, too, nutschell.

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  10. Amazing list! Glad to see Midnight in Paris on there. That film was a very pleasant surprise. :)

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    1. That one was a favourite, David, a time period that appealed to me.

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  11. Well, since you asked: Casablanca, then Fellowship of the Ring, then Midnight in Paris.

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    1. Okay. Thanks for visiting, Tony. Saw your list, too. Interesting. . .first mention I've seen of The Rock. I like his expressions. . .

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  12. Oh, The Red Balloon! There's something so enchanting about it, to this day. I was excited to find it on Netflix and show it to my kids. I have yet to see Les Miz, so will likely be waiting for it to be on DVD to rent, but I can't wait!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. I'm glad so many recognize this one! We discovered it by accident and loved it. A sentient balloon, perhaps?

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  13. Nice mix. I think I'll choose The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as my favorite just because I failed to include any Clint Eastwood in my own list and ya gotta have some Clint.

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    1. Clint has come a long way since his Rowdy Yates days. Who knew?

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  14. I love 2001. It's probably more responsible for sparking my interest in sci-fi than anything else, except maybe the moon landing stuff. :)

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    1. I have to agree. I read all the followup books too (2010, 2061, 3001, I think). Had to know about the obelisk.

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  15. Red Balloon is definitely a movie worth seeing. Nice that you included a western too.

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    1. Sometimes it's the director or the actors that make a film memorable, sometimes it's the plot.

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  16. I need to watch more movies - I've only seen two of those. (And LOTR would be my favorite.)

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    1. It's hard not to like LOTR, aka Middle Earth. I was disheartened to hear what damage New Zealand has suffered recently.

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  17. Great list - love LotR, Casablanca & 42nd St. Haven't seen any of the others yet! One day :)

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    1. I liked 42nd Street, as I was a volunteer with the admin part of a local musical production. Loved the songs.

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  18. I haven't seen The Good, Bad and Ugly in ages! Nice how you put the links on each one. :)

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    1. But you remember the wah-wah-wah of the theme song for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, don't you? A haunting melody. . .

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  19. So many people seemed disappointed by Les Miserables, so it's nice to see it included. Not familiar with Clockwork but I'm going to look it up.

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    1. Some people may have preferred a dialogue type of movie, rather than a musical, perhaps. I love history.

      You'll find Clockwork interesting, especially with Kubrick as director.

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  20. We do love many of the same movies. I haven't seen Red Balloon in SO LONG!!!!

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    1. It definitely warms the heart. I'm pleased you know about it. Thanks for the follow, Jay.

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  21. Seeing your pick, the Seven Samuri, made me think of another I should have included on my list, The Magnificent Seven. Classic western.

    I liked your choices.

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    1. Yes, there is some similarity there, but Seven Samurai had Toshiro Mifune, a great actor (also in Shogun). Two versions of heroes.

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  22. Hi, I like les miserables the best of all the movies. Thanks for sharing your top 10.

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  23. I haven't seen the new Les Miserables, but the older one was so good that I read the book after I watched it. Victor Hugo is so cool.

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    1. I like movies based on history. Glad there was something you liked.

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  24. Oh my gosh - I remember crying and crying during the Red Balloon when we watched it in third grade. :(

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    1. At that age, Nicki, it would be easier to identify with having a personal balloon to be your buddy. Glad you remember it.

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  25. I didn't have room for any of the Clint Eastwood "Man With No Name" films, but I think they're great, as well :)

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    1. Clint Eastwood helped feed a resurgence of western films after these Italian directed versions hit the theatres. Don't forget Angel Eyes, and Eli Wallach ('we don't need no stinking'-fill in the blank).
      Great casting.

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  26. Hello DG! Great to meet you! Oh I lurve Casablanca. So great!! And I've always wanted to see Clockwork Orange. Someday!

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    1. A Clockwork Orange features a young Malcom McDowell and is worth a view. Thanks for the follow, Pk, and welcome.

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  27. Some great movies in here, though there are also some I would like to see. The only one I have seen & hated was A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. All I think when I think of this movie is, NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!

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    1. It's not for everyone, but it was an important film at the time it was released. Thanks for visiting.

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  28. i love the old school feel of your movies. i can proudly say i've heard of most and seen a whole lot of none of them. then again, you have peeked some interests here!!!

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  29. Interesting list. I have to admit I haven't seen a lot of them. :3

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    1. You might like some of them, A Clockwork Orange was UK made. The Red Balloon is universal, and Clint brought back the cowboy. Thanks for dropping in.

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  30. Hey DG! I forgot all about Clockwork Orange for my list...of course, I had a hard time too, only being allowed 10 movies...by necessity we have to leave a whole bunch out. I've seen the Good the Bad and the Ugly too, but not for years and years. My Dad was huge into Clint Eastwood. I haven't seen any of the Lord of the Rings.

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    1. You have to see the Lord of the Rings movies! It's going to be a classic in years t come.

      I have to see the Hobbit, too.

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  31. I never saw Clockwork Orange. It's one I've wanted to see, though.

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    1. Read the writeups first, Sherry, it's not what I called kid stuff.

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  32. i have only seen your first two!

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    1. You might like Midnight in Paris (nostalgia for an older Paris), Lynn, or the Red Balloon (a special balloon for a lonely boy). Thanks for visiting.

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  33. Fellowship was probably my favorite LotR -- WAY better than last year's Hobbit.

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    1. LOTR had a bit of everything - but it was an epic quest. The Hobbitt was like a prelude.

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  34. So many favorites on your list. Les Miserable nudges Casablanca but not quite enough to knock it from a glorious perch.

    Happy Easter to you and yours!

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    1. Both contain history and a bit of romance-a good mix. Thanks, Kittie!

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  35. just dropping by to say hello!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  36. Just stopping in to say that even though I didn't get a chance to reply to your comment on my last post, I really appreciated it. I'll be lurking here too.(:

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