The Cinema Show: 1,852 and Counting

I have had one thousand, eight hundred fifty-two sexual partners and they were all glorious!

No, I’m kidding. How would I ever find time to drink and write? Plus, I’m a whiskey man so, there’s that.

I’m talking movies!!

I have a list of 1,852 (and counting) movies that you should see in your life. It’s extreme yes, however, if you are a cinefile, you have probably seen many of these.

This started simply enough. In the Summer of 2014, Mandy from xoJane set all the filmmaking sites abuzz with “Bill Hader’s 200 Films Every Comedy Writer” should see from Mike Sacks’ book “Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers”.

I have to say, it spanned the history of film and was amazing!

To my surprise, I had seen about 75 of them. I now had to see the rest so into the Netflix queue they went.

I then had a realization. These were just comedies and those that claimed to be. What about dramas?

I started poking around and came across the AFI Top 100 Lists.

One was the “AFI 100 Years … 100 Quotes”   list. It’s all the quotes we’ve all seen used and abused mostly from the opening montages of awards shows.

•    “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night” – All About Eve
•     “Stella! Hey, Stella” – A Streetcar Named Desire
•    “Play it Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’” – Casablanca
•    “Are you talkin’ to me” – Taxi Driver

Again, I realized outside of the clips, I hadn’t seen most of them so I added them to my list.

In its latest iteration, I have 1,852 movies on this list. I have since found other lists to add but here are the initial lists I’m using:

•    2003- 2014 editions of “1001 Films to See Before You Die”     (Listed in alphabetical order not a ranking)
•    Oscar Winners and Nominees for Best Original Screenplay
•    Oscar Winners and Nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay
•    Films on the National Film Registry
•    AFI Top 100 list from 1998
•    AFI Top 100 list from 2007
•    AFI’S 100 Greatest Movie Quotes
•    AFI’s 25 Greatest Film Scores of All Time
•    AFI’s 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time
•    AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time
•    WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays List
•    Of course, Bill Hader’s 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

If you were to watch one of these per day, you’d be finished in over 5 years. That’s a lot of movie watching so we should get to it.

Without further ado …

All About Eve – 1950
Written and Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Notable Cast
•    Bette Davis
•    Anne Baxter
•    George Sanders
•    Celeste Holm
•    Hugh Marlowe
•    Barbara Bates
•    Gary Merrill
•    Thelma Ritter
•    Marilyn Monroe

Academy Awards – 14 nominations/ 6 wins

On Lists
•    1001 Films
•    #28 AFI Top 100 ‘07
•    #16 AFI Top 100 ‘98
•    #5 WGA 101 Greatest
•    1990 Addition to National Film Registry

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042192/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1000626-all_about_eve/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_About_Eve

Playing Where? Amazon, iTunes, Netflix DVD & Vudu

Description
Aging Broadway diva Margo Channing (Bette Davis) hires ingénue Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) as her assistant and let the cat-fighting begin! Plus, you put Celeste Holm in a movie and I’m there! OK, most probably won’t say that but she had an amazing career appearing opposite some of the biggest stars of her era.

A Streetcar Named Desire – 1951

Screenplay by Tennessee Williams
Adaptation by Oscar Saul
Based on his original play: “A Streetcar Named Desire” Tennessee Williams

Directed by Elia Kazan

Notable Cast
Vivien Leigh
Marlon Brando
Kim Hunter
Karl Malden

Academy Awards – 9 nominations/ 4 wins

On Lists
•    1001 Films
•    #47 AFI Top 100 ‘07
•    #45 AFI Top 100 ‘98
•    #19 AFI 25 Greatest Film Scores
•    1999 Addition to National Film Registry

www.imdb.com/title/tt0044081/
www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1020333-streetcar_named_desire/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Streetcar_Named_Desire_(1951_film)

Playing Where? Amazon, iTunes, Netflix DVD, Vudu

Description
One of Tennessee Williams’ finest, with superb film direction by very same director of the Broadway play Elia Kazan. At the end of her rope, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) moves in with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter) and brother-in-law (Marlon Brando) then … complications arise.

Casablanca – 1942

Written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Directed by Michael Curtiz

Notable Cast
Humphrey Bogart
Ingrid Bergman
Paul Henreid
Claude Rains
Conrad Veidt
Sydney Greenstreet
Peter Lorre

Academy Awards – 8 nominations/ 3 wins

On Lists
•    1001 Films
•    #3 AFI Top 100 ‘07
•    #2 AFI Top 100 ‘98
•    #32 AFI 100 Most Inspiring
•    #1 WGA 101 Greatest
•    1989 Addition to National Film Registry

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1003707-casablanca/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_(film)

Playing Where? Amazon, Flixster, iTunes, Netflix DVD, Vudu

Description
As political thrillers go, they don’t get any better than this. Jilted American ex-pat and political neutral Rick Blaine (Bogart) runs a nightclub and casino in Vichy French and German occupied Casablanca. After obtaining transport papers from Signor Ugarte (Lorre), his jilter, Ilsa Lund (Bergman) shows up with her husband fugitive Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Henreid ) looking for a way to escape the Nazi’s.

Taxi Driver – 1976

Written by Paul Schrader
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Notable Cast
Robert De Niro
Jodie Foster
Harvey Keitel
Cybill Shepherd
Albert Brooks
Peter Boyle

Academy Awards – 4 nominations/ 0 wins

On Lists
•    1001 Films
•    #52 AFI Top 100 ‘07
•    #47 AFI Top 100 ‘98
•    #32 AFI 100 Most Inspiring
•    #43 WGA 101 Greatest
•    1994 Addition to National Film Registry

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075314/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/taxi_driver/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxi_Driver

Playing Where? Amazon, Flixster, iTunes, Netflix DVD, Vudu

Description
In all candor, I did not get this one. I find Vietnam related pieces hard to grasp. But, it is a classic and has wonderful cinematography of 1970’s New York. De Niro play Travis Bickle a Vietnam Vet who drives a cab at night and is disgusted by the world and saves Iris, a teenage prostitute played by a then 13-year-old Jodie Foster. I probably have to watch this again.

I hope you like this week’s selections. Let me know what you think.