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Sounds, Visions and Insights by Brian Skutle

Hello all. It’s time to bring back my multi-list “Movie 250” blog after a could of years away, this time, with some new lists, along with some changes to some old lists. I hope you enjoy!

Brian Skutle
www.sonic-cinema.com

20 Best Movies
1. “Vertigo” (1958; Alfred Hitchcock)
2. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968; Stanley Kubrick)
3. “Schindler’s List” (1993; Steven Spielberg)
4. “Pulp Fiction” (1994; Quentin Tarantino)
5. “Andrei Rublev” (1966; Andrei Tarkovsky)
6. “Sherlock Jr.” (1924; Buster Keaton)
7. “The Fantasia Anthology” (1940 & 2000; Walt & Roy E. Disney, Executive Producers)
8. “Gone With the Wind” (1939; David O. Selznick, Producer)
9. “GoodFellas” (1990; Martin Scorsese)
10. “Ran” (1985; Akira Kurosawa)
11. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982; Steven Spielberg)
12. “Nosferatu” (1922; F.W. Murnau)
13. “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962; John Frankenheimer)
14. “Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope” (1977; George Lucas)
15. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998; Steven Spielberg)
16. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004; Michel Gondry)
17. “Wall-E” (2008; Andrew Stanton)
18. “The Big Sleep” (1946; Howard Hawks)
19. “Dark City” (1998; Alex Proyas)
20. “Cloud Atlas” (2012; Andy & Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer)

20 Favorite Movies
1. “Sherlock Jr.” (1924; Buster Keaton)
2. “The Crow” (1994; Alex Proyas)
3. “Hugo” (2011; Martin Scorsese)
4. “Braveheart” (1995; Mel Gibson)
5. The “Star Wars” Saga (1977-2005; George Lucas, Executive Producer)
6. “Pulp Fiction” (1994; Quentin Tarantino)
7. “The Whole Wide World” (1996; Dan Ireland)
8. “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (2001; Steven Spielberg)
9. “Face/Off” (1997; John Woo)
10. “Adaptation.” (2002; Spike Jonze)
11. “Up” (2009; Pete Doctor)
12. “Andrei Rublev” (1966; Andrei Tarkovsky)
13. “Keeping the Faith” (2000; Edward Norton)
14. “Ed Wood” (1994; Tim Burton)
15. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1967; Sergio Leone)
16. “High Fidelity” (2000; Stephen Frears)
17. “Waking Life” (2001; Richard Linklater)
18. “A Few Good Men” (1992; Rob Reiner)
19. “The Ref” (1994; Ted Demme)
20. “Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie” (1996; Jim Mallon)

15 Worst Films
1. “I Spit on Your Grave” (1978)
2. “An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn” (1998)
3. “Glen or Glenda” (1953)
4. “Troll 2” (1990)
5. “The Room” (2003)
6. “Turbulence” (1997)
7. “3000 Miles to Graceland” (2001)
8. “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” (2010)
9. “Spawn” (1997)
10. “Whipped” (2000)
11. “Friday the 13th: Part VIII- Jason Takes Manhattan” (1988)
12. “Basic Instinct 2” (2006)
13. “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” (2008)
14. “Laser Mission” (1989)
15. “Alien vs. Predator” (2004)

15 Favorite Filmmakers
1. Steven Spielberg (“Jaws”, “The Adventures of Tintin”)
2. Joss Whedon (TV’s “Firefly”, “Marvel’s The Avengers”)
3. Andrei Tarkovsky (“The Mirror”, “Nostalghia”)
4. Martin Scorsese (“The Last Temptation of Christ”, “The Departed”)
5. Stanley Kubrick (“Dr. Strangelove”, “A Clockwork Orange”)
6. Buster Keaton (“The General”, “Our Hospitality”)
7. Alfred Hitchcock (“Psycho,” “Rebecca”)
8. Alex Proyas (“Knowing”, “Dark City”)
9. John Woo (“Red Cliff”, “Broken Arrow”)
10. Pixar (“Up”, “Ratatouille”)
11. Tim Burton (“Edward Scissorhands”, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)
12. Akira Kurosawa (“Ikiru”, “Yojimbo”)
13. Charlie Kaufman (“Adaptation.”, “Synecdoche, New York”)
14. Terry Gilliam (“12 Monkeys”, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”)
15. Quentin Tarantino (“Jackie Brown”, “Inglourious Basterds”)

15 Favorite Actors/Actresses
1. Amber Benson (“Chance”, TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
2. John Cusack (“Grosse Pointe Blank,” “Say Anything”)
3. Felicia Day (“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, “The Guild”)
4. Mel Gibson (“Lethal Weapon”, “Ransom”)
5. Kate Winslet (“The Holiday”, “Titanic”)
6. Buster Keaton (“Our Hospitality”, “The Cameraman”)
7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“(500) Days of Summer”, “Brick”)
8. Edward Norton (“Fight Club”, “American History X”)
9. Humphrey Bogart (“Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon”)
10. Emma Stone (“Easy A”, “The Help”)
11. Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Simply Irresistible”, “Cruel Intentions”)
12. Matt Damon (“The Bourne Identity”, “The Adjustment Bureau”)
13. Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect”, “50/50”)
14. Heath Ledger (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Brokeback Mountain”)
15. Nathan Fillion (TV’s “Castle,” “Serenity”)

15 Favorite Movie Characters
1. Projectionist (Buster Keaton, “Sherlock Jr.”)
2. Eric Draven (Brandon Lee, “The Crow”)
3. Celine (Julie Delpy, The “Before” Trilogy)
4. Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield, “Hugo”)
5. Sonmi-451 (Donna Bae, “Cloud Atlas”)
6. Father Brian Finn (Edward Norton, “Keeping the Faith”)
7. Andrei Rublev (Anatoly Solonitsin, “Andrei Rublev”)
8. Clemantine (Kate Winslet, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”)
9. The Joker (Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”)
10. Charlie & Donald Kaufman (Nicolas Cage, “Adaptation.”)
11. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, The “Harry Potter” Series)
12. Robert E. Howard (Vincent D’Onofrio, “The Whole Wide World”)
13. Novalyne Price (Renee Zellweger, “The Whole Wide World”)
14. Tuco (Eli Wallach, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”)
15. HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain, “2001: A Space Odyssey”)

15 Favorite Movie Quotes
1. “How can it be bullshit to state a preference?” -Rob Gordon (John Cusack), “High Fidelity”
2. “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” -Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), “Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope”
3. “I would recognize the sound of a movie projector anywhere.” -Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley), “Hugo”
4. “Harry, you wonderful boy. You brave, brave man.” -Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2”
5. “Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and Present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.” -Sonmi-451 (Donna Bae), “Cloud Atlas”
6. “In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the *new*. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new: an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.” -Anton Ego (Peter O’Toole), “Ratatouille”
7. “Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.” -Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), “Serenity”
8. “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” -HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain), “2001: A Space Odyssey”
9. “You remember lesson about balance? Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?” -Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), “The Karate Kid”
10. “All right, let’s shoot this fucker.” -Bela Legosi (Martin Landau), “Ed Wood”
11. “Jules, you give that asshole $1500 and I’ll shoot him on general principle.” -Vincent Vega (John Travolta), “Pulp Fiction”
12. “The truth is you can never tell yourself there is only one thing you could be. If you are a priest or if you marry a woman it’s the same challenge. You cannot make a real commitment unless you accept that it’s a choice that you keep making again and again and again.” -Father Havel (Milos Forman), “Keeping the Faith”
13. “Your… merciful God. He destroyed His own beloved, rather than let a mediocrity share in the smallest part of His glory.” -Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), “Amadeus”
14. “To make life worth living a man or woman has to have a great love or a great cause… I have neither.” -Robert E. Howard (Vincent D’Onofrio), “The Whole Wide World”
15. “You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?” -Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), “GoodFellas”

20 Favorite Movie Scenes
1. Eric Draven finds peace. (“The Crow”)- The artful staging of director Alex Proyas, soulful acting of the late Brandon Lee, and melancholy music of composer Graeme Revell as Lee’s arch-angel is reunited with his beloved has lingered with me ever since I first saw the film.
2. Frodo & Bilbo’s Rivendell reunion. (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”)- This beautifully-acted and scored scene resonates powerfully with me in light of my grandfather’s passing in 2000. Ian Holm’s Bilbo- traveler to far-away places he is- reminds me a lot of him, and his sly little smirk as Frodo looks at the map of the Shire is a great moment.
3. Rublev comforts the young bellmaker. (“Andrei Rublev”)- In Andrei Tarkovsky’s epic, the great Russian icon painter kills a man, and takes a vow of silence- and never to paint again. When a cocky young bellmaker- tears of joy streaming down his face when his long-labored bell rings- reveals a surprising revelation to Rublev, Rublev’s decision to paint once again- inspired (as we are) by what the boy’s accomplished- is an inspiring sight for the artist struggling to create without compromise.
4. The Tragedy of Georges Melies’s Life (“Hugo”)- About an hour-and-a-half into Martin Scorsese’s lovely movie about the early days of cinema, the great, French magician and filmmaker tells young Hugo Cabret about his life as a cinematic wizard, and the reversal of fortunes that led him to be penniless, bitter, and working in a booth at a train station. When Ben Kingsley, as Melies, begins to remember, it’s one of the greatest, most emotional passages of film in Marty’s career, and the culmination of a mystery that drives “Hugo” to classic status for the director.
5. Life imitates art…sort of. (“Sherlock Jr.”)- It is probably one of the most sublime endings in cinematic history, as Buster Keaton’s projectionist takes his courage- and a few moves- from the movie playing onscreen to express himself to his beloved. But when the film takes a surprising leap, Buster’s left to scratch his head, while we’re left to take in the sly self-conscious humor of Keaton’s masterpiece.
6. A life remembered. (“Big Fish”)- In a career of startling visual importance, Tim Burton’s most memorable moment as a director for me comes from his most emotional, when a cynical son finishes his father’s final tall-tale, and then sees it come to life in its’ own way when friends and family come together to celebrate the father’s life at his funeral, hinting at the truth behind the tall-tale.
7. EVE against the clock. (“Wall-E”)- Leave it to the magicians at Pixar animation to create a love story between two robots, with not even a five word vocabulary between them, and make it stick so indelibly in the memory. By the time EVE is racing to repair Wall-E and keep him alive at the end, we’re completely engaged, and EVE becomes a tough movie heroine in the vein of Sigourney Weaver in “Aliens” and Kate Winslet in “Titanic.” I defy you to not have tears in yours eye during the payoff.
8. Bogie and the bookgirl. (“The Big Sleep”)- I never looked at women with glasses the same way again after this classic scene in Howard Hawks’ brilliant film noir, where Humphrey Bogart’s Philip Marlowe shares a spark-laden round of banterball with Dorothy Malone’s bookstore employee, who begins to find Marlowe interesting and shares a drink with Raymond Chandler’s classic gumshoe. Marlowe likes her better without her glasses on- I beg to differ.
9. David Bowman does the timewarp. (“2001: A Space Odyssey”)- Like every other person who’s seen Kubrick’s trippy sci-fi masterwork, all I can present are theories about what’s going on in this movie. But that’s the point- to make you think. Kubrick will also make your eyes pop with his movie’s final 20 minutes, which finds Dave going through who-knows-what toward his final stage of evolution before he becomes truly transcendent to those who left the monolith for us to find…or something like that. If I’ve made it sound confusing, good. If I’ve made you want to see it for yourself, even better.
10. Scotty trails Madeline. (“Vertigo”)- In many of his great films, Hitchcock let the mechanics of the story turn with ingenuity and imagination. But in his best film, he did something even more ambitious- he went against tradition, resulting in a more seductive film. No more so is that the case in “Vertigo” than when Jimmy Stewart’s detective is following Kim Novak’s emotionally-troubled wife around San Francisco to spots of significance later. For 10 wordless minutes, Hitch turns his storytelling genius over to cinematographer Robert Burke and composer Bernard Herrmann, who guide us through the sequence with what can only be called an author’s command of literary narrative, allowing the audience to discover for themselves the secrets within this haunting story.
11. Novalyne receives a telegram. (“The Whole Wide World”)- When Novalyne receives word of the tragic fate of her friend, pulp writer Robert E. Howard, the scene is a master classic in emotive shifts, as conducted by Ms. Renee Zellweger. The melancholy of the scene resonates through to the film’s end.
12. Why do we fall? (“Spider-Man 3”)- In the underrated third film of Sam Raimi’s Spidey franchise, Peter Parker gives in to his passions and the darkness within. As happens with many a situation like this, it’s not until he hurts the one he loves the most that he finds the strength to find the path again, and reclaim the hero within.
13. Baby did a bad bad thing… (“Eyes Wide Shut”)- It was one of the most tantalizing teasers in history. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, naked, in front of a mirror, getting down with the seductive strains of Chris Issak’s song, Kubrick’s probing camera capturing it all with erotic heat to spare. For many, it’s a shame the scene didn’t last longer in the final film; for me, it’s a mesmerizing fantasy that is one of many compelling moments in Kubrick’s provocative swan song.
14. Luke & Vader’s fight/Anakin’s redemption. (“Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi”)- Most people cite the ending of “Empire” as their fave moment of the “Star Wars” series; but for my money, the climactic battle between Luke and Vader, the Emperor’s retribution on Luke, and Anakin’s saving of his son at the end of “Jedi” has the most emotional punch.
15. Mano a mano in the jungle. (“Predator”)- His squad dead, picked off one-by-one by a faceless menace in the jungle, Arnold prepares for a final stand against the baddest alien to ever touch-down on Earth, a dread-locked predator with the ability to make itself invisible, hit you from a long distance, or evicerate you up close. With Alan Silvestri’s score pumped up to the hilt, director John McTiernan shows us Arnold and the Predator’s pre-battle preparations, which are topped by the exciting and inventive battle that finds Arnold learning from his enemy’s tricks, only to be matched by the Predator every step of the way. Now this is what an action movie should be.
16. Tom Cruise can’t handle the truth. (“A Few Good Men”)- When it first hit video in 1993, I watched it maybe a dozen times and knew Nicholson’s immortal rant from memory. Eleven years later, Jack’s tyraid still rivets attention, as does Cruise’s audacious comeback.
17. Sean Archer’s life comes full-circle. (“Face/Off”)- The lighting might be a bit much, but when John Travolta’s Archer comes at the end of John Woo’s remarkable high-concept thriller with the son of his enemy, the emotional impact- and delirious crowd-pleasing high- generated in the moviegoer leads one to believe they’ve just seen a masterpiece…and a classic. Know what? They’re right.
18. David finds the Blue Fairy…and some resolution. (“A.I. Artificial Intelligence”)- 2,000 years have past, and through his memories, his advanced A.I. kin give David (the remarkable Haley Joel Osment) the peace and resolution he’d been searching for in the conclusion of Spielberg’s ambitious sci-fi epic, which is just as subjective in interpretation as Kubrick’s was in “2001.”
19. Charlie Kaufman & Amelia’s lunch together and goodbyes. (“Adaptation.”)- The unexpressed expressed, as Charlie- now certain of how to finish his script- finds the confidence to tell Amelia how he feels about her, and has it acknowledged and rewarded by Amelia. In the most memorable and surprising of ways, Kaufman the screenwriter “wowed me in the end.”
20. Vince and Jules on cleanup duty. (“Pulp Fiction”)- I don’t know if a movie sequence has made me laugh so hard than when John Travolta’s hitman accidentally shoots a witness in the face, leaving him and Samuel L. Jackson to do some fast damage control before the real problems start. The act itself is as brutal in the carnage it creates as any sequence I’ve ever seen, but leave it to Quentin Tarantino to strip away the brutality and show the absurdity of the details such as who should be cleaning up brains in the back seat. In lesser hands, it’d be offensive. In Tarantino’s, it’s dark comic gold.

10 Favorite Film Composers
1. Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”, “The Thin Red Line”)
2. Ennio Morricone (“Lolita”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”)
3. John Williams (“Jurassic Park”, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”)
4. Thomas Newman (“The Adjustment Bureau”, “Finding Nemo”)
5. Danny Elfman (“Batman Returns”, “Spider-Man 2”)
6. Michael Giacchino (“Super 8”, “Up”)
7. James Horner (“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, “Apollo 13”)
8. Howard Shore (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “Dogma”)
9. Bernard Herrmann (“North By Northwest”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”)
10. Carter Burwell (“Conspiracy Theory”, “Fargo”)

10 Favorite Film Soundtracks
1. “The Crow” (Various Artists, Graeme Revell)
2. “Braveheart” (James Horner)
3. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (Various Artists, Alex North)
4. “Broken Arrow” (Hans Zimmer)
5. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (Ennio Morricone)
6. “Vertigo” (Bernard Herrmann)
7. “The Star Wars Saga” (John Williams)
8. “The Dark Knight” (Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard)
9. “Cloud Atlas” (Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer)
10. “Hugo” (Howard Shore)

10 Best Film Scores
1. “Vertigo” (Bernard Herrmann)
2. “Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back” (John Williams)
3. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (Ennio Morricone)
4. “The Lord of the Rings” (Howard Shore)
5. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (John Williams)
6. “The Godfather” (Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola)
7. “Psycho” (Bernard Herrmann)
8. “The Crow” (Graeme Revell)
9. “Touch of Evil” (Henri Mancini)
10. “The Last Temptation of Christ” (Peter Gabriel)

10 Favorite Original Songs
1. “It Can’t Rain All the Time” from “The Crow” (Jane Siberry, Graeme Revell)
2. “The Wrestler” from “The Wrestler” (Bruce Springsteen)
3. “The Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie” (Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher)
4. “The Ground Beneath Your Feet” from “The Million Dollar Hotel” (U2, Salman Rushdie)
5. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story” (Randy Newman)
6. “Streets of Philadelphia” from “Philadelphia” (Bruce Springsteen)
7. “That’s What Friends Are For” from “Night Shift” (Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager)
8. “La Resistance” from “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” (Trey Parker, Marc Shaiman)
9. “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart” (Ryan Bingham, T. Bone Burnett)
10. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from “The Lion King” (Elton John, Tim Rice)

20 Favorite Movie Music Cues
1. “Lament for a Lost Son” from “The Crow: City of Angels” (Graeme Revell)
2. “The Art of Living” from “Millennium” (Hans Zimmer)
3. “Rescue From Cloud City/Hyperspace” from “Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back”
4. “Anyone Can Cook” from “Ratatouille” (Michael Giacchino)
5. “A Different Drum” from “The Last Temptation of Christ” (Peter Gabriel)
6. “The Invention of Dreams” from “Hugo” (Howard Shore)
7. “Why So Serious?” from “The Dark Knight” (Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard)
8. “‘Freedom’/The Execution/Bannockburn” from “Braveheart” (James Horner)
9. “The Cloud Atlas Sextet” from “Cloud Atlas” (Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer)
10. “Finale” from “Big Fish” (Danny Elfman)
11. “Many Meetings” from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Howard Shore)
12. “The Trio” from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (Ennio Morricone)
13. “Duduk of the North” from “Gladiator” (Hans Zimmer)
14. “Scottie Trails Madeline” from “Vertigo” (Bernard Herrmann)
15. “Return to the Grave” from “The Crow” (Graeme Revell)
16. “Xibalba” from “The Fountain” (Clint Mansell)
17. “Togetherness” from “Lolita” (Ennio Morricone)
18. “The Unexpressed Expressed” from “Adaptation.” (Carter Burwell)
19. “Masked Ball” from “Eyes Wide Shut” (Jocelyn Pook)
20. “Broken Arrow” from “Broken Arrow” (Hans Zimmer)

15 Favorite “Guilty Pleasures”
1. “Broken Arrow” (1996)
2. “Simply Irresistible” (1999)
3. “Lady Beware” (1987)
4. “The Replacements” (2000)
5. “Days of Thunder” (1990)
6. “Accepted” (2006)
7. “Mallrats” (1995)
8. “Rocky IV” (1985)
9. “Con Air” (1997)
10. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (2012)
11. “BASEketball” (1998)
12. “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1” (1993)
13. “Lethal Weapon 3” (1992)
14. “Friday the 13th: Part VI- Jason Lives” (1986)
15. “The Guru” (2003)

15 Older Movies I Can’t Wait to Watch
1. “Chimes at Midnight” (1968; dir. Orson Welles)
2. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957; dir. David Lean)
3. “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971; dir. Robert Altman)
4. “Stagecoach” (1939; dir. John Ford)
5. “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984; dir. Sergio Leone)
6. “Ace in the Hole” (1951; dir. Billy Wilder)
7. “Cries and Whispers” (1973; dir. Ingmar Bergman)
8. “1941” (1979; dir. Steven Spielberg)
9. “Inherit the Wind” (1960; dir. Stanley Kramer)
10. “Fire and Ice” (1983; dir. Ralph Bakshi)
11. “Throne of Blood” (1957; dir. Akira Kurosawa)
12. “Bamboozled” (2000; dir. Spike Lee)
13. “After Hours” (1985; dir. Martin Scorsese)
14. “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (198; dir. Woody Allen)
15. “Heaven’s Gate” (1980; dir. Michael Cimino)

25 Favorite DVDs/Blu-Rays
1. (Tie) “A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” & “My Voyage to Italy”
2. “The Simpsons: The Complete First Season”
3. “Firefly: The Complete Series”
4. “Dark City: Director’s Cut”
5. “The Lord of the Rings” Extended Editions
6. “The Fantasia Anthology”
7. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
8. “Andrei Rublev” The Criterion Collection
9. “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”
10. “Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition”
11. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Sixth Season”
12. “Lost in La Mancha”
13. “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos- The Hands of Fate”
14. “Evil Dead II”
15. “Cloud Atlas”
16. “Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution”
17. “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”
18. “The Val Lewton Horror Collection”
19. “Vertigo”
20. “Wall-E”
21. “Super 8”
22. “The Last Temptation of Christ” The Criterion Collection
23. “Nosferatu”
24. “The Adventures of Tintin”
25. “Hugo”

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