I rarely organize my collections alphabetically, at least not as the major organizational tool, since the letter the title starts with is usually less meaningful than the year it was made or the genre that it’s in. But there’s a meme going around film blogs (starting with Blog Cabins) to choose one favorite film that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Forcing you to pick something from each letter is generating some interesting results, so I thought I’d give it a try. (Other entries I’ve seen include: Only the Cinema, Film Doctor, The House Next Door, and Spoutblog.)
Shameless self-promotion – this task was made a lot easier since I recently completed a full list of all the films I’ve ever seen over at my archive site. Still working on the ancillary lists organized by year and rating, but the by title one is done.
A – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938; Michael Curtiz & William Keighley)
B – Band of Outsiders (1964; Jean-Luc Godard)
C – City of Lost Children (1995; Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
D – The Double Life of Veronique (1993; Krzysztof Kieslowski)
E – Election (1999; Alexander Payne)
F – The Fountain (2006; Darren Aronofsky)
G – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953; Howard Hawks)
H – A Hard Day’s Night (1964; Richard Lester)
I – In a Lonely Place (1951; Nicholas Ray)
J – JFK (1991; Oliver Stone)
K – Key Largo (1948; John Huston)
L – Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998; Guy Ritchie)
M – Mulholland Drive (2001; David Lynch)
N – The Naked Kiss (1964; Samuel Fuller)
O – O Brother Where Art Thou (2000; Joel & Ethan Coen)
P – Persona (1966; Ingmar Bergman)
Q – The Quiet Man (1952; John Ford)
R – Rear Window (1954; Alfred Hitchcock)
S – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927; F.W. Murnau)
T – The Thin Man (1934; W.S. Van Dyke)
U – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964; Jacques Demy)
V – Vertigo (1958; Alfred Hitchcock)
W – The Women (1939; George Cukor)
X – X-Men (2000; Bryan Singer)
Y – Young Frankenstein (1974; Mel Brooks)
Z – Zodiac (2007; David Fincher)
Anyone else reading this, please feel free to post your own. Consider yourself tagged.
I’m not quite finished with the December reading/watching recap, but since publishing “best of” lists is the thing to do at the end of the year, I figured I could go ahead and do that. And by “best of 2006” I mean “best that I saw or read in 2006,” because, as usual, I was not proactive enough at theatres and new release bookshelves to give any sort of a best movies or books released in 2006 list.
Top Ten Films I Watched in 2006 (none of the lists are in any particular order…most are chronological of when I saw them, because that’s the order of the records I started from)
Ten Films You Probably Haven’t Seen But Ought To
Some Films I Really Had Gotten to St. Louis Before I Had to Go Back to Waco:
Top Ten Books I Read This Year
Top Five TV Shows (network only; I can’t keep track of cable)
Top Five Guilty Pleasure TV Shows (by this I mean either that they aren’t really GOOD, but I like them, or merely that I enjoy them, but not in a substantial, fannish way)
On the subject of TV shows, 24 will probably be joining the first set of TV shows this spring, and American Idol will certainly be joining the “guilty pleasure” set in LIKE TWO WEEKS! Just so you know, this blog will likely be taken over by American Idol fever after the premiere on January 16th.
I’m a month behind again! Hey, I’ve been putting more effort into watching and reading than writing. (No, really. I’ve been busting through my goals pretty well this year. I’m practicing for grad school, when I hear I’ll have half as much time to do twice as much work. We’ll see.)
Also, some day I’m going to write about something other than movies and books. Really. I promise.
Reactions, not reviews, blah blah blah jaffacakes.
This year I’ve been posting short run-downs of what I’ve read and watched each month over at my LJ. Thought I’d post them here, too. Because I can. Mwahahahaha. I suppose I could just link to my LJ entry, but where would be the fun in that?
Without further ado, movies I watched and books I read in February. Oh, disclaimer: These are not reviews, they are reactions.