Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bob Hackney's Favorite Movies

It is great to have a friend who pretty much has my same taste in movies. The films are available through Netflix. With things as they are it will take FOREVER to get through this list. Can't wait...

"Bob Hackney’s Favorite Movies. Almost all of these are post 1940 films, European or North American, not including Russia, which has some of the greatest films, but don’t fit in to my framework beyond Dersu Uzela. Any number of Kurasawa’s other films, like Ran, Rashomon, and The 7 Samurai would be included, but for my purposes, aren’t due to my intended focus in trying to avoid the obvious, although some of those do fit in, because I wish to specialize in English language classics."

Scandinavian: The Best of Intentions
Fanny and Alexander
Winter Light
The Immigrants
Pele the Conqueror

French: The Lady and the Duke
Lacombe, Lucian
Safe Conduct
Bon Voyage
A Very Long Engagement
The Battle of Algiers
Day For Night
Queen Margot
Small Change
Au Revoir Les Enfantes

German: Europa Europa
Sophie Scholl (very powerful, about a brave Hitler resister; it reminds me of Drayer’s The Trial of Joan of Arc)
Das Boot

Dutch: Soldier of Orange

Brittan: In Which We Serve
Tunes of Glory
The Dualists
Zulu Dawn
The Feast of July
Angels and Insects
A Private Function
The Merchant of Venice (Jeremy Iron’s version)
Richard III
The Third Man
A Man for All Seasons
The Meaning of Life
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Joseph Andrews
Tospy Turvy
Romeo and Juliet (Zefferelli)
Far From the Madding Crowd
To the Ends of the Earth (Series)
Tipping the Velvet
The 39 Steps (Hitchcock)
The Cruel Sea

Ireland: The Run of the Country
The Dead
The Brylcream Boys
Veronica Guerin
The Hanging Gale (series)
Frankie Starlight
Some Other Mother’s Son
The Magdalene Sisters
Barry Lyndon
The Last September

Canada: Black Robe
The Jesus of Montreal

Australia: The Year of Living Dangerously
The Sundowners
Bride’s of Christ (T.V. series)
Italy: The Leopard
Bread and Chocolate

American: The Hi- Lo Country
Hard 8
Drums Along the Mohawk
The Anniversary Party
The Closer
Picture Bride
Taxi Driver
Wyatt Earp (Costner)
Altered States
The Ox Bow Incident
The Doors
The Story of G.I. Joe
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Mission
Band of Brothers (series)
The Unforgiven (not Clint’s movie)
Fat City
Little Women (Winona Ryder version)
The Grapes of Wrath
White Heat
The Best of Years of Our Lives
Decision Before Dawn
The Long Riders
Prince of Tides
Lone Star
Citizen Kane
Fort Apache
The Misfits
Desert Bloom
The Maltese Falcon
The Ox Bow Incident
The Last Picture Show
The Goodfellas
The Nun’s Story
Ride With the Devil (Ang Lee’s overlooked classic about America’s civil war)
Midnight Cowboy
Mandingo (lurid and uneven, but a great send-up of slavery)
Pork Chop Hill
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Tender Mercies
The Gallant Hours

American Comedies:
Home Grown
Raising Arizona
The Big Labowski
The Good Girl
The Jerk
Broken Flowers
Quick Change
Murphy’s Romance
This is Spinal Tap
Annie Hall
Stardust Memories
The Metropolitans

Other good, but not necessarily great films (all available through Netflix):
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
The Land Girls
Frozen River
Birthday Girl
What Doesn’t Kill You
Battle in Seattle
Body of Lies
The Bank Job
Beyond the Gates
City of Vice
The Dawning
Christ Stopped at Eboli
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
King of California
Michael Clayton