A small sample of the best cinema I’ve seen. By no means complete..
CITIZEN CANE… The story BEHIND the movie is as good as the movie itself. Welles was a genius and this film is a masterpiece.GLENGARRY GLENROSS… According to the late Jack Lemmon, this was the finest cast he had ever seen. The line that tells the story of this whole film comes from Alan Arkin, “What DID you say..” An amazing movie and Alec Baldwins monologue as Blake is not to be missed. UNFORGIVEN… “Did he spit on some rich fella?” A true western classic that can only be topped by…
THE WILD BUNCH… “Silver rings..” Sam Peckinpah’s dedication to realism put you right there. I literally feel the heat on the set in Mexico.
SLING BLADE… “French fried potaters?” Billy Bob should have received the Best Actor Oscar for this role.
DR. STRANGELOVE… “He’ll see the big board.” Kubrick’s classic will always be one of my favorites.
MIDNIGHT RUN… “Jack….Jack.” I can still hear Charles Grodin in his best role ever.
GOODFELLAS… “I’m funny how, how am I funny..” Scorcese’s BEST.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI… I won’t use any quotes from Lebowski. If you don’t love Lebowski or for that matter ANYTHING made by the incomparable Coen brothers, you can’t be helped by either modern science or medicine.
MILLERS CROSSING… “I’M SICK OF THE HIGH HAT!” Try to follow this film. Watch it again. And again. And again…
ABOUT SCHMIDT… A personal favorite but one that others may not like. One of my favorite scenes is when Jack Nicholson leaves the building he worked his whole life at and sees his files from his entire career in the trash. A wonderful movie. I’ve always said I like it because its not About Schmidt, its ABOUT ME..
SIDEWAYS… Just to see Paul Giamatti’s expressions. Paul says as much with his face in this as he does with his mouth. I see too much of Miles Raymond in me as well.. Same director as ABOUT SCHMIDT.. coincidence?
TIN MEN… “Bonanza? Three 47 year old men with a 50 year old father…” A classic dark comedy from Barry Levinson. Danny DiVito shines. It is a goodie.
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT… “It’s Paul’s grandfather..” This movie managed to capture the frenzy of the Beatle phenomenon. No better “music” film has ever been made.
PATTON… George C. Scott hit this one perfectly. In our age of “PC”, George Patton would have been dismissed before getting to West Point.
WAG THE DOG… “I want the credit..” Too close to the truth NOT to be funny..
FAWLTY TOWERS… “Manuel!!” John Cleese is a genius and the entire Fawlty collection is wonderful. I find Fawlty to be even better than his Monty Python work.
SOUTH PARK… ANYTHING. PERIOD. Cartman tamed by Cesar Milan?
DOCUMENTARIES: THE ATOMIC CAFÉ… Find it and watch it.
INSIDE 9-11… National Geographic’s finest work.
BEYOND CONSPIRACY…Try to deny it. You can’t.
A nod MUST go to..THE THREE STOOGES. I know, I know.. They were without question comic geniuses regardless of what anyone thinks of slapstick comedy. Who didn’t run home from school to see them at 3:30..
My final movie is one you have probably never seen. Everyone overlooks it. PARADISE ALLEY… An early Sylvester Stallone movie that he himself may not think too much of. I can’t explain it, it just hits the spot with me. The scene where Victor dumps the ice down the stairs: He is leaving all he has ever known to pursue wrestling to buy his “house boat in Jersey.” If I am alone on this one, so be it…