Sunday, March 28, 2010

Film '60's

My favorite film of the 1960's....

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1967)

Breathtaking and magnificent. Watched it again two weeks ago. Any lover of film must see this one. the film asks tough questions and gives no easy answers, if answers at all...

2. The Hustler - Dir. Robert Rossen (1961)

Paul Newman gives his best performance in a film that's slow, yet thrilling, funny, yet depressing. I love love love this movie.

3. Lawrence of Arabia - Dir. David Lean (1962)

David Lean made fantastic adventure films. This film is arguably his best. So long, yet so worth it.

4. Psycho - Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1960)

I was an idiot and watched the horrible Gus Van Sant version over ten years ago when it came out before I'd ever seen this version. No matter, this one still had a strong impact on me. Truly eerie, truly frightening, truly brilliant. John, you are right, there is all sorts of T and A on this poster.

5. Cool Hand Luke - Dir. Stuart Rosenberg (1967)

Paul Newman is a master. He owns this movie. all those damn eggs!

6. Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1964)

Brilliant and Groundbreaking. Describes pretty much every Kubrick film. Peter Sellers got all the recognition, but George C. Scott gives the truly brilliant performance.

7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Dir. George Roy Hill (1969)

Even with the silly, misguided, "raindrops keep falling on my head" sequence, this is a thrilling and fun adventure film.

8. The Graduate - Dir. Mike Nichols (1967)

I had dirty dreams about Anne Bancroft for months after seeing this film. Dustin Hoffman is spot on perfect. Really interesting film, even more interesting after i'd been a graduate for a few years.

9. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Dir. Sergio Leone (1966)

One hell of a thrilling film. My favorite action oriented Eastwood western.

10. Hud - Dir. Martin Ritt (1963)

Did I really just put 4 Paul Newman films in the top 10? You're damn right I did! He's fantastic yet again as the disappointing son in this subtle, yet moving experience.

11. Midnight Cowboy - Dir. John Schlesinger (1969)

Dustin Hoffman gives his best performance in this sadly moving film.

12. Persona - Dir. Ingmar Bergman (1967)

Weird. Very weird, but powerful. Slow, but worth it. Bergman is a genius.

13. 8 1/2 - Dir. Federico Fellini (1963)

Fantastic. Fellini is Fantastic. Later remade as the musical "Nine."

14. The Sound of Music - Dir. Robert Wise (1965)

I would do naughty things to Julie Andrews

15. Spartacus - Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1960)

Kubrick also does sword and sandal epics flawlessly.

16. The Producers - Dir. Mel Brooks (1968)

Hilarious, but later bastardized and converted to a musical.

17. Easy Rider - Dir. Dennis Hopper (1969)

Trippy experience.

18. The Great Escape - Dir. John Sturges (1963)

Fun and thrilling. The motorcycle chase is awesome.

19. Bonnie and Clyde - Dir. Arthur Penn (1967)

Interesting things to say about celebrity and violence.

20. In the Heat of the Night - Dir. Norman Jewison (1967)

Great performances by Steiger and Poiter

Hope you enjoyed. Tell me what you think...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

60's music

Here are my favorite albums released in the 60's...

1. The Beatles - Beatles(White Album) (1968)

Because its cluttered, weird, all over the place, and has some of the best rock music you'll ever hear.

2. Led Zeppelin - I (1969)

The amazing debut from one of the greatest of all rock bands.

3. Led Zeppelin - II (1969)

One of the greatest guitar albums ever. And drum albums as well. Why don't we just say one of the greatest of all rock albums.

4. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

5. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)

Traditionally this is not ranked as Dylan's greatest, but its my favorite. I love love love this album.

6. The Beatles - Revolver (1966)

Yes, another beatles album, and more still to come. This album was their turning point, out of lovey dovey pop songs.

7. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced (1967)

Hard to pick a favorite hendrix album, but if pressed its this one.

8. The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965)

another great album by a great great band.

9. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966)

brian wilson sure as hell can write a catchy love song

10. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland (1968)

Damn this guy can play guitar

11. Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends (1968)

Frances McDormand was right, they do look stoned

12. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

not everyone thought it would work, but dylan sounded great plugged in.

13. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Lovely rita rocks

14. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed (1969)

Ultimate party rock band with a great party rock album

15. Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold as Love (1967)

Great he is

16. Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme (1966)

They make me smile

17. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left (1969)

so soothing

18. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)

trippy album, me like.

19. Simon and Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence (1966)

good stuff

20. Neil Young - Everybody knows this is Nowhere (1969)

I like his 70's stuff better, but good album nonetheless.

Let me know what you guys think.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Film pre 1960

As a way to stay busy while I don't have much studying to do over spring break, I've decided to compile a series of lists.

A few years ago I made lists of my favorite films and albums from each decade. After hearing many more albums, watching and rewatching much film, I've decided to update the lists.

Here are my favorite films pre 1960

1. On the Waterfront - Dir. Elia Kazan (1954)

This film moved me so incredibly deeply the first time I saw it. Brando gives a legendary performance.

2. The Bicycle Thief - Dir. Vittorio De Sica (1948)

One of the simplest yet greatest of all movies

3. 12 Angry Men - Dir. Sidney Lumet (1957)

I Still can't get over how exciting this film is while taking place in one room.

4. Citizen Kane - Dir. Orson Welles (1941)

A must see for any film lover.

5. Rear Window - Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1954)

An intense experience. Grace Kelly is beautiful. Jimmy Stewart is amazing.

6. Seven Samurai - Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1954)

The Best of Kurosawa, which is saying a lot.

7. Sunset Boulevard - Dir. Billy Wilder (1950)

Weird and creepy film noir with great performances.

8. Casablanca - Dir. Michael Curtiz (1942)

Classic dialogue and romance.

9. Bridge on the River Kwai - Dir. David Lean (1957)

fantastic adventure story.

10. Rashomon - Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1950)

So incredibly influential. Kurosawa is a master.

11. The Wizard of Oz - Dir. Victor Fleming (1939)

Childhood favorite that still makes me smile.

12. The Seventh Seal - Dir. Ingmar Bergman (1957)

Brilliantly contemplative. If you like Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, check this out.

13. It's a Wonderful Life - Dir. Frank Capra (1946)

Beautiful film. John loves Donna Reed, can't say I argue with him.

14. Ben-Hur - Dir. William Wyler (1959)

I'm glad Charlton Heston didn't have a gun in this film

15. Vertigo - Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

The master of suspense in another suspenseful film.

16. Giant - Dir. George Stevens (1956)

The only good James Dean performance.

17. A Streetcar Named Desire - Dir. Elia Kazan (1951)

Great performances from Brando and Vivien Leigh

18. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Dir. John Huston (1948)


19. Pinocchio - Dir. Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen (1940)

One of Disney's best

20. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Dir. Richard Brooks (1958)

Great performances by Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

Next post will be my favorite albums of the 60's.