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Be still my beating heart…

Be still my beating heart…

1:37 am, reblogged by sleepythoughts

Top 100 Favorite films of mine…

Recently inspired by a twittermate’s list of 100 favorite films. I’ve decided to make my own personal list. The agony in making this list was 1. trying to remember the hundreds of films I’ve seen through the years and 2. deciding what qualifies as a favorite. After much note taking I’ve tried to narrow everything down to 100 or so. My qualifications were mostly the “emotional” impact these movies had on me. Did they make me cry, laugh, memorize the words, keep me in suspense, make me want to recommend and share with people? I think there is a decent cross section of films with the 1980’s being represented the most. Makes sense that it would occur that way given that 1981 was when my family got cable & a VCR and after that all movies were open to me 24/7 on a 100 channels. To all the movies I’ve left off I’m sorry for leaving you off the list but I thank you for all the enjoyment you’ve given me nonetheless.


1. Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman 1930)

2. Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding 1939)

3. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming 1939)

4. The Women (George Cukor 1939)

5. Wuthering Heights (William Wyler 1939)


6. All This, and Heaven Too (Anatole Litvak 1940)

7. Walt Disney’s Fantasia (1940)

8. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder 1944)

9. Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson 1944)

10. Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock 1945)

11. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Elia Kazan 1945)

12. Ghost and Mrs Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1947)


13. Walt Disney’s Peter Pan (1953)

14. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock 1954)

15. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton 1955)

16. Bad Seed (Mervyn LeRoy 1956)

17. Giant (George Stevens 1956)

18. Auntie Mame (Morton Da Costa 1958)

19. Bell Book and Candle (Richard Quine 1958)

20. The Fly (Kurt Neumann 1958)

21. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock 1958)

22. Walt Disney Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi 1959)


23. The Innocents (Jack Clayton 1961)

24. The Parent Trap (David Swift 1961)

25. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan 1962)

26. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Stanley Kramer 1963)

27. Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson 1963)

28. Thoroughly Modern Millie (George Roy Hill 1967)

29. Barbarella (Roger Vadim 1968)

30. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski 1968)

31. Yours, Mine and Ours (melville Shavelson 1968)


32. Omega Man (Boris Sagal 1971)

33. The Exorcist (William Friedkin 1973)

34. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks 1974)

35. Jaws (Steven Spielberg 1975)

36. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam/Terry Jones 1975)

37. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir 1975)

38. The Omen (Richard Donner 1976)

39. Smokey and the Bandit (Hal Needham 1977)

40. Star Wars (George Lucas 1977)

41. Animal House (John Landis 1978)

42. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero 1978)

43. Halloween (John Carpenter 1978)

44. Alien (Ridley Scott 1979)

45. The Jerk (Carl Reiner 1979)


46. Airplane! (Jim Abrahams/David Zucker/Jerry Zucker 1980)

47. The Fog (John Carpenter 1980)

48. Midnight Madness (Michael Nankin/David Wechter 1980)

49. 9 to 5 (Colin Higgins 1980)

50. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick 1980)

51. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner 1980)

52. The Clash of the Titans (Desmond Davis 1981)

53. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg 1981)

54. Stripes (Ivan Reitman 1981)

55. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott 1982)

56. Halloween III: The Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace 1982)

57. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper 1982)

58. Porky’s (Bob Clark 1982)

59. The Thing (John Carpenter 1982)

60. A Christmas Story (Bob Clark 1983)

61. El Norte (Gregory Nava 1983)

62. Mr. Mom (Stan Dragoti 1983)

63. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand 1983)

64. Trading Places (John Landis 1983)

65. Vacation (Harold Ramis 1983)

66. Amadeus (Milos Forman 1984)

67. Dreamscape (Joseph Ruben 1984)

68. Killing Fields (Roland Joffe’ 1984)

69. The Last Starfighter (Nick Castle 1984)

70. Neverending Story (Wolfgang Petersen 1984)

71. Night of the Comet (Thom Eberhardt 1984)

72. Sixteen Candles (John Hughes 1984)

73. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis 1985)

74. Better off Dead (Savage Steve Holland 1985)

75. Clue (Jonathan Lynn 1985)

76. Explorers (Joe Dante 1985)

77. Maximum Overdrive (Stephen King 1986)

78. One Crazy Summer (Savage Steve Holland 1986)

79. Adventure of Baron Munchausen (Terry Gilliam 1988)

80. Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornafore 1988)

81. My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki 1988)

82. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodovar 1988)

83. The Burbs (Joe Dante 1989)

84. Glory (Edward Zwick 1989)


85. An Angel at my Table (Jane Campion 1990)

86. Trust (Hal Hartley 1990)

87. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski 1991)

88. Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrman 1992)

89. Madness of King George (Nicholas Hytner 1994)

90. Babe (Chris Noonan 1995)

91. Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest 1996)

92. Abre Los Ojos (Alejandro Amenabar 1997)

93. Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman 1998)

94. Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Julio Medem 1998)

95. Fight Club (David Fincher 1999)

96. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson 1999)


97. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Ethan/Joel Coen 2000)

98. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet 2001)

99. Intacto (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 2001)

100. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki 2001)

101. Lord of the Rings:Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson 2001)

102. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson 2001)

103. Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers (Peter Jackson 2002)

104. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson 2002)

105. Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King (Peter Jackson 2003)

106. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry 2004)

107. Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson 2004)

108. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright 2004)

109. Volver (Pedro Almodovar 2006)

110. Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel 2007)

I was watching Boomerang on Cartoonnetwork, and it got me thinking about some of my favorite cartoons growing up. Some of my favorites were from Tex Avery and they included his parodies of how things would be in the future. The ones I remembered were the “House of Tomorrow” and “The Car of Tomorrow”. I used to love these so much and I always thought how cool it would be to really have these things happen.

11:06 pm, by sleepythoughts
tagged: tex avery, cartoons,

SXSW 2010 Film Schedule

Can’t wait to attend this years SXSW film festival. So many great selections I can hardly contain myself. I am trying this year to make time to enjoy the things I love. Movies being a big part of my life bring me so much enjoyment.

12:35 am, by sleepythoughts
tagged: Movies, SXSW, Film festivals, Austin,

Watched this movie last night TIMECRIMES (2007). It was a mind fuck of a ride through suspenseful time traveling twist and turns. Blink and you would miss an entire plot point. I highly recommend it!

10:29 am, by sleepythoughts
tagged: movies, suspense, spanish language,

indulge your imagination in every possible flight.

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice

So happy for Colin Firth’s Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in A Single Man. A story that centers on an English professor who, after the sudden death of his partner tries to go about his typical day in Los Angeles. Glad everyone is realizing the wonder of Colin I’ve been raving about it for years.

So happy for Colin Firth’s Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in A Single Man. A story that centers on an English professor who, after the sudden death of his partner tries to go about his typical day in Los Angeles. Glad everyone is realizing the wonder of Colin I’ve been raving about it for years.

10:05 am, by sleepythoughts
tagged: colin firth, movies, academy award,

Another favorite of mine from last year. The Fantastic Mr. Fox was nominated an Academy Award for Animated Feature Film. I don’t know one person who did not come out of the theater loving life after seeing this movie. The soundtrack as always was spot on and awesome. Wes Anderson I wish I could spend every day with you!

New Wallace and Gromit nominated for an Academy Award Short Film (animated) I love love Wallace and Gromit and I hope Nick Park WINS!!!

9:56 am, by sleepythoughts
tagged: animation, academyaward, Wallace&Gromit,

Awesome movie we saw called “A Town Called Panic” based on the Belgian animated cult TV series of the of the same name, Panic, stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbecue backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest) creatures.

This was the type of movie that leaves a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your soul.

9:35 pm, by sleepythoughts
tagged: movies, animation,