Friday, September 19, 2008

My Favorite Directors

1. Alfred Hitchcock

2.Billy Wilder

3.Martin Scorsese

4.Woody Allen

5.Oliver Stone

6.Michael Curtiz

7. William Wyler

8. Clint Eastwood

9.Vincente Minnelli

10.Francis Ford Coppola

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Best Billy Wilder Films

1. Double Indemnity(1944)

2. The Apartment(1960)

3. Ace In The Hole (1951)

4. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

5. The Lost Weekend (1945)

6. Love In The Afternoon(1957)

7. Sabrina (1954)

8. Stalag 17 (1953)

9. One,Two,Three (1961)

10. Fedora (1978)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Best Kevin Costner Films

1. JFK(1991)

2. Dances With Wolves(1990)

3. Tin Cup(1996)

4. Bull Durham(1988)

5. The Untouchables(1987)

6. For Love Of The Game(1999)

7. No Way Out(1987)

8. A Perfect World(1993)

Best Martin Scorsese Films

1. Taxi Driver (1976)

2. Goodfellas (1990)

3. Casino (1995)

4. The Aviator (2004)

5. Raging Bull (1980)

6. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

7. Cape Fear (1991)

8. Mean Streets (1973)

9. The Departed(2006)

10. A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

Taxi Driver (1976)

(spoilers ahead)

Early on in the film Travis Bickle’s (Robert De Niro) cab passes a movie theatre playing “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” foreshadowing the end of the film. The violent world Travis inhabits is emphasized throughout . We hear shouting and fighting constantly in his apartment building. As he drives , we see a man on the street screaming “ I’ll kill her” . Later, one of Travis’
passengers ( Martin Scorsese) shares explicit details of his plan to shoot his adulterous wife. In this world the only fate possible for Travis is a violent one.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Great Film Moments

(spoilers ahead)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

When faded silent star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) returns to the studio to discuss her comeback with director DeMille, he asks her to sit in his chair and wait till he finishes his rehearsal. At that moment a microphone swings above her and disturbs her hat much to her annoyance. This is apt since it was the advent of sound that effectively ended her film career.



The French Connection (1971)

The honest cop 'Popeye' Doyle (Hackman) is tailing the refined French drug baron Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) Charnier dines in an expensive, warm restaurant while Doyle waits in the freezing cold outside and eats bad pizza. A frustrated Doyle then pours the terrible cheap coffee he is drinking into the street . At the same moment, a waiter pours expensive coffee into Charnier's cup,immediately establishing the economic disparity between those who uphold the law and those who break it.

Best Hitchcock Films

1. Psycho (1960)

2. Rear Window(1954)

3. Vertigo(1958)

4. North by Northwest(1959)

5. The Wrong Man(1956)

6. Dial 'M' For Murder (1954)

7. Strangers On A Train(1951)

8. Notorious (1946)

9. Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)

10. Suspicion (1941)