Box Office

Just as the films topping the box office always changes, my favorite movies will too. Check back here for updates on my top five lists, as well as to check my progress on the AFI list!

Top Five Update: 2016 Edition

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Film

1. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)—for helping me to appreciate thought-provoking films above all else

2. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)—for showing me the importance of passion and the resilience of the human spirit   

3. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)—for its style and surprising tone

4. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)—for grounding a tired fantasy genre in today’s reality, thereby delivering a stark, incisive critique on today’s society

5. La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)—for being a damn stylish movie on passion and pursuing one’s dreams with no compromises

Honorable Mentions: Singin’ in the Rain, All About Eve, Citizen Kane, The Truman Show, Midnight in Paris, Whiplash, Babette’s Feast, L’Enfant

Film of 2016

1. La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

2. Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

3. The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015)

4. American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)

5. Sing Street (John Carney, 2016)

Other movies I remember watching: CreepSpotlight, Brooklyn, Spy, Deadpool, Clouds of Sils Maria, Air Force One, Zootopia, Finding Dory, Trumbo, The Lobster, Captain America: Civil War, The Revenant, Straight Outta Compton, The American President, Sausage Party, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Love & Friendship, Terms of Endearment, Certain Women, King Georges, Rogue One

TV

1. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

2. Veep (HBO)

3. The Office (NBC)

4. Sherlock (PBS)

5. Downton Abbey (PBS)

Honorable Mentions: Black Mirror, Cranford

TV of 2016

1. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

2. Black Mirror (Netflix)

3. Veep (HBO)

4. The Crown (Netflix)

5. TIED The Good Place (FOX) AND Westworld (HBO)

Other shows I remember watching: Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat, Downton Abbey, Endeavour, The Good Wife, Bachelor in Paradise 😳, Silicon Valley, Stranger Things, John Adams, Seinfeld, Bob’s Burgers

Books

1. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

2. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

3. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

4. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

5. Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace 

Books of 2016

1. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

2. The Sellout by Paul Beatty

3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Other books I remember reading: Blink, Modern Romance, Outliers, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Dinner, Girl on the Train

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Reflections and Moving Forward

To reflect on my summer: In June I was frustrated and depressed. In July I had my perspectives shaken up by family changes and my first visit to the motherland (aka Korea). In August, I started making active efforts to move forward in my life.

I didn’t do much reading or watching of films. I did, however, watch an enormous amount of television, I’m ashamed to say.

 

MOVIES

Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush; 2016; USA)

Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, 2016, USA)

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2016, UK)

Captain America: Civil War (Joe Russo & Anthony Russo, 2016, USA)

Sing Street (John Carney, 2016, Ireland)

Sausage Party (Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan, 2016, USA)

 

TELEVISION

Silicon Valley: Season 3 (HBO)

The Good Wife: Seasons 1-7 (CBS via Amazon Prime)

Seinfeld: Seasons 1- (NBC via Hulu)

Stranger Things: Season 1 (Netflix)

…Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2 (ABC)

 

BOOKS

I’m halfway through The Two Koreas by Don Oberdorfer

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

 

A few reflections on all this:

My favorite movies of the summer were Finding Dory and Sing Street. Finding Dory had great heart, beautiful animation, and excellent storytelling and character development. Sing Street had spunky characters, amazing soundtrack and wardrobe, and nostalgia for the 80s on it’s side. That being said, the most creative movies I watched this summer were undoubtedly Zootopia and Sausage Party. Zootopia bravely took on the hot button issue of racism and turned it into a sweet yet complex animated movie teaching children and adults alike the dangers of racism; Sausage Party took a simple yet creative premise and kept the fun going with button-pushing raunchy jokes and political humor. Both were bold risks that paid off.

I watched way too much TV this summer. The Good Wife was a mediocre show–at times, excellent (Season 5: Episodes 5 and 15) , but mostly procedural and full of frustrating recurring characters. More often than not, I found protagonist Alicia Florrick  to be an unsympathetic character–perhaps part of the character’s complexity, commentary on the corrupting influence of the law, but nevertheless rendering the show irritating to watch. It’s hard to root for a stone cold bitch denying responsibility left and right. Few of the other characters are much better. I started watching Seinfeld to replace the gaping hole the end of Curb Your Enthusiasm left on my life. I love these shows about nothing in part because I can relate to what they’re doing–blowing tiny situations out of proportion and playing with the possibilities. In terms of shows actually on air now: Silicon Valley was slightly less brilliant than seasons past, but still funny and I love how each season tackles a new stage in the progression of a start up–this season, the expansion of a great idea into a company. Stranger Things is excellent–scary, 80s-nostalgic, a little bizarre and all over the place, but it works. I’m ashamed to say I watched Bachelor in Paradise. It’s just so damn addicting to see this unnatural dating simulation, where people have limited options, feel pressure to cling to someone in order to get a rose and remain in paradise even if they’re not actually into them, and expect to feel instant connections and be engaged by the end of it all. It’s so fake. I’m going to stop there, lest I launch into judgmental critiques of real people who I don’t actually know. Let me just say this though–the only guys that I would be remotely interested in on that island would be Wells and Vinny.

I hardly read this summer. Even though Don Oberdorfer’s post-Korean War history of the Korean peninsula is supremely fascinating, I’ve been such a couch potato that I only am invested in such a political, fact-heavy book when I have nothing else to entertain me–namely, on the subway to and from work (that is, if I’m not tired or anxious). The only book I’ve completed this summer has been the Harry Potter fan-fic play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I cannot believe JK Rowling attached her name to such an awful piece of writing. The plot is stupid, the characterizations are terrible, and the dialogue? Truly cringeworthy. There’s so much audience pandering going on here, insultingly assuming that the audience are a bunch of idiots who need comic relief at every twist and turn. I know it’s a fictional work, but so was Harry Potter–you only put jokes where they make sense. During a tense situation in which your son might be lost forever, you don’t look around and comment on how many farmer’s markets a town has. That’s just dumb and unnecessary. Ignoring the terrible plot (the premise was great, the actual plot line the playwrights decided to go with? So stupid), the play tried way too hard to be entertaining that it’s actually hard to read.

 

I really need to sleep, but first–in terms of moving forward, my cultural goals for the September 2016-August 2017 year are these:

MOVIES: watch at least 1 movie/week

BOOKS: read at least 1 book/2 weeks

It’s week 1 of the new year, and I’ve already finished my first book: Herman Koch’s The Dinner (coming up on the blog! Probably should have devoted more time to the entry, but whatever–some of these posts will be more about speed for the sake of practice and documentation, then quality, well composed pieces).

I’m back!


It’s now July 15, 2016. I’m a little over one year out of college, currently working in tech consulting. It’s been a learning experience–there are positives, and obvious negatives. My passion for movies has slightly waned, though every so often I get excited about films again. The last movie I saw in theaters was Pixar’s Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton, 2016). It was excellent. Call me blasphemous, but I liked it better than the other animated powerhouse of this year–Disney’s Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush). Sure, Zootopia was more sophisticated, daring, and culturally important–it’s a children’s story preaching the dangers of racism, super relevant in a time when racial profiling is tearing the country apart. But for all of Zootopia’s cleverness, I loved how Finding Dory sought, very simply, to tell a good story and tell it well.A sweet yet nuanced tale about love, family, friendship, and never, ever, giving up. It was unpredictable, funny, heartwarming, visually striking, extraordinarily creative, chockfull of memorable characters–in short, everything that I’ve come to expect from Pixar (though truth be told, even though I expect Pixar movies to be brilliant in every aspect, they don’t always turn out that way. Hey, a 100% hit record is damn near impossible to achieve). Honestly speaking, expectations may have also biased me against Zootopia (I expected great things), and for Finding Dory (I went with friends who were visiting because it was pouring out, we had an awkward 2.5 hour gap with no planned activities to fill, and those two wanted to go see it. Otherwise, despite my love of Nemo, I wasn’t planning on every seeing Dory because frankly, I couldn’t see how a fish with short-term memory loss could carry an entire movie without becoming extremely annoying. Let’s just say Dory wasn’t my favorite in Nemo–though I did quite enjoy her whale calls. Sorry).

Anyways, this post wasn’t supposed to be about Zootopia vs. Finding Dory. It’s supposed to be my welcome back post to this blog. A post to define the purpose of this blog (for me to document and digest at least some of the movies/TV shows/books that I consume, to work on my writing, and to preserve a record of how my writing and tastes change over time) and describe the types of content I will be posting here (I’m going to say NOT reviews, but reflections. Or analyses. I will more likely than not spill the beans on the ending of a movie or TV show or book. I actually have a bad habit of doing that in real life when recommending something to someone. And sometimes I’ll post quotes or other little tidbits. Basically, I’ll post whatever I want to, thank you very much).

As I was going through past entries, changing the visibility of my freshman summer-postings from private to public, the list-lover in me ached to go back through AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and mark all the movies I have seen, to date.

AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies (2007 updated list):

1)      Citizen Kane

2)      The Godfather

3)      Casablanca

4)      Raging Bull

5)      Singin’ in the Rain

6)      Gone with the Wind

7)      Lawrence of Arabia

8)      Schindler’s List

9)      Vertigo

10)   The Wizard of Oz

11)   City Lights

12)   The Searchers

13)   Star Wars

14)   Psycho

15)   2001: A Space Odyssey

16)   Sunset Boulevard

17)   The Graduate

18)   The General

19)   On the Waterfront

20)   It’s a Wonderful Life

21)   Chinatown

22)   Some Like it Hot

23)   The Grapes of Wrath

24)   ET The Extraterrestrial

25)   To Kill a Mockingbird

26)   Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

27)   High Noon

28)   All About Eve

29)   Double Indemnity

30)   Apocalypse Now

31)   The Maltese Falcon

32)   The Godfather Part II

33)   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

34)   Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

35)   Annie Hall

36)   The Bridge on the River Kwai

37)   The Best Years of Our Lives

38)   The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

39)   Dr. Strangelove

40)   The Sound of Music

41)   King Kong

42)   Bonnie and Clyde

43)   Midnight Cowboy

44)   The Philadelphia Story

45)   Shane

46)   It Happened One Night

47)   A Streetcar Named Desire

48)   Rear Window

49)   Intolerance

50)   The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

51)   West Side Story

52)   Taxi Driver

53)   The Deer Hunter

54)   MASH

55)   North by Northwest

56)   Jaws

57)   Rocky

58)   The Gold Rush

59)   Nashville

60)   Duck Soup

61)   Sullivan’s Travels

62)   American Graffiti

63)   Cabaret

64)   Network

65)   The African Queen

66)   Raiders of the Lost Ark

67)   Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

68)   Unforgiven

69)   Tootsie

70)   A Clockwork Orange

71)   Saving Private Ryan

72)   The Shawshank Redemption

73)   Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

74)   The Silence of the Lambs

75)   In the Heat of the Night

76)   Forrest Gump

77)   All the President’s Men

78)   Modern Times

79)   The Wild Bunch

80)   The Apartment

81)   Spartacus

82)   Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

83)   Titanic

84)   Easy Rider

85)   A Night at the Opera

86)   Platoon

87)   12 Angry Men

88)   Bringing Up Baby

89)   The Sixth Sense

90)   Swing Time

91)   Sophie’s Choice

92)   Goodfellas

93)   The French Connection

94)   Pulp Fiction

95)   The Last Picture Show

96)   Do the Right Thing

97)   Blade Runner

98)   Yankee Doodle-Dandy

99)   Toy Story

100)           Ben-Hur

Top Fives

Like I said in post numero uno, I love making top five lists. I fantasize about journalists interviewing me and asking me what my top five favorite films or actors are so often, that should this dream (big dream right there) come true, I would be able to rattle them off at a very impressive rate. So without further ado, here are my current lists:

MOVIES

  1. Life is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, Italy, 1998)
  2. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, USA, 1990)
  3. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, USA, 1998)
  4. Memento (Christopher Nolan, USA, 2000)
  5. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

TV SHOWS

  1. Sherlock (BBC/PBS)
  2. Veep (HBO)
  3. Modern Family (ABC) OR The Mindy Project (FOX)
  4. Friends (off air)
  5. Freaks and Geeks (off air)

I’m a huge fan of UK imports, but aside from Sherlock, there isn’t really one that sticks out to me as top five worthy. Maybe because many of them are so short-lived, that when I’m done watching them, they fade into the back of my mind as a longer running show in which I invested more time would not. I actually quite prefer snappy one-two seasoners though, even if I miss them dreadfully when they’re over. At least with these shows there’s quality control – something which American TV shows, especially ones on the major networks, severely lack. Most American TV shows which start off strong end up overstaying their welcome, dragging on and on until everybody hates them. Like The Office (which actually had a pretty good final season though), and especially How I Met Your Mother (which admittedly was never that good. I have no idea why I still watch it). Anyways, some notable UK imports I love include Cranford, Downton Abbey, Moone Boy, Endeavor, Fresh Meat, and The Inbetweeners among others.

MUSICIANS

  1. Coldplay
  2. Philip Glass
  3. Radiohead
  4. Oasis
  5. Queen

BOOKS

  1. Team of Rivals (Doris Kearns Goodwin, Biography, 2005)
  2. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt, Memoir, 1996)
  3. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens, Fiction, 1859)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (JK Rowling, YA Fiction, 1999)
  5. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh, Fiction, 1945)

Actually, not really sure about this entire list, though Team of Rivals is definitely my favorite book. And Angela’s Ashes has to be on there too. The rest are kind of questionable. Especially Brideshead.

Some other lists, just because I feel like making more:

2013 MOVIES

  1. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron, USA)
  2. Her (Spike Jonze, USA)
  3. Crystal Fairy (Sebastian Silva, Chile)
  4. This is the End (Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, USA)
  5. Star Trek: Into Darkness (JJ Abrams, USA)

I admittedly didn’t watch too many movies in theaters this year. I wanted to watch Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, among others, but never got the chance. Other movies on this list that I remember watching include David O’Russell’s American Hustle and Francis Lawrence’s Catching Fire. While American Hustle is probably rated in my mind above This is the End and Star Trek: Into Darkness, in terms of expectations, it was a letdown, whereas the other two were not. I honestly don’t see how American Hustle won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical over Her (those were the only two on that list that I actually watched, so I can’t speak for the others). It was good, but not that good.

PEOPLE IN MOVIES/TV

  1. Spike Jonze (Director/Writer)
  2. Jim Carrey (Actor)
  3. Wes Anderson (Director/Writer)

This short list does not represent a list of my favorite directors and actors – though they are three of my favorites – but just people I am randomly obsessed with right now (well, my Spike Jonze obsession isn’t that random, considering Her only recently came out and is currently making its way through the awards circuit).

Update

I watched a boatload of good movies this summer and have blogged about…three of them. So in this last precious week of summer vacation before I head back to school and begrudgingly pry open a dusty yellowed copy of Plato’s Republic, I will make my best attempt to write at least a short blurb about each of the films I watched this summer. I still have to watch three more to go, but here’s an updated list of all the movies I saw.

  1. Thor
  2. Captain America: The First Avenger
  3. The Avengers
  4. ET: The Extraterrestrial
  5. Tootsie
  6. Borat
  7. Casablanca
  8. Dead Poets Society
  9. Pretty Woman
  10. The Philadelphia Story
  11. Drive
  12. Kings of Pastry
  13. Schindler’s List
  14. Annie Hall
  15. Lars and the Real Girl
  16. Vertigo
  17. Pan’s Labyrinth
  18. Despicable Me
  19. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  20. Jaws
  21. Midnight in Paris
  22. The Ides of March
  23. Unstoppable
  24. The Amazing Spiderman
  25. The Best Years of Our Lives
  26. Rebel Without a Cause
  27. Moonrise Kingdom
  28. Take the Money and Run
  29. The Dark Knight Rises
  30. Like Crazy
  31. Breaking Away
  32. The Kids Are All Right
  33. Memento
  34. The Man in the Moon
  35. Inception
  36. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  37. Taxi Driver
  38. The Descendants
  39. 21 Jump Street

And now for the books I read this summer:

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
  2. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
  3. Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
  4. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
  5. Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
  6. Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  7. Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
  8. Persuasion Jane Austen
  9. A Tale of Two Cities (re-read) Charles Dickens
  10. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  11. 1984 George Orwell
  12. Animal Farm (re-read) George Orwell
  13. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
  14. A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh
  15. Scoop (re-read) Evelyn Waugh

I still have to read Plato’s The Republic for school :/

And finally, here are my updated top fives lists:

MOVIES (way too challenging to make this list, but here’s an attempt)

  1. The Pianist Roman Polanski
  2. Singin’ in the Rain Gene Kelley
  3. Schindler’s List Steven Spielberg
  4. The Departed Martin Scorsese
  5. The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan

TV SHOWS

  1. The Newsroom (HBO)
  2. Friends (NBC)
  3. Downton Abbey (PBS)
  4. Top Chef (Bravo)
  5. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

BOOKS (also extremely difficult)

  1. Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt
  2. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  3. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
  4. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
  5. The Decameron Boccaccio

MUSIC ARTISTS/BANDS

  1. Coldplay
  2. Hillsong United
  3. Radiohead
  4. Queen
  5. Foster the People

Update

Since I haven’t been posting reviews or analyses or even just thoughts on all the movies I’ve watched this summer, I’ll just put out a list for my records. So in a few years from now I can look back at this list and smile (or you know, grimace at how much TV I watched this summer.)

  1. Thor
  2. Captain America
  3. The Avengers
  4. ET: the Extraterrestrial
  5. Tootsie
  6. Borat
  7. Dead Poets Society
  8. Pretty Woman
  9. Casablanca
  10. The Philadelphia Story
  11. Drive
  12. Kings of Pastry (documentary)
  13. Schindler’s List
  14. Annie Hall
  15. Lars and the Real Girl
  16. Pan’s Labyrinth
  17. Despicable Me
  18. Vertigo
  19. Midnight in Paris
  20. The Ides of March
  21. Snow White and the Huntsman
  22. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  23. Jaws
  24. Unstoppable
  25. The Best Years of Our Lives
  26. Rebel Without a Cause
  27. The Amazing Spiderman
  28. Moonrise Kingdom
  29. Take the Money and Run
  30. Like Crazy

More on each later…if I get around to it, that is. I at least want to blog about Like Crazy. Seriously one of the best, most refreshing love stories I’ve seen in a while. That one reminds me a bit of The Graduate.

Oh and some good books I’ve read since my last post…Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Both Dickens and Waugh did a fabulous job of building their characters – in both books, the characters are so complex and relateable that they just come alive. Especially in Brideshead…I think I might have to analyze that book on paper for me to feel some closure with that book. The characters are just so realistically and honestly crafted that you have to really think about them and how they’re all interconnected (especially with the mother) in order to truly understand them and the book. With Dickens it’s easier to just appreciate the depth of the characters but move on without really thinking too much about them and why they’re the way they are and how they’re connected with other characters because there’s a relatively easy-to-digest plot behind the whole thing (though thinking about all the moral conundrums presented to Pip in this book is a great intellectual exercise…oh gosh, did I just say that? That was a really pretentious thing for me to say, I must admit), but with Waugh, the characters ARE the plot. I feel like it’s more of a character study than anything, and thus, some sort of meditation upon the book is needed after reading to piece the whole thing together. But more later. I’m quite hungry right now… I’m feeling grilled cheese? Though I should probably have a grilled chicken salad. Oh, dilemmas.

In conjunction with AFI…

I definitely won’t finish all 100 movies by the end of this summer at the pace that I’m going, but at some point, all 100 will be watched. Here’s where I’m at right now:

AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies (2007 updated list):

1)      Citizen Kane

2)      The Godfather

3)      Casablanca

4)      Raging Bull

5)      Singin’ in the Rain

6)      Gone with the Wind

7)      Lawrence of Arabia

8)      Schindler’s List

9)      Vertigo

10)   The Wizard of Oz

11)   City Lights

12)   The Searchers

13)   Star Wars

14)   Psycho

15)   2001: A Space Odyssey

16)   Sunset Boulevard

17)   The Graduate

18)   The General

19)   On the Waterfront

20)   It’s a Wonderful Life

21)   Chinatown

22)   Some Like it Hot

23)   The Grapes of Wrath

24)   ET The Extraterrestrial

25)   To Kill a Mockingbird

26)   Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

27)   High Noon

28)   All About Eve

29)   Double Indemnity

30)   Apocalypse Now

31)   The Maltese Falcon

32)   The Godfather Part II

33)   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

34)   Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

35)   Annie Hall

36)   The Bridge on the River Kwai

37)   The Best Years of Our Lives

38)   The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

39)   Dr. Strangelove

40)   The Sound of Music

41)   King Kong

42)   Bonnie and Clyde

43)   Midnight Cowboy

44)   The Philadelphia Story

45)   Shane

46)   It Happened One Night

47)   A Streetcar Named Desire

48)   Rear Window

49)   Intolerance

50)   The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

51)   West Side Story

52)   Taxi Driver

53)   The Deer Hunter

54)   MASH

55)   North by Northwest

56)   Jaws

57)   Rocky

58)   The Gold Rush

59)   Nashville

60)   Duck Soup

61)   Sullivan’s Travels

62)   American Graffiti

63)   Cabaret

64)   Network

65)   The African Queen

66)   Raiders of the Lost Ark

67)   Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

68)   Unforgiven

69)   Tootsie

70)   A Clockwork Orange

71)   Saving Private Ryan

72)   The Shawshank Redemption

73)   Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

74)   The Silence of the Lambs

75)   In the Heat of the Night

76)   Forrest Gump

77)   All the President’s Men

78)   Modern Times

79)   The Wild Bunch

80)   The Apartment

81)   Spartacus

82)   Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

83)   Titanic

84)   Easy Rider

85)   A Night at the Opera

86)   Platoon

87)   12 Angry Men

88)   Bringing Up Baby

89)   The Sixth Sense

90)   Swing Time

91)   Sophie’s Choice

92)   Goodfellas

93)   The French Connection

94)   Pulp Fiction

95)   The Last Picture Show

96)   Do the Right Thing

97)   Blade Runner

98)   Yankee Doodle-Dandy

99)   Toy Story

100)           Ben-Hur

Many of the films already crossed out need to be re-watched. Like two of my favorites, Singin’ in the Rain  and Titanic. So far, I’ve been most impressed with Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and most underwhelmed by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which was thrilling and unpredictable, but slightly disappointing. Especially since it’s described as Hitchcock’s masterpiece.