The Alphabet Meme
1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet.
2. Obviously, articles like "A" and "The" do not count.
3. Use the original title endowed by the film's creator.
4. [Never mind, 'cause I'm steering clear of numerals]
5. Link back to Blog Cabins to make him King of Google.
6. If you're selected, you have to then select 5 more people.
...I decided to add the extra codicil of picking movies that I personally cherish or admire tremendously but that I never seem to discuss much on this site. Some of them have been hanging silently on my Top 100 List for a while now, some are still awaiting top-tier entries on the Favorites Countdown, and some I just love. No Pianos and no Morverns. Fresh blood. Darlings you don't know about. The titles are all IMDb links. Rent them. If you're feeling up to it, post your own list. (Re: Rule #6, since I wasn't explicitly tagged, I'm not explicitly tagging.)
ALL I DESIRE
One of those Sirks no one watches, but Stanwyck surpasses herself
Derisive toward its own plot, but what images, and what outfits
THE CHINA SYNDROME
A perfect suspense thriller, maybe my fave of the 70s "political" films
The movie I'd want to end any "History of Cinema" course with
Just re-watched it to give a talk this week; so stirring and creative
FAUSTRECHT DER FREIHEIT
(Fox and His Friends)
Fassbinder was never so likeable until he played an utter sadsack
GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI
A perfect hip-hop movie, and a high-point in screen existentialism
Forget Jim Cameron; when will we finally get more Dover Kosashvili?
A Chaplin short that's as rich and hilarious as most of his features
JOURNAL D'UN CURÉ DE CAMPAGNE
(Diary of a Country Priest)
Evokes a devout Christian sensibility in a profoundly moving way
KING OF THE HILL
May be Soderbergh's most perfectly realized movie; why no DVD?
LADRI DI BICICLETTE
One of those rare world classics you can safely recommend to anyone
MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
Every film Ph.D. has seen this a zillion times, but I'm always up for it
(The Ballad of Narayama)
Keep your Kurosawas; I like my Japanese cinema folksy and erotic
Not as fully integrated as Woman Under..., but a fascinating mess
You know I love Piano and Portrait, but every Campion "P" is a winner
One of those negligible Hepburn movies you love if you love Hepburn
LE RAYON VERT
(The Green Ray)
An astonishingly full character, plus the best last shot in movies
EL SOL DEL MEMBRILLO
(The Quince Tree Sun, aka Dream of Light)
I guess I already huzzahed this one here; when do we get a DVD?
A devastating political allegory, witty and brilliantly abstracted
Just saw this in England; a static dramedy that creeps up on you
If Bresson captures the delicacy of religion, Buñuel nails its perversity
THE WAY WE WERE
Because my grandmother's adoration of it passed so completely onto me
Why can't I ever get anyone to come over and watch some Sembene?
YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
Cinema as hearth; one of my two or three most reliable comfort movies
I know, I know, I have got to finish that Best of '07 feature...
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