100 Things I Love About the Movies

I passed a milestone recently here at TDYLF. Thanks to the help of the editors over at IMDB, I passed the 100,000 Hits milestone on Sunday (with a whopping 80,000+ of those hits coming just since September 30th). To celebrate, I’m beginning a brand new series called “100 Things I Love About the Movies”. To be sure, there a LOT more than 100 things that I love about the movies. As such, this has the potential to become a series- 100 Things I Love About Horror Movies, 100 Things I Love About Foreign Movies, and on and on. I present to you the first edition of “100 Things I Love About the Movies”.

1. The violence in Sam Peckinpah movies

2. “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

3. Nazi zombies

4. Vertigo is actually about necrophilia

5. Chest Rockwell and Brock Landers. And while I’m on the topic…

6. The tracking shot in Boogie Nights. And

7. The tracking shot in Goodfellas. And

8. The tracking shot in Contempt (Le Mepris). And

9. The tracking shot in Weekend.

10. “To-ga! To-ga! To-ga!”

11. Jean Gabin was the inspiration for Mel Blanc to create Pépé le Pew

12. This wallet

13. Roooooose Buuuuuud

14. The monkey funeral in Sunset Boulevard

15. The plague of locusts in Days of Heaven

16. Humphrey Bogart

17. The vulnerability and sexuality of Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits

18. The raw feminine independence and sexuality of Ava Gardner in Night of the Iguana

19. “You know, for kids!”

20. Robert Altman’s overlapping dialogue

21. Wes Anderson soundtracks

22. Karen Hill stuffing a gun into her panties in Goodfellas

23. Ingmar Bergman’s theological self-loathing

24. Heath Ledger as The Joker

25. Howard Cosell narrating the consummation of a marriage in Woody Allen’s Bananas

26. “She’s my sister!” (slap) “She’s my daughter!” (slap) “My sister!” (slap) “My daughter!” (slap)

27. Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock in Safety Last

28. Shut the fuck up, Donny.

29. Martin Scorsese’s love affair with Motown and the Rolling Stones.

30. Peter Sellers in Being There

31. High Noon was an allegory for film industry people blacklisted by McCarthyism

32. Oliver Stone’s nutty conspiracy theories

33. Sliced-up eyeballs in Un Chien Andalou

34. Toshiro Mifune…

35. and that he was almost cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi

36. John Huston’s rebellious streak

37. Christopher Lee vs. Peter Cushing in a billion Hammer Studio horror films

38. The hobo last supper in Viridiana

39. Peter Lorre’s creepy bulging eyes

40. The art deco architecture in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

41. Dennis Hopper screaming “DON’T YOU LOOK AT ME!” in Blue Velvet

42. Slim Pickens riding a nuclear bomb

43. The “Ride of the Valkyries” scene in Apocalypse Now

44. I see dead people

45. Terri Garr’s nice knockers in Young Frankenstein (“Sank you”)

46. Indiana Jones being chased by a boulder

47. The juxtaposition of the beauty of classical music with the brutality of boxing in Raging Bull

48. Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?

49. Charlie Chaplin in the feeding machine in Modern Times

50. Catherine Deneuve

51. The Bear Jew

52. Boris Karloff’s voice

53. Mickey Rourke’s clever use of a popcorn box in Diner

54. Counting all of the Star Wars influences in Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress

55. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

56. The final 20 minutes of Unforgiven

57. No, seriously. Catherine Deneuve.

58. I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

59. One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble, gooble gobble, one of us!

60. The 50 egg challenge in Cool Hand Luke

61. and the Christ analogy that immediately follows

62. Wanna have a catch, Dad?

63. I know it was you, Fredo.

64. The Man with No Name

65. The overt genital symbolism in Closely Watched Trains

66. Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

67. The last scene in Sleepaway Camp

68. Charlton Heston kissing a monkey

69. Günnar Bjornstrand’s monologue about Spider-Gods in Winter Light

70. And while we’re at it, let’s throw in Ingrid Thulin reading her letter to Bjornstrand for six minutes or so in the same movie.

71. And what the hell, Ingrid Thulin masturbating with a shard of glass in Cries and Whispers

72. The Dude

73. The crossdresser sequence in Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

74. What business is it of yours where I’m from, friendo?

75. The cold, lonely specter of “23 Juillet” on Alain Leroy’s mirror, The Fire Within

76. Buster Keaton being chased by hundreds of cops and/or hundreds of angry brides

77. I made it, Ma! Top of the world!

78. The incredibly expressive face of Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc

79. I’m not even supposed to be here today!

80. Jack Nicholson as R.P. MacMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

81. Rhett Butler telling Scarlett O’Hara to go make love to herself

82. Andy Dufresne breaks free

83. Guido’s women come back to haunt him, all at once, in 8 1/2

84. Whistle while you work, Bridge on the River Kwai

85. Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter

86. Are you talkin’ to me?

87. The triptych in Abel Gance’s Napoléon

88. Mommy’s corpse in Psycho

89. The look of horror and defiance on Isabelle Huppert when she stabs herself in The Piano Teacher

90. Sven Nykvist’s cinematography

91. I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille

92. The fact that Santa Claus Conquers the Martians exists

93. A town painted entirely red in High Plains Drifter

94. The crawling, severed hand in The Exterminating Angel

95. The look on Simon Pegg/Nicholas Angel’s face in Hot Fuzz when people start singing The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”

96. The creepy cult people dressed as animals in The Wicker Man

97. Clyde the Orangutan

98. The ending of Match Point

99. Annie’s soliloquy to baseball in Bull Durham

100. George C. Scott’s monologue, as Patton, in front of the American flag

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  1. Kelly

    I would include a lot of these on my own list. I’ve thought of another list for your series: 100 Things I Love About Steve Buscemi Movies.

  2. Dude

    Virginia Madsen’s monologue on wine in Sideways. It’s not enough to read the words, you just have to see it, the way she delivers the thing. It sums up enophilia in a matter of sentences. “And it tastes so fucking good”

    • Dude

      Forgot to mention that she seems like she’s going to jump Paul Giamatti’s fat ass. I’ve got a sweet spot for way too hot chicks that want to get it on with fat guys…

      • My favorite Virginia Madsen movie moment is when she gets lit on fire in “Candyman”.*

        *not because I dislike VM but because it was a really neat-o movie

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  4. 100 things I love about Woody Allen! You have to do that one!

  5. Josh

    #1 confirms my earlier suspicion that we are in fact soul mates.

    • Ha! I watched “Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” and “Ride the High Country” for the first time in the last few weeks, so it was definitely fresh in my mind. Peckinpah was just so incredibly unforgivingly violent (plus all the nudity in his movies), and you have to admire his cajones in doing that at a time when it really wasn’t done.

  6. Maureen

    It wasn’t Tex Ritter on a nuclear bomb; it was Slim Pickins

  7. John

    I really don’t like 100 hundred lists as a rule because they are to objective and don’t capture an individuals theme but you captured more hits than misses and really spooked me out with the ‘you broke my heart Fredo’ and last twenty minutes of Unforgiven. The last twenty minutes of Unforgiven are absolutely perfect. And the scene in Close Encounters when they come to kidnap the little boy.

  8. zia

    A top 100 list where i’m familiar with 93 of the films. that doesnt happen very often

  9. Rodders

    One that you forgot from your 100 list is Cary Grant – the man was the absolute epitome of ‘Smooth’!!

  10. dpx

    Slim Pickens rode the nuclear bomb.
    Not Tex Ritter

  11. Drew

    “Tex Ritter riding a nuclear bomb”
    Are you sure about that? I seem to recall Slim Pickens riding one in “Dr. Strangelove”.

  12. George Howie

    ~~42. Tex Ritter riding a nuclear bomb~~

    42. Slim Pickens riding a nuclear bomb

  13. Dave Glanz

    Great list, but it was Slim Pickens on that missile, right?

  14. Wow, great idea for a list….I wish I would’ve thought of this! Around 70-80 of these would make my top 100, especially with all of the Coen Brothers and Scorsese references you have. Good work!

    • Thanks! I’ll cop to feeling a little guilty about all the Scorsese, Coens, Bergman, and Bunuel. And I suppose PT Anderson hit the list quite a few times too. But whaddyagonnado- ya love what ya love about movies.

      Likewise, I’m wishing I’d come up with your list of movie rivalries. That’s great stuff.

  15. BigDaveB

    “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

  16. rtm

    Cool idea for a list, John, I might have to ‘borrow’ it if you don’t mind 🙂 And congrats on making IMDb again and reaching your milestone. Keep up the good work and here’s to 100,000 more hits!

  17. aleksa

    Just gotta say, GREAT list.

  18. Josh

    So you stopped watching movies after 1990? There are hundred of amazing films that came out of the last 20 years…alot of them BETTER than half the “classics” you mentioned.

    • Hmmm… I listed No Country for Old Men, There Will be Blood, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Match Point, Unforgiven, Shawshank Redemption, Boogie Nights more than once, Wes Anderson movies, The Sixth Sense, The Dark Knight, Clerks, Inglorious Basterds, the entire work of Scorsese, Altman, and Oliver Stone (who haven’t been sitting around doing nothing in the last 20 years)…

      And I probably didn’t make it clear enough in the intro, but there are a billion things that I like about movies. Just because this list has these 100 things doesn’t mean I don’t like anything else at all about any movie ever.

      I’m not sure I understand this criticism.

      • The guy who met Kevin Meany

        What about the last 3 minutes of the Usual Suspects? the interrogation of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct? Russian Roulette scene from The Deerhunter? The “Jew Hunter” talking to the French farmer in the opening scene from Inglorious Basterds? Any time Robert Duvall is on screen in Apocalypse Now…”You either surf or fight!”

  19. Josh

    You are right, you did list those. I guess I just see them as sort of obvious. No insult intended, I guess I’m just alittle too young to appreciate your full list.

    • No worries. To be frank, I was a little worried I went a little too heavy on the more recent stuff (and foreign). But trust me, this is a list I can visit again and again, recreating it and bending it to a lot of different genres. And I’ll definitely cop to a certain bias- I’ve spent so much time the last handful of years watching the foreign and classics that appear on this list that I’ve missed a lot of what’s been out since, say, 2006 (beyond the award winners).

      At any rate, thanks for visiting and contributing.

  20. Luke Oakman

    How about this one, Albert Finney, tommy guns and Danny Boy?

  21. Truly awesome. When I read the title, I was just expecting a list of 100 movies, but I love how specific you got. 🙂
    It makes me want to put pen to paper (and then to blog) about what I love in the movies. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    PS. That scene in Hot Fuzz is one of my favorite ever. Simon Pegg is my hero.

    • So I clicked on your name there to visit your blog, and I see that you’re a supporter of The Buddy Walk. That’s such an excellent cause. It’s gained a lot of stature here in St. Louis because of how active Albert Pujols is with it. I don’t entirely know why I brought it up… I guess I just felt the need to give a big fat thumbs up to that.

  22. Vladdy

    Never seen your blog, don’t know who you are. Clicked here from IMDb, started reading your list and tears came to my eyes. This is the best list I have ever seen, and I am a list addict. And not because it jibes with MY favorite 100 things, but because it is such a clear expression of YOURS. Thanks for making my day.

    • Wow, thank you so much for saying something so nice. I’m somewhat speechless.

      • Vladdy

        Didn’t mean to get too sappy, it just seems you love movies in the same way I do. Having looked at your site, other than bad horror and Deborah Morgan, it looks like we have pretty similar tastes, too.

  23. angel eyes

    great list…made me think of these

    superman catches the helicopter with one hand while holding the lois lane in the other

    hey blond! you know what you are just a dirty son-of-a…waa-waa-wa-wa wa

    the ending truck crash in mad max 2/road warrior

    bruce lee vs chuck norris

  24. I have that wallet, randomly.

  25. Gavin

    not that you should care, but I wrote an entire paper on Hidden Fortress’ influence on Star Wars for a History of Japanese Art class back in my college days. glad its one of your top 100 things

  26. Irving 143

    “And don’t point that beard at me, it might go off!”

    “You’ve got me? Who’s got you?!”

    “Must have been the dismount.”

    “Without your space helmet, I think you’re going to find that rather difficult.”

  27. angel eyes

    Me again.

    I really liked this so much, a list rarely makes me think so much about movies, but yours was so varied and honest that here are just a few more…of mine

    the unmasking of the phantom in the catacombs

    “There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs…” opening shot stare

    Richard Gere’s ending build up and freeze frame in Breatless (1983)

    “I want you to play one of my songs”

    aerial view of seagulls descending on bodgea bay

    nosferatu rises, straight up!, from his coffin!!

  28. Mrs. LW

    I like. Good work.

  29. iamcart

    DUDE, what about when Ray (Tom Hanks) is forced to eat the sardine on the pretzel in the Burbs … his facial expression makes me about pee my pants each time I see it!!!

  30. magnoliaforever

    1: Ellen Burstyn thinking the refridgerator is out to get her in Requiem for a Dream
    2: The how many people are having orgasms montage in Amelie
    3: Johnny Depp sailing toward the afterlife in Dead Man
    4: Christian Bale in American Psycho (“try getting a reservation at Dorsia now, you fucking stupid bastard!”)
    5: Juliette Lewis taking a dump near the beginning of Natural Born Killers
    6: Julianne Moore’s breakdown in the pharmacy in Magnolia (“don’t you call me lady!”)

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  33. Inspiring. This post and your blog in general makes me loosen up on how I write about movies.

    Spoilers on The Piano Teacher though. 😛

  34. Thank you! And… d’oh on The Piano Teacher.

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  38. 23. Ingmar Bergman’s theological self-loathing
    Can’t stop laughing!

    • He wouldn’t be Bergman without it. Take the theological self-loathing away from Bergman and it’s like taking the cape away from Superman.

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