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
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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