Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Top 5 Top 5 Lists Related To, But Not Including, Sherlock Jr & The General

Top 5 Buster Keaton Features:

1. Steamboat Bill, Jr (Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton, 1928)
2. Our Hospitality (John Blystone & Buster Keaton, 1923)
3. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925)
4. The Three Ages (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1923)
5. The Navigator (Donald Crisp & Buster Keaton, 1924)

Top 5 Buster Keaton Shorts:

1. The Play House (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1921)
2. One Week (Edward Cline & Buster Keaton, 1920)
3. Cops (Edward Cline & Buster Keaton, 1922)
4. Neighbors (Edward Cline & Buster Keaton, 1920)
5. The Balloonatic (Edward Cline & Buster Keaton, 1923)

Top 5 Movies About Movies:

1. Singin' In The Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952)
2. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
3. Histoire(s) du cinema (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998)
4. F For Fake (Orson Welles, 1973)
5. The Purple Rose Of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985)

Top 5 Civil War Films:

1. Gone With The Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
2. Glory (Edward Zwick, 1989)
3. The Horse Soldiers (John Ford, 1959)
4. Gettysburg (Ronald Maxwell, 1993)
5. Major Dundee (Sam Peckinpah, 1965)

Top 5 Films Of 1927:

1. Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans (FW Murnau)
2. Seventh Heaven (Frank Borzage)
3. Wings (William Wellman)
4. Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
5. It (Clarence Badger)

1 comment:

Mark said...

Regarding civil war films:

Did you just plain forget about IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO (THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY)?

Please, don't try to tell me this doesn't qualify as a civil war film.

It's not discussed along with the most famous war movies...but it should be. It's a spaghetti western AND a civil war movie!

It has more to do with the civil war (main characters actually depicted participating in it) than even GONE WITH THE WIND!

Purely my own opinion coming up: I find IL BUONO more enjoyable than GONE WITH THE WIND.

However, one cannot deny IL BUONO is on the same scale as GONE WITH THE WIND in terms of being one of the great epics...and it's based very much in the midst of the civil war (not just "during" like GONE WITH THE WIND).

Also, unlike countless other war films, IL BUONO isn't afraid to point to warfare, particularly the U.S. civil war, as a frivolous pursuit ("I've never seen so many men wasted so badly"). That is to say, it doesnt seek to glorify warfare. It seems like Clint Eastwood remembered this sentiment years later when he directed the tragic, brilliant, compelling LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA.

Speaking of Clint Eastwood and civil war films, Don Siegel's THE BEGUILED deserves a mention in the collection of great civil war movies. Perhaps it's not the most "obvious" war film, but the mistrust and danger created by the civil war is central to the story.