Ranking the 50 Movies Project 2014: #50-26

Last year, I embarked on my annual 50 Movies Project using a “contemporary” theme (films from the 1980s to present day). Overall, it was another successful edition of the project, and it was great to finally tackle some films that I might not have otherwise seen. Today and tomorrow I will be ranking the selections, concluding with my favorite film of the group. Here we go, starting from the bottom:

#50 – Armageddon [1998]
Armageddon [1998]
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Blogathon: The Ten Most Iconic Female Movie Characters

Last month, I took part in the Ten Most Iconic Movie Characters blogathon. Now a new spin-off of this relay race is making its way through the blogosphere, this time focusing on female movie characters only. Here are the details:

A list of 10 iconic female movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think she should not be on the list) and replacing it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger. After you have posted your update leave the link in the comments below and I will make sure it gets added to the overview post.

I was given the baton by Ruth from FlixChatter. Here’s the list of those who have participated so far:

Dell On Movies
My Filmviews
Time Well Spent
FlixChatter
The Warning Sign

And here’s the current list of characters:

Ellen Ripley

Ellen Ripley

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

Dorothy

Dorothy

Marge Gunderson

Marge Gunderson

Foxy Brown

Foxy Brown

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor

Holly Golighty

Holly Golighty

Scarlett O’Hara

Scarlett O’Hara

Lisbeth Salander

Lisbeth Salander

Mrs. Robinson

Mrs. Robinson

Who I’m removing:

Foxy Brown

Foxy Brown

I really hate to remove Foxy because I love both the character and the film in which she stars, but I’m not sure she is even Pam Grier’s most iconic character (Coffy gets the nod in my book). This is a tough one, but the rules call for a change to be made.

Who I’m adding:

The Bride

The Bride

All it takes is one look at The Bride’s picture to recognize who she is. With Kill Bill 1 & 2, Uma Thurman portrayed one of the most badass characters in modern cinema, playing an assassin who refuses to be stopped on her quest for revenge. Need further proof? Watch this clip. THIS is how you make an entrance:

Now I am passing the baton to Dan from Public Transportation Snob.

My Cinematic Alphabet (2014 Update)

My entry into the “My Favorite Movie Titles” blogathon a couple weeks ago got me thinking about a blog meme I participated in a few years back: My Cinematic Alphabet. I thought it would be fun to post an updated version of my list to see how much my tastes have changed since then. For every letter of the alphabet, I have chosen my favorite film beginning with that letter (I also included my favorite “#” movie as well). Some of these choices were incredibly difficult, but I’m pleased with my selections. At the end, I’ll share the differences between the two lists.

 

2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey

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Blogathon: The Ten Most Iconic Movie Characters

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Nostra from My Filmviews has put together another impressive blogathon. Here are the details:

A list of 10 iconic movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think it should not be on the list) and replace it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger. After you have posted your update leave the link in the comments here and I will make sure it gets added to the overview post.
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Blogathon: My Favorite Movie Titles

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Brittani from Rambling Film has put together a blogathon that is a twist on the popular A-Z movie list meme. Instead of just picking your favorite movie for each letter of the alphabet (which I did a few years ago), you are supposed to pick your favorite movie title. I couldn’t resist getting in on this even though I am a day late (sorry!).

I opted to only stick with movies I have seen before. Here’s what I came up with:
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Introducing the 50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

After much deliberation, I have decided to continue the 50 Movies Project. These projects are very much what this site is all about, and I hate to break tradition. This year, I am switching things up a bit. The focus will be on contemporary films, meaning anything from 1980 to present day. It was surprisingly easy to put together a list of modern films that I missed — my first draft had nearly 170 titles! It took a while to whittle this down to 50, but I’m pleased with the end result. I tried to make a mix of popular and critically-acclaimed movies this time around, so there’s everything from Top Gun to Amour. I would love to hear your thoughts on these. Any particular titles you would recommend watching first?

50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

Fast Times at Ridgemont High [1982, Amy Heckerling]
First Blood [1982, Ted Kotcheff]
The King of Comedy [1982, Martin Scorsese]
A Christmas Story [1983, Bob Clark]
The Karate Kid [1984, John G. Avildsen]
Stand By Me [1986, Rob Reiner]
Top Gun [1986, Tony Scott]
Dirty Dancing [1987, Emile Ardolino]
The Untouchables [1987, Brian De Palma]
Big [1988, Penny Marshall]
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? [1988, Robert Zemeckis]
Driving Miss Daisy [1989, Bruce Beresford]
Major League [1989, David S. Ward]
Road House [1989, Rowdy Herrington]
Say Anything… [1989, Cameron Crowe]
When Harry Met Sally [1989, Rob Reiner]
Dances With Wolves [1990, Kevin Costner]
The Godfather Part III [1990, Francis Ford Coppola]
Miller’s Crossing [1990, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen]
Misery [1990, Rob Reiner]
Pretty Woman [1990, Garry Marshall]
Boyz N The Hood [1991, John Singleton]
JFK [1991, Oliver Stone]
Thelma & Louise [1991, Ridley Scott]
Philadelphia [1993, Jonathan Demme]
Rudy [1993, David Anspaugh]
Apollo 13 [1995, Ron Howard]
Face/Off [1997, John Woo]
Armageddon [1998, Michael Bay]
Out of Sight [1998, Steven Soderbergh]
Run Lola Run [1998, Tom Tykwer]
Being John Malkovich [1999, Spike Jonze]
The Insider [1999, Michael Mann]
The Iron Giant [1999, Brad Bird]
Unbreakable [2000, M. Night Shyamalan]
About Schmidt [2002, Alexander Payne]
Catch Me If You Can [2002, Steven Spielberg]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [2003, Peter Weir]
Mystic River [2003, Clint Eastwood]
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [2003, Gore Verbinski]
The Aviator [2004, Martin Scorsese]
Sideways [2004, Alexander Payne]
Good Night, and Good Luck [2005, George Clooney]
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [2007, Cristian Mungiu]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007, Andrew Dominik]
The Orphanage [2007, Juan Antonio Bayona]
Gomorrah [2008, Matteo Garrone]
A Prophet [2009, Jacques Audiard]
Incendies [2010, Denis Villeneuve]
Amour [2012, Michael Haneke]

Ranking the 50 Movies Project 2013: #25-1

And here are my top 25 films from the project. Every single one of these comes highly recommended!

Gone with the Wind [1939]
25) Gone with the Wind [1939]

Sullivan's Travels [1941]
24) Sullivan’s Travels [1941]

The Warriors [1979]
23) The Warriors [1979]

The Last Waltz [1978]
22) The Last Waltz [1978]

Nashville [1975]
21) Nashville [1975]

The Wages of Fear [1953]
20) The Wages of Fear [1953]

The Battle of Algiers [1966]
19) The Battle of Algiers [1966]

Rosemary's Baby [1968]
18) Rosemary’s Baby [1968]

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [1974]
17) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [1974]

His Girl Friday [1940]
16) His Girl Friday [1940]

Stagecoach [1939]
15) Stagecoach [1939]

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans [1927]
14) Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans [1927]

Rififi [1955]
13) Rififi [1955]

Rebecca [1940]
12) Rebecca [1940]

Three Colors: Blue
11) Three Colors: Blue [1993]

To Be or Not to Be [1942]
10) To Be or Not to Be [1942]

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul [1974]
9) Ali: Fear Eats the Soul [1974]

The Secret in Their Eyes [2009]
8) The Secret in Their Eyes [2009]

Y tu mamá también [2002]
7) Y Tu Mamá También [2001]

Belle de Jour [1967]
6) Belle de Jour [1967]

My Neighbor Totoro [1988]
5) My Neighbor Totoro [1988]

Ikiru [1952]
4) Ikiru [1952]

Sweet Smell of Success [1957]
3) Sweet Smell of Success [1957]

Do the Right Thing [1989]
2) Do the Right Thing [1989]

The Passion of Joan of Arc [1928]
1) The Passion of Joan of Arc [1928]

That’s a wrap! Are you surprised by any of the rankings? What’s your favorite film from this list?