Greatest Thriller Films of All Time

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  1. Phantasm – 1978
  2. You’re Next – 2013
  3. Sisters – 1973
  4. Scream – 1996
  5. A Tale of Two Sisters – 2003
  6. The Others – 2001
  7. Carnival of Souls – 1962
  8. Scream 2 – 1997
  9. Dead Ringers – 1988
  10. [Rec] – 2007
  11. Wait Until Dark – 1967
  12. The Devil’s Backbone – 2001
  13. Peeping Tom – 1960
  14. Audition – 1999
  15. The Omen – 1976
  16. The Birds – 1963
  17. Poltergeist – 1982
  18. Freaks – 1932
  19. Se7ven – 1995
  20. A Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984
  21. The Wicker Man – 1973
  22. Susperia -1977
  23. The Shining – 1980
  24. Jaws -1975
  25. Rosemary’s Baby – 1968
  26. Nosferatu – 1922
  27. The Bride of Frankenstein – 1935
  28. Night of the Living Dead – 1968
  29. Halloween – 1978
  30. The Exorcist – 1973
  31. Psycho – 1960
  32. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974
  33. Get Out – 2017
  34. Eraserhead – 1977
  35. The Silence of the Lambs – 1991
  36. The Innocents – 1961
  37. Let the Right One In – 2008
  38. Carrie – 1976
  39. M – 1931
  40. Deep Red – 1975
  41. Frankenstein – 1931
  42. Eyes Without a Face – 1960
  43. Don’t Look Now – 1973
  44. Repulsion – 1965
  45. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom – 1975
  46. The Night of the Hunter – 1955
  47. The House on Haunted Hill – 1959
  48. The Sixth Sense – 1999
  49. Vertigo – 1958
  50. Anatomy of a Murder – 1959
  51. The 39 Steps – 1935
  52. Charade – 1963
  53. Diabolique – 1955
  54. Blood Simple – 1984
  55. Blow Out – 1981
  56. House of Games – 1987
  57. Straw Dogs – 1971
  58. The Fall of the House of Usher – 1960
  59. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – 1920
  60. The Hands of Orlac – 1924
  61. Dracula – 1931
  62. Throne of Blood – 1957
  63. Rebecca – 1940
  64. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – 1962
  65. Cape Fear – 1962
  66. Sabotage – 1936
  67. The Third Man – 1949
  68. On the Waterfront – 1954
  69. Fail Safe – 1964
  70. Black Swan – 2010
  71. Memento – 2000
  72. Primal Fear – 1996
  73. Mystic River – 2003
  74. Affliction – 1997
  75. Martha Marcy May Marlene – 2011
  76. The Gift – 2015
  77. Misery – 1990
  78. American Psycho – 2000
  79. Mulholland – 2001
  80. Panic Room – 2002
  81. Blue Velvet – 1986
  82. The Vanishing – 1988
  83. The Skin I Live in – 2011
  84. Play Misty For Me – 1971
  85. A History of Violence – 2005
  86. Strangers on a Train – 1951
  87. M – 1931
  88. Shadow of a Doubt – 1943
  89. Zodiac – 2007
  90. The Departed – 2006
  91. No Country for Old Men – 2007
  92. Amores Perros – 2000
  93. Straw Dogs – 1971
  94. The Virgin Spring- 1960
  95. The Lives of Others – 2006
  96. Blood Diamond – 2006
  97. Persona – 1966
  98. Marnie – 1964
  99. 99 River Streeet – 1953
  100. Pi – 1988
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

 

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 historical romantic drama directed by Mike Newell, based off the novel of the same name written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The film stars Lily James, Matthew Goode. Michael Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton.

The film is set in 1946 and follows a London based writer as she begins exchanging letters with people from the island of Guernsey, which was under German occupation during World War II. After getting engaged to her American boyfriend of six months, Juliet Ashton travels to Guernsey to meet the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, with whom she had been keeping in touch with through letters.

After spending several months there, getting to know the literary group, the island and other residents, Dawsey Adams, Juliet’s first Guernsey correspondent, starts falling in love with her. He learns she is engaged when her fiancé Mark Reynolds visits her on the island. After flying back with Mark to London, Juliet tells him that she doesn’t want to marry him, because she loves someone else and gives him the engagement ring back. She goes back to Guernsey to ask Dawsey to marry her.

This is a cute, sweet film, one that lovers of period dramas, romance and literature will very much enjoy. It is not the most exciting romantic period drama, but it is still quite enjoyable throughout. It does have a more PBS and BBC Films feel to it, than Netflix.

Lily James is wonderful as Juliet Ashton. She brings her usual period drama greatness to this film, like she did in the show Downton Abbey. Glen Powell does a pretty good job as Mark Reynolds and his character isn’t the film as much as he is in the book. Mark Huisman is equally as wonderful as James as the character Dawsey Adams. Matthew Goode is great as Sidney Stark, Juliet’s publisher from London.

Overall, this film is lovely at times, has the right amount of tragedy, romance and literature and the scenery and costumes are fabulous. The only complaint I have is that this film could have been a bit shorter, two hours and four minutes is far too long for such a story, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. 13+ 4.5/5

Classic of the Week: Lenny (1974)

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Lenny is a 1974 American biographical film about the life of controversial comedian Lenny Bruce, directed by Bob Fosse, starring Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine and Jan Miner.

The film covers various parts of Bruce’s life from his prime to his arrests for obscene language and using nightclubs to let out his frustrations, to his addictions and his death.

Lenny Bruce, although he was extremely controversial, he ended up influencing other comedians. He was never afraid of ruffling feathers. Dustin Hoffman is outstanding as Bruce, the role seems tailored for him. He did the voice, mannerisms and jokes spot on. If you’ve seen the real Lenny, you’ll agree. Although he doesn’t look exactly like him, everything else Hoffman does makes up for it.

In this film, you learn about Lenny’s rise to fame, his troubles with authorities, his bankruptcy and his death. You also learn about his extreme addictions. All of this is portrayed fantastically. You see that Lenny was both loved and hated and was very troubled. You also learn about the custody battle of Lenny and his ex-wife Honey’s daughter Kitty.

Valerie Perrine is fabulous as Honey Bruce. You learn in the film about Honey and Lenny’s relationship, their divorce and her criminal history and time in jail. Although she didn’t look that much like the real Honey, her acting skills in this film make up for it. Jan Miner does a great job as Sally Marr, Lenny’s mother, a stand up comedian, dancer and actress.

Overall, this is an extraordinary film, one that definitely should be seen at least once in your life. Everything about it, apart from looks, is sensational. This is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. 18+ 5/5

A Simple Favor (2018)

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A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller directed by Paul Feig, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell. The film stars Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend and Jean Smart. The story is about a vlogger from a small town who tries to decipher the disappearance of her rich and mysterious friend.

The film starts out with Stephanie Smothers (Kendrick) and Emily Nelson (Lively) getting to know each other by planning play dates for their sons and helping pick them up, babysit, etc. After Emily goes missing and while Stephanie is trying to find her, she discovers that Emily is not her real name, she is really Faith McLanden who has a twin sister named Hope.

Faith fakes her own death by drowning her sister at a camp they grew up going to. She also turns up in unexpected places, revealing she is still alive. She plays tricks on Stephanie, her husband, son and coworkers.

This film to me, would have been a lot better if Lively’s character wasn’t so over the top mysterious, jealous, violent or sneaky. The entire film seemed to be about her, not much about the other characters, even the main ones.

I love a good mystery from to time and judging by the trailer, I thought this film was going to have Hitchcock feel to it. It starts out that way, then is stretched too far, making a lot the story so far fetched, it was hard to follow.  Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick are both equally great in the film. Henry Golding does a fine job as Sean Nelson, Emily’s husband.

Overall the film started out really good, then became so stretched out and unrealistic and a little gory. Blake Lively’s Emily character was an over the top sick and twisted rich mother in Katherine Hepburn attire. Anna Kendrick’s Stephanie character was really just a sweet, somewhat naive, cute single mother, just needing a friend. The two of them clashed from the get go. Emily took advantage of Stephanie, her husband and son.

This is not your modern day Hitchcock mystery thriller. The director took what could have been a really good film and just added and added, trying to get nearly everything from the book, plus original things in it. The acting is great from the main characters, but this story is far too long, it’s two hours I won’t be getting back. 18+ 3/5

Classic of the Week: Léon: The Professional (1994)

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Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English language French thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman in her acting debut. The story is about Léon (Reno), a professional hitman, that unwillingly takes in a 12 year old girl named Mathilda (Portman), after her parents are murdered by extreme Drug Enforcement Administration, Norman Stansfield (Oldman). Mathilda becomes Leon’s partner after learning the ways of a hitman.

This film has become a cult classic and is one of Luc Besson’s most, if not the most well known films. Despite the fact that this film was (and still is) highly controversial because of Natalie Portman’s character and the over-the-top violence, and despite the fact that many movie theaters refused to show it and the ones that did, cut out most of the film, it was still critically acclaimed. Portman, Reno and Oldman are all equally outstanding in their roles.

The film is extremely violent, just like the other cult classic of 1994, Pulp Fiction. Besson could have toned down the violence and not made Mathilda so “lolita” like. He also could have made her parents not abusive to her. There is far too much shooting, lots of foul language (even used by Mathilda) and abuse. The film is very dark, even in sunny scenes, like many cult classics. It has a sort of Taxi Driver meets Lolita feel to it.

Is this one of the best dark dramas and cult films I’ve ever seen? Yes and no. Acting wise, fantastic, but far too violent and dark. So I have a love- hate relationship with this one. It is not outstanding, but not plain awful either. I just wish there had been more light and less gore. 18+ 3/5

Greatest American Film Songs

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  1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – The Wizard of Oz
  2. Moon River – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  3. The Man That Got Away – A Star is Born (1959)
  4. The Way We Were – The Way We Were
  5. People – Funny Girl
  6. Singin’ in the Rain – Singin’ in the Rain
  7. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – The Lion King
  8. Mrs. Robinson – The Graduate
  9. As Time Goes By – Casablanca
  10. Stayin’ Alive – Saturday Night Fever
  11. White Christmas – Holiday Inn
  12. Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  13. When You Wish Upon a Star – Pinocchio
  14. Cheek to Cheek – Top Hat
  15. Smile – Modern Times
  16. My Heart Will Go On – Titanic
  17. I Could Have Danced All Night – My Fair Lady
  18. Somewhere – West Side Story
  19. Someday My Prince Will Come – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  20. Cabaret – Cabaret
  21. The Sound of Music – The Sound of Music
  22. The Way You Look Tonight – Swing Time
  23. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Toy Story
  24. Let’s Get Together – The Parent Trap (1961)
  25. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Midnight Cowboy
  26. Unchained Melody – Ghost
  27. Ol’ Man River – Show Boat
  28. The Trolley Song – Meet Me in St. Louis
  29. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off – Shall We Dance
  30. High Noon (Don’t Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin) – High Noon
  31. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  32. Born to be Wild – Easy Rider
  33. Some Enchanted Evening – South Pacific
  34. America – West Side Story
  35. Stormy Weather – Stormy Weather
  36. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins
  37. New York, New York – On the Town
  38. Fight the Power – Do the Right Thing
  39. I Got Rhythm – An American in Paris
  40. Theme From Shaft – Shaft
  41. Superfly – Superfly
  42. Days of Wine and Roses – Days of Wine and Roses
  43. Swinging on a Star – Going My Way
  44. That’s Entertainment – The Band Wagon
  45. What Ever Will Be, Will Be ( Que Sera, Sera) – The Man Who Knew Too Much
  46. Wind Beneath My Wings – Beaches
  47. Hopelessly Devoted – Grease
  48. Luck Be a Lady – Guys and Dolls
  49. Don’t Rain on My Parade – Funny Girl
  50. Rock Around the Clock – Blackboard Jungle
  51. Goldfinger – Goldfinger
  52. Thank Heaven for Little Girls – Gigi
  53. Gonna Fly Now – Rocky
  54. Shall We Dance – The King and I
  55. Summertime – Porgy Andy Bess
  56. Make ‘Em Laugh – Singin’ in the Rain
  57. Tonight – West Side Story
  58. Get Happy – Summer Stock
  59. It Had To Be You – When Harry Met Sally…
  60. My Favorite Things – The Sound of Music
  61. Thanks for the Memories – The Big Broadcast of 1938
  62. Suicide is Painless – M*A*S*H
  63. Streets of Philadelphia – Philadelphia
  64. Summer Nights – Grease
  65. Good Morning – Singin’ in the Rain
  66. Rainbow Connection – The Muppet Movie
  67. On the Good Ship Lollipop – Bright Eyes
  68. 9 to 5 – 9 to 5
  69. Isn’t it Romantic? – Love Me Tonight
  70. City of Stars – La La Land
  71. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) – Arthur (1981)
  72. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing
  73. I’m Easy – Nashville
  74. Seems Like Old Times – Annie Hall
  75. Long Ago and Far Away – Cover Girl
  76. Footloose – Footloose
  77. Lose Yourself – 8 Mile
  78. 42nd Street – 42nd Street
  79. The Rose – The Rose
  80. Old Time Rock and Roll – Risky Business
  81. All That Jazz – Chicago
  82. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – The Breakfast Club
  83. A Whole New World – Aladdin
  84. Charade – Charade
  85. The Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  86. Tomorrow – Annie
  87. Man of Constant Sorrow – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  88. I Wanna Be Loved by You – Some Like It Hot
  89. I Enjoy Being a Girl – Flower Drum Song
  90. I Won’t Dance – Lovely to Look At
  91. It Takes a Woman – Hello, Dolly!
  92. It Might As Well Be Spring – State Fair
  93. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning – Oklahoma!
  94. Till the Clouds Roll By – Till the Clouds Roll By
  95. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast
  96. Too Darn Hot – Kiss Me Kate
  97. Once Upon a Dream – Sleeping Beauty
  98. Rhapsody in Blue – Manhattan
  99. Whatever Lola Wants – Damn Yankees
  100. Anything You Can Do/ There’s No Business Like Show Business – Annie Get Your Gun (tie)

Tag (2018)

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Tag is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Jeff Tomsic, starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. The film is based on a true story that published in The New York Times about a group of men that have been playing tag together since they were kids. They spend one month a year playing it.

After watching an interview with the real men of this story on Megyn Kelly, I knew I had to this movie. This film is very likely exaggerated, since there is a lot of violence and foul language. The characters in the film look different from the real guys as well.

Every actor in this film does a great job as their character.  The violence and adult language could have been toned done a bit and Renner’s character much less of a selfish jerk and Johnson’s character less of a dope head.

This film is still very funny, yet offensive at times, like when Jerry’s fiancé Susan fakes being pregnant and having a miscarriage. Despite the offensive scenes, it still manages to make you laugh out loud. Some scenes are drawn out, some are too short and some the film could’ve done without. Most of the actors are normally in humorous roles, except Jon Hamm, Leslie Bibb and Jeremy Renner, but it was great to see them in serious and comedic roles.

The story itself is clever, fun, funny and not just about having fun, but bringing friends together, since they all live long distances from each other. The game brings out the kid every friend, while allowing them to be with their best friends.

This is definitely not fir kids, but still a pretty fun film overall. It’s not outstanding, but horrible either. 18+ 3/5

Classic of the Week: Harvey (1950)

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Harvey is a 1950 American comedy drama film based on Mary Chase’s play of the same name, directed by Henry Koster. It starred James Stewart and Josephine Hull. The story follows a man and his best friend, a pooka named Harvey- a six foot three and a half inch tall invisible rabbit.

This is a rather clever film in the ways that it is about a man with a mental illness (possibly schizophrenia), that is portrayed both humorously and seriously. It is funny, but also makes you really think about the main character’s mental state and how a person, even then, coped with it. James Stewart is perfect as Elwood P. Dowd the protagonist. He mixes the character’s issues with both seriousness and humor. Elwood knows he sounds downright silly, but at the same time, wants people to believe him. This role was made for Stewart.

Elwood spends time in and out of a sanitarium at his sister, Veta Louise Simmons’s force. This brings viewers into showing how people (even then) with mental illness in their family. This is all done with love, stress, concern and being at one’s “end of their rope.” Josephine Hull is equally perfect as Veta.

This is not much of a children’s film, because the psychiatric disorder of Elwood would have to be explained and would just confuse young children, along with the sanitarium. Also there is drinking, talk about a man’s drinking problem and Elwood is almost given a strong injection. Overall, this film is thought provoking and hilarious and absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. 11+ 5/5

100 Greates Musical Films Part II

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51. Easter Parade

52. Gypsy

53. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

54. Bye Bye Birdie

55. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

56. Damn Yankees

57. Annie Get Your Gun

58. Porgy and Bess

59. Anything Goes

60. Sweet Charity

61. Fame

62. Sing Street

63. Hair

64. Girl Crazy (1943)

65. South Pacific

66. Tommy

67. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

68. 1776

69. Bells Are Ringing

70. Silk Stockings

71. Carousel

72. Holiday Inn

73. Help!

74. Bedknobs and Broomsticks

75. Going My Way

76. Broadway Melody of 1936

77. Broadway Melody of 1938

78. Broadway Melody of 1940

79. Shall We Dance (1937)

80. The Gay Divorcee

81. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

82. Yankee Doodle Dandy

83. Footlight Parade

84. The Merry Widow

85. One Hour With You

86. The Smiling Lieutenant

87. You Were Never Lovelier

88. Till the Clouds Roll By

89. For Me and My Gal

90. The Great Ziegfeld

91. Thank Your Lucky Stars

92. The Bandwagon

93. Applause (1929)

94. The Jazz Singer (1927)

95.  Take Me Out to the Ballgame

96. Brigadoon

97. Frozen

98. Babes in Arms

99. By the Light of the Silvery Moon

100. Cinderella

100 Greatest Musical Films of All Time Part I

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  1. West Side Story
  2. The Sound of Music
  3. Singin’ in the Rain
  4. Grease
  5. La La Land
  6. Top Hat
  7. Caberet
  8. The Wizard of Oz
  9. Funny Girl
  10. Mary Poppins
  11. Swing Time
  12. A Star is Born (1954)
  13. Chicago
  14.  An American in Paris
  15. 42nd Street
  16. My Fair Lady
  17. Meet Me in St. Louis
  18. All That Jazz
  19. The King and I
  20. On the Town
  21. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  22. Showboat
  23. Guys And Dolls
  24. Beauty and the Beast
  25. Fiddler on the Roof
  26. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  27. Funny Face
  28. Oklahoma!
  29. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  30. Stormy Weather
  31. Oliver!
  32. Gigi
  33. A Hard Day’s Night
  34. The Music Man
  35. Hello, Dolly!
  36. Bugsy Malone
  37. Everyone Says I Love You
  38. Bullets Over Broadway
  39. The Producers (1967)
  40. High Society
  41. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  42. Enchanted
  43. The Blues Brothers
  44. Annie (1982)
  45. White Christmas
  46. Thoroughly Modern Millie
  47. Victor Victoria
  48. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  49. A Chorus Line
  50. Kiss Me Kate