August 2009


Charles Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)

  • Born: 1889
  • Died: 1977
  • Rank: 23
  • Score: 666.85
  • Feature Films: 11
  • Best: Modern Times
  • Worst: A King in New York

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. Modern Times – 1936
  2. The Great Dictator – 1940
  3. City Lights – 1931
  4. The Gold Rush – 1925
  5. The Circus – 1928

Top 10 Best Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • pre-1926 – 5th – The Gold Rush
  • 1927-28 – 5th – The Circus
  • 1930-31 – 1st – City Lights
  • 1936 – 1st – Modern Times
  • 1940 – 3rd – The Great Dictator
  • 1972 – 9th – Limelight

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Francis Ford Coppola

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) explains to his girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton) what his father does for a living in Coppola's The Godfather (1972)

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) explains to his girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton) what his father does for a living in Coppola’s The Godfather (1972)

  • Born: 1939
  • Rank: 24
  • Score: 663.70
  • Awards: Oscar / 2 DGA / BAFTA / 2 Golden Globes / NSFC / NBR
  • Nominations: 4 Oscars / 5 DGA / 2 BAFTA / 5 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films: 24
  • Best: The Godfather
  • Worst: Tonight for Sure

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The Godfather – 1972
  2. Apocalypse Now – 1979
  3. The Godfather Part II – 1974
  4. The Conversation – 1974
  5. The Cotton Club – 1984

Top 10 Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1966 – 7th – You’re a Big Boy Now
  • 1969 – 10th – Rain People
  • 1972 – 1st – The Godfather
  • 1974 – 2nd – The Godfather Part II
  • 1974 – 3rd – The Conversation
  • 1979 – 2nd – Apocalypse Now
  • 1984 – 4th – The Cotton Club
  • 1990 – 8th – The Godfather Part III

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Sam Mendes

Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in American Beauty (1999)

Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in American Beauty (1999)

  • Born: 1965
  • Rank: 25
  • Score: 661.40
  • Awards: Oscar / DGA / Golden Globe / BFCA / LAFC / CFC
  • Nominations: Oscar / DGA / BAFTA / 2 Golden Globes / BFCA
  • Feature Films: 5
  • Best: American Beauty
  • Least: Jarhead

Feature Films (in rank order):

  1. American Beauty – 1999
  2. Revolutionary Road – 2008
  3. Road to Perdition – 2002
  4. Away We Go – 2009
  5. Jarhead – 2005

Top 10 Best Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1999 – 1st – American Beauty
  • 2002 – 5th – Road to Perdition
  • 2008 – 4th – Revolutionary Road

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Sergei Eisenstein

The Odessa Steps sequence of Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

The Odessa Steps sequence of Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

  • Born: 1898
  • Died: 1948
  • Rank: 26
  • Score: 660.10
  • Feature Films: 7
  • Best: The Battleship Potemkin
  • Least: The General Line

Feature Films (in rank order):

  1. The Battleship Potemkin – 1925
  2. Ivan the Terrible Part I – 1945
  3. Ivan the Terrible Part II – 1958
  4. October – 1927
  5. Alexander Nevsky – 1938
  6. The Strike – 1924
  7. The General Line – 1930

Top 10 Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • pre-1926 – 1st – The Battleship Potemkin
  • 1928-1929 – 2nd – October
  • 1929-1930 – 5th – The General Line
  • 1939 – 6th – Alexander Nevsky
  • 1947 – 4th – Ivan the Terrible Part I
  • 1959 – 7th – Ivan the Terrible Part II

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David Lynch

the sexiest performance in the history of film - Naomi Watts in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001)

the sexiest performance in the history of film - Naomi Watts in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001)

  • Born: 1946
  • Rank: 27
  • Score: 659.80
  • Awards: 2 LAFC / NSFC / 2 BSFC / CFC
  • Nominations: 3 Oscars / DGA / BAFTA / 2 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films: 10
  • Best: The Elephant Man
  • Worst: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The Elephant Man – 1980
  2. Mulholland Drive – 2001
  3. Blue Velvet – 1986
  4. The Straight Story – 1999
  5. Eraserhead – 1977

Top 10 Best Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1977 – 7th – Eraserhead
  • 1980 – 2nd – The Elephant Man
  • 1986 – 3rd – Blue Velvet
  • 2001 – 3rd – Mulholland Drive

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We’re back on the road and headed towards Wisconsin.  If you need to get ahold of us, try e-mailing us or calling us on our cells.  If you don’t know the e-mail address or either cell phone number, you probably don’t need to get ahold of us.

Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999)

Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999)

  • Born: 1970
  • Rank: 28
  • Score: 657.90
  • Awards:  LAFC / NSFC
  • Nominations:  Oscar / DGA / BAFTA / 3 CFC
  • Feature Films:  5
  • Best:  Magnolia – 1999
  • Least:  Hard Eight – 1996

Feature Films (in rank order):

  1. Magnolia – 1999
  2. Boogie Nights – 1997
  3. There Will Be Blood – 2007
  4. Punch Drunk Love – 2002
  5. Hard Eight – 1996

Top 10 Director Finishes:

  • 1997 – 3rd – Boogie Nights
  • 1999 – 2nd – Magnolia
  • 2007 – 3rd – There Will Be Blood

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Luis Bunuel

Luis Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Luis Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

  • Born: 1900
  • Died: 1977
  • Rank: 29
  • Score: 644.20
  • Awards: 2 NSFC / NBR
  • Nominations: 2 Oscars (for Screenplay) / BAFTA
  • Feature Films: 30
  • Best: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Worst: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Top 10 Feature Films:

  1. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – 1972
  2. Belle de Jour – 1967
  3. That Obscure Object of Desire – 1977
  4. L’Age d’Or – 1930
  5. The Exterminating Angel – 1962
  6. Los Olvidados – 1950
  7. The Phantom of Liberty – 1964
  8. Viridiana – 1961
  9. Simon of the Desert – 1962
  10. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz – 1955

Top 10 Best Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1952 – 9th – Los Olvidados
  • 1965 – 6th – Simon of the Desert
  • 1967 – 8th – The Exterminating Angel
  • 1968 – 5th – Belle de Jour
  • 1970 – 4th – The Milky Way
  • 1972 – 5th – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • 1977 – 5th – That Obscure Object of Desire

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The Rising - Bruce Springsteen (2002) - the album that three of these quotes come from

The Rising - Bruce Springsteen (2002) - the album that three of these quotes come from

My mother telling me “my favorite song line is from Les Miserables – ‘To love another person is to see the face of God.’ ” reminded me that I’ve been meaning to do this list. These are not the 100 Greatest Lines on Rock History – hell, if I wanted to truly just get the 100 best lines I could quote every line from “Imagine” and “Blowin in the Wind” and pretty much call it a day.

Instead, these are lines that reflect me – not Veronica – just me. Some of them reflect my political beliefs. Some of them reflect my attitude. Some of them reflect my sense of humor. But they are all lines that speak to me and I think they’re all lines worthy to be remembered. Many of them I have used as epigraphs in various unpublished stories or novels.

Because they are lines from rock and roll, the above line from Les Miserables will not be included even though I agree with my mother that is the most wonderful line in any song. There are also three areas I want to address before my actual list.

  1. Great Song Titles – Some song titles themselves are worthy of inclusion on this list – only one song on here includes the song title – but a few titles that would be worthy of inclusion just for the title are “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “The Times They Are A-Changin,” “We Gotta Get Outta This Place,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” and “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”
  2. Great Songs I Couldn’t Find a Specific Line From – Even though all the following songs are among my favorite, both as songs and as lyrics, I couldn’t come up with any specific line to use: “Help,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Paint it Black,” “Closer to Fine,” “Leaves That are Green,” “Fortunate Son,” “For What It’s Worth,” and “American Idiot”
  3. Popular Lines – Like I said, I could just quote all the lines from “Imagine” and “Blowin in the Wind,” but I didn’t and they aren’t included at all – they are so widely quoted they don’t feel specific enough to me – I also eliminated the great lines “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” from “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, “You’re still alive she said / But do I deserve to be” from “Alive”, “There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold,” from “Stairway to Heaven”, “I hope I die before I get old,” from “My Generation” and “It’s better to burn out than to fade away” from “My My Hey Hey.”

Now here’s the list – 100 great rock lines (I’ve tried to limit each quote to a few lines – a few got eliminated because the full power of the quote was too long – namely the final verse of “Jungleland”), presented in chronological order, complete with the name of the writer (not necessarily who sings it). So you’ll see the name of Bruce Springsteen a lot. A lot.

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William Wyler

Harold Russell (AA - Supporting Actor), Dana Andrews and Frederic March (AA - Actor) in the 1946 Academy Award winner for Best Picture - The Best Years of Our Lives

Harold Russell (AA - Supporting Actor), Dana Andrews and Frederic March (AA - Actor) in the 1946 Academy Award winner for Best Picture - The Best Years of Our Lives

  • Born: 1902
  • Died: 1981
  • Rank: 30
  • Score: 640.60
  • Awards: 3 Oscars / DGA / Golden Globe / NYFC / 2 NBR
  • Nominations: 12 Oscars / 7 DGA / 5 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films: 37
  • Best: The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Worst: The Liberation of L. B. Jones

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The Best Years of Our Lives – 1946
  2. Detective Story – 1951
  3. Wuthering Heights – 1939
  4. The Heiress – 1949
  5. Roman Holiday – 1953

Top 10 Best Director Finishes (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1936 – 8th – Dodsworth
  • 1937 – 8th – Dead End
  • 1939 – 4th – Wuthering Heights
  • 1940 – 7th – The Letter
  • 1941 – 7th – The Little Foxes
  • 1942 – 9th – Mrs. Miniver
  • 1946 – 7th – The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 1949 – 4th – The Heiress
  • 1951 – 3rd – Detective Story
  • 1953 – 6th – Roman Holiday
  • 1959 – 6th – Ben-Hur
  • 1965 – 4th – The Collector

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