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This is the 8th part and the introduction can be found here.  All 50 films in this section earn a 90 which is a lower range **** film.

#650

kids_are_all_rightThe Kids Are All Right

  • Director:  Lisa Cholodenko
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Universal (Focus)
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, GG), Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA, CC, GG, NYFC), Actress (NH, NH, AA, SAG, BAFTA, BAFTA, CC, GG, GG, NYFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, SAG, BAFTA, CC, NYFC), Ensemble (NH, SAG, CC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $20,811,365
  • WW Gross:  $34,758,951
  • Entry Rank:  #639
  • TSPDT Rank:  #219 (21-C)
  • The Film:  Are you who you were born to be?  What is a family?  Who do you love and why?  These are questions at the heart of a film about two children who seek out their biological father which threatens to tear apart their household.  Reviewed in full here as a Best Picture nominee.

#649

dinerDiner

  • Director:  Barry Levinson
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1982
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BSFC), S. Actor (NSFC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,099,953
  • Entry Rank:  #334
  • The Film:  After working for years as a writer, Levinson moved into writer-director mode for this film set in late 1950s Baltimore, an ode to his era of growing up.  A great ensemble piece of young actors that manages to be a great and enjoyable film in spite of starring both Steve Guttenberg and Paul Reiser.  This is Levinson’s third film in the Top 1000 but also his last.

#648

my_week_with_marilyn_ver2My Week with Marilyn

  • Director:  Simon Curtis
  • Genre:  Comedy  (True Story)
  • Distributor:  TWC
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Actress (NH, AA, SAG, BAFTA, CC, GG, BSFC), S. Actor (NH, AA, SAG, BAFTA, CC, GG), S. Actress (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,600,347
  • WW Gross:  $35,057,696
  • Entry Rank:  #648
  • The Film:  The review has been written for over three years now but it still hasn’t run because I haven’t gotten to 2011 in Adapted Screenplay.  One of those interesting films about making a film (in this case The Prince and the Showgirl) in which the making of is better than the original film, at least in part because Michelle Williams is so brilliant as Marilyn Monroe.  Personally, though, I would have taken the date with Emma Watson.

#647

informantThe Informant!

  • Director:  Steven Soderbergh
  • Genre:  Comedy (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2009
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $33,316,821
  • WW Gross:  $41,771,168
  • Entry Rank:  #624
  • The Film:  Damon lost the Globe to Robert Downey even though Downey’s wife said Damon would win.  The film looked a bit silly from the ads but it was part of the audaciousness of the film and the original situation and it turned out to be a fantastic look at a man who is in over his head trying to hose his employers and the federal government at the same time.

#646

flirtingFlirting

  • Director:  John Duigan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Romance)
  • Distributor:  Samuel Goldwyn Company
  • Year:  1991  (OE: 1992)
  • Country:  Australia
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,415,396
  • Entry Rank:  #410
  • The Film:  Fully reviewed here because the Noah Taylor character (basically a fictional version of writer-director John Duigan) had already been created for The Year My Voice Broke.  I saw this film first and it won me over, partially because of the great cast of young actresses before they were well known (Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts).

#645

catch_me_if_you_canCatch Me if You Can

  • Director:  Steven Spielberg
  • Genre:  Crime  (True Crime)
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  2002
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (CC), Director (CC), A. Screenplay (BAFTA), Actor (GG), S. Actor (NH, AA, SAG, BAFTA, NSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $164,615,351
  • WW Gross:  $352,114,312
  • Entry Rank:  #537
  • TSPDT Rank:  #814
  • The Film:  Spielberg’s Christmas Oscarbait release after the summer release of Minority Report (which turned out to be the superior film).  A bit of a different film for Spielberg with a masterful score from John Williams and a fun performance from Leo.  Fully reviewed here.  Almost certainly my favorite Christopher Walken performance.  This makes Spielberg the sixth director to have four films on the list.

#644

pleasantville_ver2Pleasantville

  • Director:  Gary Ross
  • Genre:  Fantasy
  • Distributor:  New Line
  • Year:  1998
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (BSFC), S. Actress (NH, CC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $40,584,421
  • WW Gross:  $49,805,462
  • Entry Rank:  #478
  • The Film:  Two things really stand out about this film: the originality of the concept (and thus the script) and the ensemble supporting performances from Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy and (posthumously) J.T. Walsh.

#643

cold_comfort_farmCold Comfort Farm

  • Director:  John Schlesinger
  • Genre:  Comedy (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Universal (Gramercy)
  • Year:  1995  (OE: 1996)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,682,429
  • Entry Rank:  #451
  • The Film:  Not actually Oscar eligible because it was actually a television production in Britain but it played in theaters in the U.S. (I know because I saw it in the theaters – I wasn’t missing Ian McKellen after Richard III) and I loved it from the start.  Fully reviewed here.

#642

my_left_footMy Left Foot

  • Director:  Jim Sheridan
  • Genre:  Drama  (Biopic – Writer)
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  1989
  • Country:  Ireland
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, NYFC), Director (AA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, BSFC), S. Actor (BAFTA), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG, LAFC, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $14,743,391
  • Entry Rank:  #391
  • The Film:  This film went from being the film I blamed for ousting Glory from the Oscar race in Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay to one of the first screenplays I ever owned (because my local tiny used bookstore had a copy) that I used to learn how to format a screenplay.  Eventually I realized it was just a great biopic with a truly magnificent lead performance.  Fully reviewed here.

#641

persepolisPersepolis

  • Director:  Vincent Parranoud  /  Marjane Satrapi
  • Genre:  Drama  (Animated)
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, AA, BAFTA, Annie, CC, NYFC, LAFC), Foreign (NH, GG, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,445,756
  • WW Gross:  $22,783,978
  • Entry Rank:  #601
  • TSPDT Rank:  #201 (21-C)
  • The Film:  It would be timely that my Adapted Screenplay just ran for this year if I hadn’t already reviewed it as an Animated Film nominee.  Great film from what was already a great graphic novel about what it was like in Iran both before and after the revolution for people of the middle class.

#640

corpse_brideCorpse Bride

  • Director:  Tim Burton
  • Genre:  Fantasy  (Animated)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, AA, Annie, PGA, CC, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $53,359,111
  • WW Gross:  $118,090,836
  • Entry Rank:  #572
  • The Film:  Already fully reviewed as an Oscar nominee.  This is actually Tim Burton’s first Animated feature (he didn’t actually direct Nightmare Before Christmas) which is surprising given his early work for Disney and it’s about as perfectly Tim Burton as you can get: a funny story, great voicework and a masterful soundtrack from Danny Elfman, not to mention Depp and Bonham Carter.

#639

you_cant_take_it_with_youYou Can’t Take It With You

  • Director:  Frank Capra
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1938
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (NH, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), S. Actor (NH), S. Actress (NH, AA)
  • Entry Rank:  #55
  • The Film:  The first Pulitzer winner to win Best Picture at the Oscars and for over 50 years the only Pulitzer winning play to do so.  This was also the film where Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra started working together and it won Capra his third Oscar.  It’s the first Capra film on the list.  A full review can be found here.

#638

singlesSingles

  • Director:  Cameron Crowe
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1992
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $18,471,850
  • Entry Rank:  #416
  • The Film:  It wasn’t that big at the box office and it was ignored for awards but Cameron Crowe’s wonderful ode to Seattle has some of the funniest Crowe moments (I will never not laugh at “A compliment for us is a compliment for you”) and I remember seeing a guy with a Citizen Dick shirt at a Pearl Jam concert back in 1998.  One of the greatest soundtracks of all-time.

#637

full_montyThe Full Monty

  • Director:  Peter Cattaneo
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, BAFTA, CC, GG), Director (AA, BAFTA), Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA), S. Actor (BAFTA, BAFTA), S. Actress (BAFTA), Ensemble (SAG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $45,950,122
  • WW Gross:  $257,938,649
  • Entry Rank:  #466
  • The Film:  The little film that could and absolutely did.  I saw it twice in the theater – the first with friends from high school at Thanksgiving and the second at Christmas because my sisters wanted to see Titanic and I wanted to see Deconstructing Harry and this was our compromise (even though I had already seen it).  That it managed a Picture nom along with its global-hit status wasn’t surprising by nomination morning but the Director nom sure was.  There is no better use of a terrible song in a film than “You Sexy Thing” in this film.  Fully reviewed here.

#636

tangled_ver3Tangled

  • Director:  Nathan Greno  /  Byron Howard
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Disney)
  • Distributor:  Disney (WDS)
  • Year:  2010
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Animated (NH, Annie, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $200,821,936
  • WW Gross:  $592,462,816
  • Entry Rank:  #626
  • The Film:  The first film to suffer from the limit on song submissions to the Oscars (and they then decided to only submit one which was dumb).  It also suffered from a low production year of animated films and was nominated when groups nominated five and passed over when it was three in spite of being the second-best of the year.  I was so disappointed in how people reacted to it, I made it my under-appreciated film of 2010.

#635

twin_sistersDe Tweeling
(Twin Sisters)

  • Director:  Ben Sombogaart
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2003  (OE: 2005)
  • Country:  Netherland  (Dutch, German)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,563
  • WW Gross:  $5,938,165
  • Entry Rank:  #541
  • The Film:  Oscar nominated in 2003 (very deservedly) then it sat for two years until Miramax dumped it out and it made nothing in the States.  An excellent film about sisters who end up on the opposite side of World War II due to circumstances and how that becomes a gulf between them afterwards.

#634

grosse_pointe_blank_ver1Grosse Pointe Blank

  • Director:  George Armitage
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Hollywood)
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $28,084,357
  • Entry Rank:  #465
  • The Film:  I went to this film with friends thinking it might be fun and then absolutely loving it, owning it on video and buying the soundtrack within the next few days.

#633

best_in_showBest in Show

  • Director:  Christopher Guest
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Mockumentary)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  2000
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Screenplay (NH, WGA), S. Actor (BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $18,715,392
  • WW Gross:  $20,789,556
  • Entry Rank:  #497
  • TSPDT Rank:  #568  (21-C)
  • The Film:  I had liked Waiting for Guffman but Veronica and I loved this when we saw it and got several other people to see it (with mixed results).  Sadly, none Guest’s later works would live up to the strong arc of Guffman-Best in Show-A Mighty Wind.  Some people are described as being born to play roles: the announcer in this film is the part that Fred Willard was born to play.

#632

match_point_ver2Match Point

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  DreamWorks SKG
  • Year:  2005
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Director (GG), Screenplay (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $23,151,529
  • WW Gross:  $85,638,656
  • Entry Rank:  #565
  • TSPDT Rank:  #332  (21-C)
  • The Film:  The title is accurate because this film is more of a slow burn than any other Woody Allen film and there’s no way you would figure he directed it if you didn’t know it.  The rare Picture-Director-Screenplay nom in Drama at the Globes to not have much of an awards impact outside of the Globes.  Not remembered as much as it should be because the scene in The Notebook came first and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is not Ryan Gosling no matter what my sister-in-law thinks and because that film had much more viewers but oh good lord, Scarlett Johansson in the rain.

#631

sweet_and_lowdownSweet and Lowdown

  • Director:  Woody Allen
  • Genre:  Musical
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  1999
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actor (NH, AA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,197,015
  • WW Gross:  $4,525,794
  • Entry Rank:  #484
  • The Film:  It’s a coincidence that this film is next but it shows how much Match Point is different for Allen because this film, even without Allen, feels like an Allen film.  These two films are the 6th and 7th films for him on the Top 1000 so far with only Bergman, Hitchcock and Mike Leigh at five.  Fully reviewed as my under-appreciated film of 1999.

#630

tree_of_lifeThe Tree of Life

  • Director:  Terence Malick
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  2011
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (AA, CC, CFC), Director (AA, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC), Actor (NYFC, NSFC), S. Actress (NH, NYFC, LAFC, NSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $13,303,319
  • WW Gross:  $58,409,247
  • Entry Rank:  #630
  • TSPDT Rank:  #167
  • The Film:  Two Sean Penn films in a row is also a coincidence.  This is a prime example of a critics film with crowds and most of the awards groups giving it a shrug.  It’s esoteric and brilliant in parts and the direction and acting and cinematography manage to overcome a screenplay that is kind of all over the place.  Fully reviewed here.

#629

nowhere_in_africa_ver2Nirgendwo in Afrika
(Nowhere in Africa)

  • Director:  Caroline Link
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Zeitgeist Films
  • Year:  2002  (OE: 2003)
  • Country:  Germany  (German, Swahili, English)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,180,200
  • WW Gross:  $24,322,180
  • Entry Rank:  #527
  • The Film:  The Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film in 2002 deals both with colonial living in Africa and the Jewish experience during World War II and the complications that ensue when the country you are from is no longer the country you believe in.  Fully reviewed here.

#628

baisers_voles

Baisers voles
(Stolen Kisses)

  • Director:  François Truffaut
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Lopert Films
  • Year:  1969
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Director (NSFC), A. Screenplay (NH), S. Actress (NSFC), Foreign (NH, AA, GG)
  • Entry Rank:  #242
  • The Film:  A decade after The 400 Blows, Antoine Doinel is back and this time his exploits are much more light-hearted.  Fully reviewed here.

#627

crucibleThe Crucible

  • Director:  Nicholas Hytner
  • Genre:  Drama  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  1996
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH, AA, BAFTA), Actor (NH), Actress (NH), S. Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, CC, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $7,343,114
  • Entry Rank:  #454
  • The Film:  After 40 years, an American film version of one of theater’s great plays is finally released and almost all of the awards groups totally missed that it had some of the best acting of the year in every category.  What’s more, the Oscars missed a chance to give an Oscar to Arthur Miller and instead gave one to Billy Bob Thornton.  Fully reviewed here.

#626

the-americanization-of-emily-movie-poster-1964-1020252940The Americanization of Emily

  • Director:  Arthur Hiller
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Satire)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1964
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,800,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #221
  • The Film:  It’s astounding to look at a film this subversive, all about a man desperate to do anything he can to keep from getting killed on D-Day and to realize this came out the same year that Julie Andrews was in Mary Poppins and the year before The Sound of Music.  This has probably my favorite performance from James Garner.  Fully reviewed here.

#625

death_and_the_maiden_ver1Death and the Maiden

  • Director:  Roman Polanski
  • Genre:  Suspense
  • Distributor:  New Line (Fine Line)
  • Year:  1994
  • Country:  England  /  France
  • Major Awards:  Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $3,103,716
  • Entry Rank:  #435
  • The Film:  Basically everyone missed the boat on this, from the fantastic script to the magnificent performance from Sigourney Weaver that finally should have won her an Oscar and instead got nominated by absolutely no one except the Nighthawks.  Fully reviewed here.  The first Polanski film on the list.

#624

im_not_there_ver3I’m Not There

  • Director:  Todd Haynes
  • Genre:  Musical  (Rock and Roll)
  • Distributor:  TWC
  • Year:  2007
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  S. Actress (NH, AA, SAG, BAFTA, CC, GG, NSFC, CFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $4,017,609
  • WW Gross:  $11,792,542
  • Entry Rank:  #586
  • TSPDT Rank:  #199
  • The Film:  Five years after Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes won me over with this fascinating, fractured look at the various personas of Bob Dylan over the years, lead by a powerhouse performance from Cate Blanchett.  The last Heath Ledger film released before his death.

#623

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  • Director:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Fox  (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  1949
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, AA), Director (AA, DGA), A. Screenplay (NH, AA, WGA), S. Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $6,000,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #113
  • The Film:  The forgotten winner of Best Director and Adapted Screenplay when All the King’s Men won Best Picture.  It’s the only film win both of those awards but no other awards after 1932.  Yet, this is the better film than AKM and it deserves to be remembered, especially for Kirk Douglas’ performance.  Full review here.

#622

toy_story_ver1Toy Story

  • Director:  John Lassetter
  • Genre:  Kids  (Animated – Pixar)
  • Distributor:  Disney  (Buena Vista)
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (GG), Screenplay (NH, AA), Animated (NH, Annie, LAFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $223,225,679
  • WW Gross:  $394,436,586
  • Entry Rank:  #443
  • TSPDT Rank:  #514
  • The Film:  That film that announced Pixar’s feature presence with authority, it was also the highest grossing film of the year, the last film to-date to lead with less than $200 million (the number above includes re-releases).  Fully reviewed here.  An odd franchise in that each installment so far has been better than the one before.

#621

untouchablesThe Untouchables

  • Director:  Brian De Palma
  • Genre:  Suspense  (Cop)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1987
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (WGA), S. Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NBR)
  • N.A. Gross:  $76,270,454
  • Entry Rank:  #366
  • The Film:  Film versions of television series are usually a bad idea but this film came through in high style with Costner a good embodiment of the straight and narrow Elliot Ness who must learn to bend and Sean Connery a magnificent mentor.  Capsule review here but it links to the full review.

#620

hunt_for_red_october_ver2The Hunt for Red October

  • Director:  John McTiernan
  • Genre:  Suspense  (Spy – Jack Ryan)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1990
  • Country:  U.S.  (English / Russian)
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $122,012,643
  • WW Gross:  $200,512,643
  • Entry Rank:  #391
  • The Film:  Another coincidence, with back to back Connery roles.  A favorite of mine since I saw it opening weekend and one of the last really good Connery performances.  After Die Hard and this, McTiernan looked poised for big things but then he made Medicine Man and Last Action Hero and then he had other issues and it never worked out.  Full review here.

#619

shopThe Shop Around the Corner

  • Director:  Ernst Lubitsch
  • Genre:  Comedy   (Romantic)
  • Distributor:  MGM
  • Year:  1940
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Actress (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #69
  • TSPDT Rank:  #255
  • The Film:  Given that I’m not a fan of the Lubitsch Touch it might seem strange that this is the third of his films on the list but there won’t be any more, so that kind of says something as well.  Remade multiple times, but this is the best version.  A full review can be found here.  It doesn’t get mentioned nearly enough among great films with no Oscar nominations.

#618

william_shakespeares_romeo_and_julietRomeo + Juliet
(William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet)

  • Director:  Baz Luhrmann
  • Genre:  Drama  (Shakespeare – Tragedy)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (20th Century-Fox)
  • Year:  1996
  • Country:  U.S.  /  Australia
  • Major Awards:  Director (BAFTA), A. Screenplay (BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $46,351,345
  • WW Gross:  $147,554,998
  • Entry Rank:  #446
  • The Film:  It’s hard to get more stylish (or stylized) when it comes to Shakespeare.  Of course, it’s also the only film I remember seeing people walk out of.  Oh, Claire Danes with that hair and the wings.  Full review here.

#617

muppet_movie_ver1The Muppet Movie

  • Director:  James Frawley
  • Genre:  Kids  (Franchise – Muppets)
  • Distributor:  Associated Film Distribution
  • Year:  1979
  • Country:  U.S.
  • N.A. Gross:  $65,810,475
  • Entry Rank:  #306
  • The Film:  It might have the worst pun in film history (“I was almost gone with the Schwinn”) but it has one of the greatest songs ever written for film, some of the funniest moments in film history (“I’m on my way to New York City to break into public television”) and it’s a wonderful film for people of any age.  And it definitely stands up for repeated viewings since there was a stretch where Thomas and I watched it every single day after he was done with school.  Full review here.

#616

arsenicArsenic and Old Lace

  • Director:  Frank Capra
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1944
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #89
  • The Film:  Another on the list of great films with no Oscar nominations, which were much rare back in this era.  The film was held up for two years until the play finished its run but it’s comedy at it’s darkest and zaniest, whether you want to call it black or screwball.  Fully reviewed here.

#615

harold_and_maudeHarold and Maude

  • Director:  Hal Ashby
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • Distributor:  Paramount
  • Year:  1971
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH), Actor (GG), Actress (NH, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,200,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #253
  • TSPDT Rank:  #318
  • The Film:  Getting passed over completely by the Oscars isn’t as bad as getting passed over for Picture – Comedy at the Globes in favor of Kotch and The Boy Friend.  One of the all-time classic black comedies proving that death can be funny.  If you didn’t watch this film when you were in college, you missed out.

#614

oscar_and_lucindaOscar and Lucinda

  • Director:  Gillian Armstrong
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Fox  (Fox Searchlight)
  • Year:  1997
  • Country:  Australia
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH), Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,897,404
  • Entry Rank:  #451
  • The Film:  I remember going to a sneak preview, instantly knowing I would never forget this actress who I had never seen before and wondering if it was Oscar eligible (which I would find out when it was nominated for Costume Design).  It would take the awards groups a few years to catch up with me on Cate Blanchett but it sank in.  I went back and read the book and it didn’t work as well (not a big Carey fan) but the film remains wonderful to me and I still have the poster I was given at that preview.  Full review here.

#613

full_metal_jacketFull Metal Jacket

  • Director:  Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre:  War  (Vietnam)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1987
  • Country:  England  /  U.S.  (English  /  Vietnamese)
  • Major Awards:  Director (BSFC), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA), S. Actor (GG, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $46,357,676
  • Entry Rank:  #361
  • TSPDT Rank:  #568
  • The Film:  It’s just outside the Top 100 at the IMDb but that’s a result of the fanboy mindset that dominates voting over there.  The first third of the film can’t be lived up to by what happens later but it’s still a magnificently made film, a film where in a way things get easier for the characters when they go to Vietnam.  Full review here.  This is actually the first Kubrick film so far but he’ll get a lot more when we hit the Top 500.

#612

Copyright HAG ?2009

The Professionals

  • Director:  Richard Brooks
  • Genre:  Western  (Comedy)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1966
  • Country:  U.S.  (English  /  Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH, GG), Director (NH, DGA, AA), A. Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $19,537,346
  • Entry Rank:  #226
  • The Film:  A great example of how a film can be fun and still be great as well.  It didn’t manage a Picture nomination at the Oscars but it did grab Director and Screenplay noms.  Fully reviewed here.

#611

incendiesIncendies

  • Director:  Denis Villeneuve
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2010  (OE: 2011)
  • Country:  Canada  (French / Arabic / English)
  • Major Awards:  Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, BSFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,071,334
  • WW Gross:  $7,099,598
  • Entry Rank:  #602
  • TSPDT Rank:  #561  (21-C)
  • The Film:  I was unfamiliar with director Denis Villeneuve when this film was released and I was overcome by the heart-wrenching story it tells of two siblings who must track down their family history after their mother dies.  Of course, he’s now an Oscar nominated director and his Dune is perhaps the most anticipated film of this year.  This is his first great film but not his list.  Full review when the 2011 Adapted Screenplay post hits.

#610

lives_of_othersDas Leben der Anderen
(The Lives of Others)

  • Director:  Florian von Donnersmarck
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Sony Pictures Classics
  • Year:  2006
  • Country:  Germany  (German)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Director (BAFTA), A. Screenplay (BAFTA), Actor (BAFTA), Foreign (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG, NYFC, LAFC)
  • N.A. Gross:  $11,286,112
  • WW Gross:  $77,356,942
  • Entry Rank:  #557
  • TSPDT Rank:  #502
  • The Film:  Like Massimo Troisi before him and Chadwick Boseman after him, Ulrich Muhe pushed through the pain of his own illness (stomach cancer) to finish the film and died a few months after it won the Oscar.  Muhe was not rewarded with an Oscar nomination but his performance is a key part of this Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film about the Stazi and the way they listened to people.

#609

babydollBaby Doll

  • Director:  Elia Kazan
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Play Adaptation – Williams)
  • Distributor:  Warner Bros
  • Year:  1956
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Director (GG), A. Screenplay (NH, AA), Actor (NH, BAFTA, GG), Actress (NH, AA, BAFTA, GG), S. Actor (GG), S. Actress (NH, AA, GG)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,060,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #158
  • The Film:  I was so obsessed with having finally tracked this down the first time I saw it that it never occurred to me that it was a Comedy (especially since the Globes called it a Drama).  But it is and a very disturbing one at that.  Full review here.

#608

hobsonHobson’s Choice

  • Director:  David Lean
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Play Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1954
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), A. Screenplay (NH, BAFTA), Actor (NH, BAFTA), Actress (NH, BAFTA)
  • Entry Rank:  #142
  • The Film:  David Lean goes the more comedic route with this adaptation of the hit play and gives Charles Laughton a chance to shine a more comedic muscle as well.  Full review here.

#607

hulotLes vacances de Monsieur Hulot
(Mr. Hulot’s Holiday)

  • Director:  Jacques Tati
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  GBD International
  • Year:  1953  (OE: 1955)
  • Country:  France  (French)
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, AA), Foreign (NH)
  • Entry Rank:  #135
  • TSPDT Rank:  #253
  • The Film:  Too early to really get the awards for Best Foreign Film, this wonderful French Comedy introduced Monsieur Hulot to the world and he would be the hilarious star of three more of Tati’s films over the years (and played by delightful comic timing by Tati himself).  One of the most beloved of all French Comedies.

#606

dirty_pretty_thingsDirty Pretty Things

  • Director:  Stephen Frears
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2002  (OE: 2003)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  Screenplay (NH, WGA, AA, BAFTA)
  • N.A. Gross:  $8,112,414
  • WW Gross:  $13,904,766
  • Entry Rank:  #507
  • TSPDT Rank:  #582  (21-C)
  • The Film:  A fascinating group of characters that ride the cusp between the legitimate world and the underworld in London end up coming together in response to a murder.  I already knew Audrey Tautou from Amelie but this is where I first noticed future Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sophie Okonedo.

#605

man_with_the_golden_armThe Man with the Golden Arm

  • Director:  Otto Preminger
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Distributor:  United Artists
  • Year:  1955
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  Picture (BAFTA), Actor (NH, AA, BAFTA), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $9,570,000  (@-re)
  • Entry Rank:  #151
  • The Film:  Frank Sinatra, already having an Oscar, gets even more serious as a drug addict who is also a star card dealer.  Adapted from a dense book with lowbrow and dark material, it’s a fascinating film that took Preminger up against the Production Code yet again.  Full review here.

#604

to_die_forTo Die For

  • Director:  Gus Van Sant
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Black)
  • Distributor:  Columbia
  • Year:  1995
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH), Actress (NH, BAFTA, GG, BFCA, BSFC), S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $21,284,514
  • Entry Rank:  #430
  • The Film:  One of my all-time favorite comments about a movie was when a classmate asked what happened at the end of this film and another classmate said “She got iced.”  Sadly, it seemed to get more attention for Kidman’s Oscar snub after the Globe win (her and fellow Comedy winner Travolta were both Scientologists and that got a lot of play in the press) than the film itself which deserved a lot, especially as it was the real star acting turn for Kidman that moved her towards her eventual Oscar.  Fully reviewed here.

#603

tristram_shandy_a_cock_and_bull_storyA Cock and Bull Story
(Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story)

  • Director:  Michael Winterbottom
  • Genre:  Comedy  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  New Line  (PictureHouse)
  • Year:  2005  (OE: 2006)
  • Country:  England
  • Major Awards:  A. Screenplay (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $1,253,413
  • WW Gross:  $3,931,982
  • Entry Rank:  #540
  • TSPDT Rank:  #920  (21-C)
  • The Film:  I already wrote a review years ago because it’s the under-appreciated film of 2006 but now if you go here, you’ll also see my discussion on the source material which you haven’t read because no one has read it but it doesn’t matter because it never gets around to telling a story.  My full review (linked there) is one of my favorite reviews of mine.

#602

station_agentThe Station Agent

  • Director:  Tom McCarthy
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • Distributor:  Miramax
  • Year:  2003
  • Country:  U.S.
  • Major Awards:  S. Actress (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $5,739,376
  • WW Gross:  $8,701,337
  • Entry Rank:  #514
  • TSPDT Rank:  #586  (21-C)
  • The Film:  Long before Game of Thrones, I was a fan of Peter Dinklage, namely because this film made me a fan of him.  Funny, original and very different, it’s the film that should have earned Patricia Clarkson an Oscar nomination that year.

#601

under_the_volcano_ver2Under the Volcano

  • Director:  John Huston
  • Genre:  Drama  (Lit Adaptation)
  • Distributor:  Universal
  • Year:  1984
  • Country:  Mexico  /  U.S.  (English  /  Spanish)
  • Major Awards:  Picture (NH), Director (NH), A. Screenplay (NH), Actor (NH)
  • N.A. Gross:  $2,556,800
  • Entry Rank:  #332
  • The Film:  It’s really amazing if you go to read the novel to think that this could have been made into a film at all, let alone a great one.  But it’s not just Albert Finney’s performance that carries the door, but magnificent work all around and the start of the late career renaissance that finished John Huston with this, Prizzi’s Honor and The Dead.  Full review here.