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SALIERI: Mediocrities everywhere – now and to come – I absolve you all. Amen!
[He extends his arms upward and outward to embrace the assembled audience in a wide gesture of benediction]. Scene 19

My Top 10

  1. Amadeus
  2. A Passage to India
  3. The Killing Fields
  4. Under the Volcano
  5. A Soldier’s Story
  6. 1984
  7. The Bounty
  8. The Bostonians
  9. Once Upon a Time in America
  10. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

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Since the character of Garrett doesn’t even exist in the novel, this scene clearly isn’t in the novel.

My Top 10

  1. Terms of Endearment
  2. Betrayal
  3. Educating Rita
  4. The Right Stuff
  5. The Year of Living Dangerously
  6. The Dresser
  7. Reuben Reuben
  8. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

note:  That’s it.  Just eight films.  And there’s really a big drop-off after the Top 5.  Actually, there’s really kind of a drop-off after the Top 3.

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” ‘Mama!” She heard Eva’s thin but soaring cry at the instant that she thrust the child away from her and rose from the concrete with a clumsy stumbling motion. ‘Take the baby!’ she called out. ‘Take my little girl!'” (p 590)

My Top 10

  1. Sophie’s Choice
  2. The Verdict
  3. Missing
  4. Das Boot
  5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  7. Victor/Victoria
  8. Three Brothers
  9. Blade Runner
  10. The World According to Garp

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The brilliant ending to the film that isn’t in the novel but fits the novel’s post-modern metaphysical style.

My Top 10

  1. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  2. Ragtime
  3. Excalibur
  4. The Lady from Musashino
  5. Superman II

note:  That’s it.  My original list did have six films but I ended up cutting Buddy Buddy after watching it again (which is unlikely to bother anyone since it seemed I had a higher opinion of it than most). (more…)

I couldn’t get the play so I don’t know if the line “Shoot straight you bastards. Don’t make a mess of it.” is from the original play.

My Top 10

  1. Breaker Morant
  2. Ordinary People
  3. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  4. The Elephant Man
  5. The Shining
  6. Tess
  7. Airplane!
  8. Raging Bull
  9. My Brilliant Career
  10. The Stunt Man

note:  Originally the 1969 version of The Brothers Karamazov, which finally earned a U.S. release in 1980 was my #10.  But after having the true adaptation aspect of Airplane! pointed out by various commenters, I have moved it to Adapted. (more…)

“It was Sunday. Chance was in the garden. He moved slowly, dragging the green hose from one path to the next, carefully watching the flow of the water. Very gently he let the stream touch every plant, every flower, every branch of the garden. Plants were like people; they needed care to live, to survive their diseases, and to die peacefully.” (first lines)

My Top 10

  1. Being There
  2. Kramer vs. Kramer
  3. Apocalypse Now
  4. Picnic at Hanging Rock
  5. Love on the Run
  6. The Muppet Movie
  7. Nosferatu the Vampyre
  8. La Cage Aux Folles
  9. Starting Over
  10. Wise Blood
  11. Woyzeck

Note:  So why are there eleven films?  Well, because the more I thought about it, the more I realized The Muppet Movie has characters who were created for The Muppet Show and that by the current rules of the Academy, that means its an adapted script.  Yet, I had already gone through the effort of writing the review of Woyzeck and I didn’t want to eliminate it.  So this list goes to 11.  Too bad it’s not 1984, but that script is original anyway. (more…)

“The probing fingers continued to move up and there was no way to stop them. Helplessly I stood there as his hands settled firmly upon the packets taped under my arms.” (p 7)

My Top 10

  1. Midnight Express
  2. Heaven Can Wait
  3. Watership Down
  4. Superman
  5. The Chess Players
  6. California Suite
  7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  8. Conflagration

Note:  There were originally 10 films on this list but after re-watching them (which I had to do anyway because they earned nominations from the WGA and Oscars), I cut both Same Time Next Year and Bloodbrothers. (more…)

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