Friday, June 09, 2017

Rotten tomatoes and the movie list of a lifetime

I've been super into podcasts lately, and one of my favorites is "Classic Movie Recall" It amounts to 15 minutes or so of two friends and a guest discussing their view of a classic movie. The show is entertaining and informative.

It also got me thinking about movie lists again. What are some of the must-see movies?

Rotten Tomatoes aggregates the 100 most popular movies into a list, using the criteria of number of reviews and their fresh/rotten ranking. Technically, it could change every time a new review is posted. So here's where we stand today:

1          The Wizard of Oz (1939) SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
2          Citizen Kane (1941)  SEEN
3          The Third Man (1949)
4          The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920)  SEEN
5          All About Eve (1950) SEEN   I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
6          Metropolis (1927)  SEEN
7          Modern Times (1936)  SEEN
8          It Happened One Night (1934)  SEEN
9          Singin' in the Rain (1952)  SEEN  I'LL DEFINITELY WATCH AGAIN
10        Casablanca (1942)  SEEN    I'LL DEFINITELY WATCH AGAIN
11        Laura (1944)  SEEN
12        Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)  SEEN
13        Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)  SEEN
14        A Hard Day's Night (1964)
15        La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938)
16        North by Northwest (1959)
17        Repulsion (1965)
18        Sunset Boulevard (1950)  SEEN
19        King Kong (1933)  SEEN
20        The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)  SEEN
21        Rear Window (1954)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
22        Rashômon (1951)
23        Psycho (1960)  SEEN
24        The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
25        The Philadelphia Story (1940)  SEEN  I'LL DEFINITELY WATCH AGAIN
26        Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956)  SEEN
27        The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)  SEEN
28        All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
29        The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959)
30        12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
31        A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)  SEEN
32        Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
33        Rebecca (1940)  SEEN
34        Vertigo (1958)
35        Rosemary's Baby (1968)
36        Frankenstein (1931)  SEEN
37        Touch of Evil (1958)
38        The 39 Steps (1935)
39        Gone With the Wind (1939)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
40        The Last Picture Show (1971)  SEEN
41        The Grapes of Wrath (1940)  SEEN
42        Roman Holiday (1953)
43        On the Waterfront (1954)  SEEN
44        Battleship Potemkin (1925)
45        Anatomy of a Murder (1959)  SEEN
46        Lawrence of Arabia (1962)  SEEN
47        The Lady Vanishes (1938)
48        The Leopard (1963)
49        Chinatown (1974)  SEEN
50        Cool Hand Luke (1967)  SEEN
51        An American in Paris (1951)  SEEN
52        The Searchers (1956)  SEEN
53        The Gold Rush (1925)
54        It's a Wonderful Life (1946)  SEEN  I'LL DEFINITELY WATCH AGAIN
55        Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
56        The Red Shoes (1948)
57        The Big Sleep (1946)  SEEN
58        Mary Poppins (1964)  SEEN
59        To Be or Not to Be (1942)
60        City Lights (1931)  SEEN
61        The French Connection (1971)
62        Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
63        His Girl Friday (1940)  SEEN
64        Miracle on 34th Street (1947)  SEEN  I'LL DEFINITELY WATCH AGAIN
65        Throne of Blood (1957)
66        Barry Lyndon (1975)
67        Freaks (1932)  SEEN
68        Badlands (1974)
69        Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
70        Mean Streets (1973)
71        The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
72        Spartacus (1960)  SEEN
73        The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
74        Forbidden Planet (1956)
75        The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)  SEEN
76        101 Dalmatians (1961)  SEEN
77        The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)  SEEN
78        Duck Soup (1933)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
79        Fantasia (1940)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
80        2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)  SEEN
81        The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
82        Some Like It Hot (1959)  SEEN
83        Bringing Up Baby (1938)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
84        Ran (1985)
85        Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
86        Peeping Tom (1960)
87        One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)  SEEN
88        The Birds (1963)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
89        A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) (1964)
90        Rebel Without a Cause (1955)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
91        Paths of Glory (1957)
92        The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)  SEEN  I'LL PROBABLY WATCH AGAIN
93        Goldfinger (1964)
94        Night of the Living Dead (1968)
95        Don't Look Now (1973)
96        Dr. No (1962)
97        The Apartment (1960)  SEEN
98        From Russia With Love (1964)
99        L'Avventura (1960)

100      To Catch a Thief (1955)

I've marked the ones that I've already seen, but I've past the point where I obsessively watch movies just to complete a list. So if it's interesting, I'll add it to my Netflix queue or my gowatchit list of movies to watch (btw, try gowatchit.com. They notify you when a movie you want to see is available to stream, on the platforms you select. Super useful.)

After 7 months of inactivity on this blog, I won't promise that I'm going to post reviews, but who knows?

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