100 Things I Love About Movies

I’ve been meaning to do so for a while and have now finally decided to start my own blog about movies (because, you know, we haven’t got enough of those already). And I frankly can’t think of a better way to introduce myself than by listing 100 things I love most about the movies.

I, like so many others, have been inspired by this post. This is a very, very good list. Annoyingly so, because I had no choice but to borrow a couple of entries from it.

So here goes:

1. Star Wars opening crawl together with John William’s score

2. Blood pouring out of the elevator in The Shining

3. The Bride escapes out of her grave in Kill Bill vol. 2

4. The jump cut in 2001: A Space Odyssey

5. The zombie takes a beating while ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is playing on a jukebox

6. The title sequence from Raging Bull

7. The frog-rain in Magnolia

8. Belmondo painting his face blue in the end of Pierrot Le Fou

9. “It’s just a flesh wound!”

10. The Pale Man from El Laberinto del Fauno

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11. Christopher Doyle’s cinematography

12. The Goodfellas voice-over

13. “I am McLovin!”

14. The “Married Life” montage from Up

15. Nosferatu’s creeping shadow

16. The shot of Andy Dufresne standing in the rain

17. The statues of the Seven Deadly Sins coming to live in Metropolis

18. The shot of the Joker leaning out the window of a stolen police car laughing

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19. The Hobbiton scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring

20. “I see dead people.”

21. Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling in The Royal Wedding

22. Audrey Hepburn

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23. Liz Taylor doing a Bette Davis impression in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

24. The Catbus from My Neighbour Totoro

25. “I don’t like the way Teddy Roosevelt is looking at me.”

26. The Little Tramp

27. Ben Gardner’s head in Jaws

28. The shot of Mélanie Laurent’s face projected onto the smoke in Inglorious Basterds

29. Griffin Dunne being wrapped in papier-mâché in After Hours

30. Marty Feldman as Igor in Young Frankenstein

31. The crooked set design in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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32. The La Resa Dei Conti score…

33. along with every other Ennio Morricone score

34. Granpa’s corpse in Little Miss Sunshine

35. HAL 9000 singing while Bowman shuts him down

36. Travis Bickle

37. “What’s the most you ever lost in a coin toss?”

38. Mia Farrow’s haircut in Rosemary’s Baby

39. Bruce Lee and his nunchucks

40. The shot of Charles Foster Kane walking through the mirror corridor

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41. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton walk among the planets in the observatory in Manhattan

42. James Dean

43. Vincent and Mia dancing to ‘You Never Can Tell’

44. The crib rolling down the Odessa Staircase in Battleship Potemkin

45. The heartbreaking realism of Mike Leigh’s Another Year

46. The way the mimed tennis match in the end of Blow Up sums up the entire film without explaining anything

47. Neo learns kung fu

48. “God is not on our side because he hates idiots also.”

49. The Vertigo title sequence

50. Charles Bronson admits to having claustrophobia in The Great Escape

51. Alvy Singer’s monologue in the preface to Annie Hall

52. The bamboo forest fight scene from House of Flying Daggers

53. The train arrival montage in High Noon

54. Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses

55. The low-ceilinged offices on the Floor 7½ in Being John Malkovich

56. The mirage scene from Lawrence of Arabia

57. The tracking shot in Goodfellas. As well as

58. The tracking shot in Boogie Nights. As well as

59. The tracking shot in The Children of Men

60. Jack Lemmon announces his engagement in Some Like It Hot

61. The hotel room filling with water in The Hours

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62. Jack Nicholson

63. The opening scene of The Social Network

64. The twin sunset on Tatooine

65. Marketa Irglova telling Glen Hansard “I love you” in Czech in Once

66. Fight choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping

67. “I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!”

68. Donald O’Connor performing ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ in Singin’ in the Rain

69. Mia Wallace receiving an adrenaline shot

70. Charlie Chaplin eating his shoe in The Gold Rush

71. Romero’s zombies

72. The shot of the approaching train in Man with a Movie Camera

73. Beauty and the Beast dancing together

74. The dream sequence in Spellbound

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75. “I swear, if you existed I’d divorce you!”

76. The old man with a radio in Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

77. Buster Keaton riding a motorcycle in Sherlock Jr.

78. The vibrant colors in Pedro Almodóvar’s films

79. Dr. Strangelove fighting with his own mechanical hand

80. The opening sequence of Apocalypse Now

81. Frances McDormand as the pregnant police officer in Fargo

82. Jackie Chan’s stunts

83. and the fact that Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd have been two of his main influences.

84. Indoor rain in Andrej Tarkovsky’s films

85. Dream sequences in 8 ½

86. “We rob banks.”

87. Kids skipping gym class in 400 Blows

88. Remy the Rat

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89. The disintegration of memories in Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

90. “I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just gonna bash your brains in!”

91. The red-lit bar in Mean Streets

92. “I’m not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. That or His Dudeness… Duder… or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

93. Sam Rockwell finds out his true identity in Moon

94. How Francis Ford Coppola establishes everything we need to know about the world of The Godfather with the single opening shot

95. The Bride fights O’Ren Ishii

96. Stanley Kubrick and classical music

97. King Kong vs. the airplanes

98. “We all go a little mad sometimes.”

99. The shot of Barry opening the living room door to see the blazing light from the UFO in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

100. and how it stands for cinema, growing up and just life in general.

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