Saturday, October 22, 2011

Three Films

We're coming into the homestretch on The Ten Day Challenge, with today's topic of Three Films.

It's interesting to me that at the beginning part of this challenge it seemed difficult to come up with enough answers for the prompt and now it's the exact opposite. Only selecting three films seems an impossible challenge. Do you pick the ones you love? How about the ones you despise? There are ones that make you cry and ones that make you laugh out loud. (That's lol for all you Facebook users and texters out there). Yes, there is a movie for every emotion and life situation you can think of and to limit the choices to three... that's tough.

Oh well, it is what it is.

Here are three movies that came to mind as I was contemplating this post. I'm quite sure if I were to do this again tomorrow, the list would be completely different though.

1. From 1988 "Big" stars Tom Hanks as a young boy who is magically transformed into a 30 year old adult thanks to the coin-op fortune telling machine, "Zoltar Speaks". It's a pretty cute story overall, but what makes this movie memorable to me is because it's what my wife and I watched on our first date. (Insert a great big mushy "Awwwww" here)

2. Going backwards a few years is the 1936 musical, "The Great Ziegfeld". Although I'm not real big on musicals generally, I do love movies from this era. Well before the special effects, digital sound editing and unbelievably huge budgets of today, there were these gems where quality acting and beautiful stage scenes were the key. The dance number in which this giant rotating spiral staircase was a pivotal piece of is a magnificent work of art. While watching it, what makes it even more impressive is knowing that the entire scene (several minutes long with an immense amount of choreography) was done with a single shot. No second takes, not multiple cameras, no splice editing, just one continuous, amazing shot!

3. In 1975 Jack Nicholson led a cast of crazies in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" I've seen this film several times and I still enjoy it as much as I did the first time. I can not imagine anyone else in the role of McMurphy other than Nicholson. In my opinion he was the perfect fit. And don't forget about the despicable Nurse Ratchet played by Louise Fletcher. Didn't you just want to strangle her to death? Oh ya, McMurphy just about does. The electric shock therapy scenes put a chill down my spine every time too.


Ron said...

EXCELLENT choices in films, Jeff!

I've seen all three of these (several times) and LOVE them!

Big always makes me cry at the end. It's such a sweet film!

Thanks for sharing, buddy! Hope you had a grrrrrrrreat Saturday!

Jeff B said...

It's been a few years since I watched "The Great Ziefeld". Probably have to wait till AMC runs it again.

CrystalChick said...

I saw Big and Cuckoo's Nest but soooo long ago that I don't remember much about either one. The Great Ziegfeld I don't believe I ever saw, although the giant starcase looks familiar. I must have watched that scene highlighted somewhere.

Mel said...

Oh geeze.......what's it say that I rather like the three you chose.

It says we both have good taste. :-/

Jeff B said...

Mary- If you ever see it playing check it out.

Mel- I'm in good company. :)