Here are the first 5 entries – enjoy and please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions!
#100 “The Blues Brothers”
Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: John Belushi, Dan Akroyd
Original Release Date: 20 June 1980
This movie will never leave my list. Irreverant and stupid yes, but full of amazing music and it brings me back to a great time in my life. I love every second of it, especially the car destroying mayhem at the end. John Lee Hooker, Cab Callaway – the list goes one. This is by no means a great film, but I love it. It’s just pure fun.
#99 “The Breakfast Club”
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall
Original Release Date: 15 Feb 1985
The best teen movie of all time? Maybe, maybe not but certainly the most quoted. It gave us the great Simple Minds song and so much more. No real careers blossomed out of this 80s Brat Pack dream team, but they made a movie with essentially a single set, set in a single day, where five social archetypes realize that they aren’t so different. Who would not have wanted to go that school? It is John Hughes’ best film and for me the first known use of the word dweebie.
#98 “Planet of the Apes”
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell
Original Release Date: 03 April 1968
Oscars: Honorary Oscar for Make-up, two other Nominations
Ground breaking, horrifying, melodramatic. When you think of it in the context of its release date, POTA is pure cinema. It’s more than Charton Heston in no shirt and Linda Harrison in almost no shirt. It touches on themes of racism, slavery, evolution, the role of religion and science in the education of man and of course nuclear war. The greatness of this original is often lost in many half-assed sequels, water-down remakes and parodies (the best of which by far is done by The Simpsons) . This is one of the few pre-Star Wars sci-fi films where the original is still infinitely watchable.
#97 “Say Anything”
Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: John Cusak, Ione Skye
Original Release Date: 14 Apr 1999
The best teen movie of all time. I’d say yes. What guy did not want to be Lloyd Dobler and what guy did not drool over Ione Skye? Its one of the few teen movies with a fully developed 3-dimenional parent figure (John Mahowney) and has a brilliant script from a young Cameron Crowe. On the surface, a coming of age geek-prom-queen love story. Deep inside, it speaks to almost every emotion you have as a love forlorn teen, no matter the decade and no matter your age. I am almost 50 and this movie is still relevant. It’s not nearly as well known as its contemporaries and is most famous for the timeless ghetto blaster scene, but its worth owning and repeat viewings.
#96 “Belle Epoque”
Director: Fernando Treuba
Stars: Jorge Sanz, Penelope Cruz
Date: 04 Dec 1992 (Spain)
Oscars: Best Foreign Language Film
Belle Epoque is a beautiful Spanish film set in the pre-Franco era. It’s the story of Fernando, an army deserter who befriends and moves in with a simple farmer with 4 daughters. He falls in love with each one in order. It’s a funny, touching and even a little sad but it’s a beautiful celebration of life with interesting, fun and quirky characters that you grow to love. It stars a young Penelope Cruz and Mirabel Verdu. I love this film. Its hard to find and worth the look. My hope is that through this blog you may discover a film or two that you have not heard of or given thought – here is a great place to start.