100 Things I Love About the Movies

1. Marla Singer
2. This monologue

3. When Julianne Moore tells the pharmacist to suck her dick in Magnolia
4. The seventeen and a half minute single shot in Hunger
5. Michael Fassbender
6. This dance:

7. The score to Atonement
8. The Criterion Collection
8. Being the only person in the theatre at a matinée at art films
10. The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique
11. Ingmar Bergman
12. Hugh Jackman eating the tree his dead wife became in The Fountain
13. Sundance
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 28 Days Later
15. The opening credits of Enter the Void:

16. Max von Sydow playing chess with Death on a beach
17. The quick cut package of getting high in Requiem for a Dream
18. Black Swan
19. Trailers
20. Julia Roberts telling Clive Owens Jude Law tastes like him but sweeter in Closer
21. Laura Linney doing squats in a leotard in The Savages
22. Annette Bening getting the royal treatment in American Beauty
23. New York Times movie reviews
24. This trailer:

25. Advance screenings
26. 21 and older screenings
27. Characters addressing the screen in Funny Games
28. In Bruges
29. The sound track to Marie Antoinette
30. Jeff Daniels taking his son and his son’s girlfriend to see Blue Velvet in The Squid and the Whale
31. The Seventh Continent
32. The Bride
33. Romain Duris
34. Romain Duris beating the shit out of that Russian in The Beat My Heart Skipped
35. Talking friends out of seeing Michael Bay movies
36. The crawlers of The Descent
37. This scene from Mulholland Dr.:

38. Angelina Jolie
39. Maggie Gyllenhaal telling Jake to “suck a fuck” in Donnie Darko.
40. Buying foreign films from Amazon.co.uk before they’re released in America
41. Bitching about how Crash won Best Picture
42. Tarsem’s The Fall
43. The History Boys
44. Theatres that serve burgers
45. Angry sex in A History of Violence
46. Kate Winslet
47. The strip club scene in Lost in Translation
48. Fellini’s Saraghina:

49. Tomb Raider
50. James McAvoy’s kiss with Angelina Jolie in Wanted
51. Beatrix Kiddo
52. Ulrich Mühe
53. Movie blogs
54. The dirty talk in Punch-Drunk Love
55. 122lbs Christian Bale of The Machinist
56. This scene from Danny Boyle’s Sunshine:

57. Aladdin
58. Director and cast Q & As
59. The Talented Mr. Ripley
60. Oscar parties
61. Seeing three movies in theatres in one day
62. Hannibal Lecter
63. Jane finally getting with Mr. Rochester
64. The big reveal in The Shape of Things
65. Junkie Meryl Streep in Adaptation
66. The ending of Jules and Jim
67. This scene from Dancer in the Dark

68. Movies where Russians are the bad guys
67. The ‘lust’ murder in Seven
68. Zombies
69. Independent film
70. Vera Farmiga on top of that dryer in Running Scared
71. The traffic jam single shot in Godard’s Week End:

72. Making fun of bad movies
73. Manohla Dargis
74. Movie Posters
75. Ludivine Sagnier dressed as a sexy peacock in Girl Cut in Two.
76. Erotic thrillers
77. Review copies
78. Matthew Barney
79. Awards season buzz
80. The Royal Tenenbaums:

81. Daniel Craig as James Bond
82. “One gay beer for my gay friend. And one normal beer for me because I am normal.”

83. A Christmas Tale
84. Tracking down movies even Netflix doesn’t have
85. Expectations vs. Reality scene in (500) Days of Summer
86. Hayao Miyazaki
87. Steve McQueen (the director)
88. Watching a movie twice in two days because it’s that good
89. The choreography of the fight scene inside the car in I Saw the Devil
90. Getting the shit kicked out of me by Michael Haneke
91. This:

92. Neil LaBute films
93. The Salt Lake Film Society
94. Catherine Deneuve
95. “We accept her, we accept her! One of us! One of us!”
96. Timothy Olyphant freaking out in anything
97. IMAX
98. Wendy saying goodbye to Lucy
99. Lisabeth Salander’s revenge tattoo in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
100. The disturbing music scene in Pola X:

I borrowed this idea from Final Cut. Here are a few other lists: The Dark of the Matinee,Anomalous MaterialAndy Buckle’s Film EmporiumDefiant Success,Cinematic Paradox and The Droid Your Looking For (Part One andTwo).

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9 Responses to “100 Things I Love About the Movies”
  1. Mad Hatter says:

    Yet more details that make me want to rethink my own list. Well done amigo!
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  2. Blake says:

    @ Mad Hatter – Cheers, friend! It was actually a lot of fun to write, and to read everyone else’s.

  3. Fitz says:

    Ditto on In Bruges, Kate Winslet, and any of the sequences from Requiem for a Dream.
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  4. Chris says:

    Can see you’ve put a fair amount of effort into your 100 list, I love the star gate sequence from 2001 and Norton’s monologue from 25th hour.

    I’ve actually just been watching some of Neil LaBute films, I liked “The Shape Of Things” quite a bit, will review at a later date, I see you liked it too.

    the soundtrack to Marie Antoinette was amazing, disc 2 especially for me, not many people seem to remember that music for some reason? and the “Somewhere” soundtrack has some great stuff, particularly songs by the strokes, and Sebastien Tellier.
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  5. filmgeek says:

    Ahhh, the dance! And the Marie Antoinette ST. And “suck a fuck” Brilliant!
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  6. blake says:

    @ Fitz – You can’t go wrong with those three.

    @ Chris – LaBute’s earlier stuff is really great. I’d highly recommend Your Friends and Neighbors as well as In the Company of Men.

    @ filmkgeek – That ‘suck a fuck’ thing is one of the funniest lines in recent film history. I love it so much!
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  7. #3 = You are my hero, Blake.
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  8. Blake says:

    @ M. Carter – One of the greatest moments in recent cinema!

  9. Pablo says:

    This is the best list ever… awesome job!!! You rock!!!!

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