Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Movie Alphabet Vol. 2


What follows is my post as part of the second iteration of Mettel Ray's brilliant Movie Alphabet. I didn't participate in the original (before my time), but I am jumping at the chance this time around.

So, without further ado, here are few of my favorite things, movie-wise, 27 to be exact. I took a stream of consciousness approach. The first actor, actress, director, or movie that popped into the old noggin'.

Here is My Movie Alphabet: 

#
Se7en 
(for you #MettelRaySe7en)


A for 
Adaptation.
a mind-bending ode to storytelling by screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze


B for
Billy Wilder
director of Sunset Boulevard and The Apartment


C for
Cold Mountain
an epic story of love and set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina


D for
Dog Day Afternoon
"Attica Attica Attica!!!"


E for
Election
because this is the most sharply written political satire ever (and it's also a teen comedy)


F for
Fever Pitch
the one movie my wife and I always agree on


G for
George Washington
the poetic vision of youth in a decaying South from a young David Gordon Green


H for
Harrison Ford
because fucking Indiana Jones, man!


I for
Inside Llewyn Davis
the Coen Brothers were bound to be on this list somewhere


J for
Jennifer Lawrence
Good God!!!


K for
Kevin Kline
because I smile every single time he's on a screen


L for
Love Liza
an unsung leading performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman


M for
Manchester by the Sea
screenwriting and acting don't get better


N for
The Nice Guys
Crowe and Gosling together is way better than anyone could've ever guessed, right?


O for
Ocean's Eleven
no movie is more fun or more re-watchable for me


P for
Paul Thomas Anderson
the man who opened my eyes to camera work and keeps getting better


Q for
Quentin Tarantino
the man who opened my eyes to cinema, period


R for
Raising Arizona
you didn't think the Coen Brothers would only turn up once, did you?


S for
Scent of a Woman
because of this scene, the one pictured below


T for
Todd Field
please direct another movie already!!


U for 
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
because of all that beautiful color and music and Catherine Deneuve (Good God!!!)


V for
Vanilla Sky
it's just on my mind right now


W for
Wanderlust
Paul Rudd in front of that mirror, man! Never laughed so hard...


X for 
Ex Machina 
(so...I cheated...what of it?)


Y for 
Yellow Submarine
for that Saturday morning when I drank my first ever cup of coffee, very young, this was on


Z for
Zoolander
nothing better starts with a Z


How This All Worked
in case you want to participate, even though I'm under the wire myself right now

RULES

1. List your favourite actors, actresses, movies or directors from # to z

2. I allow a little wiggle room: you may list two under one letter* because it is vol 2 after all!

*in that case, the choices have to be from different categories – actor/director, actress/movie, etc.*

3. If you participated last time, don’t look at your first movie alphabet before vol 2 is ready

4. Comparisons in between your new alphabet and the previous one are highly encouraged

5. Post your Movie Alphabet Vol 2 by the 31st of May, link back to this post and let me know here in the comments or over at twitter @MettelRay (and use the hashtag mettelrayse7en)

6. Use one of the banners below in your post or create your own!

7. Most importantly, have a ton of fun!

12 comments:

  1. lol eX Machina. It works. Love your list! We matched up on Quentin, and I love that you included PTA.

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  2. Love your list. I enjoy the Ocean's 11 films and so glad to see Billy Wilder as i spoke about him when I did the A to Z Challenge in April. Love Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Quentin is one weird nuts but he is a classic auteur director

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  3. That Paul Rudd scene has got to be one of the best improvised moments in a comedy movie ever, right? It warrants that whole movie's existence.

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    1. Without a shadow of a doubt. It is incredible. I died laughing. Then laughed more.

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  4. Okay, man. But, uh...GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

    Hahaha, seriously, while I thought a lot of the other lists I checked out were fantastic, I think ours (uh, had I made one) would line up for about three-quarters of it. No bullshit, I thought I was going to die with that Paul Rudd scene. Like, stop breathing and just happily die on my living room floor.

    Oh, and your I pick? There is no better reason.

    Hey, one thing? Fever Pitch?! Are you a (fellow) Red Sox fan? Because technically, I was in that movie.

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    1. Haha! Glad you like my work. Same on that Paul Rudd scene. It took that movie from meh to fucking fantastic!

      As for Fever Pitch...no. I am not a Red Sox fan. In fact, I'm a Yankees guy forever. You can't deny the '04 season or the magic of the Fallon/Barrymore chemistry. Plus, my wife and I are them. And we are huge baseball fans, going to our 14th, 15th, and 16th MLB parks together this summer, including Fenway. Can't wait! History over hatred on that one.

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  5. Excellent list, man.

    No 20th Century Women for the # pick? No Beginners for the B pick? REALLY? Also, I disagree with your Z pick (nothing better starts with a Z)? REALLY? I think you might be forgetting about David Fincher's greatest film: Zodiac.

    Besides those GLARING MISSES (I'm kidding), excellent list. I especially love the Todd Field pick for the T pick. He needs to make another film. In the Bedroom was one of the greatest films of the 2000's.

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    1. Zodiac did not cross my mind and I'm pissed about it. But Zoolander is still awesome.

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  6. Ooh, this is so lovely!! Se7en is such a great pick, not because it's for me, but it speaks to me on the movie level as well. I love a good crime solving murder mystery thriller and there's no one better than Fincher to deliver a rewatchable movie as Se7en and Zodiac and Gone Girl and I just love it! So I agree with Cameron on this one, Z should have been Zodiac.. but I can't stay mad forever since you did pick one of Fincher's great ones.

    I do love other picks you have, including Tarantino of course and Manchester by the Sea, though I didn't pick the last one myself. Oh and Ocean's Eleven, damn..I now want to watch that one. :D

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree on Fincher and Seven. And Zodiac (which I do in fact like more than Zoolander for the record...). Ocean's Eleven is always great. So fun. Glad to hear you love Manchester by the Sea as well. I named it #1 of last year. It dug right to the core of me.

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