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So all the broohaha over the Seth Rogen North Korea movie, as well as a book of 54 Classic films "Not to be Missed" make me wonder aboot the state of movie making.  Or basically, why is Hollyweird pumping out such crap these days?  There are very few movies that I like any more.

 

Which is a shame because there are a few that I really like.  Here are a few examples:

 

Here is the list from the book I am talking aboot. So how many of these have you seen?  Very few for me - Singing in the Rain, Casablanca, The Third Man (college film class), Vertigo, parts of The Godfather, Chinatown.

 

As far as what was missing, where was Cool Hand Luke and Treasure of the Sierra Madre?

 

And I never even HEARD of the ones listed from this century. scratch%20head.gif:dontknow:

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-kenneth-turan-on-film-20140601-column.html

 

Below is Kenneth Turan's list of 54 films "Not to Be Missed." Find synopses, trailers and photos here.

In the Beginning

"Fantomas" — 1913-14

Silent comedy double feature:

"Sherlock Jr." — 1924; and "Pass the Gravy" — 1928

The '30s

"I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" — 1932

"Bombshell" —1933

"The Dybbuk" — 1937

Leo McCarey double feature:

"Make Way for Tomorrow" — 1937; and "Love Affair" — 1939

 

The '40s

"Pride and Prejudice" — 1940

"The Lady Eve" — 1941

"The Strawberry Blonde" — 1941

"Casablanca" — 1942

"Random Harvest" —1942

"Children of Paradise" — 1945

"Great Expectations" — 1946

"Bicycle Thieves" — 1948

"The Third Man" — 1949

Ernst Lubitsch double feature:

"The Shop Around the Corner" — 1940; and "To Be or Not to Be" — 1942

 

The '50s

"All About Eve" — 1950

"The Asphalt Jungle" — 1950

"Sunset Boulevard" — 1950

"Casque d'Or" — 1952

"The Importance of Being Earnest" — 1952

"Singin' in the Rain" — 1952

"The Earrings of Madame de ..." — 1953

"Seven Samurai" — 1954

"Kiss Me Deadly" — 1955

"Seven Men From Now" — 1956

"Sweet Smell of Success" — 1957

"Vertigo" — 1958

 

The '60s

"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" — 1962

"The Gospel According to St. Matthew" — 1964

"Point Blank" — 1967

"Le Samourai" — 1967

"Kes" — 1969

 

The '70s

"The Godfather" — 1972

"Chinatown" — 1974

 

The '80s

"The Day After Trinity" — 1981

"First Contact" — 1982

"Distant Voices, Still Lives" — 1988

 

The '90s

"Howards End" — 1992

"Leolo" — 1992

"Unforgiven" — 1992

 

The New Century

"Spirited Away" — 2001

"The Best of Youth" — 2003

"The Five Obstructions" — 2003

"A Prophet" — 2009

"Of Gods and Men" — 2010

"Footnote" — 2011

Documentary double feature:

"Stranded" — 2007; and "Senna" — 2010

Orson Welles double feature:

"Touch of Evil" — 1958; and "Falstaff"/"Chimes at Midnight" — 1965

The above essay is adapted from "Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film," being published in June by Public Affairs.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

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