Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Faint hearts never won, fair lady.

It would be a terrible terrible shame if I did not include at least one Disney film on this list. There are many greats from many eras. I could have gone with Fantasia, easily one of the most avant-garde Disney films mixing Classical music and visual prowess. I could have gone with The Lion King mixing amazing music, lyrics and the best of the latter years animation. However, I must go with a childhood favorite and still my favorite Disney film to this day: Robin Hood. It's a classic tale that has been told many times, whether it be Errol Flynn, Cary Elwes or a cartoon fox. A simple tale of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor with swashbuckling action, goofy side characters and a relatively straight-forward love story, what kid wouldn't love this movie? Not to mention this is one of the groovy, trippy 70's Disney movies. Lord knows the strangest and wackiest Disney films came out in the 60's and 70's. Needless to say, what self respecting American doesn't have fond memories of a Disney Movie?

There isn't much for me to really write about here. It's all whimsical, fairy-tale magic. And even boys can enjoy that from time to time. I keep this one breif. Apologies for not digging deep into the soul of my 8-year-old self, but it's a period where everything needs to be fun. Robin Hood is just that. Oh and I would always get scared when the castle starts burning. Scared and sad.

1. Cinema Paradiso (1988) dr. Giuseppe Tornatore
2. Rushmore (1998) dr. Wes Anderson
3. Jurassic Park (1993) dr. Steven Speilberg
4. It's A Wonderful Life (1946) dr. Frank Capra
5. Trust (1990) dr. Hal Hartley
6. Donnie Darko (2001) dr. Richard Kelly
7. On The Waterfront (1954) dr. Elia Kazan
8. Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975) dr. Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
9. Do The Right Thing (1989) dr. Spike Lee
10. Stop Making Sense (1984) dr. Johnathan Demme
11. Trekkies (1997) dr. Roger Nygard
12. Fight Club (1999) dr. David Fincher
13. The Sting (1973) dr. George Roy Hill
14. Ghost Busters (1984) dr. Ivan Reitman
15. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) dr. Rob Reiner
16. Better Off Dead (1984) dr. "Savage" Steve Holland
17. Robin Hood (1973) dr. Wolfgang Reitherman

Up Next: Mad Max (1979) dr. George Miller

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