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Jesus Was Not A Jew! Good Ol’ Fashioned American Common Sense

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by halmasonberg

JesusUSAI can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to argue with acquaintances to convince them that Jesus was a Jew. “Jesus was not a Jew! He was a Christian!” is the answer I most often get. It takes me a full 3 to 4 seconds before I recompose myself, lift my jaw back into a closed-mouth position, and explain how all this actually works.

But no matter how often I find myself in this strange predicament, I’m always just as horrified and saddened by the lack of education and basic intelligence so often flaunted by some of my fellow Americans. And I’m no genius, mind you! Just some dude with a basic education who’s trying to keep up and always feeling one step behind. Sometimes two! But, man-o-man, the ignorance I’ve bumped up against on my own little journeys.

I remember taking a poll once on how many people believed in god and, if they did, what their personal definition of god was. I remember there was a significant number of responders who, when asked if they believed, answered unequivocally “Yes!”. When asked as to their definition, I was often repelled with the angry response, “I don’t know! Who the hell thinks about that kind of stuff?!”

So maybe it’s not stupidity, but a lack of thinking that so many suffer from. Maybe it’s just laziness. I don’t know. But whatever the cause, the symptoms terrify me. Especially when faced with life or death decisions like war and health care.

So when I question the intelligence of some Americans and get the occasional angry response, I simply have to shrug. If you want me to think more Americans are smart, stop acting so stupid. When people I know vote for McCain because they believe Obama’s gonna take away their guns even though they don’t have the proper medical coverage, barely earn enough to buy the food they need, own a home that is in a mortgage crisis, complain about their kids’ education, can’t afford private school, have two family members with disabilities, live just above the poverty level, and want the right to have an abortion if need be, I have to wonder if they have a clue what they’re actually voting for.

Then add the fact that Obama’s a Muslim, was born in Kenya, hates whites, is a Nazi, and eats babies for breakfast… I start praying (and I’m technically an atheist) that some of the smarter individuals I know start spreading some facts around. I’m not saying you have to believe what I believe, but at least understand what YOU claim to believe!

Perhaps this is why I enjoyed Bill Maher’s rant SMART PRESIDENT ≠ SMART COUNTRY in The Huffington Post today. Here’s an excerpt:

headshot…On the eve of the Iraq War, 69% of Americans thought Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11. Four years later, 34% still did. Or take the health care debate we’re presently having: members of Congress have recessed now so they can go home and “listen to their constituents.” An urge they should resist because their constituents don’t know anything. At a recent town-hall meeting in South Carolina, a man stood up and told his Congressman to “keep your government hands off my Medicare,” which is kind of like driving cross country to protest highways.

I’m the bad guy for saying it’s a stupid country, yet polls show that a majority of Americans cannot name a single branch of government, or explain what the Bill of Rights is. 24% could not name the country America fought in the Revolutionary War. More than two-thirds of Americans don’t know what’s in Roe v. Wade. Two-thirds don’t know what the Food and Drug Administration does. Some of this stuff you should be able to pick up simply by being alive. You know, like the way the Slumdog kid knew about cricket.

Not here. Nearly half of Americans don’t know that states have two senators and more than half can’t name their congressman. And among Republican governors, only 30% got their wife’s name right on the first try.

Sarah Palin says she would never apologize for America. Even though a Gallup poll says 18% of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth. No, they’re not stupid. They’re interplanetary mavericks. A third of Republicans believe Obama is not a citizen, and a third of Democrats believe that George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, which is an absurd sentence because it contains the words “Bush” and “knowledge.”

People bitch and moan about taxes and spending, but they have no idea what their government spends money on. The average voter thinks foreign aid consumes 24% of our federal budget. It’s actually less than 1%. And don’t even ask about cabinet members: seven in ten think Napolitano is a kind of three-flavored ice cream. And last election, a full one-third of voters forgot why they were in the booth, handed out their pants, and asked, “Do you have these in a relaxed-fit?”

And I haven’t even brought up America’s religious beliefs. But here’s one fun fact you can take away: did you know only about half of Americans are aware that Judaism is an older religion than Christianity? That’s right, half of America looks at books called the Old Testament and the New Testament and cannot figure out which one came first.

And these are the idiots we want to weigh in on the minutia of health care policy? Please, this country is like a college chick after two Long Island Iced Teas: we can be talked into anything, like wars, and we can be talked out of anything, like health care. We should forget town halls, and replace them with study halls. There’s a lot of populist anger directed towards Washington, but you know who concerned citizens should be most angry at? Their fellow citizens. “Inside the beltway” thinking may be wrong, but at least it’s thinking, which is more than you can say for what’s going on outside the beltway.

And if you want to call me an elitist for this, I say thank you. Yes, I want decisions made by an elite group of people who know what they’re talking about. That means Obama budget director Peter Orszag, not Sarah Palin.

And just to put the proper tag on all of this, Sarah Palin brought my point (and Mr. Maher’s) home beautifully today on her Facebook account by writing:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

Yes, Sarah, not only is the moon made of cheese, but so is the space between your ears. I’m not sure which is more terrifying, the notion that Sarah Palin, like her protege Joe The Plumber, really has no clue what she is talking about, or that she knows very well what she is talking about and is purposefully misleading her brand of “followers” and other Americans for reasons other than their own best interests.

Ignorance or greed? Both are extremely dangerous and can lead to the same destructive end. And when lives are lost, they are not brought back. Not even by Jesus.

MUST-SEE FILMS Part 2

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on February 11, 2009 by halmasonberg

film_projector4Here we go again…

Five friends and I decided to put together a quick list of what we personally considered “Must-See Films.”

There have been other film lists passed around the internet, but we felt they were often such contemporary, mainstream lists of films that they, well, quite simply didn’t do justice to the art and entertainment of cinema. We also wanted to acknowledge films that were remakes, originals and/or alternate cuts. And while there are TONS of great films NOT mentioned here, the ones that ARE mentioned certainly show a wide range of tastes, styles and interpretations of “Must-see.”

This will hopefully be an ever-growing series of lists. Both from the original six and many other “special guests.”

The idea is to check off all the films you’ve seen in the brackets before each title (x). Pass ‘em around, compare with friends, start seeing the films you have yet to experience…

There are 408 films on this list.

MUST-SEE FILMS Part 1 can be found HERE.

These were originally created for Facebook and our group page can be found HERE.

Enjoy!

() Accident (1967-Joseph Losey)
() Affair To Remember, An (1957, Leo McCarey)
() Alexander Nevsky (1938 – Sergei Eisenstein)
() Alice (1988 – Jan Svankmajer)
() Altered States (1980 – Ken Russell)
() Amarcord (1972, Federico Fellini)
() American Friend, The (1977 – Wim Wenders)
() Andre Roublev (1966 – Andrei Tarkovsky)
() Animal Crackers (1930 Victor Heerman)
() Another Woman (1988, Woody Allen)
() Ashes and Diamonds (1958, Andrzej Wajda)
() Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (2001 – Zacharias Kunuk)
() Atlantic City (1980 – Louis Malle)
() Audition (1999, Takashi Miike)
() Baby Bottleneck (1946, Robert Clampett)
() Bad Luck Blackie (1949 – Tex Avery) – short
() Badlands (1973 – Terence Malick)
() Band Concert, The (1935 – Walt Disney prod.) – short
() Battleship Potemkin, The (1925 – Sergei Eisenstein)
() Beast Must Die, The (1969 – Claude Chabrol)
() Beau Travail (1999 – Clair Denis)
() Before Sunrise (1995, Richard Linklater)
() Being There (1979, Hal Ashby)
() Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925, Fred Niblo)
() Beyond Kabuki (short) (1986, Janice Findley)
() Big Blue, The (Director’s Cut) (1988, Luc Besson)
() Big Business (1929 – Leo McCarey) – short
() Big Heat, The (1953 – Fritz Lang)
() Big Sleep. The (1946, Howard Hawks)
() Big Snooze, The (1946, Robert Clampett)
() Big Street, The (1942, Irving Reis)
Total so far:

() Billy Boy (1954, Tex Avery)
() Bimbo’s Initiation (1931 – Dave Fleischer) – short
() Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970 – Dario Argento)
() Birth of a Nation, The (1915, D.W. Griffith)
() Bitter Tea of General Yen, The (1933, Frank Capra)
() Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, The (1972 – R.W. Fassbinder)
() Black Sabbath (1963, Mario Bava)
() Blinkety-Blank (1955 – Norman McLaren)
() Blood and Sand (1922, Fred Niblo)
() Blowup (1966 – Michelangelo Antonioni)
() Body And Soul (1947, Robert Rossen)
() Bonnie and Clyde (1967 – Arthur Penn)
() Born Yesterday (1950, George Cukor)
() Boy (1969 – Nagisa Oshima)
() Boys in the Band, The (1970, William Friedkin)
() Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992, Francis Coppola)
() Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957, David Lean)
() Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974 – Sam Peckinpah)
() Broken Blossoms (1921 – D.W. Griffith)
() Bullet in the Head (1990 – John Woo)
() Burden Of Dreams (1982, Les Blanc)
() Caché (2007 – Michael Haneke)
() Calendar (1993 – Atom Egoyan)
() Canal (1957, Andrzej Wajda)
() Cape Fear (1962, J. Lee Thompson)
Total so far:

() Celebration (1998 – Thomas Vinterberg)
() Celluloid Closet, The (1995, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman)
() Charulata (1964 – Satyajit Ray)
() Cherry Blossoms (2008 – Doris Dörrie)
() Chungking Express (1994 – Wong Kar-Wai)
() City of God (2002, Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund)
() Claire’s Knee (1970 – Eric Rohmer)
() Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962 – Agnes Varda)
() Come and See (1985, Elem Klimov)
() Conformist, The (1970 – Bernardo Bertolucci)
() Corner in Wheat, A (short) (1909, D.W. Griffith)
() Coward Bends the Knee (2003 – Guy Maddin)
() Craig’s Wife (1935 – Dorothy Arzner)
() Cremaster III (2002 – Matthew Barney)
() Crime Wave (1946, Andre’ De Toth)
() Daisy Miller (1974, Peter Bogdanovich)
() Dances With Wolves (either cut) (1990, Kevin Costner)
() Daughters of the Dust (1991 – Julie Dash)
() Dawn Of The Dead (any cut) (1978, George Romero)
() Day of the Locust, The (1975, John Schlesinger)
() Dazed and Confused (1993, Richard Linklater)
() Dead Man (1995 – Jim Jarmusch)
() Dead Ringers (1988 – David Cronenberg)
() Dead, The (1987 – John Huston)
() Death of Mr. Lazaresai, The (2005 – Cristi Puill)
() Deputy Droopy (1955, Tex Avery)
() Dersu Uzala (1975, Akira Kurosawa)
() Detective Story (1951, William Wyler)
() Devil Is A Woman, The (1935, Josef von Sternberg)
Total so far:

() Devils, The (1970 – Ken Russell)
() Diabolique (1955 – Henri-Georges Clouzot)
() Diary Of Anne Frank, The (1959, George Stevens)
() Dickson Experimental Sound Film (short) (1894/1895, W.K.L. Dickson, William Heise)
() Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies)
() Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (2007 – Julian Schnabel)
() Divorcee, The (1930, Robert Z. Leonard)
() Dixieland Droopy (1954, Tex Avery)
() Do the Right Thing (1989 – Spike Lee)
() Docks of New York, The (1928, Josef von Sternberg)
() Dogville (2003 – Lars Van Trier)
() Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall, The (1942 – Chuck Jones)
() Duck Amuck (1953 – Chuck Jones) – short
() Down to the Cellar (1983 – Jan Svankmajer) – short
() Dracula (1932, Todd Browning)
() Dream Walking, A (1934, Dave Fleischer)
() Duck Dodgers in the 241/2 Century (1953, Chuck Jones)
() Ed Wood (1994 – Tim Burton)
() Education For Death (1943 – Clyde Geronimi) – short
() Emerald Forest, The (1985, John Boorman)
() Emigrants, The (1971, Jan Troell)
() Equus (1977, Sidney Lumet)
() Exotica (1994 – Atom Egoyan)
Total so far:

() Exterminating Angel (1962 – Luis Buñuel)
() Face In The Crowd, A (1957, Elia Kazan)
() Faces (1968 – John Cassavetes)
() Facing Windows (2004 – Ferzan Ozpetek)
() Faithless (2000, Liv Ullman)
() Fanny Trilogy, The: Marius (1931), Fanny (1932), Cesar (1936) (Marcel Pagnol)
() Fantasia (1940 – Various, Disney Prod.)
() Farewell, My Concubine (1993 – Chen Kaige)
() Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965 – Russ Meyer)
() Faust (1926 – F.W. Murnau)
() Female Trouble (1974 – John Waters)
() Floating Weeds (1959 – Yasujiro Ozu)
() Flying Fur (1981 – George Griffin)
() Forbidden Games (1952, René Clément)
() Foreign Correspondent (1940, Hitchcock)
() 4-D Man (1959, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)
() 4th Man, The (1983 – Paul Verhoeven)
() Freaks (1932 – Tod Browning)
() Gallipoli (1981, Peter Weir)
() Garden Of The Fitzi-Continis, The (1970 – Vittorio De Sica)
() Generation, A (1955, Andrzej Wajda)
() Gentleman Jim (1942 – Michael Cutiz)
() Gents Without Cents (1944 – Jules White) – The Three Stooges short
() Gerald McBoing Boing (1951, Robert Cannon)
() Germany, Year Zero (1948 – Roberto Rossellini)
() Gettysburg (1993, Ron Maxwell)
Total so far:

() Giant (1956 – George Stevens)
() Girl Crazy (1943, Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley)
() God Told Me To (1976 – Larry Cohen)
() Gojira (1954 – Ishirô Honda)
() Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933 – Mervyn LeRoy)
() Good Glue Sticks (1907 – Georges Méliès)
() Grass: A Nation’s Battle For Life (1925)
() Great Escape, The (1963 – John Sturges)
() Great Train Robbery, The (1903, Edwin S. Porter)
() Grey Gardens (1975, Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer)
() Grizzly Man (2005 – Werner Herzog)
() Gun Crazy (1950, Joseph H Lewis)
() Guns Of Navarone, The (1961, J. Lee Thompson)
() Gus Visser and his Singing Duck (1925) – short
() Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 – Barbara Koppel)
() Heart of the World, The (2000 – Guy Maddin)
() Hearts Of Darkness (1991, Eleanor Coppola)
() Hells Angels (1930, Howard Hughes)
() Hellzapoppin’ (1941 – H.C. Potter)
() High School (1968 – Frederick Wiseman)
() His Girl Friday (1940 – Howard Hawks)
() Holiday (1938, George Cukor)
() Horse Feathers (1932, Norman Mcleod)
() House of 1000 Corpses (2003, Rob Zombie)
() House Of Mirth, The (2000, Terence Davies)
Total so far:

() How the West Was Won (1962, Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall)
() Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1923, Wallace Worsley)
() Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1996, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise)
() I Haven’t Got A Hat (1935 – Friz Freleng) – short
() I Vitelloni (1953 – Federico Fellini)
() I Walked With A Zombie (1943 – Jacques Tourneur)
() I Was Born, But… (1932 – Yasujiro Ozu)
() If… (1968 – Lindsay Anderson)
() In Search of the Castaways (1962, Robert Stevenson)
() Insider, The (1999, Michael Mann)
() I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski (1936, Dave Fleischer)
() Jabberwocky (1971 – Jan Svankmajer)
() Jason and the Argonauts (1963, Don Chaffey)
() Jazz Singer, The (1927, Alan Crosland)
() Jerusalem (1996, Bille August)
() Jesus of Montreal (1989, Denys Arcand)
() Jigoku (1960 – Nobuo Nakagawa)
() Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia (1989 – Ulrike Ottinger)
() John C. Rice – May Irwin Kiss, The (short) (1896, William Heise)
() Ju Dou (1990 – Fengliang Yang and Yimou Zhang)
() Killer Of Sheep (1977 – Charles Burnett)
() King Size Canary (1947 – Tex Avery) – short
() Knight Without Armour (1937, Jacques Feyder)
() La Ceremonie (1995, Claude Chabrol)
Total so far:

() La Jetee, (1962, Chris Marker)
() La Promesse (1996 – Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
() La Ronde (1950 – Max Ophüls)
() Lady For A Day (1933 – Frank Capra)
() Lady Killers, The (1955, Alexander Mackendrick)
() Landscape in the Mist (1988, Theodoros Angelopoulos)
() Last Command, The (1928, Josef von Sternberg)
() Last Waltz, The (1978, Martin Scorsese)
() Last Year At Marienbad (1961 – Alain Resnais)
() Lavender Hill Mob, The (1951 – Charles Crichton)
() Law of Desire (1987, Pedro Almodóvar)
() Le Samouraï (1967 – Jean-Pierre Melville)
() Learning Tree, The (1969 – Gordon Parks)
() Les Miserables (1995, Claude Lelouch))
() Les Vampires (1915 – Louis Feuillade)
() Let The Right One In (2008, Tomas Alfredson)
() Letter From and Unknown Woman (1948 – Max Ophüls)
() Liberace of Baghdad, The (2005 – Sean McAllister)
() Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra, The (1928 – Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich) – short
() Little Big Man (1970, Arthur Penn)
() Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1997 – Werner Herzog)
() Little Princess, A (1995, Alfonso Cuarón)
() Lone Star (1996 – John Sayles)
() Lonedale Operator, The (short) (1911, D.W. Griffith)
() Long Haired Hare (1949, Charles M. Jones)
() Long Way Home, The (1997, Mark Jonathan Harris)
() Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), Return of the King (2003) (Peter Jackson)
Total so far:

() Lorenzo’s Oil (1992, George Miller)
() Los Olividados (1950 – Luis Buñuel)
() Lost Highway (1997 – David Lynch)
() Lost Honor Of Katharina Blum, The (1975, Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta)
() Love Fins Andy Hardy (1938, George B. Seitz)
() Love Me Tonight (1932 – Rouben Mamoulian)
() Lust For Life (1956, Vincente Minnelli)
() Mabel’s Married Life (short) (1914, Charles Chaplin)
() Magical Maestro (1952 – Tex Avery) – short
() Magnificent Obsession (1954, Douglas Sirk)
() Mala Noche (1985 – Gus Van Sant)
() Man of Ashes (1986 – Nouri Bouzid)
() Man Of The West (1958 – Anthony Mann)
() Man Who Would Be King, The (1975, John Huston)
() Man Without a Past (2002 – Aki Kaurismäki)
() Mascot, The (1934 – Wladyslaw Starewicz) – short
() Matewan (1987, John Sayles)
() Maurice (1987, James Ivory)
() Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
() Melody Time (1948, Clyde Geronimi)
() Misfits, The (1961, John Huston)
() Monkey Business (1931, Norman Mcleod)
() Monsieur Hire (1989, Patrice Leconte)
() Monterey Pop (1968, D.A. Pennebaker)
Total so far:

() Moolaadé (2004 – Ousmane Sembene)
() Most Dangerous Game, The (1932, Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack)
() Mouse In Manhattan (1945 – Hanna-Barbera) – short
() Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990, James Ivory)
() Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter (1999, Errol Morris)
() Mr. Skeffington (1944, Vincent Sherman)
() Mulholland Drive (2001, David Lynch)
() Münchhausen (1943 – Josef von Báky)
() Murderers Are Among Us, The (1946, Wolfgang Staudte)
() Music Box, The (1932 – James Parrott) – short
() Music Lovers, The (1970, Ken Russell)
() Musical Poster Number One (1940 – Len Lye) – short
() Musketeers of Pig Alley, The (short) (1912, D.W. Griffith)
() My Life Without Me (2003, Isabel Coixet)
() Nanking (2007 – Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman)
() New York Hat, The (short) (1912, D.W. Griffith)
() New York, New York (1977, Martin Scorsese)
() Niagara (1952, Henry Hathaway)
() Night Of The Demon (1957 – Jacques Tourneur)
() Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
() Nights Of Cabiria (1957 – Federico Fellini)
() Ninotchka (1939 – Rouben Mamoulian)
() Nobody Loves Me (1994 – Doris Dörrie)
() Now, Voyager (1942, Irving Rapper)
() O Lucky Man! (1973 – Lindsay Anderson)
Total so far:

() Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, An (1962 – Robert Enrico) – short
() Odd Man Out (1947, Carol Reed)
() Oldboy (2003, Chan-wook Park)
() On The Beach (1959, Stanley Kramer)
() One Eyed Jacks (1961, Marlon Brando)
() One Froggy Evening (1955 – Chuck Jones) – short
() One Hour with You (1932 – Ernst Lubitsch)
() One Week (short, 1920, Buster Keaton)
() Onibaba (1964, Kaneto Shindô)
() Orlando (1992 – Sally Potter)
() Ossessione (1943 – Luchino Visconti)
() Outsiders, The (Original Theatrical Cut) (1983, Francis Ford Coppola)
() Paradise Now (2005, Hany Abu-Assad)
() Parent Trap, The (1961, David Swift)
() Parting Glances (1986, Bill Sherwood)
() Passionless Moments (1983 – Jane Campion and Gerard Lee) – short
() Patsy, The (1964, Jerry Lewis)
() Payday (1973, Daryl Duke)
() Peel (1982 – Jane Campion) – short
() People Next Door, The (1970, David Greene)
() Peter Pan (2003, P.J. Hogan)
() Piano, The (1993 – Jane Campion)
() Pickpocket (1959 – Robert Bresson)
() Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Peter Weir)
() Pink Narcissus (1971, James Bidgood)
() Pitfall (1948 – André De Toth)
Total so far:

() Place in the Sun, A (1951, George Stevens)
() Plague, The : Writers’ and Director’s Cut (2006, Hal Masonberg)
() Plow That Broke the Plains, The (short) (1936, Par Lorentz)
() Plumbing We Will Go, A (1940 – Del Lord) – The Three Stooges short
() Poison (1991 – Todd Haynes)
() Poor Little Rich Girl (1936, Irving Cummings)
() Pride and Prejudice (1940, Robert Z. Leonard)
() Punch-Drunk Love (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson)
() Purple Rose of Cairo, The (1985, Woody Allen)
() Puttin’ On The Dog (1944 – Hanna-Barbera)- short
() Quartermass Experiment, The (1955, Val Guest)
() Rabbit of Seville (1950, Charles M. Jones)
() Ragtime (1981, Milos Forman)
() Raise the Red Lantern (1991 – Yimou Zhang)
() Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)
() Random Harvest (1942, Mervyn LeRoy)
() Rashômon (1950 – Akira Kurosawa)
() Ratatouille (2007, Brad Bird)
() Raw Deal (1948, Anthony Mann)
() Real Young Girl, A (1976 – Catherine Breillat)
() Reckless Moment, The (1949 – Max Ophüls)
() Red Balloon, The (1956 – Albert Lamorisse) – short
() Red Desert (1964 – Michelangelo Antonioni)
() Red Sorghum (1987, Yimou Zhang)
Total so far:

() Renaldo and the Loaf – Songs For Swinging Larvae (1981 – Graeme Wiffler)
() Reversal of Fortune (1990 – Barbet Schroeder)
() Rich and Famous (1981, George Cukor)
() Rififi (1955, Jules Dassin)
() Roman Holiday (1953, William Wyler)
() Rome – Open City (1945 – Roberto Rosselini)
() Ryan’s Daughter (1970, David Lean)
() Saboteur (1942, Hitchcock)
() Safe (1995, Todd Haynes)
() Samurai Rebellion (1967 – Masaki Kobayashi)
() Sante Sangre (1989 – Alejandro Jodorowsky)
() Scent of Green Papaya, The (1993 – Anh Hung Tran)
() Scram (1932, Ray McCarey)
() Secret of Roan Inish (1994, John Sayles)
() See You Off to the Edge Of Town (2002 – Ching C. Ip)
() Senso (1954 – Luchino Visconti)
() Seven Beauties (1975 Lena Wertmuller)
() Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954, Stanley Donen)
() Seventh Seal, The (1957 – Ingmar Bergman)
() Shaft (1971 – Gordon Parks)
Total so far:

() Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
() Sherman’s March (1986, Ross McElwee)
() Show People (1928, King Vidor)
() Simon Of The Desert (1965 – Luis Buñuel)
() Sinking of the Lusitania (1918 – Winsor McCay)
() Sleeping Beauty (1959 – Clyde Geronimi)
() Snow-White (1933, Dave Fleischer)
() Sofie (1992, Liv Ullman)
() Sounder (1972 – Martin Ritt)
() Spirited Away (2001 – Hiyao Miyazaki)
() Springtime in a Small Town (2002 – Zhuangzhuang Tian)
() Stardust Memories (1980, Woody Allen)
() Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987 – Todd Haynes)
() Suspicious Circumstances (1984 – Jim Blashfield) – short
() Sweet Smell of Success (1957 – Alexander Mackendrick)
() Swing Time (1936 – George Stevens)
() Tale of Two Sisters, A (2003, Ji-woon Kim)
() Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe, The (1972 – Yves Robert)
() Targets (1968, Peter Bogdonavich)
() Tell It To the Marines (1927, George W. Hill)
() Tell-Tale Heart, The (1953 – Ted Parmelee) – short
() 10th Victim, The (1965, Elio Petri)
() Testament of Dr. Mabuse, The (1933 – Fritz Lang)
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974 – Tobe Hooper)
() Their First Mistake (1932, George Marshall)
() Thieving Hand, The (1908) – short
Total so far:

() Thin Man, The (1934, W.S. Van Dyke)
() Thing from Another World, The (1951 – Howard Hawks)
() Thing, The (1982, John Carpenter)
() Three On A Match (1932, Mervyn LeRoy)
() Time for Drunken Horses, A (2000 – Bahman Ghobadi)
() Time to Die (2007 – Dorota Kedzierzawska)
() Tin Drum, The (1979 – Volker Schlondorff)
() T-Men (1947, Anthony Mann)
() To Be Or Not To Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch)
() To Kill A Mockingbird (1962 – Robert Mulligan)
() Together (2000 – Lukas Moodysson)
() Tokyo Story (1953 – Yasujiro Ozu)
() Tol’able David (1921, Henry King)
() Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953, Ward Kimball)
() Track of the Cat (1954, William Wellman)
() Triumph Of The Will (1935 – Leni Riefenstahl)
() Trouble With Harry, The (1955, Alfred Hitchcock)
() 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
() Twist and Shout (1984, Bille August)
() Umberto D (1952, Vittorio De Sica)
() Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The (1964 – Jacques Demy)
() Un Chien Andalou (1929 – Luis Buñuel)
() Unconditional Love (2003, P.J. Hogan)
() Under the Sand (2000 – François Ozon)
() Unknown, The (1927 – Tod Browning)
() Unseen Enemy, An (short) (1912, D.W. Griffith)
() Vanya on 42nd Street (1994 – Louis Malle)
Total so far:

() Vengeance Is Mine (1979 – Shohei Imamura)
() Viridiana (1961 – Luis Buñuel)
() War Requiem (1989 – Derek Jarman)
() Water, Water Every Hair (1952, Charles M. Jones)
() Watermelon Man (1970 – Melvin Van Peebles)
() Way Down East (1920, D.W. Griffith)
() Where Is My Friend’s House? (1987 – Abbas Kiarostami)
() Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966, Mike Nichols)
() Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989 – Yong-Kyun Bae)
() Wife vs. Secretary (1936, Clarence Brown)
() Wild Strawberries (1957 – Ingmar Bergman)
() Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957 – Frank Tashlin)
() Winchester ’73 (1950, Anthony Mann)
() Wind that Shakes the Barley, The (2006 – Ken Loach)
() Wind, The (1928, Victor Sjöström)
() Window Shopping (aka Golden Eighties) (1986 – Chantal Akerman)
() Wings (1927, William Wellman)
() Winter Light (1962, Ingmar Bergman)
() Within Our Gates (1920 – Oscar Micheaux)
() Woman In The Dunes (1964 Hiroshi Teshigahara)
() Women, The (1939, George Cukor)
() Xiu Xiu, the Sent Down Girl (1998 – Joan Chen)
() Year of the Quiet Sun (1984 – Krzysztof Zanussi)
() Yi Yi (2000 – Edward Yang)
() Zelig (1983, Woody Allen)
() Zero de Conduite (1933 – Jean Vigo)

Grand Total:

MUST-SEE FILMS Part 1

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on February 11, 2009 by halmasonberg

michaelpowellFive friends and I decided to put together a quick list of what we personally considered “Must-See Films.”

There have been other film lists passed around the internet, but we felt they were often such contemporary, mainstream lists of films that they, well, quite simply didn’t do justice to the art and entertainment of cinema. We also wanted to acknowledge films that were remakes, originals and/or alternate cuts. And while there are TONS of great films NOT mentioned here, the ones that ARE mentioned certainly show a wide range of tastes, styles and interpretations of “Must-see.”

This will hopefully be an ever-growing series of lists. Both from the original six and many other “special guests.”

The idea is to check off all the films you’ve seen in the brackets before each title (x). Pass ‘em around, compare with friends, start seeing the films you have yet to experience…

There are 422 films on this list.

There is already a MUST-SEE FILMS Part 2, which can be found HERE.

These were originally created for Facebook and our group page can be found HERE.

Enjoy!

() A NOUS LA LIBERTE
() ACE IN THE HOLE (1951, aka THE BIG CARNIVAL)
() ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED, THE
() AFRICAN QUEEN, THE
() AGE OF INNOCENCE, THE (1993)
() AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD
() AIRPLANE
() AIRPORT
() ALI, FEAR EATS THE SOUL
() ALIEN (Original Theatrical Cut)
() ALL ABOUT EVE
() ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
() ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS
() AMADEUS (Director’s Cut)
() AMADEUS (Theatrical Cut)
() AMERICAN ASTRONAUT, THE
() AMERICAN GRAFFITI
() AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY, THE
() ANATOMY OF A MURDER
() ANNIE HALL
() APARTMENT, THE (1960)
() APOCALYPSE NOW (Original Theatrical Cut)
() APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
() APU TRILOGY: PANTHER PANCHALI, APARAJITO, THE WORLD OF APU
() ARMY OF SHADOWS
() ASSASINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, THE
() BABY FACE (1933)
() BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE
() BAD SLEEP WELL, THE
() BALL OF FIRE
() BAMBI (1942)
() BANDWAGON, THE
() BANK DICK, THE
() BARRY LYNDON
() BATTLE ROYALE (2000)
() BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946)
() BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)
() BEN-HUR (1959)
() BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
() BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE
() BICYCLE THIEF, THE
() BIG PARADE, THE
() BIG TRAIL, THE
() BIRDS, THE (1963)
() BIRTH (2004)
() BLACK NARCISSUS
Total so far:

() BLACK SUNDAY (1977)
() BLADE RUNNER (Final Cut)
() BLADE RUNNER (Original Theatrical Cut)
() BLUE ANGEL. THE (1930 English or German language)
() BLUE VELVET
() BODY SNATCHER, THE (1945)
() BRANDED TO KILL (1967)
() BRAZIL (1985, Director’s Cut)
() BREAKING THE WAVES
() BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE
() BRIEF ENCOUNTER
() BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
() BUCKET OF BLOOD
() BULLITT
() CABARET
() CANTERBURY TALE, A (1944)
() CARNIVAL OF SOULS
() CASABLANCA
() CAT PEOPLE (1942)
() CELLO (aka TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY)
() CHILDREN OF PARADISE
Total so far:

() CHINATOWN
() CHINESE GHOST STORY, A
() CHOOSE ME
() CHRISTMAS STORY, A
() CITIZEN KANE
() CITY LIGHTS
() CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A
() CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Original Theatrical Cut)
() CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1998 Director’s Cut)
() CONTEMPT
() CONVERSATION, THE (1974)
() COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER, THE
() COURT JESTER, THE
() CRIES AND WHISPERS
() CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
() CRIMINAL, THE (1960)
() CROWD, THE (1928)
() CURE (1997)
() DANCER IN THE DARK
() DAS BOOT (Director’s Cut)
() DAS BOOT (Original Uncut Version)
() DAY FOR NIGHT
() DAY OF WRATH (1943)
() DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, THE
() DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE (1951)
() DAYS OF HEAVEN
() DAZED AND CONFUSED
() DEAMLIFE OF ANGELS
() DECALOGUE, THE (1989)
() DELIVERANCE
() DETOUR (1945)
() DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER, THE (1941)
() DIE NIEBELUNGEN (1924)
() DINNER AT EIGHT (1933)
() DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
() DON’T LOOK BACK (1967)
() DON’T LOOK NOW
() DOUBLE INDEMNITY
() DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE, THE
() DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931)
Total so far:

() DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
() DRAUGHTMANS’ CONTRACT, THE
() DROWNING BY NUMBERS
() DUCK SOUP
() E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Original Theatrical Cut)
() EAST OF EDEN (1955)
() 8 1/2
() ELEPHANT MAN, THE
() EMPIRE OF THE SUN
() EXCALIBUR
() EXORCIST, THE (Original Theatrical Cut)
() EYES WIDE SHUT (either U.S. or European cut)
() EYES WITHOUT A FACE
() FANNY AND ALEXANDER (U.S. Theatrical Cut)
() FANNY AND ALEXANDER (Full Swedish TV Cut)
() FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (1967)
() FARGO
() FATAL GLASS OF BEER, THE (1933)
() FAUST (1926)
() FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1926)
() FOOTLIGHT PARADE
() FORCE OF EVIL (1948)
() 42nd STREET
() 400 BLOWS, THE
() FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
() GENERAL, THE (1927)
() GET CARTER (1971)
() GETAWAY, THE (1972)
() GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, THE (1947)
() GHOSTBUSTERS
() GIANT
Total so far:

() GILDA
() GIMME SHELTER
() GODFATHER, THE
() GODFATHER PART 2, THE
() GOLD RUSH, THE
() GONE WITH THE WIND
() GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, THE
() GOODFELLAS
() GOSFORD PARK
() GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW, THE (1964)
() GRAND HOTEL (1932)
() GRAND ILLUSION (1937)
() GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
() GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946)
() GREED (1924, Unrestored Version)
() HAIL, THE CONQUERING HERO
() HARAKIRI (1962)
() HAUNTING, THE (1963)
() HEAT (1995)
() HEAVENLY CREATURES
() HELL IS A CITY
() HELL’S HINGES (1916)
() HENRY V (1944)
() HIDDEN FORTRESS, THE
() HIGH AND LOW (1963)
() HIGH SIERRA
() HITCH-HIKER, THE (1953)
() HOUSE OF STRANGERS
() HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
() HUD
() HUMAN CONDITION, THE (1959-1961, Parts 1-3)
() I AM CUBA
Total so far:

() I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING (1945)
() I WAKE UP SCREAMING
() ICE STORM, THE
() IKIRU (1952)
() IMAGES (1972)
() IMITATION OF LIFE (1959)
() IMMIGRANT, THE (1917)
() IN A LONELY PLACE
() IN COLD BLOOD (1967)
() INCREDIBLES, THE
() INFORMER, THE (1935)
() INNOCENTS, THE (1961)
() INTOLERANCE (1916)
() INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
() IRON GIANT, THE
() IT (1927)
() IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
() IT’S A GIFT
() IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
() IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER
() JAPANESE STORY (2003)
() JAWS
() JOHNNY GUITAR
() JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
() JUNGLE BOOK, THE (1967)
() JUNIOR BONNER
() KILLERS, THE (1946)
() KILLING FIELDS, THE
() KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, THE (either cut)
() KILLING, THE (1956)
() KING KONG (1933)
() KING OF COMEDY, THE
() KING OF NEW YORK, THE
() KINGDOM, THE (1994 mini series)
() KISS OF DEATH (1947)
Total so far:

() KLUTE
() KNIFE IN THE WATER
() KWAIDAN (1964)
() L’ ATALANTE (1934)
() L’AVVENTURA
() LA DOLCE VITA
() LA STRADA
() LADIES MAN, THE (1961)
() LADY EVE, THE
() LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE (either cut)
() LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, THE
() LAURA (1944)
() LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
() LE BOUCHER (1970)
() LE CERCLE ROUGE
() LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
() LEOPARD, THE (1963)
() LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, THE
() LIMEY, THE
() LOLA (1981)
() LOLITA (1962)
() LOVE AND DEATH
() LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
() LUST, CAUTION
() M
() M. HULOT’S HOLIDAY
() MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, THE
() MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
() MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA (1929)
() MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE (1962)
() MANHATTAN (1979)
() MARNIE
() MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
() MARY POPPINS
() MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, A (Powell)
() MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER
() MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
() MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
() METROPOLIS (1925)
() MIDNIGHT (1939)
() MIDNIGHT COWBOY
() MILDRED PIERCE
() MILLER’S CROSSING
() MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ
() MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK, THE
() MISSION, THE (1986)
() MON ONCLE
Total so far:

() MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
() MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN
() MRS. MINIVER
() MURDER, MY SWEET
() MUSIC MAN, THE (1962)
() MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
() MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
() MY MAN GODFREY
() NAKED (1993)
() NAKED CITY (1948)
() NARROW MARGIN, THE (1950)
() NASHVILLE (1975)
() NETWORK (1976)
() NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950)
() NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A
() NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
() NORTH BY NORTHWEST
() NOSFERATU (1922)
() NOTORIOUS (1946)
() OKLAHOMA! (either 35mm or Todd-AO Version)
() OLD DARK HOUSE, THE (1932)
() OLIVER TWIST (1948)
() ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
() ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
() ONE, TWO, THREE (1961)
() OPEN RANGE (2003)
() OUT OF THE PAST (1947)
() OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, THE
() OX-BOW INCIDENT, THE
() PALM BEACH STORY, THE
() PANDORA’S BOX (1929)
() PAPER MOON
() PASSAGE TO INDIA, A
() PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, THE (1928, Rediscovered Original Cut)
() PATTON
() PEEPING TOM (1960)
() PETER PAN (1953)
() PETULIA
() PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET
() PILGRIMAGE (1933)
Total so far:

() PINNOCHIO (1940)
() PLACE IN THE SUN, A (1951)
() PLANET OF THE APES, THE (1968)
() PLAYTIME (1967)
() POINT BLANK (1967)
() PORGY AND BESS (1959)
() PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THE (1996)
() PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR, THE
() PRODUCERS, THE (1968)
() PSYCHO (1960)
() PUBLIC ENEMY, THE (1931)
() PULSE (2001, aka KAIRO)
() PURPLE NOON
() QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933)
() RAGING BULL
() RAN (1985)
() REAR WINDOW (1954)
() REBECCA (1940)
() REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
() [REC] (2007)
() RED-HEADED WOMAN
() RED RIVER (1948)
() RED SHOES, THE (1948)
() REMAINS OF THE DAY, THE
() REPULSION
() RIDE WITH THE DEVIL (1999-Ang Lee)
() RIGHT STUFF, THE
() RIO BRAVO
() ROAD WARRIOR, THE (aka MAD MAX 2)
() ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS
() ROPE (1948)
() ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)
() RULES OF THE GAME, THE (1939)
() SABRINA (1954)
() SALESMAN (1968)
() SANSHO, THE BALIFF
() SCARFACE (1932)
Total so far:

() SCARLET EMPRESS, THE
() SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON
() SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
() SECONDS (1966)
() SEVEN MEN FROM NOW
() SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)
() 1776 (1972)
() SEXY BEAST
() SHANE
() SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932)
() SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
() SHELTERING SKY, THE
() SHINING, THE (1980)
() SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
() SINGING DETECTIVE, THE (1986, Mini-Series)
() SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE
() SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
() SOME LIKE IT HOT
() SOPHIE’S CHOICE
() SOUND OF MUSIC, THE
() SPARTACUS (1960)
() SPIONE (1928)
() STAGECOACH (1939)
() STAR IS BORN, A (1954)
() STAR WARS (1977)
() STEAM BOAT BILL JR.
() STEEL HELMET, THE
() STELLA MARIS (1918)
() STOP MAKING SENSE
() STRANGER AT MY DOOR (1956)
() STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR
() STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (either U.S. or U.K. cut)
() STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
() SUGARLAND EXPRESS, THE
() SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS
Total so far:

() SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY
() SUNRISE (1927)
() SUNSET BOULEVARD
() SWEET HEREAFTER, THE
() TASTE OF CHERRY
() TAXI DRIVER (1976)
() TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE (1956)
() TENANT, THE (1976)
() TESS (1979)
() THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
() THIEVES’ HIGHWAY
() THIN RED LINE, THE (1998)
() THIRD MAN, THE
() THREE COLORS TRILOGY: BLUE, WHITE, RED
() 3 WOMEN
() THRONE OF BLOOD
() THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
() TITUS
() TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
() TO SLEEP WITH ANGER
() TOKYO DRIFTER
() TOPSY TURVY
() TOUCH OF EVIL
() TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, THE
() TROUBLE IN PARADISE
() 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)
() TWO FOR THE ROAD (1967)
() 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
() UGETSU
Total so far:

() UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, THE
() UNDER THE FLAG OF THE RISING SUN
() UNFORGIVEN (1992)
() VERA DRAKE
() VERONIKA VOSS
() VERTIGO (1958)
() VIDEODROME
() WAGES OF FEAR, THE
() WAGON MASTER (1950)
() WAR AND PEACE (1967)
() WEST SIDE STORY
() WHAT’S UP DOC?
() WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS
() WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
() WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND
() WHITE HEAT (1949)
() WILD BUNCH, THE
() WINDOW, THE (1949)
() WINGS OF DESIRE
() WITCHFINDER GENERAL, THE
() WITNESS (1985)
() WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
() WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, A
() WOODSTOCK (Original Theatrical Cut or Director’s Cut)
() WRITTEN ON THE WIND
() YAKUZA PAPERS: BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR OR HUMANITY, THE (1973)
() YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, THE
() YELLOW SUBMARINE
() YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Grand Total:

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