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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Guest Post: Melissa Bradley's "Dirty Dozen" - TOP 12 All-Time Favorite Movies


Hello, dear readers! Today is a very special day for me and my blog, because it’s time for the first-ever guest post on CineMarvellous!, and I’m truly honored that it comes from this particular person. I’m extremely happy to introduce you the absolutely lovely Melissa Bradley and her “Dirty Dozen” – the twelve most impactful films, that will stay with her forever. Enjoy the list – it’s as versatile and wonderful as Mel herself. So enjoy, and don’t forget to check out her fantastic blog - Melissa's Imaginarium.

Huge thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for the "Dirty Dozen" thing, as it was originally his idea. He did a movie blogfest with that name a while ago, and it was amazing! I hope you don't mind I've used it, Alex :)
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Mel: "When George asked me to do a list of my twelve favorite movies, I was very flattered and excited. Then I was overwhelmed at the sheer size of this task, I have so many, many favorites. However, I managed to narrow the list to films that I have watched innumerable times and that have had a lasting impact on me. Here they are in no particular order, Mel’s Dirty Dozen"
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"This is my absolute favorite, laugh out loud film. Cary Grant has a gift for comedy that transcends. The writing is spectacular, filled with witty dialogue and all manner of humor from the dry to the slapstick. It shaped my love for dark comedy."
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Romeo and Juliet (1968)

"Franco Zeffirelli was an astounding filmmaker who captured the essence of the Bard in this lush, magnificent presentation. From the choices of Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting as the star-crossed lovers to Pasqualino De Santis as cinematographer, Zeffirelli creates the most stunningly epic translation of the tragic love story ever put on film. Every frame is gorgeous, sweeping the viewer straight into 16th century Verona."
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Star Wars: Episode IV
A New Hope
(1977)


"This was the first movie I ever saw on the big screen. To this day Williams’ score sends thrills down my spine. I watch this movie with a child-like enthusiasm that has never faded. It’s a grand majestic tale with ground-breaking F/X for its time, that may seem a bit dated today, but to my eyes it’s still awesome."
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
(2001 - 2003)


"The greatest films ever. I love everything about this trilogy from the writing and acting to the cinematography, to the F/X and the costumes. It’s all brilliant, a sublime visual feast that completely transports you to another world. I had never seen anything like this before and haven’t since."
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Goodfellas (1990)

"My ultimate all time favorite gangster movie. I love the gritty realism, the violence and the raw, rude dialogue. Scorsese’s direction and Nicholas Pileggi’s writing blew me away. This film is why I love mob movies with such a passion."
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Glory (1989)

"One of the greatest war movies ever, in my opinion. The visionary direction, amazing acting and glorious score combine for a haunting tour de force. Freeman and Washington are perfection as disparate former slaves struggling to find their way with each other and in a racist army that does not accept them as real soldiers. I get caught up every time I see this movie, even though I know what happens."
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Mississippi Burning (1988)

"Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe mesmerize as two FBI agents who clash constantly over their investigation into the disappearance of three Civil Rights workers in 1964 Mississippi. Frances McDormand shines as the brow-beaten wife of the local deputy, played to evil perfection by Brad Dourif. Tense with explosive undercurrents throughout, Alan Parker’s film leaves me shaken and disturbed each time I watch it."
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The Howling (1981)

"I absolutely had to include a werewolf movie and this one is my favorite of all time. The transformation scene alone is brilliant. A couple of other flicks, An American Werewolf in London and Dog Soldiers have come close to supplanting this, but not quite. It’s a bit cheesy with a good mystery and has its female characters shockingly not acting like typical horror film bimbos."
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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

"This is one of my favorite Johnny Depp films. Gilbert’s struggle to care for his brother Arnie and his morbidly obese mother while trying to have a life of his own is heart wrenching. Lasse Hallstrom’s direction and Peter Hedge’s screenplay are wonderful. This is a uniquely strange story that could have easily been over the top, but Hallstrom kept it grounded and honest so that we all see ourselves in Gilbert."
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Silkwood (1981)

"Meryl Streep gives an amazing performance as Karen Silkwood. She’s a woman barely keeping her head above water, who rises to the occasion when she sees something wrong at the nuclear plant where she works. Mike Nichols directs this sentimentalized film, downplaying many the less pleasant aspects of Karen’s life, but it is a great story nonetheless."
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300 (2007)


"Zack Snyder wows with the story of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans. The stylized violence and the epic action sequences are mind blowing. Then you have the sheer physical awesomeness of Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Rodrigo Santoro and the rest of the cast. It is simply breathtaking on so many levels."
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Aliens (1986)

"One of James Cameron’s finest. Watching Sigourney Weaver kick alien ass is cool as hell. The action sequences are rapid fire, coming at you like speeding bullets. I feel like ducking and running with the characters. No matter how many times I watch this, the same excitement washes over me and I half expect to be handed my own pulse rifle."
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22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Aliens and LOTR should be in everyone's top movies. You did a Dirty Dozen list, Melissa - cool!

Nebular said...

I'm so honored to have you as a guest writer on my blog, Mel! :) I really am!

Your "Dirty Dozen" is amazing! Three of your picks ("LOTR Trilogy", "300" and "Aliens" are in my "Dirty Dozen" list as well ;) Haven't seen "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Silkwood", but I absolutely love "What's Eating Gilbert Grape", "The Howling", "Glory" and "Goodfellas". I prefer "The Empire Strikes Back" over "New Hope", but the latter is still incredible. Don't remember a thing from "Mississippi Burning". LOL. :)

I expect many, many comments for this wonderful guest post! Thank you, Mel! I'm already looking forward to our next collaboration. :)

Nebular said...

Alex, we were inspired by your "Dirty Dozen". I hope you don't mind :) I just used the idea, didn't steal it :) I agree 100% about "Aliens" and "LOTR", but I would add "300" also ;)

Matty V. said...

Great list Mel!

I must say, you're kinda becoming the Jay Leno of Johnny Carsons Tonight Show with all these guest hosting gigs. They're fantastic and I just pretty much assume everyone realizes you're a vital contributor. So good job Nebular too!

Great list. Some of these I've not seen including "The Howling" and "Silkwood," but I'm ecstatic you including "Goodfellas!" It's one of my favorites as well!

I feel "Glory" is an underrated film, so I'm happy you recognized its greatness. Of course, I expected to see "New Hope," "LOTR," and "300" as they're all terrific.

Also, great choice with "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." Stupendous acting from Depp and DiCaprio!

Maynard Morrissey said...

well, this list definitely rules!

Nebular said...

@Matty, Mel is one the greatest guest writers at blogsphere, isn't she? :)

@Maynard, it rules indeed ;)

Melissa Bradley said...

Thank you so much George, this was such a fun idea and I'm honored to be your first guest post. All the feedback is amazing and cool. I'm glad my choices are ones so many enjoy.

Melissa Bradley said...

@Alex I couldn't agree more about Aliens and LOTR. I'm glad you liked my picks.

@Matt The Jay Leno of guest hosting, LOL I'm glad you like them though. This was a lot of fun and it was hard, too, because there were so many I couldn't include.

@Maynard Thanks! It makes me happy you think my picks rule, too.

Nebular said...

You're welcome, Mel. The feedback is cool, coz the list is cool. :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Aww thanks, my friend. This was an awesome idea and I look forward to another collaboration, perhaps I can get you at the Imaginarium. That would very cool. :)

Nebular said...

Mel, I do too. Oh, that's a great idea! :) I'll be glad to become a part of your Imaginarium :) Did you write a post about this guest appearance over at your blog? :)

Melissa Bradley said...

I posted and retweeted, too. :)And I will be happy to have you as a part of my Imaginarium.

Matty V. said...

Yes she is Nebular!

Nicole✗✗ said...

Ooo fantastic list!! I have several favorites from this list as well! I am definitely thrilled that you put "Goodfellas", "Glory" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." These are amazing films I rarely see anyone mention as favs. I do need to see "Silkwood" though. The cast looks amazing to me, Cher, Kurt Russell and Meryl Streep! What?! That's awesome! Great list!!

Nebular said...

Nicole, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is such an amazing movie - a true classic! Same can be said about "Glory" and "Goodfellas", though I'm not the biggest Scorsese fan. It's a great list, indeed. :)

Melissa Bradley said...

@Nicole Thanks! I'm so happy you liked the films on the list. Silkwood is a great movie and I hope you get a chance to see it soon. Meryl, Cher and Kurt are all awesome in it.

M. Hufstader said...

Excellent list, Melissa! Though I'll have you know, A New Hope is never outdated. Ever. The graphics STILL impress me. In fact, if you compare the original and the prequels, I still think the original does a better job with graphics. They look more real because it's an actual world, with actual characters. The prequels just have a bunch of ugly computer animations and flashing lights to distract you from the awful that is the plot. And Yoda looks much better as a puppet. Not like I'm severely angry at the prequels or anything.

In other news, Goodfellas are always the shit. I fucking love Liotta. He blows me away every time. And 300 is just plain beautiful. As is LOTR. Fuck it, I'll just say great list and be done with it. Though I have yet to see The Howling, so that is officially on my to-see list.

Nebular said...

M. Hufstader, me personally, not a big Star Wars fan, but I agree 100% that the prequels are way less impressive than the old film.

Melissa Bradley said...

@M Hufstader I, too, despise the prequels. I think Lucas lost his mind. You're right to point out that the F/X in Star Wars are actual people in costume and actual set pieces. Miniature modeling for film had never seen the like before.

Glad you're going to check out The Howling, it freaking rocks! I'm happy you liked my list.

Melissa Bradley said...

George, it does my heart good that you fall on the side of Right about the unworthiness of the Star Wars prequels. :)

Dempsey Sanders said...

some damn fine films in that list Mel, The Howling, Missipi Burning are two of my faves. You got taste girl.

Nebular said...

Mel has a great taste indeed ;)