100 Things I Love About Movies

I finally decided to give this latest meme a try. Surprisingly, it took me less than a day to compile everything and I could have kept going. Deciding which of my favorite things deserved pictures and videos, however, was another thing entirely. Enjoy.

1. “This Bitter Earth” sequence in Killer of Sheep

2. “I’ve got my head. I’ve lost my leopard.”
3. The bond between Solo and William in Goodbye Solo
4. Katharine Hepburn

5. Maya Deren and Meshes of an Afternoon

6. Monica Vitti in L’Avventura
7. The poster for Vertigo
8. “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.'”
9. The Cannes Film Festival and the Croisette
10. When Laura and Alec say goodbye in Brief Encounter

11. Everything Grace Kelly wears in Rear Window
12. Werner Herzog’s voice
13. When Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson performs the Stair Dance

14. Martin Scorsese’s eyebrows
15. “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday.”
16. Scarlett O’Hara’s stink eye

17. The three repeated shots when Cleo descends the staircase Cleo From 5 to 7

18. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
19. Cary Grant
20. Bollywood dance sequences set to an A.R. Rahman score

21. “I’d hate to take a bite out of you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.”
22. The animated short before a Pixar movie
23. “Smile,” Modern Times, and Charlie Chaplin

24. Marlene Dietrich in Morocco

25. John Waters

26. Atticus Finch
27. Old-fashioned Lemon meringue pie in Million Dollar Baby
28. The poster for Hallelujah

29. When Ginger snaps
30. Carmen Maura and Penelope Cruz is any Almodovar film
31. When the audience cringes before the woman’s eye is sliced in Un Chien Andalou

32. The endless drone of typewriters in All the President’s Men
33. Theatre organs
34. The Star Wars theme music
35. The female solidarity in Stage Door

36. “Don’t call me Shirley.”
37. When Buster Keaton did this:

38. “I am Shiva. The goddess of death!”
39. Betty Hutton lip-syncing in The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

40. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
41. Movie ticket stubs
42. The Mean Girls in Mean Girls

43. Madeline Kahn as “Marlene Dietrich” in Blazing Saddles
44. Any adaptation of Little Women, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre
45. When Ida Lupino sings in Road House

46. Jefferson Smith
47. The 20th Century Fox intro music
48. Edith Head’s sunglasses

49. Morgan Freeman’s narration in March of the Penguins
50. Bernstein’s speech in Citizen Kane

51. Myrna Loy’s prat fall in The Thin Man
52. The airport scenes in Love Actually
53. Helena Bonham Carter’s hair
54. Ossi Oswalda

55. Shohreh Aghdashloo’s voice
56. “Que Sera Sera”

57. “The Circle of Life” in The Lion King
58. The cinematography in Bright Star
59. The unrequited passion between in Cahit and Sibel in Head-On
60. When classic stars find their way into today’s media

61. Melissa Leo in Frozen River
62. Films that can only be seen in 35mm with explicit instructions from the director

Robert Beavers - Pitcher of Colored Light (2007)

63. The shower scene in Psycho

64. The off-kilter world in Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc
65. The hum of a 16mm projector
66. Barn raising dance in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

67. Shahrukh Khan
68. “Why do you want to dance?” “Why do you want to live?
69. Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka
70. “You know how to whistle don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

71. How Fincher and Sorkin made The Social Network too slick for its own good
72. John Wayne framed by the homestead in The Searchers

73. Everything about The Room
74. Peter Gallagher and his eyebrows as a dance instructor in Center Stage (logically)
75. Lloyd Dobler

76. The first 30 minutes of Nashville
77. The endless number of drinking games created from the Twilight saga
78. Dancing in the cafe in Band of Outsiders

79. Radio Raheem
80. Molly Ringwald’s prom dress in Pretty in Pink
81. Muriel and Rhonda perform “Waterloo”

82. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

83. The kiss in The Notebook
84. Pina’s death in Roma, Citta Aperta

85. “We rob banks.”
86. Morse code and the RKO logo
87. Love and hate in The Night of the Hunter
88. Children of Men tracking shot

89. The Emerald City

90. Cher Horowitz

"As if."

91. Christian Berger’s cinematography in The White Ribbon
92. Balthazar

93. Claudette Colbert’s legs and the Walls of Jericho
94. Quidditch in Harry Potter
95. Little seen student films like Synchronic by Merli Guerra

96. Groucho’s mustache, Harpo’s harp, Chico’s accent, and… what does Zeppo do?
97. Great director-cinematographer pairings

Ingmar Bergman and Sven Nykvist

98. “Seems like we always spend the best part of our time just saying goodbye.”
99. How David Strathairn holds a cigarette in Good Night and Good Luck
100. Cinema Paradiso and everything that movie theater represents

There it is. 100 things I love about the cinema. How do you think I did? Comment away!

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