A Cinematic Alphabet

26 letters in the alphabet, 26 movies.

This meme has appeared on various blogs the past few days and I finally had the time to create mine. It was unbelievably challenging to think of movies for some letters (X, Q) and limit my choices for others (D, E, M). In the end, my list is very reflective my personal study of cinema — before, during and since college. My interests in classical Hollywood cinema, experimental cinema, Neorealism, and post 9/11 American independent cinema comes through.

Here it goes.

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The Movies Journalists Like

The November 10 release of Morning Glory is fast approaching.

I have my doubts because the trailer and posters just seem too good to be true. I am a sucker for any movie that has to do with journalism, thanks to my days as a collegiate journalist.

In honor of this movie, which will undoubtedly find a way into my cynical-onetime-journalist’s heart, I’ve compiled a list of the movies all about journalism that journalists like.

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A Binary Day Top 10

Since it is October 10, 2010, I feel inspired to write some sort of top ten list. About what though, I’m wasn’t quite sure at first. I could, as my friend Kim, write about the top ten worst sequels. But that would require me to have seen certain sequels. I even considered writing about movies that have something to do with numbers. Of course, that means I would have to include A Beautiful Mind, a film I detest so that list just was not happening.

Then it dawned on me. This past week, I began going through my first blog posts and editing them. I’ve noticed, among other things, that my writing skills were horrible, my proofreading skills were lacking, and every movie was one of my favorites. I had a severe inability to dislike or critique anything. Today things are different. At least I hope four years of college and a Film Studies degree have noticeably improved the quality of this blog.

In the over five years since I have been a blogger, I have never written a definitive top ten list of my favorite movies. I’ve posted and commented on plenty of other movie lists but never my own. I have my reasons. “Joanna, what are your ten favorite movies?” is a question I hate to answer because it puts me on the spot to think of something creative and insightful. On top of that, my cinematic interests and thus my list is are always changing. What I loved years ago, I could rewatch and hate today. With all of this in mind, here it is. My top ten favorite movies and why I love them.
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Inspiration for a Oenophile

The Winery Tour of NJ has been going wonderfully. We have been to 20 wineries thus far. Later tonight I will post Vol. 4 of the adventure. Until then, I wanted to share this glorious movie list that a friend posted on my Facebook wall – the Top 10 Movies with Wine. Unsurprisingly, the movies featured on the list will probably make you shrug your shoulders and say “Naturally.” (Cough Sideways cough).

They are: The Silence of the Lambs, The Godfather, The Princess Bride, Arsenic and Lace, French Kiss, The Big Sleep, Casablanca, A Walk in the Clouds, Notorious, and Sideways.

Of these ten movies, the only one I have not seen is French Kiss.

I realized as I was reading this list that I have not seen any of these movies (except Silence of the Lambs) in forever. Given the Merlot varieties I have tasted in the past month, I should have at least revisited Sideways for the first time since 2004.

So I have decided to rewatch and watch these 10 movies, playing close attention to most important aspect of the film – the wine.

It is safe to say that my post-college unemployment has gotten to me.

The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

“There is a name for you, ladies, but it isn’t used in high society… outside of a kennel.” –  The Women

I love it when someone proves that they have more time to do things than I ever will. A very dutiful YouTuber has spliced together 10 minutes of glorious movie insults. Do take the time to enjoy this one; it is fantastic.

Which quote is your favorite? I am always partial to Joan Crawford’s ultimate diss from The Women. But no movie line will ever come close to Rhett Butler’s ultimate send-off: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”