Friday, February 3, 2017

The Great Movies II by Roger Ebert

  •  THE BOOK
    • The Great Movies II by Roger Ebert
    • Published February 14, 2006
    • Other works by author: film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, co-host with Gene Siskel of "At the Movies" and author of several books of film criticism.

  • THE PREMISE
    • A collection of 100 essays on movies that didn't make his first book The Great Movies.
    • The essays are in alphabetical order and the author tells us in his introduction that these aren't a list of the second hundred best movies, just "a" list.
    • These aren't reprints of original reviews; they are original works based on recent viewings of the films.
    • There's a photo included for each entry "curated" by Mary Corliss.
    • The list:
      • 12 Angry Men
      • The Adventures of Robin Hood
      • Alien
      • Amadeus
      • Amarcord
      • Annie Hall
      • Au Hazard, Balthazar
      • The Bank Dick
      • Beat the Devil
      • Being There
      • The Big Heat
      • The Birth of a Nation
      • The Blue Kite
      • Bob le Flambeur
      • Breathless
      • The Bridge on the River Kwai
      • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
      • Buster Keaton
      • Children of Paradise
      • A Christmas Story
      • The Color Purple
      • The Conversation
      • Cries and Whispers
      • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
      • Don’t Look Now
      • The Earrings of Madame de...
      • The Fall of the House of Usher
      • The Fireman’s Ball
      • Five Easy Pieces
      • Goldfinger
      • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
      • Goodfellas
      • The Gospel According to Mathew
      • The Grapes of Wrath
      • Grave of the Fireflies
      • Great Expectations
      • House of Games
      • The Hustler
      • In Cold Blood
      • Jaws
      • Jules and Jim
      • Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy
      • Kind Hearts and Coronets
      • King Kong
      • The Last Laugh
      • Laura
      • Leaving Las Vegas
      • Le Boucher
      • The Leopard
      • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
      • The Manchurian Candidate
      • The Man Who Laughs
      • Mean Streets
      • Mon Oncle
      • Moonstruck
      • The Music Room
      • My Dinner with Andre
      • My Neighbor Totoro
      • Nights of Cabiria
      • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
      • Orpheus
      • Paris, Texas
      • Patton
      • Picnic at Hanging Rock
      • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
      • The Producers
      • Raiders of the Lost Ark
      • Raise the Red Lantern
      • Ran
      • Rashoman
      • Rear Window
      • Rififi
      • The Right Stuff
      • Romeo and Juliet
      • The Rules of the Game
      • Saturday Night Fever
      • Say Anything
      • Scarface
      • The Searchers
      • Shane
      • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
      • Solaris (1972)
      • Strangers on a Train
      • Stroszek
      • A Sunday in the Country
      • Sunrise
      • A Tale of Winter
      • The Thin Man
      • This Is Spinal Tap
      • Tokyo Story
      • Touchez pas Grisbi
      • Touch of Evil
      • The Treasure of Sierra Madre
      • Ugetsu
      • Umberto D
      • Unforgiven
      • Victim
      • Walkabout
      • West Side Story
      • Yankee Doodle Dandy

    • MY THOUGHTS
      • I have seen a total of 30.
      • I recently read that The Great Movies IV came out last September and checked my library for them. Books 2 and 3 were immediately available and book 1 is waiting for me to pick up. I will need to put in a purchase request for book 4. Hence my beginning with book 2.
      • I didn't read every single essay, skipping a handful of films I know I will never watch. I know watching a Fellini film is worthwhile but at this point it's just not gonna happen!
      • I do realize that I haven't seen certain movies that are part of the national consciousness but I am totally fine with that. 
        • Of the ones I haven't seen I would like to see "The Thin Man", "Sunrise", "The Man Who Laughs", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Children of Paradise" and maybe "The Christmas Story".
          • The problem with "The Christmas Story" is that everyone who has seen it adores it and I think I will be let down after all the hype. We'll see.
      • The essay on "The Birth of a Nation" is probably the best one, tackling the technological feats of the film while delving into its ugly racism.
        • Example: In that movie the actors who played African Americans were white actors in blackface and the makeup is very obvious. To modern eyes it seems like a terrible makeup artist worked on the film. Roger Ebert explains that it had to look fake because audiences of the era would never have accepted an actual black actor shown threatening an actual white actress.  
      • The photos aren't captioned so you don't always know who the actors are unless you recognize them yourself.
      • Recommended for movie buffs and fans of the late Roger Ebert. 
      • ★ ★ ★ ★

    1 comment:

    1. 12, including two not seen by you, Being There and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Picture captions are a must. Please read I, III and IV.

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