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Thursday, November 13, 2008

The ABC Challenge or Another Meme to Help Me Get Out of Writing a Proper Post

Since I've been otherwise busy (birth of our son, Kyle; parents in town, etc.), I though I'd get my blogging feet wet with this Alphabet Meme going around. It originated at Blog Cabins and here are the rules:
The Rules 1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet. 2. The letter "A" and the word "The" do not count as the beginning of a film's title, unless the film is simply titled A or The, and I don't know of any films with those titles. 3. Return of the Jedi belongs under "R," not "S" as in Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi. This rule applies to all films in the original Star Wars trilogy; all that followed start with "S." Similarly, Raiders of the Lost Ark belongs under "R," not "I" as in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Conversely, all films in the LOTR series belong under "L" and all films in the Chronicles of Narnia series belong under "C," as that's what those filmmakers called their films from the start. In other words, movies are stuck with the titles their owners gave them at the time of their theatrical release. Use your better judgement to apply the above rule to any series/films not mentioned. 4. Films that start with a number are filed under the first letter of their number's word. 12 Monkeys would be filed under "T." 5. Link back to Blog Cabins in your post so that I can eventually type "alphabet meme" into Google and come up #1, then make a post where I declare that I am the King of Google. 6. If you're selected, you have to then select 5 more people.
Here are mine: Apocalypse Now (1979), dir. Francis Ford Coppola Blue Velvet (1986), dir. David Lynch Conformista, Il (The Conformist) (1970), dir. Bernardo Bertolucci Days of Heaven (1978), dir. Terrence Malick Excalibur (1981), dir. John Boorman Falling Down (1993), dir. Joel Schumacher Godfather Part II, The (1974), dir. Francis Ford Coppola Hud (1963), dir. Martin Ritt Ice Storm, The (1997), dir. Ang Lee Jackie Brown (1997), dir. Quentin Tarantino Kiss Me Deadly (1955), dir. Robert Aldrich Long Goodbye, The (1973), dir. Robert Altman McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), dir. Robert Altman Night Porter, The (1974) dir. Liliana Cavani Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), dir. Sergio Leone Plein Soleil (Purple Noon) (1960), dir. René Clément Quills (2000), dir. Philip Kaufman Right Stuff, The (1983), dir. Philip Kaufman Superman: The Movie (1978), dir. Richard Donner Thief (1981), dir. Michael Mann Ultimo Tango A Parigi (The Last Tango in Paris) (1972), dir. Bernardo Bertolucci Visions of Light (1992), dirs. Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, and Stuart Samuels Walkabout (1971), dir. Nicolas Roeg X-Files: I Want to Believe, The (2008), dir. Chris Carter You Only Live Twice (1967), dir. Lewis Gilbert Zodiac (2007), dir. David Fincher Here are the folks I chose to tag: Campaspe at Self-Styled Siren Dan at ThetaTHX1138 Glenn Kenny at Some Came Running Jeremy Richey at Moon in the Gutter The Monster at Monster Scifi Show Blog


Joel Bocko said...

Congratulations, Tony.

Tony Dayoub said...

Thanks, Movieman0283.

Dean Treadway said...

I liked the inclusion of FALLING DOWN and THE ICE STORM, two of the best (and most 1970s flavored) 90s movies that came out of Hollywood. Can you believe I've still never seen THE CONFORMIST or THE NIGHT PORTER. Gotta, gotta see those. (I'm glad there are still great things for me to see.) But today? THE HUMAN FACTOR, CRISS CROSS, MAN OF THE WEST and a little more writing. BTW, congrats on the baby!

Tony Dayoub said...


Like how I translated the titles for you?

Here's something that may further spur you on in regards to these films. I consider The Conformist to be the best film ever made. And I say that knowing full well I may catch a lot of flak for that one.

Anonymous said...

Anyone interest in Night Porter might also be interested in the following:

Filmografia di Liliana Cavani --