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Here are some random lists we thought were interesting. Some we lifted directly from magazines (credit given when we could remember where they came from), some we had friends compile, and others we made up ourselves. If you have a list you think we'd enjoy send it on over -- maybe we'll post it as well.
1) Total Movie (Maximum Movie Mayhem)
2) Top 10 Cinematic Psychos
3) Ten Great BOO! Moments That Always Get You
4) Ten Scary Movies Not “Officially” Horror
5) Vintage Claret: Great Moments of Gore-Gushing Grandeur
6) Five Defining Moments in Horror FX
7) CinemaScope: Best of the Nineties
8)
The Head Count
9) Santanu Rahman’s - Top 23 Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies
10) 25 Greatest Action Movies ever!
11) Gene Siskel’s Best Of...
12) USA Today’s Top 25 Sports Films Of All Time
13) Oscar Winning Best Actress (1980-1997)
14) Award Winning Documentaries
15) Vanity Fair Presents the 50 Greatest Films of all Time
Total Movie (Maximum Movie Mayhem) (these lists are taken from the great movie magazine)
You can’t watch this... (and the point at which you should excuse yourself and “go to the bathroom”)
10.Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf (113:10)
9. American History X (53:08)
8. Marathon Man (74:15)
7. Resevoir Dogs (52:15)
6. Dead Man Walking (104:11)
5. Deliverance (42:02)
4. A Clockwork Orange (10:45)
3. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (54:50)
2. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (00:01)
1. Sleepless in Seattle (69:54) (“Yes, Sleepless in Seattle is perhaps the most hard-to-watch movie ever”)
(and here are a few films that are consistently disturbing: Eraserhead, Gummo, Happiness, I Spit on Your Grave, Kids, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Top 10 Cinematic Psychos:
1. Francis Begbie (Trainspotting)
2. Norman Bates (Psycho)
3. Frank Booth (Blue Velvet)
4. John Ryder (The Hitcher)
5. Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction)
6. Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas)
7. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
8. John Doe (Se7en)
9. Frank White (King of New York)
10. Max Cady (Cape Fear)
Ten Great BOO! Moments That Always Get You
1. Cat People (1942)
2. The House on Haunted Hill (1958)
3. Psycho (1960)
4. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
5. Jaws (1975)
6. Carrie (1976)
7. Halloween (1978)
8. The Shining (1980)
9. The Silence of the Lambs (1992)
10. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Ten Scary Movies Not “Officially” Horror
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. Repulsion (1965)
3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
4. Deliverance (1972)
5. Jaws (1975)
6. Eraserhead (1977)
7. Alien (1979)
8. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
9. The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
10. Happiness (1998)
Vintage Claret: Great Moments of Gore-Gushing Grandeur
1. Blood Feast (1963)
2. The Exorcist (1973)
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
4. The Omen (1976)
5. Suspira (1977)
6. The Driller Killer (1979)
7. Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
8. Cannibal Ferox (1980)
9. Scanners (1981)
10. Day of The Dead (1985)
Five Defining Moments in Horror FX
1. Dawn of The Dead (exploding head)
2. The Exorcist (projectile vomiting)
3. Friday the 13th (arrow through the neck)
4. An American Werewolf in London (werewolf transformation)
5. The Howling (werewolf transformation)
CinemaScope: Best of the Nineties
CinemaScope is a great magazine dealing primarily with art, international, and independent films. Recently they ranked the top 84 films of the 90’s -- listed here are the top 27 of that list...
1. Breaking the Waves (Int. Misc-Denmark/France) Dir: Lars von Trier
2. Goodfellas (General) Dir: Martin Scorsese
3. Chungking Express (China/Hong Kong) Dir: Wong Kar-wai
4. Safe (General) Dir: Todd Haynes
5. Naked (Britain) Dir: Mike Leigh
6. Flowers of Shanghai (Not Available-Taiwan) Dir: Hou Hsiao-hsien
7. Fargo (General) Dir: Joel Coen
8. Hana-Bi (Japan) Dir: Takeshi Kitano
9. Pulp Fiction (General) Dir: Quentin Tarantino
10. Unforgiven (Western) Dir: Clint Eastwood
11. Dead Man (Western) Dir: Jim Jarmusch
12. L’Eau froid (Not Available-France) Dir: Olivier Assayas
13. The Celebration (Int. Misc-Denmark) Dir: Thomas Vinterberg
14. The Thin Red Line (General) Dir: Terrence Malick
15. Underground (Int. Misc-Yugoslavia) Dir: Emir Kusturica
16. Taste of Cherry (Iran) Dir: Abbas Kiarostami
17. Three Colours: Red (France) Dir: Krystof Kieslowski
18. Crumb (AIF) Dir: Terry Zwigoff
19. Mother and Son (Not Available-Russia) Dir: Alexander Sokurov
20. The Puppetmaster (Not Available-Taiwan) Dir: Hou Hsiao-hsien
21. Through the Olive Trees (Not Available-Iran) Dir: Abbas Kiarostami
22. The Piano (Australia) Dir: Jane Campion
23. Raise the Red Lantern (China) Dir: Zhang Yimou
24. Satantango (Not Available-Hungary) Dir: Bela Tarr
25. Dream of Light (Not Available-Spain) Dir: Victor Erice
26. The Sweet Hereafter (Canada) Dir: Atom Egoyan
27. Three Colours Trilogy (France) Dir: Krysztof Kieslowski
The Head Count
Edith Head (1907-1981) is a legendary American dress and costume designer for Hollywood who was fond of pointing out that she’s been in Hollywood longer than the Academy Award’s. Head was one of the few people who seldom said publicly that being nominated was honor enough.
(Titles with * indicates Oscar win; all others are nominations)
(Numbers denote year of Academy Awards)

1948 - (21st) - The Emperor Waltz (Not Available)
1949 - (22nd) - The Heiress * (Not Available)
1950 - (23rd) - Samson And Delilah* (Not Available)
1950 - (23rd) - All About Eve* (Classic under Davis)
1951 - (24th) - A Place in the Sun (1951)* (Film Noir)
1952 - (25th) - The Greatest Show on Earth (Classic)
1952 - (25th) - Carrie (1952) (Not Available)
1953 - (26th) - Roman Holiday* (Classic)
1954 - (27th) - Sabrina (1954)* (Classic under Bogart)
1955 - (28th) - To Catch a Thief (Hitchcock)
1955 - (28th) - The Rose Tattoo (Classic)
1956 - (29th) - The Ten Commandments (Classic)
1956 - (29th) - The Proud and the Profane (Not Available)
1957 - (30th) - Funny Face (Classic)
1958 - (31st) - The Buccaneer (1958) (Not Available)
1959 - (32nd) - The Five Pennies (Not Available)
1959 - (32nd) - Career (Not Available)
1960 - (33rd) - Pepe (Not Available)
1960 - (33rd) - The Facts of Life* (Not Available)
1961 - (34th) - Pocketful of Miracles (Not Available)
1962 - (35th) - My Geisha (Not Available)
1962 - (35th) - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Western)
1963 - (36th) - A New Kind of Love (Not Available)
1963 - (36th) - Wives and Lovers (Not Available)
1963 - (36th) - Love with the Proper Stranger (General)
1964 - (37th) - What a Way To Go! (Not Available)
1964 - (37th) - A House Is Not a Home (Not Available)
1965 - (38th) - Inside Daisy Clover (Classic)
1965 - (38th) - The Slender Thread (Classic)
1966 - (39th) - The Oscar (Classic)
1969 - (42nd) - Sweet Charity (Not Available)
1970 - (43rd) - Airport (General)
1973 - (46th) - The Sting* (General)
1975 - (48th) - The Man Who Would Be King (General)
1977 - (50th) - Airport ’77 (General)

Santanu Rahman’s - Top 23 Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies
Santanu is a local martial arts fan, instructor and all around good guy - you can trust his judgement.
1. Enter the Dragon (General under Lee)
2. Chinese Connection (General under Lee)
3. Fists of Fury (General under Lee)
4. Return of the Dragon (General under Lee)
5. Game of Death (General under Lee)
6. Drunken Master 2 (China/H.K. under Chan)
7. Tai Chi Master (China/H.K. under Li)
8. Fist Of Legend (China/H.K. under Li)
9. Iron Monkey (China/H.K.)
10. Dragons Forever (China/H.K. under Chan)
11. Dreadnaught (China/H.K.) - This director (Yuien Wo Ping) did the martial arts direction for The Matrix!!
12. Master Killer (China/H.K.)
13. Once Upon a Time In China 2 (China/H.K. under Li)
14. Druken Master (the dubbed one!) (China/H.K. under Chan)
15. Police Story (China/H.K. under Chan)
16. Fong Sai Yuk (China/H.K. under Li)
17. Fong Sai Yuk 2 (China/H.K. under Li)
18. Prodigal Son (China/H.K.)
19. Warriors 2 (China/H.K.)
20. Wing Chun (China/H.K.)
21. Young Master (China/H.K. under Chan)
22. Tai Chi 2 (China/H.K.)
23. Born Invincible (China/H.K.)
Plus 6 titles that we don’t stock - sorry, we’re trying!
Shadow of the Tigers (AKA Duel of the 7 Tigers)
Shaolin Temple
Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon
Knockabout
Odd Couple
7 Grandmasters

25 Greatest Action Movies ever!
(At least according to Cinescape magazine, judging is based upon plenty of chases and fights central to the main story, taking place on modern or near-modern Earth, & embodying the intangible, brawny quality that all action movies have! Enjoy!)
25 - Three Kings (General)
24 - Zulu (Classic)
23 - Point Blank (Film Noir)
22 - 48 Hrs (Comedy)
21 - Face/Off (General)
20 - The Getaway (McQueen!!) (General)
19 - Rio Bravo (Western)
18 - Shaft (Blaxploitation)
17 - The Dirty Dozen (General)
16 - Duel (General)
15 - RoboCop (Sci-Fi)
14 - Enter the Dragon (General under Lee)
13 - The Sea Hawk (Classic)
12 - Braveheart (General)
11 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Western)
10 - The Guns of Navarone (Classic)
9 - The Road Warrior (Sci-Fi)
8 - Hard-Boiled (China/Hong Kong)
7 - Speed (General)
6 - Terminator (Sci-Fi)
5 - Terminator 2 (Sci-Fi)
4 - Goldfinger (General under Bond)
3 - The Wild Bunch (Western)
2 - Die Hard (General)
1 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (General)
 
Gene Siskel’s Best Of...
’98 Babe: A Pig in the City (General)
’97 The Ice Storm (General)
’96 Fargo (General)
’95 Crumb (A.I.F)
’94 Hoop Dreams (A.I.F)
’93 Schindler’s List (General)
’92 One False Move (General)
’91 Hearts of Darkness (General)
’90 Goodfellas (General)
’89 Do the Right Thing (General)
’88 The Last Temptation of Christ (General)
’87 The Last Emperor (General)
’86 Shoah (France)
’85 Ran (Japan)
’84 Once Upon a Time in America (General)
’83 The Right Stuff (General)
’82 Moon Lighting (Britain)
’81 Ragtime (General)
’80 Raging Bull (General)
’79 Hair (General)
’78 Straight Time (General)
’77 Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
’76 All the Presidents Men (General)
’75 Nashville (General)
’74 Day For Night (France)
’73 The Emigrants/New Land (Sweden)
’72 The Godfather (General)
’71 Claire’s Knee (France)
’70 My Night at Mauds (France)
’69 “Z” (France)
USA Today’s Top 25 Sports Films Of All Time (in alphabetical order)
1. 8 Men Out (General) Baseball
2. A League of Their Own (Comedy) Baseball
3. Bad News Bears (Comedy) Baseball
4. Breaking Away (General) Bicycling
5. Brian’s Song (General) Football
6. Bull Durham (General) Baseball
7. Caddyshack (Comedy) Golf
8. Chariots of Fire (British) Running
9. Days of Thunder (General) Nascar
10. Field of Dreams (General) Baseball
11. Hoop Dreams (A.I.F.) Basketball
12. Hoosiers (A.I.F.) Basketball
13. The Hustler (Classics) Pool
14. Jerry McGuire (General) Multi-sports
15. Longest Yard (General) Football
16. Major League (Comedy) Baseball
17. The Natural (General) Baseball
18. North Dallas 40 (General) Football
19. Pride of the Yankees (Classics) Baseball
20. Raging Bull (General) Boxing
21. Rocky (General) Boxing
22. Rudy (General) Football
23. Slap Shot (Comedy) Hockey
24. Tin Cup (Comedy) Golf
25. White Men Can’t Jump (Comedy) Basketball
Don’t forget these other great sports films either
American Flyers, Happy Gilmore, Kingpin, A Sunday in Hell, Welcome to Hell, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Body and Soul, Mr. Baseball…
Oscar Winning Best Actress (1980-2000)
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner’s Daughter (General)
1981 Katherine Hepburn On Golden Pond (General)
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie’s Choice (General)
1983 Shirley Maclaine Terms of Endearment (General)
1984 Sally Field Places In the Heart (General)
1985 Geraldine Page Trip to Bountiful (General)
1986 Marlee Matlin Children of a Lesser God (General)
1987 Cher: Moonstruck (AIF)
1988 Jody Foster: The Accused (General)
1989 Jessica Tandy: Driving Miss Daisy (General)
1990 Kathy Bates: Misery (General)
1991 Jody Foster: Silence of the Lambs (General)
1992 Emma Thompson: Howard’s End (Britain)
1993 Holly Hunter: The Piano (Australia)
1994 Jessica Lange: Blue Sky (General)
1995 Susan Sarandon: Dead Man Walking (General)
1996 Frances McDormand: Fargo (General)
1997 Helen Hunt: As Good As It Gets (Comedy)
1998 Gwenth Paltrow: Shakespeare in Love (General)
1999 Hillary Swank: Boys Don’t Cry (G&L)
2000 Julia Roberts: Erin Brockovich (General)
AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARIES
If you haven’t been able to find the following titles in the Documentary section then you’ll be happy to know that we do have them and that they are all Sundance winning documentaries that can be found in our AIF section.
American Dream
Before Stonewall
Broken Noses
Brothers Keeper
Celluloid Closet
Crumb
Dear America
Fire on the Mountain
Hoop Dreams
Hours and Times
Jupiter’s Wife
Paris is Burning
Roger & Me
Sherman’s March
Theremin
Times of Harvey Milk
Unzipped
When We Were Kings
Wonderland
Vanity Fair Presents the 50 Greatest Films of all Time (plus "Old School")
All About Eve (1950)
Amarcord (1973)
Annie Hall (1977)
Blowup (1966)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Breathless (1960)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Casablanca (1943)
Chinatown (1974)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Conformist (1970)
Die Hard (1988)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Dumbo (1941)
General (1927)
Godfather (1972)
Godfather II (1974)
Goldfinger (1964)
Gold Rush (1925)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Goodfellas (1990)
Graduate (1967)
Grand Illusion (1937)
It Happened One Night (1934)
It's a Gift (1934)
Jaws (1975)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
North by Northwest (1959)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Old School (2003)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Psycho (1960)
Red River (1948)
Reds (1981)
Rome, Open City (1945)
Rules of the Game (1939)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seventh Seal (1957)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Stagecoach (1939)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Toy Story (1995)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Wizard of Oz (1939)
Women (1939)
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