Part 1 of this self-serving blog entry brought a few comments, though not as many as I would have hoped. Also, I wrote it 2 weeks ago. Hey, not everyone has something to say. Or maybe not many people are reading my stuff. I'm going to lean towards the former and plow ahead with part two. Now where was I?
N is for North By Northwest (1959)
O is for Ordinary People (1980)
I admit that I could think of too many "O" movies. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is certainly great but I'm drawn to the quiet anxiety of Ordinary People. A sad movie about a family trying to get past a couple of tragedies that happened about a year before the movie started, not ending on a completely low note but not very high either. This is also one of the rare times when the movie is on par with the book. Great casting, too, with Mary Tyler Moore playing completely against type as the mother trying desperately to make things normal again. It was also Timothy Hutton's screen debut and Robert Redford's directorial debut. But if it's a "hey look, it's that guy" experience you want, check out the early screen appearances in Cuckoo's Nest.
P is for The Producers (1968)
Q is for...
I can't think of one. Quiz Show was okay, I think. I don't remember. I fell asleep during The Queen. I think I liked Quantum of Solace. Any suggestions?
R is for Raising Arizona (1987)
S is for The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This was the hardest letter to choose a movie from. Serpico (1973), Say Anything (1989), The Shining (1980), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Sixth Sense (1999). All great flicks. But how many movies are there where you can look at a buddy, say "oh man, Shawshank" and you'd both know what you were talking about. This is also one of the flicks TBS plays to death but it's also one where I can pop in at any point any get sucked in. I'm not even sure I've ever seen it on a screen bigger than my TV. I know what you're thinking: you picked Shawshank? Not Spinal Tap? Hold that thought...
T is for This is Spinal Tap (1984)
U is for The Usual Suspects (1995)
V is for Vertigo (1958)
W is for When Harry Met Sally (1989) or West Side Story (1961)
I really couldn't choose a favorite for "W." They're two completely different movies so it's not as if I'm comparing them. But I really could go either way. Wait, it just occurred to me...are these both chick flicks?
X is for American History X (1998)
Y is for Young Frankenstein (1974)
Z is for Zelig (1983)
# is for 12 Angry Men (1957)
So that's the list from A-Z. Sorry it took so long to finish. I'm glad new letters weren't invented while you were waiting.