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Roger J. Wendell
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Movies
(Including documentaries, clips, and propaganda pieces!)
Like most everybody else I love movies and had probably seen nearly a thousand of 'em by the time I decided to create this page in my late 40s (mid 2000s). So, although the page will never be able to reflect my entire movie going experience it should provide a glimpse of what I enjoy and what I don't - maybe helping you decide if your tastes are similar to mine? 1,000 Movies may sound like a lot but just think of all the flicks you've seen at school, on airplanes, or just on trips to the local theatre or even on Friday night television - not to mention all of the sequels, remakes, digitized and "colorized" versions that have come out. Anyway, for this page I was able, pretty quickly, to recall almost a third of the movies that I've seen so far...

 

 

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Oh, another point; I've revisited (watched 'em again) many of the older movies on this list and found some I still like while others seem simple or outdated. Nevertheless, I've kept true to my original ratings for all these movies, in their day, since at that time they struck me the way they did for a variety of reasons. Contemporary culture at the time, the political environment, or maybe a new technique or effect that had never been used before were all reasons why enjoyed many of these selections so much. And, of course, my own age and maturity at the time had a lot of influence on me as well... Anyway, you get the idea - we all have tastes that develop over time for a variety of reasons - I hope you enjoy reminiscing about some of your old favorites as much as I do!

- Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado

 

Quality Rating Roger rates 'em:

[My All Time Favorites: (1) Apocalypse Now, (2) 2001: A Space Odyssey, (3) Contact, (4) Jerimiah Johnson, (5) Das Boot, (6) Easy Rider]

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  1. 12 Angry Men (1957) - a classic!
  2. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  3. 127 Hours (1957) - Gruesome!
  4. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - I saw it when it first came out while I was in Junior High and was in complete awe!
  6. 2016: Obama's America (2012)
  7. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  8. 33, The (2015)
  9. 50/50 (2011)
  10. 5,000 Fingers of Dr. Terwilliker, The (1953) - I watched it in 1962 and 2014
  11. About Time (2013)
  12. Act of Valor (2012) - Excellent!
  13. Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
  14. Affluenza (1997) - the Epidemic of Overconsumption
  15. Age of Stupid, The (2009)
  16. Airplane (1970)
  17. Airport (1980)
  18. Alamo, The (2004) - A good look at Texas history
  19. Alive: The Miracle of the Andes (1993)
  20. Alien (1979) - The first one was best!
  21. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) - better than I thought it would be!
  22. Alone Across Australia (2003) - Filmed by Jon Muir himself!
  23. Altered States (1980)
  24. Alexander Revisited (2004)
  25. Apocolypse Now (1979) - My favorite!
  26. American Experience: Earth Days (2009)
  27. American Beauty (1999)
  28. American Graffiti (1973)
  29. American Sniper (2014)
  30. Amistad (1997)
  31. Andromeda Strain, The (1971)
  32. Animal House (1978)
  33. Anna and the King (1999)
  34. Annie Hall (1977)
  35. Anthropoid (2016)
  36. Apocalypse Now (1979) - My most favoirt movie!
  37. Apocalypto (2006) - brutal but excellent!
  38. Apollo 13 (1995)
  39. Argo (2012)
  40. Armadillo (2010)
  41. Around Cape Horn (1929) - Captain Irving Johnson
  42. Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
  43. Arrival, The (1996)
  44. Artificial Intelligence: A.I (2001)
  45. Atlas Shrugged: Part 11 (2012)
  46. Attack the Block (2011) - not great but different!
  47. Australia (2008)
  48. Avatar (2009) - Beautiful!
  49. Back to the Future (1985)
  50. Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000) - yes, I enjoyed it!
  51. Battle of the Bulge (1965)
  52. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
  53. Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
  54. Becoming Human Part 2: Homo Sapiens: The Birth of Humanity [NOVA Documentary] (2011)
  55. Beetle Juice (1988)
  56. Ben-Hur (1959)
  57. Bernie (2011)
  58. Best in Show (2000)
  59. Beyond the Edge 2013
  60. Big Chill, The (1983)
  61. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
  62. Birds, The (1963)
  63. Biutiful (2010)
  64. Black Book (2006)
  65. Blade Runner (1982)
  66. Blair Witch Project, The (1999)
  67. Blazzing Saddles (1974) - I was 17 and it seemed very funny at the time!
  68. Bliss (2007)
  69. Blues Brothers (1980)
  70. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  71. Book of Eli, The (2010)
  72. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  73. Bowling for Columbine (2002) - Sad, funny and poignant...
  74. Boy and His Dog, A (1975)
  75. Boyhood (2014)
  76. Boys From Brazil, The (1978)
  77. Braveheart (1995)
  78. Breakdown (1997)
  79. Breaking Away (1979)
  80. Bridge of Spies (2015)
  81. Bridge over the River Kwai, The (1957)
  82. Bug's Life, A (1998)
  83. Buddy Holly Story, The (1978) - interesting, but poor acting.
  84. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
  85. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  86. Butterflies Are Free (1972)
  87. Caddyshack (1980)
  88. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
  89. Casablanca (1942) - old but interesting
  90. Cat Ballou (1965)
  91. Camp Leatherneck - National Geographic (2010)
  92. Casino (1995) - Excellent!
  93. Catch 22 (1970) - the book was also fantastic!
  94. Catch Me if You Can (2002)
  95. Capote (2005) - an interesting look at In Cold Blood
  96. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - Depp was great!
  97. Chasing Ice (2012)
  98. Che: Part One (2008)
  99. Che: Part Two (2008) - Seemed less historical than part one...
  100. Chicken Run (2000)
  101. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  102. City of Joy (1992)
  103. Civil War, The (1990)
  104. Clerks (1994) - weird and lude but very intertaining!
  105. Clerks II (2006) - starts out slow but is still weird, lude and intertaining!
  106. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  107. Cloud Atlas (2012) - complex
  108. Conspirator, The (2010) - a bit slow but good history
  109. Contact (1997) - A fantastic film with the exception of a very unnecessary sex scene...
  110. Conviction (2010)
  111. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  112. Cosmos (1980)
  113. Countdown to ZERØ - scary stuff!
  114. Cove, The (2009)
  115. Cowboys, The (1972) - excellent!
  116. Craigslist Joe (2012)
  117. Crash (2004) - pushing the boundries of diversity...
  118. Crazy Sexy Cancer (2007)
  119. Crimson Tide (1995)
  120. Cry in the Dark (1988) middle is a bit long and slow...
  121. DamNation (2014)
  122. Dances with Wolves (1990)
  123. Das Boot (1981)
  124. Dave (1993)
  125. Day Without a Mexican, A (2004) - Humerous and informative
  126. Dead Man Walking (1995)
  127. Dead Poets Society (1989) - Excellent!
  128. Deadpool (2016)
  129. Deer Hunter, The (1978)
  130. Defiance (2008)
  131. Deliverance (1972) - Excellent in its day!
  132. Departed, The (2006) - Complex and bloody
  133. Die Hard (1988)
  134. Dirty Dozen (1967) - a classic!
  135. Dirty Harry (1971)
  136. Dish, The (2000)
  137. District 9 (2009) - Hokey but different!
  138. Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The - Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (2007)
  139. Django Unchained (2012)
  140. Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
  141. Downfall (2004) - Der Untergang - Excellent bit of Hitler history...
  142. Dreamkeeper (2003) - I was fascinated with the Coyotoe and Spider scene
  143. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  144. Dune (1984) - the book was better...
  145. Earthlings (2005)
  146. Easy Rider (1969) - an absolute clasic!
  147. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  148. Edward Abbey: A Voice in the Wilderness (1983)
  149. Eiger Sanction (1975)
  150. Elephant Man (1980)
  151. Endurance, The Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expediton (2000)
  152. Enduring Love (2004)
  153. Enemy Below (1957) - well done despite it's age
  154. Erin Brockovich (2000)
  155. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  156. Europe | First Peoples - PBS NOVA (2015)
  157. Everest (2015) - Excellent!
  158. Evolve: Eyes, Sex, Size, Skin, Flight, Communication, Guts, Venom, Speed, Jaws, Shape History (2008)
  159. Ex Machina (2012)
  160. Exorcist, The (1973) - Shocking in it's day!
  161. Fahrenheit 911 (2004) - My mom saw this on opening day, 06/25/04, and she loved it too!
  162. Fail-Safe (1964)
  163. Falcon and the Snowman, The (1985)
  164. Falling Down (1993)
  165. Family Man, The (2000)
  166. Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
  167. Fargo (1999)
  168. Fast Runner (2001) - Good look at life up north
  169. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010) - surprisingly moving!
  170. Fearless (1993)
  171. Fences (2016)
  172. Field of Dreams (1989)
  173. Fifth Element, The
  174. Fight Club (1999) - Bizzare but good!
  175. Fisher King, The (1991)
  176. Fistful of Dollars, A (1964) - Per un pugno di dollari
  177. Flags of our Fathers (2006) - excellent!
  178. Flesh Eaters, The (1964) - Saw it at the Q-Twin drive-in with Franny our sitter!
  179. Flight (2012) - fantastic upside down flying!
  180. Flight of the Phoenix, The (1965)
  181. Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)
  182. Food, Inc. (2008)
  183. Forbidden Planet 1956 - Krell steel!
  184. Forest Gump (1994)
  185. Forks Over Knives (2011)
  186. Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)
  187. Frankenstein (1931)
  188. Friday the 13th (1980)
  189. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  190. Full Monty, The (1997)
  191. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A (1966)
  192. Galaxy Quest (1999)
  193. Gallipoli (1981)
  194. Gandhi (1982)
  195. Garbage Warrior (2007)
  196. Gasland (2010)
  197. Get the Gringo (2012)
  198. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
  199. Gettysburg (1993) - Excellent!
  200. Ghost (1990)
  201. Ghost Busters (1984)
  202. Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, The (2009)
  203. Gladiator (2000)
  204. Glengarry GlenRoss (1992)
  205. Glory (1989)
  206. Godfather (1972)
  207. Golden Compass, The (2007)
  208. Goldmember, Austin Powers in (2002)
  209. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  210. GoodFellas (1990) - A gory look at the mob
  211. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  212. Good Shepherd, the (2006)
  213. Good, the Bad, the Ugly (1966) - a classic!
  214. Good Will Hunting (1997) - Click Here for Will's NSA Speech...
  215. Graduate, The (1967)
  216. Grand Budapest Hotel, The (2014)
  217. Grapes of Wrath, The (1940)
  218. Gravity (2013) - Excellent!
  219. Great Escape, The (1963)
  220. Green Mile, The (1999)
  221. Grey, The (2012)
  222. Grizzly Man (2005) - an interesting look at a very disturbed "naturalist"
  223. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
  224. Groundhog Day (1993)
  225. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  226. Hanna (2011)
  227. Hang 'em High (1968)
  228. Hard Candy (2005) - Disturbing and uncomfortable to watch but worth it!
  229. Harold and Maude (1971)
  230. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  231. Hellboy (2004)
  232. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
  233. Help! (1965)
  234. High Plains Drifter (1973)
  235. Hidalgo (2004)
  236. Hitchcock (2012)
  237. Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  238. How Does Childhood Differ Between Traditional Societies and Modern Societies? (2011) - National Academy of Sciences and Jared Diamond
  239. How the West Was Won (1962)
  240. Hud (1963)
  241. Hunt For Red October, The (1990)
  242. Hurt Locker, The (2008)
  243. Ice Age (2002)
  244. If A Tree Falls - A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)
  245. If I Had Wings (2013)
  246. I Like Killing Flies (2004)
  247. Inception (2010)
  248. Inconvenient Truth, An (2006) - It's time to take action!
  249. Independence Day (1996)
  250. India in Motion (2008) 63 Interactive Theatre, Agra, india
  251. In the Name of the Father (1993)
  252. In Bruges (2008)
  253. In Time (2011) - some plot holes though...
  254. Into the Wild (2007) - not enough wilderness scenes though...
  255. I Origins (2014)
  256. Iron Lady, The (2011)
  257. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  258. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  259. Jaws (1975)
  260. J. Edgar (2011)
  261. Jeremiah Johnson (1972) - a wonderful classic!
  262. Jersey Boys (2014)
  263. Jesus Camp (2006) - scary but interesting!
  264. Jack Reacher (2012)
  265. Jobs (2013) - however, they left too much out...
  266. John Adams (2008)
  267. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
  268. Jumper (2008) - poor acting but interesting concept!
  269. Judge, The (2014)
  270. Jurassic Park (1993)
  271. Jurassic Park, The Lost World: (1997)
  272. K*19 The Widow Maker (2002) - Reliving the Cold War era...
  273. K2: The Ultimate High (1992) - A great climbing movie!
  1. K-PAX (2001) - "Every being in the universe knows right from wrong"
  2. Karate Kid (1984)
  3. Kick Ass (2010) - the 11 year old girl has my vote!
  4. Kelly's Heroes (1970)
  5. Kingdom of Heaven (2005) - Excellent!
  6. King's Speech, The (2010)
  7. Knowing (2009) - could have been better though...
  8. Kon-Tiki (1950)
  9. Kundun (1997) - Tibet
  10. La La Land (2016)
  11. Land of Mine (2015)
  12. Last Detail, The (1973)
  13. Last of His Tribe, The (1992) - sad...
  14. Last Man on the Moon, The (2014) - some good history!
  15. Last Samurai (2003)
  16. Last Temptation of Christ, The (1988) - Although a bit long it's an interesting twist on an old story...
  17. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  18. Layer Cake (2004)
  19. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
  20. Life, Above All (2010)
  21. Life as a House (2001)
  22. Life of Brian (1979)
  23. Life of David Gale, The (2003)
  24. Lincoln (2012)
  25. Lincoln Lawyer, The (2011)
  26. Lion (2016)
  27. Lion in the House, A (2006)
  28. Little Big Man (1970)
  29. Little Buddha (1993)
  30. Lives of Others, The - Das Leben der Anderen (2007)
  31. Logan's Run (1976)
  32. Lonesome Dove (1989)
  33. Lone Survivor (2013 - Intense/Excellent!
  34. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
  35. Look Who's Back (2015)
  36. Lorax, The (2012)
  37. Lord of the Flies (1963)
  38. Lord of War (2005)
  39. Love Bug (1968) - Okay, I was very young back then!
  40. Madame Curie (1943)
  41. Mad Max (1979)
  42. Mad Max 2 (1981)
  43. Magdalene Sisters, The (2002)
  44. Magic of Belle Isle, The (2012)
  45. Magnificent Seven, The (1960)
  46. Magnolia (1999) - a bit strange...
  47. Malcolm X (1992) - slow start but good history
  48. Malpelo Island DXpedition - HKØNA (2012)
  49. MacArthur (1977)
  50. Man Called Ove, A (2015)
  51. Man Called Horse, A (1970)
  52. Man Called Ove, A (2015)
  53. Marathon Man (1976)
  54. March of the Penguins (2005) - Marche de l'empereur
  55. M*A*S*H (1970) - yet another classic!
  56. Mask, The (1994) - flawed but entertaining!
  57. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) - Superb!
  58. Matrix, The (1999) - Well done
  59. Martian, The (2015)
  60. McLibel (2005) - Big business takes on free speech
  61. Meaning of Life, The (1983)
  62. Mechanic, The (1972)
  63. Medicine Man (1992)
  64. Memento (2000)
  65. Michael (1996)
  66. Michael Clayton (2007)
  67. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  68. Midnight Express (1978)
  69. Midway (1976) - Excellent bit of history!
  70. Milk (2008) [we lived near there in '78...]
  71. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  72. Miracle Worker, The (1962)
  73. Mission to Mars (2000)
  74. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  75. Monumental David Brower's Fight for Wild America (2004)
  76. Monster (2003) - about serial killer Aileen Wuornos
  77. Moon 2009
  78. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  79. Mosquito Coast (1986)
  80. Motorcycle Diaries (2004) - Diarios de motocicleta - (A look at the murderer's earlier life)
  81. Murder Ball (2005) - Gives you a lot to think about!
  82. My Family, Mi Familia (1995)
  83. My Side of the Mountain (1969) - not as good as the book though...
  84. Mystic Pizza (1988)
  85. Naked Prey, The (1965)
  86. Nanook of the North (1922) - a bit staged but very interesting/historical
  87. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
  88. Natural Born Killers (1994) - I just liked it!
  89. Never Cry Wolf (1983)
  90. New Territory - Carlos Mencia (2011)
  91. Next Three Days, The - Very Suspenseful (2010)
  92. Noah (2014) - a little strange at times...
  93. No Country for Old Men 2007) - Gory but darn interesting!
  94. No Impact Man (2009)
  95. Non-Stop (2014)
  96. Norma Rae (1979)
  97. North Face (2008) [Nordwand original title]
  98. November Man (2014)
  99. Occupy Unmasked (2012)
  100. Office Space (1999) - We've all been there...
  101. Of Gods and Men (2010)
  102. Of Mice and Men (1992)
  103. Oh, God! (1977)
  104. Omega Man, The (1971)
  105. On Any Sunday (1971)
  106. Once (2006)
  107. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - C'era una volta il West
  108. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  109. One, the Movie (2005) - (Okay, I got to Interview the filmmaker!)
  110. Only The Essential - A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail (2014)
  111. On the Beach (1959)
  112. Open Range (2003)
  113. Open Water 2003
  114. Origin of Life, Arrival David Attenborough (BBC Documentary)
  115. Origins: How Life Began Neil deGrasse Tyson (PBS Documentary, 2004)
  116. Orphanage, The (2007) El orfanato
  117. Osama (2003) - a good look at Taliban cruetly.
  118. Outland (1981)
  119. Outlaw Josey Wales, The (1976)
  120. Paint Your Wagon (1969)
  121. Pandorum (2009) - Not well done but an interesting concept
  122. Paper Moon (1973) - An excellent classic!
  123. Papillon (1973)
  124. Particle Fever (2013) - Fantastic!
  125. Pathfinder (2007) - an intriguing idea
  126. Peaceful Warrior (2006)
  127. Perfect Storm, The (2000) - We saw it while staying at the beach!
  128. Peter Pan (2003) - I saw this version of the old clasic while on a flight to Tokyo and loved it, especially the "devilish" little Tinker Bell character!
  129. Pink Floyd the Wall (1982)
  130. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - fun!
  131. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
  132. Planet Earth 100 Million Years In The Future - What will happen to our world? (2014)
  133. Planet of the Apemen Battle for Earth 1 of 2 Homo Erectus (2011) - BBC
  134. Planet of the Apemen Battle for Earth 2 of 2 Neanderthal (20122 - BBC
  135. Planet of the Apes (1968) - It was great when it first came out!
  136. Platoon (1986) - War is Hell...
  137. Play Misty for Me (1971)
  138. Poisoning Paradise (2016)
  139. Poseidon Adventure, The (1972)
  140. Postman, The (1997)
  141. Powder (1995)
  142. Predator (1987)
  143. Predestination (2015)
  144. Primal Fear (1986)
  145. Producers, The (1968) - Also saw the play while in London
  146. Prometheus (2012)
  147. Psycho (1960)
  148. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  149. Quest for Fire (1981)
  150. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) - Excellent behind-the-scenes stuff on the DVD as well!
  151. Radical Reels - films from the 37th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival (2013)
  152. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  153. Rain Man (1988)
  154. Recruit, The (2003)
  155. Red Planet (2000) - AMEE was sure interesting!
  156. Religulous (2008)
  157. Rendition (2007)
  158. Rescue Dawn (2007) - slow in some parts...
  159. Restrepo (2010)
  160. Resurrection (1980)
  161. Revenant, The (2015) - Intense!
  162. Rio Grande (1950)
  163. River Runs Through It, A (1992)
  164. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
  165. Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975)
  166. Rollerball (1975)
  167. Romance of Radium (1937)
  168. Run Lola Run (1998) - I'll be buying the DVD!!
  169. Sackets, The (1979)
  170. Sand Pebbles (1966)
  171. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  172. School of Rock, The (2003) - fun!
  173. Schindler's List (1993)
  174. Sea Inside, The (2004) (Mar adentro) - Interesting euthanasia question...
  175. Sessions, The (2012) - surprisingly moving!
  176. Seeparation, A (2011)
  177. Sense of an Ending, TheA (2017)
  178. Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, The (2007)
  179. Seven Years in Tibet (1997) - I was able to visit the town of Uspallata, in Argentina, where Brad Pitt was filmed for this one!
  180. Shaun of the Dead (2004) - British humor at its best!
  181. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
  182. Shinning, The (1980)
  183. Showgun (1980)
  184. Sicko (2007) - Fun, Sad and Amazing!
  185. Silence (2016)
  186. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  187. Sixth Sense, The (1999)
  188. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) - fun but also sad...
  189. Sleepers (1996)
  190. Smoke Signals (1998) - an excellent Native American film!
  191. Social Network (2010)
  192. Sound of Music (1965)
  193. South Pacific (1958)
  194. Soylent Green (1973)
  195. Spartacus (1960)
  196. Spy Who Shagged Me, The (1999)
  197. Stand by Me (1986)
  198. Starman (1984) - I loved it!
  199. Star Wars (1977, 1980, 1983) - The first two or three were great!
  200. Sting, The (1973)
  201. Supersize Me (2004) - A good warning for all of us
  202. Suspect Zero (2004)
  203. Syriana (2005) - Good but complex
  204. Taken (2008)
  205. Temple Grandin (2010)
  206. Ten Commandments, The (1956)
  207. Terminator, The (1984)
  208. Texas Chainsaw Masacre (1974) - I saw it when it first came out and loved it!
  209. Thelma & Louise (1991) - great!
  210. Theory of Everything, The (2014)
  211. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  212. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
  213. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) - Excellent!
  214. THX 1138 (1971)
  215. Thing, The (1982)
  216. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
  217. Time Machine, The (1960
  218. Time Riders (1991)
  219. Titanic (1997)
  220. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  221. Touching the Void (2003) - A realistic climbing movie
  222. Town Like Alice, A (1956)
  223. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
  224. Toy Story (1995)
  225. Trading Places (1983)
  226. Traffic (2000)
  227. Trainspotting (1996)
  228. Transcendence (2014)
  229. Trashed (2007)
  230. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
  231. Tremors (1990)
  232. True Grit (1969)
  233. True Grit (2010)
  234. Tsunami: Caught on Camera - tragic
  235. Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
  236. Twelve Monkeys (1995) - releasing the germ...
  237. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Dos mulas para la hermana Sara
  238. U 571 (2000)
  239. Unbroken (2014)
  240. Unfaithful (2002)
  241. Universe: Journey from Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos (2006)
  242. Unsinkable Molly Brown, The (1964)
  243. U.S. vs. John Lennon, The (2006)
  244. Valdez Is Coming (1971)
  245. Valkyrie (2008) - interesting historical detail
  246. Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
  247. Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago (2005) - some songs not so good...
  248. Vincent Van Gogh: A Stroke of Genius - (1997) Biography Channel
  249. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)
  250. Walk Among the Tombstones, A (2014)
  251. WarGames (1983) - dated but good
  252. War of the Worlds (1953) - The 2005 version was not very good...
  253. Warriors, The (1979)
  254. Water (2005)
  255. Weather Underground (2002)
  256. We Were Soldiers (2002)
  257. Whale Rider (2002)
  258. What is Space? - The Fabric of the Cosmos NOVA (2011)
  259. When Neanderthals and Modern Humans Met - Human evolution from 60,000 - 30,000 years ago (2015)
  260. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  261. Who Killed America's Biggest Gadget? (2012)
  262. Wild Horse Wild Ride (2011)
  263. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  264. Witch, The: A New-England Folktale (2015)
  265. Wizard of Oz (1939) - I've seen it dozens of times!
  266. Wolf of Wall Street, The (2013)
  267. Woodsman, The (2004) - Intense
  268. Worlds Toughest Fixes: Nuclear Turbine (2008) - Nation Geographic
  269. Yellow Submarine (1968)
  270. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  271. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) cute!
  272. Zombieland (2009)
  273. Zookeper's Wife, The (2017)
  274. Zulu (1964)
  275. Zulu Dawn (1979)

 

Popcorn Note: There are a lot of bad movies out there. And, unfortunately, I've probably seen a "ton" of 'em. However, because I'm so impatient I usually don't sit through an entire movie if I'm not enjoying it. So, to be fare, I only list films that I've seen in their entirety in this column - hoping to build-up courage to revisit the really bad ones toward the bottom of this column (see Unfinished Business, further down...)...

Anyway, here are the bad movies I was able to sit through (well, maybe I was able to sit through most of them...):

Thumbs Down No! - Roger Retches Thumbs Down No! - Roger Retches
  1. Adjustment Bureau, The (2011)
  2. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  3. Alien Hunter (2003) - Poorly executed
  4. Alien: Resurrection (1997) - However, the first two were great!
  5. Are You Scared? (2006)
  6. Black Snake Moan (2007)
  7. Beginners (2010)
  8. Bourne Supremacy, The (2004)
  9. Bruce Almighty (2003)
  10. Bullitt (1968)
  11. Butterfly Effect (2004) - Horrible, disjointed plot contstruction. However, the idea of going back in time, to correct present problems, has a certain appeal...
  12. Cloverfield (2008)
  13. Citizen Kaen (1941)
  14. Cliffhanger (1993) - Horrible portrayal of rock climbing!
  15. Constant Gardender (2005) - long and difficult to follow
  16. Darkest Hours, The (2011)
  17. Day the Earth Stood Still, The (2008) - 50's version was slightly better...
  18. Decendents, The (2011)
  19. Deep Impact (1998)
  20. Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going (1995)
  21. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  22. English Patient, The (1992)
  23. Evan Almighty (2007)
  24. Everything Must Go (2010)
  25. Exiles, The (1961) the 2008 remake didn't help it
  26. Exporting Raymond (2010)
  27. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
  28. Faces of Death (1980) - very overblown in its day...
  29. Finding Forrester (2000)
  30. Frozen (2010) - interesting concept though...
  31. Get Out (2017)
  32. Happening, The (2008) - acting can't get much worse than this one!
  33. Heaven is for Real (2014) - poorly done
  34. I am Legend (2007) - Will Smith's character was an idiot...
  35. Ice Harvest (2005) - Shooting into the steamer trunk was interesting though!
  36. Juno (2007) - highly overrated...
  37. Kilimanjaro: To The Roof of Africa IMAX (2003) - I enjoyed the real thing much better!
  38. Kill Bill - Two bloody, severed thumbs down for being a childish action flick with little meaning
  39. King of California (2007)
  40. Ledge, The (2011
  41. Hotel Rwanda (2004) - A poor job at covering a very sad chapter in Human history...
  42. Last of the Mohicans, The (1992)
  43. Life of Brian (1979) - Not nearly as good as all the other Monty Python stuff!
  44. Lockout (2012) - should have been a lot better...
  45. Matrix Reloaded (2003) - I'll be writing them to ask for a refund and to suggest they hire my 8 year old niece to create a better story for them...)
  1. Meet Dave (2008)
  2. Millennium (1989) - Ladd and Kristofferson at their worst!
  3. Misery (1990)
  4. Mist, The (2007) - Hokey but with interesting bug parts - bad ending though...
  5. Mimic (1997)
  6. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  7. Munich (2005) - A long and poorly done propoganda film
  8. Mystic River (2003) - Good story but a very disappointing ending by Sean Penn's character
  9. Now is Good (2012)
  10. Open Range (2003)
  11. Open Water 2: Adrift (2006) - not as good as the first one...
  12. Passion of the Christ (2004) - Just another religious cult film
  13. Pathfinder, The (1996) - poor acting and poorly executed
  14. Pi (1998)
  15. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
  16. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  17. Point Break (1991)
  18. Premonition (2007)
  19. Road, The (2009)
  20. RoboCop (2014)
  21. Rock, The (1996)
  22. Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The (1976)
  23. Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (2015)
  24. Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (2013)
  25. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) - good music though...
  26. Shame (2011)
  27. Shutter Island (2010) - Unfortunately requires two viewings...
  28. Sorority Row (2009)
  29. Species (1995) - poorly done
  30. Speed (1994)
  31. Spies Like Us (1985) - poorly done in almost every regard!
  32. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  33. Terminal, The (2004) - Tom Hanks wasted his time on this one...
  34. Things to Do (2006) - a glorification of childishness
  35. Top Gun (1986)
  36. Trans-Siberian Express (2008) - too boring to watch to the end...
  37. Twister (1996)
  38. War of the Worlds (2005) - I liked the 1953 version better...
  39. We're the Millers (2013)
  40. What Lies Beneath (2000) - Tami thought it was manipulative!
  41. What the Bleep do we Know? (2004) - A childlike interpretation of physics and spirituality - a huge disservice to thoughtful inquiry and scientific thinking. What a shame that such a wonderful theme could be so thoroughly trashed. But, I'll have to admit, I'm one of the movie's few critics - most everyone else seemd to enjoy it - that's the world for you - it's all a matter of opinion!
  42. Wonderwall (1968)
  43. World War Z (2013)

 

Popcorn Undecided

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Maybe? - Some parts good, some parts bad... Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Maybe? - Some parts good, some parts bad...
  1. 10,000 B.C.
  2. 1408 (2007)
  3. 2010: Odyssey Two (1984) - Not nearly as good as the original 2001...
  4. 28 Days Later (2002) - good idea, poor execution
  5. 300 (2006)
  6. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
  7. African Queen, The (1951)
  8. Air Force One (1997)
  9. Alabama Moon (2009) - a cute idea poorly executed
  10. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  11. Apostle, The (1997)
  12. Armageddon (1998)
  13. Arrival (2016>
  14. Astronaut's Wife, The (1999)
  15. Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (2011)
  16. Baby Mammoth (2008) - Extinction Was Just the Beginning...
  17. Bambi (1942)
  18. Beaver, The (2011)
  19. Ben-Hur (1959)
  20. Bereft (2004 - not sure of date...) - bizarre...
  21. Big Lebowski, The (1998) - could have been much better
  22. Big Trouble silly but funny at times
  23. Blood Diamond (2006) - sad story
  24. Borat (2006)
  25. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)
  26. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
  27. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  28. Bruno (2009)
  29. Bucket List, The (2007)
  30. Caligula (1979)
  31. Casino Royale (2006) - the usual 007 stuff...
  32. Cast Away (2000)
  33. Charly 1968 (From the book Flowers for Algernon)
  34. Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
  35. Cinderella Liberty (1973)
  36. Clearing, The (2004)
  37. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
  38. Colony, The "Colonia" (2015)
  39. Contagion(2011)
  40. Cowboys and Aliens (2011)
  41. Coyote Waits (2003)
  42. Da Vinci Code, The (2006) - interesting idea but boring presentation
  43. Darjeeling Limited, The (2007) - I'm always interested in anything about India
  44. Dark Wind (1991)
  45. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
  46. Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951) - interesting and historical but not well done
  47. Descent, The (2005)
  48. Death Wish (1974)
  49. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
  50. Dogma (1999)
  51. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
  52. Dune (1984)
  53. Elysium (2013)
  54. Employee of the Month (2006)
  55. Enlighten Up (2008) - should have been better
  56. Evita (1996) - Historical but not enough detail!
  57. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  58. Final Cut (2004) - Interesting memory idea but very poor plot
  59. Final Destination (2000)
  60. Forest Gump (1994)
  61. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
  62. Ghost Busters II (1989)
  63. Ghost and the Darkness, The (1996)
  64. Gladiator (2000)
  65. God Who Wasn't There, The (2005) - a good theme but poorly executed...
  66. GoldenEye (1995) (Another 007 flick)
  67. Gone Girl (2014)
  68. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
  69. Greatest Movie Ever Sold, The (2011)
  70. Gunner Palace (2004) - Not even close to Apocolypse now...
  71. Gunga Din (1939)
  72. Hancock (2008)
  73. Hangover, The (2009)
  74. Horses: The Story of Equus: IMAX (2002)
  75. Hunger Games, The (2012) - An interesting idea badly written and poorly executed
  76. I am Number Four (2011)
  77. Identity (2003)
  78. Idiocracy (2006)
  79. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
  80. Immitation Game, The (2014)
  81. Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story (1992) Mr. X??
  82. Incredibles, The (2004)
  83. Inglourious Bastards (2009)
  84. Intersellar (2014)
  85. Into Great Silence (2005)
  86. Into the Abyss (2011) - An anti death penalty propoganda piece
  87. I, Robot (2004)
  88. Island in the Sky (1953)
  89. James Bond 007 Casino Royale (2006)
  90. Jerk, The (1979)
  91. Kangaroo Jack (2003)
  92. Key Largo (1948)
  93. Kite Runner, The (2007)
  1. Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
  2. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  3. Last Big Field Day, The - The 2004 W3AO operation (2011)
  4. Last Castel, The (2001)
  5. Life of Pi (2012)
  6. Local Hero (1983)
  7. Looper (2012) - disjointed
  8. Love and Other Drugs (2010)
  9. Machinist, The El Maquinista (2004)
  10. Magnolia (1999)
  11. Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - a classic but very poor acting
  12. Maria Full of Grace (2004) - Sad look at Columbian drug trade
  13. Mean Creek (2004) - unsatisfying ending
  14. Memoirs of a Geisha(2005) - culturally interesting but too long...
  15. Men in Black (1997)
  16. Messenger, The (2009)
  17. Miss Congeniality (2000)
  18. Mission, The (1986)
  19. Monuments Men, The (2014)
  20. Moonlight (2016)
  21. Mountain Men, The (1980)
  22. Music Never Stopped, The (2010) - poor acting
  23. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
  24. Nebraska (2013)
  25. Never Let Me Go (2010)
  26. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - a bit of the Odyssey
  27. Ocean's Twelve (2004)
  28. Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  29. One Hour Photo (2002) - somewhat awkward
  30. On GOlden Pond (1981)
  31. Pacific Rim (2013)
  32. Passengers (2016)
  33. Passion of the Christ (2001)
  34. People vs. Larry Flynt, The (1996)- historical, kind of...
  35. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
  36. Powaqqatsi (1988) - Life in Transformation
  37. Predators (2010) - this theme is almost runout...
  38. Primer: What Happens If It Actually Works? (2004)
  39. Princes Bride, The (1987)
  40. Purge, The (2013)
  41. Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - nice story but too slow
  42. Quadrophenia (1979) (the ending made me a bit dizzy...)
  43. Rabbit Hole (2010)
  44. Red (2010) - a bit goofy at times
  45. Red Dawn (1984)
  46. Reservoir DOGS (1992) - interesting twist on cops 'n robbers...
  47. Running Man, The (1987)
  48. Salvation Boulevard (2011)
  49. Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) - cute, sweet, but too slow!
  50. Seabiscuit (2003)
  51. Secretariat (2010)
  52. Sentinel, The (2006) - Thrilling but unrealistic...
  53. Seven Psychopaths (2012) - some parts interesting
  54. Shanghai Noon (2000)
  55. Silver City (2004) - The real Colorado...
  56. Skins (2002) - poor acting
  57. Skyfall (2012)
  58. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  59. Snowpiercer (2013) - wierd!
  60. Son of Rambow (2007)
  61. Spaceballs (1987)
  62. Split (2016)
  63. Spring, Summer, Fall, Witner... and Spring - Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (2003)
  64. Spy Game (2001)
  65. Stalingrad (2013)
  66. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  67. Straw DOgs (1971)
  68. Super 8 (2011)
  69. Super High Me (2007)
  70. Taps (1981)
  71. Thank You for Smoking (2005) - Poor plot but funny
  72. Thing, The (2011)
  73. This is Spinal Tap: Special Edition (1984)
  74. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
  75. Tootsie (1982)
  76. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  77. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  78. Trainspotting (1996) - bizarre and depressing
  79. Transformers (2007) - Too long but a couple funny parts...
  80. Tropic Thunder (2005) - a bit too goofy...
  81. Truman Show, The (1998)
  82. Unforgiven (1992)
  83. Unstoppable (2010)
  84. Via Ut Roma Road to Rome (2009)
  85. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
  86. Walmart: The High Cost Of Low Prices (2005)
  87. War of the Worlds (2005) - Poor script, good special effects
  88. Water 2005
  89. Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll 2003
  90. Wild 2014
  91. Windtalkers (2002) - good history
  92. Year One 2009
  93. Zodiac 2007

 

Popcorn For a variety of reasons (Sometimes because I lost interest or other times when I was
interupted and had to leave to go do something else...) I didn't finish watching these
movies in their entirety but may return to them someday:

Unfinished Business Unfinished Business
  1. Being John Malkovich (1999)
  2. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925, Silent)
  3. Doors, The (1991)
  4. Elf (2003)
  5. Final Option, The (1982)
  6. Endgame (2009)
  7. Green Berets, The (1968)
  8. Harry Potter (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007) - Couldn't stand any of 'em...
  9. Lord of the Rings (1978, 2001, 2002, 2003) - Yuck, I don't know if I can watch 'em!
  10. Love Story (1970)
  1. Mama Mia! (2008) - doesn't look like it'll be good, we'll see...
  2. Penthouse North (2013)
  3. Rocky (1976)
  4. Small Soldiers (1998) - Cute, but I got interupted for car repairs...
  5. Shrek the Third (2007) - I fell asleep watching it on a flight from Munich...
  6. Star Wars (1999, 2002, 2005) - The first three were great, those that followed weren't very entertaining...
  7. Stranded (2001)
  8. Waiting for Guffman (1996) - Made me nervous...
  9. Zorba the Greek (1964) - Made me nervous...

 

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Popcorn Waiting List:
Some of the movies I've been planning to see but haven't
been able to find or just haven't gotten around to yet...

  1. Ten Years (Hong Kong 2015 - 2015)
  2. American Highpoints (2015)
  3. Theory of Flight, The (1998)
  4. There's no place like Utopia (2014)
  5. Leningrad Cowboys Go To America (1989)
  6. Docteur Petiot (1990)
  7. Green Fire Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time (2011)
  8. Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (2010)
  9. Full Signal (2009)
  10. Path to Freedom - The Original Modern Urban Homestead
  11. Division Street (2009)
  12. Subdivide and Conquer (1999)
  13. Blackbook (2006)
  14. www.zeitgeistmovie.com
  15. Wrenched (2014)
  16. Lincoln
  17. Marley
  18. Born to Be Wild: IMAX
  19. Black Cloud
  20. Thunderheart
  21. Edge of America
  22. Crooked Arrows
  23. The Girl
  24. Stoker
  25. The Killing of Sister George
  26. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  27. Restless
  28. Higher Ground
  29. Bidder 70
  30. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
  31. The Act of Killing
  32. Where Do We Go Now?
  33. Darling Companion
  34. Lee Daniels' The Butler
  35. The Lone Ranger
  36. All Is Lost
  37. A Little Bit of Heaven
  38. Rampart
  39. Red Lights
  40. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  41. We Were Soldiers
  42. Captain Phillips
  43. The Brave One
  44. Django Unchained
  45. Sophie's Choice
  46. The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
  47. Labor Day
  48. High Ground
  49. Heartbreak Ridge
  50. Sudden Impact
  51. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
  52. Super Troopers
  53. 3 Days to Kill
  54. The Forgotten
  55. Two-Lane Blacktop
  56. Son of God
  57. God's Not Dead
  58. Jarhead 2: Field of Fire
  59. Pompeii
  60. Driving Miss Daisy
  61. Transcendence
  62. Plan 9 from Outer Space
  63. Creature from the Black Lagoon: Special Edition
  64. Tarantula / The Mole People
  65. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion
  66. The Crawling Eye
  67. Left Behind
  68. Her
  69. Tombstone
  70. The Interview
  71. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  72. The Last King of Scotland
  73. Rosewater
  74. The Gambler
  75. Selma
  76. The Good Lie
  77. Philomena
  78. Moon
  79. Black Sea
  80. The Devil's Brigade
  81. Fury
  82. Home Sweet Hell
  83. My Dinner with André
  84. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  85. On Any Sunday
  86. Hanna
  87. A Place Called Chiapas
  88. Child 44
  89. Big Eyes
  90. Love & Mercy
  91. Z for Zachariah
  92. The Shoes of the Fisherman
  93. Enemy Mine
  94. Crimson Tide
  95. Mitt
  96. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  97. A Walk in the Woods
  98. Safe Haven
  99. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
  100. The Black Dahlia
  101. Funny Games
  102. The Hateful Eight
  103. Them!
  104. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  105. The Intern
  106. The Big Short
  107. Spectre
  108. Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  109. The Young Messiah
  110. Barney's Version
  111. Winter in Wartime
  112. In a Better World
  113. Take Shelter
  114. Steve Jobs
  115. Alone Yet Not Alone
  116. Beginning of the End
  117. Churchill: The Finest Hours
  118. Dazed and Confused
  119. Earth vs. the Spider / War of the Colossal Beast
  120. Earthlings
  121. El Cid
  122. Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain
  123. Free State of Jones
  124. Got the Facts on Milk?
  125. Green Fire
  126. How I Won the War
  127. National Geographic: Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West
  128. Powwow Highway
  129. Spirit Rider
  130. The Brain That Wouldn't Die
  131. The Lost Continent
  132. Space Children
Movie Theatres Aren't Much Fun

For most of our adult lives my wife and I have tried to avoid movie theatres by either renting the DVD (VHS at one time!), downloading the video, or borrowing from the library (our favorite!). Movie theatres are usually uncomfortable, noisy, expensive and sticky (stuff on the floor). Apparently others are starting to feel the same as Randy sent me this, at the end of December '09, after breaking with tradition and going to his local theatre:

"Twice during the past week I actually went to the movie theater and sat
  amongst the masses. And what a treat that was! I had no idea how
  persistently glowing cell phones and endless pea-brained witless
  comments would enhance my experience. Do most movie-goers have the
  attention span of a 3-week old puppy? And the non-human sounds around
  me from gulping down buckets of popcorn and boxes of Milk Duds was an
  added treat. Clearly, society is collapsing."

 

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Popcorn Filmmakers:

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Producer John de Graff and Roger Wendell 09-09-2005 It's not often I have the pleasure of meeting a real movie producer but on September 9, 2005 that's what happened! John De Graff, producer of Affluenza, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with me at the Sierra Club's 2005 Summit in San Francisco. It was refreshing to hear John talk about his own personal effort to live a low-impact, low consumption life-style. He did admit that frequent air travel was a regular part of his business but he made every effort to keep it to a minimum. I won't hold it against him as my own job keeps me in the air way too much as well! Filmmaker Ward Powers And, as luck would have it, in September '06 I had the pleasure of conducting a radio interview with first time moviemaker Ward Powers about his project, One, the Movie - we received great listener response!

 

Jeep commercial!

During the evening of August 6, 2008, I was "scouting" the area of Yankee Boy Basin (in the vicinity of Ouray and Telluride, Colorado) in preparation to climb Mt. Sneffels (14,150 ft/4,313 m) early the next morning. On my way back down the 4wd road I ran into this film crew at 11,000 feet (3,353 m)!! The light seemed low, to me (but seemed to satisfy them as you'll hear them say, in my YouTube video, "The saturation now is perfect" - whatever that means!!), and it was even sprinkling a bit. Nevertheless, they continued to film in ernest with a crew of at least 15 people (I can only imagine how much all this cost, being advised that the dozen or so director's assistants, alone, were each being paid $250 uSD per day, not to mention food, lodging and travel expenses!!) working diligently on the production. Since we were on public land they allowed me to hang around without hesitation. They were also controlling some of the 4wd traffic but did a great job in keeping the traffic flowing, and people happy, as much as possible. It was a very interesting affair that I'm happy I ran into. Oh, the camera vehicle was really out-of-this-world with its gyroscopically controlled camera-on-a-boom constantly panning and scanning every inch of the canyon. Really strange!

Jeep commercial being filmed in Yankee Boy Basin at about 11,000 feet - 08-06-2008
Protectng the camera
Jeep commercial being filmed in Yankee Boy Basin at about 11,000 feet - 08-06-2008
Protectng the camera
Jeep commercial being filmed in Yankee Boy Basin at about 11,000 feet - 08-06-2008
Camera vehicle
Jeep commercial being filmed in Yankee Boy Basin at about 11,000 feet - 08-06-2008
Camera vehicle
Jeep commercial being filmed in Yankee Boy Basin at about 11,000 feet - 08-06-2008
Actual filming

YouTube Logo - Small Click Here for my YouTube video of them filming the Jeep commercial!

 

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Encountering Stars!

Pierce Brosnan I had the good fortune of sitting with Pierce Brosnan for much of the evening on Saturday, February 26, 2017. This was at Foss Auditorium in Golden, Colorado, for the viewing of his wife's new film (Poisoning Paradise, about Bill 2491 and Native Hawaiian communities being exposed to pesticides on Kaua'i). His wife, Keely Shaye Smith, was also there to discuss the film the audience. At the end she came to the back of the theatre, where we had both been sitting, where he had been holding a small thermos drink for her - very chivalrous! Although I couldn't get a "selfie" of Pierce and me (I didn't have my phone) this was the same jacket and scarf he was wearing in the theatre. Oh, and his wife's film was one of many being featured by the Colorado Environmental Film Festival that weekend - a great event!

 

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Nanook of the North - 1922 Some Filmmaking History
From the inside DVD cover of David Shepard's restoration of
Robert Flaherty's 1922 classic, Nanook of the North
"IN ITS EARLIEST YEARS (APRROX. 1895-1902), film production was dominated by 'actualities,' short pictures of real people in real places. Comprised largely of two categories - the travelogue and, more substantially, the industrial-life portrait - these films favored an unmediated view of the world over arranged spectacle."

"Though they gave way in popularity to the narrative fictions of Georges Méliès and Edwin Porter, they continued to be produced in great number. Robert Flaherty's great innovation was simply to combine the two forms of actuality, infusing the exotic journey with the details of indigenous life. By so doing, Flaherty transcended the travelogue, as the picturesque became a real and respectful portrait."

"THE PORTRAIT HAS TWO THINGS that, even today, remain at the very core of the documentary idea. These are process and duration - the detailed representation of how everyday things are done (covering a kayak, negotiating ice floes, hunting, and caring for children) and how long the doing takes. For instance, consider Nanook's stunning igloo-building sequence, where labor is not only revealed in its social context, but emerges, through Nanook's skill and Flaherty's cinematic revelation, as a n ideal of beauty and spirituality."

"First there is shelter, then warmth, and finally light (the window!). Here and elsewhere in the film, by giving real processes a human dimension, craftsmanship and artistry become one. Nanook of the North pioneered these ideas, and it remains nearly matchless in executing them."

 

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Quotes Although I like most of the 100 top movie quotes of all time the following are some of my personal favorites:

 

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My Four Most Favorite Movie Scenes:
2001, Contact, Apocalypse Now and Dreamkeeper contain my most favorite individual scenes. Although Dreamkeeper isn't one of my most favorite movies I still liked it a lot and enjoyed the Coyote and Spider scene more than almost any others except for the aforementioned 2001, Contact, and Apocalypse. Of Course the scene where Dave unplugs HAL, in 2001, is a classic by most standards as is the Colonel Kilgore piece in Apocalypse, where he's talking about the smell of napalm in. Also, I've repeatedly watched the scene (over and over!) where Jodie Foster first hears the alien signal in Contact - although one of my favorite movies, too, Contact has a gratuitous sex scene and some bureaucratic and political bungling that detract a bit from an otherwise fantastic movie.

My favorite movie "clips" (or scenes) aren't necessarily the same as my favorite movie quotes. Dreamkeeper's Coyote and Spider scene has simple dialogue but contains that nighttime-half-asleep-dream appearance that really captivated me. "Tweren't Mormons," as mentioned earlier (Jerimiah Johnson, in my "Movie Quotes" section), is a great quote that's also part of a great scene with Del Gue buried up to his head by Indians.

Another close runner-up was the marine's meltdown in Aliens (game over man, game over!). There are tons of other good scenes, too, in other movies, but the ones I mention here stick out best in my memory and bring the most pleasure when I think about 'em!

Dave unplugs HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Dave unplugs Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Jodie Foster hears first alien signal in Contact
Ellie hears an alien signal in Contact
Spider and Coyote in Dreamkeeper
Spider and Coyote in Dreamkeeper
Lieutenant Colonel Kilgorer loves the smell of napalm in the morning
Lieutenant Colonel Kilgorer loves the smell of napalm in the morning in Apocolypse Now

 

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Television Televison:
 
It's been a busy life with almost no time for television (plus we have no reception where I live). Although I've seen
a bit of it while traveling (hotel rooms, at a friend's house, etc.) I'm confident I haven't missed much! That being
said, there were some programs I was able to catch either in part, or in their entirity, that I really enjoyed:
  • Carnivale
  • Cosmos
  • Fargo
  • Kung Fu (when I was very young)
  • Oz
  • Naked and Afraid
  • Survivor (the first few seasons)

 

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