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Thursday, April 07, 2005
      ( 4/07/2005 11:24:00 AM ) Bill S.  


HALF-MEME-ING – Here’s part of a movie meme, taken off Peiratikos. The italicized entries are movies I’ve watched. The original meme also asked to bold those movies you own, but I decided to skip that part of the exercise:
· Adaptation. (2002)
· The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939)
· After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

· Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
· Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
· Alien (1979)
· All About Eve (1950)
· Amadeus (1984)
· Amarcord (1974)
· American Beauty (1999)
· The American President (1995)
· American Splendor (2003)

· The Animatrix (2003)
· Annie Hall (1977)
· The Apartment (1960)
· Apocalypse Now (1979)

· The Apu Trilogy (1955 - 1959)
· Around the Bend (2004)
· L’Atalante (1934)
· Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
· L’Avventura (1960)
· The Band Wagon (1953)
· The Bank Dick (1940)

· Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen) (1983)
· Batman (1966)
· Batman (1989)
· The Battle of Algiers (1967)

· Battle Royale (2000)
· The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
· Beat the Devil (1954)
· Beauty and the Beast (1946)
· Being John Malkovich (1999)
· Being There (1979)
· Belle de Jour (1967)
· The Bicycle Thief (1949)
· The Big Heat (1953)
· The Big One (1997)
· The Big Red One (1980)
· The Big Sleep (1946)
· The Birth of a Nation (1915)
· Blowup (1966)

· The Blue Kite (1993)
· Blue Velvet (1986)
· Bob le Flambeur (1955)
· Body Heat (1981)
· Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

· Le Boucher (1970)
· Bound (1996)
· Bowling for Columbine (2002)
· Breathless (1960)
· Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
· The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
· Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

· Broken Blossoms (1919)
· Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
· The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
· Casablanca (1942)
· Casino Royale (1967)
· Chasing Amy (1997)
· Un Chien Andalou (1928)

· Children of Paradise (1945)
· Chinatown (1974)
· A Christmas Story (1983)
· Citizen Kane (1941)
· City Lights (1931)
· Clerks (1994)

· The Color of Paradise (1999)
· The Color Purple (1985)
· Comic Book Villains (2002)
· Conan the Barbarian (1982)
· The Conversation (1974)
· Cries and Whispers (1972)
· Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
· Crumb (1994)

· Damage (1992)
· Daredevil (2003)
· Day for Night (1973)
· The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
· Days of Heaven (1978)

· The Decalogue (1988)
· Detour (1945)
· Die Hard (1988)
· The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
· Do the Right Thing (1989)
· La Dolce Vita (1960)
· Donnie Darko (2001)
· Don’t Look Now (1974)
· Double Indemnity (1944)
· Dr. Strangelove (1964)
· Dracula (1931)
· Duck Soup (1933)
· Dune (1984)
· E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

· The Earrings of Madame de… (1953)
· Easy Rider (1969)
· Edward Scissorhands (1990)
· Ed Wood (1994)
· 8 1/2 (1963)

· Elektra (2005)
· The Elephant Man (1980)
· Eraserhead (1977)

· Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
· The Exterminating Angel (1962)
· The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
· Fanny and Alexander (1983)
· Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
· Fargo (1996)
· Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
· The Firemen’s Ball (1968)
· Five Easy Pieces (1970)

· Floating Weeds (1959)
· Four Rooms (1995)
· The 400 Blows (1959)
· From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
· From Hell (2001)
· Gates of Heaven (1978)
· The General (1927)
· Ghost World (2000)

· Gigli (2003)
· Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
· The Godfather (1972)
· Goldfinger (1964)
· Gone With the Wind (1939)
· The Goodbye Girl (1977)
· The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1968)
· GoodFellas (1991)
· The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
· Grand Illusion (1937)
· The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

· Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
· Great Expectations (1946)
· Greed (1925)
· Groundhog Day (1993)
· The Hand (1981)
· A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

· The Hearts of Age (1934)
· Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
· Hellboy (2004)
· High Fidelity (2000)
· Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

· Hoop Dreams (1994)
· House of Games (1987)
· The Hustler (1961)

· I [Heart] Huckabees (2004)
· Ikiru (1952)
· In Cold Blood (1967)

· The Incredibles (2004)
· It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
· Jackie Brown (1997)
· Jaws (1975)
· JFK (1991)
· Jules et Jim (1961)
· Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
· Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
· Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
· Killing Zoe (1994)
· Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
· King Kong (1933)

· Lagaan (2001)
· The Lady Eve (1941)
· The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
· The Last Laugh (1924)
· The Last Picture Show (1971)
· Last Tango in Paris (1972)
· Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

· Late Spring (1972)
· The Lathe of Heaven (1980)
· Laura (1944)
· Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
· The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

· Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
· The Leopard (1963)
· The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
· The Lion King (1994)
· Lolita (1962)

· Lolita (1997)
· Lost Highway (1997)
· M (1931)
· The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
· Mallrats (1995)
· The Maltese Falcon (1941)
· The Man Who Laughs (1928)
· The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
· Manhattan (1979)
· The Matrix (1999)
· The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
· The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
· McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
· Mean Streets (1973)
· Metropolis (1926)
· Mon Oncle (1958)
· Moonstruck (1987)
· Moulin Rouge (2002)
· Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
· Mulholland Dr. (2001)

· The Music Room (1958)
· My Darling Clementine (1946)
· My Dinner With Andre (1981)

· My Life to Live (1963)
· My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
· Nashville (1975)
· Natural Born Killers (1994)
· Network (1976)
· The Night of the Hunter (1955)
· Nights of Cabiria (1957)
· El Norte (1983)
· Nosferatu (1922)
· Notorious (1946)
· On the Waterfront (1954)
· One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

· Orphée (1949)
· Out of the Past (1947)
· Pandora’s Box (1928)
· Paris, Texas (1984)
· The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
· Paths of Glory (1957)
· Patton (1970)
· Peeping Tom (1960)
· Persona (1966)
· The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

· Pickpocket (1959)
· Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
· Pinocchio (1940)
· Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

· Pixote (1981)
· Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
· Playtime (1967)
· The Producers (1968)
· The Prophecy (1995)
· Psycho (1960)
· Pulp Fiction (1994)
· Raging Bull (1980)
· Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

· Raise the Red Lantern (1990)
· Ran (1985)
· Rashomon (1950)
· Rear Window (1954)
· Red River (1948)
· The Red Shoes (1948)
· Reservoir Dogs (1992)

· Return to Glennascaul (1951)
· Rififi (1954)
· The Right Stuff (1983)
· Roger & Me (1989)
· Romeo and Juliet (1968)
· Romeo + Juliet (1996)
· The Rules of the Game (1939)

· Le Samouraï (1967)
· Santa Sangre (1989)
· Saturday Night Fever (1977)
· Say Anything (1989)
· Scarface (1983)

· The Scarlet Empress (1934)
· Schindler’s List (1993)
· The Searchers (1956)
· Se7en (1995)
· The Seven Samurai (1954)
· The Seventh Seal (1957)
· Shane (1953)
· Shaun of the Dead (2004)
· The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
· The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
· Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
· Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
· Solaris (1972)
· Some Like It Hot (1959)
· South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
· Spider-Man (2002)
· Spider-Man 2 (2004)
· Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
· Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
· Star Trek: The Search for Spock (1984)
· Star Trek: The Voyage Home (1986)
· Star Trek: The Final Frontier (1989)
· Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
· Star Trek: Generations (1994)
· Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
· Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
· Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
· Star Wars (1977)

· The Straight Story (1999)
· The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977)
· The Stranger (1946)
· Strangers on a Train (1951)

· Strictly Ballroom (1992)
· Stroszek (1977)
· A Sunday in the Country (1984)
· Superman (1978)
· Sunrise (1928)
· Sunset Boulevard (1950)
· The Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
· Swing Time (1936)

· A Tale of Winter (1992)
· The Tao of Steve (2000)
· Taxi Driver (1976)
· The Terminator (1984)
· Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

· Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
· The Thin Man (1934)
· The Third Man (1949)
· This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

· The Three Colors Trilogy (1994)
· Three Women (1977)
· Tokyo Story (1953)
· Touch of Evil (1958)
· Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
· The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
· The Trial (1962)

· Trouble in Paradise (1932)
· True Romance (1993)
· 12 Angry Men (1957)
· 28 Days Later (2002)
· Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
· 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
· Ugetsu (1953)

· Umberto D (1952)
· Unforgiven (1992)
· Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002)
· The Up Documentaries (1964-1998 [so far!])
· Vertigo (1958)
· Victim (1961)
· Walkabout (1971)
· West Side Story (1961)
· Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
· Wild at Heart (1990)
· The Wild Bunch (1969)
· Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

· Wings of Desire (1988)
· The Wizard of Oz (1939)
· Woman in the Dunes (1964)
· A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
· A Woman’s Tale (1992)
· Written on the Wind (1956)
· X-Men (2000)
· X2 (2003)
· xXx (2002)
· Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

· A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984)
· Yellow Submarine (1968)
All told, not a bad listing for me. Only a few of the non-italicized items make me wanna me hang my head in shame, while a couple of the items (like Michael Apted’s 7-Up and onwards documentaries make me wish that some of the items weren’t clumped together). Like Rose and Steven, I’m not very good about passing these things on, but if you wanna play, go right ahead. . .
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