Monday, September 04, 2006

IMDB's Movies of the day 1999

Wow, this is a REALLY weird list.

Not sure why it caught my attention, but this has to qualify as one of the most bonkers collection of movies assembled. Yes, there are some undeniable 'classics' in there and some fabulously well chosen populist gems, but some of them are just too hysterically obscure and unwarranted of attention even for ONE DAY that it you wonder what got them on the list.

  • Uncommon Valour
  • Once Bitten
  • Nikita
  • The Shining
  • Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • The Iron Giant
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Commitments
  • Heavy Metal
  • Life is Beautiful (sorry, but I can't think of this without recalling this line: C.J.: Which would be fine if Roberto Benigni can vote in our elections, but since he's Italian, that makes me a six foot wet girl in a Donna Karan dress)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1956]
  • The Matrix
  • Chungking Express [Chung hing sam lam]
  • The Twelve Chairs
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Blue Velvet
  • RKO 281 [HBO movie]
  • Night on Earth
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • Big Night
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Wedding Banquet
  • The Santa Clause
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Crazy People
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Paper Moon
  • Central Station
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Victor / Victoria
  • Moonraker
  • The Jungle Book
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
  • Passion Fish
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Microcosmos
  • Let It Ride
  • Farewell, My Concubine
  • American Me
  • Bug
  • Metropolis
  • What Dreams May Come
  • 1999

I'd be amused to see which juxtapositions in this list draw your attention. Personally, it's hard to beat seeing the fabulous Metropolis next to the syrup-fest that was What Dreams May Come (even if the latter did use the wonderful images of John Martin: still, those pictures really only work in the flesh - large, overpowering and obsessively detailed).


Reel Fanatic said...

There are some truly great ones here ... The Iron Giant is my favorite animated flick of all time, and I just love Big Night .. but any year in which a Tim Allen flick makes the best of list clearly was not a banner year for cinema!

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

In IMDb's defence, the list isn't so much a 'best of' as a selection of of what they chose as 'the movie of the day'. Now why any day would warrant a Tim Allen flick is rather baffling, but still...

AnnaWaits said...

Reel fanatic - you live up to your high reputation: The Iron Giant is viturally perfect.