Thursday, December 17, 2009

Michael Kogge Top 10 Movie Picks

1.  The Grapes of Wrath, 1940.  Why?  Feisty John Ford still speaks to inner-city history classes.
2.  The Ox-bow Incident, 1943.  Why?  Taut like a rope falling from a tree.
3.  Double Indemnity, 1944.  Why?  Dangerous liaisons in well-stocked grocery stores show just how little has changed since 1944.
4.  All About Eve, 1950.  Why?  Dialogue as Art, with some flashes of Marilyn Monroe.
5.  Vertigo, 1958.  Why?  Is Kim Novak real?  Or is she a phantasy?  One of the greatest romantic movies is also Hitchcock's greatest horror film.
6.  The Apartment, 1960.  Why?  Only Billy Wilder would stage Christmas in a bar.
7.  2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.  Why?  Kubrick conjures a beautiful life out of a flashing light.
8.  Patton, 1970.  Why?  The mesmerizing portrait of a man to whom you want to salute - and also kick in his teeth.
9.  The French Connection, 1971.  Why?  While trailing the crooks in cold, cold New York, Gene Hackman makes sure to get his daily nutrition of pizza.  A favorite scene in a film full of favorites.
10.  Star Wars, 1977.  Why?  I tried to resist, but in his witches' brew of film genres, George Lucas concocts one of the most original - and potent - films of all time.

George Lucas's Blockbusting book feature film writer Michael Kogge is a Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter.

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