Assignment: Introduce Yourself & Your Top 10 Films

Due: Before our class meets for the 1st time


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Return to this post, Introduce Yourself – click the “Comment” button at the bottom, and submit the following:
A) Tell us what you hope to get from the class.
B) Give us your ‘Top 10 Movie’ list – with a brief explanation for each film.


22 Responses to “Introduce Yourself & Your Top10 Movies”
  1. Rob Angiello says:

    Rob’s Top Ten

    These are movies that I remember from my earliest movie watching days, by which I mean no older than 12 years old. We didn’t actually go to the movies very often, we watched movies on TV. Some of these films were programmed during specific seasons – for instance, Wizard of Oz around Thanksgiving, the religious-themed films like The Robe and Ben Hur around Easter, It’s a Wonderful Life around Christmas. We had a 19 inch black and white TV in the den. There were 7 channels (2, 4, 5 7, 9, 11 or 13). To change the channel you had to get up and turn the dial.

    1) Lonely Are the Brave (1962): with Kirk Douglas. From a novel called ‘The Last Cowboy’ by Edward Abbey. About a modern cowboy on the run, perused by a modern police force, trying to get to across the border from New Mexico. I came across this while watching a program called “The 4 O’clock Movie”, on channel 4.

    2) The Wizard of Oz (1939): By the time I was in 1st or 2nd grade I knew all the scary parts. The creepiest was when the witch laughs while watching Dorothy in the crystal ball as she cries “Aunty Em! Aunty Em” This was a Thanksgiving time movie.

    3) Jason and the Argonauts (1963): about mythical Greek soldiers fighting monsters. Later I learned that this film was made by the special effects genius Ray Harryhausen. I remember the fighting skeletons scene the best…

    4) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): about George Bailey, who thinks the small town of Bedford Falls would be better off if he were dead, and then gets a chance to see it without him (very much worse). Later I learned that the actor’s name was James Stewart, and the director ‘s was Frank Capra. This was a Christmas movie on TV and still is.

    5) Guys and Dolls (1955) a Broadway musical made into a movie. With Marlon Brando in a singing role (“…Luck Be a Lady Tonight…”) and Frank Sinatra, and a beauty named Jeanne Simmons. I liked musicals. For instance,

    6) Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964), with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. It was all wise guys cracking wise with “dolls.” Come to think of it – both Guys and Dolls and this one were send-ups of the ‘tough guy’ films of the 1930s and 1940s. There are other musicals (Singing in the Rain (1952), Anchors Aweigh (1945), South Pacific (1958) that I watched in those years.

    7) From Here to Eternity (1953) about a bunch of servicemen during the time of Pearl Harbor. With Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra (there he is again), Ernest Borgnine (who I recognized from the TV show McHale’s Navy) and the handsome Montgomery Clift.

    8) The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen. A WWII German prison camp. American and English prisoners who fool the Germans while digging an escape tunnel. Steve McQueen isn’t afraid of anyone, takes his baseball mitt and ball into the ‘cooler’ with him when he’s sent to there for insubordination. He attempts to jump the barbed wire fence with a stolen motorcycle.

    9) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. About two wise-cracking outlaws and their pretty girlfriend (Katherine Ross) wise-crack their way through the West, robbing banks and trains.

    10) The Hustler (1961) and/or On the Waterfront (1954). The 1st is with Paul Newman playing a pool hustler trying for one big score, proving to the world he can be a somebody. The 2nd, considered one of the great movies of all time, stars Marlon Brando playing a 2-bit boxer, trying to be a somebody, going up against the mob boss who runs the dock workers.

  2. Sarah Meisel says:

    Sarah’s Top 10 Movies:

    1. Harry Potter (2001-2011): I love the whole Harry Potter franchise, and I think that the producers did a good job staying close to the books when it came to the movie’s story line. (Except for Voldemort’s death in the last movie)

    2. Tangled (2010): The movie about the story of Rapunzel is definitely my favorite princess movie. I especially love the horse, Max, and the chameleon, Pascal. I thought it was really cool that they didn’t do the usual princess has to constantly be saved by the guy thing, and instead Rapunzel is the one attacking people with frying pans.

    3. WALL-E (2008): It can be hard to make a good movie when the main characters can’t even really speak, but Pixar did an amazing job. This movie is definitely one of my favorite love stories of all time.

    4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012): What I love about this movie is that it stays so true to the book, something that was definitely helped by the director and screenplay writer being the author of the book. I love Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, so having them together in this movie was really cool.

    5. The Avengers (2012): A bunch of Marvel superheros come together to save the planet. I knew Joss Whedon had directed this, and I love his work, so I decided to give it a try. I loved it, and this movie is what got me interested in the superhero universe, and of course Tom Hiddleston is awesome.

    6. Bringing Up Baby (1938): One of my favorite classic films about a paleontologist who gets stuck with an heiress who has recently obtained a pet leopard. I first saw it when my parents were watching the TCM channel on TV, and this movie came on. I laughed the whole way through it, then watched it again.

    7. My Neighbor Totoro (1988): A Japanese movie about two sisters who make friends with the magic creatures in the woods. I absolutely love this movie in english, but I love it even more when listening to it in it’s original language with english subtitles.

    8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986): A movie about a genius high school senior who decides to cut school for the day and takes his best friend and girlfriend with him on his adventures.

    9. Serenity (2005): Another Joss Whedon movie, this one being a conclusion for the amazing TV show Firefly, that was abruptly cancelled after only 1 season. I thought Whedon did a great job of wrapping up (almost) all the loose ends left by the show, although I wish he hadn’t killed off one of my favorite characters.

    10. The Lion King (1994): The famous movie about the story of a young lion growing up. It has been turned into a musical which is arguably the most famous musical on Broadway.

    • admin says:

      Hi Sarah
      Great list, some I’ve seen, some not yet. Totoro and Wall-E were amazing. We’ll be watching Bringing Up Baby in a few weeks. Maybe I can give you another screwball comedy that you haven’t seen?


  3. Jackson Patrick-Sternin says:

    Hi Rob.

  4. Noah Berger says:

    1. Spirited Away(2001) I love the animation and the story of the movie. Hayao Miyazaki does a brilliant job of showing the transition of a young girl from childhood to adulthood.

    2.V for Vendetta(2005)} the story of the movie was brilliantly done. With the back story of that all governments can become corrupt and that the people must rise above their fear. I also feel this can relate to how many Americans feel about their government.

    3. Gladiator(2000) THe back story of how the roman empire was starting to become corrupt was evident but also far enough in the background for you to appreciate the story.

    4. Zoolander(2001) THe extremely funny story of how a male model becomes a assassin to kill a prime minister. The fantastic Acting job of Ben stiller and WIll Ferral make for a funny movie from start to end.

    5.The Prince of Egypt(1998) THe story of the exodus by the hebrews out of egypt told through songs and animation was delivered beautifully and is always on my holifay list.

    6.The Kings Speech(2010) The fantastic acting job that gained Colin Firth an oscar for his portrayal of King George VI. THe story of overcoming Fear and doubt always inspires me.

    7.FDR American Badass(2012) a political satire of FDR’S years in and leading up to office. It has always made me laugh at the totally incorrect history of that time.

    8.Goodfellas( 1990) Another great film by Scorsese. Delivering the true story of Henry Hill and his rise and fall through the mob. THe action and lighting makes perfect emotions at the right times.

    9.hidalgo(2004) THe story of a cowboy who goes through one of the worlds most difficult races in Arabia. The true story always excites me through the many dessert scenes.

    10.Mulan(1998) THis has always been a childhood favorite of mine. THe story of Fa or Hua (depending on the province) is always fun to watch with sing along songs. I always try to find them in mandarin though.

    • admin says:

      Hi Noah

      Nice broad list. Zoolander made me laugh very hard at times.

      GF is one of the best mob movies I’ve seen. A great demystifying of the thugs. Compare that to the romanticized treatment of the first 2 Godfather movies.


  5. Jade says:


    Top 10 Movies:

    The Lord of the Rings :The Fellowship of the Ring – What I think about when I hear the word adventure. The tale of a wee little Hobbit who goes on an extravagant adventure, exploring the world unknown in order to destroy the evil power of the ring.

    The Lion King – My favorite Disney film. The story of Simba, a lion cub’s journey to adulthood, and the acceptance of his destiny as pride king. I grew up watching this movie almost every night.

    Donnie Darko – A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes. This movie questions reality and perception – what is real, what is not? A great movie if you’re interested in psychology.

    Death Proof – Two groups of women are stalked by an engine-revving psychopath who uses his “death proof” car to execute his murderous plans. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, who idolizes these bad-ass chicks.

    Pulp Fiction – The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. Also directed by Quentin Tarantino, one of my favorite directors.

    Apocalypse Now – A strangely brilliant and bizarre film about the Vietnam War, featuring Martin Sheen. The best war film that I have ever seen.

    The Royal Tenenbaums – A melancholic comedy of a dysfunctional family’s reunion. This film is terrific, the cast is amazing, the characters exciting and the story surprising. Directed by Wes Anderson, another one of my favorite directors.

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – The outrageous tale of a writer and his attorney’s business trip to Las Vegas that turns into a drug frenzy. Based of the book by Hunter S Thompson (my favorite author), and featuring Johnny Depp.

    The Big Lebowski – A case of mistaken identity compilation wreaks havoc on the simple life of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski. A very silly and twisted comedy.

    The Evil Dead (1981) – The classic horror film of a haunted cabin in the woods posses a group of youngins. My favorite classic horror film. It’s gruesome and insane and clever.


  6. Julie says:

    Hi Rob! :)

    How can I choose my top 10? I have too many favorites.

    • admin says:

      Hi Julie
      Give 10 favorites – with a brief explanation of each movie. Look at what Jade, Noah, and Sarah posted for examples.


      • Julie says:

        On my blog

      • Julie says:

        1. Kung Pow! Enter the Fist- One of my favorite movies. Probably the most lines I’ve remembered from movies would be this one. I think about this movie often most because I’ve seen it over a hundred times on replay. It’s about a man called The Chosen One, we never learn his actual name. He has legendary fighting powers and wonders around for many years looking for the man that killed his family.

        2. 101 Dalmatians- I am in love with this movie. When I was younger I had a Dalmatian named Dax and because of her, i was obsessed with dalmatians. I’d sit down on the couch and we’d watch this movie together. It’s about a liter of dalmatian puppies that got kidnapped (or puppynapped) by an evil woman named Cruella De Vil, Their parents must find them in time before she turns the puppies into fur coats. *cue Cruella De Vil theme song*

        3. The Bird Cage- Watched this all the time with my mother and of course, I love anything with Robin Williams. It;s about A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing moralistic parents. The whole thing is hilarious.

        4. Lilo and Stitch- I’m a huge Disney movie fanatic. So you can pretty much mentally add every Disney movie to this list. A girl named Lilo comes across a “dog” and names him Stitch. She doesn’t learn till later that Stitch is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law.

        5. The Mask- Jim Carrey is on my top 5 favorite actors.The Mask is about a bank clerk named Stanley Ipkiss and is transformed into a manic super-hero when he wears a mysterious mask.

        6. Kill Bill vol.1 & 2- Amazing movie. One out of my favorite Kung Fu movies out of many. It’s about a bride who wakens from a four-year coma. She must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her – a team she was once part of.

        7. The Avengers- Most of my favorite actors in one movie. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. assembles a team of superhumans to save the planet from Loki and his army.

        8. Tarzan- How could I forget Tarzan?? Another movie that I’ve watched more times than i should have. My friends and family hate watching the movie with me because I always re-sight the lines and sing along with Phil Collins throughout the movie. It’s about a man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

        9. Spirited Away- a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

        10. Forest Gump- about a man named Forrest Gump, whose really not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

  7. Jackson Patrick-Sternin says:

    1. Pulp Fiction – The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. I copied Jade. This is a hard one to summarize.

    2. Requiem for a Dream – The story of four individuals living in Cony Island; a woman, her son, his best friend, and his girlfriend, and their downward spirals into addiction. This is one of the darkest movies I’ve ever seen, and its really great.

    3. Reservoir Dogs – A film depicting the events before and after a bank heist gone wrong. It is very interestingly shot, many scenes look like it could be a play that is just being filmed.

    4. Donnie Darko – A schizophrenic teen meets a six foot tall bunny named Frank. Watch the Director’s Cut, it makes way, way more sense.

    5. No Country for Old Men – a hunter stumbles upon two million dollars in the midst of a drug deal gone wrong, mayhem ensues. One of the greatest villains in any movie I’ve ever seen.

    6. Fight Club – two men, tired of day to day living and the state of the world, decide to start an underground fight club for men who want to escape their lives. It quickly becomes something much bigger.

    7. V for Vendetta – this film takes place in an alternate reality where Britain has become a fascist state, and a freedom fighter named V uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppression.

    8. Se7en – two New York detectives must hunt down a killer who is conducting complicated murders, one according to each of the seven deadly sins. This movie is brutal. Nothing is ever shown on screen, but it’s one of the more disturbing movies I’ve seen.

    9. Gladiator – a Roman general is made a slave, and then from a slave he becomes gladiator.

    10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – The true story of a journalist and his attorney’s drug fueled adventure through Las Vegas. The main character is Hunter S. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism. Gonzo journalism was essentially a result of the situation shown in the movie.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jackson
      I thought I replied but don’t see it posted so here it is again.

      I’ve seen and enjoyed 8/10 of these. Don’t know much about VFV, except some clips. PF is my favorite Quentin Tarantino film. Haven’t seen SeVen all the way through. I just don’t have the stomach for serial killer movies. However there are 2 great sk movies focusing on the detectives trying to solve the case. 1 is Korean and 1 is American.

      1. Memories of Murder

      2. Zodiac

      NCFOM is one of my favorite neo-noirs. Much of the dialogue is directly from the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name.

  8. Ryder Gering says:


  9. Ryder Gering says:

    Heres my top 10 favorite movies. I look forward to taking this class.

    The Shawshank Redemption- A film about a prison break.
    Gran Torino- A film about a racist old man who eventually turns good.
    Avengers- A film about marvel super heroes who join forces to save new york city.
    Harry potter- A film about a boy who discovers he is a young wizard.
    avatar- A film that is out of this world.
    The Dark Knight- A film about batman vs. the joker.
    Rounders- A film about a poker player who loses all his money and must get it back.
    Jackass- A funny film about idiots doing dangerous stunts.
    forrest Gump- A film about a mentally disabled man who accomplishes many things.
    Django unchained- a film about a slave who breaks free and tries to rescue his wife.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ryder

      Nice list. Which HP? There are so many of them. Try to expand your commentary as we move along in the quarter! I saw DU, liked it OK, but really want to see 12 Years a Slave. Have you read about it?

      Rounders was a great little movie with really good actors, wasn’t it?


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