IMDB TOP 250 Movies:# 28. North by Northwest (1959)

This is another list that I have not even thought about in months – IMDB TOP 250 Movies. Due to the wedding we didn’t really have much time to watch as movies as we would have liked. So I decided to go over the list again and see what Netflix had on their “Watch Instantly” and add a couple to my Queue. The first movie I got was North by Northwest.

North by Northwest is a classic from director Alfred Hitchcock. It stars Cary Grant as an advertising executive who looks a little too much like someone else and is forced to go on the lam (I love that saying!).

I did enjoy this movie just like I have for most the films by Alfred Hitchcock (like here, here and here). I don’t know why, but I am always drawn to seeing his movies before anything else on the list.

Favorite Quote: “Now you listen to me, I’m an advertising man, not a red herring. I’ve got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don’t intend to disappoint them all by getting myself “slightly” killed.”

# 119. Oldboy (2003)

IMDB TOP 250 Movies
(As part of my 101 in 1001 project, I am going to watch the entire list. I will not re-watch films I have already seen. My goal with this task is not to watch the whole list from scratch, but to complete it.)

# 119. Oldboy (2003)
With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years — and no one to hold accountable for his suffering — a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors, relying on assistance from a friendly waitress. A mesmerizing psychological drama with a resolution that will leave you speechless.
Speechless I was. There are very few movies that are this disturbing, intense and confusing. Yet, you can’t take your eyes of the screen as the plot unfolds bit by bit, leading up to the horrifying climax. This is one movie that is not predictable.

# 11. IMDB Top 250 – Casablanca (1942)

# 11. Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca is one of those movies that everyone is always quoting.

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

So I finally decided to sit down and watch it. I have been fighting a cold for the last couple of days. I hadn’t been able to take off of work because one of the girls had off. I wasn’t getting any better. So Friday my boss told me that I needed to have a day to get better and I didn’t complain. I stayed home. Unfortunately, I was so sick that I couldn’t go to my best friends birthday dinner party. I was completely bummed. So with cough drops, warm tea with honey and whole lot of tissues I sat on the couch and watched couple of movies. The first was Casablanca. Casablanca is a classic for the ages. It had great character development which draws you into the story and help you experience the desperation of escaping the Nazi occupied Europe in 1942. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are excellent in their leading roles. I personally didn’t think I would like this movie, but as the film carried on I began to. I really appreciated the writing. The dialogue was both entertaining and intelligent. Great casting, great writing, great sets. All in all I really enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to anyone who loves classic movies.

# 66. IMDB Top 250 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

# 66. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
A classic tale set in the early 20th century that follows Benjamin Button, a man who was born in his 80s and continually grows younger. The story throws linear conventions upside down to explore love, loss and memories from the perspective of a character living under incredibly unique — and unexpectedly difficult — circumstances.

Brilliant. Heart wrenching. Amazing. Magnificent. I was rendered speechless after seeing this movie. It is a combination of love and death with an underlying motivation to enjoy life. The main character experiences everything he possibly can, a lesson all of us could internalize and apply within our own lives. I was captivated the story line and the film is gorgeously made. When I first rented it I wasn’t overly interested in seeing it despite the rave reviews it received. At nearly three hours the films pace was so effortless. It was like I was transported to another world. Benjamin Button is one of those films that you either love or hate. I have to say that I absolutely loved it.

# 34. IMDB Top 250 – WALL·E

34. WALL·E
In a futuristic world, human beings have destroyed Earth and evacuated the planet, leaving the cleanup to an army of robots they’ve programmed to do their dirty work. Due to a mishap, the dutiful WALL-E is the only one left. But with the arrival of a female probe named EVE, the monotony of WALL-E’s existence is broken — and he experiences love for the first time.

I absolutely loved this movie.  It was a stunning movie.  The animation is superb.   I was completely surprised with it.  Its clever, charming and highly emotional in its storytelling.   I was a movie that both children and adults will enjoy.

# 130. IMDB Top 250 – Annie Hall

# 130 – Annie Hall
Listen closely and you can actually hear the stress hormones pumping through the bodies of the characters in Annie Hall. Woody Allen’s real, funny ode to love among twitchy city dwellers.

I’ve never been a big Woody Allen fan, but all the critics raved about Annie Hall, which won the Best Picture.  I decided to watch it and see if I’ve just been missing something.  I don’t believe I have.  I did try to watch it with an open mind like I do all movies.  The plot of the film is about recounting of a relationship from its start to its inevitable end. One problem with this is that I really didn’t identify with any of the characters. Not only that, but I didn’t like them.  I guess it was groundbreaking at the time, but I found all the angst, the neuroses, and manic phobias eventually tiring and sad.

# 174. IMDB Top 250 – Shadow of a Doubt

174. Shadow of a Doubt
Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock directed this tale about Charlie, a small-town girl consumed with finding out whether her unhinged Uncle is a serial killer. The arrival of detectives and a murder-infatuated neighbor only increase Charlie’s paranoia. Tension builds as she draws closer to the truth, and in classic Hitchcock style, the film culminates in a nail-biting scene aboard a speeding train. 

I had never heard of this particular Hitchcock movie before.  It has less suspense than some of his other movies -you know who the killer is right away – but it’s great to watch the characters in action.  It was an excellent film, beautifully scripted and the acting was brilliantly executed.

# 109. IMDB Top 250 – Strangers on a Train (1951)

109. Strangers on a Train (1951)
In Hitchcock’s acclaimed thriller, Bruno (meets tennis star Guy on a train. When Bruno confesses he wants his rich father dead and Guy reveals that he wants to divorce his shrewish wife, Bruno suggests that they “trade” murders. Guy laughs off the suggestion … but soon finds out Bruno is perfectly serious.

Another Hitchcock movie and I loved it.  I can’t seem to get enough of them as of late.  Hitchcock builds the suspense masterfully leaving you at the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next.  I loved the idea that the main characters are strangers on a train who do not know their intended victims, that they have no motives and therefore have perfect alibis.  A great story in 1951 and even now!