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October 19, 2004

Ten Greatest Movies

Today's movie post is a two-parter:

1. I want to get you started thinking about your ten favorite movies of all-time: at the end of the week, I'll compile the answers in a spreadsheet and we'll see which ones were the most popular. Since we'll be talking about movies all week, you'll have plenty of time to think about it. I'll probably bump this post during the week. I'll compile the answers Sunday and post the results Monday.

2. Your movie question for today: top on-screen romantic duos. Who has the best chemistry - the most on-screen sizzle?

Who are the most unforgettable movie couples? Could be actors or characters - I'll accept either one.

What makes the chemistry between two actors memorable? Is it dialogue, acting, looks, story line, mystery, steamy scenes... or do you prefer something left to the imagination?

And are classic flicks better, or do the newer movies still stack up?

- Cassandra

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Romantic duos????????

Um.....Roy Rogers and Trigger.

Posted by: spd rdr at Oct 19, 2004 11:22:25 AM

All right smart aleck: here's a shocker for you...

And I don't even normally watch John Wayne movies, but this is one of the first that popped into my mind yesterday when I thought of this topic:

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

I think they define fireworks. I loved them in The Quiet Man, which is one of the few John Wayne movies I remember, maybe because I'm married to a quiet man.

Posted by: Cassandra at Oct 19, 2004 11:38:56 AM

Quit honestly, Cass, those were the first two names that I thought of too (John and Maureen, not Roy and Trigger). But I wasn't going to open myself up to charges of being a new age sensitive kinda guy.

Posted by: spd rdr at Oct 19, 2004 11:47:58 AM

Casssandra! You did it again! Techwench!
I was gonna say that.
Spd should identify (his wife, that is) with Maureen, that beautiful, red-headed woman.
"Rio Grande" Wayne and O'Hara
"Wings of Eagles" Wayne and O'Hara

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at Oct 19, 2004 11:49:39 AM

You know...

I remarked to the Unit the other day that we need more female commenters to lighten up the locker room atmosphere on this blog, because you guys would be a LOT more forthcoming if you had ladies ooohing and aaahing over your remarks in approval (like I know they would), and admiring your general manliness, and big muscles, and so forth.

And I just can't do that all the time - it makes me nauseated. And there's just way too much to admire anyway - it's downright exhausting.

Posted by: Cassandra at Oct 19, 2004 12:35:38 PM

I like Maureen O'Hara tremendously - she makes a great romantic lead. Just like another O'Hara - Scarlett :)

Both of them had that sort of wild, child-woman thing going on. Very appealing.

Posted by: Cassandra at Oct 19, 2004 12:38:00 PM

You just had to bring up the "wild, child-woman thing," didn't you?

Posted by: spd rdr at Oct 19, 2004 1:21:35 PM

What!?! What did I do???

Posted by: Cassandra at Oct 19, 2004 1:33:12 PM

John Wayne and Lucille Ball.
Bob Hope and Lucille Ball.

*snort snort*

Seriously...lessee...chemistry between a hunk and a babe...Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
in "It Happened One Night."

Keaneau Reeves and Sandra Bullock in "Speed."

Posted by: The Babe at Oct 19, 2004 1:35:35 PM

There are just so many screen couple possibilities. A few that come to mind as I peddle toward the mainland.

Selma Hayek and that large snake in Dusk till Dawn.

J-Lo and that large snake in Anaconda.

Debbie and Dallas.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting.

Ben Affleck and J-Lo in Gigi.

Two large snakes in Boa vs. Python [http://www.ugo.com/channels/filmtv/features/snakeweek/dvd/bvp.asp]

Ok, maybe these dont make the grade as best ever, but they were all rememberable.

Posted by: man riding unicycle naked at Oct 19, 2004 1:48:54 PM

Nicolas Cage .... H.I. McDunnough
Holly Hunter .... Edwina 'Ed' McDonnough
Raising Arizona---hey it ain't Ozzie and Harriet but they had some real chemistry, good dialogue helps bunches.

Is it just me or is there something strange going on around here? Call me the master of the obvious but I am starting to suspect something. First it was the favorite love songs, then Cass had some idea she would only share with the female visitors to the site and now the most romantic couples in a movie thingy?

Okay, I will play along, I was touched deeply by the brilliant performaces of Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward in The Thornbirds.

Now I am done playing along. Don't get me wrong, I love women, I have devoted my life to them. I have a wonderful wife, a ten ounce wriggly bundle of female joy I can't wait for to arrive and I have two female dogs. And chicks dig ol' Pile, but not because he is a sensitive new age kinda guy though. Gotto go, ta ta.

Posted by: Pile On® at Oct 19, 2004 1:52:12 PM

Pile, my idea has nothing to do with this blog, at least not directly, OK? Relax. It will have no effect on you.

It will probably have no effect on anyone. I may not even do it. It was just an idea. I have more ideas than I have time. I may even turn it over to someone with more time and energy to pursue it.

Posted by: Cassandra at Oct 19, 2004 1:56:52 PM

You know, sometimes I like to talk about something that I am interested in. Or that might interest People of Estrogen.

Just a thought.

And we do have female readers. Lots of them.

Even if they don't always comment a lot. Wonder why?

Posted by: Cassandra at Oct 19, 2004 1:59:07 PM

Wonder why?

Better to be thought a fool . . . .?

Playing hard to get? [Must have read The Rules]

Too busy day dreaming of Pile On sweeping them off their feet and carrying them away from their job at the mill?

Too much math here at I Love Jet Noise?

Dern instant messanger ringing off the hook?

Beats me. Lots of good reasons.

Posted by: KJ at Oct 19, 2004 2:05:24 PM

You mean
"Better to be thought a man...?"

*ducking and running*

Posted by: The Babe at Oct 19, 2004 2:10:31 PM

Best movie? Its so hard to pick just one. For dark movies, I would take The Godfather, The Searchers, and Blade Runner (best tech noir).

For military, Saving Private Ryan, Siege of Firebase Gloria, Zulu, and Cross of Iron.

Action: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Terminator (original), Conan the Barbarian, Die Hard, Highlander (original), First Blood, Road Warrior.

Sci Fi: Star Wars, Stargate, Independence Day, Predator, Alien.

Uplifting: Rocky, Officer and a Gentleman, The Natural, Breaking Away.

Posted by: a former european at Oct 19, 2004 2:10:48 PM

No need to get snippity, it was just an observation, not a critical commentary.

Memo to women readers: Feel free to comment at this site, you are more than welcome just don't say first time poster long time reader. And don't be intimidated by sexist pigs like KJ and spd rdr, stand up for your rights, power to the people.

Posted by: Pile On® at Oct 19, 2004 2:12:53 PM

The fear that they might faint if one of us manly men responded to them?

*bonk* Hey ouch, that hurt. *bonk* stop that. *bonk* I said stop it. *bonk*

Posted by: Masked Menace at Oct 19, 2004 2:14:39 PM

Note -- favorite movies are not necessarily the "best" movies. Eg, I admit that the Beatles are a great band - perhaps the greatest. But I don't own a single CD (and I have over 400-500 CDs) and I turn the channel when they come on the radio.

Truely great films:

1. Godfather, parts I and II (cheating, and treating as one)
2. Usual Suspects
3. Shawshank Redemption
4. Malcolm X
5. Outlaw Josie Wells

6. Bull Durham
7. Hoosiers

8. Blazing Sadles
9. Princess Bride

10. Die Hard

Others under consideration:
Schindler's List
Raiders of Lost Ark
King Kong (1933)
Pulp Fiction
Monsters, Inc.
Full Monty
Good Will Hunting
Grosse Point Blank
Better Off Dead
16 Candles
Fight Club
American History X

Best Acting - Ed Norton, American History X and Fight Club

I might move these around, but that is the list for now.

Posted by: KJ at Oct 19, 2004 2:36:05 PM

J. Wayne and K. Hepburn in "Rooster Cogburn."
K. Hepburn and H. Bogart in "The African Queen."
H. Bogart and L. Bacall in "Key Largo."
L. Bacall and G. Peck in "Designing Women."
G. Peck and S. Loren in "Arabesque."
S. Loren and M. Mastroianni in "Marriage, Italian Style"
M. Mastroianni and Anita Eckberg in "La Dolce Vita."
A. Eckberg and Frank Sinatra in "4 For Texas."
F. Sinatra and Grace Kelly in "High Society."
G. Kelly and Gary Cooper in "High Noon."
G. Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in "Meet John Doe."
B. Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in "Double Indemnity."

Posted by: spd rdr at Oct 19, 2004 2:48:06 PM

Cagney and Clarke in "Public Enemy".


Which reminds me of another great movie line, from "White Heat": Made it, Ma! Top of the world!!

Posted by: Liberal Larry at Oct 19, 2004 3:10:17 PM

Thank you PileOn I have been lurking just waiting for an invitation. Don't worry Cassandra some of us chicks like the silly banter of boys, and this collection is funnier than the dickens. But us girls have got to like, stick together and stuff.

I think Edith and Archie were a super romantic couple in that movie Family Ties or something.

Posted by: Hot Chick at Oct 19, 2004 3:23:02 PM

Ms. Piggy and Kermit D. Frog in "The Muppets Take Manhattan"

Jessica Rabbit and Roger Rabbit in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

The Beauty and the Beast in "The Beauty and the Beast"

Jennifer Jones and Rock Hudson in " A Farewell to Arms"....um, better not go there.

Posted by: spd rdr at Oct 19, 2004 3:32:16 PM

Burton and Taylor in just about anything before they started fighting too much.

Charleton Heston (Judah) and Haya Harareet (Esther) in Ben Hur - the scene with the carved screens... mystery is a lost art today. They scorched the screen without removing any clothes or showing us their tonsils. Very sexy. I never watch that one when the Unit is gone.

No one will know what I'm talking about, but I've always been partial to the Charles Dance/Geraldine James encounter in the Governor's Palace in the Jewel in the Crown - another marvel of restrained emotion that (at least to me) was just like the electric moment before a summer storm when everything is almost too tense to be borne, but overlaid with an almost eerie calm. Very British.

Posted by: Cassandra at Oct 19, 2004 3:54:18 PM

Great Romantic Pairings:
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in "North by Northwest"
Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly in "Rear Window"
Ralph Fiennes and Gwynneth Paltrow "In "Shakespeare in Love"
Omar Shariff and Julie Christie in "Dr. Zhivago"

Top ten movies:
Westerns (I love westerns,especially the ones made before 1960)
"The Searchers"
The following three count as one (cheating, I know), John Ford's Cavalry trilogy:
"Rio Grande"
"Fort Apache"
"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"

War/military movies:
"Stalag 17"
"Run Silent, Run Deep"
"In Harm's Way"

"The Sixth Sense"

"Rancho Deluxe"
"Local Hero"
Rounding out the top 10:
"Field of Dreams"

Other favorites:
"The Odd Couple" (Matthau and Lemon)
"Mr. Roberts" (Lemon, Fonda)
"Charlie Varrick" (Matthau again)
"The Americanization of Emily" (Garner and Julie Andrews)
"Exodus" (funny, you don't see that on cable anymore. I wonder why?)
"My Favorite Year" (Peter O'Toole)
"Pork Chop Hill" (very realistic, with a great soliloquy by Gregory Peck at the end)

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at Oct 19, 2004 4:04:38 PM