Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cannes Awards Announced for 2009

The Palm d'Or this year went to Austrian Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon The Jury Prize was awarded to Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, and Park Chan-Wook's Thirst (they share the award) Director was a surprise: Filipino director Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay. Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds got an acting award only for Christolph Waltz, a major disappointment for Quentin. Here's the story online, from UK's The Guardian: Cannes Film Festival Awards for 2009 Winner's List: Palme d'Or (Golden Palm): "The White Ribbon" by Michael Haneke (Austria) Grand Prize: "A Prophet" by Jacques Audiard (France) Jury Prize: "Fish Tank" by Andrea Arnold (Britain) and "Thirst" By Park Chan-wook (South Korea) Special Prize: Alain Resnais Best Director: Brillante Mendoza, "Kinatay" (The Philippines) Best Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" (United States) Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Antichrist" (Denmark) Best Screenplay: Feng Mei, "Spring Fever" (China) Camera d'Or (first-time director): "Samson and Delilah" by Warwick Thornton (Australia) Best short film: "Arena" by Joao Salaviza (Portugal)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Director Film Counts in the Critics 1000

Directors with the most films in the critics top 1000.

Top Ten:
1. John Ford (18)
2. Fritz Lang (16)
3. Luis Bunuel (15)
4. Alfred Hitchcock (14)
5-6. Ingmar Bergman (13), Jean-Luc Godard (13)
7. Federico Fellini (12)
8-10. Howard Hawks (11), Stanley Kubrick (11), Akira Kurosawa (11)

10 each: Chaplin, Mizoguchi, J.Renoir
9 each: Scorsese, Visconti, Powell (9 total, 7 w Pressburger)
8 each: Allen, Altman, Bresson, Huston, Rossellini, von Sternberg, Welles, Wilder
7 each: Bertolucci, Cassavetes, Kieslowski, Lubitsch, Lynch, Ophuls, Ozu, Peckinpah, Rohmer, Powell & Pressburger, Spielberg, Tarkovsky, Trauffaut

Most films in the top 200:  Buñuel (7), Ford (6), Kubrick (6)
5 each: Bergman, Hitchcock
4 each: Chaplin, Coppola, Dreyer, Godard, Hawks, Kurosawa, Powell & Pressburger, Scorsese, Welles, Wilder
3 each: Antonioni, Bresson, Eisenstein, Murnau, S. Ray, Renoir, Rossellini, Spielberg, Preston Sturges, Tarkovsky, Visconti

Alphabetical List, four or more films
Total films in the top 1000, those 86 with 4+, represents 561 films.
Followed by total in the top 200, then the [highest ranked film]

Allen (8) – 2 [#113: Manhattan]
Almodovar (4) [#635: All About My Mother]
Altman (8) – 2 [#67: Nashville]
Antonioni (6) – 3 [#38: L’avventura]
Bergman (13) – 5 [#40: Persona]
Bertolucci (7) – 1 [#65: The Conformist, photo right]
Bresson (8) – 3 [#61: Au hasard Balthazar]
Buñuel (15) – 7 [#68: Viridiana]
Capra (6) – 2 [#45: It’s a Wonderful Life]
Cassavetes (7) – 1 [#156: A Woman Under the Influence]
Chaplin (10) – 4 [#23: City Lights]
Clair (4) [#275: Le Million]
Cocteau, Jean (4) [#196: La Belle et la bête]
Coen Bros (5) [#288: Fargo]
Coppola (5) – 4 [#6: The Godfather]
Cukor (5) – 1 [#142: The Philadelphia Story]
De Sica (4) – 2 [#14: The Bicycle Thief]
Demy, Jacques (4) [#248: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg]
Donen (4) w Kelly (2:] – 1 [#11: Singin’ in the Rain]
Dreyer (5) – 4 [#17: The Passion of Joan d’Arc]
Eisenstein (6) – 3 [#8: Battleship Potemkin]
Fassbinder (6) – 1 [#186: Ali-Fear Grips the Soul]
Fellini (12) – 5 [#5: 8 ½]
Flaherty, Rob't (4) [#210: Nanook of the North]
Ford (18) – 6 [#7: The Searchers]
Forman (4) – 1 [#131: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, photo rt]
Godard (13) – 4 [#33: Breathless]
Griffith (5) – 3 [#51: Intolerance]
Hawks (11) – 4 [#63: Rio Bravo]
Herzog (5) – 1 [#91: Aguirre-The Wrath of God]
Hitchcock (14) – 5 [#2: Vertigo]
Hou Hsiao-Hsien (4) [#287: The Time to Live and the Time to Die]
Huston, J (8) – 2 [#111: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre]
Kazan (6) – 1 [#104: On the Waterfront]
Keaton (7) – 2 [#30: The General]
Kiarostami (6) – 1 [#191: Close-Up]
Kieslowski (7) – 1 [#132: Dekalog]
Kubrick (11) – 6 [#4: 2001-A Space Odyssey]
Kurosawa (11) – 4 [#9: Seven Samurai, photo right]
Lang, F (16) – 2 [#53: M]
Lean (6) – 2 [#13: Lawrence of Arabia]
Lubitsch (7) – 2 [#71: To Be or Not To Be]
Lumet (4) [#283: Network]
Lynch (7) – 1 [#107: Blue Velvet]
Mankiewicz (4) – 1 [#72: All About Eve]
Mann, A (4) [#589: Man of the West]
McCarey (4) – 1 [#103: Duck Soup]
Melville, Jean-P (6) [#280: Le Samourai]
Minnelli (5) – 1 [#157: The Band Wagon]
Mizoguchi (10) – 2 [#54: Ugetsu Monogatari]
Murnau, F.W. (6) – 3 [#12: Sunrise]
Ophüls, Max (7) – 2 [#77: Letter From an Unknown Woman]
Ozu, Yasujiro (7) – 2 [#10: Tokyo Story]
Pabst (4) – 1 [#189: Pandora’s Box]
Pasolini (5) – 1 [#159: Gospel According to St. Matthew, photo rt]
Peckinpah (7) – 1 [#158: The Wild Bunch]
Polanski (5) – 1 [#36: Chinatown]
Powell & Pressburger (7) – 4 [#126: A Matter of Life and Death]
Ray, Nicholas (6) [#241: Johnny Guitar]
Ray, Satyajit (6) – 3 [#59: Pather Panchali]
Renoir, Jean (10) – 3 [#3: The Rules of the Game]
Resnais (6) – 2 [#89: Last Year at Marienbad]
Rivette, Jacques (4) – 1 [#181: Celine and Julie Go Boating]
Roeg, Nicolas (4) – 2 [#136: Don’t Look Now]
Rohmer, Eric (7) [#278: My Night at Maud’s]
Rossellini (8) – 3 [#86: Voyage in Italy]
Scorsese (9) – 4 [#18: Raging Bull]
Scott, Ridley (4) – 1 [#46: Blade Runner]
Sirk (6) – 1 [#199: Written on the Wind]
Spielberg (7) – 3 [#106: Jaws]
Sturges, Preston (5) – 3 [#114: The Lady Eve]
Tarkovsky (7) – 3 [#41: Andrei Rublev]
Tourneur, Jacques (4) [#117: Out of the Past, photo right]
Truffaut (7) – 2 [#42: Jules et Jim]
Vidor, King (6) – 1 [#178: The Crowd]
Visconti (9) – 3 [#66: The Leopard]
von Sternberg, Josef (8) [#255: Blue Angel]
von Stroheim, Erich (4) – 1 [#64: Greed]
Weir (4) [#526: Picnic at Hanging Rock]
Welles (8) – 4 [#1: Citizen Kane]
Wenders (4) [#247: Wings of Desire]
Wilder (8) – 4 [#22: Some Like it Hot]
Wong Kar-Wai (5) [#328: Chungking Express]
Wyler (5) – 1 [#122: The Best Years of Our Lives]

- Those with 2+ in the top 200 that didn't make the list above -
Leone (3) – 3 [#73: Once Upon a Time in the West] - only 3 but all in top 200
Malick (2) – 2 [#164: Days of Heaven]

Those with 3: Paul Thomas Anderson, Theo Angelopoulos, Luis García Berlanga, John Boorman, James Cameron, Marcel Carné, Chen Kaige, David Cronenberg, Michael Curtiz, Brian De Palma, Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Humphrey Jennings, Jerry Lewis, Joseph Losey, Terrence Malick, Louis Malle, Albert & David Maysles, Nikita Mikhalkov, Arthur Penn, Otto Preminger, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Carol Reed, Rob Reiner, Glauber Rocha, George Stevens, Jean-Marie Straub, Jacques Tati, Andrzej Wajda, Raoul Walsh, Robert Wise, Zhang Yimou, Fred Zinnemann

John Cassavetes with 7, has more films in the top 1000 than Kazan (6), Lean (6). Coppola (5), Wyler (5), Dreyer (5), Wong Kar-Wai (5), Preston Sturges (5), Polanski (5), Pasolini (5), Herzog (5), Minnelli (5), Jacques Tourneur (4). He doesn’t have that many great films does he, aren’t most about average at best?

William Wyler, with 13 best director and 12 best picture nominations only has 5 in the top 1000, and his greatest (Best Years of Our Lives) is only #122. This should be an all-time top 10 film, perhaps the finest anti-war film ever made.

Billy Wilder, with such original classics as Sunset Boulevard (photo right), Stalag 17, Double Indemnity, and The Apartment, has his light gender-bending comedy Some Like It Hot at #22 just outplace Boulevard (#29) as his highest ranked film; for me it’s about 4th of his.

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner at #46. Not bad SciFi but ahead of E.T., Close Encounters, The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, even another and better Philip K. Dick story in Minority Report? It has about 5 minutes of actual futuristic footage, then reverts into a typical detective action film: let’s hunt down and kill the androids/killers one at a time. Well done but hardly a top 50 all-time.

Woody Allen’s admittedly good Manhattan (photo left) outranking best picture winner Annie Hall, and the more complex and rewarding Hannah and Her Sisters. Together, a formidable trilogy, but the seamless weaving together of multiple family stories in Hannah directly inspired Ron Howard’s Parenthood, and a host of copycats.

Where are Coppola’s Tucker: A Man and His Dream and Peggie Sue Got Married? To include Godfather III over these takes an offer someone couldn’t refuse, or perhaps listing the Godfathers together as a trilogy.

Elia Kazan’s top film, On the Waterfront, is only 104th, when imitator Sergio Leone has one higher (73rd, the overblown Once Upon a Time in the West)? ..what are people looking at?

Surrealist Luis Bunuel has 15 in the top 1000, but 7 (and most) in the top 200? He admits to not shooting with a script, and just letting the cameras capture the film that he creates later with editing. Gee, how could you ever tell, as many of his films seem entertaining but pointless overall, especially Un Chien Andelou, perhaps ranked due to Dali’s participation? (it must be art if the guy who once set a stuffed giraffe on fire in a museum was involved.)

My Favorite Ten:
1-Kubrick, 2-Coppola, 3-Wilder, 4-Wyler, 5-Spielberg, 6-Scorsese, 7-Yimou, 8-Lean, 9-Kazan, 10-Bertolucci, John Huston(tie) Just out: Coen Bros., John Ford, Woody Allen, Herzog, Lang, Antonioni, Tornatore, Wong Kar-Wai, Carol Reed, Weir, Welles, Wertmuller Stanley Kubrick for sheer number of top 20 caliber films, same as Coppola, who had more mistakes having done more films. Wilder and Wyler are perhaps the most consistant. Doing just 10 is tough. For me, Welles didn't do enough great films, just a couple, Kane and Ambersons. Same with Ford - Informer and Mister Roberts are my faves.

[*Subject to change at a moment's notice]

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Film Reviews Through 5.15.09

These are my recent film reviews at "1000 Dvds to See" (also at 1000 Great Films) The Visitor (2008) - terrific indie film, beautiful story, Richard Jenkins' best role to date Frost/Nixon (2008) - Ron Howard's docudrama of the Frost interviews w Nixon after his resignation, Langella's best yet The Earrings of Madame De.. (1953) - Max Ophuls classic romance, drenched in opulence, Boyer and Darrieux are superb, costume Oscar® Control Room (2004) - engrossing documentary on newsmedia coverage of the Iraqi war Drugstore Cowboy (1989) - Van Sant's masterpiece of drug addiction Viridiana (1961) Italy, bw - Bunuel's easy to follow story of a nun who moves into her rich uncle's estate The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) - gentle fantasy of Brad Pitt born old and growing younger daily Some Like It Hot (1959) - Wilder's classic gender-bending comedy Sunrise (1927), bw-silent - F.W. Murnau's classic of expressionist silent cinema, looks like romantic paintings in motion, cinematography Oscar®

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Alzheimer's Project: The Memory Loss Tapes on HBO

[I've yet to see this four-part documentary series on HBO, but I feel strongly enough about this subject that I wanted to post this in advance of the series beginning, and the advanced reviews have been excellent, as well as previous documentary films by these filmmakers - El]
HBO is going to unscramble its premium signal Sunday, though it may not be done in all areas, thus allowing non-subscribers to see "The Alzheimer's Project" part one, at 9-10:30pm Sunday night. HBO says of the series "A new way of looking at the disease". Click here for the HBO Link, and all four episodes can be streamed from here as well. My lifetime friend, Charlton McMillan, and his wife Shari Cookson were instrumental in creating The Memory Loss Tapes, the first episode of this four-part HBO series. Shari, who is a multiple Emmy nominee for Living Dolls and All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise, shares director-producer credit with Nick Doob. Charlton, an Emmy winner for Living Dolls, shares editing credit with Nick. Charlton also did some editing work on the second part of the series, Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? Here are two print reviews for the series: New York Times L.A. Times A blog review from critic James Bawden Please either watch or record this and let people know about it. We never know when we will have to deal with this disease either within our families, friends, or within our own minds. Rather than giving money to corporate gamblers, we should be funding cures and care for humanitarian efforts and documentaries such as these. The Alzheimer's Organization is at

Friday, May 8, 2009

Directors with the Most Oscars and More

These directors have won the most Oscars® for Directing:

John Ford (4) [photo left]: The Informer (35), The Grapes of Wrath (40), How Green Was My Valley (41), The Quiet Man (52) - no westerns
Mister Roberts, my favorite Ford film

Frank Capra (3): It Happened One Night (34), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (36), You Can't Take It With You (38)

William Wyler (3): Mrs. Miniver (42), The Best Years of Our Lives (46), Ben-Hur (59) - two anti-war films
Best Years of Our Lives

Wyler has the most directing nominations with 12; Billy Wilder is next with 8
Wyler directed the most picture nominees (13), and winners (3).
Wyler has the most consecutive picture nominations (7); Capra is next with 4.
Wyler's films have the most total nominations (127) and wins (39).

Wyler directed the most acting nominations (35) and wins (13). Elia Kazan is second with 24 nominees and 9 winners.

Directors with triple wins as producer-director-writer:
Billy Wilder for The Apartment (1960)
Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, Part II (1974)
James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983)
Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men (2007)

Billy Wilder has 6 Oscars: 2 for directing, 3 for screenplays, 1 for producer.

Sunset Boulevard, opening shot, the best Wilder film for me

Nominations with No Wins: Clarence Brown (6) King Vidor, Alfred Hitchcock, and Robert Altman (5 each) Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet, Federico Fellini, and Peter Weir (4 each) - a crime! a better group than those at 5

(what, no wins for Hitch?)
Best Picture Winners - whose director wasn't nominated:
Wings (27/28) dir. by William Wellman
Grand Hotel (31/32) dir. by Edmund Goulding
Driving Miss Daisy (89) dir. by Bruce Beresford

Frank Lloyd, winner for directing The Divine Lady (28/29), is the only winner whose film wasn't nominated for picture.

Directors with the most Best Picture Nominations:
William Wyler (13), John Ford (9), Mervyn LeRoy (8) Frank Capra, George Cukor, Henry King, Steven Spielberg, George Stevens, all 7 Michael Curtiz, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, Sam Wood, Fred Zinnemann, all 6 Spielberg and Scorsese are still active.

Female Director Nominees:
Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties, 76), Jane Campion (The Piano, 93), Sofia Coppola
(Lost in Translation (2003) Sofia became the first U.S. female director nominated
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2008) - became the first woman to win a directing Oscar® with this film

Two directing nominations in one year:
Steven Soderbergh (2000) for Erin Brockovich and Traffic (the Oscar® winner)

Michael Curtiz (1938), for Angels with Dirty Faces and Four Daughters
Clarence Brown (1929/30) for Romance and Anna Christie

Directors winning actor for their own film: Laurence Olivier (Hamlet, 48), and Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful, 98)

Nominations for Producing, Acting, Directing, and Writing for the same film:
Orson Welles for Citizen Kane (1941)
Warren Beatty twice: Heaven Can Wait (1978), and  Reds (1981, winner for Best Director)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Actors in the Most Best Picture Winners

Photo: All About Eve, both Farnum and Flowers appeared in this winner
These actors have appeared in the most Best Picture Oscar® winners, just those in 3 or more: Frankie Farnum (6): The Life of Emile Zola (37), The Lost Weekend (45), Gentleman’s Agreement (47), All About Eve (50), The Greatest Show on Earth (52), Around the World in Eighty Days (56) Bess Flowers (5): It Happened One Night (1934), You Can't Take It with You (1938), All About Eve (1950), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) Note: Bess appeared in 21 nominated films, the most by far. Ward Bond is 2nd with 11. Wallis Clark (5): It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939) Robert Karnes (4): The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), All the King's Men (1949), From Here to Eternity (1953) Edwin Maxwell (4): All Quiet on the Western Front (1929/1930), Grand Hotel (1931/1932), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938) All of these were in three each: Irving Bacon, Billy Bevan, Ward Bond, John Cazale, Eddy Chandler, Heinie Conklin, Gino Corrado, Donald Crisp, Harry Davenport, Billy Engle, Pat Flaherty, Morgan Freeman, Clark Gable, John Gielgud, Hugh Griffith, Jack Gwillim, Jack Hawkins, Bernard Hill, Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Kane, Diane Keaton, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Lee Phelps, Talia Shire, Joe Spinell, Meryl Streep, Ian Wolfe Morgan Freeman was in Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, and Million Dollar Baby Dustin Hoffman was in Midnight Cowboy, Kramer vs Kramer, and Rain Man Diane Keaton was in Godfather, Godfather II, and Annie Hall Jack Nicholson was in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, and The Departed Meryl Streep was in The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Out of Africa Many other famous actors including Laurence Olivier, James Stewart, Peter O’Toole, Gene Hackman, Robert De Niro, and Ben Kingsley were in two each. See the link below. From Wikipedia - Actors appearing in 2 or more Best Picture winners, 81 in all: Actors in Multiple Best Picture Academy Award Winners

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Top 10 Foreign Language Films

These are my favorite non-English films. Not only is a ranked list like this far too short, but those eliminated are just as good (shown after the top 10), each a classic in its own right. This was done for the "" site, so I was limited to just ten selections. Click a title for the individual film's review at 1000 DVDs to See. Note: will publish the full article, look for it there, this is the short version. 1. Hero (Zhang Yimou, China, 2002) - Terrific action and script, about three assassins and the King of Q'in. Top grossing film in Chinese history is the best for actor Jet Li and director Yimou, who directed the Olympic ceremonies in Beijing. Required an assistant director just for the dazzling martial arts sequences. 2. The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1954) - Lengthy action epic about seven dishonored samurai helping a tiny village defend themselves against a gand of bandits. This b&w classic still looks modern and inspired many other films. 3. Cinema Paradiso (Guiseppe Tornatore, Italy, 1988) - Heart-warming Italian romantic comedy, an homage to cinema. A kid in a Sicilian village grows up under the influence of the town's projectionist, then grows up to be a movie director in Rome. Oscar® for foreign film. 4. Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring (Claude Berri, France, 1986) - Released together but in two parts, this French epic is that country's most fully realized epic film, about small farmers in Provence and the importance of water and greed on all their lives. Yves Montand's best part, at the end of his career; the first film features Gérard Depardieu in the title role. 5. City of God (Fernando Meirelles with Katia Lund, Brazil, 2002) - Terrific docudrama look and feel of street violence and gangs in Brazil's worst slum, built for the homeless and given the ironic title. Four Oscar nominations, inlcuding director for Merielles. Visually quoted by Danny Boyle in Slumdog Millionaire, a film obviously influenced by City. 6. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy, 1970) - Classic about the dangers of conforming for selfish reasons, in this case with the Italian fascist government of Mussolini. Jean-Luis Trintingant's best, dazzling cinematography by Vittorio Storraro, led to his being used by Coppola for the Godfather films, which this heavily influenced. 7. Kolya (Jan Sverak, Czech Republic, 1996) - Oscar-winning heart warmer about an aging cellist, played by the director's father Zdenek who also wrote the screenplay, who marries to help a Russian woman emigrate and ends up with a terrific stepson (a great child performance) as an unexpected bonus. Oscar® for foreign film. 8. Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair, India, 1988) - Nair's first feature film after making documentaries, inspired by and about Bombay's street kids, whose indominable spirit led to this film, the profits of which were used to build centers for orphaned street kids. One of the few works of art that has caused social changes. 9. Chungking Express/Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1994) - Intended as one film, but cut into two due to length, this is Wong Kar-Wai's crime action classic, a dazzling and hypnotic display of cinematic innovation. Inspired Tarentino's Pulp Fiction, stylistically tame by comparison. 10. Carmen (Carlos Suara, Spain, 1983) - the flamenco dance version of Bizet's classic opera is my favorite dance film and Spanish film. It mirrors the story of Carmen in a dance troupe rehearsing to perform their flamenco version of Bizet's opera. Choreography by star Antonio Gades, who worked with Suara on three dance films. Without a limit, these would have been in there also: L'avventura (Antonioni, Italy, 1960) Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, Italy-France, 1968) L'america (Amelio, Italy, 1996) The Lives of Others (von Donnersmarck, Germany, 2007, Oscar® for foreign film.) Diva (Bieniex, France, 1982) La Grande Illusion (Renoir, France, 1937) Good Bye Lenin! (Becker, Germany, 2003) Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2001, Oscar® for foreign film, defeating Hero.) Zelary (Andres Trojan, Czech Republic, 2003) Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, Russia, 1925, silent)

Top 10 Movies with Wine

I'm not sure the point of this list from, because they have French Kiss rated ahead of Silence of the Lambs and Godfather. So do they mean "top 10 film treatments of wine relative to plot or screen time"? The site has clips of quotes, but it didn't say "top 10 film quotes about wine". (Then Silence would certainly be #1, the "liver with chianti" line) At any rate, I thought the list was interesting, though I'm looking for Big Night (the gourmet meal film), The Big Chill (wasn't that bunch a white wine group?), and Metropolitan (those effete snobs had to be wine connoisseurs as well), or even the poison champagne (really LSD) in Dollars ($). There's also a major French dinner with wine in Apocalypse Now Redux, a scene added in the long version. Special mention should be made of A Clockwork Orange; each night before the "old ultra-violence", Alex and his Droogs would visit the Corova Milk Bar drink magic drinks (that flowed from the nipples of nude statues) that we assume was psychedelics mixed with alcohol. Kubrick was a genius, especially for transforming good books into either great or at least interesting, controversial films (2001, Clockwork, Dr. Strangelove, Barry Lyndon, Lolita, Eyes Wide Shut) Still, an interesting wine cult film list, not something you see everywhere. Here it is in countdown order: 10. Silence of the Lambs 9. The Godfather 8. The Princess Bride 7. French Kiss 6. Arsenic and Old Lace 5. The Big Sleep 4. Casablanca 3. A Walk in the Clouds 2. Notorious 1. Sideways - winner of six Indy Film Spirit Awards, including picture; Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy or Musical; nominated for 5 Oscars® including picture and director. For the original post with film clips from each with a wine quote: Top 10 Movies With Wine "Viddy this and viddy it well!" - A Clockwork Orange