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by Melanie - 0 Comment(s)

Here's a list in no particular order of some great movie soundtracks. Sorry there's no "Wind beneath my wings" nor Williams, so feel free to add or subtract in your comments to us

1. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?: The folk and bluegrass is integral to this mythic musical.

2. Any Mike Myer's Austin Powers Movie: Don't question the genius of using Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" as the quintessentially '60s title- track, or turning the musical Annie's "Hard Knock Life" into a hip-hop anthem.

3. The Piano: Michael Nyman scores Jane Campion's dark costume drama with romantic evocative music. (currently not in the collection)

4. Louise Riley Branch Blogger Tyler likes Grosse Pointe Blank for the Ska and Ferris Buehler's Day Off

5. Staffer and musician Dan recommends The Road, for Nick Cave's original score, and Vangelis' soundtrack to Blade Runner

6. We don't have Jim Jarmusch's Stranger than Paradise but we do have Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I put a spell on you" on cd.

7. Immortal Beloved's Beethoven

8. On a more fun-hearted note, we'll add a true musical that Ashley likes: Grease

I've provided links to the dvds but we have blu-ray and soundtracks for some also

We'll likely revisit this...the list goes on

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The Greatest Films of all Time

by Mathew - 0 Comment(s)

Once a decade since 1952, the BFI (British Film Institute) polls top critics and filmmakers from around the globe, asking them to choose the 10 greatest films of all time. The results are compiled and published in BFI's monthly publication, Sight and Sound magazine. The 2012 selections will be published later this year.

As we await the final list, Roger Ebert, arguably the world's most read and trusted critic, has just published his selections for the 10 Greatest films of all time. Here are his ten choices, listed in alphabetical order. These can all be found at the CPL. Please click on the links to place your holds:

Aguirre, Wrath of God (Directed by Werner Herzog) [DVD]
Apocalypse Now (Directed by Francis Ford Coppola) [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
Citizen Kane (Directed by Orson Welles) [DVD] [Blu-ray]
La Dolce Vita (Directed by Federico Fellini) [DVD]
The General (Directed by Buster Keaton) [DVD] [Blu-ray]
Raging Bull (Directed by Martin Scorsese) [DVD] [Blu-ray]
2001: A Space Odyssey (Directed by Stanley Kubrick) [DVD] [Blu-ray]
Tokyo Story (Directed by Yasujiro Ozu) [DVD]
The Tree of Life (Directed by Terrence Malick) [DVD] [Blu-ray]
Vertigo (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock) [DVD]

Ebert's original blog post can be found here.

I still can't believe he didn't include The Princess Bride... sigh.

Happy Watching!

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Because everybody loves lists

by Moe - 7 Comment(s)

There are lists of and for everything. There are lists of lists, and books of lists, and how to write lists books and tens of thousands of web pages devoted to lists. Because lists are fun- unless it's a list of things you need to do, but even that can be fun because you can get satisfaction crossing something off the list. Movie lists are especially fun because the permutations are almost endless. If you follow my posts you have often heard me say things like---'I have seen this movie 20- 30 etc times'. It's not for nothing I call myself a movie maniac, so following in no particular order is my list of 10 movies that I have seen at least 30 times. And CPL has everyone of them!

Ben Hur

Bridge on the River Kwai

Witness for the Prosecution

Dail M for Murder

Casablanca

Alien and Aliens (I know, I know, two separate movies!)

A Few Good Men

Star Trek:Wrath of Khan

The Shining

To kill a Mockingbird

I tell you this for true--- although I own every one of these movies and can sit and watch anytime I choose, if I was to go home tonight and one of them happened to be on TCM, Encore Avenue, Space or AMC, I would likely sit down and watch it---again.

I would love to hear your choices- send me the name of movies that you see again and again (it doesn't have to be 10) and I'll post them on the blog. Come on fellow Movie Maniacs- I know you are out there---probably watching something right now for the 30th time!!!