Sunday, September 09, 2007


As promo'ed on Friday, the Film Experience Blog turned 3 years-old on this busy busy weekend amidst all the festival coverage.

We celebrate as we always do... with Lists!

Nathaniel's 3 favorite...
movies with 3 in title: 3 Women ('77), Trois Coleurs ('93-'94), The Three Faces of Eve ('57)
3rd installments of a franchise: Ouch. This one is tough since #3s tend to astonish with their capacity for suckage (see also: this summer's releases) but I'm gonna go Trois Coleurs: Rouge (1994), Alien³ (1992) --yes I mean that, Cremaster 3 (2002)...though, technically, it's not the third is it since they weren't made in order
directors: Hitchcock, Almodovar, Allen (give or take many others)
books: The Great Gatsby, Le Petit Prince, Inside Oscar
tv shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once & Again, Twin Peaks
pad thai, coffee, anything w/ cheese (none of these inside the theater please)
mythological creatures: medusa, centaurs, lost silent films

actors about whom I have impure thoughts: Jude Law, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brad Pitt
foreign movie stars (all time): Catherine Deneuve, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Liv Ullman
michelle pfeiffer performances:
Susie Diamond (1989), Catwoman (1992), Ingrid Magnussen (2002) all of which she should've won Oscars for. Yes, in my world she has three.
childhood obsessions: Olivia Newton-John, The Muppets, Gene Kelly
nonhuman film characters:
The Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz, 1939), Smitty (The Awful Truth, 1937), Pris (Blade Runner, 1982)
movie stars (classic): Natalie Wood, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland
movies (ever):
West Side Story (1961), Manhattan (1979), number three changes all the time so stop asking (1915-2002)
cinematic moments most likely to entrance me: a strong musical number, a good close up (if they've been used in moderation and if the filmmaker has the good sense to not cut away after 2 seconds), a woman lying to herself

In the comments
Name your 3 favorite anything... (don't be shy. You know you want to LIST)


Anonymous said...

Ok... three movies:
1. Magnolia (99); 2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (82); 3. Brokeback Mountain (05).


Anonymous said...

Three Buffy episodes:
1) "Once More, With Feeling"
2) "The Body"
3) "Hush"

or...three favorite movies from 2001 that begin with the letter M:
1) Moulin Rouge!
2) Mulholland Drive
3) Memento

Anonymous said...

Are those movie the top 3 of your Top 100? Which is #1?

Anonymous said...

Favourite Three Cities I've Been To
1. Nimes, France
2. Vancouver, Canada
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Three Favourite Short Stories: 1998-2007
1. "People Like That Are the Only People Here," Lorrie Moore
2. "Servants of the Map," Andrea Barrett
3. "The Love of a Good Woman," Alice Munro

Catherine said...

Happy birthday!

My three favourite actresses (at the moment): Gena Rowland, Bette Davis, Laura Linney.

My three favourite Tori Amos albums: Boys For Pele, Little Earthquakes, Under The Pink.

My three favourite places to drink coffee: Walking through Dublin with my headphones on, sitting at the table reading the paper, chilling in a cafe with friends.

Anonymous said...

Three movies, then:
1. Fanny and Alexander
2. Magnolia
3. Mulholland Dr. (give or take Paris, Texas)

BTW, I'm aware that I broke the rules there :)

Three anticipated films:
1. There Will Be Blood
2. No Country for Old Men
3. Eastern Promises

Hedwig said...

Three women (in film) I admire:

Catherine from Jules et Jim
Margo Channing from All About Eve
Maude Lebowski from The Big Lebowski

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

3 movies with 3 in title (and 3rd installments of a franchise): The Godfather, Part III; The Human Condition III, A Soldier's Prayer; Trois Coleurs: Rouge.
Directors: John Ford, Luchino Visconti, Howard Hawks
Books: Nostromo, Fame & Obscurity, East of Eden.
Tv Shows: Seinfeld, Dekalog, Twin Peaks
Foods: Coconut Pudding, Pepperoni Pizza, Coffee



-cal roth


vinícius p --that's quite a triple feature. the same person loves all three ??? ;)

matt also my three fav Buffy episodes give or take Bad Girls. But then these are clearly the best ones right?

anonymous west side story and manhattan will both be in my top ten of the 100 movies i think about when i think about the movies ... Yes. But it' not a traditional "top 100" clearly XANADU --for as much as I am fond of it -- does not belong on a top 100 greatest ever. The list is an unholy mixture of movies I'm inordinately fond of mixed with movies that are genius... it's really a list reflecting the title of the list.

and yes i know i need to get back to it argh. i'm so swamped


hedwig... i'm concerned for you. Catherine's ghost asks you to seek help immediately!

John T said...

In honor of this being the Film Experience's third anniversary, I'll go with my three favorites of each of the Film Bitch Extra Awards:

Three favorite line readings:
1. "I have to lie, cheat, steal, or kill, as God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” -Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
2. "Play it Sam, play As Time Goes By." -Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
3. "Rosebud," -Orson Welles, Citizen Kane

Three favorite male cameos:
1. Peter Lorre, Casablanca
2. Christopher Lee, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
3. John Marley, The Godfather

Three favorite female cameos:
1. Marlene Dietrich, Touch of Evil
2. Agnes Moorehead, Citizen Kane
3. Cate Blanchett, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring

Three favorite breakthrough performances:
1. Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
2. Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
3. Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca

Three best ensemble performances:
1. A Streetcar Named Desire
2. The Philadelphia Story
3. The Godfather

Three best casting:
1. A Streetcar Named Desire
2. All About Eve
3. Nashville

Three best film divas:
1. Margo Channing, All About Eve
2. Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard
3. Jean Brodie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Three best film heroes:
1. The Fellowship of the Ring
2. Indiana Jones
3. Harry Potter (books or movies, he's still chivalrous)

Three best film villains:
1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter
2. Gollum
3. Noah Cross

Three best film sexpots:
1. Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire
2. Bonnie and Clyde, Bonnie and Clyde
3. Madeleine Elster, Vertigo

Three best adaptation/combination score:
1. Moulin Rouge!
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Lost in Translation

Three best film posters:
1. Chinatown
2. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
3. The Two Towers (the one with Christopher Lee overlooking his army)

Three best film kisses:
1. Gone with the Wind (in the drawing room)
2. Breakfast at Tiffany's (in the rain)
3. The English Patient (with Katherine slapping him)

Three best film sex scenes:
1. Brokeback Mountain
2. Titanic
3. The English Patient

Three best musical #'s from musicals:
1. Singin in the Rain, Singin in the Rain
2. Edelweiss, The Sound of Music
3. Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast

Three best non-musical numbers:
1. Play It Sam, Casablanca
2. Offenbach, Life is Beautiful
3. Karaoke, Lost in Translation

Three best action sequences:
1. The First Ball Drops, Minority Report
2. The Power Goes Out, Jurassic Park
3. The First Bite, Jaws

Three best character intros:
1. Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane
2. Satine, Moulin Rouge!
3. Eve Harrington, All About Eve

Three best opening sequences:
1. Rosebud, Citizen Kane
2. The First Ball Drops, Minority Report
3. Intro to the Ring, Fellowship of the Ring

Three best film endings:
1. Casablanca
2. Gone with the Wind
3. Chinatown

Wow, that was officially the hardest (and most fun) thing I've ever done. Happy anniversary Film Experience!

c.p. iñor said...

isn't michelle pfeiffer's character in white oleander INGRID?

c.p. iñor said...

3 favorite actresses:

3 favorite Buffy characters:

3 favorite director

3 favorite movies from the 00's:

3 favorite animated characters:

J.D. said...

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Alfonso Cuaron, and Peter Jackson

TV Shows: Pokémon, Pokémon, and Pokémon

Movie Characters: Donnie Darko, Sophie Scholl, and Valerie Page

Film Scores: Shore's The Return of the King, Zimmer's The Lion King, and Umebayashi's House of Flying Daggers

Anonymous said...

1. Nicole Kidman
2. Moulin Rouge
3. Nicole Kidman

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your three Movie Classic choices: Natalie Wood, Judy Garland, Maybe MArlon Brando instead of Clift ... but a close call.

Lyn said...

Three favourite films with "sunshine" in the title:

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Little Miss Sunshine
3. Sunshine

Eddney Todd said...

Three films I am extremely anxious to see:
1. Lust, Caution
2. Sweeney Todd
3. There Will Be Blood

Three favorite musicals (1997-2007):
1. Moulin Rouge!
2. Chicago
3. Hairspray

Three actors about whom I have impure thoughts:
1. Chris Evans
2. Zac Efron
3. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
3'. Jude Law


Y Kant Goran Rite said...

You know, Nathaniel, with all the Oscar coverage that you do, I forget sometimes you have such good taste in things (though personally I'd take out Law and Pitt, and replace them with Jake Gyllenhaal and Viggo Mortensen).

I'll be posting my Top 3 movies later today at my blog, but I'll tell you my Top 3:

Directors - Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman

Living Directors - Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodovar, Arnaud Desplechin

Actresses - Barbara Stanwyck, Liv Ullmann, Mia Farrow

Actors - Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas

Books - One Hundred Years of Solitude, Wise Blood, The Great Gatsby

TV Shows - Six Feet Under, The Simpsons, Seinfeld

Writers - Milan Kundera, Paul Auster, Daniel Clowes

Musicians - Tori Amos, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell

Bands - Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, White Stripes

E Dot said...

Three favorite film slaps:

1) Cher vs. Nicholas Cage (Moonstruck) "SNAP OUT OF IT!"

2) Annette Benning vs. Herself (American Beauty) "SHUT UP YOU WEAK...YOU BABY!"

3) Rachel McAdams vs. Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) "Don't touch me! I hate you! I hate you!"

Three favorite film makeovers:

1) Tai in 'Clueless'
2) Eliza Doolittle in 'My Fair Lady'
3) Gracie Hart in 'Miss Congeniality'

Three favorite musical sequence:

1) "El Tango de Roxanne (Medley)" scene in 'Moulin Rouge!'
2) "Do-Re-Mi" scene in 'The Sound of Music'
3) "America" scene in 'West Side Story'

Anonymous said...

3 Favorite Cate Blanchett Performances ;)

1. Elizabeth (!!)
2. The Talented Mr. Ripley
3. The Lord of the Rings (oh Galadriel, I can't get you out of my head)

Good seeing you tonight!


everyonethese are so fun to read. keep 'em coming

y kant um... thanks
but yeah i do ;)

Glenn Dunks said...

Movies: All That Jazz, Psycho, Mulholland Drive.

TV Shows: Twin Peaks, Seinfeld, Friends

So-Bad-They're-Good: Showgirls, Jack Frost, Friday the 13th: Part III (3D)

Directors: Hitchcock, Lynch, Kazan

Men That Make Me Go 'Mmmm': Hugh Jackman, Jamie Bell, Vincent Cassel

Peter Spears Dean said...

Peter’s Three Favorite:
Movies with 3 in the title: Ingmar Bergman’s Trilogy of Faith, The 39 Steps, Samurai 3: Duel at Ganryu Island
Directors: Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu
Sandwiches: Grilled mozzarella, tomato, and pesto on sourdough (#55 at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor); Croque-monsieur; Salami, swiss, tomato, and mustard on wheat.
Rock Stars: John Lennon, Elvis Costello, David Bowie
Inventions: The moving image, sashimi, running water
Flavors of Ice-cream: Mint Chocolate Chip, Blue Moon, Pistachio
Campy movies: Evil Dead II, Dead Alive, Grind house

Peter 889

Anonymous said...

3 most desirable cocks:

1) Jake Gyllenhaal

2) Patrick Wilson

3) Jared Leto

adam k. said...

Umm, doesn't ROTK count as a third installment of a franchise? That should bump Cremaster 3, no?

And Return of the Jedi may not be the best, or even second best, of the Star Wars movies, but it's still damn good, and would be included in my top 3 part threes.

Favorite 3 films:
Thelma & Louise
Dancer in the Dark
West Side Story

Favorite 3 TV series:
Battlestar Galactica
Mary Tyler Moore
the whole Star Trek universe

(My So-Called Life and/or Twin Peaks would probably be here if I'd seen a single episode of either, but alas, I have not)

And there are just too many hot men to list. That's why I do tournaments.

Matt Zoller Seitz said...

Congratulations, Nathaniel.

Three idols:

1. Stanley Kubrick
2. Marlon Brando
3. Stephen Sondheim

Sam Brooks said...

Most Beautiful Actresses of All Time:
1. Greta Garbo
2. Ingrid Bergman
3. Vivien Leigh

Favourite Movie Characters:
1. Martha; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
2. Bridget Gregory; The Last Seduction.
3. Scarlett O'Hara; Gone With The Wind.

Anonymous said...

Favorite Natalie Portman parts:

1. Darcy, The Simpsons
2. Evey, V for Vendetta
3. Marty, Beautiful Girls

Favorite Scarlett Johannson parts:

1. Her left breast.
2. Her right breast.
3. Uh, a shoulder. Whatever. Pick one.


anon but why a shoulder? please to explain.

MZS -I'm glad we both share the Sondheim enthusiasm and i shoulda done "idols"

1. Madonna
2. Stephen Sondheim
3. anybody who has managed to make a living doing what they absolutely love... or maybe that's people I'm insanely jealous of and maybe that's also people I'm insanely jealous of whilst getting ready for work on Monday morning.

Anonymous said...

My Three Fave Christmas Movies:
1. It's a Wonderful Life
2. White Christmas (Lord help the sister who comes between me & my man! - yowsa!)
3. Chevy Chase Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Lorenzo’s favorite:

movies ever: Some like it hot, Singin’ in the rain, The 400 blows (but i change my mind every second)
movies from the past season: Marie Antoinette, Shortbus, Zodiac
classic movie stars (male): Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant
classic movie stars (female): Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall
contemporary movie stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep
actors i have impure thoughs about: Josh Hartnett, Jude Law, Ryan Phillippe
directors: Hitchcock, Minnelli, Wyler
childhood movies: Old yeller, The goonies, That darn cat
noirs: Out of the past, This gun for hire, Dead reckoning
musicals: Singin’ in the rain, The band wagon, A star is born
tv series: ER (seasons 1-7 only), Friends, Scrubs
books: War and peace, Great expectations, Mrs. Dalloway

Anonymous said...

favorite wrestlemania matches:

1. Submission Match: Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (Wrestlemania 13)

2. Triple H vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania 20)

3. Ultimate Warrior vs Randy Savage (Wrestlemania 7)

favorite buffy TVS episodes:

1. The Body - Season 5

2. The Gift - Season 5

3. Halloween - Season 2

1. A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley

2. The Stand by Stephen King

3. Batman The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

Places I'd Most Like to Visit
1. Scottland

2. Italy

3. Greece

Anonymous said...

3 Favorite Movies
1. The Piano
2. Casablanca
3. The Seventh Seal

3 Favorite (working) Actresses
1. Julianne Moore
2. Nicole Kidman
3. Patricia Clarkson

and, appropriately, 3 Favorite Performance by My 3 Favorite Actresses

Julianne Moore
1. Far from Heaven
2. Boogie Nights
3. Safe

Nicole Kidman
1. Birth
2. Moulin Rouge!
3. Eyes Wide Shut

Patricia Clarkson
1. High Art
2. Dogville
3. Far from Heaven

Anonymous said...

3 things I wish Nathaniel would finish before the Film Experience Blog's 4th Anniversary:

3 - That 'All That Jazz' article --- did I miss it?
2 - That 'Moulin Rouge' article
1 - 100 Movies I Think About When I Think About the Movies

3 men that deserve to be a Hump Day Hottie

3 - Jude Law
2 - Bruce Willis
1 - Clive Owen

3 women that deserve to be a Hump Day Hottie

3 - La Pfieffer
2 - Ludivine Sagnier
1 - Monica Bellucci

Boyd said...
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Boyd said...

Congratulations and keep going!!

Here are my three favorite non-European films that had a major influence on my appreciation of cinema:

1) My Little Pony: The Movie
(the first film I ever saw at the cinema, age six, with my then girlfriend, who chose the film before asking her mother to pay for us and sit through this piece of cinematic dreck with us)
2) Raise the Red Lantern (for which I sneaked out of the house at age 12, took a bus to another town and bought a ticket despite the film being forbidden for anyone under 16), and
3) (kind of cheating here) the entire filmography of Ang Lee except for his first film, which I haven't seen (anyone who knows how to lay a hand on a copy, please let me know).

Three European films that took me by surprise this year by how good they were:

1) Jar City (Myrin)
2) In Memory of Myself (In memoria di me)
3) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile)

(Note on number 3: I saw this at the first press screening in Cannes, so there was no hype yet whatsoever because no one had seen it yet.)

Deborah said...

1. 3rd installment in a franchise. [b]Goldfinger[/b] (duh).

2. Musicals: [b]Singin' in the Rain, The Music Man, Top Hat.[/b]

3. Costumes I wish I could wear: The white feathered gown from "Cheek to Cheek" in [b]Top Hat[/b]. Pussy Galore's black velvet suit with gold vest in [b]Goldfinger[/b]. Lauren Bacall's over-the-top finery from [b]Murder on the Orient Express[/b].

4. Breakfasts: Bagels & lox with sable salad. Eggs Benedict. Biscuits and gravy (bring on the cholesterol!).

Deborah said...

OOPS! Sorry about square brackets instead of angle brackets. I was just over at IMDb where that's what the code calls for!

NicksFlickPicks said...

Three favorite things about The Film Experience:

1) The whole thing
2) The full, entire kaboodle
3) Nathaniel

Best for last, etc. Happy blog birthday!

NicksFlickPicks said...

And since I loved John T's answers above, I'll just toss off three line readings I love:

1) Carol, trying so hard: "I've seen you wrap things!" (Safe)
2) Greta, contemptuous and threatened: "What is a piece for Frame?" (High Art)
3) Holly, a mess in the backseat: "I hate April" (Hannah and Her Sisters)

KingRoper said...

3 Movies I will get sucked into watching no matter how many times I've seen them:
1) Poltergeist
2) What's Up, Doc?
3) Jaws

3 Movies that make me cry
1) Prancer
2) The House Without A Christmas Tree
3) Testament

3 Movies I couldn't wait to see more than once:
1) Mullholland Drive
2) Fight Club
3) 2001: A Space Odysessy

3 Movies seen more than once in the theaters
1) The Blues Brothers (24)
2) Altered States (17)
3) The Iron Giant (5)

3 Favorite Homoerotic Movies:
1) Showdown in Little Toyko
2) Fight Club
3) Red River

3 Movies I convince others to watch:
1) Written On The Wind
2) Return To Oz
3) Wonderland (the Levittown doc)

3 Quotes I overuse:
1) "Next to a tenor, a wardrobe woman is the touchiest thing in show biz... she's got two things to do: Carry clothes and press 'em wrong, and don't let anybody try to muscle in!" - Thelma Ritter
2) "Tootie, Let's get something to eat" - Mindy Cohn
3) "What more can they do to me?" - Madeline Kahn


everyone --your lists have tripled my glee and turning three. thank you.

nick I actually hear "I hate April" in my head in most everyone social situation which induces envy in me. I love Dianne Weist so much

Anonymous said...

meryl streep, bette davis and isabelle huppert


kingroper OMG. Someone else has seen "SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO" . Now, THAT deserves a post of its own.

Anonymous said...

Favorite quote with three parts:
"Look. There are three kinds of pipe:

"There's the kind of pipe you have, which is garbage, and you can see where that's gotten you.

"Then there's bronze, which is very good, unless something goes wrong, and something always goes wrong.

"Then, there's copper. Which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money."

It's surprising how often this quote can be used in everyday conversation.

Middento said...

My Favorite Three Performances in Drag:

1. Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot
2. Gael García Bernal in La mala educación
3. Bugs Bunny in The Rabbit of Seville

Anonymous said...


Why the objection to coffee in the theater?


i only meant for myself. I'm fine if YOU drink it.

(in real life i'm a coffee addict but i can stave off the cravings when ingesting the cinema)

Anonymous said...

I'm in total agreement with your 3 actors receiving your impure thoughts - such good taste...