Listeria – Going to the Picture Show

2 Jul

The folks at Entertainment Weekly just came out with a bunch of lists. The 100 greatest television shows. The 100 greatest novels. The 100 greatest albums. The 100 greatest lists of great things in popular culture. It is perfect fodder for “Listeria”, the ongoing examination of our fascination with lists.

This is an examination of the magazine’s list of the 100 greatest movies, or, as my dad used to call them, the picture show. When I was a kid, he would ask if I wanted to go to the picture show because he knew it drove me crazy. For those who don’t know, the picture show was a southern term for the movies. He said a lot of other things to drive me crazy, but that one was a sure thing.

Never fear, I am not going to write about 100 movies. I am going to list the ones that I have seen. To add some texture, I think I will include my favorite thing about each one.

Oh, there will also be a little trivia at the end.Ward Bond

1. Citizen Kane (1941) – The line, “A toast, Jedediah, to love on my terms. Those are the only terms anybody ever knows – his own.”

2. The GodFather (1972) – The line, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

3. Casablanca (1942) – Rick’s Cafe

6. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – The floor that separates to form an indoor swimming pool

9. Nashville (1975) – The song, “It Don’t Worry Me”

10. Gone With the Wind (1939) – The coolness of Rhett Butler

12. The Searchers (1956) – Monument Valley

14. Bambi (1942) – Thumper

18. Jaws (1975) – Quint’s story about being on the USS Indianapolis

19. Pulp Fiction (1994) – The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.

24. The Sound of Music (1965) – When it was over

25. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – The music

28. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – The Red Brick Road (where does it go?)

29. North by Northwest (1959) – Mount Rushmore

33. The Graduate (1967) – Katharine Ross

41. The Road Warrior (1981) – The kid with the decapitating boomerang

43. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Gandalf

49. Goldfinger (1964) – The Kentucky Fried Chicken in one of the scenes

52. Titanic (1997) – The wreck

53. Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Darth Vader

56. Schindler’s List (1993) – The last scene in the cemetery

59. All the President’s Men (1976) – Jason Robards

61. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Hannibal Lecter’s cell

62. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – The flying bicycle

63. Network (1976) – The line, “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

68. GoodFellas (1990) – The music

69. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) – Slim Pickens riding the bomb.

78. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – The melting face of the Nazi

81. Blade Runner (1982) – Pris

83. The Wild Bunch (1969) – The Front Porch Massacre

85. Dirty Harry (1971) – The line, “I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

88. The Dark Knight (2008)Batman riding away at the end

89. Woodstock (1970) – The crowd shots

93. A Face in the Crowd (1957) – All of it

94. Brokeback Mountain (2005) – Randy Quaid

99. There WIll Be Blood (2007) – The line, “Drainage! Drainage, Eli, you boy. Drained dry. I’m so sorry. Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that’s a straw, you see? You watching?. And my straw reaches acroooooooss the room, and starts to drink your milkshake… I… drink… your… milkshake!”

Trivia – Ward Bond (pictured above) was in at least 5 of the top 1oo movies. This includes 3 of the top 12.

10 Responses to “Listeria – Going to the Picture Show”

  1. Alex H July 2, 2013 at 10:21 #

    Awesome……..Just Awesome Share.I love it.Looking forward for more.Alex,Thanks.

  2. hawkswill July 2, 2013 at 14:55 #

    LOL Rick, sure chose the right picture to get my interest!. Ward is my main man.

    Don’t know if it is still true, but Ward was in the best 100 movies for many years……..the one person who was in the MOST of them. Your Trivia, is an easy one, of course: His Bert the Cop inspired one of the Muppets, LOL…that was in It’s a Wonderful Life. Then, there was the small but stand out part of the Yankee Captain? in Gone with the Wind. Then, one of his most important roles in that he was Duke’s Boss, LOL, The Reverend Captain Samuel Clayton Moore in the Searchers. I THINK he was only Duke’s boss in one more movie…….that was Operation Pacific in which he was called “Pops” as commander of the Submarine and Duke, his exec was DUKE! Of course less than halfway through the movie………..well, won’t ruin it for anyone in case they haven’t seen it, but, it is a very good movie. I believe one year Ward was in 39 movies! Thanks for the list and your comments. Nice to see Ward singled out once in a while. Since Scott’s book, Three Bad Men, came out….all of Ward’s “Bondabilia” as his fans call it, has really gone up in price. I bought a bunch before the book was released, HAH! KEITH

    • Rick July 3, 2013 at 04:42 #

      Thanks. I was hoping the picture of Ward Bond would attract some attention. I recently finished the book you mentioned, and it had me thinking about all of the great movies he was in. My favorites are “The Searchers” and “Rio Bravo”.

  3. hawkswill July 3, 2013 at 12:30 #

    Oh Rick, there are so many great movies of his back in the thirties and forties when he was still a pretty superior specimen physically, LOL……..before he almost lost his leg.. Send me your email and I will send you a great clip that will have you getting the movie right away, LOL.

    • Rick July 4, 2013 at 04:25 #

      Sounds good

  4. DyingNote July 7, 2013 at 02:42 #

    Hey Professor, I thought you’d have mentioned LOTR: Fellowship Of The Ring – “You shall not pass”

    • Rick July 7, 2013 at 20:12 #

      The only LOTRon the list was the one I mentioned. I wondered the same thing about this one.


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