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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


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!!!

Midsomer Murders

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We are working our way through the 1990s British TV series Midsomer Murders. According to some, this is proof we were born old. Regardless of one's age, this series a good choice if you want to watch a one-hour whodunnit rather than a feature-length show. The bonus is the beautiful scenery around the fictional Midsomer villages.

Like Inspector Morse, Detective Barnaby solves an improbable number of small town murders with his assistant's help. Midsomer Murders is a bit lighter, with humour provided by Detective Barnaby's family dynamic. Because there's over 80 episodes to sign out and titles are similar, here's a list of episodes. Cross off and enjoy!

Killings at Badger's Drift, Written in Blood, Death of a Hollow Man, Faithful until Death, Death in Disguise, Death's Shadow, Strangler's Wood, Dead Man's Eleven, Blood will Out, Death of a Stranger, Blue Herrings, Judgement Day, Beyond the Grave, Garden of Death, Destroying Angel, Electric Vendetta, Who Killed Cock Robin?, Dark Autumn, Tainted Fruit, Market for Murder, A Worm in the Bud, Ring Out your Dead, Murder on St. Malley's Day, A Talent for Life, Death and Dreams, Painted in Blood, A Tale of Two Hamlets, Birds of Prey, The Green Man, Bad Tidings, The Fisher King, Sins of Commission, The Maid in Splendour, The Straw Woman, Ghosts of Christmas Past, Things that go bump in the Night, Dead in the Water, Orchis Fatalis, Bantling Boy, Second Sight, Hidden Depths, Sauce for the Goose, Midsomer Rhapsody, The House in the Woods, Dead Letters, Vixen's Run, Down among the Dead Men, Death in Chorus, Country Matters, Last Year's Model, Four Funeral's and a Wedding, Dance with the Dead, The Animal Within, King's Crystal, The Axeman Cometh, Death and Dust, Picture of Innocence, They Seek Him Here, Death in a Chocolate Box, Shot at Dawn, Blood Wedding, Midsomer Life, Left for Dead, The Magician's Nephew, Talking to the Dead, Days of Misrule, The Dogleg Murders, Secrets and Spies, The Black Book, The Glitch, Small Mercies, The Creeper, The Great and The Good, The Sword of Guillame, the Made -to-measure Murders, Blood on the Saddle, The Silent Land, Master Class The Noble Art, Not in my Backyard, Mourning has Broken, and The Echoing Green.

Sorry for not linking all of these titles, folks! For a hilarious parody of murder-ridden English village life, don't miss Hot Fuzz.

Top 20

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Just came across the June 4/10 copy of Entertainment Weekly magazine (which the library carries) and they had an interesting article called the 100 Greatest Characters of the last 20 years. They pulled from both the big and little screen and the list is meant to comprise characters who 'moved us' over the last 20 years. As with any such list there is lots of room for discussion or outright disagreement---but it made for entertaining reading. So I thought I would feature the top 20 choices---for the remaining 80 you will have to read the article either in the mag or by going online into CPL''s e-library and then accessing the extensive MasterFile Premier database. This features 100's of popular magazines that you can access free with your Library card. Not sure how to use it yet? Stop in at your nearest location where our helpful staff will be happy to show you---once you are introduced to this resource you will wonder how you got along without it! Can you believe that out of the 20 listed below there are only 2 that CPL doesn't carry---Ally McBeal (and in my opinion, no great omission- she drove me up the wall) and Laura Croft 1 &2 which are actually pretty good.

1. Homer

2. Harry Potter

3. Buffy the vampire Slayer

4. Tony Soprano /Sopranos

5. The Joker/DarkKnight

6. Rachel Green /Friends

7. Edward Scissorhands

8. Hannibal Lecter /Silence of the Lambs

9. Carrie Bradshaw /Sex and the City The Movie

10. Spongebob Squarepants

11. Cosmo Kramer /Seinfeld

12. Agents Mulder and Scully /The X-Files

13. Jack Sparrow /The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy

14. The Big Lebowski

15. Shrek

16. Bridget Jones /The Edge of Reason

17. Laura Croft /Tomb Raider 1&2

18. Sue Sylvester /Glee

19. Morpheus /Matrix 1 2 3

20. Ally McBeal


Role Reversals

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Urban myths abound around many roles that were offered to and turned down by any number of Hollywood actors-from major players to virtual unknowns and everybody in between. According to the very entertaining and well-researched book The Greatest Movies Everhere are a few of the more notable role reversals.

Marlon Brando was first choice over Peter O'Toole for Lawrence of Arabia.

Clint Eastwood, James Caan, Al Pacino, and Jack Nicholson all turned down the role of Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now. The role eventually went to Martin Sheen and garnered him critical acclaim---and a heart attack.
Now here's a stretch---Frank Sinatra instead of Brando in On the Waterfront. Given the Chairman's known affiliation with the mob this might have been too much a case of art imitating life. Brando took home the Oscar for his performance.

In my opinion one of the reasons that Dustin Hoffman works so well in the title role of The Graduate is he is so ordinary, so 'everyman'. He seems like he really could have got into this situation without knowing how. The original choice for the role was the genetically blessed Robert Redford. Even with Redford's fine acting skills I would have found it hard to see him as the bemused and befuddled Ben Braddock.

Imagine a brunette Lara in Dr. Zhivago---Sophia Loren was considered by David Lean to be too tall for her co-star Omar Sharif and the role went instead to the petite Julie Christie.

Author Peter Benchley wanted an all star cast including Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and Steve McQueen in the film adaptation of his book Jaws. Spielberg wanted Lee Marvin as shark hunter Quint. I'm not sure where they would have put all that star power. There were only three major roles (four if you count the shark). The roles as we know, went to Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfus.

Can you imagine anybody else other than Jack Nicholson as McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? James Caan anybody?

Harrison Ford became one of the most iconic heroes of our time as Indiana Jones after Tom Selleck could not get time away from his Magnum P.I. duties.

Alec Baldwin turned down the title role in The Fugitive and Harrison Ford stepped in. Not the first time that Ford took over a role from him. Baldwin also declined to reprise the role of Jack Ryan from The Hunt for Red October. Ford played the role twice more in Patriot Games, and a Clear and Present Danger.

At the age of 60 Cary Grant turned down the role of - wait for it ---James Bond!

A role which as everybody knows, went to Sean Connery.

But did you know that Sean was first choice for Gandalf? Rumor has it they wanted him so badly they offered him 15% of world wide sales, an amount that could have been in the low 9 figures! That's 300 to 400 MILLION dollars!!! Mr. Connery, who has never read the LOTR trilogy, is quoted as saying 'he didnt understand the script'. He is also quoted as saying of his refusal ' it was a big mistake'.


Movie Quote Answers

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Here are the answers to the Feb 12th post:

  1. Cool Hand Luke
  2. Jerry McGuire
  3. A Few Good Men
  4. Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  5. The Terminator
  6. Frankenstein
  7. Sixth Sense
  8. A Legue of Their Own
  9. The Shining
  10. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  11. Lord of the Rings
  12. Moonstruck
  13. Titanic
  14. Casablanca
  15. Dr. Strangelove
  16. Sudden Impact
  17. Maltese Falcon
  18. Gone With the Wind
  19. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  20. Princess Bride

Ready to try a few more?

  1. You're gonna need a bigger boat.
  2. If you build it, he will come.
  3. Stella! Hey,Stella!
  4. Houston, we have a problem.
  5. La-dee-da,la-dee-da.
  6. A boy's best friend is his mother.
  7. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
  8. Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.
  9. A martini, shaken not stirred.
  10. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
  11. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys.
  12. Yo, Adrian!
  13. Rosebud.
  14. Is it safe?
  15. You don't understand! I coulda had class.
  16. I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.
  17. Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
  18. I'll have what she's having.
  19. I want to be alone.
  20. All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up

Movie Quotes

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Thought a little bit of trivia might prove fun for our fellow movie maniacs. See if you can come up with the name of the movie that the quote comes from. These are all well known- but from where? I'll start with some easy ones and if this particular post proves popular over the next few weeks, I'll add some harder ones. Just resist the urge to Google the answer- that would be far too easy. Check back in a week or so for the answers---or send us a comment.

  1. What we have here is a failure to communicate.
  2. Show me the money!
  3. You can't handle the truth.
  4. Badges? We ain't got no badges? We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!
  5. I'll be back.
  6. It's alive! It's alive!
  7. I see dead people.
  8. There's no crying in baseball.
  9. Here's Johnny!
  10. Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
  11. My precious.
  12. Snap out of it!
  13. I'm king of the world!
  14. We'll always have Paris.
  15. Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!
  16. Go ahead, make my day
  17. The stuff that dreams are made of.
  18. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.
  19. Why did it have to be snakes?
  20. Twoo wuv.

Ten Top Ten

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Movie maniac that I am, I recently stayed up till 1:00 A.M. on a work night to watch AFI's (American Film Institute) ten top ten. Arranged into 10 categories, they then chose what they felt were the top 10 movies in each. While I don't necessarily agree with all of the choices nor their ordering (and there are lots of such lists), I really enjoyed the show and couldn't wait to see what the number one choice was for each genre. To see the winners follow this link to AFIand have some fun rating it against your own choices. I am pleased to tell you that CPL currently has an impressive 84 out of 100 of the winning titles and due to very high interest our Collections Dept is acquiring the remaining 16! Find them in our catalogue by doing a keyword search using dvd and the title; i.e. dvd snow white and the seven dwarfs. A little bit of trivia--multiple winners include Jimmy Stewart appearing in 6 of the top 100, with Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Grace Kelly appearing in 3 each. You'll likely see some of these titles make it into our Movie Maniac reviews in the future. There are a lot of great choices here--enjoy.