Perusing the Vanity Fair of July 2007 (Updated Friday, 29 June)

So, the latest Vanity Fair has Brad Pitt on the cover, looking saintly (next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu) for the “Africa” issue.

Inside, self catches glimpses of: fetching Terrence Howard with his three kids, modeling for GAP Red; adorable Abigail Breslin, also for GAP Red; “It” girl of the moment Scarlett Johansson modeling for L’Oreal Superior Preference Fade-Defying Color & Shine System; Andy Garcia sitting in a 2007 Cadillac Escalade (Bottom of the page, a quote from Andy: “It is important when going after a goal, to never lose sight of the integrity of the journey.” Thank you, Andy, for providing self with pithy thought to start the morning); Sharon Stone modeling for Dior (watches); and, my favorite: Ketel One’s List of the Best 50 Films of All Time.

Going down this list, self cannot resist the temptation (even though it is 7:00 AM and self has to hot-foot it to 8 AM class in a few minutes) to list which of the “50 Best Films of All Time” she has actually seen. Without further ado :

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange — Older sister introduced self to book by Anthony Burgess.
3. American Graffiti — Self was 15. Beloved Dad took her to see it.
4. Annie Hall — Self, in high school, so inspired by Diane Keaton that she starts to wear men’s shirts, baggy men’s trousers, and even, occasionally, a neckite.
5. Apocalypse Now — Saw this with hubby when he was not yet hubby; at Old Mill Mall (since closed) on San Antonio Road.
6. The Bridge on the River Kwai — Self has only seen bits and snippets. Wasn’t this with David Niven? (No it was not, self! It was starring William Holden!)
7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid— “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” becomes one of self’s favorite songs that year
8. Casablanca
9. Chinatown
10. The Deer Hunter — Self saw this in Manila, with her whole family (Mom, Dad, older sister, three brothers. Beloved Dad declares that Meryl Streep will be a star.)
11. Doctor Zhivago
12. Dr. Strangelove
13. E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial
14. The French Connection — Self will never forget Gene Hackman’s line: “Ever pick your toes in Poughkeepsie?”
15. The Godfather: Part II — An unknown named Robert de Niro stole picture from Al Pacino
16. Gone with the Wind: Showed every year at New Frontier Cinema in Cubao — at least, while self was still living in Manila
17. Goodfellas
18. The Graduate
19. Jaws — read the book by Peter Benchley, then saw the movie: Self was in high school.
20. Lawrence of Arabia — Self fell madly in love with Peter O’Toole
21. My Fair Lady
22. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Hated that nurse! Then the actress who played her went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting.
23. Platoon — saw this when son was a year old, saw it four more times over the intervening years (Self always cries at the end)
24. Pulp Fiction — one of hubby’s favorites, turned him into lifelong Quentin Tarantino fan
25. Raiders of the Lost Ark — Self was already grad student at Stanford, and hubby and self were “dating” (the line for the movie at Palo Alto Square was super-long!)
26. Rocky — Younger brother so inspired by Rocky he starts downing three raw eggs every morning
27. Schindler’s List — First time for self to see Embeth Davidtz, Ralph Fiennes.
28. The Silence of the Lambs — in Manila, theatre crammed to the gills, had to sit apart from aunt and uncle, cousins. Afterwards, aunt pronounced disgust at the movie and scolds cousins for taking her.
29. Star Wars — In college, self sneaked out of class at the Ateneo to watch this film in Cubao
30. The Sound of Music — Self was seven. Dearest Mum brought her back to see it three more times, and even brought the maids!
31. Taxi Driver

One thought on “Perusing the Vanity Fair of July 2007 (Updated Friday, 29 June)

  1. this was a joke right. One foreign film; no Ealing comedies, no Kagamusha, no M, no La Dolce Vida, no blah blah blah. Before Bridge on the River Kwai, before Star Wars there was The Lady Killers (original which so outclasses the remake it is hard to understand what Tom Hanks was thinking!) and Kind Hearts and Coronets AG’s masterpieces.


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