Eavesdropping: Salon.com’s “The Movie Experience I Can’t Forget”

Salon.com asked a diverse array of film critics to name “the movie experience I can’t forget.”

Great idea!

Here are the movies that generated the “can’t-forget” (The ones self really likes will be followed by exclamation points!  Like so:  !!!).  For the experiences themselves, you’ll have to go to Salon.com

  1. From Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com film critic:   John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982) — !!!
  2. From Paul Gerald, a Portland, OR-based “writer, author, and publisher” :  xxx’s “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989) —  !!!  Major points for the picture of Keanu at his blank-est!  Totally gorgeous!
  3. From Steven Boone, who publishes the blog Big Media Vandalism :  Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” (1994)
  4. From Sheila O’Malley, who writes the blog The Sheila Variations :   George Lucas’ “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
  5. From Francis “Oggs” Cruz, contributor to the Philippine Star and The Philippines Free PressLav Diaz’s “Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino” (2004)
  6. From Odienator, who writes about film and popular culture, and publishes a yearly series, The Black History Mumf:  Brian de Palma’s “Dressed to Kill” (1980) —  !!!
  7. From Matt Zoller Seitz, filmmaker and regular Salon.com contributor:  Oliver Stone’s “JFK” (1991) —  !!!
  8. From Kartina Richardson, who runs Mirror Film, “a website of film criticism and video essays” :  Samuel Fuller’s 1953 “Pickup on South Street”
  9. David Dixon, who publishes the blog Bring Me the Head of David Dixon:  xxx’s “Leprechaun” (1993)
  10. Walter Biggins, who writes the blog Quiet Bubble:   Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” (1993)
  11. Jeffrey Wells, publisher of Hollywood Elsewhere:  Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”
  12. Edward Copeland, creator of Edward Copeland on Film:  Roland Joffe’s “The Mission” (1986)
  13. Liz Helfgott, editorial director for The Criterion Collection:   Peter Greenaway’s 1980 “The Falls” (viewed 1993)
  14. Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Through a Screen Darkly, “a memoir of dangerous moviegoing” :   Kevin Costner’s “Dances With Wolves” (1990)
  15. Daniel McKleinfeld, Brooklyn-based editor, director, and VJ:  xxx’s “Striptease” (viewed 1996)

And here are a couple of self’s own unforgettable movie experiences (in order of “unforgettable-ness”) :

  • Bruce Beresford’s “Black Robe” (1991) —  Self went with a cousin; hubby had to stay home and babysit son, BWAH. HA. HAAA!  (He wouldn’t have liked the movie; self’s cousin didn’t)
  • Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” (1986) —  Self saw it with Dear Departed Dad.  He embarrassed self deeply by clapping at the end.
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” (1972) —  Self’s first sight of Al Pacino:  what more can one say?
  • Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter” (1978) —  Saw it with Dear Departed Dad in Manila.  He said of Meryl Streep:  “She’s going to be a big star.”
  • William Friedkin’s “The French Connection” (1971) —  Self’s first experience of gritty, almost-documentary-style filming.
  • Peque Gallaga’s “Oro, Plata, Mata” (1982) —  Drove all the way to Berkeley to see it.  Bacolod, this film was you.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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