Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tagged: The Alphabet Meme

Ah, The Alphabet Meme, a little ominous, is it not?

Fletch at Blog Cabins has tagged me with this meme which has me list a movie for every letter in the alphabet.

What's nice about this meme is that it's somewhat free-ing in the ability to choose movies that may not normally appear in my top 26. Your hands are tied a bit and I kind of like it like that.

For instance a movie like Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang is a favorite of mine, but I may not include it in my Top 50 or Top 100 for that matter. But for the most part, the movies all belong on a list close to my heart. I consciously did not repeat directors to spare you all from a list that would consist solely of John Carpenter, Brian DePalma, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Wes Anderson.

And only one movie appears on this list that was made before I was born, which means... um... something, but what that something is I have no idea.

Without further ado, here is my list.

All The President’s Men Alan J. Pakula (1976)

B
low Out Brian DePalma (1981)

C
addyshack Harold Ramis (1980)

D
azed and Confused Richard Linklater (1993)

E
lection Alexander Payne (1999)

F
andango Kevin Reynolds (1985)

G
oodfellas Martin Scorsese (1990)

H
igh Fidelity Stephen Frears (2000)

I
ncredibles, The Brad Bird (2004)

J
aws Stephen Spielberg (1975)

K
iss, Kiss, Bang, Bang Shane Black (2005)

L
eaver Her To Heaven John M. Stahl (1945)

M
ulholland Drive David Lynch (2001)

N
orth by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock (1959)

O
ut of Sight Steven Soderbergh (1998)

P
ulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino (1994)

Q
&A Sidney Lumet (1990)

R
oyal Tenenbaums, The Wes Anderson (2001)

S
pirited Away Hayao Miyazaki (2001)

T
hing, The John Carpenter (1982)

U
nforgiven Clint Eastwood (1992)

V
anishing, The George Sluizer (1998)

W
ily Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Mel Stuart (1971)

X
-rated Bloopers 2 Multiple Directors of Note (1991)

Y
oung Frankenstein Mel Brooks (1974)

Z
odiac David Fincher (2007)


The Rules

1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet.

2. The letter "A" and the word "The" do not count as the beginning of a film's title, unless the film is simply titled A or The, and I don't know of any films with those titles.

3. Return of the Jedi belongs under "R," not "S" as in Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi. This rule applies to all films in the original Star Wars trilogy; all that followed start with "S." Similarly, Raiders of the Lost Ark belongs under "R," not "I" as in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Conversely, all films in the LOTR series belong under "L" and all films in the Chronicles of Narnia series belong under "C," as that's what those filmmakers called their films from the start. In other words, movies are stuck with the titles their owners gave them at the time of their theatrical release. Use your better judgement to apply the above rule to any series/films not mentioned.

4. Films that start with a number are filed under the first letter of their number's word. 12 Monkeys would be filed under "T."

5. Link back to Blog Cabins in your post so that I can eventually type "alphabet meme" into Google and come up #1, then make a post where I declare that I am the King of Google.

6. If you're selected, you have to then select 5 more people.

Consider yourself tagged:

Adam Ross at DVD Panache

Lisa Bee at Horror Happenings

Adam at Movie Chunks

Megan at All I Need Is Everything

Paul at Careful With That Blog, Eugene

Alan at Burbanked

and Marilyn at Ferdy on Films (which I've decided will be included on every meme I create or am tagged with forever!)

15 comments:

Megan said...

You never tag me. (Sniff!)

I don't care though, I'm doing it anyway.

:)

PIPER said...

Um... Megan

Are you feeling okay?

I included you in the list.

Forth down.

Megan said...

Aw, shucks.

:)

Adam Ross said...

Thanks for the tag!

Watched "High Fidelity" just last week, never get tired of any of the record shop scenes:

"That's a Cosby sweater, Rob. A Cossssssby sweaterrrr!"

Lisa Bee said...

Thanks for the tag, Piper. (I've already got my list up.) I really like your picks. You came up with some clever choices for Q and X. Now I'm going to have to track down X-rated Bloopers 2.

Marilyn said...

Piper! You did it again! OK, I'll get into the game, but not for a few days. I want everyone to read my blog partner Rod's brilliant essay on Citizen Kane first. Go there right now. Read. Comment. Lavish praise, etc. etc.

Reel Whore said...

A non V for Vendetta selection for V. The Vanishing was a great flick and one I haven't seen in many years. Bridges was as creepy as they come.

PIPER said...

Lisa,

It was either Xtro or X-rated Bloopers. Good luck tracking it down.

Marilyn,

I'll check it out.

Reel Whore,

My Vanishing is not the remake. It's the original. Much more haunting.

Marilyn said...

It's up now. If I had to do it over, I might change a few things, but I was putting names in and taking them out for two hours. Enough, already, I said to myself.

Reel Whore said...

Never seen the original Vanishing. The date listed threw me off.

Burbanked said...

YEAH, I know you tagged me. Truth is I made a list that very day, with a few holes in it. I'll be completely honest with you when I say that my own list bored me to tears. I was trying to come up with some clever angle or rule deviation to challenge myself a bit, so far to no avail.

So no list yet. But I'm WORKIN ON IT.

* (asterisk) said...

"My Vanishing is not the remake. It's the original. Much more haunting."

Yay for originals! Original Vanishing is way, way better than the remake.

MovieMan0283 said...

My list is here:

http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2008/11/x-does-not-mark-spot.html

We overlap on only one (cue John Williams music).

"And only one movie appears on this list that was made before I was born, which means... um... something, but what that something is I have no idea."

That you're old. (I kid.)

By the way, I don't know if you were aware of this, but your 12 movies meme inspired one of my own, which took off a couple months ago. Its history is summed up here (along with a list of all the movies included):

http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2008/08/holy-grail.html

Fletch said...

"X-rated Bloopers 2"

Awesome.

Thanks for playin, Pipes.

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