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One movie you've seen for each letter of the alphabet 
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For those of you at work like me with access to the internet and a serious need for distraction, I present a challenge: name a film that you've seen for each letter of the alphabet but each film has to be directed by a different person. Initial articles (e.g. a, an, the) don't count. I present to you:

Alien: Ridley Scott
Bridge on the River Kwai, The: David Lean
Creepshow: George A. Romero
Dark City: Alex Proyas
Elephant Man, The: David Lynch
Funny Games: Michael Haneke
Gallipoli: Peter Weir
Halloween: John Carpenter
In the Line of Fire: Wolfgang Peterson
JFK: Oliver Stone
Klute: Alan J. Pakula
Letters from Iwo Jima: Clint Eastwood
Magnificent Ambersons, The: Orson Welles
Night of the Hunter, The: Charles Laughton
O Brother Where Art Thou? Ethan Coen
Planet of the Apes: Franklin J. Schaffner
Quantum of Solace: Marc Forster
Rocky: John G. Avildsen
Simple Plan, A: Sam Raimi
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Sydney Pollack
Under Siege, Andrew Davis
Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock
Westworld: Michael Crichton
Xala: Ousmane Sembane
Young Mr. Lincoln: John Ford
Zulu: Cy Endfield

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Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:49 am
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Let's see, i've seen:
American Eagle
Back In Action
Crackerjack
Delta Force
Executive Target
Final Voyage
Gen-Y Cops
Hurricane Smith
Interpol Connection
Judgment Night
Killpoint
Lady Avenger
Mo Money
Never Say Die
Out Of Bounds
Private Wars
Quiet Fire
Rage
Soldier Boyz
To The Limit
Underground, The
Virtuosity
Warhead
Xtro 2
Young Warriors
Zero Tolerance


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Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:37 pm
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But are they all by different directors?

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JamesKunz wrote:
But are they all by different directors?

Yeah they are, I just forgot to list them.


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Man did you pick some B and obscure movies. I mean, I've seen over 2000 movies in my lifetime and average about 5 a week, and I've seen literally one of the movies you listed (Virtuosity) plus bits and pieces of The Delta Force.

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Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:05 pm
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JamesKunz wrote:
Man did you pick some B and obscure movies. I mean, I've seen over 2000 movies in my lifetime and average about 5 a week, and I've seen literally one of the movies you listed (Virtuosity) plus bits and pieces of The Delta Force.
Well that's a fact i'm very proud of, i've seen over 3000 movies so far(at least I think so, i've seen so many movies that I lost count years ago) and I own over a hundred, hardly a day goes by where I don't watch at least one new film.


Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:54 pm
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Five movies I own for each letter of the alphabet:


A
1. Ashes And Diamonds (1958)
2. Army Of Shadows (1969)
3. Amarcord (1973)
4. Ace In The Hole (1951)
5. Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)

B
1. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
2. Burden Of Dreams (1982)
3. Blade Runner (1982) <1982 American, 1982 European, 1991 Dir. Cut, 2007 Final Cut>
4. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1947)
5. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

P.S. - Just to mention, the Beastie Boys Video Anthology (2000) is a great purchase. I nearly wept at the prospect of such hilariously potent gold in one set - and I got mine free. Thank you for Barnes & Nobles summer sales...

C
1. Charade (1963)
2. Un Chien Andalou (1928)
3. Cyclo (1995)
4. Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)
5. Cinema Paradiso (1989)

D
1. Das Boot (1981)
2. Dead Ringers (1988)
3. Decalogue (1988)
4. Delicatessen (1991)
5. The Deer Hunter (1978)

E
1. Exotica (1994)
2. El Topo (1970)
3. The Exorcist (1973)
4. Elephant (2003)
5. Election (1999)

F
1. The Face Of Another (1966)
2. The 400 Blows (1959)
3. The Freshman (1925)
4. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
5. Flirting (1991)

G
1. Gimme Shelter (1970)
2. A Generation (1955)
3. Guys And Dolls (1955)
4. Glengarry GlenRoss (1992)
5. The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

H
1. La Haine (1995)
2. Holiday (1938)
3. The Hustler (1961)
4. Hiroshima Non Amour (1959)
5. Hearts Of Darkness (1991

I
1. The Iceman Cometh (1960) - severely underrated TV classic -
2. In Cold Blood (1967)
3. In The Bedroom (2001)
4. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
5. Intolerance (1916)

J
1. Jaws (1975)
2. Jean De Florette (1986)
3. Jerry Maguire (1996)
4. La Jetee (1983)
5. JFK (1991)

K
1. Kanal (1957)
2. Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)
3. Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
4. The Killer (1989)
5. Kids (1995)

L
1. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
2. Leolo (1992)
3. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
4. Lacombe Lucien (1974)
5. Lady Eve (1941)

M
1. Macbeth (1972)
2. Mouchette (1967)
3. Missing (1982)
4. Murmur Of The Heart (1971)
5. Man Bites Dog (1991)

N
1. Name Of The Rose (1986)
2. Night Of The Hunter (1955)
3. Nights Of Cabiria (1957)
4. Naked (1993)
5. Nosferatu (1922)

O
1. On The Waterfront (1954)
2. Once Were Warriors (1994)
3. Out Of Sight (1998)
4. Once Upon A Time In The West (1969)
5. Out Of The Past (1946)

P
1. The Plague Dogs (1982)
2. Peeping Tom (1960)
3. Perfect Blue (1997)
4. Paris, Texas (1984)
5. The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)

Q
1. The Queen (2006)
- That's all, folks. I thought I would have more...

R
1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
2. Raise The Red Lantern (1991)
3. Raising Arizona (1987)
4. Ran (1985)
5. Rashomon (1950)

S
1. Safe (1995)
2. The Sorrow And The Pity (1971)
3. Salaam Bombay! (1988)
4. Sweetie (1989)
5. Sans Soleil (1963)

T
1. Talk To Her (2002)
2. This Sporting Life (1963)
3. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
4. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
5. Touch Of Evil (1958)

U
1. Ugetsu (1953)
2. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)
3. United 93 (2006)
4. Unforgiven (1992)
5. Un Couer En Hiver (1992)

V
1. V For Vendetta (2006)
2. Vertigo (1958)
3. The Vanishing (1988)
4. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
5. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

W
1. The Wages Of Fear (1953)
2. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
3. Wings Of Desire (1987)
4. Woman In The Dunes (1964)
5. Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (1988)

X
1. X-Men (2000)
2. X-2 (2003)

Y
1. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
2. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
3. Yi Yi (2000)
4. Yojimbo (1961)
5. You Can't Take It With You (1938)

Z
1. Z (1968)


Apparently, I'm slacking on the letters 'Q', 'X', and 'Z'. And no, I won't be buying 'Zoetrope' or 'Xanadu', so don't ask (but please, do).


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Wow you've got a good collection. I do object to calling the Decalogue a film, though I guess you've got The Iceman Cometh in there as well. You need to buy The Quick and the Dead, Quiz Show, Quills, and Quigley Down Under I guess. Plus Zulu, Zulu Dawn, Zorba the Greek, and Zodiac.

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Atonement - Joe Wright
Bourne Identity - Doug Liman
Children of Men - Alfonso Cuaron
Dark Knight - Christopher Nolan
Evil Dead 2 - Sam Raimi
Finding Nemo - Andrew Stanton
Gran Torino - Clint Eastwood
Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince - David Yates
Inglourious Basterds - Quentin Tarantino
Juno - Jason Reitman
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang - Shane Black
L.A. Confidential - Curtis Hanson
Matrix - The Wachowski Brothers
No Country for Old Men - Coen Brothers
Ocean's Eleven - Steven Soderbergh
Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo del Toro
Quantum of Solace - Marc Foster
Rachel Getting Married - Jonathon Demme
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Tim Burton
Terminator 2: Judgement Day - James Cameron
Up - Pete Docter
V for Vendetta - James McTeigue
Wanted - Timur Bekmambetov
X2- Bryan Singer
Yes Man - Peyton Reed
Zodiac - David Fincher


Yes Man was the only movie I've seen that starts with a Y, so I got lucky :P


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tried to keep a film noir theme:

Angel Face: Preminger
Brute Force: Dassin
Crossfire: Dmytryk
Detective Story: Wyler
Elevator to the Gallows: Malle
File on Thelma Jordon: Siodmak
Gun Crazy: Joseph H. Lewis
House on Telegraph Hill:Robert Wise
In Cold Blood: Richard Brooks
Jackie Brown: Tarantino
Key Largo: Huston
The Locket: John Brahm
Moonrise: Frank Borzage
Niagara: Henry Hathaway
Odd Man Out: Carol Reed
Pickup on South Street: Sam Fuller
Quicksand: Irving Pichel
Reckless Moment: Ophuls
Le Samourai: Melville
They Live By Night: Nicholas Ray
The Underneath: Soderbergh
Vertigo: Hitchcock
Witness to Murder: Roy Rowland
The X Files:I Want To Believe: Chris Carter
You Only Live Once: Fritz Lang
Zardoz: Boorman


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Ahhh this is fun

Calvero--

Like your list a lot. Social conscious noir Crossfire, underrated Brute Force, proto-New Wave Louis Malle in Elevator to the Gallows, and a bunch of other good ones.

Blace--

Very modern list. I counted only 2 made before the aughts (Evil Dead 2/T2). Do you cleave towards more modern films in general or did they just come into your head this way?

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JamesKunz wrote:
Ahhh this is fun
Blace--

Very modern list. I counted only 2 made before the aughts (Evil Dead 2/T2). Do you cleave towards more modern films in general or did they just come into your head this way?


I went with my favorite movie that started with each letter unless the directors were the same. I haven't seen too many movies before the 90's and I'm still trying to catch up.


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Good for you. I did the same thing when I got to college and discovered Netflix/the campus film library. I forgot to include L.A. Confidential (one of my favorite films as well) by the way so you have more than 2 from before the 2000s.

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hmmm.....I'll go movies I own

Army of Darkness
Brick
Clash of the Titans
Deer Hunter
Elf
Friday
Great Escape
Harry Potter I through V
Inside Man
Judge Dredd
Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)
Lord of the Rings - Box Set Extended
Major League
Natural Born Killers
Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
Patriot, The
Quick and the Dead
Red Sonja
Starship Troopers
True Lies
Under Siege
V for Vendetta
Wall-E
X-Men Cartoon Collection
Young Frankenstein
Zodiac


Obviously there's tons more but that was the first 26 I came up with.


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Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:53 pm
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A - Airplane!, The Zucker Brothers and Jim Abrhams
B - Big, Penny Marshall
C - Clerks, Kevin Smith
D - Die Hard, John McTiernan
E - End of Days, Peter Hyams
F - Fight Club, David Fincher
G - Gladiator, Ridley Scott
H - Hard Boiled, John Woo
I - I, Robot, Alex Proyas
J - Jacob's Ladder, Adrian Lynne
K - Kiki's Delivery Service, Hayoa Miyazaki
L - Leon, Luc Besson
M - Man on Fire, Tony Scott
N - Nashville, Robert Altman
O - Office Space, Mike Judge
P - Poltergeist, Tobe Hooper
Q - Quick and the Dead, The, Sam Raimi
R - Rambo, Sylvester Stallone
S - Street Fighter, Stephen E. Souza
T - Terminator, The, James Cameron
U - Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Geoffrey Rush
V - V for Vendetta, James McTeigue
W - Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders
X - xXx, Rob Cohen
Y - You Only Live Twice, Lewis Gilbert
Z - Zardoz, John Boorman


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Geoffrey Rush is an actor who was in Shine and Pirates of the Caribbean. Geoff Murphy, career Second Unit Director, made Under Siege 2.

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JamesKunz wrote:
Geoffrey Rush is an actor who was in Shine and Pirates of the Caribbean. Geoff Murphy, career Second Unit Director, made Under Siege 2.


Eh whatever, too lazy to change it


Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:38 pm
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Alright lemme try this:
1. Adventureland
2. Batman Begins
3. City of God
4. Dogma
5. Enemy of the State
6. Fight Club
7. Gladiator
8. Hitch
9. Incredibles, The
10. Jerry Maguire
11. Kill Bill
12. L.A. Confidential
13. Mallrats
14. No Country for Old Men
15. Observe and Report
16. Pulp Fiction
17. ?
18. Reservoir Dogs
19. Strange Days
20. Three Kings
21. Up
22. V for Vendetta
23. War Zone
24. X-Men
25. You, Me and Dupree (ugh!)
26. Zack and Miri

I've left Q blank because I honestly can't think of anything I've seen that starts with that particular letter; when I do come up with something, I'll double back.


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You have 3 by one director (Kevin Smith) but I forgive you

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Wow you've got a good collection. I do object to calling the Decalogue a film, though I guess you've got The Iceman Cometh in there as well. You need to buy The Quick and the Dead, Quiz Show, Quills, and Quigley Down Under I guess. Plus Zulu, Zulu Dawn, Zorba the Greek, and Zodiac.



Pardon me if any of the following seems contentious, because I have a feeling it will.


Of the several you mentioned, I would only buy 'Quiz Show', which is one of the more underrated films of the 90's. The rest I believe are either mediocre, or just plain terrible ('The Quick And The Dead' being the worst offender). 'Zodiac' was such a stylistic let-down for Fincher I literally had to watch 'Se7en' as an antidote immediately after. Ever since 'Fight Club', Fincher's aesthetic has gone from from perfunctory ('Panic Room') to simply boring, hitting the nadir with 'Zodiac'. He has turned from a radical maverick bordering on genius to a competent member of the directorial bourgeoisie (culminating in an obvious stab at Oscar-legitimacy with the misbegotten 'Benjamin Button').


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