You know that book, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Stephen Jay Schneider? I don’t know if I would watch some of these if I only had a little time left. I mean I’m sure they all have cinematic significance but not all of them are fun. If I were about to shuffle off the mortal coil, I wouldn’t want to watch a bunch of lame movies just beforehand.

So, I went through the ones I’d seen to check.

Movies 1-60 ::  Movies 61-100 ::  Movies 101-160 :: Movies 161-220

Movies 221-260 ::  Movies 261-300

On the rating system:
Watch anytime: Superb entertainment
Repeat viewing: Good entertainment
Worth once: if you’ve nothing better to do
Historical significance: not for pleasure

Based on 2004 edition.

No. 262. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Type: musical
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: This movie is a lot of fun. Rosalind Russel is even more appealing than Marilyn Monroe and she’s pretty cute.

No. 267. Shane (1953)
Type: western
Rating: historical significance
This movie seemed drenched in glorified self-pity. I refuse to see it again to reassess it.

No. 271. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Type: musical
Rating: repeat viewing
Comments: The barn raising dance is infectious fun.  The premise of abducting brides is difficult to accept.

No. 272. Les Diaboliques (1954)
Type: crime
Rating: worth once
Comments: A pretty good mystery and good characterization.

No. 274. Rear Window (1954)
Type: mystery
Rating: worth once
Comments: A bit dated but it brings to fore the urge toward voyeurism in all of us.  This is one movie I’d like to see a sequel/remake of.

No. 281. Carmen Jones (1954)
Type: musical
Rating: worth once
Comments: Good music and a good performance.

No. 285. Guys and Dolls (1955)
Type: musical
Rating: worth once
Marlon Brando makes a strange song-and-dance man but Frank Sinatra is entertaining here.

No. 291. Marty (1955)
Type: romance
Rating: worth once
Comments: An understated romance. It’s well-done but hard to get excited about.

No. 294. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Type: crime
Rating: historical significance
This is an interesting film noir with an ending that spirals out of control.

No. 296. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Type: drama
Rating: historical significance
Comments: James Dean is appealing and gives a good performance, everyone is tedious.

No. 300. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Type: suspense
Rating: worth once
Comments: Compelling thriller with children in jeopardy.

No. 302. Forbidden Planet (1956)
Type: science fiction
Rating: historical significance
Dumb comic relief moments but an interesting interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

After the break is the full list from 262 to 302:

    1. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
    2. The Big Heat (1953)
    3. M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
    4. Voyage in Italy (1953)
    5. Tales of Ugetsu (1953)
    6. Shane (1953)
    7. Beat the Devil (1953)
    8. Johnny Guitar (1954)
    9. On the Waterfront (1954)
    10. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
    11. Les Diaboliques (1954)
    12. Animal Farm (1954)
    13. Rear Window (1954)
    14. A Star Is Born (1954)
    15. The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
    16. The Road (1954)
    17. The Seven Samurai (1954)
    18. The Wanton Countess (1954)
    19. Silver Lode (1954)
    20. Carmen Jones (1954)
    21. Sansho the Baliff (1954)
    22. Salt of the Earth (1954)
    23. Artists and Models (1955)
    24. Guys and Dolls (1955)
    25. Pather Panchali (1955)
    26. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
    27. The Mad Masters (1955)
    28. Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer (1955)
    29. The Ladykillers (1955)
    30. Marty (1955)
    31. Ordet (1955)
    32. Bob the Gambler (1955)
    33. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
    34. The Man from Laramie (1955)
    35. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    36. The Phenix City Story (1955)
    37. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
    38. Night and Fog (1955)
    39. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    40. The Sins of Lola Montes (1955)
    41. Forbidden Planet (1956)
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