Does It Register?
People are talking about the Golden Globes nominations, but they mean nothing. Sure, it's a fun party, but otherwise, who cares?
On the other hand, the 25 films just added to the National Film Registry, they're worth talking about. So let's do that. Here's the list, alphabetically, with my comments. These films, by the way, are chosen due to their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.
Ball of Fire (1942) I recently wrote about this. One of my favorite Hawks comedies, and underrated. There are already plenty of Hawks films in the Registry, but there's always room for more.
The Beau Brummels (1928) A short from the early days of sound, starring the comedy team of Shaw and Lee. Just by chance I recently saw it. It's fun, but of mostly historical interest.
Blackboard Jungle (1955) No classic, but historically important, if nothing else, for breaking the song "Rock Around The Clock" and giving a boost to the rock and roll fad.
The Breakfast Club (1985) Ugh. A dumb movie that apparently means a lot to people (who are now old enough to make decisions about the Registry).
The Decline Of Western Civilization (1981) Penelope Spheeris documents the early world of L.A. punk rock. She'd make sequels, but this one is still the classic.
Funny Girl (1968) I don't think that much of it, but as the film that introduced Barbra Streisand to the movie audience, I guess it's worth something.
The Lion King (1994) Not my favorite Disney animated film of the second golden age, but one of their biggest hits, and good enough to make the list, I suppose.
Lost Horizon (1937) A long and hollow film by Frank Capra, and I love Capra. Some have mistaken it for a classic.
Musketeers Of Pig Alley (1912) A short by D. W. Griffith. Important in the development of film, and still has power.
Point Blank (1967) A fascinating if flawed film by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin at his Lee Marvin-est.
The Princess Bride (1987) After commencing his directing career with three fine films, Rob Reiner stumbled with this one, which, while it has some laughs, doesn't quite work as fantasy, adventure or romance. But there sure are a lot of people who disagree with that.
Rushmore (1998) Just by chance I watched it today. We can see the beginning of the patented Wes Anderson style. I never quite warmed to it, but there are some nice moments.
Solomon Sir Jones films (1924-1928) A documentary about black life in the 20s. Never seen it.
Suzanne, Suzanne (1982) A short documentary about a young black woman who had to deal with her physically abusive father. Never seen it.
Thelma & Louise (1991) Not a great film, but certainly a memorable one.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1916) The earliest version, and I've never seen it.
A Walk In The Sun (1945) A World War II picture from Lewis Milestone. I didn't know it was so highly regard these days.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) A fun film from Robert Zemeckis that also was a technological step forward (though soon CGI would leave it in the dust).