The Greatest Movie Ever Made

No, even though I liked John Carter quite a bit, the greatest film ever made remains . . .  

Groundhog Day.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so:

“A Movie for All Time,” by Jonah Goldberg

Of course, that’s not denying that there are some other good ones out there, like Das Leben der Anderen and the original Manchurian Candidate.

But . . . well, they can’t all be winners.

Incidentally, I like The Manchurian Candidate even apart from the scene where Angela Lansbury’s character gets shot.  That part just makes it even better.

I can’t account for my wholly irrational dislike of Angela Lansbury.  By all accounts, she’s a very talented lady, and extraordinarily nice.  But there you have it.

I also enjoy the scene in Titanic where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character dies.  From my perspective, it’s the movie’s high point.

Does anybody know of a film in which Hugh Grant bites the dust?  That would complete a perfect trifecta, in my view.

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  • http://www.davidicchiasmus.com Scott Vanatter

    Looks like his character bites the dust in the sixth interwoven/interconnected story of Cloud Atlas. Of course, in this story line he is playing a “Kona Chief” in the post apocalyptic Hawaii of the year 2321.

    (Just a wild guess that killing off this character does not “count.”)

  • Craig L. Foster

    My wife, Suzanne, and I sat down to watch Titanic shortly after it came out on videotape. I almost always read or write while I watch movies and TV shows. I remember reading and watching the movie that seemed to go on forever…

    I finally looked up asked, “When is this movie going to be over?” I then glared at the TV screen and practically yelled, “SINK! Just Sink!”

    When DiCaprio’s character died and I knew the movie was close to being over, I practically jumped up and did a happy dance. Needless to say, I have never again tortured myself by watching that movie.

  • kiwi57

    The trouble with Hugh Grant is that he’s always playing Hugh Grant. (A bit like how John Wayne was always playing John Wayne, no matter what the movie; the difference being that people like John Wayne.) I actually thought he (Grant, not Wayne) did rather well in Sense and Sensibility, though.

    • DanielPeterson

      That’s exactly the problem that I have with Hugh Grant. I’m always acutely aware that it’s an actor named Hugh Grant, playing a role.


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