Richard’s Top Ten Movies

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11171299_800The Searchers: When Ethan Edwards returns from the Civil War to find that Comanches have killed his brother and his brother’s wife and have taken their daughter, he sets out after them.

The Bride of Frankenstein: The sequel to Frankenstein has Dr. Frankenstein creating a bride for his monster.

The Godfather: Explores the history and influence of a U.S. Mafia family. Don Corleone, the family patriarch, tries to ensure that his sons will inherit his position and power over rival Mafioso factions.

Patton: Story of General Patton in World War II whose military brilliance was balanced by his inability to deal with the social and political aspects of war, causing him difficulties in his dealings with the War Department.

The-beast-from-20000-fathoms-posterThe Beast from 20,000 Fathoms: An atom bomb test deep in the Arctic Circle disturbs the sleep of a giant rhedosaurus encased in ice for over 100 million years. The Beast swims down from the Arctic to New York City on a rampage of destruction and death.

Mulholland Drive: A beautiful woman riding in a limosine along Los Angeles’ Mulholland Drive is targeted by a would-be shooter, but before he can pull the trigger, she is injured when her limo is hit by another car. The woman stumbles away from the accident and meets up with a plucky ingenue new to L.A. But are things really as they seem?

Citizen Kane: An all-powerful press magnate, Kane, dies in his fabulous castle Xanadu, his last word being “Rosebud”, which leads a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane. Prominent publisher, William Randolph Hearst, saw the film as a thinly disguised version of his career and attempted to suppress it.

Singin’ in the Rain: With fame, fortune and fans galore, silent screen idol Don Lockwood thought he had it all. But one look at aspiring actress Kathy Seldon, and he knew exactly what he was missing. Now he’s swinging from lampposts, singing in the raindrops and ready for love. With talking pictures on the rise, Don sets out to make a musical with the woman of his dreams, but one thing stands in his way, his jealous co-star who wants Don–and the leading role–all to herself.

King_Kong_1933_French_posterKing Kong: Carl Denham, a filmmaker and entrepreneur, leads an expedition to Skull Island, a place where time has stood still. The natives pay homage to the one whom they revere as “Kong,” and who is, indeed, king of the island. Denham, together with his beautiful starlet, Ann Darrow, and the crew of the ship, investigate a strange ritual being performed on the island by its native population. When Ann finds herself captured by the natives and is to become the bride of the mysterious Kong, the ship’s first mate, Jack Driscoll, who is in love with Ann, manages to rescue her from the clutches of Kong. Denham then arranges to capture the creature, whom he calls “King Kong” and take him back to New York.

Chinatown: A seemingly routine matrimonial snooping job mushrooms into a murderous regional and personal scandal in pre-World War II Los Angeles.

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