Pay Classics Forward

Once Upon a Screen, a blog I subscribe to, issued the following challenge:

“Pick movie recommendations to the ’12 Days of Christmas’ theme as I’ve done below. Keep in mind that movie choices should be those you think would appeal to non classics fans. Let’s grow our community and #PayClassicsForward.”

Following is my response to that challenge with one exception. I changed “Six dance routines” to “Six feel good movies.” I had to. “Dance routines” just doesn’t work for me.    :  (

EDIT: Make that two exceptions: I didn’t get that the choices were supposed to be limited to just classic movies! My bad. Sorry about that!

Following is the result.

P.S.- I started off going for a Christmas tree shape, but it didn’t quite work out, except perhaps as some sort of bizarre, failed topiary experiment.


ONE directorial debut
–Citizen Kane


TWO duos
–Abbott and Costello
–Bogie and Bacall


THREE Foreign Films
–Troll Hunter
–Il Mostro


FOUR Soundtracks
–Jazz on a Summer’s Day
–Holy Motors
–A Monster in Paris
–Rock and Roll High School


FIVE Westerns
–The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
–Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
–The Cowboys
–Once Upon a Time in the West
–My Name is Nobody


SIX feel good movies
–A Room with a View
–The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
–Blithe Spirit
–I Married a Witch


Seven Comedies
–The Lady Eve
–Harold and Maude
–Office Space
–Box of Moonlight
–The Gods Must Be Crazy
–The Bad News Bears


EIGHT Films Noir
–The Third Man
–The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
–Double Indemnity
–The Maltese Falcon
–Sunset Boulevard
–The Big Sleep


NINE inspiring movies (non holiday fare)
–Mule Skinner Blues
–The Cruise
–Fried Green Tomatoes
–Dead Poet’s Society
–The Browning Edition
–Winged Migration


TEN performances
–Greta Gerwig, Frances, Ha!
–Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
–Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
–Bill Murray, Lost in Translation
— Jean Marais, Beauty and the Beast
–Peter Sellers, Being There
–Tilda Swinton/David Bowie, Orlando
–Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
–Joan Crawford, Grand Hotel
–Paul Newman, The Hustler


ELEVEN movies for children (not animated and assuming everyone has seen The Wizard of Oz)

–Godzilla: Final Wars
–Pacific Rim
–The Adventures of Robin Hood
–The Princess Bride
–Planet of the Apes
–Star Wars: Episode IV
–Raiders of the Lost Ark
–Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


TWELVE heroes
–Snake Pliskin, Escape from New York
–Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity
–Leon, Leon: The Professional
–Forrest, Forrest Gump
–Ripley, Aliens
–Clint Eastwood, The Man with No Name
–Conan, Conan the Barbarian
–Dar, The Beast Master
–Nikita, Nikita
–Clarissa Saunders, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
–Eri Yukizaki, Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge
–Logan 5, Logan’s Run



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