Friday, May 14, 2021

Film Friday: Elliptical 100 (13)


Misfits - they don't even deserve a legit intro. 

Based on a novel by John Fowles.

Directed by Wiliam Wyler.

Released in 1965.

-  Eggar was temporarily fired.  

Based on a novel by Winston Groom.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Released in 1994.

-  Dick Cavett as himself.  All other celebrities were played by actors or seen in archival footage.

Based on "Memento Mori", a short story by Jonathan Nolan.

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

Released in 2000.

-  Nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar because the short story hadn't been published yet. 

Based on a novel by James Leo Herlihy.

Directed by John Schlesinger.

Released in 1969.

-  Originally rated X.  

Based on a novel by Ken Kesey.

Directed by Milos Forman.

Released in 1975.

-   Kirk Douglas played McMurphy in the 1960s Broadway version.

Based on a short story by Mary Gaitskill.

Directed by Steven Shainberg.

Released in 2002.

-  Quite different from the story.


Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Released in 1976.

-  Filmed during a heat wave and a sanitation strike, while NYC was on the brink of bankruptcy.

If I could save only one:  Taxi Driver 

Last week's answer:  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

This week's question:  I botched it, as Brett Alan pointed out.  So just guess which Elliptical 100 film Kathy Bates stars in. 


Brett Alan - 5

Jon - 4

Fuji - 2


  1. I was not a fan of Forrest Gump. Love Memento and Cuckoo’s Nest, though.

    I went to look up who the heck Kathy Bates plays in Cuckoo’s, and I can’t find anything. Are you confusing her with Louise Fletcher? (I tend to confuse Fletcher with Debra Mooney, FWIW.) I’m gonna pick Misery as the Bates film, although there are certainly other contenders.

    1. Dang. I WAS putting her in Fletcher's role.

      Yeah - just guess which movie Bates is in then. She's only in one. Though she was in a lot of decent films.

  2. Lots of favorites here. I was kind of blown away by Memento the first time I watched it. It's probably time I watch it again.

    Forrest Gump is a Top 10 movie for me. I can watch it once a year and not get tired of it.

    And Taxi Driver and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest are classics.

    As for Kathy Bates... it's probably Misery... but since Brett already went with that... I'll go with Love Liza.

    1. The Gump soundtrack was a big deal too.

    2. Totally agree! So many classics... and I listen to Forrest Gump Suite all of the time as it's on my soundtracks Spotify playlist.