Friday, May 28, 2021

Film Friday: Elliptical 100 (15)


Earlier we looked at misfits.  Today, we break out the whiskey and cigars for manly men.      

Based on A Very Private Gentleman, by Martin Booth.

Directed by Anton Corbijn.

Released in 2010.

-  Segments of dialogue were taken from The Honorary Consul, by Graham Greene.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Released in 1979.

-  Appearances from Harrison Ford (as Colonel G. Lucas), concert promoter Bill Graham, and Coppola. 

Based on characters created by Bob Kane.

Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Released in 2005.

-  Christian Bale trained in Wing Chun to prepare for his role.  

Based on Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp.

Directed by John McTiernan.

Released in 1988.

-  Nakatomi Plaza is actually Fox Plaza.  It also appears in Fight Club and President Reagan had an office on the 34th floor for several years.  

Written and directed by Oliver Stone.

Released in 1986.

-  Includes characters Stone created for an unmade film called Break.  Its script was among Jim Morrison's possessions in Paris when he died, as Stone had sent it to him hoping he would play the lead role.   

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Released in 1981.

-  Conceived by George Lucas in 1973, with revisions to the story made by Lucas and Phillip Kaufman in '75.  Lucas then set it aside to make Star Wars.  When Kaufman wasn't available to direct, Spielberg was chosen, and he brought in Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay.

Directed by Tony Scott.

Released in 1986.

-  Charlie is based on Christine Fox, who worked at Miramar and was later Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense.

If I could save only one:  Raiders of the Lost Ark

Last week's answer:  Die Hard

This week's question:  Next week is foreign language films.  Which nation placed two on the list?  


Brett Alan - 7

Jon - 4

Fuji - 2 1/2

Note:  I decided to break up the last two categories.  So 17 will be the last round.  The following week will be a recap and instructions for the winners to claim their prizes.  


  1. Die Hard. Not a Christmas movie.

    Good Job. 👍

  2. I'll go ahead and guess Japan. I figure Kurosawa's Seven Samurai made your list.

  3. I'll take the obvious and say two films from France. Gotta have Truffaut, maybe Renoir or someone.

  4. Raiders would be my keeper as well. At this point I can't remember all of your choices, but I think that one might be the first one to be in my top 100 as well, though for the record, it would easily make my top 20 as well.