October 22, 2004, 10:14 AM

Take One: Lists of Five

By Barry Chambers Welcome to the toy department. In the coming weeks, I will give you my top five comedies, dramas, westerns, etc. that you have breathlessly been waiting for. Or maybe you’re just breathless. There are oodles of movies that will not make these lists, but they have their own whimsical categories. Presenting my top five films of… TRANSPORTATION: Planes, Trains and Automobiles Silver Streak Airport Murder on the Orient Express Speed PSYCHIATRY: Spellbound Three Faces of Eve 6th Sense Color of Night Freud FOOD AND DRINK: Diner Arsenic and Old Lace Lost Weekend Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe Tom Jones LABOR DAY: Broadcast News Working Girl Tin Men Goodbye Mr. Chips(either version) Glengarry Glen Ross FOOTBALL: Any Given Sunday Remember the Titans Last Boy Scout Friday Night Lights Everybody’s All American SHOT IN HOUSTON: Apollo 13 Urban Cowboy Terms of Endearment Brewster McCloud Man Who Loved Women WESTERNS THAT AREN’T WESTERNS: Pale Face Son of Pale Face Shakiest Gun in the West Blazing Saddles Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ISOLATION: Castaway Robinson Crusoe The Village Alien The Thing STARRING ANIMALS: King Kong (1933) Flipper Benji 101 Dalmatians(either version) Old Yeller DEFINATIVE TEEN FILMS 40’s-80’s: Good News-1940’s Rebel Without a Cause-1950’s Beach Party-1960’s American Graffiti-1970’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High-1980’s BASEBALL: Natural Bull Durham League of Their Own Fear Strikes Out Pride of the Yankees CITIES: Nashville Fargo Meet Me in St. Louis In Old Chicago Cincinnati Kid BABYSITTING: Adventures in Babysitting Three Men and a Baby Daddy Day Care Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead Major and the Minor WORLD WAR II FILMS NOT STARRING JOHN WAYNE: Saving Private Ryan Patton From Here to Eternity Dirty Dozen To Hell and Back BYCLYING: Breaking Away Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Quick Silver American Flyers ET MUSICALS THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN MUSICALS: Lost Horizon (1973) Bugsy Malone Popeye Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band At Long Last Love DISASTER: Towering Inferno Titanic San Francisco Poseidon Adventure Last Voyage BASKETBALL: Hoosiers Eddie Celtic Pride Blue Chips One on One ENTREPRENEURS: Willy Wonka Tucker Citizen Kane Mildred Pierce Baby Boom PRISON: Cool Hand Luke Shawshank Redemption Sulllivan’s Travels Birdman of Alcatraz White Heat I’m sure there are some I missed and there were categories not explored. For example, “Films with Great Performances by Madonna”…okay, there aren’t any. Until next time, that’s my take. Barry Chambers is a free lance writer and has written radio and tv ads for clients such as Quaker Oats, Heath Candy, and Pizza Inn. Barry is currently under contract to write a series of videos based on Bible stories for children.

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