My Cinematic Alphabet (2014 Update)

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My entry into the “My Favorite Movie Titles” blogathon a couple weeks ago got me thinking about a blog meme I participated in a few years back: My Cinematic Alphabet. I thought it would be fun to post an updated version of my list to see how much my tastes have changed since then. For every letter of the alphabet, I have chosen my favorite film beginning with that letter (I also included my favorite “#” movie as well). Some of these choices were incredibly difficult, but I’m pleased with my selections. At the end, I’ll share the differences between the two lists.

 

2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey

Almost Famous
Almost Famous Tiny Dancer Scene

Before Sunset
Before Sunset

City of God
City of God

Dazed and Confused
Dazed and Confused

Election
Election

Falling Down
Falling Down

Goodfellas
Goodfellas

Halloween
Halloween

Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds

Jagten (The Hunt)
Jagten (The Hunt)

The King of Comedy
The King of Comedy

Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation

Magnolia
Magnolia

The Night of the Hunter
The Night of the Hunter

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction

Quiz Show
Quiz Show

Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream

Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard

There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood

Unforgiven
Unforgiven

Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point

The Warriors
The Warriors

X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class

Y tu mamá también
Y tu mamá también

Zombieland
Zombieland

Only nine of my selections are the same as my 2011 post: City of God, Dazed and Confused, Election, Inglourious Basterds, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, Requiem for a Dream and Zombieland. My annual 50 Movies Projects are likely a big reason why my selections are so different. Those projects have opened my eyes to so many great films, and quite a few have become some of my all-time favorites. Speaking of which, it’s about time I put together another project post…

Eric @ The Warning SignMy Cinematic Alphabet (2014 Update)

22 Comments on “My Cinematic Alphabet (2014 Update)”

  1. Brittani

    This was a fun blogathon. Now I want to go back and compare my old list to see if it’s changed. Great picks! I especially love The Hunt being in there.

  2. ruth

    Lots of great picks here Eric, tho a few I haven’t seen yet. Boy I really need to see Quiz Show! Someone recommended it to me a while back.

  3. Chris

    Good job, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp Fiction, and Requiem For A Dream are certainly tough ones to replace. How did you search for the movie titles, did you use specific lists?

  4. jackdeth72

    Some interesting and surprising choices here, Eric!

    Very pleased to see ‘Almost Famous’, ‘Goodfellas’, ‘The King of Comedy’, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Vanishing Point’ make the cut!

  5. The Blog of Big Ideas

    Extraordinary list, though a couple don’t quite seem to fit, but I imagine is due to the short assortment of films by the letter Z for example. This is not to say that Zombieland is a bad flick, it just doesn’t seem to be in the same category as most of the rest.
    In any case, a few films popped into my head as I was scrolling down the list. In the letter “C” I would have Children of Men or Cinema Paradiso, either one. For letter “I” it would either be Ikiru or Inception. Letter “A” would be one of the toughest for me, as 3 of my favorites would collide: Alien, Amelie and A Separation. Letter “V” would definitely go to Vertigo and “Z” I can only think of Zenith, Zoolander, Zombieland and Zero Dark Thirty, so I’ll go with the latter.

    Maybe I should do this one too….

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign

      A few of these were tricky for sure — Q, X and Z especially. I wouldn’t rank X-Men or Zombieland among my all-time favorites, but there were pretty slim pickings for those letters.

      It was fun to put this together. I would be very interested to see your full alphabet if you get the chance!

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