1961: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Loved

  • The Hustler

    ... When I last saw this as a lad, I love the first 35 minutes, was bored to tears through the middle, and by the end I was too far gone to care. Older and wiser now, I loved every bit of it as much as the opening. I particularly love how
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    we can't tell if Sarah sacrifices herself to save Eddie, or if she just gave in to despair.
    Have I mentioned recently that Paul Newman is my all-time favorite actor? Magnificent, as usual, except perhaps for one or two touches that I associate more with Marlon Brando, but even now I can't put my finger on them.
  • Really Liked

  • Judgment at Nuremberg

    ... The cast is fantastic, and filled with actors I admire. Burt Lancaster always used his body so well, and his posture in his cell in our last shot of him is so perfect. The movie is a bit undone by the inclusion of the documentary footage, though. What manufactured drama could possibly stand up to such stark real-life horror?
  • Yojimbo

    ... It's easy to see why this movie has been remade twice. In the great Toshiro Mifune/Clint Eastwood/Bruce Willis showdown, Mifune gets my vote. I loved the little touches that showed how village life was affected/disrupted by the violence. And the cooper's fluctuating fortunes were particularly amusing/telling (lamenting, "when the fight gets too big, they don't bother with coffins").
  • Glad I Saw

  • West Side Story

    ... For the first thirty minutes I figured there was no chance I'd get into this, as it's a rare musical that manages to turn my head. But it won me over. Approach this one like you'd approach a stage musical, and you'll be well-prepared to enjoy a classic story told via great music.
  • Guilty Pleasures

  • None Yet
  • Could Have Missed

  • None Yet
  • Should Have Missed

  • None Yet
  • El Sucko Grande

  • None Yet
  • Unranked

  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians

  • The Guns of Navarone