The 2nd Annual #PayClassicsForward

For the second year in a row, my blogging “neighbor” Aurora at Once Upon a Screen is doing her #PayClassicsForward challenge. Taking her cue from “The 12 Days of Christmas,” she is asking other bloggers to make movie lists in quantities of 1, 2, 3, and so on up to 12, to promote movies that you like and/or that are sometimes overlooked by moviegoers.

I did this myself last year and had a great time with it, so I am doing it again, and I encourage you to do so as well. If you’re looking for ideas, click here to read Aurora’s list for this year, or click here to read my list from last year. And of course, my list for this year follows.


One life-affirming documentary:

Les Blank’s Gap Toothed Women (1987)


Two creative uses of bananas:

Busby Berkeley’s The Gang’s All Here (1943)


Woody Allen’s Bananas (1971)


Three performances by “God”:

Graham Chapman (voice only) in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


George Burns in Oh, God! (1977)

Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty (2003)


Four creative posthumous uses of actors:

Use of the director’s wife’s chiropractor as a stand-in for Bela Lugosi in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)


John Lennon’s narration in John Lennon: Imagine (1988)

Laurence Olivier in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)


Graham Chapman’s narration in A Liar’s Autobiography (2012)


Five actresses in movies whose sole justification is to show off women’s bods (not that I’m complaining):

Jane Russell in The French Line (1955)


Jayne Mansfield in Promises, Promises! (1963)


Adrienne Barbeau in Swamp Thing (1981)


Sybil Danning in They’re Playing with Fire (1984)

Blanchard Ryan in Open Water (2004)


Six movies where one word says it all:

“Rosebud.” Citizen Kane (1941)

“Stella!” A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

“Mother!” Psycho (1960)

“Plastics.” The Graduate (1967)

“Khan!” Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


“Eve!” Wall-E (2008)


Seven memorable nights:

It Happened One Night (1934)

A Night at the Opera (1935)


The Night of the Hunter (1955)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Night Shift (1982)

Midnight Run (1988)


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Eight smart movies about smart kids:

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

The Black Stallion (1979)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Little Man Tate (1991)


My Life as a Dog (1987)

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Ponette (1997)

The Iron Giant (1999)


Nine couples you don’t want to have over for dinner:

Walter Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson (Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck) in Double Indemnity (1944)


Frank Chambers and Cora Smith (John Garfield and Lana Turner) in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Joe Gillis and Norma Desmond (William Holden and Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard (1950)

George and Martha (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)


Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow (Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Charley Partanna and Irene Walker (Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner) in Prizzi’s Honor (1985)

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb) in Sid and Nancy (1987)

Oliver and Barbara Rose (Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) in The War of the Roses (1989)

Sam Rothstein and Ginger McKenna (Robert DeNiro and Sharon Stone) in Casino (1995)


Ten movies that make your job look not so bad:

Modern Times (1936)

On the Waterfront (1954)

Nine to Five (1980)

Trading Places (1983)

Broadcast News (1987)

Wall Street (1988)

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)


Hoffa (1992)

Clerks (1994)

American Beauty (1999)


Eleven memorable movie mothers (for better or worse):

The Wicked Stepmother (voiced by Eleanor Audley) in Cinderella (1950)

Mrs. Iselin (Angela Lansbury) in The Manchurian Candidate (1962)


Rebecca Morgan (Cicely Tyson) in Sounder (1972)

Babs Johnson (Divine) in Pink Flamingos (1972)t

Beth Jarrett (Mary Tyler Moore) in Ordinary People (1980)

Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) in Mommie Dearest (1981)

Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in Aliens (1986)

Momma Lift (Anne Ramsey) in Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

Mother (Mae Questel) of Sheldon Mills (Woody Allen) in the “Oedipus Wrecks” segment of New York Stories (1989)


Beatrice Henderson (Debbie Reynolds) in Mother (1996)


Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) in Freaky Friday (2003)


Twelve movies by the numbers:

Million Dollar Legs (1932)


Stalag 17 (1953)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

12 Angry Men (1957)

The 400 Blows (1959)

101 Dalmatians (1961)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

“10” (1979)

48 HRS. (1982)

4 Little Girls (1997)

Apollo 13 (1995)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

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