10 of my favorite movies

10 of my Favorite Movies

Based on a prompt from John Brodsky

The Westerner (1940) Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan

the best Judge Roy Bean movie made. Both are excellent in creating their characters, neither of them heroic.

Intolerance (1916) D. W. Griffith’s apologia for Birth of a Nation, This should have been the first movie shown in the White House, rather than BOAN. A revolutionary work, in both technique and story.

Birth of a Nation is a great film, but I don’t have to like it.

My Name is Khan (2010) One of the few non-singing roles of the great Indian Actor/Singer Shah Rukh Khan. He’s most comparable to possibly a Gene Kelly, in that he could play heroes and villains, sing dance and romance, or straight dramatic. A good introduction to SRK, who can play anyone.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) My nod to Italian Film Directors, here Franco Zefferelli, in a dramatization of the life of St. Francis, the best one I’ve seen. This is a wonderful movie on faith, which I can enjoy without necessarily believeing in it.

Robin and Marian (1976) Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. This is about the power of myth, of both the actors and the subjects.

The Roaring Twenties (1939) Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Cagney. One of a slew of Holywood films that dealt with returning WW1 vets whose main skill was learning how to shoot guns and who became criminals, see also post Civil War outlaws, etc. The ending is classic!

The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999) Sidney Poitier was one of the great Actors of Hollywood, 2nd half of the 20th Century. This was a made

for TV movie, which shows you his range. He was 72 at this time.


The Searchers (1956) It took me a while to reconcile John Wayne the actor with John Wayne the man. (see also story of “Giveway Hill” by

Andrew Geer, a movie JW wanted to make, but..) John Wayne plays an out-and-out racist, but helps you to understand him.

Doctor Strange (2016) Benedict Cumberbatch is a wonderful multi-faceted actor. The character is a Marvel Comic Character and this is a fun dumb movie with some serious thoughts below.

Ride the High Country (1962) Randolph Scott’s last western with Joel McCrea. RS portrayed characters with a sense of purpose and his last 6 movies are stunners. This is one of the few Sam Peckinpah movies I can watch.

Keeper of the Flame (1942) The only Spencer Tracy- Katherine Hepburn movie that was not a light comedy. This is about myths and the people who perpetuate them.


About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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