Category Archives: Movies

Favorite Scene from “Paris, je t’aime”

Such a dope scene from the 2006 movie Paris, je t’aime. The whole movie is worth watching, but if you don’t intend to watch it… This is THE scene/short.

After mistakenly believing that his girlfriend, a struggling actress (Natalie Portman), has broken up with him, a young blind man (Melchior Beslon) reflects on the growth and seeming decline of their relationship.

I also just realized that there are no English subtitles so I am including Beslon’s monologue below the video on my blog… This particular story in the film is awesome, but it’s Beslon’s lines that got me hooked.

Francine… I remember it exactly
It was the 15th of May
Spring was late to arrive and rain clouds were gathering
And you were screaming

And of course you were accepted
You left Boston and moved to live in Paris
A small apartment on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
I showed you our neighbourhood, my bars, my school
I introduced you to my friends, my parents
I listened to you as you learned your lines
I listened to your singing, to your hopes, your desires
I listened to your music
And you listened to mine
You listened to my Italian, my German, my bits of Russian
I gave you a walkman and you gave me a pillow
And then one day, you kissed me

Time passed, time raced
And everything seemed so easy, so simple, free
So new and unique
We went to the movies
We went dancing, shopping
We laughed, you cried
We swam, we smoked, we shaved
From time to time you screamed, without reason
Sometimes with reason
Yes, sometimes with reason

I walked you to the Conservatory
I studied for my exams
I listened to your singing, to your hopes, your desires
I listened to your music
And you listened to mine
We were close, so close, ever closer
We went to the movies, we went swimming
We laughed together, you screamed
Sometimes with reason, and sometimes without
Time passed, time raced

I walked you to the Conservatory
I studied for my exams
You listened as I spoke Italian, German, Russian, French
I studied for my exams
You screamed, sometimes with reason
Time passed without reason
You screamed without reason
I studied for my exams
My exams, my exams, my exams
Time passed
You screamed, you screamed, you screamed

I went to the movies
Forgive me, Francine

Some Dude’s 9,331 Movies of All-Time List

Okay… I thought I had a lot of time on my hands.  But this guy, Brad Bourland actually plotted out his list of “The Best, Most Important and the Most Beloved English Language Films of the 20th Century.”

I haven’t read through all 9,331 movies, but I am sure I will sometime soon.  I’m not even sure if I can argue with his list either, I find it commendable (maybe questionable) that he would actually have a list this long.  All I’m saying is that if he left out some of my favorite movies, well I don’t know how it would be possible with such a list.  I do know that Casablanca is in my top two favorite movies, I actually don’t think I have a list beyond two… Forrest Gump and Casablanca.  Forrest Gump by the way was at 169, I could start an argument there.  But I won’t.

Here are his top ten:

  1. Casablanca (1943) d.- Michael Curtiz (7)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941) d.- Orson Welles (7)
  3. The Godfather (1972) d.- Francis Ford Coppola (7)
  4. The Wizard of Oz (1939) d.- Victor Fleming (7)
  5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (BR) d.- David Lean (7)
  6. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) d.- Frank Capra (7)
  7. Schindler’s List (1993) d.- Steven Spielberg (7)
  8. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) d.- Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly (7)
  9. Gone With The Wind (1939) d.- Victor Fleming (7)
  10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) d.- Milos Forman (7)

Here is the actual link to the downloadable list: The Movie List

You can check out a story about him at Salon: The greatest 9,331 movies of all time