Sub Lists

Let’s have some fun with the weird, the possessed, the passionate, the scheming!  Arbitrary, entertaining Sub Lists! 


HORROR FILMS

“It’s alive!”: Horror Films Worth Seeing

Cheap Chills: Great Low Budget Horror Films

“Fast Zombies Suck!”: Great Slow-Zombie Flicks

“When there’s no more room in hell….”: Three Great Fast-Zombie Flick Exceptions to the Well-Known, Self-Evident Truth that “Fast Zombies Suck!”

“And a child shall lead them”: Great “Creepy Kid” Horror Films

War is Hell: Great Films about Haunted Trenches and Bunkers

“I can’t help myself!”: Serial Killers for All Occasions

“The power of Christ compels you!”: Great Films Featuring Possession

SCIENCE FICTION FILMS

It Came from Outer Space: Great Science Fiction Films

The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be: Great Films Featuring Memorable Dystopias

Year Zero: Great Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Films and Television Shows

FANTASY FILMS

“Write what you don’t know”: Great Fantasy Films

Out of This World: Great Films with “Fantastic” Production Design

“Are we there yet?”: Great Films Set in Limbo

Trains on Time: Fantasy Fun with Fascism

FILMS ABOUT FILMS AND FILMMAKING

“I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille”: Great Films about Celebrity

It Never Was What It Was: Great Films about Old Hollywood

The Un-Steadicam: Great Fiction Films that Employ Documentary Aesthetics

The Eyes Have It: Some Great Films Featuring Impressive Cinematography

The Kindest Cut: Some Great Films with Impressive Editing

The Sound of Music: Great Scores and Soundtracks

Recollected in Tranquility: DVDs with Great Commentaries

Roeg’s Gallery: Nicholas Roeg’s Greatest Hits

All that Jazz: Great Films Directed by Revolutionary, Pill-Popping Broadway Choreographers with Natural Affinities for Cinematic Language and Editing Rhythms

Seminal Films that Do Not Stand the Test of Time

WRITING

In the Beginning was the Word: Fifty Great Films Born of Brilliant Screenplays

Never Heard that Before: Great Films featuring Original Lingoes

“Words, words, words”: Dialogue-fests Worth Hearing

Jigsaw Puzzles: Great Films that Successfully Employ Unusual Story Structures

“Match me, Sidney”: Great Films featuring Snarky, Razor-Sharp Dialogue

“A rose by any other name”: Great Films with God-Awful Titles

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”: Great Films from Paddy Chayefski Scripts

Fucking Foul-Mouthed Films

ACTING

Great Films featuring Great Dramatic Performances by Performers not known for giving Great Dramatic Performances

Method in the Madness: Great Films with Memorable “Method” Performances

CINEMATIC LANDSCAPES

A Sense of Place: Cities as Characters in their Stories

Still Waters Run Deep: Great Films Set in Venice

Night and the City: Great Films about the Dark Side of Urban Life

NEO-NOIR

Dark and Stormy Nights: Great Neo-Noir Films

FILMS ABOUT THE ARTS

A Fine Madness: Great Films about Insane Poets, Playwrights, and Pornographers

Great Films that Speak to the Creative Process

Stoned: Great Films about People Becoming Art and Art Coming to Life

Two to Tango: Great Films about Dance

Play It All Night Long: Films about Musicians

“No rain! No rain!”: Great Rock Docs

THE THEATER

“The play’s the thing”: Great Films Based Upon Plays

As We Like It: Great Film Adaptations of Shakespeare Plays

“All the World’s a Stage”: Great Films about the Theatre

FILMS ABOUT THE MEDIA

If It Bleeds, It Leads: Great Films about the Media

Great Films about Foreign Correspondents

FILMS ABOUT POLITICS, IMPERIALISM, WAR AND POLICE STATES

“A dead girl or a live boy”: Smart Films about American Politics

“God Save the Queen!”: Portraits of English Imperialism

“The Troubles”: The Irish Republican Army on Film

Treading Carefully: Great Films about Life under Military Dictatorships and Juntas

“Killroy was here”: Great WWII Films

“Which Side are You On?”: Great Films about Going Under Cover

Making for the Fence: Great POW Films

“Yes, Sir!”: Vivid Portraits of Military Mentalities

Give Peace a Chance: Great Anti-War Films

“When they came for…”: Great Films about the Holocaust

Rocking the Boat: Great Films about Ships and Mutinies

FILMS ABOUT ESPIONAGE AND VOYEURISM

Spies and Lies: Great Espionage Films

Eye Spy: Celluloid Looks at Voyeurism and Surveillance

FILMS ABOUT LEADERSHIP

“Hail to the Chief!”: Great Films about Leadership

“No man is a hero to his dwarf”: Great Films about Medieval and Renaissance Rulers

CRIME

Take the Money and Run: Great Heist Movies

Grifters and Marks: Films about Confidence Schemes

“Top of the World, Ma!”: Great Gangster Films

“Who’s havin’ a go at me?!”: Great British Gangster Films

The Hit Parade: Great Films featuring Contract Killers

Disorder in the Court: Great Legal Dramas

Lowest of the Low: Great Films about Child Molesters

It’s in the Cards: Great Films about Card Sharps

WESTERNS

Great Westerns

Weird Westerns

Great Manhunt Movies

COMEDY

Laughter on the Dark Side: Brilliant Black Comedies

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard”: Comedies for People who are too Smart for Most Comedies

FRIENDSHIP

Great Buddy Movies

SPORTS

“On your marks…”: Great Films about Runners

Glory Days: Great Films about Aging Sports Heroes

“Play ball!”: Great Films about Sports

“Sting like a bee!”: Heavyweight Boxing Films

WOMEN

“You Go Girl!”: Great Films featuring Strong Female Characters

Pretty Poison: Great Films Featuring Memorable Femme Fatales

YOUNG PEOPLE

The Kids Aren’t Alright: Great Films about Disaffected and Disturbed Young People

Bless their Pointed Little Heads: Great Films for Kids

“Wiiilllbbuurrr!”: Great Animated Films

SOCIOLOGY

“Sod off!”: Great English Angry Young Man Movies

“This is going to hurt a bit”: Biting Satires about Healthcare

Old Money: Aristocrats and their Discontents

“Inbred Jeds”: Hicks from Hell

“Brother Can you Spare a Dime?”: Great Films about the Depression

Streets Paved with Gold: Great Portraits of American Immigrant Cultures

“Es ist Verboten!”: Great Films about Teutonic Decadence

Great Films about the Immigrant Experience in England

High Hopes: Great Films about Social Climbers

United We Stand: Great Films about the Labor Movement

Above the Law: Damning Films about Corrupt Cops

“Greed is Good”: Great Films about Capitalism

The Voodoo that You Do: Great Films about Cults

Discipline and Punish: Great Films Featuring Prisons and Asylums

“Better Red than Fed”: Films about the McCarthy Witch Hunts

Each House Looks the Same: Portraits of Suburban America

Confronting the Other: Great Films about Race and Ethnic Relations

Family Values: Great Films about the Old Neighborhood

“Fire in the Hole!”: Great Films about Coal Miners

Don’t Try This at Home: Great Films about Specialists and their Subcultures

PSYCHOLOGY

The Myth of Closure: Great Films about Grief

Raw Nerves: Grownup Films about Complicated Relationships

“What did reality ever do for me?”: Great Films about Dreamers

VIOLENCE, ANGER AND ACTION

“On the Road Again”: Great Films about Homicidal Road Trips

More than Mayhem: Some Smart Action Films

“Payback’s a Bitch”: Great Films about Revenge

Pass the Soap: Great Films Featuring Bathhouse Violence

“AAAGGGRRRR!”: Great Films with Anger Issues

BADDIES

Bad to the Bone: Great Films Featuring Great Villains

Great Films Featuring Great Anti-Heroes

MADNESS

“Did he say that tree was mad?”: Great Films with Surreal, Dreamed or Hallucinated Sequences

Monumental Alabaster: Best-loved Films about Necrophilia

“Leonard talks to his rifle”: Films Featuring Batshit Bastards

“I won’t be ignored, Dan”: Films Featuring Batshit Bitches

“Like a Hole in the Head”: Great Films featuring Lobotomies

“Bet You Can’t Eat Just One”: Great Films featuring Cannibalism

Uneasy Does It: Great Films Steeped in Generalized Anxiety

DRUGS AND FAST-LIVING

Better Living through Chemistry: Great Films about Drugs and Addicts

“Good to the Last Drop”: Great Films about Drunks

RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY

“Consummatum est!”: Great Films about Religion

Sickness unto Death: Films featuring Darkness of Kirkegaardian Depths

“Ashes to Ashes”: Great Films Structured Around Journeys to Scatter Ashes

“Who’s there?”: Great Films that Question Identity

FAMILY RELATIONS

Mommy Dearest: Great Films about Motherhood

Father (Sometimes) Knows Best: Great Films featuring Father-Son Relationships

SEX AND SEXUALITY

Forbidden Fruit: Great Films about Lust

“All You Need is Love”: Great Films about Unconventional Romantic Relationships

The World’s Oldest Profession: Fine Films about Prostitution

The Mating Game: Depressing Films about Dating

The Dress Makes the Man: Great Films about Transvestites and Transsexuals

The boys (and girls) in the band: Great Films featuring Gay Themes

“You want me to do WHAT?!”: Great Films Featuring Disturbing Sex Scenes

Hurt So Good: Sadomasochism and Storytelling

ACADEMIA

“Those who can’t do…”: Great Films about Clay-Footed Academics

WEIRD SHIT

“What’s Up Doc?”: Great Films featuring Giant Homicidal Rabbits From Hell

Heartbreak Hotel: Great Films featuring Geriatric Elvii and African-American John F. Kennedys Battling Homicidal Mummies in Silly Cowboy Hats

TELEVISION

Size doesn’t always matter: Great Small Screen Productions

Mystery and Mayhem: Great Television Shows Featuring Distinctive Detectives