200 Movies Anniversary
Another milestone: First 200 movies under the belt. Of course it depends on how you calculate it, but in my book I have now seen and commented on the first 200 movies on the List.
Whether that is an achievement worthy of celebration, I do not know. I am not in a race and have no deadline, but there is a sense of accomplishment in turning this corner.
I must say that going through the List has never been as fun as it is right now. I am cruising through one great movie after another and discover new ground as I go. Even the less good films of this era has something going for them and those few films where I felt I was wasting my time actually belonged to different eras. There is great stuff ahead of me too and I feel I have to put a leash on me not fly through these films.
So, it is custom for me to look back at the highlights and make some sort of top 10, but that is starting to get a bit old on me. Then I though, it is Oscar night tonight! Why not make my own award ceremony? Only, I found out that I am just not skilled enough to discern the excellent performances from the good performances. Making such a list would just expose my own ineptitude.
Instead I have invented my own, personal categories for this little award ceremony:
THE TSORENSEN 1001 MOVIE AWARDS
Over the next weeks I will present a number of homemade categories and nominate entirely according to my own feeble opinion.
Covering the first 200 movies on the List the nominees for the award as the
AWESOME GREAT ACTOR
- Cary GrantCountless appearances, always good, the man every guy want to be and every girl want to marry. Standout achievements: The Awful Truth, Only Angels have Wings, Bringing up Baby.
- Humphrey BogartThe epitome of the hardboiled hero with a soft heart and an icon all on his own. Standout achievements: The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep
- Jean GabinThe Leonardo DiCaprio of French cinema in the thirties. The man who by sheer presence could lift even mediocre films and scripts to excellence. Standout achievements: La Grande Illusion, Le Jour se Leve.
- Charles ChaplinThe comedian and filmmaker who survived the talkie but not McCarthy and made the little tramp an icon to rival all sorts of deities. Standout achievements: The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times.
- Henry FondaWhether he be a cowboy or a farmer Fonda is integrity embodied. His name alone would make me want to see a film. Standout achievements: The Grapes of Wrath, The Oxbow Incident.
Worthy mentions: Emil Jannings, Edward D. Robinson, Orson Welles, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton, Dana Andrews, James Cagney.
And the winner is:
In a very strong field he is actor I am looking out for. With him in it I know it is good.
The scandal here is that he never won an Oscar as best or supporting actor. Only in 1970, I guess out of sheer embarrassment, the Academy finally gave him a Lifetime Award.