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Watch: Damon Lindelof Lists Favorite Movies + Advice For Hollywood Hopefuls November 12, 2010

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A new video featuring Damon Lindelof gives an insight into the mind behind Lost, Star Trek and the next Alien movie. Lindelof has made a video talking about his six favorite films, explaining why each one of them are important to him personally and as a storyteller. Plus in another video, Lindelof offers his advice on how to make it in show business. Check them out below


Damon Lindelof’s Top 6 Flix

Star Trek co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof, describing himself as a "professional nerd" sits in his toy-filled office and lists his six favorite movies (via

The full list (in no particular order) of favorite movies:

Damon’s advice for those who want to make it big in Hollywood

Damon also talks to IamRogue about what it takes to make it in show business. 


1. Alec - November 12, 2010

‘Bambi is a very intense movie.’ Oh dear. Perhaps my faith in these guys is misplaced. Besides, where’s TWOK….

My five, off the top of my head, in no particular order and at this precise moment, would be:

a) The Third Man
b) Vertigo
c) Excalibur
d) Solaris (original)
e) Double Indemnity

But there are SO many….

Another classification which stands out for me is best acting. For me it’s Olivier; his best performances, in my mind, are Hamlet and Wuthering Heights.

2. Daoud - November 12, 2010

Touch of Evil? An unusual choice, but a very fascinating choice. Wonder what Roberto’s take on that movie is… Charlton Heston as a Mexican federale and all!

Something Damon would like to remake someday? Its storyline would seem highly relevant again today.

3. Vultan - November 12, 2010

Great choices! Raiders of the Lost Ark is my all-time favorite. Sorry, Khan. :)

4. Ensign RedShirt - November 12, 2010

I agree with all his choices except Bambi.

5. Kenneth-Of-Borg - November 12, 2010

10K? I better get back to work.

6. Andy Patterson - November 12, 2010

And Damon, where did this “theological quest” lead you and what have you decided from it all?

7. dmduncan - November 12, 2010

Touch of Evil was hard for me to digest, although the opening shot was really cool. The Third Man blew me away when I caught it on TV one late NYC night. Raiders is a masterpiece.

8. Captain Realistic - November 12, 2010

I love how Alec (#1) was upset that Lindeloff failed to name TWOK, but when he listed his top five, he didn’t name TWOK.


9. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - November 12, 2010

Lindelof’s favorites are mostly excellent films, though I find it difficult to accept Bambi and Raiders of the Lost Ark at the same caliber as the others. But then, that’s what personal favorites are about. What I can’t help but notice is a lack of cerebral SciFi, like 2001, Solaris (by Tarkovsky), or even Blade Runner or Star Trek TMP. I also don’t get how you can admire so deeply Touch of Evil and not admire Citizen Kane more (and I’m a confirmed Orson Welles fan, to be sure). I’d list my own personal favorite movies now, but I find it to be an almost impossible task….

10. gingerly - November 12, 2010

A Touch of Evil greatest opening sequence ever. And I have to give him props for throwing Bambi up in there. :)

Everyone loves The Lion King, but save for the music, to me it’s just a lesser remake of Bambi.

Raiders was so over-watched for as kid that eventually the tracking on the VHS stopped working.

11. CommanderJacobs - November 12, 2010

Dont get me started on Bambi….

12. CarlG - November 12, 2010

Don’t discount Bambi, guys — it’s one of Disney’s early experiments at ripping your heart out and stomping on it, so it has to count for something.

13. Vultan - November 12, 2010

Not sure why some of you are criticizing him for sharing his PERSONAL favorites. Anyway, here are mine (in no particular order):

-Raiders of the Lost Ark
-North by Northwest
-Once Upon a Time in the West
-Back to the Future
-The Third Man
-The Iron Giant (Yes, like Bambi, an animated film that deals with very adult themes. Also extremely under-rated!)
-The Wrath of Khan

I could go on, but these are my cream of the crop—the ones I’d want with me on a desert island… how I’d be able to watch them is another matter. ;)

14. Red Dead Ryan - November 12, 2010

Some of my favorites include:

“The Lion King”
“The Wrath of Khan” and “First Contact”
“Terminator 2: Judgement Day”
“The Original Star Wars Trilogy”
“Raiders Of The Lost Ark”
“Forbidden Planet”
“The Day The Earth Stood Still”–Original version
“Superman The Movie”
“Back To The Future”
“Batman”, “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”
“Jurassic Park”
“Spider Man 2″
“District 9″

And I would shoot myself with a phaser if I didn’t include “Star Trek” ’09!
I have so many favorites I cannot possibly list them all!

15. dmduncan - November 12, 2010

I love these too:

Runaway Train
The Book of Eli
Deep Rising
Event Horizon
Peggy Sue Got Married
Last of the Mohicans (theatrical release, if you can find it)
Meet the Robinsons

16. Petros - November 12, 2010

My constantly rotating Top 5 movies:

Superman: The Movie
The Dark Knight
The Empire Strikes Back
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

17. dmduncan - November 12, 2010

I mean, it goes without saying that various Star Treks will be on OUR lists.

We don’t have to renew our oaths every time a favorites list comes up on this site do we?

18. Vultan - November 12, 2010


Well, I threw TWOK into my list because it really is one of my favorites. But, yeah, I see your point. I’m sure if any of us were on that proverbial desert island, we would want all the Trek films with us (yes, even FF and Nemesis).

Oh, and I forgot one:
The Empire Strikes Back

Can’t forget the best Wars movie!

19. Lope de Aguirre - November 13, 2010

My Top5
– The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (EELV)
– Heart of Glass
– Blade Runner (FC)
– Wings of Desire
– Julien Donkey-Boy

20. Basement Blogger - November 13, 2010

“Pulp Fiction” broke all the rules when it comes to writing a screenplay. The story was not linear, and the dialogue was strange yet came off as natural for the characters. Another film which broke rules regarding writing a screenplay is “MASH.” (1970) Try finding the plot points in that one. Plus you had overlapping dialogue. Maybe not the best way to have characters express themselves but it gave the war satire a dose of reality. MASH and Pulp Fiction are rebellious films.

21. Phaser Guy - November 13, 2010

20 Back to the Future II did a non linear story about 10 years before Pulp Fiction came out.

22. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - November 13, 2010

#19 — cool… Heart of Glass is one of my favorite Herzog movies… (but I think Stroszek may actually occupy that postion, I don’t know). I found Julien Donkey-Boy excruciating to watch, but it’s certainly a powerful film.

#20 & #21 — “Pulp Fiction” is a landmark American film, and I love it to death, but the credit for one of the firsts, if not *the* first, is Last Year at Marienbad, 1961, by Alain Resnais.

23. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - November 13, 2010

#14 — I like that you include Moon. It’s a modern classic, up there with the best cerebral SciFi, in my opinion…. Also, kudos to you for including Forbidden Planet and the original Day The Earth Stood Still in amongst the SciFi Action blockbusters. The soundtrack to Forbidden Planet is the best, ever!

24. bugs nixon - November 13, 2010

#1 – Bambi is very intense especially to young minds. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking Disney = innocent fluff. It’s a mistake to think that it is a silly cartoon animal film.

Bambi opens up the horrors of the world to a child. It is brutally truthful and honest.

Listen again to what Lindelof says in the feature.

25. Matt - November 13, 2010

Bambi is masterpiece of cinema. Of any art form.

26. The First Son of Krypton - November 13, 2010

Great Choices, and good sound advice. I can only hope one day I can be a screenwrite :)

My choices;
1. Inception
2. The Undiscovered Country
3. Star Trek (It was fun!)
4. The Godfather parts 1 and 2
5. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
7. 2001
8. Blade Runner, the Final Cut
9. Alien
10. Reservoir Dogs

27. Alec - November 13, 2010

8. Captain Realistic – November 12, 2010

You got my little joke. Seriously, though, I enjoy TWOK as much as any of the five I’ve listed. Really, TWOK (and indeed Solaris (original), 2001, and Soylent Green) is a very good sci-fi film. But I tried to have variety with my five choices: The Third Man is a great film noir with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten; Vertigo is a great mystery romance thriller with James Stewart and directed by my favourite director, Mr Hitchcock; Excalibur is the definitive film of the King Arthur legend, based on Le Morte d’Arthur; Solaris is an intellectual sci-fi film based on Lem’s excellent philophical novel; and double imdemnity is another classic film noir.

The five I’ve listed are inter-subjectively great films, regardless of who you are, really. But TWOK is a great film – if you are a Trekkie: you know and love the characters and the universe. Otherwise, it’s just very good. It isn’t directed by, nor does it star or feature, any of the Hollywood greats.

There are so many great films; too many to mention all. But a few key additions come to mind: Rear Window, Psycho, The Thirty Nine Steps, North by Northwest, Notorious (Hitchcock); Judgement at Nuremburg (starring, in a minor role, a certain Bill Shatner pre-Trek); The Conversation; Where Eagles Dare; Charade; Chinatown; High Noon; Rashomon; Ben Hur, Spartacus; Casablanca; The Great Escape; Wuthering Heights, Hamlet (Olivier) etc……………..

If you haven’t seen any of the above, I would whole heartedly recommend that you rectify the situation ASAP.

28. Alec - November 13, 2010

9. 4 8 15 16 23 42 – November 12, 2010
I actually think that TWOK is far more cerebral than TMP. People think that a slow film, devoid of action, is a more likely candidate for a cerebral film than a quick, action-packed film. Perhaps that’s because some of the most cerebral sci-fi films are slow films devoid of much action: Solaris (original) and 2001 are prime candidates. But it doesn’t necessarily follow.

TWOK had a truly great, cerebral story. The film is book-ended by the opening and closing passages of a Tale of Two Cities; and the story, following the structure of Paradise Lost, with obvious references to Moby Dick, takes our heroes through life, and death, together. When the film opens, Kirk is in a mid-life crisis: he feels old and worn out. (Here, the filmmakers chose to tackle the subject of our heroes’ advancing years head-on.) As the story progresses, and Kirk faces his old nemesis whom he thought far gone from his life, this feeling of inadequacy grows. It’s only through chance and circumstance, through knowing something more about starships than Khan that saves Kirk’s blushes as the old Admiral is ambushed. Then Kirk confronts his long-lost son and becomes further depressed: lamenting on a life that could have been, but wasn’t. In the meantime, Khan shows up again and maroons Kirk on a barren moon. Kirk once more cheats himself out of death and prepares for the final show-down with Khan. Kirk wins the battle but stands no chance of winning the war, as Khan initiates the detonation of the genesis device, whose blast will inevitably envelope both Khan and Kirk: together in death. Kirk, our hero, is well and truly beaten. (How many times are other heroes, such as James Bond, beaten like this?) Kirk’s played every trick, every move he has; and there’s nothing more he knows. He knows nothing. He’s old and worn out: space is a game for the young. Then Spock dies for Kirk’s sins and manages to save the ship by sacrificing himself. As Kirk lies there at his friend’s dying side and as Kirk’s son tries to reassure him, Kirk, once more, realizes that his whole outlook on life, winning at all costs and cheating death, has only cheated himself: he knows nothing. But, as Spock’s torpedo catches the sunlight, blazing on the view screen of the enterprise, and as McCoy consoles Kirk by saying that Spock’s really not dead, as long as he’s remembered, Kirk feels reinvigorated by new life: he feels young. Kirk is reborn in the reflection of burgeoning life on Genesis.

The myriad literary references, the literary structure, and plot devices such as the genesis device make this a cerebral film. That it’s action-packed is a bonus.

PS I know that (inter-subjectively) Citizen Kane is regarded as a masterpiece. Whilst I enjoyed the beginning and the end, I found the story plodding. The Third Man was a far better story, if not as revolutionary a film, imo.

29. Hermioni - November 13, 2010

Some of the pictures that do represent my personal, mental canon of the cinematic arts:

Modern Times (1936) / The Grapes Of Wrath (1940) / Spartacus (1960) / A Patch Of Blue (1965) / Network (1976) / The China Syndrom (1979) / Missing (1982) / Daughters of the Dust (1991) / Quiz Show (1994) / Lone Star (1996) /Beloved (1998) / Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Non-US Films:
Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potyomkin, USSR, 1925)
Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette, Italy, 1948)
Shônen (Boy, Japan, 1969)
What Did You Do In The War, Thanassi (Ti Ekanes Sto Polemo, Thanasi, Greece, 1971)
Furyo – Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (UK/Japan, 1983)
Sarraounia (Burkina Faso, Mauritania, France, 1986)
White Page (Page Blanche, Cambodia/Switzerland, 1991)
Willow and Wind (Beed-o Baad, Iran/Japan, 1999)
J.S.A.:Joint Security Area (Gongdong Gyeongby Guyeok, South Korea, 2000)
At Five In The Afternoon (Panj E As, Iran/France, 2003)

30. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - November 13, 2010

My top ten list of all time fav movies. Non Trek of course.

1. Mr Roberts.
2. The Final Countdown.
3. The Dirty Dozen.
4. The Shootest.
5. They Died with there Boots on.
6. Singing in the Rain.
7. The Hunt for Red October.
8. Clear and Present Danger.
9. Star Wars 3.4.and 5
10. Cloe Encounters of the 3rd Kind.
There are so many but that’s my top 10. Of course any and all Trek Movies are my all time Favs.

31. Hugh Hoyland - November 13, 2010

#1 My dad, out of the blue, wanted to see Excalibur when it came out. For him it seemed like an odd choice being more “old School” in his tasts of movies. He asked if I wanted to go and of course I did. It was my first R rated movie as well and I remember being scared that they wouldnt let me in cause I was under 17. lol Needless to say I liked it, he thought it was just “ok”.

32. Vultan - November 13, 2010

#20 #21

Stanley Kubrick did a nonlinear story with “The Killing” (1956) long before “Pulp Fiction.”

33. TJ Trek - November 13, 2010

When making my list of favorite movies I don’t usually put this one in either. It was good, but it’s not in my top ten lists. I would put it as number 11.

my top 10 right now is (not in order though)

8. UP

Okey, so I had to round out my favorites with some animated fair and childhood favorites. I’m as GUY as a they come, but those of you who have seen it, you can’t tell me that the lost little kitty mewwing for his pal OTIS didn’t make you cry. I know it did, admit to it.

Also, THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE, is lots of fun, and so underrated by everybody. I’m a huge sherlock holmes fan, and so loved this mousian take on it.

The rest of my choices are pretty self evident, and of course TWOK is #11 at this exact point in time. so there you have it, my humble top ten list.

34. TJ Trek - November 13, 2010

Oh, and I almost forgot (not a top ten but….) as childhood favorites with memories attached go….THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER, come on, that movie had, like, mystical qualities when I was a kid. loved it

35. dmduncan - November 13, 2010

The Killing was a very interesting movie.

De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves was a very very powerful depiction of life in postwar Italy. One of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen.

La Dolce Vita, also powerful. I just love that ending.

36. Vultan - November 13, 2010


Agreed! The Great Mouse Detective is very under-rated! Right up there with Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant.

37. Denise de Arman - November 13, 2010

“Bambi” redefined my world as a child, showing that evil existed in a form previously unknown. I remember my parents renting the video and explaining the circumstances to me in my living room – I was horrified. To this day, I am forever thankful to my parents that they did not coose to rent “Ole’ Yeller”. Life is so cruel at times.

38. Denise de Arman - November 13, 2010


39. Lope de Aguirre - November 13, 2010

@ 22

“Stroszek” is great but I put many Herzog movies before it.
Right after “Heart of Glass” I put “Fata Morgana” and “Nosferatu – The Vampyre”.

And then it continues with “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” and “Woyzeck”.
Further than that I consider – depending on the mood – “Signs of Life” and “The Wild Blue Yonder” pretty much as strong as “Stroszek”.

“Julien Donkey-Boy” is Harmony Korine’s strongest film but I also love “Gummo”.
JD-B has dark and sad moments but it is also hilariously funny most of the time!

And to conclude my post I put my Top10 since most of you guys listed at least ten:
– The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (EELV)
– Fata Morgana
– Heart of Glass
– Nosferatu – The Vampyre
– Blade Runner (FC)
– Wings of Desire
– Alien³
– Gummo
– Julien Donkey-Boy
– Tarnation

40. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - November 13, 2010

Oh yes. At #11 it would be one of my faves. Old Yeller. Loved and Hated the Movie. Hated it because of the ending. Almost as sad as when Edith Died and Spock said to MCcoy. He Kows Dr. He Knows.

41. Red Dead Ryan - November 13, 2010

Here are a few of the other favorites of mine I forgot to mention:

“The Shawshank Redemption”
“The Matrix”
“The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy”
“Kill Bill” 1 and 2
“28 Days Later”
“28 Weeks Later”
“The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly”
“Dirty Harry”


Well said about “The Wrath Of Khan”!


“Alien 3″?

42. VZX - November 13, 2010

I’ll throw in as well..

My favorites:

The Dark Knight
Galaxy Quest
Finding Nemo

43. Punkspoker - November 13, 2010

Raiders changed my life!

44. Punkspoker - November 13, 2010

Raiders changed my life! Godfather, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Pick ofDestiny, Fantasia, Star Wars, Funny Girl(love Babs)

45. gingerly - November 13, 2010

Here are some of my favorites, as in if someone is playing it in my vicinity, my afternoon is gone

…I admit not all are necessarily technically “the best” movies:

CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981 version. accept no substitutes!)
FLASH (ah!-aaahhh!) GORDAN
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (only during that special time of year, of course)

I’ll stop now before I list every movie in my collection. :P

46. Jack - November 13, 2010

I saw Bambi at 4, in a theatre, and was so torn up that it’s the only Disney movie I’ve never wanted to watch again (yet still remember every second, 35 years later). That’s gotta say something. I should probably watch it now, or get some therapy.

47. Hermioni - November 13, 2010

@35. dmduncan – November 13, 2010

I certainly agree with you about “The Killing”.

Regarding “La Dolce Vita”, to be honest at this moment my recollections of the film do seem rather hazy. I remember seeing the picture on television as a teenager and feeling (quite self-righteously) repulsed by both the overall setting and by some of the characters´ actions. However, in order to form any kind of substanciative opinion, I would have to re-watch first.

48. Alec - November 13, 2010

45. gingerly – November 13, 2010
The Vikings – is that the one with Kirk Douglas? I’ve been to the castle featured in that film – in France. A good film with good battle scenes and memorable music.


Having thought about my fickle choices again, if I place a premium on simple subjective enjoyment and meaning, TWOK would feature very, very highly in my top 5. As a fan of Trek, it’s influenced me in many ways as well as giving me lots of enjoyment. I’ve seen it more times than any of the films I’ve mentioned in any of my posts. The more I think about it, the more I should have included it. My joke rebounded on me…

P.S., on the subject of Khan, has anyone read the novelisation? Is it good?

49. Vultan - November 13, 2010

“Paths of Glory” is another excellent film. Early Kubrick is a bit under-rated, his later works a bit over-rated… but only slightly.

50. Vultan - November 13, 2010

And I do mean only slightly! 2001 is the closest thing to pure art in film that I’ve ever seen.

51. gingerly - November 13, 2010


Is there any other? Of course, that one. :)

I swear, that scene with Ernest Borgnine…You know the one, gets me EVERY. TIME. Seriously, that was one of the toughest-coolest exits in cinema history.

No slow-motion nor cheesy cgi effects needed.

Plus, Kirk Douglas.

No manlier man existed back then.

I would have to agree with you on TWOK. :) That ceti eel larva scene gave me a complex about the possibility of things crawling into my ears, when I was girl.

If Bob is reading, include some subtle nightmare fuel awesomeness if there’s a villian! And yes I cried like a baby in the end.

52. Basement Blogger - November 13, 2010

Picking favorite films is an interesting task. I mean is there a difference between best and favorite? I could scour my DVD collection and find “Dodgeball” but there’s no way that makes my list. “Citizen Kane” is not on my list. I noticed we’re a lot like the Academy as far as say best picture. Drama dominates the lists, Straight comedy is in the minority. “Blazing Saddles” anyone?

I can only pick one right now because I’m lazy. I consider it my favorite and the best film ever made. It is “Casablanca” (1942) The film had love, sacrifice and doing the right thing. In glorious black and white with all that wonderful “talky-gooey” stuff. One scene gives me goose bumps all the time. It’s when heroic Lazlo, the band and the people drown out the Nazis who have commandeered the piano and sing a war song. Rick, the American, gives the musicians the power to drown them out with the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” What metaphor. And it’s great because the extras were refugees from Nazi tyranny. (Roger Ebert’s commentary) . Next time you see that scene, watch the extras in the background.

53. Vultan - November 13, 2010


Yes! That is an excellent scene. I love it at the end of the song when the girl shouts “Vive la France!” with tears in her eyes.

A sure-fire trip to goosebump city. Love it! :)

54. Alec - November 13, 2010

49-50. Vultan – November 13, 2010
Paths of Glory is indeed an excellent film. For me, the closest to ‘pure art in film’ are the films of Andrei Tarkovsky: notably, Solaris and Stalker. I know I’ve harped on about Solaris; but the monotonous, haunting organ music, the beauty and complexity of the human story, and the cinematography are simply stunning.

51. gingerly – November 13, 2010
Its hard to say that ‘Borgnine’ didn’t deserve it, though, after having chopped-off ‘Tony Curtis’s’ (RIP) arm…

I have to agree with you on the CGI: the end battle on the tower looked pretty real (and dangerous) to me; they weren’t scared of heights were they? Having just seen Troy a few hours ago on TV, the reliance on CGI these days is disappointing; the discerning and sometimes not so discerning eye can tell whether something’s real or not…

55. dmduncan - November 13, 2010

47: “Regarding “La Dolce Vita”, to be honest at this moment my recollections of the film do seem rather hazy. I remember seeing the picture on television as a teenager and feeling (quite self-righteously) repulsed by both the overall setting and by some of the characters´ actions.”

Oh the characters are all so tragic! Except maybe for the girl on the beach at the end whom Marcello cannot hear, try as he might. The film is a cautionary tale perhaps about the emptiness of fame and luxury. All the things that Marcello wants, all the stylish lives of others he admires ultimately lead nowhere.

56. Basement Blogger - November 13, 2010

Damon Lindelof talked about “Touch of Evil” as being film noir. I wonder if film noir is dead. I started to fall in love with film noir in the seventies, “Chinatown” (1975) and “Farewell, My Lovely”, (1975) Love those modern jazz scores! Then I went back and watched Bogart in the “Maltese Falcon” (1941) and the “Big Sleep.” (1946) Loved those movies. I guess I’m partial to the private eye.

But I wonder if the big studios will ever fund a film noir today. I mean all that moral ambiguity. I think ‘L.A. Confidenital” was film noir but that was 1997. “Blade Runner” to me was science fiction film noir. That was 1982. I think it can be argued that “No Country for Old Men” (2007) is flim noir from a western standpoint. But was that financed by a big studio? I hope in the future the studios will take a chance on a film noir.

Bringing this to Star Trek. There was a film noir show in the Next Generation, season one. “The Big Goodbye.” It was fantastic. I know some think it was like “A Piece of the Acition” but that was about gangsters. “The Big Goodbye” was one beautiful film noir down to the window shades and the existentialism. Oh, I love the clever and funny use of the jazz standard,”Out of Nowhere.” Get it? The holodeck produces characters out of nowhere. The episode won a Peabody Award for 1987.

57. Green-Blooded-Bastard - November 13, 2010

In no particular order (except for #1), and by no means my only favorites. My taste in film changes as does my mood, and I get different things out of different pictures. I have a tendency to watch films that captivate me, have me leaning forward in my chair with my mouth open and eyes wide. However, off the top of my head;

Superman; The Motion Picture
Because he represents hope when it would seem there is none. I saw it in the theater when I was 8 or 9, and to this day, despite being 41 and having a very firm grasp on what I believe I am perceiving to be reality (honestly), when I watch Christopher Reeve gently glide through the air, I still believe a man can fly. In more ways than the obvious. The movie makes me believe anything is possible. It is my number-one film.

It’s A Wonderful Life
Because how can you not love Jimmy Stewart. The movie simply makes me feel I matter.

2001 A Space Odyssey
I watch it for it’s technological stunt-work and it’s ability to keep me captivated during the parts that count most. To me, HAL represents the ultimate sociopath. Cold and apathetic…scary. I also tend to watch the opening scenes with a bit of melancholy, as technological advancement aside, we still wave sticks at each other and can now kill sight unseen.

A Christmas Story
“Randy lay there like a slug! It was his only defense!” One of the best holiday films ever made. There is literally not one bad moment. Not one.

Back To The Future (all three of ’em)
There is a mad genius to what Robert Zemeckis did with these films. The perfect cast, the perfect story, the perfect music and the perfect dialogue. It’s as believable as much as it’s implausible and twice as fun! There isn’t a movie-going human being alive that doesn’t know what a Flux Capacitor is or what it does.

The Empire Strikes Back
Sometimes the good guys lose, despite personal triumphs.

58. daniel - November 14, 2010

Lots of great movies listed here, but 2001 is still at the top of my list. What a pity that Kubrick and Orson Wells are no longer with us to make more great films.

59. Basement Blogger - November 14, 2010

Yes, great movies listed by all of you, which is why I beg your forgiveness to talk about a movie that might make my list. I said “Pulp Fiction”, one of Damon’s favoirtes, was rebellious. I was looking for another word. Just watched “Animal House” on HBO and the word I was looking for is “subversive.” “Pulp Fiction” and “MASH” were subversive. And I say that in a good way.

Okay, Vultan, you raised the desert island idea, i.e. what movies we would have on a desert island. Are you sure we’ve got electricity? (@ 18) Because the last thing I need is a “Twilight Zone” -Burgess Meredith-broken glasses thing happening. I’m still lazy and have only named “Casablanca.” But watching “Animal House”, (1978) I laughed till it hurt when I saw this as a teenager and laughed when I just saw it. NO WAY IS “ANIMAL HOUSE” A GREAT FILM. But if you need laughs? “Animal House” is calling me. “Animal House” is calling me. Help.

By the way is there a Star Trek connection here? Yep. Seven degrees of Kevin Bacon. Saturnight Live did a cute skit on the cancellation of Star Trek with John Belushi playing Shatner and Kirk. (I think Belushi was in “Animal House.” : ) Video below. From Hulu’ s website (totally okay with NBC).—the-last-voyage-of-the-starship-enterprise

60. DJT - November 14, 2010

Totally off topic, but did anyone catch Voltron chillin’ out in Damon’s background?

Holy shi*t, that took me back.

61. Denise de Arman - November 14, 2010

Jack#46- “Bambi” has been so underestimated throughout the years insofar as its emotional undertones. “Lion King” was Disney’s next foray into the pull-your-guts-out-and-leave-them-hanging genre. I suppose Disney thought the next generation was ready to see a father being killed in front of his son in that movie – what has our world come to?

62. TJ Trek - November 14, 2010

and speaking of deep themes in a kids movie, look at TOY STORY 3. Wow, some deep stuff in that one. I watched it in the theaters with some friends who have young kids, and I was almost sure that their was going to be sobbing in the theater.

63. Red Dead Ryan - November 14, 2010


I thought they did a great job with the murder of Mufasa in “The Lion King”.
The whole stampede scene was very suspenseful. And the score by Hans Zimmer was great at conveying the emotion of those scenes.

64. Red Dead Ryan - November 14, 2010


I thought “Toy Story 3″ was great as well. Proof that film #3 in a series need not necessarily suck. I honestly can’t say which “Toy Story” is my favorite; they’re all outstanding, and that is a testament to the writers and animators!

65. abramstrekprincess - November 14, 2010

All Disney films are great

66. Basement Blogger - November 14, 2010

Damon Lindelof lists “Bambi” as one of his favorite films. For some reason, the satire “Bambi meets Godzilla” (1969) has spoiled the cartoon for me. It reminds me of J.J. Abrams saying that Galaxy Quest (1999) almost spoiled Star Trek for him. “It’s (Galaxy Quest) so ridiculous, so accurate, so sophisticated, it spoils the Star Trek universe.” says Abrams. (Entertainment Weekly, 10-24-08, pg. 28) You can watch the hilarious one minute thirty two second cartoon parody on YouTube. I just can’t get the images out of my mind.

67. Khan was Framed! - November 14, 2010

Since we’re comparing lists:

Pulp Fiction
Horse Feathers
The Day the Earth Stood Still (original version)
The Dark Knight

I have greatly exceeded the 10k hours rule-

68. Basement Blogger - November 14, 2010

I’ve compiled my list of six favorites, using Damon’s number. Favorites are not necessarily the greatest, just films I would take with me to a desert island. There had better be electricity.

1. ‘Casablanca” (1942) I do consider this the greatest. AFI says no. 3
2. “Annie Hall” (1977) A nice mix of Woody Allen’s serious and comic sides.
3. “Lord of the Rings; The Entire Trilogy “(Extended Version 2001-2003) If allowed only one, I would take “The Return of the King.”
4. “Blazing Saddles” (1974) I love to laugh. Mel Brooks’ wildest comedy.
5.. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) “Schindler’s List” (1994) was Spielberg’s greatest but I’m looking at this for my favorite,a valentine to the moviegoer.
6. “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) Smart, funny romantic comedy with great jazz standards.

I guess my mood now is more towards cinematic comfort food so that’s why I didn’t pick “Network” or darker movies for my six. Still, this is a tough exercise. There are so many great films.

69. Vultan - November 14, 2010


Good choices! “Radio Days” is another good Woody Allen movie. Very funny stuff. My favorite part is when the attack on Pearl Harbor is announced and the blonde-haired lady with the squeaky Brooklyn accent says, “Who’s Pearl Hawwba?”


70. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - November 15, 2010

#58 — True, true, but we still have some pretty great directors these days.
I’m pretty convinced that Paul Thomas Andersen is at Orson Welles’ or Kubrick’s stature….

71. Trek Nerd Central - November 15, 2010

As we’re all geeks here, I’d like to give some love to Fritz Lang’s exquisite “Metropolis.”

All sci-fi in the decades since (including “Star Trek”) is indebted to it.

72. D-Mar - November 15, 2010

In no particular order:

– Airplane
– The Final Cut
– Cube
– The Enenmy BElow
– McLintock
– Monsters Inc
– Forbidden Planet
– The War of the Worlds (George Pal)
– The Right Stuff
– Silent Running

73. Aurore - November 15, 2010

-North by Northwest.
-Fantomas (1964).
-Die Hard(1988).
-Pete’s dragon.
-The Rescuers.

74. Gene L Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - November 15, 2010

Favorites change, so any list of 5, six, ten, or twenty will always leave out somebody. So here goes nothing. Ask me tomorrow, and it’ll be a different list.

Patton -not here yet? Scott’s performance is perfect, and Coppola never wrote a better screenplay (that’s right, I said it!). Two scenes especially stand out. After Patton finds out Gen. Marshall may send him home, he says: “The last great opportunity of a lifetime – an entire world at war, and I’m left out of it? God will not permit this to happen! I will be allowed to fulfill my destiny! His will be done.” And the final scene, when Patton describes the Roman triumphal parade, and the final line, “…that all glory is fleeting.” If it is possible for a Best Picture to be underrated, it is Patton.

Raiders of the Lost Ark -Saw it in ’81, when I was 17, nuff said.

Lawrence of Arabia- had never seen it until its re-release in 1989 after the Harris restoration. Saw it on a big screen in DC. When it was over, I said it should have won Best Picture AGAIN for 1989. It was that good, and that much better than anything else out there. LOA’s screenplay is also among the best ever written, “Prince Feisal: With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.” The new Trek would be fortunate to have one line as memorable.

The Quiet Man- John Wayne and John ford in top form. If you were raised with a drop of Irish blood, this is your movie. Wayne is a sinfully underrated actor.

Planet of the Apes-The best sci-fi movie of 1968. I am not among the converted on 2001. POTA doesn’t put me to sleep, and when I first saw it as a kid, it was cool. Movies should be cool, on some level.

Pixar-Toy Story 3 is epic. It should be among all Best Picture nominees this year, not just animated. The Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille, etc. They are on a streak of creativity that rivals Warner Bros. 40’s-50’s shorts and early Disney features. Bambi has no apologies to make for being on Lindelhof’s list. More modern films should be grateful they are even discussed with the old Disney classics.

And I haven’t even gotten to Blazing Saddles, Silence of the Lambs, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, TWOK, or Groundhog Day.

75. Aurore - November 15, 2010

-Rear Window.

76. Dlope - November 15, 2010

Bambi is a fantastic movie for all the Bambi detractors out there…. I love it. Never saw Touch of Evil…

Raiders is hands down one of my favorites. Can’t disagree with any of those selections, though I would have to extend his list to include …

The Empire Strikes Back

(Rear Window is a great movie too no. 75)

77. Scruffy the Vampire Janitor - November 15, 2010

Touch of Evil is a great late night movie, when you just want to enjoy a great story and a drink or two.

78. CommanderJacobs - November 15, 2010

Have we forgotten DARK STAR and ROBOT CARNIVAL?

79. JL - November 16, 2010

Bambi is an amazing piece of work on so many levels. My favorite animated film ever!

A lot of interesting lists above. Some of us think very much alike! If I had to do a TOP 5 it would be very difficult. But if I were asked to list my TOP 10 ACTION/SCI-FI, this would be it:

Total Recall
2001 A Space Odyssey
Superman: The Movie
The Dark Knight
Star Trek The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

80. JL - November 16, 2010

Whoever listed Alien 3 without listing the original Alien should have their geek card revoked on the spot. Serious.

81. Basement Blogger - November 16, 2010

I stop watching the Alien movie series at Aliens (1986), the second film. Whlie both Alien (1979) and Aliens had similar plot devices, they’re two different types of thrillers. Alien was kind of a claustrophobic horror movie and the other an action sci-fi war picture.

Alien 3 (1992) was okay. I did not care for the big changes from the previous Alien storylines. I did not believe they were necessary. The interesting thing about Alien 3 is that it’s directed by David Fincher. He directed the film, “The Social Network” which will be on many people’s favorites in the future. If you haven’t seen “The Social Network” , do so. It’s considered a contender for Best Pictrure and Fincher is considered a Best Director nominee. See Entertainment Weekly, 11-10-10, pg. 46

82. dmduncan - November 16, 2010

Alien is a great movie.

83. gingerly - November 16, 2010


Alien3 is unfairly bemoaned because of it’s tie to the other movies in the series. Taken on it’s own, it’s an excellent piece of genre film-making. It’s just different.

Folks just felt emotionally betrayed by the deaths of key characters and how unexpectedly downbeat and thoroughly hopeless it was.

I thought it was pretty brave, myself, but I understand why people hated it.

84. gingerly - November 16, 2010

lol talking to myself, I meant @81

85. Basement Blogger - November 16, 2010

@ 83

I don’t mind downbeat. Not that I’m begging for tragedy but Hollywood could use some diversity in storytelling. Maybe that’s why “The Social Network” is different from your typical Hollywood ending. I can’t say it’s happy, but maybe shoud I say bittersweet. I saw “Chinatown” (1975) as a favorite of some and it was my introduction to film noir. That was also downbeat. And wow, the videogame Halo: Reach is a tragedy.

Yes, the Alien 3’s tie to the other movies and the radical story changes killed the movie for me. Mind you I don’t hate it as a stand alone movie. I just didn’t like it for what it did to characters in Aliens. (1986) No need for that. I know writers say “we have to keep things fresh and surprising” but come on, you know there’s going to be an alien monster and he’s going to terrorize some humans etc. They could have developed the prison scenario and not brought the characters from “Aliens: to the prison. I can thing of other ways of bringing Ripley into the film without destroying the resolution to Aliens.

Wikipedia (link below) collected some of the artists of the previous films opinions of Alien 3. “Aliens” director James Cameron viewed the radical story changes as a “slap in the face” to him and fans. Author Alan Dean Foster (Many Star Trek stories and novels) who novelized thought some of the changes were an “obscenity.”

86. Vultan - November 16, 2010

Alien 3 an “obscenity” … that’s an understatement.
Alien Resurrection wasn’t much better.
The AVP movies are in the same sewer.

87. Vultan - November 16, 2010

The whole setup to the story in Alien 3 doesn’t even make sense. How could the Queen lay an egg on the ship when it left its sac on the planet? The movie lost me from there (a record five minutes into the story!), and the deaths of Hicks and Newt were just kicking the fans when they were down.

88. Basement Blogger - November 16, 2010

Since James Cameron wields a ton of clout, maybe he can get Fox to “decanonize” Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection if needed. If Cameron hates it that much and I can see why, this would preserve Alien and Aliens. Fox could announce that Alien 3 is no longer canon and treat the way Star Trek novels are treated. And that would restore all of our faith in the first two films.

89. Vultan - November 16, 2010


“Decanonizing” them would be good, but I would prefer it if Fox did the same as George Lucas did to the Star Wars Christmas Special—collect as many copies as possible and destroy them! Of course it’s a pipe dream, but I do love to dream…. :)

90. Red Dead Ryan - November 16, 2010

“Alien: Resurrection” was even worse than “Alien 3″. It was just so stupid.
First, the idea of cloning Ripley using Xenomorph DNA was clearly contrived with the result of Ripley having the “original” Ripley’s memories yet she wasn’t really Ripley. Second, the idea of creating human/alien hybrids was just gross. Ripley’s “child” was a god-awful creation that was purely disgusting. And the way it was sucked out of the airlock was a lame attempt at shocking the audience. It was disgusting. And finally, I thought the Queen laid eggs? Why then did she give birth human-style?

I dare say “Alien: Resurrection” is the worst of the bunch. Even worse than the “Alien Vs Predator” films.

91. Vultan - November 17, 2010


Totally agree with everything you wrote, Ryan. But I would say Alien 3 is slightly worse just because Resurrection wouldn’t exist without it—a real first-class derailment of the franchise. Anyway, they’re both terrible, depressing films. It’s really sad that we’re discussing which of the Alien movies is worse… and that we have FOUR of them to choose from! And it’s even sadder that the AVP video games were far more entertaining (and interesting) than the movies!

I have just a microscopic bit of hope in the upcoming Alien prequel, and that’s only because Ridley Scott is directing.

92. Red Dead Ryan - November 17, 2010


Well, as the old saying goes “Two wrongs don’t make a right”. And in most cases, the second wrong ( in this case Resurrection) is even worse than the first wrong (Alien 3).

93. Red Dead Ryan - November 17, 2010

To be more specific, killing Ripley was a slap in the face to fans. Bringing her back as a human clone with Xenomorph DNA was a punch in the nose, since it was no longer the same character.

94. Vultan - November 17, 2010


You know, I think if it was just Ripley that had bought the farm in Alien 3 I wouldn’t have been so disappointed. If she would’ve somehow sacrificed herself to save Hicks and Newt, it would’ve been much more meaningful than saving some convict or preventing “the company” from finally getting their precious specimen.

The death of Newt made the storyline to Aliens meaningless. Cameron gave us a happy ending in that one—a new “family” of survivors thrown together, setting off, going to “dream all the way home.”

Then they give us a nightmare in the next one…. :(

95. Basement Blogger - November 17, 2010

@ 89

Thanks for reminding me of The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). I just got done watching it on YouTube. Yes, it’s still as bad as it was in 1978 but bad in a good way. If a show is so bad that you can watch it and crack up without getting drunk, it has unintentional comic moments. Best moments include

1. Harvey Korman, yes Carol Burnett’s sidekick is in drag and plays a TV cook with four arms. Later Harvey plays a customer in the Cantina where he drinks through the top of his head.

2. Chewbacca’s father “Itchey/!” places a virtual helmet on and gets what I can only describe as a sexual orgasm watching Dianhann Carroll sing what I admit is a lovely ballad. Watching Itchey squirm in delight is a hoot.

3. Cartoon introduces Boba Fett. Okay, you Fett lovers, this is his first appearance.

4. The delicacy: Wookie Ookies.

5. The infamous Bea Arthur Cantina song. The reason why this song is so bizarre is that it’s Bea Arthur (aka Maude) and she’s singing this song to the weird aliens in the bar.

6. Carrie Fisher singing a Life Day song at the end.. By the way, Life Day is the Wookie holiday in question. Okay, I’m guessing that at this moment, the director and the composer knew the moment was so surreal and corny that they decided to interject the Star Wars theme in the middle of the song. It reminded of Bill Murray doing his lounge lizard version of Star Wars with lyrics on SNL.

My recommendation for this surreal piece of the seventies. Get a copy. Invite friends. Have booze. : ) Have a blast.

By the way, since the Bad Robot Supreme Court looked to Star Wars for inspiration, you know where I’m going with this….

THE STAR TREK HOLIDAY SPECIAL! — The plot. The Enterprise must return Spock to the Vulcan colony of Xanadu where he can celebrate Life Day with Sarek and Spock Prime. Uhura believes it to be a drunken orgy. She hijacks the a ship and is in pursuit.

Guest stars will include: Pee Wee Herman. Carrot Top. Betty White. Lindsay Lohan. Musical guests: Lady Gaga. Metallica. Toby Keith. And Tony Bennett. Lady Gaga and Toby Keith do a duet together. Metallica backs up Bennett on “White Christmas.”

Come on Supreme Court. You looked to Star Wars for inspiration. Here’s another Star Wars moment. Make the Star Trek Holiday Special so. : )

In case you want to read about the Star Wars Holiday Special.

96. Denise de Arman - November 18, 2010

The above was written in a pot orgy of sorts – tell me , Basement Blogger, do you roll your medicinal pot in paper, or do you use a pipe…?

97. Basement Blogger - November 19, 2010

@ 96

Denise, I’ll have you know that I use booze to get a buzz. How about at the end of the proposed “Star Trek Holiday Special” we have Spock and Spock prime sing a Lfie Day song and then break into Alex Courage’s Star Trek theme. You know it has lyrics? Link below. Judy Roberts does a cool jazz version.

And by the way, Denise you have to tell us your six favorite films. So drop the comedy chops and list them. We all did. Yes, we know you love Bambi. Five more to go.

Lyrics to Star Trek.

98. Christopher Valin - November 20, 2010

My list is similar to Damon’s. Touch of Evil is in my top ten, but I prefer the recut version from about ten years ago, where they followed Orson Welles’ notes on how he wanted it edited. Amazing. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.