This “Cinematic Alphabet” meme has been floating around for a while, and lately I’ve been seeing Mr. @bobfreelander of Rupert Pupkin Speaks linking to new ones on Twitter, so I gave in. I came up with 26 alphabetized movies—not necessarily my favorites, mind you, but ones I love or am fond of. Instead of just listing them, I also hastily penned some accompanying doggerel. The rhymes and meter are often pretty forced, but you get the idea. Enjoy! (And if you haven’t seen any of these, I recommending tracking them down posthaste.)
A is for Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace.
B is for The Birds (above) and Tippi’s pecked-at face.
C is for the colors in Rohmer’s Claire’s Knee.
D is for Detour and Ann Savage’s misery.
E is for Elephant and its narrative trickery.
F is for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
G is for Ghost World and Dan Clowes’ quirky authorial voice.
H is for hiccuping Laughton as a drunk in Hobson’s Choice.
I is for I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (and “I steal!”).
J is for Jungle Fever, as Spike Lee keeps it real.
K is for The Killers, in which Lancaster dies.
L is for Le Samouraï and Delon’s steely eyes.
M is for “mein mann” in The Marriage of Maria Braun.
N is for Near Dark and the scary approach of dawn.
O is for Our Hospitality and Keaton’s daring chases…
P is for Pink Flamingos and its myriad disgraces.
Q is for Queen Christina and all its weird, fun sex.
R is for Hitchcock’s Rope, and Brandon’s hands on David’s neck.
S is for the scary [Safe], about Todd Haynes’ usual themes.
T is for 3 Women, right out of Altman’s dreams.
U is for Ugetsu, one of Mizoguchi’s best.
V is for Vampyr, starring the pseudonymous “Julian West.”
W is for Week End; lord knows what it’s really about.
X is for X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes—if they betray thee, pluck them out!
Y is for Yi Yi and its sad, quiet family.
Z is for Zero de Conduite and Vigo’s anarchy.