59: The Wizard of Oz (9/26/2016)

If “The Wizard of Oz” weren’t a beloved family film based on a series of best-selling children’s books, it would be pretty damned weird. It still is, as a matter of fact. Think about it: You’ve got a teenage girl who’s whisked via tornado away from her dull (and sepia-toned) Kansas home into a magical (and colorful) world. Her house lands on a witch, she learns the witch’s sister wants her dead, and only after teaming up with a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion can she find the wizard who can take he back to Kansas. Or maybe, just maybe, it was all a dream…


43: The Princess Bride (2/8/2016)

“The Princess Bride” was an unlikely movie to arrive in 1987. Hell, it was an unlikely movie to arrive in any year. The other big films of that year, in case you’ve forgotten, were “Robocop,” “Full Metal Jacket,” “Wall St.,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Fatal Attraction,” The Untouchables” and “The Lost Boys.” Cynical, violent, movies for a cynical violent time.


36: It’s a Wonderful Life (12/21/2015)

It’s considered a Christmas classic, but 1946’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” also has the reputation of being sentimental schlock, derided as “Capra-corn” (in honor of its director, Frank Capra) and dismissed as a movie whose ending reaches new depth of sappiness and tear-jerking desperation. None of that, thankfully, is true.