Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My 100 Favourite Movies: Prelude

A long time ago, when I was a different person, I was goaded into making a list of every movie I'd ever seen. I've told the story before, so if you know me you've probably heard it, and if you haven't, sorry, the re-telling will dredge up unhappy memories. And when that list was compiled, I thought, "Finally! I have completed this time-intensive project with little-to-no value to the world! And now...I'm bored." So I decided to make a list of my top 100 favourite movies.

That was just over five years ago. And in five years, yours truly can rack up a LOT of new movie-watching experiences. So I decided to re-vamp the list back in December, and due to some procrastinating, some life stuff, and some repeated fiddling with the order, I finally completed it. It took quite a while to do; I whittled my master list (over 2000 distinct movies) into a shortlist of about 250, then whittled that down to a shorterlist of about 140, and then viciously cut the last 40 out. Then, in a process that took WAY too many steps to recount here, I finally ordered them into some semblance of an order. Due to the nature of this task, and the nature of ordering in general, if I was to do it another month from now, things might shift around a little bit, but generally everything's where it should be, plus or minus five slots. And I'm very happy with the top 20, and have almost nothing to change about those ones.

But I'm not here to talk about the new list. I'm here, for a moment, to talk about the old one. Some of the entries are a little embarassing now, but a number of them are still classics, and some of them are unfortunate but necessary casualties on a list where I've likely seen over eight hundred new movies since I first started it. So take a look. It's both a reminder of someone that I used to be and, when compared to the list I'll be posting over the next few weeks (few months?), an indication of someone that I may become.

My 100 Favourite Movies: 2006 Edition
100. Casino Royale (2006)
99. Edward Scissorhands
98. Shall We Dance?
97. To Kill A Mockingbird
96. King Kong (1933)
95. The African Queen
94. Babe: Pig in the City
93. The Killer
92. Die Hard
91. The Man Who Would Be King
90. Men With Brooms
89. The Shop Around The Corner
88. High Fidelity
87. The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
86. Vertigo
85. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
84. Hellboy
83. Out of Sight
82. Dead Ringers
81. Hallowe'en
80. The Producers
79. Monty Python's Life of Brian
78. X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes
77. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
76. This Is Spinal Tap
75. The 40 Year Old Virgin
74. It's A Wonderful Life
73. Star Wars
72. True Lies
71. From Russia With Love
70. Spider-Man
69. Brazil
68. Kill Bill, Vol. 2
67. Alien
66. The Wild Bunch
65. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
64. The Great Dictator
63. Seconds
62. The Iron Giant
61. L.A. Story
60. Psycho
59. A Fish Called Wanda
58. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
57. Some Like It Hot
56. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
55. Man Bites Dog
54. Mrs. Brown
53. The Muppet Movie
52. Wings of Desire
51. Casablanca
50. Grand Illusion
49. Rushmore
48. Duck Soup
47. American Beauty
46. The Matrix
45. L.A. Confidential
44. The Manchurian Candidate
43. The Princess Bride
42. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
41. Fargo
40. When Harry Met Sally….
39. Leon
38. The Wizard of Oz
37. Frankenstein
36. Blade Runner
35. Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
34. Miller's Crossing
33. Dark City
32. M*A*S*H
31. Rashomon
30. A Hard Day's Night
29. Maltese Falcon
28. The Kid
27. Battleship Potemkin
26. Touch of Evil
25. Raiders of the Lost Ark
24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
23. Bride of Frankenstein
22. Roxanne
21. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
20. Apocalypse Now
19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
18. Pulp Fiction
17. The Usual Suspects
16. The Empire Strikes Back
15. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
14. Life is Beautiful
13. Mallrats
12. Unforgiven
11. The Last Temptation of Christ
10. Singin' In The Rain
9. The Searchers
8. It Happened One Night
7. The Rules of the Game
6. The Godfather
5. Dr. Strangelove
4. City Lights
3. The Godfather, Part II
2. Citizen Kane
1. Seven Samurai

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