5.22.2005

Notes from an Abject Cine-dork

This new Time magazine Top 100 movies poll didn't anger me as much as I thought it would (City of God? Rock on), but it did get me all listalgic and stuff. So - pants down, red-faced - here's my top 10. And I invite you all to chime in with yours. I'm curious, darnit.

1) Citizen Kane
2) The Decalogue
3) 8 1/2
4) Touch of Evil
5) The Seven Samurai
6) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
7) The Seventh Seal
8) The Thin Blue Line/The Fog of War
9) 2001
10) The Exorcist/The Exorcist III

12 comments:

PJKM said...

The Decalogue is my number one (and, if I was being lazy, my two thru ten, as well).

Brando said...

It's always hard to put these in order, but here's what my first reaction was:

1) Pulp Fiction
2) Rushmore
3) Dr. Strangelove
4) Apocalypse Now
5) Citizen Kane
6) Blade Runner (only the Director's Cut version)
7) The Return of the King
8) John Woo's The Killer
9) 2001
10) The Empire Strikes Back

Pete said...

I go for spectacle/allegories. Some of these are more defensible than others.

1- Dawn of the Dead (The original, Silly.)

2-Planet of the Apes (The original, Silly.)

3- Being John Malkovich

4-Predator/Running Man/Conan The Barbarian

5-City of the Lost Children

6- Wicker Man

7- Rushmore

8- Memento

9- Willow

10- The Searchers

Grendel said...

All I'm saying is, when I first saw them, each of these astonished me in some way that expanded my appreciation of what film was capable of:

Pulp Fiction
Blue Velvet
Happiness
The Big Sleep
Do the Right Thing
Babe
Full Metal Jacket
Mulholland Drive
Natural Born Killers
Eraserhead

What a great thread -- I'm already compiling a need-to-see list.

Pete said...

I egregiously forgot Babe II, Pig in the City.

bR said...

In no particular order and subject to my astonishingly poor memory for movies:

The Dinner Game
Sling Blade
Pulp Fiction
Three Days of the Condor
My Life as a Dog
Before Sunset
Hero
Chinatown
Planet of the Apes
Being There

ian said...

I have no idea anymore what constitutes the "best" films, but here are the 10 movies--well, 10 and 1/300th--that have had the greatest impact on me, regardless of each's place in the pantheon. In chronological order of viewing:

1) Star Wars (1980 rerelease: my Dad took me into the bathroom during the Sand People attack on Luke because I was so frightened. A nerd is born.)

2) Snow White (Disney and I should have broken up after the first date. It was all downhill after this one.)

3) The Wizard of Oz (Flying monkeys are still scarier than orcs.)

4) The Empire Strikes Back (No comment necessary.)

(Many bleak years of repeated viewings of the Star Trek movies.)

5) The Godfather I & II (Dad, one lazy summer afternoon: "You got 6 hours to kill?" I still cringe whenever Michael's Italian wife gets into the car.)

6) An episode of Homicide: Life on the Street called "Three Men and Adena." (A TV show that was better than most films, and this is its finest hour. Blew my fucking mind. It still does. It should be mandatory viewing in all creative-writing classes.)

7) Pulp Fiction (Has this dated yet? I'm afraid to see it again.)

8) Boogie Nights (Most fun I've ever had watching a grown-up movie.)

9) The Thin Red Line (Pure, heartbreaking beauty.)

10) City of God & Amores Perros (Saw these films close together. Both reenergized my love of story-telling.)

10 and 1/300th) The last 30 seconds--the final shot--of Revenge of the Sith made me bawl like a child. Seriously.

SER said...

I can't come up with ten on the fly, but a few of my favorites follow:

- Apocalypse Now
- Citizen Kane
- Rushmore
- Requiem for a Dream
- Cinema Paradiso
- The Fog of War

Jane said...

In addition to some of those already mentioned, I'd add

Casablanca
Notorious
The Usual Suspects
Annie Hall
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Kim said...

I'll second Annie Hall, Babe: Pig in the City, and City of God. Kind of a bizarre trio, now that I see them side by side, but definitely three of my favorites. I'd also add

White
Rear Window
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (despite the stinky sub-plot)
Breaking the Waves
A Short Film about Love
Spirited Away

Confucius said...

Lots of my favorites already mentioned above. A few others I'd have to consider for a list:

The Killing Fields
A Passage to India
Together (Lukas Moodysson's)
Dr. Zhivago
Fargo
Roman Holiday
Life Is Beautiful

And has anyone watched E.T. in the last twenty years or so? It's almost a perfect movie. (In the interest of full disclosure, Ian, the damn thing makes me tear up every time. Granted, not Revenge of the Sith-esque tears, but tears nevertheless...I know E.T. has to go home...but still.)

TLB said...

I must second Kim's vote for Breaking the Waves. A very underrated film, IMHO.

Give me also, from my dorky girl heart, the original Star Wars series, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Lord of the Rings series.

For grown-up films, I love The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Blade Runner, Memento, Casablanca and Apocalypse Now.