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Beetlejuice! -> The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 3:46:52 PM)

This thread will be listing the 100 highest rated films on the Empire forum.
To do this I will be picking films that are topping individuals lists from the 'Top 100 I've watched this year'  thread.

All you have to do is rate and review (if you wish) the films on the list
*NOTE - You can join in at anytime, simply rate the films in the top 100 below: you don't have to go through all the pages of this thread.

I will add a new film to be rated on a daily basis (whenever possible). Here's the latest chart update:


1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - 10 (2 votes)
2. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) - 10 (1 vote)
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2013) - 10 (1 vote)
4. The Ascent (1977) - 10 (1 vote)
5. Her (2013) - 10 (1 vote)
6. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) - 10 (1 vote)
7. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - 10 (1 vote)
8. The Unknown (1927) - 10 (1 vote)
9. Greed (1924) - 10 (1 vote)
10. The World of Apu (1959) - 10 (1 vote)

11. I Am Cuba (1964) - 10 (1 vote)
12. The Stranger Within a Woman (1966) - 10 (1 vote)
13. Singapore Sling (1990) - 10 (1 vote)
14. Flowing (1956) - 9.75 (4 votes)
15. La Notte (1961) - 9.75 (2 votes)
16. Trouble in Paradise (1932) - 9.5 (5 votes)
17. Sound of the Mountain (1954) - 9.5 (4 votes)
18. Underworld (1927) - 9.5 (4 votes)
19. Raise the Red Lantern (1991) - 9.5 (2 votes)
20. The Docks of New York (1928) - 9.5 (2 votes)

21. Sweet Movie (1974) - 9.5 (2 votes)
22. It’s Love I’m After (1937) - 9.5 (1 vote)
23. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) - 9.4 (12 votes)
24. Come and See (1985) - 9.4 (8 votes)
25. Ivan’s Childhood (1962) - 9.3 (3 votes)
26. In a Lonely Place (1950) - 9.3 (3 votes)
27. The Battle of Algiers (1966) - 9.25 (4 votes)
28. White Nights (1957) - 9.25 (4 votes)
29. Le Trou (1960) - 9.25 (4 votes)
30. La Roue (1923) - 9.25 (2 votes)

31. DeUsynlige (2008) - 9.25 (2 votes)
32. The Hospital (1971) - 9.25 (2 votes)
33. Ran (1985) - 9.2 (11 votes)
34. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) - 9.2 (10 votes)
35. Amer (2009) - 9.2 (3 votes)
36. The Crowd (1928) - 9.2 (3 votes)
37. Secret Sunshine (2007) - 9.2 (3 votes)
38. Madame de… (1953) - 9.2 (3 votes)
39. Champagne for Caesar (1950) - 9.2 (1 vote)
40. The Godfather (1972) - 9.1 (41 votes)

41. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - 9.1 (26 votes)
42. Three Colours: Red (1994) - 9.1 (14 votes)
43. Peppermint Candy (1999) - 9.1 (9 votes)
44. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - 9.1 (7 votes)
45. Floating Clouds (1955) - 9.1 (6 votes)
46. For All Mankind (1989) - 9.1 (4 votes)
47. La Terra Trema (1948) - 9.1 (4 votes)
48. Taxi Driver (1976) - 9 (43 votes)
49. Goodfellas (1990) - 9 (43 votes)
50. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) - 9 (38 votes)

51. The Godfather Part II (1974) - 9 (35 votes)
52. Ikiru (1952) - 9 (19 votes)
53. The Roaring Twenties (1939) - 9 (14 votes)
54. The Ladykillers (1955) - 9 (13 votes)
55. The Double Life of Veronique (1991) - 9 (13 votes)
56. Late Spring (1949) - 9 (11 votes)
57. The Long Day Closes (1992) - 9 (6 votes)
58. The Philadelphia Story (1940) - 9 (6 votes)
59. After the Thin Man (1936) - 9 (4 votes)
60. Tokyo Godfathers (2003) - 9 (4 votes)

61. Hana-Bi (1997) - 9 (4 votes)
62. Day of Wrath (1943) - 9 (3 votes)
63. Camino (2008) - 9 (3 votes)
64. Tunes of Glory (1960) - 9 (3 votes)
65. A Separation (2011) - 9 (3 votes)
66. The Big Heat (1953) - 9 (3 votes)
67. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - 9 (2 votes)
68. 12 Years a Slave (2013) - 9 (2 votes)
69. Devils on the Doorstep (2000) - 9 (2 votes)
70. Yellow Submarine (1968) - 9 (2 votes)

71. Bad Boy Bubby (1993) - 9 (2 votes)
72. Tokyo Twilight (1957) - 9 (2 votes)
73. On the Town (1949) - 9 (2 votes)
74. Love Exposure (2008) - 9 (2 votes)
75. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) - 9 (1 vote)
76. High and Low (1963) - 9 (1 vote)
77. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) - 9 (1 vote)
78. Le Feu Follet (1963) - 9 (1 vote)
79. Nebraska (2013) - 9 (1 vote)
80. ‘I Know Where I’m Going!’ (1945) - 9 (1 vote)

81. Blue Jasmine (2013) - 9 (1 vote)
82. The Way Way Back (2013) - 9 (1 vote)
83. Red Sorghum (1987) - 9 (1 vote)
84. Vanishing Point (1971) - 9 (1 vote)
85. The Interview (1998) - 9 (1 vote)
86. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) - 9 (1 vote)
87. Zazie dans le Metro (1960) - 9 (1 vote)
88. L.A. Confidential (1997) - 8.9 (39 votes)
89. Rear Window (1954) - 8.9 (36 votes)
90. City of God (2002) - 8.9 (35 votes)

91. 12 Angry Men (1957) - 8.9 (32 votes)
92. The Third Man (1949) - 8.9 (29 votes)
93. The Apartment (1960) - 8.9 (27 votes)
94. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - 8.9 (27 votes)
95. City Lights (1931) - 8.9 (27 votes)
96. The General (1927) - 8.9 (17 votes)
97. The Treasure of the Sierre Madre (1948) - 8.9 (16 votes)
98. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) - 8.9 (13 votes)
99. Sansho Dayu (1954) - 8.9 (11 votes)
100. White Heat (1949) - 8.9 (11 votes)
Red, bold, italics = New Entry
Bold, italics = Rating increase
Italics = Rating decrease
Blue, italics = Re-Entry

 
The Full 1281 Movies on the chart can be found on IMDb...

HERE




Dantes Inferno -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 3:49:39 PM)

Well, seeing how you're going to continue rating them, why won't we just use positions 250-101 as someone else suggested? That way, I can post the films, while you concentrate on the ratings.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 3:51:43 PM)

And the first film up for review is the film that's topping my Top 100 of the year....

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Fargo (1996)
A car salesman hopes to get out of debt by having two hoodlums kidnap his wife, so he can get (and keep) the ransom money from his wealthy father-in-law. Like life, nothing goes according to plan.
 
This is easily the Coens finest movie. The cast are uniformly excellent, with McDormand giving one of the greatest leading female performances of all time. Buscemi and Macy are perfect in creepy support. The film has a whimsical black humour that sits perfectly alongside the dark crime tale. An absolute gem of a movie and I can't get enough of it.
 
10/10




Beetlejuice! -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 3:57:33 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno

Well, seeing how you're going to continue rating them, why won't we just use positions 250-101 as someone else suggested? That way, I can post the films, while you concentrate on the ratings.


I quite fancy seeing how some more obscure films get a placement on the list, that's why I'm gonna use the 'Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year' thread. But thank you anyways
[:)]




Dantes Inferno -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 4:42:42 PM)

Ah, ok. Still, post more than one film at a time, othervise we'll keep on going forever (which we will do anyways).

My tiny Fargo review:

Fargo
Year: 1996
Director: Joel Coen
Written by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi,
Peter Stormare, William H. Macy

Throughout their mass body of work, the Coens has still mostly stuck to only two genres (noirish crime and screwball comedy), with Fargo being the only film of them to successfully blend the two. It is alternatively funny and thrilling, never seeming to make up its mind of what genre it really wants to be, and somehow managing come out of the other as something fantastic. It's one of the few movies with an identity of its own, with the best Scandinavian representative in American films this side of The Thing.

10/10




Beetlejuice! -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 5:37:04 PM)

Very well, two a day then...

#1 on umer_ejaz list...

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Robert Ford joins Jesse James's gang, only to become resentful of the legendary outlaw and hatch a plan to kill the fastest gun in the West.




jamesbondguy -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 5:47:25 PM)

The Assassination of Jesse James is not quite the masterpiece it has been acclaimed as, but it's still a great, superbly-shot film, which is deeper and more interesting than the majority of modern American films. 9/10




Dantes Inferno -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 6:19:34 PM)

Beetlejuice, you haven't seen Assassination? I thought I was the last to go when I finally saw it.

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Year: 2007
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Written by: Andrew Dominik after novel by Ron Hansen
Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell

A fantastic film; one of kind in an age filled with anything but slow-paced epic masterpieces. The Assassination of Jesse James also has some of the best cinematography in modern cinema, with its warm sepia tones conflicting with the raw nature of the characters. Casey Affleck gives one of the decade's best performances in a must-see film.

10/10








Beetlejuice! -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 6:28:02 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno

Beetlejuice, you haven't seen Assassination? I thought I was the last to go when I finally saw it.




Unfortunately I have not but I am really looking forward to it. Adding it to my rental list. I'm a big fan of Pitt when he's doing good stuff.




Dantes Inferno -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 6:31:20 PM)

Well, there's rumor he's gonna star in Inglorious Bastards by Quentin Tarantino. Judging by your avatar, I'm guessing you might be somewhat excited by that.




Rhubarb -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 6:33:46 PM)

Jesse James and Fargo are both 9/10's I reckon




Professor Moriarty -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 6:50:44 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno

the best Scandinavian representative in American films this side of The Thing.


Ya gotta love those crazy Swedes [:D]  In general I have a soft spot for films set against a snowy backdrop and these two films are two of the best from that setting.

Fargo is imo the best of the Coen's very impressive films.  10/10




Dantes Inferno -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 7:07:22 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno

the best Scandinavian representative in American films this side of The Thing.


Ya gotta love those crazy Swedes [:D]


Please tell me you are joking.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 7:35:58 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno

Well, there's rumor he's gonna star in Inglorious Bastards by Quentin Tarantino. Judging by your avatar, I'm guessing you might be somewhat excited by that.


This is fantastic news! Should be a match made in heaven. Tarantino's always said that Pitt was one of the best things in True Romance.




Piles -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 8:34:07 PM)

Fargo - 9/10
Assassination - 9/10

The latter will, no doubt, be plaguing the top of my top 100 2000s thread.




shawshank prisoner -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 9:41:51 PM)

Fargo 9/10

The Assassination of Jesse James... 10/10




shawshank prisoner -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (9/7/2008 9:49:38 PM)

Could never really be bothered before but I'll post some new ratings (of films I hadn't rated previously) from the initial 100 now...

City of God 10/10
12 Angry Men 9/10
Das Boot 8/10
Taxi Driver 8/10
Goodfellas 10/10
Jaws 9/10
Fight Club 10/10
Amelie 7/10
Eternal Sunshine... 8/10
Aliens 8/10
American History X 8/10
Terminator 2 9/10
American Beauty 10/10
Leon 8/10
The Shining 7/10
The Departed 9/10
Sin City 7/10
Forrest Gump 9/10


I'm surprised that neither Toy Story is on the top 100... maybe they should both go up next.







Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 4:15:55 AM)

Fargo - 4/5

Assassination Of Jesse James - One of the best films of last year, one of the finest westerns ever made. It looks gorgeous and has two fantastic central performances. The nice elegaic tone does occasionally cross the line into "Is there really any need for this scene?" territory, but overall, a winner - 5/5







Beetlejuice! -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 11:20:46 AM)

#1 on DonCopey1's list...

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Black Narcissus (1947)
Breathtakingly beautiful adaptation of Rumer Godden drama involves travails, both physical and emotional, of nuns founding mission in Himalayas. An exquisite, powerful, demanding film that will haunt classic film lovers.




Beetlejuice! -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 11:22:38 AM)

#1 on Chris_scott01's list...

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La Strada (1954)
An itinerant circus strongman enhances his act with the help of a simple-minded peasant waif. His cruel treatment of the girl elicits sympathy from an acrobat who meets them at a carnival.




TRM -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 11:47:31 AM)

Fargo 9/10
Jesse James 9/10




jamesbondguy -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 11:54:56 AM)

La Strada- 9/10
Great stuff from Fellini in one of his best films. It took me until a second viewing to really appreciate it, but now I can't help but be caught up in it's bittersweet/tragic tone, and even if it's still slightly flawed, it's still a great experience.




elab49 -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 12:08:38 PM)

Fargo 10/10 - one of a couple that make a call on the Coen's best an amazingly difficult decision to make
Assassination of Jesse James - 6/10 - I go to and fro on this one. If I rewatch I might change it again as my opinion between original and rewatch did.
La Strada - 2/10 - I think I have chapter and verse on this in the Hall of Fame last round. Terrible film with points only for Quinn's beastly performance
Black Narcissus - 10/10. There was a lovely anecdote that I think John Mortimer told recently on one of the film docs on BBC 4 about bumping into a nun at lunch at a studio matching virginity with being bloody starving - they were filming Black Narcissus at the time. Amazing visual realisation and a stunning performance from Byron.




Dantes Inferno -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 12:09:38 PM)

Black Narcissus must have the strangest premise of a film ever. Nuns and no porn? Yawn... nah, just joking.

La Strada
Year: 1955
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Written by: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart

I was slightly underwhelmed by this after watching the mighty La Dolce Vita, and its simple, but tragic story-line is no match for the likes of Vittorio De Sica, particularly Shoeshine or The Bicycle Thieves. Still, a bad film it ain't, though it's slightly light on imagination. Maybe I'll follow jamesbondguy's advice and watch it a second time, in hope that it will improve.

7/10




jamesbondguy -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 12:29:24 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno

Black Narcissus must have the strangest premise of a film ever. Nuns and no porn? Yawn... nah, just joking.

La Strada
Year: 1955
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Written by: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart

I was slightly underwhelmed by this after watching the mighty La Dolce Vita, and its simple, but tragic story-line is no match for the likes of Vittorio De Sica, particularly Shoeshine or The Bicycle Thieves. Still, a bad film it ain't, though it's slightly light on imagination. Maybe I'll follow jamesbondguy's advice and watch it a second time, in hope that it will improve.

7/10



You should- it seems like you had the exact same reaction I had the first time I watched it. I liked it a lot more the second time around.




Dantes Inferno -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 12:40:03 PM)

Yeah, it is a very simple film with few distractions, which is not the right kind of movie to watch after La Dolce Vita.




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 7:08:29 PM)

Not seen La Strada or Black Narcissus [:(]




Piles -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 8:10:02 PM)

La Strada - 9/10.




chris_scott01 -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 8:49:25 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49
La Strada - 2/10 - I think I have chapter and verse on this in the Hall of Fame last round. Terrible film with points only for Quinn's beastly performance


[sm=ohmy.gif]  I am surprised elab.  I seemed to have missed that chapter on the HoF thread - nevermind.  I understand it's a film that's easily dislikable to some, for me I fell in love with it the first time I saw it.  For what it's worth, here's an old review:

La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)

*Spoilers*

Fellini’s heartbreaking masterpiece and a paramount achievement in cinema. The story of La Strada might be neatly summed up by a line from The Motorcycle Diaries: "This isn’t a tale of heroic feats. It’s about two lives running parallel for a while". Coincidentally both films are road movies and the symbol of the road can be read in the characterisation of the protagonists, Gelsomina and Zampano, as they are fatefully, yet reluctantly, united on a journey in which these two very different personalities have lasting consequences on each other.

Having received news that her sister has died while travelling with brutish street performer Zampano, Gelsomina is bought for 10,000 lire to fill her place. Zampano is impatient and abusive and seemingly has only one thing to live off; his chain breaking circus act. Again the rich symbolism of La Strada comes through. No matter how many times Zampano performs his act he always has to do it again, this reflects the pathetic situation he is in as a man tortured by dumb expression and uncontrollability, unable to love and wholly given to aggression. Fellini invokes our sympathy towards such a creature as much as, if not more than what we feel for Gelsomina, who is constantly locked in a naïve innocence, completely dependent on her ‘captor’.

The only relief Gelsomina has is when she meets ‘The Fool’ another circus performer played by Richard Basehart. She is attracted to him like a moth to a flame as he offers her not only solace, encouragement and to a certain degree happiness, but a meaning for her impoverished life. The Fool is a Christ figure in the story as he doesn’t run away with Gelsomina to save her from her afflictions but gives her the strength to deal with her problems. Zampano on the other hand sees The Fool as a threat and interference with his fragile situation with Gelsomina.

When a coincidence occurs and Zampano accidentally kills The Fool, the repercussions prove devastating to Gelsomina. The journey becomes ever bleaker and hopeless until finally Zampano leaves Gelsomina. Years later Zampano learns of the death of Gelsomina and comes to a bitter realisation of his faults and the impact they’ve had on others. What makes the closing scene so moving is that Zampano is finally able to feel and express something other than aggression.

Nino Rota’s score oscillates between the melancholic tune that The Fool teaches Gelsomina and the heart warming melody of the road and circus. It’s beautifully composed and placed and seals itself perfectly to the story and characters.

Words simply aren’t enough to describe this film. Deeply rich with symbolism, it’s sensitively and expertly assembled. Its emotive force is searing and unforgettable and it’s painfully beautiful to watch. 5/5






elab49 -> RE: The EMPIRE FORUM Official Top 100 Movies (10/7/2008 8:53:02 PM)

This was mine- for me a truly awful film

La Strada

"I'm perfectly willing to accept I just don't get it but I also don't get on with Fellini. I have a soft spot for And the Ship Sailed On which I can't quite explain but the rest? Nope.

It is partly because he never seems to care whether the people in front of the camera can act or not. One of the first ones we see – the mother – certainly can't. Problem with realism is that people are in front of a camera - and when they are awful it is horrible to watch.

Masina has an amazing face – but can she act? I'm not sure – is it that or bad direction?  Her comic looks seem completely random with no connection to what is going on – but then she changes completely with inciteful and pointed relationship comments. The inconsistency is ad hoc – the mentally challenged clown jars badly when some scenes are clearly played as a 'normal' woman. One or t'other – the character isn't created well enough to encompass both aspects. It comes across like different ideas at different times and simply doesn't make sense. Also – maybe just me – but she seems more than a little old for the character as created. Baseheart I rate poorly.

The script – I just don't believe it. The problem with plotting loosely is that it doesn't always come together. And this doesn't. The fool's provocation and ultimate death seem as jarring and contrived as the final scenes in Jules et Jim.

The rest? Only Quinn emerges with honours intact as a coherent  well-played brute finally feeling remorse. Some of the camerawork, particularly in the crowd scenes, is excellent.

At least I got one more laugh than Annie Hall - final scene in the convent reminded me of the Mighty Boosh pies sketch!"





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