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Another one of those Top 100 lists - 3/1/2007 8:44:42 PM   
Lebowski


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I started this last year, so no places for old favourites unless I actually watched them again (and I haven't rewatched much - the films in red are all first views).  I'm going to carry on with the list - hopefully someone will decide something I've rated highly is worth a rent, and I might get the odd recommendation from people too if anyone finds they have similar tastes.

Feel free to rant about anything you think is misplaced too

TOP 20

     

     

       
       
     

Just in case the pictures disappear, those are
A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes), The Kid (Charles Chaplin), Out of The Past (Jacques Tourneur), Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks), City of God (Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund), The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen), Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki), Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati), Come and See (Elem Klimov), The War Game (Peter Watkins),  Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen), Brats (James Parrott), School for Scoundrels (Robert Hamer), Onibaba (Kaneto Shindô), Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris), The Official Story (Luis Puenzo), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry), Kanal (Andrzej Wajda), The Cranes Are Flying (Mikheil Kalatozishvili) & The Quiet Man (John Ford).

21-100

Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff)
Cat People (Jacques Tourneur)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson) 
Hara Kiri (Masaki Kobayashi)
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (Lone Scherfig)
The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles)
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones)
Sideways (Alexander Payne)
Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass)
This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson) 
Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Away From Her (Sarah Polley)
Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes)
Lilya 4-ever (Lukas Moodysson)
The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa)
Control Room (Jehane Noujaim)
Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
A Christmas Story (Bob Clark)
Barefoot Gen (Mori Masaki)
Salesman
(Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin) 
The Maggie (Alexander Mackendrick)
Woman of the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy)
The Lives Of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
The Curse of the Golden Flower (Zhang Yimou)
Pitfall (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
The Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich)
Roger Dodger (Dylan Kidd)  
United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
Night and Fog (Alain Resnais)   
Ace in the Hole
(Billy Wilder) 
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell) 
Last Night (Don McKellar)
Punishment Park (Peter Watkins)
The Bad and the Beautiful
(Vincente Minnelli)      
You Can Count on Me
 
(Kenneth Lonergan)    
Kuroneko
(Kaneto Shindô)  
Vincent
(Tim Burton)     
Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis) 

Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica)

An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim) 
Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt)
The Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov - score by Cinematic Orchestra)
Ninotchka
(Ernst Lubitsch)
The Edukators (Hans Weingartner)
When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee)

Ghosts (Nick Broomfield)
Red Road (Andrea Arnold)
The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak)
The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller)

All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)
Venus (Roger Michell)

Charley Varrick (Don Seigel)
Kiss of Death (Henry Hathaway)
Days of Wine and Roses (Blake Edwards)
Captains Courageous (Victor Fleming)
Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer & Peter Djigirr)
Dirty Filthy Love (Adrian Shergold)
A Place In The Sun (George Stevens)
Tell No One (Guillaume Canet)

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles)
Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón)

The Magic Christian (Joseph McGrath)
The Killers
(Robert Siodmak)

Tideland
(Terry Gilliam)
After the Wedding (Susanne Bier)
Ilha das Flores (Jorge Furtado)  
Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Koreeda) 
Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple)

The Shop on Main Street (Jan Kadar & Elmar Klos)
Belleville Rendez-Vous (Sylvain Chomet)

Shaolin Soccer (Stephen Chow)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
(Shane Black)  

Shoe Shine
 (Vittorio De Sica)
The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah)
Romance & Cigarettes (John Turturro)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (Errol Morris)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass)
No Man's Land
(Danis Tanovic)   


ELIMINATED  (by director)      

Mission: Impossible III (J.J. Abrams)  Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad)  The Corporation (Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott)  Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Mark Achbar & Peter Wintonick)  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Andrew Adamson)  Valentin (Alejandro Agresti)  Head On (Fatih Akin)  Kiss Me Deadly + The Grissom Gang (Robert Aldrich)  Take the Money and Run, Broadway Danny Rose, Deconstructing Harry + Melinda And Melinda (Woody Allen)  Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)  Brewster McCloud + A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman)  The Dam Busters (Michael Anderson)  Bottle Rocket + The Life Aquatic (Wes Anderson)  One Man Band (Mark Andrews & Andrew Jimenez)  The Longest Day (Ken Annakin, Andrew MArton & Bernhard Wicki)  Quest For Fire + Enemy at the Gates (Jean-Jacques Annaud)  Hoosiers (David Anspaugh)  The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni)  The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand)  King's Game (Nikolaj Arcel)  The Invincible Iron Man (Patrick Archibald & Jay Oliva)  The Man in Grey (Leslie Arliss)  Oscar And Lucinda (Gillian Armstrong)  Mole Hills (Dan Arnold)  The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)  Chuck & Buck (Miguel Arteta)  Shampoo (Hal Ashby)  Vampire Hunter D (Toyoo Ashida & Carl Macek)  Paris je t'aime (Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer & Gus Van Sant)  Cry Freedom, Chaplin + Shadowlands (Richard Attenborough)  Dear Frankie (Shona Auerbach)  The Rules of Attraction (Roger Avary)  Loose Change (Dylan Avery)  Save the Tiger (John G. Avildsen)  Harsh Times (David Ayer)  Pixote + Carandiru (Hector Babenco)  13 Tzameti (Géla Babluani)  They Call Me Trinity... + Trinity Is STILL My Name! (Enzo Barboni)  Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton)  The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach)  Transformers (Michael Bay)  The Believer (Henry Bean)  Reds + Bulworth (Warren Beatty)  The Onion Field (Harold Becker)  Night Watch (Timur Bekmambetov)  The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (Steve Bendelack)  The Road to El Dorado (Eric 'Bibo' Bergeron, Will Finn, Don Paul, David Silverman & Jeffrey Katzenberg)  Persona + Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman)  Broken Wings (Nir Bergman)  Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills + Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky)  The Black Cauldron (Ted Berman & Richard Rich)  Sirocco (Curtis Bernhardt)  Angel-A +  Arthur and the Inviibles (Luc Besson)  The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer (Kevin Billington)  Close To Home (Vardit Bilu & Dalia Hager)  Wall (Simone Bitton)  The Saphead (Herbert Blaché & Winchell Smith)  Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Shane Black)  Alive in Joburg + Tempbot (Neill Blomkamp)  Targets (Peter Bogdanovitch)  Promises (Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg & Justine Shapiro)  Memories Of Murder (Joon-ho Bong)  Hope and Glory + The Emerald Forest (John Boorman)  Lucky Jim (John Boulting)  Flushed Away (David Bowers & Sam Fell)  X-Files: The Movie + Elektra  (Rob Bowman)  Sunshine (Danny Boyle)  Dog Star Man: Prelude & Dog Star Man: Part 1 (Stan Brakhage)  Peter's Friends (Kenneth Branagh)  À ma soeur! (Catherine Breillat)  Love & Sex (Valerie Breiman)  Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson)  Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer)  The China Syndrome (James Bridges)  Driving Lessons (Jeremy Brock)  The Professionals (Richard Brooks)  Japanese Story (Sue Brooks)  Fetishes (Nick Broomfield)   Tarzan (Chris Buck & Kevin Lima)  Los Olvidados, Las Hurdes + Viridiana (Luis Buñuel)  The Illusionist (Neil Burger)  Frankenweenie, Beetlejuice + Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton)  Corpse Bride (Tim Burton & Mike Johnson)  Titanic (James Cameron)  Performance (Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg)  Casino Royale (Martin Campbell)  Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette)  The Miracle Woman + The State of the Union (Frank Capra)  Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carne)  Opening Night + The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)  Shooting Dogs (Michael Caton-Jones)  Went The Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti)  Dead of Night (Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer)  Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)  Serendipity + The Mighty  (Peter Chelsom)  La Reine Margot (Patrice Chéreau)  A Chinese Ghost Story (Siu-Tung Ching)  Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow)  Haxan (Benjamin Christensen)  Ballad Of A Soldier (Grigori Chukhrai)  Entr'acte + À Nous la Liberté (René Clair)  The Pumpkin Eater (Jack Clayton)  The Little Mermaid (Ron Clements & John Musker)  Frances (Graeme Clifford)  Good Night and Good Luck (George Clooney)  Le Corbeau, Quai Des Orfevres + Les Espions (Henri-Georges Clouzot)  Batman: Dead End (Sandy Collora)  Home Alone + Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus)  Kinsey (Bill Condon)  Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (Victor Cook & Tad Stones)  The Virgin Suicides + Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)  The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman)  Rambo: First Blood Part II (George P. Cosmatos)  Tombstone (George P. Cosmatos)  Missing (Costa-Gavras)  Private (Saverio Costanzo)  Open Range (Kevin Costner)  El Lobo (Miguel Courtois)  American Cousins (Don Coutts)  Wonderland (James Cox)  Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell)  A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)  Say Anything... (Cameron Crowe)  Intermission (John Crowley)  Holiday,  It Should Happen to You + Pat and Mike (George Cukor)  Rubber Johnny (Chris Cunningham)  Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz)  Rounders (John Dahl)  The Hours (Stephen Daldry)  Gremlins + Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante)  L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)  Madagascar (Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath)  Brute Force + The Naked City (Jules Dassin)  3:10 to Yuma + Broken Arrow (Delmer Daves)  Holes (Andrew Davis)  Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis)  The Green Man (Robert Day & Basil Dearden)  Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)  Twister (Jan de Bont)  Aaltra (Gustave de Kervern & Benoît Delépine)  The Good Shepherd (Robert De Niro)  The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma)  The Manchurian Candidate (Jonathan Demme)  The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jaques Demy)  This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick)  Chicken Little (Mark Dindal)  Warlock, Crossfire, The Sniper + Murder My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk)  The Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin)  How to Eat Fried Worms (Bob Dolman)  13 Days (Roger Donaldson)  Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey + Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer)  Gypo (Jan Dunn)  Dracula (Bill Eagles)  Powers of Ten (Charles Eames & Ray Eames) Flags of Our Fathers + Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)  For the Birds (Ralph Eggleston)  Hell Drivers (Cy Endfield)  Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes)  Notes on a Scandal (Richard Eyre)  Every Which Way But Loose (James Fargo)  The House is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad)  The City Tramp + Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)  Amarcord (Federico Fellini)  The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig)  Little Children (Todd Field) Panic Room + Zodiac (David Fincher)  Hammy's Boomerang Adventure (Will Finn)  Nanook of the North (Robert J. Flaherty)  Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)  The Narrow Margin + 10 Rillington Close (Richard Fleischer)  At Close Range + Confidence (James Foley)  Man of the Year (José Henrique Fonseca)  The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes)  Stagecoach, Judge Priest, The Long Voyage Home + My Darling Clementine (John Ford)  Mister Roberts (John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy)  Amadeus + Man on the Moon (Milos Forman)  Stranger Than Fiction (Marc Forster)  Walk on Water (Eytan Fox)  Tales from the Crypt (Freddie Francis)  The Lookout (Scott Frank)  The Iceman Cometh (John Frankenheimer)  One False Move (Carl Franklin)  Dangerous Liasons, Mrs Henderson Presents + The Queen (Stephen Frears)  The Cruel Sea (Charles Frend)  28 Weeks Later (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)  Sorcerer (William Friedkin)  The Devil's Rain (Robert Fuest)  Shock Corridor, House of Bamboo + Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller)  The Man Who Copied (Jorge Furtado)  Syriana (Stephen Gaghan)  The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett)  Reefer Madness (Louis J. Gasnier)  Waco: The Rules of Engagement (William Gazecki)  Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi)  Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney)  The Passion of the Christ + Apocalypto (Mel Gibson)  The Admirable Crichton (Lewis Gilbert)  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas + The Brothers Grimm (Terry Gilliam)  Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (François Girard)  The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry)  Right at Your Door (Chris Gorak)  Re-Animator + Edmond (Stuart Gordon)  Eddie Murphy Delirious (Bruce Gowers)  Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices + Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald)  Festival (Annie Griffin)  A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, For Your Consideration + Waiting For Guffman (Christopher Guest)  Slither (James Gunn)  Special (Hal Haberman & Jeremy Passmore)  Crash (Paul Haggis)  The Parlor (Geoffrey Haley)  Hidden (Michael Haneke)  8 Mile (Curtis Hanson)  The Notorious Bettie Page (Mary Harron)  The Unbelievable Truth (Hal Hartley)  Call Northside 777 (Henry Hathaway)  Only Angels Have Wings, To Have and Have Not + Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)  Bubble Boy (Blair Hayes)  Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story + Safe (Todd Haynes)  Rare Exports Inc. (Jalmari Helander)  Two-Lane Blacktop + Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman)  The Punisher (Jonathan Hensleigh)  The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell)  The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Woyzeck, My Best Friend + Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)  Nacho Libre (Jared Hess)  The Long Riders (Walter Hill)  The Proposition + To Have and to Hold (John Hillcoat)  Barefoot Gen 2 (Toshio Hirata & Akio Sakai)  The Storekeeper + Tsotsi  (Gavin Hood)  Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (John Hough)  The Backyard (Paul Hough)  Grey Gardens (Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Muffie Meyer)  The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (Stephen Hopkins)  A Beautiful Mind + The Da Vinci Code (Ron Howard)  Stander (Bronwen Hughes)  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ken Hughes)  Death Hunt (Peter R. Hunt)  San Pietro + Fat City (John Huston)  The History Boys (Nicholas Hytner)  Princess from the Moon (Kon Ichikawa)  Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)  The Taste of Tea (Katsuhito Ishii)  The Remains of the Day + Howards End (James Ivory)  The Snowman (Dianne Jackson)  King Kong (Peter Jackson)  Kenny (Clayton Jacobson)  Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch)  The Railway Children (Lionel Jeffries)  Monster (Patty Jenkins)  A Diary for Timothy + Fires Were Started (Humphrey Jennings)  Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings & Stewart McAllister)  Agnes of God +...And Justice for All (Norman Jewison)  Who Killed Pixote? (José Joffily)  Wedding Belles (Philip John)  Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (Sut Jhally & Bathsheba Ratzkoff)  Ghost Rider (Mark Steven Johnson)  Brick (Rian Johnson)  Over the Hedge (Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick)  Nanny McPhee (Kirk Jones)  Office Space + Idiocracy (Mike Judge)  Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige)  Brotherhood (Je-gyu Kang)  Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur)  Orange County (Jake Kasdan)  The Woodsman (Nicole Kassell)  Monster House (Gil Kenan)  Replay Revenge (Basil Khalil)  Through the Olive Trees (Abbas Kiarostami)  The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)  Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...And Spring (Ki-duk Kim)  Strings (Anders Rønnow Klarlund)  Stir of Echoes (David Koepp)  Millennium Actress (Satoshi Kon)  Tokyo Godfathers (Satoshi Kon & Shôgo Furuya)  R-Point (Su-chang Kong)  Shut Up and Sing (Barbara Kopple & Cecilia Peck)  First Blood (Ted Kotcheff)  Mifune's Last Song (Søren Kragh-Jacobsen)  Judgment at Nuremberg, The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind + Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (Stanley Kramer)  Killer's Kiss  (Stanley Kubrik)   Atanarjuat (Zacharias Kunuk)  Stray Dog, High and Low, The Bad Sleep Well, Drunken Angel,  I Live in Fear, The Idiot, Dersu Uzala + Madadayo (Akira Kurosawa)  My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)  The Shape of Things (Neil LaBute)  Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (Charles Lamont)  The Big Heat, Clash by Night, Secret Beyond the Door, While the City Sleeps & Beyond a Reasonable Doubt  (Fritz Lang)  Desk Set (Walter Lang)  Cars (John Lasseter & Joe Ranft)  Mater and the Ghostlight (John Lasseter & Dan Scanlon)  Jindabyne (Ray Lawrence)  Summertime (David Lean)  Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)  25th Hour, Get on the Bus + Inside Man (Spike Lee)  The Truth About Cats & Dogs (Michael Lehmann)  Abigail's Party + Vera Drake (Mike Leigh)  Ghosts of Cité Soleil (Asger Leth & Milos Loncarevic)  Protocols of Zion (Marc Levin)  Night at the Museum (Shawn Levy)  Beyond Treason (William Lewis)  Blind Shaft (Yang Li)  Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly + Bad News Bears (Richard Linklater)  Carla's Song + It's a Free World (Ken Loach)  Gaza Strip + Iraq in Fragments (James Longley)  Ying xiong: Cause - The Birth of Hero (Gan Lu)  To Be or Not to Be + Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch)  The Verdict + Fail Safe (Sidney Lumet)  Deterrence (Rod Lurie)  Lost Highway + INLAND EMPIRE  (David Lynch)  Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (Liam Lynch)  One Day in September, Touching the Void, A Brief History of Errol Morris + The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald)  In My Father's Den (Brad McGann)  Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Adam McKay)  MirrorMask (Dave McKean)  The Last Great Wilderness (David Mackenzie)  Shenandoah + Bandolero! (Andrew V. McLaglen)  Wolf Creek (Greg McLean)  The Afghan Alphabet + Kandahar (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)  Atlantic City (Louis Malle)  House of Games + The Spanish Prisoner (David Mamet)  Golden Boy (Rouben Mamoulian)  Walk the Line (James Mangold)  The Barefoot Contessa, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, A Letter to Three Wives, Dragonwyck +  Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)  The Naked Spur, Man of the West  + The Man From Laramie (Anthony Mann)  Thief, The Insider + Miami Vice (Michael Mann)   36 Quai des Orfèvres (Olivier Marchal)  La Jetée + Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)  The King (James Marsh)  The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall)  Big (Penny Marshall)  Memoirs of a Geisha (Rob Marshall)  Maria Full Of Grace (Joshua Marston)  Red Angel (Yasuzo Masumura)  Mikey and Nicky (Elaine May)  Moscow on the Hudson (Paul Mazursky)  This Is England (Shane Meadows)  The Ruling Class (Peter Medak)  Basque Ball (Julio Medem)  A Trip to the Moon (Georges Melies)  Bob le Flambeur, Le Doulos, Le Cercle Rouge, L'Armee des Ombres + Un Flic (Jean-Pierre Melville)  Road to Perdition + Jarhead (Sam Mendes)  La Cabina (Antonio Mercero)  Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther (Will Meugniot, Richard Sebast & Bob Richardson)  Dillinger (John Milius)  Rooster Cogburn (Stuart Millar)  Capote (Bennett Miller)  Death in Gaza (James Miller)  Breaking And Entering (Anthony Minghella)  An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli)  The Castle of Cagliostro + Howl's Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)  The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi)  A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Dito Montiel)  Fahrenheit 9/11, Roger & Me + Sicko (Michael Moore)  District 13 (Pierre Morel)  The Son's Room (Nanni Moretti)  Gates of Heaven, A Brief History of Time, The Thin Blue Line + Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Errol Morris)  Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Jonathan Mostow)  A Private Function (Malcolm Mowbray)  Razorback (Russell Mulcahy)  Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (David Munro)  When the Wind Blows (Jimmy T. Murakami)  Der Letzte Mann (F.W. Murnau)  The Quiet Earth (Geoff Murphy)  Unknown White Male (Rupert Murray)  Flowing (Mikio Naruse)  The Mudlark (Jean Negulesco)  Night Passage (James Neilson)  Crank (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor)  Grandma's Boy & Never Weaken (Fred C. Newmeyer)  Safety Last! (Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor)  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? + Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols)  Following + The Prestige (Christopher Nolan)  Babe (Chris Noonan)  Dillinger (Max Nosseck)  Catch A Fire (Philip Noyce)  The Rounder (J.C. Nugent)  George Lucas in Love (Joe Nussbaum)  Magicians (Andrew O'Connor)  Kirikou And The Sorceress (Michel Ocelot)  Doctor Strange (Jay Oliva & Frank Paur)  The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophüls)  Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls)  Facing WIndow (Ferzan Ozpetec)  Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu)  The Parallax View + Klute (Alan J. Pakula)  Them (Xavier Palud & David Moreau)  Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot)  Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chan-wook Park)  The Life Of David Gale (Alan Parker)  Cutter's Way (Ivan Passer)  Citizen Ruth (Alexander Payne)  Reeker (Dave Payne)  Ride the High Country, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, The Ballad of Cable Hogue + Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah)  Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce)  The Mothman Prophecies (Mark Pellington)  The Left Handed Gun (Arthur Penn)  Dogtown and Z-Boys (Stacy Peralta)  Winged Migration (Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud & Michel Debats)  Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry)  The NeverEnding Story + Poseidon (Wolfgang Petersen)  Grumpy Old Men (Donald Petrie)  Etre Et Avoir (Nicolas Philibert)  Old School (Todd Phillips)  Quicksand (Irving Pichel)  Ong-Bak  (Prachya Pinkaew)  Romanzo Criminale (Michele Placido)  Cul-de-sac + The Tenant (Roman Polanski)  Out of Africa + The Interpreter (Sydney Pollack)   The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter)  The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom, A Canterbury Tale, 49th Parallel, Ill Met by Moonlight, The Battle of the River Plate, The Small Back Room,  I Know Where I'm Going!, A Matter of Life and Death + They're a Weird Mob (Michael Powell)  Whirlpool, In Harm's Way, Fallen Angel, Where The Sidewalk Ends, Angel Face + Laura (Otto Preminger)  The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza & Penn Jillette)  The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu)  Spider-Man 3 (Sam Raimi)  X-Men 3 (Brett Rattner)  In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)  Days and Nights in the Forest + Jalsaghar (Satyajit Ray)  The Way Ahead, Odd Man Out + Our Man in Havana (Carol Reed)  Down with Love (Peyton Reed)  The Gay Falcon (Irving Reis)  Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman)  No Time for Nuts (Chris Renaud & Mike Thurmeier)  Boudu Saved From Drowning, La Grande Illusion + La Regle du Jeu  (Jean Renoir)  Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves + The Count of Monte Cristo (Kevin Reynolds)  Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla)  Tom Jones + A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson)  Prime Cut (Michael Ritchie)  Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)  Comic Book Villains (James Robinson)  The Sum of All Fears (Phil Alden Robinson)  The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson)  The Harder They Fall (Mark Robson)  Once Upon a Time in Mexico + Planet Terror (Robert Rodriguez)  The Witches (Nicolas Roeg)  Claire's Knee (Eric Rohmer)  Watership Down (Martin Rosen)  Paisà + Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini)  Body and Soul (Robert Rossen)  Cabin Fever (Eli Roth)  The Forgotten (Joseph Ruben)  Freebie and the Bean + The Stunt Man (Richard Rush)  Spanking The Monkey (David O. Russell)  The Devils (Ken Russell)  The Night Of The Sunflowers (Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo)  West Bank Story (Ari Sandel)  Top Hat (Mark Sandrich)  Attack the Gas Station! (Sang-Jin Kim)  Un Coeur en Hiver (Claude Sautet)  Return of the Secaucus 7, Lianna, Eight Men Out + Silver City (John Sayles)  Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg)  A Kind of Loving + Far From the Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger)  The Tin Drum + Death of a Salesman (Volker Schlöndorff)  Everything Is Illuminated (Liev Schreiber)  General Idi Amin Dada - Autoportrait (Barbet Schroeder)  Phone Booth (Joel Schumacher)  The Departed (Martin Scorsese) Anger Management (Peter Segal)  Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene)  Bruce Almighty (Tom Shadyac)  Bull Durham + Hollywood Homicide (Ron Shelton)  Dad's Dead (Chris Shepherd)  Pierrepoint (Adrian Shergold)  In America (Jim Sheridan)  Children of Hiroshima (Kaneto Shindô)  Assassination (Masahiro Shinoda)  Somersault (Cate Shortland)  The Killers (Don Siegel)  The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman)  Superman Returns (Bryan Singer)  The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak)  All I Desire, Written on the Wind + Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk)  Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako)  The Castle (Rob Sitch)  Hard Candy (David Slade)  Spoorloos (George Sluizer)  Harper (Jack Smight)  The Yes Men (Chris Smith, Dan Ollman & Sarah Price)  Creep (Christopher Smith)  Jersey Girl + Clerks II (Kevin Smith)  Overnight (Mark Brian Smith & Tony Montana)  Dawn of the Dead + 300 (Zack Snyder)  The Good German (Steven Soderbergh)  Palindromes (Todd Solondz)  Van Helsing (Stephen Sommers)  Bombon el Perro (Carlos Sorin)  The Family Friend (Paolo Sorrentino)  Sugarland Express, Hook, Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple, Amistad + Munich (Steven Spielberg)  Thirteen Conversations About One Thng (Jill Sprecher)  Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)  The Bridge (Eric Steel)  Zombie Movie (Ben Stenbeck)  Five Children and It (John Stephenson)  The Talk of the town (George Stevens)  Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Robert Stevenson)  Zoolander (Ben Stiller)  World Trade Centre (Oliver Stone)  Fantastic Four & 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Tim Story)  Gunfight at the O.K. Corral + Last Train From Gun Hill (John Sturges)  Branded to Kill + Princess Raccoon (Seijun Suzuki)  Et Cetera, Meat Love, Food, Darkness/Light/Darkness, Virile Games, Jabberwocky + Little Otik (Jan Svankmajer)  Kolya (Jan Sverák)  Little Norse Prince + My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata)  Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2 + Death Proof  (Quentin Tarantino)   Sátántangó (Béla Tarr)  Jour De Fete + Playtime (Jacques Tati)  The Face of Another (Hiroshi Teshigahara)  What A Way To Go (J. Lee Thompson)  DiG!  (Ondi Timoner)  Election (Johnny To)  Maestro (Géza M. Tóth)  The Leopard Man, Night of the Demon + I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur)   Jackass: The Movie (Jeff Tremaine)  Shrek the Halls (Gary Trousdale)  Transamerica (Duncan Tucker)  This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle)  Shopgirl (Anand Tucker)  Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer)  Detour + The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer)  Any Which Way You Can (Buddy Van Horn)  Gerry + Psycho (Gus Van Sant)  Starter for Ten (Tom Vaughan)  Le Dîner de cons (Francis Veber)  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest + The Mexican (Gore Verbinski) (Gore Verbinski)  Black Book (Paul Verhoeven)  Stella Dallas (King Vidor)  À Propos de Nice, Taris, Zéro de Conduite + L'Atalante (Jean Vigo)  Dear Wendy (Thomas Vinterberg)  Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti)  Maaz + Renaissance (Christian Volckman)  The Curse of the Cat People (Gunther von Fritsch & Robert Wise)  The Blue Angel + Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg)  Epidemic + Manderlay (Lars von Trier)  Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda)  High Sierra (Raoul Walsh)  The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (Vincent Ward)  The Forgotten Faces, The Diary of an Unknown Soldier, Culloden + Privilege (Peter Watkins)  Living with Happiness + Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt)  Robots (Chris Wedge & Carlos Saldanha)  Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (Phil Weinstein & Tad Stones)  Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)  Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)  Battleground + Nothing Sacred (William A. Wellman)  The American Friend + Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders)   Tell Them Who You Are (Mark Wexler)  Serenity (Joss Whedon)  The Lost Weekend, Witness for the Prosecution, The Fortune Cookie + The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (Billy Wilder)  London to Brighton (Paul Andrew Williams)  The Wild (Steve 'Spaz' Williams)  C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (Kevin Willmott)  Blast from the Past (Hugh Wilson)  Charlotte's Web (Gary Winick)  Chato's Land (Michael Winner)  Wonderland, Welcome to Sarajevo, The Road to Guantanamo, 24 Hour Party People + A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom)  The House on Telegraph Hill, The Set-Up + Born to Kill (Robert Wise)  Die Hard 4.0 (Len Wiseman)  Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman)  Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (David Worth)  Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright)  Detective Story (William Wyler)  Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka)  Little Red FLowers (Zhang Yuan)  Yi yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang)  The Dresser (Peter Yates)  Red Sorghum  (Zhang Yimou -  no subtitles)  Contact (Robert Zemeckis)  Foreign Moon (Zeming Zhang)  The Blue Kite + Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang)   The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev)  Blood Diamond (Edward Zwick)  Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff)



Total - 914

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 3/1/2007 9:25:06 PM   
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It's looking good Lebowski! I'll try tracking down some of the films you've recommended here. Looking forward to seeing how your list changes.

P.S. Just watched Kiss Me Deadly last night, fantastic dark noir! Was a little confused by that ending though??

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 3/1/2007 11:36:42 PM   
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It's more than a little strange, parts of it seem almost anachronistically ahead of it's time while the rest is firmly rooted.  Hammer seems a bit too nails, and the whole deal with the dirty bomb doesn't quite fit with my expectations for a film of it's age and style.  It's also weird watching it for the first time post Repo Man, Pulp Fiction etc.   Apparently there are two endings, one which is basically BOOM! and another where Hammer escapes with Velda, without a second thought to fallout.

I was impressed but I have a few reservations, I need another look at it before I make up my mind properly.  One thing's for sure, Out of the Past still holds the noir crown for me, give it a look if you haven't done so already.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 4/1/2007 8:09:58 PM   
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Aldritch's disappointing The Grissom Gang goes straight into the eliminated pile, joined by A History of Violence which has been knocked off the list by new entry Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai).  Based on the true story of some kids who were abandoned by their mother in Tokyo after she had hidden the existence all but the eldest, it's a slow burn drama that goes for a cumulative effect instead of relying on a few grandstanding moments to put it's point across. 

It doesn't attempt to stick to the facts (it's actually downplayed, the mother kept the body of another child that died soon after birth in the tiny flat, the next youngest was killed by a friend of the eldest boy in her absence and another had died of malnutrition before the authorities were alerted) as the director clearly had a specific line of the story he wanted to tell instead of trying to document what actually happened, it's a work of fiction inspired by the news.  Quietly moving.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 5/1/2007 2:13:01 PM   
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Open Range drops off to make way for the original Village of the Damned which just scrapes it's way into the Top 100, with the original Tales From the Crypt and the Dmytryk/Fonda western Warlock not quite making it and going straight to the eliminated pile.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 7/1/2007 4:49:24 PM   
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Village of the Damned didn't last long, it's joined by near misses Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Re-Animator, along with a couple of real stinkers - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the horrendously bad Peter's Friends.

We do have a new entry though, A Private Function.  Excellent cast and a good few laughs, but it could maybe have done with one or two more.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 8/1/2007 1:17:33 PM   
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Valentin tries to be a little too cute for it's own good, going for the Cinema Paradiso crowd but falling short.  It's still pretty good but it's not made the list.  Enron has to make way for Lubitsch's Ninotchka, which I've just realised is quite possibly the first Garbo film I've ever seen.  If you like classic romantic comedies, you can't go wrong.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 9/1/2007 8:19:22 PM   
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Shock high new entry for Shaolin Soccer!  I've seen Kung Fu Hustle before and I thought it was quite good, but nothing really special and overhyped, and I hate football so I wasn't really expecting too much.  What I got was one of the biggest movie surprises I've had in ages, with one of the funniest films about. 

Facing Window drops off the list, a rewatch of Shampoo hasn't convinced me that it's any better than my first impressions years ago were, and not only did Sorcerer not make it, it didn't even explain why the hell it's called that! 

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 9/1/2007 10:39:22 PM   
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This is your all time top 100 favourites right? Let me make this as simple as I can.

These are the ones I think are placed too high (I may give a reason, if not, I'm too stupid to think of one)

Mon Oncle - I believe we've briefly spoke of this before.  On reflection I'd like to admit that my 2/5 rating was very harsh.  It certainly deserves more.  I could never put it so high up on a top 100, however I do like to see odd choices on top 100s, it makes it more interesting.  I just feel that Tati is like the french Chaplin, so not much praise for originality of idea, but the individual scenes he composes are very clever.

Sideways - Too much waffle about wine and a rather clichéd story.  It tried too hard to be a mature comedy but ended up a bit limp.

These are some in the eliminated section that I would put higher:

The Red Shoes
49th Parallel
My Darling Clementine
Rocco And His Brothers
 

These are the ones I hope will never ascend from the pit:
 
Van Helsing
The Chronicles Of Narnia
Nightwatch
 
I see Grizzly Man and My Best Fiend but where's Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo? Please, please, please please make room for Aguirre  Just one more chance, he won't let you down.






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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 10/1/2007 1:49:53 PM   
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It is an all time Top 100, but it's a work in progress - the only films eligable are ones that I've watched since Jan '06.

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I just feel that Tati is like the french Chaplin, so not much praise for originality of idea, but the individual scenes he composes are very clever  


Making him comparable to Chaplin is justification for a high ranking in my book, I think they were both geniuses.  To a certain extent I think the reasons why you don't rate this and Sideways as highly as me are the same - I'm more than happy with a film made up of great moments even if the film isn't quite the sum of it's parts.  I'm not saying that's the case for me with these films, but there are others on the list that it definitely applies to (Romance & Cigarettes and The Last Great Wilderness being the main examples) and I can see how others may put Mon Oncle and Sideways in that same category.  It's why Lost in Translation was such a divisive film, some people place more importance on the moments, the performances, the lines etc. than the story, and those that don't hated it.  Thinking about it now, it's probably the defining thing about what we think of as American 'indie' cinema, certainly the films of the Coens, Jarmusch, Hartley, Wes Anderson etc.

The Red Shoes
I've seen it twice and found it a bit of a chore to get through both times

49th Parallel
Thought it was decent but far from special, the same I've felt about a lot of P&P's output (and solo Powell too).  I think Blimp and Narcissus are both brilliant, A Matter is excellent too but I think a lot of that comes down to just 2 ideas (the B&W heaven and the stairway), and I Know Where I'm Going! is very good too.  I've seen most of the rest and they're all worth a look, but that's it for me.

My Darling Clementine
It's not far off making the list, I do like it but just not enough to give it a place.  I also watched Gunfight at the OK Corral and Tombstone recently and it beats them, although there was another lesser known Fonda western I liked better then the lot called Warlock.

Rocco And His Brothers

I gave my reasons for this one in the Visconti thread recently, so I'll just copy across...
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  I've only seen Rocco, which I thought was excellent with the exception of one line (and it's effects) which really spoiled it for me. 

Slight spoilers, but I just couldn't believe anyone could have been as selfless, selfish and frankly moronic as Rocco was when he gave up Nadia to Simone, given recent events.  I couldn't get past this for the rest of the film. 


On the bad ones, I only saw Van Helsing recently so it was hardly with raised expectations   It is rubbish, but no more so than a lot of other films of it's type.  Faint praise, but it was better than, say, The League of Gentlemen.  Night Watch on the other hand had a reputation to live up to and failed miserably, while it was quite stunning how mediocre they managed to make Narnia.  There are films on there worse than any of these though, like Peter's Friends and 8 Mile.

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I see Grizzly Man and My Best Fiend but where's Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo? Please, please, please please make room for Aguirre  Just one more chance, he won't let you down.


I take it you missed The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Woyzeck in the eliminated list then?   Fitzcarraldo would definitely make the list, probably around about the Ilha das Flores mark, but it's not eligable yet.  It's so long since I saw Aguirre that I was probably underage to see it, and I can hardly remember any of it.  I'll give it another look one of these days.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 10/1/2007 10:06:36 PM   
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Hoop Dreams pushes Fanny & Alexander off the edge, and Listen to Britain doesn't make it. 

Bit of a disappointment that one, I've been wanting to see Fires Were Started for ages but didn't think it was available, only to find it had been all along hiding under the alternative title of  I Was a Fireman in The Humphrey Jennings Collection.  I've not watched that yet but this doesn't bode well, I think I'm just missing that good old blighty spirit needed to enjoy this.  Then again I love Ealing so I don't know, but whatever the reason the point of Listen to Britain escapes me.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 11/1/2007 10:00:58 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

I see Grizzly Man and My Best Fiend but where's Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo? Please, please, please please make room for Aguirre  Just one more chance, he won't let you down.


I take it you missed The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Woyzeck in the eliminated list then?   Fitzcarraldo would definitely make the list, probably around about the Ilha das Flores mark, but it's not eligable yet.  It's so long since I saw Aguirre that I was probably underage to see it, and I can hardly remember any of it.  I'll give it another look one of these days.


I didn't miss Enigma or Woyzeck. I didn't mention them because, however much I like them they wouldn't make my top 100 (Enigma may have a chance in the future), so I didn't feel it was necessary to argue them out of the 'eliminated' section.

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To a certain extent I think the reasons why you don't rate this and Sideways as highly as me are the same - I'm more than happy with a film made up of great moments even if the film isn't quite the sum of it's parts.  I'm not saying that's the case for me with these films, but there are others on the list that it definitely applies to (Romance & Cigarettes and The Last Great Wilderness being the main examples) and I can see how others may put Mon Oncle and Sideways in that same category.  It's why Lost in Translation was such a divisive film, some people place more importance on the moments, the performances, the lines etc. than the story, and those that don't hated it. 


Interesting point, though, like a lot of things doesn't apply universally. I'd say I favour a solidly structured film over a fragmented, episodic one.  However, I'm more than happy to rate a fragmented one highly if those moments merit the praise. I really enjoyed Lost in Translation, I thought the slow baked interaction between Murray and Johannsen was wonderfully played and always interesting.  Sideways I saw a while back now and a lot has happened since then.  I may see the film differently now, I'd be willing to give it another try.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 11/1/2007 11:30:28 AM   
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Of course it may simply not be to your tastes humour wise, doesn't matter how good a comedy is if you don't find it funny.

Shock Corridor is just a bit too silly to make it, and my next Jennings one (Diary for Timothy) was an improvement over Listen to Britain, but still not good enough.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 12/1/2007 11:19:01 PM   
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Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! I always knew that you were a sagacious film enthusiast, Lebowski. A Christmas Story in the Top 25 absolves you of all wrongdoings. Such action is worthy of heartfelt genuflection.

Is there any way of persuading you to bump it into your Top 20?

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 13/1/2007 1:09:50 AM   
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OMG, he's turning into Stan Lee.  It's not too serious yet, we'll just have to watch out for symptoms of alliteritus 

You know, I think when it entered the chart it was on the 20 spot, it's just been pushed down a bit since.  I'm getting near 400 films here so the gap between ratings is almost non existant, and nearly all of them could easily move up or down 5-10 places depending on my mood so you could consider it a part time top 20 title if you like

Couple to add to the also rans - Fires Were Started and Fat City.  FWS was a big improvement on the other Jennings films I watched in the last few days, but he's not for me.  Can't shake the feeling he was a toff studying the 'lower classes', and I don't like the way he straddles documentary, re-enactment, docu-drama and propaganda.  With Fat City, I was not only not in the right mood for it but I missed a chunk out of the middle when the kids got out of bed so it's down but not out, awaiting another viewing.



And what's all this about wrongdoings that need absolving, BTW?

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 13/1/2007 1:33:03 AM   
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And what's all this about wrongdoings that need absolving, BTW?



That's between you and your maker, but I vicariously act on his behalf to grant you sanctuary for any future lapses in judgment.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 13/1/2007 5:02:04 PM   
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Well I finally did it, watched Shark Attack 3: Megalodon.  For the first hour I was regretting the £1.97 expenditure and thinking what a bunch of fucking students all you SA lovers are, but all of a sudden it changed... from the second that mexican bloke in his speedboat got chomped, pure genius   If they'd just cut about 45 minutes from the first hour it would have been straight in there.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 18/1/2007 9:09:49 PM   
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To Be or Not to Be and The Dirty Dozen have forced Persona and The China Syndrome off the list, and a few others have been added straight to the eliminated lot - Man on the Moon, Babe, Holes, Cul-de-sac and The Rounder.  I've got to the stage now where the lowest placed films of the 100 are going to need something pretty good to push them off.

To Be or Not to Be has restored my faith in Lubitsch.  I expected him to become a favourite after seeing The Shop Around the Corner but the next one I saw was All That Heaven Allows, supposedly one of his best, which I found very pedestrian.  Decent enough I suppose but I was expecting much more.  A double whammy of Ninotchka and To Be... puts any doubts to bed though, and I'll be looking out for more.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 21/1/2007 1:23:26 PM   
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New Top 20 entry! The Cranes Are Flying is magnificent, at once a strongly anti-war film while also giving some of the most effective arguments for enlisting when it has become a necessity (the note from Boris, his father's speech to Mark).  Excellent direction, editing and performances all round, especially from Tatyana Samojlova as Veronika, but I think the most outstanding element was the cinematography which is not only stunning but still feels innovative 50 years later. 

The last year has been good for me and foreign language war films, I've seen 3 that I'd place above any from the US or UK (the other two being Come & See and Kanal), and I think the biggest difference is they don't concentrate on being so bloody masculine all the time.  We have our Mrs. Minivers and Coming Homes, but they're all 'back home' wartime dramas.  The films I've mentioned all involve women and children much more, in the line of fire and out of it, and give a much more rounded and involving experience.

Two others make it into the Top 100, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein and Mifune's Last Song, pushing out Amadeus and Missing.  I also watched The Emerald Forest, nothing worse than a film that self importantly claims to be a true story and then turns out to be a load of fantastical bollocks.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 24/1/2007 8:58:01 PM   
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3 new Top 100 entries, and I'm over the 400 mark!

Gremlins 2 is 10 times the film that the original is, which didn't even make the list. 

Every Which Way But Loose is probably a slightly controversial choice, in that most of you probably think it's utter crap   OK, the music's not great and Sondra Locke (and her freaky cold, dead black eyes) obviously loses it points, but there's a lot to like too.  Ruth Gordon has probably the best old woman role ever (competing with herself in Harold and Maude) as Ma, but I'll not go on as I doubt I'm going to convince anyone who's already made their mind up.

The Magic Christian is the last winner, a barking and messy satire on greed and social standing.  The plot has Peter Sellers as a man with an outrageous fortune adopting a homeless Ringo Starr, and together they have a lark testing people's limits.  Based on a book and screenplay by Terry Southern with 'additional material' by Sellers, Cleese and Chapman (who also appear, along with Richard Attenborough, Christopher Lee, Spike Milligan, Roman Polanski, Raquel Welch, Yul Brynner and half of the British film and TV industry, often in tiny and even pointless parts) it is a little hit and miss but it's on target more than often enough.  It's a complete one off and certainly not for everyone, but Sellers fans at least should give it a look.  I liked it a lot and anticipate giving it a good few more watches to try and catch all the gags I missed.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 1/2/2007 7:01:47 PM   
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Another 3 make it, Safe and Right at Your Door scraping in but Tideland does better.  Quite an uncomfortable watch at times (but that does seem to be the point), as Gilliam challenges us to look at the film through the innocent eyes of a child then makes it bloody impossible to do so.  It's a brave piece of work and certainly his best since at least 12 Monkeys, but a lot of people would just hate it.  With the trouble Gilliam has getting projects completed (or even started) it's surprising this was one of the ones that made it, not that I'm complaining.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 7/2/2007 4:54:35 PM   
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15 more watched, 5 make it - The Verdict and Brotherhood by the skin of their teeth.  Ride the High Country and A Scanner Darkly both exceeded expectations, but a bloody ITV film gets the highest placing of the lot with Dirty Filthy Love. 

The wonderful Shirley Henderson and Michael Sheen (Tony Blair in 'The Deal') dealing with OCD and associated disorders in a funnier, more touching and far more realistic way than other films on the same theme like As Good as it Gets and Matchstick Men. The Aviator had a good stab at it but this is more authentic despite some inconsistencies and, even if it pushes with it a bit far sometimes, has a much needed dollop of humour in it.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 15/2/2007 12:06:25 AM   
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Another bunch watched, with Far from Heaven, Volver, Monster House and Look Both Ways all making the list, but the highest placing goes to Peter Watkins' The War Game which makes the Top 20. 
 
I've just realised how much 'after the bomb' films and TV I've watched in the last year, there's been Threads, When the Wind Blows, Barefoot Gen 1 & 2 and now this, the best of the lot.  It feels so genuine that it managed to convince the Oscar voters to award it best documentary in '67, even though it's clearly fiction!  It was also worrying enough for the government and the BBC (it's a BBC TV production) to keep it from airing for 20 years, although that did mean it ended up getting on the big screen instead which led to awards it would otherwise have been ineligible for.

Based on this alone it's astonishing that Watkins isn't far more successful, checking up on him I find he's been far from prolific and only doing the odd European documentary now and again, although I suppose this could be by choice.  I've added what little I could to my rental queue (Culloden and Punishment Park), high hopes for them.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 15/2/2007 1:06:32 PM   
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The War Game is stunning, isn't it? Watkins best film, IMO,  is probably his Edvard Munch biopic, but Culloden and Punishment Park are both superb. The only other of his titles I've seen is Privilege, and it's criminal how overlooked that film actually is.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 15/2/2007 3:40:58 PM   
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Should have Culloden tomorrow, if that and Punishment Park live up to expectations I'll have to see if I can pick up the Munch one and anything else from other regions. 

I honestly don't know how I avoided seeing Culloden all this time, I live 5 minutes from the battlefield!  My wife grew up in Culloden and she's not seen it either.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 18/2/2007 10:20:24 PM   
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Well the rental companies can't have had too much of a demand for Watkins' films and I've had them both already.  The couple of shorts included, The Forgotten Faces and The Diary of an Unknown Soldier, were only really of interest in showing the beginnings of what was to come.  I always include shorts in the list when I watch them, not many manage to make the 100 (Vincent and Ilha das Flores are the only ones on there just now, but Pixar's For the Birds lasted quite a while too) but that's no reason not to give them a shot.  Same goes for TV movies, like The War Game and Dirty Filthy Love. I'm digressing.

Back to Watkins, I should have probably watched Culloden before The War Game as I think have maybe have spoilt myself an upped my expectations a little high.  It therefore goes the same way as the shorts as an 'interesting early work' instead of a great film in it's own right (although to a much lesser extent), not helped by a obviously minuscule budget - it's hard to do a battle of thousands with a couple of dozen men

Punishment Park was something else altogether.  At the beginning it came across as such a liberal nightmare fantasy that it almost entered the realms of comedy, I almost expected one of them to end up being an astronaut who comes across the Statue of Liberty poking out of the desert at the end. The joke wears off after a while when you realise it's not that far beyond reality or possibility though.  As usual it's done in a pseudo documentary style, non actors apparently improvising a lot of the dialogue, here with Nixon setting up training grounds for the police and National Guard that also cuts the number of prison places needed for the increasing number of people being arrested.  The training involves them capturing 'subversives' that have chosen to try and avoid prison sentences by spend three days in the desert trying to get to an American flag before being caught, while being followed by an international film crew.  While one group runs, another is being filmed at a tribunal.

It helps to know the context of the times it was made, it was in response to the situation in America at the time (1968), the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King, Nixon taking power, the McCarran 1950 Internal Security Act, Vietnam (the My Lai massacre in particular) and especially the Chicago 7 and Black Panther member Bobby Seale's trials (Seale was ordered bound and gagged in the courtroom when he refused to shut up).  Times aren't so different now when you think about it, we've got Iraq, the Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay, Bush... the main difference is we're so cynical and beaten down now that the only activists still making a noise about anything tend to be the nuts.

Still not quite up the heights of The War Game, but not far off.  I'll definitely be trying to get my hands on some more of Watkins films, a truly brilliant director who I wasn't even aware of last year.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 24/2/2007 6:05:56 PM   
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New batch added, Days of Wine and Roses, Siodmak's The Killers, The Departed, Inherit the Wind, Touch of Evil and Safety Last! all make it. 
 
Good to see Blake Edwards not just coasting by on the strength of his star for a change, he wasn't a bad director when he made an effort (Lifetime Achievement Oscar my arse, though). 
 
Bit worrying how Inherit the Wind is now becoming as relevant again as it was at the time, so much for progress.

Biggest clunker - The Black Dahlia.  Was it supposed to be a parody?

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 25/2/2007 2:53:34 PM   
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Very good list Lebowski keep on adding them.

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 26/2/2007 11:01:29 PM   
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Thanks don, will do

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RE: Another one of those Top 100 lists - 3/3/2007 9:00:54 PM   
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500 watched!

Another 19 added since last edit, only Dersu Uzala, À ma soeur! and Clerks II making the list though. 
 
Dersu was neither as good as I hoped or as average as I feared it may be, apart from the quality of the picture on the new DVD which was pretty dismal.  I'm usually pretty forgiving on that when it comes to older films, but this is bad - there's landscape shots of still forests that look like they are bustling because the colour is all over the place. 
It's just knocked High and Low off the list (to join Stray Dog, I Live in Fear and The Idiot in the eliminated list) so Kurosawa remains with a single entry to the 100. 

The criticism I'd make is of a choice that was obviously deliberate, through the camera for the most part keeping it's distance we're never more than observers with fairly minimal involvement (at least compared to what it might have been comparatively) of Dersu, Vladimir and their friendship.  On some levels it works, it certainly helps push the nature element which was clearly a big part of the film for Kurosawa, and it's not like you don't understand the reasons they become friends, but you're always an outsider with a removed empathy at best.  You can't put yourself in place of a couple of silhouettes on a harsh landscape, you can sense the danger on an intellectual level but you don't feel it or have a developed emotional connection.  That said, it's a great scene (when the pair are lost on the ice) and the reason it may work so well is that it isn't filmed in a more conventional manner.

It's no Ikiru and wouldn't rate in my top 5 Kurosawas, but definitely top 10 and my favourite of his colour films.  I'll be buying it if they ever put out a decent DVD.

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