The Ten Greatest Films of All Time ~ A List in Progress

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I really went on a tirade in my previous blog entry--slamming Sight & Sound's Fifty Greatest Films of all time 2012 list.

But should I really be stirring up a storm if I have not actually seen all the movies in their list? Perhaps I shouldn't. Of course, no one has seen all movies made. And so anyone who has submitted a top ten list is guilty of doing this. For how can one know if a film is worthy or not of being in a top ten list, if one hasn't actually seen the film?

Therefore, I am on a mission to view every single film on S&S's 2012 list. I will start with the top ten, then go from there.

For now, I have listed my top ten films. However, I may end up changing some of my selections. Maybe I shouldn't be making a list at all. I am beginning to doubt my picks. They seem so pedestrian. Could I defend them? Would I lose a debate against a film student who echos the elitist, pretentious film historians who consider their picks to be sacred cows? Those people really get under my skin. I hate snobbery and pomposity. I am more of a spokesperson for the intelligent and imaginative film buff who can appreciate a variation--both high and low brow film, and everything in between.

Anyhow, I plan to view at least the top ten S&S films, and to have a final selection of my Top Ten Films by the end of the year. Check back for updates.


I will post a screenshot for each of the films in my top ten list.

My Ten Greatest Films of all time list:


1.2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968

Memorable moment: Dave kills Hal.

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2. 8 1/2, Federico Fellini, 1963

A visual extravaganza! ~ A feast for the eyes!

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3. Titanic, James Cameron, 1997

Epic proportions of everything.

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4. The Silence of the Lambs, Johnathan Demme, 1991

Characters, sound, mood, suspense!

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5. Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, 2010

Huge heart!

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6. Volver, Pedro Almodóvar, 2006

Depth, layers, characters, color, drama!

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7. Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton, 1990

Magical!

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8. Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky, 2000

Original, dark, engaging.

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9. Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, 1994

It's got everything and more.

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10. Some Like It Hot
Billy Wilder, 1959

Jack Lemmon is brilliant!

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After I view a film from the S&S list, I will assign it one to four points.

S&S Fifty Greatest Films 2012 List:

1. Vertigo ~ 3.5
2. Citizen Kane ~ 3.5
3. Tokyo Story ~ 3.5
4. La Règle du jeu
5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey ~ 4
7. The Searchers ~ 3.5
8. A Man With a Movie Camera ~ 3
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc ~ 2
10. 8 1/2 ~ 4
11. Battleship Potemkin
12. L’Atalante
13. Breathless
14. Apocalypse Now ~ 3.5
15. Late Spring
16. Au hasard Balthazar
17. Seven Samurai
18. Persona
19. Mirror
20. Singin’ in the Rain
21. L’Avventura
22. Le Mépris
23. The Godfather ~ 3.5
24. Ordet
25. In the Mood for Love
26. Rashomon
27. Andrei Rublev
28. Mulholland Dr. ~ 3
29. Stalker
30. Shoah
31. The Godfather Part II ~ 3.5
32. Taxi Driver ~ 4
33. Bicycle Thieves
34. The General
35. Metropolis
36. Psycho ~ need to view again
37. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
38. Sátántangó
39. The 400 Blows
40. La dolce vita ~ 3.5
41. Journey to Italy
42. Pather Panchali
43. Some Like It Hot ~4
44. Gertrud
45. Pierrot le fou
46. Play Time
47. Close-Up
48. The Battle of Algiers
49. Histoire(s) du cinéma
50. City Lights
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