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I've ever seen. The people who compiled it certainly had a wide range in tastes, and it included both great and IMO really poor judgement. At one point a couple decades ago I put to together a personal top 100, but shortly afterward found it impossible to keep the list that low as I saw more and more films. There are probably about 200 now that I find almost equally excellent and wouldn't know which ones to eliminate.
"OK, the shrooms have kicked in, chose 100 films!"
"Here take this and in 22 minutes chose 100 films."
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, M.A.S.H., Always, Back to the Future, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Blade Runner, Hannibal, Yojimbo, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Dial M for Murder, Lost Highway, Under the Skin, Zodiac, Barry Lyndon, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove or How I leaned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Risky Business
None of them ever have Zardoz - the greatest movie of all time!
I know to each his own, but the following are movies I never tire of:
In no order:
1) The Verdict....Paul Newman as the alcoholic attorney...great acting. James Mason...superb.
2) The Sandpebbles...Steve McQueen's finest. The ending of this still saddens me.
3) Moby Dick (The Peck version)....how in hell is this not a top 100 movie?
4) Seven Days in May.....Fine storyline and very well acted.
5) On the Beach....One of the most depressing movies ever made, with a great cast.
6) Platoon.....the defining movie about Vietnam.
7) Patton....WTF....was George C. Scott not really Patton reincarnated?
8) Wait Until Dark......tense, tense, tense....tell me you didn't yell out.
9) Master and Commander.....Supetb period piece! Breathtaking nautical scenes.
10) Last of the Mohicans....Huh? This was magnificent! Wes Studi as Mowgua...fantastic casting!
I could go on, but those are the first 10 that come to mind.
As for Psycho at No. 1........I saw it at 9 years old on the big screen. Scared the shit out of me....for a long time....now THAT'S a great movie.
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A big thumbs up for "On the Beach".
One of my favorites. Set the inpending doom in a humanistic way.Made me wonder about what a nuclear holocaust would be really like.
Wages of fear
The battle for Algiers
All quiet on the Western front( original)
Paths of Glory
not shocked, surprised.
Was expecting something much more mundane.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
The list had a variety - old/new/good/bad/foreign/domestic/small budget/big budget/live-action/animated/blockbuster/art-house.
And you have to admit - I didn't see Psycho in the number one sport - I don't think I have ever seen Psycho in the number one spot on any such list.
Maybe posters here should post their top 25 all-time films - See if there is any agreement.
Sundays and Cybele
Once Upon a Time in America
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
This is why I rarely criticize musicians because it takes guts to put yourself out there for others.
Take any musician who "covers" a classic song. They open themselves up to the immediate "the original was better, you suck" comments.
Same for movies - a great comedy or horror vs a drama tends to lose to the drama - but if you ask most any actor - comedy is the toughest thing to "act."
With films, many are meant to be artistic and rely heavily on visual appeal and fancy camera work. I come more from a literary and Plato-inspired theatre background so I generally prefer character, theme, and plot over spectacle.
So for films - cinematography, camera shots/angles/lenses fall into Plato's least important elements (spectacle). This is not to say I don't appreciate them - but they rarely make a movie for me.
I also have trouble with almost any film before about 1970 - largely because the acting is so stilted and silly by today's standards. The woman who screams with a hand to her forehead - "oh nooooooo" when there is a murder - I almost laugh.
But for older forumers on here perhaps in their late 60s - they grew up with that - that's how movies were made. There were rules about kissing on screen too - one foot had to be on the ground etc. But with my more modern eyes, it's really difficult to not find all of it rather ridiculous and it takes me out of the film. Same with any music with doo-wop shebop da do ron rons in it.
I mean I liked "Some Like it Hot" but it really doesn't hold up for me anymore - I suspect it is listed more because it was a Marilyn Monroe Vehicle - one of the few if only good actual movies she was in. A top 100 film of all time?
And that's fine - Nostalgia is something we all possess for something. I love Tom Baker's Doctor Who - I grew up with it - it was great for my 9 year old self - and I can still watch them now - but I would totally understand anyone today looking at those and laughing at the special effects and wobbly sets and creature designs - oh my.
The most recent film that would make my top 100 all-time would be Jojo Rabbit, Drive My Car, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and maybe Titane.
From your list - I always felt like Casino was underrated. For me, I would have Goodfellas (definitely in my top 100) over Casino but I liked Casino.
I'd probably prefer separating genres like top 25 comedy/romance/musical, Top 25 Horror/Science Fiction, top 25 Action/Adventure, top 25 Drama/Biography/Documentary.
I love Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or My Cousin Vinny - they probably don't make a top 100 but they would be a top 25 comedy - ditto for The Thing or the 1978 Dawn of the Dead. These could make my top horror/sci-fi list.
The Third Man
Night of the Iguana
Treasure of Sierra Madre
Little Big Man
Heaven Can Wait
What About Bob?
Wolf of Wall Street
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
All the President's Men
In the Heat of the Night
Once Upon a Time in the West
Grand Budapest Hotel
Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid
The Great Escape
The Bridge on River Kwai
The consolation is that "Malcolm X" (1992) #88 and "The Sound of Music" (1965) #87, BARELY beat-out "Pink Flamingos"???
The Shining comes in at 90. Are they high?
All such lists are interesting but don't mean much unless they point you to things you haven't heard about...this is not like that. A few discoveries I suppose, but I've seen most of this list.
I liked Psycho just fine, but it's not even my favorite Hitchcock, Vertigo, Rear Window and North by Northwest are the ones I watch over again.
The newest Sight and Sound 10 year critic poll just put a French movie I've never seen at number one, replacing Vertigo and Citizen Kane from past decades...so I will check it out...and Beau Travail was in the top ten, which I just watched on Criterion channel, and I wasn't aware of it and it was quite interesting. Beau Travail is 67 on this list as well btw.
is that you can scroll down through the entire list, rather than 100 clickbait frames.
Everyone has their own taste. There are a ton of movies on that list that wouldn't even classify as watchable for me, but to each their own.
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