"I haven't been here, you haven't seen me, and she hasn't been out of this house all evening!"-Beautiful line from "The Big Sleep" from Humphrey Bogart to Lauren Bacall
Favorite Scene From A Movie
This scene is unusual. It is from Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" where Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are trying to outrun a police vehicle. From this scene, I was influenced to start driving.
101 Dalmatians, Rear Window
Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Robert de Niro, William Holden, Faye Dunnaway, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Gene Hackman, Laurence Olivier
Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, Howard Hawks, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, John Huston, John Ford, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Cappola, Akira Kurosawa, Steven Spielberg, Ingmar Bergman
Grace Kelly, Maureen O'hara, Lauren Bacall
Dramas, Mystery and Suspense
Bosley Crowther, Roger Ebert, James Berardinelli, Leonard Maltin
Posted on 07/01/11 09:45 PM | Last edited on 07/01/11 09:45 PM
Noticeably, many film critics and many of you up and inspiring film critics like me are doing top 100 lists for films. These lists are of course what critics think are the best 100 movies they have seen in their life (or their favourite films in which they highly recommend). Two of my favourite film critics, James Berardinelli and Leonard Maltin, have done top 100 lists for films. One of my other favourite movie critics, Roger Ebert, hates top movies list, especially top 100. He has his own great movies collection list, which consists of just under 340 films. I like doing some top movie lists, but top 100, I also hate!
I am not saying that you guys should not do these. This is just my opinion. I have seen now just over 500 films and it will continue to grow of course. I have rated over 150 of these as 5 stars (100%) and I strongly feel they deserved these ratings. I suppose that I have the ability to do a top 100 list just based on the fact that I have seen at least 100 great films. However, I will not for several major reasons.
First, I have not seen enough films. I feel a top 100 should be made someone who has seen at least 1500 to 2000 films and I am no where near those numbers and won't be for at least a few years.
Second, I feel that I don't need to do this list because there are so many other top 100's lurking around around. I feel my additional opinion is really not needed, although my reviews should not be valued as lesser quality.
Finally, I find it too hard to do one. The number of films applicable for a top 100 for which I have seen is growing. There are also many potential great films that I have not seen that may make the top 100 and I will have to frequently adjust the list as a result (perhaps every year).
I also can't do top 100 because I can't even do a top 20. I will admit though I have a top 10. These are my top 10 favourite films of all time and they are:
1. 101 Dalmatians
2. Rear Window
3. To Catch a Thief
4. Double Indemnity
6. Psycho (1960)
7. Notorious (1946)
8. The Big Sleep
9. The Apartment
10. The Manchurian Candidate.
What are the next 10. Well that can't be done. There are too many films between the rankings from 11 to 20. I have too many favourite films that are applicable for these rankings. Most are equally as good.
From the 1930's there is only one film that I have so far seen that will make the top 20 and that is "Gone With the Wind," one of the most gorgeous spectacles of all time. It is so well done, especially for the fact that it is from 1939 and special effects are first rate, as well as the acting and set pieces.
So that is one. From the 1940's there are quite a few more. Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" and "Shadow of a Doubt" deserve to be in the Top 20. That's now thirteen and there's more. The Best Picture winners of 1943 and 1946 of "Casablanca" and "The Best Years of Our Lives," respectively, deserve to be in the top 20. Then there is "Mildred Pierce," "The Third Man," "White Heat," "To Have and Have Not," and "On the Town." They also deserve a spot. Now comes to a total of 20, but I haven't done the 1950's. My favourites will exceed the count.
Starting with the 1950's and actually the year 1950, two of greatest films of all time deserve to be in my top 20: "All About Eve," and "Sunset Boulevard." I love these films and they should not be left out. I adore the musicals of "An American in Paris" and "Singin' in the Rain." I can't leave them out as well. The Westerns "Johnny Guitar" and my favourite one of the genre, "Shane," I can't ignore either. My favourite foreign film "The Seven Samurai" I can't leave out, nor Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter." Orson Welles' sinister "Touch of Evil" should also be there plus Douglas Sirk's fascinating melodrama "Written' on the Wind" and Otto Preminger's courtroom great "Anatomy of a Murder." That is another 11 films, which total 31 and, of which 21 of these deserve be part of the rankings from 11 to 20.
From the 1960's, there are number of great films that can't be ignored. This includes "Repulsion," "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Wild Bunch," "The Leopard," "La Dolce Vita," "Peeping Tom," "Goldfinger," and "Breathless" all deserve to be there. That's another eight films. From the 1970's, "The Conversation," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Alien," "The Deer Hunter," "The Last Picture Show," "Patton," "Taxi Driver," "Mean Streets," and "Network" all deserve a part of the 20. Another nine. From the 1980's, of which many potential great films I have not seen, may be worthy of the top. The ones that do deserve it from my person opinion are "Raging Bull," "Fanny and Alexander," and "E.T. Extra Terrestrial." Another three movies deserve the top 20. That totals to 51 that deserve to be in the top 20! Yikes!
From the 1990's, which there are still many possible great films I have not seen that may deserve praise, the ones I would put in are "The Silence of the Lambs" and "JFK." I have not seen "Goodfellas" and "Pulp Fiction," so when I see them, they may make it as well. The only film that could deserve the top 20 from the 2000's is "The Pianist," but again, I need to see more films. There's another three.
The grand total is 54 that deserve to be in the top 20. I already have my top 10 picked. Which ones of the remaining 44 should I put in the next 10? The answer is, I am NOT going to rank them. It is too hard. All them, plus others not mentioned for which I have seen, deserve to be there. This is why I can't do top 100 because it would not be fair to the films. They are all great in different ways which I cannot use rankings with them.
I will admit I do rankings of films per year. That's easy because it is one specific year and noticeable quality differences between those films from that year. I have also done top 10 films per decade, with some decades no where near complete. That is also relatively easy. Doing top 100 for all films is hard, because you miss certain films which you deem as great and I know I would miss some.
If I did do a top 100 for films, it would least be consistent with ratings. They will be five stars, not 4.5 or lower. One of my big BEEFS with certain top 100's is that all those films are perfect ratings. With James Berardinelli, and this what I would call embarassing, is that he has rated more 3000 films and around 150 received 4/4 stars from him. Less than half made his top 100, which means a whole wack of 3.5 star films made the top 100. That is a strange consistency issue which I don't get! Same with Leonard Maltin, but less embarassing. About 10-15 of his top 100 films received 3.5 stars out of 4, but he has rated more than 300 films as 4/4. That doesn't make sense. (His list by the way is called "Leonard Maltin's 100 Films" while James Berardinelli's list is called "Berardinelli's Top 100.")
So that is my problem with doing a top 100 and I will not do one! Thanks for reading.