Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Top 10 Films and then some.

Tom the Dog listed off his Top 10 (+20!) Films over on his blog and asked for reactions and other people’s lists. Seeing as I still have movies on the brain from watching the Oscars, I thought it’d be fun to play along. But I’m putting my list here instead of Tom’s comments section because, well, I could use the content. So here’s my list as it stands at the moment, off the top of my head and in no real order. I love ‘em all, and having to put them in some sort of ranking would be a real Sophie’s Choice for me.

Which is funny, because Sophie’s Choice isn’t on my list. But anyway, here they are:

  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • Zero Effect
  • Amelie
  • Run Lola Run
  • North By Northwest
  • High Fidelity
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • The Princess Bride
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I’m the first to admit my tastes are pretty eclectic. There may some occasional wavering, but this is more or less my standard, can always count on ’em, official top 10. A few clich├ęd choices, perhaps, and a few out of left field, but I stand by each and every one.

Here are 10 more:

  • Lost in Translation
  • The Incredibles
  • The Goonies
  • To Sir With Love
  • Angus
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Superman: the Movie
  • Lilo & Stitch

The problem with any sort of Top 10 list is that you only have 10 slots to work with. I enjoy each and every one of these movies a whole lot, and given a specific day or mood any or all of 'em could very easily wrestle their way into the top 10.

And 10 more:

  • About a Boy
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Batman: the Movie
  • The Heroic Trio
  • Annie Hall
  • UHF
  • Blazing Saddles
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
And sadly, there are plenty of other movies I can name that for this list - Pulp Fiction, Head, Charade, Army of Darkness... hell, I could probably do this all night! I think what it all comes down to is that I’m entirely the wrong guy to come to for a Top 10 list. I need at least a Top 50 to really be fair. And even then I’d probably complain about having to leave stuff out.

I’m terrible at these sorts of decisions. Or, really, decision making of any kind. Just ask Erin sometime.
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