May 7, 2007

Somebody else likes lists

Trying to list the best movies is such an examination of personal choice that every person on the planet - every movie-gowing person, anyway - would come up with a castly different list of the best movies of last year much less the greatest movies of a decade or a century.

I, for example, have mentioned my thoughts for best films of the 90's before, crutiquing a critic's choices as a spur to discuss my personal top ten.

I'm back again today to look at a couple of much more thorough lists of the best of the 90's as well as my few thoughts here and there.

First, the two lists - part #1 and part #2.

Agreed - outstanding films
  • Thin Red Line
  • Short Cuts
  • The Truman Show
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • LA Confidential
  • American Beauty
  • Election
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Player
  • Three Kings
  • The Matrix
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Chasing Amy
  • Fight Club
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Unforgiven
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Schindler's List
  • Goodfellas
Yeah, I guess so - good but a level down
  • Groundhog Day
  • Pi
  • The Fugitive
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Good Will Hunting
  • The Nighmare Before Christmas
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Heat
  • Seven
  • Sneakers
  • Braveheart
  • Trainspotting
  • Grosse Point Blank (maybe my favorite on the list)
  • Dazed and Confused
  • JFK
  • Miller's Crossing
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Ronin
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Jurassic Park
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Magnolia
  • Fargo
I guess so, but I don't have to like it - movies I can't stand but that I recognize are probably decently good
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Swingers
  • The Piano
  • A Simple Plan
What? - I don't get these choices at all
  • Bound
  • Jackie Brown
  • Terminator 2
  • Barton Fink
  • Wayne's World
Never saw 'em
  • Quick Change
  • Pretty Woman
  • American Movie
  • Rushmore
  • Fallen Angels
  • Howards End
  • Titanic
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Wild at Heart
  • Babe
  • Everyone Says I Love You
  • Out of Sight
  • Chungking Express
  • Kicking and Screaming
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Cantral Station
  • Funny Games
  • Flirting with Disaster
  • Velvet Goldmine
  • Safe
  • Three Colors: Red
  • In the Company of Men
  • Kundun
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Ed Wood
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • Delicatessen
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Hard Eight
  • Smoke
  • Happy Together
  • Cemetary Man
  • Fresh Bait
  • Existenz
  • Dark City
  • The Insider
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Hearts of Darkness
  • Fireworks
  • Husbands and Wives
  • The Double Life of Veronique
  • Zero Effect
  • Baraka
  • The Eel

So I have three questions for you folks out there:
  1. Which films have I overrated? Which did I say were outstanding but that you think deserve to be moved downward?
  2. Which flicks have I overrated?
  3. And which movies have I missed out on that I should put highest on the list?
And if you'd like another list, there's the 100 Greatest Movie Lines...but I'll leave that for you to explore on your own.


Joey said...

Truman show I've never really understood the greatness of. Maybe just because when it came out I was still loving the comedic Jim Carrey and the switched urked me.

Resevoir Dogs I would jump up to the top tier, if for nothing else because of the talk that the movie still gets ("Who killed Brown?" Or pink, whichever one it is I forget now...yea yea, ironic I know) Saving Private Ryan, now. I don't care what the excuse is, that's required viewing.

achilles3 said...

I think Groundhog Day was brilliant and deserves a move up and that Chasing Amy was kind of boring.
Truman Show is one of my favorites and I think it is genious.

PHSChemGuy said...

Groundhog Day has the same issue that nearly every other comedy ever has had to suffer: it's a comedy. It's always so hard to recognize a comedy as a GREAT FILM because it doesn't have the same emotional depth and impact that a drama has.

It doesn't play itself seriously, so it's harder for critics and fans to take it quite so seriously.