August 23, 2016 at 7:00 am #10974
The BBC has done the unwise thing (again) and asked film critics for their opinion. This time they asked them to vote for “modern classics”, including only films that have come out in the year 2000 or after. The resulting list of the “100 greatest films of the 21st century” is unsurprisingly puzzling, including films as varied as Moulin Rouge!, The Dark Knight, Hable con ella, Spring Breakers, and Ratatouille :
The first 5 places went to
In the Mood for Love
There Will Be Blood
CFN “favourite”, The Tree of Life, came in at no. 7 😉
Not counting Wall-E and Spring Breakers, both of which I have not seen 100% of, I have only ever watched 4 out of these 100 films:
Lost in Translation,
Let the Right One In
So either the list is rubbish, or my viewing habbits… 😉
August 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm #10976
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Well, I would say you should have at least seen the top 5. The greatness of Mulholland Drive and Boyhood are both matters of debate depending on who you talk to. But In the Mood for Love, There Will Be Blood, and Spirited Away are absolute MASTERPIECES.
I would also get some Coen Brothers in your life. They have Inside Llewyn Davis and No Country For Old Men as 10 and 11, and both those movies are fantastic. A Serious Man is great too, but kind of a challenging watch. Any of Wes Anderson’s movies that made this list are also great. The Royal Tenanbaums is my favorite, but I don’t think you can go wrong with any of his films.
Depending on the day, The Master and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, could easily be on my personal top ten of all time list.
Other films that are really good that I would recommend on this list:
Only Lovers Left Alive
Lost In Translation
Zero Dark Thirty
Mad Max: Fury Road
Children of Men
But yes, it is a list. A writer I know has a great quote he always says that I believe applies to all lists:
“Lists are bullshit”.August 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm #10977
I gotta say though, the biggest head scratcher to me is AI: Artificial Intelligence.
I thought everyone hated that movie, but apparently it resonated with the Brits.August 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm #10978
Oh, I have plenty of Coen Brothers in my life, but none of the three films you mentioned have any particular appeal for me. But I am surprised that I cannot find O Brother Where Art Thou anywhere amongst the 102 titles on that list.
There are some titles on the BBC list that are already on my “to-do-list”:
Moonrise Kingdom, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Grand Budapest Hotel are currently sitting on my DVD shelf.
For about 10-15 titles I should have recordings off the telly (not all of them I am that eager to see any time soon).
Films I do not yet own, but am really interested to see, include the very recent Toni Erdmann, and especially Only Lovers Left Alive. With the latter it is just a question of money – I have been looking for a cheap DVD for ages.
But looking at the titles on that BBC list and considering my preferences, my budget, and my spare time, I think that realistically all I can aim for is that I will get from 4 out of 100 to about 10 out of 100 by the end of the decade, not more. And my guess is that the BBC will have published many other lists by then…. 😉
And yes, “lists are bullshit”.
Considering the small group of reviewers sampled and the fact that there are three films tied at no. 100, I guess that we can assume that a film only needed about 2 or 3 votes to get into the bottom end of that list.
As for A.I. …. having seen basically none of these films it is impossible for me to say that this or that film does not belong on that list (although it could be argued that Spring Breakers should not be there, and that Wall-E is not THAT great….). But when it comes to the “greatest films of the 21st century so far…”, I do have a number of films that I feel SHOULD be on that list.
Apart from O Brother Where Art Thou, it is especially Birdman that comes to mind, but Chicken Run and Guardians of the Galaxy absolutely should be on there too, as well as a whole number of international films.August 25, 2016 at 12:40 am #10987
I don’t think I could agree with you hard enough on O Brother Where Art Thou? I would put that in the top movies of the last 30 years at least.
I love that you nominate Chicken Run….I laughed when I read that, just because it seems so random, and then I am like, “wait a minute, he may be right…”
Yeah, very lacking in international films…there’s more than a couple Korean films that belong on the list.August 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm #10996
I’m intrigued by 25th Hour’s place on the list. Spike Lee hasn’t had the most phenomenal century so far, but Bamboozled came out in 2000 and it remains one of my favourite things he’s ever done (though it looks awful through modern eyes, like most early shot-on-digital efforts; Da Sweet Blood of Jesus was probably shot for similar money, but 14 years of advances let it look SOOOO much nicer).
Anyway, the only reason I even own a copy of 25th Hour is that a twofer Spike Lee Joint Collection set was the only way to get He Got Game (also top-shelf Lee, but too old for this list) on Blu-Ray; I hadn’t even watched it yet, but it’s near the top of the pile now.
The only other things that come to mind reading this list are that Dogville doesn’t get enough love and that I should really get on the (now-morbid) Abbas Kiarostami train and see what all of the fuss is about. Anybody care to make some suggestions there?
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