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January 18, 2004

Worst movie update 

I can't do with IMDB's polled list of the 100 worst movies what I did below with their 250 best, as I'm surprised to find that - except in the heavily edited and pre-mocked format of Mystery Science Theater 3000 - I've only seen one of them: The Avengers (now ranked 76th worst). I don't know that it deserved that rating, although any TV adaptation whose best points are the soundtrack and the art direction is plainly in trouble. (And the best point of the soundtrack, as I recall it, is the theme from the old TV series; the film composer, who couldn't leave it out, had the good sense to build around it so that it stands out like a jewel in its setting. When the theme came up during the hydrozorbing scene, just before the climactic fight, it gave me chills, I tell ya.)

Top unwatched movies 

While we wait for results from the Spirit probe's soil studies, we find that everyone else (by which I mean Michele Catalano) has been over at the Internet Movie Database, reeling from the effects of a poll of their "regular voters" to establish the Top 250 Movies ever made.

This list seems to line up with my own tastes better than it might have, with Peter Jackson's Tolkien trilogy all in the top ten, so I feel bound to take it somewhat seriously. Doing so brings home to me how many of the best movies I have never seen. Some (marked with an asterisk) I've never even heard of:

2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. The Godfather, Part 2
7. Schindler's List
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark - saw part of it
17. Memento
18. The Usual Suspects
22. Amélie
23. Psycho
26. The Silence of the Lambs
28. Goodfellas
29. American Beauty
33. The Pianist
34. Apocalypse Now - saw part
37. Taxi Driver
38. Once upon a Time in the West*
40. Paths of Glory
41. Fight Club
42. Spirited Away
43. Das Boot
45. Double Indemnity
46. Chinatown
49. Requiem for a Dream
54. Seven
55. Saving Private Ryan
57. City of God
59. Rashômon
62. American History X
64. Léon* (The Professional)
65. Life is Beautiful
69. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
71. The Great Escape
72. Reservoir Dogs
74. Amadeus
75. Modern Times - I may have seen this when I was a kid, but I don't remember it.
76. Annie Hall
77. Jaws
79. On the Waterfront
81. High Noon
84. The Sixth Sense
86. The Shining
91. Finding Nemo - Saw the first few minutes.
92. Donnie Darko
94. Toy Story 2
96. City Lights - As with #75, probably saw this when younger, but don't remember it.
99. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
102. Full Metal Jacket
103. Cinema Paradiso
104. Rebecca
105. Princess Mononoke
106. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
111. Manhattan
112. Patton
113. The Deer Hunter
114. The Best Years of Our Lives
116. Glory
119. The Bicycle Thief
121. Forrest Gump
123. Cool Hand Luke
124. Ben-Hur
125. The Green Mile
126. Shrek
127. Once Upon a Time in America
129. Talk to Her
131. Stalag 17
133. The Grapes of Wrath
135. The Night of the Hunter
136. The Wild Bunch
137. The Straight Story
138. The Elephant Man
139. A Christmas Story* (1983)
142. Platoon
143. The Hustler
146. Monsters, Inc.
148. Die Hard
149. Lost in Translation
150. Amores perros (Love's a Bitch)
152. The Grand Illusion
153. Almost Famous
154. Spartacus
158. The Conversation
160. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
161. Festen* (The Celebration)
162. Magnolia*
167. The Insider*
168. Wild Strawberries
170. The Battleship Potemkin
173. The Day the Earth Stood Still
174. All the President's Men
175. A Streetcar Named Desire
176. Mulholland Drive
177. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
178. Mystic River
179. The Exorcist
181. The Killing*
183. The Four Hundred Blows
186. Stand by Me
187. Twelve Monkeys
188. Three Colors: Red
189. Nosferatu (1922)
190. Dog Day Afternoon
195. The Right Stuff
196. Trainspotting
197. Network
198. Ying xiong* (Hero)
200. Midnight Cowboy
201. The Lion in Winter - saw part of it
202. Bonnie and Clyde
204. Rain Man
205. Minority Report
206. The Others
207. King Kong (1933)
208. 8½
210. Snatch
211. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
212. Stage Coach - saw part of it
214. Traffic
215. Hotaru no haka* (Tombstone for Fireflies)
216. The Untouchables
217. Whale Rider
218. La Strada
219. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
222. Rio Bravo
223. In the Heat of the Night
225. All About My Mother
226. The Passion of Joan of Arc
229. Good Will Hunting
230. Die xue shuang xiong* (Bloodshed of Two Heroes; The Killer)
231. Being There
232. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
233. A Beautiful Mind
234. Clerks
235. Red River - saw part of it
236. Bride of Frankenstein
237. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
238. X2 (X-Men 2)
239. MASH
240. Road to Perdition
241. The Man Who Would Be King
242. Sleuth
244. The Quiet Man
245. Heat
246. JFK
247. The Birds
249. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
250. The Sweet Hereafter*

Now, it looks as if the list changes from time to time: voting must still be going on. Once there's a final list, I hope to go over this post and update it.

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