Thursday, August 04, 2005

It's a list! In this case, my top-rated 100 movies, according to my Netflix ratings (with a couple of non-Netflix movies thrown in for fun and accuracy). Consider it definitive proof that I'm the middlingest of the middlebrows.

8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1957)
Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
Band of Outsiders (Godard, 1964)
The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1965)
Before Sunset (Linklater, 2004)
The Big Lebowski (Coen, 1998)
The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946)
The Birds (Hitchcock, 1963)
Blue Velvet (Lynch, 1986)
Breathless (Godard, 1960)
Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (Peckinpah, 1974)
Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
Chinatown (Polanski, 1974)
Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (Wise, 1951)
Dead Man (Jarmusch, 1995)
Deliverance (Boorman, 1972)
Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944)
Duck Soup (McCarey, 1933)
The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Fields, 2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry, 2004)
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (Raimi, 1987)
F For Fake (Welles, 1976)
The General (Keaton, 1927)
Gimme Shelter (Maysles, 1970)
Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai (Jarmusch, 2000)
The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
The Godfather Part II (Coppola, 1974)
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Leone, 1966)
Goodfellas (Scorcese, 1990)
Gosford Park (Altman, 2001)
The Grand Illusion (Renoir, 1938)
A Hard Day’s Night (Lester, 1964)
High and Low (Kurosawa, 1963)
His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1940)
Human Resources (Cantet, 1999)
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco (Jones, 2002)
The Incredibles (Bird, 2004)
The Iron Giant (Bird, 1999)
Jackie Brown (Tarantino, 1997)
The Jerk (Reiner, 1979)
Junior Bonner (Peckinpah, 1972)
Kill Bill Vol I & II (Tarantino, 2003-04)
La Jetee (Marker, 1962)
L'Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
L'Avventura (Antonioni, 1960)
The Lady Eve (Sturges, 1941)
The Last Wave (Weir, 1977)
The Long Goodbye (Altman, 1973)
The Lords of the Rings Expanded Editions (Jackson, 2001-03)
M (Lang, 1931)
The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (Ford, 1962)
The Man Who Would Be King (Huston, 1975)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Weir, 2003)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Altman, 1971)
Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
Miller's Crossing (Coen, 1990)
My Neighbor Totoro (Miyazaki, 1988)
Night And Fog (Resnais, 1955)
Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955)
Nosferatu (Murnau, 1929)
On the Waterfront (Kazan, 1954)
Once Upon A Time In the West (Leone, 1968)
Pennies From Heaven (Ross, 1981)
The Philadelphia Story (Cukor, 1940)
Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki, 1997)
Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielburg, 1981)
Raising Arizona (Coen, 1987)
Ran (Kurosawa, 1985)
Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
Ride The High Country (Peckinpah, 1962)
Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Anderson, 2001)
The Rules of the Game (Renoir, 1939)
Rushmore (Anderson, 1998)
The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
The Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972)
Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2002)
Stagecoach (Ford, 1939)
The Straight Story (Lynch, 1999)
Strangers On A Train (Hitchcock, 1951)
Straw Dogs (Peckinpah, 1971)
Sullivan's Travels (Sturges, 1942)
Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950)
Taxi Driver (Scorcese, 1976)
The Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1934)
The Third Man (Reed, 1949)
Touch of Evil (Welles, 1958)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston, 1948)
Two-Lane Blacktop (Hellman, 1971)
Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
When We Were Kings (Gast, 1996)
The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)
Yojimbo (Kurosawa, 1961)
Young Frankenstein (Brooks, 1974)

List Maintenance Update (9/30)!
I'm adding a link to these lists, so I want to get 'em accurate and all.

Here's what's different from the original list:
+ A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1957)
+ The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)
+ Human Resources (Cantet, 1999)
+ L'Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
+ The Last Wave (Weir, 1977)
+ Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Weir, 2003)

Combined: Kill Bill Vol I & II
Combined and clarified: Lord of the Rings Expanded Editions

- All About Eve (Mankiewicz, 1950)
- Charade (Donen, 1963)
- Key Largo (Huston, 1948)
- The Palm Beach Story (Sturges, 1942)
- Star Wars (Lucas, 1977)


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