On Wednesday, I pointed to several Top 100 movies lists, and mentioned that I’d like to compile my own list. Sitting down to do so, I almost immediately had the first 50. Getting another 25 wasn’t that hard either, and now I’m somewhere around 75 movies. I could easily get to 100, I think, but I feel like I’d just be padding it out with mediocre films.
Compiling a top 100 list is a humbling experience, because when you start looking around, you see just how many films you haven’t seen. This can be somewhat embarrassing until you realize that most amateur film buffs have a lot of holes in their viewing as well (well, at least, I hope so). That’s one of the things I love about the Filmspotting podcast – they’re not afraid to admit they haven’t seen various classic movies, and they’ve even dedicated portions of certain shows to listing out movies they should have seen (plus, a feature on their old show called “Cinecast Confessions” wherein one of the hosts owns up to not having seen a classic).
So questions are abound. Should I complete the top 100 now, or should I wait until I’ve had a chance to catch up with some of the greats? Either way, I’d like to at least make a list of movies I need to see. There are certainly a lot of so called “classics” that I really don’t have much interest in seeing, but a lot of the movies below have elements that at least make me curious.
For anyone who wants to play along, I created this list at the Lists of Bests website. Come join the fun (or create your own list and let me know!)
- Alfred Hitchcock: My list already has 4 Hitchcock films on it (2 of which are near the top), but as much as I love Hitchcock, I have to admit that I haven’t seen many of his classic films. I do have a minor excuse though, as I started watching films from the beginning of his career (I even created a Hitchcock category and have made my way through the first 5 or 6 films). However, those films, while not actually bad, are nowhere near what he later achieved.
- Akira Kurosawa: I’ve actually only seen one Kurosawa film – Seven Samurai (which I loved). I’m not sure why I’ve never moved on from there, but it’s high time that I did! I’m putting the 4 I most want to see here, but there are probably 10 others that I should also watch…
- Miscellaneous Classics: For whatever reason, I haven’t been able to catch these films. All of them seem to be popular in the top 100 arena though, so I figure I should check them out… I’ve always thought some of them sounded interesting (i.e. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Wild Bunch, Rio Bravo, etc…), others I’m doing just so that I have some frame of reference for various types of films (i.e. Marx Brothers) without going into the level of detail I did with Hitchcock or Kurosawa. In no particular order:
- Foreign Films: I’ve probably seen more foreign films than most people, but that’s mostly contemporary stuff and I’m not sure how much of it would really qualify for a top 100 list. So here are a few foreign films I’d like to catch up with:
I considered adding another section for silent films, a period I’m not terribly familiar with,
and also more foreign films (there’s not many on my list), but there’s 20 25 films on the above list, so that should keep me busy for a while. I’m still not sure if I should post my Top 100 list just yet. Even if I do hold off, am I really going to be able to make the judgement call on a film I just watched? It’s tough, as a lot of films seem to get better with repeated viewings…
20 25 films, about 10 Anime series and dozens of books that I want to watch/read. That’s a lot of consuming. I should get crackin’. One neat thing that I recently noticed is that Netflix has a Watch Now section where I can watch movies right away, without having to wait for the mail. Only a handful of the films above are available on that service, but it’s a great idea (provided that the quality is there and that the experience is good, which is hardly a given).
Update: Added some foreign films to the list. This brings us to an unweildy 25 films, but I wanted to broaden my horizons a bit…