Fantômas (Feuillade, 1913)Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Lang, 1922)Vampyr (Dreyer, 1932)The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi, 1939)A Matter of Life and Death (Powell & Pressburger, 1946)La terra trema (Visconti, 1948)Hamlet (Kozintsev, 1964)Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972)That Most Important Thing: Love (Zuławski, 1975)City of Pirates (Ruiz, 1983)
I don’t know why, but I’ve gotta give loads of respect to Ryan A Pearce for including Robocop, To Live and Die in L.A, and Videodrome in his list. High five, bro.
I’m having a great time looking through all the other lists, very nice!
I too, am having a lot of fun looking through these lists, and in light of the recent influx of votes coming in I’m going to extend the deadline to August 15th. This will ensure that everyone has enough time to pull their list together, as it seems people aren’t done just yet.
Scotty, one month was never going to be enough!
With the Sight and Sound results looming, this poll is particularly good timing :)
1. Metropolis-Lang (1927)
2. Brazil-Gilliam (1985) [The Final Cut, 142 min]
3. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
4. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
5. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958) [Welles’ Memo Restored Version, 108 min]
6. North by Northwest-Hitchcock (1959)
7. Nashville-Altman (1975)
8. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994) [Series 1 – All 4 Parts Combined as 1 film]
9. Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
10. Persona-Bergman (1966)
if The Kingdom doesn’t count for this poll, then:
11. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
Can I change my list? I’m gonna see if I can narrow it to a specific 10 if that is alright…
To Live and Die in L.A. is a sweet film, saw it recently and was pleasantly surprised!
@loverofcinema – Cheers for the endorsement dude. I’m an 80’s child, and will defend the honor and merit of the films from that era….to the death.
Some great lists being thrown about on here.
No problem, go ahead :) Loving the enthusiasm for the poll guys, it’ll be cool to see how this matches up with the upcoming S&S list.
@ Scottie Ferguson:
Hi! I want to replace The Third Man by Carol Reed on my list with M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder by Fritz Lang. So is it enough to tell you about it or should i post an updated list?
^No need, I made the change on the BIG list- one vote for M in exchange for one of The Third Man’s.
I will be using the Vishnevetsky method as well. Not exactly what I expected, but interesting nonetheless. Thanks for putting this together Scottie Ferguson.
The Battleship Potemkin – Sergei Eisenstein
M – Fritz Lang
A Man Escaped – Robert Bresson
The Leopard – Luchino Visconti
World on a Wire – Rainer Werner Fassbiner
Close-Up – Abbas Kiarostami
The Lovers on the Bridge – Leos Carax
Dangerous Game – Abel Ferrara
Videodrome – David Cronenberg
Contempt – Jean-Luc Godard
I will be using the Vishnevetsky method as well. Results are not exactly what I expected, but interesting nonetheless. Thanks for putting this together Scottie Ferguson.
Since when is a film that includes a shotgun blast to the face considered “a sweet film”? You’ve got an odd definition of “sweet”. ;-)
That part does, in fact, have a lot to do with why it is a sweet film. :)
What is the Vishnevetsky method?
Axel is right. Just look at this sweet piece of pie!
Shit, just missed the deadline…
Oh what the hell:
The Last Picture Show
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Once Upon a Time in America
One from the Heart
Rebel Without a Cause
^You’re fine with the deadline, I mentioned in an above post that I extended it to August 15th.
I used the random integer method and then messed with it to my desire. Happiest I’ve been with a list for a long time, but I’m sure that’ll only last the evening.
One film per director.
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1970, Robert Bresson)Life, and Nothing More… (1991, Abbas Kiarostami)Les Amants du pont-Neuf (1991, Leos Carax)Wings of Desire (1987, Wim Wenders)Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)Eternity and a Day (1998, Theodorous Angelopolous)Love Streams (1984, John Cassavetes)U.S. Go Home (1994, Claire Denis)Blow Out (1981, Brian de Palma)
Les Amants du Pont-Neuf
A Man Escaped
Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Dancer In The Dark
The King of Comedy
Aguirre, The Wrath of God
The Woman In The Dunes
If the deadline comes up and I haven’t spat out anything, just accept my original please. You guys are giving me lots of stuff to watch, so thanks.
I’m really respecting the guys that put the awesome 80s stuff in their lists. I’m thinking I might as well stop kidding myself and put Top Gun in my ten.
The Vishnevetsky method is essentially a means of introducing randomness to your list selections. Basically, just list out every movie that you think could possibly make your top ten and randomly select ten of them. For more details check out this really great video and essay: http://blogs.indiewire.com/pressplay/video-sight-sound-film-poll-ignatiy-vishnevetsky-on-how-to-make-a-random-top-ten-list
I’m holding out on posting my Top Ten until nearer towards the end, seeing as my list changes constantly and there are several films I want to see first. But I’m pretty sure there will be two 80s movies on it. That poor decade always gets shit on for arriving right after the awesomeness of the 70s, but I think it deserves much more credit than it gets.
Here, here, the 1980’s don’t enough respect. Sadly, no ’80’s films made my list (my list ends at 1975) but not because there were no serious contenders.
I much prefer the 40s, 50s and 60s over the 70s/80s/early-90s from what I’ve seen. Still a ton of great films don’t get me wrong (Blood Simple and My Neighbor Totoro both on my top 10) but on average looking at my rankings I run much better back in the day, the 50s and 60s being a high point followed by a bit of a dip that doesn’t come back up until the mid-late 90s ;)
The Tree of Life (2011)Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)Paris, Texas (1984)Solaris (1972)The Passenger (1975)Sansho The Bailiff (1954)Dersu Uzala (1974) Andrei Rublev (1966)The Ascent (1977)Dog Star Man (1964)
One film per director (exception to the rule is Tarkovsky since I couldn’t exclude Andrei Rublev.)
The 80s do take a pounding from time to time. I’m glad you acknowledge there were contenders!
Fair enough :)
Did you two already post your lists? I have a bad memory.
“That poor decade always gets shit on for arriving right after the awesomeness of the 70s, but I think it deserves much more credit than it gets.”
It is nowhere near the greatness of the decades past it, but when it did pop out something great, it was usually a masterpiece. That, and some of the most entertaining and awesomesauce dripping action films came out. It has my heart :)
I look forward to seeing your list!
Yes, I do love Top Gun. Just thinking about it gets me out of the worst funks. Every visible flaw it has makes me hold my tummy in laughter.
Okay, I came up with a final top 10 for this. It changes all the time, yes, but I figure these are the 10 that have the most lasting impact on me.
I would have loved to squeeze in a guilty pleasure, but I couldn’t make room for that. So I just wanted to say Top Gun is my favorite guilty pleasure.
The Godfather Part II (Coppola)2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)Happiness (Solondz)La Dolce Vita (Fellini)Casablanca (Curtiz) Taxi Driver (Scorsese)Pulp Fiction (Tarantino)The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dominik)Ran (Kurosawa)Crimes and Misdemeanors (Allen)