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A Heavily Revised Top 100

by Matt Kilgore
I have re-assessed my top 100 (with help of a revived flickchart account) and have found quite a change. The psychologically disturbing sub-genre has gone by the wayside personally, resulting in the former #1 falling down to #100 and #2 to #46. Never would’ve thought I would have more Spielberg on a list than Bergman, but there it is. Flickchart really helps one find the proper place for the canonical selections, some are where they would be expected, some down deep in the top 100. The top 20 is fairly diverse in this area, I do enjoy many of the conventional classics, but with a slightly different order and with some deletions. Orson Welles… Read more

I have re-assessed my top 100 (with help of a revived flickchart account) and have found quite a change. The psychologically disturbing sub-genre has gone by the wayside personally, resulting in the former #1 falling down to #100 and #2 to #46. Never would’ve thought I would have more Spielberg on a list than Bergman, but there it is. Flickchart really helps one find the proper place for the canonical selections, some are where they would be expected, some down deep in the top 100. The top 20 is fairly diverse in this area, I do enjoy many of the conventional classics, but with a slightly different order and with some deletions. Orson Welles currently has 7 of the top 100, which is about right. This may not last after a while, but for the moment that’s where it is.

My biggest change from the psychologically disturbing sub-genre comes in the Golden Age Hollywood category. City Lights is early for that, but provides the template for all of my Cary Grant preferences. Many of these “Golden Hollywood” selections are really very overlooked. Also, 7 Up is meant to include all of the work currently still in progress. It deserves to be as high, I couldn’t imagine it any lower. It comes right after the truly heavy hitters and before some other still heavy hitters. Rounding out the top 20 are a few of my favorites from different spots in the canon. The Red Shoes, visually, emotionally. Bleak Moments is the Leigh blueprint. Playtime really stayed with me, though Hulot’s Holiday is not far behind. Mon Oncle is great, just didn’t do quite as much for me as those.

Pixar films are close to my heart. Up is probably really my favorite, but Toy Story has a bit more gravitas as the blueprint (i’m using ‘blueprint’ a lot).

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