My top 100 movies, currently a work in progress. The rules are simple. One director, one movie and organised roughly equally by decade. It’s much harder to do than it looks since it both exposes how much you haven’t seen, how long ago you’ve seen some of the films ( I’ve genuinely forgotten how good some of them may or may not be, I don’t watch films multiple times, regularly) and how ill-qualified I am to make these kinds of overall decisions. I clearly have huge gaps in the 1930s and 1940s as I struggled to find ten films from each period that I “loved”, although this would have been simple without the cursed 1 movie per director rule, since I could have listed multiple Hitchcock and Hawks movies.
The list naturally moves further away from established classics in the 80s and 90s and there’s a shift towards purer genre film-making with the likes of Carpenter, Lucas, Romero, John Woo, Neil Marshall. I feel pretty confident that these are good picks; perhaps because they’re more personal and less culled off of other critics top 100s. Another challenge is choosing between movies that are a visceral experience and those that are contemplative and thought provoking. I’ve tried to keep a balance on my list since I generally like a little of both. The same applies for America vs The Rest of the World.Read less