what i watched last week
music friday, 1986 edition

they shoot pictures, don't they 2014

The 2014 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They 1000 Greatest Films list is now up. The top ten includes the same movies as last year, in a slightly different order. The top three remain the same: Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The I Check Movies website hasn’t updated yet, but based on last year’s version, of the 1,016 movies in the Top 1000, I’ve seen 539.

Here are the rankings for my own Top Ten movies, as listed on Facebook a couple of years ago:

  1. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (7/20 … yes, I cheated and counted them together.)
  2. The Sorrow and the Pity (452)
  3. Bonnie and Clyde (217)
  4. Rio Bravo (74)
  5. The Third Man (43)
  6. The Rules of the Game (5)
  7. Citizen Kane (1)
  8. The Wild Bunch (67)
  9. A Streetcar Named Desire (777)
  10. Performance (165)

FWIW, I had Vertigo at #16. 2001 was nowhere on my list.



My own--you knew this was coming, right?

1. Nashville (81)
2. Rosemary's Baby (192)
3. The Godfather I & II (7/20)
4. Double Indemnity (142)
5. All the President's Men (542)
6. Sweet Smell of Success (185)
7. Spellbound (--)
8. Goin' Down the Road (--)
9. On the Waterfront (157)
10. Zodiac (797)

I'd bet money that Zodiac starts climbing the list over the next few years.

Steven Rubio

I'm going to have to re-evaluate Fincher. There's only one movie of his I actively liked (Social Network). I hate Se7en so much that I need to see it again ... when I have such a negative emotional reaction to a movie, it usually goes away on second viewing. I've got Benjamin Button here on my "Hurry Up and Watch These Blu-rays" shelf, so I could toss that in. I used one of his works in a class once ... not sure anyone could guess which one it was.


Must be either The Game or Panic Room, since they're the least obvious. I recoiled just as viscerally from Fight Club--not sure that I'll ever watch that a second time. He did a couple of excellent Madonna videos: "Oh Father" and "Vogue."

Steven Rubio

The clue was "one of his works" ... your Madonna comment is close. I used "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul in a course about the 80s.

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