Sunday, July 15, 2007

Working the 502

You've probably read about this by now, but Cinema Fusion has done something pretty cool in creating an Online Film Community Top 100 Movies. Maybe it's in reaction to the AFI's Top 100, or maybe it's just a group of people doing the on-line film community thing. Either way, it's a great idea. A few weeks ago, I posted My 100 movies and I was supposed to submit that to Cinema Fusion for consideration, but I didn't read directions and well, I never submitted my list. But I'm pleased and surprised to see that 81 of my picks were still in the 502. And despite my lack of submission, I have been allowed to help narrow down the list and rank them so thanks for that. In the 502, I found a lot of surprise inclusions (X-Men 2, Big Trouble in Little China), some surprise omissions (Sleeper, Traffic. La Femme Nikita) and found that I was able to redeem myself with some new picks that I missed in my original 100 (The Hustler, The Sweet Hereafter and Slapshot). Not to mention I was delighted to see that Army Of Darkness was still there waiting for me so thanks to the people who picked that.

So here it is. I marked my original picks in red. Goodfellas being the best of them all. And here's a note: ranking is hard. Does The Insider deserve to be four spots ahead of The Hustler? And does Army Of Darkness have any business being 15 spots ahead of The Last Picture Show? Honestly, I'm not completely sure, but that's what I'm going with.

100. Matrix, The (Wachowski/Wachowski, 1999)

99. Shawshank Redemption (Darabont, 1994)
98. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Burton, 1985)
97.Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Cameron, 1992)
96. King of Comedy, The (Scorsese, 1983)
95. Raising Arizona (Coen, 1987)
94. City of God (Meirelles, 2002)

93. Se7en (Fincher, 1995)

92. Pinocchio (Luske/Sharpsteen, 1940)
91. Scream (Craven, 1996)
90. Tootsie (Pollack, 1982)
89. Iron Giant, The (Bird, 1999)
88. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)
87. Meet Me in St. Louis (Minnelli, 1944)
86. Sideways (Payne, 2004)
85. Sweet Hereafter, The (Egoyan 1997)
84. French Connection, The (1971)
83. Slap Shot (Hill, 1977)

82. Road Warrior, The (Miller, 1981)

81. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Gilliam/Jones, 1975)

80. Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg, 1998)
79. Miller’s Crossing (Coen, 1990)
78. Brazil (Gilliam, 1985)
77. Videodrome (Cronenberg, 1983)
76. Rushmore (Anderson, 1998)
75. Three Kings (Russell, 1999)

74. Dawn of the Dead (Romero, 1978)

73. Grosse Point Blank (Armitage, 1997)
72. Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki, 1997)
71. His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1940)
70. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)

69. To Kill a Mockingbird (Mulligan, 1962)

68. Vanishing, The (Sluizer, 1988)

67. Lord of the Rings, The: The Two Towers (Jackson, 2002)
66. Caddyshack (Ramis, 1980)
65. Third Man, The (Reed, 1949)
64. Fly, The (Cronenberg, 1986)
63. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Stuart, 1971)

Deliverance (Boorman, 1972)
61. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, (1979)

60. Goldfinger (Hamilton, 1964)
59. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)

58. Shining, The (Kubrick, 1980)

57. Deer Hunter, The (Cimino,1978)

56. Graduate, The (Nichols, 1967)
55. Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
54. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977)

53. Crouching Tiger, HiddenDragon (A Lee, 2000)

52. Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)
51. Verdict, The (Lumet, 1982)
50. Do the Right Thing (S Lee, 1989)
49. Robocop (Verhoeven, 1987)

48. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Kubrick, 1964)
47. Mulholland Drive (Lynch, 2001)
46. Blazing Saddles (Brooks, 1974)

45. Aliens (Cameron, 1986)

44. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Tarantino, 2003)
43. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Capra, 1939)

42. Boogie Nights (PT Anderson, 1997)
41. L.A. Confidential (Hanson, 1997)

40. Broadcast News (Brooks, 1987)

39. Last Picture Show, The (Bogdanovich, 1971)

38. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981)

37. Heat (Mann, 1995)
36. Player, The (Altman, 1992)
35. Unforgiven (Eastwood, 1992)

34. Escape from New York (Carpenter, 1981)

33. Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001)
32. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)

31. Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988)

30. Silence of the Lambs, The (Demme, 1991)

29. Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)

28. Election (Payne, 1999)

27. Dazed and Confused (Linklater, 1993)

26. This is Spinal Tap (Reiner, 1984)

25. Army of Darkness (Raimi, 1992)

24. A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971)

23. Godfather Part II, The (Coppola, 1974)

22. Blade Runner (R. Scott, 1982)

21. Manchurian Candidate, The (Frankenheimer, 1962)
20. M*A*S*H (Altman, 1970)

19. Oldboy (Park, 2003)

18. Hustler, The (Rossen, 1961)
17. It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)
16. Rules of the Game, The (Renoir, 1939)

15. After Hours (Scorsese, 1985)

14. Insider, The (Mann, 1999)

High Fidelity (Frears, 2000)

12. Godfather, The (Coppola, 1972)

11. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

10. Young Frankenstein (Brooks, 1974)

9. Fight Club (Fincher, 1999)

8. Out of Sight (Soderbergh, 1998)

7. Blow Out (De Palma, 1981)

6. Thing, The (Carpenter, 1982)

5. Royal Tenenbaums, The (Anderson, 2001)

4. North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959)

3. Blue Velvet (Lynch, 1986)

2. All the President’s Men (Pakula, 1976)
1. Goodfellas (Scorsese, 1990)


Ross Ruediger said...

I left an open jar of mayo at your front door a little while ago.

If you're unable to find it, you too will know the power of the 'naise.

PIPER said...

Is that what that was? I had my Asian bodyguard try it before I ate the rest of it. We're both feeling fine.. oh wait.

This post intrigues and terrifies me.

brian said...

And I had City of God, Tootsie, Deliverance, The Graduate, Fargo.

Sweet Hereafter is overrated, in my opinion.

And Pee Wee? Huh?

PIPER said...

Pee Wee's Big Adventure? Great, great fun.

And I really enjoyed The Sweet Hereafter, even with all its darkness.

PIPER said...


To add to my Pee Wee's Big Adventure defense, I will say that it was between Ed Wood and PWBA. Obviously, I chose PWBA and the reason I did so is that it is all that was once great about Tim Burton: Great sets and characters. And I chose it for those reasons.

brian said...

Ed Wood for me.

I like Depp in two movies, Donnie Brasco and Ed Wood.

J.D. said...

The Two Towers, yet no Return of the King or Fellowship. Am I in Hell?

PIPER said...

You are in the 7th Ring Of Hell J.D.

The Two Towers is my favorite. It was hard because you can't have the second without the first and I thought Return Of The King was excellent as well, but The Two Towers created epic battles, the likes of which I had never seen before. And for that reason, I included it.

Anonymous said...


Sorry, just had to say that out loud when I saw it on the Cinema Fusion list.

I personally would never be able to sit down and hammer out a list of my own top 100 movies. So hats-off to anyone who has (piper).