31 March 2013

WTT Top 100 Vol. II

Before looking at the new standard of film greatness, check the 2008 WTT Top 100...not utterly embarrassing but improvable (notwithstanding the deplorable laziness of leaving 26-100 in alphabetical rather than ranked order). 

I find it a nice coincidence that these updates will come on my cardinal years, with this being the leap from 25 to 30. 

While there isn't too much movement at the top, with Contempt still winning this race at a canter, the big movers are Claire Denis, Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, bursting onto the scene with multiple films. Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light and Kiarostami's Close-Up are the highest ranked newcomers and, in the case of Close-Up, I suspect it might rate even higher than tenth when I am a sage 35-year-old person.

There are a robust 12 (count 'em, twelve!) films directed by non-white males. And they say we only canonize our own...  

1. Contempt
2. Vertigo
3. La jetée
4. The Rules of the Game
5. The Godfather Epic
6. The Thin Red Line
7. Persona
8. The Passion of Joan of Arc
9. The Red Shoes
10. Close-Up
11. Pierrot le fou
12. Breathless
13. Silent Light
14. La Notte
15. Out of the Past
16. Battle of Algiers
17. Kings and Queen
18. 2046
19. In the Mood for Love
20. Raging Bull
21. Mulholland Dr.
22. Certified Copy
23. Badlands
24. The Philadelphia Story
25. L'Avventura
26. The Earrings of Madame de…
27. Citizen Kane
28. His Girl Friday
29. Black Narcissus
30. Carlos
31. Melancholia
32. Beauty and the Beast (1947)
33. The Bicycle Thieves
34. The New World
35. A Special Day
36. Grey Gardens
37. The Last Picture Show
38. Hoop Dreams
39. No Country for Old Men
40. Notorious
41. Casablanca
42. Lost in Translation
43. Elevator to the Gallows
44. Moonrise Kingdom
45. The Night of the Hunter
46. Out of Sight
47. Fanny and Alexander
48. A Christmas Tale
49. Lola Montès 
50. Cache
51. Yi Yi
52. Alien
53. F for Fake
54. 35 Shots of Rum
55. The Piano Teacher
56. L.A. Confidential
57. Fargo
58. Chinatown
59. The Conversation
60. Hiroshima Mon Amour
61. Funny Games (1997)
62. The Intruder
63. Wild Bunch
64. Irreversible
65. The Wages of Fear
66. Five Easy Pieces
67. Talk to Her
68. 3 Women
69. Brief Encounter
70. Our Beloved Month of August
71. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
72. To Have and Have Not
73. Metropolis
74. Rear Window
75. Lola
76. Fitzcarraldo
77. Leaving Las Vegas
78. Rushmore
79. Celine and Julie Go Boating
80. Hannah and Her Sisters
81. A Place in the Sun
82. Summer Hours
83. The Werckmeister Harmonies
84. Casino
85. Heat
86. Taste of Cherry
87. L'Eclisse
88. Dinner at Eight
89. City Lights
90. Do the Right Thing
91. Boogie Nights
92. Chungking Express
93. 8 1/2
94. A Talking Picture
95. All that Heaven Allows
96. Meet Me in St. Louis
97. La Commare Secca
98. Days of Heaven
99. The Kid Stays in the Picture
100. Miami Vice 

Because you deserve it, here's 100 more you should also watch today:

A Man and a Woman, A Separation, A Single Man, Ace in the Hole, All the Pretty Horses, All the Real Girls, Annie Hall, Appaloosa, Autumn Sonata, Bay of Angels, Best in Show, Big Night, Blade Runner, Blood Simple, Bob le Flambeur, Breaking Away, Brick, Bringing Up Baby, California Split, Cat People, Cries and Whispers, Cyclo, Dancer in the Dark, Day for Night, Dogville, Double Indemnity, Drive, Fish Tank, From Here to Eternity, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gertrud, George Washington, Grizzly Man, Groundhog Day, Half-Nelson, Harlan County, U.S.A., I Know Where I'm Going!, In Another Country, In the Bedroom, Kiss Me, Stupid, L'america, Last Year at Marienbad, Lawrence of Arabia, Leon: The Professional, Let the Right One In, M, Malcolm X, Manhattan, Matewan, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Mildred Pierce, Mr. Arkadin, My Man Godfrey, Nashville, Night and the City, North by Northwest, Oldboy, Paths of Glory, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Primer, Rebecca, Red Desert, Red River, Revanche, Scenes from a Marriage, Sexy Beast, Shane, Shanghai Express, Sorry, Wrong Number, Stagecoach, Sunset Blvd., Syndromes and a Century, Take Shelter, The Big Sleep, The Last Days of Disco, The Leopard, The Limey, The Long Goodbye, The Passenger, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Searchers, The Shining, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Thin Man, The Third Man, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Usual Suspects, Time Out, To Be and to Have, Tropical Malady, Umberto D., Walkabout, Wedding Crashers, White Material, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , Winter's Bone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Y Tu Mamá También, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

1 comment:

enfant terrible said...

I'm happy Miami Vice made this list =)