Top 100

Note: I listed the Lord of the Rings trilogy as one film because I view them as a single entity. I also listed the Toy Story films as one entry because they are all of equal quality. So, to be fair, I listed the original three Star Wars films as one (the prequels do not exist outside of the Red Letter Media reviews and you know it).

Also, Red Cliff is listed as one entry (the full 5-hour version) since it is meant to function as one story, as evidenced by the 'to be continued' at the end of the first part.

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  • Thank you!

  • Always good to see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance getting some well-deserved love.

  • It's a masterpiece.

  • Nice list. 41 of these are also in my top 100 (if you split LOTR, Toy Story, and Star Wars into 3 films each)

  • This list is so awesome on so many levels.

  • Thanks, SilentDawn. :)

  • Not a bad list but have you ever seen anything by greats like Fellini, Bergman and Tarkovsky?

  • Tarkovsky, no. Any recommendations?

    Fellini, I've seen 8½, which was entirely too self-indulgent to enjoy and filled with unlikable characters poorly developed. If this is the best he can do, then he is not great at all.

    Bergman, I've seen a few, and each one is somewhat too overt in its meaning for my liking. For example. Wild Strawberries tells you everything you need to know regarding the film's meaning within the first 10 minutes, so the remainder is nothing more than an exercise in delivering that same message in different ways, which gets boring fast. If there was any sort of plot to back it up, I might have been more inclined to enjoy it, but there wasn't. Another thing with Bergman...he always seems to be trying to reason with me instead of engage me on an emotional level. He is great at what he does, but it is far from my style.

  • Solaris, Stalker, The Mirror, Ivan's Childhood, Andre Rublev. Seen Persona from Bergman?, and do you like Kurosawa?. Check my Top 200 out for some recommendations, you may be surprised at my #1 though...

  • Haha, well...everyone has different taste. :)

    I LOVE me some Kurosawa. I need to re-watch some of his films before I can think of adding them to this list, however. I used to have High & Low listed, but I took it off recently to make room for something else. It might find its way back someday.

    I have not seen Persona, but I am interested. I'll have to borrow it from a friend and give it a fair shot.

    I was recently in a huge sci-fi mood, which tends to happen often, so I came very, very close to picking up Solaris in B&N's 50% off Criterion sale (which is going on now), but I decided against it. I watched the trailer, read some things regarding the style, and decided that it's probably not for me. My advanced judgment may be completely off, but I know what I like, and that films seems like it would not sit well with me. I have a threshold for artistic flourishes in art-house cinema, and that threshold is crossed when the director feels the need to punch me in the face with the fact that he's making an art film.

    For instance, there is this review:

    The film is shot well, with skillfully framed scenes and sequences… the problem is that perhaps nobody is more aware of how good the cinematography is than director Andrey Tarkovskiy, who vastly over-indulges himself in making use of it. There are scenes where he zooms in on someone’s ear or another body part, apparently for effect. The film frequently has abrupt shifts between color to black and white to tinted monochrome; there may be a reason for this, but I never figured it out while watching the film. There are extended sequences where Tarkovskiy films a still scene for several minutes, or a simple walk or drive for a great length of time with nothing to move the plot or characterization along, and without even any dialogue to evoke interest. On a technical level all of this is done very well, but none of it serves the movie itself; it is all very tedious and tiresome. I am not exaggerating when I say that there were times when I had to check to make sure I hadn’t accidentally paused the film.

    I get it, Tarkovsky, you're making art. The message sounds very loud and very clear. But…

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