The Wizard of Oz ★★★★★

Though The Wizard of Oz is pure magic and has stood at #2 on my Flickchart for at least a year now, I went into this afternoon's TCM/Fathom Events screening of its 75th anniversary restoration with a heavy heart. I had a hard time even paying attention, in all honesty, though my eyes scarcely left the screen.

I did have occasion to explain aspect ratios to a family sitting behind me, after one little boy asked what the on-screen text about it meant. Distilling the whole thing to squares and rectangles made it click for him pretty quickly, and it made me lament once more that whole era of "full screen" DVD's.

My friends, I learned after the film, were less enthused going into it than I had been but all seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. Post-movie remarks centered on how great the film looked, and how even seeing things like the props and background paintings didn't detract from its magic. Had I any enthusiasm today at all, I would have basked in their having been won over by the screening.

The Wizard of Oz Re-Ranked on My Flickchart (#2/1675)

The Wizard of Oz > Kronk's New Groove → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Electric Earthquake → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Star Wars → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Transformers: Dark of the Moon → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Licence to Kill → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Eyes Wide Shut → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Dumbo → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Tombstone → #2
The Wizard of Oz > The Transformers: The Movie → #2
The Wizard of Oz > Schindler's List → #2
The Wizard of Oz < Batman → #2

The Wizard of Oz remained ranked on my Flickchart at #2/1675