Posted by: Skeptical Moose | December 31, 2009

Films – a light-hearted blog to end the decade

Let’s be clear: it is impossible to beat the written word for its imaginative qualities and detailed analysis of a topic. For entertainment value and a window on the world, however, films are the perfect length of time to introduce and explore a theme.

I am a huge fan of films, especially those that take a chance, those that let you think, to imagine and, afterwards, to reflect.

I am well on my way to 1,000 films ranked and rated. That sounds like a lot (and it scared me a little at first – seriously, is Vitamin D deficiency likely to be an imminent problem?!), but it isn’t quite as freaky as you might think (even though I will categorise this under ‘Weird’ as well as ‘Culture’!).

Should you go to the cinema, watch a DVD, download or TV-film once a week, that’s approximately 50 per year (even bloggers go on holiday). Over 20 years you’ll see 1000 films! And I know plenty of people who would not consider themselves film buffs who definitely watch more than one film a week (OK, so that’s my justification in place and frankly, my dear reader, I don’t give a damn).

Below is my top 50, very roughly in order, but certainly not precise (that is impossible: it would change daily!!), and the top 20 or so are almost interchangeable.

“The mediator between head and hands must be the heart.”

The full 1000 is available to those that care, or simply have way, way too much time on their hands in 2010.

And like that; I’m gone …

  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Rashomon
  • Witness for the prosecution
  • Oldboy
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Mullholland Drive
  • Donnie Darko
  • Se7en
  • The Killing Fields
  • Memento
  • Belleville Rendez-vous
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • On the Waterfront
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Matrix
  • Short Cuts
  • Clockers
  • Sixth Sense
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets
  • Amelie
  • Life is Beautiful
  • City of God
  • Touching the Void
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Lord of Rings III
  • Fight Club
  • La Haine
  • Tell No One
  • Godfather II
  • The Killing
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Stalag 17
  • Sideways
  • Etre et Avoir
  • American Beauty
  • Citizen Kane
  • Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources
  • Patton
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Schindlers List
  • Irreversible
  • Fargo
  • A Tale of Two Sisters
  • Life of Brian
  • Tsotsi
  • Dekalog (complete series)
  • Midnight Cowboy
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