The Mother of All Lists?


The Club Havana Secret History of Cinema: "People like movies, but they really really like making lists of movies. We at Club Havana like making lists too. We like making lists so much we decided to make what, on the basis of comprehensive study, we hope and fully expect will be the list to end all lists: the ten best movies of every year since 1928."

They have lists for 1939, 1946, 1953, 1968, 1976, 1983, and 1994. They are all compelling, well-written, and entertaining. John Ford comes out very well, William Wyler not so much. I love many of the movies they claim to be overrated (I'm sure you do to), but I do have to check out some of the movies they mention. Very fun lists.

Now here's the height of insincerity / pretentiousness: Ed Wood's "Glen or Glenda" as one of their runner-ups for 1953. Either they've magically been able to spot the brilliance in one of the IMDB's bottom 100 movies, or this whole list is a joke.

To be honest, I'm not sure how sincere these lists are. Sure, calling an obscure foreign film the greatest film of the year and saying that an acclaimed classic is overrated makes one seem very intellectual, but can we be sure they really mean it? Or are they just doing it to seem very avant-garde? I mean, maybe I'm just being cynical, but I'm not sure that they really believe "The Best Years of Our Lives", "Gone With the Wind", "Pulp Fiction", and "2001: A Space Odyssey" are overrated.

On the other hand, the comments are indeed interesting, and I enjoyed reading them. Thanks for the link.

I think they're sincere, just pretentious at times (sometimes frequently). And their cavalier dismissal of animated movies is simply inexcusable. I do take their top 10 quite seriously, but I read the "overrated" sections for amusement purposes only. However, if I were to take those seriously, I'd have to concede that they do a good job of pointing out some valid flaws in films that are usually exempted from such scrutiny. On some of those films they are just on another planet from me though. Still, lots of good stuff in there. I'm going to have to see if I can find some of those (once I get back to regular movie-watching, that is. I only saw four in July! Pathetic. I'm thinking I'll return to form in September).

I haven't seen as many movies as I would've liked this summer either. I think I spend more time looking up and talking about movies and music than I spend actually watching and listening to them.