I have always been a proponent of the idea that I can separate what I think is brilliant from what I personally enjoy. Let’s just look at 2015. I think that Carol and The Revenant were the two best films of the year. But if I’m going to sit and watch a movie from 2015, odds are it will be The Force Awakens (this is borne out by the fact that I’ve seen Carol twice, The Revenant all the way through once and The Force Awakens, at a modest count, 21 times complete plus the final 20 minutes about 15 more).
To that extent, I have finally culled together a list of my 100 Favorite Films, the ones I am most likely to sit still and watch, or at least not change the station if I come across them. They’re not heavy Drama. In fact, when I went through the genres, only one film on the entire list is one that I classify primarily as Drama (Casablanca).
It’s really hard to do this kind of list when you’ve seen as many films as I have (14,000+). I put it together by going through year by year and adding films, and once I hit 100, knocking off the films at the bottom. When I first read Veronica a list of 50 films, I then pointed out that those were the 50 I was about to delete because they didn’t make the list and she was stunned. “But you love those films!” she pointed out. “But I love the Top 100 even more,” I replied. It was very, very tough. Though they are easily two of the greatest directors of all-time if not the two greatest directors of all-time, not a single Kurosawa or Kubrick film ended up on the list. There is no Bergman. There is no David Lean. The Ealing Comedies and the Hammer Horror, both of which I love so much I wrote about them only have one film each. I did For Love of Film posts for James Bond (1 film) and Star Trek (2 films). It’s really, really hard to narrow it all down. (more…)