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Week of Movies: Number 1

Saturday 25 November (2006)

Here we are again: a second week of consecutive posts. I should be getting fucking paid for this shit ūüė¶

So what could number one be?! First, some analysis: The films on the list span from 1941 to 1998; a period of fifty-seven years. There are films from the forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties – but none from the ‘noughties.’ Does this mean movies are getting worse? Absolutely not. Movies like Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine¬†and Pirates of the Caribbean have been some of my favourite films from recent years, all of which would appear on a more comprehensive ‘top 100’.

Which decade is the most popular on my list? Well surprisingly, whilst there are two movies each from the seventies and nineties (what I would assume to be the ‘best’ movie-making decades) the winner is actually the 1980’s, with three movies represented. Amazingly, two films from the top ten (actually, the top four) are from 1988. When you consider that My Neighbour Totoro is from 1988 as well (a movie that only just missed out on my top ten, coming in at a conservative #11) that’s quite an eye-opening fact – at least for me ūüôā I was, of course, born in 1985.

Other films that narrowly missed out on a place were Leon, The Big Lebowski, Jaws, Monty Python’s Holy Grail and Reservoir Dogs. And there are some nice directors there – Luc Besson, the Coens, Spielberg, Tarantino. But then, what about the directors who made the cut? Hitchcock, John Huston, Kubrick (twice! Kubrick takes the ‘best director’ gong clearly), Brian DePalma, Gilliam, Scorcese, Coppola (and, uh, McTiernan). These guys are undisputed geniuses.

If you know me very well, or you just know your movie years, you’ll already have figured out which movie is at number one. If not, on with the show:

2. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 
3. Apocalypse Now (1979)
4. Die Hard (1988)
5. Goodfellas (1990)
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
7. Scarface (1983)
8. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10. Vertigo (1958)

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Week of Movies: Number 2

Friday 24 November (2006)

We enter the final two. What could be better than Apocalypse Now? Well, you clearly need to read on:

3. Apocalypse Now (1979)
4. Die Hard (1988)
5. Goodfellas (1990)
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
7. Scarface (1983)
8. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10. Vertigo (1958)

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Week of Movies: 4 & 3

Thursday 23 November (2006)

Yesterday took us to the half way point in the list, bringing two more awesome films. I know what you’re thinking: ‘Stan, how can this get any better?’ Well, kids, there’s four more to go, so hold on tight and prepare yourselves for movies four and three:

5. Goodfellas (1990)
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
7. Scarface (1983)
8. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10. Vertigo (1958)

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Week of Movies: 6 & 5

Wednesday 22 November (2006)

Two more classic movies added to the list, but what will we find today? Star Wars? The Godfather?! Read on and see!

7. Scarface (1983)
8. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) (1964)
9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10. Vertigo (1958)

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Week of Movies: 8 & 7

Tuesday 21 November (2006)

Two old movies propping up the back of the list there. Will we find ourselves closer to the present day with movies eight and seven?! Read on to find out.

9. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10. Vertigo (1958)

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Week of Movies: 10 & 9

Monday 20 November (2006)

We’re back on another ‘week of’ and this time, it’s movies. ‘You fool!’ I hear you cry. ‘You can’t possibly expect to make a convincing list of the top ten movies ever!‘¬†Correct. That would be foolish and kind of pretentious (ho ho.) Instead of doing the ‘best movies ever’ routine, as I did with games, I’m just going to do my ten favourite movies. And God, it was tough. I always had a very vague ‘top ten’ but when I wrote it down I realised that there were about twenty movies in there, and they were in no kind of order at all. Figuring that order out was a real bitch, and I’m still not convinced I’ve got it right… but nevermind. I know that in a year (hell, in a couple of months) my opinion will change and some of these movies may not appear on an equivalent list then. Some may be in a different position. But fuck it! On with the show.

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