Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Time Magazine posts its Top 100.

First, I'll give myself a handicap, and announce that I haven't seen a fifth of them, but certainly should have by now:

*Most of The Apu Trilogy, The Awful Truth, Baby Face, Camille, Chungking Express, City of God, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, The Crowd, The Decalogue, Drunken Master II, Finding Nemo, Kandahar, The Last Command, Leolo, Metropolis, Nayakan, Once Upon a Time in the West, Pyaasa, Sherlock, Jr., Swing Time, Tokyo Story, Ulysses' Gaze, Wings of Desire and A Touch of Zen.

*Most interesting choices: Fassbinder's great Berlin Alexanderplatz, Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Besson's Mouchette, and Resnais's blissful (and I think largely unseen) Mon Oncle d'Amerique.

*What I, personally, would have scrapped: Blade Runner, Charade, Detour -- although that's certainly an intriguing selection -- The Purple Rose of Cairo, Notorious, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Talk to Her. With the exception of Purple Rose, I like all these movies, just not that much.

*Biggest omissions: No Birth of a Nation or Potemkin; nothing by Jean Renoir, not even Rules of the Game, no Robert Altman, not even Nashville. No Anbtonioni. My guess is this was intentional, as these pop up so frequently on so many top ten lists they seem permanently glued there.

*Weirdest choice: Kubrick is represented by Dr. Strangelove and Barry Lyndon. The second film is, possibly, the weakest he ever made.

*What I would have included instead: definitely Rules of the Game, as well as Hitchcock's Vertigo, Elaine May's Mikey and Nicky, David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Lina Wertmuller's masterpiece Seven Beauties, Wim Wenders In the Course of Time, Woody Allen's Manhattan, Bunuel's Viridiana and Fellini's I Vitelloni.

But it's all subjective, and that's just me.


JHoward said...

How can you not love "Bladerunner"? Okay, everybody has the right to disenjoy anything, but I do love that movie. Rutger Hauer alone's enough to make it worth the time.

RW said...

I probably sounded overly harsh. I like it; just wouldn't put it at this level, I guess. I think my problem with it is that it's just an exercise in pure style -- but I forgive that in other movies, so go figure.