Monday, July 24, 2006

Film 4's 50 Films to See Before You Die

Film4 is a free British digital television channel, owned and operated by Channel 4, which screens 'high-quality' films.

This is their list of 50 Films To See Before You Die. As is the case with most of the lists of this kind, its quite controversial and open to debate but they have not focussed on the more popular ones but paid attention to those which gives the viewer a different experience. I agree to quite a few of them. Credit goes to them to not keep the list to only English movies - So in come movies like Lagaan and City of God(along with quite a few French movies) which most similar lists miss ou.t

Here's the List (Starts from Number 50, and ends in the Numero Uno - Just to Build up the suspense):
#50 Badlands - Martin Sheen at his best in his younger days
Secrets and Lies
Aguire - The Wrath of God
This Sporting life - The Only Movie in the List related to Sports
Raising Arizona
Princess Mononoke - The Only Animated movie in the list
Dawn of the dead - The Only Horror movie in the list
The king of comedy
The ipcress file
Mulholland drive
The searchers
Fight Club - One of the best endings in Hollywood, Satire on 21st Century Consumerism
The ladykillers - Not the recent one but the original made in 1955
The royal tenenbaums
Three colours blue - Another French clasic
Terminator 2 - This one surprised me. Why Number 2 instead of the Original one?
Scarface - Al Pacino at his best
All About eve
Pink Flamingos - What the Hell ????
Fanny and Alexander
The breakfast club
Hero - The only movie with Martial Arts but what stunning visuals
Trainspotting - Though the movie is in "English" , u will still need the English sub-titles to understand it
Erin Brockovish
A night at the Opera
Heavenly creatures
Come and See
The Player
Boyz n the hood
Black Narccissus
Touch of Evil
Pulp Fiction - Tarantino's Masterpiece
Lagaan - Hats Off to Ashish Gowarikar and Aamir Khan
The Shawsank Redemption - The Number One movie in most other lists
Lost in Translation - The most boring movie I have ever seen , What did I miss
Alien - Classic Alien stuff
#10 Manhattan - Woody Allen's ode to New York
#9 Donnie Darko - Another one which I havent figured out why its regarded as a classic
#8 A bout de souffle
#7 North by NorthWest
#6 2001: A Space Oddyssey - The movie which started the entire "outer space" genre
#5 Sexy Beast - Ben Kingsley as a British Gangster
#4 Chinatown
#3 City of God - Brazil's Slums and Underworld brought to life
#2 The Apartment
#1 Apocalypse Now - Coppolla's classic which many believe the Best War movie ever made, Many others find it boring and incomprehensible beyond words. Hats Off to Martin Sheen who started this list(At Number 50) and ends the list(At Number 1)


At 5:52 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

hey, I've already seen 43 of them!

At 9:31 AM, Blogger The Guy Next Door said...

43 is impressive. Particularly when these are not your usual Popular movie. I guess you can call yourself a True Movie Buff. As for me, I am just on 14. Long Way to Go - Quite a few of them are on my Ebay To-Buy List, so shudnt be too long before I get to a respectable number.

Thanks for dropping by.

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen 25 already :)

At 4:39 AM, Anonymous Jimmy Jimbob Jr. the 9th said...

Donnie Darko and Fight club are phenomenal movies that deserve to be on the list although i was dissapointed that neither were in the top 3. Another great film to look out for which is not on the list is "The Machinist" with Christian Bale. And as far as being one of the most entertaining and purpose fulfilling as a horror film goes, add "The Unborn" to your top 10, this movie had the combined effect of all the previous horror successes before it and a great ending that left me scared to go into my bathroom when I came home from the theater.

At 4:43 AM, Anonymous Jimmy Jimbob Jr. the 9th said...

And I forgot to say that "Being John Malkovich" should be in the top 5!
If you havn't seen it, shut your computer, go to Blockbuster and rent it. This movie has some of the best acting and most warped humor I have ever seen on screen

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