Monday, July 03, 2006

Top 50's

Something is very wrong. C4 has released its '50 Films To See Before You Die' and there seem to have been some major errors.

Where is 'Blade Runner' and 'the Empire Strikes Back'. Both are absent. These two are bonafide classics.

Neither are to be found on the list of films that C4 is featuring as part of its relaunch of Film4 as a free channel on digital cable satellite.

No 'Casablanca' Or 'To Have and Have Not'. Okay, I guess it is sort of trendy not to include 'Casablanca', but one of those films should be in there.

'Citizen Kane' is also absent, that's like a film studies crime.

You might think that the list was draw up by the great and the good. Sadly it's the great and the mediocre with the likes of PR person Jonathan Rutter, along with a couple of critics (Jason Solomons and the very annoying Karen Krizanovich). There's someone called Menhaj Huda who did 'Kidulthood' and panel regular Lord David Puttnam.

'Manhattan' is there instead of 'Annie Hall', although 'the Breakfast Club' has its rightful place over other John Hughes flicks like 'Pretty in Pink'.

There's no 'God Father', no 'Once Upon a Time in America' (or ‘West’ for that matter) or 'Good Fellas'. All important films.

Instead there's stuff like 'The Ipcress File', but no 'Get Carter' or 'The Long Good Friday'.

Oh and 'Lost in Translation' which should be prime example to all of style over substance. Talking of which 'Apocalypse Now'.

Oh, here's the full list.


2001 - A Space Odyssey
A Bout De Souffle
Aguirre, The Wrath of God
Alien
All About Eve
Apartment , The
Apocalypse Now
Badlands
Black Narcissus
Boyz N the Hood
Brazil
Breakfast Club, The
Cabaret
Chinatown
City of God
Come and See
Dawn of the Dead
Donnie Darko
Erin Brockovich
Fanny and Alexander
Fight Club
Heavenly Creatures
Hero
Ipcress File, The
King of Comedy, The
Ladykillers, the
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
Lost in Translation
Manhattan
Manhunter
Mulholland Drive
Night at the Opera
North by Northwest
Pink Flamingos
Player, The
Princess Mononoke
Pulp Fiction
Raising Arizona
Royal Tenenbaums, the
Scarface
Searchers, the
Secrets and Lies
Sexy Beast
Shawshank Redemption, the
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
This Sporting Life
Three Colours Trilogy (Focusing on Blue)
Touch of Evil
Trainspotting
Walkabout

15 Comments:

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Film Fury said...

What, no Home Alone or Planes Train and Automobiles. What a terrible list.

 
At 9:50 AM, Anonymous RIchard E Grant said...

No Withnail and I? Puttnam you terrible c***!

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointing that they've overlooked Big Trouble in Little China.

These lists are just plain daft. How is Sexy Beast better than Citizen Kane?

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Hez Perso said...

Blade Runner, Sunset Boulevard, Adam's Rib, African Queen, Platoon, A Bridge Too Far, A Streetcar named Desire. Perhaps they should have made it 100 Films to See?

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

A Brigde Too Far, Saving Private Ryan, Full Metal Jacket, Tombstone, My Darling Clementine, Notorious, Spellbound, Rear Window.

The list goes on.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous more films said...

the goonies, Back to the Future, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Turner and Hooch, See no Evil Hear no Evil, Never Ending Story, Willow, George of the Jungle, Hook...

Its a mission to name the ommissions

 
At 4:17 PM, Anonymous The Man with the Child in his Eyes said...

Debbie Does Dallas, Under Siege 1 (with Erica Elenak bursting out of that cake), The Plumbers, Snakes on a Plane, Lake Placid, Deep Blue Sea....

 
At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Michael Winner said...

Death Wish 1, Death Wish 2, Death Wish 3....calm down dear I'm only joking!

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Chasing Gordy said...

I like that one with the ghosts and the screaming people.... Casper wasn't it??

that totally creeped me out.

i liked the Jetson's movie too. George Jetson was always getting in crazy situations. The future looked cool, man.

They had no internet though, please tell me it wasn't real Gordy...i beg you my online hunk

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous doctor emit brown said...

Yeah how come in Back to the Future 2 there's no Google? Is Robert Zemicks trying to tell us something?

The future's bright, the future's 88.8mph.

 
At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather than '50 Films To See Before You Die', shouldn't the list be more accurately named '50 Films That Are Showing On Film4'? I'm more surpised that they'll actually be screening 49 films in addition to Trainspotting...

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Gordon said...

That does seem to be the point of the list doesn't it. Fifty films we're showing rather than an all time great list.

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What'd be on your list G?

 
At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Biggles said...

The Royal Tenenbaums? FFS...

Where's Leon?

 
At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Froggy said...

The got The Breakfast Club right, but it definately should have included The Lost Boys...

 

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