Tuesday, 23 April 2013

IMDb Top 250 Update

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It's the 23rd day of an even-numbered month, which must mean it's time for me to take stock of my journey through the IMDb Top 250, which I began last August. Last time around I had managed 112 films - and now that has dipped ever so slightly to 111.

 
Last time around I had the excuse that a lot of the newer stuff I had seen had quickly dropped out - Skyfall being a good example. And in my defence the last two months have seen one or two highly venerated titles drop out, at least temporarily. Battleship Potemkin was already near the bottom, but Princess Mononoke was #93 last time around and now it is nowhere to be seen - a reminder that the IMDb chart is a fickle beast that cannot easily be tamed or conquered.
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But I'm not here to make excuses. The main reason for the lack of progress is that my viewing habits have changed, quite reasonably, due to my job. I've had a little less time for films in general, and have not made the conscious effort to make progress. You'll be pleased to know that I recently invested in a copy of Raging Bull (#99), and I will make every effort in the next two months to add to this list. Despite appearances to the contrary, I am taking this seriously.

So, after all that grovelling, here's where we stand. As before, blue means I need to re-watch and red means I gave a score of 2.5/5 or less, and therefore I don't think it deserves to be there. Keep an eye on the blog for future reviews, and I'll report back in two months.

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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 
2. The Godfather (1972) 
3. The Godfather Part II (1974) 
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
7. The Dark Knight (2008) - review
8. Schindler's List (1993) - review
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - review
11. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - review
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - review
14. Inception (2010) - review
15. Goodfellas (1990)
16. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - review 
18. Forrest Gump (1994)
19. The Matrix (1999)
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - review
23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
26. The Usual Suspects (1995) - review
27. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - review
34. Memento (2000) - review 
35. Apocalypse Now (1979) - review

36. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
37. Saving Private Ryan - review
38. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - review
40. Alien (1979) - review 
42. Spirited Away (2001) - review
45. Citizen Kane (1941)
46. The Shining (1980) 

47. Back to the Future (1985)
48. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - review 
51. The Departed (2006) - review
53. Vertigo (1958) - review 
55. American Beauty (1999)
56. Taxi Driver (1976)
58. Aliens (1986) - review
60. WALL-E (2008) - review
62. Gladiator (2000)
64. The Green Mile (1999)
65. A Clockwork Orange (1971) - review - podcast
67. Amelie (2001)
68. The Prestige (2006) - review
71. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - review
73. Cinema Paradiso (1988) - review
74. The Third Man (1949) - review
77. The Lion King (1994)
78. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - review
80. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - review
81. Full Metal Jacket (1987) - review
84. Chinatown (1974) - review
87. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - review - podcast
89. Metropolis (1927) - review 
93. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
95. The Sting (1973) - review
98. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - review 
103. Die Hard (1988)
104. Batman Begins (2005) - review 
110. Downfall (2005)
111. The Great Escape (1963) 
112. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - review
114. Up (2009) - review 
115. Toy Story (1995)
117. The Elephant Man (1980) - review
118. The Seventh Seal (1957)  
122. Blade Runner (1982) - review - podcast
127. Scarface (1983) - review
128. Fargo (1996)
130. The Big Lebowski (1998)
132. The Deer Hunter (1978) - review  
136. No Country for Old Men (2007) - review
138. Sin City (2005)
140. Jaws (1975) - review 
144. The Thing (1982) - review - podcast
145. The Avengers (2012) - review
146. Trainspotting (1996)
147. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
148. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
152. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
156. Gone with the Wind (1939) - review
158. Notorious (1946) - review 
161. V for Vendetta (2006) - review
162. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

163. Finding Nemo (2003) 
166. The King's Speech (2011) - review
168. There Will Be Blood (2007) - review
171. The Terminator (1984)
178. Twelve Monkeys (1995) - review
183. Black Swan (2011) - review
184. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - review
185. Gandhi (1982) - review
187. Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - review 
190. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - review 
191. Life of Pi (2012) - review 
192. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
193. The Princess Bride (1987) - review
197. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - review 
199. Rocky (1976)
208. The Artist (2011) - review
209. Sleuth (1972)
215. The Truman Show (1998) - review 
216. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 
217. Monsters Inc. (2001)
218. District 9 (2009) - review
222. Ratatouille (2007) - review
223. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) - review
226. La Haine (1995) - review
227. Jurassic Park (1993)
229. Shutter Island (2010) - review
230. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
233. Rain Man (1988)
234. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) - review
246. The Untouchables (1987)
248. Big Fish (2003) - review

Daniel

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