Friday, 23 August 2013

IMDb Top 250 Update - One Year On

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It's the 23rd day of an even month, which means it's time for another update on my progress through the IMDb Top 250.

It's been just over a year since I started this challenge to see every film in the IMDb Top 250; you can read the original post here. When I began in August 2012 I had seen 109 of the films of the list, and after 12 frustrating months, that number has crept up to a measly 112. I've given my excuses in the past - new entries dropping out, the lower areas of the list frequently changing - but it's clear that a change of approach is needed if I'm ever going to get through this list.
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I'm not going to just watch films in the list from now on - that would make the whole thing tedious for you and for me, and I would be overlooking a lot of the new releases that are coming out (I need to catch up on a lot of stuff already). Instead, I'm going to focus henceforth on seeing everything in the Top 100, hopefully by this time next year. I'll still include films lower down the list as and when they come my way, but I figure this smaller target will serve as more of an incentive.
Here, then, is my list as it stands after one year. To give you an idea of how fickle the list can be, The Perks of Being a Wallflower was propping things up less than a fortnight ago, but now it's nowhere to be seen. Here's hoping I'll have made a few more in-roads come October.

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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - review
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. The Godfather Part II (1974)
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. 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. Apocalypse Now (1979) - review
35. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
36. Memento (2000) - review
37. Saving Private Ryan (1998) - review
39. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - review
40. Alien (1979) - review - WhatCulture! article
42. Spirited Away (2001) - review
44. Back to the Future (1985)
46. Citizen Kane (1941)
47. The Shining (1980)
49. The Departed (2006) - review
51. Vertigo (1958) - review
54. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - review
55. Taxi Driver (1976)
56. American Beauty (1999)
57. Aliens (1986) - review
59. The Green Mile (1999)
60. Gladiator (2000)
62. WALL-E (2008) - review
66. A Clockwork Orange (1971) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
67. The Prestige (2006) - review
68. Amelie (2001)
71. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - review
73. Cinema Paradiso (1988) - review
74. The Lion King (1994)
76. The Third Man (1949) - review
77. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - review
80. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - review
81. Full Metal Jacket (1987) - review
86. Chinatown (1974) - review
88. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
90. Metropolis (1927) - review
91. Princess Mononoke (1997) - review 
94. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
96. The Sting (1973) - review
98. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - review
104. Die Hard (1988)
105. Batman Begins (2005) - review
111. Toy Story (1995)
112. The Great Escape (1963)
114. Up (2009) - review
115. Downfall (2004)
116. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - review
119. The Seventh Seal (1957)
121. The Elephant Man (1980) - review
124. Blade Runner (1982) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
125. Scarface (1983) - review
129. Fargo (1996)
132. The Big Lebowski (1998)
135. The Deer Hunter (1978) - review
138. No Country for Old Men (2007) - review
145. Sin City (2005)
147. The Thing (1982) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
148. Jaws (1975) - review
149. Trainspotting (1996)
150. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
151. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
152. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
158. Gone with the Wind (1939) - review
159. Annie Hall (1977)
161. The Avengers (2012) - review
162. V for Vendetta (2006) - review
163. Finding Nemo (2003)
165. Notorious (1946) - review
168. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
171. There Will Be Blood (2007) - review
173. The Terminator (1984)
177. The King's Speech (2011) - review
182. Twelve Monkeys (1995) - review
186. Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - review
189. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - review
190. Gandhi (1982) - review
192. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
193. Black Swan (2011) - review
195. The Princess Bride (1987) - review
200. Rocky (1976)
201. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - review
205. The Exorcist (1973) - review
211. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
212. Life of Pi (2012) - review
218. The Truman Show (1998) - review
219. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
222. Sleuth (1972)
226. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - review
227. Jurassic Park (1993)
231. District 9 (2009) - review232. The Artist (2011) - review 
233. Ratatouille (2007) - review
234. Shutter Island (2010) - review
236. La Haine (1995) - review
237. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) - review 
238. Rain Man (1988)
240. Beauty and the Beast (1991) - review
241. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) - review

Daniel

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