Monday, 23 December 2013

IMDb Top 250 Update

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With Christmas just a rain-soaked day away, it's time once again to check on my progress through the IMDb Top 250.

Two months ago I reported good news, having boosted my total to 115 since narrowing down my task to filling out the Top 100. But despite my best efforts since then, my total has now slipped back to 111, due mainly to the lowest sections changing drastically and entries thereby falling out. It's times like this that I might liken my predicament to that of Sisyphus, the Greek king condemned by Zeus for all time to push a boulder up a hil, only for it to roll back down again once he had reached the top.
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Nevertheless - and in part to mitigate my own pomposity at such a reference - I shall be pushing on with this boulder of a task all the bolder in 2014. In the short term you can look forward to reviews of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Finding Nemo, along with anything I manage to catch on the list in the Christmas period, including the second Hobbit film.

Here, then, is where my list stands this Christmas. In addition to my reviews and episodes of The Movie Hour podcast, I've also linked to my WhatCulture! articles where appropriate. Keep a look out for my latest article on the career of Keanu Reeves, due out on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas :)

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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. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - review
12. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - review
14. Inception (2010) - review
15. Goodfellas (1990)
17. Forrest Gump (1994)
18. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - review
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - review 
20. The Matrix (1999) 
24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 
25. The Usual Suspects (1995) - review
28. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - review 
35. Saving Private Ryan (1998) - review 
36. Memento (2000) - review 
37. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
38. Apocalypse Now (1979) - review
39. Spirited Away (2001) - review
41. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - review
43. Alien (1979) - review - WhatCulture! article 
45. Back to the Future (1985) 
47. The Departed (2006) - review 
49. The Shining (1980) 
50. The Green Mile (1999) 
52. Gladiator (2000) 
53. Citizen Kane (1941)
54. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - review 
58. American Beauty (1999) 
59. Aliens (1986) - review
60. Vertigo (1958) - review
62. WALL-E (2008) - review
63. The Prestige (2006) - review
65. Taxi Driver (1976) 
67. Amelie (2001)
68. Cinema Paradiso (1988) - review
69. A Clockwork Orange (1971) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
70. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - review 
72. The Lion King (1994)
74. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - review
78. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - review
80. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - review
81. Gravity (2013) - review
83. Princess Mononoke (1997) - review
 84. Full Metal Jacket (1987) - review
89. The Third Man (1949) - review
93. The Sting (1973) - review
94. Amadeus (1984) - review
96. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - review revisited forthcoming - The Movie Hour podcast
98. Metropolis (1927) - review
99. Chinatown (1974) - review
100. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
102. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - review 
107. Batman Begins (2005) - review 
109. Die Hard (1988) 
114. Toy Story (1995)
116. Downfall (2004)
117. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - review
118. The Great Escape (1963)
119. Up (2009) - review
123. Scarface (1983) - review - WhatCulture! article
124. The Seventh Seal (1957)
126. The Elephant Man (1980) - review
127. Blade Runner (1982) - review - The Movie Hour podcast 
134. The Big Lebowski (1998)
136. Fargo (1996) 
139. The Deer Hunter (1978) - review - WhatCulture! article 
148. Trainspotting (1996)
150. Gone with the Wind (1939) - review - WhatCulture! article 
152. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
153. No Country for Old Men (2007) - review
155. V for Vendetta (2006) - review
156. Sin City (2005) 
158. Rush (2013) - review
159. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) 
160. Annie Hall (1977)
161. The Thing (1982) - review - The Movie Hour podcast 
166. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
167. Finding Nemo (2003) - review forthcoming 
170. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) 
172. Jaws (1975) - review
174. Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - review
176. The Avengers (2012) - review
182. There Will Be Blood (2007) - review
183. Notorious (1946) - review 
187. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
188. The King's Speech (2011) - review 
189. The Terminator (1984)
191. Twelve Monkeys (1995) - review 
192. Gandhi (1982) - review - WhatCulture! article 
194. The Princess Bride (1987) - review
197. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - review 
210. Rocky (1976)
212. Black Swan (2011) - review
215. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) - review
218. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - review 
220. Monsters, Inc. (2001) - review 
223. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
227. The Exorcist (1973) - review
229. La Haine (1995) - review
231. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) - review
233. The Truman Show (1998) - review
235. Three Colours: Red (1994) - review
239. Life of Pi (2012) - review
241. Shutter Island (2010) - review
245. Jurassic Park (1993) 
248. Sleuth (1972)

Daniel

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