Monday, 24 March 2014

IMDb Top 250 Update

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It's been just over three months since my last IMDb update just before Christmas. So it's time for the usual batch of half-hearted excuses and general woe that seems to accompany this rather fruitless quest. Take heart, therefore, that updates will now only come every three months, so you won't have to put up with this again until June.

My total currently stands as 110, one lower than the last time I blogged. In that time the only new film I've managed to see which is currently on the list is 12 Years a Slave; it thoroughly deserves to be there, but since it's a newer film, chances are it will be gone by the end of the year. I'm still determined to make more progress through the Top 100 of the list, but my time for film consumption has been reduced through work and other commitments, so please be patient.
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Here then is the list as it stands, including reviews as promised last time for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Finding Nemo, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In addition to my reviews and episodes of The Movie Hour podcast, I've also linked to my WhatCulture! articles where appropriate. See you in June, when hopefully I'll have better news.

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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - review 
2. The Godfather (1972) 
3. The Godfather Part II (1974) 
4. The Dark Knight (2008) - review 
5. Pulp Fiction (1994) 
7. 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
13. Inception (2010) - review

14. Forrest Gump (1994)
16. Goodfellas (1990)
17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - review
18. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - review

19. The Matrix (1999)
23. The Usual Suspects (1995) - review
24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
29. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - review  
35. Saving Private Ryan (1998) - review 
36. Spirited Away (2001) - review
38. Memento (2000) - review 
39. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
42. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - review
43. Apocalypse Now (1979) - review
45. The Green Mile (1999)
46. The Departed (2006) - review 
47. Gladiator (2000) 
48. Back to the Future (1985) 
49. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - review
50. Alien (1979) - review - WhatCulture! article
53. The Prestige (2006) - review

55. The Shining (1980) 
56. Cinema Paradiso (1988) - review 
58. American Beauty (1999)
60. WALL-E (2008) - review
61. The Lion King (1994)
62. Amelie (2001) 
63. Citizen Kane (1941)
64. Aliens (1986) - review 
66. Vertigo (1958) - review 
69. Taxi Driver (1976)
70. A Clockwork Orange (1971) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
73. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - review 

74. Princess Mononoke (1997) - review
75. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - review
78. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - review
82. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - review 

85. Full Metal Jacket (1987) - review
88. The Sting (1973) - review 
89. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
90. Amadeus (1984) - review
98. The Third Man (1949) - review
101. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - review
103. Batman Begins (2005) - review
106. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
107. Metropolis (1927) - review
110. Chinatown (1974) - review
111. Toy Story (1995)
112. Up (2009) - review
113. Scarface (1983) - review - WhatCulture! article
114. Die Hard (1988)
116. Downfall (2004)
117. The Great Escape (1963)
118. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - review
124. The Seventh Seal (1957)
125. 12 Years a Slave (2014) - review
128. The Elephant Man (1980) - review

132. Blade Runner (1982) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
139. The Big Lebowski (1998)
142. Rush (2013) - review
148. The Deer Hunter (1978) - review - WhatCulture! article
149. V for Vendetta (2006) - review
151. Fargo (1996)
152. Gone with the Wind (1939) - review - WhatCulture! article
153. Trainspotting (1996)
155. Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - review
160. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
161. Annie Hall (1977)
162. The Thing (1982) - review - The Movie Hour podcast
165. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
166. Sin City (2005)
167. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
168. No Country for Old Men (2007) - review
172. Finding Nemo (2003) - review
173. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
176. The Princess Bride (1987) - review
178. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
179. The Avengers (2012) - review
180. Gravity (2013) - review
185. There Will Be Blood (2007) - review
193. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - review 
196. Gandhi (1982) - review - WhatCulture! article 
198. Notorious (1946) - review
199. The King's Speech (2011) - review
201. Jaws (1975) - review
203. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) - review
205. Twelve Monkeys (1995) - review
207. The Terminator (1984)
210. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) - review
218. Rocky (1976)
219. La Haine (1995) - review
221. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
223. Shutter Island (2010) - review
230. Monsters, Inc. (2001) - review 
238. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - review
241. Black Swan (2011) - review
243. The Truman Show (1998) - review
244. Three Colours: Red (1994) - review
245. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) - review
247. Beauty and the Beast (1991) - review

Daniel

P.S. The site I use to monitor my list, 250films.net, has recently undergone an overhaul to include other lists. Check them out and see if you're doing any better!

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