This list is also available in a "checkable" format on www.icheckmovies.com. I've seen 398 of the 500.
Thanks Knalds that is really cool link.
I've seen 442 of 500. That Empire list is occasionally ridiculously un-great.
Oh there were plenty I disagreed with but I have seen most of the ones on there so I am not sure how much my disagreeing means at that rate.
466/500. Most unseen were French modern (which I loathe) and a couple of teen flicks I'm never gonna watch anyway.
Ugh. It's not a list of the "Greatest Movies of All Time," it's a list of the "Favorites of Those Twenty-Somethings Who Participated in Our Poll."
Dig the blurb for Citizen Kane (#28), coming in just one space ahead of Die Hard. Everything about it is embarrassing and vapid:
It may come as a jolt to film historians that Welles’ hallowed classic, so embalmed as the ‘Greatest Film Ever Made’, has only just squeezed into the top 30. Has time finally caught up with it? While Welles’ achievement is never in doubt, it remains a film that appeals more to the academic and critic than the film fan, partly because of its reputation. Talked of with hushed voices and nodding heads by wise arbiters of film, for the non-acolyte it can feel like an enigma — a whopping cathedral of a movie, awe-inspiring, but too vast and ornate to love. If the list embodies only technical prowess and thematic power then its demotion is a shock, but is it a friend for life? A comfort? On current showing, perhaps not.
So you have to love a movie for it to be good?
Why is it fine for us all to have guilty-pleasure movies — ones that we acknowledge are terrible and love anyway — yet we can't see that Citizen Kane is a better film that a manipulative, unchallenging, and schlocky audience-pleaser like The Shawshank Redemption (#4!).
I guess liking it more makes it better.
Empire did an artists list. Bernini was #28, Thomas Kinkade was #4.