Monday, May 23, 2005

schickel's list

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2005 at 11:54 AM

OK, I know this is a silly parlor game. But this Time magazine list of the Top 100 films of all time by Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss is about as lively as these things ever get. There's plenty here to disagree with (Almodovar’s TALK TO HER? Chen Kaige’s FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE?!?). But the list also has some striking left-field choices (the 1933 pre-Code BABY FACE, DRUNKEN MASTER II, CHUNGKING EXPRESS, David Cronenberg’s THE FLY) and canonical adjustments (Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON, Resnais’ MON ONCLE D'AMERIQUE, the Coens’ MILLER'S CROSSING but not FARGO). And of course there are plenty of wild omissions. See ya in hell, BREATHLESS, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, VERTIGO, THE SEVENTH SEAL and (gasp!) THE RULES OF THE GAME. The Sight and Sound poll this ain't--but to be honest, that’s one reason it seems fresher than these exercises usually do.

Glaring omission: no ROAD HOUSE.

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