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Several REALLY useful lists
Topic by: kaream
Posted: March 27, 2008 - 6:40 PM PDT
Last Reply: March 28, 2008 - 4:18 PM PDT

author topic: Several REALLY useful lists
post #1  on March 27, 2008 - 6:40 PM PDT  
I've just now stumbled upon first one list, and from there, four others, all recently posted by etaviotal:

Jonathan Rosenbaum's Alternative List to the AFI's
From Rosenbaum's 1998 article in the Chicago Reader: List-o-mania, Or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love American Movies (Films were listed alphabetically only.)

Village Voice's 100 Best Films of the 20th Century
When the Village Voice held its "First Annual Film Critics' Poll" they asked 50 or so film critics (like Molly Haskell, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Andrew Sarris) to rank their top ten best films of the century. This is the result.

Movies Green Cine Should Have
These are the movies from my request list that I most want to see, so please please request them too if they interest you.

Marriage At Its Best
Great Movies That Show The Unique Positions Husbands And Wives Are In To Torture Each Other

BFI's Top 100 British Films of the 20th Century
In 1999 the BFI surveyed 1000 people from the world of UK film and television to produce this list. A few of the selected films were wholly or partly produced by non-UK companies, but but were perceived by voters as having significant British involvement

I was frankly very surprised to find a couple of these lists with pretty crappy ratings; I helped a little by giving each one a 10. It's obvious a lot of work went into compiling these, including her comments pointing out lacunae in GC's catalog. Each of these is the kind of list that provides an excellent starting point for exploring good movies, or for filling in gaps in your viewing.

Folks, what's the point of downgrading someone's list just because you might not be personally interested in the titles listed? That's just demeaning and destructive -- rather like spraying grafitti all over somebody's hard work. All you need to do is decide you're not interested, and walk away without pissing on it.

Etaviotal has also posted a couple of very helpful movie reviews.
post #2  on March 28, 2008 - 4:18 PM PDT  
Yah, I agree, these are some very useful lists. Even the Request one ;-) which you may notice now has a bunch of titles for "rent" instead.

But these are all useful.

And it's true, sometimes people seem to be in a bad mood or just being contrarian when rating lists. There are certainly some lists that are not all that useful - rushed, or only of interest to the creator (i.e., perhaps should have been kept private), or that don't really have much of a point. But I think for any list that had some effort put into it, has some usefulness to other members, there's no need to give a low rating to those. And some lists are particularly terrific and unique. Kudos to everyone who has made a list at some point. If you haven't, now's the time. We'll go easy on ya! ;-)

Also search through member lists already created just to see if something's already been done well, or to see if you can fill a need.

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