My film watching history is spotty at best, but I have a brand new DVD player and I want to assemble a worthy DVD library so I can be better informed and not be a film 'tard. I don’t want to just use the Academy award lists for reference. What are some lesser known films really worth having? What is your top ten (or greater) list of must have films?
The Usual Suspects
Raiders of the Lost Ark (will be available on DVD in November)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Saving Private Ryan
On preview, this one doesn’t really fit all the criteria, but it does have a kicking soundtrack and awesome special effects (oscar winning), and it still has the ability to scare the crap out of me even today. (plus its a John Landis film which adds kudos point anyway)
Since you’ve worked on this with great care, I hope you can give an educated opinion on how IMDB’s user-based Top 250 tallies with your tastes/preferences.
My own view is that IMDB’s list is skewed to recent films and possibly even to a younger audience, since (let’s face it) the younger demographic is likely more internet savvy than older groups.
One thing I have seen on the IMDB list(s) (it is dynamic and needs revisiting often) is that movies that Ebert slams or has in his under-2-star category have made it to the Top 250 with no sweat. In general, I like that aspect of the IMDB list, since those that I value (and Ebert doesn’t) are right up there.
The reverse is also true. Some of these films just don’t age well, as discussed in this thread.
“The Rule of the Game is what Gosford Park is a pale replica of, in a way.”
I have seen Rules of the Game and I wasn’t terribly impressed. When I saw Gosford Park (a few years later) I thought that it was reminiscent of Rules of the Game but so much better on many levels: better acting, a more intricate storyline and a richer visual recreation of the era (of course they had much better cinematographic technology ).
I didn’t like Grand Illusion that much either so I guess we just have different tastes. I am looking forward to watching Children of Paradise though.