popular films

I was in the mood to write up a post about literary magazines, short stories and various things of that ilk, even took a photo the other day to go with it. However, I notice a few of the folk participating in #blogjune are currently posting the number of films they’ve seen based on the IMDB’s top 100. I figured I may as well join in, along with Kelly, Kate, and Carol. Looking at the top 100, it’s important to note that it’s based on regular voters on the IMDB. I raise this because I think there’s probably quite a few films that don’t really belong on a top 100 list, especially as this one is dominated by english language movies. I recall a film reviewer in Chicago used to maintain an alternate list so I’ll see if I can track it down later.

Movies I’ve seen are in bold:

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back(1980)
Fight Club (1999)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Inception (2010)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)
Goodfellas (1990)
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
City of God (2002)
Casablanca (1942)
The Matrix (1999)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Rear Window (1954)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Se7en (1995)
Psycho (1960)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Memento (2000)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
American History X (1998)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
North by Northwest (1959)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Avengers (2012)
Alien (1979)
City Lights (1931)
Spirited Away (2001)
American Beauty (1999)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Shining (1980)
M (1931)
Vertigo (1958)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Pianist (2002)
Modern Times (1936)
The Departed (2006)
Amelie (2001)
Double Indemnity (1944)
WALL·E (2008)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Aliens (1986)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Back to the Future (1985)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Das Boot (1981)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The Third Man (1949)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The Prestige (2006)
The Green Mile (1999)
A Separation (2011)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Gladiator (2000)
Chinatown (1974)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Intouchables (2011)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Rashômon (1950)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Amadeus (1984)
All About Eve (1950)
Metropolis (1927)
Raging Bull (1980)
Braveheart (1995)
Oldboy (2003)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Apartment (1960)
Unforgiven (1992)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
The Sting (1973)

total: 81/100

Not bad, though there are several of the remaining 19 that I should have seen but haven’t managed to yet. Yet at the same time, there’s so many movies missing that should be in a top 100.

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