30 January, 2011

Top Ten of All Time

Yesterday I was flipping through the channels and The Royal Tenenbaums happened to be on KTLA 5. At first I was surprised the movie was on TV during the day on the Sunday, because it's a goddamn good movie. I stuck with it for a few commercial breaks, I had other places to be, but in that time I remembered just how great that movie was. Everything about it works just so and it doesn't come off as annoying or played out in the way that a lot of other films try and fail to do (I won't name them, though I will say that I'd included some of Anderson's own movies on that list).

This whole thought process lead, naturally, to taxonomy. I was going to talk about The Royal Tenenbaums-- and maybe I should, I'll save that for a later date, I guess-- but instead I'm going to take the easy way out and make a list. It's my blog and I don't make any money for this, so, screw it, let me play in the sandbox how I want to.

So, what follows is my current top ten of all time list (in no particular order).


Terminator 2. 1991. Directed by James Cameron.


Yojimbo. 1961. Directed by Akria Kurosawa.


The Royal Tenenbaums. 2001. Directed by Wes Anderson.


There Will be Blood. 2007. Directed by P.T. Anderson (the good Paul Anderson).


The Big Lebowski. 1998. Directed by the Coen Brothers.


The Life and Death Colonel Blimp. 1943. Directed by Powell and Pressburger. (Also, while you can watch the full movie on You Tube, the quality is atrocious. It really deserves better. You deserve better.)


The Battle of Algiers. 1966. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo.


Princess Mononoke. 1997. Directed by Hayao Miyazki.


Blade Runner. 1981. Directed by Ridley Scott.


Alien. 1979. Directed by Ridley Scott (hey, he made the list twice, good for him!).

Same time next year? Sure. Why not.