October 14th, 2008


Interesting Link I Found This Morning

As I was perusing one of the forums I'm a member of, I found this link to Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. The ones I haven't seen — which unfortunately is many of them — have immediately gone on my must see list.

Some list shockers for me (and happily so included)? Monty Python and the Holy Grail at around 378, The Life of Brian at 203, Army of Darkness in the top ton, Evil Dead 2 at 49, A Clockwork Orange stopping in at 37 and a few others that made the list at their respective positions (by the way, Close Encounters of the Third Kind came in at 59 while 2001 came in at 16). That isn't to belittle how much I love the movies, I think some of them were shortchanged in the lowness of their position on the totem pole. On the other hand there was two glaring absences. Soylent Green and Valley of the Wind.

Soylent Green, 1973, directed by Richard Fleischer, written by Harry Harrison (novelist) and Stanely R. Greenberg (screenplay) and starring, amongst others, Charlton Heston and Dick Van Patten. How could this classic movie not make it to the top 500? Especially when it's competition included Will Farrel movies and Dumb and Dumber?

Kaze no tani no Naushika aka Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, USA release June 1985, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, written by Hayao Miyazaki (comic) and Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay), and starring the voice talents of Sumi Shimamoto and Mahito Tsujimura amongst others. An epic anime that deserves no better then top 100 treatment made a no show on the list (unless I've over looked it). I shouldn't complain too much though as Miyazaki was definitely well represented on the list. He and Kurosawa(sp) were the most represented directors, foreign or otherwise, that I noted on the list. That's saying a lot, I think, considering that the typical American still thinks anime is children's fare (personally I wouldn't let my children watch 90% of what I consider to be the really good anime, attended or otherwise).

Despite this glaring lack of inclusion, an oversight I'm sure on the part of the editors of the list and magazine, this list is replete with some of the best movies of all time. Some of the oldest ones on there representing the oldest of old Hollywood and dating 1928 with several movies from 2008 also tossed in to complete the 80 year span the list encompasses.

Some of my favorites from the list, in no particular order, are:

  • Akira

  • Princess Mononoke

  • Full Metal Jacket

  • A Clockwork Orange

  • Evil Dead 2

  • Army of Darkness

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • Ran

That's all I can remember for right now. Watch this post for updates as I make my way back through it once I have my contact lenses in.

If you have any faves from this list, comment here and let me know.

Edit: I take that back, three glaring absences. One so glaring it took me fully 10 minutes to realize it after I posted this.

The Last Unicorn, directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr., written (novel and screenplay) by Peter S. Beagle with an nearly all-star voice cast featuring Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee (who also did his characters voice in the Germanic release), Rene Auberjonois, and Don Messick, amongst others. How could this epic tale of good vs. evil, of love and hate and greed and monstrosity not break into the top 500? How can it not even get an honorable mention? Where is the justice in that, my friends? This is a gross over sight which we must ask the editors of Empire to correct. If Episode III of Star Wars can make the list, why can't this timeless tale of swords and sorcery and love and hate not even get a head nod?

I'm emailing Empire right now to let them know how dissatisfied I am with this oversight. The other two I can let go. Valley of the Wind is rather obscure even by my own pop culture tastes and Soylent Green is a bit on the garish (after all, folks, Soylent Green is made from people).

[tags]movies, entertainment[/tags]

Originally published at Ameliorations 1.0.