Boy, I really really really don’t agree with this list of the 50 greatest, as decreed by 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors asked by the British Film Institute.
Beginning with their #1, “Vertigo,” a ho-hum Hitchcock movie with really bad acting by Kim Novak and some nice visual effects.
But then again, I’ve never even been a “Citizen Kane” fan, either. So I guess that makes me a bona fide film rube.
I noticed that the list lacks anything one would call a chick flick, and I’m a bit partial to those (the older ones anyway, such as “Wuthering Heights“). And where’s “The African Queen”? For that matter, where’s “Gone With the Wind” (a movie I can take or leave, but even I can recognize it might be worthy of the list for its scope, if nothing else)?
The only films on the list that I’m especially partial to are numbers 6 (“2001: A Space Odyssey”), number 10 (“8 1/2,” but only because I’m a big Mastroianni fan), 26 (“Rashomon”), and the wonderful number 42, “Some Like it Hot.” And although I haven’t seen every single one of them (“Gertrud”?), I’ve seen a great many.
My list would have to include two of more recent vintage, “Groundhog Day” and “The Lives of Others,” as well as the earlier “The Great Escape,” “The Day of the Jackal,” “High Noon,” and an outlier, “Midnight Run.” Let’s also throw in “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” and “Life of Brian.”
Note the number of comedies on my list. “Some Like it Hot” is the only one I can find on the British Film Institute’s (although some of the ones I’ve never heard of could be comedies, I wouldn’t bet a lot of money on it). They are a serious bunch, aren’t they?