My 100 favorite films list is finally here!


Inspired by other movie blogs, I finally decided to put together my forever-delayed 100 favorite films list. Ten (mostly old films) I saw for the first time in 2012 made the cut.

To save time, I posted the list over at letterboxd. Let me know what you think! Have I left any important films or directors out? Other thoughts?

28 comments:

  1. So cool to see Vanilla Sky and My Life Without me on the list!

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    1. @Sati: Vanilla Sky, I think it's more powerful than the original Spanish version Open your Eyes (1997), mainly because of Cameron Crowe's soundtrack.

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  2. Haha. I love the fact that we only have 11 films in common on our lists. Also, it's great seeing films like Good Will Hunting, Papillon, The Sure Thing, and The Goonies on here.

    I really need to see My Life Without Me.

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    1. @Josh: Only 11 in common, well plenty to explore on each other's top 100 then!
      I can't seem to let go of those childhood favorites ( : They often mean more to me than what I watch today.

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  3. Hooray ... another person who loves The Wizard of Oz! I take a lot of flack for counting that among my favorites. I always knew I liked you, Chris. ;-)

    I'm glad you included Happy Go Lucky. I think it's a terrific, often overlooked movie. Ikiru is also a wonderful film. I agree with some of your other picks too, plus there are many I haven't seen yet.

    I notice a lot of people are using letterboxd lately. How is it different from Listal?

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    1. @Stephanie Ward: The Wizard of Oz, loved it since the first time I watched it as a kid.
      Mike Leigh, there are handful of his films I enjoy (Another Year, Happy-Go-Lucky, Secrets and Lies, etc).

      I don't know Listal. Letterboxd is a free site, where upon you can keep track of what you have watched/rated, and also is a community for sharing lists, reviews, and commenting. I'm a fan and use it all the time.

      Do you want an invite to letterboxd? I can e-mail you an invitation. I have 5 left. Let me know!

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    2. O.K. ... it sounds pretty much the same as Listal. But I'd like to give it a go -- please do send the invite. :-) quirkybibliophile@gmail.com

      I really like Mike Leigh's work. I think my two favorites are Secrets and Lies and All or Nothing.

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    3. @Stephanie Ward: I've sent the invite. Have fun with letterboxd. If it's not for you, no worries (:

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  4. Wowsers what a crazy interesting and diverse bunch of films! Got to get round to doing this myself sometime! Glad to see Fight Club in the top 10 if scandalously not taking the top spot!

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    1. @Pete Turner: 10 years ago Fight Club was my 10/10 movie, oh well, still in my top 10. Can't wait to read your top 2-100, I obviously know what your number one is (:

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  5. Epic list man, congrats on putting it together! A few of my favorites are listed nice and high: 2001, Taxi Drive... I dig.

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    1. @Alex Withrow: Thanks, I'd love to read your top 100, if you ever decide to put it together. I really enjoyed reading your all-time-top 10 you did recently for the blogiversary.

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    2. Oh thanks man, glad you dug the list. You know, I've never even considered cranking out a Top 100. After a while, I'm not sure the specific number would carry much weight, if that makes sense. I dunno, maybe someday.

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    3. @Alex Withrow: You have a point. I just blogged my ranking for my horror marathon, and tricky to figure how to list them, so I do each recommendation justice. Does make sense what you say.
      That said, I'd still enjoy to see your top 100. Hope it happens!

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  6. I doubt I would be able to create a proper top 100 myself, so you have my respect for managing to have made one.

    Have been planning to watch My Life Without Me for a long time, but still haven't come around to it. Seeing that it is so high in your list I really should watch it. Not a fan of Titanic and Sideways, so those would definitely not be in my own list. There are quiet a lot of movies in your list I have not seen yet.

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    1. @Nostra: Thanks for the respect. It was tough leaving out great films, could have done a top 250 easily! I hope by posting my 100, I encourage other bloggers to do the same ( :

      No problem, we can't agree on everything. We like what we like! My Life Without Me has a couple of my all-time-favorites scenes.



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  7. I haven't got a list yet to compare with you, but at a quick glance, the section between 38 and 48 is remarkably full of my all time favorites.

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    1. @Bonjour Tristesse: A shame you don't have a top 100, I respect your taste, and feel it would be educational for my cinematic journey to read your list. Re. 38-48, I noticed Videodrome was your favorite Cronenberg on letterboxd. Instantly jumped into my top 100.

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  8. Nice to see some Bond flicks on your list, Chris. Octopussy is more of a guilty pleasure for me. I like The Matrix and Point Break, yeah I do have a soft spot for Keanu :)

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    1. @Ruth: the Roger Moore Bond movies are my favorites of the franchise, even though some cinephiles find them silly and unrealistic.
      The Matrix & Point Break, endlessly rewatchable!

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  9. Didn't know you were such a big fan of 2001. Might be my favorite film as well. Love that you have Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation ranked so high. Overall a really interesting list. Nice job putting it all together!

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  10. @Eric: 2001, Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation, I'm fairly sure those are on many people's all-time-favorites list! Thanks, perhaps your top 100 will see the light of day eventually? Look forward to it.

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  11. Hey Chris, I'm so sorry it took me so long to see this!
    It's a great list, I'm really impressed, or happy. There are many cult films in this, some critically acclaimed, others often considered low-brow such as "Big", and I love that you take films from all kinds of genres, countries and categories. It makes your list very personal.
    By the way, you should try to put a link to the list in the sidebar, where people can find it easily...

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    1. @Mette: Better late than never. Thanks for the praise! Big (1988) was a pretty big hit in the 80s, worth a look if you missed it, one of Tom Hanks' best performances.

      I tried to mix it up, still, I feel there are too many childhood movies in there, but I suppose that's what I love! I'll slowly be adding foreign and classic titles.

      I've added a link to the 100 fav list at the top right, good idea there.

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  12. 62 are in my collection and I have seen many more. Some great choices there.

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    1. @Steve Aldersley: Thank you! I should probably change the title to Top 200, because 100 is not nearly enough to include every film I love :)

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  13. Some truly great films on that list. Some (Taxi Driver, Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now) I don't like as much as you do; others I basically agree. Great see Ghost Dog make the cut. And also Casablanca, which is my number 1!

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    1. @jjames36: Thank you! Casablanca is amazing, great choice for your no 1! Ghost Dog is my favorite Jarmusch (so far), still need to see quite a lot of his filmography.

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