This is pretty fantastic. Good idea, Andy. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check the comments to Andy’s post below for other lists/thoughts/comments. Smart and interesting.
Here’s my shot
1. Bottle Rocket
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. The Stoning of Soraya M
5. The Godfather
6. The Jerk
8. Napoleon Dynamite
10. I Confess
12. Miller’s Crossing
13. Rear Window
14. The Pink Panther
15. Dial M for Murder
17. American Movie
18. Little Miss Sunshine
19. Vernon, Florida
20. Top Secret
21. Schindler’s List
22. Office Space
There’s my Top 23. A few comments on the entries that might need some explanation.
Bottle Rocket is phenomenal. It doesn’t feel epic enough to be my favorite movie, but there it is. “She said you’re a failure? What has she ever accomplished with her life? Nothing. Nothing.” That is brilliant. Or: “How’s an asshole like Bob get such a great kitchen.”
The Stoning of Soraya M is extraordinary. It’s a film about Islamic law and women’s rights in modern Iran – based on a true story in a book of the same name. It’s not out yet – I saw it at a small, private screening last fall. I thought it was one of the most powerful and moving films – maybe the most powerful and moving film – I’ve ever seen.
I liked Napoleon Dynamite before it was cool to like Napoleon Dynamite. I’ve probably seen it thirty times and it doesn’t get old.
Metropolitan – Whit Stillman’s best – a classic, and subtle, social commentary.
Yes, I’m a Hitchcock freak. The three Hitchcock films on this list could have easily been three or four longer (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rope).
How could a bunch of commentators with ties to Wisconsin omit “American Movie.” For shame.
Vernon, Florida, is a fascinating documentary by Errol Morris (director who did, most famously, “The Fog of War.”) Entertaining, sad and disturbing all at once. Find it, watch it.
And I completely agree with Andy on The Shawshank Redemption. Very overrated. (So was The Usual Suspects back in the day.)