Today we look at numbers eighty-one through ninety on ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's list of 100 greatest films. Thanks for sticking with me this far. We're almost done.
81. BLADE RUNNER (1982). Maybe, but which one of the eleventy billion versions? BLADE RUNNER is a very good science fiction film but it's not as great as THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) or INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956). I should point out that none of those movies exist in multiple versions. The makers of those films all got them right the first time.
82. SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (1973). No. If we need a truly great foreign film here, how about M (1931)? Fritz Lang's influential thriller about a serial killer made Peter Lorre an international star and the film is as gripping today as it was more than eighty years ago.
83. THE WILD BUNCH (1969). Sam Peckinpah's blood-soaked elegy to a group of men out of their time is one of the greatest westerns ever made and deserving of a higher ranking on this list.
84. OLYMPIA (1938). A terrific documentary about the 1936 Berlin Olympics but I'd replace it with TRIUMPH OF THE WILL (1935).
85. DIRTY HARRY (1971). Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood combine to give us an immortal anti-hero. Certainly worthy of inclusion and a higher ranking.
86. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950). Really? Number eighty-six? Fasten your seat belts as this backstage, backstabbing classic takes off for a much higher ranking on this list.
87. LA DOLCE VITA (1960). These overrated foreign films are really starting to wear me out. We're at number eighty-seven on this stupid list and still missing in action are SUNSET BOULEVARD, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, PATTON, THE GODFATHER PART II, THE CONVERSATION, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, SHANE, HIGH NOON, BEN-HUR, COOL HAND LUKE, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HUD, THE HUSTLER, 12 ANGRY MEN, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, BRINGING UP BABY, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, PATHS OF GLORY and others. This is getting ridiculous.
88. THE DARK KNIGHT (2008). No, no, no. Enough with the films made in the 21st century. Stop it. Right now. Besides, I'd put SUPERMAN (1978) on this list instead any day.
89. WOODSTOCK (1970). Very well made documentary about a pivotal event in 1960s culture but it's way too long and the split screen images make it hard to focus after awhile. I'd go with Martin Scorsese's much more intimate THE LAST WALTZ (1978).
90. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971). A great urban crime film featuring one of the greatest car chases ever filmed. No quibbles here.
Only ten more to go. Hang in there.