Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WHAT LIST DID YOU SEE CLARICE?


Today, it's numbers sixty-one through seventy of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's list of 100 greatest films.

61. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991). A great horror film featuring a career defining performance by Anthony Hopkins but LAMBS doesn't belong on this list. EW lists ROSEMARY'S BABY and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (both very good films) but where are THE EXORCIST (1973) and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)? I would argue that if you're going to have modern horror films on this list, those two belong here ahead of ROSEMARY and LAMBS.

62. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982). The third Steven Spielberg film to make this list (after JAWS and SCHINDLER'S LIST). E.T. is a heartwarming classic but if you're going to put a Spielberg film in this slot it should be RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981).

63. NETWORK (1976). Looks more prophetic now than did almost forty years ago. Great film.

64. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946). Terrific WWII film about three veterans and their struggles to find themselves in the post war world.

65. LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1973). Someone at EW's been sniffing glue again. TANGO was an extremely controversial film in its' day what with Marlon Brando appearing in an X-rated film and having very graphic sex ("I'll get the butter") with a much younger woman. If you want porno chic on this list (and I don't), either DEEP THROAT (1972) or THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES (1972) would be a better choice.    

66. THE SHINING (1980). A seriously flawed horror film that has no right to be on this list. This is the third Kubrick film on the list after 2001 and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and you're telling me THE SHINING is better than DR. STRANGELOVE? No way.

67. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955). The movie that made an icon of James Dean is a well made study of mid-century teen angst.

68. GOODFELLOWS (1990). One of Martin Scorsese's best films this gangster epic deserves to be on this list. One of only two films made in the 1990s that should be here. The other is UNFORGIVEN (1992).

69. DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964). A hearty welcome to Dr. Strangelove, President Muffley, Captain Mandrake, Major Kong, General Turgidson and General Ripper. It's about time you guys got here and yes, you really should have been here much, much sooner.

70. L'AVVENTURA (1960). You want a really good Italian film from this year on this list? How about HERCULES (1959) with Steve Reeves? Seriously, how in the world can ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY make a list like this and exclude, thus far, any film by Sergio Leone?

More to come. Stay tuned.

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