Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Houser Project Pt. 5: #10-1

After nearly two years, we've reached the end; the top ten. Two years, one hundred movies. Some great, some bad, some absolutely terrible. In case you missed it, here is part one, two, three, and four. And now for the final bunch, the top ten greatest films of all-time... supposedly.

#10 - The Wizard of Oz
(27, 7)
A timeless fantasy classic, how could you not enjoy this movie? Between the journey, the characters, the lasting affect on pop culture today, it's an obvious choice for the top ten.

#9 - Vertigo
(37, 18)
Another classic Hitchcock film with dizzying effects, characters dripping with emotion and inner-struggle, and a deeply twisted ending. You can see Hitchcock's influence on directors today, especially in Vertigo.

#8 - Schindler's List
(22, 6)
Perhaps the most powerful WWII/Holocaust film ever made: disgusting, sad, triumphant, and uplifting all in one.

#7 - Lawrence of Arabia
(68, 31)
A Ben-Hur/Spartacus feel but without the ability to deliver as well. Tons of religious undertones (we think) likening Lawrence to Jesus. The idea was pleasant, a Brit freeing the Arab world. Whether the beginning of the movie was the end or a foreshadow or the end foreshadowed the beginning... doesn't matter... we didn't like either. 3.5

#6 - Gone with the Wind
(10, 27)
Way too long and Scarlett O'Hara made me want to kick a puppy. She deserved way more than one of the most famous movie lines of all-time.

#5 - Singin' in the Rain
(6, 10)
Nick went into this movie thinking it'd be the next overrated chick flick musical (ie: Sound of Music). Chick flick? Yes. Musical? Yes. Overrated? No. It was actually cute, clever, and more than bearable.

#4 - Raging Bull
(70, 66)
The complete and utter self-destruction of one man who has so much talent and ruins it with so much anger and paranoia. For being the 4th best movie of all-time, we didn't care for it at all. It was demented and kind of disgusting.

#3 - Casablanca
(23, 22)
Nick might be the only human on Earth who thinks Humphrey Bogart is overrated. That being said, CB is easily his best film. The quotable quotes alone put CB in the top 10. Either way, we dug the story, acting, ending, etc.

#2 - The Godfather
(19, 8)
We're not sure if it's Marlon Brando's portrayal of the Godfather or the cultural impact it's had since debuting that got it on the list, but it's both combined that put it number two.

#1 - Citizen Kane
(26, 19)
It is incredibly easy to see why this movie is number one from a directorial/cinematic point of view. The shots, angles, scenes, pullbacks, etc. etc. etc. for the time were all quite remarkable and fresh. The story of the rich man who never wanted money and just wanted love intrigued us.

= 57 are worth catching
= 27 should be ignored
= 16 are your choice

Biggest Difference = Lawrence of Arabia (37)
Biggest Surprise Catch = Singin' in the Rain/Schindler's List
Best Performance = Marlon Brano as The Godfather
Best Character = The Lion from the Wizard of Oz

And lastly... to end with a recap, our individual top ten favorites and least favorites:

100. Intolerance
99. Do the Right Thing
98. Duck Soup
97. Blade Runner
96. City Lights
95. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
94. Night at the Opera
93. The Last Picture Show
92. The French Connection
91. Bringing Up Baby
90. Swing Time

10. Gone with the Wind
9. It's a Wonderful Life
8. To Kill a Mockingbird
7. The Deer Hunter
6. Singin' in the Rain
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. Shawshank Redemption
3. Forrest Gump
2. Saving Private Ryan
1. Sound of Music

100. Intolerance
99. Duck Soup
98. Do the Right Thing
97. Night at the Opera
96. Cabaret
95. A Clockwork Orange
94. City Lights
93. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
92. 2001: A Space Odyssey
91. Mightnight Cowboy
90. The Gold Rush

10. Singin' in the Rain
9. Jaws
8. The Godfather
7. Wizard of Oz
6. Schindler's List
5. Goodfellas
4. Star Wars: A New Hope
3. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
1. Saving Private Ryan

What's next?
In 1997, AFI produced a first draft. We watched the 2007 updated version which replaced 23 movies. Maybe we'll tackle those next. Or maybe we'll take on AFI's Top Ten lists? But for now we've gotten sidetracked on Mad Men.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know what's more impressive, the fact that you watched all 100 or that you were diligent enough to keep your own lists and create comments for every movie. Over multiple years, that's tough.

    Your results are why I hesitate to do something like this. One of the best indicators of whether or not I'll like a movie is if it was made after 1990. Of course there are big exceptions (It's a Wonderful Life, Star Wars, etc...), but most movies pre-1990 are boring. Movies like Raging Bull and Citizen Kane, may be great for their time, but kinda blow compared to today's standards.

    Nice job though, I enjoyed seeing what your results were.

    BTW, I still mean to respond about your question on my blog's banner pictures. It's super complicated how I put it together, but I'd be happy to share.