Best and Favorite
How do they differ? I have my own list of the 10 greatest films of all time. I am working toward a blog that will expand that 10 to 25. Sight& Sound notwithstanding, there are now just too many films from which to choose, too many outstanding writers and directors to reduce all excellence to 10 titles.
I also have, for another future blog, a list of my 10 favorite films with very few duplications on the two lists. Why?
I would appreciate hearing from readers. Will you send your own lists? Do you have bests as opposed to favorites? Or are your taste and judgment less bifurcated, less compartmentalized than my own?
John Ewing of the Cleveland Cinematheque, submitting his requested 10 best list to Sight & Sound, included this gem of wisdom: “This list is pretty ‘old school’ — which is understandable. I am old school. But if great films are ones you can watch over and over again without tiring of them, then the older the movie, the more chances one has to re-view it and reaffirm its greatness. Newer films have just not marinated long enough. But I also wonder: can our cerebral, ‘sophisticated’ notions of what makes a movie really great trump our sentimental attachment to beloved films we caught at key moments in our lives, molding us into the moviegoers we are? Should they?”
My collaborator BKG has submitted her own list of favorite films, slightly more than 10. She comments on the fact that no really recent films appear on her list or on my own. This is interesting in light of Mr. Ewing’s quoted remarks and BKG’s own espousal of the idea that we remember best what we experience between ages 16-25.
BKG’s favorite films, in no order, except that the first three are definitely numbers one, two and three:
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Cinderella (Disney, 1950)
Chariots of Fire
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe
The Gods Must Be Crazy
PLEASE SEND YOUR LISTS FOR PUBLICATION ON RICKSFLICKS. Thank you.
NEXT POST Friday APRIL 4
See you at the movies,