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Krasch 12/29/2009 10:20:49 AM

@hanso

Godfather as the single greatest film of all time?

Not in my book by half. An incredibly visceral and truly excellent film yes. But Citizen Kane is far more avant garde and thought-provoking.

I'd even make a strong case for Star Wars being the best piece of cinema ever. Not just for it's story which is epic and timeless, not for its boldness of vision, not for its box office numbers, not for the refrshing way it pulled films out of the depressing grittty realism and apocalyptic distopias so prevalent when it launched, but for the sheer impact and legacy the film and technologies behind it that Lucas had to create to get it to screen changed the nature of how we see films and how films are made. The 80's list and beyond by and large owe their existence to Star Wars in some way or form.

Good as it is, and it is excellent, the Godfather can't claim half of that.

redhairs99 12/29/2009 10:28:48 AM

Godfather 1 or 2 should definitely be on the list as well as Rocky.

Chopsaki 12/29/2009 11:09:03 AM

mellowdoux "Hey Chopsaki! What the Hell is Young Frakensien?"

It's a comedy directed by Mel Brooks. He also did Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. Check em out when you get the chance there pretty funny.

Mayhem101878 12/29/2009 11:20:34 AM

Personally i thought the list was pretty good but Based on the trailers they showed I'm not sure I would have seen some of them when they first came out. Hell the trailer for Clockwork Orange left me scratching my head. Granted now we know all these movies are great but I don't know if I would have gone to see Close encounters of the 3rd Kind based on the trailer if I were around then.

karas1 12/29/2009 11:26:22 AM

Um Hanso?  Those are all good 80s movies but you left out my favorite movie of all time.  Blade Runner.  And what an impact it had on the cinema to follow!

Kara S

jetpackjesus 12/29/2009 11:33:54 AM

Hanso, I agree with your 80's locks, except I would put Die Hard in there.  I think I might even put it at number 1. It's not that often that a movie truly redefines a genre.  I think Batman also must appear on the list, even though I don't think it has stood the test of time nearly as well as Superman. 

Someone mentioned the originality of Holy Grail's ending, but is it really?  Blazing Saddles did the same thing a year earlier.  I love both films and don't have a problem with either ending, but I can see how it might not sit well with some folks.  Even if I were one of those poeple, I think I would still love these two movies.  Everything up to the last 10 minutes is still be comedy gold no matter how you view the ending.

jetpackjesus 12/29/2009 11:36:23 AM

I was going to add Blade Runner, but Kara covered that.  That would be a contender for number 1 on my list with Die Hard and Raiders.

hanso 12/29/2009 11:47:18 AM

Damn Kara, my fault. I didn’t give much thought when I posted that, the ones that listed where the ones that just popped in my head right off the bat but you are 100% right, Blade Runner is in there. Can’t believe I didn’t think of it but anyway, I guess the 80s list won’t be open for much debate after all except maybe the order the films are in.

Jetpack - Die Hard is great and I thought about putting it on the lock list but I don't know if they are going to go for it, I don't think that's genre stuff. It's a cop vs. terrorists, if they do think of it as genre then it most definitely belongs.

krasch - we agree to disagree.


 

ripum853 12/29/2009 11:55:20 AM

Love this list.  You could've done a top 20 and it would still be excellent, another hidden gem that I'd like to get an honorable mention would be Westworld.

ripum853 12/29/2009 11:56:14 AM

Oh, and Duel.

 

Anyway, also can't wait for the 80's one.  And I'm with Hanso, hoping that Children of Men makes the oughts.

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