Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ebert's all time top 10.

1. Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog) [yes]
2. Apocalypse Now (Coppola) [Meh]
3. Citizen Kane (Welles) [sooooooooooooo overrated and boring. Sorry, but it is!]
4. Dekalog (Kieslowski) [bah]
5. La dolce vita (Fellini) [masterpiece]
6. The General (Keaton) [Yeah, decent]
7. Raging Bull (Scorsese) [slightly overrated, imo]
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) [I detest Kubrick, Lolita's his only acceptable film.]
9. Tokyo Story (Ozu) [yes]
10. Vertigo (Hitchcock) [yes]

My thoughts: "meh".


Anonymous said...

pretentious list

Kayleigh said...

Ugh, i know critics have to be slightly pretentious but what a dull list. where's the shameful guilty pleasure or the hardcore action film? He can't seriously say he could watch each of those films no matter how unhappy he felt? Agh, i want to be a critic but they are still so frustrating...

Just a girl said...

Hmm...Can't say I agree with all of those. My dad raves about 2001: A Space Odyssey as well, but I say it and went "OK..." - maybe it's a generational thing?
Just a girl

Unmutual said...

Now thats what I call a dull list. You mean to tell me that on those crappy days, when it's raining and its leaking or whatever, he comes in, puts on his slippers and watches DEKALOG?! Not that I'm saying it's bad, but that isn't his real list. Surely. Top ten best, maybe, but those aren't his favourite films. Everyone has to have something truly embarassing in their real top 10...

The ones I've seen:
Apocalypse Now - TOTALLY!
The General - not as funny as Sherlock Jr.
2001 - I agree with this
Vertigo...well...its a long story

Anonymous said...

Definitely a very boring list.

Anonymous said...

Eh? I can't see whats particularly wrong with this list at all. La Dolce Vita is incredibly overrated, Apoclypse Now is a glorious mess and Raging Bull is not even Scorsese's best film, but the rest are brilliant.

Kane pisses over Shawshank from an incredible height, and The Decalogue is quite simply the greatest cinematic achievement in history. It seems some people think that entertainment equates with favourite, when that isn't the case.
The fact that self-confessed film-lovers can lob around silly words like pretentious to describe a perfectly good list (and if you think a rather mainstream critic like Ebert is pretentious then you know so little about critiquing)is rather saddening to say the least, as is the narrow-minded implication that a film can only be your favourite if it is non-threatening, easy to watch fluff, rather than films you might watch on certain occasions due to their extraordinary impact.

Im sure if any of you actually read Ebert's passionate essays on each of these films then you'd be less inclined to start implying that he is lying to look good.

*rant over*

Tex Bunuel said...

Citizen Kane is "sooooooo overrated and boring, eh? Wow wow wow! You daring iconoclast, you! Your nonconformist angle on the critical consensus is FASCINATING.

Oh, wait. I also see that you considered Brokeback Mountain to be "one of the best pieces of cinema to come along in recent years" and "one of the biggest risks made in the history of cinema." Now I get it, you're just a dunce then.

Emma said...

ohnoes! That told me!