Top 100 Favourite Films: 100-91

I have decided to go through my entire Top 100 films list (a list official as of 29 October 2012) ten films at a time in a series of posts that will hopefully allow me to showcase these films as my one hundred favourites in short bursts rather than one whole long page. Here are films 100-91:

100: Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)

“There’s a family with kids. Do the kids and make the mother watch. Tell her you’ll stop if she can hold back her tears. I owe her that.” Probably the most chilling, horrific film quote I have ever heard.

99: Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)

Anyone who is confused by the popularity and acclaim amongst arthouse fans of Andrei Tarkovsky needs only to sit and watch Solaris; afterwards, everything will become clear. I promise you that.

98: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

The whole movie is in one room. One room. Every single character is brilliant. James Stewart is brilliant. Grace Kelly is brilliant. Thelma Ritter is brilliant. The suspense is incredible.

97: La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette, 1992)

Few spur-of-the-moment film-related decisions I’ve ever made have been as perfect as watching the four-hour La Belle Noiseuse on YouTube with no prior knowledge of it at all. It stunned me. Four hours of artistic perfection, with a startling twist that makes it all worthwhile.

96: L’Age D’Or (Luis Buñuel, 1930)

Buñuel, you fucking genius, you. The best cinematic provocateur there ever was. All I need to say about L’Age D’Or is that it concludes by presenting to the audience Jesus Christ as a rapist and pervert. That final sequence alone is enough to earn this a place high up on the list of most ballsy films of all time.

95: Week End (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)

Because fuck you.

94: Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)

I feel like, even in an age where Kubrick is almost constantly loved and discussed and puzzled over and admired, Barry Lyndon still does not get anywhere near the vicinity of enough respect and love. It is one of the great epics of all time, yet still a relatively quiet chamber drama and one of Kubrick’s most powerful movies.

93: L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1963)

Anyone who has seen the film may think this sounds really pretentious and stupid but the last seven minutes of this movie are fucking phenomenal. It makes me really sad that Antonioni gets such hate. Any filmmaker who can craft a masterpiece like this deserves to have his name screamed from the rooftops in admiration and pride.

92: Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998)

I will never stop giving friends my DVD of this film and telling them to just watch it without reading anything at all beforehand. It is great fun.

91: The Poseidon Adventure (Ronald Neame, 1972)

I don’t care what anyone says, this is the disaster movie. I have loved it ever since I was a child. Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine are fucking incredible. And Shelley Winters: “In the water… I’m a very skinny lady.” You’re heartless if you didn’t cry in that scene. This is everything a disaster movie should be. Absolutely perfect. I adore it. Oh man, I want to go and rewatch it now…

Films 90-81 coming soon. In the meantime, let me know what you think in the comments of my ten choices so far!

Posted on October 29, 2012, in Lists, Movies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Oh, FUCK yes to L’age d’or; I nearly choked when I first saw that ending. Even these days I suspect most filmmakers would be too scared to try pulling that off.

    As for Barry Lyndon, if I recall rightly it wasn’t a hit at the time and, unlike most of Kubrick’s other films, it remained out of circulation on video/TV for a long time. I saw it in 1996 in the UK, broadcast on Channel 4, and I think that was something like the first time it had ever been on TV.

    • I agree. Buñuel went places people are still afraid to go.

      Interesting story about Barry Lyndon. It’s really surprising how out-of-circulation it became, being from such a high-profile director.

  2. This ought to be a fun series of posts, and I’m reasonably certain that I won’t have seen the majority of the films you’ll end up listing. Only seen two of these first ten (Rear Window and Festen), and I’m a fan of both. I’ll get around to more of them with time, I’m sure. Nice write-ups!

  3. I just saw Festen. Totally love it. I knew nothing about it except that it was a Dogme 95 film and seriously that’s the best way to watch it. It’s awesome. Love movies about fucked up families. Also Barry Lyndon is perhaps my least favourite Kubrick from the ones I have watched. It’s just too long and tedious for me.
    Gotta watch Week End, Dogville and Solaris.

    • Barry Lyndon is not for everyone. I guess it was unsuccessful for precisely the reason you dislike it.

      Festen is one of those films, like The Seventh Continent, that you have to go into knowing absolutely nothing, or next to nothing. Works much better.

  4. Great to see L’eclisse, Rear Window and Festen on the list. Of the Antonini trilogy, L’eclisse might be my least favorite but still it is a really good one. I haven’t remaining ones but I have been meaning to get to most of them, maybe in the right time.Barry London, Week End, Solaris and Dogville are pretty high on my watchlist.

    P.S. I never formally welcomed you back, did I ?? Welcome Back My Friend. Hopefully, you are here to stay this time. 🙂

    • L’Avventura used to be my favourite in the trilogy but L’Eclisse recently surpassed it. Glad you like it though. Thanks for the welcome back, I am here to stay for a while. 🙂

  5. There’s a local theater here that plays The Poseidon Adventure every New Year’s Eve. I might have to go this year.

  6. Great list of movies, can’t wait to see the rest.

  7. Glad to see Rear Window, Barry Lyndon, and The Poseidon Adventure on here. I still haven’t seen six of these though.

  8. Maaaaaan, I keep forgetting to watch Festen! I should really get around to that. Other than that, I’ve only seen Dogville and Rear Window. I absolutely love Rear Window.

  9. I think Barry Lyndon is awesome and a great example of how innovative Kubrick is… in order to shoot the film in the historic locations they wanted to use Kubrick had to be creative because they wouldn’t let him bring lighting or electrical equipment inside the castles. So, of course, Kubrick bought NASA lenses for his cameras and lit the whole thing with just candles.

  10. While I may not agree entirely with your top 100, as should be the case considering differing tastes indicate people have minds of their own, I will demand an explanation regarding the inclusion of both Steve McQueen’s features. Hunger was okay, but Shame was just awful, at least in my opinion. Sorry for being harsh, but I just couldn’t overlook its presence, and no I’m not mad. I mean this in good spirit.

    • I love McQueen’s directorial style. It is brilliantly intense. He manages to get stunning performances out of Fassbender in both films, which continue to floor me every time I watch them.

  11. Im waiting for the rest!

  12. La Belle Noiseuse Looks interesting 🙂

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