Top 100 (2014 revision)
Posted by martinteller on August 7, 2014
Well, I didn’t shake things up this year as much as I wanted to, but there are a few pretty big changes. While I try not to fret too much over the order, there was some shuffling of titles around… notably dropping Casablanca from #3 to #8, and bumping both Linda Linda Linda and An Angel at My Table into the top 10. It’s safe to say that I still adore Casablanca but it isn’t quite close enough to my heart to be top 5.
There were 11 substitutions this year. Sadly, none of the new entries were movies that I saw for the first time in the past year, although I did add Remember the Night to my top 250 (which has, of course, also received a few other revisions). The new additions are:
Girl Walk//All Day (#64)
Meet Me in St. Louis (#69)
Wendy and Lucy (#86)
Imitation of Life (#94)
Malcolm X (#98)
The Match Factory Girl (#99)
With the exception of Rat-Trap, these are all films I revisited in the past year and felt a strong connection to, or affection for. Rat-Trap is kind of a spur of the moment pick, but it seemed right. I hope to rewatch it soon and see if it still feels top 100-worthy. Match Factory Girl one of the lowest-rated entries on the list (in fact, 7 of my new entries got less than a 95) but I think of it as a representative of Kaurismaki’s work as a whole. The lowest is Imitation of Life (90) but it’s a film I have a lot of love for, despite some flaws.
The Seventh Seal (#21)
The Graduate (#88)
Drowning by Numbers (#92)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (#96)
Some high numbers falling off the list there. My recent review of Seventh Seal should give an indication of why I no longer hold it so close to my heart. Yojimbo, Underground, Visage and Pratidwandi were essentially removed because I felt the directors were represented well enough elsewhere on the list, although each is also one I’m not quite as enthusiastic about as I used to be. In the case of Satantango, it’s been 6 years since my first viewing and I still haven’t worked up the whatever it takes to sit through the 7.5 hours again. I loved it the first time, and a few scenes still ring strong in my memory, but it’s on probation until I finally get around to that second viewing. Drowning by Numbers honestly never really felt right for the list, and I’m kind of tired of The Wall. Network and The Graduate were just feeling sorta stale. The former doesn’t seem as relevant as it used to, and the latter I’m just not that jazzed about any more (keep in mind, we’re talking about small degrees here… both are still in my top 250). As for Amelie, I don’t really know what compelled me to pull it out of the 100. It was a gut feeling.
Hopefully the next 12 months will bring some great new discoveries and give me a chance to agonize more over this list.