Posted by martinteller on June 10, 2015
Very minor updates this year. On principle, I hate to lose one of my few female-directed films, but I just no longer feel that Sita Sings the Blues belongs on this list. It was also the only animated movie, but it’s been replaced with The Wrong Trousers… which is now the shortest film in my top 100. I’ve resisted putting shorts on the list in the past, but a recent revisit with this delightful, masterful Wallace & Gromit tale convinced me to make an exception.
I also dropped Playtime, as my journey through the Tati box set was a disappointing one. I simply don’t love him like I once did. Taking up its spot is an old favorite, Ordinary People. Somehow it never felt “worthy” of inclusion before, but I can no longer deny the emotional power the movie holds over me. Perhaps I’ve lost another piece of burdensome cinesnobbery.
I also moved up Girl Walk//All Day and moved down All That Jazz. Also just now I decided to knock The Exterminating Angel further down the list because it felt way too high up there. Just minor fiddling with the arbitrary numbers that are somehow supposed to represent my tastes.
That’s all I did to the top 100, but there are also a few changes in the 101-250 list. I had to make room for Sita and Playtime, so I dropped Le bonheur (with some regret again for shafting a female director) and The Bothersome Man. I also wanted to add The Young Girls of Rochefort and The Black Stallion, so I removed The Wind Will Carry Us and The Thin Red Line.
You may have noticed I did not put “(2015 revision)” in the title of this post. That’s because this is likely to be the last time I post an update to these lists. If I have any changes to make in the future, I’ll just edit this entry. For better and for worse, my tastes have gradually solidified into a personal canon that is unlikely to shift very much. And really, this all feels a little too pointlessly anal. More and more, movies are becoming a hobby to me rather than an obsession. I can’t deny I get some satisfaction from assigning numbers to them and ranking them in lists, but it’s less important to me than it once was.