Almost nothing before the 1930s? I don't see Caligari, Mabuse, By the Law...... no Chaplin? Keaton?
Very little horror. Elm Street snuck in but there's no respect for Carrie, The Tenant, Black Christmas, Halloween. Live a little, NYT!
Also, somehow, nowhere in sight (and they're more-or-less masterpieces): Spirit of the Beehive, Skammen, Il Posto, Chimes at Midnight, Nothing But a Man…… etc!
Now some cool picks that made the grade............: Danton, Stroszek, La Ceremonie, Martin Guerre, Minnie and Moskowitz, Ride the High Country, Tree of Wooden Clogs, The Last Seduction, Scofield’s Lear, Moonlighting, Night Moves, Frenzy, and particularly rarely appreciated outside of its country Japan: The Family Game.
It's very hard to build something canonical like this especially across world cinema - and not be told you're passing over someone culturally in the broadest sense...........or logically in "the best" sense. The balance is almost impossible to actually do ......
I think Michael Mann appears just once here (The Insider) - and it's not Heat - so there are 1,000 movies better movies than Heat (um) and Wenders has made 3 of them and Paris, Texas isn't one? Now I love Wenders and maybe I agree with his 3.......but when you apply that same logic further down it's where the specifics jump out ........there's two Hal Hartley over Mann too (list is madly NYT 90s loving indie and again, I love Hartley........ but you're passing over a big fish in Mann in your own country) .......so then you notice Blow Out missing but not The Opposite of Sex is there (?) - big movies are missing not at the expense of people who are not only not Wenders but just basically Big Fish / Small Pond Syndrome which dominates too much....... even for quirk that veers oddly .......um, quirky - no Withnail and I but The Waterdance.....that seems to suggest merely arbitrary wtf-ery
I have to say - that my gripes with this list (and all lists really) aside - this list is great at either finding something or revisiting them......I've either first time watched or rewatched quite a bit from this over the last few months
This week I watched Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993) because I checked it off this list and had kind of forgotten how interesting that movie was - and also in some ways an influential way to tell a biopic story in a unique way....this is a good list as a shorthand recommendations list even if you can shoot holes in it for what's not there.......
I dont like many of the film list. I like some inclussions like Bye Bye Brazil. I havent seen it. But was a wonderful review commedy from the late 70s or Early 80s. I think is the most delighted inclusión.
I could complaint for several films. Why Dracula 1931 and not 1958 or 1992.
Maybe the biggest mistake is why Camelot and not Excalibur?
But I guess its better to think in the high points, that are not many, and not in the lowers one.