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Monday, December 05, 2005

My Favourite Film

Tonight the ABC screened a special program called My Favourite Film. A few months ago viewers were asked to submit their favourite film via the internet or phone. The results were unveiled last night. I can’t say that I was surprised by the winner, though I had expected a Spielberg to make the top 10.

I couldn’t decide on one film, so I voted for two. They were Fight Club and the Australian classic Malcolm. Unfortunately Malcolm didn’t make it into the top 100 (sadly it seems to have been forgotten by so many people), but Fight Club made it in at #10. My mother was rooting for the musical The Sound of Music, which surprisingly polled at #11.

As with any list the fun comes with debating the inclusions and sounding off against the exclusions. Amélie is a very nice film, but I don’t think it deserves #2. Donnie Darko at #5? That’s a little generous. It’s a great film, but better than Fight Club? Not according to me. It was disappointing that the top 10 was devoid of Kubrick (though 2001 ranked at #13, followed by Dr. Strangelove at #17 and A Clockwork Orange, #26).

One of the worst shockers was Serenity at #38. That movie has been out for a few months, and already a gaggle of teens believe it to be their favourite film?! Rear Window at #68 is a travesty. And to think Love Actually ranked higher. Hang your heads in shame! And Trainspotting at #73, what were you people thinking?!

Concerning the films that failed to make the top 100:

- The song might have been Don’t You Forget About Me, but many people apparently forgot about The Breakfast Club.

- Many viewers did the wrong thing when they failed to nominate Do The Right Thing.

- The viewers must have had this gem slip from their memory, because Memento deserved to be there.

- No Kurosawa! No Bergman! And what’s with so few Hitchcock films?

Other films that I think should have been there (even though it was a populist list): Requiem for a Dream, Rififi, Police Story, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Baran, The Abyss, Metropolis, Amores Perros, Natural Born Killers, Russian Ark, In The Mood for Love, Three Kings, Happy Together, Wages of Fear, Deconstructing Harry, Se7en, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Blue Velvet, Ordinary People, Ran, Platoon, Woodstock, Taxi Driver, The Conversation, Night of the Living Dead, Lupin 3: The Castle of Cagliostro, Obchod Na Korze, Rebel Without a Cause… I could go on all day.

Also on the film front, I watched the excellent Aussie film The Quiet Room the other day. The focus of the film is a twelve-year-old girl. As her mother and father’s relationship continues its slide she stops talking. But her mind is filled with observations and thoughts and we get to hear them in wonderful voice-overs. A really great film worth finding.

See the Top 100 list in the ABC's My Favourite Film poll

Here is a list of the films I have seen out of the Top 100:

02 Amélie
05 Donnie Darko
10 Fight Club
11 The Sound of Music
13 2001: A Space Odyssey

16 American Beauty
17 Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
23 The Matrix
26 A Clockwork Orange
29 Life is Beautiful

33 Lost in Translation
47 Picnic at Hanging Rock
48 The Usual Suspects
50 Forrest Gump
64 Spirited Away

68 Rear Window
73 Trainspotting
74 Muriel’s Wedding
77 Ferris Bueller's Day Off

79 Lantana

86 Fargo
95 Mulholland Drive
98 The Thin Red Line

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