This is the presentation and disclaimer of a series that will be reviewing the 1000 Greatest Films of All Time as shown at theyshootpictures.com, the January 2010 version of the list.
The fine people at theyshootpictures.com have come up with a fine list of the 1000 films you should watch if you are into cinema as an art form. The list “has primarily been compiled by using 2,041 individual critics’ and filmmakers’ personal lists/ballots of their favourite/best films”. Then they do some complicated math calculations and voilá, a beautiful list emerges. For you to get an idea of what kind of a list it is, here are the Top 10 films:
#4 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick; 1968; UK)
#5 – 8 ½ (Federico Fellini; 1963; Italy)
#6 – The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola; 1972; US)
#7 – The Searchers (John Ford; 1956; US)
#8 – The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa; 1954; Japan)
#9 – Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly; 1952; US)
#10 – Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein; 1925; Russia)
My self-imposed challenge to watch all of the 1000 Greatest Films has been already done by other mad men. Now it’s my turn. I know that the list will probably change in time, so I will stick with the 2010 version. And someday when I am gray and old I will happily watch and review the 1000th film and throw a party.