Tuesday, October 25, 2005

It's Goodfellas, but not that good...

The contenders to the title of best ever film are a topic of endless debate. It is also a cheap way to get publicity for your magazine title when you publish your list.

Far from discouraging the cheap publicity Netcoms dot com is happy to add to the debate, with the news that Total Film had added its two admission tickets to the debate. While controversy over choices, helps the publicity, Total Film have made some particularly strange choices.

The top 25 is below:
  1. Goodfellas
  2. Vertigo
  3. Jaws
  4. Fight Club
  5. The Godfather: Part II
  6. Citizen Kane
  7. Tokyo Story
  8. The Empire Strikes Back
  9. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  10. His Girl Friday
  11. Persona
  12. Chinatown
  13. Manhattan
  14. Taxi Driver
  15. It's a Wonderful Life
  16. The Apartment
  17. Once Upon A Time In The West
  18. All About Eve
  19. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  20. Apocalypse Now
  21. Crash
  22. Sunrise
  23. The Godfather
  24. Rear Window
  25. Sunset Boulevard
Among the more dubious elements to this list:
  • How is filler The Empire Strikes Back the top Star Wars film rather than the ground-breaking original?
  • And on that note, how can the me-too Goodfellas top its inspiration, The Godfather?
  • Why is the Lord of the Rings in as a trilogy wheras The Godfather is not?
  • And how did Crash and Fight Club even make the list?
I could understand it if it was compiled by the general public and subject to the inconsistencies of fashion and good taste, but apparently the list was compiled by the editorial staff.

In truth, if the top 5 contained all the usual suspects (in fact, where is The Usual Suspects in this list?), such as Citizen Kane, The Godfather and Casablanca, it would be less newsworthy and wouldn't be the subject of posts like this extending its reach online.

Ever feel like you've been had?

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