79th Academy Awards Documentary Short List is Out

It’s been a busy semester and the blog has been a little neglected but now that the winter break is approaching there will be more time for updates (I hope). Anyway here’s the shortlist of documentaries under consideration for Best Documentary. I’m unfamiliar with a majority of them. “Blindsight”“Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?”“Deliver … Continue reading “79th Academy Awards Documentary Short List is Out”

It’s been a busy semester and the blog has been a little neglected but now that the winter break is approaching there will be more time for updates (I hope). Anyway here’s the shortlist of documentaries under consideration for Best Documentary. I’m unfamiliar with a majority of them.

“Blindsight”
“Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?”
“Deliver Us from Evil”
“The Ground Truth”
“An Inconvenient Truth”
“Iraq in Fragments”
“Jesus Camp”
“Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple”
“My Country, My Country”
“Shut Up & Sing”
“Sisters in Law”
“Storm of Emotions”
“The Trials of Darryl Hunt”
“An Unreasonable Man”
“The War Tapes”

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(Best Documentary Feature/PowerPoint Demonstration nominee An Inconvenient Truth)

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The full list of Academy Award Nominees is now out.

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‘nother list: This time it’s Roger Ebert’s 101 Movies you must see before …

The criterion is different from his list of the greatest films in that he chose titles for their cultural significance. Included are lesser films that nevertheless attained iconic status including Carrie, The Crying Game, Easy Rider, The Exorcist, and Fight Club. Most major directors are represented by no more than a single film, intentionally. My … Continue reading “‘nother list: This time it’s Roger Ebert’s 101 Movies you must see before …”

The criterion is different from his list of the greatest films in that he chose titles for their cultural significance. Included are lesser films that nevertheless attained iconic status including Carrie, The Crying Game, Easy Rider, The Exorcist, and Fight Club. Most major directors are represented by no more than a single film, intentionally.

My quibble is that the list still errs on the arty side, disregarding comedies other than older films such as Duck Soup and Some Like It Hot and action films. Excluded films like American Grafitti, Animal House, Rocky, Rambo, and Brian de Palma’s Scarface are certainly more widely known and referenced in American and global culture than such art-house darlings as The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie and Children of Paradise.

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“The 50 Greatest Independent Films”

A British film website called Empire Online has a list of what they deem “The 50 Greatest Independent Films” Here it is along with Media Services call numbers for the ones we own. In countdown order: 50. El Mariachi VHS 294749. Run Lola Run DVD 9248. Cube DVD 7847. Blood Feast 46. Texas Chainsaw Massacre … Continue reading ““The 50 Greatest Independent Films””

A British film website called Empire Online has a list of what they deem “The 50 Greatest Independent Films” Here it is along with Media Services call numbers for the ones we own.

In countdown order:

50. El Mariachi VHS 2947
49. Run Lola Run DVD 92
48. Cube DVD 78
47. Blood Feast
46. Texas Chainsaw Massacre DVD 352
45. Mad Max (Library owns Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior VHS 3155)
44. Amores Perros DVD 262
43. Shadows DVD 1390
42. Swingers VHS 5429
41. Dead Man’s Shoes
40. The Descent
39. The Passion of the Christ DVD 943
38. Grosse Point Blank
37. Being John Malkovich DVD 91
36. Buffalo ’66
35. THX-1138 DVD 1401
34. The Blair Witch Project DVD 24
33. Shallow Grave – on order
32. Two-Lane Blacktop VHS 5770
31. Pink Flamingos VHS 4638
30. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss’ Song VHS 4318
29. Bad Lieutenant
28. In the Company of Men
27. Dark Star
26. Lost in Translation DVD 741
25. Drugstore Cowboy VHS 3260
24. Happiness VHS 7040
23. Evil Dead (Library owns Evil Dead II – DVD 926)
22. Nosferatu DVD 393
21. Roger and Me DVD 1166
20. Slacker DVD 1347
19. Lone Star DVD 379
18. Withnail and I
17. City of God DVD 849
16. She’s Gotta Have It VDD 111 (laserdisc)
15. Blood Simple VHS 2648
14. Stranger Than Paradise DVD 144
13. Memento DVD 256
12. Eraserhead DVD 1491
11. Bad Taste
10. Mean Streets DVD 1813
9. Sideways DVD 1316
8. The Usual Suspects DVD 1671
7. Sex, Lies, and Videotape DVD 383
6. Night of the Living Dead DVD 600
5. Monty Python’s Life of Brian DVD 970
4. Clerks VHS 4389
3. The Terminator VHS 3416
2. Donnie Darko DVD 381
1. Reservoir Dogs VHS 2915

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The 1000 greatest films

A site that you will want to browse at least once is They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? if for no other reason than to marvel at their 1000 greatest films project. The list has been compiled by using the lists of over 1,000 individual critics’ and filmmakers’ top-tens from numerous film polls conducted by many … Continue reading “The 1000 greatest films”

A site that you will want to browse at least once is They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? if for no other reason than to marvel at their 1000 greatest films project. The list has been compiled by using the lists of over 1,000 individual critics’ and filmmakers’ top-tens from numerous film polls conducted by many sources such as Sight & Sound, Time Out, Village Voice, and Facets. For those with more contemporary tastes, they’ve also recently added The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Films. A list of 250 titles.