Monday, November 9, 2009

What Do The Brits Know About Movies, Anyway?

So, I'm looking at the London Times online and see they've compiled a list of "The 100 Best Movies of the Decade." I love lists like this! It's why my Netflix queue is full of more than 300 movies (look, I'm curious and hopeful that I'll either win the lottery or get mono so I can have time off to watch all of them).

Then, I start looking at the list. I'm thinking the Brits always act like they're more civilized than us Americans. Surely they'll have some fantastic films on the list! And within a few movies, I was disappointed. Some of the films on the list:

11. Borat
49. Knocked Up
54. Bad Santa
62. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
89. School of Rock
90. Wedding Crashers

Yes. Those movies are funny. They're silly. But the BEST films of the decade? Really??? Consider the top 10:
  1. Hidden
  2. The Bourne Supremacy/The Bourne Ultimatum
  3. No Country For Old Men
  4. Grizzly Man
  5. Team America: World Police (?)
  6. Slumdog Millionaire
  7. The Last King of Scotland
  8. Casino Royale
  9. The Queen
  10. Hunger
I'm totally on board with that list (minus "Team America"). There were many fine films that made the cut. But I have to wonder who put this list together? Was it a group of old fuddy-duddies and some teenagers? Don't get me wrong. I love a silly movie here and there. But I also appreciate a movie that tells a real story, one that makes me think or takes me out of my comfort zone. I don't mind subtitles.

But from here on out, I'm not taking the Brits advice on what's good/bad. Unless they send me chocolate. Then I'll think about listening to them again. Until then, stay on your side of the pond and enjoy all the Jack Black you can handle.
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