I think I teased this three years ago. I spent the first two years of the site putting up “Mike’s Top Ten” lists. Every three months, I would put up another one, going backward from the 2000s to the 1930s. (That’s something to be discussed one of these days.) And just before the last one went up, on the two and a half year anniversary of my graduation from college, I posted the initial version of the “Films I’ve Watched Since Graduation” article, where I said I was working on a “Top Tens by Director” list.
Initially I think I had something like a hundred names. And I only listed my top ten favorite films of theirs and nothing more. Or top five, if they didn’t direct ten films. Which was unnecessarily limiting, and the kind of thing that would have been okay if I had posted the article immediately. But then Fun with Franchises happened, and I had time to let it sit. And as we all know by now, when I’m left to sit and think about a project I’ve given myself, it expands from whatever I was originally planning on doing. Read the rest of this page »
So that was a fun… I don’t know, four, five months?
Apparently posted pages don’t show up on the actual post list, so I’ll use this article to let everyone know that the full Guide, with all three lists, has been posted in one convenient location:
It’ll be at the menu up top from now on. Just wanted to let you all know that was up there.
And that there will be something really exciting going up tomorrow (finally).
The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.
But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).
Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. Read the rest of this page »