The Top Ten Lists
This is a master list of my favorite movies of every year.
How it works is, I list my ten favorite films from the year, an 11-20, and for most of them, a tier two (and even tiers three and four, in some cases). I do it at the end of every current year, but I felt I should do it for all years, going back to the silent era, to give people cool stuff to watch.
I want people to discover all the great films that I love that not everyone knows about. Sure, you can go to all those lists of what’s generally considered the greatest films of all time. Everyone starts with the IMDB list. Then you branch out to stuff like AFI, maybe if you go deeper, you get to They Shoot Pictures Don’t They and even Cahiers du Cinema if you’re really off on that deep end. The thing with each of those, though — they’re all limited in their own way, and steer you toward very particular sets of films.
I’m generally pretty consistent with my tastes. You see enough of my lists and you tend to know which types of films are liked more than others, and which genres tend to go higher on lists and which ones I just don’t care for. Being familiar with my tastes allows you to better gauge how you think you’ll react to a movie I’m recommending. It’s like having a favorite film critic. You don’t always agree with them, but you know their tastes well enough that when you see a review for something, you know, “Yeah, they like those kinds of movies. This isn’t gonna be for me.” That’s the kind of relationship I want here. It’s not about agreeing or disagreeing. It’s about finding cool stuff for to watch and enjoy. And if anyone knows me, they should know — I’m always full of cool shit to recommend that you didn’t know about.
Plus, the difference between me and those lists I mentioned above — I’m giving you all the specifics as to why I like something. Or, at the very least, telling you what’s cool about a movie. The five-second pitch, if you will. And I’m all over the board. I’m not just skewing to populist stuff or the ‘classy’ or classical choices. There’s random shit on there. There’s stuff that I just love. You’re talking to someone who legitimately loves the movie Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. You gotta know that going in. I’m nothing if not honest about who I am and what I like.
So now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me explain the basics of this whole thing:
- These lists are presented as they are at this moment. I could watch a movie again and move it up three spots or take it out of the top ten entirely. They’re gonna be changed constantly. That’s the idea.
- Just because a movie is ranked above another movie does not mean I think it’s a better film. I’m simply telling you my preference based on my own tastes. If it’s on the list, it’s on the list. The rest doesn’t really matter.
- If a film does not appear anywhere on a list for its particular year, it’s for two reasons. The first (and obvious) possibility is that I just didn’t like it enough over the others to put it on. The other is that I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve seen a lot of movies, but I haven’t seen everything. You can refer to my Directors List as well as The Complete Oscar Quest for a pretty comprehensive list of stuff I’ve yet to see). Not to mention, the Films I’ve Watched Since Graduation list is always there, which chronicles everything new that I watch. Between those three, you can get a pretty good idea of 99% of the stuff you want to ask about, whether it’s something I haven’t seen or something I just don’t really care for all that much.
- The point of this is for people to find cool stuff to watch, so don’t be a dick. I’m pretty sure that last part is a commandment. Otherwise, go nuts. We all like movies here. This is your candy store. Find some cool shit.
Mike’s Top Ten Films of…
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Top Ten Films of the Decade
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