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1001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die)
I watched a directors round table last year, the night before the Oscars. Among the respectable Ang Lee, Chris Nolan, Gus Van Sant and Quentin Tarantino were David O'Russell and Ben Affleck. Tarantino made a comment I will never forget which was "This is not what I signed up for". It was in reference to the abolishment of film, and how we now pay $13+ to see a movie where the said "projectionist" is pressing play on a DVD player.
This supercut was a literal year in the making. It was important for me to do it now before the list becomes completely composed of super hero movies and low brow comedies. I do admire very much where "film" has progressed to, but I feel we're forgetting how it got there.
In it I hope I was able to show a sort of hyperactive timeline starting with the lost profession of a projectionist and ending with a summary of my thoughts on modern cinema, courtesy of Michael Palin in drag. Don't forget why "Young Frankenstein" made you laugh so much or how scared you were of "Poltergeist". Cherish it.
Movies are still the greatest things ever. It's my favorite medium of art and I needed a reminder in this day in age of why it has to remain my favorite and why it needs to be considered art. And this was a wonderful list to work from, because even though I may disagree with many of the selections, it's purpose is to celebrate the world of film.
I recently did an interview with Yahoo News and in it they asked me what my 3 favorites on the list were. I responded with "Brazil", "8 1/2" and "Dumb and Dumber" as a humorous anecdote (read the interview here). Upon the interview going live I have received 4 emails, 12 tweets and 22 Facebook messages asking me about choosing "Dumb and Dumber", as well as a couple dozen unflattering comments. In reality, I don't think the film even makes my top 200 list. I think it's a great, landmark comedy and has a strong place in film history. I do respect it very much. But the swarm of confusion, hate, agreement and disagreement reminded me why movie geeks are the best type of geeks there are and the hardest to please. We have an incredible community and I believe it will stay that way as long as movies exist.
So enjoy the video, get out to a theater, watch some movies that came out before 1999, and don't let film go away because then, for us film geeks, we will have nothing.