Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Sh!#ting on the Classics: Better Yet!
With that in mind, here is an entire column devoted to “Better Yet” – your educational guide to some worthwhile films from the past. For all of the genres listed, these are good places to start. The choices, take note, are hopelessly personal and not at all academic. “Because all of you of Earth… are idiots!”
CAVEAT: I have noticed lately that too many “Best Of” lists posted to the Internets seem to have a worm’s eye view of history (or perhaps the people compiling them honestly think that film as an entertainment medium was invented around 1980). The lists below END in the eighties. So there. After 1985, I assume you guys can find your own way.
Here are 25 terrific films from five seminal genres-- 35 for Horror (because Horror). YOU’RE WELCOME.
Films marked with an asterisk (*) are currently available on Netflix Instant.
The Graduate* (1967), The Odd Couple* (1968), The Producers* (1968), Beyond the Valley of the Dolls* (1970), M*A*S*H (1970), Harold and Maude* (1971), American Graffiti (1973), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Network (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Slap Shot (1977), and Diner (1982).
Stop Making Sense* (1984), and True Stories (1986).
Halloween (1978), Dawn of the Dead (1979), Alien (1979), The Shining (1980), and The Thing (1982).
That should be enough to keep the ardent film fan busy. Send us an e-mail when you have watched all 160, and we will send you a shiny new dime.