November 4, 2012

"IMDB Top 250 in 2 1/2 Minutes."

Beautiful (but turn down/off the sound if you don't want to hear the word "fuck" a few times):



Via Metafilter. Here's the actual IMDB list in case you failed to identify them all or want to see the order.

44 comments:

MadisonMan said...

Thank goodness they included Groundhog Day. And Monty Python. But I didn't see the Sound of Music or Mary Poppins or Victor Victoria. Do the compilers have something against the Great Julie Andrews?

NotquiteunBuckley said...

My definition includes proclaiming racist persons, unaware, as such.

If I need to post MLK's Letter From Birmingham Jail again, by God I will do it.

"My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against "outsiders coming in."

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Like I say about Katy Perry:

"It's worth listening to more than once, ... I forgort whatunns I wuzzu gunna be typing so that's the end of that.

Bender said...

I didn't see the Sound of Music or Mary Poppins or Victor Victoria

But they had American Beauty and a ton of Batman clips and Inglourious Basterds, all proof that the list is FOS (and I even liked IB, but it hardly belongs on any list of good or great or favorite movies).

That High Noon, undeniably within the top 5 of all time, is ranked 142 -- ONE HUNDRED FORTY TWO -- proves that the list is FOS.

Peter Hoh said...

Not enough love for "My Dinner with Andre," eh?

And while I like Hayao Miyazaki's work, it seems that he was a bit overrepresented on this list.

And there are far too many films from the past decade. Films from 2000 to today make up 27 percent of the list.

virgil xenophon said...

Skyfall!!!??? Fuckin' Skyfall?
Obviously FAR too heavily loaded with young reviewers--as Peter Hoh points out--and thus is FOS--as Bender duly notes..

sydney said...

I gave up at when it went to multiple split screens. My eyes couldn't keep up.

virgil xenophon said...

I mean...they left off The Searchers??? And On the Beach? Or The African Queen?--just to name three that popped into my mind..

Bender said...

By the way, I saw a documentary a few weeks ago about one particular filmmaker who was said to have revolutionized how films are made, who practically invented a technique that now is common everywhere. Not only that, but this guy is credited with teaching much of what the later "great" directors know.

None of his films are on the list either, whether solo or with his one-time teammate. Maybe he is on a French list.

virgil xenophon said...

Strike that, I overlooked The Searchers. But hell, I would have listed Das Boot (the subtitled one) over some of those listed, let alone Get Carter w. Michael Caine or his Zulu! Hell, I'd even throw in Borsalino (again, the subtitled version) rather than some listed..

Seeing Red said...

2001 is on now.

virgil xenophon said...

Opps--too much Barbancourt this afternoon, I see I overlooked Das Boot as well..but no Three Days Of the Condor?
But I could go on for hrs--which is what these lists are for..

edutcher said...

They must be joking.

16 B&W out of 250?

Only 1 each by Hawks and Ford?

At least half made after '75?

Pirates of the Caribbean (granted, the best one, but...)?

SteveR said...

Too oriented to younger folks.

tim maguire said...

Cool, but proof that someone has far too much time on his hands.

rhhardin said...

I recognized only the graduate.

Kylos said...

I'm not sure if this is good or bad but I've seen 98 of those movies. Though I'm thirty, I'd guess around half of the movies I've seen on that list came out before I was born.

Michael K said...

I would say that the list was probably assembled by teenagers or at most twenty-somethings.

"Last of the Mohicans" was a great movie and so was "Dead Again." "Pulp Fiction" was entertaining but great ?

wyo sis said...

I've seen 34 of them, but I recognized most of them. The power of advertising.

Shouting Thomas said...

All well and good, but I need lists of newer movies that are worth watching on NetFlix.

I've seen just about all of these movies in the list.

Chip Ahoy said...

I really really really (3 reallys) like this.

But oddly watching it once is enough.

Maybe I'll watch it again later and relive all those precious moments crammed into one.

But you know what never gets tiring no matter how sub-excellent they are? Cinnamon rolls, that's what.

Irene said...

The music at the beginning made me feel like it was time to "Jump Around."

wyo sis said...

Chip Ahoy
They sure look good. The best cinnamon rolls I ever made were made with a hamburger bun recipe. But, I have a low standard. Sweet, tender and warm and I'm happy.

Cheryl said...

The video is good, but the music is terrific. I love good mash-ups. They are a sure-fire way for me to waste half an hour or so.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

According to JFK beauty consists of teen girls sucking cock.

This fact is not appropriate for this forum that pretends to offer bias against JFK apologists--rapists in many senses of feminist persuasion--unless race involves it.

ErnieG said...

It's one thing to see 250 classic movies in 2 1/2 minutes. How about seeing classic movies in 30 seconds with bunnies?

Sorun said...

I can't believe some people are complaining.

Christy said...

I liked it.

I've seen 128 of them. Never even heard of 3. Lists are fun, aren't they? I have no real problem with it. Some of my favorites are missing, but it is always a matter of taste. Still, Barry Lyndon? And I'll never understand the regard for The Dude. Maybe it's a guy thing. Still, it can't be all guys voting or Princess Mononoke would never make the list.

Anyhow, several, maybe most, can't be streamed on Netflix, how awful is that? I've rather soured on Netflix.

William said...

I've always been partial to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. This was the movie that made Pia Zadora a star. You would think that if the voters had sufficient sensibility to make Shawshank Redemption the best movie of all time, they could have found room on their list for this work.

Indigo Red said...

Thank goodness, Ann, you warned about the word "fuck" being used because I certainly don't want to hear the word "fuck."

EDH said...

Entertaining unto itself.

(By the way, No. 5, not too shabby.)

Revenant said...

I like the music.

bagoh20 said...

I wish I could turn off the lights and the video, and adjust the volume so that just the isolated "Fuck"s would blast out in the dark.

tiger said...

The 'FAIL' is strong with this list; not so much for what's on it but for the rankings.

Anyone who thinks that 'The Shawshank Redemption' is the best movie ever made is the very definition of 'low brow'.

As for the 'fucks': a few years back someone put together a clip of the 'fucks' in The Sopranos'.

Yeah, it was pretty funny

purplepenquin said...

I wish I could turn off the lights and the video, and adjust the volume so that just the isolated "Fuck"s would blast out in the dark

Perhaps this will suffice?


(Given some of our disagreements perhaps I should point out that this isn't a message directed at you but rather than your comment made me think of the clip. :D )

bagoh20 said...

Well, thank you PP for that, and I hope all your fuck you's are worth it. Mine have always been a savored pleasure and accomplishment.

bagoh20 said...

I have never heard any version of a Beatles tune that I liked better than the original.

Joan said...

bagoh20 -- I tend to agree on Beatles covers, with the exception of Joe Cocker's version of "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," which is vastly superior to the original. Considering that Abbey Road is the very first record I ever bought/owned, it shook my core a bit to realize that such a thing could exist.

I liked the video and the mash-up, because mash-ups are more clever than covers. I of course clicked on the link to read the list, because I am procrastinating on writing up my lesson plans for the week and this was too good a diversion to resist. I've seen about 3/4s of the movies listed and agree that most of them are at least worth watching. Best movies, ever? Nope -- just the ones that IMdB users rate the highest.

Wally Ballou said...

Gaah - "Inception" #14 most popular movie? Woo will remember it in 10 years, or 5? The video idea is cute but the list is awful, at least for an aging film buff. I will stick with the AFI lists.

Wally Ballou said...

Er - "Who" will remember it. I'm not sure if Woo will.

Scott M said...

The Roy Scheider clip reminded me that watched parts of Jaws yesterday and noticed something odd.

When the idiots go out and kill that tiger shark, one of the councilmen or maybe it was the mayor is happily yelling at the local town reporter to get it out to the AP and mentions calling "Dave Axlerod in New York".

Could it be the same guy? What an odd reference.

MarkW said...

"I would say that the list was probably assembled by teenagers or at most twenty-somethings."

The nice thing about the list is that it wasn't assembled by anybody -- it's just the 250 movies with the highest IMDB average user ratings.

But, obviously, only a small fraction of films were rated in IMDB by viewers when they were released in theaters (when enthusiasm by fans is apparently highest). So the list is heavily weighted toward recent movies (many of which won't age well and won't end up deserving anything like their current rankings after a some time passes).

Christy said...

The Shawshank Redemption. What does it say about today's zeitgeist that a movie about an innocent banker, bonding with the ultimate capitalist, forced to do bad deeds by a corrupt warden, and who ultimately prevails is ranked #1? Over-analyzing? Yes, probably.

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