Reel Questions | Ask the Critic!

31 01 2009

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In our line of cinematic work, people constantly want to test your film knowledge and pick your brain. In a new feature that is long overdue, we are introducing a new feature that will let all of you ask FilmGordon your “Reel Questions” and Ask The Critic!

Our first question comes Claremont in Potomac, MD.

“What ten movies would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?”

Damn, just ten huh? Trying to pick ten films is like trying to select which woman we have loved the best (hell, that’s easy, the one we’re with NOW!). Trying to compress over 40 years of movie watching into ten films is nearly impossible. The best that we could do is come up with our top ten . . . in four different categories spanning several decades. Without explanation (watch them for yourself and you’ll truly understand why films are so special) here are our top forty films of all-time. If you look at the list closely, you’ll see our top ten in there somewhere.

Old School List
All About Eve (1950)
On the Waterfront (1954)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Stagecoach (1939)
Rashomon (1950)
Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Carmen Jones (1954)

Radical Sixties List
Putney Swope (1968)
Paris Blues (1961)
Hud (1963)
Nothing But a Man (1964)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The Learning Tree (1969)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Good, the Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Revolutionary ’70s List
The Godfather, Part 1 & 2 (1972, 1974)
Network (1976)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Hospital (1970)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Which Way is Up (1977)
Midnight Express (1978)
Shaft (1971)
The Landlord (1970)

Two Decades Plus of Excellence List
Boyz’ N the Hood (1991)
Malcolm X (1992)
The Unforgiven (1992)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Color Purple (1985)
Saving Private Ryan (1999)
Ray (2004)
Goodfellas (1990)
Terminator (1984)
Blade Runner (1982)

If you have a Reel Question for FilmGordon, shoot us an email and we’ll answer it an upcoming edition of “Ask The Critic!”

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4 02 2009
Lady Di

What, to you, makes a film a “classic”? Name yours.

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