I’ve recently been engrossed in Roger Ebert’s published collection of essays entitled The Great Movies. He was not a fan of lists, and this essay collection—along with his entries into the Sight and Sound poll—pretty much acted as his only dabblings in list-making. The “great movies” of Ebert’s selection consisted of about 360 or so films ranging from Giovanni Pastrone’s 1914 silent epic Cabiria and ending with 2008’s beautifully quaint Japanese masterpiece from Yōjirō Takita, Departures. These essays, therefore, were not meant to act as a cool countdown list; they were not even supposed to be comprehensive—there were a lot of great movies that Ebert didn’t write about (though he likely would have if he hadn’t passed away). This collection, was instead to act as a tour, as it were, through the staples of a truly competent movie-connoisseur.
I had some time; I made this video. These are 100 films (mostly American) that I think everyone needs to see on their journey towards film competency. THIS IS NOT A LIST OF THE GREATEST FILMS EVER. It is a list of some of the greatest films ever, films that I think everyone should see before they start making claims that they are true movie-buffs. It is set to the sublime score of John Williams’ Schindler’s List. Please excuse two typos in the titles of the film. Continue reading →