Bill over at the mothership alerted me to a new poll he's conducting that is open to everyone. The idea is to pick 25 films that you would want to remove from the site's list of 1000 greatest films and suggest 25 that should take their place. Not sure if anything will come of this that will affect the master list - it's more of a feedback channel. Here is what I submitted:
A Clockwork Orange
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
High and Low
Natural Born Killers
The Phantom of Liberty
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Seventh Seal
This Is Spinal Tap
The Wicker Man
Wild at Heart
Come to think of it though, I'd rather keep Midnight Cowboy and eliminate Forrest Gump.
Now, 25 that should be on the top 1000. These are all films by directors who don't have a single film in the 1000;
Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge (1899, James H. White) - where Lumiere-esque reportage meets avant garde art The Great Train Robbery (1903, Edwin S. Porter) - along with the exclusion of the Lumieres, unforgiveable The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912, Harold M. Shaw) The Last of the Mohicans (1920, Maurice Tourneur) The Freshman (1924, Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor) - I still prefer Chaplin and Keaton, but no Harold Lloyd whatsoever? Come on! Scar of Shame (1926, Frank Perugini) Piccadilly (1929, E.A. Dupont) - whither Anna May Wong? Love and Duty (1931, Bu Wangcang) - Ruan Lingyu. Greatest Chinese actress of all time, and one of the greatest screen actresses, period. Rose Hobart (1936, Joseph Cornell) - Bunuel knocked over the projector during a screening in a jealous fit. Nuff said. Street Angel (1937, Yuan Muzhi) - My favorite Chinese film. Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937, Sadao Yamanaka) - if Yamanaka hadn't met an untimely death serving the Japanese Army, we might today be asking "Akira who?" Porky in Wackyland (1938, Robert Clampett) - Chuck Jones, Chuck Shmones. Bob Clampett's brief tenure at Warner was a creative maelstrom that truly put the looney in Looney Tunes Ornamental Hairpin (1941, Hiroshi Shimizu) This Life of Mine (1951, Shi Hui) - That Forrest Gump is in the 1000 and this film isn't shows how culturally biased this exercise is. The House is Black (1962, Farough Farrokhzad) - quite possibly the most poetic film ever made. Culloden (1964, Peter Watkins) Trash (1970, Paul Morrissey) The Arch (1970, Tong Shu Shuen) Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971, Melvin van Peebles) The Magic Blade (1976, Chor Yuen) - My favorite director of the 1970s. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977, Manhoman Desai) - Going by sheer audience figures, Amitabh Bachchan is the most popular actor of all time, and he has won more awards in his country than any actor anywhere else. See his films and you'll know why. Hey you 1,193 critics and whatevers, do any of you have a clue? Horse Thief (1985, Tian Zhuangzhuang) As Good as It Gets (1997, James L. Brooks) Ratcatcher (1999, Lynne Ramsay) Platform (2000, Jia Zhangke)
Go here if you want to participate in the poll.