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As usual, running late, no time to delve into today's topics (cameras in the classroom; Bush and gay marriage), but I do have this light topic:

Right Wing News:Bloggers Select the 15 Greatest Movies of All Time.

39 bloggers, including myself, participated. I sent in a list of 25 films. Only five of my choices made the top 15; three made the honorable mentions list.

I guess I'm just not into the classics. I never saw Gone With The Wind. Wizard of Oz gives me nightmares. And I hated, hated Forrest Gump.

So, which of my selections made it and which didn't? That's for me to know and you to find out.

That is, let's see how well you know me. Any idea what movies were in my top 25 (you don't have to guess them all, one or two would suffice), or care to take a guess which of the 15 that made the list or which of the honorable mentions were mine?


I'm guessing something involving zombies.

Well, you and I seem to have an awful lot in common, so if I had to say which movies I would think are classics, especially given what you eliminated...

I would say

Star Wars
Empire Strikes Back
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Godfather II

As to what else would be on your list, well now I'm drawing a blank. I'd love to see your list if you are ok with emailing it to me.

A couple that I'm surprised on not on the list at all -

Die Hard
Silence of the Lambs

A couple of my faves -

Crimson Tide
Hunt for Red October
Patriot Games
On Golden Pond
Dances with Wolves

The Wizard of Oz gives you nightmares? Weird!

I like classic movies, but how GWTW keeps making these lists I'll never know. It my opinion it's one of the worst films ever made. The acting is so ham bone as to be beyond belief, and the plot line is cliche ridden and pathetic. Not to mention revisionist from an historical prosepctive. Oh well, each to their own I guess.

BTW. Mailed in my blogathon pledge today.

I agree, Merlin. A timeless classic is - timeless. I was bored beyond belief watching the tediously long GWTW and that INCLUDED an intermission!!! I had the same feeling watching "Chariots of Fire". Ultimate snooze job.

I remember watching North by Northwest, a Hitchcock classic, but I don't recall it being THAT good, either. And if we are talking about classics, Citizen Kane has to be up there, too. It is a "classic", but as a movie, a story-telling, compelling film, it's just not there. It is dripping with style and imagery and metaphors and the whole nine yards. But the story ? Eh.

no Monty Python and the holy grail? what's wrong with you people?

The Princess Bride
Dirty Dancing

Well I would imagine that your top 25 would have to inlclude decaying human flesh somewhere so I would guess Evil Dead 2 (and/or) Army of Darkness, and Dead/Alive as choices that didn't make the cut.

For the ones that made it, I'd say Jaws, The Godfather, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

You really should see Gone With the Wind someday...

Man, I'm surprised Braveheart rated so highly. I liked it, but not that much. Especially after I heard how much they changed the battles around.

Proof that the End Times are upon us: a group of otherwise dependably geeky people rate Star Wars IV above The Empire Strikes Back. Un****ing believable.

Please tell me that Princess Bride wasn't on your top 25 list. I mean, it's a cute movie and all, but cute doesn't count for everything. I mean, this isn't Hollywood. Um.


I think what you are observing is a two tiered list. When asked to list "classic" movies, people will offer up the usual suspects of KNOWN classics like Casablanca, GWTW, Citizen Kane and It's a Wonderful Life.

Then they will offer movies that THEY believe to be classics.

Star Wars Episode IV (why can't I just call it Star Wars for cripes sake?!) is a "known" classic, that's why it scored so high. Anyone that is a true fan knows Empire Strikes Back was the better movie, but is falls into the "they believe it to be a classic" category, and therefore scores lower.

That list is definitely an odd mix of "known" classics, a few true classics from the last 30 years, and a few new classics of the past 10-15 years. I wonder if Saving Private Ryan or LOTR: Fellowship will stand the test of time. They were both excellent, no doubt, but are they really classics ?

How about The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension?

As one of those hard-to-find, hard-to-quantify, good stupid movies, it's definitely in my top 25.

You got it, Brett. Absolutely up there on my list as well. I actually caught it a while back on Starz and recorded it on my DVR!!!!!

A true quirky classic movie!

The Wizard of Oz gave me nightmares too. About flying monkeys. Strangely I wasn't afraid of the Wicked Witch of the West; I figured I could just spit on her and my spit would have enough water in it to melt her (yeah, I was a smart kid.) But her simian minions... they were the stuff of nightmares for months.

Good to see another person was disturbed by that movie.

Wizard of Oz never bothered me, but I'm glad to find another person that hated Forest Gump! Whenever I tell people I can't stand that movie they look at me like I'm insane (more than usual anyway)

Any Horror Flicks? What about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Any of the Halowween movies? Come on there should be at least SOME horror on your list heh