The MTOL Top 50 Movies of All Time

9 Jul


4 Responses to “The MTOL Top 50 Movies of All Time”

  1. Steve B. July 10, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    What does this say about the MTOL audience? – A distinct lack of horror (besides Psycho and perhaps Jaws) and westerns (besides the “modern western” “No Country for Old Men”). It’s not for lack of trying on Tyler’s part. I really enjoy Halloweentimes. In my top 10 was Alien, The Thing, and the original 1978 Dawn of the Dead. The Searchers, a one time companion film was in my top 10, and I once picked it for a small group movie night at my church.
    I’m not all that surprised about lack of animation (besides Whisper of the Heart). People like animated films, but somewhere below their top 10.
    I really appreciate you putting this together, Tyler, and I think it was an engaging podcast discussion by all four of you.

    • Robert July 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

      Steve, I agree that the final list could have possibly been more diverse if all sent in top 50 versus top 10. But I trust Tyler’s secret recipe/weighted scoring system cause I have to (cause numbers ain’t my thing). My own top 10 had no westerns, though some of my all time *favorite* movies are westerns, and no sci-fi (my other favorite genre) outside of 2001, which is sort of a natch on any top ten. I’d be interested to see what the second 50 looks like – the ones people sent in that didn’t make the cut. I wonder if Tyler would ever release such inside baseball info…

  2. Tony July 16, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    Really enjoyable podcast. In regards to the inclusion of Manhattan over Annie Hall I agree with you guys that rightly/wrongly (I love them both but do prefer Manhattan), Manhattan does tend to be preferred by movie lovers because of the gorgeous black and white cinematography, Gershwin score and perceived greater depth (much in the same way that Empire is often preferred to Star Wars for much the same reasons – better looking, even better score, greater depth in story/dialogue/characters). Just to be anal, Tracy is 17 rather than 16 but regarding the controversial element of the story, I suspect Allen is (still) given a bit of a free pass because of his amiable public/film persona and the fact that their relationship is (still) perfectly legal in most western democracies (although even the Allen character admits himself at least morally wrong).

    • Robert July 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Tony. First, you’re right about the age – as a life-long WA fan, and having seen the movie more times than I have fingers, I’m duly ashamed. Second, the WA character does allude to the immorality of his relationship by his words and his rather self-loathing body language at times. All of which makes me wish he’d not run back to her at the end. I’m left to wonder: is Allen making the point that even those who claim to rise above shallow posturing and me-decade solipsism are themselves given to stooping so low as to woo back that which they know is a mistake… or is Allen just adding a romantic-style ending (the tracking shots of him running, the final shots of his face a la City Lights, etc.) for its own sake. Given his own famous dislike of the movie (he wanted to buy it back from United Artists and bury it), my bet is the latter. In any case, it’s a downright gorgeous movie (is there anything better than the planetarium scene?) that I nevertheless have grown colder toward over the years, mainly due to the ambiguous nature of that ending. I like guessing-game endings, but that one felt like it needed more of a stuck landing to me.

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