Tuesday, June 24, 2008

EW's Top 100 New Classics: The Head Scratchers

Before I post my own personal choices for 100 "new classics," in response to the EW list, I wanted to comment on the EW choices. I think it was a pretty decent list, all things considered. However, they are clearly factoring in "pop culture" and/or popularity, which kind of muddies their list a bit (i.e. Risky Business, Pretty Woman, The Blair Witch Project).

But even within that context, I offer these ten as their oddest included films (would anyone have missed them?):

A Room With A View (1986)

Broadcast News (1987)

Glory (1989)

sex, lies, and videotape (1989)

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Men In Black (1997)

The Truman Show (1998)

Memento (2001)

Sideways (2004)

Michael Clayton (2007)

Whereas, these ten seem glaringly omitted (whether I agree with them or not):

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Se7en (1995)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Election (1999)

Adaptation (2002)

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Once (2007)

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