"Sight and Sound Poll" Released-- "Citizen Kane" out of Top Spot!
"I'm Charles Foster Kane!"
The Sight and Sound Poll has been made public, and Vertigo has replaced Citizen Kane at #1. I prefer Citizen Kane and really did hope it would remain #1. Not to say I don't love Vertigo, but I'm telling you new film buffs-- the ones that always bashed Kane as "not that great"-- will be doubled baffled by Vertigo. It's impossible to pick a #1 film of all-time but it always seemed to me that Kane was the best representative of cinematic achievement. At least, however, we're moving forward, i.e. 1941 to 1958. In the early days of the Poll relatively current films would make the list (although admittedly there was a shorter history of movies). When 2001: A Space Odyssey is the most recent film on the [critics] list and it came out before the moon landing plus not one not two but three silent films appear, it sure makes the least look creaky. The rest of the list was no surprises. The thing that I'm most happy about is (unlike last time) The Godfather and The Godfather Part II were considered separate films (duh!)-- it was such a rip when it landed on the list as one movie. To me that would be the equivalent of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back being considered one movie.
Here is a list of the 2017 films I've seen, and my opinion of them. Filmmakers who toil on the almost-impossible mission of making a feature length film should not have their work dismissed on a pass-fail basis so easily. That being said, this is just one man's opinion, and on a blog at that, and the savvy moviegoer will read enough of the reviews of professional film critics to allow a blog here and there to "list" favorites and least favorites.
n/a so far
Get Out. Best seen as satire.
John Wick: Chapter 2. Will please fans of the original (when it gets going)-- it's even better than the first, if, at times, the violence gets video game-ish.
Kong: Skull Island. Summer movies have started two months early; fun!
Logan. Maybe what was needed story-wise, but a little too Terminatoresque in the telling, and far too depressing overall.