A note on my 100 favo(u)rite films: statistics.

Now that I'm a quarter of the way through the somewhat self-indulgent list of my 100 favorite films, I thought that I might do a rundown of everything listed so far and throw out some statistics. I mean, why not? People have done lamer things for their own amusement.



First, the list of films:
1 Stalker (1979)
2 Naked (1993)
3 MASH (1970)
4 The Thing (1982)
5 Delicatessen (1991)
6 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
7 Outland (1981)
8 Safe (1995)
9 All That Jazz (1979)
10 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
11 Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It There?) (2001)
12 Libeled Lady (1936)
13 Alien (1979)
14 Searchers, The (1956)
15 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
16 Se7en (1995)
17 Real Genius (1985)
18 Tenk├╗ no shiro Rapyuta (Castle in the Sky) (1986)
19 THX 1138 (1971)
20 Silver Streak (1976)
21 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
22 Spongebob Squarepants Movie, The (2004)
23 Mission, The (1986)
24 Pi (1998)
25 Playtime (1967)

The most commonly represented year is 1979 (Stalker, All That Jazz, Alien), while the median year of all the films is 1985. 1985 sounds really late to me, but there were only three films listed made before 1970. I think I need to watch (and fall in love with) more classics.

As for genres, comedy was the most represented genre, with seven films. Drama and science fiction came next with five each, and there even two family films.

Only one director has been on the list twice (Steven Spielberg with Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Saving Private Ryan). You'll be seeing him one more time, as well as some other directors again.



Most of the movies listed are American (16), but there are also four UK films, two French films, and one film each from Taiwan, Russia and Japan. By the time the list is complete, you'll only see two more countries. I truly love foreign cinema, but I guess that I grew up on American films. And remember, these are my favorite films, so there are a few slightly guilty pleasures in there -- but guilty pleasures whose merits I will defend wholeheartedly.

That's the breakdown so far, American comedies from 1985 are the norm. In other words, it all comes down to Real Genius.


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September 28, 2008 at 12:47 AM bangboomblast said...

I watched perhaps the beginning 1/3 of naked before falling asleep. I had lots of dreams about rape.