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Are you a film buff?

Are you a film buff? How many of the top 250 have you seen?

  • Godlike 100% (250)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Definitely a buff 80%+ (200)

    Votes: 5 20.8%
  • I'm pretty buff 60%+ (150)

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • In the buff 40%+ (100)

    Votes: 6 25.0%
  • I like Buffy the vampire slayer 20%+ (50)

    Votes: 6 25.0%
  • Bum fluff -20% (0-50)

    Votes: 4 16.7%

  • Total voters
    24

Nitefly

Hyper Poster
@furie yup I also like (most of) Wall-E, but I do raise my eyes with its specific placement. Looking down the list and seeing what it ranks above is haunting.

I would also deduct one, or possibly, two, marks out of ten for that stupid pizza-tree joke. Who is that supposed to be funny for? How did that get the green light? Many Pixar films have this habit of including really crap jokes / twee content because they tick a ‘family friendly’ box, without much scrutiny as to whether it’s actually good. Children are smart and enjoy the same things that adults do. I do have a love/hate relationship with Pixar because despite my resentment for the above, they do push some relevant themes (notably with Inside Out and Soul). They can also be funny…. but when their ‘humour’ falls flat, boy do they fall flat.
 

Matt N

Strata Poster
I thought I’d try both the original list and the current top 250 on IMDB… and I think “not much of a film buff” would be an understatement.
Furie’s List from 2010
  • Top 10: 1/10
  • Top 20: 3/20
  • Top 25: 3/25
  • Top 50: 4/50
  • Top 100: 7/100
  • Top 200: 15/200
  • Top 250: 17/250
So my grand total from the spreadsheet that @furie posted is 17

Let’s see if I fare any better in the current top 250…
Current
  • Top 10: 0/10
  • Top 20: 1/20
  • Top 25: 2/25
  • Top 50: 5/50
  • Top 100: 8/100
  • Top 200: 13/200
  • Top 250: 16/250
Surprisingly, I actually did worse on the current top 250, with a grand total of 16 watched…

So I think the one thing I can ascertain from this is that I’m definitely not a film buff!
 
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Matt N

Strata Poster
Sorry to double post, but I can see that a lot of people are marvelling at my pitiful film-watch count, so if you’re interested, here are the films I’ve watched from both the original list that @furie posted and the current list, in order of rank within the posted list…
Original
  1. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  4. Wall-E (2008)
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  6. Back to the Future (1985)
  7. Up (2009)
  8. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  9. The Lion King (1994)
  10. Toy Story (1995)
  11. Life of Brian (1979)
  12. Finding Nemo (2003)
  13. Groundhog Day (1993)
  14. Ratatouille (2007)
  15. The Incredibles (2004)
  16. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  17. Monsters Inc (2001)
Current
  1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (#15 overall)
  2. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) (#25 overall)
  3. Interstellar (2014) (#27 overall)
  4. Back to the Future (1985) (#36 overall)
  5. The Lion King (1994) (#38 overall)
  6. Wall-E (2008) (#61 overall)
  7. Toy Story (1995) (#81 overall)
  8. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (#83 overall)
  9. Toy Story 3 (2010) (#122 overall)
  10. Up (2009) (#124 overall)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) (#147 overall)
  12. Inside Out (2015) (#173 overall)
  13. Finding Nemo (2003) (#178 overall)
  14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) (#215 overall)
  15. Monsters Inc (2001) (#230 overall)
So it turns out that I’ve only watched 15 of the current top 250, which is even less than I’d thought…

From memory, I’ll admit I’m personally surprised at the ranking of some of these, but surprisingly few of them are things that would come to mind as being among my favourite movies, although I’ll confess that I’m admittedly not a film buff, and don’t watch films on a regular basis… for one, I’m surprised that Return of the Jedi is so much lower than the other original Star Wars films. I’m not really a huge Star Wars fan, admittedly, but I actually remember ROTJ being my favourite of the original trilogy!
 
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FarleyFlavors

Mega Poster
Surprisingly, I actually did worse on the current top 250
Ha! You're not the only one. I managed to go from 205 on the old list to 186 on the current one.

There were only two or three titles on the old list I'd never heard of but there's a significantly higher number on the new list. Bollywood/Iranian/Turkish/anime films mainly.

Steward's inquiry needed on Touch of Evil going from #117 to dropping out of the list altogether. Orson Welles' finest hour (and a half).
 

RobCoasters

Roller Poster
9.

Out of the 250 films on that list, I've seen nine of them.

To add insult to injury, a good chunk of those I've only seen the first or second half of.

Terrible.
 

Matt N

Strata Poster
I’ll admit I’m not really much of a film/cinema enthusiast; I don’t watch films on a regular basis, and I genuinely couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the cinema (it was pre-COVID, for sure, and probably predated the pandemic by a good year or two). Even with that in mind, I’ll admit that I was rather surprised at not only how few I’d watched, but also how few I’d actually heard of. A surprising amount of the top 250 consists of rather old films, or things that aren’t especially well-known to the average film viewer.

I think the issue I face in a thing like this is that a lot of the types of films I really like aren’t especially critically acclaimed so to speak. On the infrequent occasion I do sit down and watch a film, I look for something that I can enjoy at a surface level, without having to delve too deeply. Call me childish, but if I had to pick a type of film that I enjoy most, I’d personally say that I’m most into comedy films myself, or more specifically, slapstick comedy and “gentler” forms of comedy as opposed to sarcastic or black comedy (as many of you probably know, I’m not very good at the whole “looking beyond the surface” thing). When I watch a film, I personally like to laugh or enjoy a film without really looking into it too much; I don’t really watch films looking for “deeper meaning” or any of the artistic nuances that somebody like a film enthusiast or film critic might be looking for.

If it helps my case at all, I did watch a brief section of the top 10-ranking Schindler’s List while we did a Holocaust unit in Year 8 Drama, although my Drama teacher’s Holocaust movie of choice ended up being The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which surprisingly didn’t make the list given Schindler’s List’s high ranking… I fully appreciate that it’s probably an extremely poignant piece of cinema given its subject matter, but what is it about Schindler’s List that makes it rank so highly in comparison to other films covering the same subject matter? I certainly remember The Boy in the Striped Pajamas being quite poignant viewing, from memory…
 

Peet

Hyper Poster
I just did a quick count, I've seen 115 of them including all of the top 18.

I do try to rate every film I see on IMDB and so far I've rated 762 of films, would be good to hit 1000 some day, it's easier than hitting 1000 creds!
 

Thecoasterrus

Mega Poster
I’ll admit I’m not really much of a film/cinema enthusiast; I don’t watch films on a regular basis, and I genuinely couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the cinema (it was pre-COVID, for sure, and probably predated the pandemic by a good year or two). Even with that in mind, I’ll admit that I was rather surprised at not only how few I’d watched, but also how few I’d actually heard of. A surprising amount of the top 250 consists of rather old films, or things that aren’t especially well-known to the average film viewer.

I think the issue I face in a thing like this is that a lot of the types of films I really like aren’t especially critically acclaimed so to speak. On the infrequent occasion I do sit down and watch a film, I look for something that I can enjoy at a surface level, without having to delve too deeply. Call me childish, but if I had to pick a type of film that I enjoy most, I’d personally say that I’m most into comedy films myself, or more specifically, slapstick comedy and “gentler” forms of comedy as opposed to sarcastic or black comedy (as many of you probably know, I’m not very good at the whole “looking beyond the surface” thing). When I watch a film, I personally like to laugh or enjoy a film without really looking into it too much; I don’t really watch films looking for “deeper meaning” or any of the artistic nuances that somebody like a film enthusiast or film critic might be looking for.

If it helps my case at all, I did watch a brief section of the top 10-ranking Schindler’s List while we did a Holocaust unit in Year 8 Drama, although my Drama teacher’s Holocaust movie of choice ended up being The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which surprisingly didn’t make the list given Schindler’s List’s high ranking… I fully appreciate that it’s probably an extremely poignant piece of cinema given its subject matter, but what is it about Schindler’s List that makes it rank so highly in comparison to other films covering the same subject matter? I certainly remember The Boy in the Striped Pajamas being quite poignant viewing, from memory…
I saw The Boy in the Striped Pajamas during year 9, I guess it's seen as a more appropriate for 12-14 year olds as Schindler's List is rated 15 (in the UK).

Schindler's List is a more intense film as the majority of the film deals with the brutal aspects of the holocaust in more realistic less "Hollywood" way. (Despite it having a larger budget than The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)

I think Schindler's List also gets credit for being one Spielberg's most personal films and it's performances and technical aspects definitely make it a memorable film.

I agree that Schindler's List is the better film in my opinion, but both are great films.

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