Sunday, September 20, 2009

Which year of films do you pick?

This is a question that has come up recently in my head, but also on Entertainment Weekly's website. I'm throwing it out there, and I may even try to turn it into a Facebook meme. Here's the question: You have the choice to take a movie catalog from any given calendar year with you on a deserted island. You can have all of the movies released in that year in North America, but no others. Which year do you pick? It's a tough call. EW answers were silly, like 1977 (Star Wars...ugh) and 1984. I think the trick is to pick a year in which there were enough great films as well as enough silly fun films. Here are my top 3:

3. 1967: In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Wait Until Dark, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, The Jungle Book.
2. 1999: Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, Fight Club, The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, Galaxy Quest, Office Space, and Dogma for comic relief.
1. 2007: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood (the clinchers right there), Hot Fuzz, Eastern Promises, Darjeeling Limited, Into the Wild, Once, Rescue Dawn.

Possible twists on this question:
A. For whichever year you take, you have to watch the top 10 grossing movies at least as often as you watch your favourites. Do your selections change?
B. Choose any two- (or three, or four, or five, etc.) year period.
C. Choose a decade.

What are your years?


  1. What do you mean "a question that has come up recently in my head"? I asked you this question, like two months ago!

  2. 1999 was a very good year. Fight Club, Magnolia, The Matrix, Being John Malkovich. Also Eyes Wide Shut, American Beauty, Boondock Saints, and eXistenZ. I think I'd probably put it over 2007. But not by much.

    Did you just forget about Zodiac, or have you actually not seen it yet?



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