Lists by Martin_Stett
I enjoy borrowing films from my local library, partly because they always have a large selection of movies in the Criterion Collection. By no means do I believe that Criterion is perfect: there are far too many films that I would deem "important" that they continue to shun (Ghost in the Shell, anyone?), and too many films that make the list simply because they're from a certain director when they have no redeeming qualities to speak of. But they do a pretty good job of releasing movies in diverse genres, and it is fun to pick up a boatload of these movies and see what new film made the ultimate film snob's list. And hey, they keep giving me good movies, so I'll forgive whoever it was that suggested Tiny Furniture should make the collection. :)
***NEW FEATURE*** I'm adding the library of laserdisc releases from Criterion as well. If it was only released as a laserdisc, I will make a note of it.
It Happened One Night (1934) *** 1/2
Kanal (1957) ***
A key to ratings:
**** Brilliant, a must see
*** 1/2 Despite some minor quibbles, this is a highly recommended film.
*** A good movie. There are problems in some areas, but all in all I enjoyed the experience quite a bit.
** 1/2 Passable.
** Not quite up to snuff. Often mixes excellent ideas with shoddy execution.
* 1/2 Just plain bad. There may be a sequence or two that belong to a better film, but in the end they can't come anywhere near saving the whole.
* Terrible in every respect.
1/2 a star -- I reserve the zero star rating for Talladega Nights, because nothing else could possibly be that bad. But this is close. Very, very close.
These are 50 great films about families: fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, children, siblings. In their own ways, each story is an honest depiction of family and blood. I'm open to any recommendations or suggestions, so feel free to shout out some favorites of yours!
Note: Not all of these are obviously "family" films, but every movie is here for a reason. I hope to be adding small write-ups to each movie on this list shortly.
This is in a loose order. That said, this is a list of my favorite films, not the best. Thus, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, etc. doesn't quite make it, as much as I admire them, while The Village makes it because it has earned a place in my heart -- undeserved as that place may be as ranked by critics. So, have fun reading through.