May 25, 2014
100 Best Movies
Everybody seems to like movies. A good film is many things; a compelling story, familiar actors, interesting settings and yes...
...extensive use of language.
Movies are a thoroughly enjoyable way to steep ourselves into another language. Even if you know a language, films are a great way to increase vocabulary and learn even more nuances of words, phrases and slang terms.
There are, of course, thousands of movies out there and more being made all the time, but how do you know which movies are worth seeing?
Many are good, some are very good, and most are, at minimum, worth seeing, but how do you pick a movie that is likely to have been seen by most people?
I like to look over lists of the best movies. I don't always agree, and I almost always have films I would like to see added to such lists, but I like to look over the lists to see what movies have stood the test of time.
I have noticed that many laanguage programs and schools focus on current popular movies. My focus tends to be on movies that have passed the popularity and marketing cycle and are worthy of repeat viewing.
Here's an updated list, with a fair mix of classic and recent films - http://entertainment.time.com/2005/02/12/all-time-100-movies/slide/all/.
There are some great films here (I am always glad to see Children of Paradise on list like this) and everyone should see Citizen Kane, Singin’ in the Rain and It's a Wonderful Life (I've seen each of these multiple times).
When you see one great film, it might inspire you to track down other films by those actors or that director.
There are some great films out there - let me know what your favorites are.
Posted by mmorf at May 25, 2014 08:25 PM