The Lord of the Lists: February
Welcome to a new year on iCheckMovies! Today we bring you a present of four new lists:
- In their September 2014 issue, the prestigious Sight & Sound magazine published the results of a poll of the Greatest Documentaries of all time compiled from the top 10 lists of 340 critics and filmmakers. While we already have two very good and diverse documentary lists, the scope and prestige of this poll made adopting Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time a rather clear choice (adopted from PeacefulAnarchy).
- About a decade ago TimeOut put out a book with a unique spin on the idea of a Top 1000 film list. Instead of simply listing a 1000 films or grouping them by genre, they focused on film's emotional and thought provoking power, to group films in categories by the feelings they inspire. With a variety of contributors the list does have some strange entries, but on the whole should provide a diverse exploration of cinema. So we've adopted TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life (adopted from BaalMan).
- Country lists. Love 'em, hate 'em, we know there are many of you on both sides of the discussion, especially when it comes to lesser known countries. Do they highlight unknown gems, or show that these cinemas are less regarded for a reason? There's probably a bit of both, so we want to be cautious, but when a source is good we feel they're worth adopting. This time around, we've decided to adopt the Film Critics Association's Best Romanian Films which comes from a poll of 40 critics, film historians, and journalists (adopted from mjf314).
- The final adoption is a list dedicated to one of the most highly regarded filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick. A few years ago Nick Wrigley, film critic and founder of Masters of Cinema, undertook the task of compiling a list of many films that Kubrick praised highly over the years and published it online through Sight & Sound. Of course such a list will always be incomplete, but the insight into the tastes and inspirations of one of history's all time great directors makes it worth checking out. So we've adopted Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile (adopted from Timec).
- They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?: The premier all time list just got its yearly update with 40 new entries, headlined by The Wicker Man at 653 and Mother India at 754.
- All-Time Worldwide Box office: This list, of course, gets updated regularly, but with IMDb finally taking their version of the list offline, we've moved over to updating it manually from BoxOfficeMojo. This resulted in some additions, drop offs and many ordering changes.
- Nederlands Film Festival - Gouden Kalf: This yearly Dutch award was won by Gluckauf back in October.
- Guldbagge Award: The Swedish award for best film. This year's recipient was The Here After.
- National Board of Review - Best Film: In December Mad Max: Fury Road was the winner of this award.
- Golden Globe Best Picture Winners: The Golden Globes will forever be in the shadow of the Oscars, but they picked two popular winners this year in The Martian and The Revenant.
- Cahiers du Cinéma - Yearly top 10s: Cahiers du Cinéma picked its own, always unique, choices for ten best of the year back in November.
- Academy Award Best Picture Nominees and Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominees: The Academy Award nominations came out a few weeks ago, making for a handful or two new official checks.
- National Film Registry: The U.S. National Film Registry continues it's quest to preserve significant films big and small with another 25 films added to its collection.
- Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize: Just a few days ago the Sundance Film Festival awarded its highest honor to The Birth of a Nation.
- Goya Award: This Spanish film of the year award was just awarded to Truman.
- The Criterion Collection: With monthly announcements, The Criterion Collection has added a number of films to its collection over the past few months.
- Masters Of Cinema: Criterion's European counterpart is less active, but they too have added a couple of notable titles recently.
- 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird): After a break in November and December several more titles have been added to this list in the past month.
- Best Of Rotten Tomatoes and All Time Box Office: Both these lists are regularly updated, with Brooklyn being the newest entry in the former while Star Wars: The Force Awakens is attempting to become perhaps the last film ever to crack the top 10 in the latter.
- 7 February, 2016
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