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December 11, 2004

Overlooked Films

The cinetrix has linked to a list of the "Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s" compiled by the Online Film Critics Society. While I've seen many of the films on the list, and have at least vaguely heard of all the others, I'm somewhat surprised and dismayed to see that only a small number of the films listed are from Europe (and most of those are from Great Britain or Ireland). None are from Africa. Overlooking an entire continent would seem to defy the spirit of the list.

Inspired by this "film review" website, with its list of "Movies I Almost Saw," the cinetrix lists a few of the "overlooked" films that she hasn't seen. I won't try to count all of the films on the list that I haven't seen simply because I'm too lazy, but like the cinetrix (and at the risk of losing my street cred), I'll disclose a few of the films on the list that I haven't seen:

In other news, the "Overlooked" list comes from a website called Lists of Bests, which seems to offer the same service as all consuming, except it allows you to compile lists of films and music, too. So, now that we've tackled the "Overlooked" list, isn't it time to move on to the Bad Cinema Society's "100 Worst Films of the 20th Century" list?

Posted by chuck at December 11, 2004 9:01 PM

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Oooh. The Lists of Bests may be just what I've been looking for. Thanks for the link!

Posted by: profgrrrrl at December 11, 2004 9:44 PM

I'm not that impressed by the list. Miller's Crossing? Overlooked by whom? Every film nerd in every college dorm in the country must have the complete works of the Coens sitting proudly on his shelf. Oh wait, said film nerds made the list!

More seriously, I second your dismay at Africa not being on the list. Ditto Latin America, where multiple rich traditions of filmmaking just don't get seen here or talked about much.

Posted by: Chris at December 12, 2004 12:14 PM

I rather liked Hamlet. Branaugh is sort of obsessed by continually moving the camera in this one, especially slowly tracking in a circle about the actors. It has the effect of putting us off balance: there seems to be no center, the world seems awry. I found it effective, if a little wearying over 4 hours.


Posted by: jimbo at December 12, 2004 1:28 PM

Yes, the list is rather self-cogratulatory, and I forgot to mention Central and South America (also failed to mention Bollywood, but that's another story). I had the same question you did: overlooked by whom?

Posted by: chuck at December 12, 2004 1:31 PM

Jimbo, I missed your comment before. You do make the film sound more interesting than I would have expected. Not sure where the anti-Branagh bias comes from. I used to like his adaptations quite a bit.

Posted by: chuck at December 12, 2004 11:57 PM

I kind of liked Branaugh's Hamlet too. It is somewhat self-indulgent and too long, but it's worth watching. Some good cameos, and some very pretty shots. We saw it in a free preview screening in NY and it was lots of fun. I don't know if I'd watch it again, but it's good once. And certainly better than Mel's action-adventure Hamlet.

Posted by: Scrivener at December 13, 2004 1:27 AM

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