Silver Screen Streak List #03:

iCM Forum's 500 < 400

The third list in my Silver Screen Streak Movie Challenge is one of the most mysterious. Bas van Stratum, who I know through his Flickchart, is involved in some way with a list over at iCheckMovies which catalogs the highest-rated movies seen by fewer than 400 users of that site. As a result, this list is obscure enough that I've only seen two of its top 10, and only 4 of its top 100. I've not even heard of many of the movies on this list, so I'm bringing very little baggage into this one.


The First Two

I’ll watch the first two movies from each list, giving each participant the chance to avoid an instant exit and maybe even earn some free passes.

The first two movies on this list are:

  • CARRIAGE TO VIENNA (1966); Dir.: Karel Kachyňa

    Carriage to Vienna (1966); Dir.: Karel Kachyňa — A few other movies by Czech director Kachyňa have made it onto my watchlist but not to my actual eyeballs yet.

  • MUDDY RIVER (1981); Dir.: Kôhei Oguri

    Muddy River (1981); Dir.: Kôhei Oguri — Oguri only directed six movies in 35 years, this is the first time I'm becoming aware of any of them.


THE NEXT EIGHT

If those first two movies fare well enough on my Flickchart, I'll continue on into this equally obscure collection, either immediately or in the second round.

  • HAPPY END (1967); Dir.: Oldřich Lipský

    Happy End (1967); Dir.: Oldřich Lipský — Another unknown quantity from the Czech New Wave.

  • THE FIFTH SEAL (1976): Dir.: Zoltán Fábri

    The Fifth Seal (1976): Dir.: Zoltán Fábri — Hungarian; and that's the extent of what I know about this one.

  • BIRTH CERTIFICATE (1961); Dir.: Stanisław Różewicz

    Birth Certificate (1961); Dir.: Stanisław Różewicz — More central/eastern European fare, this one from Poland and also completely off-my-radar.

  • RAPTURE (1965); Dir.: John Guillermin

    Rapture (1965); Dir.: John Guillermin — Guillermin is hardly a household name, but once directed massive blockbusters like The Towering Inferno (1974) and King Kong (1976), as well as B-movies like Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1984) and Shaft in Africa (1973). I'm very curious see his entry in this list, which must be anomalous in his filmography.

  • RED ANGEL (1966): Dir.: Yasuzô Masumura

    Red Angel (1966): Dir.: Yasuzô Masumura — A couple of Masumura's provocative-looking movies have made it on to my watchlist in recent years, but, again, I've not watched them yet, and this wasn't one of them.

  • AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD OCCASIONALLY I SAW BRIEF GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY (2000); Dir.: Jonas Mekas

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000); Dir.: Jonas Mekas — I've got priors on this one! I watched some of Jonas Mekas' Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) twenty years ago in a film class and appreciated his style. That's all I've got.

  • THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1962); dir.: Karel Zeman

    The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962); dir.: Karel Zeman — While I've heard Zeman's name before, I'm not sure in what context. Maybe I'm confusing him with Czech soccer coach Zdeněk Zeman (who, coincidentally, has a son named Karel Zeman). I've watched Terry Gilliam's movie on this same subject and found it mildly diverting.

  • INTERROGATION (1982); Dir.: Ryszard Bugajski

    Interrogation (1982); Dir.: Ryszard Bugajski — In the dark on this one as well, but it looks heavy.


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The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher