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Film Industry's List of 100 Favorite Films in The Hollywood Reporter Is Same Old Story

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by Ryan Lattanzio and Jacob Combs
June 30, 2014 12:40 PM
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  • John Luma | July 6, 2014 2:07 AMReply

    The outrage here is misplaced. What would you really expect from "HOLLYWOOD'S 100 FAVORITE Movies"? Not "Greatest." Not "Artistic." Not "Critically Acclaimed." FAVORITE. Meaning, the movies with mass appeal, made for mass appeal. That found mass appeal. The "100 Top" list most critics want simply needs to be based on that measure. Which is not Hollywood's.

  • Me too | July 1, 2014 2:38 PMReply

    The list is boring because it started out boring. HR gave a list of films to choose from with a lot of bad commercial films on the list, a lot of major Oscar films left off, and with very few foreign films or films directed by women.

    If a Hollywood media outlet wants to do a real poll that's actually accurate, they need to let voters choose without looking at a pre-currated list, and then also not let them choose any film that they have actually worked on or are credited on. That would wipe out half of the crappy films on the list(s), since some were obviously only on the list because they employed the most people in Hollywood (i.e. effects-driven and animation) who have only their self-interest in mind. And "Back to the Future" and "Avatar" should not be on any list! It's embarrassing!

  • anonymous | July 1, 2014 10:07 AMReply

    There's a lot of good films on the list but it is pretty boring and similar to other 100 best movies lists.

  • Dennis | June 30, 2014 9:41 PMReply

    Wow. The fact that the oldest titles are the most obvious duo (Wizard of Oz, GWTW) from the official "greatest year" in the medium 1939, already nearly half a century into its existence, speaks a great deal about how little most professionals know about their own industry's history. Not a huge surprise, but still a pity. I'll bet most of the people polled could name more comic books than they could movies made before 1939 (or 1959, for that matter).

  • Ted | June 30, 2014 8:34 PMReply

    And people wonder why Hollywood keeps producing crap … look at their favorite movies. I mean, even if we just look at Hollywood films - meaning throw out foreign, art, and independent films - and this list is still utter crap. I mean, Shawshank Redemption at #4 … really? If I were to even just write a list of the 100 best prison films Shawshank might not even make the cut.

    Also, is anyone also really shocked something like The Searchers of Stagecoach didn't make the list or City Lights. In fact, did a single Chaplin or Ford film make the cut?

  • cadavra | June 30, 2014 5:56 PMReply

    Here's a thought: Next time, ask for their favorite 200 movies, then throw out the top 100. This might--repeat, might--yield some more intriguing titles.

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