This week on Fandor: The Best Films of this Century So Far (Four Ways), Strange Addictions, Monstrous Afflictions and More!
Another week, another set of film rankings, whether you love them or just love to hate them! This time, it’s the BBC’s list of the Twenty-First Century’s top 100 films so far. Lists like this are great because they act as yardsticks by which to measure our own movie taste. How many of these have you seen? How would you change things if you were in charge? For ease of absorption, we rounded up four different ways to look at this data, starting with the most straightforward and spiraling out from there:
- As a numbered list. Purists can peruse it in its entirety here.
- As an infographic. We love this one, because we love movie posters!
- As a supercut! Nelson Carvajal made this one for No Film School. Notice a pattern?
- And last but certainly not least, Keyframe’s chief video essayist Kevin B. Lee took the liberty of “emoji-fying” the top ten films of this century so far – see if you can get them all, and try it out with your own favorite flicks!
We admit, all of this may be betraying our flirtation with full-blown film addiction, but there are worse things to be addicted to, right?
Right. Like flakka, a synthetic substance in the same grand tradition of bath salts and Krokodil that’s been making headlines for its apparent ability to turn ordinary people into cannibalistic monsters. Have you heard about this crazy news straight out of everyone’s favorite crazy news source, Florida? This may be a case of life imitating art! We can’t help but think of Claire Denis’ shocking and sensual Trouble Every Day, which puts a decidedly sexier spin on the deadly bender trope. And we can’t forget the 1920 classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore (Drew’s grandfather) and widely considered to be the first great American horror film. Sorry, North American neighbors! This film is currently only available in the United States, but everyone can watch a hilarious parody that came out just five years later, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride. Is it just us, or does this spoof seriously foreshadow Young Frankenstein? It’s not just us.
Of course, there’s a good reason we have Young Frankenstein (steen!) on the brain. We’re still mourning the loss of Gene Wilder! Wilder played many amazing roles (including husband to the late Gilda Radner), but he might best be known on the Internet as the original and enduring Willy Wonka. Sorry, Johnny, but you’re just not as memorable — or meme-rable. Gene, thank you for your staunch silliness and your utter commitment to the bit. You will be so, so missed, but we know you’re with Gilda now, in a world of pure imagination. We’ll end our roundup here.