Get a few friends together, pop up some corn, and dim the lights. It's movie time!
Seen any good movies lately?
Earlier this month, the British Film Institute released its latest list of the Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time. BFI, a nonprofit organization devoted to the development of the film and television arts, has published this list once a decade since 1952. It results from a survey of nearly 850 revered film experts, and it's considered to be one of the world's most definitive lists of great films.
Your task for today is to make plans to watch one of the world's great films. No cheating—you have to choose one you've never seen before. You can use the BFI list as a guide, but there are many other excellent lists out there to choose from. AFI's 100 Years … 100 Movies is a great collection of American classics, or if you'd prefer to try something that wasn't made in the U.S., take a look at the list of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. And if there's a particular film writer that you like, find a list of their all-time favorite movies and pick one that looks intriguing. I'm going to go with this round-up of films loved by the great Pauline Kael.
While you can certainly find a lot of classic films on Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, and the like, I want to take this opportunity to again remind you of the awesomeness of public libraries. Many of them have huge collections of DVDs, with a focus on classic movies (although I must admit I did once check out a copy of the decidedly non-classic Dumb & Dumber from a library in Oakland).
Get a few friends together, pop up some corn, and dim the lights. It's movie time! Please let us know in the comments section of this post what you plan to watch, or if you're up for it, share your personal list of favorite classic films with us.