The Almost List – The Films that Didn’t Quite Make It
“And now, the easiest part of any coach’s job. The cuts.” Homer Simpson
Before I get into my 30 favourite films, I want to take a moment to give honourable mention to the last 30 that didn’t make it. The Almost List.
The most common question I asked when I discuss this blog is “Is this movie on your list” quickly followed by “Oh man, why not”. When a movie is not here, it doesn’t mean I don’t like it. It means of the 1600 or so films I have seen it’s not in my 100 favourite.
Placing the final 30 and leaving off these 30 for me was the hardest task. They are all films I love and value greatly. I had the list down to 130 films and had to make some ‘cuts’ for lack of a better term.
Here, alphabetically, is my Almost List. The Runners-Up up if you will: the last 30 films to get crossed off the top 100. All films that I love but didn’t quite make the final list. The five marked with an asterisk were the last five off the list.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Beauty and the Beast
Being John Malkovich *
Decline of the American Empire
It’s a Wonderful Life
Minority Report *.
Rear Window *
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan *
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
The Conversation *
The Deer Hunter
The Hunt for Red October
The Last Detail
The Maltese Falcon
The Right Stuff
The Sweet Hereafter
It would seem that “The Usual Suspects” is the most common film people cannot believe is on my list. I liked it, but I saw the major plot twist coming a mile away. And I hate Stephen Baldwin.