Saturday, December 04, 2004

Michael Medved's 10 Favorite Films

With tongue firmly in cheek, Medved says about the request to provide a list of favorite movies, “I hate, resent and despise the very notion of ‘All-time Best’ lists of motion pictures. As a working critic, it’s difficult enough to come up with a ‘Best of the Year’ list each December, let alone engage in some gaseous survey of more than 100 years of cinema history to compile some collection of deathless classics, inscribed on tablets of stone. With this prejudice in mind, I submit the following list of classics for which I feel conspicuous enthusiasm. I do so only under duress, and under protest, with the condition that the titles will appear without further comment.”

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939).
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945).
“The Wild Strawberries” (1957, Swedish).
“The Bicycle Thief” (1948, Italian).
“E.T.” (1982).
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939).
“Casablanca” (1941).
“Rules of the Game” (1939, French).
“Schindler’s List” (1993).
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946).