So for the first time in four years, Empire has produced a top 100 movies of all time list. Naturally, I've always been skeptical of these lists as I feel a majority of people vote for whatever the media tells them to. For example, Star Wars has been so indoctrinated into our psyche that you just have to vote for it.
Not me. Personally, Star Wars wouldn't make it into my top 10. I think Empire Strikes Back would sneak into my top 20, although there are a lot of films out there.
Take a look at the top 10 in Empires list and it certainly feels like the medias obsession with two franchises in particular has paid off.
1 - Lord of the Rings (Fellowship)
2 - Star Wars (A New Hope)
3 - Lord of the Rings (Two Towers)
4 - Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back)
5 - Shawshank Redemption
6 - The Godfather
7 - Pulp Fiction
8 - Lord of the Rings (Return of the King)
9 - Fight Club
10 - Jaws
Now before the Tolkienites start having a go I'd like to point out that I thought Lord of the Rings was one of the finest examples of modern movie making in history. As a combined collection, the three films would certainly make it into my top 20 (maybe even top 10). I guess it just gets to me how people have such short memories. Granted Star Wars is pretty old now, but I should point out that Star Wars did not make the top spots in a lot of movie polls until the release of the extended edition in 1997 rekindled people's love of the originals.
Would classic films such as Ben Hur, Citizen Kane or 2001 be reinvigorated if they were given a multi-billion dollar overhaul and re-release?
Granted... I know I tend to have a go at Star Wars a lot. I agree that it revolutionised the way in which films are made today but does that fact alone make it one of the greatest films ever made? Does Star Wars truly compare with the such classics as The Third Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and North By NorthWest? Does Star Wars have the originality and sheer twists of plot as Memento or Donnie Darko? I think not.
I guess in the end it all comes down to your own personal opinion, or maybe more realistically, the opinion of the media.