You remember last week when we played Spot the Difference between the Sight & Sound Greatest Films of All Time poll and the IMDb All-Time Top 250? Well, things have changed a bit since then. Adam Lowes over at movie titan HeyUGuys hit on a bright idea: a top 10 poll for film bloggers (aka. the folk who aren't on Sight & Sound's list).
Would they put Vertigo on top? Would Citizen Kane see its ranking drop? And would this alternative list include any films made after 1968?
The result is a list that sits somewhere between the two extremes. Citizen Kane is in there, oh yes, but so is Internet Movie Database's perennial fan favourite The Dark Knight. The conclusion? That if you took a random IMDb user and a broadsheet film critic and made them have sex, a baby film blogger would pop out. And really like Batman.
And so we play, once again, Spot the Difference...
*checks against last week's post*
Yes, that's right. According to the online community of film lovers, Jaws is the greatest film of all time. And you know what? I can't really argue with that. I'm not so sure about Back to the Future coming next, nor The Dark Knight tying with Blade Runner in third, but it's great to see some Kubrick in there, as well as Paul Thomas Anderson's amazing There Will Be Blood, which over the last few weeks seems to have become the modern-day film to pick among critics. In the Mood for Love is the other recent flick regularly mentioned in the Sight & Sound debate - both rank highly in my Top 50 Films, but neither are in my Top 10. Scandalous.
What is interesting is just how American and mainstream the bloggers' Top 10 is. No The Third Man? No Powell and Pressburger? Not even Kes? Like Sight & Sound's list, there are no British films in there - although British directors working in the US are well represented. There's also a strong focus on sci-fi. As someone whose Top 10 has always included either Alien or Blade Runner (the two pinnacles of the genre), here we have both, alongside The Thing and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
And what of Hitchcock? Vertigo, officially the greatest film ever made (according to Sight & Sound), didn't even make the final cut. Instead, it's replaced by its terrific black-and-white cousin, Psycho. You could argue both ways that it's a more/less obvious choice - testament to just how flipping brilliant Hitchcock's contribution to cinema was.
But I'm mostly sad to see Woody Allen missed out. As a life-long Allen obsessive, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Purple Rose of Cairo have all battled for places in my Top 10. Scorsese is another unexpected omission (Goodfellas apparently received 11 votes, below Taxi Driver's 12, which tied with The Big Lebowski, Vertigo, The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.) Terrence Malick, meanwhile, received only three votes for Badlands and just one apiece for Days of Heaven and The Tree of Life - neck and neck with Thor. And Bridget Jones' Diary.
The bottom line? As always, Top 10 lists are subjective. And, much like the Sight & Sound poll, the most fascinating things can be gleaned from each individual's personal choices (all bloggers' votes are listed here). For example, Andrew Collins, of the Radio Times, didn't mention Fellini's 8 1/2 in his list, instead choosing the Woody Allen film it inspired: Stardust Memories, a decision that has won my undying love for the rest of time. Andrew Jones (the ever-present @EthanRunt on the Twitters) has terrible film taste (you can tell him I said that) but is assured of my affection by including Dr. Strangelove in his Top 10. Meanwhile, Simon Kinnear (him off Kinnemaniac and Total Film) puts in Children of Men, which, alongside The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, confirms his general awesomeness.
As for me? You can read on for my Top 10 Films of All Time - complete with comments and explanations - and find out which Woody Allen film beat the rest.