I’ve seen a few top movies lists lately, what with the close of both the year and the decade. I’m thinking about amending my Top Films of the Past Seven Centuries but don’t have much to add right now, except “City of God”, which I saw a few years back and am occasionally reminded of how good it is. (We haven’t watched many new films in the last couple of years, and even fewer that hit all their notes.) Another candidate might be “Tropic Thunder”. And maybe the “The Darjeeling Limited” and “District 9”. I’ll have to watch those again and see they have “re-watch value,” as James Rolfe of Cinemassacre would say. Movies need to marinate a little before going on the the list.
Lore and I recently revisited the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three movies are impressive and entertaining, but I can’t put my finger on why they haven’t become as immortal as the “Star Wars” saga. Perhaps it’s because they were adapted from familiar books and something was lost in the transfer. Frodo Baggins is a boring character who is sufferable in print, but watching Elijah Wood act for nine hours like he’s been kicked in the nuts can be a little tedious. On the other hand, I can’t get enough of Ian McKellan growling “Fool of a Took!”
My brother suggested to me last year that because movies are now made for very specific audiences, it’s unlikely for a film, even a really popular one, to stay relevant across generations. We can’t imagine “Titanic” or even “Lord of the Rings” being as popular with future 20-somethings as they were with their original fans.