Everyone has different taste in film, and no one can be exactly the same. But I have a hard time believing that everyone thinks exactly the same on these films. Sure the internet is full of opinionated people, but when I see the same lists on many different sites, on personal blogs as well as social network platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; I just don't buy it. Yes, we can like a lot of the same films. But I am a firm believer you can tell a lot about a person's personality, by the films that they genuinely love. And I just feel that not a lot of people are not honest because of fear of scrutiny by the peers, as well as keyboard warriors. When I have had heated discussions with people on film, I will always give reasons as to why I am not a fan of a particular film, however when I ask what their reasons are for loving a film so much, I am often met with defensive and aggressive behaviour rather than actual reasons for loving something. If you love or hate something, the reasons usually are pretty clear cut and should be obvious to you, and should come naturally when discussing.
A few months ago, a regular customer who I now consider a friend, would often come in and discuss movies with my partner and myself. One night we decided to write our top 50. When he read out his list, I wasn't surprised by his choices. Partially because I had heard him speak numerous times about them and also because I know what kind of personality he has, and his film taste coincides with that. When he explained some of his choices, I believed him. Sure at times he struggles in finding the right words to explain it however the emotion and passion for his choices are extremely visible. Since writing our top 50, I have thought often about writing a huge list of all of the films that I PERSONALLY hold in high regard. When I write a movie list, these are the films I truly love without caring about what others think. I have no shame with saying 'Deep Blue Sea' would be in my top 100. When telling my closest friends about writing my top 100 in an article on my blog page, it was suggested I do a top 500. And that is what I am going to do. Sure it may take a little time to choose in numerical order, but that's all in the fun of it. I can say without a doubt, what you will see
in my list are films that I love. There will be no pretentious choices, so sorry Wes Anderson you are not included. that goes for you too Lars Von Trier. My list isn't about impressing people, my list is about the films that I love and how they have shaped my passion. Watching films for me are an experience, it's about creating memories, it's not about being privileged enough to see a technically 'perfect' film, with acting that just resonates with the colour grey.
Here are a couple of questions that I pose to anyone who reads this article. If you decided to write your top films of all time, would it be for your own self satisfaction, knowing that you are a magnificent bastard for loving the films you do? Or are you writing what you think internet trolls, so-called friends and unpaid film 'critics' will approve of?