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Post 100 – Chlotrudis Society’s Top 100 Films of the Decade

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, there you have it, folks. This is my 100th post on The Edge of the Frame. It has come a long way. I can remember back to when I first tried to start a blog about four years ago, I had gotten to post number four and pretty much just gave in. However, thanks to everyone’s support, I’ve been able to push past my original quota and quite a bit further. At the current rate, and with continued support, I may be at 500 by this time, next year.

In honor of my 100th posting, I thought I’d report the Chlotrudis Society’s List of the Top 100 of the decade. For those that don’t know, the Chlotrudis Society is a non-profit organization that serves to promote and preserve the art of independent filmmaking. Sadly, I really don’t care about this list too much, mostly because of how bogus it is. First of all, any list that holds “Donnie Darko” (a great film, just horribly overrated by society, especially my generation) above films like “Brokeback Mountain,” “Memento,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” or, for God’s sake, “The Social Network,” really doesn’t hold a lot of credence in my mind.

Secondly, this is not a best of the decade list. This is a best of the decade and another year after that. In other words, films like “The Social Network” and “Winter’s Bone,” while incredible works, have no business being on this list. I know that everyone misses this time last year when all film critics and commentators could have the joy of whipping out their best films of the decade (it just has such a dramatic ring to it). However, that ship has sailed. You can’t just add a morpheme like “ish” to the end of the word decade and justify yourself like that. Suck it up, be professionals and wait nine years.

Here’s the first five films on the list. Full List after the jump:

1. In the Mood for Love
2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
3. The Lives of Others
4. Caché
5. Let the Right One In

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My Top Ten Movie Monsters

October 28, 2010 1 comment

Everyone knows that I do love my lists. Therefore, along with the usual reviews and banter that I post, I will also be featuring the occasional list, either of an individual facet of films, the best work by a filmmaker, the best performances, films by genre, or whatever else I think up. It should be a pretty good time.

So I thought hard about what my first of these additions would be, and I figured it fitting that with the upcoming release of Gareth Edwards’ extremely low-budget flick, the aptly titled “Monsters,” I shall make a list of the greatest monsters that I’ve ever seen displayed on the big screen. Obviously, as with any list that I might compose, I have not seen all of the potential candidates for ranking. Yet, hopefully, I will be able to put together a competent showing.

Some guidelines for this list. Animals, unless outrageously oversized, are not counted as monsters by me. I can’t stand it when people refer to the birds in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” or the shark in Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” as monsters. It’s just the reality that those creatures are not monsters, but rather normal animals, that add to the terror that those films present. Also, there shall be no metaphorical monsters. Neither global warming rearing its head in “An Inconvenient Truth” or the evil, psychotic forces driving Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” will make the cut.

Also, no vampires, no ghosts and no zombies. Mostly because I consider them to still be human, living or dead, and portraying humans as monsters kind of negates the point.

Before we get to the finalists, here are the five runners-up after the jump:


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