Film If anyone out there taped the marathon run through of the ‘100 Greatest Films’ from Channel 4 the other weekend I urge you to at least watch the second part. My insomniatic glare picked over it late last night and suddenly I was watching the sixth entry ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ – then back after the break I was watching number seventeen. Then after the next adbreak the announcer appeared to explain that they’d got the tapes muddled and missed out numbers twenty-two to eighteen altogether and that they would be shown there and then. The whole idea of such lists is that they appear in the correct order. Somehow this was more entertaining and demonstrated how arbitrary these choices are anyway. Pity they didn't miss Graham Norton out instead.

Watching the thing has inspired me to collate all of the answers left by visitors to the guestbook and throw together the top films as chosen by readers of this weblog. It makes for ecclectic, if slightly expected reading:

The top eight is something like this:

1. The Lord Of The Rings
2. Star Wars
3. When Harry Met Sally
4. The Matrix
5. Moulin Rouge
6. Shrek
7. Dangerous Liasons
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Neither ‘Sally’, ‘Rouge’ or ‘Liasons’ appeared in the Channel Four list so it’s nice to see them appear here. ‘Rings’ is still quite new, but I’d expect to see it appear a lot more in the official lists over the next few years. Whether it will really overtake Star Wars as the world’s favourite remains to be seen. Weird not seeing ‘Shawshank’ though. The above represent films which received more than two votes. There were another 180 films which each got either one or two votes each. There isn’t a Star Trek anywhere in there, although Serendipity gets a mentions as does Police Academy V. If anyone is interest I’ll be happy to send it to them by email.

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