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Here’s one of the best U2 interviews I’ve seen, filmed in Fez.

It’s not a very *professional* interview — the interviewer asks redundant questions and keeps getting interrupted. But the band seems relaxed, in good humor, and full of surprising answers. You’ll find out who Larry Mullen Jr.’s favorite band (besides U2) really is. And you’ll find out what “Get On Your Boots” really about. Biggest surprise: The call to prayer begins in the town behind them, and the band chooses to stop the interview out of respect until it’s over.

Thanks to Adam Walter for this list of top ten lists from filmmakers and critics. This will surely inspire me to revise my Netflix queue.

Feel free to share your top ten in the Comments!

Buddy Miller talks about the new Buddy and Julie Miller album Written in Chalk. Which, by the way, is so filled with beautiful sadness that it’s almost too much to absorb in one listen.


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  • I’m so glad to see The Wizard of Oz on 7 critics’ lists as a top 10 film. That is such a brilliant movie.

    As for Shyamalan’s movies, I make a point to watch all of his work because I find his style interesting. I just watched The Happening a few days ago. It’s his scariest film and also the one I liked the least. (The Village has been my favorite so far.)

  • Chad, you misunderstood me completely. Unbreakable is indeed M. Night’s masterpiece.

  • Seth, you make it sound like preferring Unbreakable over The Sixth Sense is a bad thing. On the contrary, we Unbreakable lovers have it right. The Sixth Sense made more money, but it wasn’t Shyamalan’s best movie.

    It’s too bad his work has mostly declined since then. Signs was pretty good, and the Village was OK if not a little uneven, but Lady in the Water was a convoluted, self-indulgent catastrophe. I haven’t seen The Happening yet, but from the looks of the reviews, I probably shouldn’t.

  • Nice choices, Tyler. I still need to see Solaris and The Son.

  • 1. Solaris (Tarkovsky)
    2. The Fisher King (Gilliam)
    3. The City of Lost Children (Jeunet)
    4. Memento (Nolan)
    5. The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski)
    6. Stalker (Tarkovsky)
    7. The Son (Dardenne)
    8. The Rules of the Game (Renoir)
    9. Lars and the Real Girl (Gillespie)
    10. Wings of Desire (Wenders)

  • P.S. Sight and Sound Magazine did a critics poll a few years ago. Here’s the list of one of my favourite critics.

    MARK KERMODE (2002)
    1. The Exorcist
    2. Brazil
    3. Citizen Kane
    4. The Devils
    5. Don’t Look Now
    6. Eyes Without a Face
    7. It’s a Wonderful Life
    8. Love and Death
    9. Mary Poppins
    10. The Seventh Seal

    (Although he has since said his favourites are The Exorcist, It’s a Wonderful Life, Local Hero, and Silent Running; Gene Siskel’s personal fav. is Dr. Strangelove).

    Personally, I have trouble compiling a list on the basis that I haven’t seen all the classics and even when I have, I’ve only seen them once.

  • Empire Magazine ran a big poll for the 500 Greatest Movies, with forms filled in by readers, critics and filmmakers and they printed some of them.

    Here is Uwe Boll’s Top 10:
    UWE BOLL (Writer; Director; Producer)
    1. Apocalypse Now
    2. A Clockwork Orange
    3. Raging Bull
    4. Dances With Wolves
    5. Once Upon a Time in the West
    6. Taxi Driver
    7. GoodFellas
    8. Once Upon a Time in America
    9. The Godfather Part I and II
    10. Postal (one of his own films)

  • Gaith

    These are highly personal choices… see if you can spot the Californian’s bias!

    1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (extended cut)
    2. The Mummy (1999)
    3. The Mask of Zorro
    4. Back to the Future
    5. The Princess Bride
    6. Mission: Impossible II
    7. Nixon
    8. Back to the Future Part II
    9. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
    10. Terminator 3

    (Answers: 1, 3, 4, 8, shades of 9, 10)

  • Top 10’s are so hard, but here we go. After the top 3 it gets somewhat random.

    1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    2. The Shawshank Redemption
    3. Taxi Driver
    4. Three Colors: Blue
    5. Sunset Boulevard
    6. The Double Life of Veronique
    7. Fargo
    8. Ikiru
    9. The Bicycle Thief
    10. Intolerance

  • Elrond

    There was a very good interview with U2 on Dutch television as well, you can watch it online and most of it is in English:

  • Blake, it’s always good to meet someone (in a manner of speaking) who will admit that Unbreakable is Shyamalan’s best work. Take that, Sixth Sense!

    BTW, the rest of your list is pretty rockin’ as well. Though I’ve never seen The Hitcher. Guess I should queue that one up.

  • Top Ten (for now):

    1. Braveheart (Mel Gibson, 1995)
    2. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
    3. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
    4. Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950)
    5. Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi, 1962)
    6. Insomnia (Christopher Nolan, 2002)
    7. Hustle & Flow (Craig Brewer, 2005)
    8. The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner, 1996)
    9. The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988)
    10. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)

  • Interesting lists.

    Here is my top ten list (in no particular order except for #1):
    1. Grosse Pointe Blank (George Armitage)
    2. Elizabethtown (Cameron Crowe)
    3. The Hitcher (Robert Harmon)
    4. The Flight of the Phoenix (Robert Aldrich)
    5. Rope (Hitchcock)
    6. No Country For Old Men (The Coen Brothers)
    7. Wait Till Dark (Terence Young)
    8. Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
    9. Sunshine (Danny Boyle)
    10. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan)