Over the last three years, I’ve watched my way through the IMDb’s Top 250. Now I’m ranking those 314 movies (math is hard) from worst to best according to my “objective rating” system. And as a token adjustment for my glaring biases in grading the movies, ties are broken by favoring the ones I liked least.
Part 7 of 20: 2.5/4 (Okay)
#241. The Thing, John Carpenter, 1982. Currently #174 on the IMDb.
#240. All Quiet on the Western Front, Lewis Milestone, 1930. Currently #214.
#239. Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright, 2007. Currently off the list.
#238. Crash, Paul Haggis, 2004. Currently #242.
#237. Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis, 1994. Currently #33.
#236. Juno, Jason Reitman, 2007. Currently off the list.
#235. The Great Escape, John Sturges, 1963. Currently #110.
#234. The Lion King, Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994. Currently #143.
#233. The Lost Weekend, Billy Wilder, 1945. Currently off the list.
#232. The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966. Currently #201.
#231. Spartacus, Stanley Kubrick, 1960. Currently off the list.
#230. Trainspotting, Danny Boyle, 1996. Currently #154.
#229. Sweet Smell of Success, Alexander Mackendrick, 1957. Currently off the list.
The Thing is the only one of these that I liked, although I think very highly of All Quiet on the Western Front as well. A few others are all right. There are some real “classics” in this bunch (The Great Escape, Spartacus) that completely fail to live up to their reputations.