Daily Archives: 26 September 2008

What film should I watch?

Empire Magazine has published its Top 500 all time greatest films. Some surprises, and there are inevitable problems with popular polls purporting to list timeless classics – The Dark Knight is ranked surprisingly highly for example. But as with all of these polls, I thought I’d go down the list and see which films I haven’t seen.

I actually do quite well, having seen 41 out of the top 50 and 69 of the top 100 (I gave up after that), but there are some embarrassing gaps in my film knowledge. The problem is time – I can only see so many films at a time.

So, I thought I’d see what the readers here think. My latest poll is a list of the ten most highly ranked films that I haven’t seen. Your job is to tell me which one I should watch ASAP. I will then do so (hopefully you will select one of the three already sitting on my shelf). For extra homework, I’d like you to explain your choice in the comments below.

That is all. Thank you.

My questions for Lembit…

…can be found on Comment is Free:

These questions, for the Lib Dems at least, are important. The party president is not a figurehead but an executive role. I happen to think that the more focused Lembit who ran a highly organised campaign four years ago would have done a much better job than Simon Hughes. But now? He says he wants the role but all his actions suggest that his campaign is little more than an afterthought. Whether that is complacency or apathy, it is the last thing the party needs right now.

Bittersweet Sympathy for Lembit

I’ve resisted requests to set up a post Where’s Lemby? Lembit watch, but this strange video can’t go unmentioned:

Is it me or does he come across as rather aggressive, roaming his “ordinary street” and emphasising how he goes “ROUND… THIS… COUNTRY!”

The overall effect is rather reminiscent of a certain Verve video:

Don’t you think it would have been so much better if he’d careered into a few innocent bystanders a la Richard Ashcroft? At least this video doesn’t feature a riverboat steamer.