Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Their List of the 100 Best Films of All-Time
For a movie lover to list their 100 favorite films is a daunting task. Choosing 100 films to live with for the rest of your life and no others? Most couldn't even be certain of their favorite film. But that very task was set on the programmers at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the theater chain notorious for its collective passion of cinema. Those programmers, as well as Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League, put their individual lists of 100 films together, and from that list, the "Alamo 100" was born. That's 100 films, listed in no particular order, that League and his crew of programmers feel are essentials, the best in motion pictures.
"In preparing my own list, I imagined that I was on a desert island (a really improbably desert island equipped with a TV, DVD player and electricity) and could only have 100 movies to rewatch for the rest of my life," says League. "There are plenty of lists out there that rank based on popularity or cinematic importance. We wanted the Alamo 100 list to get to the heart of why we really love movies."
And the eclectic mix of the Alamo 100 shows how diverse the art can be. League and his programming team - RJ LaForce, Greg MacLennan, Sarah Pitre, Tommy Swenson, and Joe Ziemba - selected from the wide range of genres and eras. Titles that would appear on any Top 100 Films list appear here, as well, classics like Coppola's The Godfather I + II, Scorsese's Raging Bull, Some Like It Hot and Star Wars: A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back also makes an appearance, as do The Dark Knight and Step Up 2: The Streets, since we're talking sequels. Yes, Step Up 2: The Streets. Here's a list of films via Alamo100.com:
That's the beauty of the Alamo 100, though. There's something on this list for every movie fan. Girlie Night rom-coms like 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless and Mean Girls fit right in with titles more suited for the Terror Tuesday crowd, with horror classics like Alien, Evil Dead 2, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
"We're incredibly proud of the fact that our passions encompass 1960s French films and modern day rom coms, Kubrick masterpieces and epic action flicks, obscure trash-horror and feel-go0d classics," says Pitre. "There is simply no classification that can contain our devotion to the silver screen."
Here's a quick video introducing and discussing the Alamo 100 list and the screening series, via SlashFilm.
You can look through the entire Alamo 100 list as well as the lists each programmer made up on a special website the Drafthouse has created honoring the list. Likewise, the Alamo 100 will be kicking the new year off with screenings of seven of the titles from the list at Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the country: Brazil, City Lights, The Goonies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Raging Bull, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Sixteen Candles. For tickets, check out the Alamo Drafthouse website. Who's already seen all 100?