Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Ketel One

Ketel One
An advert by Ketel One, the vodka company, features an alphabetical list of "the 50 best films of all time", as follows:
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • American Graffiti
  • Annie Hall
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ
  • The Bridge On The River Kwai
  • Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
  • Casablanca
  • Chinatown
  • Citizen Kane
  • Dances With Wolves
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Dr Zhivago
  • Dr Strangelove
  • ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Easy Rider
  • The French Connection
  • Giant
  • The Godfather II
  • Gone With The Wind
  • GoodFellas
  • The Graduate
  • High Noon
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Jaws
  • Lawrence Of Arabia
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • My Fair Lady
  • On The Waterfront
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  • Platoon
  • Psycho
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raging Bull
  • Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  • Rocky
  • Schindler's List
  • The Searchers
  • The Silence Of The Lambs
  • Singin' In The Rain
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope
  • The Sound Of Music
  • Taxi Driver
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Vertigo
  • West Side Story
  • The Wizard Of Oz
It's populist and weighted towards Hollywood classics, so a few more foreign-language films would be nice (The Seventh Seal and Seven Samurai, at least), but otherwise this is quite a decent list. Note that Ben-Hur is the William Wyler remake rather than the Fred Niblo version. Also, Some Like It Hot is the 1959 comic masterpiece, not the obscure 1939 comedy.

Coincidence

Coincidence
Bean
Coincidence is a small exhibition of observational photographs by Thai director Pen-Ek Rattanarueng, taken while he was filming on location in various countries. Many of the images capture incongruous advertising images, such as a poster for the film Mr Bean's Holiday. The exhibition is running from 16th May until 17th June at Siam Paragon.