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 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.