So Many to Choose From

No More Marriages is an exceptional film blog I've been keeping track of for some time now, offering in creator Andy Horbal's own words, "the diary of a cinephile gradually deconstructing himself." In his most recent post he listed the 50 Best Films He's Never Seen, using as his criteria a list of the 1,000 Greatest Films according to They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

I don't recall who said that "great ideas should be used until they are no longer great." Since it's a mediocre quote at best, I'll attribute it to myself. At any rate, my own list of 25 below (the second number notes the films' ranking on the list):

1/08 - Tokyo Story (1953)
2/16 - L'Atalante (1934)
3/19 - Raging Bull (1980)
4/30 - Breathless (1959)
5/33 - Jules et Jim (1961)
6/38 - Andrei Rublev (1966)
7/41 - Ordet (1951)
8/42 - Pather Panchali (1955)
9/47 - Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
10/49 - Contempt (1963)
11/50 - Au Hasard, Balthazar (1966)
12/58 - The Conformist (1969)
13/59 - La Strada (1954)
14/60 - The Mirror (1976)
15/62 - Fanny and Alexander (1982)
16/68 - Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
17/70 - Pickpocket (1959)
18/71 - Playtime (1967)
19/72 - L'Age d'Or (1930)
20/75 - Voyage in Italy (1953)
21/77 - Viridiana (1961)
22/81 - Pierrot le fou (1965)
23/82 - The Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
24/89 - Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
25/91 - Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Many I know about and are in my Netflix queue or on my list to track down and fine. Some I've heard of but wasn't originally planning to see. A few I'm ashamed to say I've never even heard of. And I think that's one of the things that continue to draw me to film - it's ability to be inexhaustible.