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A Post About Lists

I recently encountered a few lists worth mentioning:

  • First off, the Writers Guild of America voted “Casablanca” into the top spot of the guild’s 101 greatest screenplays. The top post-1990 films on the list are “Pulp Fiction” at #16 and “Shawshank Redemption” at #22. C’mon, though, “Shakespeare in Love” at #27, higher than both “Unforgiven” and “Fargo”? Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola each have four entries on the list.
  • While we’re on the subject of screenplays, here’s a list of the top 50 film adaptations, based on a survey of ‘publishing figures’. For my money, the finest and certainly most loyal adaptation is Of Mice and Men.
  • The American Film Institute’s sole purpose seems to be making lists. Here’s their list of 100 greatest movie quotes. Predictably, that one about not giving a damn is on top. I don’t know, shouldn’t “Who is Keyser Soze?” be on that list?
  • Finally, to shift gears away from movies, The Vancouverite links to a list of the best jobs in America. What’s #1? Software engineer. I see that technical writer comes in at #13, public relations specialist at #20 and plain old writer at #25.

5 Responses to “A Post About Lists”

  1. alexis

    I agree that The Outsiders, and Jaws fully deserve to be on that list.

    Trainspotting does too. The book is a lot more graphic and disturbing and many of the scenes in the book would have been WAY too disturbing for film. Danny Boyle did a great job picking what to keep and what to leave on the discard pile.

    Other books to film that worked well, in my opinion, Like Water for Chocolate, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The Quiet American, and The Joy Luck Club.

  2. gillian

    I wouldn’t call software engineering that grand. The upside is that I don’t have to deal with people much.

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