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.