A month or three ago the BFI’s Sight and Sound magazine asked me to contribute my top ten films of all time for their 2012 critics poll. Now the BFI has published the results of their poll listing both the top 250 films and the choices of each individual critic! You can find that here. I was pleased to see that my tastes fell completely out of line with dominant critical opinion. As far as I can make out nine of the ten films I picked were unique to me. And my bottom and final choice Videodrome appears to have been nominated by only one other of the 846 critics who contributed top ten lists. When it comes to film – or anything else for that matter, but particularly music and literature – it seems my tastes are completely at variance with dominant critical opinion. That’s just one of many reasons why you know you can trust this blog to tell it how it is! And just in case you can’t be bothered to click through to the BFI site, here’s my top ten film list!
1. Beyond, The (1981 Lucio Fulci).
2. Django Kill! (1967 Giulio Questi).
3. Dolemite (1975 D’Urville Martin).
4. Liquid Sky (1982 Slava Tsukerman).
5. Masque of Red Death (1964 Roger Corman).
6. One-Armed Boxer II (1976 Jimmy Wang Yu).
7. Scorpion Thunderbolt (1988 Godfrey Ho).
8. Succubus (1967 Jess Franco).
9. Thundercrack (1975 Curt McDowell).
10. Videodrome (1983 David Cronenberg).
And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!