Saturday, June 21, 2008

EW Picks the "New Classics"

"Can you believe they made another mother-f***in' list?"

To commemorate their 1,000th issue, Entertainment Weekly is celebrating by doing something they like to do a lot of: make lists. Enough to total 1,000 listings (get it?), naming their picks for the best in movies, television, music, books, theater and whatever other pop culture tidbits they can come up with; needless, to say, it's a double issue (on newsstands this weekend), with most of the lists spilling over online at EW.com.

But there's a twist. Dubbing these the "new classics", the choices only hail from the past 25 years (how convenient for them, considering that most of their lists are heavy on the current anyway). Although setting that (arbitrary) cut-off date as that of their first issue (February 16, 1990 -- with k.d. lang as their first cover subject) surely would have made more sense, at least this gives the EW staffers the chance to laud their over-hyped/over-rated favorites one more time (Seinfeld? Check. Arrested Development? Check.) They even got to put Harry Potter on the cover again.

Topping off their choices in movies is Pulp Fiction, with The Silence of the Lambs (movie posters), The Simpsons (TV), The A-Team (TV theme songs), Prince's Purple Rain soundtrack (music), Cormac McCarthy's The Road (books), Madonna at the MTV Music Awards (fashion), Tony Kushner's Angels in America (stage), Tetris (video games) and the DVD player (technology) heading up their respective categories. For a quick look at the full list of 100 movies, see the comments section below.

1 comment:

  1. EW 1000: The New Classics - Movies
    The 100 best films from 1983 to 2008

    1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
    3. Titanic (1997)
    4. Blue Velvet (1986)
    5. Toy Story (1995)
    6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
    8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    9. Die Hard (1988)
    10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
    11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    12. The Matrix (1999)
    13. GoodFellas (1990)
    14. Crumb (1995)
    15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    16. Boogie Nights (1997)
    17. Jerry Maguire (1996)
    18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
    19. Casino Royale (2006)
    20. The Lion King (1994)
    21. Schindler's List (1993)
    22. Rushmore (1998)
    23. Memento (2001)
    24. A Room With a View (1986)
    25. Shrek (2001)
    26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
    27. Aliens (1986)
    28. Wings of Desire (1988)
    29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    30. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
    31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    32. Fight Club (1999)
    33. The Breakfast Club (1985)
    34. Fargo (1996)
    35. The Incredibles (2004)
    36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
    37. Pretty Woman (1990)
    38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
    40. Speed (1994)
    41. Dazed and Confused (1993)
    42. Clueless (1995)
    43. Gladiator (2000)
    44. The Player (1992)
    45. Rain Man (1988)
    46. Children of Men (2006)
    47. Men in Black (1997)
    48. Scarface (1983)
    49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    50. The Piano (1993)
    51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
    52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
    53. The Truman Show (1998)
    54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
    55. Risky Business (1983)
    56. The Lives of Others (2006)
    57. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
    58. Ghostbusters (1984)
    59. L.A. Confidential (1997)
    60. Scream (1996)
    61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
    62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
    63. Big (1988)
    64. No Country For Old Men (2007)
    65. Dirty Dancing (1987)
    66. Natural Born Killers (1994)
    67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
    68. Witness (1985)
    69. All About My Mother (1999)
    70. Broadcast News (1987)
    71. Unforgiven (1992)
    72. Thelma & Louise (1991)
    73. Office Space (1999)
    74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
    75. Out of Africa (1985)
    76. The Departed (2006)
    77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
    78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
    80. Michael Clayton (2007)
    81. Moonstruck (1987)
    82. Lost in Translation (2003)
    83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
    84. Sideways (2004)
    85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
    86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)
    87. Swingers (1996)
    88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
    89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
    90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
    91. Back to the Future (1985)
    92. Menace II Society (1993)
    93. Ed Wood (1994)
    94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
    96. Far From Heaven (2002)
    97. Glory (1989)
    98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
    99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)

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