Re: 100 Movies you need to see before you die
Any list like this is going to have a few head-scratchers and, in the interest of being well-rounded, will throw a bone to every niche under the sun (they include anime, Jon Waters, blacksploitation, Martial Arts, Slasher, Vampires, Disney, and even some porn). I saw about 5 things on there, though, that make no sense to me. Like The Social Network, Scream, Videodrome, Mean Girls, and Memento. None of those seem remotely essential or special in the grand landscape of cinema. Also, there are way too many Spielberg movies (even though I love most of them).
All of this at the expense of some really special films and filmmakers. I'll just mention a few omissions that really irk me.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?
Bonnie and Clyde
All of these helped change American Cinema in the 60s, and more importantly, all of them are great films by legendary directors. The next ones are more about my tastes, but I think they are special for objective reasons (certainly more than Mean Girls).
Days of Heaven
The Bicycle Thief
Anything by Spike Jonze
And, I don't recall seeing a documentary on there. I'd probably include Woodstock or Harlan County, USA, but there are plenty others.
And, finally, Babe: Pig in the City. It really is amazing!