Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Complete List - ALL-TIME 100 Movies - TIME Magazine

The Complete List - ALL-TIME 100 Movies - TIME Magazine

An interesting set of movies. What makes this more interesting is that a few Indian movies are present here - the Apu trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar), Nayakan (yes?!!) and Pyaasa. Pyaasa is a great movie. I haven't watched the Apu trilogy - but judging from the rave reviews - it is probably a good set of movies. Nayakan is great too - but the reason I don't want it on the top 100 list is because it was a remake (well, almost) of Godfather. You don't want "inspired" movies on this list, do you? Indianizing a movie like Godfather is certainly a daunting task and kudos to Maniratnam for doing that. But, sadly, Nayakan remains his best movie to date. Pallavi Anupallavi - his first movie in Kannada is beautiful and more importantly original - but it is nowhere close to matching the intensity and drama of Nayakan. Maniratnam has done well - but he needs to go one notch up. Bad ideas like Dil Se (actually, I liked this movie) and Yuva (this one sucked) should not come up. Maniratnam needs to make one movie for himself and we want to watch it. He has immense potential and I hope he begins to fulfill a portion of it soon.

This list has quite a few movies I've watched and liked. More importantly, it will now serve as a good guide for my movie collection.


Anonymous said...

Nayakan, a remake of godfather, maybe but it was made very well and what do you mean indianized, nayakan happened india and was life story of velunayagam mudaliar in bombay.

nIlagrIva said...

I didn't say Nayakan wasn't well made. If you read my blog, I've said that Nayakan was made very well. And of course, it was Godfather Indianized to a good extent. I don't think Varadarajan Mudaliar's life was just like Nayakan's.

BTW, Nayagan was supposedly modeled on Varadarajan Mudaliar (not Velunayakam).


Also, look at the link above to see that it's not just me but some others also who feel the same (that it was a tribute to Godfather). BTW, I like Nayakan and I've seen it 5-6 times. But Maniratnam is capable of a lot better than this and he needs to do that.

Another thought is, we have our films to ourselves - we don't need Western movie critics to tell us what to like and what not to. There have been tons of Indian movies better than some movies on the Time list. It is just that these appeal to Indian sensibilities more than to the west. For example, we Indians can enjoy (not just tolerate) a song like rAkamma kaiya thaTu in Dalapathi and also appreciate it as a serious movie. To a 'serious' movie critic, the song will make him pan the movie or he will make it a musical.