Countdown to Sight & Sound Magazine’s 2022 Edition of The Greatest Films of All Time

Yes my dear readers, I know I have limited my Moviedrome Monday blog entries to that of every two weeks, but that is because I am busy with other stuff. I also want to say to Steve (a fellow visitor of this blog) that I sincerely apologize that I have not caught up yet with the longer version of the 1986 crime-drama Blood Ties. Nevertheless, I will eventually catch up 🙂 Also, please do check out Steve’s youtube channel (his user name is giulio sacchi) by clicking here.

Now with all of that out of the way, who here is familiar with Sight & Sound magazine? According to Wikipedia, it is a British monthly film magazine published by the British Film Institute (BFI) – read here. Anyway, every 10 years since 1952, the magazine has asked film critics to vote for their 10 greatest films of all time (read here). By 1992, film directors were allowed to participate as well (read here). Since Sight & Sound devotees are already aware of the past lists by critics and filmmakers (read here and here), let me cut to the chase. By all means, I will not be asked to participate in this poll. Second, I am not esteemed enough for the magazine to ask for my participation 🙂 Nevertheless, sometime in August, I will put together a list on this site, of what I consider to be the 10 greatest films ever made. Why August? Because that was when the results for the last poll were reported (August 1st 2012 in this case – read here for example). From there on out, Sight & Sound’s 2012 edition of the greatest films ever made would be published in there September issue (read here). I was 27 during then and today I am 37. Man, time sure does fly by 🙂

My question to all of my dear readers is this – what are your top 10 greatest films of all time? If you all are having a difficult time choosing, may I direct you to this insightful article from (coincidentally) Sight & Sound by the always reliable Christina Newland (read here).

Interesting tidbit according to Film Reference’s entry on Academic Journals, the publication entitled Film Comment is said to be Sight & Sound’s American equivalent (read here). Film Comment is published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (now titled Film at Lincoln Center) in New York City. Though it says that it’s inception began in 1961, according to Wikipedia’s entry, it was 1962 (read here).

Either way, the 2022 edition of Sight & Sound’s greatest films of ever made should be an interesting one 🙂

Moviedrome Mondays: Leon: The Professional (1994) and Le Samourai (1967) (Mark Cousins intro)

The 10th season of Moviedrome ends with a double-bill consisting of two crime thrillers helmed by Frenchmen.

Leon: The Professional (1994)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to French cult director Luc Besson’s 1994 action classic Leon: The Professional. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was November 15, 1998 (read here). I agree with all of the praise that Cousins showers on this film.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Leon: The Professional

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Le Samourai (1967)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary French director Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1967 neo-noir classic Le Samourai. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was November 16, 1998 (read here). Once again, I agree with everything Cousins states here about this masterpiece. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Jean-Pierre Melville films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Le Samourai

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Carrie (1976) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Brian De Palma’s 1976 horror classic Carrie. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was November 8, 1998 (read here). Considering that former Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox had introduced it before in season 6 (read here), all of you are probably aware by now that I am a huge fan of the film. Either way, If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Brian De Palma films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Carrie

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Here is a youtube video link to an episode of his own BBC series Scene by Scene where Brian De Palma served as the guest