Here are the movies that didn’t make the grade.
Apocalypse Now – There are far better films in the war genre. This one gets a little too out there and away from what the message it should have had.
2001: A Space Odyssey – I love Stanley Kubrick, and I know this is a controversial pick. However, I think for a Top 10 film of all time, it has to appeal to everyone, and this one doesn’t. A lot of people don’t like or get this movie.
Blade Runner – I just didn’t enjoy this movie. It’s one of those movies you’re supposed to like. I often don’t like those films.
Saving Private Ryan – This is another excellent Spielberg movie, but in the broad spectrum, there are far better war films. This is a beautifully shot film that feels more like war than, perhaps, any film I’ve seen, but the dialogue isn’t the best.
Dumbo – Those crows are totally racist. Hence, not a timeless film. Can’t make the list.
Born into Brothels — Great film but nowhere near my favorite documentary. I’d put “Man on Wire” ahead of it.
Black Swan — A brilliant film but it’s not even my favorite film of this year.
Singin’ in the Rain — Brilliant, wonderful, and great dancing and singing. But, the plot is pretty thin at the end of the day.
Spirited Away — Visionary and wonderful even to people that don’t like animation. However, not a top 10 film ever.
Rashomon — One of my favorite Kurosawa films but not as good as other finalists on the list.
Movies remaining on our list:
Wizard of Oz
Paths of Glory
The Shawnshank Redemption
On the Waterfront
Passion of the Christ
It’s a Wonderful Life
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
The Bridge on the River Kwai