Generational question – how much overlap?

Let’s take a 20 year old and a 60 year old and ask them their Top Ten and Top Twenty Movies. Is there any overlap at all? TCM has a Movies You Should See Before You Die selection which pretty much answers the question in our opinion. Zero or close to it, maybe Oz makes the list. We’d like it a lot to be wrong.

2 Responses to “Generational question – how much overlap?”

  1. feeblemind Says:


    Back in the 60s when I was a kid, The Wizard of Oz was on television every year and by the look of the advertising, it was aimed at children. Indeed, when the movie came out it was considered a children’s movie.

    Now it seems, no one, even peers of mine, seem to think The Wizard of Oz is appropriate for children.

    If that thinking is pervasive, perhaps even young adults don’t want to see this movie.

  2. Bob Risko Says:

    Most of my favorites don’t even make the list (except To Have and Have Not, the Hemingway-inspired pick of the Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall litter). What about Twelve O’Clock High, with Gregory Peck at his least overblown? Or Send Me No Flowers, the best of the Rock Hudson-Doris Day outings? Then there’s The Electric Horseman, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in perfect sync; Play It Again, Sam, when Woody Allen was actually funny; and The Bourne Identity, a modern CIA organization-within-an-organization classic (rivaling even Three Days of the Condor). And in the foreign category, I’d choose Charbrol’s This Man Must Die, Fassbinder’s Veronika Voss, Fellini’s Amarcord, Beresford’s Breaker Morant, and Hogan’s Muriel’s Wedding.

    In the end, as in music and art, I honestly don’t think it’s all subjective. I’m reminded of something Woody Allen’s character says to Diane Keaton’s character about photography in Annie Hall: “Well, a set of artistic criteria haven’t emerged yet that allow us to judge quality.” Nonsense. Over the years (in film) and over the centuries (in music and art), artistic criteria HAVE emerged that allow us to make meaningful qualitative distinctions. Schubert IS the better composer, Rafael IS the better painter, and yes, the guy who directed Raiders of the Lost Ark IS the better filmmaker (despite the fast-and-loose archaeology). And what’s more, I believe I can prove it.

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