ODEON’S TOP 100 FILMS ~ TRY HARDER!


CLICK HERE for the Odeon’s Facebook Top 100

Just to clarify, I am a loyal and regular customer of the Odeon chain. So, when I read their latest feature on the Odeon Facebook page, I felt the need to comment.

Disappointment and even shock are adjectives which I would use to describe my feelings on the hap handed poll launched by the Odeon cinema chain this week. Their plan was simple and pretty decent, to compile a viewers list of films to add to their Facebook page’s timeline,  of the Top 100 films of all time. So what did we get?

Well, on a plus note, it was far from conventional, but on the other hand, it was appalling!

The usual stalwarts of Gone With The Wind (1939) and Casablanca (1943) made it, as these are two classics which every thinks that they love, but seriously, how many people truly love the racist and dated Gone With The Wind? Psycho (1960) made the list, but other classic Hitchcock’s didn’t, such as the fan favourites, The Birds (1963), Vertigo (1958) or Rear Window (1954).

Star Trek (2009) turns up, twice!, but surely if Star Trek was being honoured, then Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982) should have made the list over the latest breakthrough movie.

Other missing titles were masterpieces such as Raging Bull (1980), Ben~Hur (1959), Spartacus (1960), Toy Story (1995), with Toy Story 3 (2010) taking a spot, not a bad choice but where was the original? But these were missing at the cost of Big Fish (2003), surly Tim Burton’s WORST film, and As Good As It Gets (1997), an ASTONISHING choice!

On a plus note, Christopher Nolan’s first major film, following his initial entry, The Following (1998), Memento (2000) made the cut, as did his first two Dark Knight movies, but no The Dark Knight Rises (2012), with Marvel Avengers Assemble (2012) making it too. Spielberg was well represented, with several titles, two of which were Indiana Jones, and the only Star Wars film top make it being The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Star Wars (1977) anyone?

There were plenty more options, but too many to note, but the only conclusion to reached here is that this poll was rubbish. Clearly the results were what they were but it only goes to show what some of the Facebook fans of the Odeon think of film and though it was refreshing to see a very different take on the topic, with the usual often pretentious choices omitted, maybe reflecting a more realist view, rather than the often bias critically dominated one. I feel that this just shows up the lack of film fans which the Odeon is reaching. And with the state of their cinemas’, I’m not surprised.

But I feel that more effort to reach the Facebook community and time to garner more votes would have made this exercise much more reflective of cinema as a whole and now, as result of this exercise, the Odeon’s Facebook page is now going to have Big Fish and As Good As It Gets listed as two of the 100 Greatest Movies of all time. A view which I doubt reflects the majority of the cinema going public.

I would suggest that they do this again and this time, make more of an effort to correlate the results to gain a broader perspective rather than just publishing the first load of nonsense to pop up on their computers. I know this sounds harsh, but this cannot be the results of a Cinema’s movie poll, seriously!

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