Alex: Why are we choosing the 100 greatest movies ever made?
This is the first step in a special event at this year’s Iras. (If you’re wondering what an Ira is, see here.) Each Ira voter was required to submit his own list of 100 favorite movies by midnight, January 1, 2012.
From here, the lists will be combined into an aggregate list, and we’ll all have a few months to catch up on whatever titles we haven’t seen. The Iras this year are happening over the last weekend in March. One night will be devoted to the 2011 awards, but the second night will be devoted to our ranking the 100 greatest. (How this is going to work, exactly, is a matter currently under discussion.)
We’ll keep our readers informed, of course, of the outcome, but until then, Aaron and and I are sharing our individual lists. This is the result of a lot of movie-watching over the last 12 months. I’ve watched 153 movies (not counting 2011 releases) and Aaron has seen at least 100 more than that. Filling in the gaps in our knowledge, you see. Or finally getting around to films we’ve known are important.
I can’t quite get a bead on whether the Ira voters do this once per decade (modeling it on the Sight & Sound critics’ and filmmakers’ poll, which is done each year ending in the digit 2) or whether this is the first time the Iroids have ever done this. Either way, no records seem to exist for a previous all-time best-of vote. So this is a rare and special occasion indeed.
On to our lists…