Borrowing heavily from the Filmspotting podcast’s Pantheon, I’ve created a Hall of Fame category for movies. The purpose for the Hall of Fame is to include movies that have frequently shown up on multiple “Best” lists, as this clues me in to the fact that I probably hold the movie in extremely high regard.
Since it stands to reason that the movie is also going to show up on many more future “Best” lists it ironically becomes less compelling to write about for a few reasons. It makes the “Best” lists less interesting because these usual suspects will continue to show up time and time again. Additionally because the movie has to claim a spot on any given list to give these list a modicum of legitimacy, it also means that lesser known movies don’t get a shot at these lists. From a writing standpoint, it also gets excruciating after awhile trying to find a new thing to say about the same movie over and over again.
So to combat those trends, I have the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame movies are effectively retired from “Best” list eligibility. In any future lists where a future Hall of Fame might qualify, it will be briefly mentioned but not allowed to occupy a place in the Top 10. While I reserve some discretion as to what movies make the Hall of Fame, generally speaking they qualify once they have shown up in four separate “Best” lists. Finally in honour of the movie’s so-called “retirement”, it will get its own special Hall of Fame review.
(Note: The Hall of Fame numbering is strictly in terms of the date the movie was retired, and is not a ranking)
#1 THE SHINING (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick).
Retired: Jan. 19, 2018.
#2 THE APARTMENT (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
Retired: Apr. 6, 2018
#3 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982, dir. Steven Spielberg)
Retired: May 18, 2018