I recognized the hypocrisy as I was writing that bc I do come off as "newer is better" but that wasn't my intention.
I just find it very telling that almost every "top movie" list is filled with older movies. What stands out in these older movies that you aren't seeing today?
The first argument is that we can't realize the VALUE of these films until 20 years down the line, and that has some truth to it. What movies are inspirations? What movies leave lasting marks on society? All of that matters, but isn't instantly recognizable.
The second idea is that there has to be a level of comfort with the top, that you have to, at least, give it a few years to sink in. Some films are transcendent: Everyone knows the value of Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction was instantly recognized as a classic. Others, not so much.
In fact, as much praise as TDK gets, Prestige and Memento probably deserve it more.
Lastly, because of point #1, it's also very hard to self-evaluate our times anyway. You can feel TDK is important RIGHT NOW, but are you in a place to make that judgement? Or is it the cult of the new that's attractive?
I think, unless otherwise stated, "Best Movie of All-Time" lists, that you are referencing in this regard, often have the unlisted requirement of a films WITHIN TIME, not AT THIS MOMENT (we are a society of AT THIS MOMENT, so I can see how this might be a little confusing). There's a big difference in:
1. Best Movies of All-Time Right Now
2. Best Movies of All-Time Through Time
You may think they people mean #1, but they may be unclear in their own explanation of what it SHOULD mean.
People also rarely define what "Best" means. I n most cases they are considering "Film History," so anything in the last 5 years can't be properly evaluated.
Whether or not film history should be weighed, well that's a personal opinion.
This post was edited on 4/12 at 3:54 pm