50 greatest independent films

I caught a link to this site (http://www.empireonline.com/features/50greatestindependent/50-41.asp) on digg.com this morning. I went through the list of films and here are the one’s that I have actually seen. I’ve rated them in order of my most favorite to least favorite. The number after is the ranking on the top 50 list itself.

1. Lost In Translation (26)
2. Grosse Point Blank (38)
3. Memento (13)
4. Clerks (4)
5. Sideways (9)
6. Being John Malkovich (37)
7. Run Lola Run (49)
8. The Usual Suspects (8)
9. Swingers (42)
10. Donny Darko (2)
11. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (5)
12. Max Max (45)
13. Terminator (3)
14. Lone Star (19)
15. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (7)
16. Reservoir Dogs (1)

I know that some folks might disagree with me placing Reservoir Dogs last, but I thought it was a dismal, awful, movie. It wasn’t the violence either, it was the rhythm of the dialog. The entire movie seemed to me to be Terantino attempting to show off and I think it utterly failed.

On the otherhand, while almost nothing happens in Lost In Translation, I think it was brilliantly written and filmed, and incredibly well acted.

I was surprised to see that Time Code had not made the list, and also surprised that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind had not made it either. Maybe it wasn’t an independent film. Finally, I was also surprised to see Garden State missing from the list. If it were there, it would be my #2.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.