When I was 19 years old and wanted to learn the first thing about film, this was a really useful tool.Sadly, the methodology of the rankings borders on being feeble-minded and it isn't even executed consistently.However lacking in integrity the rankings may be though, this list is a pretty strong list for someone who doesn't know where to begin.Sure, there's no Fassbinder, not enough diversity, and some of the films haven't aged as well as they seem to have aged in the late eighties, but if it gets you watching something other than Godard or Tarantino, then I think it will have done you a service.The descriptions are hit or miss.Some of them are interesting or contain key trivia I didn't know before and others are defiantly uninsightful and peppered with tinny, snide remarks.I think what I'd really like to find is a book like this that compiles a list of 'great films' and then examines in depth what makes them great.Is 'his use of camera movement and lighting shows new truths' or that sort of thing really the best one can do when introducing these movies?It seems kind of thrown together but I'm grateful that the book introduced me to Italian Neorealism, Ingmar Bergman, and Jean Renoir, etc.Where's Harold Bloom's book on film?