by Alan, Everett Public Library staff
Vote for it, watch it, discuss it at the Evergreen Branch Library on April 24th.
Fine film folks. There are a ton of best-movies-ever lists. Enough to drive you nuts, really. There are even lists of the best lists. This only so-so Wikipedia entry (with an astounding 250 references, at thee!) makes a dissection attempt, to discern the best lists to follow. And makes a mess of it…there’s just so much. And of course your library not only has the movies to watch, but also has a wealth of books to choose from, some are good, some fancy, some iron-clad, some fun (albeit fatalistic), some by critics you like, some maybe not. And we have books to help you learn film history, like this one, which…can you believe it? includes lists!
In a pilot program, we’re allowing you, our patrons, to choose the best American movie ever made, culled from a variety of lists. Check out the open poll. As of this writing, Casablanca is romancing the vote. But both BFI (the world’s most respected list) and AFI (the list we’re using for this series) consider the runner-up Citizen Kane more important—and at one time the most important film ever made. That pioneering special effects movie about the giant gorilla is sweating to keep up. Side-note, votes in-person favor the big lug.
Vote today, either in person, at one of our locations, over the phone, or on line. Poll closes March 26th.
Then come to the branch at 9512 Evergreen Way on April 24th at 1:30 ready to defend your decision (or 6:30 just for the screening) as we view and discuss the movie getting the most votes; the best possible movie for Everett. Who knows, we could certainly start our own list!