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Unconventional Top 10 Lists

In what is perhaps the strangest move of all top-ten lists, HuffPo film critic Scott Mendelson named Speed Racer his favorite film of 2008. The list only gets stranger with nods to a 4.5 hour Frontline documentary, Role Models and the Adam Sandler vehicle You Don't Mess with the Zohan.

Over at the New York Times, Stanley Fish decided to forgo the typical year-end list and instead assembled a list of the 10 best American films of all time. With The Best Years of Our Lives, Raging Bull and Vertigo all taking spots, the list--though likely to stir some controversy--is filled with classics. The one surprising pick but certainly a film deserving of respect is Bill Murray's 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Fish on that "Pygmalion Tale":

The miracle is that as the movie becomes more serious, it becomes funnier. The comedy and the philosophy (how shall one live?) do not sit side by side, but inhabit each other in a unity that is incredibly satisfying. This is a “feel-good” movie in at least two senses of the word “good.”

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