My top 100 changes a lot over time. I’m trying to watch all my top 100 films, plus others that could make my top 100, and make a definitive list. But in another five years I’ll have to do it all over again because a top 100 is supposed to be flexible, moldable, especially for a film buff who is still going through his film education.
But my number one hasn’t shifted or moved an inch from the time I first saw Spirited Away. It was like a revelation of cinema. It touched me as no other film had and, perhaps, never would. I will get older and I know that my personality will change. One day, a film will come along that will stun me like Spirited Away did. But I don’t expect it to be soon. For me, I have a rating system. It is from 1-5. If I give a film a one, then I despised that film. A two means that I didn’t care for it. I rarely give ones or twos. A three means “Meh, it was okay, but don’t expect me to remember the plot next week.” A four means “I really liked this. Maybe I’ll watch it again, someday.” A five means that it is one of the finest film experiences I have ever had. I just want to let you know, however: Only Spirited Away on my rating scale gets a ten. That’s true love, folks. The real thing.