Great reference book and also a good conversation starter - perfect for film geeks.,
This review is from: 1001: Movies You Must See Before You Die (Paperback)
A friend of mine got this for Christmas and I bought my own copy as whenever I went round I couldn't help but pick it up. It's great just to flick through and read about films whether you have seen them or not. I really like the way the films are evenly picked to provide an excellent choice spanning both decades and genres so that it will certainly introduce you to many films that you haven't heard of and others that you may not want to watch but that are important nonetheless (e.g. Triumph des Willens, commissioned by Hitler). Reading through will also give you good reasons to revisit those that you have seen but may have forgotten about or not appreciated at the time (recently Robocop for me (last seen when I was about 12 so I hadn't appreciated the satirical brilliance)).
I also like that the tick list, so that you can be really geeky which also provides extra talking points when friends flick through it.
Despite the selection being excellent, everybody will have their opinions on what has been missed, and included. Personally I would have included Godzilla (far superior to King Kong, not that you could omit KK), The day of the Jackal, Irreversible, Dr No, Zatoichi (as opposed to Hana-Bi), The Silent World, and would replace one of the Chaplin films for The Great Dictator. And I would happily lose Vertigo (massively overrated), Tod Browning's Dracula (it may be iconic but you try and suffer it!), Drive (it's good but not that good), and dare I say it, the last two Tarantino films.