'THE UNTOUCHABLES' & 'BODY DOUBLE' ALSO MENTIONED ONE TIME EACH
Movie Mezzanine collected ballots from staff and friends listing their top ten movies of the 1980s. Brian De Palma's Blow Out was the number one pick of the site's editor-in-chief, Sam Fragoso, and so has the good fortune of being the very first film mentioned on the page, right at the very top. Four other lists included Blow Out: Kevin Ketchum (#7-- top film is Blade Runner); Kenji Fujishima (#5-- top film is Videodrome); Matt Prigge (#10-- top film is Modern Romance); and Jack Giroux (#6-- top film is Raiders of the Lost Ark). The day after the lists were posted, the site's James Blake Ewing posted an article about Blow Out as part of a series called "The Second Criterion."
Back to the lists, Scott Renshaw placed De Palma's The Untouchables at number nine on his list (top film: Airplane!), and senior editor Jake Cole placed De Palma's Body Double at number ten (top film: King Lear). The site is collecting readers' top tens in the comments section, and will post the results and analysis in about a month.
Meanwhile, Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells posted his choices, but displayed his own amazingly short-sighted "aesthetic perception problem" with the following notice at the top:
Warning: It is the respectful opinion of this columnist that anyone who picks Brian DePalma‘s Blow Out as one of the great ’80s films either (a) has a serious aesthetic perception problem or (b) is being intentionally perverse. I tried watching the Criterion Bluray and I couldn’t get past the first 45 minutes or so.