For those of you just joining us, this is The Basics. In short: Drew McWeeny of HitFix and AICN fame tried to kick off a series of columns with a fellow blogger all about the essential films that any film writer or fan ought to be familiar with. When that blogger flaked out on him, I approached some time later to get it back off the ground, and here we are with our second installment...

From Drew's first post back in May 2009 to my first response earlier this month, we've both made mention of hoping that these posts would help promote a greater conversation about movies, particularly on those that we'd chosen to discuss. Then a funny thing happened: producer of films and Tweets alike Keith Calder wondered aloud if anyone could throw their hat into our shared ring.

No, we decided. They can't.

Just kidding. The idea is that once Drew throws down his gauntlet (as he had last week with Woody Allen's Manhattan, which I'll get to in a minute), any of you can feel free to write up your own response and e-mail a link to either of us, so we can share the links in future posts. And hell, if you guys decide to flake out on us, at least we can't say we didn't try.

Now, about this week's title...
categories Columns, Cinematical