Ten Movies I Like Better Than ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘Vertigo’

Film buffs are all in a tizzy about Sight & Sound‘s most recent list of the greatest films ever made, which resulted in an upset: for the first time in 50 years, Citizen Kane is no longer considered the best movie ever made. Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has taken the top honor this year. What does this mean? Well, not much, because who knows what will be number one next year. But here’s what I do know: while both Vertigo and Citizen Kane are pretty good movies, neither of them are films that I really want to watch again. Instead, here are my ten favorite movies. Why? Why not?

(Is this the whitest list ever? Possibly!)

1. Broadcast News

2. Rushmore

3. Harold & Maude

4. Wet Hot American Summer

5. 8 1/2

6. Marat/Sade

7. All About Eve

8. Days of Heaven

9. All That Jazz

10. Mulholland Dr. 

Top of the World: The Highest Places to Get a Drink

Opened in March 2011, Ozone at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is 118 floors up, overlooking all of Victoria Harbor. They serve pan-Asian tapas and signature cocktails in an exciting, weirdly futuristic setting that takes up most of the floor.

Shanghai is home to two notably elevated hotel bars that compete on a nightly basis for the city’s elite. The Grand Hyatt’s Cloud 9 is on the 87th floor with a 360 degree view of the city; it’s a surprisingly intimate atmosphere for such a dramatic space. The Music Room on the Park Hyatt’s 92nd floor is more of a clublike atmosphere, with live music, DJs, and an extensive cocktail list.

Unsurprisingly, the highest bar in the world is in Dubai, where they do everything just a little bit bigger. At.mosphere is on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, where it’s a destination for visitors seeking an incredible view of the city, as well as locals hosting some very memorable business lunches or a drink in the upscale lounge.

It may not set any records, but The Penthouse at the top of the Hotel ME Madrid is one of the prettiest views of any city, anywhere. Created by Rande and Scott Gerber with their signature laid-back, high-end atmosphere, a private elevator brings you to an elegant rooftop, with plenty of beds for laying back and enjoying the view of the Plaza Santa Ana, as well as the crowd of beautiful people that populate the terrace.

The 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel is given over to two elegant, though slightly different, outdoor spaces: the Vertigo restaurant, specializing in seafood and steaks, and the aptly-named Moon Bar, a glittering open-air lounge with a panoramic view of the city.

San Francisco: Top 5 Mind-Erasing Bars

Leave your worries and name at the door …

1. Molotov’s (The Haight) – A dark-demoned bar with loads of local cred as a real drinker’s drinking hole. 2. Vertigo (Tenderloin) – A boozing kind of bar. Magnetic dance floor for hot dates with personality deficits. 3. Phone Booth (Mission District) – Mixed local flavor includes the artsy underemployed and neighborhood Granddads. An ideal place to drink a lot because all drinks are cheap.

4. Li Po (Chinatown) – Order the Li Po special brew and sew your ID to your panties. 5. Ha-Ra Club (Tenderloin) – There are dive bars. Then there is the Ha-Ra.