JUST KEEP LISTING
by Bennett Campbell Ferguson
Above: The notorious top from “Inception.” Image via Warner Bros. Pictures
On June 9, 2017, New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott unveiled their list of the 25 best films of the twenty-first century so far. The article was an absurdity—and both Ms. Dargis and Mr. Scott knew it. It was no secret that the piece was primarily engineered to lure traffic to the paper’s website, while highlighting films that the two critics perceived to be obscure cinematic treasures.