What is the greatest movie of all time… for you?

The Volokh Conspiracy, a legal/political blog I peruse occasionally, posted an analysis of Inception. While I found that interesting, it’s the comments that made me sit back and go, “Hmmmm…” Paraphrasing several comments, “Greatest of all time? I think not.” The thought that ran through my mind reading that was: How do we decide what is the greatest movie of all time? Because for every 9 people that loved the Godfather, there’s at least 1 person that hated it (or just didn’t like it as much as everyone else.) How do we take into account personal tastes and preferences in anything against the greater backdrop of the masses?

Or, to put it another way, if I say it’s the best, why would anyone really care enough to tear down my personal opinion, to prove me “wrong?”

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