Friday, August 28, 2009

Is 'Twilight' The One Movie You'd Save If The World Came To An End?

If — god forbid — our civilization were to disappear, which works of literature, film, art and music should be preserved to represent our society to future generations? That is the question behind the "What Would You Take With You In 2012?" Web site, set up as a viral marketing tool for November's apocalyptic thriller "2012."

Though polls are still open in the art, literature, and music categories, voting has concluded in the film category with a surprising (yet at the same time, not so surprising if you're tuned into what's popular in pop culture right now) victor: everybody's favorite vampire romance "Twilight." Michael Jackson's 1988 docu-fantasy "Moonwalker" placed second with the "Star Wars" series coming in third.

Now, if you've ever read anything I've written for Hollywood Crush, you know I'm a big fan of Stephenie Meyer's saga, but even I take a long pause at the thought of "Twilight" representing our entire civilization.

Sure, the whole vampire thing is a trend with fangs for 2009, but I don't believe it represents decades of the film industry's collective creativity and imagination. Honorable mention "Star Wars" had a much greater impact on filmmaking and storytelling, catapulting the science fiction genre to new heights and introducing special effects like we'd never seen them before.

Some might also argue on behalf of classics like "Citizen Kane," which was ranked as the greatest American movie of all time by the American Film Institute, though I would root for movies that are a little more accessible like their No. 6 pick "The Wizard of Oz," "Schindler's List" (#9) or "It's A Wonderful Life" (#11). But thanks to Hollywood's prolific movie-making machine, it's darn near impossible to pick just one movie to save from the rubble pile.

Do you agree with "Twilight"'s ranking? Do you have a different film to nominate for the top spot?

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