Saucers of Mud

September 4, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 8:40 pm

By what principle are the following numbers placed in the following order? What other numbers can be placed in this sequence? Answers not definitive.

8.5 1900 2046 7 3.14159… 10 1941 300 23



  1. I’m guessing that these movie titles are listed in descending order of quality. The two other organizing principles that suggest themselves (chronological, or alphabetical by director’s name) don’t work for this ordering.

    Comment by Slim Andslam — September 5, 2007 @ 8:56 am

  2. Bingo. Not definitive, not only because taste is disputable, but also because I haven’t seen most of these movies. For instance, I don’t know where (-∞, 0) fits on the list (not to mention 1776 or 13).

    I’ve seen one scene of The Number 23 which was enough to put it on the far right.

    Comment by matt w — September 5, 2007 @ 9:05 am

  3. Huh. I think I have only seen one of those, , and scenes from Ten; and would not have known what it is a list of without Slim’s assist. Any reason Kubrick’s and Hyams’ Clarke adaptations don’t make the list, or for that matter Radford’s Orwell adaptation?

    Comment by The Modesto Kid — September 5, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

  4. I hadn’t thought of 1984, but it’s hard to rank because there’s two. 2001 and 2010 seemed like they would’ve been too too obvious. (BTW, the ones I have seen are Seven, 1941, and 2046.)

    Comment by matt w — September 5, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

  5. You oughta watch ; as suggested by its position at the left side of the row, it is an awfully good movie. Probably worth waiting until you find an art house screening it, it is particularly well suited to being watched in a theatre.

    Comment by The Modesto Kid — September 6, 2007 @ 8:59 am

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