There's a number of movies on that list that had me reeling at the sense of their inclusion. SPEED for example, was and is far from a classic. It was enjoyable summer movie released in a particularly slow year for action movies. LETHAL WEAPON was far more influential and "classic" by any standard.
But then, half of the list is specious. It's difficult to take seriously any list of the 100 New Classics of the last 25 years that includes BROADCAST NEWS, AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, MOULIN ROUGE, SPEED, MICHAEL CLAYTON, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE TRUMAN SHOW and SHREK
I completely agree. I didn't even realize that MICHAEL CLAYTON made the list, but its inclusion completely takes away any credibility the list had. MICHAEL CLAYTON has to be the most undeserving Best Picture nominee in history, and it's just an awful film, IMO, and it doesn't deserve to be anywhere near a list like this. The other films that you mention here are certainly not deserving of the list either, and it's hard to imagine that this list could call these films "classics".
How you champion genre dreck like National Treasure 1 & 2 is beyond me and then call Michael Clayton an awful film.
I agree it's certainly not a materpiece or shouldn't have an inclusion in this list but an awful film it certainly is not and to consider some of the other rubbish that has not only been nominated but won Oscars, (Forest Gump I'm looking at you)
Michael Clayton was a well made gritty thriller with a great performance from Clooney maybe not Oscar worthy but neither was Tom Hanks for either of the films he's won for.
Tom Wilkinson was on great form and I thought Clayton while not one of the greats like All The Presidents Men was an efficient thriller, to call it awful is ridiculous.
Schindlers List is one of the most overrated films of the last 25 years too, agreed it's a great film but it contains hollywood devices mawkish sentimentality when it's not needed.
If Spielberg hadn't made this, it certainly wouldn't have the attention it got, Private Ryan is another case, it only got the boxoffice because SS was attached. Malick's Thin Red Line was much better.
With the exception of Munich Spielberg shines best with big blockbuster pictures like Jaws, Raiders & Close Encounters.
Casino Royale's inclusion is silly, it's a very fine film and for me the best entry so far but one of the best films of the last 25 years.... NO!
Where's JFK, Nixon, certainly better than the visually impressive and experimental NBK. Se7en, Heat, The Insider & Batman Begins if your gonna include Bourne Supremacy then these were worth an inclusion. I agree Identity is easily superior to Greengrass's enjoyable but vastly overrated sequels, esspeicially Ultimatum.
These lists are always bollocks, the fact Titanic is there just proves my point, it's like seeing Star Wars in the 100 best films of all time, of course it's not but it always is in there high or at no 1.