Derek Sivers on Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies:
A few years ago, I subscribed to Netflix and put all 300-or-so of “The Great Movies” in my queue. We’d watch one or two a week, not reading his essay until afterwards. I’ve seen most but not all of them now. (…)
A hidden world opens up to you when you dive deep into an art form. Years of studying jazz at Berklee School of Music opened up that world to me. Art is so much deeper when you get the contexts and references. Ebert single-handedly did that for me for movies.
Sivers provides links in this post to each of the essays in Ebert’s book, so you even if you don’t have the book, you can see what movies made Ebert’s list, watch them, and then read the essay. Or vice versa. Lather, rinse, repeat.