Looking at the cross currents of historical and contemporary events
Interesting list. I'm a Rules of the Game fan. Not so sure about some of the others.
CNN interviewed the editor for Sight and Sound magazine for BFI, and he felt that The Artist may have had some influence here, especially in regard to the three silent films in the Top Ten. He also said that it is much easier for critics to reach a consensus on a classic film than it is a contemporary film, which is why so few recent films made it on the list. Glad to see In the Mood for Love on the list. Great film!