Monday, April 11, 2011

AFI 100 films of the past 100 years...yes I will do every single one.

So I have decided that I am going to watch every movie on AFI's top 100 movies of the past 100 years.
I like movies. I have netflix through Wii and a DVD player. I have strong opinions, a blog and free time in the evenings.
I am going to start at 100 and work my way backwards, blog about it and see where it leads.  Perhaps I will find some new movies I I like.  I will watch(or in the case of about 30 of the films, rewatch)  and judge.

How were these movies selected??  (FROM WIKIPEDIA)
AFI asks jurors to consider the following criteria in their selection process:

Feature length: Narrative format typically over 60 minutes long
American film: English language, with significant creative and/or financial production from the United States
Critical Recognition: Formal commendation in print, television, and digital media
Major Award Winner: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds, and major film festivals
Popularity Over Time: Includes success at the box office, television and cable airings, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals
Historical Significance: A film's mark on the history of the moving image through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking achievements
Cultural Impact: A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance
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I am using the AFI list from 2007(the 10 year anniversary of the original best 100 films list)

Here is the list as determined by AFI.  (** means I have already seen it).

1. Citizen Kane, 1941.
2. The Godfather, 1972.
3. Casablanca, 1942.**
4. Raging Bull, 1980.
5. Singin' in the Rain, 1952.**
6. Gone With the Wind, 1939**.
7. Lawrence of Arabia, 1962.
8. Schindler's List, 1993.**
9. Vertigo, 1958.
10. The Wizard of Oz, 1939**
11. City Lights, 1931.
12. The Searchers, 1956.
13. Star Wars, 1977.**
14. Psycho, 1960.
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
16. Sunset Blvd., 1950.
17. The Graduate, 1967.**
18. The General, 1927.
19. On the Waterfront, 1954.
20. It's a Wonderful Life, 1946**
21. Chinatown, 1974.
22. Some Like It Hot, 1959.
23. The Grapes of Wrath, 1940.
24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982**
25. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962.
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939.**
27. High Noon, 1952.
28. All About Eve, 1950.
29. Double Indemnity, 1944.
30. Apocalypse Now, 1979.
31. The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
32. The Godfather Part II, 1974.
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975.**
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937.**
35. Annie Hall, 1977.
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957.
37. The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946.
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948.
39. Dr. Strangelove, 1964.
40. The Sound of Music, 1965**
41. King Kong, 1933.
42. Bonnie and Clyde, 1967.
43. Midnight Cowboy, 1969.
44. The Philadelphia Story, 1940.**
45. Shane, 1953.
46. It Happened One Night, 1934.**
47. A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951.
48. Rear Window, 1954.
49. Intolerance, 1916.
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001.**
51. West Side Story, 1961.**
52. Taxi Driver, 1976.
53. The Deer Hunter, 1978
54. M-A-S-H, 1970.
55. North by Northwest, 1959.
56. Jaws, 1975.**
57. Rocky, 1976.**
58. The Gold Rush, 1925.
59. Nashville, 1975.
60. Duck Soup, 1933.
61. Sullivan's Travels, 1941.
62. American Graffiti, 1973.
63. Cabaret, 1972.
64. Network, 1976.
65. The African Queen, 1951.
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.**
67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966.
68. Unforgiven, 1992.
69. Tootsie, 1982.
70. A Clockwork Orange, 1971.
71. Saving Private Ryan, 1998.**
72. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994.**
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969.
74. The Silence of the Lambs, 1991.**
75. In the Heat of the Night, 1967.
76. Forrest Gump, 1994.**
77. All the President's Men, 1976.
78. Modern Times, 1936.
79. The Wild Bunch, 1969.
80. The Apartment, 1960.
81. Spartacus, 1960.
82. Sunrise, 1927.
83. Titanic, 1997**
84. Easy Rider, 1969.
85. A Night at the Opera, 1935.
86. Platoon, 1986.
87. 12 Angry Men, 1957.
88. Bringing Up Baby, 1938.
89. The Sixth Sense, 1999**.
90. Swing Time, 1936.
91. Sophie's Choice, 1982.
92. Goodfellas, 1990.
93. The French Connection, 1971.
94. Pulp Fiction, 1994**.
95. The Last Picture Show, 1971.
96. Do the Right Thing, 1989.
97. Blade Runner, 1982**.
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942**.
99. Toy Story, 1995**.
100. Ben-Hur, 1959.

Of course, I will start with Ben Hur...its about a zillion hours long.
Now off to netflix and see what I can find!!



A "WHOA HOLD YOUR HORSES" UPDATE:  Lots of these movies are not available on instant streaming.  So I will not be doing these in order. I will be watching and rating them by accessability.
But I WILL do them.
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