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It's been a really long time since I did an AFI Top 100 update. But it's also been a long time since I watched an AFI movie. I am in a lull, probably mostly due to the fact that American Idol is on EVERY FRIGGIN' DAY OF THE WEEK so I just try to avoid turning the TV on altogether. But since I'm going out of the country, it would be good to get this posted before I go.

#67: Wuthering Heights - There was some question in my mind as to whether I would ever be able to complete the entire Top 100 list, because it would involve watching Wuthering Heights. I kept getting hung up on this movie. I reserved it once at the library, but I had too many DVDs out already so I had to leave one behind. Wuthering Heights it is, then! Not a tough decision! The longer I can put off watching it, the better. But I reserved it again and eventually it popped back up and there were no excuses left. I brought it home and it sat on the pile for weeks. As the return date loomed, I realized that this was going to have to be like tearing off a Band-Aid - just get through it and get over with it.

It's strange - I feel like I should like Wuthering Heights. I have been told that it is a romantic story, but personally, I think Heathcliff is an asshole and Cathy is a moron and all manner of Brontës are more talented than Emily. The story is even harder to get into than The Hobbit, and that is really saying something¹. So I "watched" this one while doing something else on the computer. I heard it all and followed the stupid story and was glad that they left half of it out of the movie version and I don't know why they put this in the Top 100, except that maybe they felt they needed more movies with Laurence Olivier. Well, that's over with.

#68: Patton - This is another one I was dreading, but I actually liked it a lot more than I expected. I have been pleasantly surprised by war movies so far - they're not just about war, but about people as well. And Patton's an interesting one. I liked his dog, too.

#69: Goodfellas - I expected to like this more than I did, probably because I'd seen The Godfather and realized that mafia movies aren't all bad. This was okay but gruesome and blah.

#70: Frankenstein - This is another one that I tried to put off for a long time, but it finally had to be watched. I didn't feel like I got much out of it because I've seen the 1994 version and so many parodies that this didn't really add anything to my Frankenstein-knowledge. I believe it does mean that I've watched all of the AFI movies from the 1930s, though.

See also: #48-54, #55-58, #59-61, #64-66

¹ "In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit, and in this hole, he had a pot and a bench and a table and a stool and a pair of pants and a ladle and a box of pipeweed and a hairbrush and a toothbrush and a brush for brushing the dirt off his feet and a chair and another table and a window and a fireplace and another window and a box of matches and a couple of biscuits and a teapot and three candles and a frying pan and a laundry basket and a notebook computer with combination CD/DVD-R drive and a shoebox full of porn and some buttons and a bucket and another brush and a pair of socks and a breadmaker and a map of Middle Earth and a chessboard and last year's phone book and a mug and another mug and some plates and some forks and some fireworks and another pair of socks and a gravy boat and a rug and a rocking chair and an onion and a pipe and another window and a ceiling and a floor and some walls and some canned peaches and a vase and some ointment and a dead plant and another chair and a teacup and a beer stein and a loaf of bread and..."

srah - Monday, 6 March 2006 - 5:44 PM
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Comments (4)

gravatar Cari - March 6, 2006 - 8:45 PM -

Why the hobbit quote? I started AFI's contagious.

gravatar srah - March 6, 2006 - 8:59 PM -

I've never been able to read The Hobbit because the beginning is too stupid. Just like Wuthering Heights.

gravatar Mer Haskell - March 6, 2006 - 9:45 PM -

I want to quote your Hobbit-rant footnote everywhere.

gravatar srah - March 6, 2006 - 10:38 PM -

Why thank you.

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