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'It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.'

It's been over two years since I went on an American Film Institute Top 100-watching kick, but I thought I would check my progress now, since Alfie did. I'm at 81, if my calculations are correct. I think these are the only AFI Top 100 (1998 list) movies that I've seen since my last update:

  • Lawrence of Arabia - August 2007
    I had seen Lawrence of Arabia, but I wasn't sure if I'd seen it all in one sitting. Now I have, and on the big screen, too! If you have an opportunity, see it on the big screen.
  • Annie Hall - October 2007
    At the beginning of the movie, there's a scene where Woody Allen is complaining about a guy loudly proclaiming his opinions on this, that and everything. Is that supposed to be irony? Because this entire movie is WA loudly proclaiming his opinions on this, that and everything.
  • The Best Years of Our Lives - January 2008
    Very long, but a great character-driven story about the challenges related to coming home from war.
  • Double Indemnity - March 2008
    The banter is so banterlicious. And all the bantering and gazes are hot! I think I put off watching this for years because - although I LOVE Barbara Stanwyck - I couldn't picture Fred "The Egg and I" MacMurray in a hard-boiled noir role. Turns out, he's totally hard-boiled and actually kind of sexy in a weird Fred MacMurray bantering way.
  • A Clockwork Orange - June 2008
    The book is better (isn't that always the case?) but I really liked the 70s-futuristic aesthetic. As I'd predicted, the violence was a bit off-putting (it's a lot easier to 'fast-forward' through it while reading), in particular the violence against women. It seemed like Kubrick wanted as much woman-flesh on screen as possible, so I ended up getting this creepy feeling that they were being raped both by the characters onscreen as well as by the camera. It left me with an antipathy towards young men and a desire to speak in nadsat and reread the book.
  • Tootsie - September 2008
    I couldn't decide whether I'd seen Tootsie all the way through or not, but now I definitely have. Lovely lovely movie!
  • Apocalypse Now - September 2008
    I hate war. I like watching war movies, because I hate war and they get me all riled up.

    This movie is very long. I think the music was used very well and the character development was fascinating. But it's still long.
  • Rocky - December 2008
    I don't know how I get it into my head that a movie could possibly be just two hours of punching (or two hours of war, or two hours of gangsters gunning each other down). Turns out all most (I'm looking at you, Goodfellas) of these AFI genre movies are on the list because they have compelling stories and characters, and are not just about awareness education control acceptance punching.

    It would have helped if I'd know the slightest thing about boxing, though, so I wouldn't have been all, "Is it over? Is it over? I guess it's over." The ending was very sudden, but I suppose that paves the way for sequels. Are there sequels? /feigned innocence

Read on for my updated AFI list...

srah - Wednesday, 17 December 2008 - 10:23 PM
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Comments (8)

gravatar alfie - December 17, 2008 - 11:46 PM -

We own Godfather 2 if you want to see it (not that I've watched it all the way through). I highly recommend The Third Man, which I might be getting for Christmas (fingers crossed).

gravatar JoshC - December 18, 2008 - 12:07 AM -

The violence has put me right off of watching A Clockwork Orange, but reading it, a couple of years of high school Russian makes all the difference in understanding nadsat and getting the additional subtext of brutality from the code-switching.

gravatar srah - December 18, 2008 - 6:41 AM -

The problem with Godfather II is that every time I sit down to watch it, I go, "I should probably rewatch Godfather I" and then I never get around to the second one.

gravatar Cheryl - December 18, 2008 - 8:23 AM -

I love Double Indemnity.

gravatar Craig - December 18, 2008 - 8:31 AM -

Three of your unwatched ones are some of my favorites: Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Jaws and The Third Man. I'd say that I recommend them, but they are already on the AFI Top 100 list, which is probably a much higher recommendation than I could give.

gravatar aunt pam - December 18, 2008 - 11:02 AM -

I noticed you haven't watched "Network". I seriously want to re-watch that because it's been far too long. I think watching this movie now would either a) make me realize I don't like it all that much or b)be even more compelling now. Uncle John claims he has never seen it (he has, he just doesn't remember) so it's time. I would be most curious as to what both you and Becky thought of it.

gravatar Jess - December 18, 2008 - 12:55 PM -

This is an amazing list. I think I'm just not that into movies. I like them, but that's the extent of it.

gravatar moe - December 20, 2008 - 12:08 PM -

I guess it is pretty certain, then, that Woody Allen never reads our blogs? (I thought that was where you were going on the Annie Hall review but then you veered off)

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