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Turns out I made way more progress on the AFI list in January than I'd thought.

88/100

  • The French Connection (#70)
    I think this mostly made the AFI Top 100 list because the car chase was influential on later movie car chases. There wasn't much to the movie, other than chasing. I didn't get to know or care about any of the characters, because it was just chase chase chase. I did like the subway scene, though, with Doyle and Charnier trying to chase/lose each other without letting on that they were aware of each other.

  • Jaws (#48)
    SO SCARY. Good thing I hated going in water already.

    I wish the shark had been a little more discriminating in his feeding choices, and had passed judgment on who needed to die, rather than just eating whoever was available. Then he would have eaten the mayor as punishment for wearing those ugly ugly jackets.

    Great cinematography, great writing (a good balance of comedy/drama/terror) and not at all what I was expecting. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how much it engaged and terrified me.

  • Midnight Cowboy (#36)
    Fascinating characters, but the flashbacks were hard to follow and there were other parts (the "Warholesque" party?) that were confusing. I'd recommend it to others, but I don't feel a need to see it again.

  • Doctor Zhivago (#39)
    First of all, this didn't have NEARLY as many zombies as I expected it to. In three and a half hours, it seems like you could have worked in more zombies. Second, it made Russia look terrible and bleak and made me never want to go there. Third, was I supposed to find this movie romantic? Because I liked Tonya #1 and I thought her husband was an asshole for cheating on her, especially since they never really developed the relationship between Yuri and Lara, and it was sort of a "they love each other because we just told you they love each other" sort of thing. Somewhere in three and a half hours, we could have seen something of them falling in love!

srah - Sunday, 1 February 2009 - 2:40 PM
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Comments (4)

gravatar Princess Sparklepants - February 5, 2009 - 9:39 AM -

I'd like to know how they justify having ANY Kevin Costner movie in here, EVEN Dances With Wolves. Because, sweeping vistas and pretty Native American costumage aside, he sucks.

gravatar srah - February 5, 2009 - 11:04 AM -

He so does.

gravatar b stuben - February 10, 2009 - 4:11 PM -

ha! I have a similar project that I've been working on. Went through about 220 of IMDB's Top 250. I was working on a list of all the movies i've seen. Ever.

gravatar allthewine - February 10, 2009 - 11:54 PM -

once you're done with this it will be time for TMC's 30 Oscar movies in 30 days... unless it's already that time? Sigh, I miss cable.

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