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In talking to a friend about my AFI project, I discovered that not only had I had not done an AFI progress update since 2009, but in the last three years I hadn't even seen all seven of the movies I had left to see. So I decided it was time to do another post AND finally finish the list.


  • Raging Bull (#24)
    Yet another AFI Top 100 movie that I can acknowledge is very WELL-MADE, with lots of symbolism and well-crafted shots, but one I can't really get into myself. I like to have a character who I can identify with, or who I can admire, or who I at least find interesting. I can watch a boxing movie (or pretty much any sports movie for that matter) if there's an interesting story going on outside of the sports clips, but basically, when this guy wasn't beating people up inside the ring, he was beating people up outside the ring. He's pretty pathetic and it made me sad, rather than pulling me into his story.
  • Unforgiven (#98)
    "Cocoon in the Wild West"

    An enjoyable story, and Clint Eastwood was enjoyably bad-ass.
  • Easy Rider (#88)
    I felt like there was a central message that this movie wanted to convey, but it got lost in the distracting editing or somewhere. I got the general counterculture vs mainstream culture theme, but it felt like it just sort of fell off and ended without completing the message. So you're "free", but what do you actually DO? Is the freedom you're searching for the freedom to do nothing?

    I liked Jack Nicholson. I wish the movie had been about him.
  • Taxi Driver (#47)
    I can see why a crazy person would identify with this film. It worries me to think how many Bickles might be out there.

    The shootout was particularly horrifying and graphic.

    All in all, it was really well-made, I'm glad to have watched it, I'm glad to check it off my AFI Top 100 list, but I don't need to see it ever again.
  • The Wild Bunch (#80)
    After holding on to this Netflix disc for over a month, I finally bit the bullet and watched this. As best as I can tell, this is on the AFI Top 100 list mostly because of cinematographic techniques that were groundbreaking at the time. It is pretty interesting, visually, but I had trouble getting invested in the characters or the plot, so it just seemed like an endless series of similar gun battles and didn't do much for me. If I want to watch a movie about old dudes in the Wild West, I'd prefer Unforgiven.
  • M*A*S*H (#56)
    I have had "Suicide is Painless" in my head for three days now.

    This is one of those movies that's more a series of vignettes than an actual story. We get to know the characters a little as the movie goes on, but they don't really go on a journey or learn anything. They have a few laughs, sew some people up, punch people in the face, then they get back in the same jeep they arrived in.

    Since M*A*S*H is pretty much my only exposure to the Korean War, I have no idea whether it was represented accurately, but the Swampmen seemed like they'd been influenced by 1960s counterculture a decade early. It's confusing making a movie about a 1950s war when you're in a 1970s war.

    It also bothered me that all of the Swampmen's attacks on Hot Lips were sexual. Couldn't they find a more creative way to get their revenge, instead of exposing her to the camp? I feel like I'm supposed to be on their side, but I didn't want to be.
  • Bonnie and Clyde (#27)
    Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are extremely good-looking people and this movie was entertaining and well-paced and artsy enough to be interesting but not so artsy it sacrificed plot. My AFI Top 100 watching project is over, in a hail of gunfire!

The Final List of AFI Top 100 (1998 version) Movies I Have Seen:

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Casablanca
  3. The Godfather
  4. Gone with the Wind
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. The Graduate
  8. On the Waterfront
  9. Schindler's List
  10. Singin' in the Rain
  11. It's a Wonderful Life
  12. Sunset Boulevard
  13. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  14. Some Like It Hot
  15. Star Wars
  16. All About Eve
  17. The African Queen
  18. Psycho
  19. Chinatown
  20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  21. The Grapes of Wrath
  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  23. The Maltese Falcon
  24. Raging Bull
  25. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  26. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  27. Bonnie and Clyde
  28. Apocalypse Now
  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  31. Annie Hall
  32. The Godfather Part II
  33. High Noon
  34. To Kill a Mockingbird
  35. It Happened One Night
  36. Midnight Cowboy
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives
  38. Double Indemnity
  39. Doctor Zhivago
  40. North by Northwest
  41. West Side Story
  42. Rear Window
  43. King Kong
  44. The Birth of a Nation
  45. A Streetcar Named Desire
  46. A Clockwork Orange
  47. Taxi Driver
  48. Jaws
  49. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  51. The Philadelphia Story
  52. From Here to Eternity
  53. Amadeus
  54. All Quiet on the Western Front
  55. The Sound of Music
  56. M*A*S*H
  57. The Third Man
  58. Fantasia
  59. Rebel Without a Cause
  60. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  61. Vertigo
  62. Tootsie
  63. Stagecoach
  64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  65. The Silence of the Lambs
  66. Network
  67. The Manchurian Candidate
  68. An American in Paris
  69. Shane
  70. The French Connection
  71. Forrest Gump
  72. Ben-Hur
  73. Wuthering Heights
  74. The Gold Rush
  75. Dances with Wolves
  76. City Lights
  77. American Graffiti
  78. Rocky
  79. The Deer Hunter
  80. The Wild Bunch
  81. Modern Times
  82. Giant
  83. Platoon
  84. Fargo
  85. Duck Soup
  86. Mutiny on the Bounty
  87. Frankenstein
  88. Easy Rider
  89. Patton
  90. The Jazz Singer
  91. My Fair Lady
  92. A Place in the Sun
  93. The Apartment
  94. Goodfellas
  95. Pulp Fiction
  96. The Searchers
  97. Bringing Up Baby
  98. Unforgiven
  99. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  100. Yankee Doodle Dandy

srah - Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 11:24 AM
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