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January 11th, 2008
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So, reading Defective Yeti's blog, I see that the American Film Institute has a new list of the top 100 movies of all time.

I first wrote "whole new list", which would suggest that this list has no members in common with earlier lists, which is wrong. See, I've given myself a task of seeing the "best" movies, according to both AFI and IMDB, so I grabbed AFI's top 100 movies as of 98, and a snapshot of IMDB's top 250 movies as of... I forget - round about the time that Pirates of the Caribbean 1 came out.

For a while, I had been pursuing this using TiVo and DirecTV, but the broadcast stations are only cooperative with such a project to a limited degree. Then, I subscribed to NetFlix, which helps a lot. Most of these movies are available on DVD, so it's just a matter of finding an evening when I'm in a mood to watch Robert De Niro or Lauren Bacall in some classic film.

One thing I've learned about myself so far in this project: I'm not nearly as much a fan of classic movies as I think I ought to be. I'm appreciating them intellectually, I guess, but not really enjoying them. Still, stubborn individual that I am, I intend to continue.

And, sheesh, I suppose that I should go through the new AFI list and add the films I haven't seen.


Looks like Altman's showing up in the new AFI list for movies that weren't picked for the older list.

Ok, only 10 movies added to my list:

39. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
49. Intolerance (1916)
59. Nashville (1975)
61. Sullivan's Travels (1942)
63. Cabaret (1972)
82. Sunrise (1927)
90. Swing Time (1936)
91. Sophie's Choice (1982)
95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
96. Do The Right Thing (1989)

I know I saw "Dr. Strangelove" back when I was in high school, but I didn't really appreciate it then. I expect, having finally read Catch-22, I'll see it in a different way now. I'm not going so far as to say I'll enjoy it, of course.

Matt ("Defective Yeti") says that he intends to see the 40 or so movies on the list that he hasn't seen by the end of 2008, and I applaud him for that - maybe what I'll attempt is to knock 40 movies off my own list by the end of the year. That's including the 1998 AFI list, the 2007 AFI list, and the Internet Movie Database list (which I'm not updating, for whatever reason).

Fortunately, I don't anticipate 40 new classics to come out by the end of the year, so I'll still be making progress.

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Date:January 11th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I've only seen three of the ones on your list above - 39, 96 and 61. Of them, I would say my favorite was probably 61, even though it's probably the least sociologically compelling of the three.

But Veronica Lake is Teh Hotness. And it's where the title "O Brother Where Art Thou" originates. And honestly, it was a very enjoyable picture. (Not nearly as much fun as His Girl Friday, though - ask my wife sometime about trying to carry on a conversation with me about getting a quart of milk from the store after I saw that one...)
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Date:January 11th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
I do recall enjoying His Girl Friday a great deal, yeah.

I'll probably bump up Sullivan's Travels on my list - right now, it's down near the bottom of my NetFlix queue, which would take a while to get to.
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Date:January 11th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
49 - saw it. Liked it. I tend to cut silents more slack -- not sure how much I would've liked it if it had been made twenty years later... will watch it again.
61 - have seen it a few times, always like it.
82 - have wanted to see it ever since I found out it exists.
91 - saw a few minutes of some chunk in the middle, and found it so upsetting and disturbing that I know I will never watch it.

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Date:January 11th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Good feedback, thanks! I expect that even if I find the movies upsetting (e.g. Sophie's Choice), I'll be pleased to mark them off.
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Date:January 11th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Word Sudoku puzzles

Cool, thanks! I've got a list of changes I intend to make this weekend, I'll be interested to see how your comments line up.

Kevin Kline, Samuel L. Jackson

Ah, cool, I'll be interested to see these performances, if nothing else. I'm not a big fan of musicals, but when watching Pirates of Penzance I really enjoyed seeing Kevin Kline as Pirate King.
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