Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cross One Off the Bucket List!

Although I abandoned the blog almost two years ago, I have still been watching movies, and I officially finished AFI's list on January 29th... only four years and two days after I began. In hindsight, I should have finished all 100 movies before having a baby. It's tricky to find a block of 2-3 hours to myself to watch a movie with a toddler in the house. But still... watching 100 movies in four years is averaging one every two weeks, which is a pretty solid commitment, and I'm proud I finished it.

A few things I've learned over these four years:

  • Now that I've watched it while paying full attention, I recognize that Star Wars is an impressive movie for its time. For the record, though, I still don't understand the obsession.
  • I'm a Hitchcock fan. All of the ones I watched fell in the LOVED category.
  • Buster Keaton > Charlie Chaplin. Sorry. True.
  • I'd be fine to never see another Western in my life. Generally, the plot is simple, the script is boring, and the characters are one-dimensional. I don't love all the killing, either.
  • I respect the filmmakers who pay attention to whether lines or scenes enhance a movie and don't just add filler. (I'm looking at you, Singin' in the Rain.)
  • Marlon Brando was a creepy, creepy man who knew how to act.
  • I'm still thinking on it (it's a pretty big decision), but Casablanca may have surpassed Gone with the Wind as my favorite movie.
  • A movie (e.g. Schindler's List) can affect you in a way that leaves you literally shaking, for hours.
  • I wish I hadn't known the meaning of "Rosebud." I don't remember who told me, but that person sucks. Maybe I would've agreed with Citizen Kane's #1 spot had I not known that.

Overall, my movie-watching time was time well spent. There were still a handful of duds, but I discovered some amazing films I otherwise never would have seen.

Here's how they fell for me. The long list of "LOVED" and "liked" should tell you I thought this whole experience was worth it.

LOVED

  • #2 The Godfather (1972)
  • #3 Casablanca (1942)
  • #6 Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • #8 Schindler's List (1993)
  • #9 Vertigo (1958)
  • #10 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • #13 Star Wars (1977)
  • #14 Psycho (1960)
  • #16 Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • #17 The Graduate (1967)
  • #18 The General (1927)
  • #20 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • #21 Chinatown (1974)
  • #22 Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • #24 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • #25 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • #29 Double Indemnity (1944)
  • #32 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • #36 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  • #40 The Sound of Music (1965)
  • #42 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • #44 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • #48 Rear Window (1954)
  • #50 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • #55 North by Northwest (1959)
  • #61 Sullivan's Travels (1941)
  • #66 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • #71 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • #72 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • #75 In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  • #76 Forrest Gump (1994)
  • #83 Titanic (1997)
  • #87 12 Angry Men (1957)
  • #89 The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • #91 Sophie's Choice (1982)
  • #94 Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • #99 Toy Story (1995)
  • #100 Ben-Hur (1959)


Liked
  • #1 Citizen Kane (1941)
  • #4 Raging Bull (1980)
  • #7 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • #11 City Lights (1931)
  • #19 On the Waterfront (1954)
  • #28 All About Eve (1950)
  • #33 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • #34 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • #35 Annie Hall (1977)
  • #37 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • #41 King Kong (1933)
  • #43 Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • #46 It Happened One Night (1934)
  • #47 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • #49 Intolerance (1916)
  • #51 West Side Story (1961)
  • #52 Taxi Driver (1976)
  • #54 MASH (1970)
  • #56 Jaws (1975)
  • #57 Rocky (1976)
  • #58 The Gold Rush (1925)
  • #62 American Graffiti (1973)
  • #63 Cabaret (1972)
  • #64 Network (1976)
  • #65 The African Queen (1951)
  • #67 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • #68 Unforgiven (1992)
  • #69 Tootsie (1982)
  • #70 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • #73 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • #74 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • #78 Modern Times (1936)
  • #80 The Apartment (1960)
  • #81 Spartacus (1960)
  • #82 Sunrise (1927)
  • #85 A Night at the Opera (1935)
  • #88 Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • #90 Swing Time (1936)
  • #92 Goodfellas (1990)
  • #95 The Last Picture Show (1971)
  • #97 Blade Runner (1982)


Didn't Like

  • #5 Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  • #12 The Searchers (1956)
  • #26 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • #27 High Noon (1952)
  • #30 Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • #31 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • #53 The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • #59 Nashville (1975)
  • #60 Duck Soup (1933)
  • #77 All the President's Men (1976)
  • #93 The French Connection (1971)
  • #96 Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • #98 Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)


Hated

  • #15 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • #23 The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  • #38 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  • #39 Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  • #45 Shane (1953)
  • #79 The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • #84 Easy Rider (1969)

I'd like to thank AFI for putting together a pretty solid list, and I'd like to thank my husband for tolerating me spending all of this time without him. :)

http://www.afi.com/100years/movies10.aspx

2 comments:

  1. So awesome that you did this. I would LOVE to do this someday.

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    1. Do it! If you do, I'd recommend watching from #100 to #1, and try to set some sort of schedule so it doesn't take you several years like it did for me.

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