Monday, August 19, 2013

Movie Monday: AFI 100 Years 100 Films edition

So you guys probably know that one of the things I have on my Day Zero list is to watch all 100 films on the AFI's 2007 version of their 100 Years, 100 Films list. I've now ploughed my way through around a third of them, and as I've not had time to prepare a proper post today (VEDA is still taking up pretty much all of my time), I figured that I'd tell you what I thought of them! The numbers against each movie are their rankings in the AFI list.

#1 - Citizen Kane
Totally not what I was expecting. Orsen Welles was pretty fabulous, considering he acted in, wrote and directed it and he was only like 27. But at the end of the day, the story wasn't all that exciting.

#2 - The Godfather
I've always found this movie kind of confusing - it seems to dump you into the middle of the action with no idea of who anyone is, and as a result I have a hard time keeping the characters straight. I can tell you one thing though - Michael Corleone is a douchebag.

#3 - Casablanca
I'm not a huge fan of Humphrey Bogart for unspecified reasons. There's just something about him that doesn't quite gel for me. Anyway, despite that, I kind of love this movie.

#5 - Singin' in the Rain
YES OMG PERFECT MOVIE IS PERFECT SO MUCH LOVE. I could watch it every single day and never get bored. Appropriately, I'm seeing the stage version on Thursday night.

#6 - Gone with the Wind
REALLY FREAKING LONG. And the ending was a total anticlimax. Like, throw things at the walls because "THAT'S HOW IT ENDS?!" kind of anticlimax. But I didn't hate it as much as I remembered.

#7 - Lawrence of Arabia 
SO. FREAKING. LONG. Also, not particularly exciting. Not really a fan. The music was good though?

#10 - The Wizard of Oz
FAR more awesome than I remembered. And also a lot shorter. Weird.

#13 - Star Wars Episode IV
I love everything about this film. Provided it's the original theatrical version and not the crappy remastered one.

#14 - Psycho
Awesomeness. Love every second of it. Anthony Perkins is so brilliantly EVERYTHING.

#16 - Sunset Boulevard
She gives new meaning to "crazy eyes". Also, source.
AMAZING. That's all there is to it.

#17 - The Graduate
This generally made me uncomfortable. I blame the Snark Squad's 50 Shades recaps... The ending was kind of odd, but at least the music was good?

#22 - Some Like It Hot
Pure perfection.

#24 - ET
I was TERRIFIED of this movie as a child. As a 30 year old? It's still terrifying. And pretty crap because it's now insanely dated. Mini Drew Barrymore was an unexpected highlight.

#27 - High Noon
Not entirely what I expected, and I'm still not 100% sure about what was happening in some parts.

#31 - The Maltese Falcon
Another one that wasn't what I was expecting. It was okay, but a little confusing.

#38 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 
Bizarre, from start to finish. Humphrey Bogart does an excellent job of being batshit crazy.

#39 - Dr Strangelove
Totally and utterly bonkers, but also pretty great.

#40 - The Sound of Music 
SO much longer than I remembered, but filled with the most amazing facial expressions. Christopher Plummer gives crazy good bitchface.

#50 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
While I love this movie, I still don't entirely understand why they'd put Fellowship on the list over the other two, which were FAR more interesting in my opinion. The Two Towers is my personal favourite, but about 90% of that is due to Legolas sliding down the stairs on a shield.

#51 - West Side Story
Meh. I'm not a big fan of Romeo and Juliet (it's about two idiotic teenagers who've known each other for five minutes. It's not romantic. It's just creepy), so it's probably not surprising that this doesn't do much for me. It just felt long and overly dramatic, and the songs never seemed to quite fit.

#54 - M*A*S*H*
Holy crap, this movie is awesome. I loved every single minute of it, particularly the football scene. Donald Sutherland is perfect as Hawkeye.

#56 - Jaws
Considering how awful the special effects are, this has actually aged surprisingly well.

#66 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

#73 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Pretty freaking fabulous.

#74 - The Silence of the Lambs
Not nearly as terrifying as I'd always imagined. Also kind of fabulous. Although I wouldn't watch it over and over, that's for sure...

#75 - In the Heat of the Night
Sidney Poitier is a total BAMF. That is all.

#76 - Forrest Gump
I remember really hating this in the past. While I still found Forrest to be an insanely annoying character, I enjoyed this far more on the rewatch.

#83 - Titanic
Sorry not sorry - I really hate this movie. It's long and boring and gives me precisely zero feels. It actually pained me to devote three and a bit hours of my life to watching it again.

#89 - The Sixth Sense
Still surprisingly terrifying in parts, even if you know what's coming. Also, considering how young he was, Haley Joel Osment is kind of incredible.

#92 - Goodfellas
Kind of fabulous and not really what I was expecting.

#99 - Toy Story
YES. GOOD. WHEDON IS A GENIUS. Sassy Woody is sassy. Need to buy this on DVD immediately and watch it over and over because it's made of win.

So there you have it. 31 down, 69 to go...

Which assessments do you agree/disagree with?!

K xx


  1. UGH too many opinions and I can't remember them all. haha. Most of the movies I agree with you about though, at least of the ones I've seen. You've seen way more than I have! Although I'll admit - I have a soft spot for Titanic and West Side Story. Feel free to judge, it's 100% ok because I judge myself. Especially with Titanic.

  2. Citizen Kane is just...boring. Rosebud. We get it. Let's move on.

    I don't hate West Side Story - but I only really like the beginning, it kind of drags there towards the end.

  3. I agree that Some Like It Hot is a pure perfection. It always makes me laugh. It's one of those films that my family and I are always quoting at each other, because we're cool like that...

    I have to agree about Lord of the Rings. I love the trilogy as a whole but picking Fellowship over the other three doesn't seem right. I think Return of the King is my favourite, but you can't beat Legolas sliding down the stairs on a shield ;) Oh, and Aragorn bursting through the doors at Helm's Deep. Mmm, actually not sure which is my favourite now...

    And I have to admit that, like Emmy, I too have a soft spot for Titanic. Maybe it's because when I was 14 I loved Leonardo Di Caprio and I thought it was the most amazing film ever. I've definitely grown out of it, and it's nowhere near as great as I thought it was, but I still have a soft spot for it. Feel free to judge me also!


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