Monday, October 7, 2013

Movie Monday: AFI 100 Years 100 Films Edition, Take 2


So I ran out of time to watch a movie this weekend, thank to marathoning my way through several discs of Supernatural season 8, hanging out with Little Miss A, and attending a concert last night that I'll discuss in more detail later in the week. So I figured that I'd update you on my thoughts about the next ten movies that I've crossed off the AFI's 100 Years 100 Films list in the past six weeks or so.

#4 - Raging Bull
I'm not really a big fan of boxing, and pretty much all I learnt from watching this movie is that boxers (or at least Jake la Motta) are kind of epic douchebags. Robert de Niro was pretty damned convincing in the role though.

#8 - Schindler's List
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OH MY GOD, THIS WAS BRUTAL. I ugly cried non-stop for at least the last half hour of the movie. And ugly cried to the point where I was a giant mess of snot and tears and grossness because the tissues were on the other side of the room, and I didn't want to take my eyes off the screen.

#12 - The Searchers
Westerns aren't really my thing, so it's probably not a huge surprise that I didn't really enjoy this movie. It was okay, I guess, but pretty dated. Like, "we cast a German guy as the Native American chief" kind of dated...

#15 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
WTF. Also, source.
What in the actual fuck did I just watch??? I seriously have no idea what that was. Literally nothing happened until the 90 minute mark, and the remaining million hours of the film made precisely zero sense... Then again, I've yet to find a Kubrick movie that I actually really liked, and space movies aren't really my thing, so it's probably not a surprise that I didn't enjoy it.

#18 - The General
Surprisingly enjoyable, if more than a little ridiculous. It was my first experience with a silent movie, so I spent a good chunk of it feeling like it was insanely overacted. But at times, it was completely and utterly hilarious and I was in fits of hysterics on the floor over it.

#36 - The Bridge on the River Kwai
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Really really long, but really fabulous. Alec Guinness was phenomenal. And I spent a decent chunk of time screaming at the television in the last 15 minutes or so.

#43 - Midnight Cowboy
Oh, goodness. I don't know what I was expecting from this, but it CERTAINLY wasn't Jon Voight playing a male prostitute and hanging out with a seriously squirrelly Dustin Hoffman. The whole thing was kind of bizarre, to be honest.

#46 - It Happened One Night
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Kind of great, although the female lead had completely INSANE eyebrows, and Clark Gable was sort of an asshat. Albeit kind of a dreamy one.

#47 - A Streetcar Named Desire
I'm not entirely sure how I was supposed to feel about this. I hated every single character with a fiery passion, and the plot was pretty bonkers. On the plus side, Marlon Brando had some fabulous biceps...

#48 - Rear Window
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Sheer perfection from start to finish. And if someone wants to bring me Grace Kelly's entire wardrobe, that'd be fabulous.

#71 - Saving Private Ryan
The opening nearly killed me. It was indescribably brutal, and deserved all its Oscars, and I totally cried like a baby at the end.

So there you have it. 42 down, 58 to go...

Do you agree with my assessments? Disagree? Which ones? And why?

K xx

13 comments:

  1. I think the only movie I watched from your list was Schindler's List and that was in school, which meant ugly crying for a couple of days and having class afterwards.

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    1. I can't even imagine having to watch this at school. We had to watch Dead Poets Society, and that was bad enough!

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  2. I just saw Schindler's List for the first time in August. Oh my God. I feel like I can't do justice to the impact it had on me. It also made me really interested in the real story, so I've read a bunch of books about it and now I'm reading a 600-page biography of Oskar Schindler. But yeah, that movie totally deserves the reputation it has, and I was a mess at the end of it.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who was a trainwreck by the end of it!

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  3. A few years ago one of my goals was to watch all 100 movies. I don't remember how far I got but I know I didn't finish! I absolutely agree on Rear Window. What a gem!

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    1. There are a couple on the list that I'm pretty sure are going to be a bitch to get hold of, so there's every chance I won't finish either!

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  4. Rear Window is wonderful. I love that movie! And I'm not one for suspense/horror type things.

    And I've had Schindler's List on my shelf for YEARS and still haven't watched it. I just can't bring myself to do so because I know it'll leave me completely emotionally drained.

    I also saw Saving Private Ryan forever ago, but I barely remember it other than WW2 and the opening scene.

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    1. I totally don't blame you for not watching Schindler's List. It was fabulous. But I immediately had to watch She's The Man to recover from all the feels.

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  5. 2001: a space odyssey I have sadly seen more than ONCE. I KNOW. I watched it when my brother was in high school with him for his film class, and then I had to watch it for my own film class. It never makes sense. It is forever boring as all get out.

    I love Rear Window and agree, Grace Kelly's wardrobe would be lovely.

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    1. I'm so glad we agree about 2001. Everyone else seems to rave about how fabulous and life changing it is, and I was just like ".........how many drugs were involved in making this movie?"

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  6. RearWindowRearWindowRearWindow. Thelma Ritter is one of my movie BFFs. Sass AND class.

    Also, "The General" has one of my favorite onscreen kisses ever. I sang its praises last year. Watch out, here comes a link...

    http://www.wilfair.com/2012/06/small-inspirations.html

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    1. After reading the comments section on that post, I feel the need to rank Austen books:
      1. Persuasion
      2. Pride and Prejudice
      3. Sense and Sensibility

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    2. Ohhhh yeah. Maybe this is a jumpstarter for a MomM post? People have OPINIONS on this matter. Big opinions.

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