Monday, March 31, 2014

Movie Monday - The final AFI edition


Tomorrow is the last day of my 101 in 1001 (WHAT?!?!?!?!?!), which means that tonight I'm watching my last movie from the AFI list. All in all, I've made it through 66 of the 100 movies on the list, which I think is fairly impressive considering I basically only started crossing them off last year! (I've also seen but not rewatched another 7 of them, meaning I've seen a total of 73. Definitely not too shabby!)

So, let's talk about the ones I've watched since January, shall we?

Vertigo
Excellent, as most of Hitchcock's stuff is. But also kind of insane? I mean, he basically brought every single event in that movie on himself. Plus, that whole "I'm going to turn you into a copy of a dead woman" thing is creep-tastic.

City Lights
Mostly fun, but some of the gags went on for a little longer than was strictly necessary. The ending was cute.

All About Eve
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Holy crap. Eve Harrington is kind of the epitome of a creepy fangirl. Bette Davis' acting was pretty excellent throughout. Good, but definitely not one I'd rewatch regularly.

Double Indemnity
Kind of great, and (rather unsurprisingly) reminiscent of playing LA Noire.

The Godfather Part II
Booooooooooooooooooooooooooored. It probably didn't help that I'd basically forgotten about all the events of The Godfather so I had very little idea of who any of the characters were or how they were connected... Plus, any time there was dialogue in Italian, I'd mostly tune out. At least The Godfather had that whole horse's head in a bed thing going for it...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of Disney movies. This one was no exception. The girl who voiced Snow White reminded me FAR too much of Lena Lamont from Singin' in the Rain, which just made her dialogue and songs bizarrely hilarious. Also, it's a little creepy having her live happily ever after with a dude she saw once for like two minutes...

Annie Hall
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OH GOD SO BORING. And not even remotely funny. But then again, I hate Woody Allen with a fiery passion so this probably never stood a chance with me...

The Deer Hunter
FAR too long. The wedding scene could have been cut down by at least half an hour for starters... The Russian roulette scenes were tense, but the special effects used for the blood were rather laughable, which took away some of the shock value. As far as Vietnam War movies go, it was by far the least traumatic.

North by North-West
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At least three-quarters of the movie is just Cary Grant going "The fuck is happening? The fuck is this? The fuck are you? The fuck am I?" and it is MAGICAL. Especially his facial expressions while drunk driving.

Rocky
Ugh, more boxing. Although nowhere near as painful to watch as Raging Bull.

American Graffiti
Basically Grease without the singing. Weirdly plotless. Although at least it introduced the world to Harrison Ford.

Unforgiven
BORED BORED BORED BORED BORED. And then like ten minutes of Clint Eastwood being a BAMF.

All The President's Men
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Excellent. Robert Redford has fabulous hair. The ending was kind of odd though, having all the events happen exclusively via news updates on a typewriter...

The Apartment
Jack Lemmon is always excellent, and Shirley McClaine was rather spectacular too. Kind of a genius idea to make extra money by lending out your apartment. But I'm not sure I'd call it a comedy. It was pretty damned depressing...

Spartacus
SO EFFING LONG. Would have been infinitely better with decent editing. I mean, you could easily have edited an hour out of that movie without damaging on the plot... Aside from that, Kirk Douglas' haircut was HILARIOUS.

Platoon
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. I made it as far as their arrival in the village and then abandoned ship. I'm not willing to spend my life watching the "good guys" torture and massacre people. Add in rape jokes and you honestly couldn't pay me to watch the rest of this movie.

The French Connection
The chase scene was great. The rest of it was a little on the slow side.

Pulp Fiction
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I LOVE the segmented plot and how it all joins together in the end. Genius.

Ben-Hur
OH MY GOD THE LONGEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME. And basically nothing happens except that Jesus turns up at convenient moments, and Charlton Heston gazes adoringly at other men.

Have you seen any of these? What did you think? And, perhaps most importantly, should I watch the rest of the movies on the list to finish it once and for all??

K xx

12 comments:

  1. I haven't watched Pulp Fiction in a long time but I also never got why it is so popular. I remember it being pretty boring.

    I'd say your end result of 73 out of 100 is pretty decent!

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  2. I think it's one of those movies where it takes a few viewings to realise how all the pieces come together but once it clicks, you're all "OMG THAT'S AWESOME". Or something...

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  3. I love your review of Annie Hall. The first time I watched I thought it was mediocre at best; then I watched Manhattan, realized they were the same exact movie, and gave up on Woody Allen forever. Possibly the most overrated filmmaker of all time.

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  4. Hmpf, I watched it twice and don't think I need to watch it again. It has some nice elements but is just not my cup of tea.

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  5. That's fair. Quentin Tarrantino is one of those directors that people either love or hate, I think. Much like Woody Allen...

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  6. SERIOUSLY. I didn't hate Match Point(??? the suspense-y one with ScarJo and Jonathan Rhys Meyers), but every other movie of his that I've seen is basically identical and really incredibly unfunny.

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  7. "I'm nerdy and Jewish! Watch me sleep with gentile women who look like supermodels!" is the plot of half of his movies. I just can't bring myself to care about those stories.

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  8. Truth! The only thing of his that I liked was Kill Bill. I didn't even check out his recent movies. They just don't appeal to me :)

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  9. I was definitely on Team Awesome for Pulp Fiction since the first time I watched it. Not all of Tarrantino's movies are great, but that one worked for me.
    And I'm totally on Team BORED NOW with most Woody Allen, too.

    By far my favourite, though, of the few I've seen on today's list, is North by Northwest. Cary Grant will never not be amazing to watch in roles like that. Even when I was too young to follow the plot, I still enjoyed it.

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  10. Snow White is my favorite. However, I also can totally see why people don't like it. Especially if you aren't a Disney fan. I love it because it was the first movie I saw as a kid (I was 2) and it just stuck with me for forever.

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  11. I'm the only person I know who just hates Pulp Fiction. The almost-rape scene bothered me so much when I first watched it I ended up curled in a ball sobbing. The way it's done is clever, and some of the dialog is great, but I just can't get past the massive amounts of violence and cursing. And I cuss like a sailor. I disliked it so much I have never even attempted another Tarrantino movie. But I own the soundtrack because it's just great.


    I have never seen a Woody Allen movie. Ever. And given the recent scandal, I don't think I'm much inclined to. I agree with the Snow White assessment, but at the same time really love it for the huge gamble and leap it took. I'm not necessarily a Disney fan, but I love animation in general and love to see innovative work in the field. And Snow White was just groundbreaking. If you are interested in watching animation that's not computer animated but not Disney, you might want to check out Miyazaki. His stuff is incredible, and he's someone the people who work at Pixar idolize, if that gives you any indication of his talent.

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  12. Just wanted to chime in about Miyazaki; he has made some of my absolute favorite animated movies. :-)

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