I’ve now seen all the films on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films list. Found some that I liked and some that I’ll never see again. Some I had seen through the completion of the film list from the original 101 Things to Do Before You Die list.
Below are short reviews of the remaining the seven films I watched to finish off the list and below that is the entire list for your reference, some of which have my personal opinion reflected next to the title.
This is exactly what a “classic” movie should be. A cute love story with pretty lead actors, a little slapsticky comedy, a poignant message, and a happy ending.
It took me five times to get all the way through this epic silent film. This is the hardest I’ve ever worked to get through a film. And I’ve watched Eraserhead.
A very long and slow and LOUD movie. It’s a Robert Altman film, so he likes the multistoryed plot. But if you stick with it long enough, all the different plot lines weave together and it slowly draws you in enough for you to want to figure out what happens with each character.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Ok, I’m not going to lie. This is a challenging film. But if you can push through it, I think you’ll be pleased. All the actors are just really so strong (they were all nominated for an Oscar with Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis winning), and considering it’s two hours of dialogue, and loud, screaming dialogue at that, they’d have to be at the top of their game. It DEMANDS an emotional response from you, whether you say you liked it or not by the end.
Of all the Charlie Chaplin films I’ve seen, I liked this one the best. It had the sweetest story and, for whatever reason, he seemed a little less silly. The boxing scene was my favorite. The film is easy to watch and makes you smile.
I can admit that for 1933, these special effects must have just been amazing. Because even in 2011, they weren’t THAT bad, especially given all the overdone CGI I’ve seen in some movies lately. I knew the story and had certainly seen the remakes, but I could appreciate this original’s place in film history.
This was ok. The sound was a little off so I had difficulty following what was being said. The little boy was a little annoying and so was the mother by the end. I dunno. Meh.
CASABLANCA-better the second time I saw it
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN-great!
GONE WITH THE WIND-GREAT!
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA-not my cup of tea
THE WIZARD OF OZ-good
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY-um…no
ON THE WATERFRONT-ok
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE-GREAT!
SOME LIKE IT HOT-GREAT!
THE GRAPES OF WRATH-ok
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL-good
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD-GREAT!
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON-GREAT!
ALL ABOUT EVE-good
THE MALTESE FALCON-not my cup of tea
THE GODFATHER PART II-great
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST-ok
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS-good
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI-great
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES-good
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE-ok
THE SOUND OF MUSIC-GREAT!
BONNIE AND CLYDE-GREAT!
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY-great
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT-great
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE-great
INTOLERANCE-not my cup of tea
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING-ok
WEST SIDE STORY-ok
THE DEER HUNTER-ok
NORTH BY NORTHWEST-good
THE GOLD RUSH-ok
DUCK SOUP-not my cup of tea
THE AFRICAN QUEEN-GREAT!
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK-GREAT!
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?-good
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE-good
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN-great
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION-My favorite movie ever!
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID-GREAT!
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-great
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT-ok
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN-ok
THE WILD BUNCH-ok
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA-good
12 ANGRY MEN-good
BRINGING UP BABY-good
THE SIXTH SENSE-great
THE FRENCH CONNECTION-ok
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW-um…no
DO THE RIGHT THING-good
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY-ok