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Thing to Do #19 (40/40): Watch AFI’s Top 100 films

COMPLETED!

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.

Sullivan’s Travels

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.

Intolerance

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.

Nashville

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.

City Lights

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.

King Kong

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.

Shane

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.

CITIZEN KANE-ok
THE GODFATHER-good
CASABLANCA-better the second time I saw it
RAGING BULL-ok
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN-great!
GONE WITH THE WIND-GREAT!
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA-not my cup of tea
SCHINDLER’S LIST-good
VERTIGO-good
THE WIZARD OF OZ-good
CITY LIGHTS
THE SEARCHERS-ok
STAR WARS-good
PSYCHO-great
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY-um…no
SUNSET BLVD.-great
THE GRADUATE-good
THE GENERAL-great!
ON THE WATERFRONT-ok
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE-GREAT!
CHINATOWN-ok
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!
HIGH NOON-great
ALL ABOUT EVE-good
DOUBLE INDEMNITY-good
APOCALYPSE NOW-ok
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
ANNIE HALL-ok
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI-great
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES-good
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE-ok
DR. STRANGELOVE-ok
THE SOUND OF MUSIC-GREAT!
KING KONG
BONNIE AND CLYDE-GREAT!
MIDNIGHT COWBOY-good
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY-great
SHANE
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT-great
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE-great
REAR WINDOW-great
INTOLERANCE-not my cup of tea
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING-ok
WEST SIDE STORY-ok
TAXI DRIVER-good
THE DEER HUNTER-ok
M*A*S*H-ok
NORTH BY NORTHWEST-good
JAWS-good
ROCKY-good
THE GOLD RUSH-ok
NASHVILLE-ok
DUCK SOUP-not my cup of tea
SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS-good
AMERICAN GRAFFITI-ok
CABARET-GREAT!
NETWORK-um…no
THE AFRICAN QUEEN-GREAT!
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK-GREAT!
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?-good
UNFORGIVEN-ok
TOOTSIE-GREAT!
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
FORREST GUMP-good
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN-ok
MODERN TIMES-ok
THE WILD BUNCH-ok
THE APARTMENT-GREAT!
SPARTACUS-good
SUNRISE-ok
TITANIC-good
EASY RIDER-GREAT!
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA-good
PLATOON-ok
12 ANGRY MEN-good
BRINGING UP BABY-good
THE SIXTH SENSE-great
SWING TIME-great
SOPHIE’S CHOICE-good
GOODFELLAS-GREAT!
THE FRENCH CONNECTION-ok
PULP FICTION-GREAT!
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW-um…no
DO THE RIGHT THING-good
BLADE RUNNER-ok
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY-ok
TOY STORY-great
BEN-HUR-ok

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Mild mannered marketing drone by day. Bucket list adventurer by late afternoon. Having first drafted a list in high school, Jessica's list of things to do before she dies has slowly taken over her life and consumes her thoughts. Because of the list, she has traveled to Mordor, plummeted towards the Earth's surface from 13,000 feet up, cavorted with whale sharks in open water, skinny dipped herself into the Guinness World Book, and cursed the day she was born during the last miles of a Marathon. It's safe to say that if Jessica is doing it, it's on the list.

11 Responses to “Thing to Do #19 (40/40): Watch AFI’s Top 100 films”

  1. I’m plugging my way through this list as well. I am liking how it forces me to watch genres I never would have attempted before – like the Apartment’s film noire! Loved It! Of the dark aspect of Culkcoos nest. I never would have chose it on my own, but it sure made me think! Congrats to you on finishing :)

  2. Congratulations on completing this to do list. I’ve got to film lists I’m working on at the moment, but I’m now having second thoughts about watching movies I may have no interest in. What do you think you’ve now completed your list. Would you do another?

    • yeah, I’m planning on next working on the 1001 film list. There are plenty of movies I would have never watched if it wasn’t for the lists, some of which I really liked, so I’m grateful for that. And the ones that I didn’t like, well, being able to know what they are about and understand their relevance in popular culture and film history is still important.

  3. I didn’t see “Blazing Saddles” on there… Must have been an oversight. :)

  4. I liked Sullivan’s Travels too. It’s a fun movie to watch and it puts you in a good mood. I enjoyed City Lights and King Kong too. There are some great movies on AFI’s list.

  5. Congrats on watching all of the movies on the list! Can’t believe you’re contemplating the 1001 list. That’ll be quite a feat.

  6. I feel jealous of your acheivement…but you only thought All about Eve was “good”-I love that movie. Love me some Betty Davis.

    And, you are right, Shawshank is amazing. I didn’t see it until last year and watched it on a whim, and was mad at myself that I had denied myself the pleasure for so many years. Hope is the best of things…

  7. Wow! Way to go on finishing this. I’m slacking so hard on a list that I hoped to get through this year. And seriously the 1,001 movie list sounds crazy amazing! Can’t wait to hear how you do with that!

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