Those of you who follow me on the Twitters have seen many, many photos that look like this:
Right before New Year’s, I got the idea to watch all 100 films on the AFI (American Film Institute) Top 100 Films. I love movies but there are a ton of iconic films that I’ve never seen. I also wanted motivation to watch some genres that I wouldn’t normally gravitate to like Westerns and Silent Films. As of today, I am on #50! Here are some details about the project:
* There are 2 versions of the list. The first list came out in 1997 and then a 10 year anniversary list with adjusted rankings (including some removals and additions) came out in 2007. I am watching the updated list.
* In what order?! This was quite a connundrum. Chronological? #1-100? Backwards from 100 to save the “best” for last? I opted to start at #1. If I lost steam in the project, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss the highest ranked ones.
* I’m watching the majority of the films streaming or on DVD through Netflix. So far, I’ve only had to get one movie from another source because it wasn’t available on Netflix. I updated my DVD plan to 2 at a time.
* I’m tweeting frequently about the project with the hashtag #AFIProject, in case you want to go back and see my immediate impressions of the movies I’ve watched!
This project is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. There hasn’t been a single movie I haven’t liked. Some that I didn’t think I would enjoy completely surprised me. Only a few have been underwhelming but only compared to the amazingness of the others.
Later this week, I’ll post brief impressions of the top 50!
What’s your favorite movie? If you read this post, PLEASE comment. I would love to see what everyone else is watching!