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#AFIProject Update

Remember my #AFIProject?

No?  No problem!

Basically, I’m watching all 100 of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 films.  I’m watching them from 1 to 100 (as opposed to 100 to 1, chronologically, or randomly) and using the revised list from 2007.

I considered including this on the blog regularly and sharing some comments about each film.  Well, I’m on #67 so that ship has sailed.  Instead, I’d like to share what I’ve watched so far and whether I LOVE, Really Like, Like, or think it’s a Great Movie but Not My Fave (GMBNMF).  Here we go!

1. Citizen Kane (1941) – Like

2. The Godfather (1972) – LOVE

3. Casablanca (1942) – LOVE

4. Raging Bull (1980) – LOVE 

5. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – LOVE

6. Gone with the Wind (1939) – Like

7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – LOVE (biggest surprise of the list so far.  I loved loved loved loved this movie and did NOT expect to!)

8. Schindler’s List (1993) – LOVE (and can never watch again because I was absolutely inconsolable for the entire film and day.)

9. Vertigo (1958) – Really Like

10 .The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Really Like

11. City Lights (1931) – LOVE

12. The Searchers (1956) – GMBNMF

13. Star Wars (1977) – Really Like

14. Psycho (1960) – Really Like

15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Like/GMBNMF

16. Sunset Blvd. (1950) – Really Like

17. The Graduate (1967) – LOVE

18. The General (1927) – GMBNMF

19. On the Waterfront (1954) – LOVE

20. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – LOVE

21 .Chinatown (1974) – LOVE

22. Some Like It Hot (1959) – Like

23. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) – GMBNMF

24. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – Really Like

25. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) – LOVE

26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – Really Like

27. High Noon (1952) – Really Like

28. All About Eve (1950) – LOVE

29. Double Indemnity (1944) – Really Like

30. Apocalypse Now (1979) – Really Like

31. The Maltese Falcon (1941) – Like/GMBNMF

32. The Godfather Part II (1974) – Really Like

33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Really Like

34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – Like

35. Annie Hall (1977) – LOVE

36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – Really Like

37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – LOVE

38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – GMBNMF

39. Dr. Strangelove (1964) – LOVE

40. The Sound of Music (1965) – Never seen it and couldn’t get it on DVD, Netflix Streaming OR Amazon Instant.  Weird.

41. King Kong (1933) – Like

42. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – Really Like

43. Midnight Cowboy (1969) – Really Like

44. The Philadelphia Story (1940) – LOVE

45. Shane (1953) – GMBNMF

46. It Happened One Night (1934) – LOVE

47. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) – Really Like

48. Rear Window (1954) – Really Like

49. Intolerance (1916) – Like (FOUR HOUR SILENT FILM, FYI)

50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Really Like

51. West Side Story (1961) – LOVE

52. Taxi Driver (1976) – Really Like

53. The Deer Hunter (1978) – Really Like

54. M*a*s*h (1970) – Like

55. North By Northwest (1959) – Really Like

56. Jaws (1977) – Really Like

57. Rocky (1976) – Really Like

58. The Gold Rush (1925) – Really Like

59. Nashville (1975) – Like

60. Duck Soup (1933) – GMBNMF

61. Sullivan’s Travels (1958) – LOVE

62. American Graffiti (1973) – Like

63. Cabaret (1972) – Really Like

64. Network (1976) – Really Like

65. The African Queen (1951) – Like

66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Really like

Truly, I haven’t disliked any of the films.  Even my least favorites were engaging and worth seeing.  There have definitely been some major surprises.  I didn’t expect to ABSOLUTELY LOVE Lawrence of Arabia but I can’t wait to watch it again!  I also discovered I adore Charlie Chaplin!  That’s exactly why I’m doing this project and it’s so much fun!

What’s your favorite movie on this list??

 

 

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#AFIProject

Those of you who follow me on the Twitters have seen many, many photos that look like this:

I painted those walls!

I painted those walls!

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!