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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


One thing is certain, This AFI 100 Movies thing isn't working out. You know why? Movie #100 was Ben-Hur...

Ugh. What a way to start. It's not even that the movie was bad, because it wasn't, and it certainly wasn't bad in the scope of 1959. It was just LONG. Long. And there were many, many things that could have been shortened or cut out. Nevertheless, it won for best editing. We watched it via Netflix "Watch Instantly," so it certainly was less impressive on a laptop screen than it would have been had I rented the DVD. Alas, I didn't want to waste the Netflix rental. We watched the first 2 1/2 hours at once (Todd fell asleep), and then had to catch the last hour later on. Seriously, that is a long movie. If I could get past that, I would have liked it.

The thing is, we never caught the last hour. I don't know if we ever will. We have #98 - Yankee Doodle Dandy on hand, but I can't stand the idea of watching it.

This is really sad, truly.

So, I ask this. Go over the list and give me the movies that you think I really should watch. I'll make a new list and work off of that.


Nick said...

Yankee Doodle Dandy is best watched July 4th. It just is.

Wacky Neighbor said...

Have you ever seen Chinatown?

Kim said...

I have not.

Nick said...

That's a movie that will make you appreciate your nose.

Nick said...

North by Northwest is nice. It is a bit long though, but I could watch Cary Grant movies all day. That man had class, wit, charm and a great accent.

Jenny said...

we watched north by northwest last night - it was a pretty good movie, but we both thought the ending rather silly. I do like Cary Grant though, too.

Nick said...

Yeah, it just kinda...ends. I wasn't a big fan of the cut-away to the last scene but the rest of the movie was cool.

Mary said...

On the list, I liked: Rear Window, Dr. Strangelove, Some Like It Hot, and Network.

The French Connection feels very dated now, but when you watch it, you have to remember that it was the first movie to use a lot of those elements that are now almost cliched in cop/car chase movies.

I think similar issues get in the way of enjoying a lot of those older movies.

Jenny said...

Doug and i have also been watching a bunch of AFI top 100 movies (don't remember which year, but fairly recent). many of them i don't think are all that great. to me, great being enjoyable - maybe they had some kind of greatness about them for other reasons that don't matter as much to me. Some that I have liked are Rear Window, Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, The Philadelphia Story, and Tootsie. The old King Kong was kind of neat to watch just from a wow, this used to be scary and see how far special effects have come point of view.

Wacky Neighbor said...

I would recommend the following (not that most of these movies aren't excellent, but some a little more watchable than others):

1. The Godfather I & II (long but fantastic)
2. On the Waterfront (young Brando - "I coulda been somebody, I coulda been a contender!")
3. Some Like It Hot (extremely funny)
4. The Maltese Falcon
5. Annie Hall (either the funniest sad movie or saddest funny movie ever)
6. Chinatown
7. Dr. Strangelove
8. North by Northwest
9. Apocalypse Now (very very long, though)
10. Rocky - I'm going to call absolute BS on this, though, because I can't believe that you have never seen Rocky. That's ridiculous. I consider it a personal affront that you haven't seen Rocky.

Nick said...

I hate to say it, but I'm not that big a fan of Rocky.

Also, I find "Apocolypse Now" almost too long to enjoy in one sitting. I have to stop and do something else and then come back to finish it.

Also I watch the movie and say, "No wonder we lost. It took us this long to find a fat white guy in a jungle full of skinny Hmong tribesmen!"

Sandra said...

I just watched African Queen this past week, and still love it.

Easy Rider, any Alfred Hitchcock, All About Eve, On the Waterfront, The Graduate, Double Indemnity, are a few I enjoyed watching.

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