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The American Film Institutes 100 Greatest Movies..

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with comments.


1. Citizen Kane Overrated.
2. The Godfather
3. Casablanca Like this one.
4. Raging Bull
5. Singin' in the Rain Deserving of all the hype.
6. Gone with the Wind I'm still fond of the comment from Mitchell's husband, on viewing the wounded-in-Atlanta scene that "if we'd had that many soldiers we'd've won the F***ing war."
7. Lawrence of Arabia Wonderful, wonderful movie, though O'Toole is too pretty.
8. Schindler's List I keep avoiding this one.
9. Vertigo
10. The Wizard of Oz
11. City Lights
12. The Searchers Though I might go with Stagecoach as the best Wayne movie.
13. Star Wars
14. Psycho
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey I find this overrated. Prefer some plot.
16. Sunset Boulevard
17. The Graduate Best thing about this is the soundtrack.
18. The General
19. On the Waterfront
20. It's a Wonderful Life I hate, hate, hate this movie.
21. Chinatown
22. Some Like It Hot Not as funny the tenth time around.
23. The Grapes of Wrath
24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Have carefully avoided.
25. To Kill a Mockingbird
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
27. High Noon Great movie.
28. All About Eve
29. Double Indemnity Though I'm buggered if I can remember anything about it.
30. Apocalypse Now
31. The Maltese Falcon "When I grow up, I wanna be Peter Lorre..."
32. The Godfather Part II
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs There is better Disney. Sleeping Beauty for starters.
35. Annie Hall No, no!
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai
37. The Best Years of Our Lives
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
39. Dr. Strangelove
40. The Sound of Music Better than its rep, though dubious in places.
41. King Kong The original, presumably. I've seen that, and Jackson's version, and like both. I have avoided the one in the middle.
42. Bonnie and Clyde
43. Midnight Cowboy
44. The Philadelphia Story I love, love this movie. Mind you, I also love the musical version.
45. Shane "Shane, Shane, come back Shane."
46. It Happened One Night
47. A Streetcar Named Desire
48. Rear Window
49. Intolerance I ought to see this.
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
51. West Side Story I do not like this movie. I do not like these songs.
52. Taxi Driver
53. The Deer Hunter
54. MASH Though I prefer the TV series.
55. North by Northwest
56. Jaws
57. Rocky Do not want.
58. The Gold Rush
59. Nashville
60. Duck Soup Much love.
61. Sullivan's Travels
62. American Graffiti
63. Cabaret
64. Network
65. The African Queen Bogart and Hepburn at their best.
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark
67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
68. Unforgiven
69. Tootsie I was made to watch this. Never again.
70. A Clockwork Orange
71. Saving Private Ryan First half hour is stunning.
72. The Shawshank Redemption I ought to watch this.
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
74. The Silence of the Lambs Ought to see this, but it does not appeal.
75. In the Heat of the Night
76. Forrest Gump Careful avoidance.
77. All the President's Men
78. Modern Times
79. The Wild Bunch
80. The Apartment
81. Spartacus
82. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
83. Titanic Careful avoidance from me. I know too much about this event.
84. Easy Rider
85. A Night at the Opera
86. Platoon
87. 12 Angry Men
88. Bringing Up Baby The ultimate screwball comedy.
89. The Sixth Sense Guessed the twist -- without having been spoilered -- ten minutes in. It is the director's best movie, which isn't saying much.
90. Swing Time
91. Sophie's Choice
92. Goodfellas
93. The French Connection
94. Pulp Fiction Is this really the best Tarantino.
95. The Last Picture Show
96. Do the Right Thing
97. Blade Runner I am one of the few people who thinks this totally overrated.
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy
99. Toy Story And I don't like this either.
100. Ben-Hur Both versions, actually.

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I've seen ten - and the biggest surprise of all is that I'm into double figures! I don't go to the cinema or watch films on DVD. It's always been theatre and live music for me ...

I've seen a lot of live theatre as well as movies, but music doesn't play a great part in my life (except for the joyous ridiculousness of filk and then it's mainly the words) though Ina has been to a heck of a lot of rock concerts in her youth, which is why, I suspect, she is going deaf.

I own most of the bolded movies I approve of on DVD (though my database has a CBATF (Can't be Arsed to Finish) category. Also, much watching of movies on TV in the distant past when they used to show things like 'Twelve Angry Men', and 'Stagecoach.'

Annie Hall No, no!

Really? It's the only Woody Allen movie I think I've ever fully enjoyed. (Even Sleeper mainly benefited from being a sci-fi version of Annie Hall.)

The Sixth Sense Guessed the twist -- without having been spoilered -- ten minutes in. It is the director's best movie, which isn't saying much.

Best movie? Not a fan of "Unbreakable" then? Sixth Sense is the first time I discovered the "whistle-and-bang" jump-scare trick. Wasn't especially scared and saw all the scares coming, but couldn't stop chucking popcorn all over myself anyway.

Toy Story - And I don't like this either.

I definitely think the sequels both completely outdid the original film.

Blade Runner - I am one of the few people who thinks this totally overrated.

Don't forget that it was initially a flop. It's like, yeah sure the director's cut is better than the version they released, but it's still dull as ditchwater all the same. I also find it interesting that the bit that everyone loves so much was a line written by Rutger Hauer himself. That line actually pretty jarring because it feels like it belongs in a more interesting film.


Two versions of Ben-Hur?
Also, do see Network....

Ones I'd put on my "overrated list":
Goodfellas (At least Casino had some interesting characters, even if both of them were utterly obnoxious.)
Platoon (Generally touted as Oliver Stone's best film. I don't know that that's wrong, but the whole thing just feels utterly pointless.)
Easy Rider (Yeah we get it. You like drugs. Could I have some story please?)
Titanic (Utterly ridiculous film with the most utterly contrived central romance storyline imaginable.)
Forrest Gump (...)
A Clockwork Orange (Is this supposed to be a comedy? Every character from the book seems to be turned into a ridiculous caricature, almost as if the director went - hey they speak funny, so let's play this for laughs.)
Taxi Driver (Extremely slow moving and why am I supposed to care about this insane guy?)
The Godfather Part II (I like the first one, but it didn't feel like this had anything new to say. Also, I did not understand the rationale into splitting the film into the past and the future of the mafia. Neither of those stories appeared to be connected and it was just disorientating.)
Apocalypse Now (I watched the director's cut. Probably a bad move. Really long and meandering. Not sure how the protagonist finds himself in a friend's house part way through his journey through the Vietnam warzone...)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Not just a ridiculously naff movie, but not really catering for children. The depiction of drunkenness was not only entirely puzzling to me as a child, but is only really a caricature of drunkenness anyway. And I've never understood the way the government is depicted as scary and untrustworthy and yet utterly reasonable at the same time in both this and Close Encounters.)
Chinatown (Obnoxious main character and out-of-the-blue ridiculously downer ending, together making this an utterly miserable and unsatisfying viewing experience.)
2001: A Space Odyssey (No story, ridiculous monkey-suits, over-long effects work - particularly the kaleidoscope in space sequence.)

I just kinda detest Woody Allen. Of course, humour is very subjective, but I don't find him in the least funny or in the least deep.

I went to sleep watching Unbreakable. Yes, that bored.

I find Toy Story and its sequels have a kind of sentimentality that does not speak to me at all. (Not saying I never like sentiment because occasionally it has me in tears, but my favourite Pixar movies are Up! and The Incredibles which says something, I think, about my age, gender, nationality and reading habits.)

Ben Hur (1925) Fabulous silent movie. I admit to not having seen the 1907 version.

There isn't anything on your overrated list that I have seen that I disagree about, and the reasons I haven't seen the others is that I'd sorta come to the same conclusions without actually watching the movie.

I can thoroughly recommend both The Shawshank Redemption and The Silence of the Lambs; the latter isn't quite as grim as its reputation (or its sequel) would suggest, and Anthony Hopkins manages to make Lecter oddly attractive which is an impressive feat in itself.

I remember thinking All The President's Men was damned good at the time but I haven't seen it since and I don't know how well it stands up.

To Kill A Mockingbird is also worth your time, if it should happen to come your way; Gregory Peck is never not watchable.

I'll add another recommendation for To Kill a Mockingbird. Peck - a very good actor, but this must be his finest hour. Perfectly captured the role of Atticus Finch - a true film hero. And the young girl who plays Scout has the perfect mix of innocence and just-beginning-to-understand-what-is-going-on. I find the scene outside the jail one of the most powerful scenes in any film. A film I could watch again and again.

Somehow I've managed to see about a quarter of these.

Saving Private Ryan First half hour is stunning.

And the last half hour was like watching a spotty schoolboy playing with lifesize Airfix kits.

I was trying not to mention that!


I think you should see Chinatown. I really liked it. And the first Godfather movie. (Apparently, Al Pacino constantly lived in fear of getting replaced with just about any of then-famous American actors; he was a no-name at the time. Fortunately, they kept him.)

And Forrest Gump. Granted, some of the comedic aspects of the movie are way over-done, but there is more to it than just the comedy.

Forest Gump no. Believe me, no. As far as I can tell it's a mixture of idolising stupidity and mocking the afflicted.

This. I've never been able to grasp the appeal either. Plus, as an American, I see it as symbolizing a great deal of what's wrong with my country.

You have Forrest Gump, we have Mr Bean. I will say no more.

Tootsie????????????? Are they nuts? And the Sixth Sense (yeah, I guessed it as soon as I saw the beginning)??? And ... well, at least they didn't plug Forest Gump (wretch) in there.

OMG, they DID put it in there. That film is horrendous.

As for "It's a Wonderful Life", I prefer the "lost ending" to it shown on SNL many years ago -- where they all gang up and beat the stuffing out of Mr Potter. lol


Edited at 2012-08-13 09:06 pm (UTC)

I'm at either 9 or 10, depending on whether or not American Graffiti is the one I'm thinking of, the animated one. And, as someone else said above, that actually surprises me, because I'm generally not much into movies. If I see 3 movies in the theater in one year, it's a banner year; I think the last time that happened, it was one of the X-Men movies, a Trek movie, and one of the LOTR installments.

No, I think it's the live-action American Graffiti - the George Lucas one that Harrison Ford is in. (Why do I know these things?)


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