AFI 100: On the Waterfront

Having come from the generation that knew Marlon Brando primarily as Superman's dad, Dr. Moreau, and the default punchline for Johnny Carson fat jokes (once Raymond Burr kicked the bucket), it's amazing to see the guy at the top of his game, making every actor unfortunate enough to share a scene with him look like a rank amateur. Made in

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AFI 100: Tootsie

"My friend Pete and I are doing this thing where every night we are going to watch one of AFI's top 100 movies." "How many you going though?" "Well I only have Star Wars and Tootsie, so we just keep watching those two over and over." I'm fairing better than Liz Lemon in my quest to watch the AFI 100,

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AFI 100: The Bridge On the River Kwai & Nashville

Though The TV Show That Shall Remain Unnamed threatened to derail it for a few weeks, the AFI 100 Project continues apace. The Bridge On the River Kwai: Ah man, this movie has everything: war and valor and girls and adventure and crazy plans and Obi Wan Kenobi. I thought it was good-but-not-great until the midway point, when our plucky

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AFI 100: Yankee Doodle Dandy

So far in the AFI 100 project, the two films for which I had the lowest expectations--the silent movie and, now, the jingoistic musical--have been my favorites. Having never seen James Cagney in the role of a tough-guy, the skill with which he "played against character" was lost on me, but it hardly proved necessary to enjoy this biography of

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AFI 100: The French Connection

The French Connection wasn't next in the AFI queue, but, earlier today when I heard that Roy Scheider had died, I decided to watch it anyway to honor the man. A thoroughly entertaining film, but I'm a bit mystified as to how it wound up with the 1971 "Motion Picture of the Year" Oscar, but less inclusion (albeit just barely)

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AFI 100: Sophie’s Choice

Yesterday was Superbowl Sunday, so Pa Baldwin and I spent the afternoon as so many fathers and sons do around the nation: gathered in front of the big screen TV, drinking beer, and thrilling to the emotional rollercoaster that is Sophie's Choice. All I really knew about the motion picture ahead of time was The Scene; from that I extrapolated

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AFI 100: King Kong

I'm only and hour into the 100 minute King Kong, but I'm so bored that I figured I may as well start typing. According to the AFI, this film is one of cinema's "greatest," but, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya, I do not think that word means what they think it means. I'm guessing that, in this case, the ol' double-k

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AFI 100: Bringing Up Baby & City Lights

It was Ye Olde Tymey Romantick Comedy night in the Baldwin household this evening. Bringing Up Baby: Knowing nothing about this film beyond the title, I assumed it was just the "oh no, we're pregnant!" film of its era, a 1938 version of Knocked Up minus the lingering shots of Seth Rogen's ass. As it turns out, "Baby," in this

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AFI 100: The Last Picture Show

Plowing through all of these old movies, I expected most to be tame and staid. Perhaps the rest are, but The Last Picture Show sure ain't. Larry McMurtry meditation on sex and death in a small, Southern town is pretty much just a hodgepodge of scandals all intertwined into a two hour narrative. The black and white cinematography and stilted

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The AFI 100 Project

I just discovered that, late last year, the American Film Institute revised their List of the 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time [pdf]. Looking over the list, I was a little surprised at how many I have never seen. Here's the breakdown, with films I've seen in green, films I haven't seen in red, and films I have seen but don't

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