My Trip through the AFI’s Top 100 Films of the Past 100 Years

The process only happened in the last 10 minutes and yet, I can’t really tell you how it is that I decided I would try to see all the films on the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 Films.

I was on Netflix…I know it started there.  And I definitely have several classics and older films on my list. But where did the mental leap occur?

Not sure.  All I know is, I knew there was a list, so I decided to head to the institute’s website to see exactly what was on the list, and check how much of it I had seen.

A goodly amount, but by no means all, and many of the ones I saw so long ago that I wouldn’t mind a re-run.

So, I decided that I’m going to try to view as many of them as possible.

Given my TV viewing, that may take a while – I rarely have the patience or time to sit through a whole movie these days so what we end up watching movies in installments, sort of like TV episodes.  And I know there will be some I have real trouble with, no matter how much the Institute may insist that they’re classics and must-sees.  The number one, for instance, Citizen Kane: saw it and appreciated it, but didn’t love it.  I’m also not so sure I feel like sitting through King Kong when I have only a million other things I could be doing.  On the other hand, Raging Bull fascinated me so much the first time around that I think I watched it several times in the course of one weekend, and I’ll take any excuse to watch The Lord of the Rings again.

I’ll be hopscotching my way through the list and in an homage to Dennis Hopper, I’m starting with one I never got around to seeing and really want to: Easy Rider, which also stars another favorite actor of mine, Jack Nicholson.  Maybe I’ll move to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest next?

So…seen any good movies lately?

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