AFI is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the American film industry. Among the things they produce in conjunction with CBS is a Top 100 list of various topics. Their most fascinating and talked about is of course the Top 100 Movies of the Last 100 years list. Honestly I have a few problems with this list, but then again isn’s that the fun part of making a list like this. There are plenty of items on here that I have not seen and frankly have very little interest in seeing, but I have challenged myself that during the course of 2012 I will watch all 100 movies on this list, if I haven’t already – if I have already seen it and deem it worth I will watch it again. Jaws for example will be a repeat viewing. For each film I will write a review of my own. That is if I can even find the movie to watch. Where the heck am I supposed to find Birth of A Nation from 1915? Or 1925′s Gold Rush?
That being said, I am sure my reviews will be far less cerebral, but honest from my viewpoint. I will not hold back punches. Just because they are a classic in someone else’s eyes does not make them watchable or enjoyable in mine. Now I won’t go as far as replacing Citizen Kane with Transformers 2 : Revenge of Montezuma (or whatever that turd was called) but I will give you an directed assessment from someone who did not spend their college years in film class sipping tea deeply analyzing the sub-subtext of the end credits, looking for hidden meaning behind the Key Grip. I can say that straight off the bat I am disturb by the fact that of the 100 movies on this list only 14 were made after 1980. Since I was born in 1975 only 24 movies made this list. My generation apparently does not have much to say when it comes to great cinema. I beg to differ on that point. Are you trying to tell me that nothing worth my viewing effort was made within my life time? Well I guess I will find out. By the end of the year I will produce my own Top 100 list and we can compare the results.
PS – One side note. I seriously doubt I will be able to do these reviews in order. I have to work myself up to some of these. I am not looking forward to Annie Hall or West Side Story, but I will keep my promise and watch them even if it is December 31, 2012. All my reviews will start with what is available through Netflix or any of the free services accessible through my Roku, Boxee Box or WD Live.
AFI Top 100 Films – 10th Anniversary Edition (This is the list I am going to review)