Wednesday, September 5, 2018

AFI Top 100 Movies

Whilst browsing the internet last night I came across the American Film Institutes Top 100 Movies. This looked at 100 years of movies being made in America, finding the best 100 examples of those. It was made into a tv programme shown in 1998. 10 years later the list was updated. On the AFI website you can tick a box alongside each film in either list to calculate how many you've seen. Impossible to resist....

I have seen 62 of the 100 films on the 2008 list. Problem is I've forgotten most of a good chunk of those films. Then again some I've seen many times over. This brought me to the same idea I'm guessing many, many people have had since these lists were published. How about watching the list myself, from 100 down to Number 1? I asked Mr Meks if he was a willing co-participant in this viewing experience. I'm glad he said yes. Tonight we begin with Ben Hur. One neither of us have seen. I'm hoping we can enjoy 1-2 films a week and spread this over the next year or two. Anyone that wants to follow I'll be blogging as we go.

We did consider following a BFI top 100 list as this would be more patriotic. The US list is much easier to watch though. No subtitles with more fun and less worthiness. The BFI lists have a lot of foreign cinema. I haven't given up on them. We'll just take the easier road in. They'll be there if we wish to continue the journey.

The 2008 list we'll be using is here

Let me know in the comments how may you've seen :-)

Edit - Thanks Shane for pointing out the broken link. I cannot get it to work :-(


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