Category Archive for: AFI 100 Essays

Rear Window

I’m blogging through the AFI top 100. You can read more here. Rear window isn’t a perfect movie, but it is darn close. This is another one that I was embarrassed to say that I’d never watched before. I was very familiar with it and I’d probably seen about half the movie watching various documentaries…

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The Birth of a Nation

I’m blogging through the AFI top 100. You can read more here. The Birth of a Nation is a awful reminder of the world that was, and perhaps the world that still is to some degree. It’s a ficticious account of the Civil War and life following. It’s the oldest film on this list, having…

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Lawrence of Arabia

I’m blogging through the AFI top 100. You can read more here. Lawrence of Arabia is a phenomenal epic. As I watched this sprawling film I wondered if it had been made today how it would be different. As with many of the movies on this list Lawrence of Arabia enjoys a massive run time.…

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Doctor Strangelove

I’m blogging through the AFI top 100. You can read more here. There’s no accounting for taste. That’s all I can say regarding the inclusion of “Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” in AFI’s top 100. I perhaps could think of 100 movies that were not on the…

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Taxi Driver

I’m blogging through the AFI 100. You can read more here. For those who aren’t familiar Taxi Driver is about an mentally unstable veteran who deals with his insomnia and general dissosiative feelings toward the world. He has an unsuccessful relationship with a woman who is disgusted by his choice in dirty movies. After a…

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Schindler’s List

I’m blogging through the AFI top 100. You can read more here. Ok, so there is absolutely no doubt that Schindler’s list a phenomenal film. Personally I’d move it from #9 to #1 if it were up to me. I think that it cannot be undersold for it’s raw emotion and power of storytelling and…

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Modern Times

I’m blogging through the AFI top 100. You can read more here. Charlie Chaplain has three films on this list. One of a few actors or directors (or in his case both) that AFI seemed to have a particular predilection towards. That isn’t to take awat from this, or any of his film’s originality. For…

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To Kill a Mocking Bird

I’m blogging through the AFI top 100 you can read the others by clicking here. This is the first movie I’ve blogged about which is a second viewing for me. To Kill a Mockingbird is a truly great American film based on one of the contenders for “The Great American Novel.” I say this to…

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The Godfather Part II

I’m Blogging through the AFI top 100 you can see the other entries by clicking here. The Godfather Part II was the first successful sequel. Yes, bond movies had come before it, but we all know that the Bond films have virtually no connection to one another aside from their protagonist. This was the first…

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The African Queen

I’m Blogging through the AFI top 100 you can see the other entries by clicking here here. The African Queen is number 17 on the top 100 and it is unusual in several ways. For one, it’s the first movie on the list that I’ve watched that is less than two hours. It’s also the…

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