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kkolumbu in Melbourne is doing 13 things including…

watch all movies on AFI's 100 Best movies list


 

kkolumbu has written 23 entries about this goal

Duck Soup is for the birds...

Just watched Duck Soup. If I liked comedy like the 3 Stooges, I might have liked this. The definition of “comedy” is definitely a sliding scale, and I think I missed this one. Didn’t enjoy it at all. Glad it was barely longer than an hour.



#69 Shane- Check

I recently watched “Shane” during a marathon laundry-folding session. This was another one that, I feel, was probably good in it’s time. Although the scenery was pretty and, I’m sure, seemed amazing on the big screen in it’s time, knowing that Gone with the Wind had scenes that were just as beautiful 10+ years earlier makes it hard for me to get too excited by the background.
The story wasn’t too bad, but it did feel drawn out. I am not a big fan of westerns and “gunslinging” anyway so that didn’t help.



Bed Rest Movies

While on bed rest, I’ve had a chance to watch a few more of the movies on the list.

39- Doctor Zhivago- Was a very good love story, but I was getting a little confused on the characters and time frame. Wikipedia really helped me to keep up with what was going on.

46- A Clockwork Orange- NOT my taste at all! It was creepy, freaky, and gave me nightmares. I understand that it was exaggerated to tell a story about society, but it was TOO exaggerated and too unnecessarily violent for my taste! I will never watch this again!

74- The Gold Rush- This was the first Charlie Chaplin movie that I’ve ever seen. It was interesting to see what a movie experience was like back nearly a century ago, but I’m GLAD that we don’t have to watch movies like that now. The storyline was very shallow, and the comedy was not something that I could relate to, but I can now say that I’ve seen a Chaplin movie. Just wish I didn’t have another one on the list to watch. :)

Updated List (35 left, 65 done):

To See

23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

33. HIGH NOON (1952)

37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)

50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)


53. AMADEUS (1984)

54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)

59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

61. VERTIGO (1958)


63. STAGECOACH (1939)

69. SHANE (1953)

70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

72. BEN-HUR (1959)

73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)

75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)

77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)

86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)

87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

89. PATTON (1970)

90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)

92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

94. GOODFELLAS (1990)

96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)

97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

Seen

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

2. CASABLANCA (1942)

3. THE GODFATHER (1972)

4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

7. THE GRADUATE (1967)

8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)

11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

15. STAR WARS (1977)

16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

18. PSYCHO (1960)

19. CHINATOWN (1974)

20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)

21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)

22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
24. RAGING BULL (1980)



25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)


27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)

28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

31. ANNIE HALL (1977)

32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)

39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)


42. REAR WINDOW (1954)

43. KING KONG (1933)

45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)



47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975)
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
56. MA*SH (1970)



58. FANTASIA (1940)

62. TOOTSIE (1982)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

66. NETWORK (1976)


67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

71. FORREST GUMP (1994)

74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
78. ROCKY (1976)

82. GIANT (1956)


83. PLATOON (1986)

84. FARGO (1996)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)


91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)

93. THE APARTMENT (1960)

95. PULP FICTION (1994)

98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)

99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)



Goin' Down... to Chinatown!

I just watched the movie Chinatown, and although I don’t remember 75% of the movie, I swear I’ve seen the last 20 minutes or so. There were things that happened that I knew were going to happen before they happened, so I must have seen it; right? It’s not like it was predicable. Hmmmm…

Anyway, it was definitely one of the more interesting plots of the movies on this list. I’ll give it a thumbs up. :)

62 down, 38 to go!



39 left!

During this past week I have watched (#64) Close Encounters of the Third Kind and (#98) Unforgiven.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS- I remember watching this as a kid, and it was neat to see the scenes that I remembered (the mashed potato mountains, hearing the alien tones, and seeing the aliens come out of the ship). While the movie itself was a bit cheesy (and I’m not really into sci-fi in general), I can see how the special effects were really cool at the time that the movie came out.

UNFORGIVEN- Being a big fan of the “Young Guns” movies, I found that this had lots of similarities—- without all of the hotties. :) While this isn’t something that I will watch every time I see it on the “what’s on” guide, I did enjoy it. Side note: When I first wikipedia-ed the movie and saw that it was from 1992, I thought “Oh good… a recent movie.” Then I quickly realized that this is nearly 20 years old already! Where have the years gone?



41 to go!

Today I watched (#62) Tootsie & (#24) Raging Bull.

TOOTSIE- While I enjoyed this movie more than many of the other “comedies” on the list, I don’t quite understand why it was so critically acclaimed as being so fun. It was like the original “Ms. Doubtfire”. Yeah, it’s kinda silly, but it is really THAT funny?

RAGING BULL- Liked it. It’s no Rocky, but it was worth watching. This is another movie that I didn’t quite expect to like, but I did.



Another Update

Moving the following movies to the “Seen” list:
#16 All About Eve (I liked this one. It had a timeless story to it.)
#26 Dr. Strangelove (I seriously do NOT get Kubrick’s humor. Would not have known this was a comedy if I hadn’t read that it was on wikipedia. BOR-ING!)
#48 Jaws (It was exactly what I thought it was going to be. I could see how during it’s time, watching it at the theater could make you actually afraid to go back into the water. Special effects were good, but the thing that actually sticks with me the most is the line “That’s some bad hat, Harry.” because I remember hearing it so much for “Bad Hat” production company bits.)
#56 MA*SH (Ehh… the story just wasn’t relatable for me.)

So, to update my list of 43 left to see…

To See

19. CHINATOWN (1974)

23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

24. RAGING BULL (1980)


30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

33. HIGH NOON (1952)

37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)

46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)


50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)


53. AMADEUS (1984)

54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)

59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

61. VERTIGO (1958)

62. TOOTSIE (1982)

63. STAGECOACH (1939)

64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
69. SHANE (1953)

70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

72. BEN-HUR (1959)

73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)

74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)

75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)

77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)

86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)

87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

89. PATTON (1970)

90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)

92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

94. GOODFELLAS (1990)

96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)

97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)

100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

Seen

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

2. CASABLANCA (1942)

3. THE GODFATHER (1972)

4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

7. THE GRADUATE (1967)

8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)

11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

15. STAR WARS (1977)

16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

18. PSYCHO (1960)

20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)

21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)

22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)


27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)

28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

31. ANNIE HALL (1977)

32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)

41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)


42. REAR WINDOW (1954)

43. KING KONG (1933)

45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975)
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
56. MA*SH (1970)



58. FANTASIA (1940)

65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

66. NETWORK (1976)


67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

71. FORREST GUMP (1994)

78. ROCKY (1976)

82. GIANT (1956)


83. PLATOON (1986)

84. FARGO (1996)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)


91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)

93. THE APARTMENT (1960)

95. PULP FICTION (1994)

99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)



Over the hump!

I now official have more movies on my “Seen” list than on my “To See” list! 53 down, 47 to go!

Moved to the “Seen” list:
#47 Taxi Driver (which I actually saw quite a while ago, but forgot to note it)
#52 From Here to Eternity (watched while on the elliptical for a monster-workout-session. The story line was one of my favorites of the black and white movies on this list.)
#83 Platoon (Wow!)
#88 Easy Rider (ehh… could’ve lived without seeing it.)
#95 Pulp Fiction (saw this in college, but I have a feeling that I either turned it off or fell asleep watching it because I only remembered the beginning. Liked it much better this time around.)



List Update

To See

16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)

19. CHINATOWN (1974)

23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

24. RAGING BULL (1980)

26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)

30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

33. HIGH NOON (1952)

37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)

46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)


47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975)

50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)

53. AMADEUS (1984)

54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

56. MA*SH (1970)

57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)

59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

61. VERTIGO (1958)

62. TOOTSIE (1982)

63. STAGECOACH (1939)

64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
69. SHANE (1953)

70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

72. BEN-HUR (1959)

73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)

74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)

75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)

77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

81. MODERN TIMES (1936)

83. PLATOON (1986)

85. DUCK SOUP (1933)

86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)

87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

88. EASY RIDER (1969)

89. PATTON (1970)

90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)

92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

94. GOODFELLAS (1990)

95. PULP FICTION (1994)

96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)

97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)

100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

Seen

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)

2. CASABLANCA (1942)

3. THE GODFATHER (1972)

4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

7. THE GRADUATE (1967)

8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)

11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

15. STAR WARS (1977)

17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

18. PSYCHO (1960)

20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)

21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)

22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)

28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

31. ANNIE HALL (1977)

32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)

41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)


42. REAR WINDOW (1954)

43. KING KONG (1933)

45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

58. FANTASIA (1940)

65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

66. NETWORK (1976)


67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

71. FORREST GUMP (1994)

78. ROCKY (1976)

82. GIANT (1956)

84. FARGO (1996)

91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)

93. THE APARTMENT (1960)

99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)



3 More Down, 54 to Go!

Over the past week I’ve seen Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (#29), West Side Story (#41), and A Streetcar Named Desire (#45).
While watching the movies on my list, I’ve found that movies are better when you watch them with people who like them. My mom really liked Mr. Smith, so she watched it with me. Having her point out things helped to keep it interesting. And West Side Story is one of my dad’s faves, so hearing the story about when he first started watching it and why he liked it (and hearing him recite lines and sing along) made it more enjoyable. Again, Wikipedia helped me to follow along with both movies.
I saw Streetcar many years ago, but didn’t remember it, so it went on my “To See” list instead of the “Seen” list. I’m glad I put it there too, because I really enjoyed watching it recently. Vivien Leigh is one of my favorite actresses (thanks to Gone with the Wind, one of my favorite movies ever!) so I liked seeing her in this role. It was funny how her character had some of the same characteristics as her Scarlett caracter. The story was really good, and I saw the recent version which had parts that had been cut from the original.
Of the 3 movies, Streetcar is probably the only one that I would have watched without this list, but I’m glad to have seen all 3 for the historical significance of them.



 

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