June 21, 2007
AFI 100. Again.To celebrate the 10th anniversary of that controversial list of the top 100 movies of all time, itself a celebration of the 100th year of movies back then, the American Film Institute (celebrating its 40th anniversary) has gone and conducted its poll and done that list right up all over again. Edward Copeland posts both lists for comparison and comments: "Some additions are welcome, some omissions are shameful and some newcomers are a joke. Other deletions are welcome (Sorry Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and Fargo, but you didn't belong.) The rise and fall of some titles are interesting, more for the drops than the sudden rises (though I have to ask how, in the new list, The Deer Hunter jumped so many spots when it only grows weaker over time). My happiest news: The General's rise from not on the list all the way to No 18. The Searchers' huge leap is also welcome and impressive." Updated through 6/27. Jeffrey Wells points to more math going on at Wikipedia and remarks: "The AFI has been whorishly shopping its once-distinguished brand on the tube for years with best-this and best-that presentations, and none of their efforts at self-promotion signifies a damn thing (except for their own diminishment)." More commentary: Brendon Connolly (film ick), Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times), Drew Morton (Dr Mabuse's Kaleido-Scope), Chuck Tryon (Chutry Experiment) and Patrick Walsh (Cinematical). And at the House Next Door, Matt Zoller Seitz adds a few more lists. Updates, 6/22: More commentary: ST VanAirsdale (Reeler), Kevin Lee, Michael Newman, Nathaniel R and - here's a must-read: the Self-Styled Siren. Glenn Kenny lists 100 "great American movies" that didn't make the list. Update, 6/23: Keith Phipps gets a conversation rolling at the AV Club. Update, 6/24: A few of Dave Micevic's mentions of what films should be on the list but aren't what films are but shouldn't be may surprise you. Updates, 6/25: Edward Copeland presents his own 100. The Siren's Alterna-List: "This list is not, most definitely not, a gathering of the All-Time Greats, though there are certainly some that could qualify.... So, organized by category, here are 100 American films the Siren would love to see get some love from the AFI." Adam comments at Another Green World. Update, 6/26: The Alliance of Women Film Journalists draws up their own list, too. Updates, 6/27: The Shamus posts his own 100. "I filled out the AFI Top 100 ballot," writes Variety's Anne Thompson, and of course, she posts that ballot on her blog. "I realized that some movies had slipped in my estimation over the ten years since I last filled out the same list. But one director had come up in my estimation considerably, which surprised me: Capra. His oeuvre is holding up really well." Flickhead presents his 100 - in chronological order, no less. Damien's got 100 at Windmills of My Mind. "European sensibilities and styles - imported via Sjostrom, Stroheim, Curtiz, Wyler, Wilder, Lubitsch, so many, so many - were essential to the evolution of Hollywood, and hence, American moviemaking," argues Glenn Kenny.
Posted by dwhudson at June 21, 2007 3:51 PM