Truth be told, back in November I only had 2 films left to watch. Then Netflix decided that it did NOT want me to complete my list, and despite the last two films being at the top of my queue, and it being very unlikely that there were tons of subscribers clamoring over them, Netflix nonetheless kept sending everything and anything else EXCEPT those films. Last night, I realized that I could, ta-da, finish the list by watching films through Amazon’s streaming service, and TA DA, here we are!! I have now watched all 100 films on AFI’s Top 100 list.
The 100 films are all great films, but Westerns as a genre are overrepresented, as are films from the 1960s and 1970s. The films from the 1940s and before are very clearly classic films, but once you get into the 1960s-1970s, it seems like several of the films selected were a function of just being the favorite films of the AFI members. I think a top 100 film should be timeless and resonate with the viewer, regardless of the viewer’s time or background or circumstances, due to universal themes. Many of the films from the 1960s and 1970s on the list were so heavily dependent on context that they were boring and virtually meaningless to me. In particular, All the President’s Men, Easy Rider and The Last Picture Show stood out as films that hardly spoke to me at all, and I think just didn’t belong on the list.
There were a number of films that I absolutely loved that I probably would not have watched at all, were it not for my quest to finish this list. Singin in the Rain, Sunset Blvd., The General, Network and Do the Right Thing all stood out as amazing films that I only picked up because of this project.