The American Film Institute released an updated version this week of their “Top 100” American film list of all time. It’s described as a “ten year” re-release effectively of their 1998 list, which is slightly odd given that it’s only been nine years. I believe the larger rationale behind the new release is the 40-year anniversary of the AFI. Oh well, no matter.
The list is included on this CNN news piece on the subject:
Needless to say, I have a few movies to rent in the near future including #1 and, shockingly, #2 on this list. I’m truly ashamed that I’ve never seen either of these movies but just watched the 40-year old virgin (why isn’t that on the list BTW?!) for the 40th or so time last week.
I am pleased to see the jump of Raging Bull on this list although I am a tad surprised to see it aging like a fine Malbec over time. It’s clearly one of both DeNiro and Scorsese’s finest films though. Editorially speaking, I also believe Shawshank should be moving up higher on this list over time, Sixth Sense is a good film but not one that should be on here and both Traffic and chicago should have probably made the list if films like Lord of the Rings are going to be as prominent on here. Clearly, a live and passionate debate could ensue, and likely will, on this subject, for hours…Where in the world is Benicio del Toro BTW these days? He would make a heck of an actor as Pablo Escobar in Medellin, the Entourage mock film, if that movie ever got made.
I’ve got a little spare time, plus a lot of interest, in seeing a number of these movies so ping me if you’re interested in joining me for a viewing or three. Or, an animated debate on the topic.