Thursday, June 21, 2007

Singin’ in the Rain is the Fifth Best Movie of All Time?

AFI announced its new list of the 100 greatest movies of all time yesterday. I don’t know why I should care, but these lists always get my goat. Singin’ in the Rain was ranked fifth. Don’t get me wrong, I like the movie (even though I hate most musicals). I liked it a lot, but is it really the fifth best movie of all time?

Here’s the top 100 According to AFI:

1. "Citizen Kane," 1941. (Overrated)
2. "The Godfather," 1972. (Should be #1)
3. "Casablanca," 1942. (Three is about right)
4. "Raging Bull," 1980. (Overrated)
5. "Singin' in the Rain," 1952. (Hugely Overrated)
6. "Gone With the Wind," 1939. (I want to punch Scarlett O’Hare in the face)
7. "Lawrence of Arabia," 1962. (This movie is SOOOOOO boring)
8. "Schindler's List," 1993. (Somehow, I’ve never seen this one)
9. "Vertigo," 1958. (Number 9? Have you lost your mind?)
10. "The Wizard of Oz," 1939. (It’s crap)
11. "City Lights," 1931. (overrated)
12. "The Searchers," 1956. (Way overrated)
13. "Star Wars," 1977. (Right on)
14. "Psycho," 1960. (Right on)
15. "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968. (I think for a movie to be #15 it has to have an ending that makes sense)
16. "Sunset Blvd.", 1950. (Right on)
17. "The Graduate," 1967. (Overrated)
18. "The General," 1927. (Overrated)
19. "On the Waterfront," 1954. (Woefully underrated. This movie is easily one of the three greatest of all time)
20. "It's a Wonderful Life," 1946. (What can I say, despite the schmaltz, I love this movie)
21. "Chinatown," 1974. (Overrated)
22. "Some Like It Hot," 1959. (Fat Marilyn Monroe and not that funny, overrated)
23. "The Grapes of Wrath," 1940. (overrated)
24. "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 1982. (crap)
25. "To Kill a Mockingbird," 1962. (Right on)
26. "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," 1939. (About right)
27. "High Noon," 1952. (Underrated)
28. "All About Eve," 1950. (Crap)
29. "Double Indemnity," 1944. (This movie is awesome)
30. "Apocalypse Now," 1979. (Somehow, I have never seen this)
31. "The Maltese Falcon," 1941. (Should be top ten)
32. "The Godfather Part II," 1974. (About right)
33. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," 1975. (Never seen it)
34. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 1937. (overrated)
35. "Annie Hall," 1977. (Top ten)
36. "The Bridge on the River Kwai," 1957. (about right)
37. "The Best Years of Our Lives," 1946. (About right)
38. "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," 1948. (I loved it, but 38 seems a bit much)
39. "Dr. Strangelove," 1964. (Top twenty at least)
40. "The Sound of Music," 1965. (Crap)
41. "King Kong," 1933. (Crap)
42. "Bonnie and Clyde," 1967. (overrated)
43. "Midnight Cowboy," 1969. (crap)
44. "The Philadelphia Story," 1940. (Waaay, overrated)
45. "Shane," 1953. (Overrated)
46. "It Happened One Night," 1934. (Top Twenty)
47. "A Streetcar Named Desire," 1951. (Never seen it)
48. "Rear Window," 1954. (about right)
49. "Intolerance," 1916. (Never seen it)
50. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," 2001. (Underrated)
51. "West Side Story," 1961. (Crap)
52. "Taxi Driver," 1976. (about right)
53. "The Deer Hunter," 1978. (Never seen it)
54. "M-A-S-H," 1970. (overrated)
55. "North by Northwest," 1959. (This movie has not aged well)
56. "Jaws," 1975. (Underrated)
57. "Rocky," 1976. (Underrated)
58. "The Gold Rush," 1925. (Overrated)
59. "Nashville," 1975. (Never seen it)
60. "Duck Soup," 1933. (Marx Bro’s Best, Top 20)
61. "Sullivan's Travels," 1941. (Underrated. This movie is worth it for Veronica Lake alone)
62. "American Graffiti," 1973. (Overrated)
63. "Cabaret," 1972. (I haven’t seen it, but I think it is safe to assume this movie is crap)
64. "Network," 1976. (Underrated)
65. "The African Queen," 1951. (65 is about right)
66. "Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1981. (about right here too)
67. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", 1966. (Never seen it)
68. "Unforgiven," 1992. (Overrated)
69. "Tootsie," 1982. (overrated)
70. "A Clockwork Orange," 1971. (Overrated)
71. "Saving Private Ryan," 1998. (About right)
72. "The Shawshank Redemption," 1994. (TOP 10)
73. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," 1969. (About right)
74. "The Silence of the Lambs," 1991. (Never seen it)
75. "In the Heat of the Night," 1967. (Overrated)
76. "Forrest Gump," 1994. (Waaaaaay overrated)
77. "All the President's Men," 1976. (Waaaay overrated)
78. "Modern Times," 1936. (My favorite (mostly) silent movie. Underrated)
79. "The Wild Bunch," 1969. (Never seen it)
80. "The Apartment, 1960. (underrated)
81. "Spartacus," 1960. (about right)
82. "Sunrise," 1927. (Never seen it)
83. "Titanic," 1997. (Crap)
84. "Easy Rider," 1969. (Crap)
85. "A Night at the Opera," 1935. (I love it, but it shouldn’t be on the list)
86. "Platoon," 1986. (Crap)
87. "12 Angry Men," 1957. (Solid, but not top 100)
88. "Bringing Up Baby," 1938. (#88? Are you out of your mind?)
89. "The Sixth Sense," 1999. (Underrated)
90. "Swing Time," 1936. (Never seen it)
91. "Sophie's Choice," 1982. (Never seen it)
92. "Goodfellas," 1990. (About right)
93. "The French Connection," 1971. (About right)
94. "Pulp Fiction," 1994. (Underrated)
95. "The Last Picture Show," 1971. (Never seen it)
96. "Do the Right Thing," 1989. (Never seen it)
97. "Blade Runner," 1982. (about right)
98. "Yankee Doodle Dandy," 1942. (Never seen it, but I suspect it’s crap)
99. "Toy Story," 1995. (Come on! The Incredibles is much better)
100. "Ben-Hur," 1959. (Overrated)

And for that matter, where’s The Third Man, L.A. Confidential, Fargo, the Matrix, and The Big Lebowski? Why are there so few comedies?

I say Baaah, to the entire list.

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