AFI Movie Update

afi_logo_officialIt’s finally starting to warm up here…the city I live in seems to go from mild winter to summer overnight. Right now, I only have two pairs of shorts to my name. Losing weight, I continuously give my old clothes to Goodwill. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to hold on to less stuff.

But, anyhow, back to the main focus of Adventure Kettle. When the weather was cold, the family and settled in and watched a few movies on the AFI list. They included:

  • Casablanca
  • It Happened One Night
  • Taxi Driver
  • A Night At The Opera
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Raging Bull
  • Goodfellas

Being very honest, but still having great respect for the craft, I gotta say that my least favorite, although it ranks #4 on the list, was Raging Bull. It’s visually beautiful, but I’m biased towards characters…this real life guy had a rough time.

It’s odd, because the events in Goodfellas, arguably involved worse crimes, however, I seemed to have experienced a sort of Stockholm Syndrome towards the characters.

Same with Taxi Driver. Until the end, it feels like the character isn’t doing much of anything. Yet, I guess the combination of the cinematography, acting, and unique character, made it feel more watchable.

Clark-Gable..My lady brain is more biased towards the grandmothers of the romantic comedies I love today: It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, and even, A Night At The Opera. I love, love, loved It Happened One Night. Where had that movie been all my life? Witty, sassy, perfect. As a romantic hero, I prefer Clark Gable over Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant. Maybe it’s because I’m southern and overly familiar with Atlanta’s jewel, Gone With The Wind? Dunno.

Overall, I seem to have more friends and family jumping on the AFI movie bandwagon. We’ve bought a few more movie and a few have been loaned to us. So up next, I have:

  • Duck Soup
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Bridge On The River Kwai
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Swing Time
  • All The President’s Men

Hopefully I can get to more of them soon. My husband as an annual film craving to re-watch all Studio Ghibli films. So, we’re balancing that as well.