For years I have threatened to watch as many movies as I could from AFI’s top 100. Since the release of our favorite local film critic’s alphabet of all times greats I’ve decided to make it happen! For each letter, I will watch Mark Burger’s pick, an AFI pick, and my own pick.
Mark Burger’s A: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
This film was released in the summer of 1948 and is considered the last of the Universal classic horror monster movies. It is 1950’s style humor, but funny none the less! I laughed out loud a few times at it and really liked the Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolfman interacting with one another. I also really enjoy watching some of these movies that existed before our current definition of monster lore. We all know and accept that vampires don’t cast reflections, but Bela Lugosi sure did in the late 40’s! This film is fun to look at as well. I love the Dracula bat transformation scenes an the Frankenstein electric bolts are nice adds too!
I agree with Mark, I give his A an A!
AFI’s A: All About Eve
Eve, Eve, Eve, you diabolical woman! While doing a little research about this movie, it was clear to me that it is well loved and is still an inspiration movies and television. Part of the trouble with movies like this is they’ve inspired so much entertainment, I’ve already seen it 1,000 times! Despite that, it was pretty cool to see the source of the driven and dangerous woman story and watch it unfold with no expectation of the audience being ahead of it and knowing just what Eve was capable of. I had no idea the line “Fasten your seatbelts, it is going to be a bumpy night” originated with this film. When she said it, I almost instantly hit the google. Who knew? I’ve been quoting a movie I’ve never seen for years.
Suedre’s A: All Of Me
I remember loving this movie! I had not seen it in years and decided it was a good one to re-visit and see if it deserved my ‘A’ pick. OMG – yes. This movie is genuinely funny with excellent performances from Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. Seriously, is there anything more amusing than Steven Martin “learning to walk” with Edwina in control of half of his body? Excellent sight gags and I totally buy it. Besides, the movie has a pretty sweet story line to boot. Now I just have to figure out how to not fill the rest of my list with Steve Martin movies. I also love My Blue Heaven, the Jerk, Parenthood, Mixed Nuts, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Little Shop of Horrors, and Three Amigos. Yeah, my taste is that excellent. If you haven’t see it, put this one on your list!
Speaking of movies, I happened to catch Pretty in Pink last night. Is there a worse make-over in movie history than this dress? I’m pretty sure it sucked in the 80’s too.
So, what’s your ‘A’ pick? Might be something I need to catch on the next round!