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 E: The Exorcist
Of course The Exorcist has to land somewhere on the ‘E’ list right? This movie has certainly earned its place as a genre defining film. I wasn’t going to re-watch this because I’ve seen it so many times squirmming my way through the two or three disturbing scenes that I can’t even stand to watch (you know the ones). I’m so glad I re-visited it though. It really is a masterpiece and Linda Blair totally sells the crazy. I think I’ll wait another 10 years or so and give it another look, maybe a festival of films and hit Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen while I’m at it!
I give it a B+ – down from an A just for making me sit through that crucifix scene!
AFI’s E: Easy Rider
If there is one thing this little project might be teaching me, it is that I don’t have a good frame of reference for a certain type of films. Drugs, hippies, and motorbikes – yeah, I don’t get it. Maybe if I had been alive when it was new it would feel groundbreaking or amazing. Watching it for the first time some 40 years later, I find it a bit on the slow side with artistic film making choices I don’t particularly love.
This movie does rock a pretty sweet soundtrack and some of the scenery is stunning. It also features Jack Nicholson, how can anything Jack be wrong? I’m going to give it a strong C-. Not my type of film that I will likely never revisit, but I’m glad I’ve seen it and can tick it off my list.
Suedre’s Pick: Election
In 1999 there was a string of dark comedies featuring high school students. I specifically remember Election, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Jawbreaker. They were all disturbing and amusing at the same time. Election is surely the stand out of the bunch. I think Tracy Flick may be one of my favorite Reese Witherspoon characters (yep, topping Elle from Legally Blonde). Added bonus – Matthew Broderick’s character has a true deconstruction right on screen. This poor guy goes from having to all to completely falling apart.
This film isn’t for everyone. It’s explicit, difficult to watch at times, and has a touch of political satire. It all adds to the film’s truth and makes it an overall fun ride.
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Here’s a quick Making Christmas update – I’m working my way right on through!
- My daughter’s Halloween costume DONE!
- All the accessories for her Halloween costumeDONE!
- Creative Paperclay® tip & project (2): First Project Complete!
- Thread painting samples/tutorial
- Christmas themed lap quilt (maybe 2) sneak peek
Small post card sized fiber pieces for gifts (4)
- Attend Craft Show as guest Dec 4th
- Be successful with cat pattern
- Quilting Bee Snowman Block
- Friend’s Minnie Mouse Blocks
Prepare and print art wall hanging
- Get started on my next TWO major bed size art quilts (some progress made)
Here’s a list of all the blogger’s hosting, be sure to stop by and check them out!
Rebecca @ Making Rebecca Lynne ~ Kristy @ Quiet Play ~ M-R @ Quilt Matters ~ Soma @ Whims and Fancies ~ Fiona @ Celtic Thistle Stitches ~ Nat @ Made in Home ~ Erin @ Missy Mac Creations ~ Lucy @ Charm About You
Did I mention, there will be prizes! Grab a button, link up and get to work. Christmas is coming fast!