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 F: French Connection
I think this is another case of a film style I don’t have enough of an appreciation for. I’m not the biggest fan of cops & robbers type films. I see why this one was a big deal for its time, but I just couldn’t get into it. I think it took me about six tries to stay awake and when I did, I couldn’t keep all of the characters straight. Thank goodness for wiki-watching, I needed help! I can’t in good faith recommend this one or even describe exactly what it was about. If you like cops and robbers and dig a time when there were no cell phones, you might dig this one! 🙂
One fun thing was watching Gene Hackman. I swear, if it weren’t for his voice, I wouldn’t believe it was him. Such a baby in this film!
AFI’s F: Frankenstein (1931)
Watching this movie proved one thing and one thing only to me – I’m completely and totally broken. I was heartbroken for Frankenstein’s monster. It seems so unfair. He was created by a megalomaniacal doctor with an axe to grind then kept in a dungeon and tortured by Fritz. All the while, the great doctor is living it up with his fiancee and fat cat father-in-law. The deep dark secret safely in the dungeon.
When they decide to do a live autopsy on the monster, is it no wonder he goes a little bonkers? I was so sad when the mob burned him alive and angry that Frankenstien himself served no penance for his role in the whole mess. I guess a movie that draws emotion, even if it is the “wrong” one, is a good film. I’ll give it a B+.
Suedre’s Pick: A Few Good Men
What a hard letter! I re-watched three movies for this spot, A Few Good Men, Frailty, and Final Destination. I didn’t like Frailty as much this time so it was easy to bump off the list. Final Destination was a little harder! When it was new, it’s style of horror was new too. It’s a scary, yet cheeky movie and I still am not positive it doesn’t belong here.
I ended up picking a Few Good Men because of the way it grabs my attention. I’ve seen this movie no less than 20 times. If it shows up, I watch it again. Right from the first scene with the gun routine all the way to Jessup’s “You can’t handle the the truth” moment, this movie delivers. It reveals itself in way that I connect with and tells a story I believe. Besides, this is my go to film for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, that’s worth consideration, right?
What would you put on your F list?