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 G: Goodfellas
I’ve seen this movie several times over the years. Enough to know I couldn’t handle it one more time. It’s an excellent mob film, arguably the best of the genre, which makes it so hard to watch. The script, characters, and story feel so real. When the violence happens, it is bon-a-fide emotional and leaves me downright sad for a few days.
If you haven’t seen it and can tolerate the harshness of it, then you really have to give it a go. I give it an A, but only in the right frame of mind.
AFI’s G: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a liberal and forward thinking discussion on interracial marriage at a time when it was still illegal in 17 states. There are some really great moments in this film. My favorite, when Katherine Hepburn fires her bigoted employee.
While I think it is interesting to watch this film to get a sense of what life was like 45 years ago, I can’t help but be far more focused on the parents’ support of their kids getting married after having only known each other 10 days. They lost sight of that almost instantly. I hung on to it for the whole film!
I give it a B. Nice, solid, interesting film.
Suedre’s Pick: Get Shorty
Do you know how sometimes you watch a movie at exactly the right moment and it speaks to you? This film was like that for me. I loved it, like watched 20+ times loved it. I probably still quote this movie once a day (take the tour, see the shark). The cast is awesome, they all play their parts so well, it is hard to believe that’s not who they are in real life. Ray “Bones” is my favorite mobster of all time!
I’m not positive it completely holds up. There’s been so many films and TV shows like it since its release that are better, it may be hard to go back. That said, I’m sure I’ll love it forever!
What would you put on your G list?