If you've kept up with this blog since the beginning, you know that I've spent a lot of time watching and writing about each of the American Film Institute's top 100 movies of all time. Thanks to a couple of breaks here and there, it definitely took me longer than I intended for it to … Continue reading After AFI – What’s Next?
Citizen Kane 1941 Directed by Orson Welles Netflix says... Still considered one of the greatest films ever made, Orson Welles's complex and technically stunning film chronicles newspaper baron Charles Foster Kane's rise from poverty to become one of America's most influential men. Well, here we are. We made it to number one on the American … Continue reading AFI #1 – Citizen Kane
The Godfather 1972 Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Netflix says... When organized-crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge in this Oscar-winning epic. Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived at the American Film … Continue reading AFI #2 – The Godfather
Casablanca 1942 Directed by Michael Curtiz Netflix says... In this Oscar-winning classic, American expat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) plays host to gamblers, thieves and refugees at his Moroccan nightclub during World War II... but he never expected Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman)--the woman who broke his heart--to walk through that door. Ilsa hopes that with Rick's help, … Continue reading AFI #3 – Casablanca
Raging Bull 1980 Directed by Martin Scorsese Netflix says... Robert De Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese's widely acclaimed biopic, which paints a raw portrait of a tormented soul unable to control his violent outbursts. You know, as much as I like a decent boxing movie, … Continue reading AFI #4 – Raging Bull
Singin' in the Rain 1952 Directed by Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen Netflix says... Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor combine their talents in one of the greatest big-screen musicals ever made, a two-time Oscar nominee that includes the songs "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the iconic title tune. When Hollywood attempts the … Continue reading AFI #5 – Singin’ in the Rain
Gone with the Wind 1939 Directed by Victor Fleming Netflix says... Director Victor Fleming's 1939 epic adaption of Margaret Mitchell's novel of the same name stars Vivien Leigh as self-absorbed, headstrong Scarlett O'Hara, a Southern Belle who meets her match in Rhett Butler just as the Civil War breaks out. Y'all... This movie is even … Continue reading AFI #6 – Gone with the Wind