The AFI Top 100 Movie List Project

The list...the best of what Hollywood has to offer from a long and historical line of movie making for 100+ years.

The watch every single movie from the list in order from 100-1.

I was contemplating upping some of my classic movie watching when an idea struck me. There are so many movies out there, wouldn't it be easier to go off of some kind of list? Make my life a little bit easier? Then I thought about the AFI Top 100 List. So why not watch everything on the list? Sure, I have seen probably more than half of them, but let's see if they truly stand the test of time as the greatest movies ever made.

This will be a project. We will have to watch approximately 14 movies a month off of the list which is really no big deal since we watch 40-70 movies a month as it is. Jenny said she wants to be involved as well, so this should be really interesting because she will end up having to watch some movies she really doesn't want to watch and me as well.

NOTE: After much research and perusing, I have decided not to do these in order since watching 3+ hour movies during the week is not my idea of fun, and I really want to watch these movies. We will be skipping around based on availability of movies as well. You wouldn't even believe how hard it is to find some of these movies.

February 2011 Movie Summary

Since we are not gonna watch a movie tonight due to lack of sleep from last night... I decided tally our movies for the month of February.

New Watches: 26
Rewatches: 12

New Watches: 34
Rewatches: 4


February: 38
January: 43
Total To Date: 81

February: 38
January: 65
Total To Date: 103

The Dead Girl (2006)

Jenny - RATING: 2/5
This really has no purpose in being a movie... there was no point to this movie what so ever. Honestly it never really even connected and you never felt anything for anyone, no purpose, no closure... I love Brittany, but come on... this could have been way better.

Elisabeth RATING 3.5/5
I liked the movie. The little vignettes didn't make any sense as a whole, but they told the story. It would have been better if they snipped back and forth and in between all of them at once instead. The Brittany Murphy section was by far the best and unfortunately, it was the beginning of the end for her...but damn she was good.

Abandoned (2010)

Jenny - RATING: 3.5/5
The last movie of Brittany Murphy was pretty darn good. I was glad that she actually left on a high note even though it was not highly publicized. The movie kept me guessing what was going on and was feeling a lot like she was... very confused. But it turned out good... Nice job and RIP Brittany Murphy.

Elisabeth RATING: 3/5
No one plays crazy like Brittany Murphy. So much talent wasted and she was the only highlight of this movie, but you could tell she just wasn't the same as she was anymore. Movie was okay...but nothing amazing.

Case 39 (2009)

Jenny - RATING: 4/5

Sometimes a movie comes along that has everything a good thriller needs... A creepy kid, supernatural evil, a frightened blonde and non-believing cop... and the rest falls into place. This movie had it all for me. At first you think the parents are on crack but then the movie would have been over, this is when it all turns bad, but good... and the whole time you are saying WTF and how are they gonna stop this devil child. Thought it was pretty darn good film making in my book.

Elisabeth RATING: 3/5
I thought this movie was just okay. Predictable, but had enough of a story to make it interesting. This kid was way creepier than the kid in Orphan, which was cool. I hope she does well in the future, because I would like to see more of her. She was the highlight of the movie for me.

Gattaca (1997)

Jenny - RATING: 4/5
Honestly, I thought that this would be a movie that would be just okay. I remember it coming out when I worked at Blockbuster Video, but since I was never and Uma Thurman fan I always skipped it. But Elisabeth said it was really good and she bought it on blu-ray, so I might as well give it a shot and I was really impressed with it. Impressive story, good characters, and interesting look into our future.

Elisabeth - RATING: 4/5
This has to be one my more favorite sci-fi/futuristic movies, and probably the one I find most realistic. I love the way it was filmed, the cinemaphotography is one I truly enjoy. Even after seeing this a few times, it still holds up well, and I will definitely look forward to another watch later to see how well it holds up.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Jenny - RATING: 4/5

This is a movie for me that gets better with time. The first time I watched it, I was like WHAT? HUH? THIS IS STUPID? But as time goes on I understand and catch things that I never noticed before, like Ashley Tisdale. LOL. We watched this with my nephew and his wife who were Donnie Darko virgins and they really liked it but it had their brains swirling afterward. They mentioned it was almost like Inception with things not being what they appeared to be. Ok, I get that. Over all, this is an awesome movie that needs more watches cos I am sure there was more I missed.

Elisabeth: 4/5
I have always loved this movie from the first time I saw it. And each and every time I see it, I see something different, which is awesome. This is one of the very first movies which made me see things in a different way as well. I love the surrealistic aspect of it and even though I HATE movies about time travel, this one works for me because it wasn't really a movie about time travel...or was it? That is what I love about this movie. Depending on who you talk to...they got something completely different out of it.

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Jenny - RATING: 3.5/5
Iron Man 2 had all the things I liked in a super hero movie... action, explosions, cute superhero, and good villain. Add a semi-hot co-super hero (Scarlett Johansson), and I got a movie that entertained me for about two hours. I found the ratio of downtime/uptime was just right, the special effects were cool, and the villain arm whips were just awesome. I'd watch this again.

Elisabeth - RATING: 3/5
It was an okay movie. Sometimes, all you need is something to entertain you, and this most certainly did. It would have been way more helpful to know more about the people from SHIELD though...not just add them in for the heck of it. It could have been better, but it could have been a heck of a lot worse.

The Third Man (1949)

We decided that we are gonna begin tandem blogging... each one of us reviewing the movie in our own words because we both have very very different opinions on movies, especially one like this. So, there will now be two reviews for movies we both watch.

Jenny: RATING: 2/5
This was our "mystery" movie for the week, as we let someone from Twitter pick a movie that is on instant. It is our way of watching movies we would not normally choose for ourselves. I totally would not have picked this for my normal viewing, just because I usually do not give into classic black & whites. I am usually a 70's and after kinda girl. I had no clue of what Film Noir was and had to ask Elisabeth... also had to ask what was going on in the movie cos I was lost throughout most of it... and at the end, I still never understood why the main character faked his death. Things are not as well laid out here and the lack of subtitles made it even more difficult to follow, even though Elisabeth said that was how it should be cos they wanted us to be just as confused as Holly Martins was as he was questioning people about the death of his friend. Not that I would not give more Film Noir a chance, I think it might be slow to get to... or have to wait until the next MYSTERY movie. LOL.

Elisabeth: RATING 4/5

I personally liked this one a lot. I used to watch a lot of noir and went to symposiums in college to learn more. I LOVED the camera angles the most in this one. The use of shadows and camera angles totally made it for me. I admit, it was kind of slow for a bit there, but once it picked up, it really picked up. I am going to try to get Jenny more involved in noir, but I think it will have to be one that is purely American so we don't have a language barrier. Maybe an old Hitchcock?

Wicked Little Things (2006)

RATING: 3.5/5

This movie was entertaining and nice and short. They didn't get into a whole lot of filler with bloody scenes, but kept the whole thing movie pretty quickly. I am glad they decided not to make this campy, because it could have been. In my mind the whole time I was watching it, was that it would have been even creepier if the kids looked they were from The Village of the Damned...thank god they didn't do that, but it would have been so awesome. Overall pretty decent horror movie.

Gung Ho (1986)

Thinking this might have been boring, I went into it with low expectations and came out with a surprise liking of this movie. Michael Keaton's annoyance factor was low, which was nice. The story was good and truly this was a "proud to be an American" movie. It had a good hearted ending, which so many 80's movie did... It held up well to the times.

RoboCop 3 (1993)

Wrapping up my RoboCop blu-ray trilogy, the third film was not much better than the second. Very weak story line, lack of interesting characters and again nothing to tell us how we got from two to three but to make it worse they decided to put a jet pack on him... Enter SUPER Robocop. I was waiting for the cap to appear sometime during flight. This series had the potential to be awesome, but fell flat on film two and never picked up. Overall, my series rating will be a 3 just because the first was sooooo awesome.

RoboCop 2 (1990)

RATING: 2.5/5
Though the movie had lots of special effects, gunfights, and robot vs robot action, that was its core. A weak story made me wondering what was truly the mission RoboCop. There was no story about how Murphy cleaned up, how his girl partner is back to normal or anything else. There were many questions unanswered.

RoboCop (1987)

As a kid I liked RoboCop and now watching for the first time since it was released many moons ago, I find that I still like it. It has suspense, action, lots of gunfire and a decent story. Some of the CGI did not hold up so well... some of the robots seems cartoonish. The transfer to Blu-ray was great though some shots were grainy but what do you expect. Time to move on to the next in the series, which I don't remember seeing.

Disaster on the Coastliner (1979)


This was a fun 70's disaster movie where no one dies. It was made for tv, so I guess it was inevitable that no one was going to die, but it would have been nice to see. We had fun with it, and it was a joy to watch. Nothing serious, but decent overall.

Chinatown (1974)

RATING: 3.5/5
A mystery who done it movie where Jack Nicholson is not a pyscho... A bit drawn out but well directed film. Although it lost me in places, it all fell together in the end. You would think that this would have more to do with Chinatown than it did, can't be sure why they named it this. Elisabeth enjoyed it a little more than I did.

Ode to Billy Joe (1976)


Neither one of us had seen this since we were kids, and we guessed that it had to be around the time it was released. I always knew who was in it, but never really remembered the movie. Still a good movie considering it was made in the 70's...not a lot of the movies from that decade held up that well. The story was well done, and I kind of miss songs that actually told a story. This movie deserves a watch at least once in a lifetime.

Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Since doing the movie tally (Tallyteers), I have been more experimental in my movie watching that I am just about willing to watch anything. Elisabeth thought it would be nice to watch a few musicals for the month of March, but we are starting now with our first... One we both had not seen. While I thought that story and plot were fine and kept my attention, the musical and dance number I found to be irrelevant to the movie, though Elisabeth to be an actual part of the telling of the story. I don't see why Fred Astaire needed to dance in his office all by himself other than he's Fred Astaire and that's what he does. All in all, I found the movie to be decent but we could have lived without so much song and dance.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

RATING: (E 4/5) (J 3/5)
This was our first time watching it on blu-ray, and the conversion was just so amazing. The clarity and colors just popped. Jenny thought this was boring in places, where I was completely fascinated the whole time. What I find interesting is that after watching Walt and El Grupo, you realize just how much Walt fell in love with the direction Mary Blair's art went. It is so apparent in all of the cartoons from the 50's where she had a hand in the art direction. This is and always has been a classic to me and one of my top 5 Disney animated features of all time.

Cyrus (2010)

RATING: 2.5/5
Took til the end to see the point of this movie, we stuck it out. Thought this was going to be a lot more funny than the drama that it was, though it wasn't completely hideous.

Solstice (2007)

Whenever Shawn Ashmore is in a movie things are bound to go wrong and people seem to die. This was no exception. This movie was enjoyable and full of some good looking people. It had suspense, intrigue and Amanda Seyfried... The things we like.

Alien: Resurrection (1997)


A great movie. I love the twist this one took and didn't expect it at all. I try not to know what the movie is about before I see it. I just want a general gist of what it is about, but I don't want to know much more than that. It keeps it much more interesting. Everyone was so great in this one.

Alien 3 (1992)

The movie that made me fall in love with David Fincher. The way that man can frame a This was very good for his first movie, which most people don't know. While this is not my favorite of the series, I still like the movie as a whole within the series and I grow to appreciate it more and more each time I see it.

Aliens (1986)


This was back when James Cameron was still good and working on multiple projects at once, which made him better. To this day, I still quote lines from this movie on a somewhat daily basis...does that mean it was good? To me, yes. This was my first time watching the special edition cut. The extra footage actually made sense. I really like that they release this stuff after the fact. It gives it more replay value. It is interesting listening to the commentary about the different methods they used to cut costs, which was pretty cool.
And remember...they mostly come out at night...mostly.

Alien (1979)

RATING: 4.5/5

After seeing this movie a hundred times or more, I still love it. Ridley is a genius in building up the tension and drama without anything going on. I decided to watch the director and cast commentary this time around. I learned a lot more that I didn't realize. So much of the movie was done on the fly that day of the shoot, which was so amazing to learn. The movie still holds up well and is so well done, you don't even realize it was made in 1979. Most sci-fi/horror movies definitely don't hold up this well. I still hold this to be one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time, and I think I fall in love with it a little bit more every time I watch it.

TerrorVision (1986)

Such a bad bad bad... comical horror film that I am sure was not taking itself seriously. The storyline was blah, the special effects were nothing more than slime, the acting was horrible. It had to be a farce of some kind. Maybe the only interesting aspect of the movie was the Elvira wanna-be MEDUSA.

All About Eve (1950)

For my Pre-1970's requirement for today's movie watching, All About Eve was recommended by two different people on Twitter, so I gave this a go since I am really beginning to appreciate Bette Davis as an actress. The movie was entertaining and I could appreciate where the movie started as I was teenage fan myself to many of celebrities and became their friends, although I never took it to the extreme of wanting their life, but I could see how Eve felt and I loved how the movie ended with a big giant circle. This was a fine film and I can see why it is a favorite of those who recommended it to me.

Cobra (1986)

RATING: 2.5/5
While it wasn't the most boring movie I have seen of Sly, this definitely was one of the less explosive I have seen of his. I have always been so used to HIGH action, HIGH explosion Sly movies, this just seemed like a let down. Even though you shouldn't go into a movie with expectations, I did and felt cheated.

The Roommate (2011)

This was okay. I liked it better than Single White Female, of which this movie was almost exactly like, oddly enough. I liked the college setting, and Billy Zane was awesome. one biggest pet peeve...aside from which they should have a new rating for this kind of movie. We all know about the animal cruelty thing, but seriously...some kids are just not ready for the subject matter in this movie. I heard lots of ewws, and other not-so-fantastic commentary throughout the movie. Maybe they should have a 15 and over movie rating now, and enforce it like they do rated R. But that is just my opinion.

The Eagle (2011)

The one thing I have to say about this movie is...Channing Tatum cannot act. This was not a great plot-driven movie to begin with, and Scotland has so much better scenery than they showed in the film, which is really sad. I kept thinking just how much like The 13th Warrior this was like...and not in a good way.
While I was in this theater, I was reminded of how much I sometimes HATE going to new release movies on opening weekend. People had kids, loud eaters, talkers, texters and idiots who didn't turn off their phone. It detracted from the "experience".

The RIte (2011)

First 2011 movie of the year...yay! I liked this one, and not for Anthony Hopkins, but the story itself. The story was quite a different take on the standard exorcist movie, and thank god, because that story has been rehashed so many times. I am a sucker for exorcism movies, but that didn't sway my opinion of this one. I really liked this one, and if you have a thing for exorcism movies, you will like it to.

Our Kamikaze Movie Rules

1. First movie is the one you want to see.
2. Next movies cannot be previously viewed.
3. Next movie must be showing within 30 minutes of letting out of the previous one.

Pretty easy really. Forces us to see movies we normally wouldn't.

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Not Forgotten (2009)

RATING: (E 3.5/5) (J 2.5/5)

I really kind of liked this movie. Jenny thought it was kind of boring. Twists and turns all over the place and you ended up being more confused than ever until the end. You kept wondering how things were going to play out thinking it was just another movie about child abduction, but not so at all. And how can you go wrong with Claire Forlani as a madame???

The Hillside Strangler (2004)

RATING: 2.5/5
My love for serial killers and their stories found my this is little unknown movie with C.Thomas Howell sporting a 70's afro like in Soul Man. LOL. I might be spoiled by David Fincher and Zodiac (my favorite), but it wasn't all hideous. I like learning about these killer, I just wish they movies weren't so low budget. The cast was weak, I didn't really learn anything about his character or truly why he did what he did. And since their were two of them, shouldn't be STRANGLERS?

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story (2009)

We really enjoyed this documentary. We enjoy documentaries about film history, but I particularly enjoy the Disney ones. You learn so much about how things happened and who was involved, etc. What was interesting about this one was just how many songs the Sherman brothers wrote throughout the years. We knew they were around forever and we all know the most famous songs, but there are so many we just never knew about. All in all, it was very enlightening to see their history and how they just didn't like each other and hadn't spoken to each other in years. Understandable sometimes, but really sad. This is definitely a must for any Disney fan. My only question do I get Leonard Maltin to adopt me?

Personal Effects (2008)

Despite all the pretty people you hoped could make a decent movie, this movie left us unsatisfied. The story lacked emotion which should have been high with the theme of the movie. Both Michelle and Ashton are good actors, but this movie never pulled us in either with the trials of cases or with the connection these people were supposed to have with each other. Overall, boring.

Exam (2009)

RATING: 3.5/5
Good concept, well done. The standard stick so many people in a room, see what happens kind of thing, but the one thing that was different was they were all vying for a job. People tend to get a little wiggy when you dangle the prospect of a great job in front of them. The ending was interesting, and of course there was a red herring. It was pretty good though.

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

We both thought this was a decent movie. Lots of action, suspense and gunfire. Never saw the original John Carpenter, so we have nothing to compare this one to, but overall, this was a decent cop movie.

Less Than Zero (1987)

Finally watched for the first time Less Than Zero, though Elisabeth has seen it. I had tried to read the book and I hated the way the author wrote, but everyone told me the movie was so much better and I now agree it was. I swear if I was straight I would have been all over Robert Downey Jr. He is such a great actor, and so adorably cute. LOL. The music was awesome, the acting was superb. Very nice film... I even cried a little bit when RDJ went to talk to his dad on the tennis court. Excellent.

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

RATING: (J) 2.5/5 (E) 3.5/5

What... Spock dies? How can he die if they search for him in the next movie... This is craziness!!! Elisabeth still loving the Star Trek movies... I found this one more action packed, but still on the boring side. I will make it through these movies... I promise. Movie two seemed to be more dated but transfer was still awesome for a movie from the 80s.

Avatar (2009)

Although we gave it the same amount of stars... I think our opinions varied on this. Elisabeth thought it was preachy, overdone, about an hour too long, and the acting sucked (even from Sigourney Weaver). Myself thought it wasn't all bad, but I couldn't find one place where I thought 3D could have help it. I agreed that the movie was way too long. James Cameron just likes to show off and a lot of the scenes were just not needed. His epic was just okay in my book. So many people said it was like awesome and best movie ever, but we thought it was far from that... We can finally officially say "OVERRATED".

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

RATING: (E 4/5)
I think this is one of the best dark comedies of the 90's. The all-star cast, the writing, everything about it is just so funny. Maybe I find it funnier because I grew up in that area of the world in a small town not unlike the one in the movie. I "get" the humor and inside jokes. I really enjoyed the mockumentary aspect and don't think it could have actually worke any other way. Even though I have seen this movie a hundred times over the years, it still makes me laugh in all the same spots it originally did. That is truly the mark of a good movie.

Burnt Offerings (1976)

I have only seen two Bette Davis movies in my life, so I have a question... does she only play in movies where she goes nuts? LOL. This movie was odd to say the least. There was this constant WTF? theme to it... It was like The Shining meets Amityville Horror. First you think the dad is going mad like Jack Nicholson was... then the mom... the granny... then finally the house begins to destroy itself and put itself back together. Nice to see a movie that does not have a happily ever after end.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

RATING: 3.5/5
Yes, Star Trek was pretty... I have to say for a first time watch for me (Jenny) that the movie held up to it being so old. The blu-ray transfer was incredible, like watching a movie made in 2011. Special effects surpass Star Wars IV hands down... my issue was that there was no suspense, nothing for me to grip my chair for... I kept waiting for something magical for me to go: WHOA! so that I could love it. It never came. The whole build up just seemed to fizzle.
Elisabeth told me it was slow and that the next movies are much better. She is a Star Trek fan, so no need for her opinions cos she loves them.

Knight and Day (2010)

RATING: 2.5/5
This movie was just trying to hard... the acting seemed force, the chemistry was bad, the jokes were not funny. You could tell that they were trying to make this a Lethal Weapon or something similar where they were playing off all the explosions and bullets flying as it was humorous and failed in making it funny. Tom Cruise overacted from scene one... It was almost like a train wreck, but luckily we had enough car chases, fireballs and machine guns to add an extra half a star to our rating.

Winter's Bone (2010)

RATING: (J) 2/5 -(E) 4/5

This is a movie we disagreed in our opinions... Elisabeth thought that is was well shot, good story, and loved the struggle of being alone in a world that you don't belong, but you really do. For me, I was just waiting for something to happen. I didn't find it interesting to watch them just casually not care and when she does it get help and finds her dad, it is just like... OH WELL. The saving grace for me was Jennifer Lawrence being nice to look at.

Nothing to Lose (1997)

Off and on... funny, not funny. This movie kept bouncing up and down on my like, not like radar... so I am gonna say it was not bad. Martin Lawrence is annoying as hell, but certain scenes, especially with his "mama" was hilarious. The funny was extremely funny, while the rest just seemed to be there.

Dogtooth (2010)

RATING: 3.5/5

Very disturbing movie, but like a train wreck, you can't turn away. I found myself enraptured by this family and how dysfunctional and disturbed they were. It has kept me thinking about it the next day. I don't think it will win the Oscar for best foreign film, but damn it was good.

Let Me In (2010)

RATING: 4.5/5

I think this is the very first time I have ever liked the American remake as much as I liked the original. Matthew Reeves stayed true to the storyline and feel of the original, which is quite a feat since mainstream America has issues with foreign movies in general, in my opinion. I do love the "different" kind of vampire story in this movie and it is probably what made me love it in the first place. Awesome movie, and both Let The Right One In and Let Me In should be held in the same regard.

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