After realizing how many new-to-me movies I had seen last year (or rather, how few), I decided to make it my main New Year resolution in 2010 to see more new-to-me movies (that is, movies that I’ve never seen before). I decided the AFI Top 100 movies list was a good place to start. Here’s the list, with what I’ve already seen crossed out.
1 CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2 GODFATHER, THE (1972) 3 CASABLANCA (1942)
4 RAGING BULL (1980)
5 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
6 GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
7 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
8 SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
9 VERTIGO (1958) 10 WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
11 CITY LIGHTS (1931)
12 SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
13 STAR WARS (1977) 14 PSYCHO (1960)
15 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
16 SUNSET BLVD. (1950)
17 GRADUATE, THE (1967)
18 GENERAL, THE (1927)
19 ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
20 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
21 CHINATOWN (1974)
22 SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
23 GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
24 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
25 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
26 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
27 HIGH NOON (1952)
28 ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
29 DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
30 APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
31 MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
32 GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974)
33 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975) 34 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
35 ANNIE HALL (1977)
36 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
37 BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946)
38 TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, THE (1948)
39 DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
40 SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965)
41 KING KONG (1933)
42 BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
43 MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
44 PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE (1940)
45 SHANE (1953)
46 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
47 STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
48 REAR WINDOW (1954)
49 INTOLERANCE (1916)
50 LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE (2001)
51 WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
52 TAXI DRIVER (1976)
53 DEER HUNTER, THE (1978)
54 M*A*S*H (1970)
55 NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
56 JAWS (1975)
57 ROCKY (1976)
58 GOLD RUSH, THE (1925)
59 NASHVILLE (1975)
60 DUCK SOUP (1933)
61 SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941)
62 AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
63 CABARET (1972)
64 NETWORK (1976)
65 AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
66 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
67 WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966)
68 UNFORGIVEN (1992)
69 TOOTSIE (1982)
70 CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971) 71 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) 72 SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE (1994)
73 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
74 SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE (1991)
75 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
76 FORREST GUMP (1994)
77 ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)
78 MODERN TIMES (1936)
79 WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
80 APARTMENT, THE (1960)
81 SPARTACUS (1960)
82 SUNRISE (1927)
83 TITANIC (1997)
84 EASY RIDER (1969)
85 NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A (1935)
86 PLATOON (1986)
87 12 ANGRY MEN (1957)
88 BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
89 SIXTH SENSE, THE (1999)
90 SWING TIME (1936)
91 SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982)
92 GOODFELLAS (1990)
93 FRENCH CONNECTION, THE (1971)
94 PULP FICTION (1994)
95 LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE (1971)
96 DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
97 BLADE RUNNER (1982)
98 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
99 TOY STORY (1995)
100 BEN-HUR (1959)
So, 30/100. Not bad, but not great either. And there are a BUNCH of movies on that list that I am literally and sincerely ashamed to have not seen, especially as someone who claims to love movies.
By posting this here and making it public, I hope to spur myself into watching more (and writing more). So periodically I’ll repost and we’ll see where I’m at.
“Yo!” he said to me as he was entering the Pathmark on 145th. “You look just like my boy Robert Chapman!”
“Oh yeah! Robert Chapman!” I said like I knew who Robert Chapman was as I exited the Pathmark on 145th.
“You know Robert Chapman?” he asked.
“No. I don’t know who that is,” I replied.
“Oh right on man, right on. Yeah he’s a friend of mine,” he continued, as if I really should get to know Robert Chapman, if I don’t already, which I don’t.
“Is that right?”
“Yeah. He’s the guy from Central Park.”
I give him a look, as if I’m supposed to know every male human that walks into and out of Central Park.
“You know, the guy form Central Park,” he continues, “who strangled that lady.”
And with that, he walked into the Pathmark on 145th street, and I walked out.
I had to write this now, while it’s fresh. My apologies for the two lengthy text posts, for those of you who read this thing (all 4 of you). This is a little self-indulgent but I know there are people who might read this who share my outlook.
Conan O’Brien, I know you will never read this, but a million times, thank you.
I started watching Conan in high school, when Comedy Central started airing his episodes the next day at around 7pm. I don’t know why I never stayed up and watched them on network TV, it’s not like I wasn’t allowed to stay up and I certainly didn’t care about getting sleep for school the next day. When Comedy Central stopped airing those reruns, I made a point of staying up to watch Conan as often as I could manage. Then I got caught up on all of his bits I had missed years prior, thanks to the Internet. I instantly became a huge Conan fan.
I started watching Conan right around the time I became a huge comedy geek - I soon knew the names of not only his writing staff and cast of occasional actors, but those of several other great comedy programs like Saturday Night Live (which, naturally, have a lot of overlap).
Conan, along with his head writer Mike Sweeney, his producer Jeff Ross, Andy Richter, and other great writers like Robert Smigel, were a huge influence on me just as my comedy muscles were developing (with a lot of help from my friends and family). It is because of men and women like these I decided (with a complete lack of foresight and probably very foolishly) to pursue a similar career in entertainment.
Conan’s speech tonight spoke directly to me and made me feel like even I could one day host the Tonight Show. That will never happen, not in a million years. But I thank Conan for the advice and putting things in perspective, even though he is a national celebrity with one of the greatest shows in history and I’m just some recent-graduate loser struggling in New York. As someone who thinks he even has a chance to make it in such a ridiculous career, thank you.
I will not be cynical. I will be a genuine person. I will have fun with what I do. And I hope it gets me even just a fraction of what you’ve had.
Conan, a million times, thank you.
Dear Liberian Roommate Who I Know Will Never Read This:
You had a lady over tonight. A short (and from what I could tell in the dark hallway, cute) white girl. Excellent! I am very happy for you. After all, it is your apartment too; you live here. And you are free to do in your room whatever (or, hehe, whomever) you like. In fact, given how little we talk, I think it would be great if we could amicably discuss ladies and relationships. You and I seem to have little in common so I think a man-to-man chat about the fairer sex would be a good bonding experience. I picture us in the kitchen, grabbing a drink or perhaps a bit of food, and me offering a good-natured ribbing about the girl you brought home. It would be great.
But not if you walk bare-assed naked between your room and the bathroom to take a shower after she’s left. That’s fucking gross.
Your White and Socially Awkward Roommate
Write One Leaf is a cool tumblr that I follow to help encourage myself to write. Today, they prompted me to write about a sandwich. This is either the most or least helpful one yet, given that SANDWICHES ARE ALREADY ALL I EVER THINK ABOUT.
Wow, this is great. The blog I mean. Or, also the sandwich thing. Basically Darren I’m asking when we get to read about your sandwich.