Mascott vs. The AFI 100

For about the past three years, I’ve written a lot about movies. I mean look at this whole page of now completely dead working links! It’s certainly not as much as most of the people I’ve worked with, who currently do it to live, but certainly more than I would have imagined writing when I started. I could publish a nice little folio if I wanted to, is what I’m saying.

Cut to: Two days ago, I allowed my mind to wander during a class. I began absent mindedly Googling top film lists. I came to the AFI 100, the generally accepted list of the top 100 movies. So, to kill time until the class ended and to make it look like I was taking notes (Sorry, Semantics Professor.) I began writing down the movies I hadn’t seen. The result was nothing short of embarrassing.

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It’s so embarrassing, in fact, that I have no choice but to share it with the world. I honestly thought I had seen more movies than this. Hell, I watch at least two or three a week, you’d have thought I’d hit a few more on such a broad, critically acclaimed target.

So here’s the nitty-gritty of it. I haven’t seen 76 of the movies on AFI’s Top 100.* That is atrocious. At this point I should barely even be allowed to say I enjoy movies, let alone make or write about them.

I’m going to fix this.

You can see at the top of the first picture that I came up with the idea of doing an article series on each film, but I think that writing 76 articles, each of which I would disown if they were less than 2000 words, could be too much to promise at this point. I’ll write about the ones that I feel need to be written about,  but rest assured that I will watch these movies.

Starting now.

Amazon.com- Ben Hur (1959)- Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd- Amazon Instant Video

 

*A handful of these I have actually seen, but for one reason or another I didn’t feel comfortable saying that I’d watched them. Those are ROCKY, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, LORD OF THE RINGS FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, DUCK SOUP, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and AMERICAN GRAFFITI.

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