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Sunday, February 04, 2007

AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies

As a birthday present last year, my parents gave me a membership to the American Film Institute (AFI), being the movie nerd that I am. One of the benefits of being a member includes voting rights for their 100 Years series that has become popular over the past decade. Last year was the 100 Cheers, ranking the 100 most inspirational films of all time. This time around, they are revisiting their top 100 Movies list to include films released in the last 1o years and will continue to do so every decade of the 21st Century as a way to track the changing cultural perspective and influence of American cinema.

Out of 400 preselected films, I was able to select my 100 favorite (I can write in up to 5 out of that 100) and rank my top 5 to be included in the balloting for the telecast to be aired sometime in June. I'm not going to list all 100 here but I wrote in American History X, Finding Neverland, Fame, Finding Forrester, and Mr. Holland's Opus. And I ranked my favorites (which I hate doing because it shifts around and I love so many) as The Godfather, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Ordinary People, On Golden Pond, and Rain Man.

What are your favorites?