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Jay Dreyer

Blockbuster Shipping Question - Throttling???

Blockbuster

Don’t get me wrong, I still like Blockbuster online, but I’m curious about the logistics of their warehousing operations. I’ll try to keep this simple…

When I ship two movies back to Blockbuster, from the same mailbox, they arrive on different days. Say I send both out Tuesday morning. Wednesday morning they will notify me that they have received one of the films. Later that day, they’ll ship out a new one. But what about the other one I mailed? Well, apparently they don’t receive that one until the next day, or even later.

The first time this happened I chalked it up to random effects of the postal service. It’s happened 4 or 5 times since then, however, and it doesn’t seem very random any more. I’m curious if Blockbuster is starting to implement the same type of throttling feature Netflix likes to torture their hard-core customers with.

Anyway, I’d love to learn about their processes and operations. Interesting stuff. If they are having logistic problems, maybe my dad can help them out.

 

Comment [1] | posted 01/31/2006 05:29 PM


Blockbuster Online Issues

Blockbuster

We’ve been using Blockbuster Online for our movie rental service for close to a year now. Overall, we like it but I’ve got two major gripes:

  1. We have received a lot of damaged discs since we started. They do a good job of shipping out a replacement as soon as I report the problem, but the number of damaged discs we receive is still too many, in my opinion. I’ve emailed them about this and their response is it’s the USPS’s fault. I’m not sure I buy that. If all the discs were cracked, then I’d blame the USPS. Most of the problems we run into are with scratches and for that I blame careless users and poor quality control at Blockbuster.
  2. The other issue is the recommendations I get. I was bored one day so I went through and rated some of the movies I have seen to bolster my recs. After doing a few I took a look to see what Blockbuster thought I would like to see. Most of the suggestions were good, but more than a couple of the recommended films were things I had just finished rating. They stand out because films you have rated show your rating with yellow stars. Films you haven’t seen show everyone’s average rating in blue stars. I have no idea why movies I’ve rated are showing up in my recommended list. I emailed them about this and they didn’t have an explanation. They said they would fix it, and they did, but now it’s acting up again. This to me seems like an easy one to fix but it’s something that should never happen to begin with.

Other than those two minor issues, I don’t have any complaints about the service. They raised the price on us a couple months ago but it’s still a good deal when you factor in the 2 free in-store rentals you get every month. The selection is improving and the turnaround time is pretty good. No throttling like I’ve read Netflix does.

One thing I wish Blockbuster would add that Netflix offers is the ability for every person in your family to have their own queue. Then they just rotate through the queues when it is time to ship a new one. As it stands now, I have to keep adjusting the queue to keep everyone happy.

 

Comment | posted 01/06/2006 06:01 PM


Bad Year for Movies?

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I came across an article today that proclaimed Plummeting 2005 box office sparks Hollywood crisis. There’s nothing too surprising in it – they’ve been saying the same thing since the summer returns started coming in. The Yahoo article mentions the usual factors – no good movies, rise of people watching DVDs and playing video games as reasons behind the decline.

There is one reason for the decline that the article did not mention that I think is primarily responsible, however. My highly scientific poll of friends and co-workers came up with the same reason – going to the movies sucks!

Going to see a movie at the theatre used to be a pretty neat event. I enjoyed it when I was little, even when I was in high school and college. Lately, though, I’d rather get my teeth cleaned at the dentist than sit in a theatre and watch a movie. Why do I hate the experience so much?

  • Expensive tickets – $8.50 and up for a ticket? I can own the DVD when it comes out for the same amount it will cost my wife and I to attend.
  • 15 minutes of commercials before the movie – OK…so I just paid $17 to watch a movie…now you’re going to make me sit through a bunch of commercials for paper towels and soft drinks? Seriously? Previews I like. Commercials I hate.
  • Moronic viewer behavior – I’ll chalk this one up to grumpy old man syndrome, but I don’t think I’m alone in this. People don’t seem to feel the need to be silent during a movie anymore. There are always conversations taking place and there is usually somebody on their cell-phone. It’s incredible. Combine that with laser pointers, and some funny-guy’s need to talk back to the screen and my couch looks better and better.
  • Rip-off concession stand prices – This one isn’t new. It’s always been bad, at least as long as I can remember. I, along with many others, fill up with goodies purchased from a store instead of from the theatres. The only thing you can’t sneak in is popcorn, the rest is easy. I’m sure (at least I’d like to think) that theatre operators have run some pretty complex supply/demand/pricing models to maximize profits and determined that, yes, $3.50 is a great price for a bag of Skittles that can be purchased outside the theatre for less than $1.
  • Poor theatre technology – This one won’t apply to everyone but it will sooner than later. My home theatre setup is just as good, if not better, than most cinema’s. As long as I can watch the DVD version and the theatre shows the film version, complete with pops, scratches and the squiggley hair thingys, I’ll take my setup over theirs.

Ahhhhhh…I feel better now. I might have missed one or two but those are my big complaints. If the big movie chains can fix these issues, or if a new player can come in and mix things up, I’ll give attending the movies another shot. Until then, I’ll just keep adding to my Blockbuster queue.

[Also, is it theater or theatre? Or either?]

 

Comment [1] | posted 12/27/2005 06:55 PM


Shaun of the Dead

I finally got around to watching Shaun of the Dead this past weekend and I have to say I loved it.

I won’t go into the plot a great deal as there are tons of sites that can explain it much better than I can. My wife wasn’t interested in watching it with me, but I think she’d would have liked it if she did. It’s a very funny movie, but not in a slapstick kind of way (which is what DeAnne was expecting, I think). It’s also a bit of a romantic comedy, which I didn’t expect. I guess I should have read the bit on the cover that states, “A smash hit romantic comedy. With zombies.” I think that sums it up perfectly.

If you haven’t seen it already, I highly recommend checking it out or adding it to your Blockbuster/Netflix queue.

 

Comment [1] | posted 12/12/2005 03:08 PM


Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Movies

A few months back, Time Magazine came up with their list of the All-Time Top 100 Movies as compiled by Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel. Corliss has an interesting article on the site that describes the process of selecting the films for the list. The major criteria was that both men had to agree on a film for it to make the list. That, to me, would be a significant challenge. After comparing their lists, they found that they had 31 matches, which meant debate on the final 69. You can also see what films were close but didn’t make the cut.

This list is a lot closer to Ebert’s than to the AFI’s, primarily because Ebert and Time included foreign films. There are some strange ones on here, though. Finding Nemo? Blade Runner? The Fly? Yojimbo and not the Seven Samurai?

Films are in alphabetical order…

  1. Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972)
  2. The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959)
  3. The Awful Truth (1937)
  4. Baby Face (1933)
  5. Bande à part (1964)
  6. Barry Lyndon (1975)
  7. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
  8. Blade Runner (1982)
  9. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  10. Brazil (1985)
  11. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  12. Camille (1936)
  13. Casablanca (1942)
  14. Charade (1963)
  15. Children of Paradise (1945)
  16. Chinatown (1974)
  17. Chungking Express (1994)
  18. Citizen Kane (1941)
  19. City Lights (1931)
  20. City of God (2002)
  21. Closely Watched Trains (1966)
  22. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
  23. The Crowd (1928)
  24. Day for Night (1973)
  25. The Decalogue (1989)
  26. Detour (1945)
  27. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
  28. Dodsworth (1936)
  29. Double Indemnity (1944)
  30. Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  31. Drunken Master II (1994)
  32. E.T. The Extra—Terrestrial (1982)
  33. 8 1/2 (1963)
  34. The 400 Blows (1959)
  35. Farewell My Concubine (1993)
  36. Finding Nemo (2003)
  37. The Fly (1986)
  38. The Godfather, Parts I and II (1972, 1974)
  39. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
  40. Goodfellas (1990)
  41. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  42. His Girl Friday (1940)
  43. Ikiru (1952)
  44. In A Lonely Place (1950)
  45. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  46. It’s A Gift (1934)
  47. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  48. Kandahar (2001)
  49. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  50. King Kong (1933)
  51. The Lady Eve (1941)
  52. The Last Command (1928)
  53. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  54. Léolo (1992)
  55. The Lord of the Rings (2001—03)
  56. The Man With a Camera (1929)
  57. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  58. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  59. Metropolis (1927)
  60. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
  61. Mon oncle d’Amérique (1980)
  62. Mouchette (1967)
  63. Nayakan (1987)
  64. Ninotchka (1939)
  65. Notorious (1946)
  66. Olympia, Parts 1 and 2 (1938)
  67. On the Waterfront (1954)
  68. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  69. Out of the Past (1947)
  70. Persona (1966)
  71. Pinocchio (1940)
  72. Psycho (1960)
  73. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  74. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
  75. Pyaasa (1957)
  76. Raging Bull (1980)
  77. Schindler’s List (1993)
  78. The Searchers (1956)
  79. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
  80. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  81. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  82. The Singing Detective (1986)
  83. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
  84. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  85. Star Wars (1977)
  86. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  87. Sunrise (1927)
  88. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  89. Swing Time (1936)
  90. Talk to Her (2002)
  91. Taxi Driver (1976)
  92. Tokyo Story (1953)
  93. A Touch of Zen (1971)
  94. Ugetsu (1953)
  95. Ulysses’ Gaze (1995)
  96. Umberto D (1952)
  97. Unforgiven (1992)
  98. White Heat (1949)
  99. Wings of Desire (1987)
  100. Yojimbo (1961)
 

| posted 09/07/2005 04:01 PM


Roger Ebert's List of Great Movies

Here is Ebert’s list of “Great Movies” from his website. It’s more or less in alphabetical order. The big difference between this one and the AFI list is that Ebert included foreign films. Also, Ebert came up with his list on his own while the AFI list is compiled based on input from over 1,500 members. Finally, Ebert’s list keeps growing while the AFI list is static. Basically, I’ll never see all of these….

  1. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  3. The 400 Blows (1959)
  4. 8 1/2 (1963)
  5. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939)
  6. After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
  7. The Age of Innocence (1993)
  8. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  9. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
  10. Alien (1979)
  11. All About Eve (1950)
  12. Amadeus (1984)
  13. Amarcord (1974)
  14. Annie Hall (1977)
  15. The Apartment (1960)
  16. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  17. The Apu Trilogy (1959)
  18. Atlantic City (1980)
  19. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
  20. The Band Wagon (1953)
  21. The Bank Dick (1940)
  22. The Battle of Algiers (1967)
  23. The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  24. Beat the Devil (1954)
  25. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
  26. Being There (1979)
  27. Belle de Jour (1967)
  28. The Bicycle Thief (1949)
  29. The Big Heat (1953)
  30. The Big Red One (1980)
  31. The Big Sleep (1946)
  32. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  33. Blowup (1966)
  34. The Blue Kite (1993)
  35. Bob le Flambeur (1955)
  36. Body Heat (1981)
  37. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  38. Breathless (1960)
  39. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  40. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  41. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
  42. Broken Blossoms (1919)
  43. Casablanca (1942)
  44. Children of Paradise (1945)
  45. Chinatown (1974)
  46. A Christmas Story (1983)
  47. Chuck Jones: Three Cartoons (1953-1957)
  48. Citizen Kane (1941)
  49. City Lights (1931)
  50. The Color Purple (1985)
  51. The Conversation (1974)
  52. Cries and Whispers (1972)
  53. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  54. Crumb (1994)
  55. Dark City (2005)
  56. Day for Night (1973)
  57. Days of Heaven (1978)
  58. The Decalogue (1988)
  59. Detour (1945)
  60. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
  61. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  62. Don’t Look Now (1974)
  63. Double Indemnity (1944)
  64. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  65. Dracula (1931)
  66. Duck Soup (1933)
  67. E.T.:The Extra—Terrestrial (1982)
  68. The Earrings of Madame de… (1953)
  69. Easy Rider (1969)
  70. El Norte (1983)
  71. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
  72. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
  73. Fanny and Alexander (1983)
  74. Fargo (1996)
  75. Faust (1926)
  76. The Films of Buster Keaton (1923)
  77. The Firemen’s Ball (1968)
  78. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  79. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  80. Floating Weeds (1959)
  81. Forbidden Games (1952)
  82. Gates of Heaven (1978)
  83. The General (1927)
  84. The Godfather (1972)
  85. Goldfinger (1964)
  86. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  87. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1968)
  88. GoodFellas (1991)
  89. Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
  90. Grand Illusion (1937)
  91. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  92. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
  93. Great Expectations (1946)
  94. Greed (1925)
  95. Groundhog Day (1993)
  96. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  97. Hoop Dreams (1994)
  98. House of Games (1987)
  99. Howards End (1992)
  100. The Hustler (1961)
  101. Ikiru (1952)
  102. In Cold Blood (1967)
  103. Inherit the Wind (1960)
  104. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  105. Jaws (1975)
  106. JFK (1991)
  107. Jules and Jim (1961)
  108. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
  109. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  110. King Kong (1933)
  111. L’Atalante (1934)
  112. L’Avventura (1960)
  113. La Dolce Vita (1960)
  114. The Lady Eve (1941)
  115. The Last Laugh (1924)
  116. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  117. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  118. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
  119. Late Spring (1972)
  120. Laura (1944)
  121. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  122. Le Boucher / The Butcher (2003)
  123. Le Samourai (1967)
  124. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
  125. Leolo (1993)
  126. The Leopard (1963)
  127. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
  128. The River (Le Fleuve) (1951)
  129. M (1931)
  130. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  131. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
  132. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  133. Manhattan (1979)
  134. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
  135. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
  136. Mean Streets (1973)
  137. Metropolis (1926)
  138. Mon Oncle (1958)
  139. Moonstruck (1987)
  140. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
  141. The Music Room (1958)
  142. My Darling Clementine (1946)
  143. My Dinner With Andre (1981)
  144. My Fair Lady (1964)
  145. My Life to Live / Vivre sa Vie (1963)
  146. My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
  147. Nanook of the North (1922)
  148. Nashville (1975)
  149. Network (1976)
  150. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  151. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
  152. Nosferatu (1922)
  153. Notorious (1946)
  154. On the Waterfront (1954)
  155. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  156. Orpheus (1949)
  157. Out of the Past (1947)
  158. Pandora’s Box (1928)
  159. Paris, Texas (1984)
  160. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  161. Paths of Glory (1957)
  162. Patton (1970)
  163. Peeping Tom (1960)
  164. Persona (1966)
  165. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  166. Pickpocket (1959)
  167. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
  168. Pinocchio (1940)
  169. Pixote (1981)
  170. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
  171. Playtime (1967)
  172. The Producers (1968)
  173. Psycho (1960)
  174. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  175. Raging Bull (1980)
  176. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  177. Raise the Red Lantern (1990101)
  178. Ran (1985)
  179. Rashomon (1950101)
  180. Rear Window (1954)
  181. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  182. Blue, White, Red (1994)
  183. Red River (1948)
  184. The Red Shoes (1948)
  185. Rififi (1954)
  186. The Right Stuff (1983)
  187. Romeo and Juliet (1968)
  188. The Rules of the Game (1939)
  189. Safety Last (1923)
  190. Samurai Rebellion (1967)
  191. Santa Sangre (1989)
  192. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  193. Say Anything (1989)
  194. Scarface (1983)
  195. The Scarlet Empress (1934)
  196. Schindler’s List (1993)
  197. The Searchers (1956)
  198. The Seven Samurai (1954)
  199. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  200. Shane (1953)
  201. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  202. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  203. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  204. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  205. Solaris (1972)
  206. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  207. Star Wars (1977)
  208. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  209. Stroszek (1977)
  210. A Sunday in the Country (1984)
  211. Sunrise (1928)
  212. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  213. The Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  214. Swing Time (1936)
  215. A Tale of Winter (1992)
  216. Taxi Driver (1976)
  217. The Terrorist (2000)
  218. The Dead (1987)
  219. The Thin Man (1934)
  220. The Third Man (1949)
  221. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  222. Three Colors Trilogy (1994)
  223. 3 Women (1977)
  224. Tokyo Story (1953)
  225. Top Hat (1935)
  226. Touch of Evil (1958)
  227. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
  228. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  229. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  230. Ugetsu (1953)
  231. Umberto D (1952)
  232. Un Chien Andalou (1928)
  233. Unforgiven (1992)
  234. The Up Documentaries (1985)
  235. Vertigo (1958)
  236. Victim (1961)
  237. Walkabout (1971)
  238. West Side Story (1961)
  239. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  240. Wings of Desire (1988)
  241. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  242. Woman in the Dunes (1964)
  243. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
  244. A Woman’s Tale (1992)
  245. Woodstock (1970)
  246. Written on the Wind (1956)
  247. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  248. A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984)
  249. Yellow Submarine (1968)
  250. Yojimbo (1961)
 

| posted 08/29/2005 05:32 PM


AFI Top 100 Films Checklist

This is the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies, selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community.

I’ve seen the crossed out items and haven’t seen the ones in bold.

Finally finished this list on 1/1/2006. I’m moving on to the Time Magazine list of 100…

  1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
  2. CASABLANCA (1942)
  3. GODFATHER, THE (1972)
  4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
  5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
  6. WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
  7. GRADUATE, THE (1967)
  8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
  9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
  10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
  11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
  12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
  13. BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
  14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
  15. STAR WARS (1977)
  16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
  17. AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
  18. PSYCHO (1960)
  19. CHINATOWN (1974)
  20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
  21. GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
  22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
  23. MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
  24. RAGING BULL (1980)
  25. E.T. THE EXTRA—TERRESTRIAL (1982)
  26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
  27. BONNIE & CLYDE (1967)
  28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
  29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
  30. TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
  31. ANNIE HALL (1977)
  32. GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974)
  33. HIGH NOON (1952)
  34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
  35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
  36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
  37. BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946)
  38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
  39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
  40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
  41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
  42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
  43. KING KONG (1933)
  44. BIRTH OF A NATION, THE (1915)
  45. STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
  46. CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971)
  47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
  48. JAWS (1975)
  49. SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
  50. BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
  51. PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE (1940)
  52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
  53. AMADEUS (1984)
  54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
  55. SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965)
  56. M*A*S*H(1970)
  57. THIRD MAN, THE (1949)
  58. FANTASIA (1940)
  59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
  60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
  61. VERTIGO (1958)
  62. TOOTSIE (1982)
  63. STAGECOACH (1939)
  64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
  65. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE (1991)
  66. NETWORK (1976)
  67. MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE (1962)
  68. AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN (1951)
  69. SHANE (1953)
  70. FRENCH CONNECTION, THE (1971)
  71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
  72. BEN—HUR (1959)
  73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
  74. GOLD RUSH, THE (1925)
  75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
  76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
  77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
  78. ROCKY (1976)
  79. DEER HUNTER, THE (1978)
  80. WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
  81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
  82. GIANT (1956)
  83. PLATOON (1986)
  84. FARGO (1996)
  85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
  86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
  87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
  88. EASY RIDER (1969)
  89. PATTON (1970)
  90. JAZZ SINGER, THE (1927)
  91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
  92. PLACE IN THE SUN, A(1951)
  93. APARTMENT, THE (1960)
  94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
  95. PULP FICTION (1994)
  96. SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
  97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
  98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
  99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
  100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

Random Notes:

All in all, this is a pretty good list. Just keep in mind it’s American films only. If you want a good list with international films, check out Roger Ebert’s. Whenever I make it through this list, I’ll start on his. Could be a while, though.

Luckily, Blockbuster Online has most of these movies. A few, however, are not available on DVD so I set up my Tivo to try and catch them. I might have to break down and watch them on VHS. Sniff, sniff.

There are a few films on the AFI list that I felt were not all that great – specifically “Midnight Cowboy” and “Easy Rider”. “Chinatown” didn’t do much for me, either. Those are the only ones I haven’t really enjoyed. I was surprised how much I liked “City Lights” and “Mutiny on the Bounty”. “Duck Soup” also cracked me up, which I didn’t expect. I guess some humor really is timeless.

 

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