a/perture Cinema, AFI, AFI Top 100 Movies of All Time, Amazon, Blockbuster, Dodsworth, Greed, Netflix, Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums, Stalag 17, The Big Parade, The Crowd, The Less Desirables, The Sweet Smell of Success, The Thing from Another World, The Wind, Trouble in Paradise
I know I have been accused of having a “weird obsession with lists.” Again, I maintain that I do not have an obsession with them. However, I do find them to be useful tools in finding direction. I mean, I want to find these classic (some older, some newer) items that I may or may not have known about; may or may not have cared about; may or may not have seen or heard or read. If left to my own devices (read: my short attention span and anxiety about starting new things), I would skip out on half of the stuff, either by choice or ignorance. Lists are there for a reason. They’re a guideline.
So, currently I have two major lists going. The Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time, which I talk about often, albeit currently on the proverbial back burner as of late due to my decreased time in the studio (I prefer listening through those speakers); and one I don’t think I’ve talked about much and haven’t really even been productively pursuing in the
last few years, The AFI Top 100 Movies of All Time. Now, let me be clear. I have actually finished the 2007, updated, version of that list, all 100 of them. I have 4 more to go to finish the original (1997) list. So I’m not really talking about the winners list. No, Dear Reader, I’m talking about the “not quite made it” list.
To get to that 100 elite, they had to go through a nomination process. How they get to those, well there’s a list of 1,500+ leaders of the American movie community. They all submitted a certain number of nominees and once they narrowed it down to the 400 nominations, they voted again and came up with the top 100. Easy peasy, George and Wheezy.
I started this list about 8 years ago. Of course, 100 of them were knocked off the list immediately because I had just finished the Top 100. Then came the ones that I had previously seen and that brought me down some more. At the time, too, I was a subscriber to both Netflix and Blockbuster mail-order services. So, I was getting discs from both sides. Then the streaming part took over and I caught up pretty good and was on a roll. When I started doing The Less Desirables Movie of the Week (presented by the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, a/perture cinema), I utilized a number of those to choose my subjects. So, I was knocking them down left and right.
Then, I started straying away from the list. It’s actually been about 8 months since I marked anything off. I reviewed a film for TLD that will show up in a few weeks on the show and on this blog that was on that list and it got me to review my progress. Out of the 400 nominees, as of right now, today, I have exactly 40 to go. 10% left. I want to get this done sometime this year, but it’s going to be near impossible, I think.
The problem isn’t watching them, the problem is finding them; at least some of them. Some of them, I actually own and figured I’ll get to them when I can. Some of them, I’ve purchased to have on DVD or Blu Ray and figure they’d be worth having regardless. Some, too, are available for streaming rental, about $4 average and I’ll do some of that. Others aren’t available at all from Netflix (neither streaming nor disc) or Amazon Prime streaming. Some of them I can buy but some of them aren’t registering at all in Amazon Fire TV searches. I may have to look deeper or in unusual avenues. Anywhat! Whilst I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I have a feeling I’m going to be on the journey for a while with some of these titles.
If any of you know how I can get hold of any of the following films, I’d be greatly appreciative and give you a shout out on the show and the blog about your help. The films are: The Big Parade (1925), The Crowd (1928), Dodsworth (1936), Greed (1925), Stalag 17 (1953), Trouble in Paradise (1932) and The Wind (1928). And I mean I need these cheap or available to play in a regular DVD/Blu Ray player. I can find some of them but for $50 or non-USA format or on VHS.
So, wish me luck on my renewed, continued journey, Dear Reader, as I’m sure you’ll be getting periodic updates, especially as I review them as Movies of the Week on The Less Desirables. And, as always, thanks for reading, listening, commenting and the like.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Wait a minute. I don’t know much about mutinies, but I do know it isn’t good form to plan them at the top of your voice.” – Beau Geste (1939)