Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Showdown: AFI vs. IMDb Battle #89

I’m a bit out of order for this week’s SundayShowdown, due to how I received the Netflix disks. This week’s battle is The Sixth Sense (AFI) vs. Braveheart (IMDb)

Remember when Mel Gibson wasn’t the punch line of a joke? Me neither.  So watching Braveheart from a 2012-Janie’s perspective was much different than when I watched it from a 1995-Janie’s perspective.

Don’t get me wrong , the movie is still graphically violent, brutal, heartbreaking and epic in its… 3 hour epicness. And nobody who was over twelve years old in 1995 didn’t run around yelling, “They can take our lives, but they cannot take…” Yeah, you know it. I didn’t even have to finish.

But Mel is not the guy he was nearly 20 years ago. Regardless of how bat-crazy he is now, he was still beautiful as William Wallace.  Even being tortured from beginning to end in Braveheart.

Of course, cute little Haley Joel Osment was pretty much tortured from beginning to end in The Sixth Sense, also.  And in 1999 we all ran around whispering “I see dead people…”  So as far as catch phrases go, I guess both films are equal.

I am not a huge M. Night Shyamalan fan. I think he is mostly a one-trick pony.  But dang, what a trick! The man can definitely set a mood, as long as that mood is spooky. But I loved Sixth Sense.  I really can’t believe it didn’t crack the IMDb’s top 100.  Definitely gets my vote for this week.

AFI’s Top 100
IMDB’s Top 100 (as of 1/1/12)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Sixth Sense (1999)
Braveheart (1995)
Swing Time (1936)
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
The Apartment (1960)
Up (2009)
Goodfellas (1990)
The French Connection (1971)
Downfall (2004)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Gran Torino (2008)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Metropolis (1927)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
The Sting (1973)
Blade Runner (1982)
Gladiator (2000)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Toy Story (1995)
Unforgiven (1992)
Ben Hur (1959)
The Elephant Man (1980)

Next week: 12 Angry Men vs. Inglorious Basterds.

1 comment:

  1. Remember when M Night was on the cover of Time (or something) with a headline of "The Next Spielberg"? Eeeeeek.

    Good answer though. 6th Sense (for the flaws that M Night displayed later in his career) is fantastic. Even knowing the twist - the film is fantastic and fun to watch (The Village, for instance, not so much).

    I like Braveheart, but it isn't something I ever thought was GREAT. It's too "similar" to other "big, epic, sweeping battle movie."

    Next week's battle... wow, not sure how you score that one. You better come up with some good arguments either way. And, make sure you watch the original 12, not the remake...