Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Showdown: AFI vs IMDb (#81)

#81: Spartacus (AFI) vs. All About Eve (IMDb) 

I never would’ve known that Kubrick directed Spartacus based on the film. After all, it made sense, had a coherent story, and reasonable characters.

Sadly, I still didn’t like Spartacus. Not because of Kubrick, but because of history. Like Titanic, history had already told me how this story ended – with a lot of dead people.  Knowing everybody dies horribly does not endear a movie to me.  Buzz kill. Seriously.

And while I didn’t have any real problem with the movie (besides the serious buzz kill) I did not see anything about it that suggested top 100 to me, either. It was just okay. I liked Ben Hur better.

Bette Davis
Bette Davis - not afraid to fight growing old.
But All About Eve… Well, All About Eve I loved. Truly, this film epitomizes why I’m doing this challenge in the first place.  A movie I had never seen, might never have seen apart from this challenge. I’m so glad I did. Witty. Fabulous.  Bette Davis. What’s not to love?

Some of the more superb quotes from All About Eve:
Heaven help me. I love a psychotic!

Funny business, a woman's career. The things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster? You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman.

Bill's thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he'll look it twenty years from now. I hate men.

Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!

So it’s no contest for me: All About Eve over Spartacus. All About Eve shows up again as AFI’s #28 against… wait for it… Se7en – David Fincher’s mindf… er, bender. 

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

Spartacus (1960)
All About Eve (1950)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Amadeus (1984)
Titanic (1997)
Once Upon A Time in America (1984)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Green Mile (1999)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Platoon (1986)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Inglorious Basterds (2009)
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 my first of many repeats on the list: Billy Wilder’s The Apartment vs. the first truly foreign film on IMDb’s list: Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon.

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