Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Showdown: AFI vs. IMDb (#69 & #68)

On vacation, so I’m skipping around a little for this week’s Sunday Showdown – I just couldn’t stomach Saving Private Ryan or Clockwork Orange. I’ll have to watch those when I’m in a tougher frame of mine. So this week:

#69: Tootsie vs. Modern Times
#68: Unforgiven vs. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Hoffman at his finest.
I had never seen Tootsie – and I have to say that I did enjoy it, kinda. I don’t have much use for Dustin Hoffman in any area of my cinematic life – he annoys me on all possible levels.  Except, it seems, for when he’s trying to be a purposely annoying woman – then he doesn’t annoy me. Go figure.

Regardless, I don’t think Tootsie deserves to be in any top 100 list – despite whatever social commentary it might have been about life or gender communication or fashion in the 80s. So Charlie Chaplin’s brilliant Modern Times definitely wins it for me. And lest you have any doubts about its hilarity:

And #68: Unforgiven vs. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was really no more tricky for me.  Unforgiven was IMDb’s  #99 – up against AFI’s Toy Story. It lost. It loses here again too.

This was my first time watching Treasure of Sierra Madre, and truly what a treasure it was. I enjoyed it and watching Humphrey Bogart stretch his acting chops was bliss.  Everyone should see this movie. A pure classic. (Plus the original line, “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges…” – what more could you want?

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

The Gold Rush (1925)
Memento (2000)

Unforgiven (1992)
The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
Tootsie (1982)
Modern Times (1936)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Back to the Future (1985)
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Prestige (2006)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Raging Bull (1980)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
All the President’s Men  (1976)
Singing In the Rain (1952)
Modern Times (1936)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Apartment (1960)
Rashomon (1950)
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)

If you’re keeping score, AFI is ahead 16 to IMDb’s 15. Next week should be #71: Saving Private Ryan vs. Monty Python & the Holy Grail and #70: Clockwork Orange vs. Life is Beautiful. But if I'm still feeling all wimpy it may be another skip-around.

1 comment:

  1. Good picks. I always thought Treasure was Bogart's best. His winning the Oscar for Queen always annoyed me (given how incredibly awesome he was in Treasure).

    Tootsie v Modern Times... MT is definite genius. Tootsie is whimsical fun. As you mentioned, it may have spoken a lot to the time. But, MT did as well.