“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace.”
The downside of this AFI countdown is that I’m gonna have to re-watch a few movies that I’ve seen before and don’t like all that much. I’m really not looking forward to slogging my way through 2001: A Space Odyssey again sometime in October or November. But the fact that they’ve made this AFI list means I know that they’re important, and even if I don’t like them, I should probably give them another chance and figure out why I don’t like them. I think this might have been my third viewing of Easy Rider in about 15 years. I didn’t get it on previous viewings, and I still don’t get it now.
Wyatt (Peter Fonder) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) buy a heap of super pure cocaine in Mexico. Taking it north of the border, they sell it on for the kind of profit that means they can hit the road on their awesome motorbikes and not worry about money for a while. On their way to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, they pick up a hippy hitchhiker and end up staying at his commune for a little while. While Wyatt seems open to new people and new experiences, Billy is distrustful of everyone and paranoid that the money hidden in Wyatt’s petrol tank is easy pickings for everyone who comes their way. (more…)