“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 swear, if you existed, I’d divorce you.”
Before starting this countdown, there were maybe 20 movies on the list I hadn’t seen before. So that means the vast majority are movies I’m somewhat familiar with. It’s great when it’s an excuse to re-watch something I’ve already seen countless times and know I love, like Goodfellas. It’s a real chore when I have to sit through something I know I will hate all over again, like Titanic. But I think the best results come when it’s a movie I’ve seen once, years ago, and remember liking, but don’t remember why. Those have been the biggest rewards so far with this countdown, knowing I’ll like a movie, but being totally blown away by loving it. It happened earlier with The Apartment and 12 Angry Men. And today it happened more than ever before, with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
George (Richard Burton) and Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) are a middle aged, married couple. A very unhappy middle aged, married couple. One night after a party with colleagues at the college where George is a professor, they invite over the latest addition to the college’s teaching staff and his wife, Nick (George Segal) and Honey. An invitation grudgingly made by George and Martha at the behest of Martha’s father, who also happens to be the college president. (more…)