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American Film Institute Has Bad Taste In Movies

by Kasey McDonald June 12, 2008 4:15 pm
American Film Institute Has Bad Taste In Movies It was announced that next week CBS will be running a special on the American Film Institute's top 10 movies of 10 different genres. They haven't yet revealed what movies made the cut (you'll have to tune in to see, apparently), but their website does have a list of the 500 nominees.

I've sifted through them (so you don't have to!) and was surprised by more than a few of the noms, particularly since some of the criteria jurors were asked to consider are "Critical Recognition," "Cultural Impact" and "Major Award Winner." All that and they have to be American productions! When the one hundred picks come out on the 17th, we'll see what they give us, but in the meantime, I've gone through the nominees and called out a few that had me doing a double take. These were up for the best of the best!?

ANIMATION
Tarzan I'll be honest and tell you that one of the things that most pisses me off about this film is that at Disneyworld and Disneyland they took the old Swiss Family Robinson Tree House (which was AWESOME) and turned it into a lame Tarzan attraction. That and the movie sucked.

FANTASY
Conan the Barbarian The tagline for this movie is: "He conquered an empire with his sword. She conquered HIM with her bare hands." I mean, seriously.

GANGSTER
Bloody Mama I feel I must apologize for this one to director/producer Roger Corman first and foremost, as the man is not only legendary, but also very nice -- he actually gave me my first job out of college. But The Godfather came out two years later. Upgrade!

New Jack City I may have picked this one because I like to type "Mario Van Peebles" almost as much as I like to say it. Mario Van Peebles!

SCIENCE FICTION
Robocop Awesome concept. This movie, however, from the acting to the effects to the nails-on-a-chalkboard music, does NOT age well. [Ed's note: Don't let Zach hear you say that!]

SPORTS
Any Given Sunday I went to the theater to watch this one with my dad and there's a LOT of nudity, you guys. Someone should have warned me. [Ed's note: Honorary placement on Mindy's list of movies never to watch with your parents!]

EPIC
Giant Maybe epically boring. I had to sit through this movie in a film class and not only has my ass never recovered spending so long in those hard plastic chairs, but I actually fell asleep in those hard plastic chairs. Let me tell you, that's not easy to do.

I can't wait to see what the AFI ultimately picked. If The Aristocats makes it, I'm outty.

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