>> Sunday, May 25, 2008
Film fanatics, mark your calendars! The American Film Institute’s annual “100 Years...” special will air Tuesday, June 17th from 8-11 PM ET on CBS.
After the Academy Awards, the AFI’s special is the television event I most look forward to each year. This time around, the producers have changed up the show a bit. Instead of 100 films related to a single genre, they will feature the AFI's 10 TOP 10 – the top ten films in ten different genres: animation, fantasy, science fiction, gangster, western, sports, romantic comedy, courtroom drama, mystery, and epic films. Each of the 10 film genres will feature a different host, and the films in each list will be selected by over 1500 leaders in the film community.
What? No “soused cinema” top ten?!! Well, at least alcohol spills over onto all of the above genres.
If you register at the AFI’s website, you can check out all of the past AFI lists and download the ballot for this year’s show: http://connect.afi.com/site/PageServer?pagename=100YearsList
If I was voting within the top ten categories, the following would be my #1 picks. What are your choices?
Animation -- Pinocchio (1940)
Fantasy -- Babe (1995)
Science Fiction -- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Gangster -- Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Western -- The Wild Bunch (1969)
Sports -- Horse Feathers (1932)
Romantic Comedy -- The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944; Not only the funniest romantic comedy--My personal favorite film!)
Courtroom Drama -- Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Mystery -- Chinatown (1974)
Epic -- Lawrence of Arabia (1962; Not really an American film, but the AFI includes it on their ballot; so I’ll include it as well. Besides, it’s about the only epic that isn’t yawn-inducing.)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (DVD)