Thursday, June 3, 2010
100 Movies of Summer
I’m just a fairly normal teenager on her summer break. Well, except I have this kinda funky-sounding challenge that my wonderful parents gave me. See, I was with my friend in our local video rental establishment. We were looking to pick up some movies, and what we were looking at - well, they weren’t the best choices. Anybody see a little movie called The Hangover? That’s what we were looking at. I know.
Anyway, my parents caught sight of a list on the wall: the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films. Hmm. We left the store, and they said they had a challenge for me. I have to admit, my ears perked up; I mean c’mon, it sounds all super-ninja-James Bond-like! Secret shame: I’d love to be a ninja.
Sorry, distracted. They told me “Look. We think you should get back to watching quality movies, like you used to!” I used to watch a lot of classic movies. They think everything I watch now is awful, and I need to start watching older films again. “We think it’d be a great idea if you could work your way through the Top 100 list. Maybe you could start a blog and write about each one?”
So that’s what I’m doing this summer. I’m starting from the bottom of the list, number 100, and working my way to the top, number 1. First up, from 1942 - Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney as the tap-dancing, flag-waving songwriter George M. Cohan. Stick around and read about it!