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    What's your rankings in this "home stretch?"

    Hmm well if I remember our discussion rightly, or at least this is what stuck in my head since then: we mostly all thought the plot was thin. Like, a top-100 all-time movie needs to have more to it than just 'amazing dancing'. If that were the case, we could throw Fast and the Furious on there, just because it has amazing stunts. I actually did like it ok, just not nearly enough to raise it over just about anything on this list so far (I have it at #82 of 92). The blackface, of course, doesn't help at all, and that probably is reason enough to tank it though. Also I think the consensus was there are better films by Fred & Ginger too that aren't hard to credit; they could easily go on this list with something else. (I can't really speak to that, this is still the only Fred & Ginger film I've seen.)
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    Episode 240: Megaforce LIVE from Montreal!

    This is the Megaforce army
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    Episode 240: Megaforce LIVE from Montreal!

    Am I the only one who thought they were going to go to the bone zone in the middle of the skydive?
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    Bridge On The River Kwai

    I mean the very first sentiment Paul offered when they started was to call it 'basic', and I think during the wrap up, he reiterated that as well. But that's what I mean... the characters do represent that stuff, which is the depth I was referring to, but I don't think the film handles those ideas, really at all. If it did, I never felt engaged by the ideas presented.
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    What's your rankings in this "home stretch?"

    I think we have 8 left, right? I've got 92 down Yea, a bunch of us on here have Letterboxd lists: Here's my list https://letterboxd.com/almostaghost/list/my-unspooled-afi-list-order/ I'll still fiddle with it over the remaining movies though, and there's a couple I'm already thinking I should rewatch!
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    Bridge On The River Kwai

    Yea I vote no too, but I do like the film more than most of the war movies we've seen. I just don't think it's better than them. Likability isn't everything when you get to the top of a list like this. I mentioned on my Letterboxd that the film didn't leave me much to think about, and I think Paul & Amy expressed it similarly. The film has some depth to it, but it's not a particularly engaging depth. And that may be part of its appeal, I'm not sure, but that's where it loses me some.
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    Musical Mondays Week 92 Mamma Mia!

    This was the only thing about the movie I cared to find out I hope it's in part 2
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Next five! 5/21 Bridge on the River Kwai 5/28 A Streetcar Named Desire 6/4 Blade Runner 6/11 Shane 6/18 Modern Times
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    Musical Mondays Week 92 Mamma Mia!

    I don't know what you all are talking about. This is terrible in every way.
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    Spool Party: House Party

    Yea same, it's been ages since I watched this, and didn't rewatch it this week. The pod episode was fun to listen to though, but I sort of miss a serious discussion that makes me think. Hope when we run out of AFI movies, Paul & Amy can find some way to keep going with "great" movies, not just cool ones to revisit.
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    Goodfellas

    I think Amy is right about the age stuff. I think the whole story would've felt more consequential if these guys were all like 30. Then they'd truly be throwing their lives away by living this sort of life and facing prison time at the end and everything. The stakes would have felt so much higher and urgent. But I guess it's a 'true' story so they had to go this way? I dunno. I like the movie a good bit, truly, but I did vote no here. I just don't know if it transcends the genre so much.
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Hello Again

    Yea he's been repurposing old photos for covers for a bit now. If I remember, Tempest did, so maybe did Modern Times? Like I think they're clip art/stock photos almost haha. The weird thing to me -- he said "Murder" was from years ago. So is this whole album just like leftover outtakes? But then they are calling it an album and it's not like he hasn't released tons of outtake collections. So there must be something new to it too (hopefully).
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Hello Again

    Yea 2 CDs is a rip for that length. I think it's probably to match that it has to be 2 vinyls to fit though, but that's not how they should be doing it.
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Hello Again

    I did yea! Haven't ordered yet though. Very excited. Really curious about it too. I like Tempest a bit, but at the same time, I rarely listen to it.
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Hello Again

    What did you all think of the music? I liked a couple of songs (one by Rumer Willis and one near the end) but mainly I found them completely unremarkable I'm still baffled why they didn't match music style to the era. I guess the '70s one was vaguely disco-ish, but that seemed like a real clear choice to be doing in a musical like this and they didn't.
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Hello Again

    I didn't mind the time jumping, but yea, there's no real point to this film. Except maybe that 'love sucks, don't trust anyone' which is a pretty unenjoyable message.
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout The Ages

    I watched the version on the Internet Archive; it was the 2 h 57 m one, with no music or anything. I loved it. I want to watch it again, taking my time, and focusing on the details of the narrative. But anyway, it's so huge and awesome and such a spectacle, I don't see how this could be left off the list. It was 1916! As I said in my Letterboxd, Arrival of a Train - that famous 50-second film of a train arriving in a station that baffled audiences - came out in 1896. That's what Griffith was competing against here. Imagine a world where everyone's making TikTok videos and then basically someone drops like 2001 on them. I know the story of what triggered Griffith to make this. But I don't feel much of that in the stories and final product. It's not all "everyone should tolerate racism!" in any way. So for me, that's really easy to get past in a way I wouldn't for Birth. If anything here, the "love and intolerance battle" message is laughingly simplistic. But then, if you're going to tell a story interweaving four epics in a way nobody had ever experienced before, a simple message probably is necessary. So yea, I'm with Amy here - I love this film. And I find its accomplishment and existence beyond comprehension for what I know about film from back then. I am a little in awe of it.
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Preview (tomspanks's Pick)

    I think to Lionel Richie's big clay head
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Preview (tomspanks's Pick)

    this is amazing too btw! is that what morning people are like? serves him right
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Preview (tomspanks's Pick)

    Looks interesting!* *famous last words around here
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    Musical Mondays Week 91 Preview (tomspanks's Pick)

    That's your pick? I mean, we could all discuss that right now today it's so short. I say, feel free to pick something longer as well for next week (if you want to)
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    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    This is a better musical
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