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10 Top 10

June 18, 2008
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The American Film Institute released 10 new Top Ten lists: The best 10 movies in 10 classic genres.

Check them out!

Do you agree?

Any glaring omissions on the lists?

Prepare to increase your Netflix queue after reading.

http://www.afi.com/10top10/

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  1. Jerry Stutzman permalink
    June 19, 2008 12:10 pm

    A couple of thoughts concerning the list.

    There are a lot of genre’s that have been left out, such as war films, or spy films. Some of the genres are very specific, such as gangster films, while other are very broad such as mysteries or fantasy. While more recent films are largely excluded from the lists because they can’t be considered classics so to speak, I wonder if there are new genres that have developed over the last few decades. Here are a few suggestions: 1. serial killer films – which began for the most part with Silence of the Lambs, but has resulted in about three new films each year. 2. superhero films – while not necessary new are now appearing in droves thanks to CGI. 3. Vampire films – definitely not new but there are about 2-3 vampire films each year. Any other suggestions?

    Its easy to forget how good Jimmy Stewart was but this list in part shows the diversity of roles he played. I think he is has six movies on the list in four categories: Vertigo, Rear Window, A Wonderful Life, Harvey, Anatomy for Murder and The Philadelphia Story. One of his other films doesn’t fit into any of the drama very specifically – Mr Smith Goes to Washington. There are elements of gangster films and court rooms but only thinly. Maybe a political thriller would be the category. People also forget his westerns which could have easily made the Western top ten, he was in six westerns that were nominated but didn’t make it: Bend of the River, Broken Arrow, Destry rides again, How the West was won, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, and The shootist.

  2. Drew permalink*
    June 19, 2008 2:29 pm

    Jerry!
    Wow. Nice to hear from you. Still at Christ Church? We miss it dearly. I agree that some genres got the shaft, superheroes and vampires need a list. Even Zombie films, a ton recently. But I am sucker (pun) for all those when done well. War films is another gross oversight. Saving Private Ryan has no business being on the top ten “Epic” list. I thought The Iron Giant should have had a place in Animation. I was thinking Disaster films would have been another good genre to include as well as Film-Noir. But both maybe viewed as too specific by the Institute. Good catch with the Stewart overlap. He is irreplaceable.

    I pray you and your family are well. I think about you every time I turn someone else on to Firefly. Man I miss that show. Sounds like Mr. Whedon is returning to TV again soon with a show called Dollhouse. Thanks for the comment, hopefully more will follow!

  3. Jerry Stutzman permalink
    June 19, 2008 9:52 pm

    Hey Drew,
    I love the blog. Rusty sent me the site. I hope you’re doing well. How is school? How is fatherhood?

    Speaking of Firefly, we just watched Serenity with Rusty and Betsy. They loved it. I’m looking forward to Dollhouse, I just hope it sticks. Whendon has an internet musical coming out soon Dr. Horrible’s-sing-along-blog. Starring Nathan Fillion, Doogie Howser and others. I’m currently getting my Whedon fix with Buffy Season 8 (comic). You’re right Iron Giant is great.

    Another genre could be post-apocalyptic films. Not as many of these but a list could be made. Zombie films would be great. You are right about Saving Private Ryan, I’m not sure they defined Epic very well. I’m not sure I would consider Schindler’s list in that particular category either. The other category that is muddled is Fantasy. Grouping King Kong, with A Wonderful Life, and then with Ground Hog day – bizarre. How did you like Iron Man?

    Just to let you know. We’ve started to put together a sister church plant out of Christ Church. The plant will be in the East Hills and Easttown areas. Our blog address is http://www.journeytothecenteroftheuniverse.blogspot.com. Check it out.

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