AFI List update!

Ok people, we’re in the home stretch! Altogether, yes I’ve watched over 100 of the combined AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIES OF ALL TIME  (say it in Kanye’s voice) and the 10th Anniversary List. But that still puts me at 102/123 of the combined list. Follow along as I power through the final 21 (yes, I need cheerleaders). Here they are folks:

  1. Doctor Zhivago
  2. The General
  3. The Bridge on the River Kwai 
  4. The Best Years of Our Lives
  5. Shane 
  6. Intolerance 
  7. MASH
  8. Nashville
  9. Unforgiven
  10. The Wild Bunch
  11. 12 Angry Men
  12. The French Connection
  13. The Last Picture Show
  14. Yankee Doodle Dandy
  15. Mutiny on the Bounty
  16. Dances with Wolves
  17. An American in Paris
  18. The Manchurian Candidate
  19. Rebel Without a Cause
  20. Amadeus
  21. The Birth of a Nation

Got any tips? What order should I watch them in? Which one should I save for last? Leave a comment below 🙂



Christmas Movies on Netflix

Title explains it all folks:

Scrooged, White Christmas, Love Actually, A Very Murray Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas with the Kranks, Fireplace, Ernest Saves Christmas, The Ref,


On Netflix streaming:

  • The Ref
    • Starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey
    • If your a cynical type, like dark comedies, and don’t particularly enjoy the holidays, then this movie is right up your alley
    • Seriously, watch it.
  • White Christmas
    • 1954 version starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
    • So Christmasy it’ll make you barf eggnog all over the tree
  • Scrooged
    • Modern take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
    • Starring Bill Murray
  • Love Actually
    • British Christmas
    • Hella famous people: Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant,  Thomas Brodie-Sangster, etc.
    • RIP Alan Rickman
  • Miracle on 34th Street
    • 1994 version starring ya girl Mara Wilson
    • Also that old dude from Jurassic Park
  • Fireplace for your home
    • If plot and dialogue aren’t your thing, put on the fireplace
    • Comes in classic and birchwood editions
    • Great for during Christmas parties
    • I can’t believe there is a IMDb page for this
    • 5 stars on Netflix…
  • Fireplace and Melodies for the Holidays
    • Oh snap! Someone outdid just fireplace!
    • No IMDb 😦
    • Think about whoever cashed in on this movie idea and marvel
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
    • Ernest and his crazy antics
    • I haven’t seen this but the thumbnail looks promising
    • 3 1/2 stars so probably not as bad as I imagine
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
    • 3 1/2 stars average rating
  • Happy Christmas
    • Starring Anna Kendrick
    • Same director as Drinking Buddies
    • 4 stars
  • Tree Man
    • Documentary about a Canadian man who sells Christmas trees in NYC
    • Haven’t seen it but has a little over 3 stars

In conclusion, not much that I’ve actually seen is available for streaming. Everything else has 2 stars or less average rating. Here are others that you might want to gamble with:

  • The Three Dogateers
    • Three dogs save Christmas
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
    • Has nothing to do with Christmas but it’s in the Holiday favorites section of Netflix soooo
    • Why hasn’t this man aged?
    • Omg Joe Manganiello is in it?
    • And Alia Shawkat?


Netflix is my Boyfriend

I decided to try a free trial of Netflix the summer of 2006. I was back home after freshman year of college. The days were long and I couldn’t get a job to save my life, so I got Netflix. The original plan was to use it just for the summer and then quit when I got back to college and studying….I’ve had the three-DVD-at-a-time plan, uninterrupted, since that summer. I witnessed them add streaming, back when you were limited to 18 hours streaming a month. I witnessed them piss everyone off by trying to separate the DVD service from the streaming (didn’t even cross my mind to cancel even though I thought it was a dumb business move). I witnessed them create their own shows. It’s been a roller coaster of a relationship, me and Netflix.

People wonder how many movies you’ve seen with a Netflix account for eight years. I’ve rated 1360 movies.

I don't always watch Netflix meme

Children’s movies: Rodents v. Penguins

Has anyone noticed that children’s movies have phases of popular animal species? I, for one, grew up in the late 80s-early 90s where almost every movie I watched had to do with rodents:

  • The Secret of Nimh(1982) – A field mouse must consort with super-smart rats to help her ill son
  • The Rescuers (1977) – The mice Bernard and Bianca must save an orphan girl who is being held captive in the bayou and forced to gather jewels
  •  The Rescuers Down Under (1990) – The mice Bernard and Bianca go to Australia to help save a boy and an eagle from a poacher
  • An American Tail (1986) – A mouse emigrates from Russia to escape from Bolshevik cats
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986) – Basically Sherlock Holmes in mouse form
  • Once Upon a Forest (1993) – A badger is poisoned by evil men and his friends, a mouse, a mole, and a hedgehog must find him a cure
  • The Witches (1990) – A boy stumbles upon a witch convention and as punishment, is turned into a mouse. Together with another boy who has been turned into a mouse, they must prevent the witches from turning other children into mice.
  • Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers (1989-1992) – Chipmunks fight crime (yes this is a television series but I think it’s relevant)

Children born during the aughts will probably have an unusual attachment to penguins:

In conclusion, we pick strange ways of entertaining/educating our children.