Fifty Days, One Hundred Movies

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My name is Beth and I'm going to try and watch/rate all 100 films on AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies List (1998) in 50 days.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen or read such an educated and interesting debate on what it meant to be black in 1960s America. Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner? came out in 1967 - interracial marriage was still illegal in 16 states. I’m a history major and have read dozens of primary sources on what it was like to be black in pre-Civil Rights America. This movie is better than all of them - it’s a testament to what interracial marriages everywhere. In the movie, they kept saying black and white marriages could happen in 30, 50, or 100 years; now look where we are, almost 40 years later? Just … ugh. Someone needs to lock this movie in a vault and save it forever. 

This is an amazing film. I’m so glad I watched it. 

I’d rather be right than be president.
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)


Hi, I’m Beth. I’m a 21 year old movie buff … who got sidetracked by mediocre television for too long. One day (today) I woke up and realized that my favorite movie has been the same since I was 15 (it’s Amelie, for the record) and that’s just fucking depressing. Obviously, I haven’t been watching enough movies.

I’ve been looking at the AFI list of the 100 best movies for a while now. Wondering. Contemplating. Maybe I should suck it up and just watch them?

Well, now I’m spending the next 50 days working a summer job at my university in a small town in Middle America. What a perfect opportunity.

Am I crazy? Probably. Am I determined? Mostly. Er, Absolutely. 

If you feel like it, feel free to follow me on my naive journey through the “best” american full-length movies of all time!