#95: The Last Picture Show (AFI) vs. Metropolis (IMDb)
I’m not going to waste a lot of time here. Metropolis wins. Hands down. (If you haven’t seen it, just know it’s a silent film, about man vs. machine/elite class vs. working class, made in 1927, and has a highly stylized, surrealist feel. You probably have seen at least parts of it). Here’s the trailer:
Metropolis was visionary, it was amazing, it influenced motion pictures in general, and science fiction movies in particular, for the last… well, it’s still influencing them. Not to mention pop culture: Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Lady Gaga…
Let’s all just agree the movie is iconic. The fact that it’s not on the AFI list at all honestly makes me skeptical of the entire American Film Institute.
The Last Picture Show was just… okay in comparison. I thought the film did a great job of using landscape and camera angles to echo the bleakness of a dying Texas town in the 1950s. The movie was shot in black and white, which fits the mood but pretty much annoyed me. Acting was good, story was gloomy – there was nothing wrong with the film, just nothing to suggest why it would be on the top 100.
So the score stands AFI – 4, IMDb – 2. Next week, Pulp Fiction vs. Gran Torino. I love Gran Torino but seriously does anything beat “Royale with Cheese”?