The Sunday Showdown: The American Film Institute’s Top 100 vs. the Internet Movie Database’s Top 100.
This week: #84: Easy Rider (AFI) vs. The Green Mile (IMDb)
It’s difficult for me to express how much I disliked the film Easy Rider. I can sit back and objectively say I understand why it’s in the National Film Registry. It captured an era in our history. A ridiculous, drug-using, free-loving hippie era, but an era nonetheless. Unfortunately, I have little patience for drug-using, hippie films that insinuate everyone else are unenlightened bigots because they’re not riding across America on motorcycles with long hair. Not to mention the movie was formulaic and preachy, and at a couple points just plain ridiculous.
Written by Peter Honda and Dennis Hopper. Directed by Hopper. Produced by Honda. Starring Honda and Hopper. Hmmmm. Perhaps less nepotism in this little family would’ve produced a film better than random glad-to-meet-ya scenes punctuated by music videos.
So although I didn’t think The Green Mile necessarily deserves to be in the Top 100 (along with a few others on the IMDb list including [sorry A2] Back to the Future and The Prestige), it still wins it for me.
So at this point AFI is still winning 11 to 6. Can it be that I really do agree with the scholars over the masses?