Sunday Showdown: AFI vs. IMDb (#89)

The #89 week’s AFI/IMDb challenge is between Braveheart and The Sixth Sense.

Remember when Mel Gibson wasn’t the punch line of a joke? Me neither. So watching Braveheart from a 2012-Janie’s perspective was much different than when I watched it from a 1995-Janie’s perspective.

Don’t get me wrong , the movie is still graphically violent, brutal, heartbreaking and epic in its… 3 hour epicness. And nobody who was over twelve years old in 1995 didn’t run around yelling, “You can take our lives, but you cannot take…” Yeah, you know it. I didn’t even have to finish.

But Mel is not the guy he was nearly 20 years ago. Regardless of how bat-crazy he is now, he was still beautiful as William Wallace.  Even being tortured from beginning to end in Braveheart.

Of course, cute little Haley Joel Osment was pretty much tortured from beginning to end in The Sixth Sense, also.  And in 1999 we all ran around whispering “I see dead people…”  So as far as catch phrases go, I guess both films are equal.

I am not a huge M. Night Shyamalan fan. I think he is mostly a one-trick pony.  But dang, what a trick! The man can definitely set a mood, as long as that mood is spooky. But I loved Sixth Sense.  I really can’t believe it didn’t crack the IMDb’s top 100.  Definitely gets my vote for this week.

So AFI gains another vote, making the score AFI – 9 to IMDb – 3. Next week some comedies, finally! The great screwball Bringing Up Baby vs. Chaplin’s The Great Dictator.

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