american film institute

AFI film school #17: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — Not me

Up until I hit “watch” on Netflix, I thought I was about to see a biopic on some of the racier moments of Virginia Woolf’s life. Instead…

AFI film school #16: Gone with the Wind — Hungry again

Eighty years ago a movie came out that affected movies forever. Sure, the same could be said…

AFI film school #15: Midnight Cowboy — I'm talking here

There is no movie like this one…

AFI film school #14: Do the Right Thing — The truth Ruth

Overall, this movie is asking a question, and it’s a question that Mookie could have asked Da Mayor after he delivered the film’s titular line: “what is the right thing…

AFI film school #13: The Wizard of Oz — Home away from home

One of the most beautiful things about the film is its simplicity. It’s a clarity often found in family films. The more “adult” a movie gets…

AFI film school #12: 2001: A Space Odyssey — A movie and a monolith

I have to admit: doing these film analyses of the AFI top 100 movies is a daunting task. Not only is it…

AFI film school #11: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest — Medication time

This is a personal one for me, as this particular movie is what made me want to make movies…

AFI film school #10: Sunset Boulevard — Bigger than peanut butter

When I was in film school, one of my teachers called this one of the greatest films of all time, second only to Citizen Kane. And now on this viewing…

AFI film school #9: Psycho — Mad for this movie

One of the most interesting things about the AFI top 100 list is that there are some movies that most people know nothing about, maybe never even heard of…

AFI film school #8: The Last Picture Show — Adulting

There’s something so modern about being so retro…