Thursday, June 21, 2007

Top 100 of Anything

I'm really not all that interested in anyone's top list of 100 whatevers.

They're usually very subjective and suspect in their genesis. They tend to have more to do with a cheap publicity method, or el cheap-o excuse for a show (VH-1) than an actually well thought out justified list.

The American Film Institute came out with a revised list of The Top 100 Films of all time in honor of that list's 10th anniversary (Hunh? - the anniversary of a list?). Somehow, AFI narrowed the field down to 400 and then anyone giving them their e-mail address could vote for the top 100.

If this sort of crap test gets people to check out the works of Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Billy Wilder, then, okay. I'll complain a little less. There's only one film out of the 100 I haven't seen (Sunrise, anyone?).

Far more interesting to me, are the worst films ever made. Where's the Top 100 for that, AFI? There's only one film that ever had me hopping out of my seat and storming out of the theater. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band starring Peter Frampton and The BeeGees. What a big stinkeroo! I still recoil in horror if I run across it flipping channels.

Here's a guy after my own heart. Here's a guy who dove deeply in the direct-to-DVD pile at Blockbuster and came up with a few scenes from the worst films ever made. Lots of fun!


SIDENOTE: President Bush says he's opposed to stem cell research because it's not right to destroy lives to save lives. Given Iraq and his war on the word "terror," that's a wee bit hypocritical, doncha think?