AFI’s Top 100

While looking through this list, I wasn’t at all surprised to see that I’ve already seen (as an adult) a little less than half of them.  I am slightly horrified by some of the great ones I’ve never seen. I have to admit I’m also truly surprised by some of the movies that made this list. There are A LOT of mafia movies on this list.  Are mafia movies really that good?

Citizen Kane
Casablanca
The Godfather
Gone With The Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
Wizard of Oz
The Graduate
On The Waterfront
Schindler’s List
Singin In The Rain
It’s A Wonderful Life
Sunset Boulevard
Bridge on the River Kwai
Some Like It Hot
Star Wars
All About Eve
African Queen
Psycho
Chinatown
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Grapes of Wrath
2001: A Space Odyssey
Maltese Falcon
Raging Bull
E.T.
Dr. Strangelove
Bonnie & Clyde
Apocalypse Now
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Annie Hall
The Godfather Part II
High Noon
To Kill A Mockingbird
It Happened One Night
Midnight Cowboy
Best Years of Our Lives
Double Indemnity
Dr. Zhvago
North by Northwest
West Side Story
Rear Window
King Kong (1933 – sorry Peter Jackson)
Birth of a Nation
A Streetcar Named Desire
Clockwork Orange
Taxi Driver
Jaws
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Philadelphia Story
From Here to Eternity
Amadeus
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Sound of Music
MASH
The Third Man
Fantasia
Rebel Without a Cause
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Vertigo
Tootsie
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
Silence of the Lambs
Stage Coach
Network
Manchurian Candidate
American in Paris
Shane
The French Connection
Forrest Gump
Ben Hur
Wuthering Heights
The Gold Rush
Dances With Wolves
City Lights
American Graffiti
Rocky
Deer Hunter
The Wild Bunch
Modern Times
Giant
Platoon
Fargo
Duck Soup
Mutiny on the Bounty
Frankenstein
Easy Rider
Patton
The Jazz Singer
My Fair Lady
A Place in the Sun
The Apartment
Goodfellas
Pulp Fiction
The Searchers
Bringing Up Baby
Unforgiven
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Yankee Doodle Dandy

Live Action Zelda? (Or why Netflix may be in over it’s head)

Netflix announced today that it is working to create a live action “Legend of Zelda” series, and I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Netflix has been on the front lines of making geek culture mainstream for a while. They saw us ditching traditional cable for online viewing and offered us streaming services. They recognized their viewing demographic and regularly added content to entice and excite us.

You know you’ve binge watched this.

And this.

They’re also top of their game when it comes to international content: foreign films, kung fu movies, anime series.  Before Netflix these were not only extremely difficult to find, but when you did they were extremely expensive.  Now we have an instant library, full of titles we’ve never heard of, right at the tip of our XBox controller for just $8.99 a month.

I’m also not discounting their proven ability to create quality original content.  “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” are both compelling, critically acclaimed, and award-winning series.  Nielsen may not have a way of concretely monitoring the ratings for original content from streaming services, but I don’t know a single person who doesn’t watch at least one of these shows.  They are unique and fun to watch, with well developed story arcs and fully fleshed-out human characters.  Their upcoming “Daredevil” and “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” have both generated buzz around the internet and seem to be highly anticipated.

But…Zelda?

The Zelda games have become one of the most beloved franchises in the gaming universe, and their characters are among the most loved and most recognizable.

Even if you don’t play the games, you know who these two are.

I still remember playing the original “Legend of Zelda” game on my NES as a kid, and “Ocarina of Time” is largely considered to be one of the best games ever made.  Those are awfully large shoes to fill, and Netflix isn’t just trying to fill them.  Netflix is trying to stretch them.  They want it to be the “Game of Thrones” for family viewing.

So which world will they go with?  Not every Zelda game takes place in the same universe.  They don’t even all have the same Link.  Will they pick one game to base the series off of, or will they create their own amalgamated universe to better suit their needs?  Will they go with the original Link?  Will he have to play an Ocarina? All of these questions must be answered, and with Zelda it’s not really multiple choice.  If they pick the wrong answers Netflix will face the wrath of gamers, geeks, and retro-game-loving-hipsters from all over the world.

With two new Marvel shows and their already popular original series, I’m hesitant to be excited about this new Zelda series.  Whether they’re working closely with Nintendo or not, it seems like Netflix might be biting off more than they can chew this season.  That’s why the only live action I want with my Zelda right now is Ash making up her own lyrics.

40 Things To Do Before I Turn 40

In September 2013 I turned 30. I like to think I handled the milestone gracefully, although every milestone will cause you to look at where you are in life, and where you want to be.  While happy with my life, I had become a bit stagnant, and I believe you should never become stagnant.  So I decided to challenge myself, push myself a little bit and hopefully life a fuller, happier life as a more well-rounded person.

So here they are, in no particular order.  I am going to attempt to accomplish all of these things in the next 10 9 years.

1. Go back to Europe – a part I’ve never seen.
2. Go to Japan
3. Enter, and complete, NaNoWriMo
4. Finish my tattoos
5. Work full time for an arts organization
6. Contribute to my 401K instead of just relying on my company contributions
7. Build an actually healthy savings account
8. Write an album
9. Be brave enough to record it
10. Watch the AFI 100 best films
11. Grow “mermaid” hair
12. Get to my goal “healthy” weight
13. Build my credit score to “great”
14. Acquire awesome Halloween decorations
15. Beat “Donkey Kong Country” on the SNES (accomplished 2/25/2014
16. Beat a Super Mario Bros. game
17. Read all books on the New York Times Best 100 Novels list
18. Learn about, and invest wisely in, the stock market
19. Run a 10k
20. Go to the Superbowl with my Dad
21. Learn to fluently speak another language
22. Go to The Gathering
23. Go to Burning Man
24. Go to Las Vegas
25. Buy a house
26. Become debt free (probably before the house)
27. Start my own business
28. Pick one charity and become a monthly sustaining donor
29. Get an AmEx card
30. Buy an electric or hybrid car
31. Create a truly awesome Halloween costume from scratch.
32. Get an electric piano
33. Get involved in local politics
34. Earn my Equity card
35. Join a band again
36. Go sky diving
37. Attempt to mend bridges I regret burning
38. Adopt a shelter dog
39. Learn to play, and become decent at, a first person shooter
40. Learn to cook a full gourmet meal from scratch – appetizers to dessert and drinks

It’s a lot, and I know it’s a lot, but that’s the point of challenging yourself, right?