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
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
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Grapes of Wrath
2001: A Space Odyssey
Maltese Falcon
Raging Bull
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
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Philadelphia Story
From Here to Eternity
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Sound of Music
The Third Man
Rebel Without a Cause
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
Silence of the Lambs
Stage Coach
Manchurian Candidate
American in Paris
The French Connection
Forrest Gump
Ben Hur
Wuthering Heights
The Gold Rush
Dances With Wolves
City Lights
American Graffiti
Deer Hunter
The Wild Bunch
Modern Times
Duck Soup
Mutiny on the Bounty
Easy Rider
The Jazz Singer
My Fair Lady
A Place in the Sun
The Apartment
Pulp Fiction
The Searchers
Bringing Up Baby
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Yankee Doodle Dandy


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?