Can AFI Save the Summer TV Doldrums?

It’s been a pretty brutal summer season for television fans. Yeah, it’s supposed to be the time for vacations and summer reading but HBO’s John from Cincinnati put an exclamation point on how good the Sopranos was and how much we’re going to miss the family. Flight of the Concords gave us a few chuckles but didn’t inspire us either.

Over on network television, America’s Got Talent and Pirate Master are making us long for the days when networks filled the summer with repeats instead of just shows that suck.

The bright side to all of this is that there are more evening hours for reading and watching baseball. Everything the summer should be.

Anyway, we’d like to alert our faithful readers to something worth viewing tonight. The American Film Institute has gotten around to re-ranking the top 100 films of all time (CBS, 8 p.m., tonight). It’s been 10 years since the last list so it will be interesting to see how things have changed. Bonus is that the special is narrated by Morgan Freeman, king of all narrators.

On the original list, Citizen Kane, Casablanca and the Godfather were the top three movies. We’re thinking that there hasn’t been a movie released over the past 10 years that will knock any of those out. But we certainly could see a reshuffling of order with the Godfather, Casablanca or even the Wizard of Oz (4) moving up as some of AFI’s older voters may have shuffled off of the planet.

We could also see films like Pulp Fiction or The Shawshank Redemption making a move into the top 10 well at least the top 25.

Other movies over the past few years that may make it onto the list in some form include:

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Lord of the Rings (all films are nominated)
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Gladiator
  • Erin Brokovich
  • Chicago
  • The Pianist
  • Lost in Translation
  • Ray
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Departed

Obviously, all lists are subjective and none more so than a list of best films, but for movie fans this a little bit of candy to break up a long summer of crap. Feel free to drop us a comment about what film you think should make the top 10.


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