Welcome, film chumsters! The Top 100 Project stars Ryan & Bev Ellis. Our (accomplished) mission every Monday was to review the 123 movies on the American Film Institute’s 1998 and 2007 “100 Years, 100 Movies” lists. We watched them & recorded podcasts about them chronologically, so we started with 1915′s The Birth Of A Nation in March 2013 and ended in December 2015 with 2001′s The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.
Check out the “T100P Podcasts” section for our thoughts & theories about beloved classics such as: Gone With The Wind, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vertigo, Psycho, Dr. Strangelove, The Graduate, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Jaws, Taxi Driver, Annie Hall, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Blade Runner, Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption, among so many others.
Since all those classics are many years in our rear-view, what do we do now? Well, we talk about movies we just feel like watching and we call it—as you really should have guessed by now—the Next 100 Project. It’s a random assortment of classics, often with an anniversary in play (whether it be 20 years or 75 years, etc). For the rest of July, we’ve got The Dead Zone on the 23rd while Pleasantville rounds out the month on the 30th.
And now we’ve got even more content coming at you with our offshoot podcast, “Scoring At The Movies”. Our friend Chris Di Gregorio will sit down with Ryan every other week to chat about old sports pictures. The fellas are going back to their childhood (in most cases…..sometimes they’ll cover newer titles) to mock and—in possibly equal measure—admire ball-and-stick flicks from long ago. The 4th ep—Angels In The Outfield—will be posted on July 19th.
We’ve also got a series of “Now Playing Project” podcasts with timely-at-the-time-we-discussed-them reviews of Oscar-winning movies: 12 Years A Slave, Her, Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity. What do you think of those pictures now that several years have passed? Did we have it right or did we have it very wrong?
And you can check us out on YouTube. It’s A Wonderful Life, The Third Man, When Harry Met Sally and Sunset Boulevard are on there with a series of pictures to accompany our melodic & hypnotic tones. We also posted snippets of our podcasts on YouTube. In these, we took small portions of what we’ve said in the ‘casts and throw some pictures from the movie in question to make it look all pretty.
Anyway, we hope you’ll listen to our thoughts and theories about old movies. This is a blog, so you can comment on any page at your leisure. We are suckers for feedback. Big suckers…….for feedback.