Welcome, you movie-lovin’ freaks! The Top 100 Project stars married film fans Ryan & Bev Ellis. Our mission every Monday
is was to review the 123 movies on the American Film Institute’s 1998 and 2007 “100 Years, 100 Movies” lists. We are watching watched them & recording recorded podcasts about them chronologically. That’s enough double-striking. You get the point. 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 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 97 others.
Since all those classics have been done for many years, what do we do now? Well, we talk about movies we just feel like watching and we call it The Next 100 Project (or Next 115 Project, Next 122 Project, etc). It’s a random assortment of classics, often with an anniversary in play (whether it be 5 years or 20 years or even 65 years). We’ll be off on the 21st because we’re going out for a week of sun in the Caribbean, then we’re back on the 28th with a looooong review of last year’s “and you think your family is bad” horror picture, Hereditary. February is Oscar Month, so we’re covering 3 Best Picture winners and we’ll have an Oscars Preview Show on the 18th.
And there’s also our offshoot podcast, “Scoring At The Movies.” Chris Di Gregorio—longtime friend of the Ellises—sits down with Ryan every second week to chat about old sports pictures. The fellas are going back to their childhood (although sometimes we cover newer titles too) to mock and—in sometimes equal measure—admire ball-and-stick-and-pass-and-shoot flicks. Our 17th edition—The Longest Yard—should air on January 24th, but it might be delayed until the 27th or 28th.
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 many, many many 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, including your own thoughts and theories.