Since the project has now officially been announced, I can finally reveal that my recent top 100 list was more than just a reaction to the AFI's latest broadcast. It was also my contribution to a poll being conducted by Cinema Fusion on the "Online Film Community's 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time." Over 50 participants submitted their top 100 picks and any given movie had to be included on three different lists in order to make it to the next round. I was just e-mailed the final nominees (502 total) and was pleased to discover that 90 of the 100 titles I mentioned were included. Along with a number of truly great films, there were also a few odd choices on there and, as Ed Copeland points out, a preponderance of "newer" movies. I'll admit it's always seemed to me that as a movie-watching culture we tend to have a rather short term collective memory. I mean, apparently three people thought that Anchorman was one the finest films they'd ever seen but Harold Lloyd's Safety Last or Francois Truffaut's Day For Night were not. Oh well.
Anyway, the deadline for the poll is July 15th and shortly thereafter the final 100 should be unveiled. I am very curious to see what it turns out to be and awfully excited that I got to play a part in it.