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AFI film school #13: The Wizard of Oz — Home away from home

One of the most beautiful things about the film is its simplicity. It’s a clarity often found in family films. The more “adult” a movie gets…

AFI film school #12: 2001: A Space Odyssey — A movie and a monolith

I have to admit: doing these film analyses of the AFI top 100 movies is a daunting task. Not only is it…

AFI film school #11: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest — Medication time

This is a personal one for me, as this particular movie is what made me want to make movies…

AFI film school #10: Sunset Boulevard — Bigger than peanut butter

When I was in film school, one of my teachers called this one of the greatest films of all time, second only to Citizen Kane. And now on this viewing…

AFI film school #9: Psycho — Mad for this movie

One of the most interesting things about the AFI top 100 list is that there are some movies that most people know nothing about, maybe never even heard of…

AFI film school #8: The Last Picture Show — Adulting

There’s something so modern about being so retro…

AFI film school #7: Unforgiven— Bad reputation

Don’t put your six-shooters away quite yet--especially if you’re in Big Whiskey County--we’re back with another western this week.…

AFI film school #6: The Shawshank Redemption — Why the movie is so beloved

Today we’re looking at one of the most controversial movies of all time. Not controversial like The Interview or Human Centipede 2, but controversial because IMDb…

AFI film school #5: The Searchers — Finding an antihero

Get your six-shooter loaded. We’re traveling back to the wild west this week…

AFI film school #4: In the Heat of the Night — The Power of Perception

When looking at the 2007 AFI List of top 100 movies and asking why did these particular films all make it--what singular quality do they all possess--I come up with...hmm…umm...