Monday, September 10, 2007

100 Best Films and Britney

Last night I finally watched the show about AFI's top 100 movies from the last 100 years (Bravo). I think any list compiled by "experts" mainly reveals the tastes of the selectors and not so much about the items being reviewed. The thing that really shows that the list is not authoritative is seeing the dramatic changes in placement for a lot of movies between the current list and the one done 10 years ago. A definitive list would show some changes over time as new items are inserted and older items shift slightly as tastes change. In this case some movies shifted over 50 positions. That's just not believable.

Still I agree with most of the choices, except maybe #69, Tootsie. I have to believe this was inserted as a joke or maybe just to see if people were paying attention. Also, I give kudos for them resisting the recency effect by only inserting 4 movies from the last ten years.

I also say Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor talk about Britney Spears appearance at the VMA awards as being a sign of the collapse of our culture. I'm sure culture will survive without Britney, but I don't know how much longer Britney will survive as a star entertainer. I don't know how she has lasted this long as a singer with her lip-syncing and electronically altered vocals. Her physical performances have been her real draw. If she can't do those anymore she should think about lowering her sights in the entertainment business. Pop music's loss is some small town Louisiana strip club's gain.