Friday, March 1, 2024

American Film Institute Best 10 Films: Boyhood, Imitation, Whiplash, Foxcatcher– No Theory


AFI Top 10: Does not include “Theory of Everything.” That’s a surprise, but I can see it. The movie falls apart. The performances are more than the film. No “Most Violent Year”– even though the National Board of Idiots picked it. I think this is a very good list, and good work on the part of the AFI. If this group of 10 went to the Oscars, I’d be happy.

American Sniper




The Imitation Game


Into the Woods





AFI Top 10 TV shows:

more surprising is that 8 of them are on cable or other media. Only “How to Get Away with Murder” is on ABC. “Jane the Virgin” is on the barely existent CW Network.  No “House of Cards” or “Good Wife” or “Downton Abbey” (oh wait, that’s British).

The Americans


Game of Thrones

How to Get Away with Murderr

Jane the Virgin

The Knick

Man Men

Orange is the New Black

Silicon Valley


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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