Cinema {ish} With Jennifer


Dear Readers of the {ish} Adventure, I have a confession to make. Are you sitting down? I, Jennifer Lynne Shidler have never seen the movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Snow White, Citizen Kane or 85 of the other movies listed on AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF ALL TIME list. I’ll give you some time to calm down before I continue. Are you settled yet? Good now? Ok, lets move on, shall we!

AFI Website intor

Now, I know what you are probably thinking, “She’s lying, there is no way at the age of 30 you have never seen E.T. or Snow White. You must have seen it at some point as a child.” Well, I haven’t. Don’t sue me. I grew up without cable and in a house hold that couldn’t afford to purchase massive amounts of VHS tapes. For example, not only were Disney movies expensive, but sometimes they were hard to find, thanks “Disney Vault” (is that still a thing?). By the time I was old enough to have cable tv or the funds to purchase the movies I wanted, I wasn’t interested in some of them anymore.

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Snow White, come out come out where ever you are!


As for some of the classics like Citizen Kane or Casablanca, well. It just never came up, I guess. I know that is no real excuse, but in a day and age where Netflix rules and cable drools, if I can’t stream it, see it in the theater or if a teacher hasn’t assigned it in class, there is a fair chance I haven’t seen it.

AFI survey result
This is a generous score..some movies I barely remember watching.

Well my friends, that ends now. I have been to the AFI website, taken the quiz (results displayed below) and will be watching all 100 movies listed on their most recent 100 greatest list. I’ve checked 22 movies that I have seen. Some of them I have seen a million times (I’m looking at you The Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz) and some of them I’ve “seen” as in it played in the background while I did some homework, or it was in fact the homework itself (I’m looking at you To Kill a Mockingbird and Schindlers List).

Whether I have seen it a million times or not, I will be watching it again, in order, starting with # 100, Ben-Hur. Check back tomorrow to see how badly I regret this decision. Given what I’ve read about the movie, this seems to be a likely scenario.

AFI 1 to 20AFI 21 to 40AFI 41-60AFI 61 to 80AFI 81 to 100

Published by Jennifer Shidler

I am a Hoosier at heart who has moved to the heart of Texas with my husband Matthew, our cats Rowdy & Mosby and our dogs Lucy & Wrigley. Matthew is a Chief Flight instructor at a flight school in Austin and I care for my mother full time and write random thoughts and posts in between. I started writing this blog as a way to keep people back home updated on our lives here in Texas, and has turned into a way to relax, think and to make others laugh!

5 thoughts on “Cinema {ish} With Jennifer

  1. Love this!!! I haven’t seen most of these movies! Some I just don’t remember! I might have to make a list of what to see! 😊

  2. This is great! I look forward to reading your thoughts on these movies. It’s quite the journey! I did the same thing, using the 2007 list, on my blog and finished with Citizen Kane a little earlier this year. And now, a friend with a podcast has me watching through them all again so we can discuss the top 100 one or two movies at a time. With the podcast, though, we’re combining the lists, so there are a handful on the old list that I haven’t seen yet. Again, quite the journey!

    1. Thank you! This is the 2007 list as well, and your right, they removed like what 14 movies or so (don’t quote me on that lol) from the old list. Several of them I’m interested in seeing. I actually found your blog earlier this week after I started, I plan to read your posts after I post mine to see someone else’s take on the movie! What’s your friends podcast?

      1. It’s called Pictures & Pages on the Everyday Exiles network. I’m horrible at keeping up with the podcasts once they’re uploaded, but I know he does three episodes each month, I’m only on one each month, though. The other two episodes he talks with a regular contributor about the latest books and another about newer movies. Though, sometimes he and I get sidetracked and talk about new movies, too, on top of the AFI list. I’m not sure if there’s an archive (there’s gotta be somewhere), but here’s a link to the latest one I did:

  3. This is awesome! Toy story brought me here! I’ve see a lot of these movies, up I think I might re watch some of them with you!

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