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December 13, 2012
Kenny Sayz, American Film Institute Looks Foolish Excluding “The Master”
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Like every year, the American Film Institute compiled a list of the Best Movies of the year. It should be considered an accomplishment to make such a very select list from a prestigious organization. They know there film and have an excellent track record providing a snapshot at what was film for any given year. There is no doubt about this claim. Here was the list of the ten movies which made the cut for AFI:
Excluded from this list is the exception, but polarizing Paul Thomas Anderson film “The Master.” Though hardly a crowd pleaser, a critically acclaimed character study on human nature, sexual depravity, mental illness, cult oppression, domination, and so much more (!) will age through the years. Who really knows what this is actually about. Many people were confused by the narrative structure and thematic elements of “The Master,” but 20 years from now I think this movie will click with audiences as fans will truly comprehend what a cinematic accomplishment this truly was. The more times you watch the film, the more it starts to make sense. The publication “Sight and Sound” wisely declared it the best movie of 2012. They know their stuff! Some of the greatest movies of their time were misunderstood at first and even very divisive from “2001” to “Vertigo.” Over time, people begin to appreciate works of classic. Mark my words: as time passes, AFI will look foolish for not including such a soon to be masterpiece on their list such as “The Master.”
What do you think? Am I just offended over nothing? Did “The Master” deserve to make the list? Am I misunderstanding “Life of Pi” and will it be a classic?
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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