Introducing the SAW Canon — Vault One: It’s Like the AFI 100…Only Better

ScreenAge Wasteland has always had one goal, and that is to bring back the cinema conversations of old. We’re dedicated to growing and harvesting a community that discusses every genre of film and TV whether it’s new, old, or obscure.

It’s the reason why we have recurring series like Question of the Day, Power Rankings, What to Stream, That Pairs Nicely, and Film Films for…Birthday. We’re a team of individuals that love film and want to discuss all aspects of it.

Which brings us to The SAW Canon. Over the last few months of 2019, our team worked together to select over 200 films from the dawn of cinema to the present day that we considered to be worthy of entering a sacred canon. In the event of Earth being completely nuked, these are films we would want the survivors to find safely locked away in a vault.

Our picks may not be as universally beloved as AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, but that was never the idea. We picked films that aren’t just classics, but damn good films. Films that changed and shaped us into the human beings we are today. And we want to share our thoughts with you on why these films feel like a part of us.

Below are the thirty-one films that comprise Vault One of the SAW Canon.


VAULT ONE

1950s

  • Godzilla (1954)
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

1960s

  • Yojimbo (1961)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)

1970s

  • The Godfather (1972)
  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Stalker (1979)

1980s

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • First Blood (1982)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)

1990s

  • Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Grosse Point Blank (1997)

2000s

  • Oldboy (2003)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • There Will Be Blood (2007)

Every two weeks, starting January 30, one writer will present a deep dive exploration into the making of the film. Additionally, two writers will join in to provide thoughts on their personal attachment to the film.

We hope to see you down in the comments as we discuss what made these films special when they were released, and why they still resonant with audiences and fans today!


See you in the trenches, screenagers.

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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