Thursday, December 31, 2015

1982 Capsule Reviews

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
rating: ****
review: A lot of Star Trek fans adhere to this one as the high-water mark in franchise film history, incapable of being surpassed and the source of a lot of later franchise-own rip-offs.  Needless to say I don't completely agree with that assessment.  Memorable, certainly, and worthy of a lot of praise.  But it continues to age, and timeless cinema...doesn't do that.

Blade Runner
rating: ****
review: This is perhaps the exact opposite of the above, a film that seemed forgettable at first, but just keeps aging better and better.  With Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott as the headlining talent, that's really no surprise.

Gandhi
rating: ****
review: When they talk about Oscar-bait, this is exactly the kind of movie they're talking about.  But it's probably a better way to discover Ben Kingsley than Lawrence of Arabia is Peter O'Toole.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
rating: ****
review: E.T. himself is timeless.  The rest of the movie?  That's more debatable.

Rocky III
rating: ****
review: This third entry in the franchise proves that the formula is incredibly durable, even as its reputation remains as much of an underdog as Rocky himself.  The clever thing these films do is keep the narrative going rather than discard it each new one.

The Road Warrior
rating: ***
review: Everyone realized how big Mad Max could be, so this one ramps everything up, but the jury's still out as to whether he's yet worth the hype.

First Blood
rating: ***
review: The incredible irony of the Rambo movies is that they start incredibly low-key.

Annie
rating: ***
review: The surprisingly durable fable of the little orphan is always watchable.

Trail of the Pink Panther
rating: ***
review: If you had no idea that Peter Sellers was in fact dead before this production began, you probably wouldn't obsess over that fact while watching this final Sellers appearance in the series.

The Secret of NIMH
rating: **
review: A beloved children's book becomes an animated film.  I don't really remember this one, and have never felt particularly compelled to watch it again.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

1981 Capsule Reviews

Superman II
rating: *****
review: How to improve on Christopher Reeve's original appearance?  Dip into the mythology and create an iconic version of a villain who until then had meant little, certainly as compared to Lex Luthor.  Terrence Stamp's Zod has inspired not only further comics appearances of the character, but other movie villains as well, including Marvel's Avengers' Loki  Even better?  The reconstructed Richard Donner cut from 2006.

Reds
rating: ****
review: Warren Beatty inexplicably lost most of his significance over the years, despite appearing in this sensational look at communism in America and how ideals usually become corrupted when carried out in less than ideal ways (in spite of Beatty's efforts, mind you).

History of the World, Part I
rating: ****
review: Mel Brooks suffered the same fate as Beatty, being taken less and less seriously over the years.  This was his madcap tour of history, with one of film's first teasers tacked on at the end (a fake one, mind you).  It's a wicked sendup of the historical epics that had been popular in Hollywood.  Maybe not as clever as Monty Python's similar efforts, but better than their movies that weren't.

Time Bandits
rating: ****
review: Not as memorable as his later efforts, but this is Terry Gilliam beginning to realize his potential post-Python. 

Excalibur
rating: ***
review: Ponderous historic epic of the new order, part of the vanguard that sought to match the Star Wars effect in different ways.  More interesting these days in spotting future stars (Liam Neeson! Patrick Stewart!) before anyone really knew who they were.

Clash of the Titans
rating: ***
review: Entertaining, to be sure, and the last great mark of a master (Ray Harryhausen), but there are inexplicably those who thought it couldn't be done better in 2010.

The Great Muppet Caper
rating: ***
review: It's no surprise that years later the Muppets had to stage a comeback when their early movies were more or less wacky Muppet adventures loosely strung together.  I'm sure I saw this when I was younger, but damned if I could remember any of it.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
rating: ***
review: This is one of those movie heresies I subscribe to, that...later Indiana Jones adventures were better.  This is his classic debut, of course.  I didn't grow up with it.  I suspect that's one of the reasons it's otherwise beloved.

The Fox and the Hound
rating: **
review: Disney started making endless streams of interchangeable animated flicks before the end-of-the-millennium renaissance.  This is another movie I'm sure I saw as a kid, but damned if I can remember anything.

Stripes
rating: **
review: Bill Murray would have plenty of other chances to discover movies he could be proud to make.  This one isn't bad, but his choices got better.  Basically part of the whole wacky team genre that culminated in the Police Academy franchise.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Ten Favorites from 2015

Aloha
The latest from Cameron Crowe was a victim of a lot of things, from the fake racism critics cooked up (hey, Emma Stone's character is not 100% native Hawaiian, it's completely written into the script) to further efforts to sabotage would-be new movie stars (Bradley Cooper, especially after the unexpected huge success of last year's American Sniper), and the belief that Crowe himself is no longer relevant.  Put all that aside.  Recognize that you've also got Bill Murray.  And a perfectly excellent movie.

Furious 7
Paul Walker's understated goodbye helps elevate this whole experience, which otherwise pumps the franchise up to superhero proportions.

Home
Jim Parsons had unexpectedly found a second act (concurrent with his first one, The Big Bang Theory) as a breakout voice talent.  He easily carries this fun animated flick.

Jupiter Ascending
The Wachowskis deliver again with another mind-bending alternate view of reality.  I think the fact that so few people care anymore (see: Cameron Crowe) makes it all the more interesting for those who still do.  Hence, a cult film in the making.

The Martian
Matt Damon in what might amount to his career-best performance, one that captures his full potential.  He may have just become the new Tom Hanks.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
This series keeps finding new life.  I enjoyed Jeremy Renner much more this time than in his debut, although it's still weird how everyone seems to have so much trouble figuring him out after his breakthrough in The Hurt Locker.

Self/less
Tarsem joins the ranks of great filmmakers getting the critical snub this year as most reviews glossed over this one so much it was downright criminal.  But the joke's on them.

Sicario
As it looked in the trailer, this was a fine showcase for Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and of course Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Nearly everyone seems to love this.  With good reason! 

The Visit
M. Night Shyamalan did something people actually liked?  Stop the presses!  I look forward to eventually catching up on Wayward Pines, too.

Still waiting to see others, like Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, Hateful Eight, and The Revenant...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

1980 Capsule Reviews

The Empire Strikes Back
rating: *****
review: This affirmed Star Wars geek finds everything to love about the iconic Episode V in the saga, from the introductions of Yoda and Lando Calrissian to the epic duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, including its revelatory climax. 

Raging Bull
rating: *****
review: Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in their definitive collaboration, the most artful boxing movie ever, and one of the defining cinematic portraits of a scumbag.

The Blues Brothers
rating: ****
review: Arguably the best movie to come out of Saturday Night Live, filled with great music and a few hilarious episodes (the country and western incident in particular).

The Stunt Man
rating: ****
review: Peter O'Toole in a kaleidoscope of a movie, tossing the main character and the viewer into a wild and surreal ride.  Still waiting to be rediscovered.

The Formula
rating: ****
review: George C. Scott and Marlon Brando in the role that charts the course of his late career as someone more interesting in commentating on the state of humanity than his own stardom.

Caddyshack
rating: ****
review: With all due apologies to everyone else in it, Bill Murray dominates in his breakout role as the nutcase matching wits with a gopher.

The Shining
rating: ****
review: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, and Jack Nicholson combine for the creepiest hotel experience ever.

Mad Max
rating: ***
review: Mel Gibson is so shockingly subdued in this he's hardly recognizable, in the debut of an ever-expanding franchise that keeps getting weirder.

Airplane!
rating: ***
review: Leslie Nielsen completely revamped his career with this movie, which otherwise tends to date much poorer.

Flash Gordon
rating: **
review: Goofy sci-fi fun in exactly the tradition that Star Wars obliterated three years earlier.

Herbie Goes Bananas
rating: **
review: The Love Bug franchise reaches the final installment of its original run in about as inspired fashion as the later in the Pink Panther originals.

Altered States
rating: **
review: Recommended to me as a predecessor to the TV series Fringe, but more reminiscent of gonzo movie experimentation.

Smokey and the Bandit II
rating: *
review: A somewhat desperate attempt to contextualize the Bandit as a folk hero.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2014

Viewed/Ranked
  1. Interstellar
  2. Winter's Tale
  3. Locke
  4. Miss Julie
  5. Birdman
  6. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  7. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
  8. Noah
  9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  10. American Sniper
  11. Muppets Most Wanted
  12. Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  13. The Zero Theorem
  14. Hercules
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy
  16. Deliver Us From Evil
  17. The Theory of Everything
  18. X-Men: Days of the Future Past
  19. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  20. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  22. Left Behind
Other Notable Releases
  • 300: Rise of An Empire
  • A Most Violent Year
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • Annie
  • Before I Go to Sleep
  • Belle
  • Big Eyes
  • Big Hero 6
  • Boyhood
  • Brick Mansions
  • Divergent
  • Dom Hemingway
  • The Drop
  • Dumb and Dumber To
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Expendables 3
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • Foxcatcher
  • Fury
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Godzilla
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Hector And The Search For Happiness
  • Horns
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Knights of Badassdom
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Let's Be Cops
  • Life Itself
  • Lucy
  • Magic in the Moonlight
  • Maleficent
  • The Maze Runner
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • The Monuments Men
  • Neighbors
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Other Woman
  • Ride Along
  • Selma
  • Sex Tape
  • The Skeleton Twins
  • Snowpiercer
  • St. Vincent
  • Tammy
  • Top Five
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Unbroken
  • Under the Skin
  • Veronica Mars
  • Walk of Shame
  • Whiplash
  • Wish I Was Here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2013

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Saving Mr. Banks
  2. Man of Steel
  3. Star Trek Into Darkness
  4. Dead Man Down
  5. After Earth
  6. The Wolverine
  7. Epic
  8. 12 Years a Slave
  9. Captain Phillips
  10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  11. Fast & Furious 6
  12. Thor: The Dark World
  13. Frozen
  14. Iron Man 3
Other Notable Releases
  1. 47 Ronin
  2. A Good Day to Die Hard
  3. About Time
  4. Ain't Them Bodies Saints
  5. American Hustle
  6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  7. Before Midnight
  8. The Bling Ring
  9. Blue Is the Warmest Color
  10. Blue Jasmine
  11. Broken City
  12. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  13. The Counselor
  14. Dallas Buyers Club
  15. Dear Mr. Watterson
  16. Despicable Me 2
  17. Don Jon
  18. Ender's Game
  19. Evil Dead
  20. Fruitvale Station
  21. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  22. Gravity
  23. The Great Gatsby
  24. Grudge Match
  25. The Hangover Part III
  26. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  27. The Heat
  28. Her
  29. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  30. The Iceman
  31. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  32. Inside Llewyn Davis
  33. Jack the Giant Slayer
  34. John Dies at the End
  35. Kick-Ass 2
  36. Kill Your Darlings
  37. Lee Daniels' The Butler
  38. The Lone Ranger
  39. Lone Survivor
  40. Machete Kills
  41. Midnight's Children
  42. Monsters University
  43. Mud
  44. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  45. Nebraska
  46. Now You See Me
  47. Oldboy
  48. Oz the Great and Powerful
  49. Pacific Rim
  50. Pain and Gain
  51. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  52. Planes
  53. Prisoners
  54. R.I.P.D.
  55. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  56. Riddick
  57. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  58. Snitch
  59. Spring Breakers
  60. To the Wonder
  61. Warm Bodies
  62. The Way, Way Back
  63. The Wolf of Wall Street
  64. World War Z
  65. The World's End

Monday, May 25, 2015

2012

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Django Unchained
  2. Seven Psychopaths
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Total Recall
  6. Mirror Mirror
  7. Savages
  8. Flight
  9. Looper
  10. The Amazing Spider-Man
  11. Coriolanus
  12. End of Watch
  13. Argo
  14. Lawless
  15. Trouble with the Curve
  16. Prometheus
  17. Les Miserables
  18. Marvel's The Avengers
  19. MIB 3
  20. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  21. John Carter
  22. Rise of the Guardians
  23. Cloud Atlas
  24. This Means War
  25. Skyfall
  26. For Greater Glory
  27. The Hunger Games
  28. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  29. Brave
  30. Hotel Transylvania
Other Notable Releases
  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. A Thousand Words
  3. Alex Cross
  4. American Reunion
  5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  6. The Bourne Legacy
  7. The Campaign
  8. Casa De Mi Padre
  9. Celeste and Jesse Forever
  10. Chronicle
  11. Deadfall
  12. The Dictator
  13. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  14. The Expendables 2
  15. The Five-Year Engagement
  16. The Grey
  17. Haywire
  18. Here Comes the Boom
  19. Hyde Park on Hudson
  20. Iron Sky
  21. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  22. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  23. Killer Joe
  24. Killing Them Softly
  25. Liberal Arts
  26. Life of Pi
  27. Lincoln
  28. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  29. Magic Mike
  30. The Man with the Iron Fists
  31. The Master
  32. Moonrise Kingdom
  33. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  34. Pitch Perfect
  35. Premium Rush
  36. Red Tails
  37. Robot & Frank
  38. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  39. The Sessions
  40. Silver Linings Playbook
  41. Snow White and the Huntsman
  42. Taken 2
  43. Ted
  44. This Is 40
  45. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  46. Underworld Awakening
  47. The Vow
  48. The Woman in Black
  49. Wrath of the Titans
  50. Wreck-It Ralph
  51. Zero Dark Thirty

2011

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Warrior
  2. The Adjustment Bureau
  3. Source Code
  4. Midnight in Paris
  5. The Tree of Life
  6. London Boulevard
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  8. Green Lantern
  9. Fright Night
  10. Immortals
  11. The Way Back
  12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  13. Bridesmaids
  14. Larry Crowne
  15. The Muppets
  16. Cowboys & Aliens
  17. Super 8
  18. Horrible Bosses
  19. Sucker Punch
  20. Hanna
  21. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  22. X-Men: First Class
  23. Fast Five
  24. HappyThankYouMorePlease
  25. The Conspirator
  26. Hugo
  27. The Artist
  28. Mr. Popper's Penguins
  29. The Debt
  30. The Hangover Part II
  31. Captain America: The First Avenger
  32. Unknown
  33. Thor
  34. Courageous
  35. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
  36. Puss in Boots
  37. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  38. The Green Hornet
  39. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
  40. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  41. Atlas Shrugged: Part 1
Other Notable Releases
  1. 50/50
  2. Bad Teacher
  3. Barney's Version
  4. The Beaver
  5. Cars 2
  6. Colombiana
  7. The Company Men
  8. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
  9. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  10. The Descendants
  11. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
  12. Everything Must Go
  13. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  14. The Help
  15. Hesher
  16. In Time
  17. The Iron Lady
  18. J. Edgar
  19. Limitless
  20. Machine Gun Preacher
  21. Martha Marcy May Marlene
  22. Melancholia
  23. Miral
  24. Moneyball
  25. One Day
  26. Our Idiot Brother
  27. Real Steel
  28. Scream 4
  29. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  30. The Smurfs
  31. Take Shelter
  32. Tinker, Taylor, Doctor, Spy
  33. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  34. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
  35. War Horse
  36. Water for Elephants
  37. Young Adult

2010

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Inception
  2. Robin Hood
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  4. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  5. The Losers
  6. True Grit
  7. Clash of the Titans
  8. Ondine
  9. Somewhere
  10. Get Him to the Greek
  11. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  12. Valentine's Day
  13. Cairo Time
  14. The Last Airbender
  15. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  16. Remember Me
  17. Despicable Me
  18. Iron Man 2
  19. The Next Three Days
  20. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  21. The A-Team
  22. Hereafter
  23. Unstoppable
  24. The Social Network
  25. Machete
  26. The Fighter
  27. Black Swan
  28. Shutter Island
  29. How to Train Your Dragon
  30. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  31. Tron Legacy
  32. The Town
  33. The Warrior's Way
  34. Devil
  35. Death at a Funeral
  36. Cop Out
  37. The Bounty Hunter
  38. The Book of Eli
  39. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  40. The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  41. The Wolfman
  42. Centurion
  43. Edge of Darkness
  44. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  45. MacGruber
  46. The Other Guys
  47. Megamind
  48. Red
  49. Salt
  50. Alice in Wonderland
  51. Shrek Forever After
  52. Jonah Hex
  53. Gulliver's Travels
  54. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  55. Predators
  56. Takers
  57. Knight & Day
  58. The Expendables
  59. Toy Story 3
  60. The King's Speech
  61. Skyline
  62. Green Zone
  63. Tangled
  64. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  65. Stone
  66. From Paris with Love
  67. The Girl Who Played with Fire
Other Notable Releases
  1. Blue Valentine
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  3. Easy A
  4. Eat Pray Love
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  7. Greenberg
  8. Grown Ups
  9. I'm Still Here
  10. Jack Goes Boating
  11. The Karate Kid
  12. Kick-Ass
  13. Let Me In
  14. Little Fockers
  15. Love and Other Drugs
  16. Never Let Me Go
  17. The Tempest
  18. Tooth Fairy
  19. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  20. Winter's Bone

2009

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Inglourious Basterds
  2. (500) Days of Summer
  3. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  4. Star Trek
  5. Watchmen
  6. The Proposal
  7. The Hurt Locker
  8. Moon
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  10. The Time Traveler's Wife
  11. Bronson
  12. Red Cliff
  13. Funny People
  14. Terminator Salvation
  15. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  16. Crazy Heart
  17. State of Play
  18. The Pink Panther 2
  19. The Hangover
  20. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  21. Angels & Demons
  22. Killshot
  23. Two Lovers
  24. A Perfect Getaway
  25. Avatar
  26. Fast and Furious
  27. The Hangover
  28. The Soloist
  29. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  30. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  31. The Slammin' Salmon
  32. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  33. Land of the Lost
  34. Zombieland
  35. Up in the Air
  36. Where the Wild Things Are
  37. Taken
  38. Invictus
  39. Pirate Radio
  40. Everybody's Fine
  41. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  42. Race to Witch Mountain
  43. He's Just Not That Into You
  44. District 9
  45. Surrogates
  46. The Blind Side
  47. Me and Orson Welles
  48. Carriers
  49. Ninja Assassin
  50. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  51. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  52. The Ugly Truth
  53. I Love You, Man
  54. Coraline
  55. Couples Retreat
  56. 2012
  57. Sherlock Holmes
  58. The Fourth Kind
  59. Duplicity
  60. Law Abiding Citizen
  61. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  62. Planet 51
  63. Push
Other Notable Releases
  1. A Serious Man
  2. Amelia
  3. The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
  4. The Damned United
  5. The Girlfriend Experience
  6. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  7. Jennifer's Body
  8. Julie & Julia
  9. The Lovely Bones
  10. Michael Jackson's This Is It
  11. Monsters Vs. Aliens
  12. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  13. Paranormal Activity
  14. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
  15. The Princess and the Frog
  16. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  17. Public Enemies
  18. The Road
  19. Sunshine Cleaning
  20. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  21. Up
  22. World's Greatest Dad

2008

Viewed/Ranked

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. The Fall
  3. In Bruges
  4. Hancock
  5. Cassandra's Dream
  6. Che
  7. W.
  8. Pride & Glory
  9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  10. Yes Man
  11. Seven Pounds
  12. The Happening
  13. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  14. Doomsday
  15. The Wrestler
  16. The Other Boleyn Girl
  17. Body of Lies
  18. Cloverfield
  19. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  20. Frost/Nixon
  21. Burn After Reading
  22. Quantum of Solace
  23. The Love Guru
  24. Smart People
  25. Vantage Point
  26. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
  27. Get Smart
  28. Iron Man
  29. Leatherheads
  30. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  31. Revolutionary Road
  32. Bottle Shock
  33. Charlie Bartlett
  34. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  35. Hamlet 2
  36. Meet Dave
  37. 21
  38. Step Brothers
  39. Tropic Thunder
  40. Run Fat Boy Run
  41. Speed Racer
  42. Valkyrie
  43. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  44. WALL-E
  45. Slumdog Millionaire
  46. Romulus, My Father
  47. Babylon A.D.
  48. RockNRolla
  49. Last Chance Harvey
  50. Twilight
  51. The Spirit
  52. Deception
  53. 88 Minutes
  54. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  55. Australia
  56. Jumper
  57. The Incredible Hulk
  58. Wanted
  59. Boarding Gate
  60. Superhero Movie
  61. Funny Games
Other Notable Releases
  1. Blindness
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  3. Gran Torino
  4. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  5. JCVD
  6. Kung Fu Panda
  7. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  8. Mamma Mia!
  9. Marley and Me
  10. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  11. Pineapple Express
  12. Rachel Getting Maried
  13. Rambo
  14. Righteous Kill
  15. Role Models
  16. Sex and the City
  17. Son of Rambow
  18. Swing Vote
  19. Synecdoche, New York
  20. Vicky Christina Barcelona

2007

Viewed/Ranked

  1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2. American Gangster
  3. Ratatouille 
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  5. Gone Baby Gone
  6. Smokin' Aces
  7. Across the Universe
  8. No Country for Old Men
  9. The Simpsons Movie
  10. 3:10 to Yuma
  11. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  12. The Lookout
  13. I'm Not There
  14. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  15. Hot Fuzz
  16. Lucky You
  17. The Number 23
  18. Spider-Man 3
  19. Grindhouse
  20. Charlie Wilson's War
  21. Lions for Lambs
  22. Juno
  23. The Mist
  24. In the Valley of Elah
  25. Nation Treasure: Book of Secrets
  26. 300
  27. There Will Be Blood
  28. The Hunting Party
  29. Rescue Dawn
  30. Fred Claus
  31. Ocean's Thirteen
  32. The Game Plan
  33. We Own the Night
  34. Michael Clayton
  35. Music and Lyrics
  36. I Am Legend
  37. Shoot 'Em Up
  38. Freedom Writers
  39. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  40. Beowulf
  41. Ghost Rider
  42. License to Wed
  43. Shrek the Third
  44. Bee Movie
  45. Bucket List
  46. Alvin and the Chipmunks
  47. The Bourne Ultimatum
  48. Martian Child
  49. Transformers
  50. 28 Weeks Later
  51. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  52. Pathfinder: Legend of the Ghost Warrior
  53. The Last Legion
  54. Blades of Glory
  55. Wild Hogs
  56. Good Luck Chuck
  57. The Golden Compass
  58. TMNT
  59. Fracture
Other Notable Releases
  1. Atonement
  2. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  3. Bug
  4. Dan in Real Life
  5. The Darjeeling Limited
  6. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  7. Enchanted
  8. Hannibal Rising
  9. Hot Rod
  10. I Think I Love My Wife
  11. The Kingdom
  12. Knocked Up
  13. La Vie en Rose
  14. Live Free or Die Hard
  15. Love in the Time of Cholera
  16. Lust, Caution
  17. The Nanny Diaries
  18. Once
  19. Paris, je t'aime
  20. Reservation Road
  21. Rush Hour 3
  22. The Savages
  23. Slipstream
  24. Stardust
  25. Superbad
  26. Talk to Me
  27. Waitress

Monday, May 18, 2015

2006

Viewed/Ranked

  1. The Departed
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  3. Hollywoodland
  4. Superman Returns
  5. World Trade Center
  6. The Da Vinci Code
  7. Children of Men
  8. The Pink Panther
  9. Brick
  10. Lady in the Water
  11. The Proposition
  12. The Illusionist
  13. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  14. Ask the Dust
  15. Stranger Than Fiction
  16. Candy
  17. We Are Marshall
  18. 16 Blocks
  19. The Break-Up
  20. Miami Vice
  21. The Prestige
  22. Marie Antoinette
  23. Casino Royale
  24. Letters from Iwo Jima
  25. X-Men: The Last Stand
  26. Mission: Impossible III
  27. Accepted
  28. United 93
  29. Stick It
  30. A Good Year
  31. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  32. Idiocracy
  33. The Fountain
  34. Babel
  35. The Pursuit of Happyness
  36. The Good German
  37. Pan's Labyrinth
  38. Nacho Libre
  39. V for Vendetta
  40. Snakes on a Plane
  41. Beerfest
  42. The Devil Wears Prada
  43. The Good Shepherd
  44. Down in the Valley
  45. Factory Girl
  46. Over the Hedge
  47. Don't Come Knocking
  48. Saw III
  49. Happy Feet
  50. Little Miss Sunshine
  51. Blood Diamond
  52. Ultraviolet
  53. Unaccompanied Minors
  54. The Shaggy Dog
  55. The Guardian
  56. Beowulf and Grendel
  57. Poseidon
  58. Zoom
  59. Cars
  60. Just My Luck
  61. Haven
  62. American Dreamz
  63. When a Stranger Calls
  64. John Tucker Must Die
  65. One Night with the King
Other Notable Releases
  1. A Scanner Darkly
  2. Apocalypto
  3. The Black Dahlia
  4. Borat
  5. Clerks II
  6. Crank
  7. Dreamgirls
  8. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  9. Flags of Our Fathers
  10. Flushed Away
  11. Half Nelson
  12. Hostel
  13. Ice Age: The Meltdown
  14. Idlewild
  15. The Last King of Scotland
  16. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  17. The Nativity Story
  18. Night at the Museum
  19. Notes on a Scandal
  20. Open Season
  21. The Queen
  22. Rocky Balboa
  23. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  24. Sherrybaby
  25. Step Up
  26. Thank You for Smoking
  27. Tideland
  28. Underworld: Evolution
  29. Volver
  30. Winter Passing

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I picked up these DVDs recently

I still collect physical movies.  Here are some DVDs I picked up yesterday.


Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
I don't know, I've just always been interested to see it.


The Inglorious Bastards
The original.


Letters from Iwo Jima
It's long been a favorite of mine.


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
I'm very far behind in both Bill Murray and Wes Anderson movies.


No Country for Old Men
I still think of this as the pay-off to Josh Brolin's career resurgence.


True Grit
Jeff Bridges is Rooster Cogburn.


John Adams
The HBO mini-series.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2005

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Munich
  2. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  4. Batman Begins
  5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  6. The New World
  7. Sin City
  8. Rent
  9. Kingdom of Heaven
  10. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  11. Fun with Dick and Jane
  12. Walk the Line
  13. The Constant Gardener
  14. The Producers
  15. Elizabethtown
  16. The Legend of Zorro
  17. Brokeback Mountain
  18. Fever Pitch
  19. The Brothers Grimm
  20. Syriana
  21. Be Cool
  22. Lords of Dogtown
  23. Crash
  24. Hitch
  25. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  26. Corpse Bride
  27. Casanova
  28. The Dukes of Hazzard
  29. Serenity
  30. Into the Blue
  31. The Island
  32. Fantastic Four
  33. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  34. Cinderella Man
  35. Chicken Little
  36. A History of Violance
  37. Saw II
  38. Domino
  39. Bewitched
  40. Elektra
  41. Red Eye
  42. Derailed
  43. Doom
  44. Hostage
Other Notable Releases
  1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  2. Because of Winn-Dixie
  3. Capote
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  5. Constantine
  6. Diary of a Mad Black Woman
  7. Good Night, and Good Luck
  8. Hustle & Flow
  9. Jarhead
  10. Madagascar
  11. March of the Penguins
  12. Memoirs of a Geisha
  13. The Pacifier
  14. Pride and Prejudice
  15. Robots
  16. Rumor Has It
  17. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  18. Son of the Mask
  19. Waiting...
  20. War of the Worlds
  21. Wedding Crashers
  22. Zathura

2004

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Alexander
  2. Kill Bill Vol. 2
  3. Troy
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  5. The Passion of the Christ
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  7. The Manchurian Candidate
  8. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  9. The Aviator
  10. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  11. I, Robot
  12. Shrek 2
  13. Club Dread
  14. Shaun of the Dead
  15. Sidways
  16. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  17. The Alamo
  18. The Village
  19. King Arthur
  20. Million Dollar Baby
  21. National Treasure
  22. Garden State
  23. Finding Neverland
  24. The Terminal
  25. Collateral
  26. Layer Cake
  27. Alfie
  28. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  29. Dawn of the Dead
  30. EuroTrip
  31. DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
  32. The Ladykillers
  33. Ladder 49
  34. Hellboy
  35. Meet the Fockers
  36. Saw
  37. Spider-Man 2
  38. The Incredibles
  39. Van Helsing
  40. Catwoman
  41. The Stepford Wives
  42. The Chronicles of Riddick
  43. Walking Tall
  44. The Big Bounce
  45. 50 First Dates
  46. Man on Fire
Other Notable Releases
  1. Alien vs. Predator
  2. The Bourne Supremacy
  3. Closer
  4. Exorcist: The Beginning
  5. Friday Night Lights
  6. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
  7. Hidalgo
  8. I Heart Huckabees
  9. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  10. Mr. 3000
  11. Mean Girls
  12. Napoleon Dynamite
  13. The Notebook
  14. Ocean's Twelve
  15. The Polar Express
  16. Ray
  17. Shark Tale
  18. Taxi

2003

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
  2. Phone Booth
  3. Finding Nemo
  4. The Matrix Reloaded
  5. S.W.A.T.
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  7. The Matrix Revolutions
  8. Daredevil
  9. Shattered Glass
  10. The Rundown
  11. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  12. The Human Stain
  13. American Splendor
  14. Elf
  15. Cold Mountain
  16. Lost in Translation
  17. Seabiscuit
  18. Bruce Almighty
  19. Peter Pan
  20. 2 Fast 2 Furious
  21. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  22. X2: X-Men United
  23. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  24. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  25. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  26. Big Fish
  27. Ned Kelly
  28. The Gospel of John
  29. Head of State
  30. Open Range
  31. The Recruit
  32. The Last Samurai
  33. The Missing
  34. Timeline
  35. Beyond Borders
  36. Hulk
  37. Underworld
  38. Mystic River
  39. Out of Time
  40. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  41. The Order
  42. Gigli
  43. Basic
  44. Gods and Generals
  45. Tears of the Sun
  46. Identity
Other Notable Releases
  1. 21 Grams
  2. Agent Cody Banks
  3. American Wedding
  4. Anger Management
  5. Anything Else
  6. Bad Boys II
  7. Bad Santa
  8. Brother Bear
  9. Bulletproof Monk
  10. Cabin Fever
  11. The Core
  12. Daddy Day Care
  13. Dreamcatcher
  14. Freaky Friday
  15. Freddy vs. Jason
  16. Girl with a Pearl Earring
  17. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  18. The Hunted
  19. Intolerable Cruelty
  20. Johnny English
  21. Love Actually
  22. Masked and Anonymous
  23. Matchstick Men
  24. Monster
  25. Old School
  26. Party Monster
  27. School of Rock
  28. Shanghai Knights
  29. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  30. Something's Gotta Give
  31. The Station Agent
  32. Sylvia

2002

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  2. Star Trek Nemesis
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  5. Chicago
  6. Big Trouble
  7. Gangs of New York
  8. Catch Me If You Can
  9. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  10. Signs
  11. Insomnia
  12. 25th Hour
  13. Minority Report
  14. Road to Perdition
  15. Hart's War
  16. Men in Black II
  17. Whale Rider
  18. Narc
  19. Adaptation
  20. Red Dragon
  21. Ice Age
  22. The Quiet American
  23. Solaris
  24. Punch-Drunk Love
  25. Die Another Day
  26. Sweet Home Alabama
  27. The Four Feathers
  28. S1MONE
  29. I Spy
  30. K-19: The Widowmaker
  31. Spider-Man
  32. The Scorpion King
  33. John Q
  34. The Good Girl
  35. Reign of Fire
  36. The Count of Monte Cristo
  37. Dog Soldiers
  38. Slackers
  39. Equilibrium
  40. Analyze That
  41. One Hour Photo
  42. The Mothman Prophecies
  43. The Ring
  44. Infernal Affairs
  45. 8 Mile
Other Notable Releases
  1. 28 Days Later
  2. 40 Days and 40 Nights
  3. A Walk to Remember
  4. About a Boy
  5. Austin Powers in Goldmember
  6. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  7. Bend It Like Beckham
  8. Big Fat Liar
  9. Blue Crush
  10. The Bourne Identity
  11. Bubba Ho-Tep
  12. Death to Smoochy
  13. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  14. Frida
  15. Full Frontal
  16. Hollywood Ending
  17. The Hours
  18. Igby Goes Down
  19. Impostor
  20. Jason X
  21. Lilo & Stitch
  22. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  23. National Lampoon's Van Wilder
  24. The New Guy
  25. Orange County
  26. The Pianist
  27. Queen of the Damned
  28. Return to Never Land
  29. Resident Evil
  30. Russian Ark
  31. The Santa Clause 2
  32. Scooby-Doo
  33. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  34. The Sum of all Fears
  35. The Transporter
  36. Treasure Planet
  37. The Truth About Charlie
  38. Unfaithful
  39. We Were Soldiers
  40. Windtalkers
  41. xXx

2001

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Memento
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. Shrek
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  5. Training Day
  6. Monsters, Inc.
  7. Black Hawk Down
  8. The Majestic
  9. A Beautiful Mind
  10. The Score
  11. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  12. Zoolander
  13. 15 Minutes
  14. A Knight's Tale
  15. The Fast and the Furious
  16. Ali
  17. American Outlaws
  18. Planet of the Apes
  19. The Mummy Returns
  20. Gosford Park
  21. Rat Race
  22. K-PAX
  23. Rush Hour 2
  24. Moulin Rouge!
  25. Super Troopers
  26. Monster's Ball
  27. Wet Hot American Summer
  28. Enemy at the Gates
  29. Buffalo Soldiers
  30. The Princess Diaries
  31. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  32. The Musketeer
  33. American Pie 2
  34. The Others
  35. Evolution
  36. Bridget Jones's Diary
  37. The Animal
  38. The One
  39. Shallow Hal
  40. Scary Movie 2
  41. The Glass House
Other Notable Releases
  1. 3000 Miles to Graceland
  2. Along Came a Spider
  3. Amelie
  4. America's Sweethearts
  5. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  6. Behind Enemy Lines
  7. Black Knight
  8. Blow
  9. Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  10. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  11. The Devil's Backbone
  12. Donnie Darko
  13. From Hell
  14. Ghost World
  15. Hannibal
  16. Hearts in Atlantis
  17. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  18. Iris
  19. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  20. Jeepers Creepers
  21. Joy Ride
  22. Jurassic Park III
  23. Kate & Leopold
  24. Legally Blonde
  25. Life as a House
  26. The Man Who Wasn't There
  27. The Mexican
  28. Monkeybone
  29. Not Another Teen Movie
  30. O
  31. Ocean's Eleven
  32. Original Sin
  33. Osmosis Jones
  34. Pearl Harbor
  35. Rock Star
  36. The Royal Tenenbaums
  37. The Shipping News
  38. Spy Game
  39. Spy Kids
  40. Swordfish
  41. The Tailor of Panama
  42. Tape
  43. Town & Country
  44. Vanilla Sky
  45. Waking Life
  46. Y Tu Mama Tambien

Monday, February 9, 2015

2000

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Gladiator
  2. Tigerland
  3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  4. Unbreakable
  5. The Patriot
  6. Cast Away
  7. The Perfect Storm
  8. Thirteen Days
  9. The Cell
  10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  11. X-Men
  12. Almost Famous
  13. The Way of the Gun
  14. All the Pretty Horses
  15. 28 Days
  16. Pitch Black
  17. Me, Myself & Irene
  18. The Family Man
  19. Mission: Impossible II
  20. Dude, Where's My Car?
  21. The Emperor's New Groove
  22. Screwed
  23. Road Trip
  24. The Million Dollar Hotel
  25. The Legend of Bagger Vance
  26. Gone in 60 Seconds
  27. Finding Forrester
  28. Proof of Life
  29. Pollock
  30. Traffic
  31. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  32. Erin Brockovich
  33. Remember the Titans
  34. Meet the Parents
  35. Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
  36. Pay It Forward
  37. Vertical Limit
  38. The Gift
  39. Keeping the Faith
  40. High Fidelity
  41. Small Time Crooks
  42. Highlander: Endgame
  43. Dungeons & Dragons
  44. The Replacements
  45. Coyote Ugly
  46. The 6th Day
  47. Space Cowboys
  48. Best in Show
  49. Red Planet
  50. Fantasia 2000
  51. Battlefield Earth
  52. Scary Movie
Other Notable Releases
  1. American Psycho
  2. Amores perros
  3. An Everlasting Piece
  4. Bamboozled
  5. The Beach
  6. Bedazzled
  7. Before Night Falls
  8. Big Momma's House
  9. The Big Tease
  10. Billy Elliot
  11. Boiler Room
  12. Bring It On
  13. Charlie's Angels
  14. Chicken Run
  15. Chocolat
  16. The Contender
  17. Dr. T & the Women
  18. Dinosaur
  19. Dracula 2000
  20. Final Destination
  21. Frequency
  22. Godzilla 2000
  23. Hollow Man
  24. The House of Mirth
  25. The Ladies Man
  26. The Legend of Drunken Master
  27. Little Nicky
  28. Miss Congeniality
  29. Mission to Mars
  30. My Dog Skip
  31. The Original Kings of Comedy
  32. Quills
  33. Ready to Rumble
  34. The Road to El Dorado
  35. Romeo Must Die
  36. Rules of Engagement
  37. Saving Grace
  38. Scream 3
  39. Sexy Beast
  40. Shadow of the Vampire
  41. Shaft
  42. Shanghai Noon
  43. The Skulls
  44. Snatch
  45. Snow Day
  46. Titan A.E.
  47. What Lies Beneath
  48. What Women Want
  49. The Whole Nine Yards
  50. Woman on Top
  51. Wonder Boys
Notes: And actually, I don't think Battlefield Earth is all that bad.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

1999

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Man on the Moon
  2. The Matrix
  3. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  4. Office Space
  5. The Sixth Sense
  6. Galaxy Quest
  7. Instinct
  8. The End of the Affair
  9. The Green Mile
  10. Cradle Will Rock
  11. Fight Club
  12. The Virgin Suicides
  13. The Insider
  14. The Mummy
  15. Three Kings
  16. The 13th Warrior
  17. Any Given Sunday
  18. Toy Story 2
  19. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  20. American Pie
  21. 10 Things I hate About You
  22. Bowfinger
  23. Mystery, Alaska
  24. Liberty Heights
  25. Topsy-Turvy
  26. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  27. The Hurricane
  28. Two Hands
  29. The Thomas Crown Affair
  30. American Beauty
  31. Life
  32. Bringing Out the Dead
  33. A Midsummer Night's Dream
  34. The Buena Vista Social Club
  35. Muppets from Space
  36. Wing Commander
  37. The World Is Not Enough
  38. Entrapment
  39. Dogma
  40. Go
  41. The Limey
  42. Fantasia 2000
  43. Bicentennial Man
  44. Mansfield Park
  45. For Love of the Game
  46. The General's Daughter
  47. Mystery Men
  48. Sunshine
  49. End of Days
  50. Wild Wild West
  51. Tarzan
  52. But I'm a Cheerleader
  53. Stigmata
  54. 8mm
  55. The Blair Witch Project
Other Notable Releases
  1. 200 Cigarettes
  2. Analyze This
  3. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  4. The Bachelor
  5. Being John Malkovich
  6. The Best Man
  7. Big Daddy
  8. The Bone Collector
  9. The Boondock Saints
  10. Boys Don't Cry
  11. The Cider House Rules
  12. Dick
  13. EDtv
  14. Election
  15. eXistenZ
  16. Eyes Wide Shut
  17. Flawless
  18. Forces of Nature
  19. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  20. Girl, Interrupted
  21. Idle Hands
  22. The Iron Giant
  23. Jakob the Liar
  24. Light It Up
  25. Magnolia
  26. Message in a Bottle
  27. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  28. Mickey Blue Eyes
  29. Mumford
  30. The Muse
  31. Notting Hill
  32. October Sky
  33. Play It to the Bone
  34. Pushing Tin
  35. Ravenous
  36. Runaway Bride
  37. Sleepy Hollow
  38. Snow Falling on Cedars
  39. The Straight Story
  40. Stuart Little
  41. Summer of Sam
  42. Sweet and Lowdown
  43. The Thirteenth Floor
  44. Titus
  45. Universal Soldier: The Return
  46. The War Zone

Monday, February 2, 2015

1998

Viewed/Ranked

  1. The Truman Show
  2. American History X
  3. The Mask of Zorro
  4. Shakespeare in Love
  5. Star Trek: Insurrection
  6. There's Something About Mary
  7. The Avengers
  8. The Negotiator
  9. Patch Adams
  10. Lethal Weapon 4
  11. Rush Hour
  12. Saving Private Ryan
  13. Meet Joe Black
  14. Snake Eyes
  15. Mulan
  16. Elizabeth
  17. Celebrity
  18. The Thin Red Line
  19. Lost in Space
  20. The Odd Couple II
  21. Primary Colors
  22. Wide Awake
  23. Pleasantville
  24. Blues Brothers 2000
  25. Rounders
  26. Earth
  27. Apt Pupil
  28. Species II
  29. Return to Paradise
  30. Ronin
  31. A Night at the Roxbury
  32. Simon Birch
  33. The Big Hit
  34. A Bug's Life
  35. The Waterboy
Other Notable Releases
  1. A Civil Action
  2. An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn
  3. Antz
  4. Armageddon
  5. Beloved
  6. The Big Lebowski
  7. Blade
  8. Bride of Chucky
  9. Bulworth
  10. Croupier
  11. Dark City
  12. Dirty Work
  13. Dr. Dolittle
  14. Enemy of the State
  15. Ever After
  16. The Faculty
  17. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  18. Gods and Monsters
  19. Godzilla
  20. Great Expectations
  21. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
  22. He Got Game
  23. The Horse Whisperer
  24. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  25. Jack Frost
  26. Les Miserables
  27. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  28. The Man in the Iron Mask
  29. The Mighty
  30. The Newton Boys
  31. Out of Sight
  32. The Parent Trap
  33. Pi
  34. Practical Magic
  35. The Prince of Egypt
  36. Psycho
  37. Run Lola Run
  38. Rushmore
  39. The Siege
  40. Sphere
  41. U.S. Marshals
  42. Velvet Goldmine
  43. Very Bad Things
  44. The Wedding Singer
  45. What Dreams May Come
  46. Wild Things
  47. The X-Files: Fight the Future
  48. You've Got Mail
Notes: A few films in the Other Notable Releases that I've semi-seen but would very much like to see again for a proper evaluation: Dark City, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Out of Sight, and What Dreams May Come.  The Truman Show was for a while my favorite movie.  This was a pretty darn good year at the movies.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

1997

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Amistad
  2. Out to Sea
  3. The Fifth Element
  4. Men in Black
  5. Liar Liar
  6. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  7. Conspiracy Theory
  8. Good Will Hunting
  9. Jackie Brown
  10. Grosse Pointe Blank
  11. Titanic
  12. Rosewood
  13. U Turn
  14. Batman & Robin
  15. L.A. Confidential
  16. Gattaca
  17. Anastasia
  18. Flubber
  19. Cop Land
  20. Hercules
  21. In & Out
  22. Scream 2
  23. The Postman
  24. Donnie Brasco
  25. G.I. Jane
  26. Face/Off
  27. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
  28. Princess Mononoke
  29. The Butcher Boy
  30. Masterminds
  31. Dante's Peak
  32. Starship Troopers
  33. Kull the Conqueror
  34. Steel
  35. Spawn
Other Notable Releases
  1. A Life Less Ordinary
  2. Absolute Power
  3. Air Bud
  4. Air Force One
  5. Alien Resurrection
  6. Anaconda
  7. As Good as It Gets
  8. Bean
  9. Boogie Nights
  10. Chasing Amy
  11. Con Air
  12. Contact
  13. Deconstructing Harry
  14. The Devil's Own
  15. Eve's Bayou
  16. Event Horizon
  17. Fierce Creatures
  18. Fools Rush In
  19. The Full Monty
  20. The Game
  21. Gone Fishin'
  22. Good Burger
  23. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  24. The Ice Storm
  25. The Jackal
  26. Kiss the Girls
  27. Kundun
  28. Life is Beautiful
  29. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  30. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  31. Mimic
  32. Money Talks
  33. My Best Friend's Wedding
  34. Nothing to Lose
  35. The Peacemaker
  36. Private Parts
  37. The Rainmaker
  38. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  39. The Saint
  40. Selena
  41. Seven Years in Tibet
  42. Soul Food
  43. Speed 2: Cruise Control
  44. Tomorrow Never Dies
  45. Ulee's Gold
  46. Vegas Vacation
  47. Wag the Dog
  48. Waiting for Guffman
Notes: A tough year to rank.  I like a lot of 1997 movies, but as for loving any of them...Amistad gets the top spot because it's awesome in a lot of ways, but I've never particularly thought of it among my all-time favorites.  The next five I would watch ahead of it just because they're so enjoyable, but being enjoyable isn't always the best way to determine which film is best.  The age-old dilemma...Rosewood started out as the film to beat, but aside from out-and-out bad-assery from Ving Rhames, I wondered if it was really better than some of the other contenders.  Hence it slipped pretty far down the list.  Batman & Robin is a historic stinker for a lot of people, but I've always liked it, hence a pretty high ranking, considering.  Other Notable Releases has a ton of movies I'd love to catch, and as always a few thrown in for strictly contextual purposes, although there will always be some omissions I simply don't feel like listing.

Monday, January 26, 2015

1996

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Star Trek: First Contact
  2. Looking for Richard
  3. Mission: Impossible
  4. Independence Day
  5. The Island of Dr. Moreau
  6. From Dusk Till Dawn
  7. Jerry Maguire
  8. The Cable Guy
  9. Trainspotting
  10. Happy Gilmore
  11. Primal Fear
  12. Romeo + Juliet
  13. The English Patient
  14. The Nutty Professor
  15. Scream
  16. Hamlet
  17. Mars Attacks!
  18. That Thing You Do!
  19. Mary Reilly
  20. The Fan
  21. The Rock
  22. The Phantom
  23. Kingpin
  24. Courage Under Fire
  25. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  26. The Quest
  27. Rumble in the Bronx
  28. Crash
Other Notable Releases
  1. A Time to Kill
  2. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
  3. The Birdcage
  4. Bottle Rocket
  5. Bound
  6. Emma
  7. Eraser
  8. Evita
  9. Fargo
  10. The First Wives Club
  11. Flirting with Disaster
  12. The Frighteners
  13. Get on the Bus
  14. Glory Daze
  15. High School High
  16. Jack
  17. James and the Giant Peach
  18. The Last Supper
  19. Marvin's Room
  20. Michael
  21. Multiplicity
  22. Muppet Treasure Island
  23. My Fellow Americans
  24. The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  25. Phenomenon
  26. Ransom
  27. Shine
  28. Sleepers
  29. Sling Blade
  30. Space Jam
  31. Swingers
  32. Tin Cup
  33. Twister
  34. Wallace and Gromit
Notes: I've twice before selected a Star Trek film as my favorite, but they were both in '80s years where my experience was fairly lean.  First Contact was an instant favorite of mine, and thanks to Patrick Stewart's standout performance remains my leading contender as best Trek all-time.  From there, let's provide a breakdown, just so you can see my thought process.  Second goes to Looking for Richard, Al Pacino's film about a production of Richard III, which also features Kevin Spacey.  The '90s were good for seeing unusual actors doing Shakespeare, which is a shame because it's happened rarely since.  Third goes to another instant and long-time favorite, Tom Cruise's first Mission: Impossible, which should never be diminished in anyone's eyes just because it was based on prior material.  It's first-rate stuff.  Fourth goes to Independence Day, a classic disaster flick (and the year's top grosser) packed with memorable performances.  Fifth goes to Island of Dr. Moreau, which is usually regarded as Marlon Brando's biggest headscratcher.  But I don't tend to agree that conventional wisdom is always right.  Whatever Brando thought or however he approached the role, the results are still fascinating, and it doesn't hurt to have David Thewlis and Val Kilmer along.  Sixth goes to From Dusk Till Dawn, another early-career Robert Rodriguez winner, with the same being said for at-the-time box office newbie George Clooney.  Seventh goes to Jerry Maguire, which is one of the decade's enduring romantic dramas.  Eighth goes to Cable Guy, the movie that snapped Jim Carrey's streak, undeservedly so.  In hindsight, the beginning of Carrey taking his career into his own creative hands.  Ninth goes to Trainspotting, a movie I haven't seen in years and if anytime more recently, probably would rank higher.  Shame that it doesn't seem to have had the same cultural staying power as its ideological predecessor, A Clockwork Orange.  Tenth goes to Happy Gilmore, easily my favorite Adam Sandler comedy.  Eleventh goes to Edward Norton's breakthrough, Primal Fear.  Twelfth goes to Romeo + Juliet, one of those '90s Shakespeare efforts that's now best known as early spotlights for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, both of whom proved very much worth casting in such famous roles.  Thirteenth goes to The English Patient, which you kind of have to be patient with.  Fourteenth goes to The Nutty Professor, which revived Eddie Murphy's popular career and because I really haven't seen his biggest '80s hits is still my most direct experience with what he's best known for (besides Donkey).  Fifteenth goes to Scream, the start of a franchise I still like to think as Liev Schreiber's best bet to be remembered.  Sixteenth goes to this particular Hamlet, which was Kenneth Branagh's.  Seventeenth goes to Mars Attacks!, which is like the comedy version of Independence Day.  Eighteenth goes to That Thing You Do!, which will probably remain the only time one of the colleges I went to (Mercyhurst in Erie, PA) becomes immortalized in film.  Unless people start making films about Stephen King.  Nineteenth goes to Mary Reilly, a film that at the time nearly ruined Julia Roberts' career, but is actually pretty awesome.  Twentieth goes to The Fan, which is a fun little entry in the careers of Tony Scott, Wesley Snipes, and Robert Di Niro.  Twenty-first goes to The Rock, which was a favorite of my brother's.  Twenty-second goes to The Phantom, which was like a warm-up for Mask of Zorro, Catherine Zeta-Jones included!  Twenty-third goes to Kingpin, which I think if anyone remembers it is thanks to Bill Murray's hair.  Twenty-fourth goes to Courage Under Fire, which I pretty much remember as the film where a young Matt Damon is incredibly gaunt.  Twenty-fifth goes to Hunchback of Notre Dame, still the unlikeliest Disney animated flick ever.  Twenty-sixth goes to The Quest, a minor if crucial film in Jean-Claude Van Damme's career.  He directed it.  And stars in it, naturally.  Twenty-seventh goes to Rumble in the Brbox, which launched Jackie Chan's Hollywood career, but as it turns out doesn't really translate that well.  And finally, Crash rounds out the list because it's about as good as the book.  I don't like either one.

...And I'll spare everyone doing the same for the movies in the second list.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 at a glance



The Loft (1/30)
This was on my watch list last year, but it was apparently delayed.  So here it is again.

Jupiter Ascending (2/6)
Another must-see movie from last year with a far better publicized release delay.  (There are a bunch of delays coming out this year for some reason.)

Focus (2/27)
New Will Smith.  For me, that's still a very good thing.

Chappie (3/6)
New from Neill Blomkamp.

Serena (3/27)
I'm so far behind my Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence flicks, if I saw this one on its release, it would be my first one.

Furious 7 (4/3)
Probably the most anticipated delayed release of the year.


Selfless (4/17)
Although for me, the new Tarsem is.


Child 44 (4/17)
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.


Rock the Kasbah (4/24)
Featuring Zooey Deschanel.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1)
One of those surefire blockbusters, right?

Mad Max: Fury Road (5/15)
"Mr. Franchise" Tom Hardy.

Tomorrowland (5/22)
Looks fascinating.

Terminator Genisys (7/3)
I'm hooked on the franchise.

Pan (7/17)
I'm also hooked (heh) on Peter Pan.


Black Mass (9/18)
Mob movies.  C'mon.

The Walk (10/2)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  The Twin Towers.


Spectre (11/6)
Bond.  New Bond.


The Martian (11/27)
Ridley Scott.


Midnight Special (11/27)
Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon.

In the Heart of the Sea (12/11)
Ron Howard adapts the true story of the event that inspired Moby Dick.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (12/18)
You, ah, probably know about this one.


Mission: Impossible 5 (12/25)
Another of my favorite series.


Joy (12/25)
Cooper/Lawrence again, this time with David O. Russell.  Again.


The Revenant (12/25)
Tom Hardy again, plus Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

(Clearly, all dates subject to change.)

1995

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Toy Story
  2. Grumpier Old Men
  3. The Quick and the Dead
  4. Don Juan De Marco
  5. Higher Learning
  6. Desperado
  7. The Usual Suspects
  8. Braveheart
  9. Mortal Kombat
  10. Apollo 13
  11. Nixon
  12. Waterworld
  13. Batman Forever
  14. 12 Monkeys
  15. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
  16. Dracula: Dead and Loving It
  17. Dead Man Walking
  18. Casino
  19. Bad Boys
  20. Mr. Holland's Opus
  21. Othello
  22. Four Rooms
  23. GoldenEye
  24. Judge Dredd
  25. Tommy Boy
  26. Species


Other Notable Releases
  1. A Kid in King Arthur's Court
  2. A Little Princess
  3. The American President
  4. Babe
  5. The Basketball Diaries
  6. Before Sunrise
  7. The Bridges of Madison County
  8. Clockers
  9. Clueless
  10. Congo
  11. Crimson Tide
  12. Cutthroat Island
  13. Dangerous Minds
  14. Die Hard: With a Vengeance
  15. First Knight
  16. Friday
  17. Get Shorty
  18. Heat
  19. Jade
  20. Jumanji
  21. Kids
  22. Leaving Las Vegas
  23. Mallrats
  24. Mighty Aphrodite
  25. Money Train
  26. Richard III
  27. Rob Roy
  28. Sense and Sensibility
  29. Seven
  30. Strange Days
  31. To Die For
  32. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
  33. Village of the Damned
  34. Waiting to Exhale
  35. While You Were Sleeping
  36. Wild Bill
Notes: Clockers, Cutthroat Island, First Knight, Mallrats, Rob Roy, and Wild Bill are all films that could be listed in the Viewed/Ranked section, but I've reserved because I would need to see them again to have a proper appreciation.  It strikes me that 1995 was an exceptional year, and a crucial one.  I could write a lot more about that.

Monday, January 19, 2015

1994

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. The Shawshank Redemption
  3. Forrest Gump
  4. Star Trek Generations
  5. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  6. Wyatt Earp
  7. The Mask
  8. The Santa Clause
  9. Stargate
  10. Natural Born Killers
  11. Legends of the Fall
  12. Maverick
  13. The Lion King
  14. Street Fighter
  15. True Lies
  16. Dumb and Dumber
  17. Clerks
Other Notable Releases
  1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  2. Airheads
  3. Being Human
  4. Beverly Hills Cop III
  5. Bullets Over Broadway
  6. Clear and Present Danger
  7. The Client
  8. Crooklyn
  9. The Crow
  10. Ed Wood
  11. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  12. Heavenly Creatures
  13. The Hudsucker Proxy
  14. I.Q.
  15. Interview with the Vampire
  16. The Madness of King George
  17. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  18. The Next Karate Kid
  19. The Pagemaster
  20. The Paper
  21. The Professional
  22. Quiz Show
  23. The Road to Wellville
  24. Speed
Notes: The Viewed/Ranked for this year is a pretty strong crop (although I'm not particularly a fan of Clerks), with a number of films listed in Other Notable Releases (Crooklyn, Interview with the Vampire, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Road to Wellville, Speed) technically eligible for inclusion as well, held out only due to my sketchy memories of and/or incomplete experience with them.  I left out a bunch of other recognizable names in the latter listing in the interests of brevity.  As always, that's a list of movies I'd like to see at some later point.  Also, my listing of Forrest Gump below Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption should not be construed as a commentary on the Oscars debate.  They all three extremely notable movies for entirely different reasons.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

1993

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Schindler's List
  2. Groundhog Day
  3. Grumpy Old Men
  4. True Romance
  5. Heaven and Earth
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Much Ado About Nothing
  8. Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  9. The Snapper
  10. Mrs. Doubtfire
  11. The Fugitive
  12. Kalifornia
  13. The Thing Called Love
  14. Gettysburg
  15. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
  16. The Man Without a Face
  17. Dave
  18. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
  19. Jurassic Park
  20. Romper Stomper
  21. El Mariachi
  22. It's All True
  23. Cool Runnings
  24. Tombstone
  25. Hocus Pocus
  26. Free Willy
Other Notables Releases
  1. Addams Family Values
  2. Another Stakeout
  3. Army of Darkness
  4. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  5. Beethoven's 2nd
  6. Benny and Joon
  7. Carlito's Way
  8. Cliffhanger
  9. Coneheads
  10. Dazed and Confused
  11. Dead Alive
  12. Demolition Man
  13. Dennis the Menace
  14. The Firm
  15. Geronimo: An American Legend
  16. In the Line of Fire
  17. Indecent Proposal
  18. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  19. The Joy Luck Club
  20. Last Action Hero
  21. Look Who's Talking Now
  22. Manhattan Murder Mystery
  23. Menace II Society
  24. The Meteor Man
  25. Mr. Nanny
  26. The Pelican Brief
  27. Robocop 3
  28. Rookie of the Year
  29. Rudy
  30. The Sandlot
  31. Searching for Bobby Fisher
  32. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  33. Six Degrees of Separation
  34. Sleepless in Seattle
  35. Son of the Pink Panther
  36. Super Mario Bros.
  37. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  38. The Three Musketeers
  39. Wayne's World 2
  40. Weekend at Bernies II
  41. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  42. What's Love Got to Do with It

Monday, January 12, 2015

1992

Viewed/Ranked

  1. Malcolm X
  2. Reservoir Dogs
  3. Aladdin
  4. A Few Good Men
  5. The Cutting Edge
  6. Sister Act
  7. Batman Returns
  8. A River Runs Through It
  9. A League of Their Own
  10. Bram Stoker's Dracula
  11. Chaplin
  12. Wayne's World
  13. Noises Off
  14. Brain Donors
  15. Unforgiven
  16. Scent of a Woman
  17. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  18. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  19. The Mighty Ducks
  20. Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  21. Toys
Other Notable Releases
  1. 3 Ninjas
  2. 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  3. Alien 3
  4. Bad Lieutenant
  5. Basic Instinct
  6. Beethoven
  7. The Bodyguard
  8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  9. Candyman
  10. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
  11. Cool World
  12. The Crying Game
  13. Encino Man
  14. Far and Away
  15. Glengarry Glenn Ross
  16. Honeymoon in Vegas
  17. Johnny Suede
  18. The Last of the Mohicans
  19. Lethal Weapon 3
  20. My Cousin Vinny
  21. Of Mice and Men
  22. Patriot Games
  23. Sneakers
  24. Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  25. Under Siege
  26. Universal Soldier
  27. White Men Can't Jump

Monday, January 5, 2015

1991

Viewed/Ranked

  1. JFK
  2. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  4. Hook
  5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  6. The Doors
  7. The Fisher King
  8. Beauty and the Beast
  9. What About Bob?
  10. The Commitments
  11. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
  12. White Fang
  13. My Girl
  14. Thelma and Louise
  15. Point Break
  16. Shipwrecked
  17. The Rocketeer
  18. Life Stinks
  19. Fried Green Tomatoes
  20. The Silence of the Lambs
  21. King Ralph
  22. Jungle Fever
  23. Highlander 2: The Quickening
  24. Hudson Hawk
  25. The Neverending Story II
  26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II


    Other Notable Releases
    1. The Addams Family
    2. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
    3. Barton Fink
    4. Boyz N the Hood
    5. Bugsy
    6. Cape Fear
    7. City Slickers
    8. Doc Hollywood
    9. Father of the Bride
    10. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
    11. Hot Shots!
    12. L.A. Story
    13. La Femme Nikita
    14. Madonna: Truth or Dare
    15. My Own Private Idaho
    16. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
    17. Sleeping with the Enemy