I'm making the most definitive list of favorite movies ever.

For every year, I'm listing every movie I've seen and compare them all to each other asking one question; Which movie do I like more. Movies that score in the 80th percentile or higher, advance to the next round: Favorite of the Decade. After each Decade is done, an All Time list will be formed.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Favoritest Movies of 1994

My father and I used to keep a list throughout the year of movies we saw in the theater on the refrigerator with ratings on them.  He'd give me crap about seeing more movies than him.  But, considering that essentially every weekend I was seeing a movie with him (we'd miss a few weekends in this period due to going to a Cardinal game, or a show at the Fox, or the St. Louis Symphony), I'd go to the movies fairly often with my girlfriend at the time, and once a week my friend Verne and I would ditch class to go see a movie at Crestwood Mall.  Until we saw it... A movie that was, to us, just disgustingly unenjoyable.  Our weekly skip to the movies was killed dead by Natural Born Killers.  I was a little surprised to see it placed only third from the bottom on this list.

I was more surprised that Stargate is my favorite 1994 movie.  I really had no idea what would come out on top.  Maybe I haven't been clear about this before, but I've been using (a slightly modified) Condorcet method to rank each year of movies.  But there were so many movies that I saw at the time and since, either on video or cable that I did enjoy; how did Stargate win? When I saw Stargate for the first time, at Keller 8 Cine; 1) I thought it was one of the most predictable movies I've ever seen, but 2) I really wanted to see a sequel.  It was co-opting Erich von Däniken and the rest of the ancient astronaut mini industry of books you'd find in the metaphysical / new-age section of any Waldenbooks, without being tacky.  I really wished for a second movie where they went to Atlantis.  Other gods in addition to the Egyptians would have been nice to see as well.  But, If I had made this list in 1994, not only would it have been a lot shorter.  Stargate wouldn't have passed Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction, or Leon.  It probably would have been just above the middle.    
"Never underestimate your audience. They're generally
sensitive, intelligent people who respond positively
to quality entertainment." - STARGΛTE SG·1

So why so much love now for a truly ridiculous movie?  Ridiculous I say?  The premise is this; If you find an old safe, and have the first 6 numbers of a 7 number combination, how many experts does it take to open it?  But, that's what Alfred Hitchcock would call a "Refrigerator Moment", so it's forgiven.  Now, my wife and her brother dig on Stargate, but that's not enough alone.  Star Trek The Next Generation is my favorite TV series ever, and that probably helped Generations to the second spot (tied with The Lion King).  Heck, Generations isn't even that great, Why didn't Tolian Sorin just get himself a shuttlecraft and one of those thruster suits Spock had in The Motion Picture and fly into the Nexus, save all the people on Veridian 3 the trouble of dying... by the way, if you kill an entire planetary civilization in a movie these days, you don't gewt a pass like Generations or New Hope, we need to see cities crumble and families crushed or engulfed in flame... Go Roland Emmerich on their sorry carbon based bottoms!  Say, aside from 2012, didn't he make... Stargate?  Stargate got to the top of this list with Ten seasons of clawing it's way into my heart.  As much as I loved Richard Dead Anderson, and I still as of the writing of this, I need to watch all of Farscape.  But, Ben Browder and Claudia Black joining the show, made SG·1 some serious family time TV viewing.  It's a conceptual high tide, and I'm probably not the first person to enjoy the original film more, thanks to the series.  So, it's on to the next round for twenty movies from the class of 1994, here's the list of how everyone stacked up in the end.

  1. Stargate
  2. (Tie) Star Trek Generations
  3. (Tie) The Lion King
  4. Interview with the Vampire
  5. Pulp Fiction
  6. Léon
  7. Forrest Gump
  8. Clerks
  9. Maverick
  10. The Crow
  11. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  12. True Lies
  13. The Shawshank Redemption
  14. Radioland Murders
  15. Street Fighter
  16. Ed Wood
  17. Love Affair
  18. The Flintstones
  19. The Hudsucker Proxy
  20. Timecop
  21. The Next Karate Kid
  22. The Shadow
  23. Speechless
  24. The Paper
  25. Quiz Show
  26. The Mask
  27. Reality Bites
  28. Richie Rich
  29. Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
  30. Major League II
  31. Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
  32. Threesome
  33. Three Colors: Red
  34. Heavenly Creatures
  35. Color of Night
  36. Speed
  37. The Ref
  38. I.Q.
  39. Bad Girls
  40. Highlander III: The Final Dimension
  41. Nobody's Fool
  42. Sirens
  43. The Madness of King George
  44. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  45. Backbeat
  46. Mixed Nuts
  47. Three Colors: White
  48. Africa: The Serengeti
  49. Lightning Jack
  50. Greedy
  51. Cobb
  52. With Honors
  53. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  54. Disclosure
  55. Guarding Tess
  56. Police Academy: Mission to Moscow
  57. North
  58. Clear and Present Danger
  59. Legends of the Fall
  60. Nell
  61. Little Women
  62. The Getaway
  63. Blown Away
  64. Dream Lover
  65. The Scout
  66. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  67. No Escape
  68. The Specialist
  69. Shallow Grave
  70. The Return of Jafar
  71. City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
  72. On Deadly Ground
  73. Renaissance Man
  74. Wes Craven's New Nightmare
  75. The Chase
  76. I Love Trouble
  77. Only You
  78. Wyatt Earp
  79. Terminal Velocity
  80. Immortal Beloved
  81. Double Dragon
  82. Gunmen
  83. Wolf
  84. Black Beauty
  85. The Santa Clause
  86. The Cowboy Way
  87. Intersection
  88. Miracle on 34th Street
  89. Exit to Eden
  90. Lassie
  91. The Jungle Book
  92. The Client
  93. Beverly Hills Cop III
  94. Drop Zone
  95. It Could Happen To You
  96. The Puppet Masters
  97. Junior
  98. Muriel's Wedding
  99. The Little Rascals
  100. Angels in the Outfield
  101. When a Man Loves a Woman
  102. The Swan Princess
  103. Baby's Day Out
  104. Serial Mom
  105. A Troll in Central Park
  106. My Girl 2
  107. PCU
  108. Natural Born Killers
  109. Dumb and Dumber
  110. It's Pat
Legend: Onto the next Round! ( >/= .8) In the middle. I do NOT enjoy. (< / = .2)

"This page would look so much cooler if I were at the top" -- Pulp Fiction Movie poster, squatting here in it's own coolness protesting the movies loss.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Favoritest Movies of 1995

We see twin movies in almost every year it seems, 1995 had  Kevin Spacey interrogated by cops TWICE on this list, French Kiss, meet Forget Paris, and of course Rob Roy and Braveheart!  But, there are SIX Cyberpunkish movies in this year;  Russell Crowe became real, Keanu had an 80G storage capacity, and Sandra was able to begin boring me with everything she'll ever do in perpetuity, we got to see Angelina Jolie for the first time (no, I saw Cyborg 2!) and did I mention Strange Days?  The only one to get to the next round was the anime.

I was the guy doing the layouts on our college paper that year, and there were two big benefits to that; an all expense paid trip to the collegiate journalists conference in Washington DC and demanding that I got to go to the press screening of Goldeneye.  The sound was a bit screwed up, and when Brosnan fires that grapple gun at the start of the movie, it was physically shocking to everyone in attendance... just way too loud, just a few minutes later the sound was turned down to less than deafening, but I could have cared less.  Bond was back, and back then a six year absence felt near enough to eternal.  

But, the winner of the year.  That movie poster hangs above my living room couch.  It was one of, if not completely, my fathers favorite movie.  We saw it at Ronnies 8 on a screen that we were making fun of for being only slightly larger than our 46" TV at home.  I swear he didn't initially love it, but later he practically wore the VHS copy out.  As for me, I still think Aaron Sorkin is the best dialogue writer in Hollywood; he has every other screenwriter asking each other how to spell erudite.

  1. The American President
  2. GoldenEye
  3. Mallrats
  4. Ghost in the Shell
  5. The Usual Suspects
  6. Ninja Scroll
  7. Babe
  8. Bad Boys
  9. Se7en
  10. Mortal Kombat
  11. Nixon
  12. The Quick and the Dead
  13. Toy Story
  14. Braveheart
  15. Apollo 13
  16. Judge Dredd
  17. Grumpier Old Men
  18. Die Hard with a Vengeance
  19. The City of Lost Children
  20. Desperado
  21. Tank Girl
  22. Batman Forever
  23. Strange Days
  24. Twelve Monkeys
  25. The Brady Bunch Movie
  26. Congo
  27. Rob Roy
  28. A Little Princess
  29. Casper
  30. Species
  31. Assassins
  32. The Indian in the Cupboard
  33. Waterworld
  34. Nine Months
  35. The Prophecy
  36. Sabrina
  37. Outbreak
  38. Circle of Friends
  39. Shanghai Triad
  40. Empire Records
  41. Four Rooms
  42. Clueless
  43. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
  44. Crimson Tide
  45. Hackers
  46. Sense and Sensibility
  47. Johnny Mnemonic
  48. The Last Supper
  49. Police Story 4: First Strike
  50. Powder
  51. First Knight
  52. Jumanji
  53. Nick of Time
  54. Showgirls
  55. Cutthroat Island
  56. Screamers
  57. Dracula: Dead and Loving It
  58. Get Shorty
  59. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
  60. Virtuosity
  61. Lord of Illusions
  62. Othello
  63. Dangerous Minds
  64. Heat
  65. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
  66. French Kiss
  67. A Goofy Movie
  68. Operation Dumbo Drop
  69. The Bridges of Madison County
  70. The Brothers McMullen
  71. Billy Madison
  72. Fair Game
  73. Father of the Bride Part II
  74. Something to Talk About
  75. Forget Paris
  76. Pocahontas
  77. Sudden Death
  78. Balto
  79. Casino
  80. Iron Eagle IV
  81. Just Cause
  82. While You Were Sleeping
  83. Don Juan DeMarco
  84. Money Train
  85. To Die For
  86. The Net
  87. Murder in the First
  88. Jury Duty
  89. Never Talk to Strangers
  90. Vampire in Brooklyn
  91. The Scarlet Letter
  92. Jade
  93. Tommy Boy
  94. Kids
  95. The Basketball Diaries

Legend: Onto the next Round! ( >/= .8) In the middle. I do NOT enjoy. (< / = .2)