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, December 31, 2011

Favoritest Movies of 2011

I was kinda hoping that this list, would be topped by a fitting farewell to Harry Potter.  Harry Potter on my lists has been, sort of a Neville Longbottom.  Not to any fault of the series, but to an abundance of nerdy, geeky, blockbustery cinematic goodness.  I wouldn't call Potter's decade a golden age for genre movies; during the interim after the Archon Masquerade, but before the awards, music was playing, movie music, the genre's greatest hits.  The golden age was from Jaws to Jedi.  This is also why Prometheus has such a special anticipation.  Ridley Scott hasn't done a Sci-Fi movie since the Golden Age, and both of his contributions to Sci-Fi back then, are still just as watchable, no, even more watchable today, if only because the average home theater today is really delivering a better experience than most of the few screen, dimly projected, an old lady's hair in your way, my arm is stuck to the seat,would someone close the door the sun is shining on the screen (Did NOT make that up!!!!) theaters we got to view Empire, and Khan in.

I haven't seen most of the movies that are topping the "critical" lists yet.  Most of those lists though are made out of buzz, and fashion.  Almost no one ever says what they like anymore.  Well, I apparently liked X-Men: First Class quite a bit.  I almost can't imagine how much I'd love this movie it it'd been about Jean, Scott, Warren and Hank.  But, had they been in this movie, it wouldn't have been about Erik and Charles.  That's the beauty of the X-Men comics, the good characters' powers and code names are completely irrelevant.  Cyclops the guy who can shoot beams out of his eyes isn't important.  Scott, the guy Jean chooses over Warren, and later Logan, is.  Sounds a bit like Twilight... I'll gag later.  But I don't think Bella ever becomes a God powered, nearly immortal entity that is wanted dead by galactic superpowers, nor has a clone who will make a demonic pact unleashing Hell on earth, or that their child will come back from the future to be a cybernetic bad-ass!  On to the list!

Oh, at #14:  That's this...

An animated anthology starring Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan.  NOT a Ryan Reynolds stripped naked except for underwear to fight the potty monster who can be defeated by what every rookie lantern is taught in basic training.  Mad at me for spoiling it?  No.  Because you deserve a better Green Lantern movie than that.  Oh, and If I hate the live action one so much, why is it at #37?  Ahead of much better movies?  I LOVE Green Lantern.  I love the idea of it being a live action movie just that much.  There were some... a few good, and enjoyable things of that movie.  Pirates 4 is a fine movie, just disappointing to it's pedigree.  And, Game of Shadows... I'll revisit it at some point.  Good friends with good taste love this movie.  But, for right now, Sherlock Neo and the Sundance Kid in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen just doesn't do it for me.

  1. X-Men: First Class
  2. Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows: Part II
  3. Captain America: The First Avenger
  4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Thor
  6. The Muppets
  7. Paul
  8. Conan the Barbarian
  9. Too Big to Fail
  10. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  11. All-Star Superman
  12. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  13. Fright Night
  14. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  15. Source Code
  16. Batman: Year One
  17. Paranormal Activity 3
  18. The Adventures of Tintin
  19. Kung Fu Panda 2
  20. The Adjustment Bureau
  21. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
  22. Larry Crowne
  23. Cowboys & Aliens
  24. Bad Teacher
  25. Rango
  26. Thor: Tales of Asgard
  27. Your Highness
  28. The Three Musketeers
  29. Fast Five
  30. Arthur
  31. Midnight in Paris
  32. Sucker Punch
  33. Super 8
  34. No Strings Attached
  35. Red Riding Hood
  36. Final Destination 5
  37. Green Lantern
  38. Drive Angry
  39. The Lincoln Lawyer
  40. Mars Needs Moms!
  41. Season of the Witch
  42. The Green Hornet
  43. Red State
  44. The Smurfs
  45. Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides
  46. Atlas Shrugged: Part 1
  47. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  48. Bridesmaids
  49. Immortals
  50. The Tree of Life
  51. Just Go with It
  52. Margin Call
  53. The Help
  54. Cars 2
  55. Battle: Los Angeles
  56. The Eagle
  57. Gnomeo and Juliet
  58. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1
  59. Rio
  60. Priest
  61. Limitless
  62. The Sunset Limited
  63. I Am Number Four
  64. Sanctum
  65. Almighty Thor
  66. Hall Pass

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Favoritest Movies of 1983

This is the first list for comparisons against a member of the OT.  Maybe the second place movie should get its poster shown here...

There.  The Meaning of Life.  Philosophers spent centuries trying to figure it out, proving that they weren't nearly as brilliant or as funny as Monty Python.  Seriously, Meaning of Life isn't a satisfying post topper... Jedi though is year overkill.  It's looking at a top 5 ever seat by the end of this.

Return of the Jedi dominated the entire year, especially if you were 8 years old.  Last day of 2nd grade, we got to watch a movie, and the teachers said that they wanted to get Return of the Jedi, but it wasn't available, so we got to watch Star Wars.  Best day of 2nd grade.

  1. Return of the Jedi
  2. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  3. Nate and Hayes
  4. Never Say Never Again
  5. WarGames
  6. Octopussy
  7. Twilight Zone: The Movie
  8. Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
  9. Sudden Impact
  10. Blue Thunder
  11. The Right Stuff
  12. Fire and Ice
  13. The Keep
  14. National Lampoon's Vacation
  15. Bill Cosby: Himself
  16. Trading Places
  17. Brainstorm
  18. Superman III
  19. The Big Chill
  20. Rock and Rule
  21. The Dead Zone
  22. Risky Business
  23. To Be or Not to Be
  24. Hercules
  25. Project A
  26. Terms of Endearment
  27. Mr. Mom
  28. The Star Chamber
  29. Strange Invaders
  30. The Outsiders
  31. Flashdance
  32. Lone Wolf McQuade
  33. Valley Girl
  34. Silkwood
  35. Videodrome
  36. Spacehunter
  37. All the Right Moves
  38. Eddie and the Cruisers
  39. Christine
  40. The Man with Two Brains
  41. Max Dugan Returns
  42. Yor Hunter From The Future
  43. D.C. Cab
  44. Psycho II
  45. Easy Money
  46. Scarface
  47. Staying Alive
  48. A Christmas Story
  49. Jaws 3-D

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Favoritest Movies of 1984

Wow, what a year.  When you want to say; 'they don't make them like that anymore!' Point here, 1984.  You will hate parts of this list.  You'll disagree with big segments of it.  You'll cry fowl, question my sanity... but you too will have a handful or two of all time favorites, or movies you just plain love from this year.  I won't go into the winner, as the highest echelon of my favorite movies ever will each get a spotlight essay, and Dune practically has a reserved seat, spoiler, I also hate this movie, and think it has many many flaws.  Either way; 27 years ago today, it came to theaters, and now wins it's year 100%!

Happy anniversary Dune!

  1. Dune
  2. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  3. 2010
  4. Ghostbusters
  5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  6. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  7. The Terminator
  8. The NeverEnding Story
  9. Gremlins
  10. Beverly Hills Cop
  11. The Natural
  12. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  13. Night of the Comet
  14. Starman
  15. The Karate Kid
  16. The Last Starfighter
  17. Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  18. Amadeus
  19. Police Academy
  20. The Bounty
  21. Top Secret!
  22. Dreamscape
  23. The Muppets Take Manhattan
  24. Splash
  25. Romancing the Stone
  26. Runaway
  27. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  28. The Return of Godzilla (also known as "Godzilla 1985")
  29. Cloak & Dagger
  30. The Killing Fields
  31. The Woman in Red
  32. The Dungeonmaster
  33. Tightrope
  34. Footloose
  35. The Warrior and the Sorceress
  36. Sword of the Valiant
  37. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
  38. Tank
  39. Supergirl
  40. City Heat
  41. 1984
  42. All of Me
  43. The Philadelphia Experiment
  44. Red Dawn
  45. Cannonball Run II
  46. This Is Spinal Tap
  47. Firestarter
  48. Moscow on the Hudson
  49. Swing Shift
  50. Micki + Maude
  51. The River
  52. Revenge of the Nerds
  53. C.H.U.D.
  54. Missing in Action
  55. Sixteen Candles
  56. The Cotton Club
  57. Against All Odds
  58. A Passage to India
  59. Bolero
  60. Bachelor Party
  61. The Naked Face
  62. Purple Rain
  63. Making the Grade
  64. The Brother from Another Planet
  65. Just the Way You Are
  66. Rhinestone
  67. Children of the Corn

Monday, December 05, 2011

Favoritest Movies of 1985

There's something unsatisfying about this.  Yay, the popular movie won... Back to the Future isn't a geeky movie or a nerdy movie.  It's the geek movie that your parents liked too.  I was kinda rooting for Starchaser, but then things like honesty creep into the equation.  As much as I do enjoy Starchaser, it's far from Back to the Future, and that can be said for pretty much every movie except Explorers in 1985.  I'd do a gag about the perfect 1985 movie, but you're looking at it.  A teen involved in some screwy science stuff, nearly a dozen on just my list.

The real shocker is second place, A View to a Kill.  This is far from my favorite Bond movie, and I was shocked, even almost ashamed when I saw that it scored so high. But, there is a remnant of remembering the ad for it in the newspaper, wanting to see it in the theater, and not getting to. My first theatrical Bond would be The Living Daylights.  A shock, a surprise, and somehow it fits. It's aged better than many movies on this list, plus, I really dig The Saint and John Steed running around for a bit.

Even though so many titles from these year seem almost scared because of the age we were, or the memories they're attached to, when they have to compete with each other, most of these movies become mortal.  The Breakfast Club is a legendary movie, and seminal to our generation, but St. Elmo's fire wants that spot too.

  1. Back to the Future
  2. A View to a Kill
  3. Explorers
  4. Vampire Hunter D
  5. Starchaser: The Legend of Orin
  6. Brazil
  7. Enemy Mine
  8. Silverado
  9. Ran
  10. Legend
  11. Pale Rider
  12. Clue
  13. Young Sherlock Holmes
  14. Return to Oz
  15. Commando
  16. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
  17. The Breakfast Club
  18. The Black Cauldron
  19. The Goonies
  20. Cocoon
  21. Weird Science
  22. The Quiet Earth
  23. Red Sonja
  24. St. Elmo's Fire
  25. Ladyhawke
  26. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  27. The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission
  28. King Solomon's Mines
  29. Fletch
  30. My Science Project
  31. Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  32. Real Genius
  33. Transylvania 6-5000
  34. Here Come the Littles
  35. Fright Night
  36. Jagged Edge
  37. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  38. Rocky IV
  39. Teen Wolf
  40. Rambo: First Blood Part II
  41. The Jewel of the Nile
  42. Silver Bullet
  43. Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird
  44. European Vacation
  45. Witness
  46. Desperately Seeking Susan
  47. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
  48. The Care Bears Movie
  49. Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
  50. Prizzi's Honor
  51. Murphy's Romance
  52. Out of Africa
  53. Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer
  54. The Peanut Butter Solution
  55. The Man with One Red Shoe
  56. Mask
  57. El caballero del drag√ɳn
  58. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge
  59. Day of the Dead
  60. Once Bitten
  61. Creature
  62. Santa Claus
  63. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  64. Invasion U.S.A.
  65. Summer Rental
  66. Heaven Help Us
  67. Death Wish 3
  68. Turk 182!
  69. The Falcon and the Snowman