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April 2017 in Film

Posted: April 30, 2017 in 2017 in Film

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. LOGAN (James Mangold, 2017)
  2. KONG: SKULL ISLAND (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2017)
  3. GHOST IN THE SHELL (Rupert Sanders, 2017)
  4. COLOSSAL (Nacho Vigalondo, 2017)
  5. KEDI (Ceyda Torun, 2016)
  6. GET OUT (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Home Viewings:

  1. EEGAH (Arch Hall, Sr., 1962)
  2. SABOTAGE (Alfred Hitchcock, 1936)
  3. VIOLENT SHIT (Andreas Schnaas, 1989)
  4. GOOD BYE LENIN! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)
  5. THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (John Frankenheimer, 1996)
  6. SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS (Aldo Lado, 1971)
  7. WHO SAW HER DIE? (Aldo Lado, 1972)
  8. THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS (Giuliano Carnimeo, 1972)
  9. THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW (Antonio Bido, 1978)
  10. DAUGHTER OF DRACULA (Jess Franco, 1972)
  11. THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN (Ho Meng-Hua, 1977)
  12. I SAW THE DEVIL (Jee-woon Kim, 2010)
  13. SALEM’S LOT (Tobe Hooper, 1979)
  14. LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (David Gregory, 2014)
  15. LIFE ITSELF (Steve James, 2014)
  16. FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)
  17. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Robert Wiene, 1920)
  18. DRACULA (Tod Browning, 1931)
  19. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
  20. FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, 1931)
  21. KING KONG (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  22. SON OF KONG (Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  23. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1949)
  24. THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (Eugène Lourié, 1953)

Television:

  1. AMERICAN DAD, 6×01-6×18, 7×01-7×19, 8×01-8×18
  2. RIVERDALE, 1×01-1×11
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I’ve just completed my Godzilla collection! After years and years of searching, I now own every single Godzilla film on DVD, including every Showa era, Heisei era and Millennium era film. I also own all the Gameras, Mothras, Rodans and other assorted kaiju too. I’m so OCD when it comes to my love of kaiju that I actually went through my collection and organized everything by era. I also added 8 non-kaiju films and broke them up into two categories – “The Early Years” comprised of the Giant Ape Trilogy of KING KONG, SON OF KONG and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and “The Missing Links” comprised of 5 American Science Fiction films that “bridge the gap” between Kong and Godzilla. Enjoy!


KONG – The Early Years (1933-1949)

  1. KING KONG (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  2. SON OF KONG (Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  3. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1949)


THE MISSING LINKS – (1953-1957)

  1. THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (Eugène Lourié, 1953)
  2. IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (Robert Gordon, 1955)
  3. THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (Arnold Laven, 1957)
  4. 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (Nathan Juran, 1957)
  5. THE GIANT CLAW (Fred F. Sears, 1957)


GODZILLA – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1954)
  2. GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (Motoyoshi Oda, 1955)
  3. KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1962)
  4. MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1964)
  5. GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (Ishiro Honda, 1964)
  6. INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (Ishiro Honda, 1965)
  7. EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (Jun Fukuda, 1966)
  8. SON OF GODZILLA (Jun Fukuda, 1967)
  9. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (Ishiro Honda, 1968)
  10. ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (Ishiro Honda, 1969)
  11. GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (Yoshimitsu Banno, 1971)
  12. GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (Jun Fukuda, 1972)
  13. GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (Jun Fukuda, 1973)
  14. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (Jun Fukuda, 1974)
  15. TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1975)


GODZILLA SPINOFFS – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. RODAN (Ishiro Honda, 1956)
  2. MOTHRA (Ishiro Honda, 1961)
  3. VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE (Ishiro Honda, 1962)
  4. WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (Ishiro Honda, 1966)
  5. KING KONG ESCAPES (Ishiro Honda, 1967)


GODZILLA KNOCKOFFS – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (Kim Ki-duk, 1967)


KONG KNOCKOFFS – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. KONGA (John Lemont, 1961)


GAMERA – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER (Noriaki Yuasa, 1965)
  2. GAMERA VS. BARUGON (Shigeo Tanaka, 1966)
  3. GAMERA VS. GYAOS (Noriaki Yuasa, 1967)
  4. GAMERA VS. VIRAS (Noriaki Yuasa, 1968)
  5. GAMERA VS. GUIRON (Noriaki Yuasa, 1969)
  6. GAMERA VS. JIGER (Noriaki Yuasa, 1970)
  7. GAMERA VS. ZIGRA (Noriaki Yuasa, 1971)
  8. GAMERA: SUPER MONSTER (Noriaki Yuasa, 1980)


KONG – American period (1976-1986)

  1. KING KONG (John Guillermin, 1976)
  2. KING KONG LIVES (John Guillermin, 1986)


KONG KNOCKOFFS – American period (1976-1986)

  1. A*P*E (Paul Leder, 1976)
  2. THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN (Ho Meng-hua, 1977)


GODZILLA – Heisei period (1984-1995)

  1. THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (Koji Hashimoto, 1984)
  2. GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE (Kazuki Omori, 1989)
  3. GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (Kazuki Omori, 1991)
  4. GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (Takao Okawara, 1992)
  5. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II (Takao Okawara, 1993)
  6. GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA (Kensho Yamashita, 1994)
  7. GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH (Takao Okawara, 1995)


MOTHRA – Heisei period (1984-1995)

  1. REBIRTH OF MOTHRA (Okihiro Yoneda, 1996)
  2. REBIRTH OF MOTHRA II (Kunio Miyoshi, 1997)


GAMERA – Heisei period (1984-1995)

  1. GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (Shusuke Kaneko, 1995)
  2. GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (Shusuke Kaneko, 1996)
  3. GAMERA 3: THE REVENGE OF IRIS (Shusuke Kaneko, 1999)


GODZILLA – Millennium period (1999-2004)

  1. GODZILLA 2000 (Takao Okawara, 1999)
  2. GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS (Masaaki Tezuka, 2000)
  3. GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (Shusuke Kaneko, 2001)
  4. GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (Masaaki Tezuka, 2002)
  5. GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S. (Masaaki Tezuka, 2003)
  6. GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2004)

After much thought and careful deliberation, I have compiled what I believe to be my definitive Top 100 Favorite Films of All-Time. These films are listed alphabetically (I went nuts as it is putting this list together period, let alone ranking them in any kind of objective order) and I restricted myself to one film per filmmaker, otherwise this list would have easily been filled with the works of a handful of directors. My mental well-being may disagree, but I actually enjoyed the challenge of putting together an eclectic reel of films in this manner. By pouring through my DVD collection and asking myself to honestly assess what are the “bare essentials” and what could conceivably be sold off down the road, I was actually grateful for the “one film per filmmaker” rule because if I did, in fact, sell off the rest of my library, I would be left with the ultimate “all killer no filler” collection. Enjoy!

  1. “2001: A Space Odyssey”(Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  2. “Alien”(Ridley Scott, 1979)
  3. “Altered States”(Ken Russell, 1980)
  4. “American Movie”(Chris Smith, 1999)
  5. “Amityville II: The Possession”(Damiano Damiani, 1982)
  6. “Annie Hall”(Woody Allen, 1977)
  7. “Back to the Future”(Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
  8. “Batman Begins”(Christopher Nolan, 2005)
  9. “The Beyond”(Lucio Fulci, 1981)
  10. “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”(Peter Hewitt, 1991)
  11. “The Brady Bunch Movie”(Betty Thomas, 1995)
  12. “The Burbs”(Joe Dante, 1989)
  13. “Candyman”(Bernard Rose, 1992)
  14. “Cannibal Man”(Eloy de la Iglesia, 1973)
  15. “Carnival of Souls”(Herk Harvey, 1962)
  16. “Casablanca”(Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  17. “Chuck and Buck”(Miguel Arteta, 2000)
  18. “The Clonus Horror”(Robert S. Fiveson, 1979)
  19. “Dawn of the Dead”(George A. Romero, 1978)
  20. “The Day The Earth Stood Still”(Robert Wise, 1951)
  21. “Donnie Darko”(Richard Kelly, 2001)
  22. “Double Indemnity”(Billy Wilder, 1944)
  23. “Dracula”(Tod Browning, 1931)
  24. “The Duke of Burgundy”(Peter Strickland, 2014)
  25. “Ed Wood”(Tim Burton, 1994)
  26. “Event Horizon”(Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997)
  27. “The Exorcist”(William Friedkin, 1973)
  28. “Fallen Angels”(Wong Kar-Wai, 1995)
  29. “Ghostbusters” (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
  30. “Ghost World”(Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
  31. “The Godfather”(Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  32. “Godzilla”(Ishiro Honda, 1954)
  33. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”(Sergio Leone, 1966)
  34. “Happiness”(Todd Solondz, 1998)
  35. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”(John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)
  36. “Hobgoblins”(Rick Sloane, 1988)
  37. “House II: The Second Story”(Ethan Wiley, 1987)
  38. “Ichi the Killer”(Takashi Miike, 2001)
  39. “The Image”(Radley Metzger, 1975)
  40. “Independence Day”(Roland Emmerich, 1996)
  41. “It’s a Wonderful Life”(Frank Capra, 1946)
  42. “Jackie Brown”(Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
  43. “Jacob’s Ladder”(Adrian Lyne, 1990)
  44. “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI”(Tom McLoughlin, 1986)
  45. “The Karate Kid”(John G. Avildsen, 1984)
  46. “King Kong”(Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  47. “Labyrinth”(Jim Henson, 1986)
  48. “The Land Before Time”(Don Bluth, 1988)
  49. “The Land That Time Forgot”(Kevin Connor, 1974)
  50. “Last House on Dead End Street”(Roger Watkins, 1977)
  51. “Lord of Illusions”(Clive Barker, 1994)
  52. “Lost Highway”(David Lynch, 1997)
  53. “Manos: The Hands of Fate”(Harold P. Warren, 1966)
  54. “The Matrix”(The Wachowski Sisters, 1999)
  55. “May”(Lucky McKee, 2002)
  56. “The Neverending Story”(Wolfgang Petersen, 1984)
  57. “Nekromantik 2”(Jörg Buttgereit, 1991)
  58. “The Night of the Hunter” (Charles Laughton, 1955)
  59. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”(Wes Craven, 1984)
  60. “Nymphomaniac”(Lars von Trier, 2013)
  61. “The Omen”(Richard Donner, 1976)
  62. “Phantasm”(Don Coscarelli, 1979)
  63. “Pieces”(Juan Piquer Simon, 1982)
  64. “Pin”(Sandor Stern, 1988)
  65. “Plan 9 From Outer Space”(Edward D. Wood Jr., 1959)
  66. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”(John Hughes, 1987)
  67. “Planet of Dinosaurs”(James K. Shea, 1977)
  68. “Planet of the Apes”(Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
  69. “Prince of Darkness”(John Carpenter, 1987)
  70. “Pumpkinhead”(Stan Winston, 1989)
  71. “Requiem For a Dream”(Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
  72. “Return to Oz”(Walter Murch, 1985)
  73. “Rosemary’s Baby”(Roman Polanski, 1968)
  74. “The Sandlot”(David M. Evans, 1993)
  75. “Secretary”(Steven Shainberg, 2002)
  76. “The Seventh Continent”(Michael Haneke, 1989)
  77. “The Shawshank Redemption” (Frank Darabont, 1994)
  78. “Silver Bullet”(Dan Attias, 1985)
  79. “Singin’ in the Rain”(Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952)
  80. “Solaris”(Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
  81. “Somewhere in Time”(Jeannot Szwarc, 1980)
  82. “The Spanish Prisoner”(David Mamet, 1997)
  83. “SS Girls”(Bruno Mattei, 1977)
  84. “Star Wars: A New Hope”(George Lucas, 1977)
  85. “The Stepfather”(Joseph Ruben, 1987)
  86. “Suspiria”(Dario Argento, 1977)
  87. “Taxi Driver”(Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  88. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”(Steve Barron, 1990)
  89. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”(James Cameron, 1991)
  90. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”(Tobe Hooper, 1974)
  91. “There Will Be Blood”(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
  92. “Torso”(Sergio Martino, 1973)
  93. “The Transformers: The Movie” (Nelson Shin, 1986)
  94. “Troll 2”(Claudio Fragasso, 1990)
  95. “Under the Skin”(Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
  96. “Vampyros Lesbos”(Jess Franco, 1971)
  97. “Vertigo”(Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  98. “Viva”(Anna Biller, 2007)
  99. “Wayne’s World”(Penelope Spheeris, 1992)
  100. “Yor, The Hunter From The Future”(Antonio Margheriti, 1983)