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My Top 100 Favourite Films of All-Time!

Posted: April 23, 2017 in Film Commentary
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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. “Mallrats” (Kevin Smith, 1995)
54. “Manos: The Hands of Fate” (Harold P. Warren, 1966)
55. “The Matrix” (The Wachowski Sisters, 1999)
56. “May” (Lucky McKee, 2002)
57. “The Neverending Story” (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984)
58. “Nekromantik 2” (Jörg Buttgereit, 1991)
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)

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Gareth Edwards, 2016)

Home Viewings:

  1. THE BLACK GESTAPO (Lee Frost, 1975)
  2. THE BLACK 6 (Matt Cimber, 1973)
  3. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946)
  4. GREMLINS (Joe Dante, 1984)
  5. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (Charles E. Sellier, Jr., 1984)
  6. ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS (John R. Cherry III, 1988)
  7. DIE HARD (John McTiernan, 1988)
  8. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1989)
  9. UNDER THE CHERRY MOON (Prince, 1986)
  10. HOME ALONE (Chris Columbus, 1990)
  11. HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK (Chris Columbus, 1992)
  12. GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
  13. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (Brian Henson, 1992)
  14. PRINCESS MONONOKE (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
  15. ALTERED STATES (Ken Russell, 1980)
  16. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (David Silverman, 2007)
  17. CLERKS (Kevin Smith, 1994)
  18. MALLRATS (Kevin Smith, 1995)
  19. CHASING AMY (Kevin Smith, 1997)
  20. DOGMA (Kevin Smith, 1999)
  21. THE VANISHING (George Sluizer, 1993)
  22. STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE (George Lucas, 1999)
  23. STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES (George Lucas, 2002)
  24. STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (George Lucas, 2005)
  25. JOHN WICK (Chad Stahelski, 2014)
  26. DEADPOOL (Tim Miller, 2016)
  27. GREEN ROOM (Jeremy Saulnier, 2015)
  28. RED LIGHTS (Rodrigo Cortés, 2012)
  29. THE LOBSTER (Giorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
  30. ELF (Jon Favreau, 2003)
  31. THE WAILING (Hong-jin Na, 2016)
  32. THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE (Steve Yu, 2015)
  33. LUCHA MEXICO (Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz, 2016)
  34. STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (George Lucas, 1977)
  35. STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
  36. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952)

Television:

n/a

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. LOVE (2015) – directed by Gaspar Noé
  2. THE MARTIAN (2015) – directed by Ridley Scott
  3. DIE HARD (1988) – directed by John McTiernan (35mm)
  4. DIE HARD 2 (1990) – directed by Renny Harlin (35mm)
  5. WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929) – directed by Fritz Lang (16mm)
  6. GHOST WORLD (2001) – directed by Terry Zwigoff
  7. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) – directed by J.J. Abrams
  8. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) – directed by J.J. Abrams (2nd viewing)
  9. SISTERS (2015) – directed by Jason Moore
  10. THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015) – directed by Quentin Tarantino (70mm)
  11. JOY (2015) – directed by David O. Russell
  12. VERTIGO (1958) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock (70mm)
  13. INTERSTELLAR (2014) – directed by Christopher Nolan (70mm)
  14. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) – directed by Stanley Kubrick (70mm)

Home Viewings:

  1. 9 ½ WEEKS (1986) – directed by Adrian Lyne
  2. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) – directed by Stanley Kubrick
  3. FATEFUL FINDINGS (2013) – directed by Neil Breen
  4. AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) – directed by Mary Harron
  5. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) – directed by Tim Burton
  6. BATMAN RETURNS (1992) – directed by Tim Burton
  7. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984) – directed by Charles Sellier
  8. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) – directed by Henry Selick
  9. PRANCER (1989) – directed by John Hancock
  10. JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996) – directed by Brian Levant
  11. JACK FROST (1998) – directed by Troy Miller
  12. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) – directed by Brian Henson
  13. GREMLINS (1984) – directed by Joe Dante
  14. HOME ALONE (1990) – directed by Chris Columbus
  15. CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) – directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
  16. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) – directed by Frank Capra
  17. STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (1977) – directed by George Lucas
  18. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (1980) – directed by Irvin Kershner
  19. RETURN OF THE JEDI: THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL CUT (1983) – directed by Richard Marquand
  20. TURKISH STAR WARS (1982) – directed by Çetin Inanç
  21. EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE STORY OF THE STAR WARS TRILOGY (2004) – directed by Edith Becker & Kevin Burns
  22. STARCRASH (1978) – directed by Luigi Cozzi
  23. COSMOS: WAR OF THE PLANETS (1977) – directed by Alfonso Brescia
  24. YOUNG@HEART (2007) – directed by Stephen Walker
  25. ZOOLANDER (2001) – directed by Ben Stiller
  26. KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) – directed by Ishirô Honda
  27. KING KONG ESCAPES (1967) – directed by Ishirō Honda

Television:

  1. GREG THE BUNNY, 1×01-1×04

 

January 2015 in Culture

Posted: February 2, 2015 in 2015 in Film
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Theatrical Viewings:

  1. INTO THE WOODS (2014) – directed by Rob Marshall
  2. NIGHTCRAWLER (2014) – directed by Dan Gilroy
  3. WINTER SLEEP (2014) – directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. I COME IN PEACE (1990) – directed by Craig R. Baxley
  5. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (2014) – directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Home Viewings:

  1. THREE COLORS: BLUE (1993) – directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  1. THREE COLORS: WHITE (1994) – directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  2. THREE COLORS: RED (1994) – directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  3. VIVA (2007) – directed by Anna Biller
  4. BAREFOOT GEN (1983) – directed by Mori Masaki
  5. ROMEO + JULIET (1996) – directed by Baz Luhrmann
  6. JERSEY BOYS (2014) – directed by Clint Eastwood
  7. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011) – directed by Woody Allen
  8. TO ROME WITH LOVE (2012) – directed by Woody Allen
  9. PALO ALTO (2013) – directed by Gia Coppola
  10. A SIMPLE PLAN (1998) – directed by Sam Raimi
  11. CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE (2014) – directed by David Storey
  12. CARNAGE (2011) – directed by Roman Polanski
  13. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989) – directed by Woody Allen
  14. BROKEN FLOWERS (2005) – directed by Jim Jarmusch
  15. SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (2012) – directed by Lorene Scafaria
  16. MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE (1966) – directed by Harold P. Warren
  17. STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) – directed by George Lucas
  18. LOCKE (2013) – directed by Steven Knight
  19. MONSIEUR LAZHAR (2011) – directed by Philippe Falardeau
  20. ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (2011) – directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  21. STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002) – directed by George Lucas
  22. THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT (1977) – directed by Charles Jarrott
  23. STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) – directed by George Lucas
  24. THE SKELETON TWINS (2014) – directed by Craig Johnson
  25. THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945) – directed by Robert Siodmak
  26. BATMAN: YEAR ONE (2011) – directed by Sam Liu & Lauren Montgomery
  27. STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (1977) – directed by George Lucas
  28. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008) – directed by Charlie Kaufman
  29. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011) – directed by Tomas Alfredson
  30. STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) – directed by Irvin Kershner
  31. STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) – Richard Marquand
  32. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) – directed by Jonathan Liebesman
  33. PURPLE NOON (1960) – directed by René Clément

Television:

  1. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, 2×05-2×13, 3×01-3×47