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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. THE NEON DEMON (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2016)
  2. SNOWDEN (Oliver Stone, 2016)

Home Viewings:

  1. FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (Rachel Talalay, 1991)
  2. NEW NIGHTMARE (Wes Craven, 1994)
  3. FREDDY VS. JASON (Ronny Yu, 2003)
  4. HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter, 1978)
  5. HALLOWEEN II (Rick Rosenthal, 1981)
  6. HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982)
  7. HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS (Dwight H. Little, 1988)
  8. HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (Dominique Othenin-Girard, 1989)
  9. HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (Joe Chappelle, 1990)
  10. HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER (Steve Miner, 1998)
  11. HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (Rick Rosenthal, 2002)
  12. HALLOWEEN (Rob Zombie, 2007)
  13. HALLOWEEN II (Rob Zombie, 2009)
  14. HELLRAISER (Clive Barker, 1987)
  15. HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II (Tony Randel, 1988)
  16. HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH (Anthony Hickox, 1992)
  17. HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE (Kevin Yagher, 1996)
  18. THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE (Betty Thomas, 1995)
  19. CRACKED ACTOR (Alan Yentob, 1975)

Television:

  1. THE X-FILES, 1×01-1×07
  2. BOB’S BURGERS, 6×01-6×12

August 2016 in Film

Posted: August 31, 2016 in 2016 in Film
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Theatrical Viewings:

  1. NINE LIVES (Barry Sonnenfeld, 2016)

Home Viewings:

  1. THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (Stuart Rosenberg, 1979)
  2. AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION (Damiano Damiani, 1982)
  3. AMITYVILLE 3-D (Richard Fleischer, 1983)
  4. AMITYVILLE 4: THE EVIL ESCAPES (Sandor Stern, 1989)
  5. KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (Stephen Chiodo, 1988)
  6. ICHI THE KILLER (Takashi Miike, 2001)
  7. LORD OF ILLUSIONS (Clive Barker, 1995)
  8. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (John Carpenter, 1994)
  9. HOBGOBLINS (Rick Sloane, 1988)
  10. TETSUO, THE IRON MAN (Shin’ya Tsukamoto, 1989)
  11. THE FINAL SACRIFICE (Tjardis Greidanus, 1990)
  12. THE REPTILE (John Gilling, 1966)
  13. THE LOST CONTINENT (Michael Carreras, 1968)
  14. DAWN OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero, 1978)
  15. ZOMBIE (Lucio Fulci, 1979)
  16. CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (Lucio Fulci, 1980)
  17. THE BEYOND (Lucio Fulci, 1981)
  18. THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (Lucio Fulci, 1981)
  19. NIGHTMARE CITY (Umberto Lenzi, 1980)
  20. ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST (Marino Girolami, 1980)
  21. BURIAL GROUND: THE NIGHTS OF TERROR (Andrea Bianchi, 1981)
  22. HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD (Bruno Mattei, 1980)
  23. ZOMBI 3 (Lucio Fulci & Bruno Mattei, 1988)
  24. ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH (Claudio Fragasso, 1988)
  25. DEMONS (Lamberto Bava, 1985)
  26. DEMONS 2 (Lamberto Bava, 1986)
  27. TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (Amando de Ossorio, 1972)
  28. FRIDAY THE 13TH (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980)
  29. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (Steve Miner, 1981)
  30. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 (Steve Miner, 1982)
  31. FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (Joseph Zito, 1984)
  32. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING (Danny Steinmann, 1985)
  33. JASON LIVES: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI (Tom McLoughlin, 1986)
  34. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (John Carl Buechler, 1988)
  35. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (Rob Hedden, 1989)
  36. JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (Adam Marcus, 1993)
  37. JASON X (James Isaac, 2001)
  38. ICP SHOCKUMENTARY (Paul Andresen, 1997)
  39. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Wes Craven, 1984)
  40. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (Jack Sholder, 1985)
  41. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (Chuck Russell, 1987)
  42. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (Renny Harlin, 1988)
  43. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD (Stephen Hopkins, 1989)

Television:

  1. BOB’S BURGERS, 5×01-5×21
  2. MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, 1×01-1×13, 2×01-2×06

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Rob Reiner, 1987)
  2. THE NEON DEMON (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2016)
  3. BLONDE VENUS (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)
  4. FROGS (George McCowan, 1972, 16mm)

Home Viewings:

  1. WAKING LIFE (Richard Linklater, 2001)
  2. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Frank Capra, 1939)
  3. RAISING CAIN (Brian De Palma, 1992)
  4. PRINCE OF DARKNESS (John Carpenter, 1987)
  5. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (John Carpenter, 1994)
  6. LORD OF ILLUSIONS (Clive Barker, 1995)
  7. MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (Umberto Lenzi, 1972)
  8. WEREWOLF WOMAN (Rino Di Silvestro, 1976)
  9. NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT (Jess Franco, 1970)
  10. MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (John Carpenter, 1992)
  11. VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (Wolf Rilla, 1960)
  12. GODZILLA (Ishirô Honda, 1954)
  13. GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (Motoyoshi Oda, 1955)
  14. KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (Ishirô Honda, 1962)
  15. MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (Ishirô Honda, 1964)
  16. GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (Ishirô Honda, 1964)
  17. INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (Ishirô Honda, 1965)
  18. OFFICE SPACE (Mike Judge, 1999)
  19. EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (Jun Fukuda, 1966)
  20. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (Ishirô Honda, 1968)
  21. INDEPENDENCE DAY (Roland Emmerich, 1996)
  22. ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (Ishirô Honda, 1969)
  23. GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (Yoshimitsu Banno, 1971)
  24. GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (Jun Fukuda, 1972)
  25. GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (Jun Fukuda, 1973)
  26. TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (Ishirô Honda, 1975)
  27. RODAN (Ishirô Honda, 1956)
  28. THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (Ishirô Honda, 1966)
  29. KING KONG ESCAPES (Ishirô Honda, 1967)
  30. GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE (Kazuki Omori, 1989)

Television:

  1. FILTHY, RICH & CATFLAP, 1×01-1×06

Theatrical Viewings:

  1. TERMINATOR 2: SHOCKING DARK (1989) – directed by Bruno Mattei
  2. UNITY (2015) – directed by Shaun Monson
  3. STREETS OF FIRE (1984) – directed by Walter Hill (35mm)
  4. THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (2015) – directed by Marielle Heller
  5. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  6. ROAR (1981) – directed by Noel Marshall
  7. SINISTER 2 (2015) – directed by Ciarán Foy
  8. MISTRESS AMERICA (2015) – directed by Noah Baumbach
  9. BANG BANG BABY (2014) – directed by Jeffrey St. Jules
  10. SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (2015) – directed by Mark Burton & Richard Starzak
  11. CLASH OF THE WARLORDS (1985) – directed by Willy Milan

Home Viewings:

  1. LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (2014) – directed by David Gregory
  2. THEY LIVE (1988) – directed by John Carpenter
  3. GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) – directed by Jun Fukuda
  4. THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) – directed by Eugene Lourie
  5. DOGS ON THE INSIDE (2014) – directed by Brean Cunningham & Douglas Seirup
  6. ONLY THE LONELY (1991) – directed by Chris Columbus
  7. NO HOLDS BARRED (1989) – directed by Thomas J. Wright

Television:

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