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AT LONG LAST, MY TOP MOVIES OF 2015.

Posted: February 28, 2016 in Lists, Movies

 

 

It’s Oscar night, which is surely the last possible instant for anybody to potentially care about my favored titles, as far as last year’s movies go. This list would have gone up on Daily Grindhouse, but due to a transitional phase, Daily Grindhouse has been down for most of the past two weeks, so here we are.

No need for a long prologue. Does anybody read those? If you care about this list in the slightest, you’ve probably scrolled down past this paragraph already. I always joke that the introduction before a top-ten list is the best place to unburden yourself if you’ve ever committed a serious crime. You can alleviate the guilt that’s been burning you up, and still get away scott-free. Far as I know, the only crime I’m guilty of committing without being prosecuted is an egregious sense of timing.

The only thing I wanted to say is that I saw two movies this year that I didn’t feel I could cram inside a top-ten structure. Those are THE LOOK OF SILENCE and CALL ME LUCKY. Both are perfectly-crafted documentaries that provoked a real visceral response from me. Not that I don’t have the same level of respect for every movie I listed below, but as wrong as it feels to me generally  to rank movies (it’s like ranking emotions) it felt borderline offensive in those two cases. That aside, this list IS in order.

 

 

Assassin (2015)

10. THE ASSASSIN

Writing about movies alters your experience as an audience member. As you watch a movie, you can’t help but begin to compose whatever you’re going to write about later on in your mind, while it’s still being projected. For “normal” people it’s probably easier to sit back and let a movie happen in front of you. Writing about movies means you can’t be a spectator. You’re not exactly a participant, but you’re imposing your will and your unique thought process on the experience all the same. All of that is to say that THE ASSASSIN has a determined stillness and an insistent patience that forced me to settle down and just watch. There isn’t much story to it, but that’s part of why I keyed into its frequency — I didn’t have to track over-heated plot developments, or opine to myself about my feelings about each character. I could just watch. Especially in this attention-flicker of a day and age, there’s a boldness to a film that holds on a shot long enough to let a slight gust of wind blow through the frame. And there’s a secret liberation in knowing I can submit to that boldness rather than making myself part of the experience.

 

Chi-Raq (2015)

 

Hateful Eight (2015)

 

9. CHI-RAQ / THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Grouping these two together because they’re two sides of a coin in my mind, and because it delights me to do it. It’s ironic that Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino are often at odds in the press, because they occupy neighboring terrain in the landscape of my thinking. Hard to think of two other filmmakers who are simultaneously so talented and so frustrating, so right up my alley and yet so prone to adding a single scene or a character or musical cue or plot device that threatens to derail my appreciation. As hard as it is for me to choose sides when Quentin and Spike fight, it’s got to be that much harder for Sam Jackson. He’s a signature actor for them both, and he plays pivotal roles in both CHI-RAQ and THE HATEFUL EIGHT. In one he’s the Greek chorus and in the other he’s the de-facto protagonist, but in both movies his war trumpet of a voice is a defining element of the orchestra being conducted by a bold, confrontational, cinematically-hyperliterate director. CHI-RAQ is a modern-day retelling of a classical play told in verse, and THE HATEFUL EIGHT is a “spaghetti” Western with provocation on the brain, so they’re very different movies, but they’re also unified in operatic nature and in thematic concern. These are two movies about race, about violence, about America. Another similarity is that both movies, while definitely engineered to inflame conversation, drew criticisms that were misplaced. I saw many essayists question Spike Lee for making CHI-RAQ about women withholding sex from their men in order to quell violence — despite that plot coming directly from Lysistrata and being a couple millenia old — and I saw others go after Quentin Tarantino for misogyny in THE HATEFUL EIGHT when nothing good happens to anybody in that movie, and Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Daisy Domergue is by far the most compelling character in the whole thing. (As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I also think Quentin is working in a disreputable genre and honoring its conventions, as troubling as they may be.) I’m sure neither of these movies are particularly easy to like, and they may even be imperfect, but it’s uncommon to have one movie so defiant and lively and formally unruly in a calendar year, let alone two of them.

Oh, and Teyonah Parris is a goddamned movie star. There’s no way to look at CHI-RAQ and think any different.

 

 

Duke of Burgundy (2015)

8. THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY

By any objective measure, this is one of the most technically impressive films released in the past twelve months. Like THE ASSASSIN, it’s fascinating to look at and to listen to. For somebody like me, who looks at movies as moving pictures more than filmed plays, that’s not something to ignore. It’s arguable that THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY is an emotionally chilly movie, beautiful but impenetrable, but I wouldn’t be the one to argue it. I liked how this movie challenged me; I liked how it made me watch it again almost immediately to reconsider how I felt about it. Doesn’t hurt that I spent a large part of 2015 gaining a newfound affection for the giallo genre, so that by the time I got to THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, I was waiting right in the middle of its wheelhouse. But I think any grown-up would find this movie equally as mystifying and intoxicating (it’s probably not one for the kids).

 

 

Creed (2015)

7. CREED

If there’s no way to stop the mounting flood of reboots and remakes and sequels and re-imaginings, then at least there’s a movie like CREED to come along and knock a franchise on its ass. I don’t have the same affection for the ROCKY movies so many fans of CREED seem to — to me, Rocky Balboa is less the draw than the friendship he forged with Apollo Creed over the course of the series. In that first ROCKY, Apollo is basically the villain, and the way he subsequently becomes Rocky’s brother-in-arms is what interests me most about the movies. It doesn’t always happen in life that a heated rival becomes a trusted friend, and to my eyes that’s as much the appeal as the victorious-underdog aspects of the franchise. We don’t get an appearance in CREED from Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, but what he brought to the movies is still present in Michael B. Jordan’s fierce likability (he even looks like the young Apollo Creed at times) and Sylvester Stallone’s familiar but adjusted-for-weight-of-age performance. This is a sequel that comes at the idea from a dynamic angle — the son of Rocky’s most legendary rival comes to him for training in the same sport that killed his father. Rocky sees he can’t stop Donnie and feels he owes it to Apollo to protect his kid. CREED is about a reluctant mentor and an angry, hurt, haunted hero. If we’ve seen that relationship on film before, it’s not often, and never this fresh. On top of that, Tessa Thompson’s “love interest” character Bianca provides such a real, warm, unpredictable, lovable, tangible presence — it’s rare for a male-dominated movie, rare for a franchise movie, rare for an American movie. I suspect the pleasure of revisiting CREED will be less to thrill in the mechanics of the boxing sequences — which are tremendous — but more to spend time with these characters again.

 

Tangerine (2015)

6. TANGERINE

When I first moved to L.A., I got a job in an office building just off Santa Monica Boulevard, which I had to cross to get to work after parking my car in the lot across the street. Since it was a TV industry job, I came and went at all hours of the day and night, which means I got a crash-course in the environment of the neighborhood. This was two blocks from the Donut Time where so much of the action of TANGERINE takes place. So when I join the many voices praising TANGERINE for its sense of authenticity, it’s coming from some direct observation from the field. But I didn’t usually stop too long to talk to the many characters I encountered on Santa Monica Boulevard, and that’s the difference. TANGERINE brings the viewer into that world, by function of form (the film was famously shot on smartphones and favors dynamic close-ups and tracking shots) and by its vivid performances, most notably from Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez. Like its two lead characters, the movie explodes with energy. TANGERINE is exciting because it has real social value, making a marginalized culture spring beautifully to life and doing it not with melodrama but with recognizable relationships and a friendship that would win anybody over. All you have to do is look and listen.

 

 

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

5. BONE TOMAHAWK

I wrote more extensively about this movie when it hit Blu-Ray. The point I’d reiterate is that this isn’t a horror-Western. It really is a straight-ahead Western-Western. Westerns are a uniquely American genre whose usage tends to reflect the tenor of the times in which they were made. The stereotypical white-hat hero was never exactly a reality; pick up a history book or take a look at Deadwood. Westerns tell America what we’re thinking about ourselves — the more idealized Westerns of yesteryear are telling, as were the revisionist Westerns of the late 1960s and the early 1970s, as was the fact that the Western basically went away for a while, and so now is a movie like BONE TOMAHAWK, which is scary as all hell. Because that’s where we are today.

 

 

 

Blackhat (2015)

4. BLACKHAT

I saw this twice in theaters and wrote effusively about it elsewhere. If I’m being completely honest, it’s probably true that Michael Mann has made stronger movies than this one. But there’s still no filmmaker working today whose movies I’d rather watch — over and over.

 

 

Spring (2015)

3. SPRING

Another one I wrote about before now. But I will keep writing about it in case it helps anybody new discover it. SPRING is a jewel. It’s not a monster movie that sort of has a love story in it. It’s a love story that sort of has a monster in it. Huge difference. Astonishingly rare thing. If this is the first you’re hearing about this one, please give it a look.

 

 

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2. “BITCH BETTER HAVE MY MONEY

This is only seven minutes long, but it was more on my cinematic frequency than almost anything else this year, so I don’t know what all these prestige movies are doing running over the two-hour mark. This video has just about everything I need in a feature film — pretty ladies, freaky character actors, action, motion, color, scope, scary sexuality, dodgy morality, something to think about, something to tap my foot to while I’m doing it.

 

 

Fury Road (2015)

1. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Because I saw it three times during its theatrical run and because I bought it on Blu-Ray months ago and still haven’t dared to watch it on a smaller screen. That’s how resolutely big-screen it is.

Because there’s no reason it should have been this terrific. It wasn’t an easy movie to get made, or an easy one to make, and it definitely wasn’t a sure thing box-office-wise.

But mostly because “Let them up!” is the final line of the movie for a reason that’s even bigger than movies.

 

 

 

 

— JON ABRAMS.

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A lot of my film-fanatic friends are on a great site called Letterboxd, which allows you to catalogue all of the movies you’ve seen to date in order of when you’ve seen them.  It’s like a daily calendar for movies.  When you see as many movies as we do, it’s a valuable service.

In the past couple years, as I’ve been writing about movies more and more (over at Daily Grindhouse like crazy — not so much here, unfortunately), I also like to put up a gallery here on Demon’s Resume to chart everything I saw that year.

Here’s the 2011 edition.

Here’s the 2012 edition.

Here’s the 2013 edition.

Here’s the 2014 edition.

I took to doing this for a couple reasons:

For one thing it’s fun to look at all the poster art, both the beautiful and the bad.

For another, it seems like the right thing to do, since I as much as anyone can lapse into an authoritative tone in my writing and in my stated opinions at times and it’s only fair to reveal what I’ve seen and what I haven’t.  I can’t rightly tell you what “the best movies of 2015″ are if I haven’t seen every movie released in 2015, right?  I can only tell you which movies I appreciated the most, out of the ones I did get to see.

And lastly — while it may not feel like it to the average person, who watches sports and politics and CBS procedurals and anything else — it feels to me at least as if I’ve seen far fewer movies this year, particularly theatrically, than usual. So I’m trying to kick myself in the ass a little with this post. The count so far is 38. Everything else I’ve seen has come from before this year, and isn’t listed. But there are only 38 movies from the calendar year of 2015. That ain’t enough!

Since the year’s not over yet, I will be updating this post periodically, all the way through December 31st, so if you want, you can keep tracking what movies I’ve been watching.  I’ll also try to link to my reviews (where I’ve done them) as I go along.  And if I have any stray thoughts, I’ll add them along the way.

Enough engine-revving. Let’s get going!

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88 (2015)

[I reviewed it!]

 

Ant-Man (2015)

 

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Age of Ultron (2015)

 

Backcountry (2015)

 

Bad Asses On the Bayou

 

A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

 

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

 

Big Game (2015)

 

Blackhat (2015)

 

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

[I reviewed it!]

The Boy Next Door (2015)

 

Call Me Lucky (2015)

 

Chain of Command (2015)

 

Chi-Raq (2015)

 

The Connection (2014)

 

Cop Car (2015)

 

Creed (2015)

 

Creep (2015)

 

Crimson Peak (2015)

 

CRIMSON PEAK is still in theaters, at the moment of this typing. Go see it, if you haven’t. See it on the biggest screen you can. Let it enfold you. It’s a film to be absorbed. CRIMSON PEAK cost a lot of money and it looks like it. Hate to say I understand why it’s underperforming in America — with whispers of incest and baby murders, less sophisticated audiences can easily miss the point. Not that those elements are meant to be a draw — quite the contrary, but it’s admirable that a film engaging with the notion of fear betrays little itself. This movie is brave and bold. And subject matter aside, it’s a legitimate marvel of production design and costuming. Director Guillermo Del Toro and his cinematographer Dan Laustsen maximize the frame, infusing every millimeter with rich color and deep shadow. The movie blooms. Of the performers in the film, Jessica Chastain dominates — her role is recessive by design for the first two-thirds of the story, but when she takes center stage, it’s with redoubtable ferocity. Del Toro has said the film isn’t intended as a horror movie — if that’s the case, put Chastain down for all the awards, since horror never gets its due. But if it is a horror movie, then she’s its most fearsome monster, and good God is that a beautiful thing.

 

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A Deadly Adoption (tv)

 

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Dope (2015)

 

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead The Story Of The National Lampoon (2015)

 

The Duke of Burgundy (2015)

 

Escobar Paradise Lost (2014)

 

Everly (2015)

 

Ex Machina (2015)

 

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Five Star (2015)

 

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Gemma Bovery (2014)

 

The Gift (2015)

 

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Going Clear Scientology and the Prison of Belief (tv)

 

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[I sort of reviewed it!]

 

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Hot Pursuit (2015)

 

Though I never got around to reviewing it, I saw this movie the weekend it came out. It’s what it looks like, which is a MIDNIGHT RUN riff with Reese Witherspoon in the Robert De Niro role and Sofía Vergara as the Charles Grodin. The director is Anne Fletcher, originally a choreographer, who transitioned into directing the kind of broad-appeal hits that everybody sees except people I know. To be honest, I would not have expected a movie from the director of STEP UP, 27 DRESSES, THE PROPOSAL, and THE GUILT TRIP to be so poorly received by audiences. You know it never had a shot with critics, but audiences tend to eat up these middle-of-the-road big-star comedies like Chicken McNuggets. Uselessness is a difficult thing to quantify, so I can’t explain see why people go to some bad movies but not others. This one isn’t much worse than most, though it certainly could have been better. Can it really be that hard to make a watchable movie with two lead actors as well-liked as these? The problem with HOT PURSUIT is that again, it’s exactly what you think it’s going to be. A good comedy is surprising. A good action movie produces excitement. By those standards, this action-comedy fails twice. There are a couple of promisingly odd bits I almost chuckled over, such as when Witherspoon and Vergara disguise themselves a cow (I think) to escape a police roadblock, but most of the humor bizarrely fixates around Witherspoon’s stature and theoretical boyishness and Vergara’s supposedly advanced age, which are not observations I would have considered about either woman. Next time around, drop the insult comedy and focus on telling a compelling story.

 

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Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)

 

It Follows (2015)

 

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

 

If nothing else, this film was shot by cinematographer John Toll (who also shot THE THIN RED LINE). You can make your little Twitter jokes about whatever you want, but if you’re serious about movies, you do not get to discount a movie shot by John Toll. People who talk about movies without ever mentioning how they look are like people who buy comic books for the writing. It’s not that writing isn’t important — quite the contrary! — but at the same time, these are visual media. How a movie looks is more than half the battle.

And the comic-book analogy fits another way: With so much of multiplex real estate being rented out to super-hero movies based on super-hero comics, Lana and Andy Wachowski have been making comic-book movies too, for quite a while now. It’s just that comic books don’t begin and end with super-heroes. There’s manga, there’s Moebius, there’s Jodorowsky, there’s Jack Kirby’s cosmic comics. That’s what JUPITER ASCENDING is. It’s comic-book space opera with seven thousand international flavors blended together. Sure. It’s silly and it’s absurd. But the Mighty Thor isn’t? Is this movie really too crazy? Or is it the kind of crazy some of us could use more of?

What I liked about JUPITER ASCENDING is what I liked about STAR WARS. If the plot sends your mind wandering, there’s always some random weirdo walking through the background to focus your attention on. I went into JUPITER ASCENDING excited to see the lizard people; I came out of it obsessing over the person with the elephant head. There’s a person with an elephant head in this movie! If there were a person with an elephant head in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, I would have seen THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. This is the kind of movie Eddie Redmayne needs to be making.

 

Krampus (2015)

 

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Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015)

 

Last Knights (2015)

 

 

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Maggie (2015)

 

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Manglehorn (2015)

 

Nasty Baby (2015)

 

The Night Before (2015)

 

The Nightmare (2015)

 

People, Places, Things (2015)

 

POD (2015)

 

 

Robot Overlords (2015)

 

Run All Night (2015)

 

Seven Five (2015)

 

SHARK LAKE

 

Sinister 2 (2015)

 

Spotlight (2015)

 

Spring (2015)

 

Earlier this year, I saw IT FOLLOWS the same weekend I saw SPRING. There’s no major similarity between the two films besides the fact they are both low-fi indie efforts of very high quality, but in my mind they are connected due to that simple twist of scheduling. But while IT FOLLOWS was quickly adopted as an instant classic by many horror fans and debated fiercely by the fewer dissenters, I don’t get the sense nearly as many people are thinking about SPRING. Maybe it makes sense.

SPRING is a quiet movie, in comparison to just about anything else out there. Beautiful things don’t usually shout.

Also, it’s sort of hard to talk about this story without spoiling at least some of its surprises.

And the jury is still out over whether or not it can be called a horror film. Aside from a few expertly-paced scenes of suspense, this is not a movie intended to frighten or disturb.

I guess I’d call it a love story for horror fans, a heart-render for weirdos. It’s more like an alternate-universe hopelessly-romantic version ofPOSSESSION, or DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE if its heart had been on its sleeve a lot more than its tongue was in its cheek.

In the way of plot details, all you need know is that a troubled young American (Lou Taylor Pucci) who recently lost a family member to a cruel disease decides to skip the country for a while after kicking the shit out of somebody who sort of deserved it. After some aimless wandering through Europe, he gets a job and a room at a vineyard in Italy. When he goes out on the town, he meets a smart, sexy, worldly, thoroughly confusing woman (Nadia Hilker) with whom he is immediately smitten. Obviously, she’s hiding something. Obviously, that’s why I’m dancing around calling SPRING a horror movie. It matters, but it doesn’t. What you’ll care about most are these two characters, Evan and Louise.

From the thoughtful writing of co-director Justin Benson, to the warm cinematography by co-director Aaron Moorhead, from the bruised, spiky, but hopeful performance of Lou Taylor Pucci to the even-more-bruised, intoxicating, and daring performance of Nadia Hilker, to the lovely score by Jimmy LaValle and straight down the line, SPRING is a class act, a treat, a cause, a movie I found very easy to relate to, and even easier to love. It may be ironic to recommend a movie called SPRING in October, but it’s a movie to be visited and revisited any day of the year.

 

 

Spy (2015)

 

SPY is a movie which arrived preceded by a gale force of critical acclaim. I was underwhelmed, and I’ve been trying to figure out why.

As the current mass-media story goes, writer-director-producer Paul Feig and his star Melissa McCarthy have been doing more than anybody to change the conventional notions of what women can do onscreen. Why can’t a woman who looks like she should be cast as a pre-school teacher or a romance novelist (I’m not being rude — these are her character’s occupations on Mike & Molly) also play a spy in a James Bond style action thriller, or soon enough, a Ghostbuster? I hope I’m being crystal clear when I proclaim I am all for it, with every last erg of my strength. Women can do everything men can do, and often better and with greater style. And any system that doesn’t presently allow for that must absolutely be changed.

I guess it’s just hard for me to get thrilled about Melissa McCarthy falling over or farting just because the comedy guys get to do it, or more importantly, to learn over the course of a movie that she’s too good for jerky guys like Jude Law in SPY, because those are comparatively tame victories, considering how the kinds of movies I watch for Daily Grindhouse and the women who star in them come with a tidal wave of fierceness. That’s why I was so charged-up about Charlize Theron in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. It may not be fair to compare a light goofy comedy to a ferocious locomotive of action, but to me that’s the energy we need right now, in comedy as much as in action movies. When the system is so sorely fucked, it’s okay to get angry. Honestly, it seems necessary. All my heroes, male and female alike, are willing to get angry when things are wrong.

SPY is cute, and stuffed with jokes, but there’s no anger in it, and that’s why for me it’s not that energizing. At the same time, I recognize that maybe my place as a be-penised person is to stand aside and let women handle it their way. I don’t presume to tell anyone how to lead their own revolution.

 

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Steve Jobs (2015)

 

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

 

Tangerine (2015)

 

Trainwreck (2015)

 

The Visit (2015)

 

The Voices (2015)

 

war pigs (2015)

 

We Are Still Here (2015)

 

Welcome to Me (2015)

 

Welcome to New York (2014)

 

What Happened Miss Simone

 

Wild Card (2015)

 

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The Wolfpack (2015)

 

 

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Z for Zachariah (2015)

 

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Stay tuned to this page. It’s gonna swell and expand before the year is out.

And follow me on Twitter for near-constant updates:  @jonnyabomb

 

 

A lot of my film-fanatic friends are on a great site called Letterboxd, which allows you to catalogue all of the movies you’ve seen to date in order of when you’ve seen them.  It’s like a daily calendar for movies.  When you see as many movies as we do, it’s a valuable service.

In the past couple years, as I’ve been writing about movies more and more (over at Daily Grindhouse like crazy — not so much here, unfortunately), I also like to put up a gallery here on Demon’s Resume to chart everything I saw that year.

Here’s the 2011 edition.

Here’s the 2012 edition.

Here’s the 2013 edition.

I took to doing this for a couple reasons:  For one thing it’s fun to look at all the poster art, both the beautiful and the bad.  For another, it seems like the right thing to do, since I as much as anyone can lapse into an authoritative tone at times and it’s only fair to reveal what I’ve seen and what I haven’t.  I can’t rightly tell you what “the best movies of 2014″ are if I haven’t seen every movie released in 2014, right?  I can only tell you which movies I appreciated the most, out of the ones I did get to see.

Since the year’s not over yet, I will be updating this post periodically, all the way through December 31st, so if you want, you can keep tracking what movies I’ve been watching.  I’ll also try to link to my reviews (where I’ve done them) as I go along.

Let’s get going!

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At the Devil's Door (2014)

Bad Words Movie Poster

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Beyond the Lights (2014)

 

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 ENEMY

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Movie Poster

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 THE GUESTHoneymoon (2014)

Housebound (2014)

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Inherent Vice (2014)

 

The Interview (2014)

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Jersey Boys (2014)

JOE (2014)

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 Kill the Messenger (2014)

 

 

Kite (2014)

Late Phases Movie Poster

Left Behind (2014)

Hercules: The Legend Begins Movie Poster

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Life After Beth Movie Poster

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 Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

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The Prince Movie Poster

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Rage Movie Poster

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Selma (2014)

The Signal Movie Poster

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St. Vincent (2014)

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 Whiplash (2014)

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The Zero Theorem (2013)

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Dang. Busy year.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go celebrate this heroic accomplishment by watching some movies.

Follow me on Twitter for near-constant updates:  @jonnyabomb

Trance (2013)

A lot of my film-fanatic friends are on a great site called Letterboxd, which allows you to catalogue all of the movies you’ve seen to date in order of when you’ve seen them.  It’s like a daily calendar for movies.  When you see as many movies as we do, it’s a valuable service.

In the past couple years, as I’ve been writing about movies more and more, I also like to put up a gallery here on Demon’s Resume to chart everything I saw that year.

Here’s the 2011 edition.

Here’s the 2012 edition.

I took to doing this for a couple reasons:  For one thing it’s fun to look at all the poster art, beautiful and bad.  For another, it seems like the right thing to do, since I as much as anyone can lapse into an authoritative tone at times and it’s only fair to reveal what I’ve seen and what I haven’t.  I can’t rightly tell you what “the best movies of 2013” are if I haven’t seen every movie released in 2013, right?  I can only tell you which movies I appreciated the most out of the ones I did get to see.

For the first time, I am putting this out long before the end of the year. I will update it periodically, all the way to December, so if you want you can see what movies I’ve been watching throughout the year.  I’ll also try to add little mini-reviews of each one as I go along.

Let’s get going!

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Promised Land (2012)

PROMISED LAND.

I wrote about this movie at length for my friend’s site. Click here!

Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D.

And I wrote about this one for Daily Grindhouse. Click here!

Gangster Squad (2013)

GANGSTER SQUAD.

Not enough Nolte. And can anyone explain why Ryan Gosling is doing a pitch-perfect Steve Guttenberg impression throughout the entire thing?

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS.

Not remotely as bad as some people want you to think, but not particularly great.  It does meet my minimum requirement for Gemma Arterton.  (There is no maximum amount.)  Also, I noticed that “movies” are a synonym for “something really terrible happens to Peter Stormare.” Not to be confused with the standard Sean-Bean-and-Danny-Trejo-always-die trope.  In this one, if memory serves, a monster steps on Peter Stormare’s head. There, saved you the trouble.

Broken City (2013)

BROKEN CITY.

Drug War (2013)

DRUG WAR.

One of the best movies of the year, by any standard.

Mama (2013)

MAMA.

The Last Stand (2013)

THE LAST STAND.

John Dies at the End (2013)

JOHN DIES AT THE END.

Parker (2013)

Model Jason Statham in the new FaceSuit by J.Lo.

PARKER.

Bullet to the Head (2013)

BULLET TO THE HEAD.

Warm Bodies (2013)

WARM BODIES.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)

A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III.

Side Effects (2013)

SIDE EFFECTS.

Snitch (2013)

SNITCH.

A Talking Cat (2013)

A TALKING CAT!?!

To the Wonder (2013)

TO THE WONDER.

Stoker (2013)

STOKER.

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES.

Dead Man Down (2013)

DEAD MAN DOWN.

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

Spring Breakers (2013)

SPRING BREAKERS.

It’s either trash or art or both or neither.  I’m still not entirely decided.  That automatically makes SPRING BREAKERS more interesting than just about any other movie this year.  My review on Daily Grindhouse is here.

The Call (2013)

THE CALL.

Slight but solid. The ending was very SLIVER.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.

Trance (2013)

TRANCE.

Evil Dead (2013)

EVIL DEAD.

When is a well-made movie entirely useless?  When it lacks a soul or a reason for being.  This one prompted a rant involving feminism which you may be interested to read. It’s on Daily Grindhouse, here.

Byzantium (2013)

BYZANTIUM.

Upstream Color (2013)

UPSTREAM COLOR.

42 (2013)

42.

The Lords of Salem (2013)

THE LORDS OF SALEM.

This is another movie I wanted to like a lot more than I was able to, but I thought I at least wrote some interesting stuff on it.  Read it on Daily Grindhouse.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

IRON MAN 3.

Twenty years ago, this would have been my favorite movie.  But that’s not how time works.  Read my review on Daily Grindhouse.

The Numbers Station (2013)

THE NUMBERS STATION.

More evidence that John Cusack is the new Nicolas Cage.  Still an interesting actor, but one who ends up in as many terrible movies as worthwhile ones.  This movie is in between — it’s just diverting enough, but kind of dull and unmemorable.

Mud (2013)

MUD.

Wonderful.  I ride with Jeff Nichols.

Pain & Gain (2013)

PAIN & GAIN.

Silly and over-long, like my privates.  But I’d take this over TRANSFORMERS every day of the month.  If only Michael Bay would make more weird freakazoid movies like this one, instead of unwatchably bombastic money-guzzlers.

PAWN (2013)

PAWN.

In the end, all that will remain is Michael Chiklis’ inexplicable British accent.

The Iceman (2013)

THE ICEMAN.

I called this movie “a J-horror GOODFELLAS,” combining Asian-flavored style with decade-spanning true crime flavor.  The Michael Shannon lead performance makes it mandatory.  My review is on Daily Grindhouse.

Peeples (2013)

PEEPLES.

In retrospect I may have written more in my review here than this particular movie warrants.  I wrote it in reaction to all the whining I see every day on the internet about racism and chauvinism — in theory, I agree, but unlike a lot of people, when something bothers me, I try to take action.  That’s half the reason I paid to see this movie; the other half is my love for the primary cast.  They’re always good; the movie less so.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

FAST & FURIOUS 6.

I liked this movie as I like this franchise: Enough to see them all, not as much as many people in my peer group. It’s the franchise which may be more fun to talk about than to watch (and the movies are frequently very fun to watch).  Here’s my review of the one before it; maybe I’ll get around to talking more about this newest one.

Anna Nicole (TV Movie 2013)

ANNA NICOLE.

Behind the Candelabra (tv)

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA.

Assault on Wall Street (2013)

ASSAULT ON WALL STREET.

Hammer of the Gods (2013)

HAMMER OF THE GODS.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

THE GREAT GATSBY.

The Kings of Summer (2013)

THE KINGS OF SUMMER.

Évocateur The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013)

ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE.

Blackfish (2013)

BLACKFISH.

Syrup (2013)

SYRUP.

This Is the End (2013)

THIS IS THE END.

Maybe the funniest movie of the year.  I loved it.  Review is on Daily Grindhouse.  Click here!

Man of Steel (2013)

MAN OF STEEL.

As awful as it is awesome, MAN OF STEEL is, thematically at least, a disaster.  Its success bodes poorly for the next few years of superhero films.  On Daily Grindhouse, I explained my rationale at length.

The Bling Ring (2013)

THE BLING RING.

Maniac (2012)

MANIAC.

World War Z (2013)

WORLD WAR Z.

Fruitvale Station (2013)

FRUITVALE STATION.

Zombie Hunter (2013)

ZOMBIE HUNTER.

The Frozen Ground (2013)

THE FROZEN GROUND.

Only God Forgives (2013)

ONLY GOD FORGIVES.

I loved it.  Many hated it.  Appears there’s no middle ground on this one.  This is my kind of offbeat.  I understand why the straights don’t get it.  I also predict a lot of people will be reversing their stance in the years to come.

Killing Season (2013)

KILLING SEASON.

The Conjuring (2013)

THE CONJURING.

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES.

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SHARKNADO.

Pacific Rim (2013)

PACIFIC RIM.

More than any movie this year, I wanted to love this one.  Turns out I only loved it a little bit.  Like the bare minimum of love.  Like a great-uncle you only met once or twice.  A lot of the necessary ingredients are present to make this movie as kickass as some people still argue it is — I’d argue that there’s no way a movie with a protagonist this leaden and with fight scenes so murky can be anywhere near as great as it ought to be.  Here’s my review on Daily Grindhouse.

A Band Called Death (2013)

A BAND CALLED DEATH.

The Act of Killing (2012)

THE ACT OF KILLING.

2 Guns (2013)

TWO GUNS.

Europa Report (2013)

EUROPA REPORT.

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ELYSIUM.

WE'RE THE MILLERS

WE’RE THE MILLERS.

In a World... (2013)

IN A WORLD…

The Butler (2013)

THE BUTLER.

Cheap Thrills (2013)

CHEAP THRILLS.

The Spectacular Now (2013)

THE SPECTACULAR NOW. 

The World's End Movie Poster

THE WORLD’S END.

You're Next Movie Poster

YOU’RE NEXT.

Riddick Movie Poster

RIDDICK.

Room 237 (2012)

ROOM 237.

Bounty Killer (2013)

BOUNTY KILLER.

Enough Said (2013)

ENOUGH SAID.

Don Jon (2013).

DON JON.

BARBIE

BARBIE: MARIPOSA & THE FAIRY PRINCESS.

Gravity (2013)

GRAVITY.

GALLOWWALKERS (2013)

GALLOWWALKERS.

Captain Phillips (2013)

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS.

Frankenstein's Army (2013)

FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY.

Java Heat (2013)

JAVA HEAT.

COOPER & HEMINGWAY

COOPER & HEMINGWAY: THE TRUE GEN.

Bad Grandpa (2013)

BAD GRANDPA.

Curse of Chucky (2013)

CURSE OF CHUCKY.

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY.

JOURNEY TO THE WEST

JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS.

Why Don't You Play In Hell

WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?

The Contractor (2013)

THE CONTRACTOR.

Ooof.  Don’t.   But I did, and you can read about it.  Another Daily Grindhouse classic.

Jug Face (2013)

JUG FACE.

Weird little horror-esque backwoods nightmare.  I watched it twice in a weekend, because it’s kind of original.  Probably one of the best horror movies of the year, if that’s even the genre it fits inside.

Homefront (2013)

HOMEFRONT.

If you tell me James Franco is taking on Jason Statham, I’m going to want a much crazier movie than this flick is prepared to offer.

Paradise Movie Poster

PARADISE.

 

Prince Avalanche Movie Poster

PRINCE AVALANCE.

All Is Bright Movie Poster ALL IS BRIGHT.

The To Do List Movie Poster

THE TO DO LIST.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2008)

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE.

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO.

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

MAN OF TAI CHI.

American Hustle (2013)

AMERICAN HUSTLE. 

The Canyons (2013)

THE CANYONS.

DEAD IN TOMBSTONE (2013)

DEAD IN TOMBSTONE.

Blood Of Redemption (2013)

BLOOD OF REDEMPTION. 

Anchorman 2 (2013)

ANCHORMAN II: THE LEGEND CONTINUES.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.

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And now I’m going to go celebrate this heroic accomplishment by watching some movies.

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Django Unchained (2012)

I made a list like this in 2011, but I realized I hadn’t made one for 2012.  So here it is.

First:  The 2011 Movies.  And here are My Top Ten of 2011.

And now, all the movies from 2012 that I managed to see, by order of their theatrical release.  (If you want to see how I whittled all of these down to ten for 2012, here’s my Top 10.)  I put links in the titles if I wrote about the movies.

Haywire (2012)

HAYWIRE.

Somehow controversial to say so, but I dug it.

The Grey (2012)

THE GREY.

My #1 movie of the year, all year.

Chronicle (2012)

CHRONICLE.

Clever.

The Woman in Black (2012)

THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Spooky.

Safe House (2012)

SAFE HOUSE.

Over-directed.

Rampart (2011)

RAMPART.

Kind of a drag.

Wanderlust (2012)

WANDERLUST.

Funny.

The Lorax (2012)

THE LORAX.

Hurt my eyes and brain.

Project X (2012)

PROJECT X.

Needed monkeys.

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)

TIM & ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE.

Robert Loggia!

John Carter (2012)

JOHN CARTER.

Neither as bad nor as good as you may have heard. Love that butt-alien though.

Footnote (2011)

FOOTNOTE.

Sly and cerebral.  No one saw it because no one is dumb.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI.

Better Hugh Jackman cameo than the X-MEN movie. Also, an octopus gets a massage.

21 Jump Street (2012)

21 JUMP STREET.

Almost shockingly good.

Casa de mi Padre (2012)

CASA DE MI PADRE.

It’s as if they made it just for me.

The Hunger Games (2012)

THE HUNGER GAMES.

Fine. Book was better.

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

THE RAID: REDEMPTION.

Saw it for free; loved it so much I paid to take people back with me.

Goon (2012)

GOON.

Really funny. Really re-watchable.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

Ginsu-sharp. I’m with Brad Whitford: Loved the merman.

Lockout (2012)

LOCKOUT.

As Funkadelic sang, “Super Stupid!” (A compliment.)

Bernie (2012)

BERNIE.

Maybe the most delightful movie about a vicious murder ever made.

Safe (2012)

SAFE.

Burly and bad-ass. And James Hong! First Jason Statham movie I really, really liked.

Headhunters (2011)

HEADHUNTERS.

Really dark, really funny. Check it out.

The Avengers (2012)

THE AVENGERS.

All of the good adjectives.

The Dictator (2012)

THE DICTATOR.

Disappointing.

Men in Black III (2012)

MEN IN BLACK 3.

Inessential, but surprisingly decent.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

MOONRISE KINGDOM.

Great. Handily defeats all incoming cynicism.

Piranha 3DD (2012)

PIRANHA 3DD.

Ends after an hour in favor of twenty minutes of bloopers. Haven’t seen that shit since MASTER OF DISGUISE. And at least that movie had Jennifer Esposito.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

MADAGASCAR 3.

My niece and I love the Chris Rock zebra. The rest, not so much.

Prometheus (2012)

PROMETHEUS.

Beautiful to look at, with almost all the wrong ideas. It’s the Jennifer Lopez of sci-fi prequels.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.

Fun discovery. Not tremendous, but very diverting.

Brave (2012)

BRAVE.

No one told us there’d be bears.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD.

I like those two.  For this movie, that’s enough.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

Best giant-pig movie since South Korea’s CHAW.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

I liked it. Not as nearly much as I did the Sam Raimi ones, but this was as close to “Spider-Man vs. Godzilla” I’m likely to ever get.

Savages (2012)

SAVAGES.

Didn’t like the trio of protagonists, but Salma and Benicio ran away with the movie and made it worthwhile all on their own.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Ponderous.

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES.

Fascinating documentary about a shithead and his trophy wife, who seems like a shithead but isn’t really so much.

Iron Sky (2012)

IRON SKY.

The movie can’t touch its poster.

Step Up Revolution (2012)

STEP UP REVOLUTION.

Everybody you see on that poster is a sell-out.

Killer Joe (2012)

KILLER JOE.

Brilliant from every angle.

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER.

I loved Rashida Jones before I knew she was a great writer. This movie proves she’s a great writer. Now it’s officially hopeless.

The Expendables 2 (2012)

THE EXPENDABLES 2.

Mostly dull. But every moment Chuck Norris is onscreen, it’s the worst movie of the year.

Compliance (2012)

COMPLIANCE.

Terrifically disturbing.

Cosmopolis (2012)

COSMOPOLIS.

Absolutely the most Canadian film about New York ever made. I still dug it though!

Premium Rush (2012)

PREMIUM RUSH.

Probably the single most underrated movie of 2012. Lots of fun.

Lawless (2012)

LAWLESS.

Not everyone agreed, but I thought it was great. Soundtrack of the year.

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…

It’s GIRL 6 but way Jewier.

The Master (2012)

THE MASTER.

Fascinating. Not what I expected, but that’s a tremendous compliment.

Bait (2012)

BAIT.

Sharks in a shopping mall. Now you kind of have to read my review, huh?

Dredd (2012)

DREDD 3D.

I thought it rocked. Seems like other people are slowly starting to agree. My opinions are from the future!

End of Watch (2012)

END OF WATCH.

Flawed but valuable.

Looper (2012)

LOOPER.

Excellent and inventive. This was a good month for movies.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

PITCH PERFECT.

Really fun, and I did not expect to say that at all.

Argo (2012)

ARGO.

A fine movie. A B-plus. Not the best movie of the year by any stretch, and I’ve been rooting for Affleck for longer than almost anybody so I’m not being nasty.

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS.

IN BRUGES was my favorite movie of 2008. This is Martin McDonagh’s follow-up. This is the kind of movie a brilliant writer makes when he doesn’t have much to say at the moment he makes it.

Smashed (2012)

SMASHED.

I truly love this movie. It has honesty in it.  Wonderful performances. See it.

Holy Motors (2012)

HOLY MOTORS.

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Alex Cross (2012)

ALEX CROSS.

Atrocious and ugly.

The Sessions (2012)

THE SESSIONS.

Beautiful and genuinely sweet.

Cloud Atlas (2012)

CLOUD ATLAS.

Brave. Beautiful. Wacked-out, in a great way. I was a skeptic and it made me a believer.

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)

SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D.

Waste of my time.

Skyfall (2012)

SKYFALL.

I’m not a James Bond fan, but Roger Deakins on the camera tip and Naomie Harris on the pretty-lady tip made this the best Bond movie for me by far.

The Bay (2012)

THE BAY.

Excellent science-inspired horror flick, one of the very few that justifies the found-footage craze.

Flight (2012)

FLIGHT.

The music supervisor should be fired. Otherwise, this was an excellent studio movie, the kind of which there used to be many more.  Denzel CRUSHED it.

 

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

 

WRECK-IT RALPH.

Terrific. At twenty minutes shorter, it’d be a straight-up classic.

 

 

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS.

Wish I loved it. It was worth a try.

Lincoln (2012)

LINCOLN.

Stately and spirited.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.

Land of the blue-eyed Italians! I had a weird reaction to this movie. It felt inauthentic to me, but by every account its makers were sincere. The weirdest part is the way it turns into a STEP UP movie at the end.  Got nothing against the movie. I’m just not on the bandwagon. Nice to see Chris Tucker in a flick like this though.

Life of Pi (2012)

LIFE OF PI.

This movie has “Peter Jackson’s KING KONG disease.” It’s dull as shit for about an hour, before it turns awesome. But it’s a long hour. Still, the effects alone on the boat-sinking sequence make it a must-see.

Killing Them Softly (2012)

KILLING THEM SOFTLY.

Fine, the political subtext was pretty overt. You gonna let that stop you? One of the best crime movies of the year, the past couple even.

Deadfall (2012)

DEADFALL.

Great cast, solidly put together — a little over-directed for my tastes, but worth a look.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

THE HOBBIT.

Maybe it was from diminished expectations, but for whatever reasons, I had a blast.

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

MONSTERS INC. 3D

This is the only way we should have to experience Billy Crystal anymore.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

ZERO DARK THIRTY.

May have seen the trailers way too many times (it was advertised for about six months before I finally got to see it), because I thought it was excellent but I responded to it more intellectually than viscerally. Maybe a rewatch would help.

This Is 40 (2012)

THIS IS 40.

This is not a movie. I love Judd Apatow’s work normally, but seriously dude, this is pushing it.

Django Unchained (2012)

DJANGO UNCHAINED.

A moral and technical tightrope, one which everyone involved totally fucking nailed. Immediate classic. Quite possibly Quentin’s best movie. I’ll watch it a few dozen more times and let you know.

@jonnyabomb.

This quick list was born out of an email conversation I’ve been having today.  If someone had me at gunpoint and I had to name the characters who I think are the all-time coolest, this is what would happen.  I’m not sure why anyone would need to pull a gun on me to get such a list, since I’d obviously provide it for free… but the point is:  This list might have been a little different with more time to reflect on it, but I kind of like the immediacy of such a thing.  There’s an honesty to it.  When I’m asked what I think is cool, this is what’s at the tip of the tongue of my brain.

In other words, don’t waste your time arguing with it.  Let’s be friends.  But I WOULD love to hear your own favorites, so feel free to shoot me your own top 10!

#1.

#2.

#3.

#4.

#5.


#6.

#7.

#8.

#9.

#10.

 

I already wish I made it twenty.

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And we’re back!  Ready for round two.  Inspired again by my friend-in-movies at Rupert Pupkin Speaks, I’m re-presenting and reshuffling my top fifty movies of all time.  “Reshuffling” sounds a little more extreme than what I’ve done here — most of the titles remain the same, and the order isn’t much different.  But there’s a fair amount of new blood, and I’ve updated the links to any movies I’ve written about at length (those are bolded in red.) 

This list is absolutely subject to change, so keep watching this space, but while you’re at it, don’t forget to keep watching the skies.

1. THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY (1966).

2. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984).

3. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978).

4.  ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968).

5.  UNFORGIVEN (1992).

6.  KING KONG (1933).

7.  PREDATOR (1987).

8.  MANHUNTER (1986).

9.  BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986).

10.  MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED (1976).

11.  John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982).

12.  HEAT (1995).

13.  FREAKS (1932).

14. JAWS (1975).

15.  Berry Gordy’s THE LAST DRAGON (1985).

16.  THE WILD BUNCH (1969).

17.  SHAFT (1971).

18.  BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984).

19.  THE BIG GUNDOWN (1966).

20.  SEA OF LOVE (1989).

21. RAISING ARIZONA (1987).

22.  EVIL DEAD 2 (1987).

23.  OUT OF SIGHT (1998).

24.  THE INSIDER (1999).

25.  ALLIGATOR (1980).

26.  COLLATERAL (2004).

27.  THE GREAT SILENCE (1968).

28.  AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

29.  MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946).

30.  CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954).

31. PRIME CUT (1972).

32. WATERMELON MAN (1970).

33.  GROSSE POINTE BLANK (1997).

34.  25th HOUR (2002).

35.  COFFY (1973).

36. QUICK CHANGE (1990).

37.  MAGNOLIA (1999).

38.  HANNIE CAULDER (1971).

39. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981).

40.  48 HRS. (1982).

41.  GOODFELLAS (1990).

42.  SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980).

43.  PURPLE RAIN (1984).

44.  THE UNHOLY THREE (1925).

45.  TRUE GRIT (2010).

46.  THE PROFESSIONALS (1966).

47.  VIOLENT CITY aka THE FAMILY (1973).

48.  THE HIT (1984).

49.  EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE (1973).

50.  ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011).

50 1/2.  The five-minute skeleton swordfight in JASON & THE ARGONAUTS (1963).

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And that’s that…. for now.

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