Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Movie Madness | 160 Titles

In the last year and 5 months, I have watched a lot of movies. I figured I would share this list with the world, in case someone was in search of something to do on a Friday or Saturday night.

This list includes 160 movies rented from one online store only (zip.ca), does not include going to the theatre and/or video store and gives you a sense of magnitude. The program I use to list these doesn't let me do "half-star" ratings, so I have had to round up and down on numerous occasions. Keep in mind some movies are risqué, so maybe read a synopsis if it piques your interest.

List sorted by rating, then by the movie last watched. Hope it proves useful!

5 stars
Hero
Sicko
An Inconvenient Truth
City of God
Cars
All the President’s Men
A Home At the End of the World
Rory O’Shea Was Here
Apocalypse Now (original)
Before Sunset
Before Sunrise
Ghandi
Citizen Kane
Doctor Zhivago

4 stars
No Country for Old Men
August Rush
3:10 to Yuma
Across the Universe
Eastern Promises
Reds
Half Nelson
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Ratatouille
The Passion of Joan of Arc
In America
Year of the Dog
The Simpson’s Movie
Fracture
Live Free or Die Hard
Rescue Dawn
The Number 23
Ocean’s 13
We Are Marshall
Hot Fuzz
Letter’s from Iwo Jima
Cleopatra
Little Children
Zodiac
Pan’s Labyrinth
Notes on a Scandal
The Lives of Others
Flags of Our Fathers
The Last King of Scotland
Who Killed the Electric Car?Stranger than Fiction
Déjà vu
The Last Kiss
An Officer and a Gentleman
The Guardian
Ran
Box of Moonlight
Apocalypto
The Painted Veil
The Doors
Thank You For Smoking
Why We Fight
The 39 Steps
Kramer vs. Kramer
Ryan’s Daughter
Intermission
On the Edge
Shattered Glass
The Great Escape
A Man for All Seasons
Akeelah and the Bee
Maria Full of Grace
It’s A Wonderful Life
Rushmore
Bonnie & Clyde
The King & I
Hard Candy
The Last of the Mohicans
The Quiet American
Criminal
The Apostle
The Graduate
Unforgiven
Wyatt Earp
Hoop Dreams
Cool Hand Luke
The French Connection
Infernal Affairs
Casablanca
…And Justice For All
Kinsey
The Passion of the Christ

3 stars
Lucky You
The Shipping News
The Kingdom
Martian Child
Death of a President
Perfect Stranger
1408
Under the Tuscan Sun
Funny Face
The Condemned
Transformers
Big Night
The Fountain
Owning Mahoney
Shadowboxer
Volver
Simon Birch
Children of Men
The Gold Rush
The Good Sheppard
A Good Woman
Smokin’ Aces
The Queen
300
Dr. Strangelove
Breach
Crank
Fire
Nosferatu
Nosferatu (remake)
The Buddy Holly Story
3 Days of the Condor
You Can Count on Me
Chariots of Fire
The Bishop’s Wife
Miami Vice
Black Robe
Snakes on a Plane
Girl with a Pearl Earing
Thelma & Louise
Deliverance
Old School
On the Waterfront
Rosemary’s Baby
Ice Age
We Don’t Live Here Anymore
Where the Buffalo Roam
Unleashed
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Terminal
Roger & Me
World Trade Centre
The Merchant of Venice
Robots
Focus
The Great Gatsby
Raging Bull

2 stars
Superbad
The Science of Sleep
Hannibal Rising
Happy Feet
Eragon
The Good German
Ghost Rider
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Waking Life
Gods and Monsters
Transformers – The Animated Movie
Too Young To Die?
THX 1138

1 starPirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End
Borat
Coffee and Cigarettes
Team America: World Police

1 comment:

granville said...

I assume you're referring to Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc". Seeing that movie literally changed how I watch film. Often, movies from the silent era have to be taken with a grain of salt -- most of them certainly weren't made with "art" in mind. Those that were had the challenge of working in a new medium with no technical schools and even technical knowledge was reserved to just a few individuals. It often requires a certain kind of empathy to appreciate.

Dreyer's Joan of Arc though doesn't suffer in the least from it. To the contrary, I want to say that after a life of viewing movies as more or less whole works and more or less looking at them for some kind of mental or emotional stimulation, it really opened up a new world to my eyes. I'd never seen the metaphors and ideas embedded in film before it. Afterwards, I went on a long, long journey through noir, the French New Wave, Italian neo-realism, etc etc. It was very much like reading nothing but novels your whole life, and then being shown one of Shakespeare's sonnets.