Favorite Movies

Profiling my favorite movies has been something I have wanted to do since this site’s inception, it’s just that I can only do so many things at once. I would eventually like to assemble a list that mirrors my favorite albums list, but for obvious reasons, the movie equivalent of that albums list (which I do take great pride in having assembled, incidentally) is going to be significantly trickier to pull off.

The first problem presents itself immediately in the form of logistics: it’s been years since I have even watched, yet alone analyzed, most of my favorite movies; the sheer amount of time required to watch them all and then rank them is incalculable and is enough of a deterrent to prevent me from attempting the list utilizing that approach. It’s how I did my albums list, yes, but music lends itself to multitasking; movies certainly do not. Simply put, movies demand your complete attention during their consumption, or any kind of analysis given is therefore incomplete.

What I would like to do, then, is basically take the opposite approach I took with my albums list: I’ll profile my favorite movies one at a time with no particular order in mind. Once I do maybe fifty or so, I’ll start to think about shaping the ones I have selected into a list, but that’s a long, long ways off.

The rules I am setting for myself when picking films to write about are:

  1. It must be a movie I have seen multiple times
  2. It must be a movie I have not seen in a while
  3. It must be a movie I have on Blu-ray, so I can do hi-def screen captures

Other than that, there aren’t really any limitations.

Movies Profiled

On Deck

  • There Will Be Blood (2007, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) [USA]

In the Hole

  • The Last Emperor (1987, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci) [China, Hong Kong, Italy, UK]

In the Deep Hole

  • TBD

Riding the Pine for Now

These are all the movies I have on Blu-ray:

  • Kino-Eye (1924, dir. Dziga Vertov) [USSR]
  • The Man with the Movie Camera (1929, dir. Dziga Vertov) [USSR]
  • Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass (1931, dir. Dziga Vertov) [USSR]
  • Three Songs About Lenin (1934, dir. Dziga Vertov) [USSR]
  • Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles) [USA]
  • Rashomon (1951, dir. Akira Kurosawa) [Japan]
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952, dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen) [USA]
  • Rear Window (1954, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) [USA]
  • 12 Angry Men (1957, dir. Sidney Lumet) [USA]
  • Vertigo (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) [USA]
  • Ben-Hur (1959, dir. William Wyler) [USA]
  • The 400 Blows (1959, dir. François Truffaut) [France]
  • North by Northwest (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) [USA]
  • Breathless (1960, dir. Jean-Luc Godard) [France]
  • La Dolce Vita (1960, dir. Federico Fellini) [France, Italy]
  • Psycho (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) [USA]
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962, dir. David Lean) [UK, USA]
  • My Life to Live (1962, dir. Jean-Luc Godard) [France]
  • The Birds (1963, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) [USA]
  •  (1963, dir. Federico Fellini) [France, Italy]
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, dir. Sergio Leone) [Italy, Spain]
  • The Graduate (1967, dir. Mike Nichols) [USA]
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick) [UK, USA]
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, dir. Sergio Leone) [Italy, USA]
  • Badlands (1973, dir. Terrence Malick) [USA]
  • Blazing Saddles (1974, dir. Mel Brooks) [USA]
  • Chinatown (1974, dir. Roman Polanski) [USA]
  • Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese) [USA]
  • Star Wars (1977, dir. George Lucas) [USA]
  • Days of Heaven (1978, dir. Terrence Malick) [USA]
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980, dir. Irvin Kershner) [USA]
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, dir. Steven Spielberg) [USA]
  • Return of the Jedi (1983, dir. Richard Marquand) [USA]
  • Risky Business (1983, dir. Paul Brickman) [USA]
  • Blood Simple (1984, dir. Joel Coen) [USA]
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984, dir. Steven Spielberg) [USA]
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984, dir. Sergio Leone) [Italy, USA]
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, dir. John Hughes) [USA]
  • Hoosiers (1986, dir. David Anspaugh) [USA]
  • Broadcast News (1987, dir. James L. Brooks) [USA]
  • Raising Arizona (1987, dir. Joel Coen) [USA]
  • Big (1988, dir. Penny Marshall) [USA]
  • Die Hard (1988, dir. John McTiernan) [USA]
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989, dir. Steven Spielberg) [USA]
  • Dances with Wolves (1990, dir. Kevin Costner) [USA]
  • Goodfellas (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese) [USA]
  • Miller’s Crossing (1990, dir. Joel Coen) [USA]
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991, dir. Jonathan Demme) [USA]
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, dir. James Cameron) [USA]
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992, dir. Michael Mann) [USA]
  • The Fugitive (1993, dir. Andrew Davis) [USA]
  • Schindler’s List (1993, dir. Steven Spielberg) [USA]
  • Forrest Gump (1994, dir. Robert Zemeckis) [USA]
  • Hoop Dreams (1994, dir. Steve James) [USA]
  • Pulp Fiction (1994, dir. Quentin Tarantino) [USA]
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994, dir. Frank Darabont) [USA]
  • Braveheart (1995, dir. Mel Gibson) [USA]
  • Seven (1995, dir. David Fincher) [USA]
  • Fargo (1996, dir. Joel Coen) [USA]
  • Boogie Nights (1997, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) [USA]
  • L.A. Confidential (1997, dir. Curtis Hanson) [USA]
  • Titanic (1997, dir. James Cameron) [USA]
  • American History X (1998, dir. Tony Kaye) [USA]
  • The Big Lebowski (1998, dir. Joel Coen) [USA]
  • Following (1998, dir. Christopher Nolan) [UK]
  • Rounders (1998, dir. John Dahl) [USA]
  • The Thin Red Line (1998, dir. Terrence Malick) [USA]
  • American Beauty (1999, dir. Sam Mendes) [USA]
  • Fight Club (1999, dir. David Fincher) [USA]
  • The Matrix (1999, dir. Andy & Larry Wachowski) [USA]
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, dir. Ang Lee) [China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA]
  • The Patriot (2000, dir. Roland Emmerich) [USA]
  • Traffic (2000, dir. Steven Soderbergh) [USA]
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, dir. Peter Jackson) [New Zealand, USA]
  • Memento (2001, dir. Christopher Nolan) [USA]
  • Insomnia (2002, dir. Christopher Nolan) [USA]
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, dir. Peter Jackson) [New Zealand, USA]
  • Road to Perdition (2002, dir. Sam Mendes) [USA]
  • The Last Samurai (2003, dir. Edward Zwick) [USA]
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, dir. Peter Jackson) [New Zealand, USA]
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004, dir. Clint Eastwood) [USA]
  • Sideways (2004, dir. Alexander Payne) [USA]
  • Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, dir. George Clooney) [USA]
  • King Kong (2005, dir. Peter Jackson) [USA]
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005, dir. Ridley Scott) [UK, USA]
  • The New World (2005, dir. Terrence Malick) [USA]
  • Children of Men (2006, dir. Alfonso Cuarón) [USA]
  • The Departed (2006, dir. Martin Scorsese) [USA]
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, dir. Guillermo Del Toro) [Mexico, Spain]
  • The Prestige (2006, dir. Christopher Nolan) [UK, USA]
  • American Gangster (2007, dir. Ridley Scott) [USA]
  • Eastern Promises (2007, dir. David Cronenberg) [Canada, UK, USA]
  • Into the Wild (2007, dir. Sean Penn) [USA]
  • Michael Clayton (2007, dir. Tony Gilroy) [USA]
  • No Country for Old Men (2007, dir. Joel & Ethan Coen) [USA]
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008, dir. Uli Edel) [Germany]
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008, dir. Steven Spielberg) [USA]
  • Waltz with Bashir (2008, dir. Ari Folman) [France, Germany, Israel]
  • The Hangover (2009, dir. Todd Phillips) [USA]
  • The Hurt Locker (2009, dir. Kathryn Bigelow) [USA]
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009, dir. Quentin Tarantino) [Germany, USA]
  • Black Swan (2010, dir. Darren Aronofsky) [USA]
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010, dir. David Yates) [USA]
  • Inception (2010, dir. Christopher Nolan) [USA]
  • The King’s Speech (2010, dir. Tom Hooper) [Australia, UK]
  • The Social Network (2010, dir. David Fincher) [USA]
  • The Descendants (2011, dir. Alexander Payne) [USA]
  • Drive (2011, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn) [USA]
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011, dir. David Yates) [USA]
  • Hugo (2011, dir. Martin Scorsese) [USA]
  • Moneyball (2011, dir. Bennett Miller) [USA]
  • The Tree of Life (2011, dir. Terrence Malick) [USA]
  • Argo (2012, dir. Ben Affleck) [USA]
  • Chronicle (2012, dir. Josh Trank) [USA]
  • Django Unchained (2012, dir. Quentin Tarantino) [USA]
  • Life of Pi (2012, dir. Ang Lee) [USA]
  • The Master (2012, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) [USA]
  • Prometheus (2012, dir. Ridley Scott) [USA]
  • Skyfall (2012, dir. Sam Mendes) [USA]
  • To the Wonder (2012, dir. Terrence Malick) [USA]
  • Zero Dark Thirty (2012, dir. Kathryn Bigelow) [USA]
  • Gravity (2013, dir. Alfonso Cuarón) [USA]
  • Boyhood (2014, dir. Richard Linklater) [USA]
  • Gone Girl (2014, dir. David Fincher) [USA]
  • Interstellar (2014, dir. Christopher Nolan) [USA]
  • Whiplash (2014, dir. Damien Chazelle) [USA]
  • The Big Short (2015, dir. Adam McKay) [USA]
  • It Follows (2015, dir. David Robert Mitchell) [USA]
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, dir. George Miller) [Australia, USA]
  • Spotlight (2015, dir. Tom McCarthy) [USA]
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, dir. J.J. Abrams) [USA]
  • Arrival (2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve) [USA]
  • Hell or High Water (2016, dir. David Mackenzie) [USA]
  • The Jungle Book (2016, dir. Jon Favreau) [USA]
  • Knight of Cups (2016, dir. Terrence Malick) [USA]
  • Manchester by the Sea (2016, dir. Kenneth Lonergan) [USA]
  • Moonlight (2016, dir. Barry Jenkins) [USA]
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016, dir. Gareth Edwards) [USA]

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