Thursday, May 14, 2015

I Completed the They Shoot Pictures Don’t They List

I actually completed it a week ago, late Thursday evening, by watching the 1962 film The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.  It was the lowest ranked entry I had left, and the title referenced a marathon-like endeavor so it seemed vaguely fitting to end with it.

Those of you who have been reading my posts for a while know that I am a lists kind of person.  Back in the late 1990s I printed off the year end IMDB Top 250 list to have for suggestions on movies to watch in the coming year.  That led to trying to see every movie, including ones that appeared on subsequent year end lists.  Completing that has led to completing others, some larger and some smaller; some with more popular films and some with films that tend to be liked primarily by professional critics.

For the record, I have completed: all movies to ever be on the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list, all the AFI lists, both the 2012 Sight and Sound Critics’ Top 250 and Directors’ Top 100 lists, the Top 100 Movies of all time lists from Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, all Oscar Best Picture winners, and every single film that has been on the IMDB Top 250 at every year end since 1998.  To this I can now add the current TSPDT list.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Steve’s Selections #5 – Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

I find myself in new territory here.  My site has been geared towards writing full reviews of films I would recommend to others.  I knew that one of the things that might happen when Steve and I recommended 12 films to the other to review during the coming year is I might encounter one I would not recommend.  I promised myself that if it happened I would still write a full review to show respect for Steve and for the process.  The problem I am now faced with is how do I write a review of a movie that I felt was just okay?  Do I still write it like any other?  Do I focus on the flaws that kept me from liking it more?  Do I recommend it anyway, since it's close (only a half star away)?  Do I write an analysis of my own reaction and what it might mean about me?  (Or is that too much “navel gazing”?)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

For Fans of Firefly/Serenity and The Flash (Not to Mention The Big Bang Theory)

I happened upon this video of three of the cast members of the current TV show The Flash singing a “gospel version” of the Firefly theme song.  Left to right they are Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, and Rick Cosnett.


Valdes plays a character named Cisco who makes tons of references to cult/geeky things, so it’s very fitting that he’s one of the ones in the video.  My favorite Easter Eggs on The Flash have been the extra-meta references to the TV show The Big Bang Theory.  Anyone who watches that knows that Sheldon is a huge fan of the character The Flash and that he often wears T-shirts that somehow reference him.

Here is Cisco on the TV show The Flash wearing T-shirts that reference The Big Bang Theory character of Sheldon.  (If you can’t make it out, the first one says “Bazinga!”)




Friday, May 1, 2015

April Movie Status

I watched 18 new movies in April, plus rewatched 1 film.  This was a light month, and the total is only as high as that because I realized a few days ago that I had not seen a single entry from the They Shoot Pictures Don’t They list yet this month.

I figured I would start April by watching the final three films that were new to the 2014 yearend IMDB Top 250 list.  The problem was that they were three Indian movies with a combined running time of close to 12 hours.  Once I got done with those, I just didn’t feel like picking up other films.  I’ve had three disks from Netflix sitting on my coffee table for a month now, unwatched.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Best Movies for Each Letter of the Alphabet – Part 3: R to Z, Plus Some Observations and a Link

Note: For an explanation of my ground rules for this, as well as my picks for letters A to H, plus numbers, click here.  For my picks for letters I to Q, click here.

For those films I have reviewed, I have made their titles clickable to take you to them, if you are interested.  Maybe you are wondering, “Why the heck does he think so highly of that film?”  My review will shed some light on that.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Best Movies for Each Letter of the Alphabet – Part 2: I to Q

Note: For an explanation of my ground rules for this, as well as my picks for letters A to H, plus numbers, click here.

For those films I have reviewed, I have made their titles clickable to take you to them, if you are interested.  Maybe you are wondering, “Why the heck does he think so highly of that film?”  My review will shed some light on that.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Best Movies for Each Letter of the Alphabet – Part 1: A to H, Plus Numbers

Note: this was too long to do in a single post.  I will break this up into three pieces and then include links to each one as I go along.

From time to time I’ve seen people attempt to name what they feel are the best films that happen to start with each letter of the alphabet.  (If you have done this, let me know and I will include a link to your post when I am done.)  I find these interesting to read, but I had never tackled it myself because I have an aversion to trying to rank “the greatest ever”.  That is mostly due to the fact that I may have a different choice a month later simply because I am in a different mood.

It’s always been in the back of my mind, though, and it’s not as if this is set in stone.  I’ve done posts on the Top 10 films every year I’ve been running this site.  And I think for all of these I have later seen at least one movie that would have made my Top 10 if I had seen it before I had made those posts.