The List – Movies


What follows is a list of every movie I’ve seen in the past 11 months, ranked from least-favorite to favorite:

90. Batman V Superman
89. Gods of Egypt
88. Tommy and the Cool Mule
87. TekkonKinkreet
86. Iron Man 2
85. Thor: The Dark World
84. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
83. Santa Claus
82. Halo Legends
81. Tron: Legacy
80. Extracted
79. Iron Man 3
78. Divergent Series: Allegiant
77. Bad Boys II
76. Ant Man
75. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
74. Snowpiercer
73. Doctor Strange
72. Halo: The Fall of Reach
71. Deadpool
70. Sixteen Candles
69. The FP
68. Lady and the Tramp
67. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
66. Blackhat
65. Halo: Nightfall
64. Final Fantasy: Kingsglaive
63. 7 Fast 7 Furious
61. Moana
60. X-Men Days of Future Past
59. Rollerball (remake)
58. The Mysterious Mr. Moto
57. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
56. Her
55. The Hateful Eight
54. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
53. The Heat
52. Zootopia
51. My Best Friend’s Wedding
50. Pretty in Pink
49. The Avengers
48. Iron Man
47. 12 Monkeys
46. Royal Tennenbaums
45. Magic Mike
44. Mr. Moto Takes a Chance
43. Magic Mike XL
42. Captain America: Civil War (twice)
41. Collateral
40. Hail, Caesar
39. Think Fast, Mr. Moto
38. Thank You, Mr. Moto
37. Prince of Egypt
36. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
35. Dragon’s Nest
34. The Guardians of the Galaxy
33. Captain America
32. G.I. Joe: Resolute
31. Ed Wood
30. A Monster in Paris
29. Road to El Dorado
28. Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.22
27. A Fistful of Dollars
26. For a Few Dollars More
25. The Martian
24. Clue
23. Rushmore
22. Little Shop of Horrors
21. Cowboy Bebop Knockin on Heaven’s Door
20. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
19. The Matrix
18. Avengers: Age of Ultron (twice)
17. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
16. Thor
15. The Pirates
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13. The Thomas Crown Affair
12. Bottle Rocket
11. Labyrinth
10. The Bridge on the River Kwai
9. The Matrix Reloaded & Revolution
8. Thief
7. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
6. Blood Simple
5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
4. Heat
3. The Muppet Movie
2. Casablanca
1. Miami Vice

So, that’s 93 movies watched in just under 11 months. That averages to 2 movies a week. Of those movies, 20 of them are flat-out great. I would recommend any of the top 20 movies on this list to anyone.

The next 41 are good movies, or at least highly enjoyable to me. The final 29 movies I did not like, which means about 1/3 of the movies I watched this year, I did not like. I watched two movies this year that were worse than Tommy the Cool Mule.
I saw 15 animated, and 75 non-animated films. The best 2016 movie I saw in 2016 was Hail, Ceasar, which is middling Coens.
I watched a lot of Michael Mann this year, and a lot of Michael Mann stayed at the very top of my list. Miami Vice unseated Casablanca and The Muppet Movie, which are both movies I have considered my very favorite in the past. Rushmore, which was also, once upon a time, my very favorite movie is now not even in the top 20 of films I saw this year.
I watched every single film in the Marvel shared movie universe this year, excepting, due to a clerical error, Incredible Hulk. I’m surprised by how much I’ve ended up liking Avengers: Age of Ultron.
I watched four of the Mr. Moto films this year. This is a series of old adventure films where Peter Lorre plays a Japanese detective. They’re not great but as a big fan of adventure and Peter Lorre, I find them delightful, albeit racist.
The Pirates was a surprise treasure. It is a South Korean adventure film where a band of pirates compete against a pack of bandits for a bounty on a whale. It has great action, it’s very funny, and even has a nice romance. Highly recommended.

I love movies!

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