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2015 in film

I only saw seven new films in 2015, which is low for me (though not as low as 2013).

In my 2014 list, I listed three films from that year that I wanted to see but hadn't yet gotten to. Well, I've now seen two of them, but still haven't seen Interstellar.

Anyway, here are the seven new films I saw in 2015, in approximate ranked order:

  1. The Martian

  2. Ant-Man

  3. Inside Out

  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  5. Beasts of No Nation

  6. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

  7. The Good Dinosaur

Nothing bad on that list, though nothing that I really loved either. I didn't see Spectre, which I think is the first time I haven't seen the new James Bond movie in the theater since A View To A Kill in 1985. There are a few other 2015 films I didn't see that I'm interested in as well, such as Ex Machina and Bridge of Spies.

This link will take you to a page with all my year-end film lists, back to 2006.

2014 in film

Readers may recall that I only saw four new films in 2013. This year I saw a much more normal ten! Nice job, shmoo.

I should also note that in my 2013 entry I listed 6 films released in 2013 that I had not yet seen, but wanted to see. Well, I have now seen them all (as well as the one remaining 2012 release that I hadn't yet seen a year ago).

But enough about 2013, here are the ten films released in 2014 that I've seen, in approximate ranked order:

  1. The Imitation Game

  2. Guardians of the Galaxy

  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

  5. X-Men: Days of Future Past

  6. Birdman

  7. The Muppets Most Wanted

  8. The Lego Movie

  9. Amazing Spider-Man 2

  10. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (I actually saw this one in 2015, shhh)

This is a pretty good list. I found it hard to differentiate between #2-5 but the sheer joy of Guardians of the Galaxy made it win out in the end.

I still want/need to see The Theory of Everything, Interstellar, and Into the Woods.

This link will take you to a page with all my year-end film lists, back to 2006.

2013 in film

I only saw four new movies in 2013. Four!

In ranked order, they were:

  1. Thor: The Dark World

  2. The Wolverine

  3. Iron Man 3

  4. Star Trek Into Darkness

Pretty pathetic list (judged on number of entries alone). So many things I didn't get around to: Blue Jasmine, Gravity, Man of Steel, Monsters University, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis... Maybe I'll get to a few of these in the near future.

This link will take you to a page with all my year-end film lists. Looks like last year I also listed six 2012 films that I had not yet seen (though I had also seen ten 2012 films already at that point). I have now seen five of those six (the exception being The Master).

Happy new year!

2012 in film

As I have been doing for several years, I will below rank all the 2012 films I saw in the year of their release (i.e., this year). I saw 10 films released to theaters this year (though one I did not see until it was recently broadcast on Starz).
  1. Argo
  2. Lincoln
  3. The Avengers
  4. Skyfall
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Brave
  8. To Rome with Love
  9. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  10. The Hunger Games
Pretty good year. None of the above films were bad, and the top 3-4 were very good. The last 4 are basically a tie.

Like in years past, I also saw two direct-to-DVD super hero animated films released this year: Justice League: Doom and Superman Vs. The Elite. The latter was good, the former not so much.

There are still several 2012 releases I'd like to see. Specifically Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amazing Spider-Man, The Master, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Gnaw and I had discussed possibly seeing that last one tomorrow.

For reference, this link will take you to a page with all the posts containing my annual movie rankings from 2006-2012. I notice that in some years I list films I still need to see (like I've done above). I thought it'd be interesting to revisit and see if I actually ended up seeing them:
  • 2011 - None listed.
  • 2010 - None listed.
  • 2009 - None listed.
  • 2008 - Two listed. Saw both.
  • 2007 - Five listed. Saw four (have not seen Walk Hard).
  • 2006 - Five listed. Saw all five.
Not bad, though in a few cases it was several years before I actually saw them. I guess I should look into Walk Hard.

Happy new year!

another year over

Hello all. It's time for me to post my rank ordered list of all the films I saw this year, as I've done in previous years (here's the 2010 post, which contains links to 2006-2009). This year, like last year, I saw nine theatrical releases (though one I didn't see until it came out on DVD).

I'll post something about music in the coming days, but now, here's the film list.
  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  2. The Muppets
  3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  4. Kung Fu Panda 2
  5. Thor
  6. The Adventures of Tintin
  7. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
  8. X-Men: First Class
  9. The Adjustment Bureau
I also saw two direct-to-DVD animated films released this year: Thor: Tales of Asgard and All-Star Superman.

It was pretty hard to rank the above, actually. I know I liked the top ones and though the others were okay, but putting them in order was difficult. I'm pretty surprised at what I ultimately ranked #1 actually, considering I wasn't that excited about seeing it when m0rn1ng5t4r suggested it.

Definitely not as strong a year (among films I saw) as last year. Darn. I blame Pixar. Or the fact that I basically only watched comic book and animated movies this year. Not that Pixar would have helped in that respect.


I was planning to write another catch-up post here, but instead I've decided to do my ranking of the few films I saw this year, as I did in 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006. Here they are, every 2010 film I saw in the year of its release, in ranked order.
  1. Toy Story 3 (3D)
  2. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  3. True Grit
  4. Inception
  5. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallow: Part 1
  6. Iron Man 2
  7. Alice In Wonderland
  8. Freakonomics
  9. Unstoppable
I also saw the direct-to-DVD animated Planet Hulk film, and two 2009 foreign films that received 2010 US releases: Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) and Män Som Hatar Kvinnor (The Man Who Hated Women, aka The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

Meanwhile, last year I promised to list my top ten films of the '00s (as I had done for the '30s through '90s previously) and I still haven't done so! Must get to that in 2011.

Tonight I'm heading to a pagan pig roast though, alas, I have no costume planned. Should still be fun though.


I can't decide if this was a good year or not. A lot of great things happened, and also a lot of bad. Sometimes the good and the bad were the same thing. A year of extremes, so let's call it even.

I did see a lot more new films this year than the last few years. In (very) roughly ranked order:
  1. Up (3D)
  2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  3. The Watchmen (IMAX)
  4. Coraline (3D)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (partly 3D, IMAX)
  6. Where the Wild Things Are
  7. Star Trek
  8. Avatar (3D)
  9. The Invention of Lying
  10. Blind Side
  11. Terminator: Salvation
  12. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (on DVD)
Not only more, but not as many animated and sequels (though still a fair amount). I also saw several direct-to-DVD super hero cartoons: Wonder WomanHulk Vs., and Green Lantern: First Flight. Oh, and GI Joe: Resolute.

I also have a new music-related idea for this blog that I will likely implement quite soon. And my top movies of the '00s list is coming. I was just waiting for the decade to end first.

And tonight I head to a party at the Payne Mansion, which sounds like an S&M club. But it's actually just a mansion. Whee.

flitting from meal to meal

Somehow, I saw even fewer new films this year than the last two years, when I saw 11 each year. This year, assuming I'm not forgetting anything, only 9. Here they are in order:
  1. Wall-E
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Kung Fu Panda
  4. Iron Man
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  6. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
  7. The Incredible Hulk
  8. Quantum of Solace
  9. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Did I forget anything? I still need to see Slumdog Millionaire and Milk.

Moving on... I've returned from my sojourn in South Florida, where I ate and slept. I also took a quick propeller plane trip to Tallahassee for work, which was not too fun. Saw portions of tons of movies while at my parents' place, generally things I'd seen before (mostly thanks to AMC or Spike): Dr. No, From Russia with Love, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Die Another Day (yes, there was a Bond marathon on SpikeTV), Casino, Lethal WeaponLethal Weapon 2, The Shootist, probably more I'm forgetting. The only things we watched in their entirety were Goldfinger and Fargo, which are both great of course.

My brother and I went to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the theatre. It wasn't as good as I was expecting. It was way too long and there was a useless framing device which hurt the flow of the story (and contributed to the length). The performances were good though.

I did also watch Le Samourai on DVD. This is a 1967 French film about an assassin, and it was very good, though a bit confusing.

new movies... really?

A year ago, I listed my top 11 movies of the year (having at that point only seen 11 2006 films) on December 31 and my top 20 albums on January 2. I think I'll repeat that this year. Especially since I once again have only seen 11 2007 films (though I did see five 2006 films in 2007).
  1. No Country for Old Men
  2. Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
  3. Simpsons Movie
  4. Stardust
  5. Charlie Wilson's War
  6. Ratatouille
  7. Darjeeling Limited
  8. Zodiac
  9. The Namesake
  10. Spider-Man 3
  11. Transformers
That looks about right. Once again, fairly meh year until you get to the top. Still definitely need to see Juno and Persepolis, and maybe There Will Be Blood, Sweeney Todd, and Walk Hard as well.

I saw even less live music this year than last year, though that's probably partly due to the moving and traveling. I saw 6 real shows, one in-store, two festival shows, and some blues at Kingston Mines.

Hold onto nothing as fast as you can

So 2006 is almost over. In fact today is the last day. I bet you didn't know that, but it's true. This is nice, because it means there's a party to go to tonight. Considering I've been going stir crazy since I got back to Chicago on Monday, this is very good news. I mean, I've gone out and run errands and stuff, but that doesn't stop boredom and the mean reds when I'm hanging out at home at night. Things'll pick up now that the quarter is starting, but I can't help but wonder if this is what my life will be like when I move later this year and don't have school to throw me together with people.

The Mean Reds could be a cool band name. Catch the reference?

But 2006 was a good year. Made a lot of new friends. Became closer with many existing (but relatively new) friends. Tried out the corporate world. Tried out a new city in Seattle. Explored Chicago. Spent a lot of money with very little income. Saw some good shows- 10 "real" shows, 2 in-stores, 2 festivals, and a gospel brunch- but not as many as I'd like, and certainly not as many as I would've seen in Boston. The Neko Case show in March and the T&G festival in September were tops though.

So tomorrow or Tuesday I'll list my top albums of the year. Today I figured I'd maybe do something on film but, as usual, I only saw a few new films in 2006. Eleven in fact, by my count. Here's a little off-the-cuff ranking:
  1. Little Miss Sunshine
  2. V For Vendetta
  3. Casino Royale
  4. A Scanner Darkly
  5. The Illusionist
  6. Monster House
  7. The Science Of Sleep
  8. Superman Returns
  9. Marie Antoinette
  10. X-Men: The Last Stand
  11. Running With Scissors
Pretty crappy year, huh? I'd only rate the top three as better than "okay". Hmmm... when was the last good year? 1999 or 2000 I think. Eep. There's a few things I still need to see: Volver and The Prestige are definites (but probably wait for DVD at this point), and then the Curse of the Golden Flower and Pan's Labyrinth look somewhat promising. And Inland Empire, nominally a 2006 release, comes out in Chicago in late January.
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