(Feature Films, Written and/or Directed By)
The rating you see are not those of a professional, or of one aspiring to be so. They are chosen primarily based on personal preference rather than objective fact. Indeed, mainstream acceptance has actually been a preeminent clue that it will not be one of my favorites.
I take into consideration the following: (1) Character development & depth; (2) Quality of direction & acting, (3) Pacing, use of screen time, & general cohesiveness of story, (4) Ingenuity, originality, pioneering; (5) Caliber of soundtrack/dance numbers; (6) Personal impact after the film has long ended (Does it make me view the world differently? Rethink a belief I have long held? Inspire me to change something?); (7) Ability to withstand the test of time.
This is all considered, of course, within the perameters of the time period in which the film was made; the cultural and social norms of its time, as well as what audiences needed or wanted at the time.
That being said, I am the first to admit to gladly succumbing to a film based on entertainment value or nostalgia alone.
10: An instantaneous classic; A most memorable film with scenes, lines, characters of prominence; A definite all-time-favorite,
9: An amazing film. A definite favorite; not quite on par with my all-time-favorites, but so, so close (even if for superficial/nostalgic reasons).
8: A great film! May not stand the test of time, but a most valuable film; Meaningful story, substantial character depth, notable artistic achievement. Could be considered a favorite.
7: A very good film! A solid win, but not a favorite.
6: Better than the average film; Entertaining. Glad I watched it and liked it, but a little long/uninteresting at times, lacking character depth, overall meaning, or artistic direction.
5: Neutral. Another average film to check off the list. Could go either way; Elements of the film were inconsistent, with some being impressive, others of substandard or even worthless quality.
4: Worse than average film; Uninspired. Regret watching it and definitely did not like it, but at least I can say I have seen it.
3: Another few hours of my life, gone forever. Am not even glad to say I have seen it.
2: An impressively inadequate film. They call this art? Not quite the worst of the worst, but close enough.
1: Cannot believe I forced myself to watch it; hated it. Worst of the worst!
Love and Death
In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon. (85 mins.)
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Crimes and Misdemeanors
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. (104 mins.)
The Purple Rose of Cairo
In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Broadway Danny Rose
In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster. (84 mins.)
Hannah and Her Sisters
Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (106 mins.)
A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. (88 mins.)
A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion. (82 mins.)
Play It Again, Sam
A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca
attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart
. (85 mins.)
Bullets Over Broadway
In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced. (98 mins.)
While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. (89 mins.)
When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute. (95 mins.)
Manhattan Murder Mystery
A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead. (104 mins.)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. (96 mins.)
"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people. (79 mins.)
Sweet and Lowdown
In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman. (95 mins.)
At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. (124 mins.)
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer. (102 mins.)
The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce. (113 mins.)
Husbands and Wives
When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their own marriage. (103 mins.)
Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce. (93 mins.)
Small Time Crooks
A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success. (94 mins.)
A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness. (112 mins.)
Everyone Says I Love You
A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged. (101 mins.)
Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help. (81 mins.)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside. (88 mins.)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels. (103 mins.)
An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls. (96 mins.)
What's New Pussycat
A playboy who refuses to give up his hedonistic lifestyle to settle down and marry his true love seeks help from a demented psychoanalyst who is having romantic problems of his own. (108 mins.)
Melinda and Melinda
Two alternating stories, one comedy and the other tragedy, about Melinda's attempts to straighten out her life. (99 mins.)
Jerry Falk learns a lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with a beautiful but flighty girl, Amanda. (108 mins.)
A middle-aged, misanthropic divorcée from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl. (93 mins.)
Shadows and Fog
With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer. (85 mins.)
Midnight in Paris
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
To Rome with Love
The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (112 mins.)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate. (98 mins.)
A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love... (98 mins.)
At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children. (82 mins.)
Magic in the Moonlight
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. (97 mins.)
The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies. (108 mins.)
A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. (95 mins.)