Lists by witster18

a list of 25 titles
I still have yet to see "The Artist", "Take Shelter" & "A Separation", but I'm pretty sure I've covered about every other candidate. Here's my top 25 for 2011. I will edit in any deserving films as I view them.

You'll see some films that IMDB lists as 2010 films, but most of those are foreign films who's U.S. release fell in 2011.


just missed(in order): 26.XMen:First Class 27.Water For Elephants 28.The Music Never Stopped 29.Margin Call, 30.Submarine , 31.Super 8, 32.Ides of March, 33.The Mechanic, 34.Detention 35.Real Steel, 36.50/50 37.Tree of LIfe 38.Samsara

If you like you can invert this to see it from 25-1

THis list contains 4-9's, 11-8's, 18-7's, and 3-6's

just one man's opinion.
 
a list of 25 titles
Here's MY Top 25 for 2013. I have yet to see all the films on my 2013 watchlist - but I've seen most of 'em. I'll add anymore that I see that deserve a spot. IT'S JUST AN OPINION - so don't get bent out of shape about it.

It is a particularly exciting year for me at the movies. My two favorite directors, Wong Kar Wai and Brian De Palma released new movies, and a bunch of sleepers are dominating the list.

A Few months ago - I thought that 2013 might have been a pretty weak year for movies, but now that I've come to the end of the watchlist, it was actually a VERY GOOD year for movies. Seldom do I have so many 9's in my top 25, and seldom do the 8's go nearly to the bottom of the list like this. By the time I'm done there may not be a 7 on the whole list. Amazing.

will edit as I see films that deserve a spot on the list. (last edit was out of NINETY-THREE films viewed from 2013). Will likely/eventually be out of about 110.

Sometimes my top 25 lists(see previous yrs) might include films that imdb says were released the previous yr... but I go by the us dvd or major u.s. theatrical release dates... not festivals etc..

at times it was rough. had to cycle through some rough patches... Spring Breakers... it "looked" good, but what the heck was that about? Pain and Gain... much, mUCH more pain than gain... Rapture Palooza? Take me Away.

here's the Just missed list:26.Mental 27.Blue Jasmine 28.Grandmaster 29.Warm Bodies, 30.StarTrek:Into Darkness 31.Maniac, 32.Fruitvale Station, Before Midnight, Rush, Eden, Side Effects, 42, Man of Steel, Gangster Squad, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The World's End, Oblivion, Captain Phillips, Last Vegas, Trance, Redemption, Red 2, Extracted, Hatchet 3, Stoker, Olympus Has Fallen, Dark Skies

I suggest inverting the list.............................................\/
 
a list of 25 titles
I've seen 88 of the 96 films from my 2012 watchlist - so here's my top 25. It's just an opinion. I'll edit in any changes as I view the rest of the watchlist. The watchlist is growing all the time too... I suspect by the end of 2013, I will have viewed about 100 films from 2012. Decent year for movies, but in hind-site 2013 kicks the living crap out of 2012. I don't know if Wreck-It-Ralph down would have even sniffed the 2013 top 25.

I have yet to see: Sightseers, Tabu, Gangs of Wasseypur, and Iron Sky. I've seen pretty much everything else that looked like it had a chance to make this list. Those films look like they could crack my top25.

JUST MISSED MAKING THE LIST:26.Citadel
27.Hit and Run 28.Cloud Atlas, 29.Lawless, 30.Sinister, 31.The Sapphires, 32.Robot and Frank, 33.Safety Not Guaranteed 34. The Master, 35.Sessions, 36.Hitchcock, 37.Killing Them Softly, 38. A Thousand Words 39.Deadfall
 
a list of 25 titles
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strong year!

just missed:26.Ironman, 27.Mesrine:Public Enemy, 28.Traitor, 29.GoodBye Solo, 30.Yonkers Joe, 31.Bronson, 32.Seven Pounds, 33.Flash of Genius, 34.Never Back Down, 35.Wall-E, 36.The Last Lullaby, 37.The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
 
a list of 38 titles
continuation of listing every low-budget, failure-at-box-office, or just under-viewed gem that I've seen. Check out parts 1-3 for the first 750 films listed.. jmo.
 
a list of 25 titles
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just missed:The Green Mile, Varsity Blues, The Limey, Election, Stir of Echoes.
 
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a list of 23 titles
Obviously, these are few and far in between. And this list is just an opinion. I'm sure many of you will have a different opinion. One of the one's I expect to hear the most about is T2, but personally I still enjoy the original more. There's some pretty extensive criteria here because there's a lot of 'hazy/grey' area. I'll try to clear that up.

I'm not counting anything I haven't seen, obviously(like Capt America 2). I'm only considering the immediate sequel. not consequential sequels. I'll only consider a spin if it has it's own sequel. You'll see The Wolverine on here because I enjoyed it better than XMen:Origins wolverine, but you won't see puss in boots 2 because I didn't like it better. BUT I'm not including films like Desolation of Smaug or Attack of the Clones because they are too many continuous storylines with MANY of the same characters, PLAYED BY MANY OF THE SAME ACTORS.Which is why you'll see Into Darkness on here, but but not smaug or attack of the clones.

Just because a film makes the list doesn't necessarily make it a good movie either.

I also have a just missed list which mainly consists of films where the first two are not discernible. The sequels are strong, but imo about equal with the original. Here's that list: Lethal Weapon 2, Superman 2, 28 Weeks Later, Despicable Me 2, Clerks 2, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, A Better Tomorrow 2, The Color of Money(probably be in the minority that likes it as much as the orig - again just an opinion)Paradise Lost 2... now, for the list...
 
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just missed:Downfall, Harold and Kumar Go To WHite Castle, Howl's Moving Castle
 
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just missed: Broadcast News, Last Emperor, Dirty Dancing, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Living Daylights
 
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just missed:Scrooged, Dangerous Liasons, The Accused, License to Drive
 
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just missed:Parenthood, The Killer, Major League
 
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just missed:King of NY
 
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just missed:The People Under the Stairs, Curly Sue
 
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just missed:Bad Leuitenant, Hard Boiled, Honeymoon in Vegas, Alien 3, The Player, Innocent Blood, South Central
 
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just missed:Fearless, Indian Summer, In THe Line of Fire, Heaven and Earth, Blood In Blod Out, Dave, My Life
 
a list of 25 titles
Amazing year for movies. Many years I don't have any "10's" - in 1994 I ranked 5 movies a "10"(the top 5 here).

just missed: Guarding Tess, Legends of the Fall
 
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just missed:Dead Presidents, Mallrats
 
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a list of 64 titles
I find it interesting that some of the younger generation today asks us not to include films from "before 1990" when they're asking for recommendations. The 80's in film may have been the best decade since the 30's(though many of these flicks probably aren't the first one's used to support that argument, but they're all interesting and fun in their own right. Young Adults today should take more chances on 80's films they haven't seen as opposed to some geek-squad drivel found at today's theaters. If you're a fan of 80's film - you've probably seen most of these.
 
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just missed:THe Beach, Pollack, Frequency, The Perfect Storm.
 
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2001 was a terrible year for movies, ratings-wise - it's the lowest of any year since 2000, and by a fairly wide margin.

no 9's on this list for me(that's a first so far), and also contains some 6/10's - also a first. Some good sleepers in there, but that's about it, bad yr overall.

just missed:crazy beautiful, Hannibal
 
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just missed:Road to Perdition, Spiderman, Minority Report, Solaris, Salton Sea
 
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just missed:Bruce Almighty, Secondhand Lions
 
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just missed: 26.Devil's Rejects, Hard Candy, Election(subt), Grizzly Man, 40 Year-Old Virgin, Three Burials of Mequiades Estrada, Walk the Line
 
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Just missed list: 26.Lucky Number Slevin, Once, The Host, Running Scared, Children of Men, Rocky Balboa,
 
a list of 100 titles
Here's a big list of WILD films. Trippy, Weird, Original... all of the above. I considered a gigantic list, but I've narrowed it down to the craziest films I've ever seen.

I didn't include anything I rated lower than 4. There are only a couple 4's, and a few 5's - so I can recommend nearly every film on the list.Obviously, I didn't include anything I haven't seen.

Here's the monster JUST MISSED list. Beerfest, The Man With Two Brains, Subway, Logan's Run, Dark City, Piranha(most recent one), Legend, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, VHS, Night on Earth, Meaning of LIfe, Life of Brian, Deathproof, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, History of the World, Trollhunter, Balls of Fury, Spirited Away, House, Half Baked, Road Warrior, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura, Hellboy, Tekkon Kinkreet, If Looks Could Kill, Evil Dead(orig), Evil Dead 2, Back to the Future 2, The Wizard of Oz, Kontroll, Top Secret, Fantastic Mr.Fox, Eternal Sunshine, Micmacs, Howl's Moving Castle, Detective Dee, CJ7, Remo Williams, Timecrimes, Safety Not Guaranteed, Half Baked, Hot Fuzz, 7 Psychopaths, Warm Bodies, Zombieland, Kick-Ass, Paprika, Fifth Element, Gremlins 2, Killer Joe, Weird Science, The Arrival, The Cell, Battle Royale, Revenge of the Nerds, Youth In Revolt, Running Scared('06), The Fly, Charlie Bartlett, Mallrats, Puppet Masters, Freaks, The Cat From Outer Space, Intacto, Tzameti 13, Piranha(orig/80's), Legend, Edward Scissorhands.

Now for the one's that made the cut!
 
a list of 24 titles
I'm including Never Say Never Again because Connery is undoubtedly the best Bond. I'm not including the Casino Royale spoof from the 70's! I listed them in my order BEFORE editing in the IMDB score.
 
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Just missed:26.The Wild, Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, 27.Defendor, 28.Middle Men, 29. Perrier's Bounty, 30.The Messenger, 31.It's Complicated, 32. In Her SKin, 33. Black Dynamite, 34.17 Again
 
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my top 25. Sometimes my lists like this have movies from the previous year because I usually consider the major dvd/us release dates not festivals or special engagements. Plus, sometimes foreign films in particular lap-over.

2010 was a GREAT year for movies... rarely do my lists like these carry the "8's" past the #20 mark... and the top 5 here are exceptional.

hard to believe some of these were just short of the mark.
26.The Fighter, 27.Inception, 28.127 Hours, 29.Cold Fish, 30.Hanna, 31.Love and Other Drugs, 32.Frozen, 33.Animal Kingdom
 
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just missed list:26.Ratatouille, 27.The Hunting Party, 28.Talk to Me, 29.Spiral, 30.Knocked Up, 31.The Mist, 32.The Brave One, 33.Kite Runner, 34.3:10 to Yuma, 35.American Gangster
 
a list of 61 titles
Let's be honest. Most of these movies are pretty bad. Many featured big stars in some of their earliest(if not first) roles(Cruise, Robbins, Depp, Hanks, Carrey, Etc). In the end, they were nothing more than invites for under-age teenagers to rent R-rated movies. Pause, Rewind, Repeat.

These 'sex-romps' did carve out their own little genre - especially from '82 to '86. That's part of what made 1990's "Ski School" such a delight... it was a throwback from the mid-80's...

Nearly every movie on here save "Weird Science", "Just One of the Guys", "The Sure Thing", "The Woman in Red", and "Once Bitten" are R-Rated with plenty of Nudity, but I thought those films belonged because of their heavy use of sexual themes, and when they were released. The Woman in Red is the only PG or PG-13 film that I know of that has full-frontal nudity(however quick it may be). :) Look ma, no more hairy palms.
 
a list of 250 titles
All of these films were either low-budget, did poorly at the box, or just flew under the radar. Part 3 of 4. I think I could recommend every film on these lists. That doesn't mean they're all great - just that they're above average(6-10). I think I only rated 3 or 4 of these 1k movies a 5... the rest I rated 6-10.
 
a list of 102 titles
There's always some on 'the fringe' of this genre, but i tried to include stuff that could definitely be put in the sci-fi catagory.. All of these would rank between 6 and 10 for me. Best to worst top(10's) to bottom(6's).

*Omitted:Angel-A, Night of the Creeps, Weird Science.

*Just Missed:Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Deadlock, Hellboy 2
 
a list of 151 titles
These are my favorite films from 2000 to present day(8/15/11). Remember this list is just my opinion of the films I've enjoyed the most. Narrowing this down to 150 was a DIFFICULT task.

I started with every film I have rated/seen from 8-10 stars(my rating) on IMDB. It started as almost exactly 150 films I had rated 8/10+, but now into late 2012 as I edit - some 8's are dropping off the list.

Here's the just missed list before I start(in no particular order):The COunt of MOnte Christo, Avatar, The Departed, 3:10 to Yuma, SPartan, Gran Torino, Win Win, Bridesmaids, A Beautiful Mind, Public Enemies, The Fighter, Ratatouille, Perfect Host, The Double Hour, Raid:redemption, Paprika, Beerfest, The Girl Next Door, 300, IPMan 2, Superbad, Waitress, The Fountain, Three BUrials of Melquis Estrada, Munich, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, Kill the Irishman, the Matador, Black Hawk Down, Tailor of Panama, A Scanner Darkly, Dark Blue, Old School, Session 9, Walk The Line, The Perfect Storm, Elephant, LOTR:The Fellowship of the Ring, Felon, Remember the Titans, The Dancer Upstairs, the Escapist.... All good films... deserving... but some have to be left out to get to 150...

Since the listings start with #1 - I'll start with #1 and go to #150.........

everyone has their own likes and dislikes......... While I'm sure many won't agree with the order - I truly CAN recommend every film on this list. I tried to maintain integrity within my own rating system(which is not perfected by any means). Hope you enjoy it. EDiting IN newer films as I see them..
 
a list of 250 titles
a continuation under-rated, under-seen, and under-appreciated films. not necessarily low budget, but should fall under one of those criteria... or maybe they've just been forgotten by this generation.... I could be getting old.
 
a list of 250 titles
a list of under-rated, under-viewed, and under-valued films that may have passed by the casual movie-watcher. A great rental guide without all the Best Picture winners, blockbusters, and Hollywood hype. I've seen every movie on this list which is now over 1500 movies strong. Will edit in parts 2-7 as time allows.
 
a list of 84 titles
I'm sure there are gonna be some detractors. Surely everyone will LOVE at least one movie on this list. Making a list like this isn't going to win me any friends, but I'm still entitled to my opinion. I can honestly say that I didn't "love" any film on this list. One theme you'll see a few times on here are movies about movies. The industry seems to think highly of itself. For the rest of 'em, a bunch of pretentious, boring, depressing crap. No offense. I can enjoy the true 'art' of film-making without having to agree with the critics on these films. There are many 'beautiful' films out there - that doesn't automatically make them great. Same goes for films with great acting - it doesn't make them entertaining. I don't have to 'get' the point, or understand the word metaphor to gauge a film. I rated everything on this list at 6 or below with the exception of "Inception" and "Inglorious Basterds", which I ranked 7, but thought those two deserved to be on here because they are not nearly as good as their critical reviews would indicate. I bet for every movie on this list I can give you another movie that is similar that I liked. It's not that these are TERRIBLE films, but I didn't think they stood up to the critical hype.
 
a list of 84 titles
This list contains some of my favorite Horror films. I've seen every movie on the list. I've also omitted MANY good horror films. Some were omitted be because they were more on the fringe of the genre(Monster Squad, Shaun of the Dead, Highway to Hell, FIre in the Sky, Etc), others were omitted because I just didn't enjoy them as much. Hopefully, you'll enjoy this list and be able to use it as a rental guide this Halloween season. Thanks for reading. I think I could recommend every movie on the list. Here's a long list of omitted films(most just didn't make the cut - a small number3-4 of them I haven't seen, but are on my watchlist - some of these are good films): Angel Heart, Dreamscape Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2('85), The Last Exorcism, Audition, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, An American Werewolf in London, Carriers, The Proposition, Basket Case, The Haunting in Conneticut, Piranha '10, Aliens(more of sci-fi, but included original) Army of Darkness(the only evil dead i left out)SLeepwalkers, Sleepaway Camp, Ravenous, Bad Taste, Firestarter, Arachnophobia, Hatchet 2, Infestation, Dead Snow, Timber Falls, The Dead Zone, Flatliners, Midnight Meat Train, Blood Creek, Slither, Dead Ringers, Screamers, Tremors, The Sixth Sense, I spit on Your Grave(orig), I spit on Your grave('10), A Serbian Film, Shaun of the Dead, ALL OF THE SAW FILMS, Last House on the Left(orig), Last House on the Left(remake), Dawn of the Dead, [REC], My Bloody Valentine(remake), A Tale of Two Sisters, Fire In The Sky, Crazies('10), Teeth, Henry:Portrait of the Serial Killer, Beyond Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator, Bad Leutinant(sp?), Demons, Horror of Dracula, Dagon, Nightbreed, Pet Semetary 2, The Prowler, Frankenstein Unbound, Nightwatch, Lord of Illusions, Martyrs, The Fury, Cronos, Rampage, Frogs, Shocker, Spiral, The Bride, Wolfen, The Puppet Masters, ETC, Etc, etc... There were even some choices from fine directors that didn't make the cut... some of the living dead series is not on here, Michael Mann's' The Keep and Brian DePalma's Raising Cain didn't make the cut - and I love those directors. I wanted the list to feature straight forward horror films. I wanted every film on the list to have that 'scary' element, and not depend on shock/turture, or some gimmick(I'm sure I left in some biased exceptions). Hope you enjoy - let me know.
 
a list of 135 titles
The films I had on Beta as a kid.
 
a list of 35 titles
Average films we hate to admit we enjoy. Every film on this list is rated lower than 7.2 on IMDB. They all fall between 4.2 and 7.1. They may qualify because they're cheesy or just senseless action, but even when they're on TV we stop and watch them for a while.