Lists by witster18
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.Grandmaster 27.Warm Bodies, 28.StarTrek:Into Darkness 29.Maniac, 30.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.............................................\/
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...
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 40. Parker
Normally wouldn't include so many just missed, but 2012 was a VERY STRONG year for movies overall... not too many years have this many 7+ films. not for me anyway... this list contains 5-9's, 8-8's, 28-7's, and 2-6's(inc just missed)
just missed:Downfall, Harold and Kumar Go To WHite Castle, Howl's Moving Castle
just missed: Broadcast News, Last Emperor, Dirty Dancing, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Living Daylights
just missed:Scrooged, Dangerous Liasons, The Accused, License to Drive
just missed:Parenthood, The Killer, Major League
just missed:King of NY
just missed:The People Under the Stairs, Curly Sue
just missed:Bad Leuitenant, Hard Boiled, Honeymoon in Vegas, Alien 3, The Player, Innocent Blood, South Central
just missed:Fearless, Indian Summer, In THe Line of Fire, Heaven and Earth, Blood In Blod Out, Dave, My Life
just missed: Guarding Tess, Legends of the Fall
just missed:Dead Presidents, Mallrats
just missed:The Green Mile, Varsity Blues, The Limey, Election, Stir of Echoes.
just missed:THe Beach, Pollack, Frequency, The Perfect Storm.
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
just missed:Road to Perdition, Spiderman, Minority Report, Solaris, Salton Sea
just missed:Bruce Almighty, Secondhand Lions
just missed: 26.Devil's Rejects, Hard Candy, Election(subt), Grizzly Man, 40 Year-Old Virgin, Three Burials of Mequiades Estrada, Walk the Line
Just missed list: 26.Lucky Number Slevin, Once, The Host, Running Scared, Children of Men, Rocky Balboa,
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
*Omitted:Angel-A, Night of the Creeps, Weird Science.
*Just Missed:Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Deadlock, Hellboy 2
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..