Lists by witster18
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.
The films I had on Beta as a kid.
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.
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. After all, it seems to me like Hollywood, or at least the quality of films coming out of Hollywood, is waning as the years go by. If I were them I would take a chance on an 80's film they haven't seen as opposed to taking a chance on some plot-less, geek-squad drivel at today's theaters. If you're a fan of 80's film - you've probably seen most of these. But, if you're younger, and want to take a stab on a decent 80's film that you haven't seen, this list might help. For the rest of us old people, it just brings back fond memories.
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 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 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.
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.
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..
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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(first 10 out):26.Avengers
27.Hit and Run 28.TDKR, 29.Lawless, 30.Sinister, 31.The Sapphires, 32.Robot and Frank, 33.Gangster Squad 34.Safety Not Guaranteed 35. The Master, 36.Sessions, 37.Hitchcock, 38.Killing Them Softly, 39. A Thousand Words 40.Deadfall 41. 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)
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
Here's the start of the Top 25 for 2013. It's been a slow start in terms of contenders, but I have yet to see "12 Years A Slave", "Gravity", "Blue Jasmine", Act of Killing" and others on my 2013 watchlist - so I'll edit them-in(as well as others) if they deserve it.
Right Now I'm just starting with those that I think could hold on... the top 15 here will likely hold a spot when it's all said and done.
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 release dates... not festivals etc..
the worst films I've seen from 2013 are Spring Breakers, Pain and Gain, and Rapture Palooza.
Just missed the list:At World's End, Olympus Has Fallen