Lists by Brian_McInnis
Video and computer games are more difficult to compare than films, each one set in its own original universe. So all I can do is list them in order of release, although #14 might just take the cake.
These movies feature real, living humans turned into puppets for our amusement. They squander reality. They feature stories from great, perfectly good or not very good at all books defaced to better entertain us. They feature yelling and fire and punching. They feature counterfeit cruelty, forced wonder.
Most of them are like badly informed parodies of humanity. Many people enjoy many of these films because they seek escape from reality and, fittingly, most of these films don't seem appropriate to the universe. Some of them are merely very, very stupid.
They worsen as the list goes on.
Yes, there is an unnerving abundance of the Germanic and Celtic races on display here, even given their bizarrely unyielding dominance in U.S. cinema. This list will see more variety as my journey through film continues. For the record, the less an ethnicity (or sex, for that matter) occurs here, the fonder I tend to be of it. Beautiful people for life, ugly people for art, as I say.
I don't believe lists of actors and actresses to be terribly important ones, as the role performers have in producing great films has always been much exaggerated, and most of the best movies I've seen are carried mainly by people of little or no renown. But some readers may find this list rather fun.
ATTENTION: This list is in REVERSE ORDER so as to build in interest rather than decrease it. #1=LEAST funny, #37=MOST funny.
These are the best of the thousand or so films this quarter-centenarian's seen. For my money, it's the last ten that are the real gems.
I favor more recent movies as much as I do because, over the years, the medium of film has grown more intimate and introspective, more visually and aurally beautiful, more realistic, daring and lyrical than in its earlier decades, and I find those qualities to be the most valuable.
Roger Ebert is written all over this list. I came to know these films and their makers overwhelmingly through reading his reviews, his lists, and by watching his show. Finding new movies from new directors to put on this list will be more difficult now. He was and will continue to be my primary guide through the cinema.
I take gleeful pride in noting that nearly half of the summaries you see below have been tweaked, substantially improved or entirely rewritten by me. This list will broaden as the months and years pass.