Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My life by the movies

I am stealing this idea from Dr. Monkey. It sounded like a fun idea. I am going to list my favorite movies for every year that I have been alive.

1978- Grease- Olivia Newton-John is so great in the film.
1979- The Muppet Movie- I love the muppets and the fist muppets movie was just so great.
1980- The Empire Strikes Back- Yoda is my favorite Star Wars character ever, so his first movie has to be my favorite.
1981-History of the World, Part 1- Any movie that can make a musical out of the Spanish Inquisition is tops with me.
1982- The Dark Crystal- This is a great film by Jim Henson and Company.
1983-WarGames- Matthew Broderick is great in this film and the early use of the internet is just awesome.
1984- Dune- Although I just saw this film recently, it definitely is now one of my favorites. The combinations of religion, philosophy, ecology and action combine to make a really interesting and engaging film.
1985- The Breakfast Club- Even though this film is over 20 years old, I still think that it reflects high schools and the cliques that exist better than any other film.
1986- Labyrinth-Another Jim Henson film with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. I have always loved this film.
1987- The Princess Bride- "I am Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to Die" Need I say anymore.
1988- Beetlejuice- Such a great cast of people, Michale Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, how can you go wrong.
1989- Heathers- Another Winona Ryder film, this is a great little film about revenge against the "in-crowd".
1990- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead- A bit of an obscure film, but such a great take off on two bit part characters from Hamlet.
1991- The Silence of the Lambs- Anthony Hopkins is incredible as Hannibal Hector and Jodie Foster is also amazing in this film.
1992- El Mariachi- Robert Rodriguez's first major film. It is an amazing film about a case of mistaken identity.
1993- So I Married an Axe Murderer- One of Mike Myers lesser known film. This is a really great offbeat comedy.
1994- The Shawshank Redemption- Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins is amazing in this great film adaptation of a Stephen King short story.
1995-The Usual Suspects- Another great cast, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrnes, Kevin Pollack and a great performance by Kevin Spacey in a heist film with a twist.
1996- Primal Fear- One of the great performances by Edward Norton as a split personality killer.
1997-Waiting for Guffman- A great comedy by Christopher Guest and probably my favorite movie by him.
1998- American History X- This is another great performance by Edward Norton.
1999- The Matrix- One of, if not my favorite movie of all time. I know that is a bit hokey, but the combination of ways in which this film can be interpreted from a metaphysical story to an action film make me love it. Plus it altered special effects for many more films.
2000- Memento- Guy Pearce is amazing in this Christopher Nolan film about a man with amnesia. The out of chronological order storytelling, makes this film one of a kind.
2001- Hedwig and the Angry Inch- One great soundtrack and an offbeat story.
2002- In America- An interesting story of an Irish family in New York City that was based upon the writers own experiences growing up with their own parents.
2003- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl- Johnny Depp and the emergence of Captain Jack Sparrow make this film one of my favorites. It is the best of the Pirates trilogy.
2004- Born into Brothels- A spectacular documentary about life on the streets of Calcutta.
2005- Batman Begins- Another Christopher Nolan film, that I love.
2006- Little Miss Sunshine- An odd little comedy that makes me laugh every time I watch it.
2007- Bug- One of the few films that really take you inside paranoia and allows you to see as people hold on reality is shattered.
2008- This year is not over yet, so I reserve judgement till later in the year.

Two interesting little notes on my working through this. One, I used wikipedia to figure out what movies came out when so if the years are off I am sorry and I am sure there were films that I really liked from a certain year that just were not listed on wikipedia. Two, it was really hard to do the early years of my life as I just couldn't find that many films that I really could say I had seen enough or recently enough to really know that I liked. It then was hard for about a ten year gap of the mid-1980s to the mid-1990 or so when  there were so many films that I liked, I had a bit of a struggle to figure out what film was my favorite. It then became easy as it seems that the quality of the films that are now being made are going downhill especially, it seems to me, as we entered the 2000s.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I love In America so much that I'd marry it if I could. Hedwig is great as well. I love how everyone's list is different from everyone else.

Anonymous said...

I understand that John McCain's favorite film from his life span is "Birth of a Nation".

Comrade Kevin said...


I beg to differ. It's Griffith's famous work, "Intolerance".