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Favorite Movies By Year

Inspired by a friend. And woah, a lot of white men here. The only female directors are the Wachowski sisters, and there’s only a handful of POC. I anticipate this will get better as I age.

Will keep this updated.

YearMovieDirector
1938The Lady VanishesAlfred Hitchcock
1939The Wizard of OzVictor Fleming
1941Citizen KaneOrson Welles
1946It’s A Wonderful LifeFrank Capra
1948RopeAlfred Hitchcock
1949Kind Hearts and CoronetsRobert Hamer
1950RashomonAkira Kurosawa
1952Singin’ in the RainGene Kelly, Stanley Donen
1954The Seven SamuraiAkira Kurosawa
195712 Angry MenSidney Lumet
1961Judgment at NuremburgStanley Kramer
1962To Kill A MockingbirdRobert Mulligan
1963The BirdsAlfred Hitchcock
1964Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombStanley Kubrick
1965The Sound of MusicRobert Wise
1966How the Grinch Stole Christmas!Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
1967The GraduateMike Nichols
1968Oliver!Carol Reed
1969Midnight CowboyJohn Schlesinger
1971Brian’s SongBuzz Kulik
1972The GodfatherFrancis Ford Coppola
1973The StingGeorge Roy Hill
1974Young FrankensteinMel Brooks
1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestMilos Forman
1976The Bad News BearsMichael Ritchie
1977Star WarsGeorge Lucas
1979AlienRidley Scott
1980The Empire Strikes BackIrvin Kershner
1981Raiders of the Lost ArkSteven Spielberg
1982Blade RunnerRidley Scott
1983Return of the JediRichard Marquand
1984This is Spinal TapRob Reiner
1985Back to the FutureRobert Zemeckis
1986Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeLeonard Nimoy
1987The Princess BrideRob Reiner
1988Rain ManBarry Levinson
1989Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeSteven Spielberg
1990MiseryRob Reiner
1991The Silence of the LambsJonathan Demme
1992A Few Good MenRob Reiner
1993Groundhog DayHarold Ramis
1994Pulp FictionQuentin Tarantino
199512 MonkeysTerry Gilliam
1996Sling BladeBilly Bob Thornton
1997The EdgeLee Tamahori
1998RushmoreWes Anderson
1999The MatrixLana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
2000Cast AwayRobert Zemeckis
2001Mulholland DriveDavid Lynch
2002InsomniaChristopher Nolan
2003Kill Bill: Volume 1Quentin Tarantino
2004Shaun of the DeadEdgar Wright
2005Batman BeginsChristopher Nolan
2006The Lives of OthersFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck
2007[Rec]Jaume Balagueró
2008WALL-EAndrew Stanton
2009(500) Days of SummerMarc Webb
2010Toy Story 3Lee Unkrich
2011The MuppetsJames Bobin
2012LooperRian Johnson
2013HerSpike Jonze
2014Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
2015Inside OutPete Doctor, Ronaldo Del Carmen
2016LionGarth Davis
2017Get OutJordan Peele
2018Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseRodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Bob Perischetti
2019ParasiteBong Joon-ho
2020Palm SpringsMak Barbakow
2021The Mitchells vs. the MachinesMichael Rianda

13th

Year: 2016
Director: Ava DuVernay
Rating: 10

Review: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

An extremely important, moving, heartbreaking documentary that details how the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution set in motion a hundred and fifty years of efforts to criminalize people of color, leading to the war on drugs and the world’s largest (and for profit) prison population.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Year: 2018
Director: Peter Ramsey, Bob Perischetti, Rodney Rothman
Rating: 8

I have never been an overt fan of either comics or superheroes, especially the latter. I just don’t find superpowers (especially when the same person has more than one) inherently interesting. It often feels like the protagonist has a cheat code and they’re fighting other people with cheat codes. Of course, like any genre, good writing can overcome that. Into the Spider-Verse is impressive on all fronts and probably my favorite superhero movie.

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Parasite

Year: 2019
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Rating: 10

An observation my wife made that struck a chord was that one of the joys of watching a foreign film is that typically you aren’t familiar with the actors and have no preconceived notions or biases about them. Of course a brilliant actor can overcome this anyway, but there’s something to said for going into a movie completely blind. Watching Parasite is like opening a Russian doll, except each doll is better than the last and — oh surprise — they’re not dolls. The movie may be best watched spoiler-free, so a heads up before you read further.

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Star Wars

Year: 1977
Director: George Lucas
Rating: 10

As I’ve grown older my love for the franchise has abated, and not because of the quality or lack there of with newer additions. I think I just don’t identify with the ethos. While I can certainly endorse the notion that there’s good and evil within all of us and the choices we make matter, the evil people in this galaxy are often sneeringly evil and inexplicably stupid. And in good stories I should be able to either identify with the antagonist or at least understand them. And that never happens here.

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Opportunity Knocks

Year: 1990
Director: Donald Petrie

Summary: Eddie and Lou are a couple of two-bit con men on the lam from a loan shark. They hide out in someone’s house and they hear on the answering machine that (A) the owner of the house is out of the country for a month or two and (B) the housesitter supposed to watch the house for the absent owner won’t be able to watch the house due to a new job in another part of the country…

Times Watched: 3

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Crash

Year: 2005
Director: Paul Haggis

Summary: A provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 Los Angeles, this compelling urban drama tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic case of characters’ struggles to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another’s lives.

Times Watched: 1.5

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