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Top 10

1. Foxcatcher

2. Whiplash

3. Big Eyes

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

5. Birdman

6. Love and Mercy

7. Selma

8. The Imitation Game

9. Paddington

10. Gone Girl


Honorable Mentions: Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, Into the Woods, Mr. Turner, Top Five, Wild

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TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2015    (151 movies seen)


1)  Mad Max: Fury Road

2)  The Martian

3)  Spotlight

4)  The Witch

5)  Joy

6)  Trumbo

7)  Creed

8)  Brooklyn

9)  Star Wars: The Force Awakens

10)  The Lobster


Runner-ups (8/10):


45 Years



The Hateful Eight


Steve Jobs


Notable Documentaries:


The Brainwashing of My Dad






1)  Pan

2)  Wild Horses

3)  The Gallows

4)  Fantastic Four

5)  Vacation

6)  The Runner

7)  Aloha

8)  Accidental Love

9)  Insurgent

10)  Furious 7





1)  Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2)  Jurassic World

3)  Furious 7

4)  Avengers: Age of Ultron

5)  Minions

6)  Spectre

7)  Inside Out

8)  Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation

9)  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

10)  The Martian


For the first time in a while, I have two films from the top box office also on my personal top ten. And I managed to see two in the theater, but not the two I ended up liking a lot.

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My Top Ten Films of 2015


1.  Trumbo

2.  Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens

3.  Beasts of No Nation

4.  Dheepan

5.  Joy

6.  Legend

7.  Son of Saul

8.  Tangerine

9.  Spotlight

10. Spectre

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Welcome back, Lawrence! You were greatly missed during the last dy or two and I for one was concerned after the storm.


2015 (and I must be one of the few people not to have seen The Force Awakens yet)

1. Brooklyn

2. 45 Years

3. Spotlight

4. Room

5. The End of the Tour

6. Inside Out (Animated)

7. Steve Jobs

8. Far from the Madding Crowd

9. Mad Max: Fury Road

10. Joy


The next best films: The Martian, Woman in Gold, Suffragette, Irrational Man, Shaun the Sheep Movie (Animated), By the Sea (although only about 1 in 1,000 will like this), The Intern, Maggie's Plan, A Royal Night Out, I'll See You in My Dreams, Knight of Cups, Truth, Bridge of Spies, Danny Collins, Cinderella, The Peanuts Movie (Animated), Hitchcock/Truffaut (Documentary), The Meddler, McFarland USA, Mr. Holmes


Don't remember too much, but thought were good at the time: Creed, Trumbo


Decent if Not Earth-Shattering: Mistress America, Queen of Earth, The Gift, Dark Horse (Documentary), The Little Prince (Animated, only on Netflix streaming), The Good Dinosaur (Animated), The Lady in the Van, The Man from UNCLE, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Hello My Name Is Doris, Carol, Ricki and the Flash, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Oddball: Anomalisa (Animated)


Sloppy: The Big Short (two very good performances though)


No: Green Room, The Revenant (one performance was good), Demolition

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The Best Films of 2015


1.) Making a Murderer
2.) Beasts of No Nation
3.) Anomalisa
4.) About Elly
5.) Hard to Be a God
6.) Cartel Land
7.) Son of Saul
8.) World of Tomorrow
9.) Approaching the Elephant
10.) Out 1 & (T)error (tie)


Honorable mention: Carol, Sicario, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Above, Lighthouse, The Fool, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, The Duke of Burgundy, The Look of Silence, 45 Years, Junun, In Jackson Heights,  Wild Tales, Queen of Earth, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Krisha, Timbuktu, Mistress America, Phoenix, Everything Will Be Okay, Eric & "Anna," Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, The Forbidden Room, The Assassin, Clouds of Sils Maria, Steve Jobs, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, The End of the Tour, Inside Out, The Yes Men Are Revolting, Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, '71, Bone Tomahawk, Spotlight, Creed, Magic Mike XXL, The Tribe, No No Sleep, What We Do in the Shadows





1.) The Leisure Class
2.) Secrets of a Psychopath
3.) Jupiter Ascending
4.) Hot Girls Wanted
5.) Everest

6.) Fantastic Four

7.) The Mend

8.) Goodnight Mommy
9.) Every Thing Will Be Fine
10.) Echoes of War


Dishonorable mention: Creep, A Very Murray Christmas, Jurassic World, The Other Side, Point Break, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Uncle Kent 2, The Walk, Digging for Fire, Baby, Baby, Baby, A Country Called Home, Joy, Trainwreck, Spectre, Room, Ant-Man, Two Step, Results, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Furious 7, Ted 2, Sleeping with Other People, Best of Enemies, 99 Homes, Western, The Seven-Five

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Top 10

1. Brooklyn

2. Inside Out

3. Spotlight

4. Steve Jobs

5. Mad Max: Fury Road

6. The Little Prince

7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

8. Room

9. Trumbo

10. Straight Outta Compton


Honorable Mentions: Beasts of No Nation, Black Mass, Creed, In the Heart of the Sea, Life, The Martian, Mr. Holmes

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TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2016     (124 movies seen)


1)  Silence

2)  Manchester By the Sea

3)  Deadpool

4)  Arrival

5)  The Nice Guys

6)  Hacksaw Ridge

7)  The Lost City of Z

8)  La La Land

9)  Nocturnal Animals

10)  Deepwater Horizon





The Salesman

Hell or High Water

20th Century Women


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The Handmaiden


Train to Busan

Rogue One

Sing Street

Patriots Day


Hail, Caesar!

A Monster Calls

Captain America: Civil War

Miss Sloane


Notable Documentary: Before the Flood


Notable Animation: Zootopia





1)  Ghostbusters

2)  Independence Day: Resurgence

3)  Dirty Grandpa

4)  Cell

5)  Gods of Egypt

6)  Assassin's Creed

7)  31

8)  Yoga Hosers

9)  X-Men: Apocalypse

10)  The Brothers Grimsby





1)  Captain America: Civil War

2)  Rogue One

3)  Finding Dory

4)  Zootopia

5)  The Jungle Book

6)  The Secret Life of Pets

7)  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

8)  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

9)  Deadpool

10)  Suicide Squad


As this is the last full year for lists, I want to thank everyone who has participated either again or for the first time. It has definitely provided more titles to look for, so I appreciate it.

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My Top Ten Films of 2016


1.  Silence

2.  The Salesman

3.  Nocturnal Animals

4.  Elle

5.  Denial

6.  Train to Busan

7.  The Edge of Seventeen

8.  Florence Foster Jenkins

9.  Before the Flood

10. Manchester by the Sea

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The Best Films of 2016


1. Moonlight
2. Manchester by the Sea
3. La La Land (the most I've ever agreed with the Academy/critical consensus in any year)
4. The Lobster
5. Ho-mo Sapiens
6. 20th Century Women
7. Shin Godzilla
8. Cemetery of Splendour
9. Jackie
10. Thunder Road


Honorable mention: O.J.: Made in America, Silence, Weiner, Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, Toni Erdmann, Do Not Resist, Green Room, Love & Friendship, Don't Think Twice, Everything Will Be Okay, Under the Shadow, Indignation, 13th, Dheepan, The Fits, Cameraperson, Arrival, Hail, Caesar!, Swiss Army Man, How Was Your Day?, Certain Women, Snowden, The Witch, Midnight Special, Tower, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The White Helmets, Zero Days, Author: The JT Leroy Story, Cafe Society, Elle, Loving, The Trust, Demolition, Requiem for an American Dream, Killer, Orange Sunshine, The Invitation, Hunter Gatherer, Day One, Trump Rally




1.) Yoga Hosers

2.) Slash

3.) Special Correspondents

4.) American Honey

5.) The Neon Demon

6.) A Single Frame

7.) Holy Hell

8.) Everybody Wants Some!!
9.) The Jungle Book

10.) Deadpool


Dishonorable mention: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Mascots, The Alchemist Cookbook, Finding Dory, A Country Called Home, Captain America: Civil War, Boo-ger Red, Desierto, Central Intelligence, Kicks, Suntan, Zootopia, High-Rise, Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids, Found Footage 3D, Hell or High Water, Sully, Last Days in the Desert, Hacksaw Ridge, Don't Breathe, Operation Avalanche, Sausage Party


I hope we do a (so far) for 2017 and have one year left to go. Would anyone else be interested in doing a thread for crafts of various years when we're done with performances and top tens, e.g. best direction, writing, cinematography for a given year?

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2016, quite a bit seen here, at least for me.....


1. La La Land

2. 20th Century Women

3. Sing Street

4. Hell or High Water

5. Jackie

6. Silence

7. Lion

8. Manchester by the Sea

9. Patterson

10. Eddie the Eagle


Very Honorable Mentions: Zootopia, Everybody Wants Some!!, Hidden Figures, Fences, Loving, Florence Foster Jenkins, Denial, The Red Turtle, Things to Come


Very Good: Moana, Hail Caesar!, Pete's Dragon, Bridget Jones's Baby, Rules Don't Apply, Indignation, Hacksaw Ridge, The Nice Guys, The BFG, Moonlight, Sully, The Light Between Oceans, Blue Jay, Money Monster, The Hollars


Solid: A Monster Calls, Queen of Katwe, Love and Friendship, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Snowden, Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Cafe Society, Genius, The Edge of Seventeen, Julieta, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival


Guilty Pleasures: Sing, Wild Oats


Hit and Miss: Midnight Special, Allied, The Eagle Huntress


Not for Me: Captain Fantastic, The Founder, Elle, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Jungle Book



And what little I have for 2017:


1. Gifted

2. The Last Word

3. Beauty and the Beast

4. The Sense of an Ending

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And what little I have for 2017:


1. Gifted

2. The Last Word

3. Beauty and the Beast

4. The Sense of an Ending


If you want to go ahead and list 2017 now, as well, that's fine. Here's everything that I've seen, in order of preference:


T2 Trainspotting  8/10

Logan  8/10

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2  7/10

The LEGO Batman Movie  7/10

Song to Song  7/10

John Wick: Chapter 2  7/10

Kong: Skull Island  7/10

Get Out  7/10

Wonder Woman  7/10

Ghost In the Shell  7/10

Alien: Covenant  6/10

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract  6/10

Justice League Dark  6/10

Voice from the Stone  4/10

Arsenal  3/10

The Mummy  3/10

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Top 10

1. Moonlight

2. Hell or High Water

3. Jackie

4. The Founder

5. Manchester by the Sea

6. Hail, Caesar!

7. Sing Street

8. Hidden Figures

9. Nocturnal Animals

10. Zootopia


Honorable Mentions: Fences, La La Land, Lion, Loving, Moana, Patriot’s Day, Queen of Katwe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Rules Don’t Apply

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  1. To the Wonder
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Holy Motors
  4. Like Someone in Love
  5. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
  6. The Master
  7. Lincoln
  8. Django Unchained
  9. Skyfall
  10. Tabu

Runner-ups:  Cosmpolis, The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey,You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, 

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Night Across the Street




  1. Blue is the Warmest Color
  2. Hard to be a God
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Her
  5. The Wind Rises
  6. The Grandmaster
  7. The Zero Theorem
  8. The Act of Killing
  9. A Touch of Sin
  10. Under the Skin

Runner-ups:  Nymph()maniac, The Past, 12 Years a Slave, Blue Jasmine, Only Lovers Left alive, Snowpiercer, Bastards, Upstream Color, All is Lost, The Missing Picture, The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug




  1. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  2. Phoenix
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Two Days, One Night
  5. Inherent Vice
  6. National Gallery
  7. Mr. Turner
  8. Leviathan
  9. Girlhood
  10. Goodbye to Language

Runner-ups:  Selma, Maps to the Stars, Boyhood, Winter Sleep, Gone Girl, A Most Violent Year, Wild Canaries




  1. Inside Out
  2. Knight of Cups
  3. When Marnie Was There
  4. Francofonia
  5. Sunset Song
  6. My Golden Days
  7. The Assassin
  8. Carol
  9. The Look of Silence
  10. The Forbidden Room

Runner-ups:  Victoria, Dheepan, The Hateful Eight, The Embrace of the Serpent, The Revenant, In Jackson Heights, High-Rise, Tomorrowland, Cosmos, Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Mistress America, The Boy and the Beast, Cemetery of Splendor




  1. Paterson
  2. A Quiet Passion
  3. The Salesman
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. American Honey
  6. The Handmaiden
  7. Moonlight
  8. La La Land
  9. Moana
  10. Jackie

Runner-ups:  I, Daniel Blake, Colossal, Personal Shopper, Silence, Finding Dory, Love and Friendship, The Lost City of Z, The Wailing, Childhood of a Leader


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As I make my way through the years again with my movie watching, I'll be rewatching my previous picks for my ten favorites from each year, from 1930 to the present. After watching the films that I have previously not seen, I will be posting an updated listing of my top ten picks. 


So the short of it is, I'll be going back through the years again, but much more slowly, or as long as it takes me to watch each year's bundle of titles. Please feel free to post your choices for the first time or, like me, the third time.

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Top Ten Favorite Movies of 1930    (73 movies seen)


1)  All Quiet On the Western Front

2)  Westfront 1918

3)  L'Age d'Or

4)  Animal Crackers

5)  The Blue Angel

6)  Under the Roofs of Paris

7)  Morocco

8)  The Big House

9)  Ladies of Leisure

10)  City Girl



The Divorcee


People On Sunday



Ten Least Favorite Movies of 1930


1)  Check and Double Check

2)  Juno and the Paycock

3)  The Oklahoma Cyclone

4)  Africa Speaks!

5)  Elstree Calling

6)  Dixiana

7)  The Sea Bat

8)  Tom Sawyer

9)  The Silver Horde

10)  Danger Lights


Top Ten Box Office of 1930


1)  Tom Sawyer

2)  Hell's Angels

3)  Ingagi

4)  All Quiet On the Western Front

5)  Whoopee!

6)  Feet First

7)  Anna Christie

8)  Romance

9)  The Indians Are Coming

10)  Raffles


Of my "Ten Least Favorite" list, only the top 4 were complete wastes for me. Many of the others on the list would probably be knocked off if I saw more from the year. I also have yet to see 3 of the Top Ten Box Office hits, numbers 3, 5 and 9.


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Top Films of 1930 (28 seen)


1.  All Quiet on the Western Front

2.  Westfront 1918

3.  The Blue Angel

4.  Outward Bound

5.  Animal Crackers

6.  The Big House

7.  The Divorcee

8.  Tom Sawyer

9.  Morocco

10. Min and Bill


Runner ups


Anna Christie

The Big Trail

Under the Roofs of Paris

The Royal Family of Braodway

L'age d'Or

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1930 is my all-time thinnest year of the entire 1930 to 2016 era. Only 11 films seen. :(


1. All Quiet on the Western Front

2. The Divorcee

3. City Girl

4. Romance

5. Min and Bill

6. Anna Christie

7. The Unholy Three

8. The Florodora Girl

9. Abraham Lincoln

10. Morocco


Also seen: Raffles

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I'll do 2017, which we're 3/4 through, before jumping back to the beginning.

The Best Films of 2017 (so far)

1.) A Ghost Story
2.) Manifesto
3.) LA '92
4.) First They Killed My Father
5.) It Comes at Night
6.) Endless Poetry
7.) Risk
8.) Good Time
9.) I Am Not Your Negro
10.) Get Out

Honorable mention: Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin, The Unknown Girl, Nocturama, Logan, In Transit, City of Ghosts, Get Me Roger Stone, Burn, ****, Burn!, Columbus, Ingrid Goes West, Casting Jon Benet, The Beguiled, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Brigsby Bear, Rodney King, Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, John Wick 2, Hi Stranger, Mommy Dead and Dearest, Alien Covenant, Okja, Strong Island, Blade Runner 2049, Five Came Back, I Called Him Morgan


1.) It

2.) The Little Hours

3.) The Circle
4.) Free Fire
5.) Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive
6.) Patti Cakes
7.) Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire
8.) Song to Song
9.) Ruby Ridge
10.) Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Dishonorable mention: Wonder Woman, Catfight, Fate of the Furious, Maria Bamford: Old Baby, The Discovery, Small Crimes, Found Footage 3D, Split, Baby Driver

This also marks the 5th year in a row when at least one film I've worked on has made both my best of the year list (It Comes at Night, Voyage of Time, Krisha, Boyhood, Mud) and my worst (Song to Song, A Country Called Home, Secrets of a Psychopath, Echoes of War, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Thank You a Lot, Chef, Machete Kills). Here's hoping only half that pattern continues.

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TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES OF 1931      (95 films seen)


1)  Frankenstein

2)  M

3)  City Lights

4)  A Nous la Liberte

5)  The Public Enemy

6)  Marius

7)  Monkey Business

8)  Dracula

9)  Little Caesar

10)  La Chienne


Runner-ups (8/10):


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Street Scene




1)  Arizona

2)  Women of All Nations

3)  The Sin Ship

4)  A Holy Terror

5)  The Phantom

6)  Chinatown After Dark

7)  The Painted Desert

8)  The Range Feud

9)  Murder at Midnight

10)  Sporting Blood




1)  Frankenstein

2)  City Lights

3)  Mata Hari

4)  Susan Lenox (Her Rise and Fall)

5)  A Free Soul

6)  Cimarron

7)  Dracula

8)  Private Lives

9)  No Limit

10)  The Public Enemy


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Top Films of 1931 (44 seen)


1.  City Lights

2.  M

3.  Monkey Business

4.  Frankenstein

5.  The Front Page

6.  La Chienne

7.  The Public Enemy

8.  Dracula

9.  The Three Penny Opera

10. Little Caesar


Runner ups


A Nous la Liberte

The Champ

The Sin of Madelon Claudet

A Free Soul

Huckleberry Finn

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

An American Tragedy

Street Scene

Le Million

Maedchen In Uniform

Tabu - A Story of the South Seas

Bad Sister


The Smiling Lieutenant

The Unholy Garden


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I still need to see all of City Lights, of which I have never seen the full thing yet (I saw the later passages on TCM a while back), of which I am thoroughly ashamed.


1. The Smiling Lieutenant

2. The Miracle Woman

3. Frankenstein

4. Mata Hari

5. Night Nurse

6. The Sin of Madelon Claudet

7. M

8. A Free Soul

9. The Champ

10. Arrowsmith


Very good: Dr. Jeckell and Mr. Hyde, Dance Fools Dance, Inspiration, Possessed, Waterloo Bridge, Cimarron, Five Star Final, Little Caesar, Susan Lenox, Bad Girl, Le Million


Solid: Bachelor Apartment, Parlor Bedroom and Bath, Abraham Lincoln, Private Lives, Ambassador Bill, Five and Ten, Other Men's Women


OK: Just a Gigolo, Big Business Girl


Passable: Sporting Blood


So Bad I could not even finish it: Trader Horn

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favorites of 31, in no particular order:


Blonde Crazy


Platinum Blonde

Five Star Final

Monkey Business

Dance, Fools, Dance

A Free Soul

Private Lives

Don't Bet on Women

Night Nurse

The Sin of Madelon Claudet

The Black Camel

Smart Woman

The Millionaire


The Front Page

​Five and Ten


​haven't seen from 31, but would like to:

​The Bad Sister

Girls About Town


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