My Movie Year (Another Movie Meme)

Courtesy of the folks over at Fandango Groovers, I have been presented with the following challenge – pick a year, any year, since the birth of cinema that I consider “the best” and select my top 5 from that year.


… was a difficult task. I figure that, outside of the silent cinema era, I can pick at least 5 films from almost every year that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

So I have devised a rather random calculus – first, I went to my list of 100 Must See Films (in real need of being updated, BTW) and focused on the years which cropped up most frequently on the top part of the list (numbers 1-60). The following years appeared most often: 1995, 1959, 1955, 1948, with each year producing three titles.

So for the tie-break, I looked at the wider list of films released in each respective year and counted the number of films seen in that year. 1995 produced the longest list of films of note in my opinion.


With that very nerdy explanation behind us, I present to you my 1995 shortlist:

  1. Die Hard With a Vengeance
  2. Se7en
  3. Sense and Sensibility
  4. The Usual Suspects
  5. Casino
  6. Before Sunrise
  7. Circle of Friends
  8. Clueless
  9. Devil in a Blue Dress
  10. French Kiss
  11. A Single Girl
  12. Strange Days
  13. 12 Monkeys
  14. A Walk in the Clouds
  15. While You Were Sleeping

This does not include the handful of films that I have yet to see that I know I must:

  1. Toy Story
  2. La Heine
  3. Safe

To prove further why 1995 was simply awesome, here are those films I have seen, enjoyed but the simply did not make the top 15:

  1. Apollo 13
  2. Hackers
  3. Bad Boys
  4. Braveheart
  5. Leaving Las Vegas
  6. Crimson Tide
  7. Circle of Friends
  8. Before Sunrise


So without further ado, here are the My Top 5 of 1995.

  • Se7en

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • The Usual Suspects

  • While You Were Sleeping

Please be sure to visit FANDANGO GROOVERS to check out what others have declared as their favorite “movie year.”

Cool Off With the Classics

Another month has gone by and it is time for another Go, See, Talk Blog-a-Thon. This month, the theme is “Cool Off With the Classics.”

Here is the idea:

This is essentially a Top 10 list of oldies but goodies; only catch is that they have to be in black and white. The period should be from 1930 through the 1950s …. Just a fun list of classic films you’d watch to beat the heat.  Anything goes as long as it’s black and white.

A couple of items of note:

  • This is a hard task for me since I basically cut my teeth on the classic, so I am basically going off the top of my head with the “top ten” of the  moment. Ask me another day and the list would very likely change.
  • No matter where the film is in terms of running time I just have to stop and watch it 🙂
  • I had to “cheat” a little – I limited my number of Hitchcock titles to two (2), mainly for the sake the readers’ sanity and also to shine a light on other films that deserve some well due recognition (in my hypocrisy, you will see that I did not make such a rule for Cary Grant).
  • In getting the pictures for this feature, I noticed all my posters are in color! Oh the irony! But rest assured, the movies are B&W.

So without further ado – here is my list:

Notorious (1946) Hitchcock at his most romantic. Nothing beats the pairing of Grant and Bergman – they are lovely together

His Girl Friday (1940) A fast-paced, unmatched newsroom comedy, that keeps you on your toes and constantly engages your funny bone. Try to keep up!

The Third Man (1949) Orson Welles at his finest. Fantastic cinematopgraphy/photography. One of the reasons I cannot wait to get to Vienna in the near future.

The Ox Bow Incident (1943) My attitude towards the western genre was forever changed as a result of seeing this film. A timeless morality tale.

You Can’t Take It With You (1938) Capra doing what he does best – making you appreciate all that life has to offer. Really inspiring to the free spirits of the world.

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A Life in Movies


When I visited the Fandango Groovers Movie Blog and noticed that a fantastic blog-a-thon was taking place, I decided that the meme would be something I want to participate in. Little did I know what I was getting myself involved with!

Phew! This was a lot harder than I thought it would be … to have to put together a list of your favorite films from each year sounds like a no-brainer, but the deeper I dug, the more I felt like I was doing the films I did not select a disservice. In the end I decided to go with the films that had the most visceral of responses for me. Where applicable (i.e. head versus heart), I added a “runner-up” selection.

Year Movie Runner-Up

Smurfs and the Magic Flute

Freaky Friday
1977 Star Wars 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978 Superman: the Movie 

1979 Alien 

The Warriors
1980 The Empire Strikes Back 

Bon Voyage Charlie Brown
1981 Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie 

1982 E.T. the Extra Terrestrial 

1983 Return of the Jedi 

1984 Beverly Hills Cop 

1985 A Room With a View 

Back to the Future
1986 Aliens 

1987 The Princess Bride 

Lethal Weapon
1988 Cinema Paradiso
1989 When Harry Met Sally 

1990 Europa! Europa! 

Home Alone
1991 Man in the Moon 

1992 Belle Epoque 

1993 Much Ado About Nothing 

1994 The Shawshank Redemption 

Muriel’s Wedding
1995 The Usual Suspects 

While You Were Sleeping *
1996 The Truth About Cats and Dogs 

The Long Kiss Goodnight
1997 L.A. Confidential 

1998 You’ve Got Mail 

1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley 

2000 High Fidelity 

Love + Basketball
2001 Bridget Jones’s Diary 

2002 Far From Heaven 

Bend it Like Beckham
2003 Love Actually 

School of Rock
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 

The Bourne Supremacy
2005 A History of Violence 

2006 Children of Men 

Casino Royale
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum 

Hot Fuzz
2008 The Dark Knight 

2009 Taken 

2010 Inception 

The Social Network

* 5.10.2011 – a bit of revisionist history … actually my runner up should be Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1995)