Category Archives: Movie Lists

Best Movies of 2017 – So Far

Every year, I keep a running list of the best movies I’ve seen this year. I usually end up with a Top Ten and another 5-15 mentions. Here’s last year’s list. To get on my year-end list, a movie has … Continue reading

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Best Movies of the 21st Century – So Far

Okay – here’s a first class Argument Starter.  In the past week, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott released their list of The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far.  And it seems that everyone … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2016

Visit my Best Movies of 2016 for my list of the year’s best films, complete with images, trailers and my comments on each movie – as well as their availability to rent on DVD and to stream. My top ten … Continue reading

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2016 at the Movies: I hadn’t seen this before

Here are some things that I hadn’t seen before in the movies: Lead characters in Toni Erdmann and Elle that were completely sui generis. A movie exposé, Under the Sun, built out of outtakes shot under the noses of the … Continue reading

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Just for Halloween…

If you’re in the mood for a seasonal scare, I suggest you revisit last year’s Scare Week from The Movie Gourmet.  I programmed six horror films from different decades and from different countries.  Even folks who normally avoid the horror … Continue reading

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THE LINEUP: cool killer, volcanic killer, careening thru San Francisco

The 1958 film noir The Lineup plays this Saturday, July 30, on Turner Classic Movies. The villains and the final chase scene are unforgettable, as are the movie’s iconic San Francisco locations.  It’s one of my Overlooked Noirs. Two gangsters … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2016 – So Far

Instead of waiting for my year-end Top Ten list, I keep a running list throughout the year: Best Movies of 2016 – So Far. At year’s end, my list usually is comprised of 20-25 films with an Official Top Ten.  … Continue reading

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DVDs/Streams of the Week: Three smart romantic comedies written by women

Just when I had branded the entire genre brain dead, several smart and engaging romantic comedies have popped up – all written by women. In Ruby Sparks,  a shy writer writes about his imagined perfect love object until…she becomes real. … Continue reading

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Least Convincing Movie Monsters

Tomorrow, June 10, Turner Classic Movies is airing two films on my list of Least Convincing Movie Monsters.   We’ll get to see The Black Scorpion and The Killer Shrews. In The Killer Shrews, the voraciously predatory mutant shrews are played … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2015

Visit my Best Movies of 2015 for my list of the year’s best films, complete with images, trailers and my comments on each movie – as well as their availability to rent on DVD and to stream. My top ten … Continue reading

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