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  • Babylon
  • Robin and Marian
  • Exotica
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  • The Killer
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  • Oppenheimer

Top 5 of 2023

5 films

I made "Top 10" lists of movies at the end of every year for several years. Looking back at many…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One are kind-of-sort-of the same movie

2 films

The word "dead" is in the subtitle, which is nautical in nature.

The MacGuffin is a key, which grants power…

  • The Dark Knight
  • Tenet
  • The Matrix
  • The Mummy
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio
  • Fantasia
  • Dumbo
  • Bambi
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Doctor Strange
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Captain America: Civil War

MCU ranked

25 films


  • Dead Ringers
  • A Dangerous Method
  • The Fly
  • Naked Lunch
  • Crash

David Cronenberg – A Filmography (Ranked)

17 films

No filmmaker balances the visceral and the cerebral quite like David Cronenberg. He is known, quite justly, as the master…

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Casino Royale
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Licence to Kill
  • Skyfall

Ranked, Not Stirred: James Bond

25 films

Sometime near the end of last year, I started having this terrible, possibly masochistic urge to watch all 25 James…

  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Badlands
  • The Best Years of Our Lives

Independence Day 2022: America on Film

55 films

"[L]ove of country is most ennobling, I think, when it is most concrete." – David Bentley Hart

In the spirit…

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Pinocchio
  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • A Touch of Zen
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Speed Racer
  • The Virgin Spring

2021 – A Year in Moviegoing

21 films

Last year, there were virtually no new movies, so I had to change the format of my year-end list. Instead…