And with my review of Blue, I’ve completed another 50 film circuit for this blog. This time, it took me way longer than it ever has before but that’s cause I got my first steady, paid professional writing gig, and there have been multiple weeks where I’ve essentially worked two full-time jobs at once. It can be exhausting but I’m also so happy to be getting paid a decent wage for my work. It feels really great. I’ve missed my goal (again) of reviewing all of the “A” and “A+” films that I watched for this 50 film block but before I put up my 50 film superlatives tonight, I wanted to give everybody a low down on the scores that I gave to each film that I watched. And, then, of course, stay tuned for my best of lists. (As always, links will be provided for the films I actually reviewed or a link to the podcast where we discussed said film if there’s a podcast conversation but no review)


TheThinRedLine1Funny Games (1997)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Her (2013)

Nightcrawler (2014)




A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

The Long Goodbye (1973)

The Fisher King (1991)

Snowpiercer (2013)

Audition (1999)

Rififi (1955)

Gone Girl (2014)

After the Wedding (2006)

Stardust Memories (1980)

Unforgiven (1992)

Blue (1993)




Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Lost Highway (1997)

Take Shelter (2011)

All Is Lost (2013)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Prisoners  (2013)




Animal Crackers (1930)

22 Jump Street (2014)

The Holy Mountain (1973)

Slacker (1991)

In Bruges (2008)

In Between Days (2006)

30 for 30: The U (2009)

Day of the Dead (1985)

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)



JaneEyre1The Rundown (2003)

Nebraska (2013)

Interstellar (2014)

Impromptu (1991)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 (2014)

Come and See (1985)

Jane Eyre (2011)

The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies (2014)




The Raid 2 (2014)

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)



EscapeFromNewYork1Escape From New York (1981)



TheImmigrant1The Immigrant (2013)

Angels One Five (1952)



Elysium1Elysium (2013)

Oldboy (2013)




The Last House on the Left (1972): A quick explanation here. My blog has existed for nearly four years. I’ve given a handful of “D”s before but this is the first and only “F” I’ve ever given out. That’s how poorly made and thoroughly offensive The Last House on the Left is. It is hands down the worst film I’ve ever watched.