Category: Best of Lists


Best of Year 4

Now that I’ve gotten my unplanned mini-essay out of the way on what the last four years of this blog have meant, I want to do the thing that I always do on the anniversary of my blog (though I’m almost a week late this year) which is lay out my superlatives for the whole year. This whole spiel was more meaningful when I watched more films each year, but it’s okay. I watched a lot of really great movies in the last 365 days, and I’m looking forward to sharing my favorites with you all. As usual for my most recent superlative lists, I’ll link to a review/podcast if that exists. Otherwise, I’ll include a short spiel about why that piece made my list. Anyways, let’s head to the races.

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Best of Movies: 501-550

And it’s that time of the year again where I give out my awards for various superlatives in the films that I’ve watched over the course of the last six months. We’ll also be doing one of these soon again for the best films of Year 4 of Hot Saas’s Pop Culture Safar which is honestly just sort of mind-blowing to think about but that’s a post for the beginning of next month. As with any of those posts since my reviewing slowed down, if the film has a review (or was discussed on the podcast), I’ll link to it the first time the film pops up on one of these lists. Otherwise, I’ll write a short 2-3 sentence post about why it deserves to be here. I hope you enjoy and find some films worth checking out!

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Best of Movies: 451-500

This is going to be different than many of my Best Of lists simply because I won’t have an actual review to link to. So, instead, I’ll write very short 2-3 sentence blurbs about any film/performance/director that I don’t have any actual review of so you can understand my logic for picking them. If you want to see the scores for the various films that I watched during this 50 block (and want an explanation for why so many movies I don’t have reviews), check out this link which is about my hiatus and all the films I’ve watched in the meantime. Anyways, let’s talk about movies!

Best Picture – Drama:

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1. 12 Years a Slave

2. La Dolce Vita (A masterful and melancholic look into the hedonistic and empty lifestyles of the Roman jet-setters in the 1960s. Another all-time classic from one of cinema’s greatest, Federico Fellini.)

3. Memento

4. Boys Don’t Cry (A heartwrenching treatise on that most basic human yearning for more than the small, trapped world you know and the cruelty of those who refuse to accept that which they don’t understand)

5. Serpico

 

Best Picture – Comedy:

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1. After Hours (One of the all time great dark comedies and a perfect encapsulation of the ennui and angst of the 80s and Reagan’s America told through a series of Kafka-esque misadventures.

2. Chasing Amy (One of my three favorite films of all time. One of the most honest and clever depictions of modern sexuality and the 90s answer to Annie Hall, if not quite as great as the greatest American comedy of all time)

3. The Wolf of Wall Street

4. Fantastic Mr. Fox

5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (the best feature from Britain’s premiere pranksters. A master class in absurdism and high-brow humor. There’s more classic sketches in that film than can honestly be believed)

 

Best Director:

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1. Steve McQueen: 12 Years a Slave

2. Federico Fellini: La Dolce Vita

3. Sidney Lumet: Serpico

4. Paolo Sorrentino: The Great Beauty (One of the most visually stunning films since The Tree of Life and easily a modern response to La Dolce Vita. Sorrentino’s instant classic is an entrancing portrait of modern existential angst and a love letter to Rome)

5. Martin Scorsese: The Wolf of Wall Street

 

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Harvey Keitel: Bad Lieutenant (Simply put, this was one of the most fearless, balls-to-the-wall gonzo performances in movie history. If you want to see a man on the edge of oblivion, Harvey Keitel is phenomenal in this cult classic.)

2. Mickey Rourke: The Wrestler (Sean Penn was also spectacular in Milk in 2008, but the Oscar should have been Mickey Rourke for his bone-weary and tragic performance as Randy “The Ram” Robinson. His performance is so real, it hurts to watch.)

3. Al Pacino: Serpico

4. Chiwetel Ejiofor: 12 Years a Slave

5. Marcello Mastroianni: La Dolce Vita (If you want to know what it’s like to be an intellectual and realize that life itself is meaningless or at the very least, you’ve been living a meaningless life, watch Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita. Existential breakdowns have never looked so good.)

 

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Hillary Swank: Boys Don’t Cry (This isn’t just the greatest performance by a female actress in the history of cinema. It is easily one of the greatest and most transformative performances of all time. This is one of cinema’s most legendary roles and performances.)

2. Cate Blanchett: Blue Jasmine (She’s basically playing a 21st century Blanche DuBois, but Cate Blanchett’s Best Actress Oscar this year was well-deserved in a Woody Allen film that is tough to watch because the emotions are so uncomfortable and intense.)

3. Adele Exarchopolous: Blue Is the Warmest Color (An electric and career-making performance from an extraordinarily talented young actress. Never has first love been so devastating to watch thanks to her soulful and wise turn.)

4. Judi Dench: Philomena

5. Patricia Clarkson: The Station Agent (She’s one of indie cinema’s darlings for a reason, and as the lonely divorcee that befriends Peter Dinklage, she brings gravitas to a role that could have too easily become cliche.)

 

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

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1. Leonardo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street

2. Bill Murray: Broken Flowers (Alongside Lost in Translation, this one of the best roles of Bill Murray’s illustrious career, and few actors can channel the world wear misery of a washed-up Casanova while still bringing the laughs when called for.)

3. Christian Bale: American Hustle (Great things happen when  Christian Bale works with David O. Russell and while American Hustle might have been slight compared to last year’s masterful Silver Linings Playbook, Christian Bale was dazzling as the fast-talking con man.)

4. Ben Affleck: Chasing Amy (Gone Girl gives me hope that Ben’s career as a legitimate actor might be revived, but Ben Affleck hasn’t had a role as rewarding or challenging as Holden in over a decade, and it’s nice to remind yourself that the man can really act. His credentials as a director on the other hand aren’t in question. He’s very talented.)

5. Paul Rudd: This Is 40 (This Is 40 was too long and had way too many moments that didn’t work the way they should have, but Paul Rudd brought unexpected emotional depth that made a film that shouldn’t have worked actually work because his performance rang so true.)

 

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

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1. Joey Lauren Adams: Chasing Amy (A role that could have been too close to being one-note, or even worse, unrealistic because of the subtlety of Alyssa’s sexual identity/orientation. But Joey Lauren Adams brought a maturity and insight to the role that was often better than the role deserved.)

2. Leslie Mann: This Is 40 (Like Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann’s performance helped to salvage a film that might not have worked if the performances weren’t totally on spot. And even more than Rudd, Leslie Mann brought a desperation and sense of being trapped to a woman beginning to exit middle age.)

3. Shannyn Sossamon: The Rules of Attraction (Few films, although the book is infinitely better, capture the confusion of sexuality and lust and bad decision making in college as well as The Rules of Attraction, and Shannyn Sossamon totally inhabits her character’s lack of direction.)

4. Amy Adams: American Hustle (Let no one say that Amy Adams can’t act because once again, David O. Russell brings out the best in her although I wished that the role she played offered her even more to do.)

5. Idina Menzel: Frozen (Idina Menzel has the voice of an angel. What else do I need to say here?)

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

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1. Robert Downey Jr.: Less Than Zero (The movie is a train wreck but Robert Downey Jr. gives one of the best performances of his career and one of the best performances of the 80s as a completely coked out college drop out with no idea how to live his life. It’s real-life subtext makes it almost too much to watch as Downey spirals further and further out of control.)

2. Michael Fassbender: 12 Years a Slave

3. Leonardo DiCaprio: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (At the age of 19, Leonardo DiCaprio gave a nuanced and authentic performance of a young man with a mental disability, and a star was immediately born.)

4. Peter Sarsgaard: Boys Don’t Cry (Peter Sarsgaard plays a man who commits monstrous acts in Boys Don’t Cry, but he never turns him into a monster. And Sarsgaard reminds us that you never know who is capable of terrible brutality.)

5. Bradley Cooper: American Hustle (This was the real star performance from American Hustle, and Bradley Cooper’s transformation from Hollywood pretty boy to A List acting talent is a wonderful breath of fresh air. He steals the whole film.)

 

Best Supporting Actress:

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1. Meryl Streep: August: Osage County (Another walking disaster of a film, but Meryl Streep gives her best performance in recent memory [far better than The Iron Lady] and should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars instead of Lead Actress because Julia Roberts had the film’s lead role. A stunning turn in an otherwise awful film.)

2. Lupita N’yongo: 12 Years a Slave

3. Jennifer Lawrence: American Hustle (J-Law continues her run as the most talented young actress in America. Lupita might have edged her out at the Oscars this year, but Jennifer Lawrence will have many more Academy Award noms and wins to come.

4. Marcia Gay Harden: The Mist (This movie doesn’t work if you don’t think Mrs. Carmody can convert the weak to her cause, and Marcia Gay Harden is such a terrifying vision of Christian rage and self-righteousness that you understand immediately why our tragic band of survivors want out of that grocery store and outside with the Lovecraftian monsters instead.)

5. Sally Hawkins: Blue Jasmine (It may not have been as substantive and challenging a role as she had in Happy-Go-Lucky, but as Cate Blanchett’s put-upon sister, she’s easily the most sympathetic and human figure in the film).

 

Alrighty! Come back in 50 films (which should take another three to four months), and we’ll have another one of these lists. Hopefully, I’ll find the time to review “A+” and “A” films again. Maybe we’ll even throw “A-” films in there for good measure.

Best of Year 3

So… oops. I should have put this article up 15 days ago. My blog, Hot Saas’s Pop Culture Safari, turned 3 years old on February 7th. That’s crazy. Of course, I haven’t been updating this blog with any sort of regularity these last 2-3 months because I’ve been working pretty intensely on a screenplay. I only today realized that my three year anniversary happened two weeks ago. So, yeah, my bad. And, once again, it’s time to do my yearly list of the best movies, directors, and performances from the past year. I hope readers find something worth watching in this list.

Best Picture: Drama

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1. Chinatown

2. The Bicycle Thief

3. Ingmar Bergman’s “Trilogy of Faith” (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence)

4. The Godfather: Part II

5. Glengarry Glen Ross

 

Best Picture: Comedy

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1. Annie Hall

2. Silver Linings Playbook

3. (500) Days of Summer

4. Bringing Up Baby

5. Duck Soup

 

Best Director:

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1. Ingmar Bergman: His “Trilogy of Faith

2. Terrence Malick: To the Wonder

3. Roman Polanski: Chinatown

4. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather: Part II

5. Werner Herzog: Encounters at the End of the World

 

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Bruno Ganz: Downfall

2. Jack Lemmon: Glengarry Glen Ross

3. Al Pacino: The Godfather: Part II

4. Leonardo DiCaprio: The Departed

5. Joaquin Phoenix: The Master

 

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Glenn Close: Fatal Attraction

2. Glenda Jackson: Sunday Bloody Sunday

3. Emmanuelle Riva: Amour

4. Harriet Andersson: Through a Glass Darkly

5. Faye Dunaway: Chinatown

 

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

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1. Bradley Cooper: Silver Linings Playbook

2. Billy Bob Thornton: Bad Santa

3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt: (500) Days of Summer

4. Cary Grant: Bringing Up Baby

5. Woody Allen: Annie Hall

 

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

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1. Jennifer Lawrence: Silver Linings Playbook

2. Diane Keaton: Annie Hall

3. Katharine Hepburn: Bringing Up Baby

4. Zooey Deschanel: (500) Days of Summer

5. Holly Hunter: Raising Arizona

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

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1. Dustin Hoffman: Rain Man

2. Al Pacino: Glengarry Glen Ross

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Master

4. Robert De Niro: Silver Linings Playbook

5. Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

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1. Gunnel Lindblom: The Silence

2. Sally Field: Lincoln

3. Natalie Portman: Leon: The Professional

4. Diane Keaton: The Godfather: Part II

5. Judi Dench: Skyfall

 

Alright, everybody. That’s what I think was the best movies, directors, and performances that I’ve watched in the last year (and two weeks). I hope you all find something you like, and keep reading. I promise that I’ll be updating the blog with more regularity soon. Enjoy!

 

 

Best of Movies: 351-400

Man. I’ve reviewed 400 films for this blog now (plus hundreds of reviews for TV shows and short music posts). That blows my mind. For those who are newcomers to my blog, every fifty films, I make a superlative list of the movies that I’ve reviewed with hyperlinks back to the original review so that my readers who don’t have the time to read all of the reviews I write (and I don’t blame anyone for that) have a way to get a quick summation of what I think are the best things I’ve watched in the last three months or so. And, that’s how it worked out. It’s been three and a half months since the last one of these lists (which can be found here), and I’ll probably have the chance to do one more before I we get around to my blog’s three year anniversary next February.

Here are some quick notes about this particular 50 film block. Natalie Portman now joins Edward Norton as the only person to top one of my categories more than once. Ed Norton was my Best Supporting Actor for 201-250 for Primal Fear and my Best Actor in a Dramatic Role for American History X for 251-300. Natalie Portman was my Best Actress in a Dramatic Role for Black Swan for all the way back in 51-100. You’ll see what she wins for this time around later. Also, at first, this particular block was without question the lowest scoring block I had ever done for my blog, but then the last fifteen or so films was heavily loaded with great movies so it evened out towards the end. Hopefully, you guys can find some good stuff to watch here.

 

Best Picture – Drama:

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1. American Psycho

2. Downfall

3. Good Will Hunting

4. Women in Love

5. Rachel, Rachel

 

Best Picture – Comedy:

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1. Annie Hall

2. (500) Days of Summer

3. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

4. Raising Arizona

5. Bad Santa

 

Best Director:

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1. Woody Allen: Annie Hall

2. Oliver Hirschbiegel: Downfall

3. Oliver Stone: Any Given Sunday

4. Ken Russell: Women in Love

5. Marc Webb: (500) Days of Summer

 

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Bruno Ganz: Downfall

2. Christian Bale: American Psycho

3. Daniel Day-Lewis: The Boxer

4. Matt Damon: Good Will Hunting

5. Al Pacino: Any Given Sunday

 

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Kate Winslet: Revolutionary Road

2. Joanne Woodward: Rachel, Rachel

3. Glenda Jackson: Women in Love

4. Alexandra Maria Lara: Downfall

5. Bryce Dallas Howard: The Village

 

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

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1. Billy Bob Thornton: Bad Santa

2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt: (500) Days of Summer

3. Woody Allen: Annie Hall

4. Nicolas Cage: Raising Arizona

5. Matthew Wilkas: Gayby

 

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

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1. Diane Keaton: Annie Hall

2. Zooey Deschanel: (500) Days of Summer

3. Holly Hunter: Raising Arizona

4. Lauren Graham: Bad Santa

5. Audrey Hepburn: Sabrina

 

Best Supporting Actor:

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1. Dustin Hoffman: Rain Man

2. Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting

3. Michael Shannon: Revolutionary Road

4. Oliver Reed: Women in Love

5. Samuel L. Jackson: Eve’s Bayou

 

Best Supporting Actress:

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1. Natalie Portman: Léon: The Professional

2. Judi Dench: A Room with a View

3. Jennie Linden: Women in Love

4. Uma Thurman: Tape

5. Corinna Harfouch: Downfall

 

Well people. That’s it. Come back in about three and half months or so for the next fifty movies. And, I actually realized something during this particular review. Diane Keaton has also won twice. She has won twice now in Best Actress in a Comedic Role. The other was for a different Woody Allen film, Love and Death. Now, I’m actually done. Enjoy people. I hope you find a film that looks interesting to you.

 

 

 

Best of Movies: 301-350

Well, it’s been three and a half months since we’ve been down this path, but I can’t be any happier that we finally made it here. As long time readers know, every 50 films that I review, I do a superlative list of the best films in specific categories that I watched (I also make one at the end of every year). It’s a chance for me to conveniently place in one spot a post where readers can get links to all of the best movies that I’ve reviewed over this particular time period. And more than any single other 4 film block in the blog’s existence, the competition to make these lists (except for the comedy section because I watched a surprisingly low number of comedies) was absurdly intense. Because of my film studies class this semester, I watched a crazy number of “classics” these last couple of months and it will most certainly show. Also, I gave a whopping 5 “A+”s this time around. And on that note, I want to give a special mention to Undefeated, one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, which doesn’t qualify for any of the awards I give out on this list, but it was still one of the 5 best films I’ve watched during this particular period on my blog. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the list and find something worth watching therein.

Best Picture – Drama:

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1. Chinatown

2. The Godfather: Part II

3. Glengarry Glenn Ross

4. The Master

5. Gangs of New York

Best Picture – Comedy:

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1. Silver Linings Playbook

2. Catch-22

3. Clerks II

4. The Great McGinty

5. Brave

Best Director:

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1. Roman Polanski: Chinatown

2. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather: Part II

3. Ange Lee: Life of Pi

4. Paul Thomas Anderson: The Master

5. Joel Coen: The Man Who Wasn’t There

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Jack Lemmon: Glengarry Glen Ross

2. Al Pacino: The Godfather: Part II

3. Leonardo DiCaprio: The Departed

4. Joaquin Phoenix: The Master

5. Daniel Day-Lewis: Gangs of New York

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Glenn Close: Fatal Attraction

2. Glenda Jackson: Sunday Bloody Sunday

3. Faye Dunaway: Chinatown

4. Jessica Chastain: Zero Dark Thirty

5. Natalie Wood: Rebel Without a Cause

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

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1. Bradley Cooper: Silver Linings Playbook

2. Jack Lemmon: How to Murder Your Wife

3. Alan Arkin: Catch-22

4. Brian O’Halloran: Clerks II

5. Jimmy Durante: Billy Rose’s Jumbo

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

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1. Jennifer Lawrence: Silver Linings Playbook

2. Rosario Dawson: Clerks II

3. Kelly MacDonald: Brave

4. Doris Day: Billy Rose’s Jumbo

Best Supporting Actor:

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1. Al Pacino: Glengarry Glen Ross

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Master

3. Robert De Niro: Silver Linings Playbook

4. James Gandolfini: The Man Who Wasn’t There

5. Alec Baldwin: Glengarry Glen Ross

Best Supporting Actress:

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1. Sally Field: Lincoln

2. Diane Keaton: The Godfather: Part II

3. Judi Dench: Skyfall

4. Samantha Barks: Les Miserables (2012)

5. Frances McDormand: The Man Who Wasn’t There

Alright people, that’s it. Come back in another three months and hopefully I will have reached the 400 movies reviewed mark. If you’re looking for movies to watch, I just recommended plenty of great ones (except for the acting categories where me loving a performance should obviously not necessarily mean I loved the film. *cough* Les Mis *cough*).

Best of Year 2

Jesus. I can’t actually believe that Hot Saas’s Pop Culture Safari turned two years old today. A blog that started out as me being a bored nerd with nothing to do in my apartment has taken me to New York City where I wrote about music and even inspired me to write my own screenplay. I’ve written one full length screenplay so far (Aftertaste which I’m still trying to sell) as well as 20-30 pages of two different screenplays. But my real star is the movie I’ve been working on since Sunday. I’ve written 40 pages since Sunday and I haven’t had a chance to do any writing today. That should tell you how “in the zone” I’ve become with that piece. It’s something I want to shoot myself, here in Morgantown. We’ll see how it goes. Anyways, each year I want to give special mention to the films that I felt were the very cream of the crop of what I’ve watched over the last year (even if I did just do like a week ago, my best of for the last 50 films I watched). I watched a lot of really good movies this year (although Year 1 was probably better all around) so hopefully you find something good to watch from this.

 

Best Picture Drama:

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1. The Tree of Life

2. Synecdoche, New York

3. 8 1/2

4. You Can Count on Me

5. Margaret

 

Best Picture Comedy:

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1. Being John Malkovich

2. Midnight in Paris

3. Liberal Arts

4. Love and Death

5. Diner

 

Best Director:

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1. Terrence Malick: The Tree of Life

2. Federico Fellini: 8 1/2

3. Gaspar Noé: Enter the Void

4. Andrew Dominik: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

5. Spike Jonze: Adaptation

 

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Woody Harrelson: Rampart

2. Edward Norton: American History X

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman: Synecdoche, New York

4. Mark Ruffalo: You Can Count on Me

5. James Wood: Salvador

 

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

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1. Richard Dreyfuss: The Goodbye Girl

2. George Clooney: The Descendants

3. Josh Radnor: Liberal Arts

4. Owen Wilson: Midnight in Paris

5. Jack Nicholson: About Schmidt

 

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Felicity Huffman: Transamerica

2. Anna Paquin: Margaret

3. Laura Linney: You Can Count on Me

4. Sibel Kilkelli: Head-On (2004)

5. Helen Mirren: The Queen (2006)

 

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

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1. Sally Hawkins: Happy-Go-Lucky

2. Toni Collette: Muriel’s Wedding

3. Diane Keaton: Love and Death

4. Elizabeth Olson: Liberal Arts

5. Catherine Keener: Being John Malkovich

 

Best Supporting Actor:

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1. Ed Norton: Primal Fear

2. Brad Pitt: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

3. Chris Cooper: Adaptation

4. Sean Connery: The Untouchables

5. James Dean: Giant

 

Best Supporting Actress:

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1. J. Smith Cameron: Margaret

2. Patricia Clarkson: Pieces of April

3. Rachel Griffiths: Muriel’s Wedding

4. Marion Cotillard: Midnight in Paris

5. Jessica Chastain: The Tree of Life

 

Alright everybody. See you back here on February 7th 2014. It should be a great year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Movies: 251-300

I’m really excited about this. Because I took about two and a half months or so off from this blog to work on my screenplay (and my blog output had slowed to a crawl before I even took my official hiatus because of my screenwriting), I fell a little bit behind in my blogging. And by a little bit behind, I mean a lot a bit behind. I last did one of my 50 film best of lists back in the middle of July. Usually, there’s only a three month break between these things. This was about twice as long. My bad. Anyways, this is a great way for me to look back on the last six months of reviews and the last 50 films that I’ve watched. I hope my regular readers can find some movies here that they haven’t had the chance to see before. Fun fact. This is the first time that the number one and number two spot in a category have gone to a film from the same director. It was Kenneth Lonergan and both films are under-appreciated gems.

Best Picture Drama:

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1. You Can Count on Me

2. Margaret

3. Grave of the Fireflies

4. Pickup on South Street

5. My Dinner with Andre

Best Picture Comedy:

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1. Liberal Arts

2. Love and Death

3. Diner

4. Brassed Off

5. Lars and the Real Girl

Best Director:

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1. Gaspar Noé: Enter the Void

2. Andrew Dominik: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

3. Akira Kurosawa: Rashomon

4. Kenneth Lonergan: Margaret

5. Martin Scorsese: The Age of Innocence

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Edward Norton: American History X

2. Mark Ruffalo: You Can Count on Me

3. Martin Landau: Crimes and Misdemeanors

4. Casey Affleck: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

5. James Cagney: White Heat

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

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1. Josh Radnor: Liberal Arts

2. Woody Allen: Love and Death

3. Mickey Rourke: Diner

4. Ryan Gosling: Lars and the Real Girl

5. Tom Hanks: Big

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

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1. Anna Paquin: Margaret

2. Laura Linney: You Can Count on Me

3. Helen Mirren: The Queen

4. Quvenzhane Wallis: Beasts of the Southern Wild

5. Michelle Pfeiffer: The Age of Innocence

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

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1. Diane Keaton: Love and Death

2. Elizabeth Olson: Liberal Arts

3. Ellen Barkin: Diner

4. Winona Ryder: Reality Bites

5. Elizabeth Perkins: Big

Best Supporting Actor:

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1. Brad Pitt: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2. Sean Connery: The Untouchables

3. Ethan Hawke: Reality Bites

4. Pete Postlethwaite: Brassed Off

5. Louis Gosset Jr.: An Officer and a Gentleman

Best Supporting Actress

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1. J. Smith Cameron: Margaret

2. Anjelica Huston: Crimes and Misdemeanors

3. Ruth Gordon: Rosemary’s Baby

4. Ashley Bell: The Last Exorcism

5. Allison Janney: Liberal Arts

And that’s it folks. Come back in fifty films for a new list. And my blog turns two years old in about a week so I’ll have another similar list to this one but this list will cover everything from February 7th of last year. The competition will be a little stiffer to make the cut then. Enjoy these potential great finds!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. It was March 4th to be exactly so I’m actually keeping up my 50 movies every 3 month average, more or less. Well, it’s time for one of my favorite parts of this blog. When I try to make a list of the typical superlatives for the last 50 films I’ve reviewed for my blog. I’ve experienced what can only be called exponential growth since my last Best Of list. I’d actually say that easily 75% of my followers have arrived since then even though my blog started in February of last year. Anyways, this should be a good, quick guide to what I thought were the best films/performances of my last 50 films.

Best Picture Drama:

1. Synecdoche, New York

2. 8 1/2

3. Wings of Desire

4. Double Indemnity

5. Adaptation

Best Picture Comedy:

1. Being John Malkovich

2. The Butcher Boy

3. Muriel’s Wedding

4. The Descendants

5. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Best Director:

1. Federico Fellini: 8 1/2

2. Spike Jonze: Adaptation

3. Wim Wenders: Wings of Desire

4. Billy Wilder: Double Indemnity

5. Ralph Fiennes: Coriolanus

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

1. Woody Harrelson: Rampart

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman: Synecdoche, New York

3. James Wood: Salvador

4. Ralph Fiennes: Coriolanus

5. Otto Sanders: Faraway, So Close

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

1. Felicity Huffman: Transamerica

2. Sibel Kikelli: Head-On

3. Anjelica Huston: The Grifters

4. Meryl Streep: The Iron Lady

5. Sienna Miller: Interview

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

1. George Clooney: The Descendants

2. Eamonn Owens: The Butcher Boy

3. Will Ferrell: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

4. John Cusack: Being John Malkovich

5. Billy Crudup: Jesus’ Son

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

1. Toni Collette: Muriel’s Wedding

2. Catherine Keener: Being John Malkovich

3. Christina Applegate: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

4. Samantha Morton:Jesus’ Son

5. Jennifer Grey: Dirty Dancing

Best Supporting Actor:

1. Edward Norton: Primal Fear

2. Chris Cooper: Adaptation

3. James Dean: Giant

4. Max von Sydow: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

5. Christopher Plummer: Beginners

Best Supporting Actress:

1. Patricia Clarkson: Pieces of April

2. Rachel Griffiths: Muriel’s Wedding

3. Berenice Bejo: The Artist

4. Melanie Laurent: Beginners

5. Anouk Aimee: 8 1/2

Well, folks. That’s it. Be sure to come back in about three months for 251-300. Also, I’d love comments in the comment section about what you think of my list. I’d love to create more of a dialogue with my readers although I definitely appreciate the likes that you guys have started giving my posts. That’s great too.

P.S. Saying that an actor gave a great performance in a film is not an endorsement of said film (i.e. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or The Iron Lady). For anyone interested in the reviews of these films, they are hyper-linked the first time a said film appears.

Best of Movies: 151-200

Man, I can’t believe I’ve finally reached 200 movies and I simultaneously can’t believe that it took me this long to get here. When I first started this blog, I was averaging something like 3-4 movies every day for the first month but once I started incorporating all of the other media into this site, my movie viewing slowed down and at various times I’ve gone on extended hiatuses where movies were the least of my concern for content for this site. Anyways, if you don’t know, every 50 films I watch on here, I do a best of list as a convenient guide for my readers so they can know what I think were the superlatives in specific categories over the last 50 films. The last time I made one of these (not counting my one year anniversary list) was back in October so it’s been a while. and without further ado…

Best Picture Drama:

1. The Tree of Life

2. Persona

3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

4. Cinema Paradiso

5. High Noon

Best Picture Comedy:

1. Modern Times

2. Happiness (1998)

3. Midnight in Paris

4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

5. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

Best Director:

1. Ingmar Bergman:Persona

2. Terrence Malick: The Tree of Life

3. David Fincher: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

4. Todd Solondz: Happiness

5. Charlie Chaplin: Modern Times

 

Best Actor in a Dramatic Role:

1. Dylan Baker: Happiness (I know I have this film labeled as a comedy and it is, of a sorts, but his role was fully dramatic)

2. Jack Nicholson: The Shining

3. Ian McKellan: Richard III

4. Mickey Rourke: The Pope of Greenwich Village

5. Gary Cooper:High Noon

 

Best Actor in a Comedic Role:

1. Richard Dreyfuss: The Goodbye Girl

2. Owen Wilson: Midnight In Paris

3. Charlie Chaplin: Modern Times

4. Jack Nicholson: About Schmidt

5. Kal Penn: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

 

Best Actress in a Dramatic Role:

1. Rooney Mara: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

2. Liv Ullmann: Persona

3. Viola Davis: The Help

4. Noomi Rapace: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

5. Winona Ryder: Girl, Interrupted

 

Best Actress in a Comedic Role:

1. Sally Hawkins: Happy-Go-Lucky

2. Jane Addams: Happiness

3. Scarlett Johansonn: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

 

Best Supporting Actor:

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman: Happiness

2. Javier Bardem: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3. Christopher Meloni: Wet Hot American Summer

4. Peter Graves: Airplane!

5. Ben Kingsley: Hugo

 

Best Supporting Actress:

1. Angelina Jolie: Girl, Interrupted

2. Marion Cotillard: Midnight in Paris

3. Jessica Chastain: The Help

4. Octavia Spencer: The Help

5. Jessica Chastain: The Tree of Life

 

well that does it folks. come back again in a couple of months to see where this list goes next time!