Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Cinematic Fractionation: The 2000's

This is the final post in my favorite-movies-by-decade series; due to some eye strain I've had to dig into some sandbagged blogs & I've always wanted to do this series. 'Gonna try to get back to some devotional blogs here soon; in the mean time check out my personal favorite movies of the 2000's!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)



A master & a student fight another master & their student when a legendary sword is stolen… a great martial arts film!

The One (2001) 



Jet Li fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self that is killed.

The Bourne Identity (2002)



A super secret agent w/ incredible skills & bad case of amnesia as he hunts for his true identity & is hunted in the process.

Hulk (2003)



The much maligned Ang Lee superhero film about the jolly green giant w/ anger issues. Watch it at 2x the speed & it all makes sense...

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)



A goof, a doof, a friend, a new student, an aunt, an uncle, a time machine, a llama, a snob, her friend, a dance, tupperware & a school election all come together in this microcosm of small town American lunacy.

Passion of the Christ (2004)



A film about the last few hours of Jesus Christ before He was crucified: powerful acting, direction & soundtrack. I like to watch this movie at Christmas, it's a powerful reminder of why He came...

House of Flying Daggers (2004)



A visually stunning martial arts romance film; yes, you heard that right.

The Lake House (2006)



A doctor & an architect, separated by years, somehow correspond, go on a date & fall in love...

Honorable Mention:

Casino Royale (2006)



I've always been a James Bond fan so I approached this remake/reboot w/ some skepticism but Daniel Craig + Eva Green + an intelligent plot + well directed action scenes = a very re-watchable movie.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Cinematic Fractionation: The 1990/s

The second to last post on my personal favorite movies by decade.

1990's

What About Bob? (1991)



Bill Murray as Bob Wiley, a multi-phobic personality who latches onto his new psychiatrist & his family on their vacation in New Hampshire.

A Few Good Men (1992)



Tom Cruise as a JAG lawyer, trying the case of the death of a Marine private, 'wanting to get to the truth, which Jack Nicholson thinks he can't handle...

Groundhog Day (1993)



Another Bill Murray classic: a pompous weatherman relives the same day over & over again, much like the average American...

Speed (1994)



A cop, a girl & a bus that'll explode if it goes under a certain mph… completely implausible yet completely enjoyable.

Fist of Legend (1994)



Jet Li in the remake of the Bruce Lee 70's movie: a kung fu student avenges the death of his sensei, a martial arts classic!

Mission Impossible I (1996)



Tom Cruise as the lone survivor of a botched Impossible Mission Force assignment who finds out he's not the lone survivor of the team.

The Truman Show (1998)



Jim Carry as a salesman in a small town who finds his reality may not actually be reality…

The Matrix (1999)



Keanu Reeves as a computer hacker in a big city who finds his reality may not actually be reality... hey wait a minute!

Honorable Mention:

The Phantom (1996)



Billy Zane as the classic comic book superhero/crime fighter in the fictional African country of Bangalla. This movie is action-packed & good clean fun!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Cinematic Fractionation: The 1980's

Digging into my sandbagged blogs I present the newest entry on my personal favorite movies by decade:

1980's

Somewhere In Time (1980)



Christopher Reeve as a playwright who falls in love w/ a portrait of Jane Seymour, then travels back in time to meet her.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)



A frozen planet, a swamp planet, a city in the clouds, infatuation, a revelation & refrigeration. The absolute best Star Wars film ever made… period.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)



A jet-setting archaeologist finds the lost Ark of the Covenant, loses it… finds it again… then loses it again.

Back to the Future (1985)



An idealistic teenager takes a Delorean back in time to when his parents were teens, messes things up & races against the clock to fix it all & get “back to the future”. A classic in every sense.

Clue (1985)



Based on the classic whodunit board game, w/ an all star ensemble, witty screenplay & fast-paced direction, this movie is hilarious as bodies & suspects pile up in a remote mansion on a rainy night...

Honorable Mention:

The Three Amigos (1986)



Three out of work actors, who played western heroes on the big screen, are mistaken for the characters they portray & are hired by a small, poor village to defend them against some thugs.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Cinematic Fractionation: The 1970's

As I recover from some eye strain I'll be posting some sandbagged blogs on my personal favorite movies by decade, this week it's the:

1970's

Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)



There's very few spaghetti-westerns that I like but this one is the exception: Terrence Hill & Bud Spencer are brothers & wannabe outlaws but nothing ever goes according to their plans.

The Godfather (1972)



Marlon Brando & Al Pacino give powerhouse performances as a mafia father & son… everything about this movie clicks, it's perfect in every way.

High Plains Drifter (1973)



Clint Eastwood comes to a small western town & turns it inside out to exact revenge from an earlier wrong; is he real or is he ghost? The films leaves it wide open...

Westworld (1973)



Androids run amok in a western theme park!

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)



An all-star cast rounds out this now classic/familiar whodunit, though I feel Albert Finney was miscast as Hercule Poirot he does do a decent job.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)



An absolutely haunting atmospheric movie centering on the investigation of four young ladies & their teacher who vanish on a field trip on Valentine's Day in 1900 Australia.

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)



Probably one of the best of the Pink Panther films: from a terrible Quasimodo disguise to destroying priceless pianos, this movie is non-stop funny.

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)



An old man, a young man, a young woman, a seasoned smuggler & his bigfoot buddy, a villain in gray, a villain in black, lightsabres & spaceships! 

Honorable Mention:

Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)



A low budget, cheesy Bigfoot “docudrama” w/ terrible acting, reacting & re-enacting. It's great!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Cinematic Fractionation: The 1960's

As I give me eyes a break I'm posting some blogs that I've sandbagged, this week it's my personal favorite from the 1960's!

Psycho (1960)



Hitchcock again: Anthony Perkins gives a stellar performance as uber-introvert Norman Bates & this movie simply oozes atmosphere as the tension keeps slowly simmering to a boil.

The Nutty Professor (1963)



Jerry Lewis as both Professor Klump & his alter-ego Buddy Love. To me, this movie is just hilarious, especially the scenes w/ the dean doing Shakespeare.

The Creeping Terror (1964)



An incredibly slow-moving & perpetually hungry alien rug devours everyone in it's path. This movie is so bad yet so watchable; when I need a laugh this is my go-to movie.

Goldfinger (1964)



The only James Bond movie on my list; a plot to rob Fort Knox, memorable villains, gadgets galore & a pitch-perfect Sean Connery. 

The Ghost & Mr Chicken (1966)



The best of what I call “The Barney Fife Road Trip Movies”, Don Knotts as a nervous nobody who becomes a cause-celeb when he writes about spending the night in the local haunted house.

Wait Until Dark (1967)



Another tour-de-force performance by Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman who turns the tables on some crooks.

Bullitt (1968) 



Steve McQueen in the definitive detective movie: interesting plot, compelling characters, power trips, politics & a car chase scene.

Planet of the Apes (1968)



Three astronauts crash land on a planet & find a lot of monkey business going on; a great commentary on both social & global responsibility & destructive dogma.

Honorable Mention:

Batman: The Movie (1966)



Take the Dynamic Duo & add Four supervillians, a roomful of world leaders, a dehydrating machine, a spray can of shark repellent, a bomb w/ the world's longest fuse, corny jokes & what do you have? A fun movie that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Cinematic Fractionation: The 1950's

As I continue to give me eyes a break I'm pulling out some blogs that I've sandbagged for “such a time as this” so to speak so here are some of my personal favorite movies by decade; this week:

1950's

Harvey (1950)



Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, a simple man who has a 6' invisible rabbit friend named Harvey; they both wreck havoc all over town.

The Thing From Another World (1951)



An alien organism crash lands in the Arctic: he's frozen, thawed & that naturally makes him mean… hungry & mean.

Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)



Another sci-fi classic: an alien comes to newly-acquired-nuclear Earth & tells them to knock it off, get along & play nice w/ others or his race will handle things.

Sabrina (1954)



Humphrey Bogart, Alan Ladd & the lovely Audrey Hepburn in a love triangle w/ life lessons in heartbreak, growing up & personal sacrifice.

Rear Window (1954)



Another Hitchcock classic: a suspicion, a dog, a suitcase, a camera & murder! Jimmy Stewart, Raymond Burr & Grace Kelly = perfection.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)



A small town doctor returns to his small town to find a big time alien invasion happening; nothing & no one are as they seem...

12 Angry Men (1957)



Henry Fonda's tour-de-force as a lone juror who believes in the innocence of a defendant, 'great direction/writing/acting & a compelling insight into human nature.

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)



Often called the worst movie of all time this is actually a little gem even w/ all the goofs, bad edits, shower curtain sets & so called “acting”...

Honorable Mention:

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)



A man shrinks in size after exposure to radiation so everyday objects become a terrifying challenge & ordinary pets & insects become threats as he struggles to survive.