Movies

When I grew up my favourite movie was Dr. Strangelove. I have since abandoned the idea of a favourite movie. Instead, I have movies that stay with me for a while, and of course there are movies I could watch seemingly endlessly without getting tired. Those tend to change fairly frequently, partly since I watch so many movies. And then there are “great” movies, which are not necessarily favourite films. Sometimes I think a movie is great but I have no desire to watch it again.

I have been writing reviews since my early 20s but probably didn’t start consistently writing reviews until my mid 20s. Most of those I wrote on zip.ca, which has unfortunately been shut down, and we’ve lost all the data, including many (though not all) of the reviews I wrote on that site. I saved some, the rest I have tried to guess at. Most of the reviews I have written in the last decade or so have also been on my blog. They are collected here by year of theatrical or streaming release. The seriousness of the review likely depends both upon my age when I wrote it and my mood at the time.

Here are my movie reviews by year of release to theatres or, in terms of recent movies, directly to streaming in some cases:

21st Century
201820172016201520142013201220112010
2009200820072006200520042003200220012000
20th Century
1999199819971996199519941993199219911990
1989198819871986198519841983198219811980
1979197819771976197519741973197219711970
1969196819671966196519641963196219611960
1959195819571956195519541953195219511950
1949194819471946194519441943194219411940
1939193819371936193519341933193219311930
1929192819271926192519241923192219211920
1919191819171916191519141913191219111910
1909190819071906190519041903190219011900
19th Century
18991898189718961895

Here is a guide to my rating system:

  1. Transcendentally awful – one of the worst movies ever made
  2. Awful – mostly incompetent but not one of the worst movies ever
  3. Bad – incompetent in many ways but with the odd redeeming aspect
  4. Below Average – worse than the average movie of its type, but not terrible
  5. Average – capably made but with nothing special about it (but I also use this for films that are interesting messes)
  6. Above Average – better than the average movie of its genre
  7. Good – worth your time but not one of the best movies of the year
  8. Very Good – definitely worth your time and likely among the best movies of a given year
  9. Great: Near-Perfect or Near-Transcendent – good and important, among the best of the year and the second tier of important movies of a given decade
  10. Perfect and/or Transcendent – one of the great movies of a given decade

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