I don’t have the patience to reveal a film a day so you’re getting them all in one fell swoop. Based on some of these questions though, I imagine my favourite film may get a fair few mentions…
1. Star Wars Episode V the Empire Strikes Back
2. Jurassic Park III
3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
7. the Way Way Back
9. Star Wars Epsiode VI Return of the Jedi
10. Steven Spielberg
11. Back to the Future
12. Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
14. (after the Empire Strikes Back its…) Blade Runner
15. Masters of the Universe
16. Rogue One A Star Wars Story
17. Doctor Zhivago
18. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
19. Daniel Day Lewis
20. Michelle Williams
21. the Dark Knight
22. Everything is Illuminated
23. Indiana Jones
24. Searching for Sugarman
26. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
27. It Happened One Night
28. Away We Go
29. nope. why would I ever wish I liked a film?
30. LA Confidential
As mentioned in my previous post, last year social media asked us to compile a list of the Box Office #1 movies on each of our birthdays; my birthday being 24th August.
The UK ones aren’t as easy to locate prior to 1992 so I never bothered finding them.
Left US #1, Right UK#1
1981 An American Werewolf in London / ?
1982 ET the Extra Terrestrial / ?
1983 Easy Money / ?
1984 Tightrope / ?
1985 Back to the Future / ?
1986 the Fly / ?
1987 Stakeout / ?
1988 a Nightmare on Elm Street 4 the Dream Master / ?
1989 Uncle Buck / ?
1990 the Exorcist III / ?
1991 Terminator 2: Judgement Day / ?
1992 Unforgiven / Alien 3
1993 the Fugitive / Jurassic Park
1994 Forrest Gump / True Lies
1995 Mortal Kombat / Waterworld
1996 Tin Cup / Independence Day
1997 GI Jane / Event Horizon
1998 Blade / the X Files
1999 Sixth Sense / Star Wars Episode I the Phantom Menace
2000 the Cell / X-Men
2001 American Pie 2 / Planet of the Apes
2002 xXx / Men in Black 2
2003 Freddy vs Jason / American Wedding
2004 Exorcist: the Beginning / the Village
2005 the 40 Year Old Virgin / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2006 Snakes on a Plane / Snakes on a Plane
2007 Superbad / the Bourne Ultimatum
2008 Tropic Thunder / Hellboy II the Golden Army
2009 Inglorious Basterds / Inglorious Basterds
2010 the Expendables / the Expendables
2011 the Help / the Inbetweeners
2012 the Expendables 2 / Brave
2013 the Butler / Kick Ass 2
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy / Lucy
2015 Straight Outta Compton / Paper Towns
2016 Suicide Squad / Finding Dory
Yup, it’s that time of the year again when social media bequeaths us to write lists about films. Last year it was the #1 film on your birthday every year you’ve been on this planet we call Earth – this year it’s your favourite film released in each year you’ve been here.
Thankfully, I love making lists. I have notebooks filled with lists of rubbish; potential compilation CDs, favourite books, comic book characters, action figures I want to be released – you name it, I’ve probably got a list for it (that’s quite an exaggeration though so don’t hold me to it.
This was a particularly difficult list to make and unfortunately many of my favourite films had to be omitted from the list as they were edged out by films I love, or loved at the time of making the list, a fraction more. (Apologies to the Truman Show, Her, Dead Man’s Shoes, Good Will Hunting, Boogie Nights, the Goonies, Toy Story, Die Hard, Out of Sight, Starship Troopers, and many, many more.)
Anyway, without further ado, here are my top films from 1981 through to 2016 (pointless doing choosing one for this year.)
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 Blade Runner
1983 Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi
1985 Back to the Future
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 Total Recall
1991 Beauty & the Beast
1992 the Last of the Mohicans
1993 Jurassic Park
1994 Pulp Fiction
1996 the Frighteners
1997 LA Confidential
2000 O Brother Where Art Thou?
2001 Donnie Darko
2002 Road to Perdition
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2005 a Bittersweet Life
2006 Pan’s Labyrinth
2007 There Will Be Blood
2009 Away We Go
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs the World
2011 Captain America: the First Avenger
2012 the Perks of Being a Wallflower
2013 the Way Way Back
2014 Captain America: the Winter Soldier
2015 Inside Out