The end of the year is just around the corner, which means it’s time for a bunch of lazy journalists to do their year-end best and worst lists of 2011. But why should they have all the fun? I’m lazy too. And I already established an award for this last year–the TDYLFie. I’m going to capitalize on that laziness for an easy article. But first, let’s establish some scope. I don’t see nearly enough new releases to make any sort of reasonable “Best/Worst of 2011” list. Thus, this list will be comprised of movies that I’ve seen in 2011, which will run the gamut from era to era, genre to genre, and on and on. In reality, this is more of a list about my own experience watching movies in 2011 than it is about anything that was released in 2011. Moreover–and this is a serious problem that I plan on rectifying in 2012–I don’t have a thorough means of keeping track of what I’ve seen. I can see what I’ve received and rated from Netflix and Facets in 2011, and the rest of this is based on memory of what I’ve actually seen. There’s a very real chance that I’ll miss something. Whadayagonnado? Without further delay, here is the awards program for the 2nd Annual TDYLFies. Continue reading
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Back in March, I watched all three of Edgar Wright’s major studio releases- Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)– with the trivia track on. Each time a film was referenced in the trivia track, I wrote it down. Then I used the info to create an infographic for each film, listing each film that influenced Wright’s movies. You can find the finished product here.
After I completed it, I showed it to my friend Marty. “Now”, he said, “you have to watch all of those movies”. I laughed it off at first. The last thing I need is another genre or list to binge upon. But he had a point. That list was ripe with potential for good films. And if those movies are good enough for Edgar Wright, they’re sure as hell good enough for me. Eventually, I started tackling the movies that I hadn’t already seen that were listed on those infographics. It’s a slow and steady process but it’s opened up my eyes to some really great movies that I never would have seen otherwise. Thankfully and not surprisingly, Edgar Wright is a damned good ambassador for some unknown films. So far, I’ve seen: Continue reading
No, “Benji” isn’t misspelled. You see, my name is John and I have a problem. When it comes to movies, I binge. I find certain directors or genres or actors and actresses that I like and I feast on one movie after another from said director, genre, or actor/actress. It usually takes a month or two to wear itself out depending on my level of enjoyment and the depth of availability. Allow me to give some examples. Continue reading