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Top 100 Albums

November 14th, 2015

As a music lover, I have been tracking my tastes in an ever-changing list of favorite albums. As of November 14, 2015, here it is. I apologize for my boring taste. Also, while this is unrelated, my heart goes out to all who have been affected by the horrors in France.


  1. Exile on Main Street (1972) — Rolling Stones
  2. Rain Dogs (1985) — Tom Waits
  3. London Calling (1979) — The Clash
  4. OK Computer (1997) — Radiohead
  5. Nevermind (1991) — Nirvana
  6. White Light/White Heat (1968) — Velvet Underground
  7. Closer (1980) — Joy Division
  8. Raw Power (1973) — Stooges
  9. Surfer Rosa (1988) — Pixies
  10. Illmatic (1994) — Nas
  11. Bitches Brew (1970) — Miles Davis
  12. A Love Supreme (1965) — John Coltrane
  13. Dark Side of the Moon (1973) — Pink Floyd
  14. Kid A (2000) — Radiohead
  15. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) — Sex Pistols
  16. Trout Mask Replica (1969) — Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
  17. Midnight Marauders (1993) — A Tribe Called Quest
  18. Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982) — Dead Kennedys
  19. In Utero (1993) — Nirvana
  20. Fun House (1970) — Stooges
  21. Ready to Die (1994) — Notorious B.I.G.
  22. Sticky Fingers (1971) — Rolling Stones
  23. Abbey Road (1969) — Beatles
  24. Daydream Nation (1988) — Sonic Youth
  25. Unknown Pleasures (1979) — Joy Division
  26. Yeezus (2013) — Kanye West
  27. My War (1984) — Black Flag
  28. Horses (1975) — Patti Smith
  29. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998) — Neutral Milk Hotel
  30. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993) — Wu-Tang Clan
  31. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) — PJ Harvey
  32. Master of Puppets (1986) — Metallica
  33. Blonde on Blonde (1966) — Bob Dylan
  34. To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) — Kendrick Lamar
  35. Paranoid (1970) — Black Sabbath
  36. Sister (1987) — Sonic Youth
  37. Is This It (2001) — Strokes
  38. Remain in Light (1980) — Talking Heads
  39. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980) — Dead Kennedys
  40. Hot Rats (1969) — Frank Zappa
  41. Station to Station (1976) — David Bowie
  42. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) — Kanye West
  43. Purple Rain (1984) — Prince & the Revolution
  44. Blood on the Tracks (1975) — Bob Dylan
  45. Paul’s Boutique (1989) — Beastie Boys
  46. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006) — Arctic Monkeys
  47. Bone Machine (1992) — Tom Waits
  48. The Queen is Dead (1986) — Smiths
  49. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000) — Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  50. Dummy (1994) — Portishead
  51. At Folsom Prison (1968) — Johnny Cash
  52. In Rainbows (2007) — Radiohead
  53. What’s Going On (1971) — Marvin Gaye
  54. Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985) — Pogues
  55. Ramones (1976) — Ramones
  56. Ege Bamyasi (1972) — Can
  57. Elephant (2003) — White Stripes
  58. To Bring You My Love (1995) — PJ Harvey
  59. Stankonia (2000) — OutKast
  60. Violent Femmes (1983) — Violent Femmes
  61. Uncle Meat (1969) — Mothers of Invention
  62. Innervisions (1973) — Stevie Wonder
  63. Ágætis Byrjun (1999) — Sigur Rós
  64. The Clash (1977) — The Clash
  65. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) — Lauryn Hill
  66. Locust Abortion Technician (1987) — Butthole Surfers
  67. The Moon & Antartica (2000) — Modest Mouse
  68. Damaged (1981) — Black Flag
  69. Last Splash (1993) — Breeders
  70. Channel Orange (2012) — Frank Ocean
  71. Maggot Brain (1971) — Funkadelic
  72. Twins (2012) — Ty Segall
  73. Pet Sounds (1966) — Beach Boys
  74. Electric Warrior (1971) — T. Rex
  75. The Number of the Beast (1982) — Iron Maiden
  76. good Kid, m.A.A.d. city (2012) — Kendrick Lamar
  77. New York Dolls (1973) — New York Dolls
  78. Some Girls (1978) — Rolling Stones
  79. Real Gone (2004) — Tom Waits
  80. Generic (1982) — Flipper
  81. Black Monk Time (1966) — Monks
  82. Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar (1981) — Frank Zappa
  83. Slanted & Enchanted (1992) — Pavement
  84. Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988) — Mudhoney
  85. Blast Tyrant (2004) — Clutch
  86. Ace of Spades (1980) — Motörhead
  87. Aquemini (1998) — OutKast
  88. The Modern Lovers (1976) — Modern Lovers
  89. Walk Among Us (1982) — Misfits
  90. Pork Soda (1993) — Primus
  91. Slaughterhouse (2012) — Ty Segall Band
  92. (GI) (1979) — Germs
  93. Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (1986) — Megadeth
  94. Check Your Head (1992) — Beastie Boys
  95. AM (2013) — Arctic Monkeys
  96. Dookie (1994) — Green Day
  97. Like Flies on Sherbert (1979) — Alex Chilton
  98. The Money Store (2012) — Death Grips
  99. Easter Everywhere (1967) — 13th Floor Elevators
  100. St. Vincent (2014) — St. Vincent

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August 21st, 2015

I REALLY want to give this movie a perfect rating. I really do, but there are so many things I had issues with, despite my fascination with this film.

The acting in Birdman is fantastic. Keaton deserves at least a nomination for Best Actor, if not a win. His duality between humanism and “super-humanism” is truly fascinating to watch. The supporting cast is great, especially Edward Norton, who plays an unpredictable method actor. Also, the editing is phenomenal.

However, this movie relies on “coolness.” There are really interesting decisions made by the director (the camerawork, the score, the lighting), but none of these decisions add anything to the themes of the film. They are simply done as cool gimmicks; I had similar complaints with Inarritu’s use of non-linear editing in 21 Grams. Despite my nitpicking, I still got a kick out of watching these weird decisions. And that’s Birdman.

Oh wait. Just kidding. There’s more.

This film has no central theme. Things are scattered around and glanced over, but there is no connection or correlation between these themes; they are merely presented.

However, these are simply little nitpicks. Birdman is actually a really enjoying watch, even if there are quite a few glaring flaws.


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American Hustle

August 21st, 2015

American Hustle is a hustle itself; it conned its audience in believing it was something substantive. Russell doesn’t pay tribute to the techniques of Scorsese or Paul Thomas Anderson, he straight up rips them off, but he’s not clever enough to employ the same subtleties or nuances that both directors have mastered. At first glance, American Hustle is a more restrained and deeper film than Wolf of Wall Street or Boogie Nights. On closer look, American Hustle is a copy-cat devoid of any heart or brain. Just a carefully created rouse to fool people.

Due to the absence of any character development (backstory doesn’t count as character development), the acting in American Hustle is awfully directed, so that each scene feels like a sketch. Most notable are the scenes between Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper. These are all fine actors. But Russell gives them no real direction and they participate in his self indulgent fantasy sketches. Jennifer Lawrence is horribly miscast in a role that really has no reason to exist. In real life, there was no mob threat. So, every scene she’s in is pointless and her accent is awful. I almost walked out during the scene she dances to “Live and Let Die.”

The only reason I’m giving this 2.5 stars rather than 1 is because of two things. 1) Louis CK is in it 2) Jeremy Renner’s performance. The only performance that is not sketchy and all-over-the-place is Jeremy Renner’s. The audience is actually interested in his motives and his goals, thus leading to his downfall to be tragic. Renner is the saving grace of the film. This is ironic because he is the only actor from the film that nobody gushed over at Awards season. I have no idea why not.

While I definitely like this more than Silver Linings Playbook, I still find it an extremely empty and hollow experience. David O. Russell is a hack.


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Top 100 Films (Again!)

August 21st, 2015

Hey, remember when I posted my favorite movies on here? And then I posted them again? And again? And again?

Well guess what? I’m doing it again.

This time, I edited a supercut of the films from 100 to 1. To summarize, my taste has changed. I am more a fan of the subversive and the irreverent. I am somewhat of a contrarian, but I also love the classics. But, I still have love for mainstream feel-good flicks. I love both the art-house and the blockbuster. Movies are movies.

These 100 films are not carefully constructed. I’ve tinkered with this list for a few years now. After updating it to this video, I’m pretty happy with where it is now. Or rather, I’m as happy as I’ll ever be.


List of films (from 100 to 1):

Audition (1999)

Putney Swope (1969)

Commando (1985)

Suspiria (1977)

Fireworks (1997)

Le Plaisir (1952)

The Fisher King (1991)

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Vampyr (1932)

Raising Arizona (1987)

Vengeance is Mine (1979)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Oslo, August 31st (2011)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Eraserhead (1977)

Ashes & Diamonds (1958)

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Evil Dead 2 (1987)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Rushmore (1998)

Punch Drunk Love (2002)

Die Hard (1988)

Casino (1995)

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Amarcord (1973)

La Jetee (1962)

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Paris, Texas (1984)

Robocop (1987)

Chinatown (1974)

Chungking Express (1994)

Ugetsu (1953)

No Country for Old Men (2007)

The King of Comedy (1983)

The Sacrifice (1986)

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

The Thing (1982)

The Master (2012)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Playtime (1967)

Ghostbusters (1984)

The Graduate (1967)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

M (1931)

Annie Hall (1977)

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly (1966)

Rear Window (1954)

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Le Samourai (1967)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Barton Fink (1991)

Nashville (1975)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Badlands (1973)

The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Harakiri (1962)

8 1/2 (1963)

Barry Lyndon (1975)

The Red Shoes (1948)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Raging Bull (1980)

Back to the Future (1985)

12 Angry Men (1957)

Ordet (1955)

Days of Heaven (1978)

Alien (1979)

The Seventh Seal (1957)

Brazil (1985)

The Conversation (1974)

Paths of Glory (1957)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Stalker (1979)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Jaws (1975)

Goodfellas (1990)

Blade Runner (1982)

The Shining (1980)

Seven Samurai (1954)

Blue Velvet (1986)

Persona (1966)

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Vertigo (1958)

The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Rashomon (1950)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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Top 10 SNL Cast Members

February 17th, 2015

Since the 40th anniversary of SNL is here, I’ve decided to rank my top 10 favorite Saturday Night Live performers.


10. Chevy Chase (1975 – 1976)

chevy chase

9. Bill Murray (1977 – 1980)


8. Gilda Radner (1975 – 1980)


7. Mike Myers (1989 – 1995)


6. Dan Aykroyd (1975 – 1979)


5. Tina Fey (2000 – 2006)

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4. Phil Hartman (1986 – 1994)


3. John Belushi (1975 – 1979)


2. Will Ferrell (1995 – 2002)

Ferrell., Will

1. Eddie Murphy (1980 – 1984)

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Inherent Vice: Movie Review

January 11th, 2015

inherent vice

PTA, you beautiful man…

This movie was easily my most anticipated movie of 2014. When the trailer was released, I was even more hyped. Then, earlier tonight, I finally sat in the theater and witnessed the glorious mess; Inherent Vice.

It was great. I don’t really have much to say about it. The casting was top notch; every actor stole their scenes. Josh Brolin is the highlight, delivering his funniest, and ultimately best, performance of his entire career. Joaquin Phoenix is pitch perfect as Doc Sportello, who is totally a kin to The Dude. Martin Short and Benicio Del Toro are hilarious, as well.

I have read complaints about the “bland” visual style, but I completely disagree. While the style isn’t as vibrant as something like Boogie Nights, it isn’t really supposed to be. Inherent Vice is a completely different beast; it is a comedy. The camerawork isn’t supposed to be extravagant or ostentatious. Plus, Elswit is still fantastic. The muted colors add to the idea that the 60s have ended both literally and figuratively. It’s brilliant!

And that’s true about the whole film. It’s brilliant! It’s definitely an acquired taste, but it’s so delightful. Overall, Inherent Vice is great. You should see it. Now.


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The Two Best Performances of the Year and 2014 in Movies

December 12th, 2014

2014 has been a remarkable year for movies. The year isn’t over yet (Inherent Vice OMG!), but I doubt any film performance is as good as these two. Coincidentally, these two performances are by a man AND a woman! Yay diversity! First off, lets talk about the female performance, Julianne Moore as Alice Howland in Still Alice.


Julianne Moore as Alice Howland in Still Alice


Still Alice tells the story of Dr. Alice Howland, a professor of linguistics at Columbia University, who is diagnosed with early onset alzheimer’s disease at the age of 50. Her struggle and rapid deterioration is captured on screen. The film itself is pretty mediocre; a sappy, visually unimpressive character study. But, what saves the audience from boredom is the always amazing Julianne Moore, who plays the main character. Her performance is so good and so varied, she better be nominated for a ferking oscar and she better ferking win.

The opening scene is Alice on her 50th birthday. She is giving a toast to her family. She is lovely and vibrant. Throughout the first act, she always seems to be the center of light; the ones around her do not have the same positive energy that she encapsulates. But, when she learns of her disease, that energy changes. Her positive and lovely energy is brought down, as she becomes a wreck. She pees her pants, has breakdowns in the middle of the night, and even tries to kill herself. By the end of the film, Alice is so far gone that she can barely talk. She mumbles gibberish to her caretaker daughter, who is played really unimpressively by the always awful Kristen Stewart. Alice’s eyes are dead; you can tell that the true Alice is gone forever. Without Moore’s performance, this would be a boring movie about a really meh character. But Moore portrays a level of realism in Alice, that she seems to be Moore herself. With her remarkable performance, she elevates Still Alice from a boring tearjerker to a tragic tale of love and loss.


Now, let’s move on to the male performance, Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler.


Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler

lou bloom

Nightcrawler tells the story of a driven, yet troubled, misfit who stumbles upon the strange and occasionally sick world of freelance local reporting; selling his often gruesome (and even illegal) tapes of accidents and murders to local news stations for money. That plot sounds interesting, but not as interesting as it actually is. Nightcrawler is one of the most twisted, yet extremely entertaining, films I’ve seen in a very long time. And a lot of that entertainment comes from Jake Gyllenhaal who literally kills it as Lou Bloom.

I’ve read interviews with Gyllenhaal; he says he jogged for 3 hours a day to lose weight and that he aspired to look like a coyote. And you know what? He looks like a coyote. To be honest, Lou Bloom doesn’t do many bad things. But, because of Gyllenhaal’s intensity, you watch him in complete disgust. But, you still watch him, nonetheless.

Gyllenhaal’s eyes are so huge and round, but when compared to the rest of his face, they seem so out of place. A weird mix of innocence, intensity, and insanity are reflected in his eyes; they’re all reflected simultaneously. It’s so strange.

While Nightcrawler is hardly a comedy, I laughed really hard during the movie because I just couldn’t comprehend everything going on. Gyllenhaal does such a good job, you start to question yourself about your own mental state. It’s so strange!!!


As much as I liked Julianne Moore’s performance (and it definitely deserves it’s recognition) Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as Lou Bloom is one of the best of all time. There, I said it. On a side note: Still Alice – 7/10, Nightcrawler – 10/10


Anyway, here are thoughts on other big 2014 movies.


The Grand Budapest Hotel

10/10 One of Wes Anderson’s best. Anderson rebels against the rules and creates a whole different universe to set his kooky tale. It might not be for everyone, but it was definitely for me!

The Lego Movie

9.5/10 One of the shittiest concepts for a movie, but it’s awesome. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

8.5/10 An excellent throwback to 70s blockbusters. The casting of Robert Redford is pitch perfect; I really liked the industrial style. Marvel did it again!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

9/10 Best X-Men movie since the last one, X-Men First Class. This one takes it up a notch because every X-Man and his mom are in this movie. It might be a little overlong, but it’s still quite good.


10/10 Richard Linklater has crafted a unique piece of filmmaking. It’s even more unique than the Before trilogy! The 3 hours go by really fast and everything is extremely realistic. The end is kind of weak, but who cares?

Guardians of the Galaxy

10/10 I haven’t had that much fun at a theater since ever. Marvel is saving the blockbusters and Guardians of the Galaxy is probably my favorite Marvel movie so far, so, yeah. I AM GROOT!


10/10 What sounds like a really stupid drama turns out to be a pulse-pounding thriller. Miles Teller’s a douche, but he gives a really great performance. J.K. Simmons kills it! The veins on his temple are scary!


7.5/10 Meh. The acting is amazing (Keaton is fantastic, Emma Stone kinda sucks). Besides that, it’s really pretentious and anticlimactic. I like the soundtrack.


5/10 Nolan is a hack.


There were a lot of other movies this year, but these are the only ones I really cared about. So, yeah. I can’t wait for Inherent Vice! Full review coming as soon as I get to it!



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Top 10 Favorite Movie Performances

June 12th, 2014

10. Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth, Blue Velvet (1986)

frank booth

9. R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, Full Metal Jacket (1987)


8. George C. Scott as General Buck Turgidson, Dr. Strangelove (1964)


7. Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview, There Will Be Blood (2007)


6. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, The Master (2012)

lancaster dodd

5. Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction (1994)


4. Jack Nicholson as Randle Patrick McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)


3. Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men (2007)


2. Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, The Godfather/The Godfather Part II (1972-1974)


1. Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull (1980)


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The Films of Stanley Kubrick: Ranked!

April 1st, 2014

Ranking the films of the greatest director of all time. Let’s get to it.


13. Fear and Desire (1953)

Kubrick’s first film isn’t really that bad. The camera techniques are very advanced for a debut and the script isn’t terrible either. But, the characters aren’t interesting at all and the acting is bad. I mean IT’S BAD! Paul Mazursky delivers one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen. Overall, the film is impressive on a technical level, but is pretty amateurish and boring. Definitely the weakest of Kubrick’s filmography.

fear and desire

12. Spartacus (1960)

This shouldn’t even be considered a Kubrick movie. Kubrick was hired one week after shooting began, and star/producer Kirk Douglas was the one who wanted to make the film. Kubrick added some touches that definitely improve the movie, but the performances are pretty hammy, even from the great Laurence Olivier. There’s too much time spent on the politics of Greece and not enough about the main plot. Pretty muddled movie, but it has it’s moments.


11. Lolita (1962)

A film that hasn’t aged well. The first half is definitely the best part, with Humbert Humbert internally going mad over Lolita, and Charlotte Haze literally going mad over Humbert Humbert. After that, the movie gets really boring and Sue Lyons isn’t that pretty, plus she can’t act for sh*t. Peter Sellers is fun to watch, but his character’s scenes seem like they’re from a completely different movie. So, it’s a decent movie, but not anything spectacular.


10. Killer’s Kiss (1955)

This is a truly underrated movie. It has a lot of problems; bad acting and writing and such. But, the atmosphere is so mysterious and symbolic. Individual scenes in the film are very interesting and very Kubrick-esque. The boxing scene, the ballet scene, the climax in the warehouse, they’re all creative and intriguing. However, the film as a whole isn’t entirely cohesive. Definitely a movie for completists, but still an interesting one, nonetheless.

killer's kiss

9. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Yeah, so, I used to love this movie. It had a cool first half and the sniper scene was awesome. But, rewatching it now, after several rewatches of Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and other, better war movies, it kind of feels a bit empty. That isn’t to say the boot camp sequence isn’t amazing. It is. R. Lee Ermey and Vincent D’Onofrio should have at least been nominated for an Oscar. However, the second half is attempting at recognizing the surrealism of war by focusing on the realism of war. Only, it doesn’t work as well as it should. The sniper scene is petrifying, but the rest feels really weird. The dialogue is kind of pretentious and the acting isn’t great. Overall, an uneven film with more good than bad, but it’s still got some major issues.

fmj mickey mouse

8. The Killing (1956)

This is the first great movie on the list. I’ve only seen it once, but I think it’s amazing. The script is fantastic and the performances are astonishing. Sterling Hayden, Elisha Cook, and Timothy Carey being the standouts. The narration is a little distracting, but it’s not too distracting. The witty dialogue and creative direction are the highlights; this is an underrated gem from the master himself.

the killing

7. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

A film that has taken me a while to see, but now that I finally have, I can confidently say that it’s a masterpiece. The sex stuff is a little gratuitous, but it’s very effective because it does the impossible by making sex look creepy. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are fantastic in their roles. I had the impression was that they’re performances would be very stiff, as if they were trying to prove that they could act. But, fortunately, that’s not the case. Anyway, an emotional experience with a tense atmosphere, it’s a great movie for Kubrick to go out on.

eyes wide shut

6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

What a surprise to see this so low! I know, but while I don’t think it’s as good as  I originally thought, I still love it for the awesomeness it is. It’s a very theatrical movie with a lot of camp. While the rape is horrific, it’s even more horrific when you realize that it’s being treated as an afterthought. It’s Kubrick’s f*cked up, pitch black humor that actually works to the tone’s advantage. As I’ve said before, the message is very well portrayed and McDowell’s performance is astounding. Not much else to say accept, “I was cured alright!”


5. The Shining (1980)

Possibly, the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to say because I’m easily excitable, but this one keeps me up for days! The film’s brilliance is in the subtlety of the creepiness. For example, if you watch closely, the Overlook Hotel’s overall layout is entirely inconsistent, leaving the viewer with an uneasy feeling whenever a character is alone in the hotel. Also, a lot of people complain about Jack Nicholson’s performance in the film as being too crazy or psychotic, but I think it’s perfect. The film portrays him as a deeply troubled man with a struggle between work and family, and this job as undertaker causes him to finally snap. Anyway, a great film with thrilling scares. Just don’t go into Room 237.


4. Barry Lyndon (1975)

A beautiful film. That’s really all I have to say. The arch of Redmond Barry isn’t really an arch at all. He’s a spoiled, needy brat who becomes a RICH spoiled, needy brat. This makes his character all the more interesting and realistic. Every shot looks like a painting. Ryan O’Neal is surprisingly amazing as Barry, as is Marisa Berenson. What to say, but another underrated one.

barry lyndon

3. Paths of Glory (1957)

Shocking, I know. It’s still in my top 10, but I think the top 2 are better. Only slightly. This movie deserves a lot of credit because it was the film that got me into making movies in the first place. The camera work is brilliant, the script is very well written, the acting is powerful, but Kubrick’s direction is the most amazing part. The overall dark tone really foreshadows the perfectionist’s future projects (Dr. Strangelove, Clockwork Orange, etc.) What else to say, but it’s a superb film that every film buff must see.

paths of glory

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Another shocker. Every time I see it, it keeps on blowing me away. The visuals, the music, the direction, everything is great. It’s interesting that no one talks about how great the script is, but it’s arguably the greatest thing about the film. Then again, everything is the greatest thing about the film. I adore this movie and can now fully appreciate everything it has to offer. A true masterwork! 2001 monolith

1. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb (1964)

The best satire ever, the best Kubrick movie, the best comedy, the best war movie, the best sci fi movie, and definitely one of the best movies of all time. Peter Sellers is great in all three of his roles. He’s so goofy, but he has a certain subtlety that makes it even more hilarious. George C. Scott as Buck Turgedson is one of the best screen performances of all time. It’s amazing that Kubrick actually convinced Scott that the takes he was using  were “outtakes.” It’s shocking. While the subject matter is definitely dated, the film is still as funny today as it was back 50 years ago. Happy birthday Dr. Strangelove!

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So those are my rankings for Kubrick’s full 13 feature filmography. All I can say is that this man is truly extraordinary. I love him and his films, he is the greatest filmmaker of all time. Bravo, Stan!

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RIP Harold Ramis

February 24th, 2014

What’s up with two deaths of awesome people in the same damn month? WTF? Anyway, Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler) died today at 69. It’s a pretty shocking and saddening loss, considering it’s one of the greatest comedy writers ever. Please keep him in your thoughts, and remember, DON’T CROSS THE STREAMS!

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