I haven’t been on Facebook much at all lately but there was something that caught my eye on the site a couple of weeks ago – some people were posting a list of their favorite movies by the year the movie came out, beginning with their birth year and ending with 2016. For example, it doesn’t mean that you must have watched a movie in that year, but that a movie that makes your list must have come out that year. Makes sense? Good.
I needed to come up with my own list, obviously. I actually came up with it soon after I noticed it but didn’t get a chance to post. I know then that I’m really late on this and that this was sooo a couple of weeks ago but I wrote up the list already, dagnabbit, and I need to post it now.
But, I have to first tell you all about the process of coming up with this list because it was not as straightforward as I thought it would be.
Some choices were easy. I call Donnie Darko my favorite movie so it automatically made it on the list, claiming the year (2001) that it came out. If I made the effort to own a Criterion Collection Blu Ray edition of a movie that I can quote from, that movie automatically made the list too. Hi, Bottle Rocket! The movie that broke me when I saw it because it’s probably the saddest movie I’ve ever seen? Welcome to the list, Grave of the Fireflies.
Some other choices were not as easy. Even though Donnie Darko made it on the list with no problem, it pained me to see that Waking Life was from the same year. That movie made me think and every time I see it, I get something new out of it. It also introduced me to the works of Philip K. Dick, who one of the characters mentions. Any other year, Waking Life would have made the list. But alas, with deep sorrow, I had to leave it off. And then of course, there was this need to put one of my favorite films, Roman Holiday, on the list, realizing after a full second that I was not around when that movie came out (1953). On the other hand, there were years that were tough for me to pick even one movie.
Here are some other choices I had to make:
1990 – Misery or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Great movie based off of a great book or do I go with the nostalgia factors?
1991 – Terminator 2 or Beauty and the Beast? Two completely different movies.
1998 – As I was going through a list, there were several that I could possibly pick but then came across Out of Sight and I knew that was the one. It’s one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen and introduced me to the works of Steven Soderbergh as a director and Elmore Leonard, the author of the book the movie is based on.
2006 – Three of my favorite films are from 2006: The Prestige, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Children of Men. I had to pick one?! Why don’t you just ask me which one of my nieces or nephews I love the most.
2010- I wanted to pick Scott Pilgrim Vs The World but in the end, I had to concede that I liked Inception better.
2012 – I first wanted to pick Looper but then remembered Safety Not Guaranteed. I absolutely loved this movie when I watched it in the theater and tried to get others to watch it as well. Such a good movie.
2014 – So many great movies that it’s not fair to have to pick just one. Days of Future Past? My favorite X-Men film. Captain America: Winter Solider? Not only a great superhero movie, but a great flick overall. But in the end, I had to go with Boyhood.
2016 – A tough choice for me. Arrival vs La La Land. Arrival was brilliant. But, there was just something about La La Land…
And now, without any further wait, the list of movies I picked out from every year since I was born.
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan
1983 Return of the Jedi
1985 Back to the Future
1986 Stand By Me
1987 Princess Bride
1988 Grave of the Fireflies
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1991 Terminator 2
1992 Malcolm X
1993 Sleepless in Seattle
1994 Shawshank Redemption
1995 Before Sunrise
1996 Bottle Rocket
1997 The Fifth Element
1998 Out of Sight
1999 The Matrix
2001 Donnie Darko
2002 About a Boy
2003 Kill Bill Volume 1
2004 Before Sunset
2005 Pride and Prejudice
2006 The Prestige
2008 The Dark Knight
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
2011 X-Men: First Class
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed
2016 La La Land