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A half-life in film

March 27th, 2017

There’s a new Twitter meme making the rounds where folks pick a favorite movie from each year of their life. Such a list would be unwieldy enough for a millennial kid, never mind someone with as many miles as I have on the ol’ temporal odometer. I made it about a decade in before realizing it might as well be a blog post…

….or a lazy, facile excuse for one, which is right up my alley.

So here you go:

1972: Dr. Phibes Rises Again
1973: American Graffiti
1974: Phantom of the Paradise
1975: The Giant Spider Invasion
1976: Carrie
1977: Smokey and the Bandit
1978: National Lampoon’s Animal House
1979: The Jerk
1980: The Blues Brothers
1981: An American Werewolf in London
1982: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1983: Valley Girl
1984: Repo Man
1985: Real Genius
1986: Big Trouble in Little China
1987: Withnail and I
1988: Heathers
1989: Glory
1990: Edward Scissorhands
1991: Beauty and the Beast
1992: Singles
1993: So I Married an Axe Murderer
1994: Ed Wood
1995: Empire Records
1996: The Long Kiss Goodnight
1997: Grosse Pointe Blank
1998: Can’t Hardly Wait
1999: Galaxy Quest
2000: Battle Royale
2001: Josie and the Pussycats
2002: 28 Days Later
2003: Lost in Translation
2004: Shaun of the Dead
2005: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
2006: Casino Royale
2007: Hot Fuzz
2008: Iron Man
2009: Up
2010: Tangled
2011: Captain America: The First Avenger
2012: Moonrise Kingdom
2013: Pacific Rim
2014: Guardians of the Galaxy
2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
2016: Keanu
2017: TBD

The original meme specified “favorites” and that’s exactly what I’ve listed. These aren’t films I use to flaunt my rarefied tastes, but ones I will willingly sit through if they turn up on cable or throw into the DVD player if I don’t feel like playing videogames or reading. Several of these — especially towards the tail end — are default selections. I was never much of a moviegoer to begin with and have been even less so over the past decade. Also, the whole retro thing tends to keep me out of the loop when it comes to anything on this side of Y2K.

That said, there’s nothing on there I’m particularly ashamed of…really. And, yes, if given the choice I would rather watch Smokey and The Bandit than the original Star Wars.

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5 Responses to “A half-life in film”

  1. Mike Podgor

    These are all very good choices.

  2. EAG46

    If I had to make that list, odds are a lot of those slots would be blank. But you have some very fine choices indeed.

  3. Jeff

    This is a great list. I’m kicking myself for not putting Heathers or Empire Records on mine.

  4. Sallyp

    I have to admit…a lot of these are really really good.

  5. DensityDuck

    “Real Genius” is surprisingly under-hyped these days. Particularly when you consider that we are actually doing the things they do in the movie…although, as Mythbusters proved, the popcorn thing would never actually work.

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