Best of 2014


The list so far:

1. Interstellar (100, Christopher Nolan)
2. The Guest (100, Adam Wingard)
3. Birdman (98, Alejandro González Iñárritu )
4. Whiplash (98, Damien Chazelle)
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (97, Wes Anderson)
6. Godzilla (97, Gareth Edwards)
7. Only Lovers Left Alive (95, Jim Jarmusch)
8. Selma (95, Ava DuVernay)
9. Blue Ruin (95, Jeremy Saulnier)
10. Cold In July (95, Jim Mickle)

Movie Log 2014


Time to do it again:

January:


1. Dressed To Kill (1980, De Palma)-92, Netflix Instant Viewing
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013, Jackson)-91, Theater Viewing
3. Hard Eight (1996, Anderson)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013, Scorsese)-100, Theater Viewing
5. Frankenstein Created Women (1967, Fisher)-84, Netflix
6. We’re The Millers (2013, Thurber)-76, RedBox
7. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Powell and Pressburger)-100, Criterion
8. Rodan (1956, Honda)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
9. The Dictator (2012, Charles)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
10. 48 Hrs. (1982, Hill)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
11. Down Terrace (2009, Wheatley)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie Of The Month: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Powell and Pressburger)-100, Criterion

February:


12. Another 48 Hrs. (1990, Hill)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing
13. The Lego Movie (2014, Miller and Lord)-93, Theater
14. Sightseers (2012, Wheatley)- 93, Netflix Instant Viewing
15. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, Scott)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
16. The Abominable Snowman (1957, Guest)-60, Netflix
17. Big Fish (2003, Burton)-95, Public Library

Movie of the Month: Big Fish (2003, Burton)-95, Public Library

March:


18. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994, Landis)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing
19. Edge of Darkness (1985, Campbell)-97, Public Library
20. Laura (1944, Preminger)-95, Public Library
21. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992, Lynch)-94, Netflix
22. Clay Pigeons (1998, Dobkin)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
23. The United States of Leland (2003, Ryan Hoge)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
24. Heathers (1989, Lehmann)-92, Netflix Instant Viewing
25. Night Creatures (1962, Graham Scott)-77, Netflix
26. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964, Francis)-61, Netflix
27. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976, Ross)-95, Public Library
28. Wall Street (1987, Stone)-100, DVD
29. Parker (2013, Hackford)-65, Netflix Instant Viewing
30. Night On Earth (1991, Jarmusch)-98, Criterion, Public Library
31. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958, Fisher)-93, Netflix
32. American Hustle (2013, Russell)-95, RedBox

Movie of the Month: Wall Street (1987, Stone)-100, DVD

April:


33. The Stranglers of Bombay (1959, Fisher)-82, Netflix
34. The Terror of the Tongs (1961, Bushell)-62, Netflix
35. Stand Up Guys (2013, Fisher)-84, Netflix Instant Viewing
36. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959, Fisher)-83, Netflix
37. The Phantom of the Opera (1962, Fisher)-75, Netlix
38. Paranoiac (1963, Francis)-70, Netflix
39. Bad Company (1972, Benton)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
40. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, Levine)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
41. (1963, Fellini)-100, Criterion
42. The Snorkel (1958, Green)-45, Netflix
43. Maniac (1963, Carreras)-87, Netflix
44. The Lair Of The White Worm (1988, Russell)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
45. Midnight Run (1988, Brest)-92, Public Library
46. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, Anderson))-97, Theater Viewing

Movie of the Month: (1963, Fellini)-100, Criterion

May:


47. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964, Carreras)-83, Netflix
48. Rashomon (1950, Kurosawa)-100, Public Library/Criterion
49. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960, Fisher)-85, Netflix
50. Argo (2012, Affleck)-94, Public Library
51. Amadeus (1984, Forman)-99, Public Library
52. Youth of the Beast (1963, Suzuki)-93, Public Library
53. Godzilla Raids Again (1955, Oda)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
54. Godzilla vs Mothra (1964, Honda)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
55. Attack of the Puppet People (1958, Gordon)-60, YouTube
56. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014, Singer)-93, Theater

Movie of the Month: Rashomon (1950, Kurosawa)-100, Public Library/Criterion

June:


57. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964, Honda)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
58. Time Bandits (1981, Gilliam)-87, Public Library
59. The Reptile (1966, Gilling)-75, Netflix
60. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014, Russo Brothers)-94, Theater Viewing
61. Insomnia (1997, Skjoldbjærg)-95, Public Library/Criterion
62. The Earth Dies Screaming (1965, Fisher)-80, Netflix
63. The Way of the Dragon (1972, Lee)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
64. Felicia’s Journey (1999, Egoyan)-90, Public Library

Movie of the Month: Insomnia (1997, Skjoldbjærg)-95, Public Library/Criterion

July:


65. Johnny Mnemonic (1995, Longo)-84, Netflix Instant Viewing
66. Heavy Metal (1981, Potterton, Murakami)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
67. Swashbuckler (1976, Goldstone)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing
68. Godzilla (2014, Edwards)-97, Theater Viewing
69. The Witches (1966, Frankel)-60, Netflix
70. The Stand (1994, Garris)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
71. Nick of Time (1995, Badham)-52, CW TV
72. Oldboy (2003, Park)-98, Netflix Instant Viewing
73. Trigun: Badlands Rumble (2010, Nishimura)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
74. The Mummy’s Shroud (1967, Gilling)-81, Netflix
75. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013, Wirkola)-55, Netflix Instant Viewing
76. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968, Francis)-84, Netflix
77. Zombie (1979, Fulci)-93, Public Library
78. Phantasm II (1988, Coscarelli)-90, Public Library

Movie of the Month: Oldboy (2003, Park)-98, Netflix Instant Viewing

August:


79. Edge of Tomorrow (2014, Liman)-91, Theater Viewing
80. Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965, Yuasa)-30, Netflix Instant Viewing
81. The Touch of Satan (1971, Henderson)-9, Netflix Instant Viewing
82. Soultaker (1990, Rissi)-9, Netflix Instant Viewing
83. Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965, Honda)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing
84. A Field In England (2013, Wheatley)-94, Public Library
85. Phantoms (1998, Chappelle)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
86. The Birdcage (1996, Nichols)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
87. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969, Fisher)-87, Netflix
88. Tales From The Crypt (1972, Francis)-88, Public Library
89. The Vault of Horror (1973, Baker)-84, Public Library
90. Taste The Blood of Dracula (1970, Sasdy)-54, Public Library
91. A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989, Hopkins)-78, Public Library
92. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991, Talalay)-30, Public Library
93. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014, Bay)-79, Theater Viewing
94. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994, Craven)-87, Public Library
Movie of the Month: A Field In England (2013, Wheatley)-94, Public Library

September:

95. Body Bags (1993, Carpenter, Hooper, Sulkis)-86, Public Library
96. The Ninth Gate (1999, Polanski)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
97. Red State (2011, Smith)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
98. Crimewave (1985, Raimi)-84, Public Library
99. V/H/S/2 (2013, Sánchez, Barrett, Eisener, Hale)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
100. Perfect Blue (1998, Kon)-95, Public Library
101. Ravenous (1999, Griffin)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
102. Opera (1987, Argento)-90, YouTube
103. Phenomena (1985, Argento)-87, YouTube
104. Hard Rain (1998, Salomon)-78, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: Perfect Blue (1998, Kon)-95, Public Library

October:


105. Night Of The Demons (1988, Tenney)-78, Public Library
106. Below (2002, Twohy)-82, Netflix Instant Viewing
107. Big Ass Spider (2013, Mendez)-65, Netflix Instant Viewing
108. Dead Heat (1988, Black)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
109. Bad Lieutenant (1992, Ferrera)-93, Netflix
110. Orca: The Killer Whale (1977, Anderson)-50, Netflix Instant Viewing
111. The Innocents (1961, Clayton)-95, Netflix
112. Grabbers (2012, Wright)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
113. Wishmaster (1997, Kurtzman)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
114. Nightmare City (1980, Lenzi)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
115. Child’s Play (1988, Holland)-90, Netflix
116. Candyman (1992, Rose)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
117. Humanoids of the Deep (1980, Peters)-67, Netflix Instant Viewing
118. Dust Devil (1992, Stanley)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
119. Prom Night (1980, Lynch)-84, Netflix
120. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964, Steckler)-6, Netflix Instant Viewing
121. Black Sabbath (1963, Bava)-92, Netflix Instant Viewing
122. Visiting Hours (1982, Lord)-64, Netflix Instant Viewing
123. The Wicker Man (1973, Hardy)-95, Netflix
124. Halloween: Resurrection (2002, Rosenthal)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing
125. Event Horizon (1997, Anderson)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: The Innocents (1961, Clayton)-95, Netflix

November:

126. You’re Next (2013, Wingard)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
127. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, Gunn)-93, Theater Viewing
128. Silver Linings Playbook (2012, Russell)-92, Netflix Instant Viewing
129. Gamera vs. Guiron (1969, Yuasa)-53, Netflix Instant Viewing
130. Tombstone (1993, Cosmantos)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing
131. Out of the Furnace (2013, Cooper)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
132. The Beginning of the End (1957, Gordon)-30, Netflix Instant Viewing
133. Blue Ruin (2013, Saulnier)-95, Netflix Instant Viewing, Netflix Instant Viewing
134. Strange Days (1995, Bigelow)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing
135. Godzilla’s Revenge (1969, Honda)-48, Netflix Instant Viewing
136. Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975, Honda)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
137. Devil Fish (1984, Bava)-35, Netflix Instant Viewing
138. Horrible Bosses 2 (2014, Anders)-85, Theater
139. Sex Tape (2014, Kasdan)-73, DVD
140. Police Academy (1984, Wilson)-87, DVD

Movie of the Month: Strange Days (1995, Bigelow)-96, Netflix Instant Viewing

December:

141. Birdman (2014, Iñárritu)-98, Theater
142. Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971, Holt)-54, Netflix
143. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972, Gibson)-77, Netflix
144. The Toxic Avenger (1984, Kaufman)-90, DVD
145. Gone Girl (2014, Fincher)-93, Theater
146. The Yards (2000, Gray)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
147. The Visitor (1979, Paradisi)-73, DVD
148. My Darling Clementine (1946, Ford)-95, Criterion DVD
149. Warrior of the Lost World (1983, Worth)-10, Netlix Instant Viewing
150. Safety Last (1924)-90, Criterion
151. Gamera vs Baurgon (1966)-35, Netflix Instant Viewing
152. Little Odessa (1994, Gray)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
153. The Atomic Brain (1964)
154. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993, Allen)-93, Public Library
155. Thief (1981, Mann)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
156. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Keaton)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
157. Seven Chances (1925, Keaton)-93, Netflix Instant Viewing
158. Batman Forever (1995, Schumacher)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
159. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974, Baker)-77, Netflix
160. The Iceman (2012, Vromen)-84, Netflix Instant Viewing
161. The Crying Game (1992, Jordan)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing
162. The Internship (2013, Levy)-83, DVD
163. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, Columbus)-50, ABC Family
164. The Hobbit Part 3: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014, Jackson)-85, Theater
165. Jubal (1956, Daves)-92, Criterion
166. Judex (1963, Franju)-90, Criterion
167. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, Hellman)-93, Criterion
168. Wild (2014)-95, Theater
169. Let The Fire Burn (2013)-98, Netflix Instant Viewing

Movie of the Month: Sherlock Jr. (1924, Keaton)-100, Netflix Instant Viewing

Top 20 Horror Films of the 2000s Presents: Monsters (2010)


5.    Monsters (2010, Gareth Edward)

As much a love story as it is a monster movie, Monsters is a tender and moving film, one that is a classic journey story with a twist: a photojournalist and the woman he has been hired to bring back to the states are forced to trek through a Mexican wilderness populated by aliens. Creatures that descended from the sky a couple years prior, taking over the country and forcing the government to enact quarantine areas in an attempt to contain a menace they do not understand.

Andrew and Samantha are two different people, and and such do not get along. She doesn’t understand his job, he likes her but cannot seem to connect with her on any level. The fact that this film was made on a low budget is rather impressive, and that rests not only on the freaky looking aliens but also the two leads, who help carry the movie and give you enough reason to care about them. All great or good monster films rest on that concept, the idea that people are experiencing an unreal nightmare and are forced to deal with that nightmare: that a beast from who knows where has invaded their lives, impacting their ability to survive.

Plus I loved the shots of the Mexican countryside: the beauty of nature juxtaposed with the often constant danger of the aliens, the slowly growing connection between Sam and Andrew, the realization from both that maybe their lives could have greater meaning. Monsters is actually frightening at times, particularly during a night scene with a creature attack straight out of Jurassic Park, and that underlying thought of danger potentially happening is a running theme of the film. I’m glad that the young budding filmmaker Gareth Edwards is directing the new Godzilla film, because he has a clear eye for visuals and has already displayed that he can create a wonderful and yet sad experience in Monsters that left me wanting more.

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