400 Movies You Should Watch Before You Die

While working on the Academy Award Best Picture Movie Challenge, I referenced my 365 Movie Day Challenge I completed in 2020 quite a bit. For those of you unfamiliar with that challenge, basically I watched my 365 favorite and most influential movies over the course of a year (one a day) and wrote a little…

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Movie: Everything Everywhere All at Once Release Date: March 25, 2022 Director: Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinhert) Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8 Oscars out of 10 Weird. Odd. Quirky. Frenetic. Bizarre. Genius. These are just…

Academy Award Best Picture Ranking

¬† Now that I have completed my Academy Award Best Picture Movie Challenge, here is how I would rank the films from least favorite to absolute favorite. 95. Cimarron 94. The Broadway Melody 93. The Greatest Show on Earth 92. Around the World in 80 Days 91. Gone with the Wind 90. Slumdog Millionaire 89….

CODA

Movie: CODA Release Date: August 13, 2021 Director: Sian Heder Starring: Emilia Jones, Eugenia Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, Marlee Matlin Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8.5 Oscars out of 10 Charming, funny, poignant, emotional were just a few words that came to mind after watching ‘CODA’ for the first time back in…

Nomadland

Movie: Nomadland Release Date: February 19, 2021 Director: Chlo√© Zhao Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 4.75 Oscars out of 10 ‘Nomadland’ was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning three including Best Picture. It had some other remarkable accomplishments as far as the Oscars are concerned as well….

Parasite

Movie: Parasite Release Date: October 11, 2019 Director: Bong Joon-ho Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 9 Oscars out of 10 It’s a rare occasion when a Foreign or International film gets an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It’s even more rare…

Green Book

Movie: Green Book Release Date: November 16, 2018 Director: Peter Farrelly Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 7.75 Oscars out of 10 ‘Green Book’ was released in late 2018 and received mostly positive reviews from critics. The film was especially lauded for its acting. Both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala…

The Shape of Water

Movie: The Shape of Water Release Date: December 22, 2017 Director: Guiellermo del Toro Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8 Oscars out of 10 ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ was the only fantasy movie to win Best…

Moonlight

Movie: Moonlight Release Date: October 21, 2016 Director: Barry Jenkins Starring: Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 8 Oscars out of 10 ‘Moonlight’ is based on the semi-autobiographical play by Tarell Alvin McCraney called ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.’ Its adaptation…

Spotlight

Movie: Spotlight Release Date: November 6, 2015 Director: Tom McCarthy Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci Personal History: Watched Before Rating: 9 Oscars out of 10 Released in late 2015, ‘Spotlight’ was critically acclaimed and instantly named one of the best films of that year. It received numerous…