344. All That Jazz

Movie: All That Jazz Release Date: December 20, 1979 Director: Bob Fosse Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Anne Reinking, Leland Palmer, Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen ‘All That Jazz’ was released in theaters in late 1979. I was eight years old at the time and had no knowledge of the film, Bob Fosse or any of…

361. Mississippi Burning

Movie: Mississippi Burning Release Date: December 9, 1988 Director: Alan Parker Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand Nominated for seven Academy Awards, eventually winning one for Best Cinematography, ‘Mississippi Burning’ was well received by critics despite some controversies surrounding its release. At that time, although I was familiar with the movie thanks to my…

362. La La Land

Movie: La La Land Release Date: December 9, 2016 Director: Damien Chazelle Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, J.K. Simmons “I hate jazz.” “What do you mean you hate jazz?” “It just means that when I listen to it, I don’t like it.” ‘La La Land’ wasn’t released until late…

381. Lincoln

Movie: Lincoln Release Date: November 16, 2012 Director: Steven Spielberg Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones If there is one thing you learned from my 365 Day Movie Challenge in 2020 (hopefully you learned more than one thing) was my love and adoration for Steven…

382. The Social Network

Movie: The Social Network Release Date: October 1, 2010 Director: David Fincher Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella David Fincher is one of my favorite contemporary directors. If you followed my 365 Movie Day Challenge in 2020, where he had four feature films represented (‘Zodiac,’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin…

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….