I love movies.
Some of my favorite memories are of staying up until 4 in the morning watching marathons of World War II films and John Wayne westerns. I would make deals with my mom to be allowed to stay up late in exchange for changing the VHS tapes for her when she wanted to watch a long film or BBC mini-series. Growing up a home-schooled kid, about 15 minutes from a theater, I would go to the first 11:30 showings of films several times a year. And when grand film events like The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars came out, I would see them multiple times for the price of a single evening viewing.
If anything, my film viewing has increased in recent years. I’m married to a woman who likes movies almost as much as I do and one of our definitions of a perfect evening is to knock out our writing, then climb into a pile of blankets and pillows on the sofa and watch a movie or two.
Here’s a list of movies I have watched in 2016. I don’t keep this for any particular reason. I just enjoy lists, so I’ll try to keep this list up to date and continue in future years.
Here’s a link to my movie reviews. Some are longer. Some are shorter. I generally review on a 5-point scale:
1 – Terrible. I’m not talking “watch it with friends on a Friday night” bad. We’re talking films that are either poorly made or packed with inexcusably gratuitous content.
2 – Don’t like. These are films that I simply do not like.
3 – Average. These are films which I might like, but don’t think they are necessarily important and could understand someone not enjoying them. Alternatively, these might be movies that I didn’t especially enjoy, but which I recognize to be fairly good.
4 – Good movies. Sure, there might be a flaw or two, or perhaps this is a film that will only appeal to fans of a specific genre, but the movies
5 – Great films. Perhaps they are not for everyone, but movies in this category live up to their own goals.