This list may be half a year over due, but last year's was almost a full year late, so we are making some sort of progress. The reasons for this are various, but mostly boil down to not having enough time to see the same amount of films in a given year, especially enough great ones, but also terrible ones in order to form this list. Now that I have reached at least the mark of 50 films seen in a given year, I can say that the below list of best and worst is a more honest take than whatever else could have been formulated a few months back.
This list is being posted fairly late, but I believe from now on its best to post a list of films from best to worst, once one has seen a fair amount of films from varying genres and styles for the purpose of that given list. Naturally, I personally could never reach the crazy amount of around 500 films a year as my favorite movie critic Roger Ebert would see. As he was doing it professionally and I'm just doing it on my off time. However, if I could get myself at least to the 50-60 film mark in a year than I'm doing something right.
Shamefully this year, I had to post the best and worst films list rather late. As due to the factors of changing job, environment, schedule and so on, didn't make it easy to watch all the films I would have wanted and also with the same ease as before. Nevertheless, with time I accustomed to the new status quo and found different ways of getting back in tune with my love of cinema. Binge watching some of the most mediocre films of the year, going to the theater to see the occasional greatness (The Hateful Eight) and also the usual worthlessness at work. (50 Shades of Grey).
It's that time of year where we decide which films were naughty and which films were nice. And as with most years they were more films that lied in between rather than on the edges of the spectrum.
From all the decades of cinema the 1940's probably started cementing into audiences minds, that film can be a form of art. Pushing the boundaries of technology and not remaining stagnant. Offering audiences real reasons to loving the medium and becoming the number one entertainment choice.
Another year passes by and what can we say? That we've had an overdose of action films, blockbusters, effects driven films, sequels and a butt load of comic book films. Couldn't we say the same thing, for almost every year of the past few..
What makes a good horror film? The amount of blood, scares, suspense, build up, effects or the subject matter? Or is it simply a very good combination of all these elements.
The death of the western, masters of cinema at work and political commentary galore. The 60's couldn't have been better.
This was the year were all fan-boys dreams came true. First "The Avengers" finally came to life and without a hiccup, then the best comic book trilogy to date in "The Dark Knight Trilogy" came to a beautiful close and now comic book films have a definite foothold on the world wide market and with no end in sight. Though, it would be a gross exaggeration to say that superhero films were the only films to capture our love and imagination this year.
With "The Dark Knight Rises" being released on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 4th. I thought it was no better time, than to look back on the Bat trilogy and name out some of the best and some of the worst moments of the Christopher Nolan trilogy.
If you haven't seen any of the films don't bother reading further.