A Favorite Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive (Part III)


A Favorite Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive (Part I) brought you from the year of my birth to 1988,  A Favorite Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive (Part II) covered 1989 to 2004, and today I am going to bring it up to the present day.

2005. 49 Up

I should note that I love the entire Up Series, but 2005 was the year that I binged Seven Up to 42 Up on DVD and then went to see 49 Up in in the cinema.

Honorable mentions:

2006. Pan’s Labyrinth

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2007. Chop Shop

2008. My Winnipeg

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2009. The Secret of Kells

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2010. Toy Story 3

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2011. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

2012. Brave

Honorable mention:

2013. 12 Years a Slave

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2014. Virunga

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2015. The Big Short

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2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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2016. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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2018. Eighth Grade

2019. The Farewell

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2020. Wolfwalkers

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2021 (so far). In the Heights

Honorable mentions:

  • Minari
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

 

Thoughts on doing this project:

  • some years have far better movies than others. I think some of my favorite movies of the year might not make it to honorable mentions in other years.
  • there are still a lot of movies I haven’t seen that may make this list in the future.
  • revisiting old movies might make me reevaluate whether they still belong on this list or if they were unfairly excluded.
  • but this is a little snapshot of my favorite movie from each year I’ve been alive as of the summer of 2021!

A Favorite Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive (Part II)


A Favorite Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive (Part I) brought you from the year of my birth to 1988.  Today we’ll continue with another 16 years of my favorite movies.

1989. Do the Right Thing

Honorable mentions:

1990. Paris Is Burning

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1991. Delicatessen

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1992. The Crying Game

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1993. Tales of the City

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1994. The Lion King

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1995. Toy Story

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1996. When We Were Kings

Honorable mentions:

  • Fargo
  • Trainspotting

1997. Good Will Hunting

1998. Next Stop Wonderland

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1999. Genghis Blues

Honorable mentions:

  • Beau Travail
  • 42 Up
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Outside Providence

2000. Best in Show

Honorable mentions:

2001. Donnie Darko

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2002. Lilo & Stitch

Honorable mentions:

  • Amelie
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Gigantic (A Tale Of Two Johns)
  • Lost in La Mancha

2003. Finding Nemo

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2004. Mean Girls

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Stay tuned for the third and final part.  Well, hopefully not final.  Just bringing it up to the present year.

A Favorite Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive (Part I)


I saw this post from The Confusing Middle about listing a favorite movie for every year since birth.  I’m working on putting together a list of favorite movies of all-time that I hope to publish next year.  But since I had nothing else ready to post for today, I thought this would be fun exercise. So hop in your time machine to 1973 where we will begin, A Favorite Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive

1973. The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Runners up:

1974. Young Frankenstein

1975. Jaws

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1976. Harlan County, U.S.A.

Runner up:

1977. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Runners up:

1978. The Last Waltz

Runners up:

  • Superman

1979. The Muppet Movie

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1980. The Empire Strikes Back

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1981. Raiders of the Lost Ark

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1982. Sophie’s Choice

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1983. The Right Stuff

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1984. Stop Making Sense

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1985. Back to the Future

Runners up:

  • Real Genius
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Better Off Dead…
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Brazil

1986. The Mission

Runners up:

1987. The Princess Bride

Runners up:

  • Hope & Glory
  • Withnail & I

1988. Grave of the Fireflies

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Classic Movie Project II Update


Back in September, I set myself the goal of watching and reviewing every film that appeared on one or more of three prestigious lists: one from the United States, one from Great Britain, and one from France.  There are 219 movies in total and at the time I started the project, I had reviewed only 73 of them.  Now I’m up to 160!

You can track my progress here:

I’ve been posting 3-4 and I watched 20 in April for the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  But I’m reaching a point where I’m running out of movies that are available on streaming services I subscribe to.  Some of the movies are available from services I don’t subscribe to – such as HBO Max and Criterion Channel – or I can rent them online, but I need to save money.  So I’m going to pare down my Classic Movie reviews to one time a week published on Sundays.  And I’ll most likely rent them from my local video store or – gasp – see some in a movie theater (thank you COVID vaccination!).

But fear not, I will watch and review plenty of movies not on this list and perhaps some of them will be classic films in their own right.

Here’s my list of films remaining for Classic Movie Project II:

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
All the President’s Men 1976
America, America 1963
Annie Hall 1977
Apocalypse Now 1979
Band Wagon, The 1953
Ben-Hur 1959
Cabaret 1972
Colour of Pomegranates, The 1968
Confessions of a Cheat (Le Roman d’un tricheur) 1936
Easy Rider 1969
French Connection, The 1971
Gertrud 1964
Golden Helmet (Casque d’or) 1952
Gone With the Wind 1939
Graduate, The 1967
Imitation of Life 1959
La Grande Illusion 1937
Laura 1944
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
Le Jour se lève 1939
Le Mepris 1963
Leopard, The 1963
Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948
Magnificent Amberson, The 1942
Maman et la Putain 1973
Manhattan 1979
MASH 1970
Monsieur Verdoux 1947
Moonfleet 1955
Mullholland Drive 2001
Nashville 1975
On The Waterfront 1954
Once Upon a Time in America 1984
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975
Ordet 1955
Pierrot le Fou 1965
Scarface 1932
Senso 1954
Shoah 1985
Some Came Running 1958
Spartacus 1960
Star Is Born, A 1954
Talk to Her 2002
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
Touch of Evil 1958
Wild Bunch, The 1969
Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942

 

2021 A to Z Challenge: Reflections


This year I did a quick and dirty A to Z Challenge.  At the last minute, I figured that if I was watching a bunch of movies for my personal Classic Movie Project II then I could watch movies in alphabetical order. And so I did.

My A to Z Challenges from previous years:

Thanks to everyone who read and commented on my posts, and I hope you stick around!

Fourteen Candles


My blog, paraphrasing Samantha Baker from the John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles, to me:

“You fucking forgot my birthday!”

It’s true. This blog turned 14 on December 4, 2020. And I completely failed to commemorate in the usual style. Sorry, blog.

I don’t have much to say in reflection other than to marvel that 14 years is a long time for me to consistently do anything. I think the only things that surpass me are working on this blog are 1) my marriage to Susan (15 years), and 2) my employment at the same library, albeit not in the same job (20 years).

So congratulations Panorama of the Mountains for being a consistent part of my life for an extraordinary time!

Previously:

25 Years Ago Today: I Graduate From College


On May 14, 1995, I completed four years of undergraduate education at the College of William & Mary in Virginia (that is its official name).  In many ways, it feels like yesterday as the years since I went to college have gone by much faster than the years leading up to college.  And yet, I also feel that I have changed quite a bit in the intervening years.

Me with W&M icon Ernestine Jackson.

I was so anxious then but more confident in myself now.  Conversely, I was more social then but much more comfortable spending time alone now.  Even when it comes to learning, I look back and am appalled at how slapdash I was in studying and research. And yet I learned things at the time that I could expound upon at length, that I can’t remember anything about now. Oh, and that whole thing about getting more conservative as you get older? Not true.  I’ve moved much farther to the Left as I’ve become increasingly cognizant of the woes of the world.

A very wet but memorable procession across campus.

Anyhow, here is what I remember about that Sunday (which was also Mother’s Day) when I officially became a college graduate:

  • It rained.  On the traditional walk across campus from the William & Mary’s historic Wren Building to the William & Mary Hall arena, the heavens unleashed a deluge of biblical proportions.  Graduation gowns provide absolutely no protection from the rain.
  • We were warned about increased security because of our commencement speaker (see below), but no one really checked us at all.
  • Former President George Bush spoke.  I’ve always been grateful that he kept his remarks short, not least because it was uncomfortable sitting in damp robes.  He mentioned “a kinder, gentler nation” and “a thousand points of light,” castigated the NRA (to great cheers, even in Virginia), and told a joke about a long commencement speech at Yale. In this yarn the speaker expounded on a word starting with each letter in YALE for 30 minutes each.  The punchline is a student praying to “thank God I didn’t go to The College of William & Mary in Virginia).
  • After the main ceremony, we went to the diploma ceremonies hosted by each discipline. I double-majored, and chose to receive my diploma at the English department ceremony rather than History (I can’t remember why, but it was a good choice, because my friend who went to History said they bungled the ceremony).
  • My mother hosted a reception for friends and families.  My sister had too much punch and introduced herself as my brother.

And that’s about all I can remember about that day. I was a college graduate.  Four months later I started working as an historical interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg. Three years later I moved to Boston.  Five years later I started working in a library.  Nine years later I received a master’s degree in Library and Information Science.  Ten years later I got married.  Twelve years later I became a Dad.  Sixteen years later I had two kids.  And now, here we are twenty-five years later!

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Baker’s Dozen (13 Years of Panorama of the Mountains)


Hey, did you like how this blog turned into a Movie Review blog?  Thirteen years ago, I decided to start a blog but couldn’t figure out a topic to focus on.  Hence the name “Panorama.”

3,456 posts later and this blog still has no focus.  I’ve gone through trends where I posted a lot about librarianship, Catholic saints, links of the day, photographs, routine baseball updates, so very many book reviews, so many memes, beer, travelogues, so many podcasts, favorite albums of all time, favorite books of all time, favorite songs by year, my efforts to watch more soccer, A to Z Challenges, biking and transit issues, public school activism, and some general navel gazing.

I’m not sure if this blog is ever going to have a point, but I do enjoy taking the time to write in it whatever the topic that comes to mind. I’ve never been sure who, if anyone, is really reading this blog.  There are of course viewership states from WordPress, and sometimes I find my blog mentioned in odd places, such as a citation for a Wikepedia article (which is weird!).  But if you’re out there and reading this and at any time found Panorama of the Mountains interesting or helpful, I thank you!

13 years down, and it looks like I will keep blogging until I run out of things to write about.

Previously:

46


46 years ago yesterday, President Richard Nixon delivered what became known as his “I am not a crook” speech.  This went down as a key moment in the downfall of his presidency, and Nixon would resign less than 9 months later.

There are a couple of things that fascinates me about this historical event.  One, it took place at Walt Disney World, specifically the Contemporary Resort where the monorail passes through, which strikes me as a strange place for a president to deny his crimes.  Two, on a more personal level, I was born the next day so the headlines of the newspapers on the day I was born were all about the “I am not a crook” speech.

Here’s a couple of examples from New York Newsday and the New York Times:

 

After looking back to a highly-relevant past, I also look towards the future.  I have high hopes for 46 in more ways than one.

As always, happy birthday to my November 18th fam: Mickey Mouse, Steven Moffat, David Ortiz, and Chloë Sevigny!

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Every Movie I’ve Ever Watched*


Several years ago I made a list of Every Book I’ve Ever Read and since then I’ve used both this blog and LibraryThing to keep track of my reading history.  I got to thinking recently that I’d also like to have a list of Every Movie I’ve Ever Watched.  I sought out an app similar to LibraryThing for movies and the best I could find is Trakt, which did the job, but it’s not very user friendly so I can’t recommend it.

Nevertheless, I have a list of 1483 movies and counting.  The asterisk is there because I’m certain I’ve forgotten many movies I watched in the distant past.  The list is also embarrassing because in my teens and twenties I had both insomnia and cable tv, meaning I watched lots of baaaaaaaaad movies.   On the other hand there are numerous all-time classic movies I’ve never seen, so I’m making an effort to watch some great movies from the 1920s to present that I’ve missed.  I will start posting my Classic Movie Reviews on August 1. If there’s a movie you think I should watch, let me know in the comments.