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Walter Kittel

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Some nice choices, I particularly like...

1967. Hombre - A runner up to my 1967 Paul Newman film. (Newman had a great run of roles in the 60s.)
1973. The Friends of Eddie Coyle - Really captures that downbeat '70s malaise. Terrific performances by Mitchum & Jordan.
1992. Hard Boiled - The film really grabbed me with its style and audaciousness.
2001. Frailty- One of those films that surprised me with the direction the tale took. Solid performances.

- Walter.
 

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And thumbs up for Assault On Precinct 13 which was the runner up for 1976 for me.

So many great films that were runner ups on my list that werethisclose to getting the top spot that I'm thinking of going back and putting the runner ups in (parentheses) for those years. But then again ... maybe not.
 

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So many great films that were runner ups on my list that werethisclose to getting the top spot that I'm thinking of going back and putting the runner ups in (parentheses) for those years. But then again ... maybe not.
I know I could pick out some years where the runner-up is a movie that I love more than a number of the movies that 'won' their year.
 

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It took me a few days, but it was a fun exercise. And I realized I really need to seek out more films from the 30s. Outside of the universal horrors, Marx Brothers, Capra and King Kong, I hardly recognized anything on most lists.

Anyways, heres my list

1928. The Cameraman
1929. The Cocoanuts
1930. Animal Crackers
1931. Dracula
1932. The Mummy
1933. King Kong
1934. It Happened One Night
1935. Bride of Frankenstein
1936. The Petrified Forest
1937. Shall We Dance
1938. You Cant Take It With You
1939. Of Mice and Men
1940. Go West
1941. Sullivan's Travels
1942. Casablanca
1943. Phantom of the Opera
1944. Double Indemnity
1945. The 3 Caballeros
1946. My Darling Clementine
1947. Dark Passage
1948. Red River
1949. Criss Cross
1950. The Gunfighter
1951. The Day the Earth Stood Still
1952. Singin' In the Rain
1953. Inferno (3D)
1954. Seven Samurai
1955. Mister Roberts
1956. Jubal
1957. The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
1959. Rio Bravo
1960. Psycho
1961. Yojimbo
1962. Lawrence of Arabia
1963. Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
1964. Robin and the 7 Hoods
1965. The Glory Guys
1966. A Man For All Seasons
1967. Hombre
1968. Planet of the Apes
1969. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1970. Start the Revolution Without Me
1971. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
1972. The Godfather
1973. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
1974. The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3
1975. Jaws
1976. Assault on Precinct 13
1977. Slapshot
1978. Hooper
1979. Life of Brian
1980. The Blues Brothers
1981. Escape From New York
1982. The Thing
1983. Strange Brew
1984. Broadway Danny Rose
1985. Ran
1986. Aliens
1987. Robocop
1988. They Live
1989. Erik the Viking
1990. I Love You to Death
1991. Defending Your Life
1992. Hard Boiled
1993. Hot Shots Part Deux
1994. True Lies
1995. Dead Man
1996. Fly Away Home
1997. The Man Who Knew Too Little
1998. The Impostors
1999. Being John Malkovich
2000. The Way of the Gun
2001. Frailty
2002. Adaptation
2003. LOTR: The Return of the King
2004. Miracle
2005. Zathura
2006. Apocalypto
2007. Walk Hard
2008. Valkyrie
2009. Gentlemen Broncos
2010. Hot Tub Time Machine
2011. MI: Ghost Protocol
2012. The Cabin in the Woods
2013. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014. Bad Words
2015. In the Heart of the Sea
2016. Don't Breathe
2017. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
2018. Ant Man and the Wasp
2019. JoJo Rabbit
2020. The Witches
Nice list.

I did a double take on Erik the Viking. While I'd not pick it as my favorite I *do* like the movie. Based on most reviews I'd guess we're among a very small handful of people who do. Almost every movie you selected prior to 1970 is among my favorites for those years.
 
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I love CHOOSE ME. I wish it was available on Blu Ray or streaming. A good friend at the time was the DP Jan Kiesser. We met when he was a camera operator for Vilmos Zsigmond.
 

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I was surprised to see The Impostors on your list. Honestly, I was beginning to think I was the only person who's ever seen it. I haven't seen it in years but remember enjoying it quite a bit. Time for a revisit. Thanks for taking the time to make up your list.

I was kind of thinking the same thing. I stumbled into it at a showing at the Austin Film Festival and fell in love with it. But I havent met anyone who has actually seen it.

My runner up that year was the Big Lebowski. As much as I love that film, the convoluted plot (albeit intentional, a la the Big Sleep) doesnt come together for a satisfying ending, and the film as a whole seems more like a disjointed collection of odd characters and plots, fun as they are.

But the Impostors is delightful and exuberant throughout, and that conga line ending just exudes joy and always puts a smile on my face.

As you stated earlier favorite and best are slightly different.
 

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I was kind of thinking the same thing. I stumbled into it at a showing at the Austin Film Festival and fell in love with it. But I havent met anyone who has actually seen it.

My runner up that year was the Big Lebowski. As much as I love that film, the convoluted plot (albeit intentional, a la the Big Sleep) doesnt come together for a satisfying ending, and the film as a whole seems more like a disjointed collection of odd characters and plots, fun as they are.

But the Impostors is delightful and exuberant throughout, and that conga line ending just exudes joy and always puts a smile on my face.

As you stated earlier favorite and best are slightly different.
The Impostors is indeed a wonderful, underrated comedy that my wife and 3 children enjoyed very much as well.
 

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Great list Thomas!

I'm going to try for a top 6 for each year, starting in 1936. Not sure how far I'll get.

1936
1.Modern Times
2.The Plainsman
3.The Story of Louis Pasteur
4.San Francisco
5.Camille
6.The Petrified Forest

There are still a lot of significant movies from this year I haven't seen, including Show Boat. I know that just came out in a new Criterion edition, but my blu-ray budget for the whole year and beyond has been spent on Spielberg movies and some other stuff.
 

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Great list Thomas!

I'm going to try for a top 6 for each year, starting in 1936. Not sure how far I'll get.

1936
1.Modern Times
2.The Plainsman
3.The Story of Louis Pasteur
4.San Francisco
5.Camille
6.The Petrified Forest

There are still a lot of significant movies from this year I haven't seen, including Show Boat. I know that just came out in a new Criterion edition, but my blu-ray budget for the whole year and beyond has been spent on Spielberg movies and some other stuff.

Great! I look forward to your forthcoming titles
 

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1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Awful Truth, Lost Horizon, Young and Innocent, The Hurricane, The Good Earth

1938 The Lady Vanishes, The Adventures of Robin Hood, In Old Chicago, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Boys Town, Marie Antoinette

1939 1. The Wizard of Oz 2. Gone With the Wind 3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 4. The Rains Came 5. Young Mr. Lincoln 6. Goodbye, Mr. Chips 7. Ninotchka 8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 9. Dark Victory 10. Gunga Din 11. Stagecoach 12. Wuthering Heights 13. Of Mice and Men 14. Drums Along the Mohawk 15. Union Pacific 16. The Women 17. The Hound of the Baskervilles 18. Dodge City
 

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Constructed my list along the same lines so beautifully stated by BobO’Link in his earlier post:
“I totally ignored popularity, Oscars, and what are considered "good" movies, totally focusing on what *I* liked best”.

1915 THE CHEAT
1916 INTOLERANCE
1917 A GIRL’S FOLLY
1918 THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE
1919 HIS MAJESTY THE AMERICAN
1920 THE LOVE EXPERT
1921 THE KID
1922 ROBIN HOOD
1923 A WOMAN OF PARIS
1924 HER NIGHT OF ROMANCE
1925 SEVEN CHANCES
1926 THE STRONG MAN
1927 IT
1928 SPIONE
1929 PANDORA’S BOX
1930 DIE DREI VON DER TANKSTELLE
1931 SAFE IN HELL
1932 HOT SATURDAY
1933 FLYING DOWN TO RIO
1934 IT’S A GIFT
1935 GOLD-DIGGERS OF 1935
1936 ROSE MARIE
1937 SHE’S GOT EVERYTHING
1938 MARIE ANTOINETTE
1939 OVER THE MOON
1940 I TAKE THIS WOMAN
1941 SUN VALLEY SERENADE
1942 HOLIDAY INN
1943 THE SEVENTH VICTIM
1944 THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE
1945 THE WICKED LADY
1946 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
1947 THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
1948 THE PIRATE
1949 PRINCE OF FOXES
1950 GUN CRAZY
1951 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
1952 THE BELLE OF NEW YORK
1953 CALAMITY JANE
1954 JIVARO
1955 THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
1956 BACK FROM ETERNITY
1957 BOY ON A DOLPHIN
1958 THE VIKINGS
1959 MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
1960 LA DOLCE VITA
1961 THE MISFITS
1962 LOLITA
1963 LA BAIE DES ANGES
1964 THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
1965 RETURN FROM THE ASHES
1966 MADEMOISELLE
1967 MORE THAN A MIRACLE
1968 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
1969 ANDREI RUBLEV
1970 FELLINI SATYRICON
1971 THE BOY FRIEND
1972 DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN
1973 GODSPELL
1974 THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD
1975 THE HINDENBURG
1976 OBSESSION
1977 ANNIE HALL
1978 DAYS OF HEAVEN
1979 APOCALYPSE NOW
1980 CRUISING
1981 PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
1982 MY FAVORITE YEAR
1983 RUMBLE FISH
1984 ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
1985 THE EMERALD FOREST
1986 CLOCKWISE
1987 LAW OF DESIRE
1988 DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES
1989 STAYING TOGETHER
1990 METROPOLITAN
1991 THE RAPTURE
1992 BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA
1993 BLOODSTONE: SUBSPECIES 2
1994 STARGATE
1995 THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
1996 THE ARRIVAL
1997 TITANIC
1998 DIL SE
1999 THE MUMMY
2000 DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?
2001 LAGAAN
2002 FAR FROM HEAVEN
2003 GOOD BYE LENIN!
2004 AVP: ALIEN VS PREDATOR
2005 WAR OF THE WORLDS
2006 CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
2007 ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE
2008 JCVD
2009 A SERIOUS MAN
2010 THE WOLFMAN
2011 THE TREE OF LIFE
2012 BLANCANIEVES
2013 THIS IS THE END
2014 MOMMY
2015 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
2016 GODS OF EGYPT
2017 THE FLORIDA PROJECT
2018 STAN & OLLIE
2019 KALANK
2020 PINOCCHIO(Matteo Garrone)
2021 ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE: JUSTICE IS GRAY
 
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2008: Cassandra's Dream (Woody Allen)
Delighted to see you choose this one for 2008. A fantastic film and certainly one I'd say is tremendously under-rated. I chose "JCVD" as my favorite that year. It's a movie that means a lot to me. Saw it at a film festival before it went into general release and was overwhelmed. The director, Mabrouk el Mechri, was present (seated just behind me in fact) so I was able to thank and congratulate him for what he'd achieved. Fully expected Van Damme to get an Oscar nomination for that performance. Which didn't happen but I believe the film is still considered a quality item. My second choice for favorite of 2008 would definitely have been "Cassandra's Dream".
 

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