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My Life in Movies

June 22, 2011

Folks, I don’t where I’ve been these past couple weeks and I don’t know how I missed this one when it was making its way around the blogosphere a while back, but after Andy from Fandango Groovers recently nabbed himself a much-deserved LAMMY for this unsurprisingly choice meme, I figured it was about time I wised up. The idea is simple: lay down your favorite movie from every year since the year you were born, then do simple math to figure out how old everyone is.

With that being said, this is not a list of the best movies that came out every year since good old ’86. These are the movies that make me love movies, movies that bring me back, movies that break down the barriers of awesomeness, movies that are nothing short of mind-altering experiences every time I see them, movies that make me want to quit writing reviews already so I can try to write something that’s even half as amazing as these continue to be. It was incredibly hard picking just one from each year, and while I’m still second-guessing some of the more stellar years like 1994, 1998 and 1999, these are the movies that sum me up in a nutshell.

So without further ado, let’s start with the year that baby Aiden done got himself born.

1986: Stand By Me
Honorable Mentions: The Fly & Aliens

1987: Robocop
Honorable Mentions: Evil Dead 2 & Raising Arizona

1988: Big
Honorable Mentions: The Thin Blue Line & Grave of the Fireflies

1989: Dead Poets Society
Honorable Mentions: Do the Right Thing & Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

1990: Misery
Honorable Mentions: Total Recall & La Femme Nikita

1991: The Fisher King
Honorable Mentions: T2 & Beauty and the Beast

1992: Glengarry Glen Ross
Honorable Mentions: A River Runs Through It & Unforgiven

1993: Groundhog Day
Honorable Mentions: Searching for Bobby Fischer & Schindler’s List

1994: Dumb & Dumber
Honorable Mentions: Pulp Fiction & The Shawshank Redemption

1995: Seven
Honorable Mentions: Braveheart & The Usual Suspects

1996: Trainspotting
Honorable Mentions: Lone Star & Swingers

1997: Princess Mononoke
Honorable Mentions: L.A. Confidential & Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

1998: Out of Sight
Honorable Mentions: Pi & The Big Lebowski

1999: The Matrix
Honorable Mentions: American Beauty & American Movie

2000: Memento
Honorable Mentions: Amores Perros & Almost Famous

2001: Amelie
Honorable Mentions: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring & In the Bedroom

2002: Catch Me if You Can
Honorable Mentions: Bowling for Columbine & About Schmidt

2003: Lost in Translation
Honorable Mentions: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Touching the Void

2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Honorable Mentions: Kung Fu Hustle & The Motorcycle Diaries

2005: Brokeback Mountain
Honorable Mentions: Murderball & A History of Violence

2006: The Host
Honorable Mentions: Children of Men & Casino Royale

2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Honorable Mentions: The Bourne Ultimatum & The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

2008: Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Honorable Mentions: Revanche & Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

2009: Up
Honorable Mentions: Inglourious Basterds & A Single Man

2010: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Honorable Mentions: Inside Job & Winter’s Bone

2011 (so far): Midnight in Paris
Honorable Mentions: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop & Win Win

While there’s still a whole lot of these that are in serious need of reviewing and still so many (supposedly) phenomenal movies that I need to see, I think this is a pretty solid summary of all the things that make life as a movie nerd worth while. Seriously might be the best meme I’ve ever taken part in, such an awesome idea.

And speaking of LAMMYs, thanks a freaking mil to all you LAMBs out there who voted for me this year and to everyone who still reads this jibba’ jabba’. Truly beside myself and beyond flattered by the win, I can’t thank you guys enough for making this all worth while, and it’s a privilege to be part of such an amazing community of writers whose hard work and persistence make my head spin and who deserve a LAMMY just as much as I do, if not way, way more.

You guys rock, you always have, beers are on me.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2011 1:12 am

    I like the list. I did mine a few weeks ago. Found you through the LAMBs, Congrats on the Lammy.

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    June 22, 2011 9:20 am

    2005: Brokeback Mountain

    Well well, this certainly explains a few things….

  3. June 22, 2011 11:33 am

    Awesome list. That picture for Dumb and Dumber gets me to chuckle every time.

    I still need to see a good chunk of your 90s movies.

    • June 22, 2011 11:41 am

      Hahaha. Yeah, I’m struggling with the fact that I picked Dumb & Dumber over Pulp Fiction and Shawshank, but that was the one movie I’ve ever seen in a theater where I was on the floor and holding myself from laughing so hard, that scene especially.

      And check ’em out, man. They’re all winners.

  4. June 22, 2011 1:18 pm

    What a great list. And your honorable mentions are good stuff as well. How hard was it doing this list?

    • June 22, 2011 1:37 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, it took a bit of legwork Googling through all the Best Of lists for every year, but other than that, it was a pretty smooth operation.

  5. June 23, 2011 4:10 pm

    Great list, Aiden. Loved the Diving Bell pick.

    Because I don’t have a movie blog anymore, I’ma be a goon and post mine here 🙂

    1988: Coming to America | 1989: Do the Right Thing
    1990: Goodfellas | 1991: The Silence of the Lambs
    1992: Unforgiven | 1993: Last Action Hero
    1994: Pulp Fiction | 1995: Heat
    1996: Fargo | 1997: Boogie Nights
    1998: The Truman Show | 1999: Magnolia
    2000: Best in Show | 2001: LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
    2002: Adaptation | 2003: Lost in Translation
    2004: Sideways | 2005: Match Point
    2006: Children of Men | 2007: No Country for Old Men
    2008: WALL-E | 2009: Inglourious Basterds
    2010: The Social Network | 2011: The Tree of Life (thus far)

    • June 23, 2011 4:17 pm

      Thanks, man! Good call on Adaptation, and I was THIS close to putting Children of Men over The Host. But, dude, what happened to your blog? I’m so out of the loop these days.

  6. June 23, 2011 9:26 pm

    Some really interesting choices, man. We share a few selections, but you picked a bunch that I haven’t even seen. Gotta say that you’ve got some major balls for picking Dumb and Dumber for 1994, haha.

    If you’re curious, here’s my list: http://twscritic.com/2011/05/08/blogathon-a-life-in-movies/

    • June 24, 2011 9:44 am

      Hahaha. Yeah, that was tough call, especially considering that I kind of live by Lester Burnham. But hey, D & D is still the second funniest movie I’ve ever seen after Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

  7. June 24, 2011 3:25 pm

    I would have an impossible time picking for 2006. Between The Fountain, The Prestige, The Departed, and Children of Men I couldn’t do it.

    • June 24, 2011 3:37 pm

      Forgot about The Fountain, but The Prestige was a definite contender. Children of Men was seriously close, but what can I say, The Host is in a league of its own.

  8. June 26, 2011 1:58 pm

    youre way younger and way more talented than me.
    i hate you.

    • June 26, 2011 3:01 pm

      Lol. Definitely think I’m in the younger crowd here, but you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about in the second half of that sentence.
      I love you.

  9. June 27, 2011 2:50 am

    Great to see some love for Catch Me If You Can ! I think it’s great and quite underrated. Thinking back Brokeback really was a ‘mind-altering’ movie experience, from the past ten years I remember that theatre visit probably the best!

  10. July 3, 2011 11:42 pm

    Still do not get the love for Up. It is not bad, but not great either (first 20 minutes aside of course).
    Otherwise, I really like this list. Dumb and Dumber over Pulp Fiction…ballsy. I love it.

    • July 10, 2011 8:35 pm

      Hahaha. Thanks, man. That diarrhea scene made a huge impression on third-grade Aiden. And idk, man, I just loved Up. Marked the moment when I realized what a douche I’d been for ignoring Pixar all these years.

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