Archive for November, 2015

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Pic of the Day: “Sometimes angels rush in where fools fear to tread.”

The Bishop's Wife - 22


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Pic of the Day: “It’s Santa! You killed him!” “Did not! And he’s not Santa!” “Well, he was…”

The Santa Clause - 5


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Pic of the Day: “I love you… and Jim.” “Well, I love Jim too… but let’s not get too chummy.”

Holiday Inn - 63


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Pic of the Day: “We love our girl. She’s got great friends and a great house. Things couldn’t be better. After all. Riley is 11 now. What could happen?”

Inside Out - 151


The B+ Movie Blog Directors List

I think I teased this three years ago. I spent the first two years of the site putting up “Mike’s Top Ten” lists. Every three months, I would put up another one, going backward from the 2000s to the 1930s. (That’s something to be discussed one of these days.) And just before the last one went up, on the two and a half year anniversary of my graduation from college, I posted the initial version of the “Films I’ve Watched Since Graduation” article, where I said I was working on a “Top Tens by Director” list.

Initially I think I had something like a hundred names. And I only listed my top ten favorite films of theirs and nothing more. Or top five, if they didn’t direct ten films. Which was unnecessarily limiting, and the kind of thing that would have been okay if I had posted the article immediately. But then Fun with Franchises happened, and I had time to let it sit. And as we all know by now, when I’m left to sit and think about a project I’ve given myself, it expands from whatever I was originally planning on doing. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Just what I’ve always wanted.” “A restaurant?” “No, a friend with a restaurant.”

Alice's Restaurant


The B+ Movie Guide

So that was a fun… I don’t know, four, five months?

Apparently posted pages don’t show up on the actual post list, so I’ll use this article to let everyone know that the full Guide, with all three lists, has been posted in one convenient location:

The B+ Movie Guide

It’ll be at the menu up top from now on. Just wanted to let you all know that was up there.

And that there will be something really exciting going up tomorrow (finally).

http://bplusmovieblog.com


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Pic of the Day: “Look, I just need to get out of here.” “There is no way out! … Just kidding. Door’s right over there.”

Toy Story 3 - 16


The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XL)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “If you want to be president, you can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country, but you can’t fuck the interns. They’ll get you for that.”

The Ides of March - 2


The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXXIX)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “If you should go skating / On the thin ice of modern life / Draggin’ behind you the silent reproach / Of a million tear-stained eyes / Don’t be surprised when a crack in the ice / Appears under your feet / You slip out of your depth and out of your mind / With your fear flowing out behind you / As you claw the thin ice.” ♫

Pink Floyd The Wall - 6


The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXXVIII)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “It’s not the horse’s fault. It’s yours.”

Reflections in a Golden Eye - 60


The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXXVII)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “He’s getting more like his father everyday.” “He sure is. This morning he was playing with a corkscrew.”

Shadow of the Thin Man - 18


Oscars 2015: Best Animated Short Shortlist

Oh boy, look at me, three in one day. This is what happens when I’m not on a timeline to present shit when it happens but instead am presenting it when I have enough time to present a reasoned… well, when I have time to think for a second about it rather than no seconds.

Anyway, let’s skip the pleasantries. 10 animated shorts got shortlisted, and five of these will be nominated.

Here they are: (more…)


Oscars 2015: Best Live-Action Short Shortlist

I love these shortlists. These are so much fun for me. It’s like — and this will go completely over some people’s heads — during football season when the new point spreads come out on Monday. I have more fun looking at those and guessing how it’s gonna go than I do actually picking games for my office pool.

But anyway, here’s Live-Action Short, probably my second least favorite category of the Oscars and my least favorite category to pick because it’s the one that’s the hardest to get a gauge on. I have no idea what they’re gonna do from year to year.

So we’re left with 10 movies with 5 getting on. One can only hope to get 3 of them right come category time: (more…)


Oscars 2015: Best Foreign Language Film Eligibles

I got bored. Not for lack of having things to do, but because I’m getting antsy for Oscar season. I need things to talk about.

And since I already talked about every potential documentary that could be nominated, why not do Foreign Language too? It’s only 80 films. And I’m sure I’ll recognize at least a quarter of them.

We’ll go country by country, talk about the eligible films, and guess what could end up on the list (and by that I mean, they’re gonna shortlist 9 of them in a month. So we’ll guess those).

Here are your eligible submissions for Best Foreign Language film this year: (more…)


The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXXVI)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Are you okay little girl?” “Don’t ‘little girl’ me. I’ve been carrying this family on my back for over a year, ever since Frankie died. He was my brother too. It’s not my fault that he’s dead. It’s not my fault that I’m still alive.” “Ah, Christy.” “Mom was always crying because he was her son. But he was my brother too. I cried too… when no one was looking. I talked to him every night.” “She did, Dad.” “I talked to him every night, until…” “…until when?” “Until I realized I was talking to myself.”

In America - 17


The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXXV)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “At the end of time, a moment will come when just one man remains. Then the moment will pass. Man will be gone. There will be nothing to show that we were ever here… but stardust.”

Sunshine - 5


The B+ Movie Guide for the 2000s (Part XXXIV)

The obvious drawback to my original list was that it stopped at 1999. Because it was easier. I wrote it up in 2012, and I wanted to give at least a decade’s worth of time before I made any of those decisions, because can we really say something that came out last year is essential? And at that point, it was just easier cutting the list off at 1999 and not dealing with any of it.

But since we really just combed through a lot of movies, I figure I should at least give it a shot. This is all pretty fluid anyway. It’s more meant to be about giving people things to watch that they probably should rather than making proclamations about the end-all, be-all list of “essential” movies. Think of it this way, if at least 90% of my list s comprised of movies people would say, if they found out you haven’t seen them, “Oh man, you gotta watch that,” then it accomplished what I wanted it to accomplish).

Here’s how this is gonna work: I’m gonna give you a giant list (I’ll cap it at a round number), going from 2000 to 2014, of all the movies you should see. And I’ll specify for each one whether it would go on an “essentials” list or that secondary “fun” list. (more…)