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Posts tagged “Mike’s Lists

Mike’s Top Ten of 1993

A lot of people would call 1993 the strongest year of the 90s, and it’s hard to argue that fact. There are a lot of amazing movies that came out this year, along with what is probably one of the consensus “best” and most important movies of the decade. And Schindler’s List came out too.

Groundhog Day, was what I was referring to.

Anyway, I don’t have a whole lot to add about this year. It’s the first year we start to run three tiers deep on a consistent basis, and a lot of that is gonna be stuff I grew up with, because I turned 5 this year and there’s a bunch of stuff that catered to me as a young child that I still hold very dearly.

And also Groundhog Day. (more…)

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Mike’s Top Ten of 1992

Look at the quality of content for this year. This top ten is one banger after another. Every one you get to, it’s like, “Oh man, that’s my movie!” But also, like much of the early 90s… not particularly amazing outside of the very top. Still, there are some cool hidden gems to be found in this year too.

I feel like the one overarching thing I see about the films on this list is that there are some great gems to be found. The top ten is flashy and will garner a lot of the attention but if you look at some of the stuff below it, you might find some good movies you may not know about.

Also, just looking at this top ten, this year gave us, without even thinking about it, four of the most iconic moments in the history of cinema. So there’s that too. (more…)


Mike’s Top Ten of 1991

One of the stronger years of the decade. This one’s got some heavy hitters. The second tier stuff isn’t as strong as some other 90s years, but at the top, it’s hard to do better than the stuff that’s here.

I guess the thing to note about this year is that it marks the rise of home video. This is when VHS started to happen and movies started being readily available for people to purchase at affordable prices.

Otherwise, not a whole lot to add except some of my all time favorite movies came out this year, including one top ten movie that I’m certain almost no one has heard of. (more…)


Mike’s Top Ten of 1990

I call 1990 a “spottily strong” year. It’s got high points, but they’re here and there. And some of the highs aren’t as high as other years, but it’s definitely got a lot to like in there. You just have to sift through some standard stuff before you find it, is all. Most of the time you can tell a strong year based on how strong the Oscars are. And this is one of the notoriously boring Oscar years (overall).

My one caution for this year is to pay attention among the “yeah, sure” stuff. There are a couple of nice gems in there if you care to look at them.

Otherwise, we do get one of the all-time classics this year, so 1990 is always gonna have that going for it. (I’m talking about Kindergarten Cop, of course.) (more…)


Mike’s Top Ten Films of 2018

Another year in the books. Time to do the thing.

2018’s been a pretty terrible year all around. There’s not a whole lot I was excited about, both in movies and in life. I say every year in this article, “I didn’t think I was gonna be able to come up with a top ten list.” This year, weirdly, I didn’t feel that. I knew I’d have ten, but I felt like it would be a “weak” ten. Other years, I could legitimately have 15 choices to pick from. This one, I was very conscious that it was the weakest overall year since the millennium started, and in a way it made doing this easier.

Here… I have a top ten, but they’re not movies that would end up on my decade list. (Which, we’re coming up on that. Next year you guys are getting a top ten list and a top films of the decade list.) It’s just a weak year. I liked a lot of stuff, but overall it all ended up falling in the middle of the pack. It’s all just kind of in that “I liked it, but didn’t love it” category. But you know, you still get a top ten. So here we are.

The good thing about a year like this is, I feel confident in that there’s not a whole lot I’ve missed and there isn’t a lot of stuff that’s gonna change over time. So I feel mostly confident that this top ten will be pretty consistent over time. MAYBE one will swap off and go from like, 11 or 12 into the top ten, but for the most part, I feel like my favorite films from this year will be these films. So I guess that’s something.

Plus, you already know I don’t look for clicks or join on the media-created bandwagons, so you aren’t gonna get yet another top ten list that has Black Panther and A Quiet Place on it. Hopefully that gives you some solace.

Here are my top ten films of 2018: (more…)


Mike’s Top Ten of 1980-1989

The 80s as a whole is less than the sum of its parts. As a decade, I’ve always been very against it, just because, as a decade… the culture was pretty weird. And this is the decade where films became more mainstream and taken out of the directors’ hands. In a way, it was probably for the best, because they started getting really indulgent, but also, it just felt like films swung entirely to studio filmmaking here for a decade, until independent film started cropping up again, eventually reaching its heyday in the 90s.

Though, while I don’t particularly love the 80s as a decade for film, there are some of my all-time favorites in this decade. So it’s definitely not as bad as I’d think in the abstract. Though I do feel like this list was harder to compile because, while I can always get to a solid top 20, the last couple were difficult to come up with.

For methodology purposes, the way I compile these Top Tens of the Decade lists: I take my top ten for each year of the decade, throw them all together, and simply whittle it down until I find what I feel are my ten favorites from that decade. Not the best, my favorite. That’s really all it is. I feel like if I can figure out what my favorite films of all time are, then I can figure it out by specific decades. (more…)


Mike’s Top Ten of 1989

And we’re finally done with the 80s.

This is a very strong year, and I think that has to do with the growing independent film movement that would take over the 90s. You also get very strong top of the line stuff here. All the Best Picture nominees made the top 20 this year, and there were at least another two more options that could have made it and still kept the field as strong as it is.

Plus, the below the line stuff is all around solid. You can definitely tell we’re getting out of the 80s. Everything is starting to trend upward again. Even Disney! The Renaissance stars this year!

I feel like the top ten or fifteen will be largely the same for most people this year, with the exception of the two or three movies that are quintessentially ones that appeal specifically to me and likely are ones that most people haven’t seen as often as I have or don’t even know about.

But that’s what you come here for, isn’t it? (more…)