Mike Beversluis

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I haven't been to a movie theater in awhile, and I wondered if there were fewer movies that I would like than normal. I decided to write a list of movies I liked since 1996:



Serenity - Gina Torres is hot.
Walk the Line - Artful hagiography.
Thank You for Smoking - Best film of 2005.


The Incredibles - Most cartoons have more wit than most real-life comedies. Or is that just my infantile sense of humor?
Harry Potter 3 - Watch as he turns into Macaulay Culkin.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry is a playful, awkward genius.
Kill Bill 2 - I feel guilty about this one.
Napoleon Dynamite - I am not using a catch-phrase here.
Layer Cake - My favorite of the super-hip, over-directed, nasty Brit-gangster films (e.g., Lock Stock, Sexy Beast, etc.).


Return of the King - 2 best of the series. Frodo's a dick.
Kill Bill 1 - Still feeling guilty. I channel surfed past some show where Tarantino was backstage at a Fiona Apple concert; They deserve each other.
Lost in Translation - "I tried taking pictures, but they were so mediocre. I guess every girl goes through a photography phase. You know, horses... taking pictures of your feet. "


LOTR: The Two Towers - Not the best of the series.
Spiderman - Spiderman, Spiderman; Doing things a spider can....
City of God - Electric.
The Ring - Slept with the light on. (Did before too)
28 Days Later - Is man's fallen nature the subtext of zombie movies?
About Schmidt - As good as it gets.
Habla Con Ella - Kinda creepy.
The Bourne Identity - Proficient action movie; the villains are too cardboard though.


Training Day - You're high on PCP! Also, I liked Fuqua's The Replacement Killers even if nobody else did.
Amelie - Cloying, but pretty.
Lord of the Rings - Saving you best for first.
Mulholland Drive - Lynch's nightmare, part 23.
Donnie Darko - Cult classic.
The Others - I see dead people.
The Royal Tennebaums - Attempt #3.
Spirited Away - I have to watch it again because I don't remember what happened.
Wit - Cancer sucks; John Donne is number two name dropped after Sylvia Plath.
Ocean's 11 - Enjoyable despite Brad Pitt.


Memento - Beautiful but mean.
Gladiator - Weak ending due to an overly flamboyant villain.
Amorres Perros - To blame for over-saturated color scheme used in too many films recently.
Almost Famous - Sparks is a great song.
High Fidelity - I like this movie, but like the book and much of the angsty lit, the protagonist doesn't believe in anything except not wanting to be himself. Do you really think marriage is going to fix that?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - What a great movie.
Meet the Parents - I have never been a theater with a full audience enjoying themselves more.
X-Men - Darker and less campy than the sequels.
Erin Brokovich - Activist film done right, but Soderberg peeked with Out of Sight.


The Matrix - Mold-setting. Reeves perfectly cast as clueless pawn. They should have let him die in the end.
The Sixth Sense - I like Toni Collette. M Night is going to have to make a non-twist movie at some point. We should have a contest to predict when.
Toy Story 2
Being John Malkovich
The Straight Story - Literally, the straightest story Lynch will ever tell. Weird.
Iron Giant
Ghost Dog - Jarmouch's most accessible (and hence best) film. Forrest Whitaker is great here.
Office Space - Classic. Anyone seen Idiocracy?
Fight Club - Get your inner-meat-head on.


American History X - Norton's best film?
The Truman Show - Jim Carry = Jimmy Stewart.
The Big Lebowski - Like, that's just your opinion man.
Run Lola Run - Lattice of coincidence - see Repo Man for details.
Blade - Competent.
Rushmore - Bill Murray's best film.
Pi - Crazy!
The Wedding Singer - Sandler's least dickish, least retarded film.
Out of Sight - Great movie. Clooney was well cast as fuck-up.
Bulworth - Speaking Truth to Power! Nothing has changed!
Zero Effect - Bill Pullman at his best.
Dark City - Missed the boat; Keifer does his weird breathing scientist/doctor act.
Smoke Signals - Indian's have nerds too.
There's Something About Mary - Beans and franks.
Saving Private Ryan - It's a good thing I was shell shocked after the first fifteen minutes.


L.A. Confidential - Raging bull.
The Fifth Element - Prince on crack is less hammy than Oldman.
Austin Powers - Why did they get rid of Hurley?
Jackie Brown - Firing on 6, maybe 7, cylinders.
Nothing to Lose - Now, I really feel guilty about this one.
The Game - David Fincher takes himself way too seriously.
Grosse Pointe Blank - My favorite Cusack movie.
Cop Land - Favorite Stallone movie. Being right is not a bullet-proof vest.
The Apostle - Hallelujah!
Ulee's Gold - Peter Fonda's brief renaissance.
As Good as it Gets - Jack Nicholson is too old to be hitting on 40 year old women.
Gattaca - Climatic 400 m freestyle finale!
Wag the Dog - Someday the dog is going to wag the tail.


Trainspotting - More stylish, evil people from the UK.
Romeo+Juliet - The first half is great. The second half... kindof a downer.
Slingblade - Jarmouch is selling fries.
Bottle Rocket - Wes Anderson Attempt #1.
Waiting for Guffman - We'll position the snipers here and here.
101 Dalmations - See Hugh Laurie acting dumb and evil for a change.

SO, what am I missing?



  • I dunno', I think 2004's (?) Spanglish was Adam Sandler's least retarded movie.
    It may just be the thing I have for Paz Vega though.

    By Anonymous Adam, at 16 November, 2006 12:35  

  • You have good taste ... Those Anderson flicks are comedic perfection, and they just rarely make movies as good as Serenity .. I tend to be much less selective, so end up seeing way too many bad movies

    By Blogger Reel Fanatic, at 16 November, 2006 15:46  

  • The only movie that I really liked in 2006 has been "A scanner darkly".

    For 2005, you may add "The new world", by Terrence Malick.

    By Blogger John Travolta Sardus, at 16 November, 2006 19:35  

  • Possible Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside) from 2004. Has a movie dealing with the tragic theme of euthanasia (the central character was a paraplegic wishing his own death would arrive swiftly after many bedridden years) yet left one leaving the movie (The Little, Roch., NY) with an overriding sense of happiness at how lucky we are to enjoy our own lives unshackled from illness or disease.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 November, 2006 11:43  

  • I have to fight you on 2003's Return of the King, it was the weakest of the bunch. All is hopeless, all seems lost, but they are saved by ... a ghost army? Come on. A GHOST ARMY?! My writing hasn't been that weak since I was seven years old.

    By Anonymous eric, at 17 November, 2006 17:26  

  • @eric - yeah, maybe, but the second one was spent waiting around for the ghost army.

    I'm going to see Casino Royale. Maybe we can put something on the 2006 list. Also The Departed, but at 3+ hours, I think it's going to be a mixed bag.

    By Blogger Mike Beversluis, at 17 November, 2006 19:43  

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