My Favorite Movies
list is in addition
to the list of greatest
time on the main page. This is just a list of movies that
I've personally enjoyed more than most but which won't be for everyone.
There are some real gems here along with a few movies that I simply
liked. If you are
really curious about my movie tastes, you can see my entire IMDB
ratings list. I am a huge fan of time-travel stories and am fairly forgiving, but here is a list of just the good time-travel movies.
As a small extra, I've added at the end, a short list of movie Palaces which still survive in the US. Certainly an endangered species, be sure to visit them before they're gone!
Limitless (2011) The effects of the ultimate "smart drug".
Paul (2011) Sci-fi buddy road trip. What's not to like?
Source Code (2011) An alternate-realities thriller love story but better than that sounds.
Date Night (2010) Don't expect anything beyond a fun movie.
Despicable Me (2010) Good clean fun.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) If you get past the scatological jokes, this movie gets really good in the second half!
Human Centipede (First Sequence), The (2009) Warning: Extremely disturbing. I sometimes like being disturbed.
Jackass 3D (2010) What's not to like? I'll watch anything they make and laugh like crazy though I cover my eyes a lot.
Monsters (2010) Unexpectedly good movie. See what you think and read the IMDB message boards for more thoughts.
Road, The (2009) The first post-apocalyptic movie that felt real to me. That's quite an achievement.
Shrek Forever After (2010) Surprisingly good for a third sequel. Up there with the first two.
Town, The (2010) In a category all its own. Some of the best dialog and delivery I have ever watched.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Brüno (2009) Very
funny. Sometimes painfully so but Sasha exposes the human psyche as
well as Allan Funt did.
Chéri (2009) Very touching.
Moon (2009) Wow. Simply an amazing little sleeper. A must-see.
Pandorum (2009) Another amazing gem and another must-see.
Sherlock Holmes (2009) Not Basil Rathbone, a ripped Robert Downey Jr. plays a kick-ass Holmes. Sequels, please!
Star Trek (2009) Most of the Star Trek movies have been terrible. This is the best and a great prequel.
Surrogates (2009) I think it's entirely possible that the future could look very much like this, minus the silly death ray.
Triangle (2009) It begins like any other horror movie but then the plot weaves back onto itself like a sewing machine! Watch carefully.
Up (2009) Completely charming.
Up in the Air (2009/I) Great interplay between the three principals. Never liked Clooney very much but he's getting good!
The Bank Job (2008)
Burn After Reading (2008) Funny, tightly twisted plot with some great acting.
In Bruges (2008) A perfect movie. A must-see.
Quid Pro Quo (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Troubled Water (2008) One story from several perspectives at the same time. A very powerful movie.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Cute, funny, and family-friendly. Trust me.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Golden Compass (2007)
The Lookout (2007)
The Man from Earth (2007)
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Nobel Son (2007)
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
Surf's Up (2007)
Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of
Kazakhstan (2006) Best movie of the year.
Cars (2006) Second best movie of the year, and the best computer animated movie ever.
Deja Vu (2006)
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Jackass Number Two (2006) I don't know why but I can never get enough of these guys. I can't watch all of it though.
The Lake House (2006) Romantic time-travel of sorts. Two timelines two years apart move in perfect fugue-like synchrony.
Night at the Museum (2006) Very funny. Never liked Ben Stiller very much but he's growing on me.
Over the Hedge (2006)
The Prestige (2006) Sumptious period piece with a great twist.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) OMG, so funny!
Æon Flux (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Epic
Hard Candy (2005) Gripping
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
MirrorMask (2005) Languid plot, visual poetry
Our Daily Bread (2005) Wordless documentary shows where your food comes from. Required viewing for humans.
Sin City (2005)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The Jacket (2005) I'm a huge sucker for time-travel stories but this one is really good. A must-see.
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
I, Robot (2004)
NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience (2004)
Sea Inside, The (4004)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Super Size Me (2004)
Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
One Night at McCool's (2001)
Others, The (2001)
Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001)
Tailor of Panama, The (2001)
Billy Elliot (2000)
Chasing Sleep (2000)
Dish, The (2000)
Hollow Man (2000)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Legend of Bagger Vance, The (2000)
Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
Nurse Betty (2000)
Red Planet (2000)
Red Planet (2000)
Saving Grace (2000)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Tao of Steve, The (2000)
What Planet Are You From? (2000)
What Women Want (2000)
Whole Nine Yards, The (2000)
You Can Count on Me (2000)
The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Girl on the Bridge (1999)
Hurricane, The (1999)
Insider, The (1999)
Office Space (1999)
Pushing Tin (1999)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Thirteenth Floor, The (1999)
Wild Wild West (1999)
Buffalo '66 (1998)
Bug's Life, A (1998)
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Living Out Loud (1998)
Run Lola Run (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Truman Show, The (1998)
Zero Effect (1998)
Abre los ojos
Chasing Amy (1997)
Full Monty, The (1997)
G.I. Jane (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Ice Storm, The (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Ma vie en rose (1997)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
U Turn (1997)
Ulee's Gold (1997)
Before and After
Birdcage, The (1996)
Different for Girls (1996)
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Fly Away Home (1996)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Mother Night (1996)
People vs. Larry Flynt, The (1996)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Sling Blade (1996)
Truth About Cats & Dogs, The (1996)
Van, The (1996)
When Nature Calls (1995)
American President, The (1995)
Angels and Insects (1995)
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The (1995)
Gumby: The Movie (1995)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Last of the Dogmen (1995)
Month by the Lake, A (1995)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Something to Talk About (1995)
To Die for (1995)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave (1995)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)
Client, The (1994)
Color of Night (1994)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Lion King, The (1994)
Milk Money (1994)
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Shallow Grave (1994)
War of the Buttons (1994)
Distinguished Gentleman, The (1992)
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Final Analysis (1992)
Forever Young (1992)
Howards End (1992)
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Raising Cain (1992)
Sister Act (1992)
Wayne's World (1992)
City Slickers (1991)
Fisher King, The (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Hudson Hawk (1991)
Last Boy Scout, The (1991)
Man in the Moon, The (1991)
Point Break (1991)
Rocketeer, The (1991)
Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, The (1989)
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
Fletch Lives (1989)
Fly II, The (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Little Mermaid, The (1989)
Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
Bull Durham (1988)
Child's Play (1988)
Coming to America (1988)
Die Hard (1988)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Milagro Beanfield War, The (1988)
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988)
Working Girl (1988)
Android (1982) Just a wonderful little movie.
(1980) The story of an unusual man who's dreams
reality. The history of this movie is almost as interesting as the
itself. Shown briefly on public television, I was one of the lucky
catch it before it fell into legal limbo for decades. A rare bit of
science fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin and my favorite work of hers.
Somewhere in Time (1980) Very touching. A great date movie.
Boy and His Dog, A (1975) Post-apocalyptic cult classic from a story by Harlan Ellison.
(1974) Probably from a one-act play, this little film stuck in the
my mind for decades, lost until I recently rediscovered it again. It
very young Richard Dreyfuss and Bob Hoskins with hair! A real gem.
Vanishing Point (1971) Now dated and a bit campy but the the alegory about freedom is still clear.
Colossus: The Forbin
(1970) One of the first movies about a sentient supercomputer with
of the US nuclear arsenal. Impressively deep and thoughtful in a time
most people even knew what a computer was.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) With movie techniques far ahead of its time, this daring movie stars Raquel Welsh as a woman who's had a sex change and returned to take revenge.
In Love (1969) A Truly wonderful movie. Should really be called Men
The Time Machine (1060) A classic.
5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., The (1953) Wow, is this ever a surreal movie! Disney gone gay in a Dr. Seuss world. Your jaw will drop and you won't believe what you are watching. Drugs recommended.
In a Lonely Place (1950) An excellent but lesser-known Bogart flick.
Dark Victory (1939) Life is short. Live it well.
Theater - Oakland CA
Castro Theater - San Francisco CA
Crest Theater - Sacramento CA
Baghdad Theater - Portland OR
The Egyptians - Boise ID, Coos Bay OR, Hollywood CA, Ogden UT (Perry's Egyptian)
Grauman's Chinese Theater - Hollywood CA
Seattle Cinerama - Seattle WA
Follow the following link for photos of classic cinema houses.