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It’s been fun…

Posted in |. on May 30, 2014 by chrisfilm

..but all good things must come to an end (at least temporarily). These days, keeping up with this blog feels more like a chore than a hobby. That, coupled with my inability to see even one movie a week, has brought me to the conclusion that it’s time to call it quits, at least for now.

I will still watch movies as I can, and hopefully keep up with the latest and greatest as they are released and/or made available to me. And perhaps come next Chrisfilm Awards season, I can pick this back up, but I can’t make any promises. So with that being said, it’s been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed having people read my writing and discuss it on occasion, but it’s au revoir for now.

walking away

EDIT: Apparently that was my 600th post. What a way to go!


Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

Posted in |. on February 3, 2014 by chrisfilm

Yesterday we lost one of best actors working today. I’ll only comment on the situation by saying to pray for his family as they work through this awful situation. But this does mark the first time that a past Chrisfilm Awards winner has passed away. As an extremely small memorial, here are my top 5 favorite performances from “The Hoff”. The film world will miss you.

  1. The Master
  2. 25th Hour
  3. Capote
  4. Synecdoche, New York
  5. Punch Drunk Love

Movie watching…

Posted in |. on January 31, 2014 by chrisfilm

…since baby #2 has been extremely difficult. Additionally, I’ve been much busier at work which has meant a lot of overtime. Anyone still reading this blog (you know, when I actually see a movie), thanks for your support! I know the selection has been less than impressive lately too. Stick with me folks. I’ll be back up to 20 reviews a month of oddities, classics, and only the occasional blockbuster eventually (when I retire)!

Best Year to be a Movie

Posted in |. on July 17, 2013 by chrisfilm

NOTE: Please see here for my latest list. This list might not be up-to-date.

Making a list of favorite movie years is arbitrary. 1 movie being released 1 month earlier or later can change a list like this entirely. (Heck, with the way IMDb changes their years on some old rarer titles, that sometimes happens retroactively on my list!) But movies are judged and grouped by year of release all the time, so I figure I might as well join in the fun:

1. 1959

world of apu

2. 2007

there will be blood

3. 1983

voyage in time

4. 1964

woman in the dunes

5. 1967

white rose

6. 1958


7. 1948

yellow sky

8. 1972

a well spent life

9. 1957

tin star

10. 1975


11. 1971


12. 1968

Je t'aime, je t'aime

13. 1962


14. 1963

winter light

15. 1950

winchester 73

16. 1928

white shadows of the south seas

17. 2011

wuthering heights

18. 1974

lancelot du lac

19. 1960

when a woman ascends the stairs

20. 2006

Syndromes and a Century

21. 1955


22. 1973

the sting

23. 1929

skeleton dance

24. 2010

winter's bone

25. 2005

through the forest

26. 2004

the white diamond

27. 1991


28. 1951

the tall target

29. 2008


30. 1927


Top 10 Most Anticipated Films – Part Three

Posted in |. on June 3, 2013 by chrisfilm

I figured it was about time for another one of these, especially with one of my top 10 coming out in less than two weeks. Most of these should be out in the US by the end of the year. And although Terrence Malick has two more in the works(!), I’m leaving those off since there’s no way we see them soon. Also, yes, some of these are repeats from my last go around since nothing every gets released as quickly as you want.

1. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (David Lowery)
This might not have even made this list a week ago. But after seeing the trailer, I’m sold. Sure, it’s a Malick impersonation attempt, but I don’t care. I love it when people use Malick as their influence. Sure, some fail, but some succeed and that makes it worth it. Plus, this cast is fantastic.
ain't them bodies saints

2. Joe (David Gordon Green)
Okay, so I don’t know if we’ll really see this in 2013, but I’m about as excited as you can get to see if David Gordon Green has returned to his old form. This is the first thing he’s done since Snow Angels that isn’t a stoner comedy and it’s about time.

3. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
This was #3 on my list last time, so might as well keep it here. The only reason it didn’t shoot up to #1 is that I’m a bit concerned with its content. Not the Drive was some sort of family friendly drama, but at its heart it was a love story. This looks to be the violence without the love. Still, Refn’s cinematic skills will make this a must see.
only God forgives

4. The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)
Sofia Coppola is a fantastic director. With her latest project, she’s talking a true story. I like the quote the famous Doug Heffernan when it comes to true movies, “If it’s true, it’s craparoo.” But with this, I’ll make an exception. I have no doubt Coppola will give this her cinematic flair and I look forward to it.
bling ring

5. Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
There’s not much I can say here other than Kelly Reichardt hasn’t made a bad film yet and until she does, her newest will continue to make this list no matter who or what is involved.
night moves

6. Man of Steel (Zack Snyder)
Here’s the one that I look forward to seeing in the next couple of weeks. And, as per usual when I do a list like this, it’s the token big budget flick. But the first trailer for this film wowed me like I couldn’t believe. Plus, Michael Shannon as General Zod? Yes please. This should be the best superhero movie yet.
man of steel

7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
Again, this was on last year’s list and has only moved up one spot. Why? Because Sandra Bullock frightens me. Cuaron is a great director, but it’s been 7 years since his last one and I’m a bit worried he just needs to get paid. But hopefully this will impress like his last several have.

8. Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers)
The Coens are big time hit or miss with me. And, generally, their non-rural settings don’t ever fall in the ‘hit’ category. But it’s not likely I’ll ever not be excited for a new one from these guys because they’ve put out some real gems.
inside llewyn davis

9. A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn)
Corbijn made an atmospheric treat with The American so, sure, I’ll give him another try. Plus, you generally can’t go wrong with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
a most wanted man

10. Her (Spike Jonze)
Jonze has some great stuff and this cast looks fantastic on paper, but that premise sounds a bit hokey. So, we’ll see.

From Ireland

Posted in |. on March 16, 2013 by chrisfilm

Posting from my trip to Ireland! Saw To the Wonder while here. Will have a full review when I return.

500th Post

Posted in |. on January 21, 2013 by chrisfilm

I wanted to do something creative for my 500th post, but I never could think of anything.

Instead let me thank anyone and everyone who has come by to read, comment, and/or promote my little hobby here. Hopefully there will be another 500 posts to come!