inside-out-14In mid-January, on the day the Oscars were announced, I wrote a piece about the Oscar nominations.  In response to a comment on that piece, I listed Inside Out as my #6 film of the year.  A month and a half later, when I published my Year in Film, it was listed at #3 for the year.  What happened in between?  Well, Starz happened in between, as it started airing Inside Out the weekend of the Oscars.  Since it kept coming on and it’s something we’re definitely okay with Thomas watching, we kept putting it on.  The more I watched it, the more I found myself moved by it.  It wasn’t the moment that everyone talks about either, the moment when Bing-Bong sacrifices himself so that Joy can make it back, so that Riley can be saved.  It’s the end of the film, when the emotions can’t seem to bring Riley back, when she’s losing the capacity to feel anything at all. (more…)

Faulkner is the king of the list.  Does that really surprise you?

Faulkner is the king of the list. Does that really surprise you?

Before I put up the full Top 100 list (and do the post for #1), I am tossing up this bit of various trivia and statistics about the novels on my Top 100 list and on the 101-200 list.

Please note that none of the lists involving 101-200 have numbers attached because I didn’t rank them.

  • Longest Top 100 Novel:  In Search of Lost Time  (4651 pages)
  • Shortest Top 100 Novel:  Heart of Darkness  (96 pages)
  • Earliest Top 100 Novel:  Gulliver’s Travels  (1726)
  • Latest Top 100 Novel:  Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel  (2004)
  • Latest Top 200 Novel:  The Night Circus / The Tiger’s Wife  (2011) (more…)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - the best film of 1988 and the best animated film of the 80's

1980  –  1989

Total Films I’ve Seen:  942

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  43

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  Platoon

Film of the Decade:  Raiders of the Lost Ark

Worst Film of the Decade:  Human Highway

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  Fatal Attraction

Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director:  Phobia

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If you killed his father, you should probably prepare to die.

My Top 20:

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. Au revoir les enfants
  3. Hope and Glory
  4. Empire of the Sun
  5. Broadcast News
  6. Manon of the Spring
  7. The Dead
  8. The Last Emperor
  9. Matewan
  10. Full Metal Jacket
  11. Jean de Florette
  12. House of Games
  13. The Untouchables
  14. Roxanne
  15. Radio Days
  16. My Life as a Dog
  17. River’s Edge
  18. The Big Easy
  19. Raising Arizona
  20. Evil Dead II (more…)

The deluxe slipcase 1st Edition of The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973)

The Princess Bride

  • Author:  William Goldman  (b. 1931)
  • Rank:  #73
  • Publisher:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • Published:  1973
  • Pages:  283
  • First Line:  “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
  • Last Lines:  “I mean, I really do think that love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.  But I also have to say, for the umpty-umpth time, that life isn’t fair.  It’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”
  • ML Edition:  none
  • Film:  1987  (****  –  #1 film, dir. Rob Reiner)
  • Read:  Fall, 1990 (more…)