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My Year of Watching Too Many Films: #101-200

If you didn’t read my first article of this series, here’s a quick rundown. I decided to dedicate this year to catching up on as many new-to-me films as I could. The focus is heavily on award winners old and new, both from the US and abroad.

My set goal is 400 new movies by December 31st. As I write this, I have 178 movies to hit 400 and there are 203 days left in 2020, so my chances are pretty good of making it. We’ll see when school comes back around.

In this second group of 100, as the last one, I organized them by my star rating and within the ratings by year. The biggest surprises to me were how much I loved The Breakfast Club and The Florida Project and how disappointed I was by mid90s and John Belushi movies. I was very not surprised that I loved the first Godfather, really liked the second, and thought the third was just fine. Really hot takes there. Most of these are available for streaming somewhere! Do you think I’m crazy for ranking something too high/low? Totally agree with one of my takes? Let me know!

Perfect 5 stars

  1. The Florida Project (2017)
  2. Coco (2017)
  3. The Breakfast Club (1985)
  4. The Godfather (1972)
  5. 8½ (1963)
  6. The Kid (1921)

4 ½ stars

  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
  2. Capernaum (2018)
  3. The Artist (2011)
  4. The Host (2006)
  5. Magnolia (1999)
  6. Being John Malkovich (1999)
  7. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
  8. Thelma & Louise (1991)
  9. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
  10. Platoon (1986)
  11. WarGames (1983)
  12. Taxi Driver (1976)

4 stars

  1. Tigertail (2020)
  2. Daddio (2019)
  3. Beanpole (2019)
  4. Good Time (2017)
  5. The Nice Guys (2016)
  6. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  7. State of Play (2009)
  8. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  9. Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)
  10. Primal Fear (1996)
  11. Underground (1995)
  12. Schindler’s List (1993)
  13. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
  14. Annie Hall (1977)
  15. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  16. Serpico (1973)
  17. Wanda (1970)
  18. Breathless (1960)
  19. Shane (1953)
  20. The Last Laugh (1924)

3 ½ stars

  1. Blow the Man Down (2019)
  2. Logan Lucky (2017)
  3. Salt (2010)
  4. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
  5. The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  6. Sideways (2004)
  7. Lost in Translation (2003)
  8. Billy Elliot (2000)
  9. Analyze This (1999)
  10. Election (1999)
  11. Donnie Brasco (1997)
  12. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  13. Carlito’s Way (1993)
  14. Dances with Wolves (1990)
  15. The Freshman (1990)
  16. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  17. Akira (1988)
  18. Pretty in Pink (1986)
  19. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  20. Easy Rider (1969)
  21. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  22. Monterey Pop (1968)
  23. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

3 stars

  1. The Babushkas of Chernobyl (2015)
  2. Her (2013)
  3. Lawless (2012)
  4. Seven Pounds (2008)
  5. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
  6. Southland Tales (2006)
  7. Unbreakable (2000)
  8. Fight Club (1999)
  9. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
  10. Cape Fear (1991)
  11. Total Recall (1990)
  12. Blood Simple (1984)
  13. Scarface (1983)
  14. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  15. The Odd Couple (1968)
  16. Becket (1964)
  17. West Side Story (1961)

2 ½ stars

  1. The Wrong Missy (2020)
  2. The Lovebirds (2020)
  3. Hustlers (2019)
  4. The Platform (2019)
  5. mid90s (2018)
  6. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  7. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
  8. Killing Them Softly (2012)
  9. Children of Men (2006)
  10. Jackie Brown (1997)
  11. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

2 stars

  1. Aquaman (2018)
  2. Mississippi Grind (2015)
  3. Workers (2013)
  4. Avatar (2009)
  5. Dazed and Confused (1993)
  6. Sixteen Candles (1984)
  7. The Blues Brothers (1980)
  8. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

1 star

  1. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
  2. The Boondock Saints (1999)
  3. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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