15 Years of #1s

number-1It occurred to me that this is the 15th year I have been actively keeping a Top 10 movies list. So I did a little number crunching.

Of movies released from 1999-2013, I have seen 1029 (or 68.9 movies a year). Granted I see movies years after they are released and I also see movies released before 1999, so this is not an actual record of how many movies I see a year. But apparently I see quite a lot.

Of the movies I have seen, 144 of them were “not worth seeing” or 14%. Considering I intentionally skip most movies with terrible reviews, this means featured986% of the time I find the movie redeeming.

My picks for the best film of the year stand up as an eclectic collection. Only 1 of the films is not well known (50/50). 3 won the best picture Oscar. Another 7 were nominated (and Gravity might win). 5 were not nominated for best picture.

I can’t say which is the best. I haven’t watched 6 of the 15 a second time. I have seen 6 of them multiple times. One director repeats on the 15 – Ang Lee for two wildly different genres. I have watched other films (ex. Mean Girls) more than any of these films, but that doesn’t make it the “best,” just the most enjoyable.

See my #1 list below.

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#BlogElul via the Movies 6 – Yo Adrian!

If you want to just explore faith, there is no shortage of amazing films. Check out the incredible Arts & Faith Top 100 list. A film like 1928’s silent La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (#1) or the very underrated animated film The Iron Giant (#99) powerfully speak to all kinds of faith.

When I think of films about faith, I think of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, a documentary about the West Memphis Three and their 18 year journey towards freedom from their false incarceration (according to the film). While I never saw the earlier two films, this one stands on its own and is a fascinating watch of how to stay strong over decades of injustice.

But when you think movies and faith over the decades, you can’t leave out Rocky Balboa.

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