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Kumerica

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  1. I haven't given up. I got busy in work and life and forgot all about it. I also play in a couple of different FPL leagues using a different app and my focus was on those. I'll work harder at paying more attention and being somewhat competitive.
  2. Once upon a time, I, like an idiot, offered to judge the Fantasy category. Fantasy The (Un)Scientific Scoring Methodology: 1. As with every other category, while I was busy watching or rewatching some of the films, I enlisted some trusted and reliable movie-loving friends to assist. I asked them each to force rank everything in the category--without consulting the internet or other sources—according to their preferences. Sure enough, the results often differed substantially. 2. I took the average of their rankings to help create an initial tier. IN T
  3. You're forgetting a lot of that movie. I'd give it away, but would instead recommend you indeed give it a rewatch--it's really good.
  4. That's a great question and I did wrestle with it briefly. Ultimately, I figured most post-apocalypse movies tend to be categorized as a sub-genre of Science Fiction, so I let it stand.
  5. 4. Metropolis (13 pts) I’ll be the first to admit that I frequently underestimate old timers when it comes to films, and maybe I still am with this movie. After all, not only did Metropolis damn-near introduce the world to the sci-fi/futurist film genre, but it pioneered a wide-range of movie making techniques that are taught and used today. So beautiful and technically ahead of its time. From a story/narrative perspective, however, it is pretty bananas, and that weakness allows it to climb no higher. Also, I just adore the other movies more. 3. Close Encounters of the Third K
  6. 8. Planet of the Apes (9 pts) For me, its reputation exceeds it. It’s a classic, sure—its influence and place in popular culture is forever secured which, frankly, is why I gave it so many points. But, after my first watch in 30+ years, I decided that while it’s definitely entertaining and cute, that’s about all. 7. The Prestige (10 pts) This film (and the next one) were very difficult to rank, because on their faces, they aren’t in the proper category. But, although the “science” of the science fiction is not overt, without it, their plots could not move forward and the
  7. 12. Arrival (5 pts) Recency bias may have this a bit lower than some might expect, but it feels right to me. There’s not a lot to complain about—the production design is stand-out fantastic—and the overall plot, alien intentions, narrative style, flash forwards, etc. are all woven together nicely. I really liked this movie, in the theater, as well as a few rewatches, but with each viewing I was constantly left feeling as though it’s a well-executed composite of things I’d already seen, and that I wanted it to be better. 11. Robocop (6 pts) 1980s Detroit, baby! It’s not a
  8. Don't get me wrong, I loved this movie and practically wore out the VHS back in the day. but, after the rewatch, I couldn't quite rank it highly among these other 15 films. Still, it is great. I'm (sorta) sorry I didn't explain in my write-up, but I just felt like posting the vid, which some old friends made back in the 90s, for entertainment purposes.
  9. Sorry for the delay. Eddie Van Halen died and I was inconsolable, listening to VH music, trying to remember how to play riffs, etc. When I looked up, it was later than I wanted to post. Science Fiction On Earth The (Un)Scientific Scoring Methodology: 1. As with every other category, while I was busy watching or rewatching some of the films, I enlisted some trusted and reliable movie-loving friends to assist. I asked them each to force rank everything in the category--without consulting the internet or other sources—according to their preferences. Sure enough,
  10. I'll post Sci Fi on Earth Tonight--about 1/3 through my write-ups before work and outside interference took me away.
  11. Re: Pink Panther, I'm not really sure--I haven't seen any of them since I was a kid, maybe high school at the latest. They were always favorites of, say, my older cousins. Might need to throw those in this fall and watch with fresh eyes.
  12. Yeah, very subjective. Some Like It Hot (and others) simply rated lower for me because the 8 above it are so embedded into the DNA of my life, experience, and personality that if King Solomon tried judging my Top 8 I’d be hanged for regicide.
  13. RA and WfG in the Top 7 or 8 for sure, BiS likely in the Top 12 (higher if WfG was not also selected).
  14. 4. Animal House (13 pts) I mean, college . . . every movie with aspirations to comedy and college-aged characters has tried to copy and surpass this film for 40 years, and all have failed miserably. 3. Young Frankenstein (14pts) I love this film so much. Not only is it hilarious, it’s a beautifully crafted all-around film that makes it clear it belongs in this category, and it means to rule the genre. Terrific. 2. Blazing Saddles (15 pts) So much Mel! “We don't care if it’s the First Act of Henry the Fifth! We're leaving!” Even Mel Brooks admitted he
  15. 8. The Jerk (9 pts) I wish I could rank this higher, but I can’t. So stupid. So awesome. The start of mean comedy? Yay! 7. Airplane! (10 pts) Airplane pretty much created its own sub-genre of comedy film, and we’re all better for it. Further, there are several people who should’ve won Oscars for a specific work, and today I’ll choose Lloyd Bridges for this. 6. Trading Places (11 pts) Totally 80s, and totally awesome. So many great performances throughout, TP brings Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd together at their best. Man, I love this flick.
  16. 12. Bringing Up Baby (5 pts) I don’t feel particularly awesome placing this generational touchstone so low in the ranking, but then, I only saw it for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s a beautifully scripted and acted screwball comedy, and clearly a massive influence over the films that followed. I really enjoyed it as an all-around film, but its comedy, after 80-plus years, didn’t resonate as well with my first-time watch because of all the movies I’ve seen that have taken from it. 11. Fargo (6 pts) Similar to a few others, this “dark comedy thriller” is a dark horse
  17. Comedy The (Un)Scientific Scoring Methodology: 1. As with every other category, while I was busy watching or rewatching some of the films, I enlisted some trusted and reliable movie-loving friends to assist. I asked them each to force rank everything in the category--without consulting the internet or other sources—according to their preferences. Sure enough, the results often differed substantially. 2. I took the average of their rankings to help create an initial tier. 3. Since they weren’t very helpful previously, I did NOT consult lists from a wide
  18. Love it, grew up on it, but probably not in the Top 8. Would depend on my mood. Other movies that could've rated include Sunshine, Life, First Man, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, Galaxy Quest, and so forth. Still, this list of submissions was tough enough.
  19. The fact that while I initially had it lower, in the back of my mind I know none of the other films could've been what they were without it, and I couldn't escape that fact. So . . . yeah . . . influence, legacy, and guilt.
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