Good morning, everyone! I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging in the last week, for the dedicated six of you who have been following me since I started this up. The last week has been quite busy: I’m going through the final proofreading stages of my next novel, THE INFINITE LEAGUE; I’m developing my first graphic novel in nearly five years----and I’m very proud to say that I was recently promoted at my casino job to floor supervisor. It’s been an exciting time.
Today, I wanted to participate in something I’ve seen my friends doing lately. They’ve been listing their favorite movie for every year since they’ve been born. Sounds fun, and for a cinematic whore like me, I wanted to add my own list to the pile. You know, just in case you care about that sort of thing.
There are plenty of runner-ups, by the way. I have over 750 movies in my collection, and there are some years that have a lot of winners. But here are the absolute favorites movies I love to watch from every year that I was born.
Movies with an asterisk are films that I didn’t see and/or appreciate until years later. I didn’t get to watch Blazing Saddles when I was seven, obviously. But for some reason, at age six, The Poseidon Adventure was my absolutely favorite movie and would be until I saw Star Wars. Never could explain why I loved that schlocky survival adventure movie so much. I watched it religiously every year when it was televised, I even had a set of View-Master reels. Maybe it was the early John Williams score. Who knows.
Anyhoozle, here’s the list. Leave some comments if you want to share some of your favorites!
1968 Barbarella *
1969 A Boy Named Charlie Brown
1970 M*A*S*H *
1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
1972 The Poseidon Adventure
1973 Live and Let Die
1974 Blazing Saddles *
1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail / Rocky Horror Picture Show *
1976 Freaky Friday
1977 Star Wars
1978 Superman: The Movie / Animal House
1979 The Jerk *
1980 Airplane! / The Empire Strikes Back
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation / Return of the Jedi
1985 Back to the Future
1987 Raising Arizona
1988 A Fish Called Wanda
1989 Batman / Adventures of Baron Munchausen
1990 Pretty Woman
1991 The Commitments
1992 A Few Good Men
1993 Jurassic Park
1994 Shawshank Redemption / Forrest Gump / Pulp Fiction
1997 Fifth Element / Titanic
1998 The Truman Show
1999 My Cousin Vinnie
2001 Moulin Rouge!
2003 Kill Bill Vol. 1
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Bungundy
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2006 Casino Royale
2008 The Dark Knight
2009 Inglorious Basterds
2010 The A-Team / Toy Story 3
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / The Muppets
2012 The Avengers / Skyfall
2013 Man of Steel / Zero Dark Thirty
2014 Ex Machina
2015 Star Wars the Force Awakens / Inside Out / Trainwreck
2016 Captain America: Civil War / Zootopia / Rogue One
Well, that was fun. Except now I don't want to go to work....I just want to sit back and watch some movies. Where's my popcorn?
John Yeo Jr. is the author of The King's Tournament and Mama Sauveterre's Curiosity Shoppe. You can purchase both of these titles at Amazon, or at his website at Yeoniverse.com. His next novel, The Infinite League, comes out in September.