The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled

Anyone who has ever had a film-related conversation with me has no doubt had to listen to me rant on and on about my hatred of CGI.   The human eye is too well trained and can notice little things in movement or color or texture that are clear indication that...

Least favorite movie

How much time do you have?  Seriously, I hold a lot of stuff I see with the utmost of contempt.  I am inherently critical.  It’s just the way I’m wired.  But in order to still fashion an article out of this, I decide to just put a few that literally make...

Favorite movie soundtrack

I noticed that it didn’t say score, which is good because that is a whole different ballgame.  When I hear the word soundtrack, I think more of popular songs used in films rather that music specifically crafted for the movie itself (which removes most musicals...

Favorite classic movie

The real problem with this question is the idea of what makes something a classic.  Is it just time?  How much time?  Are we to the sad point where 80s movies are now classics? Ooof. So I went with the understanding that I’m looking pre-1980 as a restriction...

Favorite guilty pleasure

Boy, am I going to be crucified for some of these?  But I really am from the school of thought that film is a truly individual experience.  Or at least it should be.  I have a hard time agreeing with most of the box office results as a barometer of the film’s...

A movie that no one would expect me to love

Given how cynical and jaded I really am as a person (I’m pretty sure you can tell that just by these posts, if you don’t actually know me personally), not a lot of people would peg me as an occasional musical lover.  I am aware that sounded dirty.  And I...

Favorite documentary

I know a lot of people who either don’t like documentaries or just don’t give them a chance since they think they’re all stodgy, PBS style infomercials on a bland, mundane topic.  That’s really a shame, because there is a plethora of...

Favorite movie character

I’m declaring formal shenanigans on this question.  I can’t even name my favorite character of certain actors.  So I’m just going to do a running list because there are way too many to try to list and then explain why.  I know I’ll miss some,...

Most underrated movie

Finally a question that I can really showcase my nerd cred with some smaller or unknown films that you may have missed.  Look, I watch a lot of crap.  A lot of it.  I can tolerate a certain amount of cinematic license or even suspend disbelief if I know they were...

Most overrated movie

I know that the argument most will pose is that I just don’t “get” whatever movie I decide to put up here.  But guess what?  I’m a lot more intuitive than you give me credit for.  I know all about subtext and innuendo and all that hullabaloo. ...

Favorite actor

Every single one of these questions requires a set of rules in order to limit the amount of choices.  I decided that for this one, they have to be currently working (which also means they have to be alive).  That instantly eliminates some of my all-time favorites,...

A movie that disappointed me most

Boy, where to begin with this one.  I could list any of the numbers of terrible American remakes of great international cinema simply because Americans are too lazy to read during their movies (which we are), including but not limited to:  Quarantine (remake of the...

Favorite movie of 2010

While contemplating this question, I’ve come to the realization that I watch way too many movies.  I think a lot of people underestimate the amount of movies I actually watch.  I watch everything from Korean revenge films to documentaries, Norwegian vampire...

First movie I saw in theaters

This is by far the easiest post since it’s not based on opinion.  I didn’t have to sit and think about what I deem my favorite (nor did I have to worry about riling up you, oh avid reader).  This is simply a matter of fact, although I did have to do some...

Favorite movie quote

No matter what I choose to list here, I’m going to leave something out that doesn’t deserve to be.  First quote that popped into my head is “we’re going to need a bigger boat” from Jaws, simply for the flexibility of including it into...

A movie I used to love but now hate

There’s way too much negative energy floating around today anyways (and I’m in a good mood since I just finished building my slidecam…and it’s awesome).  So I don’t want to go on and on about movies that I hate.  That’s not really...

Favorite animated movie

There just no way to tip-toe around this one.  I am a 31 year old child.  I still avidly watch animated movies (fancy talk talk for long cartoons) and read comics & graphic novels (fancy talk for long comics).   I felt vindicated when Time listed Watchmen as one...

Favorite movie from my childhood

  There is nothing quite like a trip down memory lane, musing over the films that I can remember from my childhood.  I can still remember the flying HBO logo that used to start most of the them.  It brings about alot of fond memories, if even only for a moment. ...

Favorite director

This is a completely unfair question.  It’s like limiting ice cream to either vanilla or chocolate.  Sometimes, I want some cookie dough.  Sometimes, I want Ben & Jerry’s Cinnabun.  It’s the same with directors.  You’re not always in the...

A movie that I know the entire script of

Well, how much time do you have? The reason I ask is I have a pretty high retention level, provided they are movie quotes and song lyrics rather than other things…like names, faces, or birthdays.  And if I really enjoy a a film, I tend to watch it repeatedly. ...

A movie that makes me sad

I’m not sure how or why people would ever list a movie that really, truly makes them sad as their favorite.   Even if they are beautiful films that tell a strong story, melancholy is melancholy.  I usually try to avoid overt homages to outright miserableness in...

A movie that makes me happy

This question posed a problem for me.  Is it a movie that makes me happy whenever I watch it?  Or is it a movie that makes me happy because it simply exists?  If it’s the latter, then it probably is every good comic book movie made (The Dark Knight, Iron Man,...

Favorite comedy

I once had someone say to me, “I don’t find comedy funny.”  That statement alone is comedic gold.  But the more I try to narrow down my favorite comedy, I find it harder to decide on an actual favorite.  Comedy is extremely subjective, with my...

Favorite drama

This is going to be a short(er) one because someone had a softball game and an obligation to honor Cinco de Mayo.  And I just feel that the category of drama is just too damn broad.  Drama happens in nearly every film.  Even documentaries about seemingly mundane...

Favorite horror movie

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Director: Adrian Lynn This was another tough one for me, since I am an avid horror fan.   Specifically, I am a zombie fanatic.  I have seen and read pretty much everything zombie related I could get my hands on.   Even some stellar gems like Meat...

Favorite action/adventure movie

Die Hard (1988) Director:  John McTiernan This one was pretty hotly debated at the Acquired Witt offices.  And by offices, I mean my living room.  And by hotly debated, I mean argued about a lot.   We even had to set parameters in order to accurately answer the...

Favorite movie

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Director: Frank Darabont Honorable Mention(s):  Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight, Seven, Fight Club, City of God, Primer You can tell a lot about a person when they talk about their favorite anything.  Anything from books, music, to even...