Top Movies by Decade

I was looking at the IMDb top 250 list and wondered how each decade since the 20’s fared on the list. Stuff like this really interests me. So if there’s any chance it interests you, the following will tell you how many movies are represented in the list from each decade (or at least how many on the day I did the calculating) and which movie from that decade scored the highest:

So, those of you who guessed The Empire Strikes Back were correct. The only decade that surprised me is the one we’re living in now. I thought there must have been one movie that could have unseated Inception, but it still holds on. Did any surprise you?

Congratulations The Empire Strikes Back. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa in The Empire Strikes Back.

Best Actor: Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

Best Quote: “You want to talk to God? Let’s go see him together, I’ve got nothing better to do.” — Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

A few more interesting tidbits:

  • There are 20 animated movies on the list, the highest one ranked one being Spirited Away (2001) at #26.
  • Depending on how you define horror, there are 9-12 horror movies on the list with the highest ranked one being The Silence of the Lambs (1991) at #23.
  • There are over 50 foreign films on the top 250, the highest one being The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Italy).
  • How many movies each decade has in the top 10:
    • 20’s — 0
    • 30’s — 0
    • 40’s — 0
    • 50’s — 1
    • 60’s — 1
    • 70’s — 2
    • 80’s — 0
    • 90’s — 4
    • 00’s — 2
    • 10’s — 0

Pick your movie of the week: 80’s! (Mar 31- Apr 6 /19)

At trivia night here in Sussex my team won a prize for guessing the #1 movie of the 1990’s based on viewer’s favourites: The Shawshank Redemption (1994). This was from IMDb’s top 250, a list based solely on what regular viewers like you and rate movies.Shawshank has sat at #1 since at least 2008, though likely longer.

The highest rated 80’s movie on the IMDb top 250 doesn’t actually make the top ten. The first one shows up at #13. which one of the following do you believe made that #13 spot? Again, this is NOT based on box office haul, DVD sales, or directors/critics’ picks. This is based on asking everyday people like you and me how high they rate these movies. Essentially, which one has the best batting average?

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Back to the Future (1985)

The Kitties Who Litter Our Screens

We love watching them on YouTube, but sometimes we forget the those classic kitties who helped make our movies that much better. Here are some of the greats:

  1. Richard Parker, Life of Pi (2012). I love tigers in movies, and I was hestitant to pick this one seeing as he is computer generated, as opposed to the ones in The Hangover (2009), Gladiator (2000), and Two Brothers (2004). However, the fact that his name is Richard Parker makes him too awesome to pass up.
  2. Diego, Ice Age (2002). This is such a great movie, mostly because of Sid the Sloth, but I do think Diego is amoung the more badass of cartoon cats.
  3. Alex, Madagascar (2005). Alex makes the list mostly because I really like Ben Stiller, and because seeing the character immediately brings to mind the penguins, King Julien, and the eventual appearance of the monkeys in the sequels.
  4. Jonesy, Alien (1979). His scene where he sees the alien is awesome. It’s simple, very house-catish, and adds so much to the suspense of the movie.
  5. Clawhauser, Zootopia (2016). If you haven’t seen Zootopia, you are in for a treat. You don’t have to watch it with a kid, nor even be a fan of animated movies. You will laugh, and I’m sure you’ll love Clawhauser as much as I did.
  6. Sassy, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993). She’s just so darn cute! And Sally Field is the perfect voice for her.
  7. Pink Panther, The Pink Panther (1963). Probably the coolest cat in all of movies/TV, which says a lot when you consider the competition.
  8. Simba, The Lion King (1994). I think I prefer the young Simba, but even the adult version is pretty awesome. Who would have thought we could identify with a bug-eating lion?
  9. Mr. Bigglesworth, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). Sure, he doesn’t say much. And sure, some say he’s ugly. But whenever he shows up he eats up the screen and just dares you to look away!

Yes, choosing 9 was intentional. I left out our nominees, but I have to say they are all cats are pretty cool. I think my favourite from those would be Keanu, though I appreciated and enjoyed each of them on some level.

Congratulations, Puss in Boots. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws in Puss in Boots.

Best Actor: TIE: Keegan-Michael Key as Clarence Goobril (aka Smoke Dresden) and Jordan Peele as Rell Williams (aka Oil Dresden) in Keanu.

Best Quote: Uh, Mr Pathetic. You’ve had a crush on her since high school. Would you please ask her out so she can reject you and we can get on with my life?” — Bill Murray as Garfield in Garfield.




This post is dedicated to Twila, my demon kitty who hates the world but snuggles me on the daily. Unless I’m sick or feeling down—then the snuggles are non-stop.


Movie Superlatives

You may have heard the descriptor, “can dance like Fred Astaire.” He is our go-to for dancing perfection, which says a lot when you consider all the unforgettable dancing scenes in movies over the past 100+ years. Now if someone was to pick a female go-to, they would have a wide array of actresses to choose from, though my feeling is that the number one answer would probably be Ginger Rogers. And this got me to thinking… What are some other go-to’s? Like who is the movie singer? In comedic acting, who would we would hold up as the bar?

I’ve decided to try and tackle this. The following categories all have a male and female winner and I have tried to consider the most logical choice, not simply the ones I would choose myself.

They can sing like… Barbra Streisand and Hugh Jackman 

They are witty like… Tina Fey and Billy Crystal

They can do physical comedy like… Jim Carrey and Kate McKinnon

They can act dramatically like… Daniel Day Lewis and Meryl Streep

They are as loveable as… Tom Hanks and Reese Witherspoon

They are as hateable as… Tilda Swinton and Tim Curry (If you’re not sure who either one of these are, do a google image search of their name and I am positive you’ll agree. The perfect villain actors.)

They are as scary as… Anthony Hopkins and Kathy Bates 

They have action movie star power like… Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sigourney Weaver

They can direct like… Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow

They’ve got movie screen presence like… Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

They’re badass like… Clint Eastwood and Charlize Theron

Some of these were difficult; like the physical acting category. That could also have been easily given to Charlie Chaplin and Melissa McCarthy. But I would welcome any challenges one picks. I mean, how could I possibly be wrong?

Congratulations Swing Time. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Emma Stone as Mia in La La Land.

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling as Seb in La La Land.

Best Quote: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” — Patrick Swayze as Johnny in Dirty Dancing.


My latest top 10 last 10:

  1. Studio 54 (2018) ✫ — Interesting, but could easily have been made into a 20-minute documentary short.
  2. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018) ✫✫½ — This one is definitely better. Interesting enough to watch, but not one I’d say one should hurry up and go check out.
  3. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) ✫ — Rewatch. I love the music, the visuals, and Butler as the Phantom. But too much sing-talking for me and I find some of the characters a little flat.
  4. The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019) ✫✫½ — another documentary, and it was much better. Glad I watched it.
  5. The Favourite (2018) ✫✫✫½ — Well made, but not one of my favourites of 2018, no pun intended.
  6. Blindspotting (2018) ✫ — Very relevant for us today and a great story.
  7. Christopher Robin (2018) — Charming. I really enjoyed it.
  8. Won’t You Be My Neighbour? (2018) — Of course, my loyalties lie with Mr. Dressup, but I have to say that Mr. Rogers is the man!
  9. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) ✫½ — So infuriating to watch, but so good. And he doesn’t just dwell on Trump. In fact, the first time I’d ever been disappointed in Obama was when watching something he’d done that’s shown in this film. Moore can be surprisingly level-headed and informative in his documentaries.
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (2018)  — It’s official. I have a new selection that competes with Dumbo (1941) and Fastastic Mr. Fox (2009) for my favourite animated movie of all time!

Pick your movie of the week: Dance! (Mar 17-23/19)

My favourite YouTube video is the movie dancing mashup to the song “Uptown Funk.” All these years and I still don’t get tired of it. So it inspired me. Which dance movie would you pick for this week’s movie?

Swing Time
(1936, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)

Dirty Dancing
(1987, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey)

La La Land
(2016, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling)


What will they say?

I have to admit that I love funerals. Not meaning that I enjoy funerals—that is something very different. I do love when family and friends gather together and honour someone’s life with stories and remembrance. There is so much that happens at funerals. The services themselves make you think. This last one I’d attended—one of many—I was thinking about the deceased and the memories throughout my childhood. I heard all the kind things said about him, and all of them were well deserved. This made me think of what people would say about me at my funeral.

I think there are a few things that will not be said about me then. Such as:

“I’ve never heard him say a bad thing about anyone.” I can’t say I haven’t said anything less than positive about Trump, Putin, or KJ Un, and despite my man-crush on Justin Trudeau I even talked behind his back with my sisters on Trivia Night. I’ve also said some pretty nasty things about Susan Powter, Mr. Fuji, my fourth grade teacher, the Shamwow guy, All-4-One, and my fifth grade bus driver.

“He would give you the shirt off his back.” This was said that service this week, but for me it depends on what shirt I’m wearing. I have many that I like a lot, and I’d really rather just go to Walmart with the person needing the shirt and buy them one. Plus I’m not the best at sharing my stuff.

“He always gave 110%.” Not only is this scientifically impossible, I usually coast on 50%.

“Now he is ________ (insert favourite activity) with Jesus.” My activity would be wrestling or watching movies, and there’s no way I’m going to take Jesus on in the ring. Plus, I couldn’t possibly watch a movie with Jesus sitting there. I’m afraid he might tsk at the bad parts like my mom used to do. Plus, if I discover that he talks during movies it will ruin my whole Heaven experience.

“He lived each day to the full.” Every morning from 7:00-8:00, every Monday, and every April 30th I definitely do not live life to the full.

I really don’t know what they will say. I think if there was anything I’d want to be remembered for is loving my family, loving my fellow human beings, and that I tried to understand people. Those are the things most important to me.

Congratulations The Rescuers. This is your week.

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Actress: Eva Gabor as both Duchess in The Aristocats and as Miss Bianca in The Rescuers.

Best Actor: Bob Newhart as Bernard in The Rescuers. (I don’t think I knew that was him…)

Best Quote:Praise the Lord and pass the tax rebate!” — John Wayne as Friar Tuck in Robin Hood.

And did you know that The Rescuers was the first animated Disney movie to inspire a sequel? And it was popular enough in some countries to earn more than Star Wars in 1977. Both France and Germany are good examples.

Happy weekend everyone!