From the Archives: The Best Movie for Each Year of My Life

From the Archives: The Best Movie for Each Year of My Life

In the interest of getting “hard” copies of my work under one roof, I plan to spend the next few weeks posting the entire archive of my film journalism here on ScullyVision. With due respect to the many publications I’ve written for, the internet remains quite temporary, and I’d hate to see any of my work disappear for digital reasons. As such, this gargantuan project must begin! I don’t want to do it. I hate doing it. But it needs to be done. Please note that my opinions, like everyone’s, have changed a LOT since I started, so many of these reviews will only represent a snapshot in time. Objectivity has absolutely no place in film criticism, at least not how I do it. 

Without further ado, I present to you: FROM THE ARCHIVES.
Originally posted on Cinema76.

I’m late to the party on this one, but since everyone else has been making a list like this, I had to do it too. A few caveats:

1. This is in no way comprehensive. No available yearly lists are complete, so I’m sure that plenty of movies weren’t even considered in the making of this list. I fear plenty of foreign films went unconsidered. Whatever.

2. I’m sure that my own capacity for error resulted in a few shameful misses.

3. If one of these doesn’t match my previous Best of the Year lists, don’t bother me about it. I do not care that you noticed my change in taste.

4. Zodiac is better than No Country for Old Men and There Will be Blood. Deal with it.

Here goes!

1984 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

1985 – Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

1986 – The Fly

1987 – Robocop

1988 – Die Hard

1989 – Back to the Future: Part 2

1990 – Goodfellas

1991 – Defending Your Life

1992 – Batman Returns

1993 – Jurassic Park

1994 – True Lies

1995 – Casino

1996 – Fargo

1997 – Boogie Nights

1998 – Rushmore

1999 – Eyes Wide Shut

2000 – High Fidelity

2001 – Mulholland Drive

2002 – The Rules of Attraction

2003 – 28 Days Later…

2004 – Kill Bill: Vol 2.

2005 – Grizzly Man

2006 – Casino Royale

2007 – Zodiac

2008 – Tropic Thunder

2009 – A Serious Man

2010 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

2011 – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

2012 – Bernie

2013 – Inside Llewyn Davis

2014 – Under the Skin

2015 – Creed

2016 – Swiss Army Man

2017 so far – Logan

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