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Filmbalaya’s Top 15 Films of 2014

cdn.indiewireWell, folks, it’s about that time again.  The new year has come, and it is up to us to tell you what the best movies were last year because, let’s face it, we’d hate to force you to think for yourself.  We tried to do this as objectively as we possibly could, and, in using the scientific method, we employed such tools as our trusty alembic, abacus, and many systems of levers and pulleys to finally arrive at the definite conclusions presented below. Make sure to comment and let us know what you think!

Now, without further ado, the 15 best films of 2015, presented to you in alphabetical order and followed up by another 15 almost equally impressive runner-ups. Read More…

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Yep, Another “Best of” List: The Best and Worst of 2014

dafoe-and-brody-in-THE-GRAND-BUDAPEST-HOTELWell, it’s time once again for me to share with the movie nerds webwide what I thought was the best that 2014 had to offer in cinema. This is not our Top 15 movies of the year list. This post is just my opinion (which is obviously the absolute best opinion) on what I thought was the best, and worst, that movies had to offer this year. You know what they say, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one, and everybody thinks everyone elses stinks.”, so inhale deeply and take a whiff of mine.

Follow the jump to see my stinking opinions on what I thought were the Best Performance, Best Villain, Best use of a Pop Song, Best Documentary, Best Horror, Best Sci-Fi, Best Action, Best Comedy, Worst Movie and some other categories.

(Side note: I still have not seen the following films, “Map to the Stars”, “Mr. Turner”, and “Inherent Vice”)

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7 Lesser-Known San Francisco Films

sudden_fear_leadI recently wrote an article for the magazine 7×7 on some lesser-known classic films that San Francisco has to offer.

(The article could be read in full by clicking anywhere in the following paragraph.) From San Francisco classic Bullitt to the depiction of a 1970s Castro district in Milk, seeing a movie that takes place in San Francisco really makes us burst with City pride. Here are 7 San Francisco-based movies you might not have heard of yet, but are sure to make you love San Francisco even more.

It’s Pi Day! Time for a Pi list

american-pie-w1280In case you haven’t noticed yet, today is March 14th (3.14) which means it’s Pi day. I’m sure that mathematicians the world over are no doubt celebrating in the geekiest of ways possible, ways this failed math student can not begin to comprehend. However as a lover of cinema I too shall celebrate my indulgence in Pi by listing the top 3 cinematic Pis (pronounced pie, not piss. duh) and pies of all time. Top 3 Pis after the jump. Read More…

Top 15 Films of 2013

Leviathan_01I know, we’re almost a quarter of the way into 2014, but hey, better late than never, right? Follow the jump to see the films I thought were the best of 2013, in alphabetical order of course. Also, feel free to either agree or disagree with my picks in the comments. What were your favorites of 2013?

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The Best and Worst of 2013

WRONG-EXCLUSIVE-MasterChangBookYep, yet another “best of” list.

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for me to share with the movie nerds webwide what I thought was the best this year had to offer in cinema. This is not our Top 15 movies of the year list. That list will come mid-January, and be a collaborative effort amongst all us Filmbalayans. This post is just my opinion (which is obviously the absolute best opinion) on what I thought was the best, and worst, that movies had to offer this year. You know what they say, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one, and everybody thinks everyone elses stinks.”

Follow the jump to see my stinking opinions on what I thought were the Best Performance, best villain, best use of a pop song, best documentary, best horror, best sci-fi, best action, best comedy, worst movie and some other categories. Read More…

An Unorthodox Rating of All 23 James Bond Films

BondI’ve been a James Bond fan all my life, which can sometimes be a tough love situation. Loosely based on Ian Fleming’s callous and amoral British  spy, the amorphous film series has gone through six actors in the lead role and five decades of imitating whatever is popular at the time, including Shaft-style blaxploitation (Live and Let Die), Star Wars space opera (Moonraker), Bourne-style shaky cam (Quantum of Solace), and whatever the hell Die Another Day was trying to be. Check out my own personal (and somewhat unorthodox) ranking of the 23 official James Bond flicks after the jump.
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10 Songs That Did Better Than the Movie

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Good movies are almost always accompanied by equally memorable soundtracks. After 21 years, “I Will Always Love You” – still Whitney Houston’s finest moment – will continue to invoke memories of The Bodyguard for some, while Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On” will forever suffer guilt by association because of the once-highest-grossing film in history, Titanic. Adele just nabbed an Oscar earlier this year for the title track to Skyfall, the most successful James Bond adventure and the all-time top grosser, period, in the UK. Saturday Night Fever, Simon and Garfunkel in The Graduate…I could go on.

But on the other side of the tracks linger numerous songs that were buried under mediocre or just outright lousy flicks but rose from the ashes en route to long-term commercial success and, in some instances, ongoing radio airplay. Here I present but a mere microcosm of what’s out there, in no particular order. And yes, there’s a bit of a nagging trend running amok through my selections, but I claim immunity as they were the ones that prominently came to mind as I wracked my tiny brain while conjuring up this piece. Read More…

20 Great Horror Films For This Halloween

NosferatuWith Halloween coming up it only seems right to snuggle up and get some screams coming out of the TV screen. But if you’re like me you get a little tired of watching the same slasher sequels year after year.  I wanted to make a list of Halloween films that are not only more obscure but also better than almost everything you’ll find playing on TV this year. I also wanted to make a list of films that had something for everyone. So, whether you like sick and twisted films that make you look away from the screen or atmospheric horror with no gore at all, we have got something for you. Read More…

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