Tuesday, September 12, 2017

30 Favorite Movies as of Sept 2017

Updated since the last ranking in January of this year.
Note: Still not including James Bond films in this ranking. They are their own thing and I couldn't begin to compare them to these.
Also: I'm close to removing Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as well. Only the Avengers remains in my top 30 anyway, at this point. I love those movies but, like Bond, it's a different experience from other films.
Finally: There's been some movement. 
Biggest rise: Kingdom of Heaven. I love it more every time I watch it, and discover something new every time. (Also Star Trek: The Motion Picture continues to rise as I rewatch it and enjoy the score.)
Biggest fall: Babe. I tried to watch Babe again recently and just wasn't into it anymore. Which is sad.
The original cut of Star Wars, restored by "Harmy" as a download, has moved Star Wars back to #1 and it remains there this time around. Fellowship held that spot from about 2002 until 2015.

Here are my current 30 FAVORITE MOVIES:

1. Star Wars (1977 cut)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition)
3. The 13th Warrior
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
6. Kingdom of Heaven (Director’s Cut)
7. Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann 1992)
8. The Avengers (2012)
9. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Director’s Cut)
10. Ice Station Zebra
11. Casablanca
12. Serenity
13. Gandhi
14. Ocean's 11 (2001)
15. A Bridge Too Far
16. Lawrence of Arabia
17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (US)
18. Dead Again
19. Payback
20. Henry V (1989)
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
22. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
23. Babe
24. The Crow
25. North by Northwest
26. Die Hard
27. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
28. V for Vendetta
29. Tombstone
30. Where Eagles Dare 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Archon STL 2017 Panels

While at DragonCon, my Archon STL (Sept 29-Oct 1) programming arrived, and it looks very good:


3 pm: This Story Changed My Life

5 pm: Comic Books: Modern Mythology

7 pm: Game of Thrones: The Beginning of the End


10 am: Autographs with Van Allen Plexico and Deborah Millitello

12 Noon: The History of Pulp (w/ Bill Schaab)

1 pm: Crafting the Dark Hero

7 pm: Writing Scripts for Comic Books


1 pm: Author Reading with Van Allen Plexico, Donna J.W. Munro, and Ethan Nahté

2 pm: Marvel on Netflix: From Daredevil through The Defenders