The Research

Published on July 19th, 2018

The list of movies Alex references in his post One for the Books.

A note on research: this research was primarily done by scanning the lists of “[year in question] in film” Wikipedia page. Often, I found a film forgotten by this list – it notably tends to exclude most foreign films and documentaries – so I would add it in to mine. That said, I cannot say this research is 100% accurate. Even I’m amazed I remember that the Kristen Wiig-starring pile of nothingness known as Welcome to Me exists, so I can only imagine there are a few films I missed entirely. That said yet again, I tend to be approaching this from a Hollywood-centric position, so the movies that are forgotten are not the ones where my concerns lie anyway. The research is technically lacking, but not in any way I would consider important.

2009

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. Two Lovers (admittedly, I did not see this until years later)
  2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (fuck you)
  3. 500 Days of Summer (fuck you again)
  4. Paper Heart
  5. The Informant!
  6. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  7. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL LIKELY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. I Love You, Man
  2. State of Play
  3. Tyson
  4. Star Trek
  5. Up
  6. The Hangover
  7. The Proposal (watched it two years later)
  8. The Hurt Locker
  9. Public Enemies
  10. Bruno
  11. Away We Go
  12. In the Loop
  13. Funny People
  14. It Might Get Loud
  15. Mystery Team
  16. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  17. Jennifer’s Body
  18. Whip It
  19. Zombieland
  20. Where the Wild Things Are
  21. Michael Jackson’s This is It
  22. Gentleman Broncos
  23. The Box
  24. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  25. The Road
  26. Brothers
  27. A Single Man
  28. Sherlock Holmes

MOVIES I HATED

  1. Lymelife
  2. The Taking of Pelham 123
  3. District 9
  4. Inglourious Basterds
    Gamer
  5. Whiteout
  6. Law Abiding Citizen
  7. 2012
  8. The Blind Side
  9. Ninja Assassin
  10. The Lovely Bones
  11. Avatar
  12. Nine

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. Adventureland
  2. Sugar
  3. The Brothers Bloom
  4. A Serious Man

2010

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  2. The A-Team (mother fucking parachuting tank!)
  3. Toy Story 3
  4. Animal Kingdom

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL LIKELY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. Daybreakers
  2. Youth in Revolt
  3. The Book of Eli
  4. The Wolfman
  5. Shutter Island
  6. Cop Out
  7. Brooklyn’s Finest
  8. Green Zone
  9. Hot Tub Time Machine
  10. Waking Sleeping Beauty
  11. Date Night
  12. Death at a Funeral
  13. Kick-Ass
  14. Iron Man 2
  15. MacGruber
  16. Get Him to the Greek
  17. Winter’s Bone
  18. Knight and Day
  19. Salt
  20. The Expendables
  21. The American
  22. Never Let Me Go
  23. The Town
  24. Buried
  25. Let Me In
  26. Due Date
  27. Unstoppable
  28. The Next Three Days
  29. Love & Other Drugs
  30. The King’s Speech
  31. True Grit
  32. Somewhere
  33. Blue Valentine

MOVIES I HATED

  1. Legion
  2. The Kids are All Right
  3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  4. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (exception: Carey Mulligan and Shia LaBeouf are both great in this film)
  5. Biutiful

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. Inception
  2. The Other Guys
  3. Going the Distance
  4. Easy A
  5. The Social Network
  6. Tron Legacy
  7. Beginners

2011

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. Take Shelter
  2. Margin Call
  3. The Lincoln Lawyer
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL PROBABLY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. The Mechanic
  2. Take Me Home Tonight
  3. Battle: Los Angeles
  4. Limitless
  5. Source Code
  6. Hanna
  7. Arthur
  8. Scream 4
  9. Bridesmaids
  10. Midnight in Paris
  11. The Artist
  12. Drive
  13. X-Men: First Class
  14. Super 8
  15. Horrible Bosses
  16. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
  17. Captain America: The First Avenger
  18. Friends with Benefits
  19. Colombiana
  20. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  21. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  22. Headhunters
  23. The Ides of March
  24. Carnage
  25. Contagion
  26. Shame
  27. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  28. The Raid: Redemption
  29. The Descendants
  30. Rampart
  31. What’s Your Number?
  32. Hugo
  33. The Adventures of Tintin
  34. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
  35. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  36. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

MOVIES I HATED

  1. The Guard
  2. Cedar Rapids
  3. Paul
  4. I Am Number Four
  5. Hall Pass
  6. Sucker Punch
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  8. Melancholia
  9. The Hangover Part II
  10. Cowboys & Aliens
  11. Warrior
  12. In Time
  13. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. The Adjustment Bureau
  2. Fast Five
  3. The Tree of Life
  4. Moneyball
  5. 50/50
  6. Margaret
  7. Young Adult

2012

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. The Grey
  2. Chronicle
  3. The Cabin in the Woods
  4. Shut Up and Play the Hits
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Premium Rush
  7. Looper
  8. Pitch Perfect
  9. Killing Them Softly

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL LIKELY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. Contraband
  2. Haywire
  3. Safe House
  4. Rampart
  5. Wanderlust
  6. Friends with Kids
  7. The Hunger Games
  8. American Reunion
  9. Keyhole
  10. The Five Year Engagement
  11. Safe
  12. The Avengers
  13. The Dictator
  14. Battleship
  15. Moonrise Kingdom
  16. Prometheus
  17. Brave
  18. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  19. To Rome with Love
  20. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  21. Magic Mike
  22. Ted
  23. Take This Waltz
  24. The Amazing Spider-Man
  25. The Watch
  26. The Bourne Legacy
  27. The Campaign
  28. Lawless
  29. Amour
  30. Dredd
  31. End of Watch
  32. Trouble with the Curve
  33. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  34. Argo
  35. Seven Psychopaths
  36. Smashed
  37. Cloud Atlas
  38. Skyfall
  39. Flight
  40. Wreck It Ralph
  41. Lincoln
  42. Zero Dark Thirty
  43. Jack Reacher
  44. Not Fade Away
  45. Django Unchained
  46. Les Miserables

MOVIES I HATED

  1. Men in Black 3
  2. Safety Not Guaranteed
  3. Savages
  4. Total Recall
  5. The Expendables 2
  6. Cosmopolis
  7. Taken 2
  8. The Paperboy
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Life of Pi
  11. This is 40

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. Ruby Sparks
  3. Celeste and Jesse Forever
  4. The Master

2013

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. Pain & Gain
  2. Her

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL LIKELY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. Broken City
  2. The Last Stand
  3. Side Effects
  4. Snitch
  5. To the Wonder
  6. Dead Man Down
  7. Spring Breakers
  8. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  9. Admission
  10. Olympus has Fallen
  11. GI Joe: Retaliation
  12. Oblivion
  13. It’s a Disaster
  14. Iron Man 3
  15. Mud
  16. Star Trek Into Darkness
  17. Fast & Furious 6
  18. Before Midnight
  19. Now You See Me
  20. The Heat
  21. The Lone Ranger
  22. Fruitvale Station
  23. The World’s End
  24. The Wolverine
  25. 2 Guns
  26. The Spectacular Now
  27. Short Term 12
  28. Prisoners
  29. Enough Said
  30. Don Jon
  31. Gravity
  32. 12 Years a Slave
  33. Thor: The Dark World
  34. The Counselor
  35. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  36. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  37. Nebraska
  38. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  39. Homefront
  40. Oldboy
  41. Out of the Furnace
  42. American Hustle
  43. The Wolf of Wall Street
  44. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  45. Lone Survivor
  46. All is Lost

MOVIES I HATED

  1. The Grandmaster
  2. Gangster Squad
  3. A Good Day to Die Hard
  4. Trance
  5. The Great Gatsby
  6. Frances Ha
  7. Man of Steel
  8. White House Down
  9. The Way, Way Back
  10. Bad Words
  11. Pacific Rim
  12. Dallas Buyers Club

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. The Place Beyond the Pines
  2. Upstream Color
  3. The Kings of Summer
  4. This is the End
  5. Drinking Buddies
  6. Captain Phillips
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis

2014

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. The Lego Movie
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Noah
  4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  5. It Follows

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL PROBABLY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  2. Frank
  3. Obvious Child
  4. A Most Wanted Man
  5. Boyhood
  6. Non-Stop
  7. Neighbors
  8. Predestination
  9. Muppets Most Wanted
  10. Need for Speed
  11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  12. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  13. Transcendence (pretty sure I hated this, but when in doubt)
  14. Brick Mansions
  15. Wild Tales
  16. The Rover
  17. Foxcatcher
  18. Edge of Tomorrow
  19. 22 Jump Street
  20. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  21. Unfriended
  22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  23. When the Game Stands Tall
  24. Let’s Be Cops
  25. Birdman
  26. The Imitation Game
  27. Top Five
  28. Welcome to Me
  29. Tusk
  30. The Equalizer
  31. The Drop
  32. A Walk Among the Tombstones
  33. Gone Girl
  34. John Wick
  35. Fury
  36. The Gambler
  37. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  38. Taken 3
  39. Manglehorn

MOVIES I HATED

  1. Chef
  2. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  3. Snowpiercer
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. The Expendables 3
  6. Kill the Messenger
  7. American Sniper
  8. The Interview

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. Whiplash
  2. Nightcrawler
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. Interstellar

2015

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. A Most Violent Year
  2. Ex Machina
  3. Trainwreck
  4. The Lobster
  5. Sicario
  6. The Gift
  7. Bridge of Spies
  8. Carol

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL PROBABLY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. The D Train
  2. Mississippi Grind
  3. Sleeping with Other People
  4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  5. Life
  6. The Duff
  7. Focus
  8. Run All Night
  9. The Final Girls
  10. Danny Collins
  11. Furious 7
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  13. Spy
  14. Inside Out
  15. Macbeth
  16. San Andreas
  17. Results
  18. Southpaw
  19. Cartel Land
  20. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  21. Ricki & the Flash
  22. The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  23. Straight Outta Compton
  24. American Ultra
  25. Spotlight
  26. Black Mass
  27. Room
  28. Steve Jobs
  29. Truth
  30. Spectre
  31. The Big Short
  32. Joy
  33. The Revenant

MOVIES I HATED

  1. Blackhat
  2. Dope
  3. Pitch Perfect 2
  4. Tomorrowland
  5. Jurassic World
  6. Ant-Man
  7. The Man from UNCLE
  8. Our Brand is Crisis
  9. The Martian
  10. Burnt
  11. Crimson Peak
  12. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  13. High Rise

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. The End of the Tour
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Magic Mike XXL
  4. Creed
  5. The Night Before
  6. The Hateful Eight

2016

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD POTENTIALLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  2. Midnight Special
  3. Knight of Cups
  4. The Nice Guys
  5. Jason Bourne
  6. La La Land
  7. Moonlight
  8. Arrival
  9. The Edge of Seventeen
  10. Manchester by the Sea
  11. Paterson
  12. 20th Century Women

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL PROBABLY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. The Witch
  2. Deadpool
  3. Triple 9
  4. London has Fallen
  5. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  6. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  7. Everybody Wants Some!!
  8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  9. The Jungle Book
  10. The Boss
  11. Captain America: Civil War
  12. Green Room
  13. Keanu
  14. Central Intelligence
  15. Star Trek Beyond
  16. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  17. Nerve
  18. Into the Forest
  19. Sausage Party
  20. Hell or High Water
  21. Kubo and the Two Strings
  22. War Dogs
  23. Don’t Breathe
  24. Mechanic: Resurrection
  25. The Light Between Oceans
  26. Voyage of Time
  27. Doctor Strange
  28. The Accountant
  29. Kevin Hart: What Now?
  30. Bleed for This
  31. Allied
  32. Nocturnal Animals
  33. Rogue One
  34. Office Christmas Party
  35. Patriots Day
  36. Fences
  37. The Founder
  38. Silence
  39. Gold
  40. Christine
  41. Tower
  42. Welcome to Me

MOVIES I HATED

  1. X-Men Apocalypse
  2. Now You See Me 2
  3. Independence Day 2: Resurgence
  4. Captain Fantastic
  5. Ghostbusters
  6. Sully
  7. Snowden
  8. The Magnificent Seven
  9. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  10. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  11. Live by Night

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. Hail, Caesar!
  2. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  3. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  4. Jackie

2017

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. Get Out
  2. Colossal
  3. The Lost City of Z
  4. Beatriz at Dinner
  5. Dunkirk
  6. Logan Lucky
  7. Blade Runner 2049
  8. Phantom Thread
  9. Hostiles

MOVIES I LIKED BUT WILL PROBABLY NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. Sleepless
  2. Split
  3. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
  4. The Big Sick
  5. The Lego Batman Movie
  6. John Wick: Chapter 2
  7. Logan
  8. Personal Shopper
  9. Baby Driver
  10. Life
  11. The Discovery
  12. The Fate of the Furious
  13. Alien: Covenant
  14. The Dinner
  15. The Wall
  16. Baywatch
  17. Wonder Woman
  18. Wonderstruck
  19. War Machine
  20. It Comes at Night
  21. Rough Night
  22. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  23. The House
  24. A Ghost Story
  25. War for the Planet of the Apes
  26. Atomic Blonde
  27. Detroit
  28. Brigsby Bear
  29. Wind River
  30. Good Time
  31. Lady Bird
  32. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  33. It
  34. Mother!
  35. Brad’s Status
  36. Stronger
  37. Loving Vincent
  38. American Made
  39. Thor: Ragnarok
  40. Geostorm
  41. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  42. Call Me by Your Name
  43. The Disaster Artist
  44. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  45. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  46. The Post

MOVIES I HATED

  1. Free Fire
  2. Transformers: The Last Knight
  3. Battle of the Sexes
  4. I, Tonya
  5. Molly’s Game
  6. Last Flag Flying
  7. Bright

PERSONAL CLASSICS

  1. Song to Song

2018

MOVIES I LOVED AND WOULD CONCEIVABLY WATCH AGAIN

  1. Game Night
  2. Annihilation
  3. You Were Never Really Here
  4. Tully

MOVIES I LIKED BUT PROBABLY WILL NEVER WATCH AGAIN

  1. The Commuter
  2. The Cloverfield Paradox
  3. Black Panther
  4. Red Sparrow
  5. The Death of Stalin
  6. Isle of Dogs
  7. Unsane
  8. Ready Player One
  9. A Quiet Place
  10. Blockers
  11. First Reformed
  12. Ocean’s 8
  13. Hotel Artemis
  14. Hereditary
  15. Incredibles 2
  16. Tag
  17. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

MOVIES I HATED

  1. Thoroughbreds
  2. Avengers: Infinity War

PERSONAL CLASSICS

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