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Media List (2018)

Here are the movies, books, and television shows I consumed in 2018. I only list movies that I watched from beginning to end, complete television series, and books I finished.

Movies in italics are ones I’ve seen before.



  1. Foo-foo Dust (2003): A short documentary that captures four days in the life of mother and son drug addicts. A terribly depressing way to kick off the new year.
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): I watched this for the first time in 2017, and re-watched it with Susan. Less confusing and more touching a second time.
  3. The Majestic (2001): A 1950s director accused of being a communist assumes the identity of a missing war hero after suffering from amnesia.
  4. The Disaster Artist (2017): An award-winning look behind the scenes of The Room and the two personalities that brought it to life, Tommy and Greg. Stands on its own without needing the source material, although I expect a run on new The Room viewings this year.
  5. Red Dawn (2012): A group of teens decide to fight back when their town is invaded by Korea. I’ve put off watching this remake for years. It was okay; different enough from the original to be enjoyable.
  6. Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Do replicants dream of electric sheep? Do they procreate? You’ll have 2:45 to ponder these and other questions.
  7. Ninja 3 – The Domination (1983): Sometimes when you’re sick, an old friend feels nice.
  8. Fletch (1985): A newspaper reporter with the gift of gab investigates two separate crimes that turn out to be related. Chevy Chase at his best (being Chevy Chase).
  9. Motley Crue – The End (2015): Not a movie, but Motley Crue’s final live concert performance. Although there’s no narrative, I still choked up at the end. Home, sweet home.
  10. Elves (1989):


  1. The Toys That Made Us (Season 1): A miniseries about four toy lines that ruled the world: Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man, and GI Joe.
  2. 8 Bit Legacy: A series of seven short videogame-related documentaries. Well produced, but light on content.


  1. None yet!



  1. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992): Amazing ensemble piece based on a Pultizer-winning play about aging real estate salesmen who must Always Be Closing.
  2. The Lobster (2015): In the future, single adults have 45 days to find a mate before they are changed into an animal and turned loose in the surrounding forest. Weirdest movie I’ve seen in ages.
  3. Helter Skelter (1976): A made-for-television dramatization of the Manson trial. This was scarier than any horror movie as a kid. Watched again when Manson’s health made headlines.
  4. Clue (1985): A “Who Dunnit” murder mystery based on the Parker Brothers board game. Honestly, I liked Murder By Death and Private Eyes much better.
  5. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965): The springboard into Russ Meyer’s weird, curvy world. Considered violent and obscene in 1965, it’s a soft PG by today’s standards. Nowhere as indecent as the hype suggests.
  6. The Thing (1982): Classic psychological thriller from John Carpenter that somehow I missed. Fantastic study in paranoia, psychological horror and gory special effects.
  7. Hamlet (1948): Just read the play, decided to watch the movie, too. Amazing how well the story and plot hold up, considering its age.
  8. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982): Rewatched for school. A great, nostalgic ensemble piece, but less plot-driven than what I’m working on. A classic, nonetheless.
  9. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2016): Documentary about more living with less stuff. Interesting in theory, impractical for me.
  10. Mortal Kombat (1995): Better than it deserves to be, although it should be as it’s a beat-for-beat remake of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. Lots of goofy one-liners and ass-kicking.
  11. Mortal Kombat – Annihilation (1997): Technically I shouldn’t list this one. It’s so bad I’ve tried to watch it twice and haven’t finished it. I’d rather get kicked in the head than finish it.
  12. Caged (1950): A pregnant nineteen-year-old girl grows up in a women’s prison after being convicted of a felony. Honesty only gets you so far inside… and on getting out.
  13. Boys Town (1938): Spencer Tracy’s heart of gold meets Mickey Rooney’s heart of coal in this classic about a reform school for boys. The moral of this story is look both ways before crossing the street.
  14. The Barkley Marathons (2014): Documentary about a crazy 100+ mile marathon through rough country. A great documentary and a great story.
  15. Lion King (1994): Not my favorite Disney film, but not terrible. Borrows heavily from older stories. Great study in how to move a plot forward.
  16. Paper Towns (2015): When the teen girl across the street runs away, a group of high school seniors attempt to track her down following a series of clues they believe she left behind.
  17. Motorama (1991): Strange, strange film about a 10-year-old boy who steals a car and goes on a cross-country road trip collecting game cards from gas stations in hopes of winning a $500 million jackpot.
  18. Witchboard (1986): Cheesy 80s horror film starring Tawny Kitaen who gets possessed by an evil spirit after playing with a Ouija board alone. Multiple sadness!
  19. Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show (2014): A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a hit television show. Not enough meat on the bone for me, but enough to know I wouldn’t want to do it.
  20. Big Trouble (2002): A star-studded caper-gone-wrong film. Not sure how I missed this one. Enjoyable!
  21. Cannibal! The Musical (1996): An early film effort from the creators of South Park. I’ve seen this film a dozen times or so; always a fun time killer.
  22. Super Ninja (1986): Two cops, one super ninja, five elemental ninjas, a bunch of sped up fight scenes, poorly dubbed audio, a Rambo tribute, and an awkwardly long sex scene. May need 1-2 more viewings to fully understand the plot.
  23. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): A man second guesses his decision to have all traces of a former relationship wiped from his mind. Reminded me of Being John Malkovich. Interesting movie.
  24. Die Hard (1988): A NYC cop attends the wrong LA party. Yippie-ki-yay, mother…
  25. Magicians (2016): A documentary that follows four professional magicians. Anyone considering becoming a professional magician should watch this.
  26. Some Kind of Monster (2004): Metallica documents almost three years of their personal drama. The least rockin’ look at a rock and roll band ever.
  27. Viva Amiga (2016): A documentary about the Commodore Amiga computer. Limited audience, but I enjoyed it. Viva Amiga!
  28. The Fault in Our Stars (2014): Two teens with terminal cancer fall in love and spend their last days living and facing oblivion.
  29. Dark Star (1974): The law of diminishing returns prevails in John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon’s first film as four astronauts must deal with an aging ship, insubordinate bombs, and a beach ball-like alien.
  30. The Lost Boys* (1987): Lucy, Sam, and Michael move to Santa Clara, California, the murder (and vampire) capital of the world.
  31. Fittest on Earth: The Story of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games (2016): Documentary about a difficult fitness competition. Not particularly deep or interesting.
  32. The Road (2009): In this post-apocalyptic film, a boy and his father set out in search of food, shelter, and “the good guys.”
  33. The Quick and the Dead (1995): In this star-filled western, we meet both groups of people in a series of old west gunfights.
  34. The Goonies* (1985): A group of young teenage boys hope set out to find treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood and homes from destruction.
  35. Bunny Lake is Missing (1965): A woman calls the police after her daughter goes missing from a London daycare, but as the investigation goes on people begin to wonder if the girl ever existed at all.
  36. Megan is Missing (2011): Unlike the previous movie, we know Megan and her friend Amy are definitely real 14-year-old girls. One is promiscuous and the other is innocent, but they both meet the same fate at the end of the film. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
  37. WarGames (1983): Shall we play a game, again? Yes, we shall.
  38. Tetro (2011): Francis Ford Coppola drama about family, generations, art, betrayal, and secrets. Black and white. A great film, if you’re in the mood for it. Fortunately, I was.
  39. My Amityville Horror (2012): A documentary starring an adult Daniel Lutz, the oldest child from the Amityville Horror household. Kind of sad to see how strongly his life was affected and consumed by the event.
  40. The Money Pit (1986): Tom Hanks and Shelly Long discover the house of their dreams is a nightmare, and their relationship isn’t much better.
  41. Hot Fuzz (2007): Nick Angel, cop supreme, is transferred to a town where things are not as they seem — for both him and the audience. Brilliant twists and turns in this comedy/mystery.
  42. Observe and Report (2007): Seth Rogan is an unlikable bipolar security guard who sets out to prove his worth by stopping a mall flasher. Advertised as a dark comedy; the dark part, I agree with.
  43. Hellrasier (1987): The cenobites have such sights to show us, and they do. And they do.
  44. The Maze Runner (2014): A group of teens are mysteriously being placed in a grotto and the only way out is through a giant maze crawling with monsters. Plenty of plot holes and a “see you in part 2” ending, but entertaining nonetheless.
  45. A Fish Called Wanda (1987): After a group of bumbling jewel thieves steal millions of dollars worth of diamonds, the group stab and back stab one another as they attempt to secure the diamonds for themselves. A c-c-c-c-classic!
  46. The Exorcist (1973): An ancient demon and a recently discovered Ouija board spell bad news for Regan. Often considered to be one of the scariest movies of all time. More disturbing than scary 40+ years later, but still worth watching.
  47. Amityville – The True Story (2008): A History Channel documentary that talks to many of the people who investigated the Amityville Horror. Interesting, but not groundbreaking.
  48. Arrival (2016): When aliens arrive on earth, only one woman — and expert linguist — can crack their language and receive their gift to humanity. But will it be worth it?
  49. Trilogy of Terror (1975): A collection of three short horror stories turned into a single (made for television?) film. Not much premise, even less plot. “Horror” is stretching the definition.
  50. A Boy and His Dog (1975): A boy and his telepathic dog maneuver the wastelands after World War IV in search of food and sex (not always in that order). Based on a short story by Harlan Ellison, and perhaps better in that format.
  51. Guardians of the Galaxy (2015): Peter “Starlord” Quill and his friends must band together to prevent evil beings from obtaining the most powerful weapon in the universe.
  52. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017): The gang of guardians return to battle more bad guys, including a deity.
  53. Bounty Killer (2013): A drifter and his gun caddy take turns fighting Mary Death and making out with her. Instant B-movie classic.
  54. Postcards from the Edge (1990): The thinly-veiled autobiography of Carrie Fisher and her relationship with her mother.
  55. The Founder (2016): The based-on-a-true-story of Ray Kroc, the man who wrestled “McDonalds” away from two men named McDonald. A great film that makes the playland seem a little less cheerful.
  56. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010): A documentary about the rivalry (and eventual friendship) between two great competitors, and what they symbolized.
  57. Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008): A documentary about Harlan Ellison, one of the most prolific and cantankerous writers of our time.
  58. GLOW – The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012): A documentary about the rise and fall of the first and only all-women’s professional wrestling league.
  59. Bigfoot Wars (2014): A sheriff is forced to hunt down a Bigfoot pack after they kidnap his daughter for breeding purposes. If you ever wanted to see who would win in a fight between a group of Bigfoot and a survivalist with a sledgehammer, here you go.
  60. In Their Own Words: Jim Henson (2015): A look at the life of Jim Henson and the story of the Muppets. Sixty minutes of smiles.
  61. Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (2006): Documentary that covers the rise, fall, and rebirth of skateboard legend Christian Hosoi.
  62. All This Mayhem (2014): A documentary about the Tappas brothers, two professional skateboarders from Australia whose love of skating was eclipsed by their penchant for partying.
  63. White Men Can’t Jump (1992): Two hustlers hustle everyone they encounter, both on and off the court.
  64. The United States of Autism (2013): A man with an austistic child drives across the country meeting the families of other austistic children. A 90-minute, eye-opening documentary.
  65. The Beatles – Eight Days a Week: A documentary about the Beatles, from soup to nuts in two hours.
  66. Earth Girls are Easy (1988): When Geena Davis discovers her fiance has been unfaithful, she needs a new man in her life. The next day, three arrive when a spaceship crash lands in her backyard swimming pool. Silly 80s fluff.
  67. I Am Chris Farley: A look back at the life and comedy of Chris Farley, with lots of interviews with co-workers and family.
  68. Doomed – The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four (2015): A fascinating look behind an infamous movie that was never intended to be made.
  69. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003): A look at the life of Aileen Wuornos, the first female American serial killer. The documentary covers her life, death, mental illness, and execution.
  70. Mom, Can I Keep Her? (1998): A terrible movie about a boy who adopts an escaped gorilla and tries to hide him from a trophy hunter, the zoo, and his parents. Ridiculous!
  71. Serial Killers – David Berkowitz Son of Sam (2014): An overview of the .44 Killer. I have to quit watching these true crime/serial killer documentaries at night!
  72. Brian and the Boz (2014): A look at the explosive and short-lived career of Brian Bosworth, the big Sooner linebacker with the equally big mouth. The Boz was the template for the superstar athlete in the 80s, and a contrite and modest man today.
  73. A Jail in Columbia (2004): A horrifying look inside “La Modelo,” a Colombian prison that is run by the drug cartel and rebels from the inside — a prison where the guards are not allowed to carry firearms, but the prisoners are. You don’t want to go to prison anywhere, but you most certainly do not want to got to prison in Colombia.
  74. This is the Zodiac Speaking (2008): Another documentary about the Zodiac Killer, who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s. While the presentation was fairly dry, it does contain interviews with all of the Zodiac’s survivors, police officers, and detectives who worked on the case.
  75. A History of Violence (2005): Big time criminals show up in a sleepy town after a man’s true identity is exposed. A good thriller. Trivia fact: this was the last major Hollywood film to be released on VHS.
  76. Nacho Libre (2006): A monk named Nacho (Jack Black) lives a double life as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler). Like Napoleon Dynamite, I didn’t like this film the first time I saw it but it has grown on me over the years.
  77. Palmer’s Pick-up (1999): A bizarre film about two guys hired to transport a mysterious crate with supernatural contents from California to Florida. Direct to video, for a good reason.
  78. The Room (2003): Considered to be one of the worst movies ever, deservedly so. Is it so bad it’s good, or is it simply bad? I’m undecided. The story of a man whose “future bride” cheats on him in a sea of bad acting, writing, and directing.
  79. License to Drive (1987): Even failing his driving test won’t dash Les’ hopes of taking the hottest girl in school out on a date. Starring the Coreys.
  80. Kong: Skull Island (2017): A 100-foot-tall King Kong meets Apocalypse Now.
  81. Big Stuffed Dog (1980): A young boy goes on a cross country trip first with, and later without, a life-sized Snoopy doll.
  82. Easy Rider (1969): A couple of drug-dealing bikers make their way across country toward their end goal without realizing that the trip was the goal all along. I think.
  83. El Dorado (1969): I haven’t seen many John Wayne movies and this seemed like a good place to start. Cole Thornton (Wayne) teams up with a drunk sheriff and a black-hatted kid named Mississippi to ward off Ed Asner’s Bart Jason and his gang. Amazing how different this film was from Easy Rider, even though they were made only two years apart.
  84. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005): A decent job at converting Adams’ wacky writing style to film. Re-watched as a study in comedic voice.
  85. Sausage Party (2016): I mean, if animated food doing racial stereotypes and dropping f-bombs if your thing, this will be the funniest film you’ve ever seen. I feel like I should have had 3 beers before watching this.
  86. Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993): I watched this with Morgan and most of the jokes that referenced Rambo and other movies fell flat for her. Pretty thin plot, but that’s never the point with these.
  87. American Beauty (1999): Somewhat disturbing look at relationships in suburbia. What happens when you have nothing left to lose? Look closer.
  88. Sharknado 5 – Global Swarming (2017): Sharks, tornadoes, global attacks, and… time travel? Oh boy.
  89. Birth of the Living Dead (2013): The story behind George A. Romero’s classic horror film Night of the Living Dead.
  90. Victor/Victoria (1982): A woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman finds success, until she falls in love with a man who loves women.
  91. Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987): Busty and frequently topless secret agents chase murders, diamond smugglers, and a venomous snake while searching feverishly for a plot.
  92. Exposed – Magicians, Psychics, and Frauds (2007): The Amazing Randi has spent his entire life exposing the secrets of others while hiding one of his own.
  93. Sing (2016): An animated cast of characters put on a talent show, then they don’t, and then they do.
  94. I Was A Male War Bride (1949): When a member of the French Army (Cary Grant) marries a woman in the American Army (Ann Sheridan) while stationed in Germany, it takes some creative thinking, paperwork, and a horse’s tail to unite the two of them in America.
  95. Cult of the Cobra (1955): A group of G.I.’s out looking for some fun stumble across a cult that believes women can turn into deadly cobras. After the G.I.s start dying from cobra bites, they begin to believe it, too.
  96. Get Hard (2015): When a stock trader (Will Farrell) finds himself facing a decade in San Quentin, he hires Kevin Hart (who he assumes has gone to prison) to prepare him for hard time. Plenty funny, not too deep.
  97. Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu (1977): Bruce Lee’s ghost teams up with Popeye and Kane (from Kung-Fu) to take on a group of gangsters in the underworld which includes Clint Eastwood, James Bond, The Exorcist, The Godfather, and Dracula.
  98. The Wild Bunch (1969): Great old-school western.
  99. Dr. Cyclops (1940): A group of scientists venture into the jungle to find out what mad experiments Dr. Cyclops has been up to. They quickly run into big problems after the mad doctor shrinks them. Get it? BIG problems?
  100. Malibu High (1979): A girl with bad grades turns to drugs, prostitution, and murder. It’s kind of a success/love story, really.
  101. A Summer in the Cage (2007): After his planned documentary about NYC basketball is ruined by a new acquaintance, director Ben Salkov turns the camera toward his new bipolar friend instead. A visceral and occasionally uncomfortably close look at mental illness.
  102. It (2017): Pennywise the Clown is back in this reboot/remake of Stephen King’s terrifying novel from 1986. While the original mini-series was creepy, this version is full of jump scares and CGI. Different, but as faithful to the book as the original was.
  103. Cult Killing (2007): Tragic and depressing documentary about Ricky Rodriguez, a man who suffered mental and sexual abuse as a child while being raised in a cult and was involved in a murder-suicide with a cult member years later.
  104. Lord of the Flies (1963): A group of polite young men soon become anything but when left to their own devices after crash landing on a remote island.
  105. Connected: An Autoblogography (2011): A documentary that explores the concept that explores how things are connected… I think.
  106. Baywatch (2017): A not-as-terrible-as-I-thought reboot of the television show in which lifeguards solve mysteries and look good in the process.
  107. Baby Driver (2017): He’s a baby-faced getaway driver who’s driving… FOR HIS LIFE. I don’t know. More or less the same amount of plot as Baywatch, but a lot more cars and bullets.
  108. Cult of Chucky (2017): The soul of Charles Lee Ray possesses a Chucky “Good Guy” doll before terrorizing and killing people. Spoiler, that’s the plot to all seven Child’s Play movies.
  109. The Deer Hunter (1979): Tough to describe in a single sentence; the story of four steelworkers who were all changed by Vietnam.
  110. Halloween II (1978): After Michael Myers is shot seven times in the first film, he continues his killing spree until he shot another five times and then blown up, with similar results.
  111. Spielberg (2017): HBO documentary about one of the greatest modern directors. Fairly one-sided praise, but entertaining romp through his work nonetheless.
  112. The Beach Girls (1982): Three girls throw a party in one of the girl’s beach house. Nobody is able to keep their tops on, and an incompetent boat full of drug smugglers accidentally drop off 12 trash bags full of weed.
  113. VHS Massacre (2017): A documentary about the decline of physical media and independent films. Similar but not identical to the other two VHS documentaries I watched earlier this year.
  114. Trolls (2017): The Smurfs meet Cinderella in this fluffy CGI tale starring famous people half my age.
  115. My Life (1993): After Bob Jones is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he spends his remaining days coming to terms with his life choices while preparing video recordings for his unborn son.
  116. Cavegirl (1985): A 24-year-old nerdy high school senior goes back in time and meets a beautiful cavegirl, whom he tries to sleep with. More happens, but not much.
  117. My Mom’s a Werewolf (1989): In a bad mask, no less.
  118. Gotcha! (1985): A California college student sets off to explore Paris, accidentally gets involved with a spy, and must use his James Bond-ish paintball skills to survive a life and death game of GOTCHA!
  119. The Fluffy Movie – Unity Through Laughter (2014): Mostly weight/weight-loss comedy from obese comedian Gabriel Iglesias
  120. Timequest (2000): A time-traveling man appears before John F. Kennedy the day he is — or was — to be assassinated. After he changes the course of the Kennedys’ lives, they return the favor.
  121. The House (2017): When savings run low and a scholarship for their daughter’s college fizzles, a married couple teams up with their gambling-addicted neighbor to open an underground casino.
  122. Office Christmas Party (2016): To attract a business client and save their branch, a tech company throws an office party that gets way, way out of control.
  123. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): Using new technology, the First Order, led by Snoke and his apprentice, Kylo Ren, stand to defeat the Resistance once and for all. But probably not.
  124. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986): When Morgan admitted she didn’t know who Matthew Broderick was, I decided it was time for her to watch this 80’s classic about a group of kids who didn’t think they were going to do anything fun that day. Oooh, yeah… chicka-chick-aaah…
  125. Paper Moon (1973): A con-man meets his match in a ten-year-old girl who may or may not be his daughter.
  126. Wheels on Meals (1984): Two brothers who run a food truck get robbed by a prostitute, who they decide to rescue after she is kidnapped. Starring Jackie Chan.
  127. Dumb – The Story of Big Brother Magazine (2017): Great documentary about the groundbreaking skateboard magazine that became the seed for Jackass.


  1. Black Mirror (S1, S2)
  2. Hunted (S1)
  3. The Last Man on Earth (S1)
  4. Workaholics (S7)
  5. Twin Peaks (S3)
  6. The Popcorn Kid (S1)
  7. Napoleon Dynamite – Animated (S1)
  8. Stranger Things (S2)
  9. The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer (S1)


  1. I’m the Man (Scott Ian): The lead guitarist and founding member of Anthrax shares 300 pages of sex, drugs, rock and roll (mostly sex and rock and roll). If you’re a fan of Anthrax you’ll enjoy this book. If not, skip it.
  2. You Can Negotiate Anything (Cohen): This has been in the queue for years. Do you know who has the time, power, and information in a negotiation? If you don’t, it’s probably not you.
  3. Hamlet*: Made it, thanks to a web translation. Once you understand it, the genius of the story’s plot shines on, 500 years later.
  4. The Thousandth Floor*: 100 years in the future, five teens who live in the same 1,000 floor skyscraper lie, back stab, and cheat on one another. Scandalous teenage drama packaged as pseudo sci-fi.
  5. The Six of Crows*: A juvenile criminal recruits five others to go on a quest and retrieve a magic-enhancing drug. Long, twisted fantasy novel. Not my favorite read.
  6. Alas, Babylon: The story of a dozen people living in a small town in Florida who survive a nuclear holocaust in 1959. Considered to be one of the first (and a classic) post-apocalyptic novel.
  7. Caves of Steel: Issac Asimov’s tale of robots, police, and murder.
  8. The Sun is Also a Star*: Two NYC teens, an illegal immigrant from Jamaica and a Korean-American boy, meet and fall in love despite the odds the day before the girl is slated to be deported.
  9. The Amityville Horror*: The Lutz family moves into a haunted house. A demonic voice tells them to “GET OUT.” 28 days and multiple incidents later, they finally take the advice.
  10. This is Where it Ends*: One hour in the life of a school shooting as told by four students who have relationships with the shooter.
  11. Three Dark Crowns: Triplet queens will must fight for the crown when they turn sixteen years old. After 400 pages, this never happens, but it’s supposed to in the sequel. I’ll never know.
  12. Salt to the Sea*: Four unrelated teens caught in the midst of World War II band together in hopes of escaping. A fast piece of historical fiction.
  13. Photon #1 – For the Glory: The first of six Photon paperbacks released in the 1980s. This one involved time travel and fighting interstellar criminals and Hitler in the same book. Fun!
  14. Photon #2 – High Stakes: Bhodi Li and the Photon Warriors learn a lesson about friendship when The Gambler’s selfish actions almost destroy a planet.
  15. The Association: After buying what seems to be their dream house, things begin to go wrong between a couple and their new Homeowner’s Association. I mean really, really wrong.
  16. Hobgoblin: A kid addicted to role-playing games loses his father before losing his touch on reality. Or does he?
  17. Extreme (Sharon Osbourne): Just as wild as her husband, music mogul Sharon Osbourne documents her violent and tumultuous upbringing and adventures with her family.

*For school.



  1. Cast the First Stone (1989): In this TV movie, a single, female teacher gets fired after she is raped and decides to keep the baby.
  2. Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens (2015): A cast of old and new characters come together to act out an old and new plot.
  3. V.I. Warshawski (1991): A female private investigator gets stuck babysitting a man’s daughter and solving his murder.
  4. Night Nurse (1931): Vintage film about a nurse who discovers a family is slowly murdering their children.
  5. Gaslight (1944) I had heard the term but never seen the film. Slowly, driving a woman mad. Slowly, slowly…
  6. Electric Boogaloo – The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014): Fantastic documentary about Cannon films, some of the greatest action films of the 1980s.
  7. Blue Velvet (1986): A David Lynch murder mystery starring Dennis Hopper and laughing gas.
  8. Naked Space (1983): Worth it for the musical number, “I wanna eat your face.”
  9. The Ridiculous Six (2015): I keep telling myself to stop watching these terrible Adam Sandler movie, and yet I keep watching them.
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): A fantastic film about prejudice and justice.
  11. Enter the Dragon (1973): One of, if not the best, Bruce Lee movie.
  12. Idiocracy (2006): In a future where idiots made more babies than anyone else, a man of average intelligence is considered a genius. After last year’s election the joke was that Idiocracy may have been a documentary. The parallels are eerie.
  13. Witness for the Prosecution (1957): Classic courtroom drama in which not everything or everybody is as they seem.
  14. Jaco (2015): Fantastic documentary about Jaco Pastorius, a “larger than life musician.”
  15. The Hateful Eight (2015): Possibly the most accurately titled Quinton Tarantino film ever. There are eight characters, and boy are they hateful.
  16. Time After Time (1979): It seems stranger to describe a film about chasing Jack the Ripper through time as a childhood favorite, but that’s what it is.
  17. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016): I sub-par carbon copy of the original Pee-wee film. Sadly skippable.
  18. High Noon (1952): Bad guys are coming at noon to kill the sheriff. Great use of suspense and plot development.
  19. Troop Beverly Hills (1989): Prissy girls use their city skills to survive in the wilderness.
  20. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) A classic that deserves watching once a year.
  21. Gone with the Wind (1939): Can’t believe I hadn’t seen this one before. Now I know where all those great lines come from.
  22. Duel (1971): A little drawn out, but a good example of evil incarnate.
  23. A Day at the Races (1937): My first Marx Brothers film. Seems more like a series of skits than the Stooges shorts/films, but still entertaining.
  24. Citizenfour (2014): Documentary and interviews featuring Edward Snowden.
  25. The Godfather (1972): Part two is still my favorite, but what a heavy story.
  26. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010): A documentary about 75 films that were banned in the UK during the 1980s. After watching this I tracked down all 75. Lots of good blood and guts!
  27. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
  28. Fight Club (1999): Subsequent viewings are never the same as your first and it doesn’t seem as edgy as it did a decade ago, but it’s still great.
  29. Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping
  30. A Million Ways to Die in the West (2015): Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane wrote, directed, and starred in this western in which we learn, among other things, how fragile life was in the 1800s.
  31. We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! (2014): This great film captures the Twisted history of the band, from awful club shows to sold out stadiums.
  32. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016): Creepy and claustrophobic with plenty of twists to keep you engaged.
  33. 50 Shades of Black (2016): The Wayans’ Brothers parody of that other film. It’s no Scary Movie franchise.
  34. Django Unchained (2012): Unchained, unrestrained, and unhinged, Django is coming to dinner and bringing bullet sandwiches.
  35. Spy (2015): Admin assistant Melissa McCarthy goes undercover to try and save her coworker, a real spy.
  36. Trainwreck (2015): I like Amy Schumer and defend her frequently, but films like this one make it tough.
  37. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)Curly Sue (1991)The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
  38. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  39. Pixels (2015)
  40. Con Air (1997)
  41. The Secret Life of Pets (2016): Domesticated animals do a lot of things while the rest of us are at work. Mostly they do what you think the do.
  42. Ghostheads (2016): Who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters superfans that appear in this documentary!
  43. The Last American Virgin (1982): Similar to a lot of 80s teen rom-coms, but with an ending more of us can relate to.
  44. The Flying Guillotine (1974)
  45. Jason Bourne (2016):
  46. The Bourne Identity (2002)The Bourne Supremacy (2004)Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016)
  47. Rewind This! (2013)
  48. Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
  49. Get Shorty (1995)
  50. This Gun For Hire (1942)
  51. The Cobbler (2015)
  52. An American Werewolf in London (1981)The Blair Witch Project (1999)Elstree 1976 (2015)
  53. Man vs. Snake (2015)
  54. Empire Records (1995)
  55. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  56. Sneakerheads (2013)
  57. Dark Shadows (2012)
  58. Ghostbusters (2016)
  59. Yoga Hosers (2016)
  60. Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
  61. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)
  62. Westworld (1973)Deprogrammed (2016)
  63. Classic Albums – Queen: A Night at the Opera
  64. Classic Albums – Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
  65. Five Element Ninjas (1982)
  66. Saving Christmas (2004)
  67. Deprogrammed (2015)
  68. Bad Moms (2016)
  69. Dial M for Murder (1954)
  70. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  71. The Jerk (1979)Being There (1979)
  72. Blazing Saddles (1974)Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  73. The Man Who Knew too Much (1956)

[Television — Complete Seasons]

  1. Twin Peaks (Complete Series)
  2. The Love Boat (Season 1)
  3. The X-Files (Season 10)
  4. Workaholics (Season 6)
  5. Barney Miller (Season 1, 2, 3)
  6. Soap (Season 1)
  7. Stranger Things (Season 1)
  8. Westworld (Season 1)


  1. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell (Marilyn Manson)
  2. Point Blank (Richard Stark)
  3. I’m in the Band (Sean Yseult)
  4. The Hot Rock (Donald Westlake)
  5. Fantasy Fiction Formula (Deborah Chester)
  6. Behind the Boards: The Making of Rock & Roll’s Greatest Records (Jake Brown)
  7. Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera (Rex Brown)
  8. A Cure for Gravity (Joe Jackson)
  9. 18 and Life on Skid Row (Sebastian Bach)