Media List (2017)

Here are the movies, books, and television shows I consumed in 2017. I only list movies that I sat down and watch from beginning to end (catching the first or last half of a movie while flipping channels doesn’t count). Movies in italics are ones I’ve seen before.

2017 MEDIA LIST

[Movies]

  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 sighs 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.

[Television]

  1. Black Mirror (S1, S2)
  2. Hunted (S1)
  3. The Last Man on Earth (S1)
  4. Workaholics (S07)
  5. Veronica Mars* (S01E01)
  6. Gossip Girl* (S01E01)

[Books]

  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.

*For school.


2016 MEDIA LIST

[Movies]

  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. The 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)
  13. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  14. Jaco (2015)
  15. The Hateful Eight (2015)
  16. Time After Time (1979)
  17. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)
  18. High Noon (1952)
  19. Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
  20. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  21. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  22. Duel (1971)
  23. A Day at the Races (1937)
  24. Citizenfour (2014)
  25. The Godfather (1972)
  26. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)
  27. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
  28. Fight Club (1999)
  29. Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping
  30. A Million Ways to Die in the West (2015)
  31. We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! (2014)
  32. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  33. 50 Shades of Black (2016)
  34. Django Unchained (2012)
  35. Spy (2015)
  36. Trainwreck (2015)
  37. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  38. Curly Sue (1991)
  39. The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
  40. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  41. Pixels (2015)
  42. Con Air (1997)
  43. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  44. Ghostheads (2016)
  45. The Last American Virgin (1982)
  46. The Flying Guillotine (1974)
  47. Jason Bourne (2016)
  48. The Bourne Identity (2002)
  49. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  50. Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016)
  51. Rewind This! (2013)
  52. Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
  53. Get Shorty (1995)
  54. This Gun For Hire (1942)
  55. The Cobbler (2015)
  56. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  57. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  58. Elstree 1976 (2015)
  59. Man vs. Snake (2015)
  60. Empire Records (1995)
  61. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  62. Sneakerheads (2013)
  63. Dark Shadows (2012)
  64. Ghostbusters (2016)
  65. Yoga Hosers (2016)
  66. Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
  67. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  68. Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)
  69. Westworld (1973)
  70. Deprogrammed (2016)
  71. Classic Albums – Queen: A Night at the Opera
  72. Classic Albums – Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
  73. Five Element Ninjas (1982)
  74. Saving Christmas (2004)
  75. Deprogrammed (2015)
  76. Bad Moms (2016)
  77. Dial M for Murder (1954)
  78. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  79. The Jerk (1979)
  80. Being There (1979)
  81. Blazing Saddles (1974)
  82. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  83. 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)

[Books]

  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)

media