The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2015)

PopGap #04 Recap: Spring Cleaning

By dorrk, April 30th 2015
Spring Cleaning the Queue: Completed!

That wraps up another PopGap, enabling me to cross 20 more movies off of my watchlist. This one is especially gratifying; not because these Spring Cleaning movies were better than those fomr other months (a few were excellent), but because these stragglers have been hanging around for so long begging for my attention, and now they can finally SHUT UP!!

Here's how I'd rank them, in order from my favorite of the month to those whose name I shall never utter again.

What did I learn?

Must I always learn something? It's becoming increasingly clear to me that 20 movies a month is A LOT. Back when I wrote for the DVDJournal, I used to find it a burden to write 2-3 reviews a week. Now, I'm facing 5 a week, which is a dumb thing to do to myself. However, that won't be changing next month, as I've already picked out my 20 movies and can't stomach lopping off the 5 at the bottom. Maybe in June I'll knock it down to 15.

As for these particular movies, I've coined a new term, "Darabont Syndrome," which refers to the phenomenon of movies that aesthetically con the audience into thinking they have substance.

Even though this selection was thematically random, there were still some interesting crossovers: two apocalyptic movies with vastly different takes on the end-of-the-world; two obscure racial identity dramas from the early 1970s; two acclaimed documentaries from the late-1960s; 

In the next few days we'll post the list for next month's theme: Cannes Winners We've Missed.



The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher