Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A favorite movie for every year I've been alive!


    Good morning, everyone!  I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging in the last week, for the dedicated six of you who have been following me since I started this up.  The last week has been quite busy:  I’m going through the final proofreading stages of my next novel, THE INFINITE LEAGUE; I’m developing my first graphic novel in nearly five years----and I’m very proud to say that I was recently promoted at my casino job to floor supervisor.  It’s been an exciting time.
       Today, I wanted to participate in something I’ve seen my friends doing lately.  They’ve been listing their favorite movie for every year since they’ve been born. Sounds fun, and for a cinematic whore like me, I wanted to add my own list to the pile.  You know, just in case you care about that sort of thing.
       There are plenty of runner-ups, by the way.  I have over 750 movies in my collection, and there are some years that have a lot of winners.   But here are the absolute favorites movies I love to watch from every year that I was born. 
       Movies with an asterisk are films that I didn’t see and/or appreciate until years later.  I didn’t get to watch Blazing Saddles when I was seven, obviously.  But for some reason, at age six, The Poseidon Adventure was my absolutely favorite movie and would be until I saw Star Wars.  Never could explain why I loved that schlocky survival adventure movie so much. I watched it religiously every year when it was televised, I even had a set of View-Master reels.  Maybe it was the early John Williams score. Who knows.
        Anyhoozle, here’s the list.  Leave some comments if you want to share some of your favorites!

1968               Barbarella   *
1969               A Boy Named Charlie Brown
1970               M*A*S*H   *
1971               Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
1972               The Poseidon Adventure
1973               Live and Let Die
1974               Blazing Saddles   *
1975               Monty Python and the Holy Grail  /  Rocky Horror Picture Show *
1976               Freaky Friday
1977               Star Wars
1978               Superman: The Movie  /  Animal House
1979               The Jerk   *
1980               Airplane! / The Empire Strikes Back
1981               Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982               Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
1983               National Lampoon’s Vacation / Return of the Jedi
1984               Ghostbusters
1985               Back to the Future
1986               Aliens
1987               Raising Arizona
1988               A Fish Called Wanda
1989               Batman  /  Adventures of Baron Munchausen
1990               Pretty Woman
1991               The Commitments
1992               A Few Good Men
1993               Jurassic Park
1994               Shawshank Redemption / Forrest Gump / Pulp Fiction
1995               Casino
1996               Fargo
1997               Fifth Element / Titanic
1998               The Truman Show
1999               My Cousin Vinnie
2000               Unbreakable
2001               Moulin Rouge!
2002               Chicago
2003               Kill Bill Vol. 1
2004               Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Bungundy
2005               Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2006               Casino Royale
2007               300
2008               The Dark Knight
2009               Inglorious Basterds
2010               The A-Team  /  Toy Story 3
2011               The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  /  The Muppets
2012               The Avengers /  Skyfall
2013               Man of Steel  /  Zero Dark Thirty
2014               Ex Machina
2015               Star Wars the Force Awakens / Inside Out / Trainwreck
2016               Captain America: Civil War /  Zootopia  /  Rogue One

Well, that was fun.  Except now I don't want to go to work....I just want to sit back and watch some movies.  Where's my popcorn?

John Yeo Jr. is the author of The King's Tournament and Mama Sauveterre's Curiosity Shoppe.   You can purchase both of these titles at Amazon, or at his website at   His next novel, The Infinite League, comes out in September.

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