Monday, March 27, 2017

30 Best Films Passed Over by Marty, The Doc & Jennifer in Back to the Future

I'm far too late to be posting on this, but I love lists so and you'll indulge a temporarily disabled genius who's been up to his eyes in prescription medication, right?

So I understand that this should have posted in 2015 and that this post is now coming a year and a half too late.

In the year 2015, much ado had been made about the 30 years that have passed since Marty, Jennifer and the Doc traveled into their future and right into our present. 

Most of the speculation has centered on the technology and fashion, but I don’t care much about that.

I care about cinema, maybe music, but not much else.

So, here are the 30 best films these characters skipped over when they sling-shot themselves from their present, 1985, all the way to 2015, our present.

To be short: the finest 30 films of the last 30 years.

As always, the list is in descending order, as all lists shall be.  (And you'll pardon me, but I couldn't quite stop, so this will be the top 31, not just the top 30)

31) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer by John McNaughton - 1986
"It's always the same, and it's always different."










30) Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold - 2009

29) Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin - 2011








28) Fight Club by David Fincher - 1999
"I am Jack's Broken Heart."




27) Frances Ha by Noah Baumbuch - 2012

26) The Last Temptation of Christ by Martin Scorsese – 1988

"It is accomplished!"

25) Crash by David Cronenberg - 1996

24) Blue Velvet by David Lynch - 1986

"Mommy!  Mommy!  Baby wants to fuck!"

23) AntiChrist by Lars von Trier - 2009

22) The Devil’s Rejects by Rob Zombie - 2005

"I am the Devil and I am here to do the Devil's work."

21) Repo! The Genetic Opera by Derren Lynn Bousman - 2008

"It's a thankless job!  But somebody's got to do it!"

20) In the Mouth of Madness by John Carpenter - 1994

19) Beauty and the Beast by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise - 1991

18) Her by Spike Jonze - 2013

17) Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick - 1999

"Oh, if you men only knew!"

16) Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch - 1995
15) Heaven by Tom Tykwer - 2002
14) Secretary by Steven Shainberg - 2002
13) Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson – 1999
12) True Romance by Tony Scott - 1993
11) Girl with Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Niels Arden Oplev and Daniel Alfredson - 2009
10) The Princess Bride by Rob Reiner – 1987
9) Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro - 2006

8) Blue by Krzysztof Kieslowski – 1993
7) Lost Highway by David Lynch - 1995
"We've met before, haven't we?"
6) eXistenZ by David Cronenberg – 1999
5) Safe by Todd Haynes – 1995
4) Breaking Waves by Lars von Trier - 1996
3) Never Let Me Go by Mark Romanek - 2010
2) Blue is the Warmest Color by Abdellatif Kechiche - 2013
1) Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino by 1994













And, as most of you likely already know, narrowing your favorites down to a finite list can drive one crazy, so here are a few runners up:
(And just for the dick of it, I'm numbering these, too.)


45) Howl by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman -2010
44) Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino - 2009
"Au Revoir Shosanna!"

43) Leaving Las Vegas by Mike Figgis – 1995
42) Enchanted by Kevin Lima - 2007
41) The City of Lost Children by Marc Caro & JeanbyPierre Juenetby - 1995

40) Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch - 2012
39) The Butcher Boy by Neil Jordan – 1997
38) Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola – 2003
37) Heavenly Creatures by Peter Jackson – 1992
36) Deconstructing Harry by Woody Allen - 1997
35) Rosewood by John Singleton - 1997
34) The Piano by Jane Campion - 1993
33) Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky - 2010


32) Trainspotting by Danny Boyle - 1996