Year in Cinema 2017


What a great year for cinema!
Theatrically I saw 198 films, representing 164 unique films with a handful of multiple viewings (including several of my top five) and a decent amount of 35mm projected films.

I had an unprecedented amount of 5/5 films in 2017, but when it came down to it I had to pick five for the top spots. Two came from first time feature directors. Here goes:

  1. Endless Poetry.
    A new Jodorowsky film is pretty much always going to take the number one spot on my list; like Dance of Reality before it, Endless Poetry chronicles the early life of auteur director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The films are his most accessible work to date, with his trademark aesthetics but a more conventional (if not magically realist) narrative. I hope he’s able to get a film made that covers his filming of El Topo and the Holy Mountain.
  2. The Shape of Water.
    A late entry, coming out with only a few weeks left in the year but it easily knocked other contenders out of the top five. I always hate when reviewers call a film a “love letter to____” but this is exactly that. A love letter to cinema, to monster films, to love stories.
  3. Ladybird.
    As an actor, Greta Gerwig has infinite presence on film; you always notice her even in ensemble casts like 20th Century Women where she has to act alongside Annette Benning. It seems like the same can be said for her as a director; that despite Ladybird being her first feature she’s fully capable of standing out amongst more seasoned directors.
  4. Baby Driver.
    This will be the film that defines Wright’s career. In light of the allegations re: Kevin Spacey I’m sure this will be dropped like it’s hot for awards consideration, but Wright gets everything perfect: the right cast, the right pacing, the right screenplay and music and masterfully ties it all together. I can’t wait to see what he does next.
  5. Blade Runner 2049.
    Oh. It lost $100m at the box office? Too bad. This is a film where the design of the film is practically a character. If you expected a cookie cutter sequel or an action movie out of Villenueve you picked the wrong horse. But if you wanted an expertly filmed, expertly conceived movie? This is for you.



  1. Hidden Figures. (2016) 4/5
  2. Underworld: Bloodwars. 1/5
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 5/5
  4. Moana.5/5
  5. The Bye Bye Man. 1/5
  6. Sleepless. 2/5
  7. Live by Night. 3/5
  8. Patriot’s Day. 2.5/5
  9. Split. 3/5
  10. XXX: Return of Xander Cage. 2/5
  11. 20th Century Women. 5/5
  12. Lion. 4/5
  13. Resident Evil The Final Chapter. 2/5
  14. Gold. 2/5
  15. Manchester by the sea. 3/5
  16. Rings. 1/5
  17. The Space between us. 3/5
  18. Moonlight. 5/5
  19. The Comedian. 2.5/5
  20. John Wick 2. 5/5
  21. John Wick 2. (2) 5/5
  22. The Lego Batman Movie. 3/5 (IMAX)
  23. 50 Shades Darker. 1/5
  24. The Great Wall.3/5
  25. Fist Fight. 3.5/5
  26. John Wick 2. (3) 5/5
  27. A Cure for Wellness. 4/5
  28. Get Out. 5/5
  29. Collide. 2/5
  30. Get Out. (2) 5/5
  31. Rock Dog. 1/5
  32. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (2) 5/5
  33. Logan. (IMAX) 5/5
  34. Table 19. 3.5/5
  35. Logan. (IMAX) (2) 5/5
  36. Before I fall. 2/5
  37. Logan. (3) 5/5
  38. Kong Skull Island. 3/5
  39. Beauty and the Beast (2017) 4/5
  40. The Belko Experiment. 3/5
  41. Raw. 4/5
  42. Beauty and the Beast. 4/5 (IMAX 3D) (2)
  43. CHIPS. 3.5/5
  44. Saban’s Power Rangers. 2.5/5
  45. T2: Trainspotting. 5/5
  46. Life. (2017) 3/5
  47. CHIPS. (x2) 3.5/5
  48. Ghost in the Shell. (2017) 3/5.
  49. The Blackcoat’s Daughter. 3.5/5
  50. The Boss Baby. 1.5/5
  51. Gifted. 4.5/5
  52. Smurfs: The Lost Village. 2.5/5
  53. Going in Style. 2.5/5
  54. Colossal. 4/5
  55. The Fate of the Furious. 2.5/5
  56. Free Fire. 4/5
  57. Born in China. 3/5
  58. Phoenix Forgotten. 1/5
  59. Unforgettable. 2/5
  60. The Circle. 3/5
  61. Dynasty. (1977. 35mm, 3D, eXfest) 2/5
  62. Death Rides a Horse. (1967. 35mm, eXfest) 3/5
  63. The New Barbarians. (1983. 35mm, eXfest) 4/5
  64. Combat Cops. (1974. 35mm, eXfest) 3/5
  65. Street Asylum. (1990. 35mm, eXfest) 3/5
  66. Love me deadly. (1973. 35mm, eXfest) 2/5
  67. Pink Flamingos. (1972. 16mm, eXfest) 5/5 (introduced by John Waters & Elizabeth Coffey)
  68. Sleight. 3/5
  69. How to be a Latin Lover. 3/5
  70. Guardians of the Galaxy. (RPX 3D) 4/5
  71. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. (RPX 3D) 4/5
  72. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. (3) 4/5
  73. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. 2.5/5
  74. Alien: Covenant. 3/5 (IMAX 2D)
  75. Beauty and the Beast. 4/5 (3)
  76. Alien: Covenant. 3/5 (IMAX 2D) (2)
  77. Smokey and the Bandit. 5/5
  78. Baywatch. 3.5/5
  79. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell no tales. 2/5
  80. The Lovers. 4/5
  81. Baywatch. (2) 3.5/5
  82. Wonder Woman. (3D IMAX) 4.5/5
  83. Wonder Woman. (2) 4.5/5
  84. Obit. 5/5
  85. Wonder Woman. (3) 4.5/5
  86. It comes at night. 2/5
  87. The Mummy. 2017. 2/5
  88. 47 Meters Down. 2.5/5
  89. Cars 3. 3/5
  90. Death Line (aka RAW MEAT, 1972) 35mm 3/5
  91. Rough Night. 2.5/5
  92. Transformers: The Last Knight. 2/5
  93. Baby Driver. 5/5
  94. Baby Driver. (2) (RPX) 5/5
  95. The House. 4/5
  96. Despicable M3. 2.5/5
  97. Baby Driver. (3) 5/5
  98. Spiderman: Homecoming. 5/5
  99. The Big Sick. 5/5
  100. Spiderman: Homecoming. (2) (Imax 3D) 5/5
  101. Wish Upon. 2.5/5
  102. War for the Planet of the Apes. 3/5
  103. The Little Hours. 3/5
  104. The Big Sick. (2) 5/5
  105. Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets. 3.5/5
  106. Dunkirk. 4/5
  107. Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets. (2) 3.5/5
  108. Girls Trip. 3.5/5
  109. Endless Poetry. 5/5
  110. Endless Poetry (2) 5/5
  111. The Emoji Movie. 1.5/5 (+.5 for seeing it with Kanopka)
  112. Atomic Blonde. 3/5
  113. The Dark Tower. 2/5
  114. Endless Poetry.  (3) 5/5
  115. Detroit. 4/5
  116. Kidnap. 3/5
  117. Annabelle: Creation. 4/5
  118. Brigsby Bear. 5/5
  119. Spiderman: Homecoming. (3) 5/5
  120. The Hitman’s Bodyguard. 3/5
  121. Logan Lucky. 3.5/5
  122. Brigsby Bear. (2) 5/5
  123. The Hitman’s Bodyguard. (2) 3/5
  124. Ingrid goes West. 2.5/5
  125. Birth of the Dragon. 2.5/5
  126. Close encounters of the Third Kind. 5/5
  127. IT (2017) 4.5/5
  128. Home Again. 3.5/5
  129. IT. (2017) (RPX) (2) 4.5/5
  130. IT. (2017) (RPX) (3) 4.5/5
  131. mother! 5/5
  132. American Assassin. 3/5
  133. ET. 4/5
  134. Kingsmen: The Golden Circle. 3.5/5
  135. Friend Request. 2/5
  136. Kingsment: The Golden Circle. (2) 3.5/5
  137. Flatliners. (2017) 3/5
  138. American Made. 3.5/5
  139. mother! (2) 5/5
  140. Battle of the Sexes. 4/5
  141. Blade Runner 2049. IMAX. 5/5
  142. Blade Runner 2049. (2) 5/5
  143. The My Little Pony Movie. 2/5
  144. Happy Death Day. 3.5/5
  145. The Foreigner. 2.5/5
  146. American Satan. 2.5/5
  147. Brawl in Cellblock 99. 3/5
  148. The Mountain Between Us. 3/5
  149. Marshall. 3/5
  150. Geostorm. (IMAX 3D) 1.5/5
  151. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. 4.5/5
  152. Only the brave. 3.5/5
  153. Snowman. 1.5/5
  154. Suburbicon. 2.5/5
  155. Anguish. 1987 35mm 3/5
  156. Pumpkinhead. 35mm 3.5/5
  157. The Changeling. 35mm 4/5
  158. The Mist. 35mm 4/5
  159. Cemetery Man. 35mm 4.5/5
  160. Without Warning. 1980. 35mm 2/5
  161. Satan’s School for Girls. 35mm. 3/5
  162. I, Madman. 35mm. 4/5
  163. Trick or Treats. 1982. 35mm.  3/5
  164. Inframan. 35mm. 1/5
  165. Thanks for your Service. 3/5
  166. Jigsaw. 2/5
  167. All I can see is you. 2/5
  168. Thor: Ragnarok. 5/5 (IMAX)
  169. Thor: Ragnarok. 5/5
  170. Bad Moms Christmas. 3/5
  171. The Killing of a Sacred Deer. 4/5
  172. Murder on the Orient Express. (2017) 4/5
  173. My friend Dahmer. 2.5/5
  174. Lady Bird. 5/5
  175. Daddy’s Home 2. 2/5
  176. Justice League. 2/5 (IMAX)
  177. Justice League. (2) 2/5
  178. Coco. 5/5
  179. Tom of Finland. 4/5
  180. Wonder. 3/5
  181. Roman J. Israel, Esq. 3/5
  182. Coco. (2) 5/5
  183. Blade Runner: 2049. (3)
  184. The Unseen.  (35mm) 2/5
  185. The Dark. (35mm) 1.5/5
  186. Hell Night. (35mm) 3/5
  187. The Disaster Artist. 4/5
  188. We’re just getting started. 3/5
  189. Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. 4/5 (Private Screening)
  190. Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. 4.5 (score updated) (2)
  191. The Shape of Water. 5/5
  192. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. 3/5
  193. The Greatest Showman. 3.5/4
  194. I, Tonya. 4.5/5
  195. Molly’s Game. 4/5
  196. Pitch Perfect 3. 2.5/5
  197. Downsizing. 2/5
  198. The Shape of Water. (2) 5/5


The rules are simple; log every movie watched at home (or the Overground Cinema) and which service/platform it was on. Include entire seasons of tv shows if “binge” watched, discard single episodes. Sit and ponder the amount of time I spend watching movies when  I could be doing something productive like bitching about politics on tumblr.

I tried to log everything, but there are gaps.

  1. Hits! (Netflix)
  2. The Brady Bunch Movie. (Amazon Streaming)
  3. Tallulah. (Netflix)
  4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. (Amazon Streaming)
  5. Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. (Amazon Streaming)
  6. Iron Man. (Amazon Streaming)
  7. Travelers Season 1. (Netflix)
  8. Haven Season 1. (Netflix)
  9. Princess Mononoke. (Blu-ray)
  10. Hateful Eight. (VUDU)
  11. Chicken People. (Amazon Prime)
  12. Fright Night. (Shudder)
  13. Disco Godfather. (
  14. The Six Thousand Dollar Nigger aka Super Soul Brother. (
  15. Little Miss Innocence. (
  16. Sugar Cookies. (
  17. The House of Seven Corpses. (Shudder)
  18. The Blues Brothers. (HBOGo)
  19. The Last Temptation of Christ. (Overground Cinema)
  20. The Burbs. (Hulu)
  21. Crystal Lake Memories. (Shudder)
  22. Tombstone. (Hulu Plus)
  23. Haven Season 2. (Netflix)
  24. Haven Season 3. (Netflix)
  25. A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1. (Netflix)
  26. Alice through the looking glass. (Netflix)
  27. Steven King’s Silver Bullet. (Amazon Prime)
  28. The Magicians Season 1. (Netflix)
  29. My Cousin Vinny. (HBOGo)
  30. The Illusionist. (Showtime Anytime)
  31. Zoolander 2. (VUDU)
  32. The Departed. (DVD)
  33. Pretty Peaches. (
  34. Succubus. (Shudder)
  35. The Boss. (HBOGo)
  36. Forgetting Sarah Marshall. (HBOGo)
  37. Big Trouble in Little China. (HBOG0)
  38. Resident Evil Extinction. (HBOGo)
  39. Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things. (Amazon Prime)
  40. The Monster. (Amazon Prime)
  41. Green Room. (Amazon Prime)
  42. Resident Evil: Extinction.
  43. Beware of the Slenderman. (HBOGo)
  44. Hellboy. (Netflix)
  45. Fright Night 2. (remake) (Netflix)
  46. V for Vendetta. (Netflix)
  47. Tales of Halloween. (Netflix)
  48. Afterbirth. (Netflix)
  49. The Nice Guys. (HBOGo)
  50. Point Break. (Hulu)
  51. Soapdish. (Amazon Prime)
  52. Malificent.(VUDU)
  53. Crimson Peak. (VUDU)
  54. China and Silk. (
  55. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. (HBOG0)
  56. Superbad. (Netflix)
  57. Fresh Meat. (Shudder)
  58. Exorcism. *Jess Franco* (Shudder)
  59. Hell or High Water. (VUDU)
  60. The Road to Perdition. (HBOGo)
  61. Bustin’ Loose. (HBOGo)
  62. The Running Man. (Amazon Prime)
  63. John Wick. (VUDU)
  64. Tangled. (hard drive)
  65. Requiem for a Dream. (Netflix)
  66. Burnt. (hard drive)
  67. Death Becomes Her. (hard drive)
  68. Last Samurai. (Netflix)
  69. The House of Whipcord. (Shudder)
  70. 10 Things I hate about you. (Netflix)
  71. Pretty Woman. (dvd)
  72. Fire in the Sky. (Netflix)
  73. Frozen. (VUDU)
  74. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. (VUDU)
  75. Kill List. (Hulu)
  76. Eye in the Sky. (Amazon Prime)
  77. Rabid. (Showtime Anytime)
  78. Girl Asleep. (Netflix)
  79. King Cobra. (Netflix)
  80. The Greasy Strangler. (Amazon Prime)
  81. Journey to the Center of the Earth. (HBOGo)
  82. For a Good time, Call…. (Netflix)
  83. Author: The JT LeRoy story. (Amazon Prime)
  84. Tarzan (2016) (HBOGo)
  85. The heart is deceitful above all things. (Amazon Prime)
  86. Abbatoir. (FandangoNOW)
  87. Point Break. (2)  (Hulu Plus)
  88. The Reaping. (HBOG0)
  89. To Wong Foo… Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar. (HBOG0)
  90. Major League. (Amazon Prime)
  91. Winter Heat. (
  92. Trading Places. (Amazon Prime)
  93. +1. (Shudder)
  94. Night of the Living Dead 1990. (Shudder)
  95. Moana. (Plex)
  96. Dr. Strange. (Plex)
  97. Tomorrowland. (Hard Drive)
  98. XX. (Hard Drive)
  99. Repo Man. (Hard Drive)
  100. Outcast. (Shudder)
  101. The Tickle King. (HBOG0)
  102. Faults. (Netflix)
  103. House of 1000 Corpses. (Shudder)
  104. The Tickle King. (HBOGo)
  105. Sleepaway Camp. (Shudder)
  106. Red, White and Blue. (Shudder)
  107. Dr. Strange. (2) (VUDU)
  108. Jodorowsky’s Dune. (VUDU)
  109. I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. (Netflix)
  110. Parenthood. (HBOG0)
  111. Jurassic Park III. (Netflix)
  112. Ants on a Shrimp. (Hulu)
  113. End of Days. (HBOGo)
  114. Step Brothers. (Plex)
  115. Justice League Dark. (Plex)
  116. Hudson Hawk. (Plex)
  117. The Accountant. (VUDU)
  118. The girl with all the gifts. (Plex)
  119. The autopsy of Jane Doe. (Plex)
  120. Grandma’s Boy. (Plex)
  121. Blood Father. (Plex)
  122. Broken Lizard’s Club Dread. (Fandango Now)
  123. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. (Plex)
  124. Always Shine. (Shudder)
  125. Dragnet. (HBOGo)
  126. The Geek. (
  127. War on Everyone. (Plex)
  128. Office Christmas Party. (Plex)
  129. eXit. (Plex)
  130. Mr. Right. (Plex)
  131. Hot Fuzz. (Netflix)
  132. Ferris Bueler’s Day Off. (Netflix)
  133. How to plan an orgy in a small town. (Plex)
  134. Cocoon. (HBOG0)
  135. Resident Evil. (HBOGo)
  136. Armed and Dangerous. (Plex)
  137. A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. (Plex)
  138. Shaun of the Dead. (Plex)
  139. Unfinished Business. (Plex)
  140. Real Genius. (Plex)
  141. Thrashin’ (Plex)
  142. Moana. (Vudu)
  143. The Devils. (Shudder)
  144. Mania. (
  145. Dr. Sexual, Mr. Hyde. (
  146. A long way down. (Netflix)
  147. The Devil’s Candy. (Plex)
  148. Happy House (Fright Flicks)
  149. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (Plex)
  150. Porky’s 2: The next day. (Plex)
  151. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. (Plex)
  152. Rites of Uranus. (
  153. Funny People. (Plex)
  154. Youth in Revolt. (Plex)
  155. Police Academy. (Plex)
  156. The Blackcoat’s Daughter. (Fandango Now)
  157. Club Dread. (Plex)
  158. Bubba Ho-tep. (Vudu)
  159. A very Brady sequel. (Amazon Prime)
  160. Hotter than Hell. (1971) (
  161. House of de Sade. (
  162. Wynonna Earp Season One. (Netflix)
  163. Speed Racer. (HBOGo)
  164. Poltergeist II. (Showtime Anytime)
  165. Lost Highway. (Showtime Anytime)
  166. History of Violence. (Amazon Prime)
  167. Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story. (Vudu)
  168. The Midnight Meat Train. (Shudder)
  169. A Dirty Shame. (Plex)
  170. Karate Kid. (Hulu Plus)
  171. Karate Kid 2. (Hulu Plus)
  172. What we do in the Shadows. (Netflix)
  173. Pecker. (Plex)
  174. 13 Hours. (Hulu Plus)
  175. Dr. Strange. (Plex)
  176. Officer Downe. (Netflix)
  177. Split. (Plex)
  178. Iron Man. (Hulu Plus)
  179. Captain America: Civil War. (Netflix)
  180. Sexual Encounter Group. (
  181. The Goods. (Plex)
  182. Down with love. (Vudu)
  183. The B.F.G. (Netflix)
  184. The All Nighter. (Plex)
  185. Jennifer’s Body. (Plex)
  186. The Prestige. (Netflix)
  187. Sandy Wexler. (Netflix)
  188. IT. (Plex)
  189. The Conjuring. (Vudu)
  190. American Pastoral. (Amazon Prime)
  191. Misery Loves Comedy. (Amazon Prime)
  192. The Alchemist’s Cookbook. (Plex)
  193. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Extended cut. (Vudu)
  194. Beetlejuice. (Amazon Prime)
  195. Turn on with Kelly Nichols. (
  196. Return of the Living Dead Part III. (Hulu Plus)
  197. Desperate Living. (Plex)
  198. Casting JonBenet. (Netflix)
  199. Casting JonBenet. (Netflix)
  200. Insidious Chapter 3. (Vudu)
  201. Nothing but trouble. (HBOGo)
  202. Ms. 45. (Shudder)
  203. Beyond the Gate. (Netflix)
  204. John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned. (HBOGo)
  205. Stakeland II. (Netflix)
  206. The Windmill. (Netflix)
  207. The space between us. (Vudu)
  208. Hot Fuzz. (Netflix)
  209. Mommy Dead and Dearest. (HBOGo)
  210. A place beyond shame. (
  211. Bad Moms. (Showtime Anytime)
  212. The Hateful Eight. (Vudu)
  213. The Martian. (Vudu)
  214. Affairs of Aphrodite. (
  215. Logan. (Vudu)
  216. Jackie Brown. (Amazon Prime)
  217. Inglorious Basterds. (Netflix)
  218. Penn and Teller get killed. (Plex)
  219. Alien 3. (Vudu)
  220. Phantasm Remastered. (Shudder)
  221. Herschell Gordon Lewis The Godfather of Gore. (Vudu)
  222. My Chauffeur. (Vudu free with ads)
  223. Bad Biology. (Shudder)
  224. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. (Shudder)
  225. Dig two graves. (Netflix)
  226. War Machine. 2017 (Netflix)
  227. The Crow. (Netflix)
  228. John Wick 2. (Plex)
  229. Violet & Daisy. (Plex)
  230. Polyester. (Plex)
  231. Kong: Skull Island. (Plex)
  232. Porky’s. (Plex)
  233. Porky’s II: The Next Day. (Plex)
  234. Men at Work. (Plex)
  235. Doctor Strange. (Netflix)
  236. The Matrix. (Amazon Prime)
  237. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals. (Shudder)
  238. Wanted. (Plex)
  239.  The Axe Murders of Villisca. (Netflix)
  240. Fright Night. (Shudder)
  241. Fright Night 2. (original) (Servio)
  242. Dredd. (Vudu)
  243. Jurassic World. (Vudu)
  244. Toolbox Murders. (2004) (Shudder)
  245. Sweet Sugar. (Blu Ray)
  246. Beauty and the Beast. 2017. (Vudu)
  247. Moana. (Vudu)
  248. Tangled. (Ipad)
  249. Zootopia. (Vudu)
  250. Babyface. (
  251. CHIPs. (2017) (Plex)
  252. Fist Fight. (Plex)
  253. From Beyond. (Plex)
  254. Weird Science. (Plex)
  255. Gangs of New York. (Hulu Plus)
  256. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. (Hulu Plus)
  257. Con Air. (Hulu Plus)
  258. John Wick 2. (Vudu)
  259. Annie. (Netflix)
  260. A Mighty Wind. (Hulu Plus)
  261. Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead. (Hulu Plus)
  262. In the Mouth of Madness. (Hulu Plus)
  263. GLOW. (Netflix)
  264. You’re so cool, Brewster. (Shudder)
  265. Mamma Mia! (HBOGo)
  266. Penn and Teller Get Killed. (Plex)
  267. Pitch Perfect. (Serviio)
  268. Unearthed & Untold: the Path to Pet Semetary. (Amazon Prime)
  269. Show Pieces. (Shudder)
  270. Pitch Perfect 2. (Plex)
  271. Sleeping with other people. (Showtime)
  272. Reunion. (
  273. Hyapatia Lee’s Tasty. (
  274. Pretty Peaches 2. (
  275. Sherlick Holmes. (
  276. Step Brothers. (Plex)
  277. I always said yes. (Amazon Prime)
  278. Unbreakable. (DVD)
  279. Ghostbusters 2016. (Plex)
  280. Matrix Reloaded. (Amazon Prime)
  281. Necessary Roughness. (HBOGo)
  282. Mimic. (HBOGo)
  283. Overboard. (TubiTV)
  284. The Last Word. (Amazon Prime)
  285. Bachelor Party. (Hard Drive)
  286. Django. (Vudu)
  287. The Void. (Netflix)
  288. The Farmer’s Daughter and her Punishment Pony. (
  289. Dune. (Showtime)
  290. Jodorowsky’s Dune. (Vudu)
  291. Dr. Strange. (Netflix)
  292. Tour de Pharmacy. (HBOGo)
  293. Talladega Nights. (Hulu Plus)
  294. Frozen. (Vudu)
  295. Champagne for Breakfast. (
  296. The Stendhal Syndrome. (Shudder)
  297. Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Blu-ray)
  298. Real Genius. (Hulu Plus)
  299. John Carpenter’s VAMPIRE$ (Hulu Plus)
  300. 1990: The Bronx Warriors. (Shudder)
  301. Popstar- Never stop never stopping. (HBOGo)
  302. My Scientology Movie. (Netflix)
  303. We are the Flesh. (Shudder)
  304. The Stuff. (Shudder)
  305. Kong: Skull Island. (Vudu)
  306. Southwest of Salem. (Vudu)
  307. Night Shift. (Plex)
  308. Rogue One. (Netflix)
  309. Kingpin. (Amazon Prime)
  310. Little Nicky. (HBOGo)
  311. Taboo. (Blu Ray)
  312. House of DeSade. (
  313. For a good time, call. (Netflix)
  314. Society. (Blu Ray- Overground Cinema)
  315. Babyface. (Blu Ray- Overground Cinema)
  316. Okja. (Netflix)
  317. Black Snake Moan. (Netflix)
  318. Avatar. (Overground Cinema)
  319. Once Bitten. (Amazon Prime)
  320. Love Champions. (
  321. Maniac (remake) (Shudder)
  322. Summer School. (Plex)
  323. Just one of the guys. (Plex)
  324. Wild, Wild West. (Netflix)
  325. Wreck-it Ralph. (Vudu)
  326. You’ve got Mail. (Amazon Prime)
  327. China Girl. (Blu Ray- Overground Cinema)
  328. Guardians of the Galaxy II. (Plex)
  329. My Chauffeur. (Blu Ray)
  330. Thor. (Plex)
  331. Iron Man 3. (Plex)
  332. Bachelor Party. (Plex)
  333. Step Brothers. (Plex)
  334. Moana. (Netflix- Overground Cinema)
  335. The Matrix Revolutions. (Netflix- Overground Cinema)
  336. The Founder. (Netflix)
  337. Vampire Academy. (Netflix)
  338. The Devil’s Knot. (Netflix)
  339. King Arthur. (Vudu)
  340. Starship Troopers. (Plex)
  341. The Frighteners. (DVD)
  342. David Cried. (Netflix)
  343. CHIPS. (Plex)
  344. Barbecue. (Netflix)
  345. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. (Amazon Prime)
  346. Dickie Roberts Former Child Star. (Vudu)
  347. The Black Room. (Netflix)
  348. Avengers. (Plex)
  349. Burnt. (Netflix)
  350. Death Note. (Netflix)
  351. Citizen X. (Amazon Prime)
  352.   The Affairs of Janice. (
  353. Dazed and Confused. (?)
  354. Bio-Dome. (Amazon Prime)
  355. Stanford Prison Experiment. (Netflix)
  356. Spotlight. (Netflix)
  357. Rob Zombie’s 31. (Shudder)
  358. CLUE. (Hulu Plus)
  359. Rosemary’s Baby. (Hulu Plus)
  360. Water Power. (Streamed from Laptop)
  361. Riot on the Dancefloor: The Story of Randy Now & City Gardens. (Amazon Prime)
  362. Beauty and the Beast. (Netflix)
  363. David Lynch The Art Life. (Amazon Prime)
  364. Sacrament. (Shudder)
  365. Captain Fantastic. (Amazon Prime)
  366. Gerald’s Game. (Netflix)
  367. Flowers in the Attic. (Shudder)
  368. Sacrament. (Shudder)
  369. Dr. Strange. (Netflix)
  370. The Vampire’s Assistant. (HBOGo)
  371. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. (HBOGo)
  372. Witness. (Showtime Anytime)
  373. Smokey and the Bandit II. (Showtime Anytime)
  374. 976-EVIL. (Vudu)
  375. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. (Amazon Prime)
  376. Cult of Chucky. (Netflix)
  377. The Frighteners. (DVD)
  378. DUDES. (Blu-Ray)
  379. The Babysitter. (Netflix)
  380. Trading Places. (Netflix)
  381. Chop Off. (Fandor)
  382. The Nightmare Before Christmas. (Netflix)
  383. Hackers. (Download)
  384. Live, Die, Repeat. (aka Edge of Tomorrow) (Blu ray)
  385. DUDES. (Blu Ray/Overgroud Cinema)
  386. 1922. (Netflix Overground Cinema)
  387. The Dukes of Hazard Unrated. (Amazon Prime)
  388. What Lies beneath. (Amazon Prime)
  389. Too Funny to Fail. (Hulu Plus)
  390. Showgirls. (Hulu Plus)
  391. Lace Crater. (Shudder)
  392. The Hateful Eight. (Netflix/Overground Cinema)
  393. Even Lambs have Teeth. (Amazon Prime)
  394. Johnny Be Good. (Amazon Prime)
  395. Mortuary Academy. (Youtube)
  396. Eating Raoul. (Youtube)
  397. Pump up the Volume. (Download)
  398. Death Proof. (Download)
  399. Bram Stoker’s Dracula. (Amazon Prime)
  400. The Heat. (Download)
  401. Looper. (Download)
  402. Saved. (Amazon Prime)
  403. Dogma. (Download)
  404. The Gate. (Shudder)
  405. Out of Sight. (Showtime Anytime)
  406. Natural Born Killers. (Amazon Prime)
  407. Clownhouse. (Download)
  408. Planet Terror. (Download)
  409. Going out in Style. (Vudu)
  410. Radley Metzger’s THE IMAGE. (Blu-ray, Overground Cinema)
  411. Cinderella live action. (Vudu)
  412. Baby Driver. (Vudu)
  413. Jim & Andy. (Netflix)
  414. Videodrome. (Vudu)
  415. Polyester. (Vudu)
  416. The Hitman’s Bodyguard. (Vudu)
  417. Aliens. (Director’s Cut) (Download)
  418. Eating Raoul. (FilmStruck)
  419. Point Break. (Amazon Prime)
  420. Cruising. (Download)
  421. Long Time Running. (Netflix)
  422. Tropic Thunder. (Netflix)
  423. Office Christmas Party. (Showtime)
  424. Rogue One: A Starwars Story.  (Netflix)
  425. Dreamcatcher. (Netflix)
  426. Psych: The Movie. (USA Network)
  427. American Assassin. (Vudu)
  428. Throat: 12 years after. (Blu-Ray)
  429. John Wick. (Vudu)
  430. Cabin Boy. (HBOGo)
  431. Halloween: Resurrection. (HBOGo)
  432. Orgy of the Dead. (Blu-Ray)
  433. Paddington. (Netflix)
  434. Clueless. (Amazon Prime)
  435. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. (original release) (Plex)
  436. The Witches. (Amazon Prime)
  437. Christmas Inheritance. (Netflix)
  438. John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. (Vudu)
  439. Broken Lizard’s Club Dread. (HBOGo)
  440. Gremlins. (Netflix)
  441. A place beyond shame. (
  442. Kubo and the Two Strings. (Netflix)
  443. Bright. (Netflix)
  444. Trouble with the curve. (Netflix)
  445. Zodiac. (Netflix)
  446. Better watch out. (Shudder)




Tuesday October 17th. (Baseline)


“A blood black nothingness began to spin.
Began to spin.
Let’s move on to system. System.
Feel that in your body. The system.
What does it feel like to be part of the system. System.
Is there anything in your body that wants to resist the system? System.
Do you get pleasure out of being a part of the system? System.
Have they created you to be a part of the system? System.
Is there security in being a part of the system? System.
Is there a sound that comes with the system? System.
We’re going to go on. Cells.
They were all put together at a time. Cells.
Millions and billions of them. Cells.
Were you ever arrested? Cells.
Did you spend much time in the cell? Cells.
Have you ever been in an instituion? Cells.
Do they keep you in a cell? Cells.
When you’re not performing your duties do they keep you in a little box? Cells.
What’s it like to hold the hand of someone you love? Interlinked.
Do they teach you how to feel finger to finger? Interlinked.
Do you long for having your heart interlinked? Interlinked.
Do you dream about being interlinked?
Have they left a place for you where you can dream? Interlinked.
What’s it like to hold your child in your arms? Interlinked.
What’s it like to play with your dog? Interlinked.
Do you feel that there’s a part of you that’s missing? Interlinked.
Do you like to connect to things? Interlinked.
What happens when that linkage is broken? Interlinked.
Have they let you feel heartbreak? Interlinked.
Did you buy a present for the person you love? Within cells interlinked.
Why don’t you say that three times? Within cells interlinked. Within cells interlinked. Within cells interlinked.
Where do you go when you go within? Within.
Has anyone ever locked you out of a room? Within.
Where do you go to when you go within? Within.
Where is the place in the world you feel the safest? Within.
Do you have a heart? Within.
Did you pick asparagus stems?
What comes from something else? Stem.
Have you been to the source of a river? Stem.
When’s the first time you gave a flower to a girl? Stem.
What did she look like? Stem.
Is it a slang word for people’s legs? Stem.
Have you planeted things in the ground? Stem.
Have you ever been in a legal battle? Stem.
Within one stem.
Is that an old fashioned word? Dreadfully.
Did you ever want to live in the nineteenth century? Dreadfully.
What’s it like to be filled with dread? Dreadfully.
Do you think you could find out all the answers to all the questions? Dreadfully.
How good are your eyes? Distinct.
Do you have a particular personality? Distinct.
What separates somebody from somebody else? Distinct.
Who do you admire most in the world? Distinct.
What was your most shameful moment? Distinct.
Dreadfully distinct.
Were you afraid of the dark whan you were little? Dark.
What’s it like to hide under a bed? Dark.
Did they keep you in a drawer when they were building you? Dark?
Was it dark in there? Dark.
Do you have dark thoughts? Dark?
Did they program you to have dark thoughts? Dark?
Do you think it’s some kind of corruption these dark thoughts? Dark.
Maybe it’s a spot of rust or something? Dark.
Who’s the darkest person you know? Dark.
What is it like when someone gives you the silent treatment. Dark.
Who did you get your darkness from? Dark.
Against the dark.
What kind of power do you have against the dark. Against the dark.
Do you think there is such a thing as evil? Against the dark.
Do you think you can protect people against the dark. Against the dark.
Why are these things happening? Against the dark.
Do you prefer the day or the night? Against the dark.
When is the last time you saw a starry sky? Against the dark.
What’s your favorite part of the moon? Against the dark.
Have you seen the Trevi fountain in Rome? Fountain.
Have you ever seen the fountain in Lincoln center? Fountain.
Have you seen fountains out in the wild? Fountain.
What’s it like when you have an orgasm. Fountain.
Have you read the Fountainhead? Fountain.
White Fountain.
Is it pure white? White Fountain.
Is that a metaphor? White Fountain.
How did the white Fountain make you feel? White Fountain.
A tall white fountain played.
When you were little did you ever fall into a Fountain? A Tall White Fountain.
Do you like fire, earth, air or water. A Tall White Fountain.
Do you like skipping around in the water? A Tall White Fountain.
A blood black nothingness.
A system of cells.
Within cells interlinked.
Within one stem.
And dreadfully distinct.
Against the dark.
A tall white fountain played.”

Tuesday 09.29.2015


You can never go home again is, conceptually, something that I think about a lot. I moved to Philadelphia in August of 1999, sight unseen, and began setting up a life away from everything and everyone I had ever known. I was 25 at the time- which seems like a lifetime ago- and the me who followed some damn-fool notion to move 1,054 miles northeast has aged and greyed and despite superficial resemblances is little more than memories and old photographs tucked into honest to god photo albums in my closets.

A few weeks ago I challenged Thomas Wolfe’s edict and went home again; another trip down South to reconnect with old friends, visit the P5 and to record a few oral histories for my various archival projects, some of which may never end up publicly shared but were, at least, captured for posterity. It’s always so weird going ‘home’- the South in general is pleasantly and endearingly weird and the longer I live up North the weirder and more magical the South seems when I find myself visiting. I had very little time to think about the differences with almost every waking moment spoken for between recording the interviews, meeting up with loved ones and doing my best to process everything.

11947989_10206980148369671_5434394000941234447_oOne of my histories was with a retired body pierced named Mike Natali; formerly of the Silver Anchor and Bravo! Body Jewelry companies and a pretty influential part of my mid/late teens and early 20s. I hadn’t seen Mike in almost two decades, but after a few minutes in his Tampa apartment we found ourselves easing back into the old days via stories from our shared relationship with Jack Yount and the ‘middle school’ era of the western piercing scene; it was really the first time I’ve done an oral history with someone who’s history was so closely intwined with mine and I admit that I lost any level of distance or objectivity when we were talking about long forgotten memories. I was lucky to be able to see Mike twice in four days and was joined on the second visit by our old (mutual) friend Nolan who was kind enough to snap some photos of Mike and I after lunch. Seeing the photo (left) I can’t’ help but notice how much I’ve aged since the last time we were together.

Getting old has been on my mind a lot lately; schtick mostly but also the reality of the process that seems to be going faster than it did when I was in my twenties; how time seems to be speeding up as my life finally settles into the adventure that I share with Julia as my wife and the other half of my heart; the fancy dinner at the Ethiopian restaurant with sport coat and tie and a bundle of pre-date jitters that seems like it was only yesterday is almost three years past, following her down the red hallway at her old apartment, nervous that she wouldn’t like me now a story from long ago. It’s weird and comforting and amazing that every day we spend together- rushing around the Magic Kingdom making sure that we get to ride all of the rides on our incredibly detailed itinerary, sitting on the bed watching SVU with Mr. Bailey Papers and telling each other about our day… even the quiet moments become nodal points for a future treasured memory.

I think it’s natural to have those reality check moments about getting older; remembering all of the experiences that have brought me to where I am now and applying them to how I want the second half of this amazing, surreal and adventurous life to be.

Today has been an oddly sentimental day for me. Good sentiment; not melancholic but my brain keeps directing me back to friends and loved ones that aren’t around anymore. It’s inspired more smiles than anything.

memores acti prudentes futuri

Wednesday 07.31.2013


A few updates ago I went off on a tirade about the lack of video stores in Philadelphia (and much of America, I’m sure) and how we have less options these days than we did five, ten years ago. Luckily for us, Philadelphia at least has Exhumed Films. I’ve been going to their shows off and on since I moved to Philly; sometimes in New Jersey, sometimes in the city proper- wherever they have a location. They’re a group of movie fans who screen rare 35mm prints of cult, horror and exploitation films, sort of like a less commercial Alamo Draft House save that they don’t have their own location. It’s moved around quite a bit and most recently has a home at the International House on Chestnut Street.

My schedule these days means that I miss most of their offerings, but when things line up I always try to make screenings, even if I’ve never heard of the movie being shown. Last night the boys hosted REMOTE CONTROL; a little seen 1988 horror flick from by BLUE SUNSHINE director Jeff Lieberman starring Kevin Dillion, Deborah Goodrich and Jennifer Tilly. Best of all, Jeff was on hand to introduce the movie, show a 16mm print of his first short, an ironically trippy antidrug PSA called RINGERS. The turnout was good; I always want to see more people at these screenings but there were at least 100 in attendance, so that was pretty rad. It’s always good to see these movies with a full and appreciative audience. Having seen ONLY GOD FORGIVES in San Diego with a packed house of people who didn’t realize they were seeing a weirdo art film a few weeks ago.. I really appreciate an audience that knows what it’s getting into. Jeff stuck around for a Q&A after the movie but I had to jet; missed out on that as well as picking up a poster/print for the screening. I always do that. I swear I’m going to start biking there with a poster tube in my bag.. I missed out on the TCM2 print a few months ago for the same reason. One day I’ll learn.

But all that aside.. it was a great night. The film was appropriately cheesy and worth seeing. I love when they do movies on my free nights. I was sad not to see my friend and fellow cult film nerd Rob at the showing, but as luck would have it, I randomly ran into him today and we had an in-depth movie nerd sidewalk conversation that ranged from old work stuff (Apparently Dave Clark, the biggest douchebag I met in all my years at Amazon- bigger than Paul Lysko, Jenna Owens or Fern) just shared the stage with President Obama in some Amazon PR crap. We had a lot of sport with that, then moved on to discussing 1980s porn, cut scenes, the death of the video store culture… all the stuff that makes life worth living. Rob and I have this weird friendship where we see each other in random spots. Been that way since we worked together and has continued the three plus years I’ve been out of the DFC.

So much nerdery.

Otherwise it’s a nice slow day. Haircut, finally. Gym time. Playing mediator between Bailey and
Mervin as they both fought to use me as a pillow. Built a bicycle for Julia and then m
ore Game of Thrones reading and gearing up for movie night with Erin at 7pm. Full day so far and it feels like it’s just starting.

In two days I turn 39.