Ranking the Films of Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn is one of my favorite directors, right now. He still has many years ahead of him but he’s made some pretty amazing films. In fact, I think Bronson is my favorite film in the last decade. Although, he will have many more films for many years to come, this is a ranking of what he’s done so far.

1. Bronson
2. Drive
3. Only God Forgives
4. Pusher
5. I’m The Angel of Death: Pusher III
6. With Blood On My Hands: Pusher II
7. Valhalla Rising
8. Neon Demon
9. Bleeder
10. Fear X

My 20 Favorite Philip K. Dick Novels

Philip K. Dick never really got to see his own success, as he died while the Blade Runner film was being produced. He never got to see the cult phenomenon it would become. Many of his other works also went on to be successful films, most notably Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly.

With the success of the films based off of his work, his books started to sell quite well. All his hard work paid off but for him, was unfortunately too little, too late.

I have read a lot of Dick’s books since my teen years. Here are my twenty favorites:

1. The Man In The High Castle
2. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
4. Ubik
5. Lies, Inc.
6. The Penultimate Truth
7. A Scanner Darkly
8. VALIS
9. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
10. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
11. Confessions of a Crap Artist
12. Martian Time-Slip
13. Radio Free Albemuth
14. Now Wait For Last Year
15. Clans of the Alphane Moon
16. The Divine Invasion
17. A Maze of Death
18. We Can Build You
19. The Cosmic Puppets
20. Time Out Joint

Ranking the Edgar Allan Poe Films by Roger Corman and Vincent Price

Roger Corman directed Vincent Price in a ton of films. They were regular collaborators, especially during the 1960s. And one thing they loved collaborating on was films based off of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, they made eight Poe films together.

Here they are, ranked:

1. The Haunted Palace
2. The Masque of the Red Death
3. The Raven
4. The Pit and the Pendulum
5. House of Usher
6. Tales of Terror
7. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (TV Special)
8. The Tomb of Ligeia

Top 50 DC and Marvel Character Clones

*written in 2014.

Over at io9, they have been discussing which DC Comics and Marvel characters are virtually just different versions of themselves. Being that this is something I’ve debated with friends since the late ’80s, I figured I’d rank my favorites.

1. Captain Marvel/Captain Marvel
2. Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark
3. Batman/Moon Knight
4. Darkseid/Thanos
5. Deathstroke/Dead Pool
6. Superman/Sentry
7. Lex Luthor/The Kingpin
8. Aquaman/Namor the Sub-Mariner
9. The Flash/Quicksilver
10. Green Lantern/Nova
11. Green Arrow/Hawkeye
12. Catwoman/Black Cat
13. Hawkman/Angel (or Archangel)
14. Black Canary/Black Widow
15. Dr. Fate/Dr. Strange
16. Swamp Thing/Man-Thing
17. Winter Solider (Bucky Barnes)/Red Hood (Jason Todd a.k.a. Robin II)
18. Doom Patrol/X-Men
19. The Atom/Ant-Man
20. The Shi’ar Imperial Guard/Legion of Super-Heroes
21. Red Tornado/Vision
22. Nightwing/Daredevil
23. Wonder Woman/Thor
24. Clayface/Sandman
25. Cyborg/Deathlok
26. Perry White/J. Jonah Jameson
27. The Spectre/The Living Tribunal
28. Saturn Girl/Jean Grey
29. Cassandra Cain/X-23
30. The Vigilante/The Punisher
31. Batman Beyond/Spider-Man 2099
32. Ra’s Al Ghul/The Mandarin
33. Killer Croc/The Lizard
34. Deadshot/Bullseye
35. Plastic Man/Mr. Fantastic
36. Lady Shiva/Elektra
37. Bumblebee/The Wasp
38. Captain Boomerang/Boomerang
39. Solomon Grundy/Grey Hulk
40. Metallo/Ultron
41. Mr. Mxyzptlk/Impossible Man
42. Carny/Arcade
43. Martian Manhunter/Skrullian Skymaster
44. Lord Havok/Doctor Doom
45. Dreamslayer/Dormammu
46. John Constantine/Pete Wisdom
47. Suicide Squad/The Thunderbolts
48. Gorgon/Doctor Octopus
49. Scarecrow/Mr. Fear
50. Detective Chimp/Howard the Duck

Top 10 Roles of Alan Rickman

*written in 2016.

I read this morning that Alan Rickman passed away. He was an accomplished actor that was a delight in every role he played. He had range and versatility. He covered a lot of genres and a lot of different character types.

I first noticed him, as a kid, in Die Hard. He was a great villain. He then popped up in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, also as a villain. As the years went on, he broadened his range and gave us many memorable characters. Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series of films is probably his most recognized role.

I’ve decided to list what I consider to be his ten best roles in film. I wish he would’ve had the time to do even more.

1. Die Hard
2. The Harry Potter series
3. Galaxy Quest
4. CBGB
5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
6. Dogma
7. Rasputin
8. Michael Collins
9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
10. Quigley Down Under

Ranking All the New Movies I Saw In 2017

2017 is over and although I already ranked all the summer films, as I will probably do every year, I also wanted to rank all the new films I saw that came out in 2017.

There were some things I wanted to see but I don’t get everything where I live, even if my local theaters are finally getting better at bringing in some good indie movies. So if something is omitted, it is because I couldn’t see it or just wasn’t able to catch, as some indie stuff comes out really briefly in my area. There is also the possibility that I just didn’t want to see a certain movie, which is why you may notice that the newest Transformers or Justice League are missing.

So here is my attempt at trying to quantify the films I’ve seen in 2017.

1. The Florida Project
2. Get Out
3. Thor: Ragnarok
4. It
5. Blade Runner 2049
6. War for the Planet of the Apes
7. Baby Driver
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
9. Logan
10. Brigsby Bear
11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
12. Spider-Man: Homecoming
13. Atomic Blonde
14. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
15. The Disaster Artist
16. T2 Trainspotting
17. Dunkirk
18. The Big Sick
19. Lady Bird
20. Wonder Woman
21. Detroit
22. Murder On the Orient Express
23. Kong: Skull Island
24. The Shape of Water
25. Lucky
26. Goon: Last of the Enforcers
27. Power Rangers
28. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
29. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
30. Fist Fight
31. It Comes At Night
32. The Hero
33. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
34. Ghost In the Shell
35. Cult of Chucky
36. I Don’t Feel at Home In This World Anymore
37. Alien: Covenant
38. The Mummy
39. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
40. The Dark Tower
41. Bright
42. Life
43. The Babysitter
44. Logan Lucky
45. Death Note

The 30 Best Star Wars Books Before Disney

Since Disney has just about murdered Star Wars, I figured that I would remember the great days of the Expanded Universe by ranking the best Star Wars novels from the timeline I still consider canon. But I guess if you ask Disney or the modern fans, none of these actually matter anymore.

So even though I invested thirty-plus years in these awesome tales, I guess I wasted my time. But if you don’t want to have thirty-plus years of history snatched away from you in an effort to sell more toys, then you should check these books out. And then forget them because they are just kindling in Disney’s fire pit.

No, don’t forget them. They’re all better than whatever the hell The Last Jedi was.

1. “The X-Wing Series (9 books)” by various
2. “The Thrawn Trilogy” by Timothy Zahn
3. “The New Jedi Order Series (21 books)” by various
4. “The Legacy of the Force Series (9 books)” by various
5. “I, Jedi” by Michael A. Stackpole
6. “The Hand of Thrawn Duology” by Timothy Zahn
7. “The Fate of the Jedi Series (9 books)” by various
8. “The Second Han Solo Trilogy” by Brian Daley
9. “The Han Solo Trilogy” by A.C. Crispin
10. “Tales of the Bounty Hunters” by various
11. “Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader” by James Luceno
12. “Labyrinth of Evil” by James Luceno
13. “Shadows of the Empire” by Steve Perry
14. “The Lando Calrissian Trilogy” by L. Neil Smith
15. “The Jedi Academy Trilogy” by Kevin J. Anderson
16. “The Dark Nest Trilogy” by Troy Denning
17. “Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn
18. “Crucible” by Troy Denning
19. “The Truce At Bakura” by Kathy Tyers
20. “Tales from Jabba’s Palace” by various
21. “Darth Plagueis” by James Luceno
22. “The Old Republic: Revan” by Drew Karpyshyn
23. “Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina” by various
24. “Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter” by Michael Reaves
25. “Tales from the Empire” by various
26. “The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy” by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
27. “The Corellian Trilogy” by Roger MacBride Allen
28. “Shatterpoint” by Matthew Stover
29. “The Darth Bane Trilogy” by Drew Karpyshyn
30. “The Cestus Deception” by Steven Barnes