Ranking the King Kong Films

When King Kong came out in 1933, I doubt that anyone thought it would be a film that would continue to resonate for over 80 years. Throughout the years it has had reboots, remakes and sequels of those films. There have been four separate film series and one standalone, in that time.

The original King Kong spawned Son of Kong the same year.

In the 1960s, King Kong vs. Godzilla spawned its own sequel King Kong Escapes.

The Dino de Laurentiis 70s remake, also just called King Kong, spawned a sequel in the 80s, King Kong Lives.

Coming off of the heels of his success with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson did his own remake in 2005. That was the first to not get the sequel treatment.

Then, earlier this year, we got Kong: Skull Island, which leads into Kong’s eventual meeting of Godzilla in an upcoming joint sequel between the American versions of the two monsters.

So with all these King Kong pictures, I figured that I would weigh them against each other and attempt to rank them. While I’m sure everyone won’t agree with me, that’s what makes these sort of lists fun.

And now, the list!

1. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
2. King Kong (1933)
3. King Kong (1976)
4. King Kong Escapes (1967)
5. Kong: Skull Island (2017)
6. Son of Kong (1933)
7. King Kong Lives (1986)
8. King Kong (2005)

Top 24 James Bond Villains

*originally written in 2015.

The new James Bond film Spectre comes out tonight. The title, for those who don’t know, is a reference to the evil organization that Sean Connery’s James Bond fought against in the 1960s. It is the most vile and sinister group in Bond history. In fact, they were a consistent presence in the James Bond novels going back to before the films.

Since the SPECTRE organization is being brought back into the James Bond film mythos, I thought I would honor their awesomeness with a list of the best cinematic Bond villains in history. And yes, many of these characters were members of SPECTRE.

1. Ernst Stavro Blofeld
2. Francisco Scaramanga
3. Emilio Largo
4. Rosa Klebb
5. Dr. Julius No
6. Jaws
7. Irma Bunt
8. Agent 008 (Alec Trevelyan)
9. Baron Samedi
10. Hugo Drax
11. Raoul Silva
12. Xenia Onatopp
13. Auric Goldfinger
14. Max Zorin
15. Dr. Kananga
16. Le Chiffre
17. Oddjob
18. Red Grant
19. Franz Sanchez
20. Mayday
21. Mr. White
22. Karl Stromberg
23. Mr. Wint & Mr. Kidd
24. Nick Nack

Looking Back at 500 Posts

Cinespiria has reached the milestone of 500 posts. Not bad for a blog that started back in November of last year. But the reason that there has been this many posts in a short time is due to the massive back catalog of reviews I have from previous blogs that no longer exist.

When I decided that focusing on film was what I wanted to do, I wanted to have all of my reviews and other film centered writings in one place. The blog was started solely as an outlet for me to put down my thoughts and keep them better organized in one place.

Also, for those who also read Cinespiria’s content, I wanted this site to maybe educate people on more obscure films or to draw attention to movies the general public has not heard of or has forgotten over time.

I also like posting lists that rank the films of notable directors, actors and even franchises. The reason for this, is that I love the discussions that they often times generate, as I learn new things from those who have varying opinions or who point me towards movies I might not know about or haven’t seen in a long time.

I figured that I would do something special with this post so I decided to list out my top ten genre categories, people (actors, directors, composers, special effects maestros), years of release of the films I have covered and the country of a film’s origin (excluding the US, as I never tag it).

So here are the most popular tags in each topic.

Top 10 Genres:
1. sci-fi
2. action
3. horror
4. adventure
5. drama
6. thriller
7. fantasy
8. comedy
9. crime
10. kaiju

Top 10 People:
1. Eiji Tsuburaya
2. Ennio Morricone
3. Scarlett Johansson
4. Roger Corman
5. Ishirō Honda
6. Greg Nicotero
7. Dario Argento
8. Lee Van Cleef
9. Bill Murray
10. Peter Cushing

Top 10 Years of Release:
1. 2014
2. 2016
3. 1966
4. 1985
5. 1986
6. 1984
7. 1987
8. 2015
9. 1989
10. 1974

Top 10 Countries of Origin:
1. Italy
2. Japan
3. UK
4. Spain
5. Hong Kong (China)
6. Germany
7. France
8. Canada
9. Russia (Soviet Union)
10. Australia

Ranking the Star Trek Films

Star Trek is one of the greatest franchises of all-time. Unlike the fanboys who incessantly argue about which is better, Star Trek or Star Wars, I don’t waste my time with all that. They are both very different series, excluding the reboot film series by J.J. Abrams, which is more or less a dumbed down/action heavy version of Star Trek made by a guy who didn’t like Trek and wanted to make his own Star Wars film.

That is not a knock against Star Wars, it is just observing the fact that they are more of a set of films fueled by action, as Star Trek was a film series (and television series) that was a lot deeper philosophically. Again, the two series are two entirely different things where the only thing that they really have in common is that they are in space and both share the word “Star” in their titles.

When I was a kid, I liked both. However, I saw the intellectual edge that Star Trek had and grew a deep respect and love for it. My introduction to Star Trek was the films of the 1980s that featured the cast of the original television series. They were stellar films (most of them anyway).

This is a countdown where I rank each Star Trek film, whether it features the original cast, The Next Generation cast or the new reboot movies done by J.J. Abrams.

By the way, I do really like the cast in the Abrams film series, so no fault goes to them.

1. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
4. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
5. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
6. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
7. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
8. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
9. Star Trek: Generations (1994)
10. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
11. Star Trek (2009)
12. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
13. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Top 50 Spaghetti Westerns of All-Time

Spaghetti westerns are better than westerns, at least in my opinion. Sure, there are fantastic American-made westerns but as a whole, the Italian-Spanish (sometimes German) films are superior. There is more grit, more bad ass shit and a level of violence that adds realism and authenticity to a genre that has typically been family friendly in the U.S.

The greatest film of all-time is a spaghetti western. And many of the other greatest films ever also fall into this genre.

I have spent the last several months watching a lot of these films. I have always been familiar with the greats but I had to delve deeper into the more obscure reaches of the genre. A special shout out goes to the Spaghetti Western Database for the hours of research I was able to accomplish in mostly one place. Also, thanks to Amazon, Hulu and YouTube for providing several of these films. The rest were an adventure to track down.

This list is the result of my hundreds of hours of film watching.

1. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
2. Once Upon A Time In the West
3. The Great Silence
4. The Big Gundown
5. For A Few Dollars More
6. Django
7. A Fistful of Dollars
8. The Mercenary
9. Face to Face
10. Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!
11. A Bullet For the General
12. Compañeros
13. Duck, You Sucker! (A Fistful of Dynamite)
14. Day of Anger
15. Keoma
16. Sabata
17. Return of Ringo
18. Death Rides A Horse
19. Cemetery Without Crosses
20. My Name Is Nobody
21. The Grand Duel
22. A Genius, Two Partners and A Dupe
23. A Pistol for Ringo
24. If You Meet Sartana, Pray For Your Death
25. The Dirty Outlaws
26. Django, Prepare a Coffin (Viva Django)
27. Run Man Run
28. Tepepa
29. Navajo Joe
30. Four of the Apocalypse
31. Massacre Time
32. Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead
33. Mannaja
34. Django Strikes Again
35. The Return of Sabata
36. A Few Dollars For Django
37. Light the Fuse… Sartana Is Coming
38. Machine Gun Killers
39. Beyond the Law
40. Ace High
41. The Bounty Killer (The Ugly Ones)
42. Trinity Is Still My Name
43. Hellbenders
44. Django the Bastard
45. God Forgives, I Don’t
46. Minnesota Clay
47. God’s Gun
48. They Call Me Trinity
49. Ringo and His Golden Pistol (Johnny Oro)
50. Arizona Colt

Ranking the Films of Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott is giving us another Alien film this week. So why not look at all his films and try to quantify them in someway by ranking them? Granted, I do these for other directors and actors as well and my opinion could change at any moment but these can often times lead to good discussions.

Ridley Scott makes damn good films. Between Alien and Blade Runner he both mesmerized and frightened me as a child. Throughout the years, he branched out and covered just about every genre. He’s gone on to win several awards and has carved out a pretty unique legacy. Here, I rank his films:

1. Alien
2. Blade Runner
3. Black Rain
4. The Duelists
5. Gladiator
6. Prometheus
7. Matchstick Men
8. Legend
9. Black Hawk Down
10. Thelma & Louise
11. The Martian
12. Body of Lies
13. American Gangster
14. G.I. Jane
15. Hannibal
16. Robin Hood
17. Kingdom of Heaven
18. A Good Year
19. Exodus: Gods and Kings
20. The Vatican
21. White Squall
22. 1492: Conquest of Paradise
23. Someone to Watch Over Me
24. The Counselor

Top 25 Films Starring Boris Karloff

I’ve done a list like this for horror legends Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi. So why not Boris Karloff?

Karloff was most famous for playing the monsters in several of Universal’s old horror pictures from the 1930s-1940s. He also went on to star in a slew of other classic horror films.

He was one of the most talented actors of the genre and went on to inspire a lot of actors – Jack Nicholson, for instance.

Boris Karloff was an amazing talent and his ability to chill audiences to the bone was what made him a legend.

These are his twenty-five best films.

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Frankenstein
3. The Raven (1963)
4. The Mummy
5. The Mask of Fu Manchu
6. Comedy of Terrors
7. The Terror
8. Black Sabbath
9. Son of Frankenstein
10. The Old Dark House
11. House of Frankenstein
12. Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
13. The Raven (1935)
14. The Black Room
15. The Invisible Ray
16. The Black Cat
17. Die, Monster, Die!
18. The Walking Dead
19. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
20. Corridors of Blood
21. The Ghoul
22. Black Friday
23. The Devil Commands
24. The Black Castle
25. Curse of the Crimson Altar