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Film Junk’s 400th Episode and My Top 100 Films of All Time


For the past six-ish years I’ve been a co-host on what now looks to be one of the longest running movie podcasts on the internet, the Film Junk Podcast. To celebrate our 400th episode, we decided to attempt to list our top 100 films of all time. It’s a seemingly impossible task that I found to be quite difficult, but it made for some good discussion on the podcast. You can have a listen for yourself here but if you don’t have five hours to spare, feel free to check out my top 100 list posted below.

I also want to toss out a big thanks to my co-hosts (Sean, Frank, Greg, and special guest Reed Farrington) and all of our loyal Film Junk listeners around the world. Here’s to another 400!


100. Hard Boiled (Dir. John Woo, 1992)
99. Crimson Tide (Dir. Tony Scott, 1995)
98. Krull (Dir. Peter Yates, 1983)
97. Rushmore (Dir. Wes Anderson, 1998)
96. United 93 (Dir. Paul Greengrass, 2006)
95. Koyaanisqatsi (Dir. Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
94. Dog Day Afternoon (Dir. Sidney Lumet, 1975)
93. Blow Out (Dir. Brian De Palma, 1981)
92. The Social Network (Dir. David Fincher, 2010)
91. Touching the Void (Dir. Kevin Macdonald, 2003)
90. F For Fake (Dir. Orson Welles, 1973)
89. Blue Water, White Death (Dir. Peter Gimbel & James Lipscomb, 1971)
88. Seventeen (Dir. Joel DeMott & Jeff Kreines, 1983)
87. The King of Comedy (Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1983)
86. Police Story (Dir. Jackie Chan, 1985)
85. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (Dir. Tim Burton, 1985)
84. The Wrestler (Dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2008)
83. Gummo (Dir. Harmony Korine, 1997)
82. Double Indemnity (Dir. Billy Wilder, 1944)
81. 3 Women (Dir. Robert Altman, 1977)
80. Stagecoach (Dir. John Ford, 1939)
79. The Apartment (Dir. Billy Wilder, 1960)
78. No Country For Old Men (Dir. Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, 2007)
77. Yojimbo (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
76. Boogie Nights (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
75. The Great Escape (Dir. John Sturges, 1963)
74. Sorcerer (Dir. William Friedkin, 1977)
73. Husbands (Dir. John Cassavetes, 1970)
72. M (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1931)
71. The Thin Red Line (Dir. Terrence Malick, 1998)
70. Mulholland Dr. (Dir. David Lynch, 2001)
69. Punishment Park (Dir. Peter Watkins, 1971)
68. I Am Cuba (Dir. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964)
67. A Night to Remember (Dir. Roy Ward Baker, 1958)
66. All the President’s Men (Dir. Alan J. Pakula, 1976)
65. Where Eagles Dare (Dir. Brian G. Hutton, 1968)
64. Black Sunday (Dir. Mario Bava, 1960)
63. The Graduate (Dir. Mike Nichols, 1967)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2010)
61. The Lady Vanishes (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)
60. Shock Corridor (Dir. Samuel Fuller, 1963)
59. Rocky (Dir. John G. Avildsen, 1976)
58. Se7en (Dir. David Fincher, 1995)
57. 12 Angry Men (Dir. Sidney Lumet, 1957)
56. Le Cercle Rouge (Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970)
55. The Night of the Hunter (Dir. Charles Laughton, 1955)
54. Back to the Future (Dir. Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
53. Titicut Follies (Dir. Frederick Wiseman, 1967)
52. A Woman Under the Influence (Dir. John Cassavetes, 1974)
51. The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (Dir. Kazuo Hara, 1987)
50. Bells From the Deep (Dir. Werner Herzog, 1993)
49. Night of the Living Dead (Dir. George A. Romero, 1968)
48. There Will Be Blood (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
47. Evil Dead II (Dir. Sam Raimi, 1987)
46. Salesman (Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin, 1968)
45. Apocalypse Now (Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
44. Robocop (Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1987)
43. Nosferatu (Dir. F.W. Murnau, 1922)
42. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1974)
41. Die Hard (Dir. John McTiernan, 1988)
40. Pulp Fiction (Dir. Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
39. Anatomy of a Murder (Dir. Otto Preminger, 1959)
38. Taxi Driver (Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1976)
37. A Clockwork Orange (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
36. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1981)
35. Aliens (Dir. James Cameron, 1986)
34. Fargo (Dir. Joel Coen, 1996)
33. Danger: Diabolik (Dir. Mario Bava, 1968)
32. Goodfellas (Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1990)
31. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1977)
30. Star Wars (Dir. Geore Lucas, 1977)
29. Rio Bravo (Dir. Howard Hawks, 1959)
28. The Empire Strikes Back (Dir. Irvin Kershner, 1980)
27. Modern Times (Dir. Charles Chaplin, 1936)
26. Big Trouble in Little China (Dir. John Carpenter, 1986)
25. North by Northwest (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
24. Vernon, Florida (Dir. Errol Morris, 1981)
23. After Hours (Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1985)
22. Lessons of Darkness (Dir. Werner Herzog, 1992)
21. Dawn of the Dead (Dir. George A. Romero, 1978)
20. Army of Shadows (Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969)
19. Psycho (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
18. Burden of Dreams (Dir. Les Blank, 1982)
17. The Shining (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
16. Alien (Dir. Ridley Scott, 1979)
15. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
14. Gimme Shelter (Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin, 1970)
13. Gates of Heaven (Dir. Errol Morris, 1978)
12. The Exorcist (Dir. William Friedkin, 1973)
11. High and Low (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
10. The Wages of Fear (Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
9. Playtime (Dir. Jacques Tati, 1967)
8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Dir. Sergio Leone, 1966)
7. Paris, Texas (Dir. Wim Wenders, 1984)
6. Stroszek (Dir. Werner Herzog, 1977)
5. American Movie (Dir. Chris Smith, 1999)
4. The Thin Blue Line (Dir. Errol Morris, 1988)
3. The Thing (Dir. John Carpenter, 1982)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
1. Jaws (Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1975)

The Best and Worst Films of 2012

The Master

Top 20 Fiction Films of 2012

20. Cabin in the Woods
19. Frances Ha
18. To The Wonder
17. Skyfall
16. Magic Mike
15. Dredd
14. Haywire
13. Amour
12. Life of Pi
11. Take This Waltz
10. Tabu
9. End of Watch
8. The Grey
7. Prometheus
6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
5. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Moonrise Kingdom
3. Spring Breakers
2. Django Unchained
1. The Master

Honourable Mentions: 21 Jump Street, Looper, Bernie, Argo, Goon, Rust and Bone, Holy Motors, Berberian Sound Studio

The Imposter

Top 20 Documentaries of 2012

20. Women With Cows
19. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
18. The Ambassador
17. Beauty Is Embarrassing
16. Low and Clear
15. China Heavyweight
14. Samsara
13. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
12. Ai Wei Wei Never Sorry
11. The Waiting Room
10. West of Memphis
9. Indie Game: The Movie
8. Shut Up and Play the Hits
7. Detropia
6. This Is Not a Film
5. Stories We Tell
4. Leviathan
3. Tchoupitoulas
2. The Act of Killing
1. The Imposter

Honourable Mentions: Only the Young, Platform Moon, Chasing Ice, GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Searching for Sugar Man, Despite the Gods

4:44 Last Day on Earth

The 10 Worst Films of 2012

10. Flight
9. Paranormal Activity 4
8. Act of Valor
7. The Dictator
6. V/H/S
5. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
4. Piranha 3DD
3. Safety Not Guaranteed
2. Seeking a Friend For the End Of the World
1. 4:44 Last Day On Earth

Unhonourable Mentions: Lock Out, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Silent House, Compliance, Mechanical Bride, Here Comes the Devil

My Top Albums of 2012

Killer Mike

I keep forgetting I have a blog attached to this site. I guess I’ll start taking advantage of it by posting my “best of” lists of 2012. Let’s start with my albums! Here we go:

10. DIIV – Oshin
9. Beach House – Bloom
8. Dan Deacon – America
7. Chromatics – Kill For Love
6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes
5. A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red
4. Death Grips – The Money Store
3. The Soft Moon – Zeros
1. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

Honourable Mentions:

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
1991 – 1991
Tanlines – Mixed Emotions
Grimes – Visions

The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends

Here’s a new short that I filmed with some friends over the past month. It’s a 10 minute documentary called “The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends”; a title that pretty much sums up the content. Over the last year, me and my group of friends have become quasi-casual board gamers. It all started with the occasional game of Dutch Blitz and Speed Scrabble, but when The Settlers of Catan was brought into the mix, we were all hooked. The others have had some fun with other similar games (Pandemic, Power Grid, Carcassonne), but I don’t think any of them come close to the fun of playing Catan.

A little while ago, our friend Gerry had a bit of an outburst during one of our matches. He blew up at us all and then went home, claiming he’d never play with us again. It was an awkward moment that I immediately thought was worthy of some discussion. Our “in game” personalities are quite different from the “real” us, so I thought it might be interesting to talk to those involved and see what sort of insight they have on each others gaming personalities. Also, the idea of handling such a trivial subject in such a serious manner was irresistible. This is a comedy, first and foremost.

It’s worth noting that I was actually present at this game and was sort of involved in the outburst. Or at least I felt some of the fallout from it. I decided to leave myself out of the story simply due to logistics and practicality. I shoot all of my own stuff, so I didn’t feel it was necessary to put myself on camera (which I’m frankly not interested in anyways). It’s also worth noting that Gerry has consistently blown up at every single game since this one.

From a technical standpoint, I wanted to shoot this short as a sort of dry run for the recreations in my upcoming feature documentary, How to Build a Time Machine. Although the content and approach will be pretty different than what’s presented here, I just wanted to take on a small project that would allow me to play around with re-enactments. I shot this with the Panasonic AF100, using the following lenses: Nikon 50mm, Nikon 35mm, Panasonic Lumix 14mm. I didn’t do a whole lot for lighting aside from assisting some of the practical lights in Matt’s apartment (a 650 bounced off the ceiling), and stringing some coloured Christmas lights in the background for some visual points of interest. For the interviews, I used a single bulb cool light hung directly overhead the subjects along with a 250W tungsten key light (diffused X2) and another cool light as a back light.

Fast & Scientific.

Welcome! Come in! Thanks for stopping by! NOW GO AWAY. Just kidding! After losing to some sort of online handbag dealership, I had to move fast and replace the gaping hole that was left in my presence. Nearly three years later, I’ve finally thrown together this wonderful little site to host all of my film work and hopefully share some news on upcoming projects. Also, if you’re reading this and are interested in hiring me for a well paying gig shooting something fantastic, you can go ahead and contact me. I’m for hire!

So please, have a look around and enjoy the sites and sounds of Fast & Scientific Productions!