A Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive

Inspired by watching a YouTube video by Alfo Media in which he talked about a favorite album for each year he’s been alive. I done something similar to this with songs, but I thought it would be even more interesting to do this with albums instead. And then I realized that I haven’t listened to enough albums from 2003 to now to warrant that type of list. Now I hope to eventually do that list, but for now, I will have to settle for doing a list like this on something I have plenty of options for which in my case is movies. Starting from 2003 to 2020, I will be picking my favorite movie for each respective year along with some honorable mentions to boot.

2003: Down With Love

I will forever praised and mentioned Down With Love whenever I get an opportunity to. Down With Love is one of my favorite romantic comedies, it’s funny and sweet, but surprisingly enough it’s smart. It’s rare for me to ever describe a romantic comedy as smart, but Down With Love is exactly that. It’s genuisly well made and written and I wish it was more well known.

Honorable Mentions:

Identity

The Italian Job

• Kill Bill

Freaky Friday

School of Rock

2004: The Incredibles

My first superhero movie (yes, it counts)! I watched The Incredibles way too many times as a child because of how much I loved it and I’m happy to say that I still love it as much as I did as a child as I do now.

Honorable Mentions:

Before Sunset

13 Going on 30

Mean Girls

Spiderman 2

The Bourne Supremacy

Closer

2005: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

I talked about this movie before in Movies Watched in December 2019, but essentially I only just said that this is my favorite movie of all time. No big deal. Okay but seriously that statement is so hollow, because I haven’t seen every movie ever, so that statement doesn’t really mean much. But I will say that the first time I ever watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang I came away thinking that’s my favorite movie I have ever seen and I still come away with feeling every time I revisit it.

Honorable Mentions

Imagine Me & You

Hitch

The Descent

Walk the Line

2006: Rocky Balboa

I am a huge diehard Rocky fan. I marathon the entire franchise either two or three years ago for the first time and I was in love. It was so much fun discovering what would ultimately become one of my favorite franchises ever. And Rocky Balboa is one of my favorites from the series and I think it’s unfairly underlooked. It was the perfect sendoff for the original Rocky series after the terrible fifth movie and can be seen as a great standalone boxing movie as well.

Honorable Mentions

Stick It

United 93

Mission Impossible 3

The Devil Wears Prada

2007: Enchanted

Speaking of underlooked, look no further than Enchanted. The best Disney live action movie that you have probably never seen. Enchanted, no pun intended is enchanting. It is such a magical film to watch because it’s a mix of everything you need for a film to work comes together. A innovative story, great performances, and the entertainment value is sky high. I adore this movie.

Honorable Mentions

Music & Lyrics

Ratatouille

The Bourne Ultimatum

Atonement

2008: Iron Man

No matter how many years go by, Iron Man still is my favorite MCU film. I love the film itself and I love how much it represents for the franchise as a whole. You just don’t get to see how much a movie can make an impact like Iron Man did every day. It’s a once in a lifetime kinda thing.

Honorable Mentions

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Kung Fu Panda

The Wrestler

2009: Jennifer’s Body

I will be talking about Jennifer’s Body in-depth very soon, so I won’t say too much here except that Jennifer’s Body was far too ahead of it’s time to get the due respect that it so rightfully deserves. And I will stand by that for the rest of time.

Honorable Mentions

Drag Me To Hell

The Proposal

500 Days of Summer

2010: The Social Network

The first time I watched The Social Network I thought I would have hated it. A movie about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg? That sounds so boring and it very well could have been if it weren’t for David Fincher’s directing and Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay. The Social Network is phenomenal in every single way. The screenplay, performances, and dialogue. That combination makes one of my favorite movies of all time.

Honorable Mentions

Shutter Island

Toy Story 3

Inception

The Other Guys

Black Swan

Easy A

The Town

Tangled

2011: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

You know how I said earlier that the Rocky franchise was one of my favorite franchises ever? Yeah, well Mission Impossible is the other. The franchise is my favorite still going on currently. The series received a huge bump in quality with this fourth addition Ghost Protocol. It may or may not be my favorite from the series, I go back and forth between this one and Fallout. But either way, Ghost Protocol was a breath of fresh air that the franchise desperately needed and the franchise is so much better because of it.

Honorable Mentions

Scream 4

Bridesmaids

Drive

Crazy Stupid Love

Warrior

The Cabin in the Woods

2012: The Avengers

I have never been a comic book fan, but even I had to admit it was pretty cool to see all these superheroes we had seen in their own movies team-up since we had never seen anything like it before. It’s pretty nostalgic to go back to the first one ever and see just how far everything has come. It’s a beautiful thing.

Honorable Mentions

21 Jump Street

Frances Ha

Stuck In Love

Looper

2013: Short Term 12

Another personal favorite of mines and one that will always have a place in my heart for several reasons. It’s at both times a heartbreaking and heartwarming film that will make you emotional without ever manipulating your feelings. I love how genuine it is, you forget it’s a movie sometimes while you’re watching. That’s how saddening realistic it is.

Honorable Mentions

The Spectacular Now

Before Midnight

Evil Dead

Iron Man 3

Inside Lleweyn Davis

Prisoners

Enemy

Her

2014: Gone Girl

I hate movies that are two hours. I hate movies that are somehow longer than two hours. My attention span was never meant to last that long. And yet I completely captivated by Gone Girl and it’s almost two and a half hours long! Gone Girl is special and because of that, it’s my exception. It also doesn’t hurt that it features one of the best performances I have ever seen by Rosamund Pike.

Honorable Mentions

Whiplash

Veronica Mars

Captain America: Winer Solider

Edge of Tomorrow

Guardians of the Galaxy

The One I Love

Birdman

Nightclawer

Beyond the Lights

Still Alice

Laggies

John Wick

Paddington

2015: Creed

This is how to do a revival/reboot to an already well-beloved franchise and making it your own. I am always in awe of how well Creed was done. It could have gone completely south, but no it didn’t. Instead, it became the best reboot I have seen thus far in the history of reboots.

Honorable Mentions

Mistress America

The Invitation

The Final Girls

Furious 7

Carol

Inside Out

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Straight Outta Compton

Room

Spotlight

2016: The Nice Guys

What is it with Shane Black + two mismatched private detectives that make me instantly fall in love with his movies. Shane Black who is responsible for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is also responsible for another favorite movie of mines The Nice Guys. They are both similar to one another, but I don’t care. Why fix something that’s not broke? Even despite the two movie’s similarities, The Nice Guys more than enough holds it’s own. The chemistry between Gosling and Crowe is undeniable and it’s freaking hilarious! Ah, I love this movie…

Honorable Mentions

Zootopia

Don’t Breathe

Julieta

Captain America: Civil War

Handmaiden

Popstar: Next Stop Stopping

La La Land

Arrival

Moonlight

The Edge of Seventeen

20 Century Women

Moana

2017: Get Out

Get Out reinvented the horror genre for the better. In a genre that began to stale, Get Out took modern-day racial themes and made an instant classic horror movie. It’s incredibly smart is just as timely as it was in 2017.

Honorable Mentions

The Big Sick

Ingrid Goes West

Call Me By Your Name

Logan

Baby Driver

Wonder Woman

The Meyerowitz Stories

Good Time

You Were Never Really Here

Logan Lucky

Lady Bird

Revenge

Blade Runner 2049

Thor Ragnarok

Paddington 2

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

2018: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

One of the best animation movies I have ever seen and I have seen a LOT of animation films. But this one stands out from the rest with how stunning it is and I don’t just mean how the film looks. The film itself is beautiful to look at, but Into the Spider-Verse also has plenty of heart to match its appearance.

Honorable Mentions

The Hate U Give

The Favourite

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Shoplifters

Upgrade

Game Night

Hereditary

Eighth Grade

Searching

Blindspotting

2019: Ready or Not

I just watched Ready or Not for the first time last month, so how much I liked it may come from how fresh it is in my mind. However, it could be just because of how freaking good it is. I’m a sucker for a balance between humor and horror and I believe that Ready or Not is the quintessential example of how to do it and how to do it right.

PS, I haven’t seen Parasite yet.

Honorable Mentions

Knives Out

Hustlers

Booksmart

Fighting with My Family

2020: To Be Determined

Yeah, I don’t got a movie for 2020 yet. I have seen exactly 4 movies from this year and I don’t think that’s a good pool to pick a favorite from, so I’ll have to wait before I pick a 2020 favorite.

What’s your favorite movie from 2020 so far? Comment it down below.

6 thoughts on “A Movie For Every Year I’ve Been Alive

  1. This is great. I should do this… Of course, my list will be SIGNIFICANTLY longer. I’d probably have to break it up into several posts. Or maybe that’s what I can do when I finally finish my Top 100 movie reviews. You’re giving me post ideas and I thank you for it!

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