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25 Years of Watching Stuff: My Favorite Movies

Love every single one of these very, very much. Ranking is basically arbitrary. Wish they could all be ranked higher, ya know? But it’s what feels right right now.

Note: I think 2001 is still the "best" movie ever, and I think The Return is my single favorite piece of any sort of media. Maybe I can just say, my favorite (and also what I think is the best) thing my eyeballs have consumed (the Yeezus tour would place at number two). I place the two movies above both these things, because those are definitely my two Favorite™ Movies­™, and ultimately thats what this list is.

  • Inherent Vice
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Come and See
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Master
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • Buffalo '66
  • Exotica
  • Casablanca
  • The Irishman
  • I Know This Much Is True
  • Anguish
  • Heat
  • Before Sunset
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Close-Up
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Brown Bunny
  • Happy Hour
  • Choose Me
  • A New Leaf
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Primer
  • The Big Sleep
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Before Sunrise
  • Love Streams
  • 8 Women
  • Blue Velvet
  • Se7en
  • PlayTime
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • High Life
  • Rio Bravo
  • Running on Empty
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • History Is Made at Night
  • Chungking Express
  • The Shining
  • The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
  • Die Hard
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • High and Low
  • Dirty Dancing
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Funny Games
  • Burning
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • Good Time
  • Chinatown
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • Black Christmas
  • Paths of Glory
  • Manhunter
  • Miracle Mile
  • Opening Night
  • Eraserhead
  • GoodFellas
  • Tenet
  • The Thing
  • L'Argent
  • Ponyo
  • 8½
  • Dune
  • Angst
  • Miami Vice
  • California Split
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Arrival
  • The Godfather
  • Inland Empire
  • Hereditary
  • Before Midnight
  • Mauvais Sang
  • Memento
  • Suspiria
  • Raising Arizona
  • The Iron Giant
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • Amour
  • The Graduate
  • Possibly in Michigan
  • Computer Chess
  • The Wind Rises
  • Stalker
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Belly
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Possession