Thursday, August 4, 2016

10 Worst Video Game Based Movies

10. Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life- My thought process while watching this movie went back and forth like a tennis match. Angelina Jolie looks hot. Those aren’t her real boobs. Angelina Jolie looks hot. She doesn’t have a filthy sex scene.The franchise helped inspire a porno adaptation called Womb Raider. Even that movie was lousy.

Frankly I could watch it again if I was forced to but that doesn’t make it a good movie.

9. Mortal Kombat- Okay this was decent when I was a kid. Looking back it’s a pretty awful movie complete with cheesy dialogue and did they lift almost the entire plot from Enter the Dragon? Oh I was just checking.

After these two I have trouble rating the suckiness in order but I’ll try.

8. Double Dragon- Very corny and very bad acting, please don’t make me remember any details.

7. Doom- I can actually watch the Rock in Walking Tall it’s not so bad. I cannot say the same for this one.

6.Mortal Kombat: Annihilation- I’ve effectively annihilated this movie from my brain. Ha did you see what I just did there! That’s all this steaming pile is just one bad joke.

5.Alone in the Dark- Hey it stars Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff. Directed by Uwe Boll? Sign me up!

4.House of the Dead- Wait there is a party on an island and the pay some guy to take them to it? Then there is no party because everyone’s been killed? I’ll just stop right here because that’s as far as I could get watching this travesty.

3.Bloodrayne- Damn you Uwe Boll! There’s nudity that’s the only positive but I couldn’t care less about it. If given a choice between watching this and slitting your wrists I say grab a knife and let the blood rain.

2.Street Fighter- I loved this game as a child. Every kid that lived in my neighborhood came over and played it on a regular basis. You might imagine how intrigued I became as a young boy when I heard that one of my favorite games was becoming a movie. Then I watched it and my intrigue turned into some sort of shocked impression like watching a twenty car pile up on the interstate. What’s wrong with this one?

Guile, an American soldier is played by Jean Claude Van Damme (not remotely American) who is leading some sort of UN-type fighting force.

E Honda, who in the game is a Japanese sumo wrestler, is in the movie a fat Hawaiian cameraman who teams up with Chun-Li, who at least looks somewhat Chinese and plays a news reporter.

Zangief is the attempted comic relief as an idiot Russian.

Raul Julia: Poor guy this was his last movie.

Oh big deal, you might be saying. So the characters are different from the game. Surely the fight scenes are well crafted? No Sir. The dialogue? This is the type of film that makes you want to hunt down who wrote it and kick them square in the sack just as a matter of principle. This movie is like a kick to the nuts, just one big game of Rochambeau.

1.Super Mario Brothers- Okay, maybe I should give this film a break. How do you go about making a logical storyline from a game where an Italian plumber and his brother shoot fireballs and try to rescue a princess from a dinosaur like creature? My plan would be to take massive amounts of LSD and try to base any idea off of that so I could at least blame the drugs for how terrible the movie was. I don’t think the filmmakers went that route but watching this movie is like a bad trip only without anything of interest happening. This film is an example of studios trying to cash in on the latest fads of the era such as dance movies and MMA fighting movies of the past few years. The thing that shocks me the most is someone actually thought this was a good investment and signed off on this mess. What was the pitch?

“So there are these two video game characters that are Italian plumbers from New York and there is this evil lizard king.”

“Go on.”

“Yeah so we’ll have two guys who aren’t at all Italian playing the main characters.”

“I don’t know.”

“Dennis Hopper could play the lizard king.”

“Sold! We’re going to make so much money off of this!”

I first saw this movie when it came out on VHS and I was 6 or 7 years old. Maybe I had elevated tastes at that age but even I knew what a horrid movie this was. I should mail my mother a dollar to pay her back for renting this and another hundred in damages it may have caused. Thank you, Associated Content for reminding me of this and ruining my dreams for the next week.

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100 Bottles of Beer - Scotch and Barleywine

We started with 100 bottles of beer on the wall and are now down to 79 remaining, a daunting task but one which I believe we are all up to, so lets get started.

Scotch and Barleywine? No, we are not talking about Scotch whiskey and neither are we talking about wine. We are still brewing beer.

Scotch ale is the strongest, heaviest, darkest and bitterest of the Scottish ale style. Scottish ale is very similar to English ales. They traditionally have a longer boil time to partially caramelize the wort. They tend to be slightly maltier, darker, with a low hop character and usually, but not always, have a faint smoky flavor. This smoke comes from the use of grains which have been smoked over peat fires, commonly known as peated malt. It is my personal opinion that the use of peated malt is required to truly be Scottish ale.

Scottish ales typically fall into four categories; Light, Heavy, Export, and Scotch; described in “schillings”. This system was devised in 19th century Scotland and was based on the currency system of the time. “/” is the symbol for schilling. Typical ratings are: Light 60/, Heavy 70/, Export 80/, and 90/ to 160/ for Scotch Ales. Scotch ale is sometimes referred to as Wee Heavy. Higher schilling, typically, indicates higher ABV and darker beer.

Barleywine is truly ale, not wine. They are typically English style ales with ABV running from 9-13%, comparable to wine. They can range in color from light to dark. Barleywines are very alcoholic and full bodied and have a natural sweetness which is offset by very high hop rates. Due to the high ABV and hopping, these ales can typically be aged for very long periods. Some are designed to be aged for over 25 years!

Although not required for the style, it is my personal belief that to truly be a barleywine the beer must go through a secondary fermentation using a wine or champagne yeast. These yeasts can tolerate higher ABV than most standard ale yeasts and will attenuate more of the complex sugars which ale yeast may be unable to consume. The U.S. government requires barleywine to be labeled as “Barley Wine Style Ale” so as not to confuse the great uneducated masses.

Are we confused yet? Why all this talk of Scotch and Barleywine? The next two brews on our journey will make it all clear.

The first of these two is not a recipe from The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing but is based on information included in Charlie’s chart of Guidelines for Brewing 5 Gallons of Traditional Beer and was intended to be a Strong Scotch Ale. As you will see, it did not turn out that way.

Strong Scotch Ale/Scotch Barleywine

Original Recipe:

12 lbs M&F plain light DME

18 oz British crystal malt 53L

4 oz British chocolate malt

4 oz British peated malt

2 oz Fuggles whole cone hops (60 min)

½ oz Fuggles whole cone hops (15 min)

¼ oz Fuggles whole cone hops (5 min)

1 ½ tsp Irish Moss

1 tsp gypsum

Wyeast 1728 Scottish ale yeast

Priming: ¾ cup corn sugar & ¼ cup DME

Subsequent additions:

Wyeast 1728 Scottish ale yeast

1 tsp yeast energizer

5g Pasteur Champagne yeast

Priming: 7/8 cup corn sugar

Steep grains in 2 gallons water treated with gypsum for 30 minutes at 165-170F covered. Raise heat to 180F, strain out and sparge grains with 1 qt hot water. Add DME to wort and bring to boil after DME as fully dissolved. I added another quart of water to aid in dissolving the large quantity of DME. Add hops and Irish Moss at times indicated.

Strain out hops and pour wort into 7 gallon carboy with enough cold water to bring volume to 5 ½ gallons. Pitch yeast when cooled. Original Gravity was 1.075 which is right on the mark per Charlie’s chart.

Primary fermentation lasted 12 days and although it was strong it was never as vigorous as I had anticipated. Intermediate gravity at this point was 1.030 indicating about 5.9 ABV, just under the bottom end of the ABV range on the chart. It tasted strong but still very sweet, indicating it still had a bit farther to go. Rack to secondary.

After about 3 weeks in the secondary I took a gravity reading of 1.027, 6.4 ABV which is right in the ballpark per the chart. Still tasted sweet but I decided to go ahead and bottle.

Let the beer condition for 3 weeks before trying one. It was completely flat and very sweet, tasting like unfermented wort. Tried a second bottle, same. Obviously, the yeast was no longer viable and the priming sugars were not consumed.

So, now I had two options. One, dump the beer and call it a loss or; two, add some fresh yeast and see what happens. I chose option two.

Given that the beer was already bottled was a problem. They all had to be opened and either poured back into a fermenter or add a little yeast directly into the bottles. I decided against adding yeast to the bottles as this would be inconsistent bottle to bottle and had a higher risk of contamination. After sanitizing the top of each bottle I removed the cap and carefully poured each one into a carboy already containing a second pack of 1728 yeast. I took care to keep splashing and agitation to a minimum to prevent oxidation. Every bottle was completely flat with very little or no sedimentation.

After two days of no activity I added the yeast energizer dissolved in one cup cold water. I never got any real activity over the next 3 weeks, just a few random bubbles floating on top of the wort. I had put so much effort into this brew, I really did not want to give up and call it a failure, so; I decided to try one last radical approach…Champagne yeast!

Pitched the re-hydrated Pasteur Champagne and hoped for the best. After two days… EUREKA! We had some slow steady activity which continued for several days

After 8 days the activity slowed to the point it was time to re-bottle. The Final Gravity was 1.026, 6.5% ABV. This was not a significant change from the first bottling. But remember, the wort contained unfermented priming sugars from the first bottling. My best guess is this was now probably about 7.5% ABV.

We now had what could only be called: Scotch Barleywine. I let it bottle condition for one month before trying the first one. The beer was very dark but very clear. The carbonation was light but adequate and was still quite sweet, as most barleywines are, but not syrupy sweet like it had been. The champagne yeast added a slight wine character.

While this was not the best brew I had made, it was no longer a loss. It was very drinkable and improved with age. The carbonation level increased and the wine flavor dropped off for a while but came back in the last few bottles.. It reminded me of a lighter, more carbonated version of Sam Adams Triple Bock.

If I were to remake this brew today, I would still be going for Strong Scotch ale but would make a yeast starter to dramatically increase the amount of yeast pitched. This would allow more sugars to be consumed before the alcohol level killed the yeast. Or, a more likely approach, I would use White Labs WLP099 Super High Gravity Ale Yeast which can tolerate ABV level up to about 25%.

Now you hopefully understand the Scotch and Barleywine connection. This “learning experience” led me to wanting to intentionally make a barleywine for my next brew.

The barleywine recipe I chose came from Cats Meow and was credited to Greg Winters, location not specified. According to my notes at the time, it was also featured as the “Brew of the Month” for November, 1995 on the calendar put out by another Denver area home brew shop, Beer at Home. I can no longer find that recipe to determine if it was identical. This recipe has a couple of minor tweaks from the original for various reasons.

Breakfast Barleywine

16 lbs Alexander’s pale LME

2 oz English black patent malt

1 lb dark brown sugar

14 oz orange blossom honey

3 oz German Hallertau plugs (90 min)

3 ½ oz English Fuggles plugs (dry hop primary)

3 tsp. gypsum

Wyeast 1214 Belgian Abbey (primary – 2 pkgs)

Vintners Choice 3021 Pasteur Champagne (secondary)

Priming: ¾ cup corn sugar & ¼ cup DME

Bring black patent malt to boil in 2 gallons cold water treated with gypsum. Strain out grains just as boil commences. Add brown sugar, honey, and LME (make sure your kettle is big enough to hold all this and still have room to boil) and return to boil. Add Hallertau hops and boil for 90 minutes. Strain off the hops and pour wort into fermenter with cold water topping to 5 ½ gallons. Add Fuggles hops to fermenter and pitch Belgian Abbey yeast when wort has cooled. O.G. was 1.117, much higher than the 1.098 specified in the original recipe.

After 48 hours I still had no sign of activity. I suspected the Belgian Abbey yeast was either not fresh or I had pitched before the wort had cooled properly. Pitched another, fresher package and got some good activity within 12 hours, becoming vigorous after 24 hours.

Activity had settled down after five more days and was ready to rack to secondary. This was a bit of a chore as the hops kept plugging the siphon. Intermediate Gravity at this point was 1.033 indicating 10.25% ABV – WOW!

Pitch the Champagne yeast in the secondary. Very slow activity continued for five weeks at which time it was ready to bottle. What had started as very murky, muddy looking wort was now very clear with a thick layer of sediment in the secondary. F.G. was 1.028, only slightly higher than the 1.024 target. This gives it an ABV of about 10.75 percent – WOW again!

Now the test of patience began. This should age at least six months before sampling; could I do it? Yes, I did, actually waiting about seven months. Bottles were very clear and beer was very red. Unfortunately it developed heavy chill haze when chilled. It was very sweet and the ABV was very apparent. Very good stuff which got better as it warmed in the glass. Carbonation level was right on target. This was much better than the accidental Scotch Barleywine.

I took about seven more months to finish this wonderful stuff. It was definitely better not chilled and just continued to get better with age. It had a beautiful clear ruby red color with an effervescent head that dissipated quickly. On my own personal rating system for my home brews, this was the first “Very Excellent”. It was a sad, triumphant day when I finished the last bottle.

After the last two extremely big beers, I decided to shift gears and take a different direction with the next one which I called, Bob Lite. This was an original recipe in an attempt to make a light beer. Not light as in low cal, low alcohol; but light as in light colored and light tasting. Something maybe my wife Nancy would like.

Bob Lite

3.3 lbs M&F Extra Light LME

3 lbs M&F Extra Light DME

1 lb American 6 row crystal malt 10L

1 oz Cascade whole cone hops (60 min)

½ oz Cascade whole cone hops (30 min)

½ oz Cascade whole cone hops (15 min)

1 ½ tsp Irish Moss (15 min)

2 pkg EDME dry yeast (23g total)

Priming: ¾ cup corn sugar & ¼ cup DME

Heat 2 gallons cold water and crystal malt to 180F, remove from heat and strain out grains sparging with 1 ½ qt hot water. Add extracts and return to boil. Total boil, 60 minutes, adding hops and moss at times indicated. Strain out hops and pour wort into fermenter with cold water topping to 5 ½ gallons. Pitch re-hydrated yeast when cooled. I did not take a gravity reading.

Fermentation began in a little less than 24 hours and continued slowly for 3 days, never becoming very vigorous. The beer already looked pretty clear in the primary with just a few floating chunks of trub and thick sediment. Muddied up again when racking to secondary but settled back out again.

I left this in the secondary for 16 days just because I did not have time to get to bottling it.

This turned out very good, a little darker than expected and cleared very well as it aged. It did have a very slight chill haze. Mild flavor with a definite citrus character from the Cascade hops. And, as I had hoped, Nancy even liked it.

This next brew is a bit of oddity. (Yeah, like some of the others haven’t been) This is my own concoction of the various odds & ends left over from all the previous brews. I just sort of decided to “clean out the closet” and threw them all together to see what I get. The only ingredient bought just for this brew was the yeast.

Clean Out the Closet Dark

1 ½ lb M&F dark DME

1 ¼ lb M&F amber DME

6 oz British roasted barley

3 oz German 5.5L Crystal malt

6 oz British Dextrin malt

8 oz 40L Crystal malt

4 ½ oz black patent or chocolate malt (don’t know which)

¾ tsp gypsum

½ oz Nugget hop pellets (60 min)

½ oz Fuggles hop plug (60 min)

1 oz Fuggles hop plug (15 min)

1 tsp Irish Moss (15 min)

2 pkg 23g total EDME ale yeast

Priming: ¾ cup corn sugar & ¼ cup DME

Standard procedure for this one; heat crushed grains in 2 gallons cold water treated with gypsum to 180F, strain out and sparge grains with ½ gallon hot water, add extracts and bring to boil adding hops and moss at times indicated. Strain out hops at end of boil. Pour wort into fermenter with cold water topping to 5 ½ gallons, pitch yeast when wort has cooled. Rack to secondary when primary fermentation is complete and bottle when adequately cleared in secondary.

This produced a dark beer, although no where near as dark as a stout or porter. It is probably best described as brown ale. It cleared very well and had no chill haze. The body was kind of thin with a dry coffee-like bitterness from the roasted barley. Initially it reminded me of Heineken Dark. It was just good drinkable summertime refreshing ale.

Well, this was an eclectic blend of brews for this edition; Scotch ale, Barleywine, Light beer, and something dark from the closet. And, I didn’t even mention the Root Beer I made the same day as the Bob Lite.

That’s four more down and 75 beers left on the wall. Hey, we are a quarter of the way through already. Stick with me for the rest of the journey, it promises to get stranger and more wonderful!

To be continued…


Charlie Papazian, The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing, 2nd edition, October 1991

Karl F. Lutzen & Mark Stevens, Homebrew Favorites, Third printing, February 1995

Karl F. Lutzen & Mark Stevens, Cat’s Meow

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100 Percent Renewable Energy Reliance in Sight, but Not in USA

Scotland is producing so much energy from renewable sources, it will do better than meet its 2020 80 percent target. By 2025, First Minister Alex Salmond said Tuesday Scotland will meet 100 percent of its own energy needs with renewables and have leftovers to export.

Scotland is not alone in pursuing a 100 percent renewables policy. Iceland already gets 81 percent of its primary energy from renewable sources, with 100 percent of its electricity production coming from renewables. Iceland expects to reach the 100 percent mark on primary energy by 2050. And Iceland is able to rely on renewable energy despite its consumption rate, one of the highest per capita in the world.

Germany, whose geographic position is not particularly favorable for producing renewable energy, has recently concluded that it too is capable of moving toward 100 percent reliance on renewable energy sources.

The United States lags far behind European countries in developing renewable energy. The U.S. Department of Energy reported in August that renewable energy’s market share was 8 percent of total energy consumption in 2009.

By contrast, several European countries produced 20 percent or more of their final energy from renewables by 2005 including Latvia, Austria, Finland, and Portugal. Sweden was already producing 40 of its final energy from renewables in 2005. Even China met a 10 percent target in 2008, two years early, and is now aiming for 15 percent by 2020.

Unlike 100 other countries, the U.S. does not yet have a renewable energy goal. According to Leadenergy, the Senate’s current consideration of adopting a national renewable energy standard are likely to yield a goal of 15 percent renewable energy use by 2021. But a 2009 report by National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded that if Congress did nothing, renewables would reach this15 percent market share by 2021 through “business as usual.”

Even individual states are outperforming the nation when it comes to setting clean energy standards. Colorado recently adopted a standard requiring 30 percent reliance on renewables for electricity production by 2020. Maine’s standard calls for 40 percent reliance on renewables for electricity production by 2017 and California’s goal is 33 percent by 2030. 36 states have established standards, almost all of them more ambitious than the plan under consideration in the Senate.

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$100 Challenge: Creating a Dora the Explorer Themed Bedroom

Dora the Explorer is a unique and educational cartoon which allows young children to learn the Spanish language while being entertained. If there is a special girl in your life that absolutely adores this program, you can easily treat her to a complete bedroom makeover – for under $100.

Dora the Explorer Pink Burn Out Blanket
Priced at a thrifty $15.99, this cute blanket is thick and warm without the cost of the overpriced themed comforter ($49.99). The pink blanket measures 30 inches wide by 43 inches high and features graphics of Dora with the words “Dora the Explorer” in large pink letters, repeating and gently fading from bottom to top.

Money-saving accessory tip: Rather than spending an additional $34.99 on a matching sheet set, simply purchase solid colored sheets that match the overall theme.

Dora the Explorer Standard Pillow
This comfy pillow matches the Burn Out Blanket and allows the bed to be the focal point of the room. The pillow features Dora on one side, Boots on the other, and a light pink and purple background with small details such as flowers. Priced at just $4.99.

Dora the Explorer Decorative Pillow
Previously priced at $19.99, this fun pillow is now available for just $14.99. Pillow is made of polyester and is in the shape of Dora holding a purple heart with an image Boots. The heart features a spot where the child’s photo can be inserted next to Boots.

Dora the Explorer Fabric Toy Box
Made of high quality fabric and priced at only $29.97, this item is practical while staying true to the theme of the room. The toy box measures 14.38 inches in length, 26 inches wide, and 14.25 inches high. The front and top feature a brightly colored image of Dora and Boots amidst a green area and butterflies, while the sides feature a pink design complete with tiny images of Dora and hearts.

Dora the Explorer Pop Up Hamper
Perfect for storing dirty clothing, stuffed animals, and much more, this hamper is priced at an affordable $9.99. Hamper features a small storage pocket on the side, images of Dora and Boots, and is easily folded for quick storage.

Dora the Explorer Wall Border
An excellent addition to any fan’s bedroom, this adorable wall border is priced at just $13.49 and matches the overall theme. The border is self-sticking, removable, and reusable. It does not damage walls or paint, nor does it leave a sticky residue. Border is pink in color and features images of Dora hugging Boots and Dora walking with Boots.

Dora the Explorer Vine Poster
Priced at only $7.89, this poster is sure to be a hit with any young fan. Poster measures 22 inches wide and 34 inches high, and depicts Dora and Boots swinging from a vine with a forest background and the words, “Let’s Explore Together” in both Spanish and English.

Minus sales tax, shipping fees, and cost of following the money-saving accessory tip, this Dora the Explorer themed bedroom can easily be created for under $100 – $97.31, to be exact.

All items are available at Ty’s Toy Box. All prices listed reflect those currently advertised on the web site.


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100% Pure: Freshly Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade Juicy Shower Gel, Bath & Body Works

Sometimes I want to smack myself, because I have absolutely no self control when it comes to bathing products. I have boxes filled with goodies from bath bombs, to shower gels. You name it, I most likely have it, or have tried it.

Lately though, I have been concentrating on buying only scents that I haven’t had yet, or ones that are unique. I don;t know how many different chocolate gels I have used that all smell similar to the next.

In the summer months I try to focus on summer scents that include fruity fragrances to flowery ones. I meant to go into Bath and Body Works solely for shampoo and conditioner, but while there I picked up a summer treat. I only bought it because I have never seen or used anything with strawberry in it, so when I saw Freshly Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade Juicy Shower Gel by 100% Pure, I knew I had to try it.

In the store I did a sniff test, and mmm boy I had to have it. It smelled just like strawberries with a nice hint of citrusy lemonade. Good enough to drink!
When I caught a glimpse of it’s price though I was a little take back. I knew if I waited I could most likely get it on sale. But the shopping addict I am took over, and before I knew it I was cashing out. I figured $13.00 for a 16.6 ounce bottle was worth it.

What Bath & Body says about their Strawberry Lemonade shower gel:

This exhilarating, richly foaming cleanser is a delicious concoction of fresh-squeezed strawberry lemonade, lemon essential oil, skin-brightening berries, potent anti-aging antioxidants and vitamins to make your skin healthy, glowing and vibrant. Domestic.”

I mean how could I resist that? Real fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade! I couldn’t, so I can’t be held responsible for my purchasing actions.

The gel itself looked a lot more watery and runny from what I have seen from other gels, but I figured that was because it was 100% pure, and usually them fresh 100% pure products are a lot different from the norm.

In the shower I slowly squeezed some of the transparent pink gel into my bath puff, I first squished it around in my hand before applying it to my body, because it most likely would have just dripped to the floor. As soon as I had a good lather working in my hands though, I applied it to my skin. The lather was rich, and very bubbly, the smell was intoxicating, and the whole time I was wishing that it would last on my skin after drying up. To smell this good would of been well worth the $13.00 purchase.

After drying off, the scent did linger a tad, but it vanished within only a few minutes after that. My skin however was left feeling soft, and well moisturized. Mommy like!

My next shower I decided to use this gel as a shampoo. I tend to use shower gels as shampoos because it’s practically the same thing as shampoo. It worked wonderfully as a shampoo, but did leave my hair feeling a bit dry after rinsing it out. I followed up with a nice conditioner, and all was well. What was superb about using it as shampoo was that the scent stood in my hair for the rest of the day.
So although this formula is meant to be used as a body gel, it works fragrant wonders as a shampoo as well.

Satisfied?You betcha!

It’s a winner. I totally see myself trying new scents from this collection time and time again. I like how it makes my skin feel, and love how the scent lasts in my hair when I use it as shampoo.


Strawberry Lemonade comes in a clear bottle with a sticker over it. On the sticker is a drawn picture of a strawberry. Next to the strawberry is the saying 100% pure, and then the name of the scent. The gel itself is a light transparent pinkish orange, which reminds me of the color of a peach, only more pink.

Where to buy 100% Pure:

You can buy this scent, and many others in the 100% Pure line of shower gels at Bath and Body Works, or at their online site at I highly recommend you try at least one scent from this line.

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100 Great American Films that Didn't Win Best Picture

Here is a list of 100 great American films that didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Picture up through the year 2000. I’ve stuck to American films because there are just too many great foreign films that could have easily won Best Picture over the American ones, and there are many silent gems that couldn’t make the list because they existed before the Academy’s time. The year listed out to the side is the release date, not the year of the Academy Awards the film would have been up for. I’ve included some comments on some of them.

Many of these films deserved to win, while others deservedly did not, but they are all still great films, nonetheless

1931 – City Lights – Chaplin evokes just the right amount of laughs and pity

1933 – King Kong – astonishing special effects for its time

1933 – Duck Soup – funniest movie ever; the Marx brothers are comedy virtuosos

1935 – A Night at the Opera

1936 – Modern Times – Chaplin warms a world of cold steel

1936 – My Man Godfrey

1938 – Bringing Up Baby

1940 – The Shop Around the Corner

1940 – His Girl Friday – fastest talking film

1940 – The Great Dictator – Chaplin + Hitler = hilarious

1941 – Citizen Kane – many consider it to be the greatest movie of all time, but evidently not the Academy

1941 – The Maltese Falcon

1941 – Sullivan’s Travels

1942 – The Magnificent Ambersons – It’s a shame the studio altered the ending of this film by Welles

1944 – Double Indemnity

1945 – Brief Encounter

1947 – Monsieur Verdoux

1947 – Black Narcissus

1948 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1948 – The Red Shoes – Powell and Pressburger turn a fairytale into a visual feast

1949 – The Third Man – yet another wonderful film featuring Welles, Joseph Cotton, and one of the greatest musical scores ever

1950 – Sunset Blvd.

1952 – Singin’ In the Rain

1952 – The Quiet Man

1952 – Limelight – Chaplin continues to touch our hearts, even with sound

1954 – Rear Window – Hitchcock brings out the voyeur in all of us

1955 – Night of the Hunter

1956 – Giant – James Dean, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor

1957 – 12 Angry Men

1958 – Vertigo – Hitchcock’s best

1958 – Touch of Evil – Welles masterminds one of the most ingenuous opening sequences ever, and portrays the best crooked cop ever

1959 – Some Like it Hot – Marilyn Monroe and guys dressed in drag; one of the best closing lines in a film ever

1959 – North by Northwest – Hitchcock was a master of sexual innuendo

1959 – Anatomy of a Murder

1960 – Spartacus

1960 – The Apartment – Quite a dark comedy for its time

1960 – Psycho

1960 – The Magnificent Seven – Not as great as its samurai counterpart, but still good

1961 – To Kill a Mockingbird

1961 – The Hustler

1962 – Lolita

1962 – The Manchurian Candidate

1963 – The Great Escape

1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Kubrick writes and directs one of the funniest movies ever; Peter Sellers makes it almost unbearably hysterical

1966 – Blowup – intriguing murder mystery placed in the swinging sixties

1967 – Bonnie and Clyde

1967 – The Graduate – Anne Bancroft is the original MILF

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey – another film many consider to be the best ever that was overlooked by the Academy

1968 – The Producers – “Springtime for Hitler”

1968 – Once Upon a Time in the West – Okay, so Leone was Italian, but this western is just too great to not include. Henry Fonda as a bad guy?!

1969 – The Wild Bunch – one of the first realistic westerns

1970 – Five Easy Pieces

1971 – McCabe & Mrs. Miller

1971 – The Last Picture Show

1971 – A Clockwork Orange – Kubrick does it all; here’s his cult classic

1972 – Deliverance – the backwoods never looked so scary

1973 – American Graffiti

1973 – Don’t Look Now – the ending makes this movie

1973 – Exorcist

1974 – A Woman Under the Influence

1974 – The Conversation

1974 – Chinatown

1974 – Young Frankenstein

1975 – Nashville – Altman is the master of handling a humongous cast

1975 – Barry Lyndon – Like watching a living Victorian painting

1975 – Jaws – Spielberg’s start; he lucked out with the shark not working properly

1975 – Dog Day Afternoon

1976 – Taxi Driver

1976 – Carrie

1977 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Spielberg when he was young and still wanted to explore and imagine

1979 – Apocalypse Now

1979 – Alien – scariest alien ever

1980 – Raging Bull – Scorsese should have won the award for this one

1980 – The Shining – Jack makes a great madman

1982 – Blade Runner – best sci-fi film ever

1982 – E.T.: The Extraterrestrial – cutest alien ever

1983 – Scarface

1984 – Stranger Than Paradise – one of the greatest independent films ever

1984 – Paris, Texas – No one will ever make a movie set in Texas more beautiful than this

1984 – Once Upon a Time in America

1985 – Brazil

1986 – Blue Velvet – Lynch keeps the audience intrigued and disturbed at the same time

1987 – Full Metal Jacket

1988 – Dangerous Liaisons

1989 – Do the Right Thing

1989 – Crimes and Misdemeanors – Woody Allen deviates from his usual to make an outstanding crime film

1990 – Goodfellas

1992 – Reservoir Dogs – Tarantino starts the out-of-order scenes craze

1992 – The Player

1994 – Pulp Fiction – modern cult classic

1994 – The Shawshank Redemption

1995 – The Usual Suspects

1995 – Casino

1996 – Fargo – great dark comedy; guess it was too dark for the academy

1997 – As Good as it Gets

1998 – The Opposite of Sex

1999 – The Matrix

1999 – Boys Don’t Cry – Hilary Swank’s best

1999 – The Sixth Sense – ending makes the film

1999 Eyes Wide Shut – best film of the nineties; it’ll get it’s acclaim some day

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