The list author says: "Really, just 9 movies so far in 5 years. None of the major nominees for Best Picture impressed me much these last 4 years.Nothing yet in 2014, though many biggies aren't released till December. After the top 9 films listed below, the rest on this list are not outstanding, but are at least creative original stories, and thus not boring, annoying,trivial or agenda-driven, like much filmfare these days. To make my list in recent years, the movie needs to meet only 3 qualifications: 1. It doesn't annoy or bore me. 2 It's interesting and meets its goals, however minimal. 3.It's original ....no easy feat after almost 100 years of cinema with hundreds of movies made each year. Maybe I've just seen too many movies, since I've seen almost all the reputable films from the silent era till now. Hard to please. I unexpectedly did NOT love THE WAR HORSE. Contrived, manipulative, predictable with unshaded on-the-nose dialogue aimed at younger viewers. Still, horse lovers can't help but be moved by it, especially if you've been through life-and-death experiences with these magnificent creatures."
"2010. Cops and robbers, but an interesting tale, with elevated themes beyond the normal action/mystery fare. Dwayne(The Rock)Johnson is a surpisingly good actor and has lots of 'movie star' appeal. Is his physique here from steroids, working out or special effects? With Billy Bob Thornton, superior American actor. Another non-routine plot."
"2011. Long-awaited return to the quality of Woody Allen's prime of the late 1970's (Manhattan,Annie Hall, Interiors).Though I did like 1999's MIGHTY APHRODITE somewhat.On my lists: BEST FILMS OF WOODY ALLEN and THE FEW TIME TRAVEL MOVIES I RECOMMEND and my Best of 2011 choice."
"Gets my vote as Best Pic of 2012. Released too soon in January.Well directed with attention to detail and fine performances, especially Kurt Russell. Somewhat derivative of a classic beloved film, but I won't say which one. You'll know if you see it. High on my list: BEST DARN SPORTS MOVIES, PERIOD."
"New release Dec 2013. My choice for Best Picture so far. Remember, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE got minimal attention when first released. Good word-of mouth. Our local library system has 8 copies and 73 people on the waiting list for it. There were only two in the matinee theater and we applauded."
"2nd best of 2013, so far. Well-written, well-acted, charming, amusing, sensitive. But do all Hollywood screenwriters really think most Americans use crude 4-letter words so casually? Also on my list: THE FEW TIME TRAVEL MOVIES I RECOMMEND."
"2013. Tragic personal life of a great but tortured writer and his journalist wife is interesting for a couple of hours, no more. There are unanswered questions but do they really matter now? (2-part HBO-TV movie)."
"2013 bio of baseball star and pioneer JACKIE ROBINSON. Should have been a Supporting Actor Oscar nom for Harrison Ford. But of course he portrayed a good Bible-believing Christian, so no Oscar nom is possible."
"Nominated for Best Picture Oscar 2014. Should have won but didn't. Many think because Hollywood lefties don't like Chris Kyle portrayed as a hero, but he is that whether you approve of the war or not. Eastwood's best and most important film."
"My runner-up for 2014. A child's near-death experience, with winning performances. What Jesus said re Heaven and who gets there conveniently missing from script and pastor's 'sermons'. But for some, just belief there IS a Heaven is an important first step. But there's a lot more to being a Christian than just believing that. Or just believing 'God is love.'"