Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pass the Popcorn

Original from Clipartlord
A little while back I decided to make a Lifesongs-style list, only on the films I’ve loved the most over the years. I found it difficult, so to help me out in the meantime I instead made a list of every movie I’ve ever seen in a theatre or drive-in. Not easy, of course, my brain being what it is. Luckily I had Wikipedia to help me.

There are a few that I know I’ve seen but can’t remember if it was in a theatre or not, so I’ve left them out - but generally this is a complete list. I’ll add to it as I remember more and see more, and of course the Lifemovies list will eventually be completed…

[Originally published January 25, 2014; updates ongoing]

By year of release, rather than the year I saw them

Rereleased movies from before I was born

  • The Gnome-Mobile (1967 - my first movie ever in the theatre)
  • Jungle Book (1967)
  • A Clockwork Orange (Well, technically from 1971, but I couldn’t see it when I was 1, could I? Caught it in a rep theatre in Waterloo)


  • Enter The Dragon (at the drive-in)


  • Slaughterhouse-Five (in a rep theatre in Waterloo)


  • American Graffiti (at the drive-in)
  • The Exorcist (director’s cut re-release)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (at various on-campus and rep theatres)


  • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
  • Damnation Alley
  • Star Wars (re-release)


  • Foul Play (at the drive-in)
  • Grease
  • Superman


  • The Black Hole
  • Meatballs (at the drive-in)
  • The Muppet Movie
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • When a Stranger Calls (at the drive-in)


  • Flash Gordon
  • The Shining (re-release)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Stir Crazy
  • Superman II


  • Das Boot (re-release)


  • Clash Of The Titans
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Heavy Metal (in a rep theatre in Waterloo)
  • Modern Problems
  • Scanners (in a rep theatre in Toronto)
  • Taps (at the drive-in)


  • The Dark Crystal
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Last Unicorn
  • Night Shift (at the drive-in)
  • The Pirate Movie
  • Things Are Tough All Over (at the drive-in)
  • Tron


  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Yellowbeard


  • Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers
  • Ghostbusters
  • Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
  • Starman


  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Color Purple
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  • Real Genius


  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (first I ever paid to see twice)
  • The Fly
  • Highlander (in a rep theatre in Waterloo)
  • The Hitcher (at the drive-in)
  • Labyrinth
  • Little Shop Of Horrors (at Toronto Harbourfront)
  • Out of Bounds (at the drive-in)
  • Stand By Me
  • The Three Amigos
  • The Wraith


  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Withnail and I (in a rep theatre in Waterloo)


  • Beetlejuice
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • Rain Man
  • Scrooged
  • Tequila Sunrise (in the drive-in)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • Young Einstein


  • The Abyss
  • Batman
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (in the drive-in)
  • Leningrad Cowboys Go America (in a rep theatre in Waterloo)


  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Hunt For Red October
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (in a rep theatre in Waterloo)
  • Total Recall
  • Wild At Heart


  • Black Robe (at a rep theatre in Waterloo)
  • The British Animation Invasion (at a rep theatre in Waterloo)
  • The Commitments
  • The Doors
  • Proof (at a rep theatre in Waterloo)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country


  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Highway 61 (at a rep theatre in Waterloo)
  • Salmonberries
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (first movie I ever went to alone)
  • Toys


  • The Fugitive
  • Jurassic Park
  • Naked
  • Needful Things
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • Schindler’s List


  • Clear And Present Danger
  • Dance Me Outside
  • Forrest Gump
  • Four Weddings And A Funeral
  • Maverick
  • Star Trek Generations
  • Stargate
  • True Lies


  • Apollo 13
  • Crimson Tide
  • The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain
  • First Degree (preview - Xognya’s first big film credit for props, I think)
  • GoldenEye (James Bond)
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Jumanji
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Nine Months
  • Othello
  • Se7en
  • Showgirls
  • Strange Days
  • Toy Story
  • A Walk In The Clouds


  • 2 Days In The Valley
  • Basquiat
  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
  • Brain Candy
  • Dragonheart
  • Escape From L.A.
  • Extreme Measures
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (preview)
  • The Ghost And The Darkness
  • I Shot Andy Warhol
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Trainspotting
  • Twelfth Night: Or What You Will (at TIFF at the Uptown, Nigel Hawthorne was there! The only TIFF movie I’ve attended)


  • Alien Resurrection
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  • Contact
  • The Fifth Element
  • Kiss The Girls
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Lost Highway
  • Men In Black
  • Spawn
  • Starship Troopers
  • The Wrong Guy


  • Armageddon
  • Blade
  • Dark City
  • Deep Impact
  • Elizabeth
  • The Replacement Killers
  • Ronin
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • What Dreams May Come
  • The X-Files


  • American Pie
  • Analyze This
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Bicentennial Man
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Bowfinger (at the drive-in)
  • Detroit Rock City
  • Dogma
  • Double Jeopardy
  • End Of Days
  • Galaxy Quest
  • The Matrix
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Mummy
  • Mystery Men (at the drive-in as well as the theatre)
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Stigmata
  • Stir of Echoes
  • Toy Story 2
  • The World Is Not Enough (James Bond)


  • The Cell
  • Chicken Run
  • Gladiator
  • Highlander: Endgame
  • Hollow Man
  • Keeping The Faith (preview)
  • Mission Impossible II
  • Mission to Mars
  • Pitch Black
  • Shadow Of The Vampire
  • Shanghai Noon
  • Snatch
  • Space Cowboys
  • U-571
  • Unbreakable
  • X-Men


  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Amelie
  • The Fast And The Furious
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • From Hell
  • Gosford Park
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • K-PAX
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Mummy Returns
  • The Others
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Session 9
  • Shrek

2002 (the year T had that stack of movie passes, we went almost every week until they ran out at the end of August)

  • 28 Days Later
  • About A Boy
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Blade II
  • Bourne Identity
  • Bowling For Columbine
  • Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Die Another Day
  • Enough
  • The Good Thief
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I Spy
  • Ice Age
  • Impostor
  • K-19: The Widowmaker
  • Knockaround Guys
  • Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
  • Men In Black II
  • Men With Brooms
  • Minority Report
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Panic Room
  • Red Dragon
  • Reign of Fire
  • The Ring
  • Secretary
  • Signs
  • Solaris
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • The Sum Of All Fears
  • The Time Machine
  • Transporter
  • xXx


  • Big Fish
  • Bulletproof Monk
  • The Core
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Finding Nemo
  • Italian Job
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  • The Last Samurai
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • A Man Apart
  • Matrix Reloaded
  • Matrix Revolutions
  • A Mighty Wind
  • Once upon A Time In Mexico
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  • The Rundown
  • Secondhand Lions
  • Shanghai Knights
  • Under The Tuscan Sun
  • Underworld
  • X2


  • 50 First Dates
  • Alien vs Predator
  • The Big Bounce
  • Blade: Trinity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • Butterfly Effect
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Connie and Carla
  • Day After Tomorrow
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Exorcist: The Beginning
  • Fahrenheit 9/11
  • Finding Neverland
  • The Grudge
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Hellboy
  • I Robot
  • The Incredibles
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • National Treasure
  • Secret Window
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Starsky & Hutch
  • Super Size Me
  • A Touch of Pink (preview)
  • Van Helsing
  • The Village


  • Batman Begins
  • Brick
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Constantine
  • Fantastic Four
  • Good Night And Good Luck
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • A History Of Violence
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Jacket (preview)
  • King Kong
  • The Matador
  • Millions (preview)
  • Robots
  • Serenity
  • Sin City
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Syriana
  • Transporter 2
  • V For Vendetta
  • War of the Worlds


  • Casino Royale (James Bond)
  • Children of Men
  • Crank
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Descent
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Flushed Away
  • The Fountain
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • The Holiday
  • The Illusionist
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • The Lake House
  • The Libertine
  • Lucky Number Slevin
  • Man of the Year
  • Night at the Museum
  • Night Watch
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • The Prestige
  • Silent Hill
  • Superman Returns
  • Thank You For Smoking
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With (preview)


  • 1408
  • 30 Days of Night
  • 300
  • Death At A Funeral
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Hannibal Rising
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Juno
  • Lars And The Real Girl
  • The Lookout
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End


  • Be Kind Rewind
  • Cloverfield
  • The Dark Knight
  • Four Christmases
  • The Happening
  • In Bruges
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Iron Man
  • Passchendaele
  • Quantum Of Solace (James Bond)
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Wanted
  • The X-Files: I Want To Believe


  • 2012
  • Angels & Demons
  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Pax Americana (preview)
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Star Trek
  • Up In The Air
  • Watchmen
  • Whiteout
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine


  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Clash Of The Titans (3D)
  • Despicable Me
  • Dinner For Schmucks
  • Easy A
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Inception
  • Iron Man 2
  • MacGruber
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Splice


  • The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
  • Bridesmaids
  • Cowboys & Aliens
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • The Mechanic
  • Paul
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Priest
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
  • Super 8
  • The Thing (prequel)
  • Thor (3D)


  • Battleship
  • The Cabin In The Woods
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Hunger Games
  • John Carter
  • Life of Pi
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Premium Rush
  • Prometheus
  • Skyfall (James Bond)
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2


  • After Earth
  • Despicable Me 2 (3D)
  • Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor (3D)
  • Elysium
  • Ender’s Game
  • Europa Report (preview)
  • Gravity (imax 3d)
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3D)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Iron Man 3
  • Man Of Steel
  • Now You See Me
  • Oblivion
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Pacific Rim
  • Parker
  • RED 2
  • Riddick
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • This Is The End
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Warm Bodies
  • The Wolverine
  • World War Z
  • The World’s End


  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • The Edge Of Tomorrow
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy
  • Harmontown
  • The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
  • The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay – Part 1
  • I'll Follow You Down
  • Interstellar (3D)
  • John Wick
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Lucy
  • The Maze Runner
  • A Million Ways To Die In The West
  • Non-Stop
  • The Skeleton Twins
  • Snowpiercer
  • Transcendence
  • The Trip to Italy
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past


  • Avengers: Age of Ultron - OK. RDJ, plus James Spader, plus Paul Bettany? Even if it sucked (it did not) that would be enough.
  • Into The Woods - I will always be a fan of this.
  • It Follows - Super creepy and believable.
  • Jupiter Ascending - I liked that it was not a remake or prequel or sequel or from a novel but instead was from their brains. Also, I liked it more than most people did.
  • Jurassic World - Predictable. Looked good. Some fun scares.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service - Violent, so violent! But cheeky too. Loved it.
  • The Last Witch Hunter - Exactly as expected.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - in 4D - What a lovely lovely day! So good. Also, moving seats in the theatre rock. Literally!
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Super stylish, but made only for fans of the original show. If you don't like Guy Ritchie movies, you won't like this.
  • The Martian (3D) - He scienced the shit out of it. And it was delightful.
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Every single time, Tom Cruise. Every single time.
  • Tomorrowland (3D) - Very oooh Disney, but still fun.
  • Self/less - I fully enjoyed it. I expect a lot of people hated it.
  • Spectre (James Bond) - Not as good as Skyfall but better than Quantum Of Solace. Also, Monica Belluci's one hot fifty-year-old.
  • Spy - Cagney's going down your throat, Lacey's going up your ass and they're gonna meet in the middle.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Fully enjoyed this, all of it, beginning to end.
  • Terminator Genisys - Hrm. I did like the tie-ins to previous movies, that was well done...
  • Trainwreck - My spirit animal paired with Skoots's spirit animal, and better than expected.
  • What We Do In The Shadows - One of the funniest things I have ever seen. Seriously.


  • Arrival - Beautiful alien encounter film - not an action film but instead a study of communication, definitely a thinker. Visually stunning.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Went to this one by myself as I don't know anyone who really wanted to see it. A bit overlong, Ben Affleck was just fine, Jesse Eisenberg was a great Lex Luthor, I liked that it was a consequence of the shitstorm that was the Superman/Zod fight in the last one. Overstuffed with dream sequences.
  • Captain America: Civil War - There's more to it than the fanwank it at first resembles. The new Spidey is fun, I'm actually looking forward to that series, and I'm sad I haven't seen Antman yet. Found myself actually siding with the Cap against Tony Stark!
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane - Quite good. Not a sequel to Cloverfield so you don't have to have seen it. Very tense, kept changing my mind about certain characters all through the movie, which I like.
  • The Big Short - So smart, love the way it was presented. Also re-enraged me over the lack of accountability by those involved.
  • The Conjuring 2 - I thought I had seen the first one but it turned out I hadn't - but I didn't need to for this to work. Good thing I had my popcorn down to half full before the movie started, there were at least four parts I jumped and yelled at, and I wasn't the only one!
  • Deadpool - Ryan Reynolds proved to me, once again, that my love for him is not unfounded.
  • Doctor Strange (3D) - Fully enjoyed it, and for once the 3D itself was quite good. Not sure about Cringleberg Fistybuns' American accent though, was it good but I can't get past his real accent, or was it bad? More humour than I expected, looking forward to his next appearance.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Really fun! Well done, balanced, and I want a Niffler.
  • Ghostbusters - Ignore the trolls. This was perfect. I want a supercut of all of Kate Mackinnon's scenes.
  • Hail, Caesar! - So many great stars in this, so many I had no clue would be in it until they showed up! Very Coen Brothers. Also, George Clooney is hilarious.
  • Hardcore Henry - If a first-person shooter game was a movie. Sharlto Copley is a lot of fun, as is the film.
  • The Hateful Eight - I don't always love Quentin Tarantino movies. I did enjoy this one. The cinematography alone was worth the admission.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence - Enjoyable, lots of explosions. As expected, nothing deep.
  • Keanu - OK, no one could argue that this is a deep movie. But it was ridiculously funny, just what was needed on a rainy afternoon. George Michael :)
  • London Has Fallen - Sequel to Olympus Has Fallen - similar but a bit more ridiculous. Things blow up, helicopters crash, direct head shots, etc.
  • Midnight Special - When I saw the trailers for this I thought it was going to be a new version of Firestarter, but it's really not. Michael Shannon is an intense man, and Jaeden Lieberher is definitely going places.
  • Neon Demon - Free preview courtesy of NOW Magazine. Good thing it was free too, or I might have demanded my money back. So pretentious and full of itself. Stylish visually and good Tangerine Dream-esque soundtrack, but that's all it had going for it.
  • The Nice Guys - You guys know how I feel about Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang right? This one is just as entertaining, just as fun, just as dark, and set in 1978 so we get to giggle over the hair and the pants. Well acted all around.
  • Now You See Me 2 - So that was a lot of fun. I prefer the first one, I liked not knowing the big twist, but I still found it enjoyable, everyone was completely watchable.
  • Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks - Recently animated using the recovered audio track, parts of the animation style were awesome and parts were silly. Good story.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - I'm not sure what I can say about this without spoiling it all. I can say it's meant to bridge the gap between the first trilogy and the second, and it does a very good job of it. Also braver than I thought Disney was going to be. Really, really good.
  • Star Trek Beyond - I don't understand the problem some people seem to have with this one, I liked it. Action-packed, good character development, peril, what more do you want?
  • Static - Short film about a man with a bleeding television, adapted from the original short story. Touching, beautiful and funny.
  • Suicide Squad - The trailers were so promising... honestly, there are 10 big characters and you only care about 3 of them. And when you have Adam Beach, you don't waste him like that. Amusing, but not good.
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Tina Fey (and, surprise, Martin Freeman) in the middle east - both funnier and more serious than expected, quite good.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse - I am starting to get a bit super-heroed out, but I did enjoy this. Good balance of comic relief too (which is to say, not too much as this had to be a dark film).


  • Alien: Covenant - Well done, well shot, a little predictable in places. Great action, interesting story continuation.
  • Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 - So much fun! The humour in the first was based around Québec vs Ontario, French vs English; the comedy here is more around Canada vs US.
  • The Circle - Not amazing, but interesting. Sort of where we're actually at right now.
  • Free Fire - I love Sharlto Copley, and I love a good 70s shoot-em-up with a sense of humour.
  • Ghost In The Shell - Visually stunning. Story was great. There was a stink about the casting though, understandably, though I did like everyone's performances. But would have been nice to see less Western-types.
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 - How did they make a sequel this good? So much fun!
  • Life - What happens when we discover life on another planet? Blood and gore, that's what. Fun.
  • Lion - I will watch Dev Patel in anything, but this was wonderful. I cried all through it.
  • Logan - Might be my favourite of the X-Men franchise. Definitely the most mature. Really heavy themes of growing older and the nature of dependency and connection.
  • Passengers - Shades of Starlost. I liked it, but I can see why it's getting mixed reviews, it has a lot of different tones so it can feel unfocused.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Hrm. Well it was certainly fun, looked really good, effects were great (Salazar's floating hair was cool). The story was good, though convenient. But... I think I'm sick of this series.
  • Split - James McAvoy is brilliant. The story is great. The suspense is real. M. Night Shyamalan is back. And Anya Taylor-Joy has arrived.
  • Wonder Woman - Just get out and see it, amazing! A few little nits to pick (why is she wearing wedge heels? Did Doctor Poison have to be so Snidely Whiplash-like? Why did they bother with the 'make you strong' gas?) but otherwise amazing, saw it three times!
  • xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage - Exactly as expected. Silly fun.


  1. Quite a list! I'm impressed. After having kids - I don't get out much, apparently. Haven't even seen half the movies on your list. Yet another task to my get-a-life list.

    ps. stumbled upon your profile at Ravelry

  2. Yeah, got quite addicted after 2002 - the year of all the passes :)