Monday, March 02, 2015

KOA's 100 Films, Take Two: 100-91

As the finishing touches were going on this list, I sent Matt Barnes a picture of my jumbled research with the caption, "You are the only person I know who would appreciate AND understand this."  He responded, "Yep. So sad."

And yet here we are again, embarking on another journey centered around my favorite 100 movies.

Before I begin unveiling, let me give you a heads up on what to expect this time around.

- There are changes to my top ten - including the exclusive top five.

- We have 24 new additions to the list.

- Every film that was in the top forty in 2011 is present on the 2015 version.

- For the 76 films that originally appeared in 2011, I will re-post what I originally wrote with an "Update" section as to why the film jumped up or slid down.  Be on the lookout for additional footnotes as well.1

- We will post ten movies a week until we reach the top twenty.  From there we will unveil five movies a week until we reach the top ten.  From there we will post one movie at a time.

- Yes, there will be recap posts on Matt Barnes' selections.  One can only hope he keeps gems like Jungle 2 Jungle, One Fine Day, and Anaconda from his 2011 list.

- Yes, we will be keeping tabs on who my favorite actors and directors are based off this list.  In 2011, my favorite actor was Tom Hanks, my favorite actress was Jennifer Connelly, and my favorite director was a tie between Christopher Nolan and Clint Eastwood.

- No, we will not be posting trailers to these films like we did in 2011.  Sorry folks.

- However, by simply clicking on each film's title it will take you straight to Amazon.  Feel free to buy me as many movies as you feel appropriate.

And without any further ado, here are the first batch of films to crack my favorite 100.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

KOA's 100 Films, Take Two: An Introduction

Three and a half years ago we embarked on the biggest endeavor this blog had ever seen.  It encompassed seven months, forty-two published posts and ended with a final ranking of my favorite 100 films.  Nothing has even come close to surpassing that list, whether it be based on sheer length, difficulty or importance.

Well, that is until now.

Sequels are incredibly difficult to get right.  For one, they all come with preconceived judgements and comparisons tracing back to the original.  Instead of being their own entity, second acts tend to hover in the lingering shadows of the premier.  In film successful ones are quite rare.  The Godfather Part Two and The Dark Knight are examples of the few exceptions.  More often sequels resemble The Hangover Part II or Major League II in that they use the same formula as their predecessors but with a tired twist on the storyline.

In understanding that premise it is with great caution that we embark on this upcoming journey.

The King of Arguments 100 Favorite Films: Version 2.0
Same idea, same format, different movies.  A revamped look at my 100 favorite movies of all-time. Coming along for the ride is my usual ranker-in-crime, Matt Barnes.  Starting tomorrow we will begin counting down our own separate lists as we try to build off the success our original 100 films list had back in 2011.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Film Review: Gone Girl

As Gone Girl kicks off the beginning of Oscar season, it also signals the start of my movie reviews. The goal is to review every single movie that I see in the theatre, as well as the occasional DVD/Redbox film.  At the very least it will make my life significantly easier when it's time to update my favorite 100 movies again.

Note: This post will contain spoilers, so if you haven't seen this film you may want to stop reading at this point. 

Gone Girl (2014)
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris
Plot: "With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent."

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Since You've Been Gone (Part Two)

In case you missed it in PART ONE we tackled the first half of the ten biggest articles I failed to write during the last 18 months.  In the second installment we look at the five biggest omissions to the King of Arguments blog since December of 2012.   

Monday, October 06, 2014

Since You've Been Gone (Part One)

For the few of you that have been following the King of Arguments since its inception nearly a decade ago, you have come to expect lengthy delays in between posts.  Going multiple weeks and even several months without publishing new content has been standard operating procedures.  

None were as long as the most recent one which thankfully came to an end a couple weeks ago.  It lasted an astonishing 18 months.  There were zero updates to this blog for all of 2013 and half of 2014.  It really does pain me to write that last sentence.  18 months.  That’s brutal.

I wake up every day and want to spend it writing.  That’s as true of a statement as I’ve ever wrote.  I get dressed for work right in front of my computer and think while staring at it, “one of these days I’ll be going to work right here.”  So you can imagine the peril it causes when I go an entire 18 months and fail to create one single new article.  

While it is true that the past is the past, and as our good friend Daniel Faraday instructed us on LOST, “whatever happened, happened” we are going to get back on the horse by taking a look at all that I missed since December of 2012.  These are the top 10 blog posts (or at least the cliff notes version of them) that would have been made had I not taken a sabbatical from this website.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Seven Mistakes By The Lake

December 16th, 2012.  Think of all that has changed in your life in the past 18 months.  My job has changed, my apartment has also changed, and incredibly even my favorite television show of all-time has changed.  Think of all that has changed around you.  LeBron James left Miami for Cleveland, Notre Dame made it to a BCS National Championship game, and Jimmy Fallon hosts The Tonight Show.  It really is staggering how much can happen and how much life can look completely different in just a year and a half.  And yet, it can look the same too.  Derrick Rose is still battling injury concerns, The Big Bang Theory is still the number one television show, and the Cleveland Browns are still trying to find a QB.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

30 for 30 (Part Two)

In PART ONE, the King of Arguments got the ball rolling on the thirty things he wants to accomplish before he turns thirty.  Swimming in the Pacific Ocean, learning how to play the guitar, and running a half-marathon were just some of the items that made the list so far.  There's only one way to find out what's left.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

30 for 30 (Part One)

In this epic post, the King of Arguments lists the 30 things he hopes to accomplish before he turns the big 3-0.  They include some destination spots, a few sporting accomplishments, and exacting revenge on a personal vendetta.  It was a list that took quite some time to put together, and one that will take three years to finish.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

KOA's 50 Favorite TV Shows: 45-41

Five shows in, forty-five more to go.  In this batch we find another Nickelodeon classic, a pair of comedic sketch-shows, a news program, and our first game-show.  Three of these shows have been on the air since 1975 and have combined to win a plethora of awards.  Let's keep the ball rolling boys and girls. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

An Ode To Kevin

The King of Arguments takes time from ranking his favorite television shows to acknowledge a man that goes by a lot of different names.  Some know him as Lil' Scooter.  Others are prone to call him Kev, or Hunt, or K-Hunt, or Coach, or Mr. Hunt, or Randy Junior. Whatever your preference, there's only one Kevin Hunt.