Andy Gainey

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If it weren't for my friends, I'd probably watch far fewer movies and television shows, or at least would watch them long after they were first released. Nonetheless, I have been substantially influenced, enriched, and entertained by numerous films and shows over the years, and thus I have lots to choose from when selecting my favorites in this category.

Of course, there are so many movies and shows already in existence, and more being created all the time. There's no way an ordinary person could get anywhere close to watching most of them in a single lifetime, so I expect there will be huge gaps in my favorites. Further, it usually takes me at least two viewings, sometimes more, before I have a clear sense of my appreciation of a particular movie or show, so there are plenty more than are on this list that I have seen, might really like, but I simply haven't made up my mind on yet. As a result, these lists represent only things that I like, and the absence of some item here does not necessarily imply that I appreciate it less than the items listed.

Tier 1

Due to personal sense of purpose in life, I limit my top tier in this category to works that have had a substantial influence on my perspectives and attitudes, that have contributed in notable ways to my personality and beliefs. As a result, entertainment has proven to be an insufficient attribute for inclusion in this top tier, no matter how thoroughly entertaining I find something to be.

American Beauty
Stuff and things.
Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight
Stuff and things.
Donnie Darko
Stuff and things.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Stuff and things.
Fight Club
Stuff and things.
The Fountain
Stuff and things.
K-PAX
Stuff and things.
Lost in Translation
Stuff and things.
Memento
Stuff and things.
The Truman Show
Stuff and things.
Watchmen
Stuff and things.

Tier 2

The second tier continues the themes of the first, including stories and characters that I can strongly relate to. It also is where I place the best of the movies and shows that I appreciate primarily as entertainment, hence the inclusion of lots of action films and comedies.

Drama

Children of Men
Stuff and things.
Finding Forrester
Stuff and things.
Gladiator
Stuff and things.
The Karate Kid (2010)
Stuff and things.
L. A. Confidential
Stuff and things.
The Last Samurai
Stuff and things.
The Prestige
Stuff and things.
Reign Over Me
Stuff and things.
Road to Perdition
Stuff and things.
Thank You for Smoking
Stuff and things.
Waking Life
Stuff and things.

Sci-Fi

Arrival?
Stuff and things.
Babylon 5
Stuff and things.
Edge of Tomorrow
Stuff and things.
Ender's Game
Stuff and things.
The Matrix
Stuff and things.
Minority Report
Stuff and things.
Moon
Stuff and things.
Firefly and Serenity
Stuff and things.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Stuff and things.

Action

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises
Stuff and things.
Casino Royale
Stuff and things.
Daredevil (2015- )
Stuff and things.
Hero
Stuff and things.
Inception
Stuff and things.
Iron Man
Stuff and things.
Kick-Ass
Stuff and things.
V for Vendetta
Stuff and things.

Comedy

The Amateurs
Stuff and things.
Be Kind Rewind
Stuff and things.
The Big Lebowski
Stuff and things.
Galaxy Quest
Stuff and things.
Ghost Town
Stuff and things.
Groundhog Day
Stuff and things.
Little Miss Sunshine
Stuff and things.
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Stuff and things.
Napoleon Dynamite
Stuff and things.
The Other Guys
Stuff and things.
The Princess Bride
Stuff and things.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Stuff and things.
Stranger than Fiction
Stuff and things.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Stuff and things.

Tier 3

Stuff and things.

Drama

  • Bicentennial Man
  • Collateral
  • Conspiracy Theory
  • Constantine
  • Eastern Promises
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • The Negotiator
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Troy
  • Unbreakable

Sci-Fi

  • Avatar
  • Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
  • Dark City
  • Equilibrium
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Pitch Black
  • Star Trek
  • Tron Legacy

Action

  • Fist of Legend
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Jessica Jones (2015- )
  • The Legend of the Drunken Master
  • Lucky # Slevin
  • Shanghai Noon
  • Shanghai Knights
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Skyfall
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming?
  • Unleashed

Comedy

  • Anchorman and Anchorman 2
  • Bedazzled
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Mystery Men
  • The Office (2005-2013)
  • The Rundown
  • School of Rock
  • Semi-Pro
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Zoolander

Miscellaneous

  • The Incredibles
  • Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen
  • Stardust