Cinema Journal

2018 Top 10 Films

Like a fingerprint or snowflake, every end-of-year Top 10 list is as unique as the cinephile who conceives it. Rules for list creation vary greatly as well. Some choose to reward films based on pure technical merits, others select strictly on emotional connection, still others like to highlight lesser known achievements that deserve the much […]

Movie Hall of Fame-Class of 2019!

List by-Jarrett Leahy Happy Oscar Night Eve! As the tradition continues, it is time to announce the 6th annual AmateurCinephile.com Hall of Fame class of 2019. This year’s class of illustrious films includes three first-ballot films (movies from 2009 became eligible for selection this year), three Best Picture nominees, two National Film Registry selections, four […]

2017 Top 10 Films

List by-Jarrett Leahy As the 2018 Academy Awards near, it’s time yet again for AmateurCinephile.com to release the site’s Top 10 list for the 2017 movie year. Every year, there are always films that unfortunately go unseen before the Top 10 posting.  This year is no different, but, overall, I’m fairly comfortable with these selections, […]

Movie Hall of Fame-Class of 2018!

List by-Jarrett Leahy Being Oscar night eve, it’s time again to announce the 5th annual AmateurCinephile.com Hall of Fame class of 2018. This year’s cinematic inductees include one first-ballot film (movies from 2008 became eligible for selection this year), a Best Picture Oscar nominee, three National Film Registry selections, two crime dramas, two comedies, a […]

We’re Still Here I Promise

To anyone out there that cares, I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know we haven’t disappeared. A lack of quality movies during the beginning of 2015 along with extra time requirements from the day job has caused a small break here at AmateurCinephile.com. But summer vacation is just around the […]

The Joust-Pulp Fiction (20 Years Later)

By Jarrett Leahy & Jason Chandler Before 2014 too quickly recedes into our rear-view mirror, we would be wrong not to backtrack just a bit in order to recognize the 20th anniversary of one my all-time favorite films. For this edition of The Joust, I imagine there will be more agreeing than debating, as Jarrett […]

Amateur Cinephile 2015 Oscar Predictions

As the Academy Awards are about to be announced, we thought it would fun to put together a prediction post for a few of the major awards of the evening. Best Picture:       Jarrett                Jason                Michelle Best Director: Jarrett (Linklater) Jason (Linklater) Michelle (Linklater) Best Actor: Jarrett (Redmayne) Jason (Keaton) Michelle (Carell) Best Actress: […]