Here is the recommended reading order of the articles on the blog as well as the movies that should be watched before reading each post, as they are referenced.  There are four ways you can read through this blog:

1. Watch all the movies cited under each article and then read the articles as listed below.
2. Watch all the cited movies in chronological order and then read all the articles.
3. Check out most cited movies and watch the most relevant ones before or as you read along.
4. Just be lazy and read all the articles and miss out a little on the references.

Movie reviews, books, roundtable and top 50 are a different deal and can be read separately at any point.

Art: It's Consumption and Creation

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope
Into Great Silence
The Birth of a Nation
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Defining Extremes: The Modern Chasm of Film Appreciation

The Matrix
The Mirror
Collateral Damage
A Man Escaped
The Vertical Ray of the Sun
The Mexican

The Problem of the American Moviegoer

It's a Wonderful Life
Lawrence of Arabia
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

The State of Mainstream Film Criticism

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Fade to Black
Schindler's List

Award Shows: The Great Promoters of Phillistinism

The Blind Side
The Reader
2001: A Space Odyssey
Romeo and Juliet
Funny Girl
Rachel, Rachel
The Lion in Winter

The Geek Problem

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Superman Returns
Castle in the Sky

Mission Statement

Up in the Air
The 400 Blows
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Citizen Kane

The Movies on this Blog

Facing the Giants
The Bicycle Thief

Cultivated Interest: Its Demands and Necessity

The Necessity of "Experts"

Tokyo Story
The Rules of the Game
The Searchers
Man with a Movie Camera
The Passion of Joan of Arc
8 1/2
Battleship Potemkin

Cultivated Interest: Its Existence

The List Mentality

Is There Such a Thing as a Must-See Movie?

The Gold Rush
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
Un Chien Andalou

The Criterion Challenge (any disciplined person can be a film buff/ connoisseur in two years)

Seven Samurai
Alexander Nevsky
Umberto D

The Criterion Consumerism

Tout va bien

A Start at Fixing the Film Industry as a Consumer

Three Main Themes of Human Experience

The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Diary of a Country Priest
She's Out of My League
Thelma and Louise

Is It a Film or a Movie?

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Why the Movie Theater is Better than Home Video

Army Dog

An Artist and His Audience

Should Every Movie have a Happy Ending?

The Robe

Fantastic Mr. Fox and the Ideal Children's Movie

Hugo and the Failure of 3-D Movies


Popcorn Cinema and the Myth of the Guilty Pleasure

Dumb and Dumber
Singin' in the Rain
National Treasure

Overexposure and the Failure of Escapism

The Notebook

Blockbusters Do Not Rest Our Brains

Hollywood Fails Romance

Black Hawk Down
On the Waterfront

Missing the Point of a Movie While Searching for It

Based on a True Story: Why I don't Care!


Celebrities and Platform


Harvey Weinstein and metoo

Hollywood and Diversity

The Last Samurai and the Mighty Whitey

The Last Samurai

Able-bodied People Playing Disabled People is Not the Same as Blackface

The Jazz Singer

Never Forget. You're Reminded.

The Sorrow and the Pity
Life is Beautiful
The Pianist
A Secret
One Day You'll Understand
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Adam Resurrected

The Merits of Bollywood Cinema

Pather Panchali
Swing Time
Mother India
Amar Akbar Anthony

Soviet Montage Theory

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Apocalypse Now

The Long Take Part I: The Tracking Shot

Touch of Evil
Russian Ark

The Long Take Part II: The Static Shot with Movement

The Long Take Part III: The Static Shot Without Movement

Frame Stories and Flashbacks: The Pros and Cons

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Who is the Most Important Creative Force in a Movie?

It Doesn't Matter If a Critic Couldn't Do Better

Ideas on Artistic Innocence in Film

The Integrated Artist

Long Take, Continuity Editing and Realism

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Art Imitating Life: Contemplation and Cinema

Un Chien Andalou (view)

Narrative and Truth

Two Basic Falsehoods of Classical Narrative

Remakes References and Homages: The Slow Death of Creativity

King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1976)
King Kong (2005)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Genre, Familiarity and Originality

Creating a Cinematic Universe

Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars and the Creation of a Universe

Groundbreaking Post on the Idea of Groundbreaking

Becky Sharp

A Defense of the Aesthetics of Silent Film

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Silent Movie

Cinema Over Literature: The Ultimate Medium

Christianity is Cinematic

Overview of Christ-types in Storytelling

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

5 Reasons to Kill Christian Music

The Trouble with "Christian Movies"

Left Behind (2014)

Five Approaches to Defining a Christian Movie

Does God Care about Aesthetics?

Why do American Christian Movie Audiences have Bad Taste?

Is a Christian Film Industry Actually Necessary?

Why Christians Should Care about Foreign-Language Movies

Does Christianity Really Need Celebrities?

Short Film: Origins of the Motion Picture

Why Film Class in High School Wouldn't Work

Convergence at Zero: The Pitfalls of Multimedia

Wednesday's Notes on Friday

Film is Still Better than Television

Maria Mercedes

Theory on the Apparatus of Television and the Destruction of Our Relational Faculties

Some Brief Thoughts on Studio Wrestling

"Prom": Possibly the Worst Sexist Commercial of the 2013 Super Bowl

The Rise of Persona in Music

Jailhouse Rock
Boyz n the Hood

Video Games are Art

Observations on Super Mario Maker

On Painting and Photography

Some Observations on Modern Art

Internet Pet Peeves

Notes on The Death and Life of Saint Faustina

Sister Act

Working on Set

Short Film: And the Darwin Award Goes To...

Short Film: Pondering the Existence of God

Short Film: Business Executive Council November 1, 2012

Short Film: The DriveCam Story- Brandon Nixon

Short Film: iContact


Short Film: Sexy Lederhosen

The Least of These

Short Film: First Date