Film is the greatest art form. That’s an admittedly bold statement, but when you consider all the other arts that motion pictures encapsulate, the claim makes sense. Literature, photography, theatre, music, dance, painting, sculpture, fabric art – the list goes on and on.
If you accept that argument, you must agree that film criticism – or at least the analysis and appreciation of film – is one of life’s noblest pursuits. I’m not trying to elevate the film reviewer above anything he or she is. After all, critics don’t exactly save lives, broker peace accords or do the tireless, selfless work of teachers and doctors. And we don’t risk our lives for our country (although I do wear the death wishes I received for my review of Django Unchained as a badge of honor). But if you accept the premise of Frank Woods, arguably the world’s first movie critic, that film is poetry in motion, then it’s easy to contextualize the words of Robin Williams’ Mr. Keating in Dead Poets Society: “Medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.”
With that in mind, let me welcome you to MeierMovies, the site for people who like to watch movies and LOVE to rate them. It’s the most detailed, list-loving film site you will ever see!
Here you will find rankings and ratings of more than 3,000 theatrically released feature films from 1911 to today, more than 1,400 shorts dating back to the dawn of cinema in 1888 and various listings of TV and Web programs. You will also find something that no other site offers: ALL those feature films in order of quality, starting with the top 200 movies ranked in order and ending with the worst two dozen or so of all time, all rated in quarter-star increments. In addition, don’t miss this unique chronological list, which ranks the REAL best films of each year, not what the Academy told us were the best. But before you do anything, please visit the Introduction, which will give you insight into the process, how films are judged and which films are eligible.
Of course, all of this is the opinion of just one guy: Me, Cameron Meier. So before you get too deep into this site, you should probably find out why the heck you should be listening to me in the first place. For that, click Who is Cameron Meier? In brief, I’ve been a film critic for more than a decade and am currently reviewing movies exclusively for The Orlando Weekly, Folio Weekly and The San Antonio Current. (This site offers most of my old film reviews, plus some art and theatre critiques, too.) Also please note that most of the movie lists are in PDF form. If you can’t view them, you can download Adobe PDF reader for free here.
Before wishing you well on your journey through this site, I offer you an introduction to myself and my take on cinema: my interviews with Sam Rockwell, Sissy Spacek, Bob Balaban and others. Enjoy!