Movie Key

Red – Thriller/Suspense/Mystery/Horror

Orange – Documentary

Blue – Animated (hand-drawn, computer-drawn or stop-motion) Note: It’s getting more difficult to determine what makes a movie animated and what makes it live-action, thanks to the rise of CGI. I’ve chosen to label a movie “animated” only if it relies heavily on animation both for backgrounds and characters. See the next category for further explanation.

Half Blue / Half Black – Animated and Live Action, or a film that relies mostly on motion capture. Note: This category also applies to movies containing a mix of live actors and CGI/motion-capture characters, along with a large amount of computer-generated backgrounds and landscapes. (Similarly, any entry that is half one color and half another means that the film belongs to both genres, or contains enough of one genre to warrant the color distinction).

* – Best Picture Oscar winner

$ – Ranked  in the top 10 among all-time highest-grossing films (U.S. gross adjusted to inflation); source: For international adjusted gross, see Wikipedia.

♥ – Contains hardcore sex scenes

AFI 100 – Ranked on AFI’s original list of the top 100 American films

Sl – Silent

SlWS – Essentially silent but with elements of synchronized sound

FL – Foreign language

TV – Originally filmed/taped for, intended for or aired on television (but also received theatrical release). For TV movies that never received theatrical releases, see the Television list.

Cinema – This column on the feature-film lists refers to the number of times I’ve seen a film in a movie theater. If the space is blank, that means I’ve seen the film on TV, on DVD, on Blu-ray, on Netflix, etc., but never in a cinema. (When assigning a star rating, I try to take into account the circumstances of the viewing, keeping in mind a theatrical viewing can be more impactful. I never watch films on mobile devices.) If I’ve seen a film at a festival, I list the name of that festival.