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Enjoy movie reviews from our very own Dave Martin!

Enjoy movie reviews from our very own Dave Martin!

On the first Monday of each month (give or take), Dave will post a movie review along with that movie’s scores and placement on his overall list.

This has nothing to do with what we actual do for a living at Prosperity, but hopefully you will enjoy the reviews and vehemently disagree with the scores to foster some friendly debate. 

See all of Dave's movie reviews below as well as his evaluation methodology.

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Outside the office, one of my primary interests is movies. Being a self-proclaimed spreadsheet nerd and borderline obsessive list maker, I combined all of that to create a listing of the best movies of all time. It’s not just a feeling that I have that one movie is better than another. It is a quantitative listing of 7 different categories weighted based on my idea of their importance as to what makes a movie great.

The categories are as follows:

  • Acting (weighted the highest at plus 25%)
  • Writing (weighted at plus 15%)
  • Directing (weighted evenly)
  • Look (weighted at minus 20%)
  • Quality (weighted at plus 5% - this is an attempt to bring in other opinions to my rankings)
  • Enjoyable (weighted at minus 10%)
  • Originality (weighted at minus 25%)

If a movie is well acted and well written (like, say, Casablanca), it likely ranks higher than a movie that is fun to watch and looks cool (like your typical action movie). This is not to imply that action movies are not worth seeing. It just means that such popcorn fare does not typically make the top levels of my list. Always remember this is my own personal opinion based on what I consider good and important in a movie. It is not a FAVORITE movie list. It is a BEST movie list.

The scores, ranging from 1-100 in each category, are combined to rank every movie I have ever seen (or at least the ones I can remember seeing). The total list is updated frequently with new additions and revised occasionally as my tastes change over time. (Still think it is borderline obsessive or have we crossed over that threshold?)


REVIEW DATEMOVIERANK (out of)
5/6/2024American Beauty81 (1345)
4/1/2024Forrest Gump279 (1342)
3/4/2024Poor Things147 (1341)
2/5/2024Million Dollar Baby77 (1337)
1/4/2024Argo100 (1333)
12/4/2023The Godfather1 (1332)
11/1/2023Get Out127 (1332)
10/2/2023From Here to Eternity3 (1332)
9/4/2023Dr. Strangelove2 (1332)
8/1/2023Magnolia18 (1327)
7/5/2023West Side Story (original)12 (1326)
6/5/2023Avengers: Infinity War170 (1326)
5/2/2023Inception9 (1326)
4/3/2023Field Of Dreams136 (1324)
3/4/2023Everything Everywhere All At Once111 (1323)
1/30/2023Any Given Sunday788 (1317)
1/2/2023Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid14 (1307)
12/5/2022Crazy, Stupid, Love598 (1305)
11/5/2022Bedknobs And Broomsticks247 (1305)
10/1/2022Big Hero 6191 (1304)
9/5/2022Now You See Me587 (1304)
8/1/2022Her20 (1304)
7/4/2022A Few Good Men67 (1302)
6/6/2022Moulin Rouge!71 (1300)
5/2/2022Gone Baby Gone122 (1297)
4/4/2022Knives Out163 (1297)
3/9/2022Belfast259 (1294)
1/31/2022The Martian179 (1288)
12/30/2021Big Fish115 (1283)
12/3/2021The Father181 (1280)
11/1/2021Hook209 (1280)
10/2/2021Finding Nemo58 (1280)
9/7/2021Pay It Forward1199 (1279)
8/2/2021Three Kings91 (1277)
7/1/2021Galaxy Quest236 (1276)
6/1/202125th Hour78 (1273)
5/3/2021Shawshank Redemption37 (1270)
4/6/2021A Night In Miami226 (1268)
3/1/2021The Rock758 (1263)
2/1/2021Young Frankenstein39 (1253)
1/2/2021The Best Years Of Our Lives31 (1246)
12/3/2020Die Hard230 (1242)
11/1/2020La Story124 (1239)
10/2/2020Life Is Beautiful3 (1237)
9/4/2020Panic Room289 (1235)
7/31/2020One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest7 (1233)
7/4/2020Breakdown559 (1232)
5/29/2020Sneakers293 (1233)
5/4/2020Major League819 (1232)
4/3/2020Robin Hood375 (1231)
2/28/2020Once132 (1231)
1/31/2020Jojo153 (1231)