Sam Neill Wrap Up!

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So it’s time we for us to say goodbye to my longest running, and certainly most time consuming project to date: The Sam Neill Marathon. It may have started through a combination of boredom and coincidence, but I think we’ve all learned something along the way. Probably something about crocodiles or Australia. At least I hope you’ve learned who Sam Neill is. If not, here’s a visual:

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs
My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career
The Omen III: The Final Conflict

The Omen III: The Final Conflict
Attack Force Z

Attack Force Z
Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe
Reilly: Ace of Spies

Reilly: Ace of Spies
Plenty

Plenty
The Good Wife

The Good Wife
A Cry In The Dark

A Cry In The Dark
Dead Calm

Dead Calm
The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October
Until The End Of The World

Until The End Of The World
Memoirs of an Invisible Man

Memoirs of an Invisible Man
The Piano

The Piano
Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park
Sirens

Sirens
The Simpsons

The Simpsons
Country Life

Country Life
The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book
In The Mouth Of Madness

In The Mouth Of Madness
Restoration

Restoration
Forgotten Silver

Forgotten Silver
Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood
Victory

Victory
Snow White: A Tale of Terror

Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Event Horizon

Event Horizon
The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer
Merlin

Merlin
The Revengers' Comedies

The Revengers’ Comedies
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal

Sally Hemings: An American Scandal
The Dish

The Dish
The Zookeeper

The Zookeeper
Jurassic Park 3

Jurassic Park 3
Supercroc

Supercroc
Hyperspace

Hyperspace
Framed

Framed
Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago
Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers
Stiff

Stiff
Wimbledon

Wimbledon
Yes

Yes
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
Little Fish

Little Fish
To The Ends Of The Earth

To The Ends Of The Earth
Irresistible

Irresistible
Gallipoli

Gallipoli
Merlin 2

Merlin 2
The Triangle

The Triangle
Angel

Angel
The Tudors

The Tudors
Dean Spanley

Dean Spanley
Skin

Skin
Under The Mountain

Under The Mountain
Daybreakers

Daybreakers
In Her Skin

In Her Skin
Happy Town

Happy Town
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
The Hunter

The Hunter
Alcatraz

Alcatraz
Crusoe

Crusoe
The Vow

The Vow

I spent more than 136 hours watching as much of Sam Neill’s complete filmography as I could get my hands on through Netflix and Amazon, and it was pretty awesome. To celebrate, Steven and I went to see Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX the night it opened. It was the first time I’d ever seen a Sam Neill movie in theaters, so it was pretty exciting!

What do you do with your ticket stubs?

What do you do with YOUR ticket stubs?

I’d forgotten both the long parts of the movie that were just talking and not dinosaur attacks, and also that Sam Neill totally got upstaged by Muldoon’s shorts. Still, the perfect way to end this project!

And now, for the awards:

My #1 Sam Neill Title: The Dish

Seriously, I love this movie

Seriously, I love this movie

I almost picked Jurassic Park because, come on, it’s Jurassic Park, but this movie is too adorable and inspiring to pass up. It may not have dinosaurs, but it does have space.

And science shorts!

And science shorts!

It’s not available on Netflix Instant, but it is on Amazon Instant to rent for $3 if you feel like having a good time and feeling hope for humanity.

#1 Sam Neill Title You Can Watch On Netflix Instant Right Now: To the Ends of the Earth

It's a 3 episode mini-series that you will like more than you thought

It’s a 3 episode mini-series that you will like more than you thought

Because aside from a hilarious grumpy Sam Neill, a young Benedict Cumberbatch is the main character. Remember when I wrote this review not knowing who he was because Sherlock hadn’t become the biggest deal ever yet? Basically the primitive dark ages of entertainment, but this seafaring adventure consoled me. Get ready for lots of death, danger, and casual opium use (what? how else are you going to fight off 19th-century sea sicknes?); basically it’s Masterpiece Theater with a budget and the scandalous parts left in.

And Sam Neill looks like this the whole time, you'll love it

And Sam Neill looks like this the whole time, you’ll love it

Weirdest Sam Neill Movie: Perfect Strangers

It's a romantic comedy! Where the guy is a corpse/hallucination!

It’s a romantic comedy! Where the guy is a corpse/hallucination!

It’s possible that this only wins because the description on Netflix made it sound like a normal romcom, totally neglecting to mention the random and unexplained kidnapping, murder, and hallucinating crazy times.

Best Movie Where Sam Neill is Crazy: In the Mouth of Madness

Sam Neill goes crazy fighting horror puppets after realizing he's a fictional character

Sam Neill goes crazy fighting horror puppets after realizing he’s a fictional character

I can’t tell if this movie is meant to be horror or not, but regardless, it’s not scary at all, since all of the monsters are hilarious puppets.

My Favorite Sam Neill: Choppy McAxeFace

You probably knew this was coming

You probably knew this was coming

Possibly because the rest of this movie was kind of boring, but hey

Steven’s Top 3 Sam Neills

Steven has only seen 24 of these, or about 38%. He only willingly watched movies when he had some reason to suspect they might be good (or hilariously bad re:Merlin II), meaning he never saw 168 minutes of Montana scenery or the invisible antics of Chevy Chase. Therefore, I would say his opinions are way less informed than mine, but here are his top three Sam Neills:

1. Jurassic Park

Because dinosaurs and kickassness

Because dinosaurs and kickassness

2. Restoration

Hair! Puppies! King Charles II!

Hair! Puppies! King Charles II!

Steven couldn’t get over King Charles!Sam’s pack of adorable puppies that precede him everywhere. To be fair, neither could I.

3. The Tudors

He just wants your love. And to rule England.

He just wants your love. And to rule England.

Maybe I’ll write more updates in the future as new Sam Neill movies come out, but for now this marathon is at an end!

Previously: The Last Update
Next: Hunt for the Wilderpeople!!!

One response to “Sam Neill Wrap Up!”

  1. Brian says:

    Future persons from the future will see this as one of the internet’s crowning achievements. Congratulations! I think I’ll read a few old interviews to celebrate.

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