Vampires-John Carpenter's, that is. So James Woods and Daniel (!) Baldwin lead a bunch of vampire hunters who get massacred by the pony-tail baddie from Karate Kid III who's some kind of uber-vampire in search of an ancient cross that will enable vampires to walk around in sunlight...I think. Woods carries this movie as well as anyone can, but there's not much going on here. Sheryl Lee gets bit by the big bad early on, but takes the whole movie to become a vampire, because she needs to help the good guys first, which seems like a bit of a cheat.
Nocturnal Animals-Amy Adams cheated on Jake Gyllenhaal after telling him he'd never make it as a writer, so then he wrote a novel and sent her the manuscript, and the movie goes back and forth between what happens in the book (tense and rapey, with Michael Shannon as a dying sheriff who DGAF) and past and present real world Amy Adams drama (boring tripe), with an ending that I liked, but it seems like most people didn't. Mixed feelings overall, but it's pretty unique, at least. Jake sure appears in a lot of dark movies, huh? Oh yeah, skip the opening credits sequence. Christ.
The Call-Halle Berry is a 911 responder who gets a call from Abigail Breslin, who's stuck in a trunk on the highway after being chloroformed by a wackjob, who we find out Berry has history with, as it's indeed a small world. This is honestly pretty fun and tense for about an hour as they try to figure ways out of the near-death before it goes completely off the rails in the final act, with an ending that makes no sense. Michael Imperioli has a hilariously thankless role.
Black Dog-Swayze's an ex-con who gets manipulated into taking on the job of transporting a whole bunch of weapons in a semi, with Meat Loaf very quickly revealing himself as a turncoat who sends a bunch of goons to try and kill Swayze off and steal the stash. I enjoyed this more than I should've, but there's lots of fun truck action and a cool country music score, with a real life country music star in the cast too.
Practical Magic-Kidman and Bullock are witch-sisters, but there's a curse where all the husbands in their family die, so they have to be careful and avoid love, or just embrace it and watch the guy die. Lighthearted and slight, except for the bits where Dr. Kovac from ER is an abusive drunk who they wind up killing. Aidan Quinn as the other romantic lead is a virtual non-entity.
Glam Metal is done, 25 albums:
Motley Crue-Too Fast for Love
Def Leppard-Pyromania ("Photograph" and "Foolin'" rule, but this is goofier than I expected. "Rock Rock Til You Drop?" lolll)
Quiet Riot-Metal Health (starts okay, but gets boring)
Motley Crue-Shout at the Devil
Ratt-Out of the Cellar (it's fine)
Scorpions-Love at First String (some good songs: "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Big City Nights!" decent ballad at the end; will investigate these guys' '70s output later for the Hard Rock genre)
Twisted Sister-Stay Hungry (some of these songs are more Sabbath and Priest than I was expecting, I thought the whole album would be like the two singles!)
Dokken-Tooth and Nail (some songs are harder-edged, but then some are straight glam trash; an odd mix)
Autograph-Sign In Please
Dokken-Lock and Key (whereas this one is straight glam trash)
Europe-The Final Countdown ("Carrie" is a godawful song! the rest is fine. I read these guys are still around and supposedly a good band now).
Poison-Look What the Cat Dragged In
Bon Jovi-Slippery When Wet (feel the wrath of their bombast!)
Stryper-To Hell with the Devil (lol, love the sincerity and vibe of this even if the songs aren't too hot. the ballads sound like Chicago).
Whitesnake-s/t (possibly the best album of these 25; Sykes absolutely smokes, and half of the songs rock-ass. it's too long, of course)
White Lion-Pride (I don't remember much, but "Wait" is catchy as hell)
Faster Pussycat-s/t (this guy has a funny sleazebag voice, but this is mostly sub-GNR crap)
Def Leppard-Hysteria (insanely overproduced to the point where it doesn't sound like humans were involved at times, but there's, you know, 7 singles, so it's not too bad if you can forgive the cringey lyrics and vibe and forgivably lame drumming; much like Van Halen, their secret weapon is the bassist backing vocals)
Cinderella-Long Cold Winter
Kix-Blow My Fuse (this left no impression)
Skid Row-s/t (Sebastian Bach rules on this, but it's generic as hell beyond the singles)
Warrant-Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
Tesla-The Great Radio Controversy (it sounds like it'd be incredibly painful to sing like this guy all the time)
Extreme-Pornograffiti (closer to funk-metal than glam metal at times, but I'll allow it for "More than Words," which is so pretty you wonder why they don't just make every song sound like that...until you hear the other ballad on here that's absolutely terrible)
I considered including 1984 and Permanent Vacation, but thought better of that.
Britpop is also done, 25 albums:
The Auteurs-New Wave
Blur-Modern Life Is Rubbish
Pulp-His 'n' Hers
Suede-Dog Man Star
The Boo Radleys-Wake Up!
Supergrass-Should I Coco
The Verve-A Northern Soul
Oasis-(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Blur-The Great Escape
Lush-Lovelife (pretty good; girl singers)
Manic Street Preachers-Everything Must Go (Britpop-y enough)
Mansun-Attack of the Grey Lantern (really good; had never heard of this)
The Charlatans-Tellin' Lies (this sounds exactly how you think it would)
Supergrass-In it for the Money
Kenickie-At the Club (pretty good; "Punka" and the hidden song are funny)
The Verve-Urban Hymns
Pulp-This Is Hardcore
also listened to Ash-1977 (I hate that guitar sound; you know the one, from "Dookie")
The Divine Comedy-Casanova (this is absolutely not my kind of music)
and I'm gonna put Saint Etienne and that Black Grape album somewhere else. Alternative Dance or somesuch.
Also, done is Power Pop, with 50 (!) albums:
Emmit Rhodes-s/t (not sure how "power" ful it is, but this is a good album from 1970)
Big Star-#1 Record
Blue Ash-No More, No Less (quite good)
Big Star-Radio City
Raspberries-Starting Over (different rhythm section; well-produced as heck)
Badfinger-Wish You Were Here
Big Star-Third/Sister Lovers (didn't wanna put this here, but I don't wanna make a category for albums that make you wanna kill yourself)
Chris Bell-I Am the Cosmos (this isn't too cheery either)
Flamin' Groovies-Shake Some Action
Dwight Twilley Band-Sincerely (didn't love this, but I guess it's famous in the genre)
Cheap Trick-In Color
Cheap Trick-Heaven Tonight
The Knack-Get the Knack
The Beat-s/t (or Paul Collins Beat or w/e)
dB's-Stands for Decibels
Rick Springfield-Working Class Dog (hey, it's not bad)
Bangles-All Over the Place
Game Theory-Nighttime (maybe too jangley, but it's good)
Game Theory-Big Shot Chronicles (this sounds more like straight power pop; also listened to Lolita Nation, which has to go elsewhere)
Tommy Keene-Songs from the Film
Smithereens-Especially for You
Jellyfish-Bellybutton (this is good, but I listened to their other album and it annoyed me like no other)
Posies-Dear 23 (very good)
Material Issue-International Pop Overthrow (good)
Sugar-Copper Blue (I think this fits, but really Flip Your Wig would too if it weren't for all the weird stuff on it)
Posies-Frosting the Beater (less power poppy, but good enough; gross title too)
Weezer-s/t (count it)
Teenage Fanclub-Grand Prix (listened to this for the Britpop stuff, but it's quite good and should go here)
Rentals-Return of the Rentals (I guess)
Sloan-One Chord to Another (very good; their first album will go elsewhere because it sounds too much like Pavement)
Fountains of Wayne-s/t
Fountains of Wayne-Utopia Parkway (I don't like this at all, but I guess it's famous enough)
Exploding Hearts-Guitar Romantic
New Pornos-Electric Version
New Pornos-Twin Cinema (Mass Romantic has too much slow/underwhelming stuff, imo)
Paramore-s/t (kinda good. I thought they were straight pop-punk, but I guess that changed here. too long, with too many songs, of course)
Mikal Cronin-MCII (it's alright...I really just wanted it to be an even 50 okay?)
Considered replacing one of the doubles with a Plimsouls album, but neither is too hot, imo. Also, The Rubinoos suck.
Almost done is GRUNGE (25 albums):
The Melvins-Gluey Porch Treatments (godlike)
Mudhoney-Superfuzz Bigmuff (good)
Alice in Chains-Facelift (never really liked this, but I guess I gotta)
Temple of the Dog-s/t (not great, but it's cool to hear Cornell singing songs that sound like Pearl Jam)
Mudhoney-Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (lol this guy can't sing)
L7-Bricks Are Heavy (pretty good, "Pretend We're Dead' rules)
Babes in Toyland-Fontanelle (don't bring this chick home to meet your mom)
Screaming Trees-Sweet Oblivion (good)
Stone Temple Pliots-Core (never liked this either, but I guess I gotta)
Alice in Chains-Dirt (the winner)
The Melvins-Houdini (one too many? but it's good!)
Pearl Jam-Vs. (I guess; half of this sucks)
Hole-Live Through This
Stone Temple Pilots-Purple (this one is good)
Alice in Chains-s/t
So that's 24. Still gotta listen to Green River, who don't seem like they have a good album, plus that Mad Season album that's probably boring, and the Mother Love Bone one. Anything else I can fit in there? Ideally in place of Core?