<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Film Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//film?source=rss http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//film?source=rss <![CDATA[The Many Dresses of Bugs Bunny, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-many-dresses-of-bugs-bunny-ranked-best-to-worst/tom-islava?source=rss

Happy 77th Birthday, Bugs Bunny!

UPDATE: June Foray, the legendary voice behind Witch Hazel and Granny from Looney Tunes, Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Magica de Spell from Ducktales, and Rocky Squirrel and Natasha Fatale from Rocky and Bullwinkle, had passed away at the age of 99. I would like to dedicate this list in her honor.

June Foray

September 18, 1917 – July 26, 2017


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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:14:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-many-dresses-of-bugs-bunny-ranked-best-to-worst/tom-islava
<![CDATA[The Best Action Movies of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-action-movies-of-2017/ranker-film?source=rss

Action fanatics, it's time to rank the best action movies of this year. Featuring superhero movies, shoot-em-ups, and action comedies, 2017 action movies have thrilled audiences with explosions, fight scenes, and car chases. What is the best action movie of 2017? 

While Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 2) and Hugh Jackman (Logan) returned for their solo action sequels, stars collided for ensemble action movies The Fate of the Furious, Baby Driver, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Other great 2017 action films include Wonder Woman, War for the Planet of the Apes, Baby Driver, and Dunkirk.

Vote up the best action movies of 2017 and feel free to add any missing 2017 action movies missing from the list. 


The Best Action Movies of 2017,

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Transformers: The Last Knight

Logan

Wonder Woman

John Wick: Chapter 2

War for the Planet of the Apes

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales

Dunkirk

Baby Driver


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<![CDATA[The Best Horror Movies of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-horror-movies-of-2017/ranker-film?source=rss

Horror fans, it's time to rank the best horror movies of this year. Featuring action horror movies, psychological thrillers, and scary sci-fi films, 2017 horror movies gave audiences all kinds of scares. What is the best horror movie of 2017?

Jordan Peele's horror mystery Get Out is easily one of the scariest movies this year as well as one of the best horror films of all time. M. Night Shyamalan redeemed himself with horror thriller Split, while The Mummy reboot disappointed fans. Other great 2017 scary movies include Life, It Comes at Night, Rings, and Wish Upon

Vote up the best horror movies of 2017 and feel free to add any 2017 horror movies missing from the list.


The Best Horror Movies of 2017,

Alien: Covenant

Split

The Bye Bye Man

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Get Out

Life

It Comes at Night

Wish Upon

Rings

Raw


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<![CDATA[The Best Comedy Movies of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-2017-comedy-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

When ranking the best comedy movies of 2017, it's all about the jokes and laughs. The best 2017 comedies feature your favorite stars getting wild at a bachelorette party, hosting an illegal casino, and even saving the world. What is the funniest movie of 2017?

Along with being great action movies, Marvel superhero movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, are also hilarious comedies. 2017's best comedies also include animated movies (The Lego Batman Movie, The Boss Baby) and raunchy comedies (Rough Night, Baywatch).

Vote up the best comedy movies of 2017. Feel free to add any 2017 comedies missing from the list. 


The Best Comedy Movies of 2017,

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Spider-Man: Homecoming

The Lego Batman Movie

Fist Fight

CHiPs

Rough Night

Colossal

Paris Can Wait

The Little Hours

Girls Trip


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<![CDATA[The Worst Movies of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-movies-of-2017/ranker-film?source=rss

From bad sequels to disappointing reboots, the worst movies of 2017 are a variety of unfunny comedies and boring films. What is the worst movie of 2017?

2017 sequels, like Fifty Shades Darker and Transformers: The Last Knight, failed to redeem their respective franchises, while reboots like The Mummy and Baywatch disappointed everyone. Other bad movies on this list include Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell, and Katherine Heigl thriller Unforgettable

Vote up the movies you think are the worst films of 2017. Feel free to add any bad 2017 movies missing from the list. 


The Worst Movies of 2017,

The Mummy

Baywatch

Fifty Shades Darker

CHiPs

Rough Night

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Transformers: The Last Knight

All Eyez On Me

Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life

Unforgettable


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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:42:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-movies-of-2017/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Artist Reimagines Famous Historical Figures As Tattooed Rebels]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/artist-reimagines-famous-historical-figures-as-tattooed-rebels/rylee_en?source=rss

Have you ever thought about what some of the most glamorous stars from Old Hollywood would look like by today's beauty, style, and fashion standards? Sure, it might mean some of the more bodacious women would be expected to have slimmer waistlines because women's beauty standards seem to be on a never-ending crash course toward women becoming so slim they don't exist. But, there are also some positive, beautiful, and transgressive possibilities that can come from casting backward aesthetically. Artist Cheyenne Randall, who is based in Seattle, Washington, is doing just that with his art that re-imagines some of the most glamorous figures from history with body art.

According to his website, "Randall explores the identity of iconic individuals from yesterday and today," and he "blends traditional American culture with some of history's most celebrated Pop Icons" in his "'Shopped Tattoo' series." This series "calls to question the modern obsession with fame and glamor as well as the stigmas surrounding body modifications in today's societies." And the images, in their blending of pop culture, iconicity, and social stigma, are truly beautiful. Thankfully, Randall sells his prints, and you can have a full-sleeve Frida Kahlo of your very own... unless you're more of a Marilyn Monroe person, that is. She's there too.


Artist Reimagines Famous Historical Figures As Tattooed Rebels,

Audrey Hepburn
 

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Elizabeth Taylor
 

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Elvis Presley
 

mood forever

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Frida Kahlo
 

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Lauren Bacall
 

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Marilyn Monroe
 

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James Dean
 

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Sophia Loren
 

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Lucy And Ricky Probably Would've Rocked A Few '50s Boats With His And Hers Art
 

#dieantwoord #lucyimhome

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More Tattooed Marilyn Because Why Not More Tattooed Marilyn
 

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:52:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/artist-reimagines-famous-historical-figures-as-tattooed-rebels/rylee_en
<![CDATA[The Most Disappointing Movies of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-disappointing-movies-of-2017/ranker-film?source=rss

While some of the highly anticipated movies this year turned out to be great films, many films were huge disappointments. Featuring sequels, adaptations, and remakes, 2017's most disappointing movies is a mixed batch of box office flops and terribly reviewed films. What was the most disappointing movie of 2017?

Action sequels, like xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Underworld: Blood Wars, failed to thrill fans of the original movies. Big blockbusters, like The Great Wall and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, are not only disappointing films, but are also considered as the worst movies of all time. Even Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise could not save The Circle and The Mummy

Vote for the most disappointing movies of 2017 and feel free to to add any other film letdowns missing from the list. 


The Most Disappointing Movies of 2017,

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

The Mummy

Alien: Covenant

Beauty and the Beast

Underworld: Blood Wars

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Fifty Shades Darker

Ghost in the Shell

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The House


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<![CDATA[The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-of-2017/ranker-film?source=rss

Hilarious comedies, thrilling superhero movies, smart horror films, and engaging dramas comprise the very best movies of 2017. Receiving critical acclaim and earning millions of dollars at the box office, the best 2017 films are also some of the greatest movies of all time. What is the best movie of 2017?

Superhero movies like Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Homecoming are just a few of the best movies this year. When it comes to 2017 sequels, John Wick: Chapter 2 and The Fate of the Furious both gave audiences hours of entertainment. This list of the best 2017 movies also includes sleeper hits, like Get Out and Split, as well as highly anticipated movies, like Dunkirk and Alien: Covenant

Vote up the films you think are the greatest movies of 2017. Feel free to add any good 2017 movies that are missing.


The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked,

Despicable Me 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Logan

Wonder Woman

John Wick: Chapter 2

Split

Get Out

Dunkirk

Baby Driver


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<![CDATA[These Movies Based On True Stories Totally Changed The Real Peoples' Race]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/true-story-films-that-changed-characters-race/mason-weigel?source=rss

Whitewashing in film isn't anything new. In 1921, Italian-American Rudolph Valentino played an Arab in The Sheik. Three years after that, Douglas Fairbanks did the same in The Thief of Baghdad. Most movies that changed a character's race are entirely fictional, and while the systemic racism on display in this practice is intensely problematic, it's not nearly as heinous or brazen as when it happens in movies based on real events. 

Unfortunately, whitewashing isn't as simple as gut-reaction racism. Executives aren't making decisions like "Oh the woman was half black? That won't do. Let's cast Angelina Jolie." Rather, movies that whitewashed characters are part of a complex, systemic problem involving economics, history, and corporate practices that extend beyond the movie industry (don't forget, movie studios have parent companies). Whatever the reasons, the practice is distinctly American, and part of an industrial entertainment industry that has a long tradition of sanitizing, whitewashing, and desexualizing history and culture in an effort to offend no one, and thereby reap the largest possible profits.  


These Movies Based On True Stories Totally Changed The Real Peoples' Race,

Stuck

Stuck tells the true story of Chante Mallard, who hit, and accidentally killed, Gregory Glen Biggs, a homeless man, with her car. Mallard hit Biggs so hard he lodged in her windshield, then drove home and left him there, where he died. She was sentenced to 50 years in prison, though the prosecutor asked for life (her defense attorney, Jeff Kearney, pleaded "What she did is horrible, but... she is not a horrible person. Please don't destroy another life. Please give her a chance to prove she can do something good."). 

In real life, Mallard his African American. As court photos show, she wore her hair straight. In Stuck, Mallard is portrayed by Mena Suvari, a white woman of European heritage, including Greek and Estonian ancestry. The film changed the character's name to Brandi, so, technically, no one's race was changed, because Brandi is a fictional creation.

To add salt to the wound, Suvari has cornrows in the movie. So instead of casting an African American actor to play a black woman, producers cast a white woman with an ancient African hairstyle. Cool!


21

Good-Will-Hunting-meets-Rounders bro flick (apparently the writers were really into Matt Damon?) 21 tells to true story of MIT students who used their math acumen to count cards and hustle casinos. Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, and Kevin Spacey were cast as the central pair students and their teacher, respectively, and are all white. Most of the real people on which the movie was based are Asian. 

Sturgess, who is English, played a character based on Jeff Ma, who is east Asian, and plays a dealer in a bit part in the film. As Alvin Lin points out in MIT newspaper The Tech, the race and ethnicity of the people behind 21 was integral to their success. 

“The MIT team thrived by choosing [Big Players] who fit the casino mold of the young, foolish, and wealthy. Primarily nonwhite, either Asian or Middle Eastern, these were the kids the casinos were accustomed to seeing bet a thousand bucks a hand. Like many on the team, Kevin Lewis was part Asian, and could pass as the child of a rich Chinese or Japanese executive … ‘… White 20-year-olds with $2 million bankrolls stand out,’ explains Andrew Tay, one of Lewis’ teammates.”


A Beautiful Mind

A Beatiful Mind explores the life and, duh, mind of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash Jr, and features an Oscar-winning performance from Jennifer Connelly as Nash's wife Alicia, who was born Alicia Lardé Lopez-Harrison in El Salvador. 

Connolly is of mixed Jewish (Poland, Russia) and northern European (Irish, Norwegian) heritage. Though such casting may not technically be whitewashing (Connelly and Alicia Nash both have dark hair and fair skin; both are of mixed heritage), it is most certainly a case of ethnowashing, in which Nash's identity as a Latina was erased, and a substantive role was given to an un-accented white actress, rather than a prominent Latina


A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart tells the story of Mariane Pearl, the wife of Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief Daniel Pearl, who was decapitated on camera in a video uploaded online by Islamic extremists. Mariane is of mixed Afro-Cuban and Dutch heritage, yet was played by Angelina Jolie, who darkened her skin, wore colored contact lenses, and corkscrewed her hair to look the part, all of which seems tantamount to donning blackface. 

Jolie is of mixed German, Dutch, French-Canadian, and Slovak descent. So, the Dutch is right. Kind of missed the mark on the Afro-Cuban bit, though. 


Cleopatra

Cleopatra tells the story of the titular Egyptian monarch's struggle to maintain control of her kingdom in the face of Roman advances into Africa. The film was released in 1963 and stars Elizabeth Taylor, an England-born American actress of largely British ancestry, with some French, Dutch, and German in her DNA. No one really batted an eye about Taylor's casting when the film came out, but it has since become a point of interest in hot-take Internet pieces about the history whitewashing. 


Lawrence of Arabia

Faisal I of Iraq was King of the Arab Kingdom of Syria and King of Iraq at various points in his career, and most definitely not a white guy. In Lawrence of Arabia, Faisal is played by Alec Guinness, who kids these days know mostly as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but cooler folks might remember from classics like Kind Hearts and Coronets, a black comedy from Ealing Studios in which Guinness played nine roles. You can't say the filmmakers didn't know of Guinness's whiteness, given that he played the titular character in Ross, a stage play based on the life of T,E. Lawrence.


The Far Horizons

Sacagawa was white, right? Ah, no, whoops. Donna Reed was a white woman from Iowa, and she played Sacagawa, who was Lemhi Shoshone in The Far Horizons. Charlton Heston plays William Clark in the film, and rubs his face all over Reed like the skeeve. Reed got some nice brownface make-up, which isn't at all adding insult to injury after killing all the Native Americans then using their land to make historical epics about how noble they were.

Elsewhere in the film, Larry Pennell plays a character called Wild Eagle, who is probably meant to be Native American, but might actually just be a wild eagle played by a white man in a bird suit.  


The Impossible

The Impossible chronicles the experience of Maria Belon and her family during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Belon is a physician and, since the tsunami, a motivational speaker. She, her husband Enrique, and her three sons were on vacation in Thailand when the tsunami hit. They are all Spanish. 

Naomi Watts was cast as Maria, Ewan McGregor was cast as Enrique, and Tom Holland as their oldest son. Watts and Holland are English, McGregor Scottish. While some mentioned that this is a weird form of whitewashing within whitewashing (fair-skinned northern Europeans cast as swarthy southern Europeans), the true furor of whitewashing accusations arose from focusing on European tourists in a movie about a Southeast Asian disaster, in which hundreds of thousands of Asians perished. 

Though the movie was well-reviewed, some commentators, such as Laura Helmuth of the Washington Post and Slate, really, really hated it. Like, every single thing about it, from the casting to marketing. The following is excerpted from Helmuth's tête-à-tête with Slate critic Danil Kois

"Laura Helmuth: Reprehensible! ...[I]t's offensive in dozens of ways.

Kois: Dozens?! That's so many ways! Give me the biggest way it's offensive.

Helmuth: It's hard to get past No. 1, which was represented by the tagline in the trailer: 'Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.' Because one thing that is more powerful than the human spirit is a motherf*cking tsunami that kills a quarter of a million people."


Argo

Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, is based on the true story of CIA agent Tony Mendez's attempt to rescue six US diplomats stranded in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, a radically anti-American, Muslim fundamentalist movement.  

In real life, Mendez is of Mexican (his father) and mixed European (his mother) heritage. In the film, he is played by Ben Affleck, who is of mixed European heritage. Though he lived in Mexico as a kid, where he starred in an educational children's program, he can hardly claim to be part Latino. When the film was released, it faced a wave of backlash over whitewashing (or, ethnowashing?) the Mexican-American ethnicity of its central character. 

Interestingly, the real Tony Mendez didn't seem to mind Affleck's casting at all, as an excerpt from an interview with NBC Latino shows. 

"JR: Did you feel okay with Ben Affleck playing you oppose to maybe somebody else?

TM: Yeah, but I don’t think of myself as a Hispanic...

JR: In the Hispanic film community, there is much debate surrounding this topic. Many Hispanic actors feel they’re progress halts when Hollywood decides to place an anglo star name in a Hispanic role. When you see Ben portray you on screen, do you feel he represented you with integrity? The right way? Did you see yourself in him?

TM: What I already knew about Ben was that he was a real diligent creator down to the fine nobs in the clumps of dirt and so forth, that he was real. What I found about him when he’s acting is that he does the same kind of due diligence on the part he’s playing."


Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings tells the story of Egyptian pharaoh Ramses and a guy named Moses, who you may or may not know from such hits as Old Testament, Burning Bush, and Parting the Red Sea. Directed by Englishman Ridley Scott, the film stars Christian Bale, a Welsh-born Englishman (whose name is Christian, as a delicious bit of irony) as Moses, and Joel Edgerton, who is white Australian, as Ramses.

Members of the supporting cast who play Egyptians and/or Old Testament Jews include John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver, and Ewen Bremner, all of whom are of European descent. Ben Kingsley is also in there, and is half English, half Indian, which probably still counts. 

In his defense, Ridley Scott said:

"I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up.”

Scott's flippant response angered a lot of people, including David Dennis, Jr of Medium, who argued Scott could fund a $100 million movie on his name alone (this is a ludicrous assertion, for anyone who knows anything about film financing). 



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Mon, 03 Jul 2017 04:29:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/true-story-films-that-changed-characters-race/mason-weigel
<![CDATA[Putting 'Dunkirk' To The Historical Accuracy Test]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dunkirk-historical-inaccuracies/stephanroget?source=rss

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk opened to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, earning special accolades for its dramatic yet accurate representation of the evacuation at Dunkirk. But just how historically accurate was Dunkirk? It’s been many years since the 1940 operation that saw 338,226 people evacuated across the English Channel in just eight days. The story of Dunkirk is extraordinarily well-documented, and Nolan seemed determined to tell that story as accurately as possible. That makes Dunkirk the film an honest portrayal of Dunkirk the event, and one of the most precise World War II movies ever. 

That’s not to say that Nolan’s Dunkirk was historically flawless. When creating a movie, certain artistic licenses need to be taken in order to make the story work on screen, and Dunkirk is no different. Despite Nolan’s insistence on historical accuracy, there are plenty of minor tweaks, exaggerations, and thematic choices that might leave a history professor tutting with disapproval. 


Putting 'Dunkirk' To The Historical Accuracy Test,

All The Characters Are Fictional

First and foremost, none of the personal stories seen in Dunkirk are real because all of the characters in the film are fictional. Although the characters are meant to be accurate portrayals of the Dunkirk experience, none of them are based on any one person specifically. None of the soldiers, officers, pilots, or civilians seen in Dunkirk are authentic, so they won’t be found in a history book. Christopher Nolan chose to do this because he wanted to tell the entire story of Dunkirk, as opposed to one individual’s journey.


Commander Bolton Is A Composite

The only character in Dunkirk who has direct historical influences is Commander Bolton, portrayed by Kenneth Branagh. Bolton is a composite character based on people like Sir Bertram Ramsay, who was in charge of the overall evacuation, and James Campbell Clouston, an officer who oversaw the actual loading of evacuees into ships. Some others have argued that Bolton more closely resembles the story of Captain William Tennant. Either way, Bolton was clearly meant as a representation of the heroism shown by the officer class during Dunkirk. 


The German Color Scheme Is Premature

The imagery present in Dunkirk is incredibly accurate, with Christopher Nolan and his team going to great efforts to make everything look just right. However, some deliberate creative choices were made in order to help the audience follow the action. While the German Luftwaffe would eventually adopt a yellow color scheme for their fighters, they had yet to do so when the Dunkirk evacuation occurred. Nolan decided to speed up the recoloring so that Dunkirk audiences would have an easier time following the dogfighting action.


That Ship Is An Impostor!

The team behind Dunkirk used as much authentic material as possible when creating the film, but real leftovers from World War II are not the easiest thing to come by. Although the British Navy was loaded with destroyers at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, there aren’t that many floating around anymore. Christopher Nolan and his crew were forced to use a French destroyer instead, although they dressed it up to appear British. Only the most dedicated of naval historians would have been able to spot the difference, but there are probably a lot of naval historians who went to this movie, so somebody was probably offended.


The Little Navy Is A Bit Exaggerated

The role of the “Little Ships of Dunkirk,” as the civilian fleet was commonly known, is definitely overplayed in the film. The smaller vessels did play an important part in ferrying soldiers from shore to larger vessels in deeper waters, but the depiction of them as absolutely vital to the operation is not really accurate. Only about 5% of the more than 300,000 people evacuated were rescued by “little ships,” highlighting that Royal Navy vessels still did a majority of the work. However, 5% is not insignificant at all, and the “little ships” saved thousands who might otherwise have been lost, so it is easy to see why Christopher Nolan focused on them for thematic purposes.


The RAF Presence

For a multitude of reasons, the movie Dunkirk plays down the role of the Royal Air Force in the Dunkirk evacuation. While three Spitfire pilots do play a large role in the film, they’re depicted as the only aerial response from the British against the Luftwaffe. It is true that the British held back a large portion of the RAF for the pending Battle of Britain, and it is true that soldiers on the beaches expressed dissatisfaction with the RAF presence, but they still played an enormous role. Overall, RAF pilots flew over 3,500 sortees during the evacuation and lost 145 planes.


Downed Pilots Had To Fight To Get On Rescue Boats

The animosity seen in Dunkirk between troops on the ground and in the air was definitely real. Soldiers escaping Dunkirk were not pleased that the Royal Air Force was largely held back in England during the evacuation, and some of them blamed the pilots themselves, rather than the men giving the orders. The pilot portrayed by Jack Lowden is rescued from his downed plane and let onto a boat, but on at least one occasion, RAF pilots had to fight their way onto rescue boats, with more than a few voices shouting to let them drown.


The Royal Navy's Presence

The largest complaint that some historians have with Dunkirk is its portrayal of the scope of the Royal Navy. At the time, Britain absolutely ruled the seas and they had more than 200 destroyers at their disposal. 41 destroyers were deployed to Dunkirk, whereas the film only shows a handful (most of which sink). The Navy also sent hundreds of smaller ships to aid in the evacuation in real life, which aren’t really seen in Dunkirk.


The Spitfire’s Capabilities

Sometimes, historical accuracy is put aside simply because it wouldn’t work well for a film. The capabilities of Spitfires during World War II is a good example. Real Spitfires had about 15 seconds worth of ammunition, but the pilots in Dunkirk fire off shots for a lot longer than that. Pilots would rarely shoot down more than one enemy on a single flight due to these limitations, but that would have made the dogfighting action in Dunkirk quite boring. In addition, Spitfires wouldn’t have been able to land on a beach with their landing gear as depicted at the end of the film. 


German Luftwaffe Were Not That Effective

The German Luftwaffe looks like a devastating power in Dunkirk, and Britain would soon experience that destructive capability when regular bombings began. However, the Luftwaffe weren’t actually as effective or as prevalent at Dunkirk as they appear to be in the movie. The British lost more than 200 ships during the evacuation, but the majority were sunk by collision or torpedo. The Luftwaffe only sank 31 ships, which is not an insignificant number, but isn’t quite the massacre seen in Dunkirk.



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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:38:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dunkirk-historical-inaccuracies/stephanroget
<![CDATA[Things Movie Adaptations Had To Leave Out Because They Were Too Dark]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dark-movie-adaptation-omissions/hannah-collins?source=rss

This article contains movie and book spoilers.

The next time you leave a movie theater having watched an adaptation of a beloved novel or comic book, strain your ears a little and you might just be able to hear the voice of a disgruntled fan muttering, "the book was better..." under her breath. And those disgruntled fans are far from wrong. So many children's book movie adaptations leave the darkest, most disturbing material from the source out of the film. 

Love it or hate it, translating a story from one medium to another is nearly impossible without changing something to make the transition work, whether it's altering characters or plot elements or chopping out entire sections of narrative. This is usually done to improve the pace of a story, focus on the most cinematic (action-based) elements of the story, appease studio directives (i.e. get the rating to justify the budget), or because a creative team wants to make its mark on a story. Whether these changes work or not is subjective, although dark material left out of adaptations often changes to the tone of a story. 

What about those changes made purely to soften the sharper edges of a story? This happens a lot in children's films, but there are cases of movies for adults omitting or censoring controversial elements from the source material. Sometimes it's to appeal to a wider audience, other times because cinema is a visual medium, which makes things a lot more graphic and disturbing than they are on the page. 

Here are some of the disturbing details left out of movie adaptations. 


Things Movie Adaptations Had To Leave Out Because They Were Too Dark,

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Though there are a few scares in Disney's Snow White, such as the Evil Queen taking a tumble off a cliff, but really, Walt just wanted to make 'em laugh.

In Michael Barrier's Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation In Its Golden Age, its revealed that, for Walt, "the main attraction of the story [...] was the Seven Dwarfs, and their possibilities for 'screwiness' and 'gags.' [...] The eighteen-page outline of the story written from the October [1934] meetings, featured a continuous flow of gags."

Though the finished version of the film wasn't filled with as much Dwarf-themed slapstick as originally envisioned, the darkest elements of the Grimm story - the Evil Queen being tortured to death, and requesting the Huntsman bring her Snow White's organs so she can, um, feast on them - were left out. Also, Disney thankfully aged-up the princess - she was well below the age of consent the Grimms' version.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

The Harry Potter books get progressively darker as the series goes on, and the film adaptations largely remain faithful to this progression. But, there were still some deeply disturbing elements from JK Rowling's novels that wouldn't fly in a PG-13 movie.

In The Deathly Hallows book, Voldemort's right-hand rodent man, Peter Pettigrew, attempts to strangle Harry in Malfoy Manor. After Harry reminds Pettigrew he owes his life to Harry, rodent man's own silver hand (created by Voldemort) turns on him in the midst of his moral dilemma.

Despite Ron and Harry's efforts to save Pettigrew, he's killed by his own hand. This scene was completely left out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. Instead, we see Pettigrew hit by a spell from Dobby at the Manor. His absence from the rest of the film (and Part 2) suggests the blast killed him.


A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's deeply disturbing tale of the ultra violent exploits of teenage gang (the Droogs of A Clockwork Orange) is fairly faithful. Faithful enough to be as shocking as the source material, which largely consists of Alex and his uniformed mates getting high on drug-laced milk and committing violent crimes.

Despite how faithful the movie is to the source, one scene is notably toned down from the book (which is saying a lot of this film): that in which Alex has sex with two teenage girls. In the book, the girls are 10 years old, and Alex drugs and rapes them. Yikes. It's pretty clear why this detail couldn't have ever made it to the big screen. 


Sleeping Beauty

Disney's version of Sleeping Beauty retains a good part of the fairy tale weirdness of Charles Perrault's original, but considerably softens some of the most troubling aspects of the source, for obvious reasons.

Rather than a spinning wheel's needle, Perrault's story has the princess prick her finger on a piece of flax, sending her and the kingdom into a century-long sleep, instead of the hours-long one Disney chose to stop the prince horribly aging. In the book, said prince rocks up as he does in the film, but rather than a chaste kiss, he impregnates her with twins, who she gives birth to while comatose. It's only when one of the babies sucks the flax from her finger that Sleeping Beauty wakes up (and is probably a little confused.) 

Brian J. Robb notes in A Brief History of Disney that critics took issue with the film's sentimentality, while Walt Disney lamented that audiences were obsessed with "violence, sex and other subjects."


Spider-Man

We all know Spider-Man's origin story. He got his powers from a radioactive spider's bite, lost his uncle, and donned a skin-tight suit to fight crime. The same basic version of this premise has made it into every film adaptation so far, but there's a darker element that has yet to surface on the silver screen. And it probably never will.

In a special 1984 story, Peter Parker tries to cheer up an abused boy by spinning him a story he knows of a boy who found himself in a similar situation. In the story, the boy is nearly molested by a character named Skip, who is name-checked again in a 1987 story by Spidey as he chats to a random villain about the evils of child abuse. Not only is the kid in Peter's story a deadringer for Peter, he has an "Aunt Nay" and "Uncle Den." Gee, can you guess who the story was really about?

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The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid was far more melancholic than the version Disney made. Andersen's mermaid is also more shy and passive than Disney's rebellious Ariel, despite the stakes being far higher for her - if she doesn't seal the deal with the prince, she'll die. Sadly, this tragic scenario plays out; the prince chooses a human bride and the mermaid dissolving into sea foam.

"I realized it was an incredibly sad story, with a very, very sad ending," Ron Clements, who directed the film adaptation, told HuffPost Entertainment. He knew a happier ending would be needed for his pitch to get approved by the powers that be at Disney.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Child-friendly adaptations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have existed for so long, the turtles' dark, gritty origins have been thoroughly obscured. We all know the mutated turtles were trained in ninjitsu by Master Splinter in New York City sewers, leading them to battle evil forces like Shredder's Foot Clan. But, in Eastman and Laird's original black-and-white comics, their purpose is far less heroic to begin with.

In the first issue, it's revealed that Splinter has spent more than a decade training them for one specific purpose - vengeance. He wants the turtles to not just stop Shredder, but kill him for murdering his master - and the turtles mindlessly obey. In the issue's climax, Leonardo stabs Shredder through the chest and the turtles tell the dying man he can either be killed dishonorably or commit seppuku and die honorably. He chooses neither and dies while jumping off a roof with a bomb.

Every cinematic adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - including the Michael Bay-produced PG-13 crapfests - has played up the comedy and friendship (and pizza) in favor of vengeance narratives.    


Frozen

Disney had plans to adapt Han Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen since the 1930s, but always struggled with its dark themes. Decades later, the tale was broken down and completely rebuilt by the studio as Frozen.

Andersen's Snow Queen is a tragic figure like Queen Elsa, but, unlike Elsa, she's definitely the villain. She's an adult woman who kidnaps a little boy and repeatedly kisses him to erase memories of his family. That kind of immorality is pretty clear-cut.

Then there's also the inclusion of a magic mirror made by the Devil. Early concept art for the film reveals Disney was toying with the idea of a truly villainous Elsa at one point, but producer Peter Del Vecho explained to Bleeding Cool that "evil Elsa" didn't work.

"Hans Christian Andersen's original version of The Snow Queen is a pretty dark tale and it doesn't translate easily into a film. [...] When we decided to make the Snow Queen Elsa and our protagonist Anna sisters, that gave a way to relate to the characters in a way that conveyed what each was going through and that would relate for today's audiences." 


X-Men: Apocalypse

One of the biggest things the X-Men movies put a shine on from the comics are the gray areas of Professor Xavier's character. He is a deeply flawed man in the source material, and one of his creepier hang-ups is his sexual obsession with student Jean Grey.

Teacher/student romances are always controversial for obvious power abuse reasons, but this is heightened in the early issues by the age gap. Proff X is clearly well into middle age, while Jean is just 15. Ugh. This icky detail keeps popping up throughout X-Men comic history, even in alternate realities like the Ultimate universe, in which Xavier confesses his long-repressed lust to a bemused Cyclops.

In an interview with Digital Spy, young Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner insisted that their relationship was "really sweet" and completely non-sexual in the X-Men movie-verse.


The Hunger Games

Director Gary Ross does a good job at capturing the essence of Suzanne's Collins's first installment of her YA series with the first Hunger Games film. While it's certainly a lot darker than other films aimed at the YA crowd, the book is darker still.

Chief among the grim details omitted are: Katniss and Gale seeing an unnamed guy get harpooned to death while sneakily hunting for food; the "muttations" (the bloodthirsty, dog-like creatures) have the eyes and hair of fallen tributes (in case you still didn't believe how sadistic The Capitol is); and Peeta's injury during the Games leads to the loss of his leg. Knowing that "blood splashes" alone had to be cut for the film to get a 12A rating in the UK (basically PG-13), it's clear why these more graphic elements were left out.    



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:42:39 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dark-movie-adaptation-omissions/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[Movies & TV Shows to Watch If You Love The Notebook]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-shows-movies-like-the-notebook/ranker-recs?source=rss

If you’re looking for TV shows and movies like The Notebook, you’ll find some excellent options here. For The Notebook fans who can’t get enough romance and drama on the big or small screen, lots of films and television shows offer that fix. No, they don’t all star Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, but they do feature many similar themes from the 2004 romance film.

Nicholas Sparks is a phenomenon. If you’re a fan, you probably feel nothing else comes close to a Sparks book – or a movie based on one of his books. Not surprisingly, you’ll find plenty of other Sparks movies on this list, including The Choice, A Walk to Remember, Dear John, The Lucky One, and The Last Song. All deliver hefty doses of romance, and a good measure of conflict, too.

But what about the non-Sparks films and TV programs? Shows like The Notebook often play on the film’s theme of “poor boy loves rich girl” drama. The Notebook similar shows include Gossip Girl, Downton Abbey, The O.C., and 90210.  The same is true for The Notebook similar movies. Who can forget the tragic romance of Rose and Jack in 1997’s Titanic?

If you’re wondering what to watch after The Notebook and you need recommendations, start with this list. Vote up the ones you’ve seen and enjoyed, too.


Movies & TV Shows to Watch If You Love The Notebook,

A Walk to Remember

Ghost

P.S. I Love You

Gossip Girl

The Last Song

Dear John

The Vow

The Lucky One

The Best of Me

The Choice


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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:58:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-shows-movies-like-the-notebook/ranker-recs
<![CDATA[11 Movie Bros Who Just CANNOT Deal With Wonder Woman's Success]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/men-who-cant-handle-wonder-woman-success/gary-gunter?source=rss

Have you seen Wonder Woman? It’s awesome on almost every level, with near unanimous critical success and worldwide box office numbers to match. As of this writing, Wonder Woman has grossed $745 million worldwide and counting. The movie is performing far beyond expectations, demonstrating an underestimated hunger for leads who are strong female heroes. And really, the sexist presumption in Hollywood - that women can't direct or lead a film as an action hero - is everywhere. From amazing reactions to sexist interview questions to cringe-inducing sexist late night interviews, people are constantly combating gender-based prejudice in Hollywood. 

Yet, there are quite a few outspoken male critics that just can’t handle the popularity or success of Wonder Woman. Sure, not every movie is for everyone. Some people have legitimate problems with the film, but others... Well, it's hard not to deduce they might be threatened by powerful women. Sometimes bizarre and sometimes ridiculously biased, here are 11 guys and their sexist reactions to Woman Woman's success. 


11 Movie Bros Who Just CANNOT Deal With Wonder Woman's Success,

Armond White

Wooh, boy. It takes a lot of work to be obliviously sexist, but Armond White seems to be going for the sexism awards in his review, "What Does A Wonder Womanchild Want?" Let's start with resenting the Amazons because they don't have men in their lives.

"Connie Nielsen as Diana’s mother Hippolyta and Robin Wright as her soldier-aunt Antiope split the difference between conveying maternalism and bravura as recompense for a society that lives sexlessly without men (not an issue in comic books but mandatory in cinema)."

Not sure where all these mandatory sorority-like groups are in film. What the heck is he talking about? The Joy Luck Club? Steel Magnolias? That can't be right, some of those characters were having sex. Anyway. He goes on to lament that hiring a female director is an outrageously unnecessary act of political correctness: "One cannot ignore the fact that Wonder Woman was made under cultural pressure. Jenkins is not an action director; clearly, she was hired only as a politically correct token." Um... you know she lobbied for more than a decade to make this film, right? Who would you have preferred, Michael Bay?

Then White really tops himself. "In all film history, Leni Riefenstahl and Kathryn Bigelow remain the only women to exhibit proficiency at kinetic filmmaking." Hey, everyone loves Kathryn Bigelow, but Leni Riefenstahl? Seems odd to castigate someone for not being more like Hitler's favorite Nazi propoganda filmmaker. Especially in a movie where Germans are the bad guys. 


David Edelstein

Edelstein's beef with the film is that it doesn't seem to go far enough in sexualizing the character of Wonder Woman.

“While this Wonder Woman is still into ropes (Diana’s lasso both catches bad guys and squeezes the truth out of them), fans might be disappointed that there’s no trace of the comic’s well-documented S&M kinkiness. With a female director, Patty Jenkins, at the helm, Diana isn’t even photographed to elicit slobbers.”

You can hear the disappointment in his voice. Though he's not wrong, perhaps he's forgotten the target audience. This would be like critics of "Man of Steel" or "Logan" complaining there aren't enough butt and bulge shots. If you're looking for hardcore S&M, perhaps a superhero movie aimed at children isn't your best bet...


Stuart Klawans

Stuart Klawans, writer for The Nation, has a unique take on Wonder Woman: that of fresh vegetables.

"I’m not sure why Gal Gadot, star of Wonder Woman, reminds me of an asparagus spear. Maybe it’s because she’s such a strikingly vertical figure. Maybe it’s the sleek braid that often tops her stalk, or the air of healthful vigor she exudes, heavily redolent of thiamine and riboflavin. Or maybe I’m associating her too closely with the vegetative state of the movie in which she’s been planted."

Hmm. "Heavily redolent of thiamine and riboflavin." Okay, Klawans - you have an obsession with asparagus. As for what kind of obsession, that's really none of the world's business. Keep comparing women to vegetables. 


Warner Bros. Entertainment

What? Why would Warner Bros be upset with their own movie's success? Well, you could say they expected it to be successful, but not THIS successful. If they had, perhaps they would have negotiated a multi-picture deal with the director upfront. As cited in this Yahoo! news article, "Jenkins - who came on board the film when first-choice director Michele MacLaren left over the time-honored 'creative differences' - only signed a one picture deal, and THR speculate that this 'could end up costing the studio millions of dollars if Jenkins reps drive a hard bargain for her to return.'"

With $700 million and counting in box office profits, Warner Bros won't be able to use the excuse of, "It's not in the budget," to pay Patty Jenkins more money for her second film of the franchise. 


Richard Ameduri

Richard Ameduri is not a movie critic. Though Ameduri's real profession is unknown, it is clear that he was an outraged citizen who wrote an open letter to an Austin movie theater that held an all women screenings for Wonder Woman. He is outraged at the stunt and takes sexism up a notch in his letter

"I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. [...] The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women."

Wow. Not even sure to begin with that one, other than the obvious point that every person on earth was born of a woman. Or that there are several women inventors who contributed to science and society. 


John Lui

John Lui, film correspondent for the Straits Times, oddly compares Wonder Woman to a Disney princess in a romantic comedy.

"And Diana is headstrong, jumping into battle in spite of Trevor's warnings, but otherwise, let's just call this the Princess Diana Diaries - a woman warrior leaves home, changes into nice frocks, becomes the belle of the ball, wins the love of a handsome captain, and kills lots of Huns."

Spoiler alert: unlike in a Disney movie, the love story element has no happy ending. And if any of your Disney princesses can take on the German army single-handedly, then you're watching some completely different Disney movies. Seems a little condescending to compare a movie about a woman warrior to a rom-com where the lead daydreams about Prince Charming. But then again, there aren't many movies like Woman Woman, so it's clear why he's having a tough time comparing it to things he knows. 


Leigh Paatsch

Paatsch kicks off the commentary with a cringe-inducing headline: "Perhaps you shouldn't send a Gal to do a Woman's work." Wow. Not sure exactly what he means by that - is it she's not old enough? Not good enough? Or did he just really like the pun? On her acting ability, Paatsch gives his best impression of "isn't she pretty:"

"Gadot's talent base triangulates somewhere between the unworldly good looks of Angelina Jolie, the fesity fighting presence of Ronda Rousey and the sub-par acting skills of a random guest star from Xena: Warrior Princess. [...] Crucial moments of high drama expose Gadot's very limited range. While impossibly photogenic from all angles, emoting the full force of her role's fiery femininity elude her."

So, what saves the movie, according to Mr. Paatsch? "Luckily, the day is saved by a lively, hardworking Chris Pine as Wonder Woman's wisecracking second banana and occasional love interest." Perhaps he would have been happier with watching Steve Trevor: The Movie. 


Jim Lane

Jim Lane of the Sacramento News & Review, posted a brief scathing of the film, pulling no punches. Of Wonder Woman's origins, he mocks its "subliterate garbling of Greek mythology." And then, he places the blame of the film on the director and writers, stating, "Director Patty Jenkins is hopelessly out of her depth; her first and biggest mistake was in not telling Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs that their script stinks." Geez, Jim. Running for office anytime soon? 

 


Lex Jurgen

Lex Jurgen is an acerbic writer and has a complaint on the more meta level. Though not so much a problem with the movie per se, Jurgen complains that its success is turning a whole generation of Hollywood producers into ridiculous hypocrites who spout feminine empowerment to promote the movie, but behind closed doors, behave the exact opposite. 

"Hollywood is in full fledged panic female empowerment mode. Sexist pig producers have transitioned overnight into fourth wave feminists with spot-on beta male accents. They're all getting Emily's List tattoos and insisting there's untapped genius in the women they've been f*cking over for decades. It's a high time to be a white woman in Hollywood. Minority chicks not so much. White women are getting theirs."

Bold statement. But you know, you can't expect Hollywood to just change their tune after decades of sexist practices. It's kind of ridiculous to expect one film - albeit a great film - to completely change the attitudes, outlooks, and lives of all the producers in Hollywood. 


Cole Smithey

The self-described "smartest film critic in the world" has a lot of problems with Wonder Woman, but creative metaphor is not one of them. He begins by saying it is "as boring and flavorless as a three-day-old grilled cheese sandwich that's been left out in the sun." That's just for starters. According to Smithey, the dialogue "puts fish to sleep." On the pacing and editing, he calls it "so slack that any chance of dramatic suspense is out the window long before the film's excruciating 141 minutes gratefully ends."

He goes on to say, "Here’s a movie that not even Hollywood’s best editor could find something resembling mediocrity could extract." Wooh. The hate runs strong in this one. Is there anything he likes? Yes! The costume design! "The best thing the movie has to offer is Lindy Hemming’s inventive costumes design for Gal Gadot’s heroine of (ostensibly) lesbian descent.” Wait. What? So... She's a lesbian? Because she lived with other women? Or is it because she can hold a sword? This logic is putting all the fish to sleep.



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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:08:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/men-who-cant-handle-wonder-woman-success/gary-gunter
<![CDATA[Movies You Never Realized Have Super Bleak Endings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-you-didnt-realize-have-bleak-endings/eric-conner?source=rss

Tragedy is easy to spot: Juliet dies, the unsinkable boat sinks, Heath Ledger hugs a jacket. Not all depressing movie endings, however, are so transparent in their darkness. The following misunderstood movies with bleak endings perform sleight of hand, proving "happily ever after" might actually be "happy until a few minutes later."  

THIS LIST IS ONE BIG SPOILER ALERT, SO PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION.    

Ever wonder if maybe the ending of some movies isn't quite what it seems? Do you find yourself up late at night, reaching into the fridge for a snack, suddenly realizing not everything adds up the way you thought it did in that movie you just saw? Movie endings you didn't realize are super dark pop up in nearly every genre, from superhero tentpoles to horror, sci fi, drama, comedy, and children's pictures. Scratch the surface of these movies, you'll realize not all is well and good in the world of ET or 50 First Dates. The same goes for Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine as the Logan ending explained proves.

Crafting an ending that's far more bleak than it seems is the perfect solution for meeting audience expectations while realizing artistic vision. Very few people go to the movies to have their souls destroyed by a brutal reminder of how savage the world is. But for many films, that's the only logical conclusion. So how do you have your cake and eat it to? This list reveals all. 


Movies You Never Realized Have Super Bleak Endings,

Big

On the heels of several mediocre body-switching films (Vice Versa, Like Father Like Son), Penny Marshall's Big felt like Tennessee Williams by comparison. Young Josh Baskin wishes he was BIG, magically turns into Tom Hanks, gets a job, and rounds second base (and beyond) with Elizabeth Perkins.  

In the end, Josh is granted a new wish, to become a kid again, and can look forward to thousands of hours on a psychiatrist's couch. Not to mention that every teenager he dates will have to measure up to his very adult experience with Ms Perkins. The end of Big is a bit like the end of Flowers for Algernon, with one key difference - while Charlie in Flowers gets to go back to ignorance forever, Josh returns to his innocent form, but can never escape the knowledge that makes him long for escape. 


Dumb and Dumber

The depth of Harry and Lloyd's stupidity is seldom more apparent than the final few minutes of Dumb and Dumber, proving even the broadest of comedies can leave a bruise on the audience (even before anyone was subjected to the prequel or sequel).

Sure, it seems silly on the surface, but think about the ending of Dumb and Dumber for a second. As Harry (Jeff Daniels) says, he and Lloyd are out of money and their vehicle. They're in the middle of the desert, with no food, walking away from the closest town, wearing the thinnest of layers. If they don't freeze to death or die of dehydration, it's possible they'll be eaten by coyotes or bitten by a rattlesnake. 

Even if Harry and Lloyd make it through the night, they're thousands of miles from home with no money, and they're dumber than a box of rocks. Things do not bode well. 


Metropolis

Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis ends with what is essentially a gentleman's agreement between rebellious workers demanding better working conditions and the rank capitalists who were mistreating them. It seems like everything works out well for both parties, because the capitalists learn to have a conscious and the lives of the workers will most certainly improve in light of the agreement. 

Okay, sure. Except the capitalists are in no way beholden to helping the workers at all. There is no legal agreement, no oversight. No third party keeping tabs on things. In fact, you might argue, as does Siegfried Kracauer in his book From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film, the workers are worse off than they were before. To quote Goethe, "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."


Taxi Driver

You probably have some friends who think those scene tacked on the end of Taxi Driver ruin the movie. That it should've ended with Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) pointing his hand at his head like a gun, covered in blood. But that wouldn't be nearly bleak enough. 

So what really happens at the end? Travis Bickle heals, is deemed a hero by society for rescuing a young girl (Jodie Foster) from prostitution, and goes back to driving his cab. The fact that he's lauded as a hero is a cynical comment on America's obsession with violence, vigilantism, and cowboys. This man isn't better, he isn't healed, he isn't more well integrated into society. He's still violent psychopath out driving taxis, only now everything thinks he's a hero.  


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2 is inherently bleak because you know going into the movie everything is happening because machines take over the world and people live either as slaves or members of an endlessly persecuted resistance movement led by John Connor. But the ending of the movie doesn't seem that bad. T100 dies, T-800 dies, John and Sarah get away, and Miles Dyson destroys the technology from the first Terminator that leads to his creating Skynet. 

But it's not all roses and sunshine, kids. Sarah Connor escaped a mental institution and will be chased by American authorities unless she flees the country. The implication is she escapes to Mexico. Which means John grows up a fugitive, ever fearful machines will destroy the world and force him to become a resistance leader. In preparation for such an eventuality, his mom will train him in survival and military techniques, so there goes your childhood, John. Which was already a nightmare, honestly.

How many freakin' psychological problems is this kid gonna have by the time Skynet takes over the world? 


The Devil's Backbone

In The Devil's Backbone, Guillermo Del Toro's haunting tale of an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War, things seem to work out for young protagonist Carlos and friends. At the end, the boys lure evil Jacinto into the basement, stab him repeatedly (boys will be boys), and drown him with the help of a vengeful ghost.   

Carlos and his gang then escape the orphanage, alive, with some gold, to boot. Seems like the kids are alright. But The Devil's Backbone is the definitive example of out of the frying pan, into the fire. The future is bleak indeed for Carlos and friends. Even if they make it out of Spain, which is ravaged by sectarian violence and will be ruled by fascist dictator General Franco for decades to come, it's 1939 in Europe. The Nazi have just, or will soon, annex Poland, and all hell will break lose. 


The Graduate

Ben (Dustin Hoffman) drives up and down PCH in order to stop Elaine (Katharine Ross) from marrying the worst guy ever in The Graduate. He gets to the chapel moments too late and bangs on the windows, screaming "Elaine!" One of the more indelible images in cinema.  

The moment after the young lovers run off together harshes the mellow. Elaine and a very disheveled Ben race to a bus, laughing at leaving her Ken doll fiancée at the altar.  

Slowly, the laughs and smiles dissipate, as reality sinks in. "What have we done?" The Sounds of Silence indeed. These rich kids might be disowned by one, or both, of their parents, which will leave them each one trust fund short of success. The Vietnam War is under way, Richard Nixon's presidency looms, and both characters are so wrapped up in their own problems they probably don't have the time of day to care about one another.

Who wants to bet they did the Baby Boomer classic? A few years a rebellion followed by kids, corporate jobs, nice houses, fat retirement packages, a bitter divorce, and a lot of complaining about how much groovier life was in the '60s. 


The Truman Show

After spending his whole life as the unwilling star of a 24-hour TV show in The Truman Show, Truman (Jim Carrey) sails to the end of the world/sound-stage, finally aware he's been living an augmented reality. As he wishes the home audience well, he walks off to a future most uncertain.  

The thing is, this character has never lived in the real world. Everything he knows has been controlled by producers, financiers, set designers, costumers, and more since he was old enough to create memories. Even if he manages to find a financially stable life by selling his story ad nausea via books and a movie adaptation, he stands to get ripped off at every turn by predatory business people, agents, managers, and even low level scum like landlords and car salesmen. Most people have had the opportunity to live and learn by the time they reach Truman's age; he's starting an adult life with a child's mentality. 

Bets he turned into a drug addict and got an STD within a month of escaping his life?


Toy Story 3

The most amazing trilogy ever ends with Woody and Co. surviving a dumpster fire and getting a lovely new owner (Bonnie). Toy Story 3 gives audiences a happy out. Except one thing. They toys will never see Andy again. Once you hand off your old toys to a random little girl, it's a little tricky to stop by and visit them. 

As Woody says "So long partner." You'll be crying Old Yeller level tears. Toy Story 3 leaves audiences with a lot of tough existential questions. If the toys are man, and Andy is god, are we all meaningless pieces of plastic given off to some other cruel deity when our maker has outgrown us?


Logan

At the end of Logan, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) sacrifices himself for his violent little clone, Laura (Dafne Keen), and several other mutant kids with mid-card powers. Even though Logan dies - which really is a bummer - the kids survive and escape. So that's happy overall, right?  

Well... these kids needed Logan to escape the first time around, and now he's gone (along with Professor X). They beat the bad guys today, but there are plenty more where they came from. What's more, the kids need to get to Canada in order to be officially safe, and they're still in the US when the movie ends. Even if they make it across the border without being snagged by a team of baddies, they're still a bunch of kids wandering around in the wilderness, hoping someone will be there on the other side to help. 

As bittersweet endings goes, Logan takes the cake, because the more you think about it, the more bitter it tastes.   



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:11:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-you-didnt-realize-have-bleak-endings/eric-conner
<![CDATA[In Old Hollywood Child Stars Were Forced To Do Drugs, And Other Awful Realities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-old-hollywood-sucked/evan-lambert?source=rss

When you hear "Old Hollywood," you usually think of class, glamour, beauty, and mystery. You don't jump right to "excruciatingly painful dental procedures." But that was the kind of forgotten Old Hollywood scandals that was going on behind the scenes of all your favorite old movies. Between dodging sexism and fending off gossip rags, the supposedly carefree stars of yesteryear were frequently miserable.

Compared to the relatively chaste news of E! True Hollywood Story in the 21st century, the behind-the-scenes secrets of Old Hollywood from the late 1920s to the late 1950s seem especially horrific. Do you think Britney Spears was ever forced to take amphetamines? Nope, but you'll never guess which famous child star was. For some truly dark Hollywood history, check out this list of reasons of why Old Hollywood sucked.


In Old Hollywood Child Stars Were Forced To Do Drugs, And Other Awful Realities,

Drowning Your Face In Witch Hazel Was A Thing

Have you ever used witch hazel as a soothing balm for cuts and bruises? It can keep your skin from looking busted, but it also smells like an old sock filled with lychees. In any case, if you worked in Old Hollywood, then you would have come across this as a common beauty hack. You fill a sink with ice cubes and witch hazel, take a big breath, and plunge your face in. This was such an integral part of Joan Crawford's regimen that she had refrigerators with witch hazel in her bathroom


Judy Garland Was Forced To Be Anorexic

Everyone loves Judy Garland. In fact, no one would ever, ever call Judy Garland a "fat little pig in pigtails." But, alas, that's exactly what studio execs told the 14-year-old Garland when she first tried to enter show biz. In olden times, the standards for beauty among Hollywood starlets were even more stringent than they are in the 21st century. Garland was immediately put on a strict diet and had her calories counted by the execs. In fact, sometimes, she would reach for a plate of food, only to have it swiftly taken from her. 

Whenever Garland snuck away from set to have a snack, execs would inform each other about her diet-breaking actions in internalized memos. When she was 18, to avoid this cheating, she was encouraged to smoke 80 cigarettes a day. She was even forced to pop pep pills to keep her awake and quell her appetite, and given sleeping pills to knock out. However, this only perpetuated a cycle of binging and purging that eventually killed her. When Garland died, she had advanced cirrhosis and hepatitis, thanks to the alcohol addiction that she said resulted from the stresses of working with MGM.


Joan Crawford Had Her Teeth Painfully Extracted To Get Roles

Those who watched Feud: Bette and Joan know that Joan Crawford underwent a dental procedure to remove her back teeth when she was younger. Like many young actresses in Old Hollywood, Joan felt she needed to be more beautiful in order to have a successful career. While the procedure did allow her cheekbones to sink in attractively, it also caused her gums to become infected and swell up. This caused her upper lip to expand permanently, leading to the famous Crawford mouth. 


Child Stars Were Forced To Take Drugs

Before he was an offensive Asian stereotype on Breakfast at Tiffany's, Mickey Rooney was a child star working for MGM alongside Judy Garland. The two were frequently paired together on-screen as teenagers, but beneath their happy veneer was a very dark secret. Garland is quoted in her biography, talking about working with Rooney:

"They had us working days and nights on end. They'd give us pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they'd take us to the studio hospital and knock us out with sleeping pills - Mickey sprawled out on one bed and me on another. Then after four hours, they'd wake us up and give us the pep pills again so we could work 72 hours in a row. Half of the time, we were hanging from the ceiling, but it was a way of life for us."


The Studio System Treated Actors Like Property

The Old Hollywood studio system kept its performers on a short leash. At the price of being a wealthy, entitled working actor, stars had to agree to long, demanding contracts which curtailed their artistic freedom. When they didn't adhere to the contracts, they were punished: big names like Olivia de Havilland had to take suspension without pay if they didn't like a role they were offered. It took Havilland a painful amount of years before she successfully broke with Warner Bros. and eventually won two Oscars.  


The Oscars Were Even More Boring

The Oscars are so old that it's easy to think they've always been glamorous. That's not the case. Back in the day, the biggest award speeches sometimes only lasted 10 seconds, and the nominees often didn't even wait in the audience. At the very first televised Oscars in the '50s and '60s, nominees were usually backstage in a tiny secluded room full of body heat and desperation. 


If You Were An Ethnic Minority, There Was Great Pressure To Become More "White"

If you watched Will & Grace, you probably heard many sarcastic comparisons between Grace Adler and Rita Hayworth. Hayworth was a redhead bombshell of Old Hollywood - a huge movie star with dedicated fans. She was also supposedly white, but this is not true. Hayworth was actually born Margarita Cansino, but Columbia Pictures told her she looked too ethnic. They then forced her to undergo long, painful hair electrolysis and skin lightening procedures to look more white. Add some red hair dye and BAM - you've got a "white" actress. 


Gossip Columnists Destroyed Actors' Lives

If you think tabloids are invasive in the 21st century, just consider the fact that in Old Hollywood, a single journalist, Hedda Hopper, was able to destroy the lives and careers of any actors or writers she hated. Hopper, a failed actress with a penchant for outlandish hats, was a gossip columnist who went after anyone she suspected of Communism, homosexuality, or career success. She was essentially a real-life Rita Skeeter for the silver screen set. 

The 2015 movie Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, illustrates how Hopper helped send A-list screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to jail over his identity as a Communist supporter. Trumbo then had to return to Hollywood anonymously in order to continue writing, forfeiting bonuses and Oscar nominations. 


You Couldn't Be Gay

If you were gay and working in Hollywood (like Rock Hudson, above), you had to sneak out to bathhouses for DL hookups and risk being caught in gay raids by the police. If you weren't careful, a gossip columnist might sniff you out and ruin your career forever. Hudson's longtime boyfriend, Lee Garlington, has since opened up about the lengths he and Hudson would have to go to to hide their relationship - including bringing female beards with them whenever they went out together in public.

“Nobody in their right mind came out,” said Garlington. “It was career suicide. We all pretended to be straight. Once we met Paul Newman and his wife [Joanne Woodward] at a premiere. He looked at me and smiled. I just read in his face - that maybe he knew Rock and I were together. We kind of laughed about it.”

In 2012, a former Marine by the name of Scotty Bowers revealed in a memoir that he actually ran a gay sex ring for closeted Old Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, George Cukor Hudson, and even Katharine Hepburn



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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:07:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-old-hollywood-sucked/evan-lambert
<![CDATA[Best Post Credits Scenes in Marvel Cinematic Universe]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-marvel-cinematic-universe-post-credits-scenes/michaelchoi?source=rss

Ever since Samuel L. Jackson made his first appearance as Nick Fury in the Iron Man end credits scene, sitting through the credits of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has become an MCU tradition. Both comic book geeks and casual viewers eagerly wait to see what will happen in the MCU post credits scenes. While some Marvel after credits scenes tease a new character joining the franchise, other MCU stingers are funny post credits scenes, like the famous shawarma scene in The Avengers. What is the best Marvel post credits scene?

From Guardians of the Galaxy to Spider-Man: Homecoming, this list of all MCU end credit scenes also includes Marvel mid credits scenes. Several Marvel stingers feature Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, setting up the plot for Avengers: Infinity War

Vote for your favorite MCU post credits scenes. Feel free to vote down the worst Marvel after credits scenes as well (sigh, Thor: The Dark World).


Best Post Credits Scenes in Marvel Cinematic Universe,

Iron Man

The Incredible Hulk

Iron Man 2

The Avengers

Iron Man 3

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

Doctor Strange

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Captain America: Civil War


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Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:03:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-marvel-cinematic-universe-post-credits-scenes/michaelchoi
<![CDATA[47 Meters Down Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/47-meters-down-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

47 Meters Down movie quotes bring the suspense as they follow the film about two young women trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. The horror movie was directed by Johannes Roberts using a screenplay he co-wrote with Ernest Riera. 47 Meters Down opened in theaters in the United States on June 16, 2017.

In 47 Meters Down, sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) head out on vacation to Mexico for a girls trip. They meet local guys Louis (Yano Gellman) and Benjamin (Santiago Segura) and over dinner, the guys convince the ladies that diving with sharks the next day is fun, safe and a must-do. So the next morning, the four meet up with boat Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) to go diving with sharks.

Everything goes well when Louis and Benjamin dive but when Lisa and Kate follow, not so much. The wire holding the steel cage protecting the ladies from the deadly sharks snaps and the women plummet to 47 meters down in the ocean. Too low to contact the boat crew above and low on oxygen, the women are faced with finding a way out and a way to leave the adventure alive through a sea of dangerous marine predators. 

47 Meters Down joined theaters in June 2016 alongside other summer movies including All Eyez on Me, Rough Night, Cars 3, and The Hero.  


47 Meters Down Movie Quotes,

The Faster You Breathe

Captain Taylor: Remember, the faster you breathe, the faster you use up your air. Trust me, once you're down there you're not going to want to come back up.

Captain Taylor offers Lisa some advice before she begins her dive. In this 47 Meters Down movie quotes, he reminds her to breathe slow as to not use up her oxygen too fast.


Stay in the Cage

Captain Taylor: Can you hear me? We're going to send down extra air tanks. Stay in the cage. 

Captain Taylor tries to use the ship's communications system to talk to the women. In this 47 Meters Down movie quotes, he attempts tell them that help is on the way, but communications are intermittent at best.


How Deep are We?

Lisa: We need to conserve our air.
Kate: How deep are we?
Lisa: 47 meters
Kate: Hello, is anyone there? Please, someone answer me!

At first, Lisa and Kate act rationally after the wire holding their shark cage snaps and they fall deep into the ocean. But moments later, that calm rationality turns into a full on freak out.


Like You're Going to the Zoo

Javier: It's like you're going to the zoo except you're going in the cage. 
Kate: I don't know about this.
Captain Taylor: Welcome aboard.

Prior to heading into the shark cage, the ladies get some words of encouragement from those on the boat. Javier stresses that it's just like going to the zoo but Kate isn't exactly sold.


I'm So Scared

Lisa: We have to get back up to the top. 
Kate: I'm so scared! 

Lisa and Kate realize in these 47 Meters Down movie quotes that their communication with the boat above is not working. Now in a full panic, they women know they need to get to the surface, but swimming 47 meters through shark-infested waters is beyond scary.


Best Vacation Ever

Kate: It's going to be the best vacation ever. 
...
Louis: Seriously, you have to try.
Lisa: I don't even know how to dive!
Benjamin: It's totally safe!
Lisa: Okay
Everyone: Yay!

At their Mexico resort, Kate and Lisa meet locals Benjamin and Louis and meet them for dinner in these 47 Meters Down movie quotes. The local men convince them to go diving with sharks, though Lisa has some serious doubts about the idea.


We'd Like to Come Back Up

Lisa: We'd like to come back up now.
Captain Taylor: We're bringing you back up.

Lisa uses the communication system to request that Captain Taylor bring them back up to the surface. While she asks for that and he grants her request, the metal wire holding them frays and breaks in these scary 47 Meters Down movie quotes.


This is Amazing

Lisa: This is amazing!
Kate: It kind of takes your breath away! Oh my god! Can you take a picture of me?
Lisa: Sorry, sorry!

Initially, Lisa and Kate enjoy their dive with sharks and the fact that they can be up close with the marine life in safety. But when Lisa drops Kate's camera, that's the first bad thing in a line of unfortunate events that changes everything.



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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:57:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/47-meters-down-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Jokes From Justice League Unlimited That Went Right Over Your Head As A Kid]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/justice-league-unlimited-adult-jokes/dave-buesing?source=rss

Justice League Unlimited and its DC animated universe brethren (Batman and Superman: The Animated Series) are some of the best examples of all-ages TV in the last 30 years. Part of the show's enduring appeal is likely due to the deliberately adult jokes in Justice League Unlimited. For a Cartoon Network show promoting the virtues of heroism and sacrifice, Justice League Unlimited jokes for adults range from extremely clever to downright raunchy. 

So while many viewers enjoyed the heroic action and brilliant team-ups from 2004 to 2006, it's only upon looking back or rewatching the classic series you realize how many Justice League Unlimited jokes you didn't understand as a kid. Everyone is in on the surprisingly complex, adult humor, from Wonder Woman to Supergirl to Green Arrow.

Below you'll find all the best Justice League Unlimited jokes that make way more sense now, and you'll finally know why you're parents seemed particularly tickled every time The Question made an appearance.


Jokes From Justice League Unlimited That Went Right Over Your Head As A Kid,

Pillow Hawk

In Season 3's "Shadow of the Hawk," Hawkgirl alludes to a romantic daliance with Hawkman the previous evening. Good thing Green Lantern wasn't in earshot:

Carter Hall: "I miss the dress."

Shayera: "You didn't miss it last night."

It's not surprising now that Hawkman and Hawkgirl spent a night together – they've been destined as lovers for centuries – but as a kid, we mostly just wondered who Hawkgirl and Hawkman were fighting the previous evening, and why Hawkgirl would have been wearing a dress.


Power Girl's Got Huge... Tracts of Land

In the Season 1 episode "Fearful Symmetry," Green Arrow and Supergirl enlist the aid of The Question to uncover a conspiracy about Kara's violent, criminal dreams. Supergirl was having vivid nightmares of committing serious crimes. The trio uncovers the real perpetrator is actually a psychically-linked clone of Kara, albeit with some slight... modifications. As Green Arrow puts it upon seeing Kara's clone, "She's a little more... [camera zooms in on Power Girl boob window] mature than you."


The Sexual Orientation Of Superheroes

The first episode of Season 3, "I Am Legion," features Hawkgirl messing with Flash after she finds him ogling his female teammates Fire and Ice. Hawkgirl initially encourages Flash to just go talk to the girl he's clearly crushing on, but Flash is too afraid. This leads to Shayera telling him, "You'd probably be wasting your time anyway. I hear she's, y'know... [Camera shows Fire & Ice laughing and smiling] Brazilian."

Flash seems worried for a moment that Fire is a lesbian and won't date him, but realizes Hawkgirl is teasing him instead, leading to a sarcastic "ha ha." 


Black Canary And Green Arrow Go A Few Rounds

Green Arrow's infatuation with the voluptuous Black Canary is clear from the pilot of Justice League Unlimited. Oliver Queen also casually remarks to Supergirl (you know, the teenager) that he's been literally dreaming of Black Canary some nights, too. In "The Cat and the Canary," the two finally meet, leading to this exchange, loaded with sexual tension:

Black Canary: "You happy the punching the bag, or you want to a few rounds with me."

Green Arrow: *Stares at Black Canary taking off coat*

Black Canary: "I AM talking about sparring."

Green Arrow: "That'd be nice, too."

Maybe he'd also be interested in... arrow practice?


Wonder Woman's Curvier Than Her Mom

In Season 1, episode four, Wonder Woman pays a visit to Hephaestus – think Q for the Greek Gods – to figure out where Ares got his new Destroyer armor, fueling war on Earth. After remarking that he made the Wonder Woman armor originally for Diana's Mom (Hippolyta), but that she didn't have Diana's "build," Hephasteus bellows: "Come back some time and I'll let that suit out."

Leering barely begins to describe Hephasteus' icky demeanor. He has a deeply creepy obsession with Wonder Woman's fuller figure. Of course, this was also highlighted in a later episode of Justice League Unlimited, when Wonder Woman places The Atom in her cleavage for a completely gratuitous boob zoom in.


Deadshot's A Horn Dog

In "Task Force X," the Justice League Unlimited is introduced to Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad. When the Squad comes together for the first time, Deadshot lets Plastique know that he's spent plenty of time – maybe too much – with her photographs. He then, disgustingly, provides her with more detail about his fantasies than she ever asked:

Plastique: "Blow up a nuclear reactor? Sweet."

Deadshot: "Do I just watch, or do I get to join in?"

You could call this a double entendre, but the way Floyd says it, it's basically just a single, sleazy tendre.


Holy Keep It In Your Pants, Batman!

The Season 1 finale, "Epilogue," leads to a bizarre bit of sexual innuendo between Task Force X (Suicide Squad) director Amanda Waller, and Batman Beyond hero Terry McGuiness. A much older Waller is explaining her involvement with Batman Beyond, and how Bruce Wayne's DNA comes into the picture:

Amanda Waller: "Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town."

Terry McGuinness: *Raises Eyebrow*

Amanda Waller: "Not REMOTELY what I meant."

Nobody thought it was, Amanda, especially not children! That said, it's hilarious to picture Batman running around Gotham with all the self-control of a 13-year-old finding a copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.


Go Eat A Banana, Grodd

You may not necessarily seek out a children's superhero cartoon for its Eastern European and literal Gorilla ex-lovers, but that's exactly what you get in "The Great Brain Robbery." Gorilla Grodd and Tala are romantically entangled partners, until Lex Luthor takes over the Injustice League (he wasn't particularly impressed by Grodd's "turn everyone into Gorillas" master plan). Lex and Tala confront an imprisoned Grodd, leading to this egregiously sexual back and forth:

Grodd: "Ah, Tala, my old groupie. I so miss... bending you to my will."

Tala: "Go eat a banana."


Question And Huntress Have Terrible Phone Sex

Justice League Unlimited is stacked with great Question moments. Honestly, one of the major takeaways from rewatching Justice League Unlimited as an adult is that a Paul Dini and Bruce Timm inspired Question animated series would be amazing. This exchange between Vic and Huntress in "Grudge Match" may top them all:

Huntress: "So, what are you wearing?"

Question: "Blue overcoat. Fedora."

Huntress: "You really stink at this."

Question: "Orange socks?"

He may be on to a million criminal conspiracies, but The Question certainly has not cracked phone sex yet.


How To Deliver A Baby, By Booster Gold

In Season 1's "The Greatest Story Never Told," Booster Gold finds himself a one man clean-up crew, saving the world while the rest of the Justice League are off dealing with another potentially world-ending threat. Booster's greatest challenge, however, is probably delivering a baby, which leads to this completely over-a-kid's-head bit of folklore about delivery from Booster's bot:

Skeets: "First we boil water. Then we tear up several clean sheets, preferably ones we prefer not to use again for bedding."

*The woman in labor screams in agony and booster smacks Skeets away*

All in all, this one's right up there with the recurring gag of people calling the yellow-and-blue Booster "Green Lantern."



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<![CDATA[All Eyez on Me Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-eyez-on-me-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

All Eyez on Me movie quotes help tell the story in the film about the life and death of prolific rapper Tupac Shakur. The biographical drama was written by Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez and Steven Bagatourian. Benny Boom directed All Eyez on Me, which opened in theaters in the United States on June 16, 2017.

In All Eyez on Me, presents the life and times of rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) starting with his young life in New York. Son to political activist Afeni Shakur (Danai Gurira) and step-son to black nationalist Mutulu Shakur (Jamie Hector), Tupac's work towards a positive black movement was inspired by these influences. Tupac also took inspiration from his environment and his brutally honest lyrics about life was one thing that made him attractive to fans and record labels alike.

But life wasn't all easy for Tupac as the film follows his incarceration from sexual assault charges and his rocky road to fame, which included spats with former friend turned rival the Notorious B.I.G. (Jamal Woolard). Allies are also included, such as Death Row Records head Sure Knight (Dominic L. Santana), girlfriend Jada Pinkett (Kat Graham) and fellow rapper Snoop Dogg (Jarrett Ellis), all of whom were impacted by Tupac's murder at the young age of 25.

All Eyez on Me was just one of several summer 2017 movies in theaters alongside Rough Night, Cars 3, The Hero, and It Comes at Night.


All Eyez on Me Movie Quotes,

You Must Stand for Something

Mutulu Shakur: You must stand for something. You must live for something and you must be willing to die for something.
Afeni Shakur: Your step daddy is a revolutionary. 
...
Mutulu Shakur: This is a brilliant opportunity to bring together the revolutionaries and the gang communities. You can unite them!

Tupac's mother and step-father talk to him about being revolutionary in these All Eyez on Me movie quotes. Their activism within the community helped shaped Tupac into the man he was.


We Must Not Hate

Tupac: We must not hate those who have done wrong to us for as soon as we hate them, we become just like them.

Tupac shares one of his beliefs in this touching All Eyez on Me movie quote. He preaches the opposite of hate, even against those who are hating on him.


The Man I Knew

Jada Pinkett: The man I knew wanted to bring his voice to educate, to bring people together.
Tupac: Jada, if he coming at me, he gon get dealt with. 

Tupac has a disagreement with then girlfriend Jada Pinkett in these All Eyez on Me movie quotes. She pushes for peace but Tupac can't just let the incident go.


A Way of Life

Suge Knight: A lot of people are born males but they're not men. I'm a man. 
...
Suge Knight: Death Row is more than a label. It's a way of life. 

Speaking to a group over dinner, Suge Knight shares some of record label Death Row's philosophy. As he mentions in these All Eyez on Me movie quotes, Death Row is a way of life.


Sometimes People Need to Step Outside

Suge Knight: Your momma told me ya'll been going through some things. Sometimes people need to step outside of who they are to realize who they could really be.

In a time of need, Suge Knight comes to Tupac's aid with some words of encouragement. These words touched the rapper and helped Tupac use his music as a way of processing things in his life.


Use That Platform to Make Change

Tupac: We've got a big platform, man. Use that platform to make change. 
...
Interscope Executive: We love your music, Tupac. You paint a picture for the listener. It's not always pretty but it's real. 
...
Tupac: I report from the streets. I'm educating and keeping it real. 

A bit about why Tupac was seen as different, revolutionary is mentioned in these All Eyez on Me movie quotes with Tupac and an executive from Interscope Records. He rapped about what he saw, the real life on the streets. 


The Tools That You Need to Destroy Yourself

Afeni Shakur: They are going to give you the tools that you need to destroy yourself. 

Tupac's mother explains to Tupac that he needs to be aware of the outside influences looking to take him down. She wants to see him succeed in life, not end up dead or behind bars like so many other young black men.


Trying to Start a Positive Movement

Journalist: I have it on good authority that the FBI has a 4,000-page file on you. 
Tupac: Only 4,000, huh?
...
Journalist: You're trying to start a positive movement for black people by using negative symbolism like thug and outlaw.
... 
C. Delores Tucker: There are three things wrong with gangster rap, it is obscene, it is obscene, it is obscene.

A journalist visits Tupac while he is locked up to ask about his movement. The journalist and Tupac understand the movement, but politician and anti-rap music activist C. Delores Tucker clearly does not agree.



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<![CDATA[It's A Wonderful Life Is Not The Heartwarming Movie You Remember]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/its-a-wonderful-life-is-horrifying/erin-wisti?source=rss

When it comes to terrifying movies you thought were heartwarming, It's A Wonderful Life is one of the darkest examples. While thought of as the delightful story of one kind soul's positive impact on a small town community, It's A Wonderful Life is horrifying if you pick apart the premise. Unanswered questions regarding how and why Clarence became a guardian angel turn this sentimental tearjerker into a film that could fall under the category of Lynchian Christmas movies. 

Are you a fan of crushing existential dread in popular films? Well, you're in luck, because It's a Wonderful Life is one of the most popular movies of all time. And it leaves you with a lot of questions. What happened to Clarence before George Bailey? Why was a clock maker sent instead of a psychiatrist? Why does heaven seemed as flawed as any Earthly government system? These, and other questions, reveal that It's A Wonderful Life is deeply disturbing. 


It's A Wonderful Life Is Not The Heartwarming Movie You Remember,

What Happened To Clarence Before George Bailey?

Clarence is remembered as the charming counterpart for George Bailey, an angel with a plucky determination to earn his wings despite 200 years of failure. Wait, what? The beginning of the film shows God selecting an angel who has apparently been unsuccessful on fulfilling his missions for two centuries straight.

What on earth happened to Clarence before George Bailey? How many people did he fail to help? Did people die due to Clarence's negligence? What exactly is this angel's body count and how is he still allowed to be a guardian angel at all? Clarence's afterlife before George would make one depressing prequel for this supposedly uplifting family film.  


God Doesn't Actually Care About George Bailey

Not only does God send George a subpar angel, where has he been up until this point in George's life? George Bailey consistently sacrifices his own happiness and dreams for the sake of those around him, and yet God seems relatively absent pre-Clarence. It is only when George is moments away from flinging himself off a bridge that God bothers to step in. 

George has had some personal success, a wife and children, but he's been hit with an absolutely unreasonable amount of childhood trauma, suffering, and financial struggles. The guy can't seem to catch a break and God seems mostly unconcerned. Where was God when George was being slapped around by his drunken pharmacist boss or after Peter Bailey's stroke? If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, it seems like he would have done something a lot sooner. 


The Film Is Pretty Racist By Modern Standards

Annie, the Bailey family's maid, is only one of two non-white characters in the film. Her most notable appearance comes when she sacrifices her life savings to George to help him pay off the $8,000 debt. While the moment may have been touching at the time, modern critics and audiences have pointed out Annie's character actually fulfills the racial stereotype of African Americans only existing to serve their white counterparts. The only other non-white character is an African American piano player shown in a bar scene, further illustrating the lack of diversity in Bedford Falls. And both of these characters could be easily removed without affecting the plot, which may have been done when the film was distributed in the south. 


The Banking Board Crushes George's Dreams - For Pretty Much No Reason

One of the most beautiful moments in It’s A Wonderful Life comes when George Bailey gives an impassioned speech to the banking board about why they shouldn't sell the Building and Loan to Potter. He defends his father’s honor and argues people should take priority over profits. The banking board is so inspired they agree to let the Building and Loan maintain its independence with one caveat. George has to continue to run it.

But why? No explanation is ever given beyond the fact the board will vote with Potter if George doesn't meet this demand. The banking board knows George has been itching to see the world for years and that his brother Harry, also brought up in the business, would be a suitable replacement. For no discernable reason, the banking board successfully squashes George’s dreams and keeps him in Bedford Falls.


Children Are Consistently Put In Danger

There is absolutely no way a responsible parent would let his or her child sled onto thin ice in the middle of winter. Someone should have been supervising George and Harry that day; or, at the very least, given the boys some basic lessons in winter safety. This isn't the only incident in the film in which children are put in blatant danger.

Mr. Gower slaps George so hard in the ear he bleeds, and there are no repercussions for this. Wouldn't George’s parents have seen the injury and asked questions? Zuzu’s teacher lets her walk home in the dead of winter with her coat unbuttoned. No matter how much she loved that flower, a responsible educator should have said something.


God Has A Political Agenda, Doesn't Seem To Like Japan Much

When God talks about Victory in Japan Day, he speaks with a patriotic flare that implies he was pretty pleased with America's victory. Anyone with working knowledge of world history knows Japan surrendered after being hit with two atomic bombs. The attack resulted in an incalculable number of deaths, primarily of civilians; estimates put the number of casualties around 200,000 from the blast alone, not counting radiation sickness and other side effects of the blasts. Those closest to the blast didn't even leave bodies behind, as they were simply vaporized by the  explosion. One would think a loving, benevolent God would have a more nuanced take on the situation. 


George Bailey Is Probably Still Going To Jail

At the end of the film, George’s friends and neighbors pool their money to replace the $8,000 Mr. Potter stole. This leads a police officer to rip up George’s arrest warrant before joining the party for a round of Christmas carols. However, would this really eliminate George’s legal troubles?

While paying off a debt can void an arrest warrant, it’s a complicated legal process that usually must be done at a courthouse with the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. The police also know where George’s $8,000 came from, and the original money remains missing. If anything, the ending could worsen George’s legal situation. Prosecutors could argue he pocketed the original $8,000, then conned the town into paying off his debt, adding charges of fraud to the existing charges of theft.


George And Mary's Relationship Is A Dysfunctional Nightmare

George and Mary’s first romantic night together wasn't actually romantic. When Mary’s clothes fall off and she’s forced to hide in the bushes, George does nothing but taunt her. When Mary becomes so frightened she threatens to call the police, George only laughs and informs her the police will be on his side.

Still, this somehow made such a positive impression on Mary she develops an obsession with George. Despite the fact she’s dating Sam Wainwright, she builds a virtual shrine to him in her home, which she proudly shows off when George visits her years after their terrifying first night of romance. During this visit, George is once again incredibly rude.

George is dismissive of Mary, rebuffs her attempts to make conversation, and storms out before returning to get his hat. The scene ends with him violently shaking Mary and declaring he’ll never get married before the two passionately kiss. We then cut to their wedding, but it’s hard to be enthusiastic about their nuptials when the relationship was built on violence and obsession.


Violet Is Treated Terribly In Both Realities

The treatment of women in this classic has not aged well, and no character suffers more from sexist double standards than Violet Bick. The fact she dates around rather than settling down and marrying makes her the town pariah, and not just in the nightmarish version of Bedford Falls without George Bailey. Even in a world with George, Violet is so scorned for her promiscuity she's driven out of town penniless and alone. Her dramatic exit makes one wonder just how wholesome this small town community really is. 


Only Exceptional Lives Have Value In George Bailey's America; Or, God Probably Hates You

Most people think the message of It’s A Wonderful Life is that an individual’s life is inherently important. After all, one of the more memorable lines is, “No man is a failure who has friends.” However, George Bailey’s life isn’t exactly relatable to the average person. 

George Bailey saved several lives before hitting puberty. He saved his brother Harry from drowning and stopped an unspecified number of children from being poisoned. As an adult, he becomes entirely responsible for preventing Mr. Potter’s bank from forming a monopoly in Bedford Falls that will trigger mass poverty and chaos. He also apparently has a mystical effect on the happiness of others as, in his absence, Nick the bartender becomes a terrible person and Ernie the cab driver's marriage fails.  

It’s depressing to acknowledge, but the average person simply doesn't make as much of an impact as George. Most people’s absences will likely trigger fairly subtle changes to the world. If you’re going to make the point that all lives are worth living, don’t illustrate it via a larger-than-life epic hero. 



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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:10:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/its-a-wonderful-life-is-horrifying/erin-wisti
<![CDATA[Everywhere You've Seen Mary Elizabeth Winstead Before]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mary-elizabeth-winstead-movies-and-shows/zack-howe?source=rss

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, also known as MEW by her most adoring (and Pokémon-loving) fans, has been in a lot of stuff! Born in North Carolina in November of 1984, she is the youngest of five children and dreamed of being a ballerina before going into acting. Despite turning 32 in 2017, MEW has been on the television screen as far back as Touched by an Angel. She made her debut at the young age of 20 in The Ring Two, and has played many more characters than you realize. 

All of the movies Mary Elizabeth Winstead is in range from horror movies to soft TV dramas. Most people know her from the hit FX dramedy Fargo or the film 10 Cloverfield Lane. However, MEW has been in a lot more productions than you probably know. Here are some MEW movies and shows that might make you go, “Oh, that’s where I saw her!”


Everywhere You've Seen Mary Elizabeth Winstead Before,

Final Destination 3

MEW plays the protagonist Wendy Christensen, who has the premonition of a fatal rollercoaster ride in Final Destination 3. She freaks out and refuses to get on the ride, which results in a handful of others also getting off the ride. Her premonition proves to be correct, as a horrible accident ensues and kills everyone on the rollercoaster.

Shaken, Chirstensen leaves the park. However, the people who were supposed to die on the roller coaster start dying one by one as Wendy frantically tries to circumvent their impending doom. The movie ends with Wendy and friends dying in a train accident, which turns out to be another premonition. The movie actually ends on a cliffhanger with her trying to sidestep death again, leaving the audience to guess whether she was successful or not. 


Sky High

MEW plays a young, super-powered person in the heavyhanded children's movie Sky High. She's the popular girl, Gwen Grayson, at the flying high school for superheroes. As her name might suggest, she actually turns out to be the villain who was the nemesis of the protagonist's father. Yeah. She accidentally got turned into a baby somehow and is now preying on her nemesis's child. 


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Winstead plays Michael Cera's love interest, Ramona Flowers, in the bombastic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She has seven evil ex-boyfriends that bass guitarist Scott Pilgrim must defeat to win her heart. Her role is largely passive in the film, but she does get to have a meh fight scene with Knives at the end. So that's something. 


The Thing

The 2011 film, The Thing, is actually a prequel to the 1982 film of the same name. MEW plays protagonist Kate Lloyd, who is one of two survivors of US Outpost 31 where an alien has been discovered. Winstead's character is a paleontologist who happens to be an expert flamethrower wielder, recruited to inspect a strange spacecraft frozen in the Antarctic ice. 


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Winstead plays Mary Todd Lincoln in a film with one of the greatest premises of all time, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Its logline states: "Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them." MEW gets to participate in her fair share of bad*ssery as she helps smuggle silver for weapons via the Underground Railroad. She also kills a vampire named Vadoma to avenge her son's death. 


A Good Day to Die Hard

MEW plays Lucy, the daughter of John McClane, in one of the many films of the Die Hard franchise. In Live Free or Die Hard, Lucy is kidnapped by cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel, necessitating her father taking down a fighter jet using a semi-truck (because that's the natural progression of things) to retrieve her. Most of her role in this movie consisted of portraying indignation at being a prisoner and quintessential McClane fieriness. She has a very small role in A Good Day to Die Hard, where she meets father John and his no-longer-estranged son, Jack, on a runway at the film's conclusion. 


Fargo

Winstead plays the awesomely named Nikki Swango on the critically acclaimed FX show based on a 20-year-old film, Fargo. She's a crafty parolee with an affinity for playing bridge competitively. She's Ray Stussy's fiancée and is an equal partner in hashing out dubious plots. Here's a taste of one of her particularly hilarious scenes:

Nikki Swango: [to Ray] You have made me the happiest woman ever. 

[puts on "hooker wig"] 

Nikki Swango: Now let's make a sex tape.


10 Cloverfield Lane

MEW plays the main character, Michelle, in 10 Cloverfield Lane. She has been imprisoned in a bunker by Howard (John Goodman) to avoid the apparent nuclear wasteland the outside world has become. This movie is absolutely gripping and Winstead superbly portrays the courageous protagonist.


Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio

Okay, Winstead only guest stars in the very first episode ("For Streep") of this show, but if ever in life, you have the opportunity to utter or convey in any way a show titled Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio, you seize that moment. Understand? Seize it! 


Mercy Street

Mercy Street is a PBS show, so you'll be forgiven if you don't watch it. The series is a Civil War medical drama in which MEW plays a historical volunteer nurse and abolitionist named Mary Phinney. The show is praised for its cast and as a main character, Winstead has certainly earned the right to take a bow for her role. 



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 03:25:54 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/mary-elizabeth-winstead-movies-and-shows/zack-howe
<![CDATA[10 Reasons Why Futurama Is Fundamentally Better Than The Simpsons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-futurama-is-better-than-the-simpsons/stephen-reyes?source=rss

Matt Groening is a talented man. The creator of The Simpsons could have been content with his critical acclaim in creating America's longest running primetime television show, but instead of coasting on his achievements, he gave us another quintessential animated series: Futurama.

Futurama is vastly different in genre, and has had a bumpier life on television, as it was canceled and then picked up again years later on another network, but these facts just play into what makes this animated show great. Sure, there is crossover among fans of each show, and Groening's style is evident in both, but in this hierarchical world, one must be better than the other. Here are some concrete reasons why Futurama is a better show than The Simpsons.


10 Reasons Why Futurama Is Fundamentally Better Than The Simpsons,

As A Genre Show, It Can Be As Nerdy As It Likes

At the core of Futurama is a love for science fiction. Time travel, space travel, robotics, cloning, and other sci-fi constructs are ripe for exploration, parody, and tribute. The Simpsons has made its share of excellent sci-fi jokes. After all, Matt Groening created both shows and his enthusiasm for the genre is evident, but an entire episode of Futurama can easily be devoted to sci-fi fandoms such as 2001: A Space Odyssey. The show can also science-fictionalize anything, such as creating superhero versions of the Harlem Globetrotters. 


Plot Lines For Every Sci-Fi Scenario Possible

The Planet Express crew are an interplanetary delivery company and as such, they can travel pretty much anywhere and encounter almost anything. The story possibilities are limitless. Fry and the gang have encountered everything from sentient water to evil floating brains to sex-starved Amazonian alien women.

While The Simpsons has certainly excavated every possible earth-bound plot imaginable, they can't get nearly as zany and imaginative as Futurama can. There's a whole wondrous universe out there to explore and that open-ended creativity keeps the show from ever getting stale.


Its Crazy 31st Century Setting

Futurama's setting in the distant future gives the show a pliable environment full of weird and interesting possibilities. The unpredictability of mankind's future gives the writers plenty of leeway in terms of entertainment. Things like Were-Cars, robots, lobster-ish aliens, and an interplanetary delivery company are not at all out of place on the show and in fact, are a large part of its appeal.

The Simpsons' small town setting grounds the show, which may be part of its universal appeal, but limits its possibilities for comedic antics. 


It's Not All Laughs

Futurama has many heart-wrenching episodes, some of which qualify among the show's greatest. "The Sting," "Luck of the Fryrish," "Leela's Homeworld," and, of course, "Jurassic Bark" include a few of the most moving moments in animated television. At its best, Futurama perfectly straddles the line of bittersweet making its viewers laugh and cry.

The Simpsons certainly has its heavier moments, but Futurama's sci-fi nature ups the stakes. Characters can be lost in time, die a million deaths, see the past and future, or any number of other stirring scenarios.


A Crass, Alcohol-Fueled Robot Presents An Outsider's Perspective On Humanity's Foibles

Fry's best friend and ally, Bender, is uniquely set apart from most TV characters by being both a robot and a scoundrel.  His robotic nature is most apparent by his unfeeling behavior and serious selfishness. He is unfiltered, egotistical, and constantly imbibing alcohol (as it fuels his power cells) making for a fine representation of humanity at its worst. Except that he's not human.

At first glance, he's not unlike Homer Simpson or the ever-drunk Barney Gumble in his penchant for vice, but his status as non-human gives him an edge of hilarious irony. Better yet, deep down Bender has a heart of gold and cares about his friends. He manages to poke fun at humanity's foibles by being an outsider with a disdain for humans who can't help but act like one. 


The Jokes Are Ph.D.-Level Genius

Futurama's writing staff is famously made up of über-intelligent academics some of whom hail from Harvard and most with higher degrees, making for some sharply intelligent ideas in Futurama's scripts. The show features some of the geekiest jokes of all time, some of which only a small part of the human population can even fully understand and thus fully appreciate.

This may seem like niche humor, but it means each episode can garner new laughs upon repeat viewings. The Simpsons has its humor, but it's definitely at a more base-level than the hidden science humor of Futurama.


Fry And Leela's Ross-And-Rachel-Type Relationship

Two of Futurama's main characters, Fry and Leela, are a classic will-they-won't-they TV relationship. Fry is attracted to Leela from day one, but Leela spends much more time coming to terms with her feelings for Fry.

Despite their vast differences, the two share a great bond and watching their friendship, and eventual relationship, play out over the course of seven seasons is a big part of Futurama's draw. Unlike The Simpsons' Marge and Homer whose relationship is set from the pilot episode, Futurama's main couple make for a more intriguing dynamic.


It's Not Going On And On Forever Like The Simpsons Is

Unlike the ongoing success of The Simpsons, Futurama has had a bumpier life, struggling with ratings and maintaining an audience. The show was on Fox for four years before being canceled. Its underground cult following - built in DVD and streaming viewership - and the insistence of its fans eventually revived the show on Comedy Central where it ran for another three seasons.

Futurama is a show that lives for and by its fans and knowing while watching that there is a cap in episodes makes each of them that much sweeter. The Simpsons has no end in sight, while Futurama never wore out its welcome. 


The Futuristic Freedom For Biting Modern Day Social Commentary

Futurama's distant setting from the present-day allows it to examine current issues with reckless abandon and scathing pointedness. The show often uses its futuristic setting to extrapolate how timely issues will play out and affect the far-off future. Standard topics like religion or politics are spoofed in ways that wouldn't work in a show chained to the present.

The Simpsons certainly couldn't feature the disembodied head of deceased President Richard Nixon running for President of Earth. The political satire knows no bounds (both in time or space) and is part of what makes Futurama's comedy so spectacular.


Only Futurama Can Make A Lobster Alien Doctor With No Medical Experience Lovable

The inept "doctor" of the Planet Express crew, John A. Zoidberg is one of the strangest cartoon characters on television. As a disgusting, homeless, self-proclaimed "human expert," Zoidberg provides much of the show's hilarity. Despite constant proof of his inadequacy as a doctor, his innocent and kind nature makes him bizarrely endearing.

Few characters manage to be both repulsive and beloved, but Zoidberg balances the two and it's hard to point out any character on The Simpsons that compares. Only on an esoteric show like Futurama could a character like Zoidberg be a fan favorite.



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Mon, 01 May 2017 05:39:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-futurama-is-better-than-the-simpsons/stephen-reyes
<![CDATA[Rough Night Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rough-night-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

Rough Night movie quotes help tell the story in the film about one bachelorette party that turns ugly when a stripper is accidentally killed. The comedy movie was directed by Lucia Aniello using a screenplay she co-wrote with Paul W. Downs. Rough Night opened theatrically in the United States on June 16, 2017.

In Rough Night, college best friends Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zoe Kravitz) gather in Miami for Jess's bachelorette party. Joined by Jess's friend from Australia, Pippa (Kate McKinnon), the ladies head out for a night on the town. While partying at a club, the women get the brilliant idea of hiring a male stripper. 

So they head back to their sick Miami rental and after the stripper arrives, they are loving life. This all changes when Alice accidentally kills the stripper. This sets off a chain of events that none of the women imagined including attempts to dump the body, seducing neighbors to hide video evidence of the crime, fake police officers and jewelry thieves. 

Rough Night was just one of several great movies in theaters in the summer of 2017 along with Cars 3, The Hero, It Comes at Night, and Megan Leavey.


Rough Night Movie Quotes,

Stripper's Here

Blair: Stripper's here!
Jess: Right, I want a stripper! You're so kind!
...
Alice: My turn!

When the stripper arrives in these Rough Night movie quotes, the ladies are very excited. Alice is so excited that she jumps the guy and knocks his head to the unforgiving floor below.


Did Anybody See Me Fall?

Alice: Did anybody see me fall?
Blair: Everybody saw you fall.
Jess and Frankie: Noooo
Pippa: Alice, you fell!

The women revive a college dance routine in the Miami club. At least they try to up until Alice falls in spectacular form.


Let's Get a Stripper!

Alice: This is going to be the biggest weekend of our lives. 
Jess: This is so much fun! We should do this more often!
Blair: Let's get a stripper!
Alice: Yeah!
Frankie: Male or female?
Alice: Male
Blair: Male, I'm thinking male for her.
Frankie: Fine

As the ladies head out for a night on the town in Miami to celebrate Jess's upcoming wedding, they decide to amp up the excitement by getting a male stripper. They don't know it in these Rough Night movie quotes, but that's the first bad decision in a series of them for the night.


Everyone in America

Pippa: Everyone in America really does have a gun!

When armed police storm the ladies' Miami rental, Pippa makes a stern realization about Americans. Just as she's heard, this Rough Night movie quote proves that all Americans do carry guns. 


Everything's Great

Peter: Jess, is everything all right?
Jess: Yeah, everything's great!

Jess's fiancé Peter calls to check up on her and the girls in these Rough Night movie quotes. Jess claims that all is great, which is apparently code for "we killed a stripper and tried to ditch the body."


Don't Touch the Body

Blair: I think we should call a lawyer first, my uncle Jack.
...
Jack: Sounds like this was an accident.
Blair: Thank god
Jack: Just don't touch the body.
Pippa: Actually, we have already moved him. 

In these Rough Night movie quotes, Blair suggests phoning her attorney uncle, Jack. While Jack doesn't seem to think the women should be afraid, he doesn't know the entire story just yet.


He's Dead

Pippa: Sir?
Jess: Are you okay?
Pippa: Mister?
Jess: I don't know what to do!
Frankie: Does anybody know CPR?
Pippa: I'll look it up on YouTube.
Jess: He's dead.

Following Alice's stripper accident, the ladies try their best to revive him but considering their limited medical skills, are unsuccessful. Yep, they just killed a stripper in these Rough Night movie quotes.


Don't Call the Police

Alice: Oh god, I killed a guy.
Pippa: Time to call the police.
Jess: No, no, no, don't call the police. We'll clean everything and then we'll call the police.
Blair: Let's get rid of all the drugs. 

Frantic and afraid, the women strategize on what they should do about the dead male stripper on the floor of their Miami rental. They really should call the police but apparently doing the rest of their blow is the first priority.



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Sat, 08 Jul 2017 04:20:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rough-night-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Cars 3 Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cars-3-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

Cars 3 movie quotes help tell the story in the third film in the Disney Pixar Cars series. Brian Fee directed the movie using a screenplay by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson and Mike Rich using a story by Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell and Jonathan E. Stewart. Cars 3 opened theatrically in the United States on June 16, 2017.

In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) had a good run but his racing career seems to be ending as new high-tech race cars are taking over the industry. One especially bad crash plus hot newcomer Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer) has many in the news media wondering if it's time for Lightning McQueen to retire. 

But McQueen doesn't feel ready to stop racing and hires trainer Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo) to help him get back in the game. Alongside friends like Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), Sally Carrera (voiced by Bonnie Hunt), Smokey (voiced by Chris Cooper) and Sterling (voiced by Nathan Fillion), among others, McQueen tries new tactics to remain competitive ahead of a big race against Jackson Storm.

Cars 3 was just one of several great summer 2017 movies in theaters including The Hero, It Comes at Night, Megan Leavey, and The Mummy.


Cars 3 Movie Quotes,

You Can Be Smarter Than Him

Smokey Yunick: You'll never be as fast as Storm, but you can be smarter than him.
...
Lightning McQueen: The racing is the reward, not the stuff!
...
Natalie Certain: Storm's chances of winning are 95.2%.

The odds are clearly in Storm's favor when Storm and McQueen line up for a race. Everyone knows McQueen can't be as fast as Storm, but as Smokey mentions in these Cars 3 movie quotes, McQueen can play smarter.


This Is My Last Chance

Lightning McQueen: This is my last chance, Cruz. Last! If I lose, I never get to do this again!
...
Sally Carrera: Don't fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance! I used to watch you TV, flying through the air. You seemed so fearless. I wish I knew what that felt like.

Knowing Lightning McQueen is under a lot of pressure to succeed, Sally Carrera gives him a pep talk in these Cars 3 movie quotes. She remembers seeing him on television and being inspired by what he did and expresses that in the hopes of inspiring him now.


Jackson Storm Set a New Record

Natalie Certain: Jackson Storm set a new record today when he pulled off the fastest lap ever recorded.
...
Reporter #1: How you feeling?
Reporter #2: Have you seen the latest record Storm's been set?
Reporter #3: Have you given any thought to retiring?
Reporter #4: McQueen, over here!

After Jackson Storm takes the racing world, well, by storm, the media is eager to hear Lightning McQueen's take on the new rival. The press has a lot of questions, but as of that moment, McQueen doesn't have too many answers.


So Excited to Train You

Cruz Ramirez: I am so excited to train you. I like a challenge... I call you, my senior project.
...
Luigi: On your mark, get set, and go!
Cruz Ramirez: Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa! The beach ate me.

Cruz Ramirez seems especially excited when the youngster gets to train racing legend Lightning McQueen. While McQueen is willing, when Ramirez gets buried in the sand in these Cars 3 movie quotes, his confidence in her falls.


Do the Same Old Thing

Sally Carrera: How you feeling?
Lightning McQueen: I can't go out on the track and do the same old thing. It won't work!
...
Fillmore: It's futile to resist change, man.
...
Mater: You know what I'd do?
Lightning McQueen: What?
Mater: I don't know. I got nothin.'

As much as McQueen doesn't want to admit that the racing industry is changing, and leaving him behind, he knows he must try new things to remain competitive. Unfortunately though, his friends don't have a lot of great ideas on how to do that.


I Decide When I'm Done

TV Announcer: We can only hope that this race today wasn't his last.
...
Lightning McQueen: I decide when I'm done.

After a tough crash, many speculate if McQueen is done in racing for good. But as McQueen states himself in these Cars 3 movie quotes, only he can decide when he's done.


Your Racing Days Are Coming to an End

Sterling: You are about to become the biggest brand in racing. Movie deals, infomercial, product endorsements, you think you're famous now? You'll be rich beyond belief.
Lightning McQueen: Mr. Sterling, what is this about?
Sterling: Your legacy... every time you lose, you damage yourself. I'm sorry... your racing days are coming to an end.

Knowing that McQueen's racing days are limited, Sterling tries to transition McQueen into post-racing life in these Cars 3 movie quotes. Sterling offers some endorsement ideas to supplement McQueen's income, not that McQueen is ready to admit that his career is ending.



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Sat, 08 Jul 2017 00:49:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cars-3-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Why Horror Movies Are Actually Good For Your Health And Well-Being]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-horror-movies-are-good-for-you/lyra-radford?source=rss

As counterintuitive as it may sound, horror movies are good for you, or at least they can be for most. Obviously anyone with heart conditions shouldn't be lining up for an hour-and-a-half (give or take) of any adrenalin pumping, heart thumping, activity. But for your average viewer, thrill-seeker or not, a good horror flick affects your physical health in many positive ways. Furthermore, much evidence exists that points to why horror movies benefit your mental health, including rushes of serotonin and shifting your mind's perception. In ways most still don't understand, the most brutal movies make well-adjusted audiences, who receive their cathartic and chemical release from horror's adrenaline-inducing properties.

So at your next sleepover, suggest streaming one of Netflix's best horror movies to your friends. When they begin to object, tell them how horror movies help you to lose weight and boost your immune system. How could you not sleep easy after that?


Why Horror Movies Are Actually Good For Your Health And Well-Being,

Watching Horror Can Burn Around 200 Calories

Perhaps the most random benefit the ever-controversial horror genre offers to mankind is the ability to burn up to 200 calories-all while sitting on your ass. Watching horror movies all day while losing weight? Literally a dream come true.

A study that appeared in The Telegraph explains how watching high tension films burn calories. The experiment included Jaws with a burn of 164 calories, The Exorcist with an unsurprising 158 stressful calories shed, and The Shining with a whopping 184 calories down for the count.

Apparently the caloric burn comes from combination of adrenalin, an increased heart rate, greater oxygen intake and carbon dioxide elimination, and all muscular contractions you make while waving your hands at the nitwit character who's decided to walk down the dark hallway.


Horror Movies Ward Off Depression With Adrenaline

In addition to helping anxiety, research shows those suffering from depression could benefit from horror films as well. Firstly, horror movies rely on a build-up to the eventual 'scare,' meaning you must focus on the TV and not your depression. Who knew distractions were so handy?

Secondly, people with depression tend to experience drops in adrenaline, and popping in a good horror film provides a fast way to get those adrenal glands pumping. Once the 'scare' passes, serotonin rushes in to fill the adrenaline gap, giving a depressed person a needed rush of 'happy.'


They Give A New Appreciation For Life

Most horror films take ordinary people and drop them into extraordinarily horrific circumstances which they either triumph over or fall victim to. One views a scary movie, appreciates it, and then turns that appreciation onto themselves and their own life and how much better they have it than most. While empathetic for the characters, viewers are more relieved to not be them.

According to Dr. Mathias Clasen,"There's psychological distance when we watch a horror film. We know it's not real—or at least, some parts of our brain know it isn't real. Other parts—ancient structures located in the limbic system—respond as though it were real." He goes on to explain, "the genre allows us to voluntarily—and under controlled circumstances—get experience with negative emotion."

By exposing yourself to these negative thoughts from the safety of home or a theater, your brain must face and process them. In doing so, your mind learns to deal with them more efficiently, thus making your life that much easier.


Watching Horror Movies Can Boost Your Immune System

There have been many studies done on the effects horror films have on viewers. Shockingly enough, one study found the level of active white blood cells in the body actually spikes while watching horror movies.

White blood cells are responsible for fighting off any harmful bacteria that enters the body. So when your brain finds itself getting scared, the body responds by creating its own little warriors to defend you. Thank you, evolution.

 


They Offer Desensitization To Fears

According to Dr. Ironside, who researches depression and anxiety at Oxford University, "There's a part of the brain that is largely thought to signal danger, this is called the amygdala. Studies have shown that people with high trait anxiety—[meaning] very anxious people—and anxiety disorders have a hyperactive amygdala, compared to healthy people."

If people repeatedly expose themselves to something fearful, ie exposure therapy, it becomes desensitized to them. Repeated exposure to horror films works in the same manner; whatever the subject matter may be for any particular film, the viewers grow more familiar with that subject as the film goes on. Over time as viewers experience scary scenarios from the safety of home, their brain learns not to fear them.


Horror Can Help Decrease Anxiety

As strange as it may sound, many anxious people self-medicate using horror films. Horror triggers the fight-or-flight response within the body, but because the viewer remains detached in a safe and controlled environment, this rush is soon followed by feel-good endorphins like serotonin. The resulting rush can be quite therapeutic for anyone, especially those suffering with anxiety. 

Furthermore, the stress of watching a horror movie alone distracts you from the stress you may be feeling IRL. After all, how can anyone sit through Scream and not direct your anxiety towards its incredibly naive characters?

 


If You’re Looking For An Anesthetic Effect, Pop In Something Scary

The internal roller-coaster you riding while watching horror is a combination of adrenaline, dopamine, glutamate, and serotonin. But wait, there’s more! That wave of happiness washing over you in the form of relief is basically your body being anesthetized. Who needs whiskey, amirite?


They Put Your Problems Into Perspective

The insane scenarios set before you by the horror genre have a way of putting things into perspective. One might enter a movie theater extremely irritated by their significant other for ordering Twizzlers instead of Red Vines only to exit simply grateful they never met a Norman Bates or a Billy Loomis. Mom and dad said "No" to your proposed beach-side vacation? Put on Jaws and be thankful your local pool only goes 12-feet deep.

In most cases, no matter what the complaint is, a crazy family life, worst job ever, terrible relationships... there's a horror movie to show you just how much worse things could really be. You'll find your life to be far more manageable than you originally thought. 


Horror Provides Catharsis Without Ruining Your Own Morality

One of the more obvious physiological benefits to watching horror movies actually stems from a common complaint about the genre itself. People have long worried if horror warps impressionable minds, creates psychos, and glorifies violence. But to many people, these films serve as an outlet to help cut back on aggressive behavior. Unless someone is already a violent, sociopathic, cannibal to begin with, watching a movie isn’t going to magically morph them into Hannibal Lecter. To quote Scream, "Movies don't create psychos, movies make psychos more creative."

Like exercise, horror films can be as mentally and physically rewarding. Both offer a way for the mind to release stress, frustrations, and perhaps even some thoughts of violence. Anyone who has ever plowed their fists into a punching bag while picturing the face of an ex understands this concept.


They Serve As Cautionary Tales

As a disclaimer, many horror movies portray truly off-the-wall premises, think Sharknado or Eight-Legged Freaks. Others exist, however, that get pretty realistic and can smack the naivety out of slower viewers. For most folks, common sense dictates you do not pick up hitchhikers or open your door to strangers after dark (especially when alone). But in the same way that not all horror movies think the same way, not all humans think rationally either.

They stop to give Leatherface directions; they invite black-eyed children in for tea; and they never think twice about going outside alone to investigate a strange noises. Some people need these cautionary tales in order to see how horribly things can play out. This is why folklore exists in the first place, to hand down various cautions from generation to generation. Horror movies act as an entertaining way to stop people from doing stupid stuff, or at least get them to think twice about their actions.



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 03:47:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-horror-movies-are-good-for-you/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[Notorious Mega-Flops That Actually Made Way More Money Than You Think]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/notorious-flops-that-made-money/nathan-gibson?source=rss

In the world of modern cinema, studios make huge losses on films that doesn't live up to expectations. When budgets reach sums totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, with marketing campaigns that are equally as expensive, a disappointing release can prove incredibly costly. The unfortunate news for executives is, this happens all too often. Not every movie can be a hit, and there are dozens of massive box office bombs released every year.

However, not all notorious mega-flops lose money; more often than you might think, films regarded as disasters by the press narrative are victim to a misconstrued truth that gives rise to bizarre alternate reality rife with profitable movies regarded as flops. Peter Jackson's King Kong, which you may not even think of as a flop, is one such film, as press quotes from the time of the film's release will show. 

When worldwide box office receipts or DVD and blu-ray sales are taken into account, films regarded as flops are suddenly successful. Because of this, certain movies everyone believes were failures actually proved profitable for the studios behind them, though it some cases it took years for this to happen. Take a look at some of these flops that didn't flop and see if you thought they lost millions at the cinema.


Notorious Mega-Flops That Actually Made Way More Money Than You Think,

Alexander

So Oliver Stone, the man behind 20th century political masterpieces JFK and Platoon, elected to make a three-hour movie about an ancient Macedonia who amassed one of the largest empires in history and went undefeated in battle. Sure, okay. Why not? Oh, an Irishman plays Alexander? That's... weird.

Audiences didn't go along for the ride with Stone, and Alexander frequently finds itself on lists of the biggest box office disasters of all time. Though the movie made $167 million on a budget of $150 million, those figures don't take into account promotional costs, or that movie theaters keep as much as half of the box office revenue. Given this, it's been estimated Alexander lost about $71 million. And yet, all things considered, it probably made its money back in the long run. 

What these figures don't take into account is the unexpected success of Alexander on home release formats. It has been released four times, as the theatrical cut (175 mins), a Director's Cut (167 mins), a Final Cut (214 mins), and an Ultimate Cut (207 mins). As of 2006, the theatrical and Director's cut DVDs had sold a combined 3.5 million copies. As of 2012, the Final Cut (also called Alexander Revisited) had sold around a million copies.

So that's 4.5 million DVDs sold, and a whole other version not left uncounted. If you assume each copy sold for $15 (which is a low estimate, given how expensive DVDs are in the weeks immediately after release, and how many copies sell in the first few weeks of release), that's $67.5 million, just a bit shy of the $71 million in estimated losses.

Sure these numbers aren't iron clad, but it's also probably not a terrible estimate. Assuming sales of the Ultimate Cut were comparable to those of previous version, and even marginal sales increases in the first two releases since 2006, it would seem as though Alexander finds itself in profits. In 2017, the Ultimate Cut was added to Netflix, which earned the studio yet more money. 

A reappraisal of the film published on RogerEbert.com in 2014 states the movie did "eventually make back its production costs," though it's unclear whether this simply means the movie grossed more than it cost to make, or whether it recouped all expenses when factoring in marketing costs, theater take, and home video sales. 


Hook

Hook is a live action sequel to Peter Pan directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Robin Williams, Julie Roberts, and Dustin Hoffman. Can't go wrong, right? Wrong. By pretty much all accounts, the movie is awful, and is remembered as a flop. As with many films on this list, Hook reveals that many writers who create cultural narratives on the success or failure of films conflate critical drubbing with box office failure.  

When all was said and done, Hook turned a profit of $50 million thanks in part to a strong merchandising push that saw comics, video games, and action figures bring in $10 million.


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a widely loathed film that disappointed 19 years of expectations and had the misfortune of arriving in theaters the same summer as game-changing mega hits Iron Man and The Dark KnightIt was also an extremely expensive movie, with a production budget of $185 million and a marketing campaign that cost at least $150 million, for a total cost of more than $335 million. Assuming a two-and-a-half times the cost return is needed to make a film successful, Crystal Skull needed to bring in at least $837.5 million to turn a profit. 

It's unclear whether Crystal Skull is remembered as a flop because people believe it didn't do well at the box office or because everyone hated it. Whatever the reason, the pull of Indy proved too strong for audiences to resist; the movie earned $317,101,119 in the United States and $469,534,914 internationally, for a total take of $786,636,033. It was the third highest-grossing domestic film of 2008. 

That isn't $837.5, but the numbers here are a bit tricky. An article from the Los Angles Times claimed Crystal Skull only had to make $400 million for it to see a profit, which means $786 million would turn a mega profit. However, the article doesn't mention whether this figure is pure profit, or $400 million at the box office, and those are very different things. 

Whatever's going on with those numbers, Crystal Skull earned at least $117,107,120 in DVD sales, which number probably doesn't include digital sales and rentals, fees paid by streaming services to host the film, or blu-ray sales. Add that to box office, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has earned at least $903,743,153, which eclipses the $837.5 figure but more than $60 million. 


Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor was expected to be a huge box hit in 2001. It wasn't, and disappointment with its performance led to Disney boss Peter Schneider quitting. As the movie struggled to match expectations, it earned an unwarranted reputation as a major bomb. In its theatrical run, it earned $449,220,945 worldwide on a budget of $140 million. Factoring in marketing costs and theater take of the earnings, Pearl Harbor made the studio a profit of around $40 million.

And then you have home release figures. In its first week of home release, Pearl Harbor sold 3.7 million DVDs, earning around $130 million in just seven days. It was subsequently released in a number of new editions, and has also been released on VHS, blu-ray, and digitally. 


Planet of the Apes

Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes could never match the success of the original. Having been in development for years before it was finally released (and attached to such names as Oliver Stone and James Cameron, before Burton signed on), the remake received mixed reviews for the bizarre twist ending, and criticism for its cast choices.

Still, Planet of the Apes brought in more than $360 million in total box office receipts against a budget of $100 million. This modest financial success wasn't enough to convince Fox to greenlight a sequel, though. Fans waited until 2011 for a new entry in the franchise. A piece on box office failures from Den of Geek points out that, adjusted for inflation, the 2001 Planet of the Apes made almost as much as the 2011 reboot, and the former was considered a flop, while the later was hailed as a major success. 


Superman Returns

Superman Returns is widely accepted as an artistic failure and often referred to as a bomb. It had a gigantic budget of around $270 million, plus around $100 million in marketing costs, bringing the total outlay for Warner Bros. to an estimated $363 million. On that budget, it made $391,081,192. Despite barely making back production costs before tallying movie theater take, Alan Horn confirmed, in August 2006, the studio viewed the movie as a success (his wording is a bit tricky, and he doesn't seem to assert the movie was a financial success).  

Yet Superman Returns posted huge DVD sales, earning  $85,730,989 in the United States and Canada alone. These figures don't take into account blu-ray sales or worldwide numbers from either home video sales or sales of foreign home release licensing. 


Waterworld

Waterworld, released in 1995, is one of the most famous flops in movie history. Made on a massive budget of $172 million, which spiraled thanks to production problems and a hurricane that destroyed a large set, it received mix reviews from critics and audiences. Factoring in marketing, the total expenditure for the film was around $235 million. While it is true Waterworld failed to recoup its costs at the box office, a successful home release and other sales meant it made an estimated profit of $67 million.

As of 2015, Waterworld routinely makes lists of the biggest box office bombs of all time, despite the numbers showing a different narrative. If nothing else, you can take solace in the fact that one reviewer on Amazon described the movie as "like Mad Max, but wetter."


The Day the Earth Stood Still

The 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still is not a good movie. Critics didn't like it, and it didn't make much money in domestic release. On a budget of $80 million, not taking any marketing costs into consideration, it only earned $79,366,978 in the United States. To say it's remembered as a flop is probably untrue, because most people don't remember this movie at all. 

As with countless other films on this list, foreign box office and home release sales came to the rescue for The Day the Earth Stood Still. The movie earned $153,726,881 at the international box office, for a total take of $233,093,859, on top of at least $33,256,184 in DVD sales in the US alone. Tallying box office and home release numbers, The Day the Earth Stood Still earned at least $266,350,043, which is more than three times its production budget. 


The Wolverine

As Scott Mendelson points out in a piece comparing the financial performance of Ant Man and The Wolverine, the latter has been called "underwhelming," "disappointing," and "the latest blockbuster to flop". The success of Logan no doubt washed some of the stupid out of people's mouths when it comes to talking about The Wolverine, but it was undoubtedly considered a failure at one point in time. 

Though The Wolverine is the lowest domestic-grossing of the 10 X-Men movies as of 2017, it's sixth on the list for international box office, placing it above X2, X-Men, and First Class, three of the best films in the franchise. The movie earned $132,556,852 in the US and $282,271,394 in foreign markets, for a total take of $414,828,246, on a budget of about $120 million with an estimated marketing budget of $63.5 million. 

The Wolverine was also a hit on DVD and blu-ray, outperforming the likes of Iron Man 3. Total domestic home media sales were almost $80 million, meaning the film earned more than a combined $500 million in theatrical and home release. 


Terminator Genisys

The release of Terminator: Genisys in 2015 led to sneers from almost everyone, including longtime fans of the franchise. Flickering Myth went so far as to wonder whether it's the worst tentpole ever made. With an incredibly complicated plot that was almost impossible to follow and baffling casting choices, it was a failure in the US, grossing just $89,760,956 domestically. This led to the movie being stuck with the label of failure, despite its strong showing internationally.

Genisys earned $113,175,898 in China, and $350,842,581 in total overseas box office. As Forbes points out, it made more than two-and-a-half times its production budget, a general mark for profitability. It's total worldwide gross was $440,603,537, against a production budget of $155 million, and it earned at least $25,690,974 in domestic DVD and blu-ray sales, which numbers don't take into account fees from streaming services or digital sales and rentals. 



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:36:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/notorious-flops-that-made-money/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-lied-to-get-movie-roles/anncasano?source=rss

Who hasn't lied on a resume in order to get a job? Making it as an A-List actor or actress is a one-in-a-million chance, so this list of celebrities who lied to get parts shouldn't really surprise anyone. Leave your judgment at the door and check out these famous actors who lied to get movie roles.

Do you speak German? Ja. Are you a skilled horseback rider? Of course. How old are you? I’m exactly the age you need me to be to appear in this movie. Language skills can be learned, horseback riding can be taught, and age is just a number. Let’s face it, when young actors desperate for work arrive in Hollywood, lying about a skill set or their age is just a technicality. Unless, of course, that fib comes back to haunt them.

One famous actress on this list lied that she loved horses, when in fact she was not only terrified of them, but also allergic. Another actor said he had mad volleyball skills, but when it came time to serve and volley, he looked like a fool in front of the film’s cast and crew. Several actors have lied about being able to ride horses. Like, way more than you might expect. Read about those stories and other famous celebrities who lied to get ahead in Hollywood.


These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles,

Anne Hathaway

During Anne Hathaway's audition for Brokeback Mountain, she took her parents' advice and lied to director Ang Lee about her skill set. She admitted as much in an interview with Out magazine:

"When I left the audition, the last thing Ang said was, ‘Oh, by the way, can you ride a horse?’ My parents have given me a lot of gifts in my life, and one of them is: If you’re ever asked if you can do anything, say yes. You can learn anything in two weeks if you’re motivated enough. So I’d never been on a horse, and I replied, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a really good rider.’ So I knew I had to learn to ride, and I got really, really, really good."

Although the Oscar winner learned how to ride before production began, the lie came back to haunt her. When she got to the set, Hathaway didn't realize the horse she was given only responded to verbal commands. Therefore, she was unable to figure out how to ride it. The truth came out during rehearsal in front of hundreds of extras.


Chloë Grace Moretz

Who says a young lass can't fool a veteran director? When 14-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz auditioned in front of Martin Scorsese for the part of Isabelle in 2011's Hugo, the native Georgian told the Academy-Award-winning director she was British.

Moretz came clean during a December 2011 interview with The Mirror:

"He flew [British co-star Asa Butterfield] and I out to New York to audition in front of him and I spoke in a British accent the whole time. I'd lived in London for five months when I was filming Kick-Ass, so I knew the rhythm of the accent, which is one of the main things you have to pick up. There's huge difference in the way the British act and speak, and I stayed in character with Marty until the end.

"When I thanked him and walked out, he said, 'Hold on, did I hear an American accent?' I said, 'Maybe', and he replied, 'You tricked me'. But it worked because I got the part. Sometimes you have to do whatever you can to get the role."


Daniel Craig

British actor Daniel Craig used to say he was a skilled horse rider in order to land parts. He had no experience riding horses, but got away with the fib for a while. "The horse movies I had done before had so little money that I didn't have the chance to practice. I would just turn up to shoot and get on a horse pretending to know what I was doing - sometimes just to get the part."

Craig could no longer fake it when he was cast in the science fiction/western genre bender Cowboys & Aliens (2011); he needed to learn how to ride for the movie and wound up liking the experience. "I was on a horse every day for two weeks before we started shooting this movie so by the end, had I had the land, I would have bought a horse!"


Eddie Redmayne

Fake it 'til you make it... or kill yourself trying? Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne lied to director Tom Hooper about being an experienced horseback rider, a skill set needed for period piece Elizabeth I. When Redmayne perched himself on a massive stallion surrounded by 40 stuntmen on horses, with Helen Mirren waiting in the wings, things went horribly wrong.

"They called action and I basically went ferociously down at 100 miles an hour. I almost killed myself, almost killed half of the crew," Redmayne revealed on Conan O'Brien's late night show. "Tom Hooper comes from behind Helen Mirren with a huge loud speaker and goes, 'You’re a f*cking liar, Redmayne.'"

Thankfully for Redmayne, Hooper didn't fire him, but rather sent the actor for horseback riding lessons.


George Lazenby

When thinking about all the actors who have played James Bond, most don't even recall George Lazenby as 007. The Australian model had no acting experience whatsoever when asked to audition for Bond by a casting agent he had dated. The first thing Lazenby did in his attempt to replace Sean Connery as Bond was get a complete makeover.

"He went to Sean Connery’s barber, Kurt’s, then in the basement of the Dorchester. He asked for his hair to be cut like Bond. Kurt then told him who was Connery’s tailor, and Lazenby went to get a suit. At Anthony Sinclair, no bespoke suit could be readied in time, but there was one Connery had rejected. It fit Lazenby like a sartorial Excalibur."

Then, Lazenby concocted some lies. When casting director Dyson Lovell took the actor to meet producer Harry Saltzman, Lazenby thought up a fake acting resume en route to the meeting. Later in the vetting process, Lazenby buckled under his lie, confessing to director Peter Hunt.

"I’ve never acted a day in my life. I’ve modeled but never spoken in front of a camera.’ And he’s looking at me, ‘What? And you say you can’t act? You’ve fooled two of the most ruthless men I’ve ever met in my life. Stick to your story, and I’ll make you the next James Bond.’"

Lazenby only played Bond in one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). He was offered a long term contract to appear in additional Bond movies but got some bad advice from a friend and refused the generous offer. Sean Connery came for Diamonds Are Forever (1971) before giving way to Roger Moore.


Laura Fraser

In order to get the part of high-powered executive black marketeer Lydia Rodarte-Quayle on AMC's Breaking Bad, Laura Fraser lied when studio heads asked whether she speaks German. The Scottish actress admitted only after she was cast and had appeared on the show that she lied her way into the role. Outside of a few basic phrases she learned in school, Fraser doesn't speak German.

Fraser learned her lines phonetically. She recalls thinking, "Oh no, what’s coming? It was corporate-speak German and it was a nightmare – it took me days to learn a little paragraph. Now I bore my family with it – it’s my party trick."


Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne got his start acting at 11, when he played Josh Hall on daytime soap One Life to Live. He eventually left One Life to Live to play Tyrone Miller, AKA Mr. Clean, in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now when he was just 14. How could a 14-year-old boy be allowed to play a soldier in a notoriously grueling movie about the Vietnam War?

He lied. Fishburne told Coppola he was 16. The actor was on set for the film from 1976-1978, living in the jungles of the Philippines, working alongside several of the most acclaimed actors in cinema, including Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall. Fishburne credits Coppola for having a major influence on his craft: "As an actor, Coppola trained me. That was my training ground."


Mila Kunis

During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012, Mila Kunis admitted she told a sort-of lie about her age in order to land the part of Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show. All the actors who auditioned for the show had to be at least 18 years old. Kunis was 14. She explained to Leno, "Legally I was 14, but I told them I was a little bit older... I told them I was gonna be 18, which is not technically a lie, cause at one point... I was gonna be 18."

Eventually, the producers figured out Kunis was underage, but put it aside because she was the best fit for the part. The Ukraine-born actress stayed on the show for eight seasons before transitioning to a career on the big screen.


Nicolas Cage

Due to the graphic nature of the hilariously raunchy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), all the actors who auditioned for the film had to be at least 18. Nicolas Cage wanted the part of Brad Hamilton (which went to Judge Reinhold), so the 17-year-old actor lied, saying he was 18. Producers figured out Cage was fibbing, and the actor later stated he didn't get the part of Brad because he was a minor and therefore couldn't work the hours needed for a larger role.

Despite being a minor, Cage scored a bit part in the movie, playing one of Brad's friends. Cage has said his first screen role on the set of Fast Times was a "terrible experience."

"I was surrounded by actors, whose names I won’t mention, who were not very open to the idea of a young guy named ‘Coppola’ being an actor. So that movie was instrumental in me changing my name because of the kind of unfortunate responses to my last name… They would congregate outside my trailer and say things, like quoting lines from Apocalypse Now, and it made it very hard for me to believe in myself."

The Academy Award-winning actor changed his stage name from Coppola to Cage not long after. In case you didn't know, his uncle is Francis Ford Coppola.


Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams really wanted to work with acclaimed director Terrence Malick. When considered for the part of Jane in To The Wonder (2012), she was asked whether she liked horses or had an issue working with them. McAdams lied, saying she loved horses. In truth, she's allergic to, and was terrified of, horses.

McAdams controlled her allergies with antihistamines and overcome her fear of horses. She said during an interview with The Guardian, "My first day of the shoot I was in the middle of a corral with 50 horses who had never before been touched by humans. It's like when people ask if you can ride for a medieval film – you think you can just get away with it. And I did, somehow!"



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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:17:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-lied-to-get-movie-roles/anncasano
<![CDATA[Julia Roberts Is Far From The American Sweetheart She Appears To Be]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dark-julia-roberts-stories/anncasano?source=rss

Quick - who is the first actress you think of when you hear the phrase “America’s Sweetheart?” If you said the actress who starred in Pretty Woman, then you may be surprised to hear these dark Julia Roberts stories. The Georgia-born Academy Award winner with the million dollar smile may have captured the hearts of audiences around the world, but these true Julia Roberts stories may make you think twice about her seemingly squeaky-clean, nice girl image.

Roberts hit the big screen with a bang in 1988 in the sleeper comedy Mystic Pizza, and went on to appear in a few other films over the years before catapulting into the mainstream with her portrayal of a prostitute with a heart of gold in Garry Marshall’s 1990 smash romantic comedy Pretty Woman. Roberts was just 23 years old and could light up a room with her mega-smile, movie-star glamor, and sweet girl-next-door persona.

But it was not long before Julia Roberts's personal drama began to take over the tabloids. In Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook, a rumor emerged that Roberts was such a diva on the set while playing Tinker Bell that the crew began to refer to the actress as “Tinker-Hell.” Was Julia Roberts's romantic life to blame for her bad behavior? After all, she had just called off her marriage to Kiefer Sutherland mere days before their wedding in order to run away to Ireland with Jason Patric. 

The Erin Brockovich star has not had an easy life. There are reports that her stepfather was abusive, and much has been made in the press about her contentious relationship with her brother, fellow actor Eric Roberts. Read more about these ten dark Julia Roberts facts that suggest that one of modern cinema’s most beloved actresses may have more than a few skeletons in her closet.


Julia Roberts Is Far From The American Sweetheart She Appears To Be,

Roberts's Outlandish Security Detail Barred Hindu Villagers From Worshiping In Their Temple

Hindu villagers who lived near Delhi, India, became extremely unhappy during the filming of Roberts's 2010 drama Eat, Pray, Love. Production for the film took place at the beginning of Navratri - the nine-day worship of the goddess Durga - and worshippers were rather disappointed to see that their temple had been shut down and sealed off by Roberts's security team of 350 guards.

"Entry for devotees is barred. We were not allowed to enter and pray in the morning by the security. Only those who could manage to sneak in did so, but most of us were all sent back. It's Navratras and we must not be stopped from visiting a temple," said Shakuntala Devi.

A senior local police officer said no one would be allowed to breach security: "There are more than 100 policemen outside the Ashram Hari Mandir and almost [an] equal number inside the premises, both uniformed and in civilian disguise. Nobody can breach this cover and no outsider is allowed to enter the ashram, no matter whosoever he or she is. We have strict instructions."

Of course, it was not all Roberts's fault. The producers were the ones who scheduled to shoot the film in India during a time of worship. However, the actress' security detail rivaled that of any president and locals took notice. Roberts stayed at Pataudi Palace with her three children where they were protected by 40 gunmen. Prior to Roberts's arrival in India, she was considered one of the most "Hindu-friendly" celebrities, yet her seemingly outrageous security detail caused a lot of uproar within the country.


Roberts Allegedly Responds Very Poorly To Criticism

During the 2009 premiere of Roberts's film Duplicity, writer and critic Roger Friedman accused the actress of being “rude, downright nasty, and dismissive.” He also said that Roberts snubbed him in front of other people, and cut in between him and director Tony Gilroy. Friedman called the Notting Hill star's behavior, “unexpected and chilling.”

When Friedman asked Roberts’s publicist, Marcy Engelman, what the problem was, she replied, “She knows you broke the embargo on her play and wrote bad things about her.” However, the major issue with Roberts's alleged behavior toward Friedman is that his review of her performance in the Broadway play, Three Days of Rain, in 2006 was actually rather positive.

Plus, Friedman wrote another review of the play after it opened that was equally as complimentary to Roberts’s performance, though Friedman points out that many other critics panned Roberts’s stage acting. Perhaps she was given the incorrect information and someone mistook Friedman for another critic?

Friedman concluded, “I wouldn't have thought that what I wrote about Roberts in her play could have justified the scene at last night’s party. It was not pretty, and it was meant to be devastating. Her associates said, 'This is what she was told.' And that’s even worse: to think that most people in Hollywood start many conversations with these words: 'I was told you wrote (blank).'"


Did Roberts Break Up A Marriage?

Julia Roberts married cameraman Danny Moder at her New Mexico ranch in 2002. The pair met while working on the film The Mexican (2001) when Moder was still technically married to his then-wife Vera. Moder's ex has accused the Sleeping with the Enemy actress of breaking up her marriage; however, Roberts claims that Danny and Vera's marriage was already over before she even met him:

"He sorted his whole thing out, separate and apart from me. And I sorted my life out, separate and apart from him. I think that's the only reason we were able to ultimately fall in love with each other and be together."

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Oprah comes right out and asks Roberts if she was the cause of Danny and Vera's divorce. Roberts replied, "No. I'm an easy person to point the finger at - "She did it" - and I see that. I don't begrudge people the easy finger-point. It just doesn't happen to be so."


She Has Had A Tumultuous Relationship With Brother, Eric Roberts

Depending on which publication you read, there are a lot of different stories circulating about the status of Julia's relationship with her brother Eric Roberts. According to People, the siblings became estranged in 1993 after Julia sided with Eric's ex-girlfriend, Kelly Cunningham, during a custody battle concerning the couple's daughter. However, the siblings reportedly reconciled following the birth of Julia's twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel, in 2004.

Eric visited Julia in the hospital just two days after the twins were born. The Oscar-nominated actor said of the reunion with his sister: "We all dropped a couple of tears. We couldn't stop going, ‘Ooo, wow, look at his hands, look at his feet, he’s got red hair!'”

Eric and Julia appear to have remained on good terms since then. In 2010, Eric discussed the media-hyped bad blood. "There was never really a feud. We’re brother and sister and we both have really strong opinions about things, so it’s a lot of ‘f*** you,’ ‘no, f*** you,’ and hanging up the phone,” he said. “But it got so blown out of proportion. We stopped talking and then with the birth of the twins we started talking again.” He also added, "Now we talk almost every day. I like her."


Her Sister's Fiance Blames Julia For Tragic Suicide

In 2014, Julia Roberts's half-sister, Nancy Motes, committed suicide by way of drug overdose. Motes left a 12-page suicide note that blamed her famous sister for driving her to lethal ends. Motes’s fiance, John Dilbeck, spoke about the sisters' tumultuous relationship during an exclusive interview. He explained: 

"The world knows Julia Roberts as America’s sweetheart, but the reality is far different... Nancy felt bullied by Julia her whole life. Julia tormented Nancy about her weight and called her a fat failure. Nancy spiraled into a pit of depression and took her own life... I found her dead in a cold bath. I put the blame for that firmly in the hands of her family. If Nancy hadn’t been Julia Roberts’s kid sister I believe she would still be alive."

Among many other claims, Dilbeck also alleged that his fiance's family had Nancy cremated and did not invite him to the funeral, even though Dilbeck and Nancy had been together for five years before he proposed.


She Had An Abusive Stepfather

Julia Roberts has never spoken publicly about her stepfather; however, by many accounts he was an abusive alcoholic that the actress "feared and despised." Michael Motes married Julia's mom, Betty, in 1972 and the couple divorced in 1983. Betty cited "cruel treatment" in her divorce petition and subsequently called her marriage to Motes, "the biggest mistake I ever made."

Julia's brother Eric has gone public regarding their abusive stepfather:

"It was common knowledge where we grew up that Motes was a freak. He would have stood out in a crowd of ten thousand. Whether he married my mother to get close to her children or not, I don’t know. But clearly, marrying him was not a good decision or a healthy thing for her children. Our mother’s husband terrorized and abused me, and I fear he terrorized my sisters, Julia and Lisa, as well."


Nick Nolte Says That Roberts Is Not A Nice Person And Everyone Knows That

Julia Roberts and her I Love Trouble (1994) co-star Nick Nolte reportedly hated each other so much that they couldn't even act together in the same scene. The on-set rumor was that they had to film their scenes separately and then use stand-ins in an effort to create on-screen chemistry. And Roberts did not keep her feelings about Nolte to herself. She told The New York Times that her co-star could be "charming and nice, [but] he's also completely disgusting."

Nolte's reply to Roberts's public dis possibly confirmed the hush-hush rumor that the Pretty Woman actress is not as congenial as her nice-girl persona. He retorted, "It's not nice to call someone 'disgusting.' But she's not a nice person. Everyone knows that."

Even 15 years after the forgettable romantic comedy left theaters, Roberts still hadn't forgotten about her public beef with Nolte. In 2009, the actress appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman and told an unpleasant story about a particular actor she had worked with in the past. Roberts then went into her best profanity-filled Nick Nolte impression for Letterman, "What the f*** is that? Did you not f***ing hear me? You don’t know what you’re talking about!"


The Crew On The Set Of Hook Nicknamed Roberts "Tinker-Hell"

Though Steven Spielberg has not had a lot of missteps in his career, 1991's Hook failed to impress critics. One possible weak point may have been Roberts's mental condition during its production. Her role as Tinker Bell in the movie was not a huge part; however, it was an especially tumultuous time for the actress.

Roberts was in her early 20s in 1991, and she had just called off her engagement to Kiefer Sutherland, three days before their wedding. There were several rumors that the actress was a complete emotional wreck during production. In fact, when Spielberg was asked during an interview with 60 Minutes if he would ever work with Roberts again, he replied with a simple, "No." He also added, "It was not a great time for Julia and I to be working together."

Roberts's behavior was so prima donna-like that the Hook crew reportedly nicknamed her "Tinker-Hell." However, the most damning allegation from the set was that, because she appeared throughout most of the movie in her bare feet, Roberts required a personal assistant whose only job was to keep her feet clean.

However, there are two sides to every story and Roberts had her say about the negative press she received and Spielberg's remarks during a 1991 interview with Vanity Fair:

"Hand to God: not a thing I read about that was truthful, and it really hurt my feelings. Because not only did it make me sound mean, but it was a situation where people who knew the truth talked about it in a way that wasn’t untruthful... I saw that and my eyes popped out of my head. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that this person that I knew and trusted was actually hesitating to come to my defense... It was a hard lesson to learn."


Her Father Died When She Was Just Ten Years Old

Julia's biological father Walter Grady Roberts died of throat cancer in 1972 at the young age of 44. Her parents had already divorced by the time that Julia was in kindergarten, and her stepfather was already in the picture by the time Walter passed away. Julia was only ten years old.


She Didn't Just Play A Runaway Bride In The Movies

Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts met on the set of Flatliners in 1990. The pair fell in love and, even though they were both in their early 20s, they decided to get married. Kiefer and Julia were the Hollywood "it-couple" of the day, but then, three days before their wedding, Roberts abruptly called off the ceremony and fled to Ireland with Sutherland's friend Jason Patric. As one would imagine, the tabloids went crazy.

Rumors circulated that Sutherland was having an affair; however, the actor denied the speculation. When Roberts and Patric returned from their trip abroad, the paparazzi followed them everywhere. The pair eventually went public with their relationship, though their romance ended shortly after in 1992.

And credit is due to Sutherland for not holding a long-term grudge - during a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone he said, "I commend Julia for seeing how young and silly we were, even at the last minute, even as painful and as difficult as it was. Thank God she saw it."



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<![CDATA[Pungent Vagina Dentata Imagery In Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vagina-dentata-imagery-in-movies/lisa-a-flowers?source=rss

The fear of and belief in vaginas with teeth (vagina dentata) arises from a wealth of myths from around the world, all of which involve female genitalia becoming ravenous and going nomnomnom on some wang, or on any number of other things. From the magnificently surreal to the vaguely (and/or blatantly) Freudian, vagina dentata imagery in movies is an art in itself. Some filmmakers, like Alejandro Jodorowsky, brilliantly and enthusiastically revel in the psychedelic possibilities of Plato's cave, while others (like Ridley Scott and Alien designer HR Giger) delight in exploring vagina phobias.

What is vagina dentata imagery? In a nutshell, it's anything (doors, quicksand pits, etc ... the sky's the limit) that resembles, or suggests, female genitalia with teeth. Where can you find such imagery? In figures like Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, or in the angry, vulva-faced abomination in Predator. Then you've got your regular, un-symbolic human vaginas with teeth, as in 2007 indie-horror flick Teeth, which is about a girl who happens to have a crotch-demon that becomes gnashingly enraged everytime one of her suitors acts like a pig (Which is almost all the time).

Whether you're a pro at spotting surreal sexual imagery or are looking for a film to cut your dentata teeth on, the below list is for you.


Pungent Vagina Dentata Imagery In Movies,

Alien

Alien is undoubtedly the reigning cinematic queen of vagina dentata imagery, and the sequels picked up its queue with aplomb; all subsequent Alien films have just as many fanged, slavering crotches as the mother movie. Indeed, the series belongs to a subgenre of vagina dentata movies that play specifically into the male fear of being smothered by predatory gash.

When the first film debuted in 1979, it introduced legions of viewers to the ravenous, oozing wonders of designer HR Giger, whose anatomical inventiveness never ceased. Consider the film's legendary face-hugging scene, which begins with a vagina that, once cracked open, becomes an octopus-like entity wound in a series of phallic coils. Or the unforgettable sight of what looks like an alien delta of Venus mashed up against the glass. Take your pick: the series is pretty much about nothing but alien genitalia gone pathological.


El Topo

Surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky takes a limitless approach to everything, including death, birth, and the vagina as a psychedelic portal. He's talked about "Superman ejaculations so strong that the sperm going through the woman vagina, the whole body, the head [exploded through] the head and destroyed a skyscraper." [sic]. So it's no surprise nearly all of his films, including 1970's El Topo, include at least one reference to the gateway by which everyone makes their way out into the world. The above scene, in which a slain man lies in a distinctly vaginal ditch full of blood, doesn't contain any teeth-imagery, but where there's blood, there's vagina dentata,


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

For a contemporary Disney film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest sure has a lot of vagina dentata imagery. The company's old-school masterpieces contained subliminal references galore, but in this age of sanitized correctness and careful vetting, it's rare to see a family-friendly company go down these kinds of rabbit holes/fanged female canals.The kraken, a legendary creature out of Greek mythology, has been depicted in countless ways down through the centuries, but cinema will always welcome new Plato's Cave-spired visions. 

If you want to get technical, a lot of the imagery on this list calls to mind the vulva rather than the vagina. Dead Man's Chest, however, plants its flag firmly in vagland, carving away everything but the moist center of the beast and loading it with so many teeth the kraken seems as much like surrealist art as it it does CG creature. 


Predator

Film and literature are full of environmental abominations, from mutated kangaroo fetuses to fish that fry themselves to that dog with a human face in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Then there's Predator, a hulking humanoid alien with the physique of a male Olympian and a giant, fanged clunge for a mouth. If you don't know what to call him, take a cue from Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) of Predator 2, who dubbed his nemesis "p*ssy face."


Starship Troopers

If the bug-brain in Starship Troopers isn't a giant, enraged, homicidal vagina, what is? In the scene in which the bug brain makes its screen debut, you can pretty much see everything, including a NSFW money shot (which actually, and cleverly, is SFW; because technically it's a bug, rather than a flabby, heaving, suppurating mommy biscuit).

A great bonus feature of the bug brain/nefarious hoo-haw is its giant killer clitoris, which protrudes from the labia minora's folds, reveals a goo-drenched spike, and turns people into shish kabobs. The observant viewer will also note the intercourse imagery, which is on full display as said spike goes in and out of its sanguine pincushion, doing its thing. Make a wrong move with this extraterrestrial clam and it will penetrate you to death. 


Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi's sarlacc pit basically reinvented female anatomy, and succeeded in planting vagina dentata into the Freudian subconscious of millions of first generation Star Wars kids. Indeed, it's hard to beat the poetic image of a giant crotch gaping in the middle of the desert, waiting, like fanged vag quicksand, to devour everything that falls into it. You have to wonder whether the little button beast in the middle is an intrepid lance trapped forever in the nightmare of a toothy snapper ... or perhaps merely the Sarlacc clitoris


Teeth

Teeth, perhaps the most popular contemporary film about vagina dentata, doesn't really have much symbolic vaginal imagery, because it is about vagina dentata, straight up. The movie tells the fairly straightforward tale of a girl whose crotch takes her frustrations and fears into it own hands. First, it bites off the digits of a sleazy OB/GYN's. Then it moves on to more naughty bits. Just think of its protagonist as a female version of The Hulk's David Banner. 


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Much to the chagrin of some diehard Lord of the Rings fans, Peter Jackson and cohorts made the world wait for Return of the King to see giant spider Shelob in action. In the books, she appears in The Two Towers, so imagine the anti-climax for those eagerly anticipating a battle with a huge arachnid at the end of the film. 

Unsurprisingly, Shelob is a female spider, and she's there to ensnare a pair of men on a heroic quest to enter a dark mountain. If the metaphor of a web-spinning woman trying to wrench two men away from one another is too subtle for you, you're in luck: Shelob's mouth looks like a murky crotch wallow hewn of fur and fangs. 


Videodrome

"Long live the New Flesh!"

So goes the rallying cry of the apocalypse in David Cronenberg's Videodrome, still one of the most disturbing films ever made, even in this era of advanced technology. The movie is filled to the hilt with Freudian symbols: who could forget that penis gun stretching itself out of the television? Or that moment, during the same sequence, when James Spader's stomach turns into a fearsome-looking vagina he can reach right into? There's no suggestion of teeth, but you just know you were expecting that hand to get bitten off, don't you.


The Hallucinogenic Dentata Portal In 'The Laughing Woman'

Italian surrealist thriller The Laughing Woman (1969) isn't much known outside of arthouse circles, which is a shame, because it contains a dazzling wealth of vagina dentata imagery. The film tells the story of a maniac who kidnaps women so he can play bizarre, sadistic games with them. In the end, the victim becomes the victor, but not before her deranged abductor has an hallucinatory vision of walking through a giant, fanged vagina that spits him back out as a skeleton. (If you're an avant garde interior decorator, this film is a must-see).



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:06:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/vagina-dentata-imagery-in-movies/lisa-a-flowers
<![CDATA[Disney Concept Art That's Way Crazier Than What Ended Up In The Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-disney-concept-art/alexandra-plesa?source=rss

It requires tons of creativity and hard work to bring an animated character to life, and the work all starts with concept art. While everyone knows first drafts are drafts for a reason, it’s always nice to look back and ponder upon how the beloved Disney characters would have looked like if the studio went forward with the initial concept. For instance, what if Ariel wasn’t a redhead? Or what if Belle wore a different colored dress for her famous dance scene? There are tons of Disney concept art that doesn't match the final product.

Compiled here are side-by-side comparisons of concept art with the actual outcome that will give you a peak at what might have been. A quick glance at terrible superhero concept art will show you that it’s normal for the final results to look different from the initial sketch. However, when it comes to the characters of the best Disney animated movies and CGI films, they are so engrained in the hearts of fans that it’s hard to imagine them looking any other way. Take a look below and vote up the weirdest Disney concept art. 


Disney Concept Art That's Way Crazier Than What Ended Up In The Movie,

Ursula Used To Look Much Less Menacing

Dr. Porter Was A Ginger!

Gaston Almost Had A Moustache

Elsa's Hair Grew Significantly

Cinderella's Style Certainly Evolved

Cogsworth Dressed Down For the Movie

The Queen And King Of Hearts Wore Much More Elaborate Outfits

Aladdin Used To Be More Adventurous Style-Wise

Shan Yu Was More Of A Shadow Than A Character

Hades' Hair Used To Be Red. What?


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 02:38:48 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-disney-concept-art/alexandra-plesa
<![CDATA[Pretty Good World War II Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-world-war-two-movies/aaron-edwards?source=rss

World War II has been mined so aggressively by filmmakers you'd expect the mine to have collapsed and been deemed unsafe for human habitation decades ago. Yet the war was so extensive, involved so many countries, continents, and people, and so thoroughly impacted the shaping of contemporary global society, the pull of its tractor beam is impossible to resist for those on the prowl for potent human drama. You've no doubt seen the cream of the crop of World War II movies, pictures like The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of the Navarone, The Great Escape, Rome, Open City, Saving Private Ryan, The Human Condition, and Army of Shadows. If you're hankering for more but aren't sure where to start, take a look at the pretty good World War II movies on this list. 

Lesser known war movies aren't necessarily bad war movies. There are plenty of classic Japanese World War II movies you've never seen simply because you don't seek out old Japanese movies (check out Harp of Burma and Fires on the Plain). So don't immediately dismiss some of the forgotten World War II movies on this list just because you've never heard of them. They're all decent WWII movies, despite middling reputations and a distinct lack of cultural capital. If you've seen the classics and need a few more WWII movies worth seeing on your to-watch list, this list's for you. 


Pretty Good World War II Movies,

Enemy at the Gates

You don't get to see the Russian perspective of World War II very often, so for that alone, Enemy at the Gates is worth a look. It tells the true story of the Battle of Stalingard, as seen through the eyes of a character based on famous sniper Vasily Zaytsev (here called Vassili and played by a very un-Russian fellow called Jude Law).

Enemy at the Gates has fantastic leads in Jude Law, Rachael Weisz, and Ed Harris, but fictionalizes events a little too much. The director also made the decision to have every actor speak in her or his natural accent, which is fantastically disorienting, because it means you've got Russians who sound English and Germans who sound American (and some who speak German, because... why?). What could have been a fantastic, intimate war movie is relatively run-of-the-mill, but still a satisfying experience.


Flags of Our Fathers

Part of Clint Eastwood's two-film experiment, Flags of our Fathers takes the American perspective of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Japanese-centric half of the diptych, Letters From Iwo Jima, is a far better movie. There's nothing terribly wrong with Flags of Our Fathers, but it's a fairly conventional war picture full of sentimentality. Its lack of subtlety sometimes feels like pro-American propaganda, but it's a well-made picture, and not bad way to spend a few hours.


Hell in the Pacific

Hell in the Pacific is impossible to resist on paper. Two men trapped on an island and locked in conflict during World War II, played by Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, High & Low, etc etc etc) and Lee Marvin (The Dirty Dozen, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance, The Big Red One), two of mid-century cinema's ultimate badasses. What's more, it was directed by John Boorman, who gave the world Deliverance

So what gives? Why isn't Hell in the Pacific regarded as a masterpiece? For starters, the film hardly has any dialogue, and only two characters. Imagine Cast Away if the whole thing took place on the island, the charm of Tom Hanks was replaced by two brutal action stars, and, instead of talking, Chuck (Hanks) and Wilson spent most of the movie trying to kill one another. Hell in the Pacific is a dark, rigorous character study; a treat for cinephiles, a test of patience for those looking for a wartime adventure. 


Midway

The Battle of Midway is one of the defining moments in the Pacific theater, a defeat from which the Japanese navy never fully recovered. Historian John Keegan called it "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare." So, there's a lot of potent material there. 

You'd think a movie recounting the events of Midway, with an all-star cast including Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, and Toshiro Mifune, would be absolutely riveting. Unfortunately, the filmmakers opted to take a rare and admirable path, focusing on historical accuracy rather than cloying drama. Because of this, Midway plays more like documentary than dramatization. WWII buffs will find a lot to like, but those looking for a war epic picture might want to look elsewhere.


The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown, which has nothing to do with the Europe song of the same name, has an ingenious premise: what if a modern day aircraft carrier accidently went back in time to the day before Pearl Harbor? Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen lead a great cast, whose characters spend most of their time debating whether they should change one of the defining moments in modern history.

And that's the big problem with The Final Countdown - it's mostly talk. The pros and cons of changing history are debated left and right, but when it's time to pay everything off, the movie refuses to do so. It could have been a Twilight Zone episode; instead, it's an experimental popcorn movie.


Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a pretty well known film, and regarded by some as a classic, but it's ultimately not much better than pretty good. It could've been at least half masterpiece - Akira Kurosawa was hired to make the Japanese portion of the film, but was removed from the production after about a week of filming, due to a number of reasons.

Rather than a compassionate, complex look at the intricacies of the war's cultural and historical context, Tora! Tora! Tora! is a serviceable, overlong battle picture. It got some pretty savage reviews when it came out, which are worth a peek.

Roger Ebert: "Tora! Tora! Tora! is one of the deadest, dullest blockbusters ever made. The very word 'blockbuster' may be too lusty to describe it; maybe 'blocktickler' is more like it for this timid epic."

Vincent Canby of The New York Times: "As history, it seems a fairly accurate account of what happened, although it never much bothers its head about why. As film art, it is nothing less than a $25-million irrelevancy."


Two Women

There are plenty of settings for a WWII drama, and central Italy is as good as any. Hell, some of the best movies ever made are set in Italy: Rome, Open City, La Dolce Vita, The Bicycle Thief, La Strada.

Two Women does not make the short list. The movie stars Sophia Loren as Cesira and Eleonora Brown as her daughter, Rosetta, and follows them on their quest to escape the horrors of war, which are shown in full, brutal detail. Often bogged down by melodrama, the film features some striking and disturbing sequences, such as when a 12-year-old girl goes out dancing with a boy after being molested by German soldiers, a juxtaposition that encapsulates the mentality of its time so well - the war is violating us, but we have to get on with our lives. 


Valkyrie

Bryan Singer's underrated WWII thriller Valkyrie chronicles the true story of a group of high-ranking Nazi officers who tried to assassinate Hitler and stage a coup to take control of Berlin and make peace with the Allies. It's a taut film that effectively relates history through harrowing drama. However, much of the "why" is left unexplained. Valkyrie hopes you know Hitler is bad (he was, in case you're doubting that), and uses this accepted wisdom as justification to call the characters into action, despite the fact the true events were far more complicated. Still, the film is very well paced and plays like a great thriller.


Where Eagles Dare

A daring men-on-a-mission movie about an Allied squad led by Clint Eastwood breaking into an impenetrable Nazi fortress to rescue a captured general, Where Eagles Dare is B-picture adventure fare through-and-through. If you think that sounds fun, you're absolutely right. However, the plot takes a rather strange left turn involving a mole hunt that throws one-too-many monkey wrenches into the story. It's a good time, but a more streamlined narrative would have made it much better.


Captain America: The First Avenger

A superhero movie set in World War II is an inspired idea, and the first half of Captain America: The First Avenger really sings. The characterization of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is fantastic, as is the tale to him attaining his powers and entering the war. But once he becomes Captain America and fights the Nazis (or Hydra, as the film would prefer), the movie loses much of its forward momentum. Instead of sticking to Steve's personal tale, The First Avenger checks off a bunch of plot points to set up the sequel



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:56:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-world-war-two-movies/aaron-edwards
<![CDATA[You Should Go See Baby Driver: It's Fast And Furious, With An Awesome Soundtrack]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-to-see-baby-driver/zack-howe?source=rss

There are a thousand reasons to see Baby Driver, but you only need one to get in the theater: you've never seen anything quite like it. Baby Driver puts the soundtrack of every other movie to shame, by virtue of how it seamlessly integrates music into the plot. The soundscape drives and punctuates every single second of action (and, indeed, inaction) on screen. The entire movie is a dance of audio/visual harmony, utterly breathtaking from start to finish. 

And it's cool. Oh, it's so, so staggeringly cool. Baby Driver is somehow sleek, sexy, hilarious, and terrifying all at the same time. Light and dark tug at each other constantly. In fact, the entire movie is a push and pull of opposing, dichotomous components that simultaneously provide tension while working perfectly in tandem. 

So go see Baby Driver. It's the best decision you'll make all summer. Go. Like, now. Well, okay, read this first so you can get an idea of how awesome it is, but then just go. You won't regret it.


You Should Go See Baby Driver: It's Fast And Furious, With An Awesome Soundtrack,

The Music Shines A Light On A Dark And Gritty World

The best element of Baby Driver, what makes it a true revelation, is the seamless integration of the music and action. Assault rifles thwump in time with the beat and windshield wipers swish to the frenetic yet structured rhythm of jazz. There is violence in this movie – and sometimes it's extreme – but when set to a jaunty disco tune, you don't know whether to feel jubilation or terror, so you just end up feeling both.

This audio/visual symbiosis is profoundly captivating. It's the scene in The Fast and the Furious where Brian meets Vince times a million, and it lasts from the opening car chase until the credits role. 


The Intimacy Makes The Film Stay With You

There are really only a handful of characters in Baby Driver, which takes place almost entirely in a single city, so the experience is so deeply intimate and personal you can't help but feel everything that everyone on screen is feeling.

Joy, pain, rage, terror, transcendence — the experience is so deep it inspires a real feeling of closeness. But it doesn't feel claustrophobic. The film gives you room to breathe as you weave through traffic in the passenger seat of a WRX. It's just magnificent. With movies getting bigger and bigger in a ceaseless effort to be the most "epic," Baby Driver recognizes the magic and inclusiveness of drawing the viewer in and making them feel involved. While there is certainly a place for spectacle in modern cinema, there is something incredibly refreshing about a tight, self-contained story.


It Redefines Cool

The Fast and the Furious created a phenomenon of youths everywhere super-charging their cars with mufflers the size of bazookas and enough underglow to illuminate the Laurentian Abyss, and (most importantly) giving Xzibit steady work for a number of years.

Baby Driver makes music – of all makes and models – the height of cool, but also balances speech with action, saying, "You can spout tough guy lines all you want, but if they're just empty words they have no power." That sentiment carries a lot of weight, especially in our modern toxic political climate. So, go see Baby Driver. It's the best car movie Hollywood has put out in a long time. 


The Car Chases Explode With Style And Plausibility

Let's be honest, the car chases in the Fast & Furious franchise have (by necessity) become outlandish (if satisfying) spectacles. You know, cars-parachuting-out-of-planes style of spectacle. The car chases in Baby Driver recapture the magic of the classic chases of the '70s and '80s, but beef them up with oozing style.

They used virtually no green screen during filming (!), meaning every drift and draft you see was actually performed on camera. It's like Mad Max, but in a city instead of a desert. Baby Driver brings an authority and realism to every second of these elegant, thrilling getaways. That, combined with the perfectly timed musical harmony of a phenomenal soundtrack, lifts the sensory experience to a whole new level. 


This Dysfunctional Family Is Incomparably Dynamic

A major theme in the Fast & Furious movies is family — Baby Driver sort of builds on that idea by creating ever-evolving relationships between characters who are stuck together out of necessity. Each character has a fleshed out relationship with every other character, and these connections are subject to swing erratically (for better or worse) at any given moment.

These people are a makeshift family who need each other, but certainly don't belong together, and their interplay is as chaotic as it is fascinating. 



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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:16:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-to-see-baby-driver/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Signs You're Living In A Coen Brothers Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/signs-youre-in-a-coen-brothers-movie/krister-rollins?source=rss

You wake up with a start and your hands instinctively go to your hair. Breakfast is week-old horse stew with a young nipper. Speaking of which, you’ve got a great idea for a toy; you proudly show off your design and are greeted by blank stares. You hold your invention closer to the faces of the men around you, adding helpfully “You know, for kids!” Congratulations, you're living in a world of Coen Brothers movie tropes.

You've unexpectedly turned a corner in life and are living the things that happen in all Coen Brothers films? How is it working out for you? All things considered, it's probably better than suddenly finding yourself living in Tarantino movie. Or the world of David Lynch. But how can you really tell you're living in a Coen Brothers movie and not just having a silly day? How can you recognize patterns in Coen Brothers movies? Check out this list of things in every Coen Brothers movie to determine whether you've suddenly left reality and entered a demented cinematic universe. 


Signs You're Living In A Coen Brothers Movie,

You're Surrounded By Over-The-Top Nimrods

The Coen Brothers love them some fools. From Brad Pitt’s sidesplitting turn as Chad the fitness oaf in Burn After Reading to Tim Blake Nelson’s compassionate portrayal of Delmar O'Donnell in O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?, the writing-directing-producing-editing duo love to pepper their films with colorful dunces.

And it’s not just side characters who get the dummy treatment. Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (The Big Lebowski, duh) and H.I. McDunnough (Raising Arizona) don’t seem like they keep their wits about them any better than the dopes they run up against. If you find yourself spending time with lug-headed personal trainers who are trying to blackmail the CIA, you might just be living in a Coen Brothers movie. 


Everyone's Movements Are A Little Too Choreographed

Did you just wake up from a dream with tightly coordinated bowling Viking women?Have you ever wound up in a '50s movie with Busby-Berkeley-inspired water routines or Broadway stage dancing? If your life is filled with extras who move like professional dancers and occasionally break into choreographed routines, you may well be living in a Coen Brothers movie. 

This sense of choreography you've noticed in your life may extend well beyond absurd routines involving scores of professionals. Are the people around you making even the smallest gestures with what seem like practiced flourishes? Little flicks of the wrist or a raised eyebrow that seem too perfect? They have been directed to do so by Joel and/or Ethan Coen. 


Your Eye Always Ends Up In The Right Place At The Right Time

Do you often seem to be looking exactly where you need to be looking when you need to be looking there? Is your attention always focused on the right information, the snippets of conversation and seemingly innocuous inanimate objects that will help you unravel the mysteries happening around you? If you're experiencing an unusual level of visual clarity and precision, it's possible you've entered the land of Coen. 

The Coen Brothers have a very clear, concise visual style. They love shooting relatively close to their subjects, and with a wide angle lens. This makes the audience feel as though they’re in the middle of the action. The Coens are well known for their dialogue, and, as Tony Zhou argues in his YouTube series Every Frame A Painting, their shot selection and editing that makes the dialogue move. 


There Are Raucous, Comical Debates With Unexpected Philosophical Undertones Erupting Around You

That group of men over there. Listen in. What are they talking about? Are they exchanging words with rapid-fire wit, sometimes throwing in non-sequiturs that recall earlier conversational points?

In the board room of Hudsucker Industries, a team of suits repeatedly bring up numbers (“not including the mezzanine”). In Hail, Caesar!, men of the cloth can’t help but turn a conversation about whether the depiction of Jesus in a movie will appeal to Americans into a debate about the nature of Christ. Pappy O’Daniel (Charles Durning) and his advisors in O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? engage in an iced-tea fueled exchange about election campaign strategy that includes heated debate about the use of midgets and a candidate's behind being paddled and kicked. 

If you suddenly find yourself beholden to such bizarre, hilarious, erudite debates, you may well be living in a Coen Brothers movie. 


There Are Familiar Faces Everywhere

Do you keep seeing the same people over and over, in different outfits, with different hair styles, performing different jobs? Is there a continuity in the faces and voices of the people populating your life, even if they seem slightly different each time you see them? If so, guess what? Yeah, it's true. You're probably living in a Coen Brothers movie. 

When the Coen Brothers have a good relationship with an actor, they milk it for all its worth. John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, George Clooney, John Polito, and Frances McDormand (whose husband is Joel Coen, fyi, in case you didn't know) all make regular appearances in Coen Brothers movies. 

And you won't just see familiar names in front of the camera. The Coens frequently collaborate with crew members. They’ve worked with composer Carter Burwell for every movie save two (O’ Brother and Inside Llewyn Davis) and director of photography Roger Deakins has framed all but five of their films. Sound editor Skip Lievsay and sound mixer Peter Kurland have helped define how a Coen Brothers movie sounds from the very beginning. When the Coen Brothers find someone they like to work with, they work with them every chance they can.


Your Life Has A Narrator

Is someone narrating your life? Is that person articulate, deliberate, and in possession heightened observational skills? If your life isn't Stranger Than Fiction, it might be a Coen Brothers picture. 

“Way out west there was this fella I wanna tell you about.” Sam Elliott’s deep western drawl intones at the beginning of The Big Lebowski, setting up our most unlikely hero. H. I. McDonough’s (Nicolas Cage) dream narration shows Leonard Smalls, AKA The Angel of Death, and his mean motorcycle ride through the desert in Raising Arizona. Ed Crane’s (Billy Bob Thornton) voiceover in comedic noir The Man Who Wasn't There helps the audience understand a laconic character. Ed Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) gives a few monologues in No Country For Old Men that serve as a form of voiceover, spreading thick themes over substantive images like butter on toast. 


All Kinds Of Crazy Stuff Involving Cars Is Happening

Do you have revelatory conversations in cars? Or discover crucial pieces of information that changes the way you perceive the world while sat in an automobile? Have life or death decisions been foisted upon you while driving? Have you undertaken road trips specifically to kill someone? If so, welcome to Coenland. 

In No Country For Old Men, the action all kicks off when cars filled with corpses are found in the middle of nowhere. Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) steals a cop car and pulls someone over with it, then steals that person's car. At the end of the movie, Chigurh is almost killed in a car.

In Burn After Reading, Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) tries to blackmail Osborne Cox (John Malkovitch) in a car. In Miller's Crossing, Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne) makes a very serious decision in a car.

In The Big Lebowski, The Dude and Walter have some epic rides together. The Dude also confabs with the Big Lebowski in a car, and Walter smashes a car up with a crowbar in a fit of rage. The Dude even loses his car and has to go fetch it, only to have the nihilists light it on fire. 


You Have No Idea What's Going On At Any Given Moment, But Suspect There's A Conspiracy At Play

Have you suddenly found yourself in the middle of a criminal conspiracy that may or may not have anything to do with you and seems as much a haphazard accident as a well-conceived scheme? If so, you may be a hapless rube Coen protagonsit. 

From Blood Simple through 2017's Hail Caesar!, 11 of 17 Coen Brothers movies involve a criminal plot tied into a nebulous conspiracy of some kind. The characters involved are almost always in way over their heads, barely scratching the surface of the cruelty and violence of the world.


You're Engulfed In A Precise, Curious, Occasionally Infuriating Soundscape

Are you constantly tense? Easily irritated? Quick to lose your temper? If so, are you, at least in part, inclined that way because you're engulfed in persistent, persistently annoying sounds? Noises that grate, irk, enrage, and provoke? Time to check your reality - you might be existing in a Coens film. 

The Coen Brothers love distinct, annoying sound design. In The Big Lebowski, The Dude is given a portable phone, which he lets ring and ring and ring. “Phone’s ringing, Dude!” “Thank you, Donny.”

In Hail Caesar!, Bard Whitlock awakes from a drugged stupor in a garage to hear humming and knocking from the next room. He approaches the door and opens it to reveal… a woman vacuuming.

A mosquito buzzes in Barton Fink’s hotel room.

One of the Coen Brothers’ most famous moments begins with a noise. Mechanical and loud, at a distance. The audience follows hero Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) as she trudges through the snow, the clamor rising until she finds a wood chipper with a human foot in it, spraying blood everywhere. If you haven't seen Fargo, now you know. 


The People Around You Have A Really Hard Time Using Words And Phrases Correctly

Do people around you misuse words?Do they pick up other people’s phrases and reuse them in unexpected contexts? The Dude of The Big Lebowski is a major offender as far as this is concerned, borrowing from everyone from Maude the painter (“in the parlance of our times”) to President George H.W. Bush (“This aggression will not stand”).

Is there bizarre and hilarious wordplay going on around you? In The Hudsucker Proxy, Norville Barnes’s examination of Waring Hudsucker’s leads him to confuse “fail” and “fall” to comedic effect. In Hail, Caesar!, Hobie Doyle continuously mispronounces Laurence Laurentz’s last name (lau-RENTZ), and when he finally gets it right, Laurentz tells Doyle can call him Laurence.

Does this exchange from Burn After Reading seem too familiar to you? 

"Linda: You should put a note up in the ladies' locker room.

Chad: Put a note up? 'Highly classified sh*t found, Signals Intelligence sh*t, CIA sh*t? Hello? Did you lose your secret CIA sh*t?'"

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, chances are you're living in a Coen Brothers movie. Interestingly, the brothers themselves have a surprisingly difficult explaining where this quick wit comes from.



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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:00:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/signs-youre-in-a-coen-brothers-movie/krister-rollins
<![CDATA[Movie Characters Way Too Poor To Realistically Afford Their Lifestyles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-characters-too-poor-for-their-lifestyles/nathan-gibson?source=rss

All forms of entertainment require you to suspend a bit of disbelief. Even with this understanding, it remains clear some filmmakers go to the extreme when it comes to supposedly poor movie characters who live lavishly. Whether they own homes far outside their price range or they travel the world on a miniscule budget, plenty of movie characters couldn't afford their lifestyles if they existed in the real world.  If Mia from La La Land took her story to the real world, it would be much less entertaining because baristas make much less money than the musical wants you to believe. Like poor TV characters who live too well, movies with an absurd view of personal finances only further disillusion people about how much certain lifestyles actually cost. 

Directors and writers often do away with the idea of class completely in their creations, something they possibly see as progressive. In these types of movies characters spend what they like with seemingly no consequences, when in reality most would be bankrupt within weeks. Yet a true director, like anyone living within modest means, should be able to make a compelling story without ignoring the concepts of class and wealth. When you realize this, you discover that movies with no class consciousness feel more unrealistic than the idea of Darth Vader putting a self-destruct button on the Death Star. While it's unlikely Vader would do so, at least you know the galactic federation could afford such a thing. 


Movie Characters Way Too Poor To Realistically Afford Their Lifestyles,

Indiana Jones

How Indiana Jones is able to afford to travel around the world constantly is never explained in the series. While he does hold a reliable job as a professor, this would only pay the equivalent of $82,000 today – not enough to cover the expense of his traveling.

It’s clear he uses none of the treasures he finds to fund himself, as the honest archeologist donates everything to museums and the university where he works. His employers would also be unlikely to pay for the expeditions because of all the violence and controversy surrounding Jones’s adventures. Realistically, would probably have to peddle a ware-or-two to jetset like he does.


Jay Gatsby

The Great Gatsby protagonist Jay Gatsby at first glance appears to be one of the few fictional characters who genuinely capable of affording his lavish lifestyle. All the extravagant parties he throws definitely suggest he is a millionaire, albeit a secretive one. But if an analysis of his finances can be believed, the bootlegger might well have been spending more money than he was making.

According to this report, Gatsby’s low margin business of bootlegging, along with a few other sources of income, fails to meet all his spending habits. The excessive parties, huge mansion, and other expenses far outstretched any earnings, meaning he was likely to face bankruptcy sooner rather than later.


Lois Lane

Lois Lane’s penthouse apartment in Superman is not only a large, lavishly decorated home, it also sports a balcony terrace for the hero to fly through. But one doesn't require X-ray vision to see through the fact that Lane should never have been able to afford the apartment. Working as a reporter for the local newspaper probably earned Lane a lower wage, certainly no larger than the equivalent salary of today’s journalists. Although the movie takes place in Metropolis, mere studio apartments in the building where it was actually filmed rent for several thousand dollars a month, putting them easily out of her price range.


Dana Barrett

Dana Barrett, the first customer of the crew in Ghostbusters, lived in a rather exclusive Manhattan penthouse during the events of the film. The movie also makes clear that she worked as a professional cellist at the time. Even accounting for the disparity in pay between orchestras in the United States and the rest of the world, she likely only earned around $80,000-a-year at the time the film was set. That’s nowhere near enough to afford an apartment that was likely to cost several million dollars, especially when you consider that she lives alone. Of course, an apartment with a portal to the World of the Dead may sport other features that keep it at supernaturally low prices.


Sonny Koufax

It is made clear in Big Daddy that main character Sonny Koufax won an accident lawsuit before the events of the film and now uses the proceeds to pay for his lifestyle. This is supplemented only by a tollbooth job that he works one day a week. Despite a modest income, he lives in relative comfort and stay in a gigantic apartment in central New York.

Estimates for the type of home and its locations suggest it would cost around $6,000 a month to rent or almost $3 million to buy. So his $200,000 settlement would only keep him in that apartment for just under three years, and that's if he doesn't spend it on anything else like food, clothing, and other general expenses. 


Annie Walker

The opening scenes of Bridesmaids reveal that Annie Walker is broke. Her bakery has failed, all of her savings are gone, and she must work a low-paying job as a sales clerk in a jewelry store. In spite of this financial hardship, she still finds the time and money to shop with impunity. Throughout the film, Walker goes through a constantly changing wardrobe of outfits, always dressed to impress. Like the colonial woman on the wing of the plane, there is something they're not telling us about Walker's finances.


Laura Burney

The movie adaptation of Sleeping with the Enemy made some notable deviations from the novel, most notably with the financial situation of the protagonist Laura. After escaping from her abusive husband with just a small amount of money, she manages to rent a rather large house and carry out renovations despite the fact she previously worked only part-time as a librarian. Furthermore, she also shells out for her mother’s care at a nursing home on what little salary she gets from her new job. Even in Iowa during the '90s, it still seems farfetched to believe she can afford her expenses with the tiny income she apparently has.


Ben Stone

Seth Rogan’s character in Knocked Up is Ben Stone, a weed-smoking low baller with low self-esteem. He doesn’t work and spends most of his time hanging out with his friends smoking pot. Though he works no job and boasts few skills, he lives in relative comfort, in a large home where he consumes plenty of drugs

This is apparently all possible due to a lawsuit settlement he won years before the film takes place. With that knowledge in hand, you'd think it must be a massive settlement. But that too fails to make sense considering Stone cannot even afford a wedding ring later in the movie, suggesting his finances are not in good shape.


Theodore Twombly

The premise of Her sees protagonist Theodore Twombly working a rather menial job writing lover letters for those who aren’t creative or romantic enough to do it themselves. While touching, this is unlikely to be a high paying gig. It isn’t exactly the most arduous job for a writer, and work of this nature is increasingly being outsourced to places like India, where companies pay people a few cents for hundreds of words.

Yet Twombly lives in a swanky downtown apartment filled to the brim with the latest gadgets and technology. He’s even able to take vacations whenever he wants in addition to keeping up payments of his spacious home. When you think about it, Twombly falling for a machine hardly feels like the most outrageous aspect of the film.


Mia – La La Land

One of the main talking points viewers came away with from La La Land was how Emma Stone’s character, Mia, could afford to drive around in a Toyota Prius. The cars retail at between $25,000 and $30,000 at a minimum and the aspiring actress works as a barista at the start of the movie. The average salary for café workers is just $19,450, meaning Mia would face financial difficulties to pay for the car. That’s not to mention the huge LA apartment she lives in with her friends that definitely runs on the more expensive side. 



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Tue, 23 May 2017 09:29:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-characters-too-poor-for-their-lifestyles/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[Walt Disney Was Not The Happy-Go-Lucky Animator People Think He Was]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/walt-disney-dark-facts/erin-mccann?source=rss

You might not expect to find Walt Disney in the depths of dark Hollywood history. The father of Mickey Mouse and inspiration behind the "happiest place on Earth" is beloved by many for the animated films his studio produced. But there are several dark Walt Disney facts that prove the man might not quite have been what he seemed. 

Born in Chicago in 1901, Walt Disney grew up loving to draw, especially cartoons. After a few rocky starts in the animation industry, he finally found success with his first full length feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. Many other classics followed, as well as live action films, and theme parks all over the world.

Though he's a much beloved figure, disturbing Walt Disney stories about the treatment of his animation studio and theme park staff, and films with racist content, should not be left to rot in some dark corner. You should probably know, for instance, that Uncle Walt had a Nazi encounter that's one of the great forgotten Hollywood scandal of history. Although many of the dark stories on this list can be be attributed to the times in which Walt lived, examining Disney dark history may change your view of the man who did so much to advance animation and family entertainment throughout his life.


Walt Disney Was Not The Happy-Go-Lucky Animator People Think He Was,

He Was A Facial Hair Hypocrite

Walt Disney wanted his theme park to have a wholesome appearance, which to him meant male park employees were not allowed to have facial hair. Beards, goatees, and mustaches would have to stay on the animatronic Pirates of the Caribbean, lest the happiest place on earth resemble a carnival. Although Disney himself famously sported a mustache, it wasn't until 2000 that employees were allowed to sport mustaches, and they had to wait until 2012 to wear beards with pride.


He Refused To Allow Animators To Unionize, And Fired Those Who Were Pro Union

In 1941, animators at Walt Disney Studios went on strike. Their reasons included lack of bonuses and raises, low wages, and not receiving screen credit for their work. When the Screen Cartoonists Guild formed, most studio employees wanted to join, but Disney wouldn't allow them to unionize. In a violation of Federal Labor Law, he fired many pro-union artists. Others walked out to picket.

Disney believed the breakdown in relations to be the work of communists, and was personally hurt over what went down. The strike lasted for nine weeks. Many former Disney animators went on to other things; the ones who went back to the studio were given higher wages and allowed to join the Guild.


He Didn't Allow Women To Be Animators At His Studio

In all fairness, women weren't allowed to do much of anything in the workforce at the time, but Walt Disney had a very stubborn opinion on the role of women in his studio. In the '30s and '40s, women were only employed as inkers and painters, painstakingly hand painting each cell that appears in the animated features, which were created by male animators before being passed on to women. During the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, some female employees worked more than 80 hours a week. Yet, they were unable to obtain any kind of creative work at the company.

A famous rejection letter to a woman from Walt Disney Studios points out, "Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men."

Mary Blair was one of the first women to break through Disney's gender wall, as she gained recognition for her concept art in the late 1940s.


He Suffered A Nervous Breakdown In The 1930s

Walt Disney was under a lot of pressure in the early 1930s. As Mickey Mouse's popularity grew, so did frustrations in his relationship with his wife as they struggled to have children. In 1931, after his wife suffered several miscarriages, Walt suffered a nervous breakdown. 

He commented,

"I guess I was working too hard and worrying too much.  I was expecting more from my artists than they were giving me, and all I did all day was pound, pound, pound. Costs were going up; each new picture we finished cost more to make than we had figured it would... so I cracked up." 

A trip to Cuba seemed to rejuvenate him


He Often Fought With His Brother Roy, Dividing The Studio's Loyalty

Walt's older brother, Roy, was his business partner, and the more logical of the two. While Walt handlded the creative side of the business, Roy tackled the practical aspects of running a studio, which task included keeping his brother in line, overseeing the company's finances, and talking Walt out of his must ludicrous ideas. 

The employees of the creative side of the studio were known as "Walt's Boys," while "Roy's Boys" hung out in the financial department. There were often disagreements between the two, as Roy was often annoyed by Walt's unusual ideas and Walt was resentful of Roy questioning of his judgment.


He Accidentally Contributed To His Mother's Death

Walt Disney bought his parents a house once his studio became a success. The furnace in the house didn't work properly, so he asked some Disney studio employees to fix it. Unfortunately, they didn't completely know what they were doing, and the furnace began leaking gas into the house. The next morning, the housekeeper found Disney's parents succumbing to the poisonous emissions and dragged them outside to fresh air. His father made a recovery but his mother passed away from inhaling too much of the gas. 


He Was An Anti-Communist Crusader

During the Red Scare of the 1950s, Disney was invited, and enthusiastically accepted, an invitation to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities to point out communists and their sympathizers in Hollywood. Disney told the committee he thought the Screen Actors Guild to be a communist front and labeled some of his former animators as commies, believing an earlier strike was a communist plot.

In 1944, Disney also helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, which worked to defend Hollywood from communist infiltration. It was composed of many high profile Hollywood elite, including Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, and Ronald Reagan.


He Was Accused Of Being Racist And Anti-Semantic

Rumors of Walt Disney's take on race come largely from racial stereotypes seen in some of the studio's films from the '40s, including a black centaur servant in 1940's Fantasia, a murder of crows in 1941's Dumbo, the entirety of the never-to-be-seen-again Song of the South from 1946, and the wolf in 1932's Three Little Pigs, which imitates a Jewish peddler in one scene (which was changed at some point). 

Disney's behavior could be seen as symptomatic of the times in which he lived, but it should be mentioned he associated himself with known anti-semantic groups such as the Motion Picture Alliance, released Song of the South without the approval of the NAACP, and invited Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl to tour his studio.


The Famous Walt Disney Signature Is Not In His Handwriting

The curly Walt Disney signature found on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs is actually a stylized version of his signature. Disney's real signature changed slightly throughout his life, as is does with many people, but looks nothing like the corporate version. In fact, many collector items thought to be signed by Disney were actually signed by his staff. The signature that has become so easily recognized was first used in the 1980s, years after his death. 


His First Animation Studio Went Bankrupt

In the 1920s, Disney was working as a commercial artist by day and animator by night. He convinced a local Kansas City theater to show his animation shorts, which he called Laugh-O-Grams. They were a hit, and Disney decided to try his hand making something longer, choosing Little Red Riding Hood as the story of his first film, which ran six minutes. Laugh-O-Grams had trouble making ends meet, though, and after producing the Alice series, which paired a live action girl with animated worlds and characters, the studio declared bankruptcy. 



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:17:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/walt-disney-dark-facts/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[12 Strange Facts Most Fans Don't Even Know About James Dean]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/james-dean-lesser-known-facts/erin-mccann?source=rss

Are there things that even James Dean's biggest fans don't know about him? Most people know that he died in 1955 in a tragic car accident at the young age of 24, and that James Dean's film biography includes major roles in only three films - two of which weren't released until after his death. However, he was also the first actor to be nominated posthumously for an Academy Award - and not just once, but twice (though he lost both times).

Only true fans are probably aware that he may have been a member of the Hollywood secretly-gay society, as it is said that he had relationships with both men and women. Some rumors even suggest that he had a romantic relationship with Marlon Brando (who has his own long list of crazy facts). You may not have heard all of these James Dean stories and facts before, but they only make him even more legendary.


12 Strange Facts Most Fans Don't Even Know About James Dean,

He Could Have Cared Less About His Appearance

Despite James Dean's now legendary status, he actually didn't really care what he looked like. He was known to attend rehearsals in dirty or ripped jeans, and often walked around barefoot. There's also a stinky rumor that Dean wore the same shirt for two weeks straight while shooting Giant. He may not have smelled the best, but he did help bring that disheveled look into fashion.


James Dean Could Have One Day Starred In Swan Lake

Dean was known to be a music lover - a fan of jazz, Billie Holiday, and playing the bongos - but he was also trained as a dancer. He began learning tap dance at the age of three at Marion College of Dance and Theatrical Arts in Indiana. Dean also practiced ballet, taking classes in New York as an young adult. All those plies probably helped his footwork in the Rebel Without A Cause knife fight.


It Wasn't A Motorcycle Accident That Knocked Out Dean's Front Teeth

Although James Dean always told people that he lost his two front teeth in a motorcycle accident, the story was a lie. He actually knocked his teeth out while playing on a trapeze in his aunt and uncle's barn. Dean wore a set of false teeth for the rest of his life in order to fill in the gap. Ever the prankster, he liked to remove them while talking to unsuspecting, and likely freaked out, people.


Dean Dropped Trou To Urinate In Front Of The Crew of Giant

Of all the stories about James Dean's bizarre behavior on the set of Giant - like constantly arriving late or driving around shooting at things - the story behind his idea to urinate in front of the whole crew is one of the strangest. According to co-star Dennis Hopper, "We were in Texas and there were people lined up 100 ft from where Jimmy was doing his first scene with Elizabeth. He walked halfway between where we were shooting and where the people were, unfastened his pants, peed, and then walked back into the scene and got it in one take."

Dean claimed he was nervous about acting with Elizabeth Taylor and figured that if he could urinate in front of a large group of people, he would no longer be afraid to do anything.


His First Official Fan Club Was A Group Of High School Girls

A group of young girls at Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood formed the James Dean Appreciation Society, his very first fan club. Dean apparently had a following before he even became a full-fledged star; the girls had decided to form their club after seeing Dean say just a few lines on a TV special. It's told that they invited the actor to their first meeting and he actually showed up and signed autographs for them.


He Was Nearsighted And Wore Thick Glasses When Off Camera

James Dean was severely nearsighted and needed glasses to see well. He would take them off whenever he appeared on camera, but can be seen in many photos wearing them. Dean enjoyed reading - his favorite book being The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - and many casual photos of the actor feature him with his nose in a book.

Serious Dean fans may note that according to the James Dean Museum, he wore Liberty Optical frames, but some eye-glass aficionados believe them to actually be Tart Arnel.


He Was Fired From A Stunt Job For Being Too Good At It

James Dean was employed by the game show Beat The Clock to test out various stunts before the contestants tried them. During rehearsals, he would walk through the stunts to ensure that the game's participants could perform them during the show as well. Unfortunately, Dean was too good at his job, completing the stunts better than any "normal" contestant would, and he had to be let go.


Marlon Brando Was Freaked Out By James Dean

James Dean was a huge fan of Marlon Brando's, and modeled himself after his idol. Just like Brando, Dean entered into the Actors Studio, purchased a Triumph motorcycle, and enjoyed playing the bongos. Dean's interest in his role model seemed harmless enough, but Brando was disturbed that Dean was copying his lifestyle so closely, commenting, "Mr. Dean appears to be wearing my last year's wardrobe and using my last year's talent."

It was said that Brando once pulled Dean aside and advised him to seek counseling. There are also many rumors that the two had an on and off sexual relationship that lasted for many years, though it's never been confirmed.


Obi-Wan Kenobi Predicted James Dean's Death

Besides playing the famous Jedi master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, actor Alec Guinness was apparently also psychic. He once ran into James Dean (who had just purchased the Porsche 550 Spyder that he would eventually crash) at a restaurant in Hollywood. It was at this point that Guinness supposedly had a horrible premonition of the accident and warned Dean not to get into the car, saying, "If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week." Apparently Dean laughed it off, but then he died a week later.


Dean Filmed A Promo About Safe Driving Right Before He Died

To promote the release of Rebel Without A Cause, James Dean filmed a short interview about safe driving for ABC television. He told interviewer Gig Young, "I used to fly around quite a bit, you know, I took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highway... Now when I drive on the highway, I'm extra cautious." He signed off by telling people to take it easy while driving. He died soon after and the promo was never released.



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 02:17:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/james-dean-lesser-known-facts/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[The Best Bong Joon Ho Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-and-films-directed-by-bong-joon-ho/ranker-film?source=rss

List of all movies directed by Bong Joon Ho ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Bong Joon Ho are listed here and include movie posters and Bong Joon Ho movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Bong Joon Ho as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Bong Joon Ho movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Bong Joon Ho film is can be factored into this list. On the lookout for some Bong Joon Ho movies? This list is a great place to start!

From Bong Joon Ho's studio films to Bong Joon Ho's independent films, this Bong Joon Ho filmography keeps tabs on all Bong Joon Ho movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top. 

You can rank all of these movies, from The Host to Memories of Murder.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Bong Joon Ho direct?” or “who is Bong Joon Ho?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Bong Joon Ho?” and “what's a good selection of good Bong Joon Ho movies?”

If you're wanting to get into Bong Joon Ho films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Bong Joon Ho works.

All Bong Joon Ho director credits are included. This list of every movie that Bong Joon Ho has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Bong Joon Ho movie is and which actors starred in the Bong Joon Ho film.


The Best Bong Joon Ho Movies,

Barking Dogs Never Bite

Memories of Murder

The Host

Mother

Snowpiercer

Okja


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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:31:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-and-films-directed-by-bong-joon-ho/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Genius Foreshadowing In The Star Wars Prequels You Never Even Caught]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/foreshadowing-in-the-star-wars-prequels/nathan-gibson?source=rss

The Star Wars­ prequels have had their fair share of criticism over the years. However, despite this, the prequel trilogy does have its moments. While they may not be as entertaining or thought-provoking as the original films, each of the films contain some great scenes and imagery. In fact, there are probably a ton of things you never noticed in the Star Wars prequels (even if you have your own Star Wars fan theories).

The best parts of films like The Phantom Menace are not the action sequences, but the little hints that subtly suggest the things to come. The often clumsy dialogue in Attack of the Clones contains clues about the future of the characters, and Revenge of the Sith has some of the best hidden foreshadowing in Star Wars, with characters used extremely effectively as symbolism. The truth is, there are myriad amazing moments of foreshadowing in the Star Wars prequels, and they'll make you appreciate those films at least a bit more.


Genius Foreshadowing In The Star Wars Prequels You Never Even Caught,

Emperor Palpatine’s Other Sith Apprentices Showed What Darth Vader Would Become

The prequel trilogy showed audiences some of Darth Sidious's other apprentices and trainees, besides Darth Vader. Each of the three movies has a particular focus on a specific antagonist: The Phantom Menace has Darth Maul, Attack of the Clones features Count Dooku, and Revenge of the Sith focuses on General Grievous.

These three characters perfectly foreshadowed the man Anakin Skywalker would become as Darth Vader. Darth Maul is a manifestation of evil and hatred, the forces that drive Anakin to the dark side. Meanwhile, Count Dooku is known for his split from the Jedi Order, symbolizing Anakin’s fall from his friends and mentors. The final piece comes with Grievous, who hints at the final melding of man and machine that corrupts Anakin after his battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi.


Almost Everything Anakin Says Comes Back To Haunt Him

Although many people (correctly) criticized the dialogue in the prequel trilogy, there is some very easy-to-miss symbolism and foreshadowing in what Anakin Skywalker says. Some choice lines include “No one can kill a Jedi,” "I’d much rather dream about Padme,” and “I want to be the first one to see them [the stars] all.”

Each one of these lines, which seem innocent enough, later come back to haunt Anakin. Despite claiming as a child that no one can kill Jedi, he goes on to be the greatest murderer of Jedi in history, as he slaughters younglings in the Temple. His next set of dreams after his mother dies are of Padme – nightmares in which Padme dies – prompting him to join with Palpatine to save her. And while he doesn’t get to see all the stars and systems, as Darth Vader he travels across the entire galaxy, inspiring fear in trillions of people.


The Way The Protagonists Are Chained Up On Geonosis Represents Anakin’s Conflicting Loyalties

While it can be argued the different beasts who attack each of the three main protagonists in Clone Wars metaphorically represent the struggles each character is set to go through, there is a far subtler image that forecasts the upcoming struggle of Anakin.

The Jedi Knight is chained up in between Padme and Obi-Wan on Geonosis, as the group faces imminent execution. This signifies the internal conflict Anakin will face, as he is caught in the middle of his love for Padme and his devotion to the Jedi. It manages to successfully show that he will have to choose between the two in the next movie.


Anakin’s Choice To Kill Count Dooku Mimics One Luke Has To Make Later

The beginning of Revenge of the Sith perfectly foreshadows the events in Return of the Jedi. In the prequel film, Anakin kills Count Dooku at the insistence of Palpatine, signaling his willingness to turn to the dark side. This mimics the choice Luke must face onboard the Death Star, when he has the opportunity to strike down his father in similar circumstances.

While it prefaces the same decision Luke would make decades later, it also highlights the differences between father and son. Anakin is willing to give in to anger and kill the Sith Lord, while Luke manages to resist the urge to kill Darth Vader, ruining the Emperor’s plans.


A Piece Of Music Warns About The Future Of The Clone Troopers

The Star Wars series has never been afraid to use music to hint at possible futures, and one piece from The Phantom Menace does just that (you can listen to it above). First played when the droid army invades Naboo, the same theme is used when the clone army is revealed on Kamino to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

This not only foreshadows the fact these clones could be used for evil purposes, but hints at the similarity between the two forces. After all, they are both mass produced armies used in a fake war to advance the aims of Emperor Palpatine, they just happen to be on opposing sides of the conflict.


A Scene In Revenge Of The Sith Subtly Reveals Anakin And Obi-Wan’s Friendship is Over

In the scene pictured above, Anakin and Obi-Wan talk before going their separate ways. Kenobi eventually ends the conversation by saying, “Goodbye, old friend.” This symbolically predicts this exchange will be the last time the two men will meet as friends. Anakin is gone the next time they come together, replaced by Darth Vader. You might have easily missed the visual foreshadowing of Anakin standing in the dark shadows, while his mentor is bathed in bright light, a representation of their respective paths.


There Are Some Symbolic Shadows In The Prequels Of Anakin As Darth Vader

In Attack Of The Clones, we can clearly see that Anakin's shadow on the wall of the moisture farmhouse is reminiscent of Darth Vader's striking silhouette (you can check it out in the image above). This same method was also used in the promotion of The Phantom Menace, which showed a much younger Anakin casting a long, Vader-esque shadow against the wall of a hut.

Later, again in Attack of the Clones, we see Anakin outlined against the dual sunset of Tatooine, and he looks astoundingly similar to Darth Vader. If you have good eyes, and a lightning-fast pause reflex, it's plain to see that Anakin had Vader living in his shadow for a long time. 


Anakin's Passion For Machines Foreshadows His Transformation Into One

Reddit user childplease7 suggests the obsession Anakin Skywalker shows in creating machines and tinkering with technology prophesies his future. His feeling of comfort around droids, as opposed to living creatures, shows a lack of empathy that eventually leads to the young boy becoming Darth Vader. It also predicts his dramatic transformation into a being that's more machine than man, as he becomes the very thing he has the greatest affinity for.


The Scenes With Anakin And Padme Hint At The Danger Of Their Relationship

Although their relationship appears to start romantically, there is some deep foreboding in Attack of the Clones that suggests Anakin and Padme might not live happily ever after. In contrast to the colorful and vibrant imagery displayed while the couple are outside on Naboo, the visuals becomes much darker as their relationship becomes serious.

It culminates in the very rooms they occupy. They drastically reduce in size, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere. Padme even begins to wear darker clothes and a choker around her neck, hinting the pair of lovers will experience conflict, and Anakin will eventually choke Padme with the Force.


The Ending Of Revenge Of The Sith Subtly Hints At Luke's Importance

Those who saw the original Star Wars trilogy before watching Revenge of the Sith were aware that Luke Skywalker was an important person. However, a rather subtle image at the end of the the third movie hinted at this fact as well. The scene is almost exactly the same as the sunset we see in A New Hope ,when Luke is staring at the horizon and Tatooine’s two suns. The only difference here is that it is a sunrise instead of a sunset, pointing towards a fresh dawn, where Luke is the new hope the galaxy needs.



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Tue, 30 May 2017 09:54:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/foreshadowing-in-the-star-wars-prequels/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[Strange Stories From Behind The Scenes Of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/willy-wonka-the-chocolate-factory-making-of-stories/erin-mccann?source=rss

A movie about a candy factory where anything is possible is definitely crazy, but some of the strange Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory behind-the-scenes stories make it even more weird. Although the 1971 movie - adapted from the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - was a commercial failure when it premiered, later television showings and its VHS release turned it into a colorful cult classic that is still beloved by both children and adults.

The weirdest Willy Wonka stories come from the odd directing ideas of Mel Stuart and the quirky creativity of Gene Wilder, who played the role of Wonka long before Johnny Depp, and only took the part after being allowed to perform it as a Buster Keaton-esque physical comedy gag. Even the all-singing, all-dancing squad of Oompa Loompas have a few crazy tales. 

The Wizard of Oz may have some freaky behind-the-scenes stories, but those from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are both strange and a little sweet. Break out the chocolate because these Willy Wonka making-of facts will make you want to curl up and watch the movie all over again.


Strange Stories From Behind The Scenes Of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory,

A Partially Blind Actor Performed By Following A Red Light

Ernst Ziegler, who played Grandpa Joe in the film, suffered from exposure to poison gas in World War I and as a result was partially blinded. In order to react to his fellow actors and look in the correct direction, the filmmakers used a red light. They would wave it in the direction he was to look when he was on camera. It's also probably a good thing he got to spend his entire time on camera sitting in bed!


Many Oompa Loompas Were Drunken Pranksters

The team of Oompa Loompas was made up of nine men and one woman who were cast from a crew of circus performers from around Europe. They were known to be big drinkers who could get pretty rowdy, and they liked to play pranks on their fellow cast members. Paris Themmen, who played Mike Teevee, remembered: 

"In those days, when you wanted to have your shoes shined, you'd leave them outside of your hotel room door. One night the Oompa Loompas grabbed all the shoes, tied the laces together, and left them in a pile to be found in the morning."


Gene Wilder Beat Out Some Seriously Tough Competition For The Role Of Willy Wonka

Roald Dahl really wanted the role of Willy Wonka to go to his personal friend and comedian Spike Milligan, and it's believed to be part of the reason why Dahl ended up hating the film. Fred Astaire and all the members of Monty Python were supposedly also interested at one point, and Peter Sellers even personally called Dahl to request the part. However, Mel Stuart decided on Gene Wilder and claimed he knew he had found his Wonka as soon as the actor entered the audition, despite his demand to do a surprise fall on camera.


The Chocolate Room Wasn't As Delicious As It Looks

Any candy lover would be delighted to be set free in a place like the Chocolate Room, where every item is created from something sweet. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, most of the set was actually inedible, and Gene Wilder had to do numerous takes chewing a "candy" teacup that was actually made of wax, which he was unable to spit it out until the camera stopped rolling. In addition, the giant gummy bears were actually made of plastic with partially edible ears, many candy bars were made of wood, and the lickable wallpaper tasted more like paper than snozzberry.


The Scrumptious-Sounding Chocolate River Was Actually Really Disgusting

The creamy chocolate river that runs through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Room is one of the film's most recognizable creations - and it was actually made of chocolate. It was filled with 150,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate powder and real cream to give it some texture. However, after sitting under the hot studio lights for a few days, the cream began to curdle and the whole thing began to stink horribly. Hopefully they filmed Augustus Gloop's swimming scene on the the first day.


The Film's Last Line Was Literally Rewritten At The Last Minute

Roald Dahl wrote the original version of the screenplay, but it was largely rewritten by David Seltzer. However, director Mel Stuart realized at the last minute that he really didn't like the last line of the script, which called for Grandpa Joe to yell, "Yippee!" He called Seltzer, who was no longer in the country, and gave him five minutes to come up with something better. Seltzer called back a few minutes later with the heartwarming lines about living happily ever after that now end the film.


Director Mel Stuart Purposely Withheld Information From His Actors

Several times during filming, Stuart used the element of surprise to get realistic reactions from his actors. A few of the children managed to sneak a peek here and there, but for most of the group, the introduction to the Chocolate Room was the first time they'd seen it. The darkness of the boat tunnel scene was also a surprise to them and the improvised creepy ditty Gene Wilder sings actually made several of the kids frightened. Wilder also helped surprise his fellow actors by releasing a lot more anger than he did during rehearsals, and he spontaneously fell into the somersault seen when his character was first introduced.


Most Of The Oompa Loompa Actors Didn't Speak English

Because the filmmakers were unable to find enough little people to play Oompa Loompas in Germany, they had to scour the surrounding areas for additional actors. It's believed that the lack of little people in the country at the time was a result of the aftermath of Nazi practices. But because many of the Oompa Loompa actors didn't speak English, their lip syncing doesn't quite match the words of the songs - which only makes them more creepy.


Oompa Loompas Are Orange Thanks To The NAACP

In the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Oompa Loompas were actually based on African Pygmies. The story depicts Willy Wonka finding them in a jungle and shipping them back to England boxed in crates. The NAACP was obviously extremely upset about this when the book was published. For the movie, designers made the Oompa Loompas' skin orange and hair green in order to get as far away from the NAACP's racism concerns as possible.


Some Actors Ended Up With Cavities, Others Were Horrified By The Chocolate

Being around vast amounts of candy wasn't a sweet experience for every actor. Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde, claimed that her dentist discovered 13 cavities after filming, most likely caused by her chewing a large amount of gum. Julie Dawn Cole, who appeared as Veruca Salt, also found herself in a sour situation, surrounded by one of the things she hated most: chocolate. Luckily, she survived scooping chocolate goop out of a giant candy ball and was the only one of the children to continue her acting career after the movie.



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:44:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/willy-wonka-the-chocolate-factory-making-of-stories/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[Unexpectedly Disturbing Imagery Hidden In Disney Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/loaded-dark-disney-imagery/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

Disney films have become a fixture of many kids’ childhood memories. They’re movies people love to rewatch - even after outgrowing them. However, the older you get and the more you re-watch them, the more likely you are to start noticing that something is a little bit off about certain aspects of these beloved Disney classics.

Some scenes might make you want to pause and rewind to see whatever the hell that was again, just to make sure you’re not imagining things. And boom – there it is – something that reminds you of World War II or a visual that is unbearably racist. Many of your favorite kid’s classics are peppered with dark Disney imagery that passed right by you in childhood, but has since come back to haunt your dreams.

There’s a lot of loaded imagery in Disney movies that ranges from creepy to sexual to straight-up mind-boggling. Sometimes these visuals are a little kinkier than you would have expected from a family-friendly animated classic. Other times these disturbing Disney images may evoke some connotations of dictatorships or religious hellscapes. Take a look at the images below and see just how creepy they can get.


Unexpectedly Disturbing Imagery Hidden In Disney Movies,

101 Dalmatians

This one would only be noticeable to those with an eagle eye for Nazi imagery. But there it is: Dalmatian mother, Perdy, has the misfortune of having been marked with a swastika, formed subtly by the spots on her coat. Maybe Cruella Deville would have thought twice about trying to take this fur if she knew she’d be communicating fascist symbols - then again, maybe not. 


Aladdin

A lot like Frollo’s psycho-sexual obsession with Esmeralda, we’ve got another Disney movie that has some weird, overtly sexual dynamics swirling around in a scene where a woman is in a dangerous situation orchestrated by a pervy, older guy.

In Disney's Aladdin, Jasmine is imprisoned by Jafar, and the visuals take on a very BDSM-tinged element. Jasmine is chained to Jafar’s snake sceptre, feeding him apples. And Jafar swapped out her green outfit for a more, Princess-Leia-in-Return-of-the-Jedi red number. All this imagery reads a lot kinkier than you would expect.


Der Fuehrer's Face

This particular image comes from a 1943 anti-Nazi propaganda film called Der Fuehrer's Face. This Disney joint was conceived as a way of selling war bonds and depicted Donald Duck in the midst of a nightmare where he slaves away in a factory in Nazi Germany. Of course, it’s all a dream and Donald wakes up back in the United States, thankful to be in good old ‘Merica.


Dumbo

The film wants us to believe that Dumbo’s only drinking alcohol, but whatever it is has to be laced with some seriously hard stuff because the imagery here has more in common with some classic Hunter S. Thompson drug tripping than with any drunken movie scene.

The visuals are terrifying with the black, dead eye holes of the elephants swirling around the screen like they’re the ghosts of elephants past. One elephant even becomes a belly dancer as a disembodied eye blinks into the middle of the screen. Elephant noses turn into clarinets and they begin to play trippy jazz music. This whole sequence probably made you feel distinctly uncomfortable as a kid, if not outright terrified. Why is it there? Why are we being punished? No one deserves to endure this nightmare in pink.


Fantasia

Disney has had a long history of tone-deaf, insensitive, and downright racist movies in its catalog. And it's pretty easy to forget that Fantasia was actually one of them because Disney tried to deny the existence of its racist, dehumanizing caricature, Sunflower, when they rereleased the film in 1960. Disney attempted to scrub all evidence of Sunflower, the centaur handmaid to an Aryan-looking horse-woman, and pretended that the whole scene never made it to the screen.


Peter Pan

As numerous shrewd bloggers have pointed out, Tinker Bell seems to exist as a object of subservience to male sexual fantasies of domination and violence in Peter Pan. In one scene, Peter grabs her by the wings and spanks a bunch of glitter out of Tinker Bell as she grimaces and rattles. It's basically a kid's version of a male fantasy in which a powerful man spanks a woman as she squirts, her face betraying equal parts pleasure and pain. 

In another scene, Tinker Bell gets trapped in keyhole that looks like a combination of pillory and glory hole. Seen from the front, her face is a mixture of pain and wide-mouthed surprise, as if she is experiencing ecstasy through punishment, on all fours, locked in a bondage device. From behind, she is all ass, her dress hiked up, underwear exposed, butt writhing. Gifs taken from this scene make it seem as though she's either twerking or, pardon the French, getting hammered from behind by an invisible man. 

Throughout Peter Pan, Tinker Bell appears as an subservient object to male desires of the perfect woman. Her clothes are revealing, she wants you to think she's adorable, she pouts when she doesn't get what she wants, she finds herself in very domestic situations, all for the benefit of male viewers, and to reinforce female perceptions of sex and gender roles. 


Pinocchio

At first, we see our puppet protagonist and some other young boys being lured to Pleasure Island, a place where they’re free to drink, smoke cigars, and play pool. But things get dark really quickly when each of these badly behaving boys suddenly sprout donkey ears and begin their horrifying, Cronenberg-esque donkey-transformations after which they are sold off as slaves to go work in the salt mines.

Pinocchio manages to fit the topics of child abduction, slave trafficking, and even creepy loss-of-childhood-innocence metaphors all into one horrifying sequence that surely left a lot of kids traumatized. (Remember the scene where the coachman who wants the boys transported to Pleasure Island says "they never come back as boys"? It is all kinds of creepy.)


Pocahontas

When John Smith first meets the titular Powhatan noble woman in Pocahontashe is 28 and she 11. The movie fudges this and passes her off at 18, but the alluring face, soft eyes, big smile, and gentile hand Smith offers her calls to mind the deceptive charm of a pedophile with this in mind. 

What's more, while Smith looks to be charming Pocahontas on account of an immediate attraction for her, he is in fact attracted to her land, and ensnaring her as a means of taking that land for himself. Time and again throughout the film, Pocahontas is portrayed as analogous with the physical territory of the United States, an ageless, totemic being. In this context, her partnership with Smith, in which he (as you know, being an adult) penetrates her and sews his seed, is a metaphor for the European seizure of territory from indigenous people. 

In turning Pocahontas into a metaphor for the United States, the film erases the history of genocide and conflict, by making it seem as though a harmonious relationship led to the establishment of the colonies, not warfare, skepticism, lies, and brutality. 


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is chock-full of some pretty dark subject matter for a musical animated film made for children. So it comes as no surprise that this movie is rife with terrifying imagery, the implications of which may go over the heads of its intended audience.

The movie’s villain, Frollo, is obsessed with leading lady Esmeralda in that if-I-can’t-have-you-no-one-can kind of way. He gives her an ultimatum: she can choose to be with him or be condemned to the fiery pits of hell. Then he sings a song with such sunny, cheerful lyrics as, "Don't let this siren cast her spell/Don't let her fire sear my flesh and bone/Destroy Esmeralda/And let her taste the fires of hell/Or else let her be mine and mine alone," into a fireplace while he watches a tiny, naked Esmeralda made of fire dance around. There are definitely a lot of visual stand-ins for sexual repression and religious guilt to unpack there.


The Lion King

If you thought the montage "Be Prepared" from The Lion King was giving you some serious Hitler-rally vibes, then you’re pretty spot on. Certain shots in this number are meant to echo Nazi propaganda films, specifically Triumph of the Will. Shots of Scar standing on a platform while his hyena army goose-step down below are almost exact replicas of scenes from Hitler's puff-piece except with, you know, cartoon lions and hyenas instead of an evil dictator's army.



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:59:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/loaded-dark-disney-imagery/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Hilariously Honest Titles That Redefine Movies You Thought You Knew]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-honest-movie-titles/nathandavidson?source=rss

Hollywood's main goal is to suspend your disbelief for approximately two hours, a feat that would be unattainable if studios chose to go with honest movie titles. But like honest Disney movies, a too-honest film title ruins the magic and makes the film that much less appealing. While dishonest biopics leave out important details to improve their stories, funny honest movie titles simply shift your perception of the entire film subtly enough so the story doesn't change, but the feeling behind it does. And because real life pales in comparison to the intrigue of fiction, you get titles like Mystic River instead of "Oops, Vigilante Justice Didn't Work Here!"

The brutally honest movie titles below may not change these films plot-wise, but it ruins them thematically. Try as you might, you probably can't look at The Blind Side or Pretty Woman the same way again. Well, maybe you can, but honestly, funny honest movie titles often are more entertaining than the films themselves. Just ask Avatar.


Hilariously Honest Titles That Redefine Movies You Thought You Knew,

It's A Movie Within A Movie

Captain Virgin America

Pretty Accurate

The OG Sausage Party

Bill Of Sale

2 Harsh?

Les Talk About It

Less Than Meets The Eye

'Dances With Wolves' (In Space!)

Marky Mary And The Zucky Bunch


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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 02:47:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-honest-movie-titles/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[Why Sunshine Is The Greatest Space Movie Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-sunshine-is-the-greatest-space-movie-ever/tori-preston?source=rss

When you think about the best Danny Boyle movies, a few that immediately come to mind: Trainspotting28 Days LaterSlumdog Millionaire (which him an Academy Award for Best Director). In his 30-year career, Boyle has never allowed himself to be pigeonholed by a genre or even medium - he famously directed a production of Frankenstein for the Royal National Theatre in 2011, for which Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller traded off the roles of doctor and creature, and even tackled the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. The man has made something for just about everyone, from thrillers to horror to biopics, feel good films to movies that will keep you up at night. Oh, and he also made the best space movie ever: Sunshine.

Released in 2007, Sunshine very quietly turned 10 in 2017, as good a reason as any to revisit and unpack this modern classic. It didn't get the critical or popular response it deserved upon release (it didn't even make back it's $40 million production budget during its theatrical release, let alone whatever was spent on marketing), and, sadly, it often goes unmentioned in discussions of the best sci-fi movies ever and best space movies ever (if you're wondering what the difference is, Gravity is a space movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a sci-fi movie; a lot of great sci-fi, such as Blade Runner or Children of Men, is mostly earthbound, but space movies can be sci-fi movies, if they take place in space).

Yet make no mistake: Sunshine is a great sci-fi movie.

While there are a lot of great movies that take place in space, ones with aliens and treks and wars, Sunshine stands out from the pack with it's unique science, gorgeous design, incredible casting, so many more reasons. If you're a doubter or a hater or just unsure of what you think about the movie, this list is here to tell you why Sunshine is the best space movie ever made. If you haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for? You don't want this list to spoil all the fun for you, do you?


Why Sunshine Is The Greatest Space Movie Ever Made,

The Requisite Inclusion Of A Hot Hollywood Chris

These days, it seems every movie coming out of Hollywood has to have an attractive Chris in it. A Hemsworth, a Pine, maybe a Pratt. Sunshine hopped on that bandwagon a decade before it existed by casting Chris Evans. In those days, he hadn't yet picked up his shield as an Avenger, but had donned some heroic spandex in 2005's Fantastic Four. His character in Sunshine, no-nonsense engineer Mace, is hardly a superhero, but does have the uncomplicated morality of Captain American and a hot-headedness reminiscent of Johnny Storm.

Mace is completely focused on completing the mission. He's willing to fight, and even sacrifice himself, to save Earth. And he looks really, really good while he does it. Unlike the other heroes Evans has played, Mace meets his end in a vat of freezing coolant. Storm would have burned right through it. And Cap? He'd have waited awhile and gotten thawed out again. 


They Cast Michelle Yeoh In A Part That Required No Asses To Kick

It's a bold move hiring Michelle Yeoh and not giving her any fight sequences. After all, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress has been one of the premiere Hong Kong action stars for decades. But this isn't that kind of movie, and, frankly, any movie would be lucky to have a dash of Yeoh in it, so Boyle & Co. did the smart thing: they handed her the script and let her pick whatever part she wanted. Any role could be played by any gender, so she wasn't limited. And what part did she choose? The biologist and resident green thumb, Corazon. Seeing Yeoh at home in the oxygen garden makes it easy to forgive the lack of ass-kicking. And when it came to zero-gravity wire practice, she was a natural.


Gold Spacesuits Are The Best Spacesuits

Imagine the average space walk scene. It's all tension. Will the characters have enough air? Will their suits hold up? Will they make it back to the ship? Now imagine a space walk scene with the characters decked out in solid gold spacesuits. High tension meets high fashion.

Okay, so the suits aren't made of pure gold. It's actually mylar, that shiny stuff that reflects light and heat, which is pretty crucial when you're out for a space walk near the sun. And that little design trick made the spacesuits in Sunshine stand out from all others. Seeing the dangerous light of the Sun reflected off a glowing gold suit turned a tense scene (repairing the panels of the shield) into a work of art. 


The Icarus II Is Pop Culture's Ultimate Spacecraft

The Millennium Falcon. The USS Enterprise. The Serenity. The Nostromo. Flying saucers, cubes, even Winnebagos - pop culture is littered with memorable spaceships. But none combine form and function as well as the Icarus II. The ship's design sticks in your brain because... well, no other spaceship looks like a giant flying space umbrella.

At the front of Icarus II is a huge shield, reflecting the Sun's damaging rays. Behind that is the payload, a bomb the size of Manhattan with booster rockets to send it into the heart of the Sun. Beyond that is the main body of the ship - the handle of the umbrella, if you will. And it looks so pitifully small compared to the rest, even though it houses the crew. Small enough to hide safely in the shield's shadow. Small enough that the crew can shout to each through the corridors.

On the outside of the crew section of Icarus II are spines, which are communications towers. They send packaged bursts of video to Earth as conditions allow. Inside the crew area are all the usual facilities - the control room, the kitchen - as well as some unusual ones. The oxygen garden, the observation room, the Earth Room (the Icarus II's version of a holodeck, allowing the crew to artificially feel like they are in nature).

Over the course of the film, viewers become familiar with every aspect of the ship. Truly, the Icarus II is as classical as its name, which should be a little too on-the-nose, but works perfectly. It's a ship designed to fly too close to the sun, a sign of man's hubris - only this time, there's a success even in failure.  


Danny Boyle, Alex Garland, And Cillian Murphy Are A Winning Combo

In 2000, Danny Boyle made The Beach, which was adapted from Alex Garland's novel of the same name. The book is a terrific beach read (no pun intended), though the film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, failed to leave a mark on audiences. Luckily, the pair didn't let that deter them from their budding partnership. They worked together again in 2002, on horror classic 28 Days Later, with Garland penning the screenplay, Boyle directing, and Cillian Murphy playing the lead in what was his breakout role.

As you surely know, 28 Days Later turned the zombie genre on its head, working as a political parable and cautionary tale; at the end of the world, the people to be afraid of aren't always the undead ones (it was released a few months before the first Walking Dead comic was published, in case you're wondering). Together, Boyle and Garland have a knack for elevating genre fare, which they did to the sci-fi and space genres with Sunshine three years after 28 Days Later arrived in cinemas and also starred Murphy. 

Murphy proves, in both films, to be a captivating lead, drawing audiences in and steering them through the emotional ups and downs of survival. Both films have great dangers - zombies, a burning ball of gas - but choose to explore the human side of the experience; they examine the ingenuity, bravery, and even savagery that the threat of extinction inspires in people.


It Puts The Science Front And Center In Science Fiction

Too often, science fiction focuses on the "fiction" side of things, but Sunshine puts the science front and center. The premise of a dying sun? That isn't fiction, that's a fact - albeit one that's billions of years away. The film just moves the conceit up to the near future. So when nature is your enemy, who do you call? A team of scientists and engineers.

It's no wonder the most important person on the crew of Icarus II is the physicist, Capa, played by Cillian Murphy. He's isn't just the protagonist in the eyes of the audience - he's the expert in charge of delivering the payload that will re-ignite the sun, which makes him indispensable to completing the mission.

A key moment in the plot involves the discovery of the Icarus I, the mysteriously failed previous mission to save Earth. The decision of whether to investigate is left up to Capa, who determines their chances of success will be doubled if the payload on the first ship is still intact - after all, two last hopes are better than one. Logically, he isn't wrong - but a minor miscalculation jeopardizes the mission. Though the angle of approach is adjusted to bring the ships together, the shield alignment isn't adjusted to match, which results in the sun damaging panels on the ship and, eventually, triggering a fire that destroyed the oxygen garden.  

It doesn't take aliens or battles to risk lives in space, just a little bad math.


It Ain't Easy Being In Space, And Sunshine Explores Every Face Of This Truth In Detail

Space is a big, scary place, and movies about space almost always have an edge of horror to them. After all, instant death is just a ship's hull away. Some films gloss over this, and some (like Gravity) explore that danger - but arguably none have gone as in depth as Sunshine.

Since Sunshine takes place in the near future, the science of space travel is advanced in feasible ways. Traveling faster than the speed of light is out of the question, so the crew of Icarus II has to settle in for a long haul to reach the Sun. For supplies, crew members have a garden, which doubles as their source of oxygen. There's no way to communicate with Earth in real time, so packaged bursts of messages are broadcast out across space from comms towers.

Psychologically, the pressure on the crew is enormous. It's not enough to be stuck in a tin can in the middle of space for years on end, getting on each other's nerves and unable to talk to loved ones back home. They also have the added pressure of literally being the last hope for Earth's survival - and it's all riding on a highly theoretical plan that involves flying a bomb into the deadly unknown. But hey - at least they have a doctor on board to prescribe time outs in the Earth Room! 


They Hired the Best Scientific Consultant: Dr. Brian Cox

Danny Boyle and Alex Garland made sure Sunshine's science was up to snuff by bringing in a physicist to consult on the details of a dying sun. Not just any old physicist, mind you, but Dr. Brian Cox. For those unfamiliar with this singular wonder of the universe, Dr. Cox not only does research on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, he is also a professor, author, and television presenter (of such programs as, well, Wonders of the Universe). Think of him as the English Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Apparently, Cox was also on set to help inform the actors, in particular Cillian Murphy, on how to visualize the science behind the premise. So we know who to thank for all those beautiful reaction shots as characters gaze into the enormity of the Sun.

A fun little excerpt from an interview Cox did with Popular Mechanics about the film:

"Q: Why is the future of the sun—and mankind—in jeopardy in the movie?

A" The sun is dying, and we're going to try to do something about it. [Screenwriter] Alex [Garland] and [director] Danny [Boyle] contacted me and said, 'We've got a film, and this is what happens. Can you think of any way in which that might occur?' My first reaction was, 'Well, no. It's going to die in five billion years, and that's it.' But I asked a lot of friends at CERN—there's a good collection of brains there—and we managed to come up with a wild scenario involving new particles, which we expect we might discover at CERN."

And there you have it. 


Finally, A Movie About The Sun

Movies that take place in space often treat it as the final frontier - a place of discovery, of new planets and life forms and reaching the unreachable. Or they envision a future with an intergalactic community, where traveling between planets is analogous to hopping a flight to a different country. Plenty of space movies include stars, but very few focus on our star: the center of our solar system, the celestial body that makes life on our planet possible. The Sun. And this makes Sunshine's premise completely unique.

Even the opening of the film, in which the Fox Searchlight title sequence runs in reverse to end on the emerging Sun, exposes the film's focus. Sunshine takes place in 2057. The Sun is dying, the Earth is entering a solar winter as a result. The film focuses on the crew of the Icarus II, a ship tasked with delivering a stellar bomb into the heart of the Sun as a last ditch effort to kick-start it and save humanity.

But the Sun is no mere destination - it's a character, perhaps even a God, looming ever larger outside the ship. There's no way to predict the success of the mission, because time and space distort the closer Icarus II gets to its destination (as demonstrated with freezing frames and jumpy edits during the film's climax). Scientifically, the Sun is nearly unknowable. The source of life for our planet is also the greatest threat to the crew's existence - hope, fear, and mystery, all in one burning gaseous ball. And it is absolutely gorgeous to behold. 


The Secondary Star Of The Film? Eyeballs

You'd be forgiven for thinking Sunshine isn't about space, but rather eyeballs. There are shots of the ship approaching the Sun that look just like a fiery iris, with the Icarus II as the dark pupil in the center. This is in part because the film fetishizes the act of observation, with long lingering close-ups of eyes taking in the breathtaking wonder of space. Everyone knows staring at the Sun is a big no-no, but it's impossible not to when the Sun is basically all around you.

Luckily the observation room windows of Icarus II are modulated - at one point, still millions of miles from the Sun, the maximum safe amount of light is said to be 30 seconds at 3.1% of the Sun's full strength. Bump it up to 4% and you'd suffer retinal damage. 

The eyeball close-ups serve another purpose as well: heightening claustrophobia. The camera can't seem to get any distance from the crew inside the confines of the ship. Even the goldspace suits eschew the classic glass dome-style helmets, and instead feature a dome with just a narrow slit for an eye hole. The range of vision is narrowed to a point, but cameras inside the helmet give the crew (and viewers) an up-close look at the sweaty faces of the people inside the suits.



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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:45:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-sunshine-is-the-greatest-space-movie-ever/tori-preston
<![CDATA[Credible Fan Theories That Totally Change Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/three-flavours-cornetto-trilogy-fan-theories/jacob-shelton?source=rss

The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy might just be England's greatest export. Directed by Edgar WrightShaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End each provide a note-perfect take on a specific genre (horror-comedy, action parody, and sci-fi romp). The films pack in countless jokes and references, thanks in part to quick-witted stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frostand their dense backstories have inspired a deluge of Cornetto Trilogy fan theories. Some Three Flavours trilogy fan theories draw a throughline for the series, while others simply focus on one film. Before you read any further, be warned: if you haven’t seen any of these films, then none of these Edgar Wright fan theories are going to make any sense. You'd better binge-watch the trilogy before reading these movie fan theories and formulating your own.

Edgar Wright’s stunning Cornetto Trilogy has so many amazing moments that it’s hard to determine which is the best. Do you prefer constant foreshadowing and spectacular payoffs? Do you wait to see what crazy edit is going to happen next? Or are you more of a fan of Nick Frost keeping it real? There are no wrong answers here. Go down the rabbit hole and discover all of the things that might be happening in the Cornetto Trilogy, then go round to the Winchester for a pint - you’ve earned it.


Credible Fan Theories That Totally Change Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy,

The Cake And Ice Cream Was Dosed

Redditor capedconkerer believes there's a simple explanation for why the other members of the Sanford police force took all of the accidental deaths in their town at face value: they were drugged.

Throughout Hot Fuzz, the police are given cake and ice cream for a variety of reasons, and it's possible that all of the sweets were laced with something to keep the officers docile. Towards the end of the film, Inspector Butterman is so busy trying to stop Nicholas that he doesn't have time to drug the force, and that's why they're able to better mobilize against him and the rest of the secret group.


Shaun And Nicholas Are Blanks Of Gary King

In Cornetto jargon, a "blank" is a robot who has replaced a living person. They pop up in The World's End, but some people believe they may have appeared earlier in the trilogy.

According to redditor SkyWasTheRobot, Shaun from Shaun of the Dead and Nicholas from Hot Fuzz (both played by Simon Pegg) are blanks themselves. In fact, they posit that every character played by a recurring actor in the trilogy is actually a blank. The Network made them from DNA left during the original pub crawl from The World's End in order to test how humans would react in a variety of situations.

This theory also attempts to explain why the dead are suddenly rising from their graves in London in Shaun of the Dead, and why a group of seemingly normal townsfolk are forming a secret society to murder people in Hot Fuzz.


Shaun And Ed Kill A Living Person

In one scene in Shaun of the Dead, Shaun and Ed are going to pick up Liz and run over someone. Redditor Flandangle is pretty sure that they killed a real person who only became a zombie after the vehicular homicide. Their theory hinges on both the news report that says "Once again: the bodies of the recently deceased are returning to life and attacking the living," and the fact that Philip and Barbara take very little time to turn into zombies themselves after their onscreen deaths.


The Met Chief Inspector Was In On The Whole Thing

In Hot Fuzz, the moment Nicolas finds out he's being sent to Sanford, he tries to argue his way up the chain until he's put in his place by the Met Chief Inspector. The boss says Nicholas is going away to stop him from making the rest of the force look bad - but what if that's not the case?

A Reddit user going by the name of TopKat_ believes the MCI either knew about the secret society and was trying to have Nicholas killed, or that he knew about the mysterious deaths in Sanford and felt like Nicholas could solve the mystery, but didn't want to give him all of the information up top.


The Films Are Adaptations Of Tim's Comics From Spaced

ThisIsMarklar thinks that each of the films in the Cornetto Trilogy are Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's attempt to adapt the comic books written by Tim from Spaced, the duo's earlier television project.

The Redditor believes that Shaun was created by Tim as a representation of himself as a zombie, going about his day-to-day life before he became a famous artist. Nicolas from Hot Fuzz is meant to represent Tim's discovery of fame not being as great as he thought it would be, and Gary from The World's End is a representation of Tim returning home after leaving the Hollywood machine.


The World's End Is All In Gary's Head

According to GaProgMan on Reddit, the third and final film in the Cornetto Trilogy, The World's End, very rarely takes place in the real world. Simon Pegg plays Gary King, an alcoholic (and possible drug addict) who never managed to get his life together. The theory is that only Gary's flashbacks to his glory days of the '90s really happened, and that everything else is an elaborate fantasy that Gary is having to make himself feel better. The worst-case scenario for this reading of the film is that Gary has OD'd, and the movie is the last thing he imagines before he dies.


Liz Is The True Hero Of Shaun Of The Dead

Redditor DoctorDeath has an interesting theory about Liz, Shaun's ex-girlfrend in Shaun of the Dead. They reframe her as the hero in the film who inspires Shaun to get to work and save the day. Not only does Liz spur Shaun to literally do everything, but they say that Shaun's only "win" is getting Liz back.


There Was More Than One Swan In Hot Fuzz

If you've seen Hot Fuzz, then you know the heights of lunacy that Peter Ian Staker's missing swan drives Nicolas Angel to. Redditor CoccyxCracker has a question about that swan: what if there was another one? The theory is based on the hint dropped about there being multiple killers. A member of the Sanford secret circle asks, "No luck in catching them killers then?," a reference to when she asked about the swans earlier in the film and was corrected by Danny. Maybe there were two swans after all.


The World's End Gets Dark

The World's End is arguably the darkest film of the Cornetto Trilogy, but this short theory by Redditor psychodave123 makes even darker. In the film, Gary King, having just exited rehab, is planning on returning to his home town and completing a pub crawl called the Golden Mile that he failed to finish when he was a young man. The theory is that, if Gary hadn't been sidetracked and completed the Golden Mile, then he would have killed himself after downing his final drink.


The Network Connects Everything

An intriguing theory presented by an anonymous Reddit user presupposes that the Cornetto Trilogy is linked by the Network, the shadowy group of aliens who created the blanks as a way to offer humanity eternal, conflict-free life in The World's End. The theory is that the the Sanford chamber of commerce from Hot Fuzz is working with the Network for "the greater good," and that the comet that landed in the '90s during The World's End started the zombie outbreak of Shaun of the Dead. The timeline on this is a little iffy, but it is kind of fun.



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 06:54:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/three-flavours-cornetto-trilogy-fan-theories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Ways Tangled Teaches Kids All The Wrong Lessons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-tangled-is-bad-for-kids/shanell-mouland?source=rss

Tangled might be one of the most popular Disney animated films, but it's spreading some serious anti-feminist propaganda to audiences, especially to the children watching. Does that seem a little over-the-top? Well, let's take a closer look at the world of Rapunzel. You see, Rapunzel is faced with decisions over and over again, but she's not even allowed to make a choice on her own. She flees with a criminal she just met and the plot turns on the fact that she rebels against her mother. So, run away from Mom and you'll find true love - exactly what you want to teach your kids, right? 

Disney certainly dropped the ball with Tangled, but seemed to correct their mistakes with all the things they got right in Moana. So before you put Rapunzel on loop again, check out the reasons why Tangled may actually be demeaning. Vote up the worst messages that Rapunzel reinforces for little girls all over the world. 


Ways Tangled Teaches Kids All The Wrong Lessons,

Women Can Only Be An Evil Queen Or A Princess That Waits To Be Rescued

There are few choices for women's roles in Disney films. You can be the awaiting Princess or the Evil Queen. Neither should look very appealing to the next generation of girls.

The New York Times Book Review's take on the bestselling book "A Princess Ate My Daughter" is that parents should wake-up regarding the effect of Disney Princess Culture on their children: 

"...first crawling, then walking, then the urgent desire to wear something pink and spark­ly. Whether we smile indulgently or roll our eyes at the drifts of tulle and chiffon that begin accumulating in our daughters’ rooms around age 4, participation in these royal rituals has come to seem necessary, even natural."

 


Your Hair Is Your Most Redeeming Quality

You'd better be beautiful and blonde if you want the attention of a prince. Rapunzel's long locks are both damning and redeeming - her hair causes Gothel to trap her as the fountain of youth, but it also causes her to save Eugene from certain death. Being white and pretty is such a burden sometimes. Not to mention the racist overtones of declaring long, blonde hair as the ideal for any woman. As Womanist Musings' Renee states:

"The standard of long flowing blond hair as the epitome of femininity necessarily excludes and challenges the idea that [women of color] are feminine, desired … and therefore, while Disney is creating an image of Rapunzel that we are accustomed to, her rebirth in a modern day context is problematic because her body represents the celebration of White femininity."

Moreover, Rapunzel must cut her long blonde hair because it is too valuable and keeps her in danger. In other words, if she wishes to no longer be seen as coveted or important, she must make her hair look plain. 


It's FIne To Fall For Someone With A Criminal Record

Not only does Eugene have 'Wanted' posters all of the Kingdom pointing out to the audience that he's a serious criminal, he is rather  unapologetic about his thieving ways. Does Rapunzel even know this guy? Why does she instantly trust this joker even though he attempted to rob her on their first meeting? Eugene seems like a guy we would stay very far away from in the real world.


The Narcisist Always Gets The Girl

Surely Rapunzel should go on some dates and explore her new freedom before settling down with the first man she meets. After all, Eugene is cocky, arrogant, and not exactly a great catch considering his criminal record and the bounty on his head. Shouldn't Disney be telling little girls that their standards should be higher? Surely the little boys watching Tangled won't think that Eugene is the kind of man they should aspire to be... Will they?


You Should Always Trust A Man You Just Met, Especially If He Offers To Help You Run Away

Tangled teaches kids that men are inherently trustworthy, even if you've just met them. Simply follow him anywhere and eventually, you'll marry and rule the Kingdom with your Boo. Parents don't approve of him? Well, Rapunzel shows that it's okay to run away with this new boy with a little bit of "smolder." 


Men That Lie To Get What They Want Are Playful, Not Dangerous

In her very first meeting with Eugene, Rapunzel sees what kind of man he is, and yet still chooses to go away with the shady character. Along the way, you learn that Eugene lied about his name ("Flynn Rider") and has a bounty on his head. Yet despite all the falsities, Rapunzel commits her undying love to the man. Children could very possibly interpret Eugene's lies as playful banter and not deliberate deception. 


When You Finally Gain Independence, It's Best To Get Married Right Away

If you've spent the better part of eighteen years living in a tower with your addict mother, you might want to spend some time getting to know yourself before you decide to marry the first man you see. Rapunzel should be seeking a good therapist, traveling, or checking out schools with her new found freedom rather than tying the knot. 


Getting Old Is Every Woman's Biggest Nightmare

Growing old is a fate worse than death for Mother Gothel. She actually kidnaps a royal baby and hides her in a tower for eighteen years to ensure she can access her fix (the elixir of youth that is Rapunzel's hair). It's clear that little girls watching are not meant to identify with Gothel, but there is a disturbing statement that growing old is a woman's greatest fear and should be avoided at all costs. Youth and beauty are coveted far beyond anything else in Rapunzel's world. 


It Takes A Man, And Not Even A Clever One, To Save You

An article discussing Disney Princess Culture in the Washington Post states: "The brand also implies that girls should be sweet and submissive, and should expect a man to come to their rescue in an act of love at first sight." Rapunzel uses Eugene's visit to escape her tower, but in truth, she didn't need Eugene to complete any part of her escape plan. There were ways out before the stunned prince entered the tower, and suggesting that Rapunzel needed Eugene to escape is simply telling girls they cannot be independent or adventurous on their own. 


Being On Your Own Can Induce A Full Blown Mind Meltdown

In a memorable scene, Rapunzel suddenly realizes she has left the comforts of her prison/tower and enters into a bizarre and bipolar meltdown of sorts. Her emotions are hyperbolic and range from total despair to complete and utter excitement. The message to children is a clear one: being on your own is terrifying and you better get the help of a sketchy thief and his moody horse, because anything is better than being alone.



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:52:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-tangled-is-bad-for-kids/shanell-mouland
<![CDATA[Somehow, Making Predator Was WAY More Insane Than The Actual Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/predator-making-of-facts/anncasano?source=rss

At some point in '85 or '86, producer Joel Silver was asked to come aboard a project developed from a mysterious script about an alien hunter that appeared under an executive's door one day. Arranged as a vehicle for Austrian body-builder-turned-action-star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predator was an unexpected genre pastiche that's widely regarded as one of the best '80s action movies. Though the cast and crew seemed to have had fun in the jungle together, the making of Predator was tough from start to finish, as evidenced by these Predator movie facts.

Schwarzenegger stars as Dutch, a soldier in charge of leading his elite Special Forces team into a Central American jungle on a rescue mission. The mission is interrupted by an alien presence, and all hell breaks loose. Predator was primarily shot near Palenque, Mexico, and incorporates elements of action, sci fi, and horror. The cast and crew dealt with the extreme heat of the jungle and serious illnesses brought on by eating and drinking contaminated food and water.

But illness was only one of the movie’s obstacles. Director John McTiernan recalls trouble right out of the gate, saying, “The first day of shooting was the worst nightmare I’ve ever seen.” Things didn't get easier. One of the most interesting Predator behind-the-scenes stories centers on the original Predator suit, and the muscle-bound man from Brussels initially hired to play the part. They were both a complete disaster.

Read all about the hokey red suit from hell in the Predator making-of stories below. And don’t forget Arnold’s sage advice, "If it bleeds, we can kill it." 


Somehow, Making Predator Was WAY More Insane Than The Actual Movie,

The Cast Endured Arduous Military Training That Was A Cake Walk For Jesse Ventura

As various members of the cast of Predator explain in making-of documentary If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It, the core group of actors in the film went through military training that entailed being brought 20 miles into the jungles outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with a trainer and walking back to civilization. The trip was a nightmare for most involved, but a cake walk for Jesse Ventura, who was a member of the US Navy's Underwater Demolition Team from 1970 to 1975. 

The training helped the actors learn how to move through the jungle as a team and communicate with nonverbal tools like hand signals. After it was finished, Ventura joked about the abilities of his cast mates: "I'll put it this way: I wouldn't wanna go in real with these guys, but I'll definitely do a film with them.


The First Predator Suit Was A Total Disaster

Predator was in production for several weeks while the cast and crew anxiously waited for the Predator suit to arrive. When it finally showed up, director John McTiernan took one look at the suit and knew he was in trouble. Schwarzenegger said of the alarmingly red costume, "It looked like guy in a lizard suit with the head of a duck."

Trying to remain optimistic, the crew thought they may be able to shoot the Predator at low angles, to make it look less like a duck. Van Damme was helped into the rubber suit and McTiernan took a few test shots. The results were as expected.

As McTiernan recalls

"I just remember looking through the trees and seeing this giant red thing coming at us like this [lumbering movement] - just exactly what we were trying not to have. It was just impossible. I shot a shot. Two shots. Then I sent it back to the studio, saying ‘you really don’t want us to continue with this, do you?’ then they looked at it and said, ‘no way. Stop.’”

Schwarzenegger agreed with the director, "We started to worry as soon as we started test shooting, and after a few scenes, the worry crystallized. The creature didn't work, it was hokey, it didn't look believable."


Schwarzenegger Pulled An Epic Fast One On Ventura

The former governor of California tricked former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura big time. One day, the wardrobe department on Predator told Ventura his massive biceps were one inch larger than Arnold's. So Jesse the Body approached the former Mr. Universe and asked him if he wanted to compare biceps - whoever had bigger guns got a bottle of champagne from the puny loser. Ventura lost, and found out he had been duped. Tricky Arnold told the wardrobe department to mislead Ventura, so he could win the champagne. 


It's Never Too Early For A Clandestine Pump

By many accounts, the shoot for Predator was grueling. Filming occurred around Palenque, Mexico, near the border with Guatemala; it was extremely hot, the terrain was treacherous, and illness took no prisoners. Even still, the muscle-bound cast of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sonny Landham, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Richard Chaves, and Bill Duke not only showed up ready for work every day, but also got up early to get in some pumps at the gym.

As Carl Weathers describes in If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of Predator, the stars of the film wanted to show up for shooting each day with massive, toned muscles without seeming as though they were putting in any work to get that look. Because of this, they got up as early as 4:00 am and went to the gym to get a pump in. If another actor happened to be in the gym, Weathers would sneak off to get coffee and return when the gym was empty, so no one would see him lifting. 


Jean-Claude Van Damme Was Originally Cast As The Predator

Before CGI and over-the-top special effects, someone had to actually put on a monster suit. Belgian martial artist and uber-buff muscle man Jean-Claude Van Damme went to Hollywood with the dream of becoming a super star actor. The Muscles from Brussels landed the role of the Predator but didn't realize he would be unrecognizable once he put on the suit.

Makeup effects supervisor Steve Johnson recalls, "I'm like, 'Jean-Claude, did no one tell you? It's a cloaking device. You're invisible for half of the picture. This is not you.' Which made him even angrier because he thought he could do his martial arts, he could fight Arnold Schwarzenegger. Impossible. Absolutely Impossible."

There's some debate surrounding the exact reason why Van Damme was replaced as the Predator. Did he quit? Was he fired? Though the jury is still out, Schwarzenegger described the Belgian as a "relentless complainer."

As Van Damme complained,

"The costume took about 20 minutes to put on. It was thick rubber and I couldn't see anything, there was just a small piece to breathe through. I needed cables to move my jaw and head, and it was hard to keep my balance. They wanted me to make a big jump, and I told them, ‘It’s impossible [from that height]. I know my limitations, and I’ll break my legs.’”

As the legend goes, a stuntman was brought in to wear the Predator suit and do the jump the Belgian refused to perform. Lo and behold, Van Damme was correct - the jump was dangerous; the stuntman broke his leg. Still, Van Damme was replaced with Kevin Peter Hall, who stood at 7'2" (a foot taller than Van Damme), and was a very good actor, not just a muscle-bound fighter in a suit. Hall was fresh off playing Harry in Harry and the Hendersons when cast in Predator.


The Predator Was Originally Intended To Be "Ninja-Like"

Predator is one of the great movie creatures of the 1980s, the vast majority of which were massive, silent beasts that seemed like unstoppable killing machines (Jason Vorhees, etc). This style of monster can be seen, at least in part, as a metaphor for the silent, massive, stoic enemy to Reagan's America - the Soviet Union. Given this, you might be surprised to learn the original concept for the alien in Predator was for a "stealthy, ninja-like creature that could move rapidly among the trees."


The Film's Insurance Company Required A Security Guard For Actor Sonny Landham

Actor Sonny Landham had a reputation for being combative when he was cast as Billy in Predator. Because of this, the company insuring the film insisted Landham have a bodyguard, not to protect him, but to protect people from him. As McTiernan recalls, "We had this 6'8" tall giant who just had to follow Sonny around 24 hours a day the entire time he worked on the movie and make sure that Sonny never misbehaved."

Bonus fact: Landham got his start in films of a penetrating nature made specifically for audiences 18 years of age or older. A quick Google image search will lead you to various enlightening photos of his lance flopping about in a bed of downy pubes. 


The Screenwriters Got The Idea For 'Predator' From A Joke About 'Rocky'

When the idea for Predator was first bandied about back lots in Hollywood, Arnold Schwarzenegger was coming off the success of 1985's Commando, which was produced by Joel Silver, who was brought aboard a sci-fi project based on a spec script (one written speculatively, not as an assignment) slipped under an executive's door by brothers Jim and John Thomas. The Thomas brothers had never sold anything before, and got their scripts into the hands of producers by sneaking onto the Fox lot.  

Predator was originally called Hunter. The famous joke going around Hollywood in the mid-80s was about who Rocky Balboa would fight in Rocky V after defeating much larger, much stronger Russian opponent Ivan Drago in Rocky IV? Rocky had beaten just about everyone, so would his next opponent have to be an alien? The Thomas brothers based their script on that joke. 


Director John McTiernan Sees 'Predator' As Fundamentally Akin To 'King Kong'

Despite the Rocky-vs-an-alien origins of the Predator script, director John McTiernan thought the project was more akin to King Kong. "Bunch of guys go to an island, and go deeper and deeper in, and, shazam, the thing they’re chasing turns out to be a lot bigger than they thought, and they have to turn around and run away!"


Arnold Got Health-Conscious Carl Weathers Hooked On Cigars

As can be seen in The Unseen Arnold Schwarzenegger, a short, behind-the-scenes doc from the Predator special edition Blu-ray, the supreme muscle man was always smoking cigars on the set of Predator. He handed his cigar to the closest crew member right before takes and, immediately after the take was finished, shouted "Who has my stogie?" He can even be seen smoking during arduous physical rehearsal. 

Carl Weathers, formerly of the NFL, was very conscious of what he put in his body during his career as an actor and athlete. As he said in an interview about the making of Predator, 

"Being the athlete that I am, and the clean living person that I am, never in a million years would I let tobacco touch my lips. Absolutely not. But I sat there in that chair getting a whiff of this great, great aroma of this stogie. And Arnold eventually said 'Carly, you want one?' 'Sure, why not?' I was hooked. It was all over... within a few days, Arnold had a box of stogies delivered to me."



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:55:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/predator-making-of-facts/anncasano
<![CDATA[The Beast With Five Fingers Is The Craziest Horror Film Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/beast-with-five-fingers-crazy-horror-movie/kara-maddox?source=rss

All things considered, 1946 was a pretty good year for movies. It's a Wonderful Life, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Big Sleep, Notorious, The Beast with Five Fingers. Maybe you've heard of some of those. The last one is among the more obscure horror movies about a disembodied hand playing piano and strangling people. It stars the inimitable Peter Lorre, and belongs to a rarefied class of weird old movies that were somehow taken seriously by those involved, despite their inherent preposterousness. 

Despite how bizarre and absurd it is, The Beast with Five Fingers is one of those bizarre old movies you might be inclined to include in the annals of classic horror films, despite a general lack of horror-ness as per 21st century standards. Like Universal monster classics The Mummy and Dracula, The Beast with Five Fingers is a genre hybrid, existing somewhere between thriller, horror, and drama, with prominent elements taken from horror mystery movies for good measure.

If you ever found yourself kicking around a department store looking for cheap movies on VHS in the early-to-mid '90s, you may have purchased The Beast with Five Fingers, and various other 1940s horror movies, without really knowing what you were getting yourself in for. Depending on your taste and appreciation for WTF cinema, you might even count The Beast with Five Fingers as one of the best movies of the '40s. How often do you get to see an actor as good as Peter Lorre encounter a scuttling disembodied hand, let alone wrestling with said appendage? "This guy is in The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and M and he's wrestling with a f*cking disembodied hand!" you might have said to yourself. 

Beyond its unique merits as one of the weirdest horror movies to ever exist, you could argue The Beast with Five Fingers paved the way for David Levy's The Addams Family series (specifically Thing) and Oliver Stone's The Hand (1981). Which, yes, before you ask, is a real thing. Influenced at least in part by the Gothic motifs of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart," Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Beast with Five Fingers is a titillatingly bizarre masterpiece carved out of a short story by WF Harvey published in 1919. 

If your head is exploding with questions right now, if you're dying to learn about the time Peter Lorre was choked IRL by a co-star during a take, this is the list for you. Prepare yourself for the madness. 


The Beast With Five Fingers Is The Craziest Horror Film Ever Made,

People Really Do Think It's Good, Despite What You May Be Thinking

Perhaps you're thinking to yourself, "This has gotta be a ruse. Some disembodied hand is pulling my leg. There's no way this movie is actually good."

Well, as Scott Ashlin of trash cinema site 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting writes

"... there is a nice, long stretch in the middle during which it seems just possible that the filmmakers will have the nerve to follow the killer hand premise all the way to its conclusion, and this section includes some of the finest, most skillfully realized scenes in any horror film of the 1940s.”

Kim Newman of Empire wrote, “This is one of those semi-classic horror films which contains unforgettably creepy sequences and one or two great performances along with a great deal of fudged plotting, a ludicrous last-reel 'explanation' and truly dreadful comic relief.”

As you'll learn elsewhere in this list, nearly all those things Newman dislikes about The Beast with Five Fingers are a result of the studio meddling with the picture. 

To quote The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror, “The subjective shots of the obscenely pallid hand are as chilling as anything in cinema…”


Surrealist Luis Buñuel May Have Contributed To The Script

Did famed surrealist Luis Buñuel write the script for The Beast with Five Fingers? According to him, he at least wrote part of it. 

According to Jeff Stafford of TCM, Buñuel wrote a good bit. He  "was under contract to Warner Bros. in 1945" and compelling evidence reveals he may have written key scenes in the movie, despite screenwriter Curt Siodmak's claim he didn't.

In an interview for Conversations with Luis Buñuel, conducted by Jose de la Colina and Tomas Perez Turrent, Buñuel claimed, 

"I wrote [The Beast With Five Fingers] in order to charge [Warner Bros.] for an entire sequence, even though it was not filmed (I needed money). I imagined a cut-off hand that had a life of its own. Later, they filmed it and didn't pay me anything. I wanted to sue the company but I was already here in Mexico and I decided against it."

As for Siodmak, he said, "Buñuel says he was involved with the story. I never met Buñuel, nor did I see any other script on the subject." 


Actor Paul Henreid Turned Down The Lead Role Because He Disliked His Would-Be Co-Star

Before Peter Lorre was cast as Hillary Cummins in The Beast, Paul Henreid, perhaps most well known for playing Victor Laszlo in Casablanca, was asked to star in the picture. Henreid declined because, as he said, he “wouldn’t play opposite a bloody hand.”


Peter Lorre Sabotaged The Production To Get A Raise

According to Andrea King, who plays Julie Holden in The Beast with Five Fingers, Peter Lorre intentionally sabotaged production of the film to force Warner Bros into giving him a raise. As King describes:

"We had a dining room table scene that was supposed to take about twenty minutes and every time they'd say 'let's go, action,' you'd look and there would be Peter Lorre with a carrot hanging out of his ears, parsley up his nose... it took us four days to shoot this because Peter wanted a raise from Mr. Warner... he got his raise."

As per King, Warner Bros held Lorre to different standards than the rest of the cast. She says she used to get pink slips when she goofed on set, not pay raises. "I got several pink slips," King says, "My first wrong was that I put on five pounds, and [Jack Warner] said 'if that isn't gone within a week, our six months contract is up.'"


The Plot Is Totally Bonkers

What, exactly, is The Beast with Fiver Fingers about, other than a disembodied hand? Glad you asked. You see, it all takes place in a resplendent Italian manor in an isolated town, where famed pianist Francis Ingram (Vincent Francen) lives with his nurse Julie Holden (Andrea King) and musicologist and amateur astrologer Hillary Cummins (Peter Lorre). Because who doesn't need an amateur astrologer around? Ingram's friend Bruce (Robert Alda) and nephew Donald (John Alvin) are also in the mix, though why they (maybe?) live in Italy remains unclear. 

Ingram falls in love with his nurse and changes his will so she gets his sizable estate when he dies. He then dies falling down the stairs - whether or not it was an accident is unknown. A police officer, a lawyer, and Ingram's brother-in-law all get involved with the death and inheritance, as do all the characters mentioned above. So far, a standard mystery, right?

Things are about to get really weird. The lawyer dies, and people suspect Cummins did it, because he's taking rare astrology books from Ingram's library for secret research he's conducting (what?). Everyone in the house hears music coming from the piano, but there's no one playing it. Then, a cop discovers Ingram's left hand was removed from his corpse. Ingram's brother-in-law is almost choked to death by an unseen assailant. At this point, there's a nice scene of Ingram's disembodied hand running amok all over the house. Cummins sees it and gives it Ingram's signet ring, which calms it down for long enough for him to throw it in a closet. 

Later, some characters open a safe looking for an old copy of Ingram's will, only to find the hand in there. Cummins tries to burn the hand in a fire but it crawls out and chokes him to death. At some point while all this is happening, you see the hand going through Ingram's bookshelf, hiding in a weird little hand-sized compartment in the wall, playing the piano, scuttling around on a desk, doing solo jazz hand on the carpet, and being nailed down by Cummins (it's quite Christ-like; can severed hands get stigmata?).  

In a final, tacked-on scene added by the studio after the movie was complete, a detective holds court as one might in an Agatha Christie novel, explaining that Cummins lost his mind, cut Ingram's hand off, and killed everyone (and also choked himself to death? is that possible?). 


It Plays A Bit Like Every Horror Genre Thrown In A Blender

The Beast with Fiver Fingers was created by a number of extremely talented people, which you might not expect from a film with such a preposterous premise. Imagine, if you will, Marvel pouring its resources into a Captain America movie in which the titular hero fights a severed hand that may or may not exist while also losing his mind. 

Director Robert Florey, who had extensive experience in horror - he was tapped to direct the original Frankenstein but replaced by James Whale - brought a strong sense of Gothic atmosphere and German Expressionism to The Beast with Five Fingers. If you're inclined to travel down the insane horror movie rabbit hole, check out Florey's Murders in the Rue Morgue, starring Bela Lugosi (just a year after he played Dracula) as an insane scientist who kidnaps women and injects them with blood from a crazed ape he keeps in a cage, a movie so demented and violent it had 20 minutes cut before movies were censored by anyone. That film was adapted from a story by Edgar Allan Poe, and, like Murderers, The Beast with Five Fingers has a very strong whiff of Poe about it. 

Screenwriter Curt Siodmak seems to have thought he was writing a searing psychological thriller about a man losing his mind and grip on reality. This, and the possible involvement of surrealist Louis Buñuel, gives the film a surreal, intensely internal feel you might argue is proto-Lynchian. This aspect of the script played right into Florey's interest in expressionism, which used camera and set to physically recreate a character's mental state. Yet, despite how internal it is, the film has a fair amount of (very tame by contemporary standards) physical violence that calls to mind traditional, violent horror. 

And finally you have Peter Lorre, a man whose performances were typically pitched so far at the edge of sanity he always seemed to be losing his mind. His performance gives The Beast with Five Fingers the frantic, frenzied feel of the work of Roman Polanski. To top it all off, it's a monster movie, a mystery, a melodrama, and a prestige B-picture (if that's even a thing). 


Victor Francen Really Choked Peter Lorre While Filming A Fight Scene

It seems legendary thespian Victor Francen, who played Francis Ingram in The Beast with Five Fingers, wasn't a big fan of Peter Lorre, since he choked him during filming. According to Judith Aller, whose father arranged the piano music for The Beast, in a key scene in which Francen's character chokes Lorre's character, Francen actually choked Lorre.

"In the strangling scene, Lorre complains to him, 'Vic, Vic, you're squeezing too tight!' Lorre may have been joking," Aller, explains, "but considering how he rolled his eyes, grimaced, and badly overacted in the picture, he probably deserved a good throttling." 


It Holds The Distinction Of Being The First Major Severed Hand Horror Picture

If you're new to the world of bizarre and bonkers B-and-C-grade horror pictures, you can be forgiven for not knowing there's a subgenre of films about severed hands, and a number of other horror (and at least one mainstream adventure) films featuring, but not built around, such lopped-off appendages. 

Film historian Bartłomiej Paszylk credits The Beast with Fiver Fingers with "starting the killer hand trend." Prominent films in the subgenre include The Crawling Hand, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, And Now the Screaming Starts, Oliver Stone's The Hand, Severed Ties, Idle Hands, and Demonoid: Messenger of Death. You'll also find severed hands in Evil Dead 2, Bride of Re-animator, and even the 1999 Mummy reboot.  


This Isn't The Only Insane Movie About Hands Starring Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre plays Hillary Cummins in The Beast with Five Fingers, and his character suffers from a hallucinogenic perspective that, at least before the movie was heavily edited by Warner Bros, gave the movie a sense of uncertainty and psychological dread. As it turns out, The Beast wasn't the only insane movie about severed hands to star Lorre.

In 1935, Lorre played the lead in Mad Love, about an insane surgeon obsessed with an actress. As you might expect, he decides to replace the hands of her husband, a pianist, with those of a knife thrower (which still have the urge to throw knives). Mad Love was directed by Karl Freund, who also directed the Boris Karloff-staring 1932 version of The Mummy and was the cinematographer on Robert Froley's Murders in the Rue Morgue.


Boris Karloff May Have Inadvertently Been Responsible For The Movie Existing

Boris Karloff's impact on the development of horror is impossible to overstate. His nuanced, empathetic, soulful portrayals of Frankenstein's monster in Universal classics Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein and Imhotep in The Mummy helped establish the template for sympathetic monsters and gave those atmospheric, Gothic films their romantic heart.  

In 1943, Karloff compiled a best-selling anthology of horror stories. It was called Tales of Terror, and it contained a little-known piece by William Fryer Harvey from 1919 called "The Beast with Five Fingers." According to Edmund G. Bansak, author of Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career, it was most certainly Karloff's book that brought the film to the attention of film executives. 



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:53:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/beast-with-five-fingers-crazy-horror-movie/kara-maddox
<![CDATA[The Best Woke-Up-Like-This Hair And Makeup In TV And Film]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-woke-up-like-this-hair-and-makeup-in-tv-and-film/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

Woke-up-like-this makeup in movies and television provides another unrealistic goal for the common man or woman to chase. Through common knowledge and TMZ, people understand celebrities get touched up before they shoot anything, be it a movie, music video, or even an Instagram post. Early morning hair and makeup in media comes across as authentic as Milli Vanilli, yet this never stops directors from shooting bedroom scenes with actors and actresses who clearly didn't "wake up like this" in TV and film. Though the characters on this list just woke up, and some after rough nights, they look like they've been in hair and makeup for at least an hour. Not exactly a ***flawless transition, if you're being honest with yourself.

The best woke-up-like-this hair and makeup in TV and film makes for both great cinema and terrible misconceptions. How will your child get out of bed each morning when they expect to look like Blair Waldorf yet actually look like everyone else: bed-headed? Once you uncover all the photo tricks used to make people look hotter, you realize most visual content you consume already got sent through a Photoshop artist and about five different filters. Unless you are Beyoncé, you probably did not wake up looking like any of the actresses below. If you are Beyonce, though, share those secrets!


The Best Woke-Up-Like-This Hair And Makeup In TV And Film,

Annie Walker

Kristen Wiig subverting the whole 'woke up like this' gig by getting up early, putting on her face, and making sure everyone else thinks she really did meet the day like a glamour model.  


Blair Waldorf

One of the scandalous secrets of Manhattan's elite is that they all wake up like this.


Buffy Summers

Before Buffy was laid to rest, the makeup team made sure her eyeliner was perfect and no amount of coffin confinement can ruin that.


Emma Roberts

Chanel Oberlin channels Audrey Hepburn here, pulling off an eye mask to reveal perfect eyeliner. What an homage!


Morticia Addams

The creepier, kookier, spookier, ookier question here is how does she wake up with all her makeup intact?  


Samantha Stephens

Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's straight up witchery.  


Tatiana Romanova

No matter how vigorously James Bond bangs this girl, nothing can shake that winged eyeliner.  


Holly Golightly

Despite what you may think, the sleep mask is for her makeup.


Katniss Everdeen

Girl just got dragged out of the Hunger Games arena's roof, wakes up on a ship, and still has perfect eyeliner? What brand does she use?


Lux Lisbon

Waking up in a field after losing your virginity only to find out your date bounced may be a bummer, but at least Lux still served her looks.  



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Tue, 16 May 2017 07:26:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-woke-up-like-this-hair-and-makeup-in-tv-and-film/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-non-disney-animated-movies-of-the-_90s/clay-keller?source=rss

Though Disney animated films dominated the '90s box office, the best non-Disney films from that era reveal a renaissance for animated content. Nearly every studio in Hollywood cashed in on the public's renewed interest in animated fare. Several invested in the Don Bluth business; the Land Before Time auteur directed four films in the decade, including Thumbelina for Warner Bros., and the well-received Anastasia for Fox. Meanwhile, An American TailAn American Tail: Fivel Goes West, produced by Steven Spielberg, marked the first entry from Spielberg's Amblimation studio, a short-lived company responsible for We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story and Balto; it eventually folded into DreamWorks Animation by the end of the decade. DreamWorks Animation, founded in 1997, is the only non-Disney success story of the '90s, releasing hits Antz and The Prince of Egypt in 1998, and laying the foundation for their reputation as the cheekier alternative to Disney's Pixar juggernaut.

The most revered non-Disney animated feature of the '90s, Warner Bros.' exciting and heartbreaking The Iron Giant, served as a cautionary tale that explains the entire decade in non-Disney animated films. Despite unanimous critical praise, without the Disney branding The Iron Giant flopped at the box office. A massive failure that, along with the failures of Osmosis Jones and Looney Tunes: Back in Action, stopped Warner Bros. Animation from making another movie for over a decade. Though they never matching the box office success, and rarely the critical success, of their Disney counterparts, animated films from the '90s not by Disney now hold a legacy of their own, and paved the way for films like Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda, and Happy Feet.


All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s,

Pokémon: The First Movie

Anastasia

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

Balto

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

The Iron Giant

The Prince of Egypt

The Swan Princess

Thumbelina

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story


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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:14:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-non-disney-animated-movies-of-the-_90s/clay-keller
<![CDATA[These Sound Effects Will Change The Way You Listen To Your Favorite Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sounds-used-as-effects-in-movies/erin-mccann?source=rss

Movie sound effects are essential to creating the world of a film's story. If a character slams a car door or walks across a creaky floor with no noise, the audience would probably get bored pretty quickly, or at least call bullsh*t. Scary sounds help create tension and atmosphere in horror films, while futuristic sounds can build an authentic sci-fi movie world

But sounds used in movies are not always what you might think. Sometimes, sounds like dinosaur cries need to be invented from scratch, for obvious reasons (it's cheaper than inventing a time machine to do field recordings of dinosaur cries). Other times, the real sound an object makes isn't very interesting. When sound film was invented in the late 1920s, sound effects had to be created as well. Jack Foley was the first to add things like footsteps and clothing movement noises to a movie's soundtrack, and is considered the father of movie sound effects and the reason for the term Foley artist, the name given to those who record sound effects for movies. 

What Foley artists do is certainly movie magic and a necessary part of modern filmmaking tricks. How movie sound effects are made depends on a film's sound designer. Each has her own method for doing things, as can be seen through these facts behind the unusual origin of a few famous movie sound effects.


These Sound Effects Will Change The Way You Listen To Your Favorite Movies,

Megatron's Breathing In The Transformers Series Is An Asthmatic Tiger

The most evil of all Decepticons, Megatron, had a breathing problem, with sounds supplied by a tiger with asthma. Sound designer Erik Aadahl's reasoning for the giant robot's sound was, “He had this ominous inhale and exhale, which was very animalistic. We treated it in a way that it would sound like it was coming out of this big metallic hull of the character.” How the team located a tiger with asthma is apparently a trade secret, although it's breathing certainly upstaged the acting prowess of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. 


The Starship Enterprise's Door Is A Toilet In The Star Trek Reboot

Star Trek 2009 reboot sound designer Ann Schibelli was given the task of updating the well-known sound of the starship Enterprise's door opening. She found inspiration not in space, but in an object familiar to everyone.

"I was working on another project and we had recorded some Russian toilet flushes on a train. And it was one of those air flushes that had just a really cool vacuum suction sound. And as soon as I heard it, I said, ‘this is the sound for the Enterprise door.’ So that’s really what it is, a toilet flush.”


The Crushed Skulls In 'Terminator 2' Are A Pistachio

The opening future-gone-wrong scene in Terminator 2 includes a shot of a skull being stepped on and crushed by the foot of a Terminator. To avoid using a human skull, sound designer Gary Rydstrom substituted the sound with a pistachio nut being crushed by a metal plate. The sound only lasts for a second but is convincingly gruesome.


T-1000's Liquid Morphing Is Furniture Cleaner

To get the perfect liquid morphing sound for Terminator 2's T-1000, sound designer Gary Rydstrom got creative. He made a mixture of Dust-Off furniture cleaner, flour, and water, and stuck a condom-wrapped microphone inside the goop. The resulting sound was that of a thick liquid with a slight metallic noise. Other fun T-1000 sound effects include placing a cup into yogurt to make the bullet absorbing noise and sucking the air out of a dog food can for the sound of the villain passing through objects. 


The Laser Blasts Of Star Wars Are Twanging Wires

Ben Burtt is kind of a legend when it comes to sound effects. The sound of laser blasts in the Star Wars series came to be when he discovered hitting an antenna tower wire with a hammer made an unusual sound perfect for a futuristic weapon. He also liked that it was an object people could recognize, but probably wouldn't. "The basic thing in all films is to create something that sounds believable to everyone, because it's composed of familiar things that you can not quite recognize immediately," he said.


ET Is An Elderly Woman The Sound Designer Ran Into At A Shop

Sound designer Ben Burtt was tinkering with ideas for the voice of ET's alien creature when he discovered senior citizen Pat Welsh in a photo shop. He was intrigued by her low voice and invited her to record some lines for the film. Although the voice of ET heard in the film was mixed with various animal sounds and lowered in pitch, Welsh delivered the lines as directed by Burtt and Spielberg, creating the template for the extraterrestrials's unique vocal pattern. Luckily, she wasn't offended at being asked to play a wrinkly brown alien.


The Raptor Calls From 'Jurassic Park' Are Boning Turtles

Jurassic Park's Velociraptors are about to get lot more disturbing for you. Sound designer Gary Rydstrom was not embarrassed to record tortoises mating to use in the creation of the dinosaurs' barks. And recording turtles getting it on is no quick task. "You've got to have plenty of time to sit around and watch and record them," Rydstrom said.


The Punches In 'Fight Club' Are Chicken Carcasses Packed With Walnuts

Fair warning: the video above is a bit strong, in case you haven't seen Fight Club and aren't familiar with it's face smashings. 

Fight Club sound designer Ren Klyce spent a lot of time trying to come up with the sounds behind the vast array of punches seen throughout the film. When traditional sound effect CDs weren't realistic enough, he and his team experimented with hitting chicken carcasses, and later chickens stuffed with walnuts for some added bone crunch. They also recorded themselves hitting pieces of meat in a basement for atmosphere. Funny that a number of scenes in the movie are pretty much the same idea.


Lightsabers Are Feedback And Buzzing Motors

Ever wonder where the lightsaber noise comes from? Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt was carrying a microphone past an old television set when the mic picked up an unusual feedback noise from the TV's picture tube. Burtt added in the buzzing noise from a projector motor, played the combined sound over a loudspeaker, and re-recorded it, waving the microphone around to create the illusion of movement. And fans have been re-creating this noise while holding sword-like objects ever since.


The Giant Boulder Indie Escapes In 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' Is A Honda Civic

Raiders of the Lost Ark's opening scene is one of the most famous in cinema, mainly due to the huge boulder booby trap that nearly crushes the hero. Even though the giant rock was made of fiberglass, it sounds menacingly heavy as it rolls through the temple. In actuality, the sound came from designer Ben Burtt's Honda Civic rolling down a gravel hill



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Thu, 25 May 2017 10:03:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/sounds-used-as-effects-in-movies/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[16 Actors That Started Their Careers In Adorable Children's Roles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-were-in-big-movies-and-shows-as-children/anncasano?source=rss

Often, we think of child actors as being part of a cautionary tale from the dark side of Hollywood, where young kids attained high levels of fame and money only to grow up and lose it all. But, thankfully, that’s not always the case - there are plenty of child stars who actually went on to became famous adult actors. We already know of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jodie Foster, who are among the many actors who started young, but this list instead looks at more under the radar television and movie stars who were once child actors in big movies and shows.

Television programs like Kids Incorporated and The Mickey Mouse Club were breeding grounds for young talent. Sure, we may remember that stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears got their start as Mouseketeers; however, you may be surprised to learn which current Academy Award nominated actor and which small screen Russian spy also started out on those programs. And did you know that Christian Bale and Seth Green once starred in big movies as children? You may be amazed to learn just how many actors got their start on daytime soap operas.

Read about all the young stars who somehow avoided most of Hollywood's pitfalls to make it in show business as adults. Some of these early roles performed by famous actors will totally surprise you, while others will make perfect sense.


16 Actors That Started Their Careers In Adorable Children's Roles,

Alyson Hannigan

Before uttering the now infamous line "and one time at band camp" in the film American Pie and appearing as Lily on the hit show How I Met Your Mother, Alyson Hannigan landed her first big-screen role at the age of 14. Her debut was in the 1988 film My Stepmother Is an Alien starring Kim Basinger. Between the American Pie movies and HIMYM, Hannigan also played Willow Rosenberg for seven seasons on Joss Whedon's WB drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Christian Bale

We now know of Christian Bale as being one of the greatest method actors of his generation. However, many forget that the Academy Award winning actor got an early start on the big screen when he starred in Steven Spielberg's war drama Empire of the Sun (1987) at the tender age of 13. And it's not surprising to hear that the English thespian found his instant fame "repugnant."

He described the experience of doing press for Empire of the Sun:

"We did this huge international publicity push for Empire, and I really hated it. It was horrific. I was almost crying in interviews and running away during press conferences, pretending I was going to the bathroom and just disappearing. That has very much affected my ideas on exposure."


Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke made his big-screen debut at the age of 15, starring as Ben Crandall in the sci-fi film Explorers (1985). The actor's breakout role came just a few years later in Dead Poet's Society (1989). Hawke, who is also a published author and director, is one of the most prolific actors of his generation. Some of his more famous movies include Reality Bites, Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy, Training Day, and Boyhood. 


Jake Gyllenhaal

It wasn't a huge part, but Jake Gyllenhaal made his silver screen debut at just 11 years old in the 1990 comedy City Slickers, where he played Billy Crystal's son. Gyllenhaal played other bit parts over the next ten years on both the small and big screen before finally landing his breakout staring role in the mind-bending 2001 drama Donnie Darko.


Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt's breakout role came in the 1990s TV drama Party of Five. However, the actress got her real start by playing Robin on Disney's Kids Incorporated in 1990 at just 11 years old. At that time, Hewitt simply went by the name Love Hewitt, she later went back to her original first name in 1993 when she appeared in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Hewitt has gone on to have a successful career on the small screen, including a stint playing Kate Callahan, an FBI agent, on the hit show Criminal Minds.

 


Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell has grown up to be an extremely attractive man; however, his body wasn't always so fit. The Billions actor is nearly unrecognizable as Vern, the chubby kid from Stand by Me, a role he played at 12 years old. Vern was always the butt of the fat jokes in Rob Reiner's 1986 coming of age story. O'Connell went on to marry supermodel Rebecca Romijn and has appeared in several television and silver screen roles including Sliders and Jerry Maguire.


Katherine Heigl

Before Katherine Heigl appeared on the television show Roswell, and well before her breakout role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy, the actress had her first starring silver screen role opposite Gérard Depardieu in the 1994 drama My Father the Hero. Heigl was 16 years old when she was cast as Nicole, a teenager who pretended her father was her boyfriend in order to impress a boy she liked. Before her small screen success in Roswell, Heigl also appeared in a few other interesting movies such as Steven Seagal's Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and Bride of Chucky.


Keri Russell

Another former member of The Mickey Mouse Club, Keri Russell served as a Mouseketeer from 1991 to 1993. In between those years, she also appeared as Mandy Park in Honey, I Blew Up the Kids (1992).

Russell popped up in few small roles over the next few years before finally landing the titular breakout part on Felicity in 1998. The actress would go on to appear in several more film and television roles, including a starring turn in the independent film Waitress (2007). More recently, Russell has been showing off her acting chops as a Russian spy in the critically acclaimed FX series The Americans.

 


Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is known around the world for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight series. However, her first major film role came at the age of 12 when she was cast opposite Jodie Foster in David Fincher's nail-biting thriller Panic Room (2002). The actor is not even 30 years old and already has nearly 40 acting credits to her name. Stewart has also appeared in several independent and mainstream films since her departure from the vampire series that have made her a household name including American Ultra and Personal Shopper.


Ryan Gosling

Most people recall that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were part of Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club. But what you may not remember is that Ryan Gosling was also one of the Mouseketeers. The 12-year-old Canadian actor received a two-year contract in 1993 to become a member of The Mickey Mouse Club, so he packed up and moved to Orlando, FL, for the last two seasons of the show. Gosling then became good friends with Timberlake and the pair lived together for six months; Timberlake's mother even became Gosling's legal guardian during that time.

People may forget Gosling's stint as a Mouseketeer because he wasn't given the same screen time as the other young actors who were considered to be more talented. The future Academy Award nominated actor said of his Disney experience:

"It was kind of depressing because when I got there, they realized that I wasn't really up to snuff in comparison with what some of the other kids were able to do... I remember one time they put four of us in a dance routine, but I was so off. I was on the end, so they just pushed the shot in closer on the other three guys to frame me out."



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:37:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-were-in-big-movies-and-shows-as-children/anncasano
<![CDATA[11 Movies You Never Realized Featured Your Favorite Boy Band Members]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-you-forgot-star-boy-band-members/anncasano?source=rss

For some, there is life after boy-band stardom. Pop stars making appearances in movies is hardly a new phenomenon, as cinema has a long history of making movies featuring music's dreamiest boy band heartthrobs. Even though it is rare that boy band actors successfully cross-over to have an actual career in film, here are 11 movies that you forgot featured members of your favorite boy band crushes.

Of course, a few singers-turned-actors will immediately come to mind. Guys like Justin Timberlake of NSYNC and Mark Wahlberg of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch are not just your regular, run of the mill Hollywood actors - they're bona fide A-List celebrities. And Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, may earn the honor of joining their ranks after having appeared in Chris Nolan’s epic WWII drama, Dunkirk.

From the New Kids on the Block to NSYNC, New Edition, and 98 Degrees, once the screaming teenage girls stopped buying records, these boyz (turned) to men had to look to the silver screen to take another chance at stardom. You may remember some of these roles better than others, but each film certainly played its part in eternally encapsulating the varying talents of notorious boy band stars.


11 Movies You Never Realized Featured Your Favorite Boy Band Members,

The Fantasticks

Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block made his big screen debut in the musical film The Fantasticks in 1995. The film did not get a very theatrical release; however, it cemented McIntyre as being more than just a singer in a boy band. He would go on to appear in several television series, including an extended run on Boston Public. McIntyre also joined in on the NKOTB reunion tour.


Alpha Dog

Justin Timberlake first introduced his musical talents to the world as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club in 1993. He would then go on to become the breakout star of the 1990s boy band, NSYNC. Timberlake ultimately took his talents to the big screen, but could he actually act?

One of his first prominent silver screen roles was in the 2006 Nick Cassavetes gritty crime drama, Alpha Dog, based on the real-life murder of Nicholas Markowitz. Timberlake proved his acting mettle, stepping up to the plate in his role as Frankie Ballenbacher - a character based on Jesse Rugge, who is currently serving life in person for his part in Markowitz's murder. Timberlake has gone on to have a successful career in film, appearing in major motion pictures such as The Social Network and starring in Trouble with the Curve.


Bewitched

Nick Lachey from 98 Degrees is probably best known for his reality show The Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, with his then-wife Jessica Simpson. However, the hunky singer also played a small role in Nora Ephron’s 2005 big-screen revival of Bewitched. Lachey also went on to have a solo music career, was a regular in the television series Charmed, and hosted an a cappella reality show called The Sing-Off.


My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Joey Fatone, the baritone voice of NSYNC, played Angelo - Toula's (Nia Vardalos) cousin - in the 2002 surprise hit comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. His character also had a dramatic moment in the film's 2016 sequel when he came out as gay to his conservative Greek family. Fatone has worn several different hats following his boy-band career including being a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, hosting a cooking competition on the Food Network, and being a lead actor in a Broadway production of Rent.


On the Line

Lance Bass from NSYNC plays a staring role in this 2001 romantic comedy. In the film, Bass plays a timid advertising firm employee who meets a girl he likes on a train ride home, but of course he doesn't get her phone number. His fellow NSYNC band members Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Joey Fatone also made appearances in the film. Bass has gone on to make several other minor appearances in films such as Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.


The Basketball Diaries

There’s another multi-talented member of the Wahlberg family. While Donnie has settled into a nice career in television, Mark Wahlberg from the boy band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, has gone on to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

One of Mark’s first major silver screen debuts came in Jim Carroll’s 1995 extremely graphic and disturbing drama, The Basketball Diaries, which is about the writer's real-life fall from being a high school basketball prodigy to becoming a drug junkie. Mark played Mickey, one of Jim’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) close friends, who also falls victim to rabid drug use. In 1995, Wahlberg was only two years removed from his breakout role as Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s sophomore hit, Boogie Nights


The Sixth Sense

Yes, that scrawny, scared little kid who shoots Bruce Willis's character, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, at the beginning of The Sixth Sense is none other than New Kids on the Block member, Donnie Wahlberg. He is nearly unrecognizable in his role as Vincent Grey, one of Dr. Malcolm's former patients. And Wahlberg has actually gone on to have a very successful career as an actor. He currently stars in the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, and still manages to fit in tours with the NKOTB.


The Wiz

Of course, Michael Jackson will forever be known as one of the most iconic pop stars in the history of music. However, the former lead singer of his family's boy band, The Jackson Five, proved that he could act when he took on the role of the scarecrow in The Wiz, a 1978 adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Jackson would take on multiple acting roles throughout his life on both the big and small screen, including appearances in Rush Hour 2 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Goat

After producing four studio albums with the boy band The Jonas Brothers, Nick left his siblings to pursue his own music projects as well as a career in acting. Nick appeared in several television shows, including episodes of Hawaii Five-O and Scream Queens. However, it was his starring role as Brett in the R-Rated, college drama Goat that proved Jonas could actually take on a heavy acting role. Unfortunately Goat, perhaps because it was such a brutal look at college hazing and the drawbacks of fraternity life, did not perform well at the box office.


Dunkirk

Harry Styles, formerly a member of One Direction, takes on the role of Alex in his own big screen debut in Christopher Nolan's World War II epic, Dunkirk. Nolan's war movie follows Allied soldiers who become surrounded by the German army during a savage battle in the early stages of the war. The singer also went on to release his first solo album in 2017, the self-titled, Harry Styles.



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Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-you-forgot-star-boy-band-members/anncasano
<![CDATA[Pretty Good Oscar Bait Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-oscar-bait-movies/jonathan-sherman?source=rss

Every year, Hollywood holds its collective breath to find out which films, actors, directors, and more will be awarded for their work in the previous year at the Academy Awards. The film industry's obsession with awards and prestige led to the creation of an entire genre of films catered specifically to garnering such accolades, Oscar bait films. The glut of such pictures resulted in a bizarre class structure, at the top of which you have Oscar winning classics, at the bottom of which you have god-awful catastrophes like J. Edgar, and in the middle you have pretty good Oscar bait movies, some of which may have even won a trophy or two. 

Mediocre Oscar bait films are okay movies that failed to live up to awards season ambitions but are still worth checking out. These films probably didn't win any major awards (okay, The Revenant won some big ones, but come on), but that doesn't mean they aren't decent prestige pictures. Those films that fail to win, or even get nominated for, awards and have no value beyond being awards bait often get lost in the crevices of time. Not all these movies deserve such a fate, as is the case with the so-so awards bait pictures worth watching on this list. 


Pretty Good Oscar Bait Movies,

Alexander

Oliver Stone is a wild man whose visceral approach to cinema and journalist's mind is perfectly suited to 20th century epics like Platoon and JFK. He probably isn't the first director or writer you'd associate with a massive historical epic about Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great. But then, 2004's Alexander is unexpected in a number of ways, not least of which is black-haired Irish gent Colin Farrell as a blond Mediterranean man. 

While the film was a critical and box office failure, it eventually made it's money back thanks to four unique home video version: the theatrical cut, the director's cut, the final cut, and the ultimate cut. These releases have sold at least 4.5 million copies combined, making Alexander one of Warner Bros. highest-selling catalog items. The movie can be enjoyed as high camp, though a number of reappraisals, such as this very thoughtful piece by Peter Sobczynski on Rogerebert.com, argue the various cuts released by Stone over the years are far superior to the original. 


Come See the Paradise

Not to be confused with Come and See, one of the most stunning and soul-destroying films you're likely to ever see, Come See the Paradise tells the story of Japanese-Americans in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though well-received, it was a box office disaster, earning a paltry  $947,306.

Yet all of this is somewhat beside the point. Come See the Paradise was named the most Oscar bait movie of all time by UCLA professors Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke in a paper published in the American Sociological Review in 2014. Why? It's a period piece, it concerns racism, it's about World War II, it takes place in Hollywood/Los Angeles, and the protagonist, a white man drafted into war while his Japanese-American wife and child end up in an interment camp, is a film projectionist. It was directed by Alan Parker, whose credits include Mississippi Burning and Midnight Express, and released two days before Christmas, when all the most Oscary movies come out.

Is it great? No. Will it blow your mind? Nah. But pretty good? Damn straight. 


Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 historical epic from Ridley Scott starring Orlando Bloom, Jeremy Irons, Ed Norton, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, and Eva Green. Sounds like it would have all the Oscars in the bag, especially coming only five years after Scott did just that with another period piece (Gladiator, if you've heard of that). Critics did not like the movie (holds a lowly 39% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences didn't flock to see it (it made $47.4 million in the US, on a budget of $130 million). 

Still, Kingdom of Heaven was praised for its cinematography, score, and performances. In December 2005, seven months after the film came out, Scott released an director's cut that runs three hours and thirteen minutes and received widespread critical acclaim. To quote a piece on director's cuts from Empire, "The added 45 minutes in the director’s cut are like pieces missing from a beautiful but incomplete puzzle... This is the one that should have gone out." 


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, released in 2008, tells the story of a man who ages backwards. It had some Oscar success (winning for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects), but considering that it was nominated for 13 and only took home minor awards was certainly a disappointment for director David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchette.

While Benjamin Button didn't perform as well on its big night as many hoped it would, it got relatively positive reviews across the board. Todd MacCarthy of Variety called it a "richly satisfying serving of deep-dish Hollywood storytelling." Which is kind of a dumb thing to write. You're reviewing a movie, Todd. Stop with the food metaphors.


Troy

Troy arrived in the afterbirth of Gladiator, a sword-and-sandals epic starring then biggest beautiful movie star in the world Brad Pitt and up-and-coming Australian phenomenon Eric Bana. Directed by renown action master Wolfgang Petersen, written by Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff, and running nearly three hours long, Troy looked primed for box office domination and Oscar success. 

As it turns out, Brad Pitt isn't remotely believable as ancient warrior Achilles - he comes across like a surfer who took too much acid, traveled through time to an ancient war, and has no idea what's going on. It's kind of hilarious if you watch it in the right frame of mind. Eric Bana does what growly Australians do best, and there are some huge battle sequences. You'll also get some sex scenes with basically no heat but really beautiful naked dudes and dudettes. 


A Dangerous Method

It's probably not fair to call a David Cronenberg movie Oscar bait. The Canadian master of grotesque mindf*ck cinema has been making the same psychologically gut-churning material, with varying degrees of extreme physical violence and psychosexual insanity, since the 1970s. A Dangerous Method, released in 2011, is surely less revolting than The Fly, but, despite it's pretty costumes, high-powered cast, and tale of two of modern history's most revered minds, Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), it's hardly a vapid prestige picture created solely for Awards attention. 

Still, A Dangerous Method was framed as Oscar bait by its advertising campaign and release strategy, and made several Top 10 lists when it was released. It's a fascinating movie filled with challenging ideas and compelling performances, but, all things considered, it isn't one of the best movies you'll ever see. But those spanking scenes. Man, oh man, those spanking scenes. 


The Monuments Men

Imagine the executive drooling over the pitch - "It's Ocean's 11 in World War II!" 

The Monuments Men was George Clooney's attempt to become a two-time Academy Award nominated director (remember Good Night, and Good Luck?); with a cast loaded with award-winners, it looked to be a good bet. Alas, the picture, which tells the story of Allied soldiers trying to preserve some of Europe's most prized artistic treasures amidst the death and destruction of World War II, didn't resonate with the Academy.

Neither critics nor audiences bought into The Monuments Men, but it's not a bad way to spend a few hours. It tells the true story of men and women who put their lives on the line to conserve culture and art, and features very charming stars and an air of authenticity in character and place that brings Europe in World War II to life on the screen. 


The Revenant

Stop whining. You know, deep down, The Revenant isn't a great movie. It's genre trash disguised as Oscar bait that only exists so Leo can keep trying to win his statue (he did, good for him) and director Alejandro González Iñárritu can continue his attempt to convince the world he's Alfonso Cuaron (he isn't). 

Sure, The Revenant is visually stunning. It does a fantastic job of aping the mature style of Cuaron, as first exhibited in Y Tu Mama Tambien and developed in Children of Men and Gravity. There are also some wide lens close ups cribbed from Terence Malick, and in particular The New World. What a surprise, then, that the film's cinematographer is Emmanuel Lubezki, who shot all those movies.

The sparse revenge narrative of The Revenant feels a bit like dumbed down Tarantino coupled with the stark, singular drive of Gravity. In fact, this movie is basically Gravity on the tundra, with some revenge thrown in. Go see it. Your bros will totally watch it with you. 


Phantom Of The Opera

The Academy loves musicals. Somewhat ironically, Joel Schumacher, director of Batman and Robin and 2004's Phantom of the Opera, wasn't able to drum up enough hackneyed cheese to attract love from the Academy. To his credit, though, the film made more than $150 million world wide. 

Phantom of the Opera, which stars Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum from Shameless, was criticized for its writing and acting. While Butler isn't a trained singer (a fact pointed out by many critics), his versions of fan favorite songs aren't really that bad, all things considered. The movie is a little long at two and a half hours, but has a fun ambiance, ace production design, and is entertaining enough for fans of the genre. 


Anna Karenina

There have been almost 20 adaptations of Anna Karenina made all over the world and across numerous decades, though only one was written by Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL, famed playwright and winner of an Oscar and four Tonys. 

Directed by Atonement's Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and future Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, 2012's Anna Karenina got four Oscar Nominations but only took home Best Costume Design. It earned $70 million at the international box office on a purported production budget of around $45 million; not a great showing. 

The Achilles heel of the film is also its greatest selling point - it's so highly stylized as to be like nothing you've ever seen and so Brechtian as to alienate viewers from the emotional lives of the characters and, therefore, the point of the story. It's most certainly worth watching, as all the talent involved behind and in front of the camera turns in mesmerizing performances. Unfortunately, those performances aren't all on the same page, and the whole thing never quite clicks. 



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Tue, 23 May 2017 09:30:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-oscar-bait-movies/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[Ways The Neverending Story Is Way, Way More Messed Up And Weird Than You Remember]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-in-the-neverending-story/lyra-radford?source=rss

There are plenty of deeply weird things about The Neverending Story, even on the surface. But do you remember how profoundly scary The Neverending Story actually was? If you go back and watch it as an adult, you’ll realize how messed up it really is on a fundamental, psychological level. It was released in that magical time during the 1980s when a lot of awesome things came out, but the PG rating was carelessly thrown around and children were casually exposed to dark topics and the stuff of nightmares.

Lets face it, you only kind of remember the crazy stuff in The Neverending Story. The clearest thing in your mind is probably Falkor, and how badly you wanted your very own luckdragon. He was the big take away, the rest probably traumatized you so badly you blocked it out. It behooves us, then, to remember the things that make The Neverending Story disturbing.


Ways The Neverending Story Is Way, Way More Messed Up And Weird Than You Remember,

We Sympathize With Bastian, But He’s A Terrible Influence

After escaping from some bullies, Bastian wanders into a bookstore and steals a book from the shopkeeper, who has already told him to leave. Young Bastian then goes to school and, upon realizing he has a math test, he decides to go hide. He steals the key to the school's attic to read his stolen goods for the rest of the day.

So, in the first 10 minutes, we’ve got our child hero wandering city streets alone, stealing, blowing off a test, and skipping class the entire day. Oh, and breaking and entering. In other words, a classic hero. 


Bastian’s Dad Is The Actual Worst

It is established immediately Bastian lost his mother and is having nightmares about her. At the breakfast table, he attempts to discuss this with his father, but gets shot down. "Bastian, we each have responsibilities, and we can't let Mom's death be an excuse for not getting the old job done, right?"

He berates the kid for drawing unicorns, and tells him he needs to keep his feet on the ground. Then, he not-so-smoothly transitions into a lecture about his grades, and how he’s disappointed in him for not trying out for the swim team. Really, Dad? Swim team? Then he tussles Bastian's hair and comments on how great their little talk was. He is so insensitive, it’s physically uncomfortable to watch.


Bastian's Struggle To Save Fantasia Stems From His Fear Of Speaking His Mother’s Name

It’s pretty heartbreaking when you realize Bastian’s waking life and his fantasy world are literally crumbling around him because he’s afraid to say his mother’s name out loud. He has to acknowledge her (in spite of his father’s advice to forget her), pick up the pieces of his former life, and create his own story to move on with. And even once he does this, he still isn't ready to face the real world. It's implied that he remains lost in fantasy for a significant amount of time.


Rockbiter Gives A Heartbreaking Suicide Speech

The entire film has darkness looming over everything. It’s basically the mass genocide of hopes, dreams, and fantasy in general. In one emotionally disturbing scene, the Rockbiter obsessively stares at his hands, insisting they look like big strong hands. Then, he recounts how they failed him as he tried to hang on to his friends who slipped from his grasp and into The Nothing.

As if that weren't depressing enough, Rockbiter tells Atreyu, "The Nothing will be here any minute. I will just sit here and let it take me away too." The friendly giant has been drained of all will to live. He just sits in despair, waiting for death to consume him.  


It Started To Demonstrate The Importance Of Self-Worth, Then Quickly Derailed

The Sphinx statutes are able to see into the hearts of man. It's kind of their whole shtick. Those who show true self-worth are allowed to pass unharmed, and those who weren't so confident ended up crispified by laser beam eyes. One could (try to) overlook the massive bare breasts in a children's movie if the statues successfully conveyed the importance of self-confidence. However, Atreyu only made it halfway through before he started to doubt himself.

Instead of briefly dealing with an internal struggle, then finding the strength to pull through, he just makes a run for it. He doesn't actually prove himself worthy of crossing their path. Their eyes open all the way and they shoot actual laser beams at him, they just miss because he runs real good. So, basically, the movie gives us an unworthy hero who has no faith in himself, and that’s somehow good enough.


Morla The Turtle Was A Nihilist Jerkwad

As it turns out, the wisest being in Fantasia, Morla the Ancient One, is also a senile, nihilistic d*ck who couldn’t stop speaking of herself in the third person plural. “We haven’t spoken to anyone else for thousands of years, so, we started talking to ourselves,” Morla explains to the baffled Atreyu.

As he asks for help of any kind in order to save Fantasia, the Empress, and the lives of everyone, Morala pretty much can’t stop reiterating the degree to which she doesn’t give a sh*t. She doesn't care if everyone dies, she doesn’t care if she dies, and “We don’t even care whether or not we care.” See you at the Avenged Sevenfold concert, Morla. 


Atreyu Briefly Gives Up On Life After His Horse Dies

After losing his horse, Atreyu becomes so overwhelmed with grief that he too gives up, and allows himself to begin sinking into the Swamp of Sadness. He would have died if Falkor didn’t swoop in and rescue him. That’s one animal suicide and one boy attempting suicide in a single scene.


Fantasia Has Stone Strippers With Laser Beam Eyes

The author of The Neverending Story, Michael Ende, was pretty disgusted with the film version for several reasons, and even took to publicly bashing it. One of his many grievances were the extremely busty Sphinx statues. Hilariously referring to them as Fantasia’s strippers and ranting, "The Sphinxes are quite one of the biggest embarrassments of the film. They are full-bosomed strippers who sit there in the desert," Ende has some clear, negative opinions on the film. And, at least about the Sphinxes, he's not wrong.


Artax Gets Swallowed Alive By Sadness, Leaving An Entire Generation Scarred For Life

The Swamp of Sadness is meant to represent pure sorrow. Whoever lets despair overtake them sinks to the bottom. As if that dark little tidbit wasn't unsettling enough for children, The Neverending Story gives a visceral demonstration, just to make sure all the souls are thoroughly crushed.

Atreyu’s lovable horse and only companion, Artax, stops in the middle of the muck and grime, and becomes so overwhelmed with sadness he simply gives up. The horse stands there and sinks to his death, as Atreyu pulls at his reins screaming and sobbing uncontrollably. Approximately 99.9% of children watching bawled their eyes out, and never got over that scene. Ever.


The “Quest” Atreyu Is Sent On Is Bogus Nonsense

Even when ignoring the fact that all it takes to save Fantasia is renaming the Empress (which is basically just a metaphor for creating your own story), why on earth is Atreyu sent on a mission where he isn’t allowed to bring any weapons and has to go alone? And where is he even going? He’s told to find "the cure," but he isn’t told where it might be. He wanders aimlessly with his horse for a week before making any progress, and his mission is pretty time sensitive. 



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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:23:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-in-the-neverending-story/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[12 Terminator Fan Theories That Are Just Crazy Enough To Be True]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terminator-fan-theories/jacob-shelton?source=rss

If you’ve spent any time thinking about Terminator, one of the greatest action films of the '80s, you’ve probably had a few long nights during which you tried to figure out time travel sans clothes, and whether or not Kyle Reese could actually be John Connor’s father. No matter how much you’ve obsessed about how Cyberdyne needed to have a T-800 chip to invent the super evil T-800 (or something like that), the denizens of the Internet who came up with the Terminator fan theories you’re about to read have put more thought into cold-blooded metal daddies of the future than you ever will. The amount of time you'd have to put into deconstructing the entire Terminator series timeline then trying to explain it in a way that makes any sense boggles the mind. 

Don’t despair: not all these Terminator movie theories are about the ins-and-outs of time travel; some of them involve the Terminator shared universe, which crosses over with other science fiction franchises and is totally, 100% accurate... ish. If you made it this far without quoting the Governator's famous catchphrase, you deserve a thumbs up from inside a vat of molten lead. 

How do you feel about naked bros who crouch in alleys and punch on each other with knives and stabbing weapons? What about no-nonsense female protagonists who love machine guns and may or may not have birthed the leader of the resistance? If you’re all about either of those types of characters, these James Cameron movie fan theories are going to make you wish you had a robo-daddy riding a Harley with whom you could discuss alternate timelines. Come with these fan theories of the Terminator franchise if you want to have a deeper understanding of one of the greatest time travel-action series that was ever created.


12 Terminator Fan Theories That Are Just Crazy Enough To Be True,

Terminator Time Travel Only Works In Alternate Timelines

A truly interesting fan theory about the Terminator franchise posits that all the time travel in the series only effects alternate timelines. As per this theory, each time someone (or something) jumps back into the past, he/she/it creates a new timeline. What's the proof?

Obviously, the moment Skynet sent a T-800 back to the '80s; there wouldn't have been time for Kyle Reese to be sent back as well, it would have been over baby! Unless John Connor had knowledge of a Terminator going back far in advance of it happening, there's no way he could've sent Reese back in time to save his mother. And since Skynet is a machine network, there's no way for intelligence to slip out through loose lips. So, when Reese goes back, he's entering a different timeline than the one the T-800 entered. But there's also a T-800 in his timeline. So. There's that. 

This theory asserts that the Terminator franchise's version of time travel only works if each character traveling to the past travels to an alternate timeline. If this is true, by the time viewers get to Terminator Genisys, there's been at least eight timelines. 


The Predator And Terminator Franchises Exist In The Same Universe

Everyone knows Predator is one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time, but there's a small contingent of fans who believe the film, while perfect and beautiful on its own, is also prequel to the Terminator franchise. What could be better than cold-blooded metal daddies and hot-blooded muscle daddies converging? Probably nothing. But how do we get from point T to P?

There's a cyborg in the Aliens Vs. Predator arcade game called Major Dutch Schaefer  who was "created to fight extraterrestrials,” much as Dutch the mercenary does in Predator. Cyborg Dutch's serial number is CDS-170A3. Does CDS stand for Cyberdyne Systems? It's possible, and if that means Dutch is an early T-800 (D-800?), well, it makes the greatest action movie of all time even better. 


John Connor Betters Himself Through Time Travel

Redditor iAintReddit suggests John Connor, leader of the resistance, bettered himself by sending Kyle Reese back to the past to beef up his brain and military powers. By fathering John, Reese passed on his DNA as a consummate soldier and survivor.

Which makes you wonder. If Kyle Reese was always John's father, he wouldn't need to do this, right? So, then, who was John's dad before John sent Kyle Reese back? And how would John be the same person if all of a sudden half his DNA was different? And would you really send one of your military bros back in time to raw dog your mom? 


Skynet Sent Terminators Back In Time To Make Sure Skynet Was Built, Not To Kill John

Did you ever think maybe Skynet didn't give a hoot about John Connor? The robots just need to exist, baby!

Reddtor filets thinks the whole Terminator thing couldn't have existed if Cyberdine hadn't found the chip left over from a dead robot. Skynet likely knew this and pretended it was trying to kill Sarah Connor so John would send Kyle Reese back in time to help kill the T-800, specifically so it would drop an arm and chip. It turns out the best move would have been not to send Reese back and let Connor die so the Terminator would have just had to rot in the '80s. 

Did that make your head hurt a little bit? The only slight problem with this theory is Skynet sending a Terminator back in time so Terminators can exist. Where did the Terminator that went back in time come from? Probably ties into Cameron's whole Biblical allegory thing and the inevitability of certain events. 


Jack And Rose From 'Titanic' Are Sarah Connor's Grandparents

Cue the head explosion gifs. One truly insane fan theory about Terminator suggests Jack and Rose from Titanic are Sarah Connor's grandparents, and Jack is a time traveler. The fan who created the theory thinks Jack went back in time to keep Rose from killing herself, and therefore causes the boat to sink.

See, if Rose had jumped off the back of the ship during her suicide attempt, the captain would have stopped the boat to look for Rose. If the ship had stopped, warm weather and ocean currents would've shifted the iceberg out of its way. And, if Jack never went back in time, the child he fathered with her never would have gone on to give birth to the resistance fighter who would try to stop Skynet. 


'T3' Is A Parody Of The Franchise

Redditor ogwalt is very certain Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a parody of the franchise, rather than an actual Terminator movie. For instance, Arnold gets his clothes from a strip club routine, and his sunglasses aren't the normal cool guy sunglasses, but silly star-shaped novelty sunglasses. The scene is clearly a parody of the scene in T-2, in which he tears up the biker bar. 

The violence in Rise of the Machines is so over the top it's likely a wink at T-2's full bore (amazing) insanity. Rise of the Machines also has constant references to the original films that happen ironically. It's like the Mel Brooks Terminator movie. Maybe this theory is right. 

The theory also suggests Terminator Salvation is the middle film in a trilogy that starts with Terminator and ends with Terminator 2. Which is a little harder to swallow. 


Kyle Reese Killed John Connor By Schtupping His Mom

One fan theory suggests that when the original John Connor sent Kyle Reese back in time, he may have unwittingly killed himself and created another John Connor. Before Sarah Connor knew about judgment day, she had a baby by some random guy, and that baby turned into a badass resistance fighter. When Kyle hooked up with Sarah, he managed to erase original John Connor from history, and create an entirely new one. That's why, by the time you get to T3, John is a wimp who's afraid he'll never be able to lead a resistance. 


Skynet Created John Connor By Necessitating Kyle Reese's Time Travel

Don't you get it, you guys? If Skynet had never sent a T-800 back to the past, John Connor never would have sent Kyle Reese back, and Reese never would have put a baby in Sarah Connor! Why didn't Skynet know this? It should probably send a T-1000 back to stop itself from sending back a T-800. Then again, it sent the T-800 to kill John Connor, meaning John Connor exists, so...where'd he come from the in the first place? The world must be caught in some kind of time loop. 


The Terminator Movies Are Happening In Reverse Order

According to the original Terminator film, the T-800 was sent back in time as a last ditch effort to kill John Connor after humans beat robots in the future. Redditor ChairmanGoodchild believes this means the first robo-assassin that went back in time was the T-X from Rise of the Machines. When the T-X failed to report back to Skynet in the future, the robots sent the T-1000 back. When it was tossed into a vat of liquid metal, they sent the T-800 back to kill Sarah Connor. Then the machines finally disappeared from the future. 

If you're wondering how Sarah Connor has memories of the T-800 in Terminator 2 when Terminator hasn't happened yet, it's because it already happened for her; the timeline of her life is moving forward, despite the timeline of Terminators moving backwards. If you're wondering why each new Terminator sent back in time is an older model than the last one in this theory, well, that's a tougher nut to crack. 


Skynet Is Creating An Infinite Loop In Order To Improve Its Technology

A really interesting theory about the time travel in the Terminator franchise declares that Skynet isn't too concerned with the whole John Connor conundrum. No way, you guys: these robots/AI just want to increase their tech. Basically it works like this - the machines develop something new, like a T-1000, and send it back in time, so new technology can be built from it in the past. This speeds the development of technology such that when time finally gets back to the future, Skynet has access to radically advanced weapons and other technology built from its formerly most cutting-edge developments. Or something like that. 



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:09:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/terminator-fan-theories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Movies That Made More Money On Merchandising Than At The Box Office]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-that-made-money-merchandising/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Do you often find yourself wondering how so many movies that seem to underperform at the box office are allowed to continue making sequels? Movie merchandising is the dirty little not-so-secret that many production companies rely on for either supplementing the ticket sales of their tentpole films, or for making up lost revenue with underperforming features. That’s why box office fails that sold merchandise were able to keep cranking out dismal sequels – as long as people are still buying their film’s merchandise, a sequel needs to be created as a commercial for the products that people actually want.

But it isn’t just box office clunkers that make the bulk of their revenue on merchandise sales. Any incredibly successful film has a licensing deal in place so everyone can capitalize off its popularity. In the case of Star Wars, the revenue made from The Force Awakens merchandise gave Disney the cache to take a “risk” with a one-off film like Rogue One - a film that had less merchandising potential than one in the main cannon.

Merchandising has always been a part of the film industry but some films have really capitalized on branded consumer products. Sometimes, the merchandise sold itself. Other times, film companies came up with brilliant marketing strategies for their products. Either way, these films all found success outside the box office.


Movies That Made More Money On Merchandising Than At The Box Office,

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The Harry Potter movies were a financial juggernaut. When everything was said and done, and the franchise had wrapped, the films had made $7.7 billion in global box office sales. But that's nothing compared to the merchandising. Thanks to book sales, toys, scarves, and a little thing called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the merchandising franchise is worth an estimated $15 billion.

When Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando opened its Wizarding World in 2010, attendance increased 20% and the park's overall revenue went up by 41%. Accio money bags! Martin Palicki, editor in chief of InPark Magazine, noted one of the biggest reasons the Potter franchise is so big has to do with its cross gender appeal. He told the Los Angeles Times, "That means double the number of wands you can sell."


Jurassic World

The Jurassic Park films have always had Argentinosaurus-sized merchandising sales, but the licensing for Jurassic World actually managed to boost Hasbro's second quarter earnings and raised its shares 6%. One analyst believes Jurassic World toy sales are some of the most no-duh boons of the licensing world, thanks to the fact that kids love dinosaurs, thus making the items an easy sell. It's projected the franchise earned billions from merchandising off the release of the film.


Star Wars

The Star Wars films were the originators of the idea that merchandise sales could drive your fandom to love your product more than the actual film. Since A New Hope was released in 1977, Star Wars has been more than the fight between the light and dark sides of the force. It's been toys, apparel, video games, and even toasters that burn Darth Vader's face onto your bread. According to Nielsen analysts, while The Force Awakens was $2 billion in ticket sales, Star Wars merchandising was nearing the $5 billion-$6 billion mark in its own fiscal year. 


Transformers

No duh the Transformers movies have made a bunch of money, but the bulk of that sweet cash isn't from ticket prices. Variety calculated the box office for the first three films at $2.6 billion, which is a lot of money. But the big money in the Transformers franchise comes from merchandising sales, which was calculated at $7 billion. That's not even counting home video revenue which was only $740 million. And, nearly 50,000 riders per day hop on the Transformers 3D ride at Universal Studios three locations in Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore - a huge attraction to the theme park which undeniably draws fans in. Ticket prices to the park are around $100, but there's no listing for the merchandising cut that's made from their cut of the park. Still, that's a lot of one dollar tacos. 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't exactly set the world on fire when it was released in 2014, but it made almost half a billion dollars and that's nothing to sneeze at. But the real money with the TMNT franchise isn't in the theater (and it never has been). Merchandise has always been where TMNT  succeeds, with its retail sales in 2012 almost exceeding that of the film, so why keep making movies? Senior analyst at Exhibitor Relations Jeff Bock told The Wrap, "No matter what you think of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ you have to agree that the brand is viable and justifies the investment." 


Toy Story

The movies in the Toy Story franchise are wonderful stories that connect with audiences of all ages, bring joy to even the most hardened cynic, and make a lot of money in merchandise sales. The third film in the franchise made $10 billion in retail sales, prompting Disney CEO Bob Iger to announce the company would be making a fourth film in order to keep the train rolling. In a fourth-quarter earnings conference call, Iger told investors, "As you know Toy Story 3 was a tremendous success generating wide critical acclaim as well as more than $1 billion in global box office and almost $10 billion in retail sales demonstrating that these wonderful characters are clearly just as relevant and beloved as ever."


Cars

If you don't keep up with box office receipts and opening weekends, then you might be shocked to discover the Cars franchise isn't really a big money maker in theaters. The combined grosses of the first two films didn't reach a billion dollars, something that plenty of solo films do on a regular basis. So why keep making them? A media analyst for Cowen and Co., Doug Creutz, said the decision is all about the merchandising. He told the Los Angeles Times: "This is not the movie that you would expect Pixar to make a sequel of — yet they are. And the reason is it was a massive licensing success."

Before Cars 2 was released in 2011, it was announced that the first film had generated $10 billion in global merchandise sales since 2006. 


Fifty Shades of Grey

As of 2017, the first two films in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have grossed just under a billion dollars - which is a lot of money, but it's nothing compared to the amount of revenue generated by the merchandise related to Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. The book series were widely acknowledged as what saved Barnes and Noble from going under, and almost anything that could be marketed to fans of the series was sold to them at an expensive mark up. It's safe to say as long as Fifty Shades merch keeps selling, E.L. James is going to find a way to keep telling new stories about Anastasia and Christian.


Frozen

Frozen was a massive success at Disney, ending up with $1.27 billion at the box office, but the real money was in merchandising. In 2014, Disney sold $5 billion in merchandise related to the film. In fact, Frozen's merchandise sales were so successful that some retailers were feeling the strain of selling too many products related to Elsa, Anna, and Olaf. The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association claimed retailers were seeing brand fatigue from selling so many third party Frozen related products. It sounds like they just need to let go and count their money. 


All Of Those Marvel Movies

It's surprising to no one that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made close to $10 billion in worldwide theatrical sales. They're Disney movies about superheroes. It would be shocking if they ever lost money, but the "real money" in the MCU isn't in the theater, it's in the merch. In 2014, Disney's CEO Bob Iger told CNBC that the "Marvel brand has arrived and it's very healthy." But how much is the MCU bringing in with its licensing deals?  License Global says that Disney made $41 billion off of licensing in 2013, which is frankly too much money.



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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:28:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-that-made-money-merchandising/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[17 Movie Sidekicks Who Were The True Heroes All Along]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-protagonists-who-arent-the-main-character/zack-howe?source=rss

The white guy is always the hero, right? Well, that's what they want us to believe, anyway. There are a ton of movies in which the person you think is the protagonist, the one whose face is all over the posters and advertisements, the one who appears on all the talk shows and gets the most screen time, in fact serves a role other than that of protagonist. This mostly comes down to how the roles of characters are defined. When you get down to brass tacks, there are a lot of unlikely movie heroes out there. 

You have your movies where the hero isn't really a hero at all, and movies in which the protagonist isn't the main character. There are even cases in which the purported villain of the movie is really more of a hero or protagonist than main character. But what does this all mean? You can define "protagonist" is various ways - the central character in drama, for instance. However, this is a bit vague. This list sticks to the definition employed by most commercial screenplays, in which the protagonist is the character with the most urgent dramatic want; or, the most pressing physical goal. 

Here's how heroes and protagonists differ. A hero is a central character that displays admirable qualities and most often supports the emotional heft of a movie, giving action to the film's foundational themes. As many films have shown over the years, it's not necessary for the hero to be the protagonist. Take, for instance, The Lion King. Simba's physical goal is to stay hidden with Pumba and Timon. Nala's is to save her society from starving. Who has the more pressing problem there? But Simba is most certainly the central character. 

The point is, we don't always have to accept the white guy around whom a movie revolves is the protagonist. Here are some movies with supporting characters who were actually the hero, or those in which the protagonist isn't at all who you thought it was. BTW, don't be surprised how many of these characters are female.


17 Movie Sidekicks Who Were The True Heroes All Along,

Casablanca

Rick Blaine is the anti-hero and central character of Casablanca, but he isn't, by the strictest definition, the protagonist. That would be Ilsa Lund, Rick's former flame, around whom the physical and emotional story revolve. 

Before Ilsa shows up in Casablanca with her husband, Czech resistance leader Victor Laszlo, Rick isn't doing much besides drinking, running a bar, and paling around with a Vichy official who doesn't like Nazis. Once Ilsa arrives, Rick is drawn into a plot to help her and Victor escape Nazi and Vichy officials. She does this by appealing to Rick's better nature, which involves a trip down memory lane that provides some of the film's most powerful and melancholic moments. 

Ilas is the key to everything in Casablanca, and the character with the most urgent physical goals. She drives the film. 


Inglourious Basterds

The movie's called Inglourious Basterds, so it stands to reason the Basterds are the protagonists. Or, at least, that Aldo Reine, leader of the Basterds, is the protagonist. But that's most definitely not the case. 

What's the primary physical plot of Inglourious Basterds? To kill Hitler. Who takes the most active role in doing so? Shosanna Dreyfus, a young Jew hiding in plain site from the Nazis who killer her family, and Lieutenant Archie Hicox, a British military officer tasked with leading the Basterds on a mission to take down the Third Reich. 

Hicox only appears in two scenes in the film, but one of them - the showdown in the basement bar - could reasonably be called one of the best scenes you'll ever seen in a movie. Once Hicox dies, Aldo Reine takes over as protagonist of the Basterds mission, though is captured not long thereafter by Nazi officer Hans Landa, leaving Shosanna as the sole active protagonist, along with two supporting characters acting on Reine's (and, therefore, Hicox's) behalf. 


Mad Max: Fury Road

If you watched Mad Max: Fury Road without knowing the title, you would conclude Furiosa is the protagonist. She smuggles concubines away from a tyrant so they can have a better life, away from the controlling machinations of a brutal patriarchy. She's pursued by an entire army as she tries to get them to safety. That's pretty much the entire film.

There's also this guy named Max (Tom Hardy) who reluctantly helps Furiosa so he can escape the same tyrant, but the plot is very much driven by Furiosa's actions and goals, and her moral righteousness gives the movie its heart. Given the title and that Tom Hardy is listed first on IMDb, it would be easy to conclude Max is the protagonist. He isn't.


Return of the Jedi

Most Star Wars movies have protagonist problems. Who the hell is the protagonist in A New Hope? It starts as R2-D2, then becomes Ben Kenobi, then turns into a co-lead situation with Luke and Leia. 

What do you remember about Return of the Jedi? Han frozen in carbonite? Luke battling Vader? Ewoks defeating AT-STs with their bolas? That's all well and good, but the person leading every single major piece of action in Episode VI is none other than Princess Leia. She rescues Han from Jabba the Hutt, then leads the rebel mission on Endor, where, after befriending Ewoks, a merry band of insurrectionists takes down a shield generator, thus enabling the rebels in space to blow up the Death Star. 

And they still put her in that dumbass bikini. 


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

John and Sarah Connor share the bulk of screen time in Terminator 2, but, until the third act, when Sarah takes charge, the film's protagonist is the titular robot. Maybe this isn't a surprise, since the movie is named after him and he's front and center on all the key art, but watching the movie, he mostly seems like a prop in the harrowing human drama at the center of the narrative. 

What's Terminator 2 really about? Until Sarah decides to go after Miles Bennett Dyson to stop Skynet before it starts, protecting John and Sarah Connor from a liquid metal robot assassin from the future, T100. The Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger is tasked with that project. He also provides a robot father figure for wayward youth John, who spends his time riding around on a dirt bike robbing ATMs while listening to Guns N' Roses. 


The Dark Knight

On the one hand, you could argue Joker is the protagonist of The Dark Knight, because he has an active goal that starts the film, drives each major development, and leads to its climactic moment. But everyone knows Joker is the bad guy. If he were the protagonist and Batman the antagonist, you might also argue James Bond is an antagonist because he spends all his time trying to thwart other people's active goals, and that's just silly. 

A more plausible argument is that Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is the protagonist. The plan to clean up Gotham, fight criminals head on, and deal with the menace of the Joker is conceived by a brain trust of Dent, Commissioner Gordon, and Batman. Batman also lends Dent the support of his money and social standing by campaigning for his cause as Bruce Wayne.  But Dent is behind the whole thing. 

Here's where it gets a bit tricky. Joker gets to Dent, driving him to the darkest impulses of his character. This turns Dent into Batman's antagonist. At this point in the story, Batman becomes the protagonist of the The Dark Knight. Your screenwriting professor will probably tell you Batman and Dent are co-protagonists, like in a buddy cop movie, but that's not strictly true; they are independent protagonists in the same movie. 


The Lion King

Simba is a tool. At least, you can reasonably view him as such, in an almost literal sense. He runs off in his youth and gets lost (okay, fair enough, his dad died and he thinks it's his fault), then grows up with a couple self-indulgent fellows in what seems like a three person hippie commune. He grows his hair out and doesn't have purpose. All the while, Nala is back with the pride. Living under a tyrant, she takes it upon herself to go into the jungle in search of anything or anyone that can help unseat this dictator, and to find food, so the entire pride doesn't starve to death. 

Nala finds Simba and convinces his lazy ass to come back with her. Unlike Simba, Nala has a strong physical goal, while fully embodying the emotional subtext and themes of The Lion King. If she had found a different exiled lion who she convinced to help and never came across Simba, would Simba ever have done anything? Doesn't seem like it.


The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Frodo kinda sucks, right? As Sam and Frodo's journey progresses over the course of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo is increasingly ensnared by the power of the ring. He eventually casts Sam off, and gives in to the ring's call. The battle would have been lost right then and there if Sam hadn't saved the day. In that sense, and as the character who most frequently voices the moral heart of the saga, Sam is the hero of the trilogy. 

Regardless of his hero status, Sam is the most obvious candidate for the protagonist of the Lord of the Rings films. Frodo is sent on a mission, which makes him something of a passive character. Throughout his journey, he gets pointed this way and that by people around him. Sam, on the other hand, elects to take every step in his journey. His goal is to protect and aid Frodo, thus ensuring the ring gets destroyed.  The destruction of the ring is the primary physical goal of the series, so while Frodo is shouldered with the burden, and has one very heroic moment of leadership, Sam is true protagonist, who volunteers to ensure the safety of the ring bearer and success of his goal. 


The Matrix

Guess what, kids? Neo isn't the protagonist of The Matrix. This is interesting because he's the character with the most clear arc, and the one the audience follows through the world and story of the film, and therefore the most obvious choice for a protagonist. But he ultimately serves as little more than an audience proxy until the third act, when he accepts that he's the One and kicks everyone's ass. 

Until getting captured by Agent Smith, thus necessitating rescue by Neo and Trinity, Morpheus is the protagonist of The Matrix. He pursues Neo, contacts him, awakens him, pulls him out of the Matrix, trains him, and leads him to believe he's the one, all while working to take down the nefarious virtual reality set up by the evil AI that's taken over the world. Plus, he's Laurence Fishburne. Come on. 


Star Wars: Episode VII

The Force Awakens is a hot mess from a narrative perspective. What the hell is it really about? If you were to boil the movie down to a few sentences describing the physical action of the story, it would be something like - rebel pilot Poe Dameron loads essential information onto a droid in order to aid a terrorist group fighting a tyrannical government; meanwhile, his comrades concoct a plan to blow up a planet-sized ray gun.

Rey is largely irrelevant to this story beyond harboring fugitive droid BB-8 for a bit and helping Han and Chewy on their mission to help destroy the space laser. Same goes for Finn; he helps free Poe, which is essential, then screws around for an hour before joining up to destroy the Death Starkiller Base thing. 

So where does this leave the story, in terms of protagonists? You could reasonably argue the terrorists/rebels act as a single unit, and are collectively the protagonists. But if you had to pin it on a few characters, BB-8 and Poe Dameron are co-protagonists. The former has the goal of getting information to the rebels, the latter has the goal of first obtaining that information, later leading the charge to get it back (the Takodana sequence), then, finally, taking point in the mission to destroy the Starkiller base. 



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Tue, 23 May 2017 07:53:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-protagonists-who-arent-the-main-character/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Cartoon Characters You Totally Want To Have A Beer With]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cartoon-characters-to-have-a-beer-with/shanell-mouland?source=rss

Imagine living in a world a la Roger Rabbit or Space Jam, where two and three-dimensional characters live and drink together in harmony. If you lived in such a place, the alcoholic cartoon characters everyone knows and loves would become your new bar-hopping best friends. Cartoon characters who drink might sound like an oxymoron considering cartoons are generally geared towards kids, but if the modern age taught anyone anything, adult humor and cartoons go hand-in-hand. In fact, adult cartoons feature all sorts of cartoon characters you'd see at a bar, some of whom appear just as often at a bar as they do at home. Looking at you, Mr. Simpson.

Many of TV's most lovable alcoholics appear on this list, and you may just want to sit down and talk with them about your own issues. But the possibility of drinking partners like Rick Sanchez and Sterling Archer opens the door to all sorts of outrageous and potentially dangerous adventures. But perhaps the best cartoon characters to have a beer with are people like Hank Hill, a down-to-earth drinker perfect for enjoying a cold one with the (cartoon) boys. Like alcohol itself, it all comes down to personal preference and what you can handle. Like Long Island iced-teas, some choices are more juvenile than others.


Cartoon Characters You Totally Want To Have A Beer With,

Bender

Brian Griffin

Homer Simpson

Jessica Rabbit

Peter Griffin

Genie

Sterling Archer

Bob Belcher

Randy Marsh

Rick Sanchez


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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:48:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cartoon-characters-to-have-a-beer-with/shanell-mouland
<![CDATA[Excellent Animated Miniseries You Can Finish In One Sitting]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/animated-miniseries-you-can-watch-in-a-sitting/shamus-kelley?source=rss

Have you ever just wanted to sit down and binge watch a show, but not commit to a long series? Well, these animated series you can watch in one sitting should do the trick. These short cartoon events are perfect bite-size series, and they give you a lot of quality in a short span of time. No long-term 10 season stories here, you can watch these series in the span of an afternoon if you want.

These series come from all over the world, and encompass a variety of genres. Short animated series can lead to a lot of creative freedom for the people involved, so get ready for animated series a little different than what you're used to. 

Some of these series are completely standalone, and others are loosely tied to bigger franchises. But don’t worry, each of these work on their own, and tell complete stories that will leave you satisfied.


Excellent Animated Miniseries You Can Finish In One Sitting,

Scream of the Shalka

This unique entry in the Doctor Who franchise is the ultimate “what if?” Just before the series returned in 2005, the Shalka Doctor was all set to serve as the official continuation of the franchise.

With the miniseries now relegated to non-canon, it’s still fascinating to speculate where Doctor Who could have ended up.


Wallace and Gromit

Charming and fun, this claymation series is so steeped in British comedy, it'll make you want to drink a whole pot of tea. Where else will you see a dog go to the moon, a man get controlled by robotic trousers, and a murder mystery involving bakers?


Afro Samurai

The talent involved in this series alone makes it a feast for both the eyes and ears. Animated by the famous studio Gonzo, with voice talents provided by Samuel L. Jackson and Phil Lamarr, and music from RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan make this one of the most star-studded animated series around. 


Gunbuster

The series that put Japanese studio Gainax on the map, this series has some of the best animation to come out of '80s Japan. If you love giant, overpowered robots, Gunbuster will keep you on the edge of your seat while still making you laugh.


Pokémon Origins

Ever wanted to see a Pokémon anime that is closer to the games? Well, you’re in luck. Pokémon Origins follows the original video game characters, and we get to see some of the storylines the original anime veered away from.


Over the Garden Wall

Cartoon Network’s first miniseries is a joy to watch, simply because it’s so supernatural and moody. It’s funny, creepy, and you’ll get sucked into a journey which doesn’t end where you think it will.


Fleischer Superman

A classic of animation, these Superman shorts helped to set the tone for many Superman (and superhero in general) series to come. The animation is still top notch, even though it's decades old, and the action might just trump the soulless CGI-fests in modern day superhero movies. The series is now available in public domain, so you can find it pretty much everywhere.


FLCL

With only six episodes, FLCL doesn’t bother with a straightforward plot. Instead, it’s just a visually rich series with outstanding music and comedy that’s just plain fun to watch.


Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt

Think giant robots… but with jazz. That’s right, the score for this entry in the long-running Gundam franchise features more saxophones than you can handle. There’s just something beautiful about mechas blowing the hell out of each other with brass percussion blaring.


Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Animation

Setting up backstory for the live action Scott Pilgrim movie, these shorts tell the story of Scott’s high school girlfriend. Since the live action movie underperform at the box office, this might be your only chance to see Scott Pilgrim in animated form. Also, the visual style is amazing. It looks like he jumped right out of the original comic.



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:16:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/animated-miniseries-you-can-watch-in-a-sitting/shamus-kelley
<![CDATA[Famous People Who Hate Their Biopics]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-hated-their-biopics/zack-howe?source=rss

It must really suck when you spend years crafting a book just to have it adapted into big-screen garbage. So it follows it must suck HARD to live a full life and have the film depicting your life turn out to be crap. Well, it happens. There is no shortage of famous people who hated their biopics – some justifiably so. Some, not so much.

In many cases, it’s hard to blame people for not liking the way their lives were portrayed, especially in inaccurate biopics that changed up the story so it would translate better to screen. “No, yeah, that’s cool. Just let a chunky guy play me even though I’m not fat. Totally not a d*ck move.”

Then, of course, there are controversial historical figures who don’t like the way they were portrayed because they looked like too much of a bad guy *cough* Ike Turner *cough*. It’s hard to feel bad for those assho... people.

Whatever the reasons, biopics often fail to assuage their subjects. Let’s take a look at some people who hated movies about themselves and revel vindictively in their discontent.


Famous People Who Hate Their Biopics,

Art Howe

Art Howe was the manager of the Oakland Athletics, portrayed inaccurately by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball. According to Howe: "...the way he portrayed me was very disappointing and probably 180 degrees from what I really am... I’ve spent my whole career trying to build a good reputation and be a good baseball man and someone who people like to play for and all of the above." 

Clearly, Howe felt wronged, and reasonably so. He went on to point out that the film would be most people's only knowledge of him, which does kinda suck. Also, he thought Hoffman was too fat. Which is kinda mean, because Hoffman was a genius. Who would you rather have playing you, him or some athletic no-talent? 

Art Howe is probably in the right on this one, as Howes are generally upstanding and trustworthy individuals, not to mention handsome and brilliant, if not a touch egomaniacal. 


David Letterman

David Letterman was reportedly enraged by the portrayal of him in HBO's The Late Shift, but in his most famous critique of the film, he sounds more nonplussed: "The guy who’s playing me – and I’m sure he’s a fine actor – but his interpretation seems to be that I’m, well, a circus chimp. He looks like he’s insane, like he’s a budding psychopath."

John Michael Higgins, who played Letterman, claimed the role was hard to cast, because no actor wanted to risk invoking the ire of someone as powerful as the late night host. Higgins only took the role because he needed work and money. 

"They had a hard time casting it... he was very powerful -- and is. He didn't like the project from the beginning and didn't make it easy for me -- or for anyone doing that project. It was [pauses] it was hard. I took it because I needed to fix the steering column on my Subaru is why I took it. I needed $300 or I wouldn't have a steering wheel. So, I ended up making more than $300 but in the end it's one of those jobs you just can't... I could not turn it down. I may be able to turn it down now, but I couldn't at the time. It would just be completely crazy and irresponsible."


Ike Turner

What's Love Got to do With it? is the story of Ike and Tina Turner's infamous marriage. In the film, Ike is portrayed as an abusive, drug-addicted monster who slaps, punches, and even rapes his wife. He went so far as to hold a press conference to address the movie, and Tina's book about their relationship, I, Tina.

As excerpt from the press conference

"Question: What do you think of Tina's movie?

Answer: I'm real angry about it. I didn't go see it and I didn't read her book either, but from what I hear they're both full of lies...

Q: In the movie you are depicted as a physically and mentally abusive tyrant. Do you think of yourself as a violent guy?

A: No. The only time I ever punched Tina with my fist was the last fight we had. I hit her after she kneed me in the chest. Prior to that, our fights, or our little slaps, or whatever they were, were all just about attitude. Me and Tina never fought about other women or about her not keeping house or her not taking care of the kids. It was always because she was looking sad and wouldn't tell me what was wrong with her...

Q: Do you have any regrets?

A: If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't do anything any different. Except maybe for all the girlfriends. But let me tell you something, I've done nothing I'm ashamed of. She says I broke her jaw. But it's not true. You can take an X-ray of it. Her jaw was never wired. I never broke it."


Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim not only thought Notorious got the facts wrong, saying, "most of the story is bullsh*t,” she was also none-too-pleased with Naturi Naughton's portrayal of her. After seeing audition tapes of various actresses who tried out for the role, Kim said Naughton was the worst possible choice. Nice work, guys. Sounds like you nailed it.

Kim also spoke at length on problems she had with the film's portrayal of her relationship with and importance to Biggie. 

“The film studio and producers involved were more concerned about painting me as a ‘character’ to create a more interesting story line instead of a person with talent, self-respect and who was able to achieve her own career success through hard work.  Even though my relationship with Big was at times very difficult and complicated... it was also genuine and built on great admiration and love for each other. Regardless of the many lies in the movie and false portrayal of me to help carry a story line through, I will still continue to carry his legacy through my hard work and music.”


Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg isn't overly concerned with The Social Network, but he pointed out that the most accurate element in the film was his wardrobe, joking that director David Fincher got it right down to the exact t-shirt and flip-flops. However, he also noted the film makes his motivation for creating Facebook look less-than substantive, telling 60 Minutes in 2015, "[They] made it seem like my whole motivation for building Facebook was so I could get girls, right? And they completely left out the fact that my girlfriend, I've been dating since before I started Facebook."

His girlfriend probably wasn't too jazzed about the movie either.


MC Ren

So MC Ren didn't actually hate NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, but he was not jazzed about how small a role he played in the film; or, more accurately, the role the actor playing him in the film played.

Despite his limited role in the film, MC Ren was a major contributor to NWA. For instance, on the album Straight Outta Compton, Ren wrote four songs and co-wrote three others, second only to Ice Cube in his contributions. Eazy-E didn't write any. Yet Ren's role in the film was extremely minor, probably because he wasn't involved in the filmmaking process, as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E's family were.


Michael Oher

Professional football player Michael Oher appreciated The Blind Side for the inspiration it offered people, but took umbrage with how he was portrayed. "Sports is all I had growing up, and the movie made me look like I didn't know anything."

It would be pretty annoying to be portrayed as a clueless kid whose head was only extricated from his ass thanks to the intervention of Sandy B. Thanks, white people!

Oher also believes the movie had a negative affect on his career. Speaking with ESPN, he said:

"I'm not trying to prove anything. "People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don't really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That's why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.

This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not ... that has nothing to do with football. It's something else off the field. That's why I don't like that movie.''


Nina Simone

Nina Simone's family felt the appearance of whomever was to play Nina in a biopic was of paramount importance, because the singer's appearance was fundamental to the struggles she faced. So they weren't exactly pleased when Zoe Saldana was cast to play Nina. As Lisa Simone, Nina's daughter, said, "My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark. Appearance-wise, this is not the best choice." 

In the minds Nina's family, Saldana, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican ancestry, is not dark enough, her nose not wide enough, to accurately portray Nina. To make matters worse, Saldana wore a prosthetic nose and makeup to darken her skin. 

Lisa later defended Saldana, however, when discussing the true deficiencies of the film and the larger social and historical context of the project and her mother's life. 

"It's unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture. It's clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she's being attacked when she's not responsible for any of the writing or the lies."

Lisa went on to point out that the film revolves around a purported relationship between her mother and Clifton Henderson, Nina's manager, which never happened because Henderson was gay. 


Julian Assange

Russi... Australian "whistleblower" Julian Assange was opposed to The Fifth Estate before the first scene was filmed. He wrote star Benedict Cumberbatch a long, sanctimonious, narcissistic letter to try to dissuade the actor form taking the role. Among other things, he called the project "a work of political opportunism, influence, revenge and, above all, cowardice."

The letter went on to say: 

"[Cumberbatch] will be used, as a hired gun, to assume the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it. To present me as someone morally compromised and to place me in a falsified history. To create a work, not of fiction, but of debased truth. It seeks to cut our strength with weakness. To cut affection with exploitation. To cut diligence with paranoia … And above all, to cut the truth with lies."

In 2013, when The Fifth Estate was released, Assange had a leg to stand on. Now, as a potential stooge of an authoritarian government, his words are more hollow than his hair stylist's assurances that his doo looks nice.


Marc Schiller

Michael Bay sucks, hard. He invariably pisses people off with every bombastic turd of a film he puts out. But the biggest grievance against his cacophonous cinematic excretions comes from the real-life kidnapping victim portrayed in Pain & Gain. Marc Schiller was a victim of the Sun Gym Gang, a group of bodybuilders in Florida who kidnapped, tortured, and murdered people. This dark event in Schiller's life was spruced up by some quintessential, frenetic Michael Bay "humor" in an attempt to satirize the American dream. If you haven't see Pain & Gain, it's one of the worst attempts at satire ever made. 

Schiller didn't find Bay's appropriation of his harrowing history particularly comical. The real kidnappers ran him over with a car in which they had tried to "blow [him] up," ultimately putting him in a coma. In the film, Victor Kershaw (Tony Shaloub), the Schiller character, undergoes a similar treatment, but it's played for laughs. Speaking to the Huffington Post, Schiller said, "You also gotta remember that not only I went through this, but certain people were killed, so making these guys look like nice guys is atrocious.”



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Tue, 09 May 2017 07:12:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-hated-their-biopics/zack-howe
<![CDATA[My Best Friend's Wedding Is The Most Twisted, Screwed Up Rom-Com Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-my-best-friends-wedding-sucks/veronica-walsingham?source=rss

If you've ever found yourself staring into the night sky in the dead of winter asking "Is My Best Friend's Wedding a good movie?", chances are the cosmos shouted back "Seriously? Do you need an itemized list of why My Best Friend's Wedding sucks or what?" Even if you disagree with the judgment of eternity, you have to admit there are some weird things that happen in My Best Friend's Wedding. In the world of really weird romantic comedies, My Best Friend’s Wedding may take the cake for the weirdest of all. This is a film about a woman trying to break up her best friend’s wedding. And you're supposed to be rooting for her.

It’s odd to root for a protagonist to be a home wrecker, but when that protagonist is played by Julia Roberts, you'll pretty much root for her to do anything. Roberts is so charming she made being a prostitute seem like fun in Pretty Woman. You even rooted for her to steal her sister's boyfriend in America's Sweethearts. Julia Roberts can do whatever she damn pleases and the world will take a ride with her. Cameron Diaz, Roberts's co-star, is a fantastic comedian who excels at playing sweet-but-hysterial, the perfect counterpoint to Roberts. 

My Best Friend's Wedding is not alone in being a seemingly saccharine entertainment that's seriously messed up if you think about it. Many beloved movies have seriously twisted plots. In Back to the Future, Marty McFly makes out with his mom. Mrs. Doubtfire is about a deranged psychopath who dresses as an old woman to stalk his children. With that in mind, it's time to look at My Best Friend’s Wedding for what it really is: a demented romp filled with garbage people and one saint.


My Best Friend's Wedding Is The Most Twisted, Screwed Up Rom-Com Ever Made,

Wait, Julianne Still Goes to the Wedding?

After Julianne is exposed for manipulating and scheming, she goes to the wedding. Guys, she GOES TO THE WEDDING.

In a romantic comedy centered on a wedding, it would be weird not to include a wedding scene, but how does Julianne still go to this wedding? Michael and Kimberly are both totally cool with this backstabbing manipulator being there. Being there and being the Maid of Honor. Is your head exploding? This is the most dysfunctional wedding of all time.

To top it off, Julianne admits she doesn't have a gift, likely because she was too busy trying to stop the wedding to have time to go to Williams Sonoma. Julianne Potter, ladies and gentlemen, the worst Maid of Honor of all time.

This is probably also a good place to point out that Kimberly is kind of like a hopelessly naive WASP Jesus. It's almost impossible to piss her off, and once you do, she forgives you immediately and loves you forever thereafter. Light practically radiates from this woman. BUT SHE IS THE OTHER WOMAN. 


The Bachelor-Esque Premise Turns Love Into A Hunger Games In Which Women Are The Dispossessed

The demented premise of My Best Friend's Wedding reveals what garbage people the protagonists are. 

Upon finding out Michael is engaged, Julianne regrets putting him in the friend zone for years and attempts to stop his wedding. That's pretty extreme. And sad. Because the film seems to be saying men and women cannot be pure friends; there must be sexual tension in the relationship. Julianne and Michael are best friends. But Julianne decides she needs to marry him. Meanwhile, Julianne is also friends with George, but he's gay. If sex is on the table, pure friendship is impossible.

That Julianne's plan set her against another woman is a backwards-ass plot device and shows how little solidarity Julianne has. It's not just that Julianne and Kimberly both want Michael’s affection; Julianne actively tries to destroy Kimberly to get it. The plot is like something out of The Bachelor, with a ring being at the finish line. And Michael is an arrogant jackass who sits back and lets women fawn over him because he's a white American man, and totally dgaf about anything other than his own wants. 


Kimberly, At 20, Plans To Drop Out Of College To Follow Michael On his Career Path, And He Seems Fine With That

At 20-years-old, Kimberly plans on dropping out of college to follow Michael’s pursuits as a sports writer. There is nothing wrong with Kimberly wanting this for her path in life. Feminism is about choice, y’all. However, in a film that's already pitting two women against each other, this life plan feels so very dark and so very dated.

Kimberly should definitely get her a degree, because she's about to marry a dude who puts other women's fingers deep into his mouth. Also, she's eight years younger than him, which at that age is a bit creepy, because two years ago she was in high school and he was a grown-ass man. 


Michael Sucks Kimberly's Wedding Ring Off Julianne's Finger

The moment when Julianne gets Kimberly's wedding ring stuck on her finger is all kinds of twisted. Julianne is the keeper of the ring, because Michael doesn't trust his little brother with it, even though he's the best man. By the way, does anyone else feel really bad for the little brother? And is Michael kind of a garbage person for not trusting him?

Julianne does something a sane person would probably not do: she tries on the ring. Well, it’s more like she forces the ring on her finger, and it gets stuck. When Julianne shows Michael the ring is stuck on her finger, he gets it (and maybe himself and Julianne) off in the most sexual way anyone has ever gotten a ring off: puts her finger in his mouth and sucks it off. He basically blows her finger. 

This is not how any engaged man gets his fiancée’s wedding ring off another woman’s finger. Unless they're swingers. 


Julianne’s Weird Relationship With Papa Joe, And That Scene Where She Kisses His Lips And Gets Sex With Michael's Teenage Brother

Papa Joe (M. Emmet Walsh), Michael’s father, has a very special relationship with Julianne. Some would say a little too special. Papa Joe even says he tried to convince Michael to ask Julianne to be best man, instead of Michael’s little brother. That’s messed up. What gives, Papa Joe? You hate your own son? 

This conversation happens at a baseball game, during which Julianne is basically being every man’s fantasy. She carries about 30 beers and wears a midriff-bearing top. She tells Michael she’s got “moves he’s never seen” while doing a sexy hip shimmy. All in front of geriatric horn dog Papa Joe. And this is after she's sat on Joe's lap and kissed his lips. In the same scene, she makes inappropriate sexual advances, supposedly done in jest, on Michael's teenage brother. It's basically a how-to for women having a psychosexual meltdown at a family gathering. 

Most people don’t sex it up in front of their friend’s parents, but Julianne and Papa Joe were so close. If she can't have the son, she might as well have the father (and maybe the holy ghost). 


Michael Totally Flirts With Julianne

While Julianne is completely at fault for the whole ‘trying to breakup the wedding’ thing, Michael is no saint. In fact, he aggressively flirts with Julianne for most of the film.

In one scene, Michael tells Julianne it's the last time they’ll ever be alone together, which is a weird way of looking at marriage. Michael literally thinks marriage means he’ll never be alone with another woman other than Kimberly? Uh, not really what marriage means, Michael. After bringing attention to the fact that they're alone, Michael expresses skepticism about marrying Kimberly. The flirting gets even more obvious, and they dance together.

Michael, time and time again, does not act like a man engaged to be married. While Julianne shouldn't have been itching to stop the wedding, Michael definitely lead her on. You almost can’t blame Julianne for trying to stop the wedding.


Julianne Puts Her Gay Friend Back In The Closet And Makes Him Pretend To Be Romantically Involved With Her

The plot thickens when George Downes (Rupert Everett) shows up for the wedding. George is Julianne’s editor and real best friend, because, to be honest, Julianne and Michael are no longer besties. George is gay, and Julianne makes him pretend to date. She basically puts her best friend back in the closet. Considering how difficult it can be for people to come out, Julianne making him lie about his sexuality is not okay.


Julianne Forces Kimberly To Do Karaoke Because She Has A Bad Voice

One of Julianne’s schemes to break up the marriage involves forcing Kimberly to sing karaoke, because Kimberly is a bad singer. For the record, this is the single weirdest way anyone has ever tried to stop a wedding. Why does Julianne think Michael will care if Kimberly is a good singer? Singing in key isn't generally a deal breaker.

Of course, it was really just a plan to humiliate Kimberly as part of her masterplan to destroy the other woman's life, which is pretty messed up on Julianne’s part. Julianne is not only trying to steal Kimberly’s future husband, she’s setting her up for public embarrassment. Thankfully, the plan backfires; everyone found Kimberly’s awful voice to be endearing and charming.


Julianne’s Narcissism Is Terrifying

Julianne Potter is a narcissistic lunatic.

When you meet Julianne, her narcissism isn’t obvious; she comes off as a confident food critic. But her narcissism grows with each beat of the film, as she rationalizes breaking up a marriage. She’s allowed to do these horrible things, you see, because Michael has always been in love with her.

Julianne is the kind of narcissist who could rationalize murder if it suited her needs. She's deeply twisted. Of course, in the hands of Julia Roberts, Julianne comes off as a charming go-getter and maybe even a romantic.

The truth is, My Best Friend’s Wedding is about someone living in the past, someone so obsessed with herself she believes she’s right in breaking up a marriage. Julia Roberts may look like a dream in that lilac dress, but the woman she's playing is a nightmare.


Michael Dances With His New Bride To His Special Song With Another Woman

To make up for not bringing a gift to the wedding she tried to ruin, Julianne tells Michael and Kimberly that, since they don't have a song, she'll lend them her special song with Michael. This would feel like a friendly moment, if Julianne hadn’t just confessed her love to Michael not even 24-hours prior. Instead of being friendly, it feels like Julianne is, yet again, trying to remind Michael of their special connection, thus belittling his connection to Kimberly.

For whatever reason, Kimberly is totally cool with dancing with Michael to the song, even though he's probably thinking about sucking rings off Julianne's finger. Yes, Kimberly dances with Michael to a song that's his and Julianne's special song. There's so much wrong here, but it mostly comes down to the fact that Julianne should not be at this wedding.



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Tue, 23 May 2017 02:35:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-my-best-friends-wedding-sucks/veronica-walsingham
<![CDATA[Why The Mummyverse (And Other Avengers Rip-Offs) Are Destined To Fail]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-planned-movie-universes/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Do you remember when you thought it would be cool if your favorite movie characters interacted with one another? And how you wished movies were more like comic books, and they would provide a longer narrative? How do you feel now you’ve gotten everything you wanted? If you’re sick to your stomach, you’re not the only one. This is what happens when culture becomes product. Interconnected movie universes are the popular thing for production companies and studios in the 2010s, and it doesn't matter whether the narrative or context of the universe makes sense, because vertical integration is the name of the game, baby.

It’s been said the worst things about DC films is how they're basically movies as commercials for merchandise, and don’t actually have a story to tell (which should be the number one reason for making a movie, right? Storytelling?). When you approach a film with the intent of building a product and consider storytelling a secondary concern, you're in trouble. If the planned movie universes coming your way in 2017 and beyond are any indication, there’s nothing but trouble ahead.

At one point, it was cool when you saw a few movies in the same universe; it was like the filmmakers were sharing an inside joke just for the fans. But then the MCU came along with its hundreds of characters making regular appearances in each other's movies and suddenly the world was rife with movie franchises gone wild. It’s important to remember this isn’t Marvel’s fault; it didn't greenlight all the terrible upcoming cinematic universes, it just succeeded first, and others began to follow. Keep reading and try to keep track of all the upcoming, completely necessary cinematic universes.


Why The Mummyverse (And Other Avengers Rip-Offs) Are Destined To Fail,

The Ghostbusterverse

They ain't afraid of no ghosts, nor are they afraid of franchising opportunities. Before the Ghostbusters reboot was released, Paul Feig teased crossing over the new 'Busters with the group from the '80s in a weird multiverse scenario, which would include another Ghostbusters movie with an all male cast featuring Channing Tatum, and probably another Kristen Wiig-starring sequel.

How many stories are there to tell in a universe where bustin' makes you feel good? Would Sony really keep making movies in which a team of Ghostbusters keeps getting together to save New York City and meet Slimer? Probably. However, this was before Dan Aykroyd called out Paul Feig for supposedly absurdly expensive reshoots (he claimed $30m to $40m, though Sony disputes this, and put the real cost at $3m or $4m), so who knows if this is really going to happen. According Aykroyd, Feig "will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon." 


The 21 Jump Street Cinematic Universe

The idea of a 21 Jump Street-a-verse was first teased at the end of 22 Jump Street as a funny tag, then it blossomed into a real thing. After 23 Jump Street was put into pre-production, the idea of a female version of Jump Street was thrown around, and a crossover with Men In Black supposedly titled MIB: 23 was announced. How much do you want to bet this franchise was put together by producers throwing darts at headshots in a board room? Or by Jonah Hill after he smoked crack to get into character for Wolf of Wall Street.


The Hanna-Barbera Universe

In 2016, it was announced Warner Brothers planned to launch a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe based around Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Johnny Quest, and The Flintstones. How that's possible is a mystery. Maybe the Scooby gang, the Quests, and Yogi could meet - they seem like they're in the same era. But those other characters are so far apart in time it wouldn't make sense to cross them over. Unless there was some kind of time travel malarkey happening, which there probably will be.

The idea seems like a logistical nightmare. Why not just have a Scooby Dooniverse? You could have your three core Doo films, and then an all-villains movie. That's four movies! You can start sending checks over whenever you like, Hollywood. 


The Hasbro Cinematic Universe

Hasbro made a mint in the '80s off the Transformers, GI Joes, MASK, My Little Pony, and everyone's favorite, Koosh balls. After the Transformers films took off, Hasbro decided it should try to replicate that success. In 2016, it was announced the company hired The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay scribe Michael Chabon, comic writer Brian K. Vaughn, and Akiva Goldsman, writer-producer extraordinaire, to usher its hopeful cinematic universe into theaters.

Obviously, these three, and a long roster of television of film writers, will try to re-build the GI Joe films, then maybe cross them over with Micronauts, and hopefully the Pound Puppies. That actually sounds like a very insane movie that would be worth experiencing. Here's hoping the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist hired to oversee the cinematic universe takes some acid before putting pen to paper. 


The Universal Dark Universe

How can you make a series of truly scary monster movies when you know there are no stakes because of franchising? The Universal Monsters are the be-all and end-all of American horror characters. The original series of films, which began with The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1923, ended with The Leech Woman in 1960, and included The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and countless other classics, were the catalyst for horror fandom still going strong in the 21st century. Kirk Hammett of Metallica even has guitars commemorating the films

What makes these films good isn't that they're all connected by a gossamer-thin strand of narrative, but rather their exploration of humanity fighting the unknown, and the ways in which monsters can teach you about yourself. 

That's not what the new Universal Dark Universe is going to be about. According to The Verge, "The upcoming films will all center around a mysterious organization called Prodigium, led by Dr. Henry Jekyll" played by Russell Crowe. Now that you mention it, that does sound scary. 


The Sherwood Forest Cinematic Universe

Of course some one is planning a Robin Hood Cinematic Universe. Why wouldn't they? Who isn't clamoring for the origins of Friar Tuck and Little John? Haven't you heard the cries of people around the world who want nothing more than a Maid Marianne stand alone film? Maybe someone will finally make a movie about what King Richard was doing during the crusades, which, admittedly, might be torture porn. Maybe Eli Roth will direct it.

On a more positive note, The Hollywood Reporter referred to Robin Hood and his merry men as "the superhero team of England’s Middle Ages." Hard pass. 


The American International Pictures Umbrella Of Films

*Record Scratch* Say what?

American International Pictures, the production company behind such wonderful '50s B-Movies like Girls in Prison, and The Brain Eaters, is trying to get its own cinematic universe off the ground by hiring the guy who wrote Snakes on a Plane to create a dense web of 10 remakes that will tell one large, overarching narrative, while also providing insight into the life in an all girls reform school.

Who is asking for this kind of thing? Is it an art project? A prank? If anything, this is the proof of Cinematic Universe glut, and hopefully it signals a decade of standalone films that will never require a refresher or tie-in television show. 


Call Of Duty: The Film Universe

Are you someone who likes playing first-person shooters? That's great. What's your favorite part about the experience? Is it watching other people play? The cut scenes that seem to last forever? What about the mind-numbingly bad story lines? If you said all three, you're in luck, because the folks at Activision Blizzard Studios, who were behind the Warcraft movie, are going to try to make a Call Of Duty Cinematic Universe.

How Activision Blizzard Studios is going to distinguish this universe from every regular war or shooting movie has yet to be seen, but you can bet the movies will feature a lot of unnecessary exposition, and hopefully someone using a sniper rifle at close range. 


Guy Ritchie's Knights Of The Round Table Cinematic Universe

Before the release of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Guy Ritchie was set to direct six movies about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Yeah. That's a lot of movies about smelly dudes and broad swords - and maybe an overestimate about how people feel about the King Arthur mythos. The movies would have had a Game of Thrones/Harry Potter vibe and would have followed the whole Round Table gang as they chased after the elusive Holy Grail. Maybe.

Unfortunately, the world will never know, because the opening salvo failed to spark the imaginations of filmgoers and was apparently terrible. Even if Ritchie gets another shot at the franchise, is this a story that really needs to be told? Hasn't the world had enough of King Arthur as his Anglo-Saxon bros? 


The Lego Universe

How weird is it there's a series of major motion pictures featuring things built and deconstructed from LEGO? You would think movies like The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Movie are inspiring kids across the country to build their own worlds, but it's probably just giving them a strange affection for Will Arnett. What kind of mileage can you really hope to get out of a bunch of bricks that link together? A lot, apparently. According to the director for The Lego Batman Movie, there's a super-heavy sci-fi thing going on that won't start making sense until the Ninjago movie comes out.

Maybe it'll end up being like Enter the Void for kids. 



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:17:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-planned-movie-universes/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Film & TV Credits Of Adam West]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-film-and-tv-credits-of-adam-west/martinaustin?source=rss

What Are The Best Films Of  American Actor Adam West? Sadly Adam died today 10th of June 2017, so this list is a tribute to this outstanding actor and lovely man. Please add to the list and Re-rank. Thanks for looking.


The Best Film & TV Credits Of Adam West,

Mad About You

Meet the Robinsons

Voodoo Island

The Relentless Four

Doin' Time on Planet Earth

Tammy and the Doctor

Geronimo

The New Age

Batman: the Movie

Night of the Kickfighters


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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 05:24:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-film-and-tv-credits-of-adam-west/martinaustin
<![CDATA[13 Actors Who Revealed Major Spoilers Before Their Movies Were Even Released]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-revealed-major-spoilers/nathan-gibson?source=rss

While blockbuster movies and record-shattering television shows provide endless entertainment, they come with a terrible menace every viewer does their best to avoid: the dreaded spoiler. In the age of binge watching, immediate analysis, endless hot takes, and comments sections, it has become almost impossible to avoid spoilers. Every discussion board or conversation with a friend is a potential minefield in which you could have a shocking twist ruined for you.

Even if you take utmost care to avoid Facebook, friends, and reviews until you've seen a movie or caught up with a show, you might not be able to avoid spoilers revealed by actors. Plot points ruined by stars aren't done so in an intentionally malicious way. Instead, actors make honest mistakes, blunders that were meant as innocent remarks. But that doesn't stop them from being devastating to any fans who happen to catch them. After all, it's difficult enough to avoid having the end of your favorite show revealed by friends without having to also watch out for the stars themselves. Hopefully, other celebrities will learn from these actors who accidentally revealed spoilers.


13 Actors Who Revealed Major Spoilers Before Their Movies Were Even Released,

David Prowse

Arguably the biggest secret in the history of cinema was Darth Vader being Luke Skywalker’s father. The reveal took fans completely by surprise when The Empire Strikes Back released. Yet David Prowse, who physically portrayed Darth Vader (James Earl Jones provided his voice), spoiled the big surprise (maybe accidentally?) two years before the film even arrived in cinemas.

Speaking to fans at an event in Berkeley, California, the actor discussed the upcoming movie and how Luke would find out Vader was his "long lost father." The information was reported in a local newspaper in 1978, and didn't receive any additional press. What's more, as iO9 points out, Prowse may not have even known this information to be true, and was perhaps just being silly to appease the crowd; the script for Empire included nothing about Luke's parentage - these lines were allegedly added only for James Earl Jones when he recorded Darth Vader's lines. Which may not really make sense, because Luke has a strong reaction to this information. Unless maybe Mark Hamill's close ups were filmed much later? 


Donnie Yen

Hong Kong actor Jiang Wen accidentally told everyone at a press conference Donnie Yen's character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dies in the movie. Little was known about the enigmatic Chirrut Imwe before the movie was released, other than that he appeared to have a connection with the Force. Speaking at a panel in disjointed English weeks before the premiere, Wen, also a successful director, revealed to fans that Imwe would die at some point. The spoiler was seemingly confirmed when fellow Star Wars actor Gwendoline Christie cut short the session to stop Wen from going on. 


Ian McShane

Veteran television and movie star Ian McShane might as well have put out an official announcement to reveal the Hound was returning to Game of Thrones. During an interview on BBC’s Breakfast show, the actor said he would be helping to "bring back a much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead." Considering he had already stated he was playing a character from the novels people suspected knew the Hound, this quote all but confirmed the return of the popular antagonist.


Kevin Bacon

In 2013, Kevin Bacon retweeted a message he received revealing a spoiler from “The Curse,” an episode of The Following, the day after the episode aired, forgetting that most fans had yet to see it. The Tweet effectively revealed his character killed somebody during the episode. The bizarre moment ended with Bacon apologizing to fans of show for the spoiler. He went on to guarantee that such a thing would never happen again.


Quentin Tarantino

What made this spoiler unique was that it came about before The Hateful Eight had even been filmed. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino passed an early draft of the script to Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, and Michael Madsen, actors he trusted and had worked with before, only to have it leak. The betrayal led Tarantino to shelve the project, although he came back to it a few months later. It was never discovered who leaked the script, though Tarantino suspects it was either Madsen's or Dern's agent. 


Rachel McAdams

During an appearance on the Daily Show to promote The Time Traveler’s Wife, actress Rachel McAdams pretty much revealed the entire plot of the movie. Talking with Jon Stewart, she went into explicit detail about important details, and even revealed the major twist in the movie. When it became obvious she had ruined the entire film, she decided to steam on ahead and discuss the only bits of the story she had not already spoiled.


Will Smith

In a moment of craziness in 2007, Will Smith spoiled the end to his upcoming blockbuster I Am Legend. Perhaps believing most people would already know the ending of the story because it was based on a novel that had been adapted in two previous films, Smith outlined to reporters exactly how the conclusion of the movie played out. Problem was, the end of I Am Legend differs significantly from that in the book. The outburst led writer and producer Akiva Goldsman to interrupt the actor and ask him not to spoil the movie.


Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman, who plays a character called Daniel in AMC’s The Walking Dead, may have revealed a major spoiler for the eighth season of the show. The actor posted a picture on Instagram of him alongside Andrew Lincoln on set. Problem was, the photograph appeared to show character Rick Grimes in The Sanctuary, a location he has never visited before. While Newman deleted the post soon after it went up, fans speculate Rick would find his way to The Sanctuary, and as-of-yet unrevealed plot point. 


Elizabeth Debicki

Speaking to Gizmodo before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Elizabeth Debicki spoke about her character's relationship with the Guardians. In the interview, the Australian actress discussed how her character would eventually betray the protagonists after initially working with them. This breakdown hadn't been shown in trailers at the time of her interview, so it seems she let the cat out of the bag prematurely.


Tyler Nelson Gushed Confidential Information To Reporters From 'Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'

Tyler Nelson was an extra on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but was wiped from the movie after he spilled the beans on various key plot points in a local Oklahoma newspaper interview in Fall 2007, nearly eight months before the film hit theaters. The actor told reporters a number of plot points from the film, prompting a lawsuit from Lucasfilm that claimed he broke a non-disclosure agreement.

Some choice bits of information revealed by Nelson, as quoted from AdWeek

"'Apparently, the Soviet Army was searching for a crucifix skull in the jungles of South America and Indiana Jones was searching, as well,' Tyler said.

The Russian Army tries blackmailing Indiana Jones to help them find the crystal skull by 'threatening to kill Karen, his old flame from the Lost Ark.'

'We took Indiana Jones hostage and managed to find the skull,' Tyler said...

'They were filming us outside of a tent dancing and then turned the camera inside the tent,' Tyler explained his scene. 'I saw Harrison Ford strapped in a chair being interrogated. I started to gather they were holding this big crystal-looking thing in the tent and heard someone mention a crucifix skull.'"

It probably wasn’t the wisest decision to annoy the likes of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford. It seems like Tyler has had very little work in the industry as result of his gaffe. To quote a piece in Salon, "Steven Spielberg's spokesman is ominously quoted as saying: 'Who knows whether that particular person will ever work in this town again?'"



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Mon, 08 May 2017 10:19:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-revealed-major-spoilers/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[14 Oddly Plausible Lord Of The Rings Fan Theories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lord-of-the-rings-fan-theories/nathan-gibson?source=rss

Out of all of the great fantasy novels in English literature, Lord of the Rings is perhaps the most well-known and popular. The enduring success of the series doesn’t just come down to the great story told within the novels, but benefits from the vast mythology Tolkien managed to build up. The incredible universe he created opens up the possibility for plenty of fan theories about the Lord of the Rings.

After all, the few pieces of writing he published set in the world of Middle-earth were barely enough to scratch the surface in terms of the overall history of the narrative. Plenty of questions were left completely unanswered, and the author was known to purposely include unsolved mysteries to keep his readers guessing. This means that fans have had to come up with their own Lord of the Rings theories to try to fix some of the plot holes, and explain the parts the Tolkien left open to interpretation.


14 Oddly Plausible Lord Of The Rings Fan Theories,

Radagast The Brown Helped Gandalf Enlist The Help Of The Eagles

Despite the fact that Radagast the Brown is of the same order as both Gandalf and Saruman, the books and films do not show him in the same light. In fact, it is suggested he might not be as powerful as his two counterparts.

A theory suggested by some Planet Tolkien members posits that Radagast played an important role in the War of the Ring by intelligence gathering, using his animals to spy and send reports to the White Council. They believe he could have even used his strong relationship with the eagles to persuade them to help Gandalf during his efforts.


Gollum Was Responsible For Killing Frodo’s Parents

Frodo’s parents couldn't really be around for the story of Lord of the Rings to make sense, but they never explain exactly what happened to them. The books tell us they were involved in a mysterious freak boating accident and that they drowned, but no other details are given. One Redditor known as SnakeyesX thinks Gollum could have been responsible for their death.

Gollum swore revenge on Bilbo after he stole the Ring from him, and we know he at least tried to reach the Shire to find him. From what he revealed to Sauron during torture, it’s fair to assume the creature only remembered two things from his meeting with the hobbit. That he was called Baggins, and that he lived in the Shire. This could have easily led him to Drogo (Frodo's dad), who he might have killed in a murderous rage, along with his wife.


Gandalf Manipulated The Events Of The Hobbit To Deny Sauron A Powerful Ally In Smaug

Even though Gandalf often helped others in need, he usually only did so because it fit into his own grand plans. Assisting Thorin on his expedition to take back the mountain from Smaug may not have been done entirely out of good will, after all.

Many suggest that Gandalf had already begun to suspect that Sauron was returning to power. Sensing that the Dark Lord may well be able to use the dragon as a powerful ally to wreak havoc in the North, Gandalf created a scheme to remove the threat. It also had the added bonus of reuniting the dwarves, elves, and men in the region, and preparing them for the upcoming war.


Galadriel Giving Gimli Three Hairs Was Much More Significant Than It Seemed

Before the fellowship leave Galadriel to continue on their journey, she gives each member a gift. When it came to Gimli, the dwarf simply asked for a strand of her hair. The elf gave him three. While this may seem rather insignificant at first (and kind of creepy), but one theory from Redditor doymand suggests it has far greater importance.

Thousands of years prior to the events of the series, Galadriel was asked by one of the most powerful elves of all time (Feanor) for a lock of her hair. She refused this request three times, despite Feanor's status and his continuing pleas. Instead, she gave three hairs to a dwarf, who only asked for a gift when she commanded him. This act was essentially an olive branch between the elves and dwarves, and showed how much good Gimli had in him.


The Hobbit Films Were Overblown Because They Were Bilbo’s Exaggerations

The Hobbit trilogy was much more extravagant and overblown than its predecessors, especially considering the relatively thin nature of the source material. According to Reddit user Questionbdp, the CGI-orgy that was The Hobbit movies looked that way because they are the over-exaggerated retelling of the story from the point of view of Bilbo Baggins, as related in his own book.

After all, the adventure is supposed to be an adaptation of Bilbo’s manuscript rather than an authentic look at exactly what happened, and it's likely Bilbo might have embellished a few details to make his journey seem more exciting than it really was.


Gollum Is The Persona Of All Those Who Are Corrupted By The Ring

Although most people tend to think of Gollum as the wretched creature who was once Smeagol before the influence of the ring corrupted him, that may not be the whole story. A prominent fan theory explains that the Gollum persona might be something that anyone who possesses the One Ring adopts, rather than a separate individual.

Redditor HenceFourth demonstrates this by looking at others who have held the artifact for a long time. People like Bilbo Baggins began to show characteristics very much like Gollum after holding onto the ring for an extended period. This suggests Gollum may be something that universally affects everyone in the same way, if they keep holding on to the Ring.


Gollum Tripped And Fell Into Mt. Doom Due To His Oath To Frodo

The final destruction of the One Ring has often bothered fans, who saw Gollum tripping and falling into Mount Doom as something of a lazy end. Tolkien later revealed in a series of letters that a higher power, known as Eru, had taken over when Frodo failed to ensure the Ring was destroyed.

Many have taken this to mean the god-like being directly intervened in events, though some believe otherwise. Reddit user Uluithiad suggests that Eru may have just been fulfilling an oath Gollum made to Frodo. At several points during the story, the hobbit forces Gollum to swear fealty to him on pain of being thrown into fire. When Gollum attacks both hobbits on the slopes of Mount Doom, Frodo states that, "If you touch me ever again, you shall be cast into the Fire of Doom.” Moments later, that is exactly what happens as Gollum takes back the One Ring from Frodo.


Tom Bombadil Is Actually A Malevolent Force

Tom Bombadil is one of the most mysterious characters in the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Little about who he is, or exactly what he is doing in Middle-earth, is ever explained in the novels, leading to speculation amongst fans over his true nature. One person, who goes by the name km_515, theorized that Tom could actually be an evil character.

Think about it. Tom Bombadil, while seemingly jolly, is the master of a domain full of evil spirits and beings. Tom also tells obvious lies to the hobbits when they meet him. He tells them he knew they were coming, as he was told by other people. However, he could not possibly have met those other people before the hobbits arrived.

Add all of this to the fact that few people have ever heard of him, including people like Elrond, and it would seem that he is not as well-meaning and jovial as he makes out. Otherwise, he would surely be more famous and the Old Forest a more welcoming place.


Snow White Is A Lord Of The Rings Sequel

The very idea that Snow White is in any way connected to Lord of the Rings might seem ludicrous, but there is some compelling evidence. Cracked writer Andres Diplotti pointed out some important points both universes have in common. For example, the dwarves from Snow White appear to have very similar names to those used in Lord of the Rings, with the meanings behind the names from both stories being almost identical.

He later explained the magic mirror shares similar properties to Sauron, and acts in the same manner, trying to corrupt people’s minds into doing his bidding. Andres also speculates that the prince could be a Maiar like Gandalf, and that the dwarves could be the original seven who were given rings by the Dark Lord, with their lives magically extended.


Gandalf Intended To Use The Eagles To Get To Mount Doom All Along

A major question, pointed numerous times by fans, asks why the fellowship didn’t just use the huge flying eagles to travel to Mount Doom. It would have taken far less time, and it could have been less dangerous for everyone involved. However, one theory by Reddit user VulcanDeathGrip posits that Gandalf actually intended to use the giant birds, but his scheme fell apart.

The theory states the wizard was planning on meeting up with the eagles nearer to their home in the Misty Mountains, but was killed by the Balrog in Moria before he could carry out the plan. He couldn’t have told the fellowship about the plan earlier, as he was unaware of how much he could trust certain members of his party, like Boromir. Without knowledge of Gandalf’s plan, the fellowship simply had to take the best course of action they could in order to finish their goal. Of course, as Gandalf fell to his death, he did try to let his companions know about his plan. His dying words, remember, were, "Fly, you fools!"



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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:45:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/lord-of-the-rings-fan-theories/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[9 Horror Movie Kids Who Had A Blast Playing Creepy And Tormented Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-who-didn-t-know-they-were-in-horror-movies/lisa-a-flowers?source=rss

To what extent are child actors in horror movies exposed to the macabre material they're working with? As it turns out, they're often (and surprisingly) barely exposed to anything bloodcurdling at all. Film editing is a remarkable art that, when done right, can make an IRL walk in the park look like a cinematic walk through a human slaughterhouse. As you'll learn from this list, many quintessentially creepy horror movie kids had no idea they were even being ominous.

Encountering horror movie children who didn't realize they were in horror movies isn't unusual; Danny Lloyd in The Shining famously had no clue he was starring in one of the scariest films of all time, and Linda Blair mostly had a lot of fun playing the fearsomely possessed Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist. If you've ever wondered how kids in inappropriately adult films were sheltered from the proverbial storm filming around them, read on: the Freddy Kruegers and murderous dolls that have always scared you may be cuddlier than you think.


9 Horror Movie Kids Who Had A Blast Playing Creepy And Tormented Characters,

Alex Vincent

The stabby, foul-tempered Chucky may have scared legions of kids, but for Alex Vincent, who played the homicidal doll's special human, filming was a roller coaster ride of good times. As Vincent recalled for Coma Movie Magazine,

"Child’s Play was the first movie that I ever booked. I had done a couple of commercials, and some print work…but this was the first film, so I was very excited! I got to leave school for a few months to go out to Chicago and Los Angeles to shoot a movie! The studio provided an acting coach that I worked with, who I got along with very well. I knew the nature of the film and I understood that it was supposed to be scary. Being on set with the animatronic doll was super cool for a six-year-old to experience!"

So, there you have it: as  everyone from Mother Goose to the Brothers Grimm well knew, children love being scared.


Carrie Henn

The Alien series may conjure up associations of slavering monstrosity, but for little Newt (Carrie Henn), HR Giger's oozing abominations were more like beloved playmates and companions. According to an interview she did with Wired, Henn (who was 8 at the time Aliens was filmed) was in fact quite fond of her "acid-drooling co-stars."

"'The aliens were all my friends, wearing suits. I was actually most nervous about going to the cafeteria for lunch, because I had to go in-character as Newt, and I thought everybody would be staring at me,' she recalled. She also described being 'stuck chest-high in water, [and] snatched up by a towering alien' as her favorite scene to shoot.'The first assistant director had actually had someone stay there overnight, to make sure the water stayed warm,' she remembered. 'But it was actually too warm for me, so I would sit up on bars on the side, and the alien and I would stay up there, kicking our feet in the water.'"

Just goes to show that an alien is just a friend you haven't been slaughtered by yet.


Danny Lloyd

When Danny Lloyd was chosen to play little Danny Torrance in The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick was determined to make sure he remained sheltered from the horrors of the Overlook Hotel. According to lore, Kubrick was "highly protective" of Lloyd, who was only 6 at the time of the shoot; the director even opted to use dummies (as opposed to body doubles) as stand-ins for some of Lloyd's most harrowing scenes.

In the aftermath of Danny's encounter with the Woman in Room 237, for example ... when Wendy (Shelly Duvall) is carrying a traumatized Danny away while accusing Jack (Jack Nicholson) of choking him ... it was actually a lifesized dummy she was working with. Little Lloyd was none the wiser, and only realized the truth when he finally saw the uncut film years later.

In the meantime, he had a blast hanging out with the cast (especially Scatman Crothers, with whom he developed a special bond) and riding his Big Wheel up and down the halls of Elstree Studios. He was also charmingly thrilled about the money ("probably five or six hundred dollars!") his role brought him..


Heather O'Rourke

Heather O'Rourke, who tragically died at the age of 12, is beloved the world over for playing Carol Anne Freeling, the angelic little girl sucked into another dimension (via her closet) in 1982's Poltergeist. But the actual experience of shooting Stephen Spielberg's and Tobe Hooper's iconic horror film was apparently anything but scary.

Legend has it O'Rourke started her audition laughing and kidding around like a typical child; but her versatility quickly became clear when Spielberg asked her to scream, and she did so (or so the story goes) until tears ran out of her eyes. The rest of the cast described the sweet-yet-precocious O' Rourke as having "a calming influence" on the set. She also allegedly got to keep the goldfish Carol Anne owned, and enjoyed making Poltergeist so much she claimed thereafter that it was her favorite movie (along with Disney's Dumbo).

O'Rourke was said to have only been scared by one moment: the sequence in which she was funneled into the closet via wind machine. Spielberg, seeing her terror, told her she would never have to do to do the scene again. It was therefore shot in one take, and the rest is history.


Linda Blair

When 13-year-old Linda Blair was cast as Regan in The Exorcist, concerns about the film's potentially psychologically damaging subject matter abounded. But director William Friedkin knew what he was doing: he had chosen Blair precisely because of her cheerful adaptability, and her range as an actress. 

Though Blair, at 13, understood what The Exorcist was about in theory, she had no grasp of how disturbing the material actually was. In her mind, it was all simply acting. She claimed that many of its most bloodcurdling scenes didn't faze her, in some cases because she wasn't sure what was going on. Of the film's infamous crucifix masturbation scene, she recalled, "I didn't know what we were doing. I didn't understand the concept." Nonetheless, she shot the scene, jabbing the crucifix into a cushion nestled between her legs, and no harm was done.

Owen Roizman, a cameraman on the set, recalled, "Between takes, she was a 13-year-old girl, and she would be kidding around and doing silly things. And as soon as Billy [Friedkin] would say 'roll,' she would just ... boom! ... go right into the part."


Miko Hughes

Miko Hughes is still probably best known for depicting the adorably undead Gage in 1989's Pet Sematary, a role he has no memory of playing, given that he was three at the time of the filming. However, he has nothing but fond recollections of playing Dylan Porter in 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare. As he told Cosmopolitan,

"New Nightmare was my favorite film I ever worked on, just from a shooting standpoint. I have so many happy memories from that set... in general, working on a horror movie is no different than working on any movie. Turn the camera around and there’s 20, 30 people standing around, eating doughnuts, smoking cigarettes between takes, working, like any other set."

Hughes was so unaware of the nature of the material, he didn't even know what was going on in each scene beyond his own lines. Because of this, he ended up having the crap scared out of him in a key scene: "[T]here was a part where I actually got really scared. They didn't tell me that Freddy was going to pop out [in the hell scene at the end], I guess to get a good reaction. It ended up scaring me too much."

 


Veronica Cartwright

Actress Veronica Cartwright, who rose to fame by playing traumatized little Cathy Brenner in The Birds, may be widely associated with frenzied avian attacks, but the actual filming of Hitchcock's horror masterpiece was altogether a wonderful and touching experience for her. "I had my [surprise] 13th birthday party while filming The Birds," Cartwright recalled for a documentary on the film. 

"All of a sudden, here was this enormous cake, and everybody sang and the whole crew stopped, and Jessica [Tandy] gave me a wonderful sweater, and Tippi gave me lovebirds, and Hitchcock took out a piece of board and crayon, and wrote, 'to the woman I love, Veronica.' And then he proceeded to draw his face and sign his name on it, and handed it to me, And that was great. And I still have it."  


The Grady Twins (Lisa And Louise Burns) In "The Shining"

When identical twins Lisa and Louise Burns landed the role of the Grady twins at age 10, they likely never dreamed they'd become a symbol of dual foreboding for the ages. On the contrary, working on The Shining was mostly a merry, and nostalgic, walk in the maze. 

 

According to the Daily Mail, Louise has fond memories of playing with Danny Lloyd and Jack Nicholson between scenes, and describes Nicholson as a particularly entertaining jokester. The girls celebrated their 11th birthdays on the set, and were famously given tiny bottles of fake blood. Their birthday card, an autograph book, was signed by the entire cast and crew, and Vivian Kubrick signed it in stage blood.

 

"What was so wonderful to us was that Stanley had found the time to celebrate the 11th birthdays of two children he was never going to meet again. It really did feel like we were all family by then," Louise recalled. As for the girls' famous death scene, the symbolism of the slaughter was the least of their concerns: they were more worried about the liquid getting cold as they lay there in the carnage.


Miles And Flora (Martin Stephens And Pamela Franklin) In "The Innocents"

Jack Clayton's 1961 masterpiece The Innocents, based on Henry James's horror novella The Turn of the Screw, remains one of the most beautifully understated films of all time. Even though there wasn't a drop of quintessential horror movie violence in the screenplay, Clayton didn't want the children (Martin Stephens of Village of the Damned and Pamela Franklin of And Soon the Darkness) exposed to the story's macabre subtext.

Rumor has it that neither child actor ever saw the script in its entirety; rather, both were given their pages of dialogue the day before their scenes were to be shot, to blur the big picture. Between takes, they had a wonderful time playing in England's magnificent Sheffield Park Garden, where much of the movie was filmed.



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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:17:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-who-didn-t-know-they-were-in-horror-movies/lisa-a-flowers
<![CDATA[15 Horrifying Crimes You Let Slide In The Disney Universe]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-hero-crimes/natalie-jonah?source=rss

Disney has been an institution of wholesome family fun for seemingly forever. From the sweet-tempered princess Snow White to fun-loving pirate Jack Sparrow, favorite Disney characters are supposed to represent the best parts of the human spirit. But what about the Disney film heroes who did bad things on their way to a happily ever after? If you look closer at the crimes Disney heroes committed, you'll realize that some of these Disney heroes are villains.

Didn’t the Beast lock Belle away in his creepy dungeon for no good reason? How about Aladdin’s notorious record of stealing goods from the hard-working merchants at the bazaar? And who can forget the time Tinkerbell tried to send Wendy Darling to an early grave out of sheer spite?

While these characters may not be true villains, it doesn’t take a Disney conspiracy theorist to see that some of these behaviors could be classified as criminal offenses. Read through this list of Disney movie heroes who were criminals, and decide: which abuses of the law would you let slide if you were the judge and jury?


15 Horrifying Crimes You Let Slide In The Disney Universe,

Robin Hood

Film: Robin Hood (1973)

Robin Hood has long been a symbol of breaking the law for the right reasons. His neighbors are being oppressed by their own government left and right. What’s he supposed to do, just stand around? What makes his lawless behavior particularly eye-popping is his tendency for theatrics and disguises. Yes, it may be creative, but it’s also illegal if you’re wearing them to throw your potential victims off of your scent.


Aladdin

Film: Aladdin (1992)

It’s a classic case of being a product of one’s environment with this charming criminal. True, Aladdin and his trusty sidekick Abu are guilty of a copious amount of theft at the local bazaar. His brazen escape antics in front of several witnesses and assaults on the palace guards don’t really help his cause either, but can you blame the poor guy for being hungry? As the man himself would say: "Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat. Otherwise we'd get along!"


Snow White

Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

If a gang of woodland creatures brings you into a lone cottage in the forest, you follow them without question, right? The animals may have been well meaning, but they also inadvertently led Snow White into her first brush with crime. Luckily, Snow happens to be fairy tale version of Martha Stewart, so the small yet proud owners of the home decide to let her stay.


Pinocchio, Who Drank Underage

Film: Pinocchio (1940)

Almost as soon as the Blue Fairy brings Pinocchio to life in exchange for his promise to be a good boy, this little brat decides to take up every bad habit imaginable. Cigar smoking, vandalism, gambling, and most shockingly, underage drinking. To be fair, though, he was quite literally "born yesterday." Perhaps the Blue Fairy should be more concerned with the grown man whose job it is to lure young boys to a place called Pleasure Island.


Mulan, Who Committed Identity Fraud

Film: Mulan (1998)

Mulan’s story is a complex one. She’s got pride and loyalty for her country, but she also doesn’t want to see her geriatric father tossed back into the hell of war after he's already spent years trying to put it behind him. Her solution? Creating a whole new identity for herself via forgery and disguise to illegally enlist on his behalf. Guess she really puts family first.


Mr. Toad, Who Drove Recklessly And Committed Grand Theft Auto

Film: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Mr. Toad has a vice, and that vice is transportation of any kind. When this impulsive amphibian first sets his eyes on an automobile, it’s love at first sight. He can’t rest until he feels the wind blowing on his slimy little face. You want to "borrow" your neighbor's car for afternoon kicks? Fine, but don’t drive like a blind maniac with a death wish.


Mowgli, Who Harmed An Endangered Species

Film: The Jungle Book (1967)

Shere Khan may have been acting like a class-A jerk when he came after Mowgli and his friends in the jungle, but the fact is that tigers are classified by the World Wildlife Federation as an endangered species. When Mowgli decided to tie tree branches onto that tiger's tail and light it on fire, he was saying hello to a slew of potential fines and jail time. Whoops.


Alice, Who Possessed Mind-Altering Substances

Film: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

The legality of recreational drug use has been a topic of debate for quite some time. Alice would probably be on the "legalize it" side of the fence, since her experiments with funky mushrooms and cakes helped her get through that topsy-turvy adventure in one piece - but weren't they also the thing that got her into trouble in the first place? Either way, it’s a good thing that Wonderland seems to be a place of relative tolerance... outside of the Red Queen’s castle, that is.


Tinkerbell, Who Attempted Murder

Film: Peter Pan (1953)

Tinkerbell is basically an evil genius who takes "don’t mess with my man" to a whole new level. She knows that she has to get rid of that prissy Wendy Darling if she wants to stay number one in Peter’s heart, but she can’t risk him discovering her nefarious plans. Her solution? Telling the Lost Boys that Wendy is a bird that they must shoot down before it reaches their hideout. Now that’s some serious jealousy.


Beast, Who Falsely Imprisoned Belle

Film: Beauty and the Beast (1991)

This tale as old as time may have turned out well, but that doesn’t excuse the amount of blatant violations against Belle’s human rights. Is it a crime to be concerned over the whereabouts of your missing senile father, or accept a household item’s invitation to be their guest? Stockholm syndrome or no, it seems as though Belle made it out on top in this situation by getting a whole new castle full of books out of the deal.



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 02:17:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-hero-crimes/natalie-jonah
<![CDATA[12 Bananas Fan Theories About The Predator Franchise That Change The Game]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/predator-fan-theories/jacob-shelton?source=rss

On the surface, the films in the Predator series are essentially retellings of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game. And if you think they’re simple tales of men fighting against nature, that’s fine. Many fans, however, aren’t afraid to look deeper in order to get to the choppa (and the allegorical meanings of Predator). There are actually a lot of levels to the film, and it wouldn't be outlandish to claim Predator is the best action movie ever made.

And, as with all things, if it bleeds you can write theories about it. These crazy Predator theories are both bananas and more-or-less on on par with the ideas we see play out in the franchise. As you’ll come to discover, you can kind of project anything onto a series of movies about dreadlocked space monsters coming to collect your skull as a trophy.

Predator fan theories don’t just touch on topics like the AIDs epidemic and the concept of masculinity (but, yes, they totally do that, too), they bring in other franchises, and even expand on the purpose of the aliens at the heart of the Predator series, the Yautjas. To read these Predator series fan theories, you need to remember all the bizarre moments in the five films, from how Dutch beat his alien foe, to how Danny Glover was an unlikely choice but did quite well against the city hunter. It's then you realize the Predator series is a tabula rasa, allowing any and all ideas to be applied. Just enjoy the ride, and get lost in a web of Predator movie theories.


12 Bananas Fan Theories About The Predator Franchise That Change The Game,

Super Predators Are Genetic Modifications Created By The Original Race

If you were one of the faithful people who watched the attempt at jump starting the franchise with 2010's Predators, then you remember the addition of the Super Predators. If you didn't, they are big ol' Yautjas wore bone masks and bullied their more diminutive cousins.

YouTube user Mr. H believes, and lays out in the video above, that in the 2018 follow up by Shane Black, the audience is going to find out that the Super Predators were created via genetic modifications by the old school Yautjas, who are now trying to keep their creations in check. Is that what's going to happen? Only time will tell. 

 


Shane Black Is Going To Be The First To Die In His Sequel

As you may or may not know, writer/director Shane Black appeared in the original Predator, and he's helming the reboot/sequel of the Predator franchise

Reddit user omegansmiles thinks that Black is going to work his way into the new film, only to have himself killed early on. If you follow Black's work in films like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and The Other Guys, you know he likes to play into tropes while simultaneously subverting them, so this definitely something he would do. 


The Alien From The Thing Stole A Predator Ship

So how did the alien from 2011's The Thing get to earth? Redditor crwbr believes that the alien made its way onto a Yautja ship en route to Antartica for a hunt, and killed everyone on board. They think that after the alien takes over the Yautjas, it ended up encased in ice and it took the team of scientists to restart its reign of destruction. 


Predator Is An AIDS Parable

Predator is a parable for the AIDS crisis. Let that sink in.

When the film was released, it was still the early stages of the AIDS epidemic. People mostly thought it only affected homosexual males, and that it wasn't a problem for the rest of the world. John McTiernan was obviously inspired by the disease, and used it to as an influence when making a film about an invisible killer preying on men.

Speaking of men, the soldiers in the film aren't just a bunch of guys, they're big ol' muscle daddies who believe themselves to be invincible. One by one, they each bite the dust either by leaning into their machismo, peer pressure, or vanity. In the world of fan theories, this one makes a shocking amount of sense.  


The Predator Was An Intergalactic Cop, Trying To Teach Dutch And The Boys A Lesson

The basic plot of the original Predator is as follows: a creature pops down to Earth and kills American soldiers operating illegally in a foreign country, while letting a giant group of drug lords continue to operate. There is, however, another interpretation. 

According to toorealghost on Reddit, the only reason the Yautja was killing Dutch's crew is because he caught them killing everyone they met. The Yaujta makes sure he only kills people who are armed, and when he discovers Dutch is forgoing weapons he ditches his armor to make sure he can keep it a fair fight. It's pretty obvious the creature is trying to keep Dutch and his men from harming anyone else, while still keeping things even. 


The Predator Lets Dutch Escape On Purpose At The End Of The Movie

Any Predator fan worth their salt remembers the original film ends with the Predator blowing himself up with an alien arm bomb. Rather than being a sore loser, however, he's actually applauding Dutch by killing himself.

Redditor ghostofyourmom says that because there's such an emphasis put on the Predator's countdown, it can only mean the alien is letting Dutch know what's up. And, rather than the laugh being a gesture meant to taunt Dutch, it's the only way the creature can tell his human adversary he's a worthy opponent. 

 

 


Predator Is A Critique Of Traditional Masculinity

Despite the ostensible celebration of manhood the film seems to espouse, there's a theory the original Predator critiques the very concept of masculinity in every frame. Not only are the characters total muscle daddies who have constant flexing matches (even though they are all very huge), but the phallic symbolism of the film is undeniable.

However, the portion of the film that's most critical of masculinity is when the killing begins. According to Redditor Bosola, each member of Dutch's crew is dispatched by the their foe in a way that's most devastating to their brand of masculinity (Hawkins jokes about his girlfriends lady parts are and the Predator creates a massive hole in his body, Blain famously claims he "Doesn't have time to bleed," and the Predator kills him with a cauterizing blast of plasma, etc.).

Depending on how you read the movie, Dutch is only able to defeat the creature by ditching his phallic weapons, or by harnessing the largest phallic metaphor he can find – in this case a giant tree – and smashing it into his foe. 


The Predator Is In The Mexican Jungle Because He's An Outcast

A question that has plagued fans since the original Predator film: why was a member of the Yautja tribe (the Predator's race) on earth? Why go on a solo hunting expedition when it's so much more fun to crack an invisible cold one open with the boys and collect some skull necklaces?

Well, according to YouTuber Mr. H (you can watch his full theory in the video above), the creature we meet in the first film is actually an outcast from his society, who was forced to leave his homeworld for being dishonorable. That's why he's on earth all by his lonesome. 


Dutch's Team Was Unknowingly Playing A Game

In Predator, the men on Dutch's team are picked off one by one in deadly jungle warfare, but should they have been aware of what was going to happen to them? Redditor JimmyAJames believes so.

In the movie, Dutch and the gang are drawn to a downed helicopter, and they find a collection of skinned bodies hanging in the trees. But were those signs of bad luck to come, or an offering? In this theory, the idea is the Predator was inviting the special forces crew to play the most dangerous game. When Dutch and his boys killed everyone in the cartel, they messed up the game, and unwittingly became the prey of the creature. 

 

 


Predators Are Mutated Versions Of Engineers From Prometheus

What are the Yautja? Obviously they're hunters with killer dreadlocks, but where do they come from? Reddit user Jono-Tron believes the hunter race is actually an altered version of the Engineers from Prometheus.

If you haven't seen the film, a quick version: there's a black goo that mutates anything it comes in contact with, and different individuals have different reactions. If enough Engineers came in contact with the black Prometheus goo, it's possible they could form a race of Predator aliens. They are both pale, humanoid, and around the same height as humans.



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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:13:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/predator-fan-theories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Best MMA Fight Scenes in Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mma-fight-scenes-in-movies-v1/ranker-film?source=rss

We compiled the best MMA fight scenes in movies. From Hollywood action movies to foreign films, the greatest MMA fight scenes feature martial arts, badass characters, and bloody violence. What’s your favorite MMA fight scene in a movie? 

Including movies like Warrior and Furious 7, this list of movie fight scenes in stores comes with videos, so you can watch your favorite action movie stars, like Donnie Yen, Ronda Rousey, and Tom Hardy, fight with MMA. 

Here are the best MMA fight scenes in movies. Vote for your favorite fight scenes in cinematic history and let us know in the comments if any good MMA fights are missing from the list.


Best MMA Fight Scenes in Movies,

Never Back Down

Flash Point

Kill Zone - S.P.L.

Warrior

Blood and Bone

Universal Soldiers: Regeneration

Fighting

Undisputed III: Redemption

Haywire

Kickboxer: Vengeance (Georges St-Pierre)


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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:18:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mma-fight-scenes-in-movies-v1/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Store Fight Scenes in Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-store-fight-scenes-in-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

We compiled the best store fight scenes in movies. From Hollywood action movies to foreign films, the greatest fight scenes in stores feature martial arts, badass characters, and bloody violence. What’s your favorite store fight scene in a movie? 

Including movies like Out for Justice and Taken 3, this list of movie fight scenes in stores comes with videos, so you can watch your favorite action movie stars, like Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal, and Sylvester Stallone, fight in a store. 

Here are the best store fight scenes in movies. Vote for your favorite fight scenes in cinematic history and let us know in the comments if any good store fights are missing from the list.


Best Store Fight Scenes in Movies,

Above the Law

Cobra

Hard to Kill

Hot Fuzz

Kickboxer

New Police Story

RoboCop

Rumble in the Bronx

The Legend Is Born – Ip Man

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning


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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:17:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-store-fight-scenes-in-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Evidence The '70s Was The Best Decade For Filmmaking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/1970s-best-filmmaking-decade-ever/jacob-shelton?source=rss

What was the best decade for movies? There’s no wrong answer, but if you ask around (and hang out with people who know the skinny), most will say the '70s, when America was in a brutal post-'60s hangover and auteurs gone wild were pumping out films as fast as they could. Cinema in the '70s cannot be defined so much as it must be reckoned with. In that decade, entire genres were created, co-opted, and spat back out. A group of kids just out of college started making movies that would form the foundation for popular cinematic entertainment for the rest of the 20th century by, among other things, inventing summer blockbusters. The '70s was ground zero for a brand new type of filmmaking.

Trying to choose the best '70s movies is like trying to choose the best flavor of ice cream; most of them are good, a lot of them are great. It all comes down to opinion. Do you like psychedelic movies? Acid cinema? How about movies that were influenced purely by kung fu, LSD, and the Vietnam War? Whether the filmmakers will admit it or not, pretty much every movie in the '70s, even A New Hope, was a reaction to something, and this list does its best to plumb the depths of what may be the greatest decade for filmmaking.


Evidence The '70s Was The Best Decade For Filmmaking,

American Cinema Changed Radically To Reflect Major Social Shifts

After the groovy hippy movement of the '60s came to a gruesome end with the Manson Family murders (1969) and Vietnam War (which dragged on until 1975), people weren't interested in overblown studio pictures like Cleopatra and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Audiences were in the mood films that reflected the nihilism of the times. European filmmakers were happy to oblige, and US-based filmmakers needed to respond quickly, or face irrelevance. 

If the war and backlash against hippy culture weren't enough, America was experiencing a drastic recession and oil crisis, Nixon would be in the White House until '74, and urban decay was spreading over cities that were once thought to be beacons of prosperity. 

Art is a reaction to its atmosphere, and the mood of the times, and the cinema of the '70s, contains some of the most resonant pieces of film ever created. Throughout the decade, movies like Taxi Driver, and even Alien, acted as echo chambers for the public's disillusionment and angst. 


The Decade Gave Birth To Summer Blockbusters

Aside from birthing Blaxploitation, the frenetic New York City crime films of Scorsese, and slasher pictures, the '70s saw the advent of the summer blockbuster. Though the era of New Hollywood and the Movie Brats pushed aside the old system for a few years, it didn't take long for studios to find up-and-coming directors who didn't mind making a truck load of money by putting butts in seats. This isn't a cynical look Steven Spielberg or George Lucas; they can't help being populists anymore than Jodorowsky can help being a guy who loves light-up pyramids. People like what they like. 

Jaws, released in 1975, wasn't supposed to be the massive hit it turned into. It almost didn't get out of the water, thanks to going over budget and having a puppet that barely worked. Never mind the fact that it's one of the talkiest films about guys fighting a shark ever made. The stellar cast melded perfectly with Spielberg's wonderful eye for detail and pacing  - seriously, this is a two hour movie that feels like a short fim - resulting in a picture that made people afraid to sit on their toilets. Instead of running away from his popularity, like Friedkin did after The Exorcist, Spielberg moved towards challenging films that could be enjoyed by the widest audiences possible. 

But Jaws is only half the story of the summer blockbuster. Two years after the success of the shark movie, 20th Century Fox released Star Wars Episode IV, and it immediately broke box office records. Studios now had the beginnings of a formula that would take shape over the next few years. But, despite what some might say, Star Wars and Jaws didn't kill the '70s. They were pure extensions of their creators, which is what this decade of filmmaking was all about. The thing that killed the '70s was greed, the desire to go bigger without reason, and to co-opt everything anyone ever loved and dress it up in quotations and fluff. 


Two Major Technological Advances Drastically Changed The Medium

Two major technological advances that changed filmmaking forever occurred in the '70s: Steadicam and CGI. Garret Brown, cameraman and innovator, was looking for a way to get a handheld shot that had the fluidity of a dolly shot. This took some doing, but Brown eventually invented a system based on weight distribution and a rotating gimbal that smoothed out his handheld shots. Enter Steadicam.

The Steadicam's most memorable '70s appearance is the training montage in Rocky, though it was trotted out to glorious effect in Marathon Man and Bound for Glory. If it weren't for Steadicam, films like The Shining, Run Lola Run, Pulp Fiction, Boogie Nights, Goodfellas, and pretty much every action film from the '80s on wouldn't be possible. 

The second '70s innovation that completely changed how you watch films is CGI. CGI was first used to create the 2D perspective shots of Yul's Brynner's robo-cowboy in Westworld, but with some help from George Lucas - a Movie Brat - the technology was harnessed to innovate in ways that were once thought impossible. 


The Decade Produced Perhaps More Watershed Pictures And Classic Films Than Any Other

It's not hyperbole to state that pretty much all the American, and a number of foreign, movies people reference as being important in establishing and developing the unique identity of post-Golden-Age-Hollywood American cinema came out in the '70s. Obviously, there are important movies from every era, and personal taste figures into this, but much of modern filmmaking is derived from films released in that glorious decade.

The Exorcist (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Godfather (1972), Halloween (1978), El Topo (1970), Suspiria (1977), Annie Hall (1977), Taxi Driver (1976), All the President's Men (1976), Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), A Clockwork Orange (1972), Alien (1979), The Deer Hunter (1979), Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Enter the Dragon (1973), and Harold and Maude (1971) were all produced in a span of 10 years, which is insane to think about (and that's just to name a few).

Between 1972 and 1979, Francis Ford Coppola released The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now. The filmmakers in the midst of this flurry of creativity probably didn't think much about their cinematic renaissance while in the middle of it, but it must have been inspiring to be around a constant steam of genius. 


Film Brats Saved The Day (For A While) And Changed American Movies Forever

Thanks to the success of Easy Rider in 1969, by the time the '70s arrived, producers and studios were willing to take chances on young, unestablished directors straight out of film school. What these filmmakers lacked in on-set experience, they made up for with their knowledge of film.

This first generation of filmmakers with a formal education in cinema were known as the "Movie Brats." They were graduates of USC, UCLA, and NYU, whose unbridled enthusiasm for the form gave their work an energy they never again matched. Even though directors lumped into this group, which heralded what is now known as New Hollywood, had varied careers with wide-ranging focus and vastly different films, they would all be connected by their ability to make high-grossing films on limited budgets, and a decidedly European (and in some cases, Japanese) influence. 


Filmmaking Got Weird (Like, Acid Trip Weird)

While the Movie Brats did their best to change the mainstream to fit their vision of what cinema should be, directors such as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nobuhiko Obayashi, and Andrei Tarkovsky, working, respectively, in Mexico, Japan, and the Soviet Union, made psychedelic movies with zero commercial elements that inspired filmmakers for decades to come. Films like The Holy Mountain (Jodorowsky), House (Obayashi), and Stalker (Tarkovsky) doubled down on the acid-soaked surrealism of the era, proving you didn't have to be Stanley Kubrick to make movies that functioned as both art and pop industrialism. 

Seriously, though, filmmaking in the 1970s got weirder than it had since the 1920s, when Weimar Germany was a hotbed of artistic and sexual activity that essentially invented the notion of art cinema. 


Blaxploitation Was Gonna Get You, Sucka

Blazing Saddles was one of the few mainstream films of the 1970s to give African American audiences a hero to get behind, but independent cinema of the decade gave rise to Blaxploitation, a genre that reflected the anger and disenfranchisement African Americans felt with white America and the world at large. The genre kicked off with Melvin Van Peebles' X-rated cult hit Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which grossed $15 million on a $150,000 budget. More films aimed at "urban" audiences followed, and America was treated to the adventures of Shaft, Superfly, The Mack, Cleopatra Jones, and Blacula

Between 1971 and 1976, roughly 150 black action, horror, and comedy films hit theaters, giving the African American community a sense of visibility and empowerment. Like everything that becomes popular on its own, Blaxploitation was co-opted and watered down throughout the decades (James Bond film Live and Let Die, for instance, had a distinct Blaxploitation flavor, and cast Yaphet Kotto, star of Friday Foster, Truck Turner, and The Monkey Hustle, as its villain). Blaxsploitation classics hold up well, and in some cases stand as a better representation of 1970s New York than films by major white directors. 


Audiences Demanded More Modern And Meaningful Content, Contributing To The Collapse Of Old Studio Methods

Counterculture took America by storm in the 1960s, radicalizing literature, music, and politics. But not American cinema. Throughout the decade of free love, filmmaking was still heavily controlled by the studio system, which began in the '20s and had a total stranglehold over film production and distribution by 1945. This system pumped out expensive period pieces that failed to resonate with the audience. In 1965, the same year Bob Dylan put out Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61, studios released The Sound of MusicDoctor Zhivago, and The Agony and the Ecstasy (a 140-minute about the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo).

Meanwhile, moviegoers who were hip to what was happening were watching French New Wave  films like Breathless, Band Of Outsiders, and The 400 Blows, or imports like Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, , and Persona. A few of those filmgoers were actors and directors entrenched in the film industry who were desperate to do something interesting with their work. 

Inspiration from the French New Wave arrived in Hollywood in 1967, with Bonnie and Clyde, which put an insane amount of blood and violence on screen, while celebrating, rather than condemning, antisocial outlaw criminals. Call it the first American remake of Breathless, if you will. The picture's success inspired producers to fund 1969's Easy Rider to the inexpensive tune of $400,000. When the film was released it made $60 million. The jig was up on the golden age of Hollywood. 


Horror Films Were Never Better

Aside from prestige films like The Godfather and Network, the '70s played host to a rich tapestry of horror films that ran the gamut from slashers that jump-started trends still playing out in the 2010s to super weird occult horror and movies that pushed boundaries of what could appear onscreen. The '70s was the wild west for horror films, most of them playing at what was left of drive-in and grindhouse theaters. It was possible for random businessmen to dump a few hundred thousand dollars into a film and come out with a tidy profit, as they did with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

At the same time, The Exorcist, which had a relatively large budget of $12 million (about $70 million in 2017), a horror film about a pre-teen girl possessed by a demon, was such a part of the cultural zeitgeist it manifested a new believe in a physical Devil. Across the pond, European horror films from Hammer were getting weirder, and Italian horror master Dario Argento released Suspiria, one of the most influential horror films ever. There isn't one modern horror film that can't be traced back to the genre films of the '70s. 


Martin Freakin' Scorsese

Is there a filmmaker more synonymous with the '70s than Martin Scorsese? After graduating from NYU in '66 and directing a couple of B-movies, Scorsese made his mark on the '70s with Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, two bursts of frenetic energy exploring the grit of New York City with a then-unseen blend of neo-realism and stylization cribbed from Italian and French cinema of the '50s and '60s. 

Time has proven Scorsese to be one of America's best filmmakers, and, though he bottomed out with studio-style musical New York, New York (1977), he quickly bounced back with Raging Bull, which began filming in 1979 and was released in 1980. In all these films, Scorsese's use of Steadicam, graphic violence, maniacal and charismatic criminals, and innovative editing techniques created a style that was one of the blueprints for the auteur revival of independent cinema in the 1990s.  



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Thu, 04 May 2017 09:39:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/1970s-best-filmmaking-decade-ever/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[14 Superhero Movies You Need To Watch If You're Bored Of Marvel And DC]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/non-dc-or-marvel-superhero-movies/erik-barnes?source=rss

It seems like Marvel and DC are premiering a new superhero film every other month. However, even though there are some great DC animated films and fantasic Marvel superhero movies, there are many enjoyable standalone superhero movies that don't come from their franchises. Hell, they aren't even part of their comic book companies. 

There are some indie superhero movies, original takes on the superhero genre, and original superpowered films that aren't based on a comic or cartoon that are pretty entertaining. Did you remember crying out, "COWABUNGA!" when you saw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Ever utter, "Hell yeah" while watching Hellboy? What about the fantastic animated action of The Incredibles? Read on for a list of some of the best non-DC or Marvel superhero movies that you can catch up on Amazon Prime or Netflix.


14 Superhero Movies You Need To Watch If You're Bored Of Marvel And DC,

Hellboy

Based off of Mike Mignola's critically acclaimed comic book, Hellboy is essentially Raiders of the Lost Ark mixed with monsters and Ghostbusters. Towards the end of World War II, the Axis powers open up a portal and bring a baby demon into this world. That baby is then taken by the Allies. Sixty years later, that demon, named Hellboy, is a top agent for the Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense. With his field team consisting of an aquatic fish man and a pyrokinetic woman, Hellboy and the BPRD defend the US from hostile supernatural forces.


Mystery Men

Mystery Men is based upon an indie comic of the same name, and has become a cult classic among many superhero fans. After Champion City's main superhero has been captured, seven oddball amateur heroes come together to prove their worth. Some of the weird superpowers on display by the Mystery Men include the innate mastery of flatware throwing, super shoveling skills, and toxic flatulence. 


Sky High

What do you do with superpowered teens? Send them to high school! Sky High follows the son of a superhero,Will Stronghold, and his friends as they learn how to become champion-level superheroes from their teachers. Things take a turn when Will finds out that his date to the school dance is the daughter of one his dad's old supervillains. 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

With multiple sequels and reboots, one of these films was going to be on the list, so it may as well be the one that started it all. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles that are trained in ninjustu as they spend their teenage years fighting off a New York crime wave caused by their master's longtime enemy. A fun yet strangely emotional film that was, at one point, the most profitable independent film of all time.


The Crow

When Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally murdered by a street gang, a being of vengeance takes pity on him. On the anniversary of his death, Draven rises from the dead to become the supernatural avenger known as The Crow. The Crow is based off a cult-favorite comic book of the same name. 


The Incredibles

One of Pixar's most dynamic films is about a family of superheroes. Married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elasti-Girl are forced into retirement after the government bans superpowered activities. While Mr. Incredible is happy being a father and husband, the call for adventure is too strong for him to ignore. The Incredibles is the best Fantastic Four movie ever made and it isn't even about Marvel's First Family. 


The Mask of Zorro

Based off of the popular pulp magazine hero (who spawned numerous films and TV shows for decades), The Mask of Zorro is about how the persona was passed down to a successor of Don Diego. Alejandro Murrieta sobers up and learns the way of the blade from his mentor, donning the black mask and hat of the fabled swashbuckling avenger of Zorro. A fun film filled with fantastic swordplay. 


Unbreakable

After David Dunn miraculously survives a train crash, a strange man offers Dunn an explanation for why he alone walked away unharmed - he has superpowers. While Dunn initially finds this reasoning absurd, he slowly discovers more and more special abilities within him. Unbreakable is a non-traditional superhero origin film that relies on a lot of suspense.


MegaMind

This superhero film is more from the supervillain's perspective, but it still counts. When he shockingly defeats his longtime superhero rival, evil genius Megamind gets restless. After all, where is the fun in supervillainy if you have no one to fight? With that in mind, Megamind creates a new opponent, but things get out of hand when his pseudo-hero decides that villainy is a better fit for him. 


Kick-Ass

A realistic look at costumed vigilantism with unrealistically hyper-violent action, Kick-Ass is about a loser teen that reinvents himself as a superhero, despite not having any superpowers or skills at all. Joining his fight against crime is the father/daughter vigilante team of Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, who takes things to the extreme by shooting, maiming, and slashing through bad guys in a way that would make The Punisher proud. It's a great comedy-action film that is not for the faint of heart or stomach.



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Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:53:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/non-dc-or-marvel-superhero-movies/erik-barnes
<![CDATA[Behind-The-Scenes Stories That Will Change The Way You Watch 'Cast Away']]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stories-about-cast-away/anncasano?source=rss

The making of Cast Away reunited two-time Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks with his Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis. The two-year production schedule was not an easy feat for the cast and crew, and resulted in many behind-the-scenes stories that will totally blow you away.

The adventure drama released in 2000 was an incredibly untraditional film, and the fact that it became a Hollywood blockbuster, grossing well over $400 million worldwide, was quite a surprise. Tom Hanks was essentially alone for a majority of the film - unless you count his washed-up buddy, Wilson the volleyball - and he even lost a total of 50 pounds for his role as Chuck Noland. The existential survival epic was nominated for two Academy Awards, including another Best Actor nomination for Hanks.

So, just how much did FedEx pay for all that product placement? Why was production shut down for one year? What was really in that package that Chuck refused to open until he got off the island? Find out the answers to those questions and discover other interesting details about Cast Away below.


Behind-The-Scenes Stories That Will Change The Way You Watch 'Cast Away',

Tom Hanks Suffered From A Horrible Infection That Nearly Killed Him

Hanks accidently cut his right leg while shooting a scene for Cast Away on the island of Fiji. He didn't think the cut was a very big deal - that is until he got an infection that could have killed him. Hanks explained,

"Just before we left the island, I had this little cut and something got in there... I flew home and, boy, was my leg hurting!

"The weekend we were home it swelled up really big so I finally went to the doctor, thinking he was going to clean out my knee and give me some antibiotics, but it turned out I had a staph infection that was close to giving me blood poisoning.

"The doctor said to me ‘What’s the matter with you, you idiot? You could have died from this thing!’ And I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’ But they literally had to take out a big chunk of the stuff in my leg.

“It was also still highly infectious, so I had to take these super-duper antibiotics which just dried me out so much — and I was in the hospital for three days. Then we had to shut down production for three weeks because the doctors said, ‘No way is this kid getting in the water.'”


Almost Everything About Cast Away Is Completely Unconventional

It took a lot of guts to make Cast Away - the $85 million film that defied nearly every big-budget movie convention. The entire second act of the film features only a single actor alone on a deserted island with almost no dialogue. Tom Hanks said of the film,

"Look, it’s all a Hail Mary pass. It’s a huge risk. And part of it is, ‘Well, why do it if it’s not a huge risk? Why go through all this stuff?’ The whole movie itself is, I think, bodaciously treading new territory."

Even the movie's director Robert Zemeckis initially didn't think that Cast Away would work because it was so unconventional. "It was a really hard movie to write because it didn't have any conventions,” he says. "There are no bad guys, no one’s running around chasing after microfilm...and we didn't want to junk it up with desert island clichés."


There's A Draft Where The Audience Finds Out What Was In The FedEx Box

What was inside the one FedEx package that Chuck refused to open during his entire stay on the island? The ending of Cast Away is one of those open-ended, ambiguous conclusions that leaves many spectators pulling their hair out. However, there was at least a brief time when the "what was in the box" question had an answer.

The third draft of the film had a few important differences from the final draft. In this third draft, on his 1,000th day on the island Chuck figures, "what the heck," and opens up the mysterious package with angel wings. What was inside? Two bottles of salsa verde and a note from a woman named Bettina trying to convince her husband to come back home.

Chuck reads the letter:

You said our life was a prison. Dull. Boring. Empty. I can't begin to tell you how much that hurt. I don't want to lose you. I'm enclosing some salsa, the verde you like. Use it on your sticky rice and think of home. Then come home - to me. We'll find the spice in our lives again. Together. I love you. Always. Bettina.


Wilson Sold For Over 18K In An Online Auction

Wilson may have been just a volleyball, but to Chuck he was everything. Wilson most likely saved the FedEx executive from dying a slow, lonely death while marooned on the South Pacific island for four years. So, when Wilson floats out to sea during Chuck's voyage home, it is a devastating loss for Chuck and movie-goers alike. The iconic movie prop instantly became a piece of popular culture, with one of the original Wilson volleyballs used in the film even selling for $18,400 in an online auction. The Wilson company also cashed in on Wilson's 15 minutes of fame when they started making volleyballs with the iconic bloody hand print on them.


The Musical Score Doesn't Begin Until Chuck Leaves The Island

Zemeckis and his long-time musical collaborator Alan Silvestri opted not to introduce a musical score until two-thirds (one hour and 43 minutes) of the way into the movie. There could have been several instances where the director and the composer added a score to highlight Chuck's struggle and loneliness; however, Silvestri's score does not begin until Chuck finally gets off of the island. Evan Carter from AllMusic describes Silvestri's score, which won the composer a Grammy Award in 2002:

"Silvestri's theme isn't introduced until Hanks finally escapes from his island, and then it is stunning in large part because of the simplicity of the melody. Slow, steady, characterized by long notes and unusual moments of silence, it opens emotional floodgates in ways that a more expressive piece would not. The excerpt included on the CD is the seven-minute end title theme, which boldly intersperses the music with several long segments of softly crashing waves. It is an exceptional achievement for director and scorist alike and a fitting culmination to this summary of their collaboration."


The Writer's Loneliness Led To The Creation Of Wilson

The movie's screenwriter, William Broyles Jr., needed inspiration when writing Chuck's survival scenes. So, in order to get the creative juices flowing, he traveled to a scarcely populated island in Mexico's Sea of Cortes to get a first-hand account of what it was like to be all alone on an island. His need for some kind of companionship became readily apparent even after just a short time in isolation. Broyles described:

"I had to figure out how to open a coconut because I was so thirsty, I had to figure out how to make a knife out of a rock, I had to learn how to spear stingrays... It was just a few days, but I got really lonely. And then one morning this Wilson volleyball washed up on the beach and I looked at it, and put some seashells on it, and I started talking to it... I totally went Kurtz."

(Kurtz is a reference to the madman character in the novella Heart of Darkness, which inspired the character Colonel Kurtz [Marlon Brando] in Apocalypse Now.)

 


"Cast Away" Was Not The Original Title

Hanks originally thought up the concept for Cast Away six years before the film was released. He initially thought the movie would be a comedy, with its title being Chuck of the Jungle. However, upon reflection, Hanks eventually saw the story as being much more serious. In fact, the actor felt the film was metaphysical in a way, "Take a modern man and strip him of everything - food, water, shelter, even the ability to tell time."


Production Stopped For One Year So Hanks Could Lose Over 50 Pounds

Tom Hanks looks like a different person from the beginning of the movie to the end. The actor even brought his weight down from 225 (Hanks actually put on weight before filming so he would look chubby) to 170 pounds. He also let his hair and beard grow out. In order to make his physical transformation as authentic as possible, the film took off one whole year from production. "Bob was like ‘You know what we can do? If we really wanted to do this right, we’d make the first half of this movie, then take a year off and make the second half," explained Hanks.


Filming All Alone Every Day Took A Toll On Hanks

Actors often work by feeding off of each other during a scene, and a lot of acting actually comes from reacting. Keeping that in mind, what was it like for Hanks to film almost an entire movie with no other actors? It may have started out as fun for Hanks, but the isolation definitely took a toll. He explained, "initially, it was fun. But then it became exhausting, as I had no time away from the camera. Being the sole focus of the film did wear me down after a while."


Production Was Shut Down For An Entire Year

In order for Hanks to transform his chubby body into a rail thin frame, production had to shut down for an entire year. Robert Zemeckis said that the reaction from the studio was "stunned silence." What would the production crew do while Cast Away was shut down? They would need to find other work in the meantime, but also need to get back together after the hiatus.

The solution ultimately appeased everyone. Zemeckis opted to direct another movie with the studio and use the same crew from Cast Away in the Hitchcock-ian psychological horror film What Lies Beneath, starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film turned out to be a box office success.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 07:44:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/stories-about-cast-away/anncasano
<![CDATA[The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/musical-movies-nominated-for-oscars/ranker-film?source=rss

Sometimes, movies can inspire you to break out into song. No wonder so many movie musicals have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The top musical movies nominated for best picture feature unforgettable songs, top-tier acting, and classic storylines. This is a list of the best musicals nominated for Oscars, including everything from Beauty and the Beast to Mary Poppins to Chicago.

What films will you find on this list of the best musicals nominated for best picture? West Side Story took home 10 trophies at the 1961 Oscars, including the prize for Best Picture. The sparkling film transported the tale of Romeo and Juliet to contemporary New York City. The Sound of Music is another great musical that was nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Baz Luhrmann's dazzling visuals helped earn Moulin Rouge! a best picture nomination in 2001. Other good films featured on this list include My Fair Lady, An American in Parisand Fiddler on the Roof.

Do you have a favorite from among these Oscar winning musicals? Give the best films a thumbs up and share some of your favorite silver screen songs in the comments section.


The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture,

Fiddler on the Roof

Beauty and the Beast

Chicago

Mary Poppins

Moulin Rouge!

My Fair Lady

The King and I

The Sound of Music

West Side Story

Funny Girl


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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:09:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/musical-movies-nominated-for-oscars/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies Where The Hero Doesn't Change Or Grow At All]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-where-the-hero-doesnt-change/alex-benedon?source=rss

Capitalism loves to impose rules on product, because if you can figure out why something sells, you can reproduce its success. This axiom applies to the film industry in myriad ways, including standard narrative patterns based around the arc of a protagonist - as anyone in Hollywood will tell you, a character should become a better or worse version of his or herself over the course of a film. The former is a positive arc, the latter, a negative arc. This primarily satisfying story pattern has kept audiences coming back year after year, no matter how cliché it becomes. If you're an astute cinephile, you've surely noticed countless movies where the hero doesn't grow. And maybe you've also noticed that a lot of films where the hero stays the same are made by great filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, or the Coen Brothers. 

So what gives? Are good movies with no character development (at least not on the part of the protagonist) an aberration? Or does their existence expose the inherent fallacy of film being, fundamentally, a narrative medium begging for character growth? Is there something wrong with static film heroes, or are these characters drawn by filmmakers skilled enough to disregard rules and still come away with a fantastic product? What is a hero, really? Is the protagonist of every film necessarily heroic

Despite common wisdom, not every movie is a journey designed to teach its characters and audience important life lessons. Character studies such as The Wolf of Wall Street, for instance, are more interested in exploring the inherently unchangeable nature of each person's core personality. You are who you are, for better or worse, the film seems to tell its audience. Other films without character development, such as The Big Lebowski, are more interested in how characters react to circumstances beyond their control than they are in moralizing. Have a favorite movie with no arc you don't see here? Leave a note in the comments section below. 


Great Movies Where The Hero Doesn't Change Or Grow At All,

From Russia with Love

Pick pretty much any Bond movie save maybe George Lazenby's lone outing (Out Her Majesty's Secret Service) or the Daniel Craig wannabe-Jason-Bourne emo-winge fests and you're likely to find a film without character growth or act on the part of the hero. Pick any Connery 007 film other than Never Say Never Again, or any Roger Moore Bond picture but Octopussy or A View to Kill, and you can make a pretty convincing case you've got a great genre film on hand. 

So why From Russia with Love? Because it gets lost in the immense shadow of Dr. No, Thunderball, and Goldfinger, but is equally as good as each of those films. A taught Cold War thriller packed with everything you love about vintage Bond, From Russia with Love gives 007 a lot to do, and throughout it all he remains cool, unflappable, and completely unchanged. 


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of the all-time great teen movies, despite the fact that Ferris (Matthew Broderick) remains the same unrepentant rule-breaker when he gets home from his epic day of playing hooky as he was when he woke up that morning. Though Ferris is the central character, his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) goes through a far more traditional arc, gaining courage to stand up to his controlling father by the end of the film.  

Writer-director John Hughes made a brilliant move having Cameron undergo growth; it allows the audience to enjoy Ferris's consequence-free hijinks while getting emotional satisfaction from the movie.


Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is a simple man who lives in complex times. If Forrest grew or arced, it would run counter to the theme of the film. The movie mines lot of comedy from Forrest finding his way into great wealth and the company of famous figures, but there's also a lot of heart in the message that someone so good-natured and simple succeeds in a violent, corrupt world, despite his naivety. 


Kill Bill Volume 1

Okay, so, obviously something is going on with revenge movies. As you'll see from this list, and can examine on your own using your critical thinking skills, Taken doesn't have any character growth or arc. Neither does John Wick. Or Dirty Harry. Or Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well. Not to mention the countless samurai revenge films that inspired Kill Bill and didn't end up on this list (Harakiri, for instance). So what gives?

The template for revenge films doesn't really allow for character growth or emotional arc. Characters make up their minds to get revenge, and they do so, killing everyone who stands in their path. The growth occurs before the plot is set in motion, with the decision to take revenge, unless the character has a change of heart and elects to put an end to his or her quest for vengeance. 

You could argue Kill Bill Volume 2 has character growth and arc because it traces the development of the Bride's relationship with Bill, during which both of them change. However, that's all told through flashback, meaning it doesn't take place in the present tense of the film. Because of this, technically, neither volume of Kill Bill has character growth or development.


La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is indisputably one of the best films ever made, so if you ever find yourself facing down an angry screenwriting professor who insists you add character arc or growth to your script, you can always site Fellini's masterpiece as a reason not to (though maybe don't if your movie is about muscle daddies fighting aliens in the jungle). 

Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), the journalist at the center of La Dolce Vita, goes from a wild hedonist cavorting with movie stars in Rome to an exhausted cynic stranded on a rural beach over the course of the film, though his character does not grow or change. Rather, the nihilism that drives his character goes from manifesting itself as hedonism in a care-free celebrity culture to, after the suicide of a friend and collapse of some important relationships, provoking hateful cynicism. Marcello is, however, the same man from start to finish in a movie that has one of the best opening and closing sequences in cinema.  


My Neighbor Totoro

Children's films is a can of worms unto itself, because children change and grow on a daily basis as they develop into their mature personalities. However, that said, the sisters at the center of My Neighbor Totoro, Satsuki and Mei, go through a lot of adventures and some very harrowing times together, but neither is fundamentally different at the end of the film as she was at the beginning, and no drastic character growth takes place. In fact, the events of the film serve to reinforce aspects of their personalities - belief in magical creatures, for instance - you might expect a film about two young children with a sick mother to undermine in its quest to show the sobering path to adulthood. 


No Country for Old Men

Of the three central characters in the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men, you might consider two the hero: Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) and Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones). Neither man changes from the beginning of the film to the end. Rather, each stays true to himself, which leads to Moss's death and Bell's desire to retire.

While Moss employs skills learned from hunting, and time spent as a soldier in Vietnam, he is only being himself in the face of difficult odds and tough decisions, not growing and/or changing. Bell, meanwhile, has a miniature revelation in his realization that he is not a brutal man, and would rather recede from the world than test himself against true brutes, though this isn't tantamount to a character arc, but rather acceptance of the self by a man faced with old age and death. 


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Characters in Spaghetti Westerns don't arc. They don't change or grow. Especially not the Man with No Name (who is, incidentally, based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo, who also didn't really arc or change or grow). When you have a movie in which a character says "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk," you're not watching a story about the importance of learning life lessons and growing as a person. 

As with some other films on this list, the greatness of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is tied to the unchangeable nature of the characters. Part of the fun of movies like this is watching what happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object. Badass dudes do badass things while hurtling along a collision course with one another. What's not to love? 


The Social Network

The central conceit of The Social Network is Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) doesn't have a single friend, despite connecting people across the globe. As his ex-girlfriend (Rooney Mara)/Aaron Sorkin puts it in the opening scene: "You're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an assh*le."

This is a lesson Mark fails to heed, and even though he builds the Facebook juggernaut and makes a ton of money, he doesn't grow or change, but ruins every relationship he has along the way.


Nightcrawler

Louis Bloom (Jake Glyllenhaal) is the same sociopathic slimeball at the end of Nightcrawler as he is at the beginning. The only way you could argue he grows is he gets more sociopathic and slimeball-esque as the film goes on.

In a more traditional film, Louis might undergo a humbling experience that would teach him how to empathize with others. One of the things that makes Nightcrawler great is its defiant resistance of convention. While the character gains confidence as events unfold, he ultimately has no arc. 



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Mon, 22 May 2017 04:15:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-where-the-hero-doesnt-change/alex-benedon
<![CDATA[Teen Titans Is The Greatest DC Superhero Cartoon Ever Made, Fight Me]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-teen-titans-is-the-best-superhero-cartoon-ever/erik-barnes?source=rss

There have been several classic superhero cartoons over the years. Fox Kids' X-Men cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and so many others are lauded and given proper critical acclaim by fans and critics alike. However, the best superhero cartoon of them all is Teen Titans.

Blasphemy! Nah, but it's true. The Teen Titans cartoon isn't just one of the best DC Comics animated shows, but is one of the best superhero cartoons, period. The amazing theme song, the great voice actors, and the fleshed-out character arcs are just a few pieces of evidence that prove the show's greatness. Read on for a full list of reasons why Teen Titans is the best superhero cartoon ever!


Teen Titans Is The Greatest DC Superhero Cartoon Ever Made, Fight Me,

It's Got The Best Robin Ever Animated

While the Robins depicted in Batman: The Animated Series and Young Justice are no slouches, they don't hold a candle to Robin in Teen Titans. This Robin is shown to be an effective leader and his own hero, not seen as a sidekick or a Batman surrogate. Teen Titans does an amazing job of letting Robin get the spotlight without letting the shadow of the bat loom over his accomplishments on the show.


The Relationships Between Characters Are Engaging

Unlike many superhero cartoons, the friendship between each member of the Titans feels earned and we see how their relationships ebb and flow throughout the series. Sure, Robin and Cyborg are besties, but they butt heads often. The budding romance between Robin and Starfire evolves and never feels rushed. The relationship and friendship dynamics within the group feel natural and realistic, which is odd, considering how exaggerated and dynamic the cartoon looks.


Every Character Is Distinct

When it comes to the Titans roster, everyone has their part to play in terms of abilities and personality. Robin is the no-nonsense leader and tactician. Cyborg is the powerhouse with a big heart for fun. Beast Boy is the shapeshifting jokester that struggles to be accepted. Starfire is the naive yet powerful heart of the team. Raven is one of the most powerful sorcerers on Earth with an even more powerful eye-roll. There aren't any filler characters and everyone contributes something in terms of personality and team dynamics.


There Are Quality Thematic Episodes

Many of the Teen Titans episodes focus on themes that are important for children and adults. The episode "Fear Itself" focuses on Raven acknowledging her fear - rather than giving it power or trying to simply ignore it - in order to overcome it. "Divide and Conquer" focuses on the importance of teamwork and cooperation even if there is friction within your team. There are deeper subtexts and important life lessons in many of the episodes.


No Identity Hang-Ups, No Grown-Ups

The Titans in the Teen Titans cartoon don't really get into their alter egos or secret identities. Cyborg is Cyborg, Robin is Robin, etc. This allows more freedom for the show to be more over-the-top without appearing cheap and drops the secret identity baggage that could muddle some stories.

Plus, there are virtually no grown-ups on the show aside from the villains. This allows these heroes to act like the youngsters they are while also having autonomy. It's hard for a superhero team to look powerful and competent if they are being scolded by Batman for having a pizza party.


Slade Is A Formidable Villain

For a show that is aimed at younger kids, Slade is refreshing. While most superhero shows aim at youngsters go for a villain that's mostly comical, Slade is a no-nonsense threat that the Titans take seriously. Plus, he's voiced by Ron Perlman, which only turns his badassness up to 11.


That Sweet Theme Song

The theme song to Teen Titans is one of the most unique tunes in American animation. The moody organ mixed with J-Pop style provides a memorable theme that is a great blend of anticipation, intrigue, action, and fun. You just can't hear this song without singing along.


Trigon Proves The Show Means Business

Just look at Trigon. How many children's cartoons have their heroes face the gigantic demon father of one of their friends? In order to establish a great superhero team, you need a great, nigh-unbeatable villain. Trigon fits the bill.


Raven And Starfire Are Fully Realized Female Characters

Many children's superhero shows are focused mostly on the dudes and the female characters' personalities are simply "they're the girls of the group." Not so with Teen Titans. Starfire and Raven are two distinct female characters that have very different personalities. The positive Starfire is seen as nobly joyful and, while naive, doesn't fall into a dumb ditzy girl trope. Raven is a bit anti-social and sarcastic but never plays into the killjoy girl stereotype. They are both game for fun, are seen as equals by their male counterparts, and never fall into damsel-in-distress territory.


Every Character Arc Is Great

Not many shows shift an entire season's focal point from one character to another. In most shows, even in ensembles, the focus is usually on one or two characters while the others fill in the spaces. Not in Teen Titans.

The first season of Teen Titans was focused on Robin's ability as a leader and his issues with Slade. Season 3 saw Cyborg struggle with his cybernetic nature. Season 4 followed Raven's struggle with her emotions. Season 5 revolved around Beast Boy's quest for family and acceptance. All of the characters on the show were three-dimensional; there were able to be fun, morose, and compelling, all without feeling forced.



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Tue, 30 May 2017 11:15:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-teen-titans-is-the-best-superhero-cartoon-ever/erik-barnes
<![CDATA[Best Mall Fight Scenes in Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mall-fight-scenes-in-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

We compiled the best mall fight scenes in movies. From Hollywood action movies to foreign films, the greatest fight scenes in malls feature martial arts, badass characters, and bloody violence. What’s your favorite mall fight scene in a movie? 

Including movies like Police Story and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, this list of movie fight scenes in malls comes with videos, so you can watch your favorite action movie stars, like Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, and Steven Seagal, fight in a mall. 

Here are the best mall fight scenes in movies. Vote for your favorite fight scenes in cinematic history and let us know in the comments if any good mall fights are missing from the list.


Best Mall Fight Scenes in Movies,

Commando

Dawn of the Dead

Invasion U.S.A.

Marked for Death

Mr. Nice Guy

Night of the Comet

Police Story

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The Mission

Paul Blart: Mall Cop


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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:17:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mall-fight-scenes-in-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[20 Iconic Original Disney Posters VS. Today's Re-Release Covers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/original-disney-posters-vs-modern-dvd-covers/mariel-loveland?source=rss

Disney re-releases movies every seven to eight years, and with this comes sharper graphics and new promotional artwork for Disney movies. A lot changed between today's DVD and blu-ray covers and the original posters for Disney movies, with extra sheen and gloss added to give these films more of a contemporary look. After all, some of these films came out in the 1940s, so it makes sense their original posters look a little lo-fi compared to animation techniques you see today.

Disney basically set the standard for animated movie posters as it did with animation itself, and these posters definitely show that distinction to be true. Scroll down to see a comparison of original Disney posters to their current DVD covers. As would be expected on list of Disney film posters, some of Disney's best animated films appear on this list.


20 Iconic Original Disney Posters VS. Today's Re-Release Covers,

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Bambi

101 Dalmatians

Alice in Wonderland

Cinderella

Dumbo

Lady and the Tramp

Peter Pan

The Fox and the Hound

The Little Mermaid


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Tue, 16 May 2017 05:48:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/original-disney-posters-vs-modern-dvd-covers/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[The Hero Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-hero-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

The Hero movie quotes provide the dialogue for the film about a western film actor who in old age, reflects on his legacy. The comedy-drama was directed by Brett Haley using a screenplay he co-write with Marc Basch. The Hero opened theatrically in the United States on June 9, 2017.

In The Hero, Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is a 71-year-old actor who claims just one great film on his resume, one he filmed 40 years ago. Now doing whatever work he can find, Lee spends his days smoking pot with friend Jeremy (Nick Offerman). But when Lee is diagnosed with cancer, his whole world changes.

Lee reflects on his career and wonders what he really did in his life. He tries to mend ties with estranged daughter Lucy (Krysten Ritter), but Lucy isn't too interested in that. But a new much younger girlfriend, Charlotte (Laura Prepon), brings some life into the aging star, which might be exactly what he needs.

The Hero was just one of several great films in theaters in June 2017 along with It Comes at Night, Megan Leavey, The Mummy, and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.


The Hero Movie Quotes,

How Old Are You?

Lee: How old are you?
Charlotte: How old are you?
Lee: 71
Charlotte: Why do you want to know how old I am?
Lee: Because this seems a little odd. 
Charlotte: If you've got a problem with it, I'll go. 

When Lee asks Charlotte about her age in these The Hero movie quotes, she doesn't seem too eager to answer him. Considering they're at least 30 years apart in age, it seems like a valid topic of conversation.


I Love You Too

Female Fan: Mr. Hayden, I am such a huge fan. I just love your mustache.
Lee: It loves you too.
...
Announcer: One of the most popular actors of the 1970s, Mr. Lee Hayden
Male Fan: Love you, Lee!
Lee: I love you too. I am nothing without all of you. 

Lee and Charlotte attend an awards show where Lee receives a lifetime achievement award. As he addresses the room full of adoring fans, he expresses his appreciation for their love for him.


What'd You Figure Out

Jeremy: Lee, Charlotte, Charlotte, Lee
Charlotte: Hey... You're staring at me. 
Lee: I like trying to figure people out. 
Charlotte: So what'd you figure out about me?
Lee: Not a thing

Jeremy introduces Lee to comedian Charlotte in these The Hero movie quotes. Lee is instantly drawn to her, which piques her curiosity as well. 


You Seem a Little Off

Jeremy: You trying to give me a heart attack? That was a cop knock... Are you okay? You seem a little off. 
Lee: I did one film that I'm proud of. That was 40 years ago. Since then I wouldn't say I've been achieving. 

Lee arrives as friend and weed dealer Jeremy's home and Jeremy quickly notices that something isn't quite right. Lee has been reflecting on his legacy, including the last 40 years that have been pretty sparse in roles.


It's Been a While

Lucy: Dad, what are you doing here?
Lee: I guess it's been a while, huh?
Lucy: I've gotta get back. 

After learning that his days may be numbered, Lee tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter Lucy in these The Hero movie quotes. Lucy, however, doesn't seem too eager to rebuild their relationship. 


Lonestar BBQ Sauce

Lee: Lonestar BBQ Sauce, the perfect partner for your chicken
Engineer: That was great, Lee. Can you do one more?
Lee: Lonestar BBQ Sauce...

Lee does a voiceover for an advertisement for BBQ sauce in these The Hero movie quotes. It's pretty mundane and monotonous work, but work is work.


A Lifetime Achievement Award

Agent: Have you ever heard of the Western Appreciation Guild? They want to give you a lifetime achievement award. 
Lee: Lifetime, huh? Anything else, a job offer, a script?
Agent: Not at the moment

In a call from his agent, Lee learns that he's been offered a lifetime achievement award for his work in western films. Sure, awards are nice, but what Lee really wants is actual work.


Being Remembered for One Part

Lee: It's kind of weird being remembered for one part for so many years.
Charlotte: But it's about as close to immortality as any person can get.

In Lee's eyes, he only made one good movie and that was 40 years ago. While he sees this as weird in these The Hero movie quotes, Charlotte sees the glass half full of the situation.


Give Me a Chance

Lee: I want to get past this.
Lucy: You can't just decide to fix things. 
Lee: Give me a chance to write another chapter. 

Lee pleads with estranged daughter Lucy in these The Hero movie quotes. He knows he may be dying and wants nothing more than to make things right with her before it's too late.


I Got Offers

Agent: What did you get into last night? I got offers. I got scripts. 
Lee: Fax over the pages. 
Jeremy: Wow, you still fax?

A night on the town with girlfriend Charlotte leads to Lee receiving some press attention and some job offers. It seems the industry has caught back up with Lee, even if he hasn't caught up to the latest communication technology.



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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:49:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-hero-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[15 Lessons The Justice League Movie Needs To Learn From Wonder Woman]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lessons-justice-league-should-learn-from-wonder-woman/zack-howe?source=rss

Wonder Woman was not just a revelation for the DCEU; it was a revolution. The DCEU was floundering and drowning under negative reviews, and was at risk of losing mass audiences. Gal Gadot, however, reached into the waves and offered rescue. If the DCEU truly wants to survive, it must take her hand and learn from her example, and from Patty Jenkins's example.

There are countless reasons Wonder Woman was great. What Justice League can learn from Wonder Woman (among other things) is how to capture an audience—or maybe, at least, how not to lose an audience. One of the best elements of Wonder Woman—scratch that—the unequivocally best element of the movie was the scene where Diana stepped onto No Man's Land. This scene was almost pulled from the movie, thanks to clueless Warner Bros. execs. Thank Hippolyta, Patty Jenkins stood her ground, because that scene was groundbreaking. How fitting.

But that's what directors and writers of the DCEU have to contend with. They must avoid the pitfalls of bad superhero movies (or bad movie creators) that prioritize visual stimulation over substance. So, let's look at the ways Wonder Woman will shape the future of the DCEU, if they just frickin' let her.

Also, SPOILERS AHEAD. But come on, who hasn't seen Wonder Woman?


15 Lessons The Justice League Movie Needs To Learn From Wonder Woman,

The Characters Need Logical Motivations

At no point in Wonder Woman do you question why any of the characters are acting as they are, or making the decisions they're making. Conversely, at every previous moment in the DCEU, we were forced ask the following questions: "Why is Batman going nanners? Why doesn't he just talk to him? Oh, everything's okay now 'cause your moms have the same name? Cool cool cool cool cool cool cool."

It's going to be a challenge to explain why Aquaman wants to be a JLA member, but they damn well better give him a good reason. Ditto for Cyborg and the Flash. Character motivations (or lack thereof) in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Punching Solves Every Problem were pretty much the reason those movies were shredded, and why the DCEU needs to be saved from itself. Wonder Woman has begun to do just that, and they need to keep it up.


Give Us A Signature, "Hell Yeah" Moment

Wonder Woman had a number of these, but none more notable than the No Man's Land scene, when she single-handedly walked into battle against the Germans. Actual cheers went up in some theaters. Even Man of Steel had this, when Superman ripped Zod away from his mother and repeatedly punched him in the face.

Batman v Superman: Honestly, We Should Have Cut Like 30 Minutes moment was actually provided by Diana, when she dropped in to save Bruce at the last second from Doomsday. So Wonder Woman's been responsible for two-thirds of these moments in the DCEU. Maybe let her continue to carry that mantle? The point is, the moment of triumph may be a superhero trope, but it's an absolute necessity. Don't shirk that responsibility. Think about how much worse Avengers would be if Hulk never tossed Loki around like a rag doll. 


Make Sure You Actually Have Something To Say

Contrary to popular belief, ensemble superhero films can have something of value to say. Guardians of the Galaxy argued that it's okay to care about something, and Vol. 2 explored the various kinds of love we can have for others, and how that correlates to responsibility for another. Wonder Woman (while not really an ensemble movie – or at least not a superhero ensemble) made one of the most powerful impressions of any movie in a long time. 

Women are capable, goddammit, and try all you want to "protect" them or mansplain a problem, eventually you'll be forced to accept the fact that they are every bit as mighty as any man can be (and much more so, in Diana's case. F*ckin' a, she's just a motherf*ckin' god! #SorryNotSorry).


Maintain Diana's Independence

Do not relegate Wonder Woman. She has established herself as a hero who needs no man's protection. There better not be a scene where she's about to be overwhelmed by Darkseid's Parademons, and Superman swoops in to save her. Just no.

Snyder avoided anything like this in her brief appearance in Batman v Superman: Wow, Jesse Eisenberg Really Dropped the Ball, which was great, but at the very least she needs to be an equal partner in any battle, and probably more of a leader. Actually, definitely a leader. Whedon's probably smart enough to avoid such a pitfall, but it's a pitfall that must be kept in mind nonetheless. And we have to remember that he only wrote a few scenes, and is more involved in post-production. 


A Story Should Be Character Driven

Diana is a true hero, with a sense of responsibility. She believes it is her duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Beyond that, though, she is naive about our world, and she evolves throughout the movie as she begins to understand human culture. This progression drives the movie entirely, until she has the ultimate crisis of whether or not humanity even deserves her protection. Which she, of course, overcomes.

In some ways, Wonder Woman was a lot like an MCU movie, in that the villains were sort of secondary. They were a means to a storytelling end. The movie didn't suffer for this, though. These films should be about the hero, and their journey.

Hopefully Justice League recognizes this, especially because we'll be meeting three of the heroes for the first time. Just give Aquaman a little character arc, DCEU, and we should be fine. People are already stoked to see Khal Drogo shirtless, you don't have to take it much farther than that. 


Step Up Your Fight Game

The fight choreography in Wonder Woman was superb. Granted, there were a few instances when the slow-motion was overused, but overall, the fight scenes were both stylish and innovative. If it was reminiscent of anything, it would be 300, and that makes total sense. Still, the choreography had its own identity. The Amazons fought with unrivaled grace and poise. It was like a dance. We've never really seen anyone fight like the Amazons before, and especially Diana. That scene in the Belgian town when she glides across the floor and sweeps that guy's legs? Profoundly awesome. The fight game was just really fresh in this movie.

Justice League has its work cut out for it, to make it stand out from Avengers. Expect some Battle for New York-esque scene, bouncing from hero to hero as they're embroiled in individual fights. It's totally cool, but make sure it doesn't just feel like a carbon copy, Zack and Joss. Each hero's signature style must be unique, and on display. And make sure to cut to Diana just as much as humanly possible. 


Characters Aren't Props

Wonder Woman was about Diana. Obviously. But the cast didn't end there, and Patty Jenkins (along, of course, with the writers) didn't let us forget that. We came to know and understand ancillary characters like Antiope, Hippolyta, Charlie, Sameer, and the Chief. Compare Steve Trevor's crew with the Howling Commandos of the first Captain America movie, for example. Which characters did you get to know better?

In Wonder Woman, the supporting cast were not just pawns or placeholders. They were fully realized characters with something interesting to add to the story. They didn't simply appear because, "Oh, well they were in the comic books, so we should probs toss 'em in."

Justice League is going to have even more pressure in this regard, because they have at least five main characters they'll need to flesh out, and there'll be supporting cast on top of that. C'mon, DCEU, don't let us down.


You're Allowed To Be Funny, You Guys — It Actually Helps

Virtually the entire London sequence in Wonder Woman was hilarious. And that's okay! There was more humor in the clothes shopping scene than in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Marthas Rising combined. These breaks are welcome and necessary, especially if you want non-superhero fans attending these movies. That's how you get a successful box office showing.

Humor does wonders for the characters, too. Diana was exceedingly lovable in that scene (and all of her comedic scenes... and all scenes in general), and that makes the audience want her to succeed. When Justice League was written, it was said to have a much lighter tone than its predecessors, which is good. That, coupled with Joss Whedon's influence, should help a lot. Let's just hope it has its own identity, and isn't just Avengers, But, Like, With Superman and Stuff


Make Diana The Focal Point

Despite limited screen time, Wonder Woman was the highlight of Batman v Superman: Straight White Men in Pajamas Being Grumpy. After her solo outing, she has absolutely cemented herself as the hero of the DCEU. Don't run from that, Justice League.

We know you want that to be Batman, and you've already painted yourself into a corner by establishing him as the grand organizer, but you better find a way to squeeze your way out of that. Diana is, in essence, a much more interesting Superman. While Ben Affleck acquitted himself admirably as the Dark Knight, the DCEU has now found its true shining light. Do not dim it.  


Show, Don't Tell

Did you ever once hear Diana say, "Anything you can do I can do better"? No. She just punked all those dudes' sorry asses by showing them she could do everything better. In the No Man's Land scene (the best scene in any movie in years), when Diana will no longer cower behind walls, Trevor tries to stop her, saying: "That's No Man's Land. That means no man can cross it!"

Now, it's important to note, Diana doesn't respond "I am no man," which would be badass enough – Éowyn, anyone? Instead, her response is simply, "I can." She is above gender, gender norms, and societal expectations. She is not a goddess. She is a god. That moment when she casts off her robe, dons her tiara, and climbs the ladder – in that moment, Diana, Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, they transcend all.

Wonder Woman excelled because there was little exposition, yet it got its point across, and managed to do so without being heavy-handed. It was, simply, perfectly balanced. That's a hard target to hit, but Justice League needs to aim for it. It's difficult to predict what exactly the moral of Justice League will be. Perhaps a further exploration of whether or not mankind deserves heroes? Probably. Whatever it is, it needs to understand its point, and get it across without hitting us over the head with it. 



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:01:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/lessons-justice-league-should-learn-from-wonder-woman/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Megan Leavey Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/megan-leavey-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

Megan Leavey movie quotes help tell the story portrayed in the film about one US Marine's connection with her military dog. The biographical drama was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite using a screenplay written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt and Jordan Roberts based on the true story of the Marine of the same name. Megan Leavey open theatrically in the United States on June 9, 2017.

In Megan Leavey, the title character (Kate Mara) is a young woman who decides to join the Marines after some struggles in life. Megan becomes a K9 dog handler in the Military Police and is paired with Rex, a dog deemed aggressive and hard to work with. 

Megan and Rex are deployed to Iraq where Rex works to sniff out explosives. One of those times, Rex and Megan are wounded when an IED explodes. After returning to the states, Megan wants nothing more than to adopt Rex as he taught her things no one else could, including about love. Her path to adoption, however, is a difficult one and even requires US Congressional intervention.

Megan Leavey was just one of several great movies in theaters in June 2017 along with the likes of The Mummy, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Wonder Woman, and Drone.


Megan Leavey Movie Quotes,

Leavey, Check the Vehicle

Corporal Megan Leavey: Vehicle approaching!
Corporal Matt Morales: Guns up! Leavey, check the vehicle!
...
Corporal Megan Leavey: Where is my dog? I need to see him.

While Megan and Rex approach a vehicle to search for explosives, an IED explodes on the roadside and hits both. Later, when Megan awakes in the hospital in these Megan Leavey movie quotes, her first concern is the wellbeing of the dog.


Don't Know Why You Want to Do This

Jackie Leavey: Look, I just don't know why you want to do this.
Corporal Megan Leavey: Yeah, I know you don't.
Jackie Leavey: You don't really connect with people very well. 
...
Jackie Leavey: Just so you know, running away isn't going to solve anything. 

Megan and mother Jackie don't see eye to eye about Megan's decision to join the Marines. As Jackie notes in these Megan Leavey movie quote, Megan doesn't especially work well with people, something that she'll need to do in the military.


Teaching Me What Love Is

Group leader: What would you say to Rex if he were here?
Corporal Megan Leavey: I'd thank him for teaching me what love is. 

Speaking in a support group, Megan explains what she learned from dog Rex in these Megan Leavey movie quotes. She never knew how to love when she entered the Marines but Rex changed that.


That Dog Saved My Life

Jackie Leavey: You can't come back to my house like some big war hero!
Corporal Megan Leavey: Enough, mom!
Jackie Leavey: You can't let your whole life fall apart over some dog. 
Corporal Megan Leavey: That dog saved my life. 

When Megan returns home after she is injured in Iraq, she comes back to a tense situation with mother Jackie. Megan is having a hard time dealing with losing Rex, something Jackie just doesn't understand.


Why Did You Join?

Corporal Matt Morales: Why'd you join?
Corporal Megan Leavey: To get away from my life

Megan and Matt discuss what led each of them to join the Marines. Megan's answer to the question is a complicated one which resulted from an equally complicated life.


Most Aggressive Dog I've Ever Treated

Mrs. Horachek: I've been watching this dog all year. He's the most aggressive dog I've ever treated. 
... 
Gunnery Sergeant Massey: You're getting a dog. You got this? Think faster!
Corporal Megan Leavey: Yeah, I got this.
...
Corporal Megan Leavey: You think I'm afraid of you? Laydown. Rex, letdown!

Megan begins to work with Rex, a dog seen as aggressive and hard to handle. But, as she shows in these Megan Leavey movie quotes, Megan has the patience to work with Rex and eventually sees positive results.


Does He Really Need Another Break?

Corporal Megan Leavey: I found something! Good boy!
...
Corporal Matt Morales: Does he really need another break?
Corporal Megan Leavey: It's not like he hasn't earned it.

After Megan's dog successfully finds various explosive devices, Megan decides that the dog deserves a break. While Corporal Morales doesn't seem to agree, Megan feels the dog has surely earned some time in the shade.


Leavey, Dog Up

Corporal Matt Morales: We need one dog for a road sweep and surrounding area check. Leavey, dog up!

When the team needs someone to sweep the road in Iraq in this Megan Leavey movie quote, Megan and her dog are ordered to do it. This quick check could be the difference between them walking out of the area alive or not.


They Aren't Pets

Corporal Megan Leavey: Please just change his classification so that I can adopt him when he gets back. 
Gunnery Sergeant Massey: They aren't pets. They're warriors. 
... 
Corporal Megan Leavey: Senator, can I just have a moment of your time? His name is Rex. He saved thousands of lives in Iraq. 
Senator: What did you say your name was?
Corporal Megan Leavey: Corporal Megan Leavey

Megan tries her best to adopt her military dog Rex after he finishes his service. But as she faces pushback in that effort, she goes all the way to her senator to try to make it happen.


So Not Ready for This

Corporal Megan Leavey: We're shipping out tomorrow. We are so not ready for this. 

Prior to when Megan and Rex are deployed, Megan speaks to Rex in their bunk in this Megan Leavey movie quote. Megan doesn't feel ready for anything that is about to come from that.



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 22:12:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/megan-leavey-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Very Best Tech Noir Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tech-noir-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

Murder, mystery, and technology can be a dark and deadly combination in the world of cinema. The top tech noir movies combine elements of science fiction and film noir to create a unique genre all its own. This is a list of the best tech noir movies, including everything from V for Vendetta to A.I. Artificial Intelligence to Ghost in the Shell.

What films will you find on this list of the best tech noir science fiction movies? The Terminator follows Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) as she tries to escape from a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill her before she can give birth to her son. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the title character to perfection in the tech noir classic. Blade Runner is another great film from the tech noir genre. Minority Report examines the problems with relying on technology to stop crimes before they happen. Other popular movies featured on this list include 12 Monkeys, The City of Lost Children, and A Scanner Darkly.

It's up to you to decide which noir movies about technology should move to the top of the list. Give your picks a thumbs up, and please add any good movies that are missing.


The Very Best Tech Noir Movies,

Blade Runner

Brazil

Dark City

Equilibrium

Gattaca

Minority Report

The Terminator

12 Monkeys

V for Vendetta

Dredd


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Mon, 08 May 2017 05:13:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tech-noir-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Funniest Bro Movies About Odd Couples]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/odd-couple-bro-comedy-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

Buddy comedies are always hilarious, but when they star odd couples the laughs seem to multiply exponentially. The top odd couple bro movies feature unlikely duos paired up against all odds. This is a list of the best funny odd couple movies, including everything from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to 21 Jump Street to Lethal Weapon.

 

What films will you find on this list of the best odd couple bro comedies? In SuperbadSeth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are mismatched best friends who struggle to hook up with their high school crushes. While the two characters are peas in a pod, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is a bit of an outsider who adds to the odd couple dynamic. Friday is another great movie about a pair of odd couple best friends. Woody and Buzz Lightyear have nothing in common at the beginning of Toy Story, but by the end of this classic childhood comedy they become the closest of friends. Other good movies features on this list include Rush Hour, Step Brothers, and Ted.

Which odd couple movie do you think is the funniest? Take a look at this list and vote the best films up to the number-one spot.


The Funniest Bro Movies About Odd Couples,

Friday

Knocked Up

Lethal Weapon

Step Brothers

Superbad

The Odd Couple

Toy Story

I Love You, Man

The Hangover

Ted


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<![CDATA[The Funniest Sex Comedies for Bros]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bro-sex-comedies/ranker-film?source=rss

From hooking up to falling in love, the best sex comedies find the funny in every aspect of romantic relationships. The top bro sex comedy movies feature friends acting as each other's wing men in bars and beyond. This is a list of the funniest sex comedies for guys, including raunchy favorites like Wedding Crashers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up.

What films will you find on this list of the most hilarious bro sex comedies? American Pie follows a group of friends as they do what ever it takes to lose their virginity before they head off to college. Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, and Seann William Scott star in this 1999 favorite. Animal House, starring Jim Belushi, is the quintessential bro sex comedy, as it finds a fraternity focusing more on women and parties than studies. Other good sex comedies for bros include Road Trip, The Girl Next Door, and Sex Drive.

It's up to you to determine which bro-centric sex comedy deserves the top spot on the list. Vote up the funniest, raunchiest flicks, and add any great movies that are missing.


The Funniest Sex Comedies for Bros,

American Pie

American Wedding

Knocked Up

National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

Road Trip

Superbad

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Wedding Crashers

Zack and Miri Make a Porno


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:43:15 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/bro-sex-comedies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-19th-century-period-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

The 19th century often seems like the distant past, but the classic stories found in 1800s period films prove to be timeless. The top 1800s movies feature passionate love stories, epic war sagas, and intriguing mysteries. This is a list of the best 19th century period movies, including everything from How Green Was My Valley to The Age of Innocence to The Piano.

What films will you find on this list of the best Victorian era movies? Gone with the Wind follows Scarlett O'Hara, a spoiled Southern belle who finds her life upended by the Civil War. The 1939 epic took home eight Academy Awards, including the trophies for Best Picture and Best Director. Wuthering Heights is another great film set in the 1800s. Mia Wasikowska played the title character in the 2011 drama Jane Eyre. Other good movies featured on this list include The Portrait of a Lady and Anna Karenina.

Which film set in the Victorian era is your favorite? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any good films that are missing.


Great Period Movies Set in the 19th Century,

The Portrait of a Lady

An Ideal Husband

Gone with the Wind

How Green Was My Valley

Phantom of the Opera

The Age of Innocence

The Piano

Wuthering Heights

Jane Eyre

Anna Karenina


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:41:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-19th-century-period-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[12 Epic '90s Soundtracks That Are Better Than The Actual Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-soundtracks-better-than-their-movies/harrison-tenpas?source=rss

The '90s was by no means the worst decade in cinematic history, though some duds definitely made it to the screen. Waves of nostalgia glamorizing an era of Beanie Babies and bootcut jeans can be deceiving, but in reality, even some of the highest grossing movies of the '90s were pretty bad.

But even the worst '90s movies had one thing going for them: the now-almost-obsolete soundtrack. If you're old enough to have cognitive memories of the '90s, chances are you can remember soundtracks as physical albums - CDs or tapes that had a smattering of contemporary hits featured in a major motion picture. And a lot of these soundtracks from the '90s were better than the films themselves; in fact, some of the best '90s albums might just be compilations pulled together for films. After all, the sheer volume of great music from the decade made it easy to put together a decent mix.

Bad '90s movies with great soundtracks span genres. Remember Batman Forever? You might not, but you've definitely sung along to Seal's "Kiss From a Rose." And what about Spiceworld, and its bubbly pop score? These good soundtracks for bad movies prove that even the worst film has a redeemable quality - even if you have to close your eyes to find it.


12 Epic '90s Soundtracks That Are Better Than The Actual Movie,

Batman Forever
  • "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal
  • "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me" by U2
  • "Where Are You Now" by Brandy

Batman movies were pretty bad in the 1990s, and the worst might just be Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. An otherwise solid cast is pretty much torpedoed by Val Kilmer's version of Bruce Wayne, and critics resoundingly panned the film. Luckily, all is not lost, as the soundtrack for this movie is way better than it has any right to be.


Cruel Intentions
  • "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve
  • "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim
  • "Coffee & TV" by Blur

From a casting standpoint alone, Cruel Intentions might be the most '90s movie ever conceived. Unfortunately, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe can't save this laboring snoozefest about rich kid problems. Rick Groen of the Globe and Mail called Cruel Intentions, "The filmic answer to a pack of Spice Girl cards." 

Cruel Intentions' saving grace, so much as there is one, is a well put together soundtrack. Placebo, Blur, Aimee Mann, Marcy Playground - these are all artists that deserve better than this movie. The focal point here, however, is the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," a very '90s song for a very '90s movie. 


Empire Records
  • "Liar" by The Cranberries
  • "Til I Hear It From You" by Gin Blossoms
  • "Crazy Life" by Toad The Wet Sprocket

Variety's Ken Eisner put it best when he called Empire Records "A soundtrack in search of a movie." With a barely-there story about the goings-on in a record store, this 1995 film wasn't exactly watchable. However, time has been kind to it: Rotten Tomatoes notes a great disparity between the critics (23%) and audience (84%) ratings. That could be attributed to the fact that, despite its faults on screen, Empire Records has a pretty good soundtrack.  

A cavalcade of '90s alternative greats appear on this LP, from the Gin Blossoms, to the Cranberries, to Better than Ezra.


Grosse Pointe Blank
  • "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen
  • "Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes
  • "Live & Let Die" by Guns N' Roses

1997's Grosse Pointe Blank has a really great cast: both Cusacks, Dan Aykroyd, Minnie Driver, and the excellent Alan Arkin. What is does not have is a coherent plotline. Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader politely called the film an "Unholy mess," and it's hard to disagree. 

The soundtrack to Grosse Pointe Blank, however, is pretty great. With songs from the Clash, the Specials, David Bowie, and the Violent Femmes, it's incredibly short on filler - a quality it sadly does not share the film.


Reality Bites
  • "All I Want Is You" by U2
  • "Turnip Farm" by Dinosaur Jr.
  • "Tempted (94)" by Squeeze

1993's Reality Bites, directed by Ben Stiller, was described by the Chicago Tribune's Michael Wilmington as, "Another piece of self-congratulatory formula wish-fulfillment masquerading as hip."

While Stiller's take on twenty-something slacker culture may have significantly missed the mark, the film's accompanying soundtrack made up some of its shortcomings. With tracks from Dinosaur Jr., Squeeze, and U2's "All I Want Is You," it's an album that decidedly does not bite.


Romeo + Juliet
  • "Lovefool" by The Cardigans
  • "#1 Crush" by Garbage
  • "Local God" by Everclear

Baz Lurhmann's films aren't for everybody, but 1996's Romeo + Juliet might not have been for anybody. A retelling of Shakespeare's classic tale set in a post-modern Verona, Romeo + Juliet finds megastars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes inexplicable trapped in a terrible movie. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle faintly praised the film as, "A monumental disaster."

But in the ashes of this theatrical tire fire lies a soundtrack that is remarkably good, which is not uncommon of Luhrmann films. Radiohead, Everclear, and Garbage all show up, plus the classic '90s track "Lovefool" from the Cardigans is front and center.


Scream 2
  • "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • "Your Lucky Day In Hell" by The Eels
  • "Rivers" by Sugar Ray

1996's Scream was an effective, scary film that represented a return to form for director and horror icon Wes Craven. 1997's Scream 2 was none of those things. While still helmed by Craven, Scream 2 felt like a rushed cash-grab spurred on by the success of the previous film, with some critics calling it "limp" and "disappointing."

The Scream 2 soundtrack, on the other hand, was a much more spirited work. Not many albums can pull off appearances by both Master P and Nick Cave, but this one does. D'Angelo, Tonic, and Collective Soul also make appearances, providing a sort of off-kilter snapshot of '90s pop.


Singles
  • "Breath" by Pearl Jam
  • "Birth Ritual" by Soundgarden
  • "Waiting for Somebody" by Paul Westerberg

Cameron Crowe's 1992 film Singles, a cartoonish portrayal of the Seattle grunge scene, was big on interviews as obvious plot devices, and light on just about everything else. Described by the Baltimore Sun's Stephen Hunter as "infernally precious," Singles was not, however, without value - it had a great soundtrack. 

All the big bands of the Pacific Northwest are here: Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, and even a solo Chris Cornell. It also gets bonus points for having two tracks from a post-Replacements Paul Westerberg.


Spice World
  • "Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls
  • "Viva Forever" by Spice Girls
  • "Stop" by Spice Girls

Spice World, to its credit, is barely considered a soundtrack - it's more correctly a studio album that just happened to drop at the same time as a movie by the same name. Spice World, the film, is pretty much just a promotional ploy barely attempting to be anything else. This is a movie that could generously be considered a nod to the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, to which the late Roger Ebert said, "They should have ripped off more - everything they could get their hands on." Nonetheless, this album went five-times platinum.


The Faculty
  • "Stay Young" by Oasis
  • "Medication" by Garbage
  • "The Kids Aren't Alright" by The Offspring

The Faculty is definitely the best horror film released in 1998 that featured both Jon Stewart and Usher. Aside from that, this is a movie by Robert Rodriguez that's pretty unremarkable. Tom Meek of the Boston Phoenix called this film "An arduous borefest," which sounds about right.

The Faculty does redeem itself a bit with a decent soundtrack. Soul Asylum, Sheryl Crow, Garbage, and Stabbing Westward all contribute some classic '90s fare. What makes this soundtrack, though, is the inclusion of "Stay Young" by Oasis.



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Wed, 10 May 2017 09:27:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-soundtracks-better-than-their-movies/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[12 Insanely Intricate Connections Between Popular Movie Universes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-in-the-same-universe/dustin-hull?source=rss

Creating multiple films set in the same universe became a popular endeavor in the 2010s, as studios sought to cash in as Marvel has with the MCU. Disney, which owns Marvel, also snapped up Star Wars, and immediately employed the strategy of spinning off annual movies in the same universe. Other shared universe movies underway in the wake of Marvel's success include the Warner Bros MonsterVerse, which was created to bring Godzilla and King Kong face-to-face again, and Universal building a Dark Universe (interconnected remakes of the studio's classic monster movies like The Mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein).

The shared universe films on this list differ from those in aforementioned cinematic universes in that they are not intentional attempts at franchise-building and serialization, but rather contain subtle clues and meta nods to one another. As you'll see, movies that take place in the same universe aren't always so obvious as to share continued plot threads. But there’s no doubting the link between them, no matter how small the sample may be.

The world is full of fan theories about films that might exist in the same universe. The movies on this list are those for which there is clear evidence to back up their being films in the same universe. 


12 Insanely Intricate Connections Between Popular Movie Universes,

The Lion King And Hercules

There are countless Disney and Pixar Easter eggs that hint at a massive shared universe (mostly toys representing one franchise finding their way into another film). There’s also barely noticeable moments in film like the faint sight of Belle from Beauty and the Best reading a book in The Hunchback of Notre Dame or the cast of Lady and the Tramp appearing here and there in the background throughout 101 Dalmatians.

And then there's Scar showing up in Hercules. In Lion King, Zazu tells Mufasa Scar would “make a very handsome throw rug.” Turns out that’s exactly what Scar ended up being after the hyenas were finished with him. 

In a scene of frustration in Hercules, the titular hero picks an animal fur off his head and throws it at his sidekick Phil’s feet. Lo and behold, it’s the disgraced lion himself. And sure enough, Zazu was right in two ways: Scar made a nice throw rug, and it truly is a small world after all. Which begs the question, did the Lion King take place thousands of years ago, and when did Hercules go to Africa, and why did he skin an already-dead, pretty emaciated, lion rather than hunting and skinning a fresh one, as is befitting a son of Zeus?


Ghostbusters, Casper, And Caddyshack

Casper proved itself part of the Ghostbusters universe when a friendly buster of ghosts made a house call all the way up in Friendship, Maine in 1995.

The shared universe here makes total sense: it's only natural a ghost movie like Casper would feature a pop-in from proton pack-wielding Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd). The scene in which Stantz appears comes and goes in a matter of seconds, but works in a play on the “Who you gonna call?” Ghostbusters slogan. 

Here's where things get weird. In a deleted scene from Ghostbusters, Bill Murray plays Carl Spackler from Caddyshack. He walks around Central Park engaging in a spirited debate with an electrolarynx-voiced homeless man played by Dan Aykroyd. If Ghostbusters and Caddyshack are connected, and Ghostbusters and Casper are connected, Casper and Caddyshack must be connected. 


Daredevil And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Daredevil and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles haven’t had much critical success on the big screen in their post-2000 X-Men iterations, so it seems ironic these crashed-and-burned franchises originated from the same car wreck.

In the comics, Daredevil gets his powers when when he’s hit with a radioactive canister while saving a blind man from a speeding truck. Though he's blinded by its impact, the contents of the canister heighten his other senses. That very same canister mutates the turtles after falling with them into a nearby sewer. 

There is no blatant crossover in any of the films, but there are some wild mash-ups in comics. Perhaps Marvel and Paramount will agree to a movie or TV crossover some day down the line. Surely the Ninja Turtles would help Matt Murdoch a lot more than Iron Fist. 


ET And All The Star Wars Movies

Close friends Steven Spielberg and George Lucas changed the film industry in the 1970s and 80s, and had fun referencing one another's work while doing so. 

In 1982, Spielberg paid homage to Lucas in ET the Extra Terrestrial by having the titular alien recognize a child dressed as Yoda in a scene that takes place on Halloween. Though this may have seemed like a joke more than proof ET exists in the same arena as Star Wars, Lucas confirmed the shared universe theory in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 17 years later. A brief shot in the movie shows ET’s race, known as the Asogians, taking part in a Galactic Senate meeting.


Jackie Brown And Out Of Sight

Jackie Brown has long divided cinephiles. Some consider it too slow and ponderous to be worthy of veneration in the Tarantino canon; others believe it comparable to QT's best work. There’s no debating its crossover with Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight.

Michael Keaton plays FBI agent Ray Nicolette in both movies. In fact, Keaton told Soderbergh that if he was going to do Out of Sight, he had to play the same role he did in Jackie Brown. Both films were based on novels by Elmore Leonard.

Keaton said, “I wanted the people to be sitting in the theater going, ‘Oh, I might see him at the Dairy Queen later,’ like he’s a real guy out there wandering around in life. Then he might pop up in another movie. He might be down at the mall.”


Basically All Of Quentin Tarantino's Movies

Director Quentin Tarantino considers all his films connected. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, for instance, are connected by two very dissimilar characters who happen to be brothers. Vic Vega, otherwise known as Mr. Blond, is a psychopathic career-criminal from Reservoir Dogs played by Michael Madsen. Vincent Vega, a cool-headed, pony-tailed protagonist, is played by John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. There's also mention of Pulp Fiction's Marsellus Wallace in Reservoir Dogs.

There was a time when Tarantino considered making a prequel involving both brothers, but he’s since announced he will retire after making ten films, the final two of which are unlikely to involve the Vega siblings.

In case you're curious how these movies tie into Tarantino's other films: Red Apple cigarettes appear in Kill Bill, which links it to Pulp Fiction. As Tarantino has said, Kill Bill is a movie that exists in the movie universe of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs; ie, when the Vega brothers go to the movies, they see Kill Bill. So the Red Apple ad seen must be product placement. 

Paula Schultz, in whose grave Beatrix Kiddo of Kill Bill is buried alive, is presumed to be the wife of Dr. King Schultz from Django Unchained. This would mean Django Unchained might be a movie in Tarantino's movie universe, though there's also a character named Crazy Craig Koons in Django, who may be related to Captain Koons from Pulp Fiction

Bear Jew Donnie Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds is the grandfather of Lee Donowitz from True Romance, and Alabama from True Romance is mentioned in Reservoir Dogs. Archie Hicox from Inglourious Basterds is descended from English Pete Hicox of The Hateful Eight. Earl McGraw, a sheriff, appears in From Dusk Till Dawn, Death Proof, and Kill Bill, meaning From Dusk Till Dawn and Death Proof must take place within the movie movie universe, since Kill Bill does. 


Blade Runner, The Alien Franchise, And Predator

The dark, futuristic worlds of Blade Runner and Alien are linked by the two men running their most powerful corporations.

In the Prometheus Blu-ray special features, artificial intelligence creator Peter Weyland talks about his “mentor and long-departed competitor.” He makes references to how this man ruled like “God on top of a pyramid overlooking a city of angels.” These are obvious references to fellow AI mastermind Eldon Tyrell, the creator of Blade Runner's replicants, who ran Tyrell Corporation from a pyramid-shaped building in dystopian Los Angeles.

Weyland also says Tyrell’s creation “literally blew up in the old man’s face.” In Blade Runner, Tyrell had his eyes gouged by replicant Roy Batty.

There are several other Easter eggs that have popped up in the history of these two franchises, but this is the clearest example of a crossover. Because Prometheus exists in the same universe as Blade Runner, all other Alien films must, as well. By extension, the Predator films also take place in this universe, because of Aliens vs Predators. Here's hoping Schwarzenegger ends up in a time-travel-based Predator-Blade Runner-Alien crossover. 


Star Wars And Indiana Jones

Though Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom has a restaurant called Club Obi-Wan, Raiders of the Lost Ark offers the most concrete proof of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films taking place in a shared universe. In the Well of Souls scene, Indie finds himself amid many hieroglyphics, one of which depicts C-3P0 with his hand on R2D2 as the two are greeted by the ancient Egyptians.

Call it a random Easter egg if you'd like, though such references are scattered throughout both franchises. The Ark of the Covenant shows up in Empire Strikes Back, and it’s been confirmed that Indiana Jones is, somewhat improbably, in the crowd during The Phantom Menace pod race. Maybe he finds a time machine in Indiana Jones and the Lackluster Franchise Expansion

If Indiana Jones and Star Wars take place in the same cinematic universe, and ET and Star Wars take place in the same cinematic universe (as is proven elsewhere on this list), ET and Indiana Jones must take place in the same universe, right?


Coming To America And Trading Places

Though Eddie Murphy is the protagonist in Coming to America and Trading Places, the antagonists connect the films.

Trading Places about a well-off broker and a poor street hustler who switch lives as part of an elaborate bet between two extremely wealthy men. Those men, brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke, run a prosperous commodities brokerage in Philadelphia.

In Coming to America, Murphy plays an African prince who moves to Queens and gets a job at a fast food restaurant. The Duke brothers appear briefly in the film; they are homeless, and are given a large sum of cash by Prince Akeem (Murphy). Their homelessness no doubt stems from financial ruin visited upon them by the men whose lives they toy with in Trading Places.

When Prince Akeem throws cash at the Duke brothers in Coming to America, Randolph says, “Mortimer . . . we’re back!”, confirming the John Landis-directed movies take place in a shared universe. 


Machete And Spy Kids

Spy Kids is a weird children’s adventure with a villain named Fegan Floop and robotic minions with heads and limbs made of thumbs. Machete is cartoonish in a different way, with an R-rating due to its excessive violence and occasional nudity. The movies have the same writer-director, Robert Rodriguez, and are connected by a man who goes from caring uncle to revenge-hungry badass.

That is Machete, played by Danny Trejo. Also known as Isador Cortez, Machete makes appearances in all four Spy Kids films as uncle to titular kids Carmen and Jun. Machete also appears in a fake movie trailer directed by Rodriguez for Grindhouse that eventually became the template for the movie Machete.



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Wed, 24 May 2017 02:28:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-in-the-same-universe/dustin-hull
<![CDATA[15 Fast And The Furious Fan Theories That Are Just Crazy Enough To Be True]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fan-theories-about-fast-and-the-furious/jacob-shelton?source=rss

After years of escalating insanity, the Fast and the Furious series has proven itself to be one of the best film franchises ever played in theaters, but even if you’re a super fan you probably spend most of your time trying to figure out exactly what’s happening in the films. Rest assured, you’re not the only one. These movies are straight-up bonkers, that’s why so many Fast and Furious fan theories revolve around the cuckoo bananas possibilities that may or may not be playing across the screen. Fan theories about the Fast and Furious franchise cover all of the bases for far-fetched theories, from Dom and the gang inadvertently crossing over with other film franchises, to time travel, and even some alternate universes.

Why doesn’t Dom ever seem to get hurt? Doesn’t Deckard Shaw look familiar? How do the Transformers play into all of this? These fan theories about Fast and Furious answer all of these questions, and a few you didn’t even know you had. In a rare move among producers of a major action movie franchise, it seems like the big players in the Fast and the Furious world are paying attention to some of these fan theories, and you’ll see how they’ve incorporated a few fan ideas into the films. Strap in, crack open a Corona with your family, and get ready to go down the rabbit hole with these Fast and Furious fan theories.


15 Fast And The Furious Fan Theories That Are Just Crazy Enough To Be True,

The Fast And The Furious Films Are A Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

If you know anything about Vin Diesel, you know that he's a D&D fan, and as a producer and arguably one of the most important people in the chain of command in the Fast and the Furious franchise, if he wants to make his movies into a D&D campaign based around cars, he can do it.

Essentially, Something Awful contributor Jonny Angel believes the entire F&F series is based around escalation and procuring super cool items and abilities by choosing to do interesting and increasingly dangerous things with your friends. 


Dom Toretto Is A Terminator

It turns out the above video theory about Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto being a T-800 (or some other numbered cybernetic entity) is based in fact, sort of. Back in 2010, the rights to the Terminator franchise were up for sale and Universal was desperately trying to make a bid in order to cross-pollinate the series of movies about angry robots with their fast car property.

Some people believe when that fell through, Universal and Fast and the Furious scribe Chris Morgan just decided to continue along with their dreams of electric Torettos by turning Dom into a robo-man and not telling anyone. What's the proof? Well, he has super strength, he doesn't seem to feel pain, he fights exactly like a T-800, and he never dies despite consistently being shot, thrown into walls, crashing head first into things, and having a nuclear submarine explode within his vicinity.


The Fast And The Furious Takes Place In The Same Universe As Parks And Rec

This might be a stretch, but it does kind of make sense. After busting Dom out of a prison convoy at the beginning of Fast Five, there's a collection of news footage helmed by Jay Jackson, the actor who plays Perd Hapley from Parks and Recreation.

Some fans believe that Perd and the reporter are the same guy, and that the universes of P&R and F&F are one in the same. It's possible that Perd and this nameless reporter are just being played by the same person, but isn't it also possible that Parks & Rec takes place in the present day, while Fast Five takes place in a distant past before Perd moved to Pawnee and got terrible at his job? Redditor Nocut12 thinks that yes, it is entirely possible. 

 

 

 


The Movie Takes Place In An Alternate Universe Where People Can't Get Hurt

One of the most interesting fan theories about the Fast and the Furious is that it takes place in an alternate universe, where people don't get injured in the way normal humans do. Redditor Dr_Eastman points out that in Fast 6, Dom saves Lettie from falling to her death by jumping from a speeding vehicle, catching her like Superman, and and landed on another speeding vehicle's windshield with no visible injuries.

Aside from that, Dom has been shot multiple times, and doesn't seem to ever show signs of injury. Remember, after he and Deckard Shaw had a head-on car crash (since actually comparing penis length is hard to do when you're both in cars), they were both healthy enough to get into a physically punishing fist fight 10 seconds later. 


What Scene Changed At The Last Minute?

A real-life conspiracy around the Fate of the Furious, it's said that something happened in the film's final scene that had to be changed at the last minute. But what could it have been? Some fans believe the film's final barbecue scene included Paul Walker's Brian O'Conner, and he had to scrubbed from the scene just before the film went to theaters, but no one involved with the film has confirmed or denied what has happened. What do you think happened? YouTube channel iHaveATheory outlines the controversy in the above video.  


Deckard Shaw Is Frank Martin From The Transporter

Obviously, this theory got its start because Deckard and Frank are played by the same super tough bald Englishman, Jason Statham. But that's not the only thing these characters have in common.

Redditor Connerws15's theory is that since they're both exceptionally talented in hand-to-hand combat, crazy driving, and looking smart in a suit, Deckard Shaw once worked under the code name "Frank Martin."


The Absence Of Coronas In Fate Of The Furious Is A Nod To Paul Walker

One of the biggest parts of the Fast and the Furious franchise (outside of the cars), is Dom drinking Coronas with the boys. Really, it's integral to the franchise. But Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the series, manages to eschew the Coronas in lieu of Bud heavies.

The conspicuous lack of Coronas in the final film, especially in the scene where the boys barbecue on a Brooklyn roof, is a nod to the fact that things have changed in the Furious-verse, and that the world of Dom and the gang is never going to be the same. 


Gisele And Han Are Still Alive

As every Fast-head knows, Gisele (played by Gal Gadot) and Sung Kang's Han both die in the sixth film. Or, so the audience has been lead to believe. Not only are both Han and Gisele especially adept at tucking and rolling, but neither of their bodies are ever seen on camera after their deaths.

Is it because they're both hideously mangled? Or is it, as Reddit user omegansmiles believes, because they're still alive? And not for nothing, but every other character in the series has survived oddly similar injuries to those that befell Gisele (falling out of a plane) and Han (exploding inside of a car). Maybe the series is just waiting to bring these two characters back. 


Dom Was Cloned In Fate Of The Furious

When the first trailers for Fate of the Furious dropped, people were understandably curious as to why Dom would turn on his family and help Charlize Theron hack the planet. Many fans believed Dom was kidnapped and cloned in order to create a badder bad boy, who wouldn't be weighed down by his obsession with drinking Coronas with his bros. This theory didn't really pan out, but it's still something fun to think about, and it could always happen in a later film. 


Brian Never Stopped Being An Undercover Agent

Brian O'Conner, the character played by the late Paul Walker, obviously bowed out of the series in Furious 7 and went to live with his family rather than remain an integral member of an international team of car thieves. Or did he?

Reddit user tunawhitenocrustt posits that from the fourth movie on, Brian is secretly working with the FBI and using his contacts to allow the team to continue to pull off increasingly insane stunts. While Brian may have left Toretto's team (remember, Brian is still alive in this fictive universe), he went to work for the FBI and continues to monitor the team, in case they need his help with any (kind of) crime-stopping work in the future. Honestly, this theory seems pretty spot on. 



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Tue, 16 May 2017 06:39:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fan-theories-about-fast-and-the-furious/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Mummy 2017 Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-mummy-2017-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

The Mummy 2017 movie quotes help tell the story portrayed in the film about what happens when an ancient Egyptian princess's mummy is unearthed. The auction-adventure movie, a reboot of the Mummy movie franchise, was directed by Alex Kurtzman using a screenplay written by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman based on a story by Jon Spaihts, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. The Mummy 2017 opened in theaters on June 9, 2017.

In The Mummy, Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) unearths a tomb buried under the desert in Egypt for more than 2,000 years. Inside, Nick finds a mummy, which, along with scientist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), Nick transports via military plane for examination. But strange things happen on the flight which lead to the plane crashing and Nick dying.

So later on, when Nick comes back to life in perfect health, the team, including Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) and Sergeant Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), begin to investigate why. It turns out, the mummy belonged to Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), a very powerful woman who was destined become Queen of ancient Egypt before she was mummified for her out of control actions. Now, the team believes Ahmanet is back and is trying to fulfill her destiny by taking control of the world.

The Mummy opened theatrically alongside other great summer 2017 films including Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Wonder Woman, Drone and Baywatch.


The Mummy 2017 Movie Quotes,

She Will Not Stop

Dr. Henry Jekyll: She will not stop until she has remade our world into her own. 

Dr. Jekyll has a theory about what Princess Ahmanet wants now that she's been risen from the dead by Nick. As he notes, she once was set to take over the world and that is still her mission now.


A Being with Unimaginable Powers

Jenny Halsey: Legend has it, she's a being with unimaginable powers. Now she's using you to regain them. 

Jenny shares more information about the mummy and her legend in this The Mummy 2017 movie quote. Princess Ahmanet had some wicked powers back in the day and is making her comeback through Nick.


She Is real

Nick Morton: I saw her. She is real. 
...
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Please meet Princess Ahmanet. She will claim what she has been denied. 

As far fetched as it sounds, Nick is certain that he's seen Princess Ahmanet in the flesh. Dr. Jekyll believes it too and seems to know what she wants.


A New World of Gods and Monsters

Dr. Henry Jekyll: Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. 

Dr. Jekyll is certain that due to Nick's unearthing of Princess Ahmanet, the world has changed. New gods and monsters are there, and they're not exactly friendly.


You're Alive Because You Were Cursed

Jenny Halsey: How did you get out of that plane? There's not a single scratch on your body.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Because of your actions, this ancient power has returned. You are alive because you were cursed.
Nick Morton: Cursed, by what?
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Evil, the ultimate evil

Everyone knows that Nick went down with the airplane that crashed carrying the mummy. So when he shows up alive and completely unharmed, there are more than a few questions.


This Isn't a Tomb

Jenny Halsey: Whatever's in there has been safely hidden for 2,000 years. This isn't a tomb, it's a prison.
... 
Jenny Halsey: The hieroglyphs said she was named Ahmanet, chosen to be Egypt's next queen. But her thirst for power led her down a dark path, one that had to be stopped. 

After Nick and his team unearth a massive tomb, Jenny explains a bit about it in these The Mummy 2017 movie quotes. Despite being hidden for 2,000 years, Jenny sure seems to know quite a bit about the discovery.


It Takes a Monster to Defeat a Monster

Dr. Henry Jekyll: It takes a monster to defeat a monster. 

Knowing that they're up against a monster, Dr. Jekyll believes that it will take an equal opponent to take that monster down. If only they had another friendly Egyptian princess with crazy-good super powers to fight with them.


She's Got Plans for You

Sergeant Chris Vail: You can't run. You can't escape. She's got plans for you. 

Vail explains to Nick just how difficult his situation is in this The Mummy 2017 movie quote. Nick has no way out and he's under Ahmanet's control now.


I'm Scared

Nick Morton: Just stay with me. 
Jenny Halsey: I'm scared.
Nick Morton: I'm going to figure this out.
Jenny Halsey: Don't leave me!

Nick and Jenny find themselves in some type of sewer with only a small pocket of air and little idea on how to get out. To make matters worse, Princess Ahmanet has brought along some of her friends.



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Sun, 04 Jun 2017 04:45:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-mummy-2017-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/captain-underpants-the-first-epic-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quotes help bring the children's book series of the same name to the big screen in a feature film adaptation. David Soren directed the animated superhero comedy using a screenplay Nicholas Stoller adapted from the book series by Das Pilkey. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opened in theaters in the United States on June 2, 2017.

In Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, best friends George (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold (voiced by Thomas Middleditch) just want to be kids. They laugh, make comic books and pull school pranks, much to the ire of school principal Mr. Krupp (voiced by Ed Helms). 

To reduce the ruckus, Krupp tries to put the boys in different classes but George and Harold hypnotize Krupp and somehow turn him into their fictional comic superhero, Captain Underpants. While having a superhero on the loose is annoying for a bit, it does come in handy when scientist Professor Poopypants (voiced by Nick Kroll) comes to the school to try to eliminate laughter for good. 

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quotes tell a bit about the film just like movie quotes do for other movies including for Wonder Woman, Drone, Baywatch, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  


Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Quotes,

I Will Set You Free

Captain Underpants: Poor soul, you are trapped in some sort of invisible box-like prison. What's that? I can't hear you. I see your tears. 
Harold: Is it okay that I'm kind of loving this?
George: Yes and no, but mostly yes.
Captain Underpants: Fear not, I will set you free!
Mime: What is wrong with you?
Captain Underpants: Ah, that's better. I can hear you now. 
Harold: Sorry, sorry, we're so sorry. 

When Captain Underpants sees a mime doing the whole trapped in a glass box bit, he tries to rescue the performer. Considering he does that by punching the poor guy, the good deed intended in these Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quotes ends horribly wrong.


Your Cool New Teacher

Professor Poopypants: Hiya, class. I'm your cool new teacher, not some scary guy with a secret evil agenda. 

Professor Poopypants introduces himself to the class in this Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quote. While he claims he's no scary guy with a secret evil agenda, that might not be entirely true.


We Will Hypnotize You

Harold: George, do something!
George: Put the pen down, Mr. Krupp, or we will hypnotize you. 
Mr. Krupp: What's that?
Harold: Ahhh! What's happening?
George: I don't know... When I snap my fingers, you will obey our every command.
George and Harold, together: You are now the amazing Captain Underpants!
Mr. Krupp: Tra-la-laaa!
George: I honestly didn't think that would happen.

In an attempt to stop Mr. Krupp from separating them, George and Harold hypnotize their principal using a cereal box ring. Much to everyone's surprise, it works and Mr. Krupp is transformed into Captain Underpants, a superhero the boys made in their comics.


Going to Annihilate Your Friendship

Mr. Krupp: Ever since you've attended this elementary school, you've been responsible for one prank after another.
George: Some of those must have been really hard to pull off.
Harold: Like that tiger!
George: Oh, that tiger was crazy. 
Mr. Krupp: I told you I would get you one day. I'm going to have you two placed in separate classes. I'm going to annihilate your friendship.

George and Harold have a bit of a reputation around school for the pranks they pull. To combat this behavior, Mr. Krupp tells the boys some awful news, that he's separating them into different classes.


We Just Make Comics

George: Hi, I'm George Beard and this is my best friend Harold Hutchins. 
Harold: We just make comics and try to make each other laugh. 
George: And this old guy is Mr. Krupp. He's the worst principal in the world. 

In these Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quotes, George gives a bit of information about his life and in turn explains a bit about the film. Along with his best friend, Harold, George just wants to laugh and be a kid, but the pesky principal, Mr. Krupp, keeps getting in their way.


You Can't Actually Fly

Harold: Captain Underpants, you can't actually fly!
Captain Underpants: I take to the sky like an ostrich!
George: Wow, he is super dumb.

Captain Underpants may be a superhero in the comics, but in real life, he has absolutely no superhero powers. So when he tries to fly in these Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quotes, it only really works because he's in an elevator.


We Should Probably Go Get Him

Harold: We've got to stop him!
Captain Underpants: Ha ha
Driver: Out of the road, bozo!
Captain Underpants: Why thank you, vehicle person!
George: Yeah, we should probably go get him. 

After Mr. Krupp transforms into Captain Underpants in these Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quotes, George and Harold wonder if they should stop the fictional comic superhero. As Captain Underpants quickly hits a car, they go rescue the character.


Let's Try to Leave

George: What is happening right now?
Harold: I don't know. Let's try to leave and see what happens.
George: Wow, that's an expensive door.
Harold: Yeah

When George and Harold get pulled into the principal's office in these Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie quotes, they quickly look for an escape. Their effort, however, is shot down fast.



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Sun, 04 Jun 2017 01:28:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/captain-underpants-the-first-epic-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Wonder Woman Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wonder-woman-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

Wonder Woman movie quotes provide the dialogue to the film about the DC Comics warrior princess. Patty Jenkins directed the movie using a screenplay Allan Heinberg write based on a story he created with Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs based on the character by William Moulton Marston. Wonder Woman opened theatrically in the United States on June 2, 2017.

In Wonder Woman, the early life of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot, Lilly Aspell and Emily Carey) sets the stage for her adult life. While Diana is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and Zeus, she was raised not knowing her true identity as an Amazon warrior. Despite that, Diana secretly trains for battle with her aunt, Antiope (Robin Wright). 

So years later, during World War I, when pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes and tells Diana that she and Hippolyta are in danger, Diana is primed and ready to fight. Alongside Steve, Diana works to protect the world from German general Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) whose chemical weapon could result in the war to end all wars. It's not an easy task, but Diana is the right woman for the job.

Wonder Woman was just one of several highly anticipated summer 2017 movies alongside the likes of Drone, Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Wakefield.  


Wonder Woman Movie Quotes,

Who Will I Be if I Stay?

Queen Hippolyta: If you choose to leave, you may never return.
Diana Prince: Who will I be if I stay?

Diana and her mother argue about what Diana should do in these Wonder Woman movie quotes. Diana wants to leave and fight, but Queen Hippolyta wants Diana to stay and remain safe. 


I Have No Father

Steve Trevor: Have you never met a man before? What about your father?
Diana Prince: I have no father. I was brought to life by Zeus.
Steve Trevor: Right

Steve doesn't believe Diana when she says she has no father. Sure, it's far fetched, but considering how she acts around him, it's certainly plausible. 


Who Are You?

General Erich Ludendorff: What are you?
Diana Prince: I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. In the name of all that is good, your wrath upon this world is over.

Diana offers General Erich Kundenforff some fighting words in these Wonder Woman movie quotes. She's there to take him down and save the world in the process. No biggie.


She Must Never Know the Truth

Queen Hippolyta: The gods gave us many gifts. One day you'll know them all. This is where we keep them.
Diana Prince: It is beautiful. Who would wield it?
Queen Hippolyta: Only the fiercest among us even could, and that is not you, Diana.
...
Queen Hippolyta: You will train her harder than any Amazon before her, five times harder, ten times harder, until she is better than even you. But she must never know the truth about what she is.
...
General Antiope: Never let your guard down. You expect the battle to be fair. 

As Diana was coming up, her mother and aunt kept the truth about her secret. Truth or not, they did train Diana to be one kick ass woman.


Be Careful of Mankind

Queen Hippolyta: Diana, fighting does not make you a hero.
Diana Prince: What if I promise to be careful? Just as you did.
Queen Hippolyta: Diana
Diana Prince: No sharp edges
Queen Hippolyta: Be careful of mankind, Diana. They do not deserve you.
Diana Prince: You've told me this story.

Even as a little girl, Diana wanted to fight. But her mother, Queen Hippolyta, wanted nothing more than to talk her out of that notion. Spoiler: It didn't work too well.


The War to End All Wars

Queen Hippolyta: What is your mission?
Steve Trevor: To stop the war!
Diana Prince: What war?
Steve Trevor: The war to end all wars! Weapons far deadlier than you can imagine. Whoever you are, you are in more danger than you realize!

After rescuing Steve Trevor, Diana takes him to see her mother, Queen Hippolyta. As he mentions in these Wonder Woman movie quotes, Steve is there with a clear and quite dangerous mission.


I Used to Want to Save the World

Diana Prince: I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learned this the hard way, a long, long time ago.

Diana explains a little about her life and in turn explains a bit about the film in these Wonder Woman movie quotes. She really wants to save the world, but that involves seeing some pretty awful things along the way.


Our Sacred Duty to Defend the World

Diana Prince: It is our sacred duty to defend the world and it is what I am going to do.

Diana's true destiny might have been hidden from her when she was growing up, but as she shows in this Wonder Woman movie quote, she's still all about defending the world. Atta girl!


I Cannot Stand By

Diana Prince: I cannot stand by while innocent lives are lost!

All her life, Diana has been told that she shouldn't get involved in conflicts, especially those that involve violence. Despite that, she cannot not get involved.



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Sat, 03 Jun 2017 05:34:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/wonder-woman-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[30 Behind-The-Scenes Pictures That Totally Ruin The Movie Magic]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-actors-partially-in-costume/jonathan-sherman?source=rss

Sometimes, the most captivating pictures of cinema’s greatest characters are of their actors taking breaks in partial costume. Given the immense talents of many an actor and makeup artist, behind the scene photos of actors partially in costume contain an entirely unique quality that falls somewhere between fandom and fantasy. For any number of reasons, the actors wearing only some of their costumes in the below photos got caught at just the right moment, providing movie lovers with fresh new feelings about their beloved heroes and villains.

From aristocrats sneaking cigarettes to Michael Myers quenching his thirst with a soft drink, these behind the scenes photos of actors wearing some of their costume between takes will surely transport you to a whole new world, one that your favorite movie characters inhabit when the camera stops rolling.


30 Behind-The-Scenes Pictures That Totally Ruin The Movie Magic,

Even Michael Myers Gets Thirsty, 'Halloween'

Darth Maul Trains, 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'

The Terminator Takes A Break, 'The Terminator'

Gandalf Checks His Email, 'Lord Of The Rings'

Cooling Down The Maschinenmensch, 'Metropolis'

C-3PO Without His Head, 'Star Wars'

Godzilla Looks Odd, 'Godzilla'

Paranoid Android Loses His Head, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'

The Alien's Other Head, 'Alien'

The Joker's Smile, 'The Dark Knight'


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Tue, 16 May 2017 06:13:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-actors-partially-in-costume/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[28 Times Wonder Woman Was Way More Awesome Than Batman, And Superman, And You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wonder-woman-moments/zack-howe?source=rss

The game just changed for the DC Extended Universe. Wonder Woman is going to take your breath away. In every sense. This is the Wonder Woman film we've all been waiting for, and it was so worth the wait. Gal Gadot is a marvel to behold. She graces the screen with a godlike presence. It will give you some feelings.

It does not matter who you are, you’re going to fall in love with her character when you watch this movie. She’s truly a goddess. Man, woman, gay, straight—doesn’t matter. Even if you’re into dudes—when Chris Pine is next to her, she makes him look subhuman. Like a chimpanzee. And not even a chimpanzee with its sh*t together. 

And don't get it twisted - it's not her physical attractiveness that makes her shine. She exudes strength and grace. Pure power. She is truly awe-inspiring. And she just provides so much badassery that you may need to see a proctologist after this movie. So without further ado, here are all of the scenes in the Wonder Woman movie where Diana Prince shows us the true meaning of badass. Be warned, there are SPOILERS ahead!


28 Times Wonder Woman Was Way More Awesome Than Batman, And Superman, And You,

The Time Diana Trained Against ALL The Amazons

Against her mother's wishes, Diana was determined to become a warrior. Finally bending to her daughter's will, Queen Hippolyta allowed her daughter to train with the Amazons, who basically had to all take her on at once to make it a fair fight. Still, she pwned those fools. 


The Time Diana Discovered Her Power

As Diana's aunt, the (second) fiercest Amazonian warrior comes at Diana in straight up berserker mode, Diana clashes her bracelets together and creates a shockwave that blasts Aunt Antiope through the air. It's the moment that Diana begins to truly understand what she's capable of, and it's done so well.


The Time Diana Battled The Revolving Door

Diana is strong willed AF. After she finally chooses an outfit that she can fight in, she prepares to walk around London in her business suit, including sword and shield in hand. She faces off against a revolving door, and when Steve tries to assist her she simply rejects him and does it on her own. It's a very light and cute moment, but there's a lot more to it. It's a woman refusing the condescending help of a man, proving she can do something (anything, really) on her own.


The Time Diana Saved Steve Trevor

Steve Trevor is a world class spy, war hero, and helpless man-baby when he's next to Diana. When his plane crash lands in the waters around Themyscira, Diana plucks him from the ocean, saving his life for the first time.


The Time Diana Cliff-Dived Like A Boss

Cliff-dived? Cliff dove? Whatever. She did it like a mother flippin' boss! Diana sees a plane crash into the ocean off the coast of Themyscira and, despite having no idea what a plane is, she dives off a cliff to go investigate. It's just a super cool scene.


The Time Diana Laid The Smackdown On Men And Their Penchant For Taking Female Secretaries

Oh, you thought Diana was just brimming with physical strength? No no no no no. She is the strongest person on the planet in every damn way. When Steve Trevor's secretary explains what it is she does for him, Diana likens it to slavery. She bows to no man, and she empowers women to do the same.


The Time Diana Took A Stand

As Diana and Steve prepare to leave, her mother confronts her. Diana vows that it is her duty to go defend the defenseless, standing up to her mother before leaving Themyscira forever. Any child who has been told by a parent they cannot do something will feel the glory in this moment.


The Time Little Diana Plotted Her Future Glory

In the beginning of the movie, we get to see little Diana running around, training in secret, as she dreams of one day becoming a warrior. She's already more badass at this point than 99% of humanity. In this scene, she's eyeing the sword they call "The God Killer" that she wishes to one day wield. Three guesses on whether or not that wish ever comes to fruition.


The Time Diana Armed Herself For War

Diana's mother Queen Hippolyta forbids Diana from going off to war, but Diana won't take that lying down. She breaks into the Amazonian Armory by scaling a sheer wall, creating her own handholds by smashing the masonry, then drops into the room where the God Killer is stored, stealing it and all the other necessary armaments. It's another one of those scenes where you find yourself inexplicably brimming with pride.


The Time Diana Prioritized Practicality Over Fashion

Okay, so when you hear the word "prioritized," it doesn't immediately make you think "Badass!" But, in this case, it should. When Diana and Steve arrive in London, they need to help her blend in, so Steve's secretary assists her in picking out an outfit, all of which Diana correctly deems ridiculous as these frilly dresses totally lack practicality. What's the point?



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Wed, 31 May 2017 11:14:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wonder-woman-moments/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Drone Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/drone-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes?source=rss

Drone movie quotes help tell the story in the film about one drone pilot who is confronted by a victim of his work. The thriller was directed by Jason Bourque using a screenplay he co-wrote with Paul A. Birkett using a story the two created with Roger Patterson. Drone opened in theaters in the United States on May 26, 2017.

In Drone, Neil Wistin (Sean Bean) is a nice suburban husband and father who works in IT, or at least that's what wife Ellen (Mary McCormack) and son Shane (Maxwell Haynes) think. In reality, Neil is drone pilot who works on covert operations for the United States government. 

But one day when Pakistani businessman Imir Shaw (Patrick Sabongui) arrives at Neil's home under the guise of wanting to purchase his boat, Neil's life changes. Imir knows Neil's true profession and is there because one of Neil's drones killed Imir's wife and daughter. Needless to say, Imir isn't there for the boat, but to get revenge on the man who killed his family.

Drone opened in theaters alongside other great movies including Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Wakefield, and Everything, Everything.  


Drone Movie Quotes,

What Do You Do for a Living?

Imir: You seem like honest people. What do you do for a living?
Neil: I am in IT, computers. 

When Imir asks Neil what he does for a living in these Drone movie quotes, he might already know the answer. Accordingly, when Neil responds with a lie, Imir knows the truth.


Can I Help You?

Neil: Can I help you?
Imir: I'm here to talk about buying the boat.
Neil: Great
Imir: Amazing, Amazing Grace

Imir shows up at Neil's suburban home under the guise of an interest in purchasing Neil's boat. At least, that's what Imir tells Neil to get into his home.


Are We Clear to Fire?

Neil: Tower one badger, are we clear to fire?
Dispatcher: Affirmative, badger
Neil: Three, two, one...

At work in these Drone movie quotes, Neil talks with a dispatcher regarding if he's clear to fire a drone missile. Neil gets the affirmative and fires.


Where Are You From Again?

Neil: So where exactly are you from again?
Imir: Karachi
Ellen: Where the Taliban are
Imir: My wife and my teenage daughter were struck by a missile. Today is the anniversary of their deaths.
Shane: Who fired the missile?
Imir: The drone aircraft belonging to the CIA

Over dinner with Neil's family in these Drone movie quotes, Imir explains where he lives. When he answers, Ellen realizes that it's not a safe place, something that Imir confirms with his sad story.


Is That a Bomb?

Neil: Is that a bomb?
Ellen: Why are you doing this?
Imir: The guilty should never be spared. Do you know how much high explosive is in my briefcase?

In these Drone movie quotes, Neil and Ellen learn why Imir is really there and it's not to buy their boat. Imir wants to blow them up, just like Neil's drone did to his wife and daughter.


Who You Really Are

Imir: Shall I tell your wife and your son who you really are?
Neil: What do you want? You want a confession?
Imir: Not at all

Imir knows that Neil is lying to his wife and son about what he really does for a living. Ellen and Shane think that Neil works in IT, but Imir knows he's actually a drone pilot.



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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:43:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/drone-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Best Alley Fight Scenes in Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-alley-fight-scenes-in-movies/ranker-film?source=rss

We compiled the best alley fight scenes in movies. From Hollywood action movies to foreign films, the greatest fight scenes in alleys feature martial arts, badass characters, and bloody violence. What’s your favorite alley fight scene in a movie? 

Including movies like They Live and Big Trouble in Little China, this list of movie fight scenes in alleys comes with videos, so you can watch your favorite action movie stars, like Bruce Lee, Donnie Yen, and Chloe Grace Moretz, fight in an alley. 

Here are the best alley fight scenes in movies. Vote for your favorite fight scenes in cinematic history and let us know in the comments if any good alley fights are missing from the list.


Best Alley Fight Scenes in Movies,

Death Wish

Batman

Big Trouble in Little China

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

Predator 2

Sin City

They Live

Watchmen

Return of the Dragon

Kick-Ass 2


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Fri, 19 May 2017 09:16:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-alley-fight-scenes-in-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Andy Serkis Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-andy-serkis-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film?source=rss

List of the best Andy Serkis movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Andy Serkis started his acting career appearing in TV series like Streetwise, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Andy Serkis's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Andy Serkis movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Andy Serkis movies will be at the top of the list. Andy Serkis has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Andy Serkis movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Andy Serkis films to end the squabble once and for all.

Best known for his motion capture roles, Andy Serkis has played many famous characters in film franchises, including Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movies.  

This is a list that features films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Andy Serkis movies?" and "What are the greatest Andy Serkis roles of all time?"

If you think the best Andy Serkis role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Andy Serkis performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Andy Serkis Movies,

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Arthur Christmas

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Star Wars: Episode VII


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Wed, 10 May 2017 11:25:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-andy-serkis-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Caleb Landry Jones Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-caleb-landry-jones-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film?source=rss

List of the best Caleb Landry Jones movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Caleb Landry Jones's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Caleb Landry Jones movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Caleb Landry Jones movies will be at the top of the list. Caleb Landry Jones has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Caleb Landry Jones movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Caleb Landry Jones films to end the squabble once and for all.

This is a list that features films like X-Men: First Class and Contraband.

This list answers the questions, "Wh