<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Film Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//film http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//film <![CDATA[The Ultimate Gary Cooper Films]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-ultimate-gary-cooper-films/martinaustin

What Are The Ultimate Gary Cooper Films? This list will not feature all his films, but just his most outstanding work. Please add any Films that I have missed, and please Re-rank. Thanks for looking.


The Ultimate Gary Cooper Films, film, videos, films,

A Farewell to Arms

His Woman

If I Had a Million

Morocco

Peter Ibbetson

The Spoilers

The Virginian

Today We Live

Wings

Beau Sabreur


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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:56:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-ultimate-gary-cooper-films/martinaustin
<![CDATA[Great Sports Dramedy Movies, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sports-dramedy-movies/ranker-film

Between the thrill of competition and the human stories that are at the heart of athletics, sports dramedies have something for everyone. The top sports dramedies feature complicated relationships and funny dialogue. This is a list of the greatest funny drama movies about sports, including everything from Jerry Maguire to The Longest Yard to The Mighty Ducks.

What films will you find on this list of great sports comedy dramas? A League of Their Own explores a variety of issues, including sexism, corporatism, and the realities of war, with humor and heart. Penny Marshall directed an all-star cast - including Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Madonna - in this sports favorite. Friday Night Lights is another great serious sports movie with a touch of humor. The Sandlot is a beloved coming-of-age tale full of laughs and lessons from the ball field. Other good films featured on this list include Varsity Blues and Slap Shot.

Which of these dramatic sports movies deserves the top spot on this list? Vote up your favorite dramedy, and please add any good movies that are missing.


Great Sports Dramedy Movies, Ranked,

Any Given Sunday

A League of Their Own

Friday Night Lights

Jerry Maguire

Slap Shot

The Mighty Ducks

The Replacements

The Sandlot

Tin Cup

Varsity Blues


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:42:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sports-dramedy-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[12 Craziest Takes On Virtual Reality From Movies That Aren't The Matrix]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-virtual-reality-movies/gary-gunter

Virtual reality is really coming into its own these days, with VR technology being used in surprising ways across many areas of our everyday life. More than a few movies from our recent past had weird and crazy ideas about how VR technology might develop. Back in the '80s and '90s, VR was still in its nascency, so in the early days of using virtual reality in the movies, creators had some trippy ideas about how the technology might be used or abused. While The Matrix is undoubtedly the most famous, there are plenty of other, more ridiculous, movies that featured VR technology. While some of depictions seemed cutting edge at the time, they seem downright silly in retrospect. Other interpretations of VR, however, were scarily accurate.

Whether utopia or dystopia, sci-fi thriller or existential drama, here are some of the craziest non-Matrix virtual reality movies that explore the digital world.


12 Craziest Takes On Virtual Reality From Movies That Aren't The Matrix,

Dark City

Part-noir mystery, part-paranormal thriller, Dark City follows John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell), a man with amnesia in a city where the sun never shines. When Murdoch struggles to regain his memories, mysterious albino men in black appear in the shadows and manipulate reality.

As Murdoch goes further down the rabbit hole, he realizes his city is actually a giant virtual reality "tuning" simulation run by the men in black, actually creepy aliens with massive control issues. The difference here, however, is that it is not a digital simulation — this form of virtual reality is a real matter simulation, remotely influenced by alien minds. It's a super trippy film, and probably best not watched before bed.  


Disclosure

You wouldn't expect to see a weird depiction of virtual reality in a thriller about sexual harassment — but then again, Disclosure is a pretty weird movie. In the clip above, Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas) uses virtual reality to navigate a surprisingly complex filing system that resembles an ever-shifting castle in virtual space. In the future, the movie predicts all digital files will be accessed through complex virtual reality interfaces, even boring legal documents. While emotionally engaging, it's still patently silly. 


Existenz

Existenz posits that, in the not-too-distant future, gaming has evolved to be a completely immersive experience, and the designers of said games are world-wide celebrities. Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) developed game consoles and interfaces that were organic, living organs which plugged directly into the human body.

With this degree of immersion, the line between reality and imagination becomes blurred. The film explores grotesque ideas through the virtual world, such as bone guns that shoot teeth and pod consoles that can become sick. It's a deeply unsettling look at VR technology, and hopefully one which won't come to pass. 


Johnny Mnemonic

Infamous for being one of Keanu Reaves's worst projects, Johnny Mnemonic follows the adventures of a man who uploads files to his own brain to securely carry them for corporate clients. Johnny can manipulate his abilities inside virtual reality to hack the machines he interfaces with, resulting in laughably weird visual effects and a partnership with a genius hacker dolphin. Seriously, there's a dolphin hacker. And he is not handled tastefully.  


Strange Days

The world of Strange Days accurately predicted the way the porn industry would come to harness virtual reality technology to titillate and thrill. In this world, Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is a street hustler who sells POV immersive sex videos — basically voyeuristic movies inside virtual reality. Things take a dark turn when a serial killer records his exploits, and starts putting his virtual reality snuff videos on the black market. Given the terrifying and tragic things people have done with live streaming, it's easy to see the dark side of VR technology. 


The Cell

When a demented serial killer falls into a coma, investigators are at a loss to find and rescue his latest victim, trapped in a cell slowly filling with water. Catherine Dean (Jennifer Lopez), child psychologist, is recruited to use cutting edge technology to enter the world of the killer's mind to find out where his latest victim is hidden.

Similar to Inception, The Cell follows Catherine as she navigates an illogical and trippy dreamspace and deals with bizarre avatars who represent different sides of the killer's personality. Though we are nowhere near this level of technology in real life, you can bet somewhere that Elon Musk is working on it. 


The Lawnmower Man

In The Lawnmower Man, Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is your typical mad scientist. He needs a willing volunteer to demonstrate that his virtual reality machine is the key to next step of evolution for mankind. He finds his volunteer in Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey), a developmentally disabled handyman Angelo believes he can transform into a genius by plugging him into his virtual reality games and simulations. It's not long before Jobe unlocks superhuman powers and turns the tables on Dr. Angelo.

With all the laughable visual effects of a weird '90s virtual reality movie, The Lawnmower Man shows us a world in which virtual reality games and landscapes can transform an imbecile into a genius through disturbingly colorful screen savers. It wasn't exactly what one would call "scientifically accurate" or "even slightly plausible." 


The Thirteenth Floor

In The Thirteenth Floor, virtual reality is used to painstakingly recreate a city in the 1930s, a facsimile intended to be the world of an elaborate video game. When one of the computer scientists at the game company gets murdered, his colleague Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) goes inside the game space to investigate clues that can point to the culprit.

Similar to Dark City, this version of virtual reality is a world where virtual characters have real emotions, and can hurt or kill you while inside the simulation. Ideally, those safeguards will be in place when scientists crack virtual reality for real. 


Tron

A classic way ahead of its time, Tron is one of the first movies to explore the concept of a virtual world inside a computer, and navigating said world with a digital avatar. Flynn (Jeff Bridges), in an attempt to hack the corporation that swallowed up his video game company, gets beamed into a computer by an artificial intelligence and is forced to compete on a "game grid" — where digital gladiators battle to the death inside a neon colored digital maze.

Game-changing concepts and visuals from this early 'scif-fi/80s fantasy influenced many stories to come, and was one of the first movies to use computer generated graphics. It later became a huge influence on science fiction, inspiring The Matrix, Lawnmower Man, and of course, Tron: Legacy.


Inception

What if the virtual reality spaces you explored were someone else's dreams, and by extension, the hidden corners of someone's mind? In Inception, Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) leads a crack team of specialists through several layers of dreams within dreams in order to plant an idea for the purposes of corporate sabotage.

Through the use of one of his specialists, known as the architect (Ellen Page), travelers inside the dream space can bend the rules of physics and shift the landscape to help make the mission go smoothly. While not a digital experience, the simulated reality in Inception is still a fascinating exploration of the medium. 



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:14:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-virtual-reality-movies/gary-gunter
<![CDATA[The Funniest Crime Parodies and Spoof Movies, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-crime-spoof-parody-movies/ranker-film

There's nothing funny about crime - except when it's portrayed in hilarious film parodies. The top crime parodies feature unlikely heroes attempting to prevent bumbling criminals from breaking the law. This is a list of the greatest funny crime spoof movies, including everything from Take the Money and Run to The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! to Loaded Weapon 1.

What films will you find on this best crime spoofs? Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery pokes fun at the ultra serious James Bond franchise. Mike Myers plays both the swinging spy Austin Powers and his nemesis Dr. Evil in this crime spoof franchise. Super Troopers is another funny film that finds laughs in crime parody. Damon Wayans spoofed superhero crime fighters with his 1994 comedy Blankman. Other good films featured on this list include Top Secret, Dragnet, and MacGruber.

Which of these crime comedies is your favorite? Vote the best films up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


The Funniest Crime Parodies and Spoof Movies, Ranked,

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

My Blue Heaven

Police Academy

Revenge of the Pink Panther

Super Troopers

Take the Money and Run

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Top Secret


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:48:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-crime-spoof-parody-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies About Drifters Who Are Lost in Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-about-drifters/ranker-film

You never know where you'll end up when you follow a drifter on film. The top movies about drifter characters feature free spirits going wherever the wind may take them and enjoying life in the moment. This is a list of the greatest movies about drifters, including everything from Lost in Translation to The Place Beyond the Pines to The Master.

What films will you find on this list of the best drifter character movies? In Easy Rider, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star as a pair of bikers traveling through the South and meeting a lot of interesting people along this way. Before Sunrise is another great movie about drifter characters. A folk singer struggling to make it in the music business is at the center of the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. Other good films featured on this list include My Own Private Idaho, Mud, and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

It's up to you to decide which of these movies about tramps deserves the top spot on the list. Vote your personal picks up to number one, and please add any great movies that are missing.


Great Movies About Drifters Who Are Lost in Life,

Before Sunrise

Dead Man

High Plains Drifter

Lost in Translation

My Own Private Idaho

The Station Agent

The Master

Inside Llewyn Davis

Mud

Easy Rider


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:14:53 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-about-drifters/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Surprisingly Plausible (Or Totally Nuts) Fan Theories About The Halloween Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fan-theories-about-the-halloween-movies/christopher-myers

The 1978 classic Halloween revolutionized horror and spawned a series of sequels that are still running today. Yet after all these years, there still is no true consensus as to what exactly makes the killer, Michael Myers, tick. In Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, it was revealed that he was imbued with the "Curse of Thorn," an ancient druid curse... yet whether this should be considered canon is still up for debate.

The deliberate ambiguity that John Carpenter put into the character of Michael Myers has spawned numerous Halloween fan theories. Why is Michael apparently immortal? Why doesn't he speak? Why does he feel a compulsive need to murder people on Halloween night? These theories about the Halloween movies attempt to answer these questions and more. Some of them are frighteningly plausible, while others border on hilarious, but all of them are definitely worth pondering.


Surprisingly Plausible (Or Totally Nuts) Fan Theories About The Halloween Series,

Michael Myers Has A Congenital Insensitivity To Pain

A real condition, CIP is basically the inability to feel pain. Taking stab wounds, bullets, and third-degree burns in stride, Michael doesn't seem to let pain hold him back. The absence of any pain indicator would also explain his complete lack of empathy for his victims. He also uses this condition to his advantage in his workout routine, putting in extra reps to get the strength of 10 gorillas. (Why they are letting him use the Smith's Grove Sanitarium weight set at this point is another question.)


Michael's Purpose Is To Spread Fear

More than that, he either is, or is possessed by, a sluagh sidhe, an ancient Celtic spirit which emerged on Samhain. With Halloween being a Christianized version of the ancient Celtic holiday, it makes sense that such a spirit would be involved... but it goes much deeper than that.

Michael, imbued with supernatural powers, exists to scare people. His initial murder of his sister scared the town so badly that the house sat vacant for 15 years. Then, when people stopped being afraid (as demonstrated by Laurie's fearlessly walking up to the house and depositing the key), it was time for Michael to return. His purpose wasn't just to kill Laurie, but to create fear anew, which is why he built his own version of a haunted house at the Wallaces' place.

Furthermore, Dr. Loomis was complicit in the task of spreading fear, being controlled by the same sluagh sidhe as Michael, albeit unbeknownst to him. I mean really, an unhinged psychiatrist showing up in a quiet suburban town yelling about how the very definition of evil just showed up is a pretty good way to spread fear. Loomis succeeds in scaring the sheriff at least, who defers to Loomis during the investigation.


Michael Myers Is Autistic

Some have suggested that Michael is autistic. He doesn't speak, exhibits repetitive ritualistic behavior, is obsessive, and has problems with his motor skills. His obsession with the day Halloween could be attributed to a diagnosis of autism, as well as his compulsion to kill people in the same ways over and over (though of course, murder itself is not an autistic trait).

Michael seems to lack the ability to comprehend theory of mind (that other people are living, thinking creatures just like you), which is traditionally a defining characteristic of autism. His complete lack of empathy would seem to be the result of an extreme deficiency in that area. As Dr. Loomis says, "I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong."


Michael Can Talk

In this theory, Michael Myers can, and does, talk. He blends in, acting as several background characters throughout the series. Specifically, in Halloween IV, he points out Ted Hollister in the bushes and gets the poor kid shot up. I mean, hey, he does love to lurk in the background of shots...


Michael Myers Is A Force Of Nature

It could be that nothing about Halloween was meant to be taken literally. Thus, the film is an allegory for whatever force of nature is behind every random murder that we see on the evening news. You cannot "kill" this force like you can kill a psycho killer: it will simply manifest somewhere else in another form.

Certainly, the film, through Dr. Loomis, goes to great lengths to suggest that psychopathology is not a sufficient explanation for Michael's condition. John Carpenter himself has repeated this point. Michael is rather "purely and simply evil." Dr. Loomis' conclusion is not meant to be taken as an indication that Loomis is a quack, but rather that psychiatry as a science cannot adequately explain that which is Michael Myers.

Michael's mask is meant, therefore, to represent a subversion of the "Mask of Sanity." Clearly, no one would mistake adult Michael for sane. Instead of an insane person wearing a mask of sanity, Michael is evil itself wearing a mask of insanity. In the film said evil is portrayed as a force of nature, "immovable like a mountain. It stands, where man passes away," as Samuels puts it.


Michael Myers Is Chucky

What if young Michael Myers was simply possessed by the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, making the Child's Play series a set of prequels to Halloween? Perhaps earlier that fateful Halloween night, Charles Lee Ray finally succeeded in using voodoo to transfer his soul into the unwitting carrier of little Michael. As absurd as it all sounds, there is a certain bent appeal to it.


The New Halloween Film Will Be A Crossover With "Vice Principals"

The HBO series Vice Principals got dark at the end of Season One, and in this theory, it is about to get even darker. You see, Danny McBride plays Neal Gamby in Vice Principals and the very same McBride just so happens to be a co-writer on the new Halloween film being produced by Blumhouse.

Now imagine for a second that Laurie Strode entered a witness relocation program after the events of Halloween II, the time when the new film is supposed to take place. Maybe it is a stretch to suggest that Laurie was relocated to the high school in Vice Principals, but hey, it could happen.


Michael Myers Is Triggered By Sex

Walking in on your sister having sex would mess up any six-year-old. Having to deal with it on a nearly constant basis while you wander around unsupervised is a recipe for disaster. At least that is what this fan theory suggests, and it was much of the basis for Rob Zombie's Halloween remake.

It certainly seems plausible enough on the surface. One night Michael gets fed up and snaps, murdering his half-naked sister. He escapes his confinement at the mental institution on Halloween night and just tries to mind his own business at his abandoned house, only to find more teenage derelict babysitters shacking up.

The only problem with the theory is that John Carpenter and Debra Hill themselves have refuted it. They said that the sex theme was just a matter of practicality. The teens were too distracted by sex to effectively notice the killer stalking them, while Laurie Strode was better equipped to deal with the murderer because she wasn't so... preoccupied.


Michael Myers's Childhood Mask Was Made By Silver Shamrock

This one makes too much sense. In Halloween III: Season of the Witch, we follow the Silver Shamrock company, which uses killer masks as a ploy for a guy to usher in a new age of witchcraft. It has nothing to do with Michael Meyers... or does it?

According to this theory, the clown mask that Michael wears at the beginning of the original Halloween is a beta test of the masks that we see in Halloween III. The mask grants him immortality (that's why he can't be killed), but it has the unintended side effect of making him go crazy and kill his family (and just about any other random person in his path). Seeing this, Silver Shamrock decides they need to work out some of the kinks.


Dr. Loomis Is Actually The Same Loomis From Psycho

In this theory, the name Sam Loomis is more than just an homage to the iconic horror film and a subtle reference to Jamie Lee Curtis's pedigree. Think about it: what would a bereft Sam Loomis do after failing to save his girlfriend in Psycho? Maybe he decides to combat psychosis by going back to school to become a psychiatrist. He then decides to start fresh in Illinois, where he is assigned to treat a young boy who murdered his sister.

This theory actually makes so much sense that the only real reason to doubt it is that John Carpenter hasn't yet confirmed it as truth. It explains why Loomis isn't like a normal psychiatrist. He feels a personal duty to try and stop Michael as if this is a second chance for him. When Michael escapes and starts murdering, it would only make sense that Loomis would go on a crusade to stop him with the same obsession as Ahab seeking his white whale.



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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:42:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fan-theories-about-the-halloween-movies/christopher-myers
<![CDATA[Best Emilia Clarke Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-emilia-clarke-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Emilia Clarke movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Emilia Clarke started her acting career starring on HBO's Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen. Emilia Clarke'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 Emilia Clarke movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Emilia Clarke movies will be at the top of the list. Emilia Clarke has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Emilia Clarke movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Emilia Clarke films to end the squabble once and for all.

This is a list that features films like Terminator Genisys and Me Before You.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Emilia Clarke movies?" and "What are the greatest Emilia Clarke roles of all time?"

If you think the best Emilia Clarke role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Emilia Clarke performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Emilia Clarke Movies,

Spike Island

Terminator Genisys

Dom Hemingway

Me Before You


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:52:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-emilia-clarke-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Theo James Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-theo-james-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Theo James movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Theo James'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 Theo James movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Theo James movies will be at the top of the list. Theo James has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Theo James movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Theo James films to end the squabble once and for all.

Theo James is best known for his role as Tobias "Four" Eaton in the Divergent movies.

This is a list that features films like Underworld: Blood Wars and The Inbetweener Movie.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Theo James movies?" and "What are the greatest Theo James roles of all time?"

If you think the best Theo James role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Theo James performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Theo James Movies,

Underworld: Awakening

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

The Inbetweeners Movie

Divergent

Insurgent

The Benefactor

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

War on Everyone

Underworld: Blood Wars


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:51:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-theo-james-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Reasons Why Blumhouse Is Basically The Smartest Production Company In Hollywood]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-blumhouse-is-super-smart/lyra-radford

The Jason Blum business model, as put to use with his production company Blumhouse, has not only taken Hollywood by surprise, it’s giving studios a run for their money (literally). But how does Blumhouse work? How is it possible to create films that look so good but cost so little? Well, Jason Blum will be the first to tell you to cut out indulgent nonsense like exquisitely catered meals, trailers, overpriced cast and crew, and big flashy effects, all of which are unnecessary if you’ve got a good story and talented director and cast.

Having a great concept and strong script means your project has a solid skeleton. From there, cut out the fat and focus on the meat of the story and muscle of production so you can make an inexpensive, but very good, film. Jason Blum and company have perfected this process, and spun masterful webs of horror throughout Blumhouse Production's history. This list discusses some of the reasons Blumhouse is the smartest production company in Hollywood.


Reasons Why Blumhouse Is Basically The Smartest Production Company In Hollywood,

Its Distribution Methods Essentially Nullify Any Potential For Financial Loss

Blumhouse had a great rapport with Universal, having partnered on projects since 2011. In 2014, Blumhouse signed a 10-year first-look deal with Universal. The deal may also extend into television, with Blumhouse looking at micro-budget horror series for NBC (the company is NBCUniversal). 

If Universal likes a Blumhouse project, it will distribute it, spending more than the film's budget on marketing and releasing the picture on 3,000 some odd screens. If Universal doesn't see theatrical potential, films see VOD releases and overseas deals. So either way, Blumhouse gets films distributed and productions costs recuperated. 


It Embraces New Markets And Marketing Strategies

Blumhouse may be a house of horror above all else, but the company doesn’t limit itself to a single genre or platform. It branched into publishing with Blumhouse Books and, in August 2016, announced the launch of independent television platform CryptTV, which is also backed by Eli Roth. Meanwhile, Blumhouse.com has great blogs on all things horror, as well as a podcast. 


It Knows How To Flesh Out A Film Franchise And Likes To Keep Key Creative Minds Involved

When's the last time you heard someone say “I loved the first Purge film but the rest sucked.” Probably never, right? With just about every other horror franchise, fans have been saying some permutation of this sentence since the very first sequel (Friday the 13th Part V, anyone?). What you do hear a lot of is, “I love the Purge movies.” That’s right, movies. As in, all of them. That’s a huge accomplishment.

When a production company has a box office success, it’s only natural to want to cash in by pumping out prequels and sequels until the concept dies and everyone hates it. The great thing about Blumhouse is, the company takes the time to develop good stories, allows the creative voices behind original installment to develop franchise concepts, and ensures a sequel is a good film, not just a cash grab. James DeMonaco, for instance, wrote and directed all three Purge films, which is extremely rare in a horror franchise. 


It Only Works With Those Who Love What They Do And Want To Be Doing It

One of the many benefits of cutting a film’s budget to the bare essentials is you know those who show up to work everyday believe in the project and love what they’re doing. No one works for the money; they’re taking creative risks and pay cuts because they’re having fun and they enjoy the challenge of operating within tight financial constraints.

In a piece on The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan's return to form after a string of disasters, Jason Blum is quoted as saying 

“If you take away all the bells and whistles, it forces the director to focus on what I think are the best ingredients for a great movie: performance, character, story. When you lower the budget, you really push the director to challenge him or herself more. I always think that benefits movies.”

The Visit was made for $5 million and grossed $98 million worldwide. The working relationship between Shyamalan and Blumhouse was good, and the company produced his next film, Split. Made for $9 million, it grossed $275 million worldwide. 


They Are A Filmmaker’s Dream Come True

Blumhouse trusts filmmakers. As part of his welcome aboard process, Jason Blum escorts directors to a mirror in the company's lobby, alongside framed photographs of every director who has worked with the company. The new kid on the block is placed in front of the mirror and given the same speech as each filmmaker before them.    

"You're going to have the final word on everything, but I'm going to have a bunch of ideas. You don't have to follow them.” 

Blum sticks to his word. He believes when a director knows she's in charge of a film's final vision, she'll work hardier than usual, and the process runs smoother for everyone.


Blumhouse Makes Genre Movies That Aren't Junk

Jason Blum spent 15 years working for Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the men behind Miramax, the Weinstein Company, various hotly contested Oscar campaigns, and many other things. He worked in acquisitions at Miramax, where he dealt with prestige pictures and populist entertainment alike. You may not know Miramax owns Dimension Films, which made Scream. Such division of labor - horror movies over here, critical favorites over there - is common in the film industry. Hollywood likes very small boxes, and the contents of those boxes hardly ever mix. 

Though Miramax had some big hits with prestige films (Shakespeare in Love grossed almost $300 million worldwide), there were also cases of struggling to get dramas to catch on with a mass audience. At some point, it occurred to Blum to combine the genre appeal of Dimension projects with the sophistication and creativity of Miramax's prestige project, and thus was born Blumhouse, which takes things from each of Hollywood's little boxes and mixes them together. 


It Secures Top Writers By Giving Them The Freedom To Write

Jason Blum makes a very important promise to screenwriters who work with him, a promise studios and other production companies won’t make - he assures them his team won't rework scripts. He trusts his writers to do what they do best: write.


Jason Blum Marries The Ethos And Approach Of Indie Films With The Populism Of Hollywood

Every now and then an independent film rocks the festival circuit, gets distribution, and makes a ridiculous amount of money. But that’s never been a common occurrence. At lest not until Blumhouse built its entire business model around making flukes the new norm.

In addition to churning out insane profits, Jason Blum has proven writers and directors can be given creative control and actors can be denied luxuries and the world won’t end. Blumhouse is rewriting the rules and changing industry standards by repeatedly proving independent filmmaking tactics can produce films that are more profitable films than traditional studio films.


It Does Not Indulge Divas And Has A Egalitarian Approach To Creativity

While big names have graced Blumhouse films, marquee casting isn't a necessary component of the company's oeuvre. "We don't need stars for our movies," Jason Blum insists. No one sees Blumhouse films for stars; rather, audiences love the concepts. If stars do sign on, they get paid union minimum. For lead actors, scale is $2,921 a week. Oh, and Blumhouse does not provide trailers for anyone. If you don’t bring your own, you go without. If a film makes money, Blumhouse takes care of the major cast and crew on the backend, divvying up 12.5 percent of the first-dollar gross among them.


Jason Blum’s Business Model Is Equal Parts Simplistic And Genius

Blumhouse specializes in low and micro budget horror films. According to director Couper Samuelson, the Blumhouse model is, “closer to the auteurist model than the old Hollywood model.” The company produces high-concept and writer- and director-driven films at very low cost, allowing for minimal risk and maximum profits.

This all started with Paranormal Activity, which was made for just $15,000 and grossed about $200 million worldwide, earning it the title of “most profitable film in Hollywood history.” In 2013, The Purge grossed $34.1 million in the first weekend alone, after being produced for only $3 million.  



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<![CDATA[Best Jenny Slate Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-jenny-slate-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Jenny Slate movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jenny Slate started her acting career appearing in TV series like Saturday Night Live and Bob's Burgers, but she quickly became a good bet at the box office. Jenny Slate'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 Jenny Slate movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jenny Slate movies will be at the top of the list. Jenny Slate has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jenny Slate movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jenny Slate films to end the squabble once and for all.

This is a list that features films like Obvious Child and Gifted as well as her voice roles in animated films like Zootopia and The Secret Life of Pets.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jenny Slate movies?" and "What are the greatest Jenny Slate roles of all time?"

If you think the best Jenny Slate role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jenny Slate performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Jenny Slate Movies,

This Means War

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Obvious Child

Landline

Zootopia

Brain on Fire

The Lego Batman Movie

Joshy

Gifted


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<![CDATA[Best Brenton Thwaites Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-brenton-thwaites-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Brenton Thwaites movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Brenton Thwaites started his acting career appearing in TV series like SLiDE and Home and Away, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Brenton Thwaites'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 Brenton Thwaites movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Brenton Thwaites movies will be at the top of the list. Brenton Thwaites has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Brenton Thwaites movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Brenton Thwaites films to end the squabble once and for all.

Brenton Thwaites will star as Henry Turner, the son of Orlando Bloom's character, in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

This is a list that features films like Gods of Egypt and The Giver.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Brenton Thwaites movies?" and "What are the greatest Brenton Thwaites roles of all time?"

If you think the best Brenton Thwaites role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Brenton Thwaites performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Brenton Thwaites Movies,

The Giver

Maleficent

Oculus

Save Your Legs!

Son of a Gun

Gods of Egypt

The Signal

That Sugar Film

Ruben Guthrie

Ride


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<![CDATA[The Funniest Superhero Movies Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-superhero-movies/ranker-film

Comic book fans and film buffs, it's time to vote for the funniest superhero movies ever made! While the best superhero movies perfectly blend action, drama, and comedy, unintentionally funny superhero films, like Catwoman or Batman & Robin, are considered to be some of the worst superhero movies of all time. Featuring witty banter between characters, nerdy references, and even sexual innuendos, superhero movies are great choices for laugh out loud entertainment. What is the funniest superhero movie ever made? 

With Ryan Reynolds starring as the "Merc with a Mouth," Deadpool is not only a hilarious superhero movie, but also one of the funniest action comedies. Filled with vulgar humor, meta references, and many instances of "breaking the fourth wall," the R-rated superhero movie makes you laugh until it hurts. Other great superhero comedies include Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Kick-Ass

Vote up the funniest superhero movies that made you laugh the most, and vote down the lame ones. Feel free to add any hilarious superhero comedies missing from the list.


The Funniest Superhero Movies Ever Made,

Ant-Man

Iron Man

The Incredibles

MegaMind

Kick-Ass

Deadpool

Super

Kick-Ass 2

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Lego Batman Movie


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<![CDATA[Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-about-inventors-geniuses/ranker-film

The greatest innovators have not only reshaped the world with their inspired inventions, but they have also served as the inspiration behind award-winning films. The top films about inventors feature intelligent characters finding solutions to societal problems. This is a list of the greatest movies about innovators including everything from A Beautiful Mind to Young Einstein to Hugo.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about geniuses and innovators? The Social Network retells the real-life story of Mark Zuckerberg, the mind behind Facebook. Aaron Sorkin won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing the movie's script. The Aviator is another good movie about a famous real-life innovator. The Prestige features a skilled magician enlisting the help of Nikola Tesla to further push his craft. Other good movies featured on this list include Primer, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Time Machine.

Which of these movies about inventors are the best? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list, and please add any great features that are missing.


Great Movies About Inventors & Innovators,

A Beautiful Mind

Flubber

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Meet the Robinsons

The Aviator

The Prestige

The Social Network

The Theory of Everything

Hugo

Big Hero 6


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<![CDATA[Going in Style Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/going-in-style-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

Going in Style movie quotes provide the laughs within the film about three old men who try to rob a bank to regain their lost pensions. The comedy movie was directed by Zach Braff using a screenplay Theodore Melfi adapted from the 1979 film of the same name by Martin Brest. Going in Style opened in theaters in the United States on April 7, 2017.

In Going in Style, Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Al (Alan Arkin) are three friends and senior citizens enjoying their days living off of their pensions. So when their former company announces that pensions are being frozen, the friends are angry and worried, with good reason. 

Joe, who witnessed a bank robbery a short time ago, suggests they go after the bank that's liquidating their pensions and get their money back. It sounds like a great plan in theory, but as the friends soon learn, they know zilch about how to pull off a successful bank robbery. The hilarity ensues as the trio try their best to learn the tools of the trade and get back the money they desperately need.

Going in Style opened alongside the likes of other spring 2017 movies such as Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Lost City of Z, Spark: A Space Tail, and The Fate of the Furious.


Going in Style Movie Quotes,

You 5-0?

Joe: We're going to need professional help.
Willie: You think?
...
Jesus: You 5-0?
Joe: We're practically 8-0.

The guys understand that in order to pull off a bank robbery, they'll need to learn a few things about being a criminal. But when their professional, Jesus, asks if they're cops, they don't exactly understand that either.


Time for a Practice Run

Joe: It's time for a practice run. We'll be right back.
Al: I don't want to stay in the car. It's hot in here. 
Annie: Hello, Al!
Al: I've gotta get some chicken thighs. 
Annie: Breasts are better than thighs. Don't you think?
...
Keith: Never has anybody walked off with a whole pork loin.
...
Joe: Jump in the basket.
Willie: Who the hell do you think I am? E.T.?
...
Keith: I don't know what's going on in the world anymore. Look what you did to Cindy. She's looking like a Columbian drug mule. 

In these Going in Style movie quotes, the friends plan a practice heist by attempting to rob a grocery store. Needless to say, it doesn't go well at all.


She's Kissed Them All

Willie: Luke, it's the only choice she's got.
Al: She's not going to move to a farm in those heels. 
Joe: She's kissed them all, with her tongue.
Willie: She's a walking venereal disease.

The three friends enjoy an evening in front of the television in these Going in Style movie quotes. Watching The Bachelorette might not be what you'd expect three old men to enjoy, but they seem pretty into the show.


Let's Go Get Our Money Back

Willie: Williamsburg Savings will manage the liquidation of the fund. 
Joe: These banks practically destroyed this country. They crushed a lot of people's dreams, and nothing ever happened to them. We three old guys, we hit a bank. We get away with it, we retire in dignity. Worst comes to the worst, we get caught, we get a bed, three meals a day, and better health care than we got now.
Al: I want to rob that bank.
Joe: Let's go get our money back.

Over lunch, the friends talk about the bank that has seized their pensions. After Joe's tirade about the banking industry, the others get an idea on how they can get even.


Thinking of Robbing a Bank

Boss: Cemtex Steel has frozen all pension payments. 
...
Joe: I'm thinking of robbing a bank.  
Al: I'm thinking about buying a Ferrari.
Willie: I just got drafted by the Knicks. Good week for everybody, huh?

After their boss announces that their pension payments have been suspended, Joe gets an idea. Too bad when he presents it in these Going in Style movie quotes, the others think he's joking around.


Three Men Walked Off with $1.6 Million

Banker: I'm seeing an overdrawn balance in your checking.
Joe: Yeah, my mortgage payment tripled. 
Banker: I disclosed a possibility of a rate hike during your re-fi. Do you remember that?
...
Willie: The three men walked off with $1.6 million. 
Joe: They choreographed it like a dance.
Willie: Like a conga line right into prison.
Joe: They didn't get caught. 

Just as Joe is meeting with a banker about his accounts in these Going in Style movie quotes, the bank is robbed by three masked men. Later, Joe describes the incident and notes just how easy it was for the thieves to get away with a bucket of money, seemingly without consequence.


Not an Admission of Guilt

Security Guard: Halt! Halt!
Al: What are you chasing me for?
Security Guard: Don't make me taze you!
Al: This is not an admission of guilt. I am just tired.

Following their attempted grocery store heist, Al is chased by a security guard in these Going in Style movie quotes. Al quickly gives up, but makes it clear that he is admitting no guilt whatsoever. 



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<![CDATA[Smurfs: The Lost Village Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/smurfs-the-lost-village-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

Smurfs: The Lost Village movie quotes provide the dialogue to a new animated movie based on the classic comic book characters. Kelly Asbury directed using a screenplay Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon drafted from characters created by Peyo. Smurfs: The Lost Village opened theatrically in the United States on April 7, 2017.

In Smurfs: The Lost Village, all is well in Smurf Village with Papa Smurf (voiced by Mandy Patinkin), Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato), Hefty Smurf (voiced by Joe Manganiello), Clumsy Smurf (voiced by Jack McBrayer) and Brainy Smurf (voiced by Danny Pudi), among others, living peacefully. But this all changes one day when Smurfette encounters a strange Smurf-like creature. 

Despite being forbidden from visiting the Forbidden Forest by Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, Hefty Smurf and Clumsy Smurf head out to find the strange creature. They find the lost Smurf village and a whole new gaggle of Smurfs. But along the way, Smurfette drops a map to the village and it's picked up by Gargamel (voiced by Rainn Wilson), the Smurf's arch enemy. As Gargamel heads out to capture the lost Smurf village, the two Smurf tribes must find a way to work together to secure their survival.

With additional voice talent from Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Meghan Trainor, Jake Johnson, Gordon Ramsay, Tituss Burgess, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham and others Smurfs: The Lost Village opened alongside the likes of The Lost City of Z, Spark: A Space Tail, The Fate of the Furious, and The Zookeeper's Wife.


Smurfs: The Lost Village Movie Quotes,

Time to Take a Road Trip

Gargamel: The lost Smurf village! It's time to take a road trip. I'll be all like, "ahh, grr, hrrr" and they'll "oh no!" and I'll be all like, "pew pew."
Azreal: Meow, meow, meow

Gargamel is more than excited when he learns the location of the lost Smurf village in these Smurfs: The Lost Village movie quotes. While most of his sounds are gibberish, he sure seems like he'll take pride in killing off more Smurfs.


I Am the Leader of the Smurfs

Smurf Willow: I am leader of the Smurfs.
Papa Smurf: I happen to be the leader of the Smurfs. 
Smurf Willow: Whatever you say Papa Thing. 

When Papa Smurf and Smurf Willow meet, they seem to have a bit of a disagreement about who's in charge. Considering they're both leaders of their individual groups, both are technically right.


We Need to Warn You

Smurfette: We need to warn you about the evil wizard Gargamel. 

Smurfette informs the new group of Smurfs that danger is coming care of evil wizard Gargamel. Perhaps both groups of Smurfs should band together and fight Gargamel together.


A Rare New Life Form

Smurfette: Have you ever seen something so beautiful?
Brainy Smurf: We've encountered a rare new life form. They're, at times, very intimidating.

Once the Smurf groups meet one another, the tension between the groups falls slightly. The new group of Smurfs are definitely beautiful, but a bit quite intimidating.


Not in Smurf Village Anymore

Brainy Smurf: We're not in Smurf Village anymore!
Smurfette: Take cover!

Stealing a line from The Wizard of Oz, Brainy Smurf proclaims that they're not in Smurf Village anymore in these Smurfs: The Lost Village movie quotes. They're certainly not home and definitely not in a safe place either.


That's Not Even Convincing

Papa Smurf: Smurfette? Hefty? Brainy? Clumsy? Oh, that's not even convincing.

Right after Papa Smurf grounded Smurfette, Hefty Smurf, Brainy Smurf and Clumsy Smurf, he goes to check on them and finds their beds empty. At least most of them left a convincing gag in their beds.


We Need to Find Them

Smurfette: Two days ago, I saw someone who looks like us.
Clumsy Smurf: What if this means the Lost Village isn't a legend?
Smurfette: If there really are other Smurfs out there, we need to find them.
Hefty Smurf: We're in this together, and by together, I mean me and you and those guys, but mostly me and you.
Brainy Smurf: Don't be weird!

Smurfette explains to the others the person she saw earlier in the week. While Papa Smurf expressly forbid them from investigating, by the likes of these Smurfs: The Lost Village movie quotes, it sounds like they're going on an adventure.


The Forbidden Forest is Forbidden

Papa Smurf: The Forbidden Forest is forbidden! You're grounded!
Clumsy Smurf: Dang, Papa Smurf be bossy!

When Smurfette mentions to Papa Smurf that she found a map to the lost Smurf village in these Smurfs: The Lost Village movie quotes, Papa Smurf shuts down that idea real fast. He forbids them from entering the Forbidden Forest, as apparently the name isn't enough to keep them away.



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<![CDATA[The Lost City of Z Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-lost-city-of-z-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

The Lost City of Z movie quotes help tell the tale portrayed in the film about the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett's adventures in the Amazon. The adventure drama movie was directed by James Gray using a screenplay he penned based on the book of the same name by David Grann. The Lost City of Z opened theatrically in the United States on April 14, 2017.

In The Lost City of Z, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) transitioned a career in the British military into a life of exploring, surveying and mapmaking. Through those efforts, Percy discovered evidence that an ancient civilization of indigenous people may be living in the Amazon. Despite the naysays from those in the scientific community and from his wife, Nina (Sienna Miller), Percy sets out to explore the area.

Percy, supported by aide-de-camp Corporal Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson) and Percy's son Jack (Tom Holland), makes several journeys into the Amazon to prove his theory. This takes quite the toll on Percy's marriage as Nina is left home to take care of the family. As people begin to wonder what Percy must find to soothe his soul, Percy takes one more fateful trip to the jungle, along with Jack, but mysteriously never returns.

The Lost City of Z joined theaters alongside other spring 2017 movies such as Spark: A Space Tail, The Fate of the Furious, The Zookeeper's Wife, and CHiPS.


The Lost City of Z Movie Quotes,

While You Wander the Jungle

Nina Fawcett: I stay here and struggle to provide for the children while you wander the jungle. 

After Percy returns from the Amazon, wife Nina gives him a piece of her mind in this The Lost City of Z movie quote. Nina feels it's unfair for her to take care of the children while he wanders about hundreds of miles away. 


A Man's Reach

Nina Fawcett: Don't go. I won't know you when you return.
Percy Fawcett: I know this is a sacrifice for all of us but it will be worth it.
Nina Fawcett: A man's reach should exceed his grasp.

Percy's wife, Nina, has mixed feelings about his expedition to the Amazon. While she notes her request that he not go in these The Lost City of Z movie quotes, she also supports a man's quest to reach beyond his grasp.


You Dream to Be in a Forest

Madame Kumel: You are the explorer? Give me your hand. Don't be afraid. You dream to be in a forest. 
Percy Fawcett: I wish to find the lost city. 
Madame Kumel: What you seek is far greater than you ever imagined. Your soul will never be quiet until you find this place. It is your destiny.

Percy Fawcett always had an interest in exploring the Amazon but fortune teller Madame Kumel didn't know that when she read his fortune in these The Lost City of Z movie quotes. This solidified Percy's decision to plot a voyage to fulfill his destiny.


This Search for Z

Henry Costin: This search for Z, I can no longer bear the cost. 
Percy Fawcett: You've come to doubt its existence. 
Henry Costin: No, I only doubt that Z will provide all the answers you seek from it.

Percy's aide-de-camp Henry announces that he will no longer fund Percy's voyages into the Amazon in search of the lost city of Z. This isn't what Percy wants to hear in these The Lost City of Z movie quotes, but perhaps it's what he needs to hear. 


There is No Turning Back

Jack Fawcett: I strongly advise you to abort the mission. It's become far too dangerous. We must turn back.
Percy Fawcett: There is no turning back!

In the heat of the battle, Percy is urged to abort his mission out of safety concerns. Percy, however, is far from deterred by a few blow darts. 


A Whole New Chapter in Human History

Percy Fawcett: I am proposing that Amazonia contain a hidden civilization. If we may find a city, where one was considered impossible to exist, it may well write a whole new chapter in human history.
Arthur Manley: Are you insisting that these savages, they are equals?
Percy Fawcett: Their civilization may well predate our own. I call this set the ultimate piece of the human puzzle. 

Percy gives a speech detailing what he hopes to accomplish by exploring Amazonia in these The Lost City of Z movie quotes. The reactions he gets, however, shows the men in his village are pompous, if nothing else.


The Journey May Well Mean Your Life

Sir John Scott Keltie: There's a major exploration afoot. 
Sir George Goldie: Terrible disease, murderers, savages, the journey may well mean your life.

When Percy brings the idea of exploring the Amazon to the others in these The Lost City of Z movie quotes, their reactions are not especially supportive. Percy is confident he can find something to change history while the others think he's on a suicide mission.


He Doesn't Care About You

James Murray: He doesn't care about you. He doesn't even care about going home. He only cares about your lost city. 

In an exchange with the natives, James throws Percy under the bus by exposing Percy's goals for voyaging into the Amazon. As James notes, he cares about nothing except for finding the lost city.



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<![CDATA[Spark: A Space Tail Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/spark-a-space-tail-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

Spark: A Space Tail movie quotes help tell the story in the film about a teenage monkey tasked with defending his planet. The animated science fiction film was written by Aaron Woodley using a screenplay he co-wrote with Doug Hadders and Adam Rotstein. Spark: A Space Tail opened theatrically on April 14, 2017.

In Spark: A Space Tail, Spark (voiced by Jace Norman) is a 13-year-old monkey living on planet Bana. Having lost his parents in a tragedy shortly after birth, Spark is raised by his robot nanny Bananny (voiced by Susan Sarandon), Vix (voiced by Jessica Biel) and Chunk (voiced by Rob deLeeuw). Like most his age, he seeks more in life than what his planet can offer and feels ready for an adventure.

Spark gets just that when The Captain (voiced by Patrick Stewart) discovers that Spark has the sign denoting that he's part of the royal family. This angers Zhong (voiced by Alan C. Peterson), an evil space overlord who wants nothing more than to rule the universe. These discoveries set up quite the battle between Spark and Zhong for who will control planet Bana for years to come.

Spark: A Space Tail movie quotes tell a bit about the film just like quotes from other movies do for their respective flicks such as The Fate of the Furious, The Zookeeper's Wife, CHiPS, and Life.  


Spark: A Space Tail Movie Quotes,

Kick Some Asteroid

Spark: Let's kick some asteroid!

Facing an epic battle against Zhong, Spark is clearly excited. He does his best to express this, in the most child-friendly way possible.


Together, We're Taking it Back

Spark: People of Bana, Zhong laid waste to our planet but, together, we're taking it back!
Monkey: Can we go to the bathroom first?
Spark: Yes!

Spark speaks to the people of Bana and gets them pumped up for an epic space battle in these Spark: A Space Tail movie quotes. The people seem on board, or at least they will be after a bathroom break.


A Plan to Take on Zhong

Spark: We need to start on a plan to take on Zhong.
The Captain: We're outnumbered, outgunned...

Spark and The Captain strategize on how they could go against Zhong. The task won't be easy as they are definitely the underdogs, but that doesn't deter them from trying.


Time to Take Out the Trash

Zhong: Spark?! What, I thought he was dead. No matter. It's time to take out the trash. 
The Queen: What exactly are you planning? 
Zhong: Just killing the prince, destroying another planet and having the universe bow before me in fear! Oh yes, anyone up for some lunch? 
Guard: Sure, I guess so
Zhong: Okay, who's driving?

When Zhong finds out that a member of the royal family, Spark, is still alive, he is surprised, to say the least. Zhong wants to take out Spark and his planet, but not before skipping out for lunch.


The Seal of the Royal Family

The Captain: I'm telling you, this is as good as it gets. Ah, your hand! Don't you realize what this is?!
Spark: What?
The Captain: It's the seal of the royal family. 
Vix: What?
Chunk: Your highness?

The Captain gives Spark some words of wisdom in these Spark: A Space Tail movie quotes. Things get even better when The Captain finds a mark on Spark's hand which denotes that Spark is part of the royal family.


Ready for More Responsibility

Chunk: I believe in you, buddy, you just gotta prove that you're ready for more responsibility. 
Spark: I just pulled a muscle, in my entire body.

While speaking to Chunk in these Spark: A Space Tail movie quotes, Spark tries to prove that he's ready for more responsibility. He tries, but, sadly, fails.


Gotta Be More Out There For Me

Spark: I've been sitting on this rock for 13 years. There's gotta be more out there for me. 
Vix: Aren't you supposed to be in bed?
Spark: I'm not a kid anymore. 

Like many monkeys, er, kids his age, Spark wants to do more with his life than what is available to him. He seeks more in life, including a later bedtime.


Bana Was Shattered to Pieces

Bananny: Bana was shattered to pieces. The king and those loyal to him were sucked into the Kraken Slick along with your parents and since that fateful day, Zhong has ruled what remains of Bana with an iron fist enslaving everyone except for...
Spark: Bananny? Bananny?
Bananny: Except for... 
Spark: Except for me, Chunk and Vix

Bananny, Spark's robot nanny, tries to explain a bit about the history of Zhong's life in these Spark: A Space Tail movie quotes, but she seems to keep nodding off in the process. Luckily, it seems Spark has heard this story before. 


Someday, A Hero Will Set Things Right

Spark: There was a time when our kingdom was perfect. Then, the ultimate evil invaded our world, Emperor Zhong. He destroyed our planet and took the royal family. But someday, a hero will set things right. 

Spark talks a little about his situation, which also kind of describes the plot of the film, in these Spark: A Space Tail movie quotes. Life was good, then Zhong messed that up but they hope to get back to awesome someday.



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<![CDATA[The Zookeeper's Wife Movie Quote]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-zookeeper-and-_39_s-wife-movie-quote/movie-and-tv-quotes

The Zookeeper's Wife movie quotes help tell the true story portrayed in the film about how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo provided safe haven for Jews during World War II. Niki Caro directed the war drama using a screenplay Angela Workman adapted from the book of the same name by Diane Ackerman based on the true stories of Antonina Żabińska. The Zookeeper's Wife opened theatrically in the United States on March 31, 2017, and in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2017.

In The Zookeeper's Wife, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) serve as keepers of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when Nazis invade Poland. Jan, Antonina and their son, Ryszard, survive, as do some of the animals. Most of those animals are soon gone though as Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl), keeper of the Berlin Zoo and Nazi zoologist, arrives to rescue them. 

As Jan and Antonina witness the horrid treatment of Jews in Warsaw, they decide to use their zoo as a safe haven for Jews. But as much good as they are doing, they are also risking their own lives in the process, as evidenced when Jan is shot and captured. Pregnant and nearly alone, Antonina is left to keep her family and friends safe from constant German raids, while keeping Lutz at bay, none of which are easy tasks. 

The Zookeeper's Wife was just one of several great films to hit theaters in the spring of 2017 along with CHiPS, Life, Power Rangers, and Ghost in the Shell.  


The Zookeeper's Wife Movie Quote,

Why I Love Animals So Much

Antonina: All the terrible time you must have had. My father died. He was shot in St. Petersburg. I was, I was about your age. We were taken in by friends sometime soon, by strangers. We were running for so long. No one knows how hard it is, a life in hiding. You can never tell who your enemies are or who to trust. Maybe that's why I love animals so much. You look in their eyes and you know exactly what's in their hearts. 

While speaking to scared young girl Urszula, who was rescued after being raped by Nazi soldiers, Antonina discusses her own story of living in hiding. She also notes how she loves animals as you never have to question if they can be trusted. 


Use the Zoo as a Way Station

Jan: There are people I know, people trying to help. They have trucks. They have guns and they want to use the zoo as a way station. 
Antonina: What do you mean?
Jan: A place to hide Jews until safe houses can be found for them.
Antonina: A friend is different, one friend, but more than one, Jan. You said that yourself.
Jan: They're starving, Antonina. Two kilometers away, they are trapped and they're starving like rats in a cellar. 

Jan approaches wife Antonina with a very dangerous proposition. As he explains in these The Zookeeper's Wife movie quotes, they have space to hide Jews and should take the risk to help those in need.


We Could Hide Them

Antonina: We have room. We could hide them... Bring as many as you can.

While she didn't initially think it was a good idea, after hearing about the horrible conditions for Jews in Warsaw, Antonina agrees to hide Jews in their zoo. As she notes in this The Zookeeper's Wife movie quote, she wants to help as many as she can.


Thousands of People Are Dying

Jan: The country's completely overrun. They're forcing Jews out of their homes. They're taking us all to the ghetto. Thousands of people are dying, the littlest of children. 

Jan informs his family about what is happening as a result of the Nazi occupation in Warsaw. What he describes in these The Zookeeper's Wife movie quotes is horrifying, but sadly, the actual happenings.


Enjoy Yourselves Today

Antonina: Good morning and enjoy yourselves today.

As Antonina opens the gates to the Warsaw Zoo, she welcomes the early guests into the park in this The Zookeeper's Wife movie quote. Little did any of them know, this nice day looking at animals would soon turn to terror when Warsaw is bombed.


What Have You Been Up To

Lutz Heck: Have you been keeping secrets from me? What have you been up to in your little zoo?

Heck thinks he's aware of everything Antonina is doing in what's left of the Warsaw Zoo, but, as he notes in this The Zookeeper's Wife movie quote, that might not be true. Indeed, there's much more going on there than he should ever know.


Stay Safe, My Beauty

Lutz Heck: My god, beautiful!
Antonina: Wait, wait please. You stay safe, my beauty. 
Lutz Heck: Thank you, again. Goodbye, Frau Żabińska.

When Heck arrives at the Warsaw Zoo to take the surviving animals in these The Zookeeper's Wife movie quotes, Antonina does not want to give up her precious babies. Unfortunately, she has little choice in this move, to take the animals to the Berlin Zoo.


You Can't Make a Sound

Antonina: German troops come every morning. You can't make a sound.

Prior to an inspection from Nazi troops, Antonina reminds those within the zoo to remain absolutely quiet. Should any of them be caught, in this The Zookeeper's Wife movie quote or any other situation, they'll likely be arrested and executed. 



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<![CDATA[CHiPS Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chips-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

CHiPS movie quotes provide the laughs for the buddy cop movie based on the television series of the same name. Dax Shepard wrote, directed and starred in the comedy, using the show originally created by Rock Rosner. CHiPS opened theatrically in the United States on March 24, 2017.

In CHiPS, an FBI agent is given the name Frank Poncherello (Michael Peña) and assigned to go undercover in the California Highway Patrol to investigate possible corrupt cops. Frank is partnered with rookie cop and former competitive motorcycle rider Jon Baker (Dax Shepard). Their personalities couldn't be more different, but their chemistry works and the two set off to serve and protect.

But when Frank and Jon discover that Ray Kurtz (Vincent D'Onofrio) is leading a team of crooked cops in order to steal money for his son, things get dicey. Kurtz kidnaps Jon's wife (Shepard's real-life wife Kristen Bell) and only the unlikely pair of Jon and Frank can get her back safely and busy Kurtz for his crimes.

CHiPS movie quotes help tell the story of the film just like other quotes do for their respective movies such as Life, Power Rangers, Ghost in the Shell, and The Boss Baby.


CHiPS Movie Quotes,

We Have a Suspect's Head

Peterson: You screw up this case, you're fired!
Officer Frank Poncherello: We have a suspect's head. That's a victory.
Peterson: Nasty!
Officer Frank Poncherello: I was trying...
Peterson: God damn nasty!

Frank gets a talking to from Peterson after an investigation goes awry and leaves a suspect decapitated. While Frank thinks it's a victory, Peterson can't get over the nastiness of the decapitation.


Three Beers Too Intimate

Officer Frank Poncherello: It's like you're three beers too intimate.
Officer Jon Baker: I'm a tough motorcycle cop. I've got no emotion.

While Frank and Jon work well together, their styles of comfort and personality couldn't be more different. As they note in these CHiPS movie quotes, Jon is a little too friendly while Frank errs on the side of emotionless.


All Suited Up for Battle

Officer Jon Baker: It's pretty bad ass, all suited up for battle.
Officer Frank Poncherello: What, looking like UPS drivers? Go brown, right?
Officer Jon Baker: This job is my one shot at saving my marriage.

Officer Baker is really excited for this new job and sees it as a way to get his wife back. Frank, on the other hand, isn't that jazzed about walking around looking like a UPS driver, something he notes in these CHiPS movie quotes.


Let's Kick This Off

Officer Jon Baker: What's up? I'm Jon.
Officer Frank Poncherello: Poncherello
Officer Jon Baker: That's awesome, man. We're partners. Let's kick this off with the real thing.
Officer Frank Poncherello: Oh, dude
Officer Jon Baker: If you're homophobic or whatever, that's cool.
Officer Frank Poncherello: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, you think I'm homophobic?

Jon and Frank meet for the first time in the station locker room. Frank is cordial, but objects to hugging Jon while Jon's in his underwear, which starts their partner relationship on a bit of a strange note.


We Are the California Highway Patrol

Officer Jon Baker: We're the California Highway Patrol. This job is crucial. Without us out there, someone could get hurt.

Officer Jon Baker takes a great deal of pride in his work, as he mentions in this CHiPS movie quote. He understands the importance of the California Highway Patrol to keep people safe, but seems oblivious to the fact that the CHP may be the danger.


Did You Face Plant?

Officer Jon Baker: I need to get into some warm water.
Officer Frank Poncherello: I'm not going to carry you there.
Officer Jon Baker: I saved your life yesterday!
Officer Frank Poncherello: Oh my god, I knew you were going to bring it up.
...
Officer Jon Baker: Did you face plant in my...
Officer Frank Poncherello: No, no, no, there was no contact.
Officer Jon Baker: I could have swore I felt either your nose or your lips.
Officer Frank Poncherello: Nope... There might have been like a little bit of contact. 

After Jon saves Frank's life in these CHiPS movie quotes, Jon asks for a favor in return. What could have been a simple lift from the floor to the bathtub turns awkward real fast when Frank's face gets up close and personal with Jon's man parts. 


We Need to Focus

Officer Frank Poncherello: Hey, we need to focus. 
Officer Jon Baker: Are you kidding me right now?
Officer Frank Poncherello: I'm just like kind of powerless when it comes to yoga pants.
Officer Jon Baker: Let's get you out of this parking lot. You have a visible erection. You think you can ride with that?
Officer Frank Poncherello: I don't know.

Moments after telling Jon to focus, Frank loses focus himself in the vicinity of yoga pants. To make matters worse, he's now faced with trying to focus on riding a police motorcycle with an erection.


Jon, I Like You

Sergeant Hernandez: Jon, I like you. You remind me of my husband. 
Officer Jon Baker: He is really handsome.
Sergeant Hernandez: You've had 23 surgeries. You can ride a motorcycle, I'll give you that. 
Officer Jon Baker: Yes, ma'am, like a mother
Sergeant Hernandez: No

Sergeant Hernandez interviews Jon Baker for a position within the California Highway Patrol. While Baker isn't exactly the optimal candidate, Hernandez takes a chance on Jon and hopes for the best.


Go Undercover Within the Department

Peterson: The California Highway Patrol think they have some crooked cops. I want you to go on the inside.
Officer Frank Poncherello: Go undercover within the department? That's awesome.
Peterson: We would put you with a rookie named Jon Baker. 
Officer Frank Poncherello: So who am I playing?
Peterson: Francis Louellen Poncherello
Officer Frank Poncherello: Are the first two female names?

Peterson explains the need for someone to investigate corruption in the California Highway Patrol in these CHiPS movie quotes. He has the perfect man for the job, and even takes a great deal of pleasure in giving him two female names for the act.



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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:18:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/chips-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Behind The Scenes Pictures Of Intense Actors Looking Ridiculous Doing Performance Capture]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/motion-capture-behind-the-scenes-photos/jim-jacobi

Movie magic has evolved light years from the earliest days of cinema, as is evidenced by motion capture pictures of serious actors doing stupid stuff. The boundaries of visual possibilities have never stopped expanding, and the advent of technology’s role in filmmaking has been perhaps the biggest catalyst in bringing previously unimaginable characters to life. It's also given the world some great behind-the-scenes photos of actors doing motion capture and riding the money train all the way to Selloutville. 

For decades, the film industry operated using only practical makeup effects to transform an actor’s appearance on camera. This practice was particularly useful for making antagonists and villains bigger, uglier, and scarier. After CGI swept in, filmmakers had the tools to visually alter not just a few main characters, but anything on the (green) screen. And thus, the glorious tradition of ridiculous motion capture pictures arose. 

Enter performance capture technology. Although the technology itself has been around for some time, it exploded onto the Hollywood map around the turn of the millennium. The biggest benefit of using motion capture in movies is the ability to record the precise movements and emotional subtleties in a performance. Actors like Andy Serkis can truly perform some of Hollywood’s most beloved and famous roles meant for animals. The biggest downside? No actor or stuntman anywhere can escape from looking ridiculous wearing a motion capture suit.


Behind The Scenes Pictures Of Intense Actors Looking Ridiculous Doing Performance Capture,

Andy Serkis

Angelina Jolie

Chris Hemsworth

Jurassic World

Mark Ruffalo

Sam Worthington

Seth Green

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks in The Polar Express.


Zoe Saldana

Jason Cope


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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 03:15:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/motion-capture-behind-the-scenes-photos/jim-jacobi
<![CDATA[10 Surprising Facts About The Rotten Tomatoes Rating System]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-rotten-tomatoes-lies/shanell-mouland

"Let's watch a movie tonight," you say to your significant other, your best friend, your cat, inadvertently setting yourself on a path to discovering how Rotten Tomatoes lies to you. But whatever will you choose? With so many options, you've got to find a way to narrow down your choices. You quickly check Rotten Tomatoes to see what's "Fresh." Surely, if 87% of people enjoyed a film, you will as well. Right? Well, not so fast, because there are some deceptive things about Rotten Tomatoes. 

Do you really know how Rotten Tomatoes works? Or, for that matter, does anyone? Film criticism in the age of corporate sponsorship is a tricky thing. After all, Warner Bros. owned Rotten Tomatoes at some point, and still holds a minority stake, and Fandango owns the majority stake. Is Rotten Tomatoes really ensuring these films are receiving fair and meaningful reviews

Perhaps you think all of this is a bit moronic. Does anyone really care about Rotten Tomatoes and whether or not we understand what it means? Well, yeah, actually. Because Rotten Tomatoes scores can make or break a movie, and are even used in advertising campaigns. 


10 Surprising Facts About The Rotten Tomatoes Rating System,

The Site's Historical Perspective Is Super Screwy And Might Mess With Your Head

Rotten Tomatoes has all the movies. There's stuff from the 1920s on there and stuff that hasn't come out yet. And all these movies are lumped together under the same grading system, despite some of them being rated by glowing retrospectives offering historical context and social significance, and others being rated on a the basis of a single viewing (maybe on a day during which a reviewer saw five other movies) and with an inability to fully understand social and historical perspective.

Here's where Rotten Tomatoes lies to you: according to an analysis of Rotten Tomatoes data by the good folks at Slate,

"Tomatometer rating is strongly influenced by its age. Films from the 1920s, for instance, have an average Tomatometer rating around 91 percent, while films from the 1990s average around 55 percent. Movies might have gotten worse since the Great Depression, but not that much worse. The golden-oldies effect may be explained by a bias toward reviewers reviewing, or Rotten Tomatoes scoring, only the best movies from bygone eras. Rotten Tomatoes includes a score for Casablancafrom 1942, for example, but leaves out clunkers from the same year like The Corpse Vanishes and Lady Gangster."

On top of this, there's a huge difference between a review, written as an immediate reaction to something and with no real purpose other than to tell a readership whether or not to see and movie and why, and a piece of film criticism. You can see these differences when comparing scores and consensus on movies.

Everyone loves the Toy Story films. Only a cynic could hate them. From a critical perspective, they're well-structured, visually innovative, and have solid jokes and performances. They're also damn entertaining. It's easy to overlook any flaws.

The first Toy Story has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100%. The consensus reads "Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with." That's what you call historical perspective, and film criticism. The film changed animation, and is rightfully regarded as a watershed moment. 

Toy Story 2 also has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100%. The consensus reads "The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich movie going experience for all ages." That is a review. You see the difference, right?

La Dolce Vita, widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 97%. Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader and Stanley Kauffman of The New Reader are the sole dissenters, and both raise philosophical objections with what director Federico Fellini says in the film. Should you believe, because two film critics take exception fo the point Fellini makes, La Dolce Vita is a lesser film than Toy Story or Toy Story 2? And, in the case of Toy Story 2, is it fair to compare relatively short reviews to lengthy, thoughtful film criticism of a philosophical nature, as La Dolce Vita faced? 


Audience Scores Don't Correlate To Reviewer Scores

You might go on Rotten Tomatoes and check out both the critic score and audience score before deciding whether to see a movie. Maybe you're looking at The Promise, a 2017 historical epic about the Armenian genocide staring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, and Charlotte Le Bon, co-written and directed by Terry George, who made Hotel Rwanda

As of April 2017, The Promise has a critics rating of 45%, with a consensus of "The Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage." Not too promising. But the audience score is 89%! Hey, that's not bad. And you can see right there on the page, audience members are offered the opportunity to rate a movie on a scale of 1 to 5, and these scores are averaged into the rating. 

Gonna get to the discrepancy of the score in a minute, but you can see right away how the score given by the audience rating (an average of direct votes made by visitors to the site) differs fundamentally from the critics' score (an average of 'good' or 'bad' assessments made based on the overall tenor of a review, which doesn't offer each critic the opportunity to give a grade for averaging). When you see these scores side-by-side, you might assume they correspond to one another. They do not. 

Then you have score discrepancy. Reviewers must see a movie before writing a review and contributing to the Rotten Tomatoes critics' percentage. Not true for the audience. As Terry George explained at a press conference promoting The Promise, the movie had tens of thousands of negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb after just two screenings at the Toronto Film Festival. It's impossible that many people saw the film. So why that many votes? Because it's an inflammatory movie to deniers of the genocide. As George said, The Promise was extremely hard to get made due to the “enormous strategic value” of Turkey (the government of which country perpetrated the genocide). 

Not long after the flood of negative votes poured in, The Promise got a flood of positive votes, apparently from Armenians and other supporters of genocide recognition. Before even being released, The Promise had 3,601 audience assessments on Rotten Tomatoes, and a mind-boggling 129,241 on IMDb (which recent history shows is an ideological battle ground fans descend on in the lead-up to a film's release). 


There Are No Shades Of Gray

If you've ever read a movie review, you know there are a lot of shades of gray. A movie might have great performances but a terrible script. It might have fantastic dialogue but terrible editing. It might have amazing camera work and action scenes but lackluster character development. The positive and negative aspects of a film all come up in a review. 

Reviews also differ by genre and by the stature of the film in question. An action film only need be great at action to get a solid review. Marvel Studios films have a very specific formula, and typically, if a Marvel film succeeds at that formula, it gets decent reviews. Marvel films are entertaining, tightly structured, visually competent, and usually have great actors. The work of a director like Quentin Tarantino or Paul Thomas Anderson, but contrast, is held under a very different microscope. It's like reviewing the Twilight books vs reviewing, say, Tolstoy.  

Rotten Tomatoes levels all playing fields. Doctor Strange, which was by all accounts a mildly amusing retread of Iron Man, holds a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Inglourious Basterds, regarded by some as Tarantino's finest hour, has an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. Because of the site's misleading scoring system, you might be inclined to look at this and think the former is a better film than the latter. Sure, it's all subjective, but honestly, you're an idiot if you think that. And here's where shades of gray come into play. 

Top Critic Todd McCarthy, of Variety, reviewed both Doctor Strange and Inglorious Basterds positively. His blurb on Rotten Tomatoes for the former reads, "An engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition to [Marvel's] bulging portfolio," a summation that essentially amounts to, "Yeah, it's fine, there was trippy stuff, it was amusing, it's a Marvel movie." 

McCarthy's blurb on Inglourious Basterds reads, "By turns surprising, nutty, windy, audacious and a bit caught up in its own cleverness, the picture is a completely distinctive piece of American pop art with a strong Euro flavor that's new for the director," a review you might translate as "Tarantino is kind of full of himself but this movie is fantastic."

A similar case can be found with The Avengers (92%) and There Will Be Blood (91%). Of the former, Roger Ebert wrote "The Avengers is done well by Joss Whedon, with style and energy. It provides its fans with exactly what they desire." Ebert called Blood "A force beyond categories."


The Many Strange Secrets Revealed By The Case Of The Dark Knight Rises

People are really into Batman, and especially Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. So much so, in fact, a furor arose on Rotten Tomatoes in the lead-up to The Dark Knight Rises, which you read all about in "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," a letter from RT editor-in-chief Matt Atchity. 

The calamity began when a negative review for the film appeared on the site. Heaven forbid! Someone doesn't like an overtly fascist film about a billionaire ninja dressed as a bat! That review was written by Marshall Fine, about whom Atchity wrote, "he’s got a respectable background in criticism, and we think he should be included on our site." Fine was taken to task in the Rotten Tomatoes comments section, then, suddenly, his review disappeared from the site. Was a conspiracy underfoot by Rotten Tomatoes to support Warner Bros., which once owned the site and released the Dark Knight films? 

That remains unclear. Atchity says no, that the review was removed at Fine's request, because he got so much hate traffic to his site it crashed. His negative assessment would still figure into the critics' rating for the film. Okay, fine. But the plot thickens. Comments were disabled for a few days on The Dark Knight Rises RT page, then a dude named Eric D. Snider posted a review labeled as coming from Top Critic-worthy site Film.com but actually posted on his own personal website. 

Wrote Atchity: 

"He thought it would be funny to post a negative review link on Rotten Tomatoes that links to his own site. He misrepresented his review link. (In case you didn’t know, some critics post their own reviews, and my staff posts some — it’s about 50/50). By attributing the link to Film.com, he misrepresented that organization. This is not the first time he’s done this. In our opinion, by knowingly posting a link that isn’t a review (and he hadn’t seen the movie), Snider has abused our trust, and therefore, his reviews will no longer apply to the Tomatometer."

There's a lot to unpack here. Firstly, reviewers can post themselves to Rotten Tomatoes, without any oversight. Which means you could ostensibly borrow a friend's login and post a troll review that goes into a percentage that might ruin a film's box office chances. That's cool. 

On top of that, of this Snider character, Atchity wrote, "This is not the first time he’s done this." Hmm. Okay. So not only can critics login and post their own reviews, they can post troll reviews erroneously attributed to Top Critic accounts more than once before being prevented from posting again. That's, ah, maybe alarming is the right word? 

Yet Atchity promises RT is trying to do the right thing. "If a critic often goes against the majority, but has well-reasoned arguments, it’s unlikely we’re going to ban them, at least not just for having a different opinion. We’re not looking for groupthink here."

If you're wondering, The Dark Knight Rises has an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, though it should be pointed out it has 334 reviews, and only 53 of those come from Top Critics. Of the 44 negative reviews, 13 are from Top Critics. So, it has a 76% with people who actually know what they're talking about, and of that group, a lot had negative things to say about it (Roger Ebert: "The film begins slowly with a murky plot and too many new characters"). 


The Percentage Doesn't Work Like Percentages Usually Do In Your Life

You want to see a movie. You head on over to Rotten Tomatoes. Say you see The Martian on there. Sure, who doesn't like Matt Damon? And space? And Ridley Scott? Wow, look at that! A 92%! Hells to the yeah! Buying a ticket on Fandango immediately (by the way, did you know Fandango owns Rotten Tomatoes? Fun fact. Anyway). 

You look at a score as a percentage and you probably think one of two things, a school test score or an SAT score. Remember when you took the SAT and it told you, after your score, your percentile? That means what percentage of people you did better than on the test. If you got in the 92%, that's crazy! You did better than 92% of people who took the test. At school, if you got a 92 on a test, that meant you only got 8% of the answers wrong. Hella smart. 

That's not how Rotten Tomatoes works. Rather, someone (probably a team of people) goes through reviews for a film (or, in some cases, reviewers post for themselves, which presents a host of other problems, as you'll read later). For each review, someone decides whether the review is, on balance, positive or negative. In many cases, reviewers do not provide grades or ratings, so making this decision can turn into a subjective crap shoot. The number of positive and negative reviews is averaged to determine the percentage of a film. 

For The Martian, a 92% means 92% of reviewers decided the movie was more good than bad. It's possible a number of these reviewers thought it was mediocre, but entertaining, and therefore worthy of a positive review. The number does not reflect a grade in the way it would on a test. 


The Site Runs On Ads And Is Owned By A Vendor Of Movie Tickets And A Studio

Rotten Tomatoes runs a ton of advertisements for movies, TV shows, and video games. It's also owned in part by Warner Bros, and also by Fandango, which exists to sell tickets, and you can't sell tickets to movies no one wants to see. Which begs the question, can positive reviews be bought and sold?

Admittedly, this is a very tricky question, for several reasons. Firstly, the critic writes the review, not Rotten Tomatoes. So the reviews themselves are another matter entirely. But someone decides whether a review is positive of negative. And might Rotten Tomatoes err to the positive when the incentive is right? Or, perhaps, choose blurbs that, even if negative, highlight positive aspects of the film?

Suicide Squad makes an interesting case study. The consensus reads, "Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing."

Okay, so it's got some humor and the acting is good but it's a bit of a mess. Sounds like maybe a 50%, right? Wrong. It's a 25%, and if you average the Top Critics, it's 18%. Yeah, 18%. So 18% of real film critics think it's more good than bad. Basically, it's a steaming pile of sh*t.

Remember that bit earlier about consensus vs. assessment? Check this out: "boasts a talented cast." That's an observation, not an assessment. Is the cast good in this movie, or just known to be good actors? That's the most moronic thing to include in a blurb ever.

How about some blurbs from Top Critics?

  • Anthony Lane: "To say that the movie loses the plot would not be strictly accurate, for that would imply that there was a plot to lose."
  • Joe Morgenstern: "Suicide Squad amounts to an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment."
  • Christy Lemire: "It's massive, messy and noisy. And it stinks."
  • Carly Darling: "If awards were handed out for the loudest movie of the year, Suicide Squad would be Schindler's List."

BURN! And, oh yeah, Suicide Squad is a Warner Bros. movie. 

Of course, there's no way to prove Rotten Tomatoes tips things one way or another in favor of a parent company, even if it is true, and in all likelihood, it's not true. Someone would figure out it's happening and bust them on it, right? There'd be some massive expose. 

Still, you shouldn't ever forget to read the fine print, because Rotten Tomatoes can basically disqualify whomever it sees fit:

“Even if criteria under appropriate divisions are met, all applying critics and sources will be evaluated for quality of writing and presentation, as determined by Rotten Tomatoes staff. In all cases, Rotten Tomatoes maintains the rights to approve, reject, and remove critics and sources across all divisions on a case by case basis.” 


The Consensus Is Not An Assessment Of A Film, It's A Summary Of Reviews

As Armond White, chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, mentioned in his speech-turned-essay "Do Movie Critics Matter?"

"Hollywood always catered to a populist impulse that seemed, in itself, to call for outbursts of excitement or vitriol.. This is the source of the witty riposte or sarcastic put-down’s being considered the acme of critical language. The Algonquin Round Table’s legacy of high-caliber critical exchange has turned into the viral graffiti on aggregate websites such as Rotten Tomatoes that corral numerous reviews. These sites offer consensus as a substitute for assessment. "

White does some great, old-fashioned bashing here, commenting on the ways in which blurb-heavy sites like Rotten Tomatoes have fundamentally altered the language of film criticism. But the real meat of the matter is that last sentence. Each Rotten Tomatoes page contains a consensus for all the critic reviews, to give an assessment of a film. Yet, as White points out, this isn't really an assessment. There's a good chance whoever wrote it hasn't even seen the film. Rather, this is a consensus of various opinions stated in reviews, and typically conforms to the expected critical narrative of a film. 

What does that really mean? Well, okay. Say James McAvoy is in a movie. Five of your friends see this film. You say, "How was it?" They say to you:

  • Friend 1: It was okay. James McAvoy was great.
  • Friend 2: I love McAvoy. The movie was fine. 
  • Friend 3: McAvoy is over-the-top but the locations are cool.
  • Friend 4: There's a cool subplot about space ninjas. McAvoy is cute. 
  • Friend 5: That Scottish guy is crazy. Movie was slow. 

Turn that into a consensus, using jargon: "James McAvoy turns in a stellar, occasionally over-the-top, performance in a serviceable, if sometimes poorly paced, entertainment with exotic locations and an unexpected - and unexpectedly funny - subplot about space ninjas."

That is a consensus of opinions. Is that an assessment of a film? No. Why? Well, what is the film about? No idea, right? Other than the subplot about space ninjas. Do the locations have anything to do with the merits of the movie? No. How many people gave you a meaningful assessment of McAvoy's performance? None. All you know is that he was in it, your friends like him, they think it was good (what does that mean, really, the word "good"?) Not only does your consensus offer no assessment, the things on which you base it are not assessments, but an assortment of random opinions. And there's the rub. 


Everyone’s A Critic, Literally

So who counts as a critic on Rotten Tomatoes? Are you reading a consensus based on reviews written by people who really know what they're talking about? Who work for top publications, have seen thousands of movies, studied film or film studies, know all the correct terminology and points of reference, and understand how the medium works and what makes a genuinely, objectively good movie? Or are you reading a bunch of drivel peddled by fans who used the Internet to weasel their way into critical discourse by espousing the opinions of fellow fans and thereby gaining readership, support, and, because of that, ad revenue, studio approval, and legitimacy?

Reviews from print publications across America make the cut, but how does the site deal with Internet scribbling? According to Rotten Tomatoes, "Online publications must achieve and maintain a minimum 500,000 unique monthly visitors according to comScore, Inc or Nielsen Net Ratings and reviews must have an average length of at least 300 words." Sure, 500,000 seems like a big number, but with sites pulling down tens of millions of unique visitors every month, it isn't, really. And you can apply to be a Rotten Tomatoes-approved reviewer right there on the site. 

Everyone sees movies. You see a movie, you think, "I didn't like that." That's your subjective, probably uniformed (no offense, but it's true) opinion, not film criticism. Still, you might be inclined to tell the world about it via the Internet. If other people with your subjective opinion agree with you and you earn yourself a lot of readers because of that, you can get your reviews featured right there on Rotten Tomatoes alongside people with 20 years experience and a degree in film studies. You might not be a Top Critic, but who actually pays attention to those distinctions? Suddenly, your subjective, uninformed opinion is equally as valid as far more objective reviews from actual film critics. 

As Box Office analysis reveals, negative Rotten Tomatoes scores have an impact on the success of a film. Let's say you and all your fellow fan reviewers give a movie negative reviews. That's tantamount to you saying a filmmaker should've done something different, right? That you know better than filmmakers what makes a good film. And maybe that's right. Who knows. But it probably isn't.  

To put this in perspective, pretty much everyone except the homeless live in a building of some kind, right? You write your movie reviews at a desk in an apartment. Say there's something that annoys you about the layout of your building. You haven't studied architecture or structural engineering, have you? Probably not.

Do you feel emboldened to state your subjective opinion on these perceived problems with your building in a public forum, in such a way that would have a negative impact on an architect or engineer? Do you think you should really be telling these people what to do, or will you just sit silently and think, "I don't like this, but I should let the people who know what they're talking about do their jobs"? 


The Rotten And Fresh Pass/Fail System Doesn't Really Make Sense

So, Rotten Tomatoes scores don't really correlate to a score you might get on a test. What if you take a class pass/fail? If your grade is above 60%, you pass the class, because you've gotten enough things right not to fail. The Rotten Tomatoes Fresh or Rotten rating would seem to be in keeping with this kind of system, right? 

Kind of. The percentage system, at least, correlates. For a movie to receive a Fresh rating, it needs a critics' percentage of 60 or more. But that's not a raw score of 60%, just more than 60% of critics saying the movie is more good than bad, on balance. And 60% is pretty low. A D-, on the letter grade system. So if you look at a movie and you see a nice red tomato, you might still be looking at a movie that only 60% of critics decided wasn't a total piece of sh*t. 

As for the Certified Fresh rating, that's a little more complicated. To quote RT: 

"To receive a Certified Fresh rating a movie must have a steady Tomatometer rating of 75% or better. Movies opening in wide release need at least 80 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). Movies opening in limited release need at least 40 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). A TV show must have a Tomatometer Score of 75% or better with 20 or more reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics)."

There are some checks and balances going on here. Must achieve a certain percentage, must have legit reviews, at least five reviews from Top Critics. Sure, that doesn't look so bad. But hang on a second. A 75% or better. A 75% is a C. Imagine you bring a home a test with a C on it and proudly display it to our parents, along with the declaration "Teacher said this is certified fresh." Your parents might counter, "What kind of school do you go to that a C is fresh? Study harder, dumbass."


The Term "Consensus" Is Used Very Loosely

Rotten Tomatoes ostensibly offers a consensus of film critic reviews. Some of these reviews are negative, some positive. With enough volume, a consensus usually tips one way or the other. However, the sample size used by Rotten Tomatoes varies wildly, and is therefore not always indicative of  any meaningful cultural consensus. 

By way of example, Teacher of the Year, a 2015 mockumentary staring Keegan-Michael Key as the titular teacher, has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes as of April 2017. Apocalypse Now, some movie from a guy called Francis Ford Coppola, has a 97%. You might see this and think, "Holy sh*t, Teacher of the Year is better than Apocalypse Now! I gotta see this movie!" 

Not so fast. Teacher of the Year has seven reviews posted on Rotten Tomatoes. Only one of these is from a so-called Top Critic (more on that later). Two of them are from the same site (Kaplan vs. Kaplan) and one is from Cleveland.com, a publication of dubious repute. 

Apocalypse Now has 79 reviews, 16 of which are from top critics. You get a lot more meaningful consensus from 79 reviews that you might from, say, seven. If seven people tell you a movie is good, and you only trust one of them, you might think, "Well, maybe." If 77 people tell you a movie is good (there are, apparently, at least two people in the world who don't like Apocalypse Now), and you trust 16 of them, you will see that movie.

The plot thickens when a Google search reveals there are reviews in the wide world of the Internet for Teacher of the Year not included in the consensus, and not just random stupid blog posts Why? Well, that's really at the discretion of Rotten Tomatoes.



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<![CDATA[Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-child-survival-movies/ranker-film

Survival movies are full of riveting suspense sequences, but when a child is the lead character the stakes become even higher. The top movies about children surviving feature intelligent kids using all of their skills and resources to make it through another day. This is a list of the greatest movies about lost kids, including everything from Life of Pi to Red Dawn to The Blue Lagoon.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about kids surviving? The Hunger Games pushes the genre to the extreme, as a group of teens are pitted against each other in a televised fight to the death. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the fiery Katniss Everdeen in this successful franchise. Lord of the Flies is another good film about kids trying to survive. Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows a young boy who runs away in order to avoid being sent back to child welfare services. Other notable movies about kids surviving include Hanna, A Boy and His Dog, and How I Live Now.

Which movie about kids surviving is the best? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list, and please add any great features that are missing.


Great Movies About Kids Trying to Survive,

The Road

Battle Royale

Red Dawn

The Professional

Hanna

The Lord of the Flies

Life of Pi

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Hunger Games


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<![CDATA[Great Movies About Non-Violent Crimes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-about-non-violent-white-collar-crimes/ranker-film

When it comes to making movies, white collar crime serves as the inspiration behind some of the best stories to ever hit the silver screen. The top white collar crime movies feature intelligent criminals striking it rich and getting in over their heads. This is a list of the greatest movies about non-violent crime, including everything from Ocean's Eleven to All the President's Men to Catch Me If You Can.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about non-violent crimes? Martin Scorsese directed The Wolf of Wall Street, the real-life story of a crafty stockbroker who falls into a cesspool of corruption. Snatch is another good movie about stealing, although in this case the treasure is a priceless diamond. The slyly witty American Hustle was nominated for 10 Oscars in 2013. Other good movies featured on this list include Wall Street, Blow, and The Insider.

Do you have a favorite movie about white collar crimes? Give the best films a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


Great Movies About Non-Violent Crimes,

All the President's Men

American Gangster

Catch Me If You Can

Chinatown

Dog Day Afternoon

Fun with Dick and Jane

Ocean's Eleven

The Insider

The Untouchables

The Wolf of Wall Street


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<![CDATA[Best Ezra Miller Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ezra-miller-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Ezra Miller movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ezra Miller'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 Ezra Miller movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ezra Miller movies will be at the top of the list. Ezra Miller has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ezra Miller movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ezra Miller films to end the squabble once and for all.

In 2016, Ezra Miller made his debut as Barry Allen AKA The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He reprised his role in a cameo for Suicide Squad and will have a bigger role in the upcoming Justice League movie.

This is a list that features films like We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ezra Miller movies?" and "What are the greatest Ezra Miller roles of all time?"

If you think the best Ezra Miller role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ezra Miller performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Ezra Miller Movies,

Every Day

City Island

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Another Happy Day

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Trainwreck

Suicide Squad

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


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<![CDATA[Best Michael Peña Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-michael-pena-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Michael Peña movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Michael Peña'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 Michael Peña movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Michael Peña movies will be at the top of the list. Michael Peña has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Michael Peña movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Michael Peña films to end the squabble once and for all.

This is a list that features films like Ant-Man, End of Watch, American Hustle, and Crash.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Michael Peña movies?" and "What are the greatest Michael Peña roles of all time?"

If you think the best Michael Peña role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Michael Peña performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Michael Peña Movies,

Ant-Man

Tower Heist

The Good Doctor

Hell & Back

Cesar Chavez

Fury

Frontera

The Martian

War on Everyone

Vacation


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<![CDATA[Best Zoey Deutch Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zoey-deutch-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Zoey Deutch movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Zoey Deutch started her acting career appearing in TV series like The Suite Life on Deck and Ringer, but she quickly became a good bet at the box office. Zoey Deutch'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 Zoey Deutch movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Zoey Deutch movies will be at the top of the list. Zoey Deutch has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Zoey Deutch movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Zoey Deutch films to end the squabble once and for all.

Daughter of actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch, Zoey Deutch starred opposite James Franco in Why Him? and will be in his upcoming comedy The Disaster Artist, which chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau's infamous movie The Room.  

This is a list that features films like Vampire Academy and Dirty Grandpa.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Zoey Deutch movies?" and "What are the greatest Zoey Deutch roles of all time?"

If you think the best Zoey Deutch role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Zoey Deutch performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Zoey Deutch Movies,

Mayor Cupcake

Beautiful Creatures

Vampire Academy

Good Kids

Everybody Wants Some

Vincent-N-Roxxy

Dirty Grandpa

Why Him?

Before I Fall


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<![CDATA[Best Jamie Dornan Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-jamie-dornan-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Jamie Dornan movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Also known for his role as Paul Spector on the TV series The Fall, Jamie Dornan quickly became a good bet at the box office. Jamie Dornan'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 Jamie Dornan movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jamie Dornan movies will be at the top of the list. Jamie Dornan has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jamie Dornan movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jamie Dornan films to end the squabble once and for all.

Jamie Dornan is best known for his role as Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed

This is a list that features films like The 9th life of Louis Drax and Anthropoid.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jamie Dornan movies?" and "What are the greatest Jamie Dornan roles of all time?"

If you think the best Jamie Dornan role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jamie Dornan performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Jamie Dornan Movies,

Marie Antoinette

Beyond the Rave

Shadows in the Sun

Fifty Shades of Grey

Burnt

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Anthropoid

Fifty Shades Darker

Flying Home

The Siege of Jadotville


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<![CDATA[Best Oscar Isaac Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-oscar-isaac-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Oscar Isaac movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Oscar Isaac'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 Oscar Isaac movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Oscar Isaac movies will be at the top of the list. Oscar Isaac has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Oscar Isaac movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Oscar Isaac films to end the squabble once and for all.

In 2015, Oscar Isaac joined the Star Wars franchise as X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He will reprise the role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

This is a list that features films like Ex Machina and Inside Llewyn Davis.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Oscar Isaac movies?" and "What are the greatest Oscar Isaac roles of all time?"

If you think the best Oscar Isaac role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Oscar Isaac performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Oscar Isaac Movies,

Mojave

10 Years

The Bourne Legacy

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Two Faces of January

Star Wars: Episode VII

X-Men: Apocalypse

A Most Violent Year

Ex Machina

The Promise


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<![CDATA[Best Japanese Animated Films That Aren’t Studio Ghibli]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-non-studio-ghibli-japanese-animated-films/camille-medina

Ask the average Westerner what the best Japanese animated film is, and you're likely to hear one of three responses: Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, or get away from me you weirdo, what are you even talking about, I'm an adult and I don't watch cartoons. Regardless, Japan is a country beloved for its animation, and there are myriad amazing anime films that aren't Studio Ghibli.

After Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name topped box offices worldwide and took the title of highest grossing anime film from Spirited Away, it’s clear that the best Japanese animated films are no longer limited to one studio. Studio Ghibli doesn't have a monopoly on childhood innocence or kids discovering themselves in fantastical settings. Other studios also have more freedom to tell darker stories that question technology, gender and identity, or even the existence of God. These films have fans all around the world, and they're definitely worth watching. Perhaps, for some of you, one of these films will be your introduction to a new world of Japanese animation.


Best Japanese Animated Films That Aren’t Studio Ghibli,

5 Centimeters Per Second

“The speed at which cherry blossom petals fall... five centimeters per second,”  male protagonist Takaki says in this 2007 Makoto Shinkai film. 5 Centimeters Per Second’s story is a simple one, following childhood friends who fall in love but eventually drift apart. The fleeting nature of life is powerful and recurring theme throughout the film, accented by illuminating, visually stunning shots of painfully detailed scenery. From the wide open sky to notebooks on desks, the movie creates a nostalgic mood that finds beauty in even the simplest moments.


Ghost in the Shell

This 1995 science fiction film by Mamoru Oshii saw a future in which most of mankind is modified with robotic body parts. Federal agent Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team are hunting down “The Puppermaster,” a black hat charged with hacking into the minds of cyborg-human hybrids. As Motoko delves deeper into this case, her own existence comes into question, as do the questions of what life and identity mean in an age where humanity and technology are one.

Ghost in the Shell feels ahead of its time, with its rich animation, world building, and its vision of technology in 2029. It's easy to forget this movie was made in the '90s. The film’s influence can be seen in numerous film and TV series that followed, and including most notably The Matrix movies.


Paprika

Satoshi Kon reached the peak of his exploration of reality versus fiction in his 2006 sci-fi fantasy story, Paprika. In a future where people receive dream therapy through a device called the DC Mini, Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a dream psychiatrist who adopts the alter ego "Paprika" when she visits patients in their dreams.

Changes in people's dreams, the warping of reality, a non-linear plot, and over-the-top visuals keep you on your toes, and it's no surprise some believe Paprika to be a strong influence on Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010). Paprika is visually gorgeous, colorful, shocking, and goes beyond what dreams are made of. 


Perfect Blue

Perception and reality blur together when Mima Kirigoe graduates from her role as pop idol to focus on acting. She has to deal with a stalker fan who isn’t too happy about her career change. Her TV acting role, discovery of a blogger pretending to be her, and her own sense of reality start to become indistinct. And then people around her start dying.

The story of Perfect Blue flips back and forth between her reality, acting role, and former pop idol identity, and brings into question the nature of perception and identity. Director Satoshi Kon made this psychological thriller back in 1997, but its study of the early days of the Internet, public versus private identity, and the Japanese entertainment idol industry is still relevant today.  


A Letter to Momo

In A Letter to Momo, 11-year-old Momo moves to an island town after her father’s death, where she encounters three goblin-like creatures called youkai. They're friendly, but tend to wreak a lot of havoc. Momo is quickly forced to reign in the youkai’s shenanigans, and ultimately learns to overcome the loss of her father in Hiroyuki Okiura’s 2011 coming-of-age story. A Letter to Momo combines the sweet innocence of childhood, dealing with uncertainty, and facing tragedy.


Wolf Children

What’s tougher than being a single mom? Apparently, being a single mom of half-human, half-wolf children. In this 2012 film by Mamoru Hosoda, we follow the story of Hana, a woman who moves to the countryside with her two hybrid children, Ame and Yuki, after the death of their werewolf father.

The film enraptures you with the gorgeous greenery of the countryside, as well as Hana’s struggle to raise children with dangerous wild sides. Viewers are also treated to Ame and Yuki’s own pubescent woes, as they try to figure out which side of their bloodline is more in line with their identity.


Hotarubi no Mori e

Before manga creator Midorikawa Yukiko's beloved series Natsume's Book of Friends, she wrote Hotarubi no Mori e, or Into the Forest of Fireflies. The short 2011 film directed by Takahiro Omori depicts a young girl named Hotaru who, one summer, befriends a masked forest spirit named Gin. However, Hotaru learns that her new friend cannot be touched by a human or he will disappear.

They promise to meet every summer after that, and the movie explores their friendship despite their limitations and Hotaru's growing feelings. The ending is touching, heartrending, and still somehow hopeful. It really comes at you as quickly and surprisingly as it does for Hotaru and Gin. Heads up, you might need some tissues for this one. 


Your Name

You go into Your Name expecting a simple body-switching teen romance between a high school girl in the country and a high school boy in the city. Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 box office hit goes far beyond that, however, transcending space and time itself.

Your Name, though fantasy, grounds itself with the beautiful and detailed animation Makoto is renowned for, coupled with a cohesive story line that binds everything together like the symbolic musubi, or threads of fate, in the film.


Garden of Words

Every time it rains, aspiring shoemaker student Takao meets with the mysterious woman Yukino in a park garden. Love grows slowly between them, although few words are spoken during their rainy day meetings.

Like the ancient poetry that inspired it, The Garden of Words focuses on love in terms of longing, loneliness, and distance. These themes are only magnified by the melancholic, nostalgic mood created by the rain, which is so beautifully animated it evokes more of a Platonic ideal than a reality. 


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

A lot of embarrassing things can happen in high school, but what if you could go back in time to fix it? 17-year-old Makoto gets this chance in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time after an accident grants her the ability to literally “leap” back in time (with progressively larger jumps sending her further back in time).

Though she initially has a lot of fun, she learns there is a limit to her leaps, and that her warping of the past can affect those around her. The 2006 sci-fi film put Mamoru Hosoda on the map for many anime fans, and this is a great introduction to his films. It’s a fun and energetic study of youth, and there's a surprising twist at the end involving the origins of the time-leaping power.



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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:53:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-non-studio-ghibli-japanese-animated-films/camille-medina
<![CDATA[Things You Didn't Realize Julia Stiles Was In Since 10 Things I Hate About You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/julia-stiles-movies-tv-shows/rebecca-shortall

While everyone knows the best Julia Stiles movies, many don't realize she's actually in lots of other movies and TV shows. Turns out that there's more to Stiles's career than just Kat Stratford. Despite the odds, Julia Stiles has managed to make it out of the pool of '90s teen stars treading water to enjoy a successful career.  

For many, Stiles was a relatable character in 10 Things I Hate About You as a fiercely feminist heroine (well, as fierce as the '90s got). To others, she's remembered as Jason Bourne's female foil in the Bourne movies or as Dexter's vengeful Lumen Pierce. But you'd be surprised by some of the TV shows and movies that you didn't realize Julia Stiles has been in since her stellar start. 


Things You Didn't Realize Julia Stiles Was In Since 10 Things I Hate About You,

Down to You

Both Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr. were teen movie giants following the success of 10 Things I Hate About You and She's All That. So it would make perfect sense to pair the two adolescent starlets in a rom-com, just a year after the release of their career-making movies. Unfortunately, what results is a dull, self-indulgent movie that scored an abysmal 3% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Stiles plays Imogen, a budding artist (seems like Freddie Prinze Jr. can't stop falling for artistic types) who jumps into a relationship with Prinze Jr.'s aspiring chef, Al. However, after spending a summer abroad, Imogen concludes that Al is robbing her of her youth and then a bunch of other stuff happens with "wacky" friends. It's not the best.  


Hamlet

10 Things I Hate About You wasn't the only Shakespeare adaptation that Stiles starred in. We all know that Kat Stratford is a modern adaptation of Katerina 'Kate' Minola from The Taming of the Shrew, but she's not the last of Shakespeare's leading ladies that Stiles personified. Stiles played tragic heroine Ophelia to Ethan Hawke's Hamlet in 2000.

The film transported the Shakespearian characters of Hamlet to modern-day New York City and elected to keep the original iambic pentameter dialogue. Ophelia still met a tragic end, drowning, as she is fated to do, in a fountain outside a hotel. Critical reception of the film and Stiles's performance were pretty divided, but this wasn't the last time Stiles would tackle Shakespeare.  


Mona Lisa Smile

This movie is probably remembered as being a half-assed attempt at a female Dead Poet's Society or as Oscar-bait for Julia Roberts. In fact, Roberts's leading performance probably overshadows any room in your memory box for the supporting performances of up-and-comers like Ginnifer Goodwin, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Julia Stiles.

Set in 1953, Stiles plays one of the many students at the all-female liberal arts university, Wellesley College. This may be a college, but all the women are measured by their ability to land a husband. Roberts's teacher character comes in and scandalizes students by showing them slideshows of sexy art. Stiles' character dreams of being a lawyer despite doing an art history course, but eventually marries Topher Grace because it's the '50s and women can't have it all yet. 


O

Once again, Stiles stretches her Shakespeare muscles and takes on another modern adaptation of one of the classic plays. This time, Othello is on the cards in the 2001 film, O. Stiles plays Desi, the early 2000s version of Desdemona. Desi is the daughter of the college dean and girlfriend to basketball star Odin, the only person of color in the school.

But as is the case with the original Othello, everything comes crashing down in a wave of jealousy and murder. O garnered mainly positive reviews, coming in at a decidedly above-average 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. 


Saturday Night Live

Though Stiles has never hosted SNL, she hasn’t been entirely absent from the stage at Studio 8H. Stiles made a guest appearance in the cold open of a Pierce Bronson-hosted episode back in 2001. Fun fact: the musical guests that week were Destiny's Child. That's a wonderful mashup of early 2000s icons.

Stiles played Jenna Bush, the daughter to Will Ferrell's dim President. Oh, what a nostalgia trip! Who can remember when Dubya was the worst person we could think of occupying the presidency?


Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook was the Jennifer Lawrence show from beginning to end. It’s no wonder she took home the Academy Award that year. So you would be forgiven for being unable to recall who played the supporting roles. Stiles plays Veronica, the older sister to Lawrence's Tiffany, and turns in a supporting performance so good that she and the rest of the cast frequently won best ensemble at many of the 2012 awards ceremonies. 


The Mindy Project

Stiles guest-starred in three episodes of Season 3 of the The Mindy Project, playing Dr. Jessica Lieberstein. Dr. Lieberstein was a colleague of Dr. Lahiri who also happened to be a hoarder. The trio of episodes with Stiles revolved around the show's Christmas season. Dr. Lieberstein hooked up with nurse Morgan, and then left him when she noticed Morgan putting on the pounds. 


Inside Amy Schumer

Stiles is apparently no stranger to sketch comedy. As well as making her brief SNL appearance, she joined Amy Schumer's gang of sex-starved gal pals in a sketch for the fifth episode of Season 4 of Inside Amy Schumer, "Madonna/Whore." Stiles guest-stars alongside Schumer, Amber Rose, and Amber Tamblyn and engages in a conversation about the dryness of their vaginas. 


The Omen (2006)

Did you even know there was a remake of the 1976 horror classic, The Omen? Let alone that Julia Stiles was in it? Stiles took on the starring role of Damien's reluctant adoptive mother, Katherine Thorn, in this 2006 remake while Liev Schreiber starred alongside her as her husband and Mia Farrow played their nanny, Mrs. Baylock. The remake received mixed reviews, as is the case with most remakes of classic horror films, but the late Roger Ebert gave it three out of four stars, so it can't be all bad. 


Bonus Item: Julia Stiles In Ghostwriter

Sure, Stiles has done a lot since 10 Things I Hate About You, but did you ever stop to wonder what she might have done before? Well, here's a gem called Ghostwriter. Stiles plays a young computer enthusiast, so enthusiastic that she turns away from her fellow teens to lovingly stroke a gigantic monitor and deliver hushed lines about how the Internet is free of judgment. 

She goes from a snarky badass to a computer romancer. She delivers lines like, "Can you jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace?" That's right, from a performance bathed in the light of a '90s desktop monitor, a star was born. Not even a nose ring and a beanie can hide this girl's shine. 



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<![CDATA[Everything You Didn't Realize You've Seen Katherine Waterston In Before]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/katherine-waterston-movies-and-shows/evan-lambert

Who is Katherine Waterston? You may not think you know the Alien: Covenant actress, but you probably do. Unless you only watch Alien movies. In which case you probably don't. But if that's the case, what gives? You're weird. For the love all things sacred, didn't you even bother seeing Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts? Then you've got your Katherine Waterston TV shows... okay, look, anyway, the point is, if you're here reading this, you're probably asking yourself, "What has Katherine Waterston been in?", and unless you mean that in a ontological sense, this list will answer your questions. 

For starters, K-Wat is the first person you see in the second trailer for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, and, despite wearing what appears to be a leftover wig from Newsies, she charms you with her open face and kind eyes. She's also the first to cry in the trailer, and the first to regret accidentally unleashing a terrifying, murderous alien species. So big up Katherine Waterston Alien: Covenant edition - she seems to be the moral center of the story, or least the audience proxy. 

But let's get down to brass tacks. Who is this K-Wat person? What's the 411 on Katherine Waterston credits? How am I not myself? Well, so glad you asked. Waterston is a talented actor with excellent pedigree. You might know her father, Sam Waterston, from Law & Order (or Grace and Frankie if you're a Netflix junkie too young for Law & Order). And K-Wat isn't just a great actor, she's about to be a major star - she's got two franchises going in Alien and Fantastic Beasts, and is trusted by great directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Danny Boyle, and Ridley Scott. Can't go wrong with that combo. 


Everything You Didn't Realize You've Seen Katherine Waterston In Before,

Michael Clayton

Waterston's feature film debut came in the form of a character named Third Year in Oscar-nominated legal thriller Michael Clayton. Do you remember her? It's okay, no one else does either. It's definitely her in the still, so she was most certainly in the film, but, like, what did she do again? Does Third Year mean she was in law school? Or was her character's surname Year and her crackhead mom named her Third as a joke? Do crackheads have a sense of humor? 

There are also characters named First Year, Fourth Year, and Fifth Year, which begs the question, "WTF happened to Second Year?"


The Babysitters

According to Paul Thomas Anderson, he was "one of two people" who saw Waterston's star turn in The Babysitters, an indie drama about a teen who turns her babysitting business into a call girl center. As Anderson said, "Maybe that premise sounds a bit horse sh*t, but it really is not—it's a really interesting film."

Thanks to Waterston's luminous appeal in a difficult role and her ability to hold her own against John Leguizamo and Cynthia Nixon, Anderson was moved to contact her in 2013 while casting Inherent Vice


Boardwalk Empire

Waterston had a four episode arc as Emma Harrow, twin sister of disfigured war veteran-turned-gangster Richard Harrow, in season four of Boardwalk Empire. Richard talked about his relationship with his sister throughout the course of the show, but viewers didn't meet her until the season four premiere.

In the clip above, the two kill an injured dog; the scene kind of makes you hate both of them and feel really bad for the dog (unless you hate dogs and like people who take themselves really seriously). To Waterston's credit, she's great at reserved, mercurial coldness. 


Enter Nowhere

Psychological thriller/slasher/sci-fi mash-up Enter Nowhere was barely released in theaters, but Waterston nailed her lead role as Samantha. You can find it on DVD or Blu Ray or streaming or download or whatever it is kids do these days if you want to see her scream and cry in a quasi-horror flick with Clint Eastwood's hunky son Scott. 


The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Waterston briefly popped up as Charlie in the Her version of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, as seen above. The movie shows the dissolution of a relationship from the perspective of both parties, one of whom is played by Jessica Chastain, the other by James McAvoy. It is in fact a collection of three films, His, Her, and Them. Them takes bits and pieces from Him and Her and compiles them in a relatively straight forward, linear narrative. Somewhere in all of this you can find Katherine Waterston, eating outside and what looks to be a lovely restaurant. 


Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's psychedelic detective novel Inherent Vice was Waterston's big break; it officially transformed her into an actress to watch. Starring as Shasta Fay Hepworth, ex-girlfriend of Joaquin Phoenix's character, Waterston set the movie's plot in motion, and turned heads with a lengthy monologue delivered completely in the buff, which ended with her laying across Phoenix's lap and getting spanked. It's all very daddy. 

Some critics panned it, others applauded it, and Waterston took it all in stride, telling The New York Daily News:

"I feel that nudity is sort of what we do as actors. But it didn’t feel any more vulnerable or complicated than any other complicated, vulnerable scene I’ve played."


Sleeping with Other People

Waterston briefly showed up in 2015's underrated, underseen Jason Sudeikis/Allison Brie romcom Sleeping with Other People as Emma, the pregnant wife of a bespectacled, anal-retentive douchebag Matthew, played by Adam Scott. As a delicate, uptight WASP, Waterston managed to do a lot with limited material. She especially shined in a memorable climactic scene in which her water broke during a fist fight. 


Steve Jobs (2015)

In Steve Jobs, Waterston plays the titular Esteban's ex-girlfriend and baby mama Chrisann Brennan, whom Jobs refused to support until he bonds with Lisa, his five-year-old daughter, over one of his own products (because of course Steve Jobs would need his ego stroked in order to love his own daughter). Waterston delivers her Aaron Sorkin-penned lines with authority and heartbreak. Her depressed character, a writer and painter, falls on hard times, but the actress's fire and charisma left an indelible mark on viewers. 


Robot & Frank (2012)

You may have seen Robot & Frank, a charming 2012 sci-fi dramedy about an aging jewel thief named Frank (Frank Langella) whose son (James Marsden) buys him a robot for companionship. Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard and Liv Tyler are in it, and it won some sort of award at Sundance. However, you probably don't remember Katherine Waterston was in it, too. She played Shopgirl in the store from which Frank shoplifted at the beginning. Her onscreen boss was SNL's Ana Gasteyer, which must have been fun for her.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Waterston was eminently watchable as the heroic female lead in Fantastic Beasts, a spinoff of the Harry Potter series and her first prominent role in a studio tentpole. Her Tina (short for "Porpentina," natch) was desperate to get her job back (she lost it, it's a whole thing, just see the movie if you want to know the entire plot), but governed by a powerful moral compass. She also kicked a$$. Considering that J.K. Rowling signed on to write four (!) more movies for the franchise, you're bound to see a lot more of Waterston. 



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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:54:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/katherine-waterston-movies-and-shows/evan-lambert
<![CDATA[Horror Movies Made (Or Inspired) By People Who Were High Out Of Their Minds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horror-movies-made-by-people-on-drugs/lisa-a-flowers

From the sumptuously surreal poetry of Alejandro Jodorowsky to the lurid beauty of 1981's The Evil Dead, psychedelic horror movies have a rich history. Acid cinema isn't limited to LSD, either: drugs like cocaine and heroin have played significant roles (for better or worse) in many cinematic visions.

Who knew that one of the most harrowing scenes in 1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed under the influence of pot brownies? Or that reefer paranoia almost derailed one of Friday the 13th's most memorable slaughter-sequences? 

Whatever your feelings about drugged-out filmmakers, stoned stars, or getting high might be, check out these trippy horror movies, which prove that altered states do, in fact, translate well to the big screen.


Horror Movies Made (Or Inspired) By People Who Were High Out Of Their Minds,

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a masterpiece of visually brilliant minimalist horror, but there was nothing minimal about the amount of blood, sweat, and psychedelic edibles that went into its making. According to reports, the actors and crew spontaneously decided to shoot the movie's final scenes while under the influence of pot brownies.

Gunnar Hansen (AKA Leatherface) was new to marijuana, and, as filming went on and the drug began to take effect, things got really intense. Hansen was at the apex of the kick-in, and was dizzy and disoriented during a scene in which he had to chainsaw through a door and come at his victims. Fortunately, he managed to pull off the sequence without accidentally mangling any actual flesh.


A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984's Nightmare on Elm Street, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers before it, used sleep as a mechanism for almost certain death. However, nodding out on heroin was also an influence on the film. According to Vulture, actor Jsu Garcia (who was credited as Nick Corri) was using during several of his key scenes. Garcia, who has said that he was basically saved from destitution by being cast in the film, later admitted that:

"I was 19, and my life was horrible. I’d finished being homeless, and had a feeling of emptiness, so I’d do drugs. On the set of Nightmare, I snorted heroin in the bathroom. I’ve never talked about this, but I was high in the scene when I’m talking to Heather [Lagenkamp, who portrayed Nancy] through the bars in the jail cell."

Lagenkamp also recalled the moment: "On the day we shot the scene in the jail, his eyes were watery and they weren’t focused. I thought, Wow, he’s giving the best performance of his life."


Blue Sunshine

1978's psychedelic horror gem Blue Sunshine was directly inspired by the government-sponsored acid tests of the '60s. Wonders in the Dark describes it as "the story of [a type of] LSD that ten years later turns its taker into a murderous lunatic. The taker has no advance warning except for the losing of ones hair... and the occasional splitting migraine when loud noise is encountered. When the first afflicted member goes crazy at a party and barbecues three women, a friend in attendance begins investigating."

The movie is camp at its finest, but there's also something genuinely frightening about it.


Friday the 13th

The Friday the 13th films - in which teens abuse substances, have sex, and meet ingeniously ghastly deaths, usually in that order - are notorious for their on-set drug extravaganzas. Legend has it that Final Chapter star Lawrence Monoson, who memorably gets stabbed through a projector screen while watching porn and clutching a teddy bear, decided to get high prior to his own murder scene. He promptly freaked out, going into a paranoid tailspin as the sequence became all-too visceral.

In fact, A New Beginning and The Final Chapter in particular were "riddled with" cocaine use by just about everybody on set.


Requiem for a Dream

Daron Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream is one of the most disturbing drug films ever made. It was directly inspired by years of real-life substance abuse - not on the part of its director, but on the part of Hubert Selby, Jr., whose autobiographical writings the film is based on. 

Requiem is not strictly a horror film, but it's full of sequences that go toe-to-toe with some of the best in the genre. To achieve some of those scenes, Aronofsky turned to Czech auteur Jan Svankmajer for inspiration. Svankmajer, who has spoken openly about participating in LSD experiments while serving in the Czech military, has denied actually using illegal substances to buoy his visions, stating that "drugs may be a solution for people who lack imagination, [but] I do not need them."

According to Film School Rejects, "Aronofsky used Svankmajer as an influence when attempting to create a film about what drugs do to you physically, mentally, and emotionally."


Santa Sangre

Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is as synonymous with LSD as he is with surrealism, and the one official horror movie he has to his credit is no exception. Beautiful, bloody, and allegoric, Santa Sangre is (partially) the story of Fenix, a circus performer who has become the "arms" of his homicidal and armless mother, whose own limbs were lopped off by her deranged husband years ago.

The film - which features male genitalia disintegrating in sulfuric acid, murder victims painted white in mime style, and Christ-like figures crouching on trees like human fruit - is a visionary tour-de-force, and like many of Jodorowsky's movies, it was conceived and directed under the influence of drugs. Speaking of his work, Jodorowsky has claimed that "it was very useful to take a tablet of LSD. And mushrooms. One or two times. Twice."


The Evil Dead

The original, irreplaceable The Evil Dead (1981) is as artsy, splattery, and surreal as it gets. In fact, it often appears as if this story of teens who end up vacationing in a haunted/possessed cabin was shot entirely on LSD. (Acid wasn't actually involved in the production, but the movie's drug scenes weren't staged).

According to Mental Floss - and to Bruce Campbell, who played Ash - the cast smoked reefer throughout the production. As Campbell jokingly explained:

"Marijuana was somehow forced upon us in Tennessee... and I therefore became, let’s just say, affected... I lost any sense of time and where I was, and that’s [when] Sam Raimi decided that he needed to shoot Ash having a breakdown."

Everyone else also got compromised. As the film journal ihorror put it:

"Being that the film revolves around a group of friends partying in this cabin in the woods, Sam Raimi originally wanted the film to seem as authentic as possible. In the original script, while the recordings of the Necronomicon were being played back, Ash and company were to be smoking weed... so instead of faking it, the cast actually got high. The scene had to be reshot due to everyone acting out."

The Mental Floss piece also points out that many of the corpse-guts were ingeniously fashioned "from marshmallow strings," so one can assume that when the munchies kicked in, there were at least easily accessible (and stringy) sweets available for the taking/disemboweling.


Antichrist

If Danish auteur Lars von Trier is to be believed (he's famous for his self-deprecating sense of humor), he's written and shot pretty much all of his films under the influence of something or other. That includes the intense drama Antichrist (2009), as well as the lesser-known Epidemic (1987).

According to numerous interviews and reports (including this one from The Independent), von Trier has copped to drinking a bottle of vodka a day, and to using substances, in general, as "creative fuel." The director once told a Danish newspaper that:

"There is no creative expression of artistic value that has ever been produced by ex-drunkards and ex-drug-addicts. Who the hell would bother with a Rolling Stones without booze or with a Jimi Hendrix without heroin?"

Though von Trier is apparently sober as of 2014, he's expressed concern about clear-headedness being a possible hindrance to his ability to make films.


Irreversible

Gaspar Noé's Irreversible, with its horrifically graphic sexual violence, dazzling visual effects, and flickering, almost palpably hellish energy, caused major controversy when it premiered in 2002. Noé's approach to filmmaking was already manic and hallucinatory enough, but the director has since admitted that some of the movie's sequences were partially charged by cocaine use. According to Indiewire, the drug helped Noé to prepare for a "particularly intensive” scene:

"For most of the movie, I was [operating] the camera, and it was a handheld camera. And I’m not proud of this - I’m not a cokehead, I get allergic - but there were some members of the crew that were doing coke, and when the camera has to go up the stairs, down the stairs and turn around, at a point, my arms were hurting, and my friends on the set were giving me coke. And you feel strong and you feel like a superhero... I was really happy that helped me achieve the scene."

However, after a two-day binge, Noé had had enough. He was exhausted by the intense physical work that the drug had "allowed" him to do, and after the effects of the coke began to wear off, the hitherto-masked "pain started, and I could not even raise a glass of vodka."



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<![CDATA[18 Facts Most People Don't Know About How The Old Hollywood Studio System Worked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/how-old-hollywood-studio-system-worked/lisa-waugh

The history of Hollywood is a far cry from the shiny Technicolor stories churned out during the days of the old studio system. The Dream Factory was controlled by the Big Five, which studios owned a significant portion of theaters across the United States. 

It’s interesting to look back at how the old Hollywood studio system worked compared to today. Studios controlled all things film from the early ‘30s to the late ‘50s, including the lives and careers of screen legends. The system began unraveling when the US government banned block booking, a method of locking down screens through ownership and an onslaught of films. Television stole eyeballs. Agents undermined bargaining power. The Red Scare sparked the Blacklist, and the industry and government overplayed their hands. 

Another death knell was the Hays Code, censorship that made Hollywood whitewash and water down film content. While it worked just fine for a while, it eventually undermined Hollywood, as European and independent filmmakers made bold storytelling choices that didn’t adhere the code. Audiences filled art house theaters to watch Italian Neorealism, Japanese imports, the cerebral films of Ingmar Bergman, and the beginning of the French New Wave. 

Old Hollywood stars under contract may have lived the dream, but a lot was expected of them. Studios controlled every aspect of their lives, from marriages to pregnancies. How they looked mattered more than how well they could act. Scandals were handled and buried. Studio abuses went unchecked. 

But it wasn’t all bad. Tinsel Town historical facts also reveal how screenwriters created the template for American cinematic narrative. The studio system made it possible for writers to transition to directing by helping them understanding camera work and character blocking. The environment of collaboration helped produce countless classic films, including Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and some not starring Humphrey Bogart.   

Let’s look at some old Hollywood system facts and look back on a time where “action” was a command. 


18 Facts Most People Don't Know About How The Old Hollywood Studio System Worked,

Gossip Columnists Damaged Reputations, Ruined Careers, And Got Information Direct From Studios

One of the many ways studios controlled stars and their images was through the powerful poison pens of gossip columnists Hedda Hopper, a former actress, and Louella Parsons. Hopper's and Parsons’s careers were completely dependent upon information studios gave them. 

Examples of their handiwork include Hopper’s frequent negative coverage of Charlie Chaplin over his politics, controversial paternity suit, and marriage to an 18-year-old when he was 54. Her work contributed to Chaplin being prevented from entering the United States in 1952. Parsons also ruined Ingrid Bergman’s clean image by revealing her affair with Roberto Rossellini (they eventually married). 

Hopper and Parsons feuded with each other as well. The two were friends, but the studios made turned them into bitter enemies, pitting them against each other as they did stars such a Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The goal was control and it was very effective. 

New York University professor Moya Luckett explained to Vanity Fair, “What they did in some ways was more difficult than what we have today—they were very sophisticated in making it look like there was independent reportage and there was a possibility for truth to be obtained by journalists like Hopper and Parsons.”


The Big Five And Little Three Studios Dominated Hollywood

Five studios emerged from the silent film era of the 1920s to to dominate American cinema. Those studios, known as The Big Five, were: MGM, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, RKO, and Paramount. Various other studios and production companies clamored for a piece of the pie. The three others that ate at the big boy table, known as The Little Three, were Universal, United Artists, and Colombia. 


Studio Fixers Like Eddie Mannix Helped Stars Avoid Trouble With The Law

If you've seen Hail, Caesar, you know all about Eddie Mannix (pictured), an infamous studio fixer of old Hollywood. He got stars out of trouble by whatever means necessary. He helped Joan Crawford out of a spot of bother, perhaps with the assistance of the mob, when some extortionists came upon a copy of a lesbian porn film she made before becoming famous. 

The following story from Clark Gable by Warren G. Harris demonstrates the extent to which studios went to protect stars. It also debunks the long-held rumor that Gable hit and killed someone. It's a long story, but worth the read. 

“In March [1945] Gable’s heavy drinking finally caught up with him. While driving home from a party celebrating the American victory on Iwo Jima, he lost control of the car as he passed through the Bristol Circle, a dense tree-filled traffic island on Sunset Boulevard in residential Brentwood in West Los Angeles. It being around four o’clock in the morning, there may have been no eyewitnesses to what actually happened. But MGM publicists and security chief Whitey Hendry got to the accident scene before it was reported to the police or press.

[MGM publicist] Howard Strickling later claimed that Gable crashed into a tree on the front lawn of Harry Friedman, a talent agent for MCA. According to Strickling, Friedman knew enough about the industry’s penchant for secrecy to phone MGM instead of the cops.

‘It wouldn’t have been good if a photographer arrived and snapped Clark Gable lying on the lawn covered with blood and his car all cracked up, Strickling said. After a studio doctor arrived to patch up Gable, he was taken to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, and the wrecked car was quickly towed away.

At the hospital Gable required ten stitches for head and shoulder wounds and was detained for ‘observation.’ He was in a drunken stupor and kept threatening to walk out, so all his clothes were taken away to lessen the chances. He spent the next three days in isolation, being thoroughly dried out.

The press had so many informants at Cedars of Lebanon that Gable’s presence became known within minutes. Amusingly, the story handed out by MGM was that Gable’s car had been sideswiped by a drunken driver who immediately sped away! Nobody believed it, but it got printed and also started rumors of what really happened. One of the more extreme had Gable killing a pedestrian and MGM persuading one of its minor executives to take the rap for him! After ‘confessing’ that he had really been driving the car and Gable was only a passenger, the exec supposedly served a year in jail for manslaughter, after which MGM rehired him with a whopping pay increase and pension plan.”


Stars Had To Look Good (The Studio Took Care Of The Rest)

The average actor’s contract ran for seven years, on account of the De Havilland Law. Actors performed in whatever films the studio desired. Studios also loaned actors to other studios without consent or permission, sometimes as punishment for misbehavior on the actor's part. Actors of all types were under contract; lead, supporting, and extras. And all casting was typecasting. 

Looks-over-talent was Hollywood's philosophy. An actor was groomed, chiseled, and molded to have a screen presence. They were given diction lessons and schooled on posture, and took horseback riding, fencing, and dance lessons. Appearance was hugely important. Weight maintenance was standard in contracts. Physical fitness was strictly enforced. What couldn’t be worked off was surgically altered. If a nose was too big, a chin too wide, plastic surgery was a given.  

“A star is made, created; carefully and cold-bloodedly built up from nothing,” said Louis B. Mayer. “All I ever looked for was a face. If someone looked good to me, I'd have him tested. If a person looked good on film, if he photographed well, we could do the rest.”


Studios Owned Their Stars And Controlled Their Personal Lives

The studio controlled every aspect of a star’s life. From how they spent their private time to who they dated, married, and pretty much every other aspects of their personal lives. If an actor had an affair, got pregnant, had a drug or alcohol problem, or a child out of wedlock, the studio made it a high priority to deal with it and keep that knowledge from the public. 

If an actor was gay, that knowledge was closely guarded. Actors stayed in the closet and were regularly forced into cover marriages. Crimes and misdeeds were covered up. The studios worked with law enforcement and the press to keep things under wraps. 


The Talent Scout System Was Wide Ranging And Ravenous

Hollywood talent scouts searched for fresh talent on Broadway, vaudeville, and radio. They were on the lookout for a fresh face just about anywhere, including the street. 

In 1936, someone (by some accounts The Hollywood Reporter founder William R. Wilkerson, by others a talent scout) spotted 15-year-old Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner drinking a soda outside a shop in Hollywood after she ditched a typing class. She was approached, brought to Marx Brother Zeppo (who was an agent as well as an actor) once her parents approved of the situation, signed with him in 1937, and cast in They Won’t Forget.

Turner was an instant success, not because of her talent (she had no lines and was killed off pretty quickly), but because of her tight skirt and chest-hugging sweater. Turner, who chose Lana as her first name, was known as the “Sweater Girl.”  

Turner said of her studio years

”It was all beauty and it was all power. Once you had it made, they protected you; they gave you stardom. The ones who kept forging ahead became higher and higher and brighter and brighter and they were stars. And they were treated like stars. We had the best."


The Hays Code Was A Self-Censorship System Created To Avoid Federal Interference

Formally known as The Motion Picture Production Code, the Hays Code was put in place in 1930 but not strictly enforced until 1934. The code was a way for the studios to self-censor in answer to the government’s threat to ban films the public might deem offensive and morally unacceptable.

Pre-code films were far racier and more tolerant than post-code films. Sexuality, nudity, feminism, and gay characters were part of the cinematic landscape before the code was enforced. Will H. Hays was president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America when the code was adopted, hence the name, but it was more closely associated with Joseph Breen, who was appointed by Hays to enforce it. 

The code drastically changed American cinema by banning sex, pregnancy, and promiscuity, upholding the sanctity of marriage, and adding twin beds in the budoir. The code also banned biracial relationships and gay characters. Villains couldn’t get away with murder. Violence was squelched or sanitized. 

The American happy ending was born. Meanwhile, in Europe, characters had angst, were betrayed, and pondered real life issues where a happy ending was never guaranteed. The upside of the Hays Code? It created snark. Many took direct shots at the code, mocking it outright. 


Block Booking

Studios sold films to theaters in blocks. A standard block contained of 20 or more features, one of which was a high quality picture with broad appeal, the rest of which were a grab bag of B-movies of varying quality. Theater owners weren’t fans of the block system, because it ate up the majority of the playbill for the year, but they had to go along in order to get the biggest films each year. 

In many cases, when theater owners bid on block from a studio, some films included weren't even made yet. Because of this, programmers had no idea how bad a picture might be. What's more, if the final product differed from descriptions provided by the studio, programmers would have no idea to whom the project might appeal and how to promote and schedule it. Theaters were also required to take short films, which were tacked onto features. Block booking was a major impediment to theater owners meeting the taste of clientele. 

On top of this, the Big Five owned controlling stakes in theater chains, which were exempt from block booking, and therefore would only show the best, most commercially successfully and high quality films. This cut into the business of theaters lashed to the block system. 


War Was A Huge Boost For The Studio System

World War 1 exploded the American film industry. The public wanted stories and escape from their lives, yet also craved news from the front, which theatrical newsreels provided. Public demand led to technological advances, while Hollywood’s competition, European cinema, had a hard time getting much done with all the fighting going on.

Hollywood stars were a huge part of the war effort during WWII. Bette Davis headed up the Hollywood Canteen, where stars Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable, Merle Oberon, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, and Mickey Rooney entertained the troops. Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, and Leslie Howard even joined the armed forces, and Dietrich was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


The Men Behind The Big Five Were Jewish Immigrants With A Background In Theater

Jewish immigrants Adolph Zukor, Louis B. Mayer, and brothers Harry, Albert, Samuel, and Jack Warner came to Hollywood when the vaudeville and burlesque circuit began to flag in the Northwest. They owned theaters that attracted working class immigrants and first generation Americans. 

They chose Hollywood for several reasons. California was as far as they could get from Thomas Edison, who was more than happy to sue filmmakers for patent infringement. They also came for the weather. The warm and practically rainless climate allowed for longer production time, particularly inland from the coast. The terrain mirrored many other national and even international locations, and the light is perfect for filming. 

The biggest reason they choose film over theater, though, is very simple: it was more profitable. 



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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:46:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/how-old-hollywood-studio-system-worked/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dark-hero-moves/ranker-film

Many memorable movie protagonists ride in on their white horses to save the day, but some of the best heroes are complex characters with a dark side. The top films about very dark heroes feature brave characters who with cross moral lines in order to ultimately do the right thing. This is a list of the greatest movies about dark heroes including everything from Taxi Driver to V for Vendetta to The Crow.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about dark heroes? Batman is famous among superheroes for his brooding tendencies, and The Dark Knight pushes him further into murky territory than he's ever gone before. The Devil's Rejects is another movie that finds audiences rooting for some very flawed heroes. When they become trapped inside a den of vampires, a family must work with their murderous kidnappers to make it out alive in From Dusk till Dawn. Other good films featured on this list include Birdman, Dirty Harry, and Falling Down.

Which dark hero would you call to save the day? Vote the best films up to the top of this list and please add any good movies that are missing.


Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes,

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The Boondock Saints

From Dusk till Dawn

Mad Max: Fury Road

Taxi Driver

The Dark Knight

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

V for Vendetta

The Dark Knight Rises

Logan


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:51:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dark-hero-moves/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Worst Superhero Movie Visual Effects]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-superhero-movie-visual-effects/aaron-edwards

Bad visual effects in superhero movies are nothing new; if anything, they symbolize a proud tradition of lousy effects in superhero movies dating back to even the best films. Superman (1978) may be a classic, but many of its effects are anything but; even still, it’s considered one of the best superhero movies. When a superhero film cuts corners and/or lacks self awareness, it runs the risk of reducing your heroes to zeroes. The worst special effects usually go hand-in-hand with lousy set design, unfortunate direction, and actors chewing scenes like it was there last meal.  It all comes together to make a perfect storm of awful.

From ridiculous scene extensions to CGI characters that might as well be Sims, the list below features the worst visual effects you’ll see in superhero films. Some of these get a little obscure, meaning it’s a safe bet you haven’t ventured to watch them (seriously, how many of you have watched Supergirl?). But if you have and want to relive the pain, check out the clips below. 


The Worst Superhero Movie Visual Effects,

That Time A Model Of The Hoover Dam Collapsed In 'Superman: The Movie'

When Superman And Nuclear Man Demolished The World In 'Superman IV: The Quest For Peace'

The Inexplicably Skull-less Red Skull In The 1990 Captain America Movie

The CGI Abomination That Is Abomination In 'The Incredible Hulk'

Parallax - The CGI Poop Monster In 'Green Lantern'

Halle Berry's CGI Stunt Double In 'Catwoman'

The Rubbery CGI Flipping In 'Blade II'

Everything About The Green Goblin Costume In 'Spider-Man'

Literally Everything In 'The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen'

The Burly Brawl In 'The Matrix Reloaded'


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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:28:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-superhero-movie-visual-effects/aaron-edwards
<![CDATA[Best Ansel Elgort Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ansel-elgort-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Ansel Elgort movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ansel Elgort'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 Ansel Elgort movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ansel Elgort movies will be at the top of the list. Ansel Elgort has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ansel Elgort movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ansel Elgort films to end the squabble once and for all.

Ansel Elgort is well known for his role as Caleb Prior in the Divergent movies. 

This is a list that features films like The Fault in Our Stars and Men, Women & Children.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ansel Elgort movies?" and "What are the greatest Ansel Elgort roles of all time?"

If you think the best Ansel Elgort role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ansel Elgort performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Ansel Elgort Movies,

Carrie

Divergent

The Fault in Our Stars

Men, Women & Children

Insurgent

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Paper Towns


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:46:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ansel-elgort-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[18 Reasons Predator Is Objectively The Finest Action Film Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/predator-best-action-movie-ever/jacob-shelton

Everyone knows Predator is one of the best action movies ever committed to film, but why? How is something so simple also the perfect encapsulation of what an action film should be? Is the muscle bro handshakes? The mud-slathered Austrians insulting apex predator aliens? Or is there some kind of intrinsic magic that infects the audience each time the opening credits begin against a lovingly filmed helicopter sequence? Slather yourself up in some good ol’ invisi-mud and dive into the nitty gritty about one of the best '80s moviesPredator.

As a genre, '80s action films were very concerned about all the times things got too real in Central American jungles. Predator turns the heat up by dissecting American military actions during the war on drugs, and in doing so is one of the best sci-fi movies with monsters that are obviously metaphors for Soviet Russia. It also has some truly large muscles.

It’s not easy to be one of the best monster movies of the '80s, a decade which saw a lot of really fun monster flicks, but with a spectacular cast of best friends, behind the scenes pranks, and a director who happened to know a thing or two about Austrians who were adept at using machine guns, Predator became the pinnacle of action cinema. It’s funny, well paced, and never gets boring. Stick around, you’ll want to find out why Predator is so good.


18 Reasons Predator Is Objectively The Finest Action Film Ever Made,

Acclaimed Screenwriter Shane Black, Who Wrote Lethal Weapon, Has A Cameo

Shane Black has written some of the greatest action comedies of all time (Lethal Weapon, Monster Squad, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), so it's not shocking he performed some secret rewrites on the Predator script once he arrived in Mexico to flex with his bros and read comics, especially since he was working with producer Joel Silver at the time. 

According to Black, 20th Century Fox asked him to pen a rewrite on the Predator script but he thought it was fine so he asked for a part instead (look at the stones on this guy). Then, when he got on set, he continually rebuffed advances to rewrite the script because he just wanted to bro down and act in the jungle.

Think of how much better Predator, a film that's already peak cinema, could have been if it had featured one of Black's many tropes:

  • A washed up detective who has to get over his drinking problem to fight the Predator. 
  • A woman who can't remember who she is who has to fight the Predator.
  • A precocious child who has to take care of their washed up detective father who has to fight the Predator.

The Actors Had A Great Time On Set And You Can See It On Screen

Making a movie isn't all about getting into character and trying to figure out your motivation for fighting an invisible monster with a laser cannon, sometimes it's about broing down. For instance, take this story of big action men measuring their arms and drinking champagne.


Their Muscles Are So Large!

You're probably thinking to yourself, "I'm a big boy who can buy tickets to Wolverine movies, I've seen big muscles before."

But if you haven't seen Predator, you don't know anything about big men with even bigger muscles. The man muscles modern audiences are exposed to are nothing but composites of CGI magic, personal trainers, and water pills. Not so in Predator. To stay in shape for the movie, the actors allegedly woke up at 3am to work out before a 12-hour shooting day. That kind of dedication to being big strong men shows up on film, and the world is better for it. 


It's The Only Movie That Begins In A Helicopter

Check this out, dummies: Predator is so confident in its greatness it opens with helicopters flying over a South American beach, shows all the characters getting out of the helicopters, then puts them back in one of the helicopters in order to deliver one of the greatest sequences ever shot under a red light. Name another movie that does that.


It's Nice To See A Multicultural Group Of Action Men

You know what you didn't see a lot of in the '80s? Action movies with a large, multicultural cast. For some reason it took until the back half of the '80s for filmmakers to realize audiences would be pumped to see big strong men from all walks of life f*cking up drug lords in South America and trying to fight an alien wearing an invisibility cloak. The half-hearted attempt at a 2010 reboot of the franchise ignored this and cast more white people than an LL Bean commercial. 


Arnold Schwarzenegger Lost 25 Pounds To Be In The Movie

You guys, Arnold Schwarzenegger is so big he had to lose 25 pounds to play the biggest guy in the movie. It's so cool that men in Hollywood are finally having to do what women have been since talkies came into fashion. According to the Predator behind-the-scenes documentary, guys were catching dysentery left and right so, it's conceivable Arnold ended up losing even more weight. Maybe there are a few shots where he's even 30 pounds lighter than he was in Commando. It's the kind of method acting only the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis or Marlon Brando could pull off, but neither one of them could do it with an Austrian accent and while killing a giant space alien with a triangular death ray. 


The Pacing Is Basically Perfect

The phrase "non-stop thrill ride" comes to mind regarding Predator. It's not just the sweaty muscle men bulging their way through every frame of this genius film that make it the most fun you can have in the jungle without leaving your house, it's the fact that the script is tight (not as tight as the shirts trying to cover the muscles, obviously). The movie mostly dispenses with the unnecessary garbage dialogue that often weighs down action movies. Most of its run time consists of guys shooting machine guns into the jungle and screaming, and its edited at such a pace that the film never lags but is allowed to breathe, which isn't an easy feat.  

Plenty of action films that followed Predator's success stretched a simple premise to extreme lengths while getting bogged down in unnecessary dialogue, tedious and pointless exposition, and laborious cross-cutting between heroes, villains, main plots, and subplots. McTiernan knew how to keep the narrative movie and the audience on the edge of its seat.


Predator Is Peak Schwarzenegger

You can argue about how Terminator 2 is the height of Schwarzenegger's career all you want, but you're wrong and here's why: Arnold doesn't get to be Arnold in Termie 2, all he does is grill a guy's hand and fight the singer from Filter's brother. YAWN.

Predator lets Arnold be Arnold in all of his '80s glory. The film begins with the red-headed Austrian giving a flex handshake to Apollo Creed. He gets to say "stick around" after throwing a knife through a guy and sticking him to a pole, then he gets to cover himself in mud, scream "GET TO THE CHOPPA" and smoke cigars while beating a big muscled alien to death. Name anything as cool as that in Terminator 2. You can't do it because it doesn't exist. 

So Predator is the career high of the world's greatest action star. 


You Have Predator To Thank For Die Hard

Predator's director, John McTiernan, is a big time action daddy who brings the best explosions and subway beheadings to film. The movie you probably know him for is Christmas spectacular Die Hard.

Die Hard is good, but there's no way it would have achieved its status as one of the greatest action films of all time if McTiernan hadn't spent a year of the late '80s in the Mexican jungle filming a team of big men being chased by an invisible creature. The reason the giant team of baddies seem like such a cohesive unit is Die Hard ties in directly to McTiernan's work on wrangling so many action daddies in the most hostile of climates.

McTeirnan's experience on the set of Predator, and everything he learned from shooting all that hot jungle action and wrangling muscle-bound '80s daddies, perfectly primed him for another claustrophobic thriller (albeit one filled with men who are more step daddy than pure daddy material), Die Hard. What's more, the commercial success of Predator imbued Fox with enough trust for McTiernan to let him make Die Hard his way, on a decent budget. 


The Producers Kicked Jean Claude Van Damme Off Set

Ugh, Jean Claude Van Damme would have ruined this movie and everyone knows it. Believe it or not, he was cast AS THE PREDATOR. If you need reminding, his official height is 5'10", which means he's probably more like 5'8". 

So, first of all, JCVD is not nearly big enough to play a giant alien with a penchant for collecting skulls and working on impressions. Second, you know Van Damme would've tried to do splits at some point, and Predator is not a film about flexibility, it's a film about big men fighting things they can not see in the jungle.

Van Damme actually filmed some scenes in a big red blanket suit thing that was going to be turned into a bug man creature in post (which doesn't sound great), but he threw a fit when he saw the suit and no explanation of post-production could quell his European anger. Special effects specialist Steve Johnson describes the actor's vitriol: "He thought this was actually the real look of the monster in the movie and he [said] 'I hate this. I hate this. I hate it. I look like a superhero.' He was so angry." 

So he was fired, kicked off set, and a new monster was made. The team behind Predator had nice big brass balls to match the profound musculature of the cast. This commitment to vision and willingness to go to Apocalypse Now levels of obstinacy to achieve a mood and aesthetic is in part what makes it the best action movie ever. 



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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 02:42:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/predator-best-action-movie-ever/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[14 Ludicrously Bad Versions Of Now-Popular Marvel Franchises]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-versions-of-awesome-marvel-franchises/zack-howe

It is not hyperbole to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the shining light of mankind. Even the relative stinkers of the MCU have been passable — your Thor: The Dark Worlds and The Incredible Hulks were, you know, fine. And then there's the marvelous Netflix Defenders properties. It took a while to get to this point, however. There’s no shortage of bad Marvel movies out there, and there are even some Marvel TV shows that are (hopefully) forgettable.

While DC catches a lot of flak for their live-action adaptations, they don’t have anything nearly as bad as 1979's Captain America II: Death Too Soon. DC fans rejoice! You’ve been provided some ammunition for the next time someone harasses you about Green Lantern. (Well, as long as they don't bring up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Wow, How Was This Movie So Bad, It's Mind-Boggling). Let’s check out some bad, and in some cases, forgotten Marvel movies. 


14 Ludicrously Bad Versions Of Now-Popular Marvel Franchises,

Captain America

If you’re struggling to remember the 1990 version of Captain America, that’s because it was a straight-to-video movie. There’s really not much more to say than that. The term “straight-to-video” is about as unsavory as “low-cal,” or “alternative facts,” or “volcanic diarrhea.” It’s bad news. And no, that's not John C. Reilly underneath the patriotic cowl, it's Matt Salinger, J.D. Salinger's son. Despite all his "star power," the film flopped miserably, both critically and commercially.


Daredevil

Daredevil on Netflix can be a lot of fun, and it's a totally serviceable piece of entertainment. Our first big screen introduction to the Man Without Fear, however, was irredeemably atrocious. It’s hard to pick the worst thing about the 2003 adaptation, but Colin Farrell’s Bullseye is a reasonable place to start. Seriously, they took one of the most interesting characters from the Daredevil mythos and turned him into the lamest dude you'd run in to at a Matrix-themed costume party.

Batfleck is still having trouble getting into the good graces of superhero fans after Daredevil and Batman v Superman, but Justice League is going to change all that. For the worse or for the better, it's going to change it. Probably for the worse? Probably. 


Dr. Strange

The phrase "made-for-tv movie" should trigger a gag reflex for any reasonable person, but when it's in regards to the Sorcerer Supreme, it should also evoke rage. CBS had no business trying to make a film about the Doctor in an era where the best visual effect had to offer was Obi-Wan Kenobi melting into his robe after being struck by a lightsaber. To no one's surprise, this 1978 attempt at Dr. Strange earned an audience score of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. At least star Petter Hooten went on to have an illustrious porn career. Presumably.


Elektra

Elektra was one of the many terrible things to come out of 2003’s slog Daredevil, but at least it was one of the first female-led superhero movies. That probably would have been more impactful if anyone had liked it. Or seen it. Or if it was good in any conceivable way. Female heroes have a bright future, however, as Netflix's Daredevil actually managed to deliver a super compelling and way more convincing Elektra. It's okay, Jenny G, Elodie Yung can take it form here.


Hulk

Eric Bana, you are officially Bana’d from Marvel. More unforgiveable than Bana’s dead-eyed performance in this just-plain-weird Hulk adaptation was Ang Lee's bizarre direction (not to mention Nick “Nightcap” Nolte's grumbling efforts). Ang took some... creative license by splitting the screen occasionally to mimic the appearance of comic book panels. Not an altogether terrible idea, if he had used it more than twice, but the infrequency just made it jarring and out of place. Shockingly, this fever dream of a movie just made Rotten Tomatoes's “Certified Fresh” category with a 61% aggregate rating.


Spider-Man 3

You really need to learn to quit while you’re ahead, Raimi. This hard-to-watch adaptation of the web-slinger tanked the first Spider-Man franchise, and somehow managed to make Gwen Stacey lame. If nothing else, the scene where Tobey Maguire dances his way down a New York sidewalk should have disqualified Spider-Man 3 from qualifying as anything but eye torture.

Fortunately, Tommy has already blown Tobey out of the water with his debut as Spidey in Civil War. Tom Holland nailed the essence of the character in less than 15 minutes, while it never really got easier to watch Tobey Maguire pretend to be in high school when he was pushing 30. 


The Incredible Hulk Returns

In 1988, Lou Ferrigno got his big break into slightly-longer television programming with this made-for-tv movie inspired by his (bafflingly) popular tv show. It received a lukewarm reaction from audiences, which is about the best they could hope for. This feature is also, for some reason, a two-for-one, as it offered a hilarious representation of Thor.

In the film, Thor is bound to serve the whims of mortal archeology student Donald Blake, since he happened to stumble on Thor's hammer on a expedition in Norway. Oh, and then they fight the mob, for some reason. Here's to hoping their next team-up is just slightly better.


The Punisher

The 2004 version starring Thomas Jane was deeply bad. This one is somehow worse. The 1989 iteration of The Punisher stars Dolph Lundgren, the most underutilized genius engineer in Hollywood. Drago’s version has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 28%, and manages to feature racism, excessive violence, and the kind of, how do you say, "terribleness" that only Lundgren with a crossbow can inspire. 


Captain America & Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

Man, Cap sure did get a lot of terrible live-action adaptations. These two made-for-idiots made-for-tv movies came out in 1979, and while the first had a paltry RT score of 10%, they must have really figured it out with the second because it got a whopping 15%! Cap's transparent plastic shield inspired awe to anyone who gazed upon it, looking capable of stopping anything from flies to slightly larger flies.


The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)

This legitimately terrifying made-for-tv movie also got a theatrical release overseas, presumably because the universe is nothing but a swirling void of never-ending misery and confusion. Regardless, reviews at the time were shockingly middling, highlighting just how much weed and cocaine impacted people's judgment in the '70s. Also, the effects were predictably hilarious. Either Spidey could shoot webs from his schlong, or the production quality just wasn't up to snuff. 



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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:47:08 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-versions-of-awesome-marvel-franchises/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Great Movies About Sad Loner Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sad-loner-character-movies/ranker-film

Since loner types prefer to spent most of their time in solitude, the best way to examine their lives is at the movies. The top lone wolf movies spotlight introverted characters who struggle to identify with the bulk of society. This is a list of the greatest movies about lonely characters including everything from Taxi Driver to Rebel Without a Cause to The Wrestler.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about lonely and pathetic characters? Into the Wild was inspired by the real-life Alaskan adventures of Chris McCandless. Emile Hirsch starred in the 2007 drama, which was based on Jon Krakauer's book of the same name. Barton Fink is another fascinating film about a loner character. Ghost World follows a pair of teenage girls as they befriend a sad loner after setting him up on a fake blind date. Other good films about loner characters include About Schmidt, Safety Not Guaranteed, and The Panic in Needle Park.

Which movie about a loner is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of the list, and please add any good features that are missing.


Great Movies About Sad Loner Characters,

About Schmidt

Barton Fink

Buffalo '66

Ghost World

Into the Wild

Midnight Cowboy

Pi

Punch-Drunk Love

Rebel Without a Cause

Taxi Driver


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:05:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sad-loner-character-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Donald Glover Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-donald-glover-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Donald Glover movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Donald Glover started his acting career appearing in TV series like Community, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Donald Glover'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 Donald Glover movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Donald Glover movies will be at the top of the list. Donald Glover has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Donald Glover movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Donald Glover films to end the squabble once and for all.

In October 2016, Donald Glover was cast as young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo film.

This is a list that features films like Magic Mike XXL and The Martian.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Donald Glover movies?" and "What are the greatest Donald Glover roles of all time?"

If you think the best Donald Glover role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Donald Glover performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Donald Glover Movies,

Mystery Team

The Muppets

The To Do List

The Lazarus Effect

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Magic Mike XXL

The Martian


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:45:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-donald-glover-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Dan Stevens Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dan-stevens-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Dan Stevens movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Dan Stevens started his acting career appearing in TV series like Downton Abbey, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Dan Stevens'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 Dan Stevens movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Dan Stevens movies will be at the top of the list. Dan Stevens has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Dan Stevens movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Dan Stevens films to end the squabble once and for all.

This is a list that features films like The Guest and Beauty and the Beast.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Dan Stevens movies?" and "What are the greatest Dan Stevens roles of all time?"

If you think the best Dan Stevens role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Dan Stevens performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Dan Stevens Movies,

Night at the Museum 3

Hilde

Vamps

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Summer in February

The Guest

Criminal Activities

Beauty and the Beast

The Ticket

Colossal


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:45:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dan-stevens-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Zoe Kravitz Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zoe-kravitz-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Zoe Kravitz movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Zoe Kravitz'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 Zoe Kravitz movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Zoe Kravitz movies will be at the top of the list. Zoe Kravitz has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Zoe Kravitz movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Zoe Kravitz films to end the squabble once and for all.

Daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, Zoë Kravitz is also well known for her role as Christina in the Divergent movies.

This is a list that features films like X-Men: First Class and Dope.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Zoe Kravitz movies?" and "What are the greatest Zoe Kravitz roles of all time?"

If you think the best Zoe Kravitz role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Zoe Kravitz performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Zoe Kravitz Movies,

No Reservations

The Brave One

X-Men: First Class

Dope

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Good Kill

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Vincent-N-Roxxy

The Lego Batman Movie

The Divergent Series: Insurgent


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:44:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zoe-kravitz-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/quirky-drama-movies/ranker-film

Snarky cynics, charming cheaters, and feuding families are prime subjects for great quirky movies for adults. The top quirky drama films often spotlight characters embarking on a new chapter of their lives - usually without the support of their loved ones. This is a list of the greatest dramas about quirky characters including everything from Margot at the Wedding to Young Adult to Sideways.

What films will you find on this list of the best quirky movies for adults? The Royal Tenenbaums follows a delightfully dysfunctional family as they deal with suicide, incestuous love, and a fake cancer diagnosis. Its all-star cast includes Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, and many more. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a unique romance, thanks in part to its quirky lead characters. Other good films features on this list include Lost in Translation, Little Miss Sunshine, and Midnight in Paris.

Which of these dramas are the quirkiest movies of all? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups,

I Heart Huckabees

Being John Malkovich

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Little Miss Sunshine

Lost in Translation

Sideways

State and Main

Synecdoche, New York

The Brothers Bloom

The Royal Tenenbaums


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:26:10 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/quirky-drama-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies About Neo-Nazis & Skinheads]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/neo-nazi-skinhead-movies/ranker-film

Movies about neo-Nazis address racism, xenophobia, nationalism, antisemitism, and other disturbing concepts. Many of the top skinhead movies spotlight characters confronting their biases in unexpected ways. This is a list of the greatest movies about white supremacists including everything from Higher Learning to This Is England to Romper Stomper.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about skinheads? In American History X, Edward Norton stars as a reformed neo-Nazi who tries to prevent his brother from living a life of hatred. Tony Kaye directed this crime drama, which premiered in 1998. The Believer, featuring Ryan Gosling, is another notable movie about a skinhead character. Other films featured on this list include Russia 88, Blood in the Face, and The Infiltrator.

Vote your picks for the best Nazi movies up to the top of the list, and please add any films that are missing.


Great Movies About Neo-Nazis & Skinheads,

American History X

Higher Learning

Neo Ned

Romper Stomper

The Believer

This Is England

Combat Girls

Green Room

Adam's Apples

French Blood


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:50:39 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/neo-nazi-skinhead-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Movies About Astronauts & Realistic Space Travel]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-astronaut-movies/ranker-film

Space travel movies can be fantastical, but the top films about the galaxy feature realistic stories about astronauts. The best astronaut movies spotlight characters confronting unknown elements in the outer reaches of space. This is a list of the greatest realistic space movies including everything from Apollo 13 to Gravity to The Right Stuff.

 

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about astronauts? 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for its hyper-realistic depiction of space, so it's hard to believe that this Stanley Kubrick-directed film was released back in 1968. The dangers of relying on technology and encountering extraterrestrial life were among the themes of this classic movie. Contact is another one of the best realistic space movies. Hidden Figures tells the real-life story of three African-American mathematicians who assisted NASA's space program. Other good movies featured on this list include Europa Report, Space Cowboys, and The Martian.

Do you have a favorite realistic space movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good movies that are missing.


The Best Movies About Astronauts & Realistic Space Travel,

2001: A Space Odyssey

Apollo 13

Contact

Interstellar

Sunshine

The Right Stuff

Moon

Gravity

The Martian

Hidden Figures


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:56:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-astronaut-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies Set on the Beach]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beach-movies/ranker-film

Blue skies and golden sand make the beach an ideal location to spent a few hours - even at the movies. Some top beach movies feature romance at the shore, while other good beach movies are downright terrifying. This is a list of the greatest movies set near the beach including everything from Cast Away to Dr. No to Point Break.

 

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about going to the beach? In Jaws, a day at the beach becomes a bloody nightmare when a ravenous shark sets its sights on Amity Island swimmers. The movie served as the break-out picture for a little known director named Steven Spielberg. Cast Away is another good movie set at the beach. Forgetting Sarah Marshall provides lots of laughs as a heartbroken man attempts to move on with a Hawaiian vacation. Other good films featured on this list include The Descendants, The Blue Lagoon, and The Beach.

 

It's up to you to decide which beach movie is the best. Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great features that are missing.


Great Movies Set on the Beach,

Cast Away

Dr. No

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jaws

Point Break

South Pacific

The Beach

Weekend at Bernie's

The Descendants

A Bigger Splash


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:40:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-beach-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Romance Movies Set During World War II]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/world-war-ii-romance-movies/ranker-film

World War II was a violent and turbulent time, but many of the best films set in the era feature timeless stories of love. The top cinematic World War II romances feature characters falling for each other amid the horrors of war. This is a list of the greatest soldier love story movies including everything from Pearl Harbor to From Here to Eternity to Australia.

 

What romantic films will you find on this list of great war love stories? Forbidden love is at the heart of The English Patient. The movie took home several Academy Awards in 1997, including the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. Casablanca is another timeless love story set during the Second World War. Other good films featured on this list include Black Book, The End of the Affair, and Shining Through.

 

Do you have a favorite WW2 romance film? Give the best movies a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great movies that are missing.


Great Romance Movies Set During World War II,

Aimée & Jaguar

The End of the Affair

Black Book

Casablanca

Every Time We Say Goodbye

From Here to Eternity

Head in the Clouds

Shining Through

The English Patient

Suite Française


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:54:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/world-war-ii-romance-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Depictions Of Satanic Rituals In Film]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/satanic-ritual-horror-movies/jacob-shelton

If there’s one thing you can count on in horror movies about Satan, it’s a scene in which a character is thrust into a Satanic ritual, or at the very least some people sit in a circle and talk about power. Even at its most subdued, Satanic ritual in film is a tad exploitative. No one goes to the cinema to see a bunch of devil worshippers sitting around drinking tea or discussing the liberating power of the Prince of Darkness and his rejection of God as a metaphor for personal liberation. Moviegoers want blood, guts, and a goat if at all possible. So which Satanic movies hit the nine inch nail on the head as far as accurately portraying a Satanic ritual or black mass? Take a look at some of the spookiest movies starring your pal Satan to find out.

Hella *spoilers* ahead, fyi. 

Depending on who you ask, Satan can take many forms. Sometimes he’s a satyr trying to get laid, but more often than not, the devil is a concept more than a being, a philosophical precept rooted in challenging accepted wisdom and questioning reality. How a director represents that on film comes down to the beliefs and aesthetics of each project's director and screenwriter. This list exists to help decide which films are able to show their love of Satan while grounding Satanic practices in a semblance of reality.

Which film do you think most accurately depicts Satanic rituals? Do you think they’re all being dramatic? Do you have a better way of contacting the one with the cloven hooves? If so, tell us about it in the comments. 


Depictions Of Satanic Rituals In Film,

The Witch

All you needs to do to come to Satan in The Witch is ask for his help, and admit you want to "live deliciously." While the scene of Thomasin giving herself up to Black Philip is really fun, it also sounds like how you'd get into an after hours BDSM club. 


Children of the Corn

Any dyed-in-the-wood Satanists out there? If so, is tying a boy to a corn husk crucifix (there's that alt country black metal band name you've been looking for) so he can be devoured by a red static-looking apparition of some kind a thing? Guessing no, seems more like something a writer would come up with to scare folks and slap the generic evil catchall of "Satanism" on, but stranger things have happened. 


Eyes Wide Shut

If you know much about the many detailed theories on the work of Stanely Kubrick, you probably know the ritual in Eyes Wide Shut is less about Satan than it is about the consecration of dominion by an illuminati-like group that probably has more in common with the papacy than it does the Dark Lord. That said, the flowing robes, naked women, masks, and ritualistic solemnity of it all does bring to mind some practices of the Church of Satan. You can watch the full NSFW ritual here


Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Who knew a film about witches doing the devil's bidding by moonlight could be so boring? Haxan's depiction of witchcraft and Satanism is more utilitarian than most of the films on this list, but at least one scene shows a coven getting down with the devil in a party in the woods, at which each member of the group kisses Satan right on his asshole. As ridiculous as this seems, it might be the most realistic depiction of a Satanic ritual ever filmed, if you're inclined to believe a fantastical version of Satanism invented by hysterical Catholics in the 16th century (you shouldn't, but if you do, there it is). Haxan, you've done it again. 


Hellraiser

Hellraiser presents the notion that each of you creates your own personal Hell, where you suffer alone - until you don't. Disregarding all of the hook-chained cenobites that pop out of the Lament Configuration, Frank (Sean Champan) channels his feverish sexual energy into an existential plain-crossing ritual similar to ideas of chaos magic Aleister Crowley flirted with for all of his life. Whether or not this was Clive Barker's intention has never been breached, but he seems like the kind of guy who has at least one deck of Thoth lying around. Also that clip is hella NSFW, just fyi. 


"Manos": The Hands of Fate

You know it, the guy that wrote, directed, filmed, and starred in Manos: The Hands of Fate knows it: the only thing evil or Satanic about his movie is how it still manages to pop up on Mystery Science Theater 3000 best-of lists. It's just too damn silly. There's nothing even remotely Satanic or evil about Manos.


Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby is obviously the first film you think of when it comes to depictions of Satanic rituals, but how realistic is it? The film paints Satanists as elderly swingers with a spooky vibe, which kind of feels like the modern Church of Satan, and that traumatizing rape scene feels straight out of a Satanic Ritual Abuse scandal. Rosemary's Baby is at least half on point (turns out Satanic Ritual Abuse never actually existed). 


Suspiria

You don't get to see much of the coven that runs the nightmare dancing school in Dario Argento's Suspiria, but the minute you spend with them is one of ritual. While Argento is known for pushing things to the extreme (room full of razor wire, anyone?), he kept the witch ritual scene subdued; the head witch performs a prayer not so different from one you might hear at a Catholic mass. The coven sits in a circle as Madam Blanc eats a lone wafer and drinks an unseen liquid before asking for power. This is in line with Anton LaVey's intent to pervert Christian ideology into something a little more sinister. 


The Craft

The Craft is probably responsible for getting more young women into Wicca, magick, magic, and Satanic spooky stuff than any other film of the 20th century. But were the rituals as accurate as they seemed? According to Pat Devin, the film's technical supervisor and High Priestess and Public Information Officer of Covenant of the Goddess and an elder Priestess of the Dianic Feminist Sparatist Traditon - good luck with those business cards - sort of.

Devin said:

"[The Craft is] a motion picture; it's not a documentary, and I did what I could from my end, keeping in mind that the movie deals with four young women who begin to play with magic, and essentially create their own deity. They are not practicing the religion of Wicca. It's sort of 'Girls just want to fave fun' - girls just want to play with magic."


The Wicker Man

Okay, so the "King For a Day" ritual in Wicker Man (do your best to forget about the 2006 remake) shares a lot of similarities with pre-Christian pagan ceremonies of life, death, and the cosmology of the universe that informed Judeo-Christian beliefs. Kind of like those church burnings in Norway, Wicker Man is more about rejecting Christianity and the colonization of indigenous beliefs than it is embracing Satanism or paganism or whatever else you might find lying around. While it isn't overtly Satanic, it's very non Christian.



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:16:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/satanic-ritual-horror-movies/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Blatant Hollywood Rip-Offs Produced By The Asylum]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-asylum-rip-offs-v1/harrison-tenpas

When you look at how the Asylum parodies Hollywood, it's hard to not respect the lengths to which they'll go to produce their B-movie mockbusters. What is the Asylum? It calls itself an independent film company, though its products are anything but original. For every major studio hit that's released, the Asylum is right there with a pretty shameless rip-off. Their movies feature titles that are maybe one word away from the genuine article, and often have extremely similar cover art. It's a business model that seems designed to pull a fast one on viewers, and judging by the sheer volume of the studio's output, it must work.

The most blatant mockbusters produced by the Asylum are awe-inspiring in their audacity. Are you a fan of The Da Vinci Code? Why not try The Da Vinci Treasure? Looking for a family-friendly film along the lines of High School Musical? The Asylum's Sunday School Musical is only a play button away. From bizarre sequels to cheap monster flicks, the worst rip-offs of blockbusters from the Asylum cover all the bases.


The Most Blatant Hollywood Rip-Offs Produced By The Asylum,

King of the Lost World

Taking low-budget, knock-off filmmaking to new, shameless depths, 2005's King of the Lost World is actually of a rip-off of two movies. As the film's cover art plainly spells out, this is supposedly the story that inspired both King Kong and Jurassic Park. The King Kong imitation is pretty obvious, but the Jurassic Park element is a bit more spurious - it's basically a retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, which has the same name as a Jurassic Park sequel. You could maybe argue that Doyle's work inspired the blockbuster dinosaur franchise, but it's a stretch.

The film tells the tale of plane that crashes in a remote jungle, where its survivors are greeted by prehistoric and mythological creatures. There are giant spiders, giant scorpions, something that might be a dinosaur, and of course, a massive, hulking ape.


Pirates of Treasure Island

Pirates of Treasure Island is ostensibly the Asylum's answer to 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, but it's basically just a (loose) adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. Having said that, this movie is complete madness.

The Asylum regular Lance Henriksen pops up again as Long John Silver - a character he gives not one, not two, but three different accents - the foil to tavern owner Jim Hawkins, as the two race to locate a buried treasure. This is definitely one of the more violent takes on Treasure Island, and it's probably the only one that, like seemingly all Asylum releases, features giant insects.


AVH: Alien vs. Hunter

Are you one of the few people who thought the Alien and Predator crossover AVP: Alien vs. Predator was a necessary and watchable film? Good news: there is somehow an even worse version of that movie that was made by, naturally, by the Asylum.

2007's AVH: Alien vs. Hunter is truly the Asylum at their unoriginal, low-budget best. Is the Alien element at all similar to Ridley Scott's concept? Nope - as is the norm in all Asylum films, it's more like a giant spider. Who the hell is "Hunter," you may ask? Some kind of cyborg who bears a passing resemblance to the Predator, and actually turns out to be a human from Earth. These two creatures duke it out in an unassuming town where the locals die in mildly gory, fake-looking ways.

While this is one of the Asylum's more critically derided films, the ending leaves the door open for a sequel. Sadly, it has yet to be made.


Snakes on a Train

2006's Snakes on a Plane is a sort of charming B-movie pastiche that aims for midnight cult-movie status. What makes Snakes on a Plane work, plot-wise, is that you can't get off of a plane mid-air - there's no escape. The Asylum's Snakes on a Train, however, is aware that fleeing a train is a bit more realistic, so they really ratchet up the insanity of the plot. 

A woman afflicted by a Mayan curse has dozens of snakes rapidly hatching within her body, and she needs to get to Los Angeles from her native Mexico to find a shaman to undo the curse. She takes a train, and obviously the snakes escape their fleshy incubator and wreak havoc for the passengers on-board.


Transmorphers

Transmorphers, the Asylum's 2007 knock-off of Transformers, is definitely one of their more brazen title spoofs. Set in the futuristic world of 2337, this film finds a human race that was besieged by alien robots (in an equally futuristic 2009) and forced underground for hundreds of years. There is of course a revolt by some brave humans, and they take on the robots, who, almost as if to fit an incredibly porous plot, can morph into just about anything.

The CGI looks utterly terrible and storyline is severely lacking, but some corners of the film criticism Internet actually think this one is worth your time.


Sunday School Musical

Obviously, this 2008 release from the Asylum is an effort to cash in on the mega-popular High School Musical franchise, and that's a departure for a studio that specializes in more horror and sci-fi fare. If you thought the Asylum veering into other genres would have more watchable results, Sunday School Musical proves you very, very wrong.

Probably the most interesting thing going on here is that the Asylum made a Christian film, which illustrates that they'll go anywhere that might lead to money. The plot of this movie is pretty much Sister Act: talented teens need to raise money for their church/youth center lest they be cast out to the dangers of the street. Unlike Sister Act, however, the choreography is nonexistent, the musical numbers are dreadful, and the plot is riddled with cathedral-sized holes.


Hillside Cannibals

The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 film by French filmmaker Alexander Aja that is a remake of the 1977 Wes Craven film of the same name. While Aja's frightening and tense re-imagining of the film garnered Craven's approval, the Asylum's version almost certainly did not.

Craven and Aja's films are about a family that gets marooned in the desert and are attacked by deformed cannibals who were the byproduct of U.S. military nuclear testing. In Hillside Cannibals (a disappointingly uncreative title even for the Asylum), five teenagers get marooned somewhere that is both the desert and a huge forest, and are killed for unknown reasons by deformed cannibals whose origins are never explained. The film takes stabs at the torture porn sequences that were popular at the time, but even those don't really land.


The Terminators

This film's title and artwork leave very little room for nuance in terms of what it might be aping. It's the sort of wildly shameless rip-off that has made the Asylum what it is today: a B-movie powerhouse with absolutely no qualms about luring you in with wholesale imitations. Like a lot of Asylum features, however, the title it's openly copying (in this case, 1984's The Terminator) is not necessarily indicative of the work The Terminators is borrowing from.

While The Terminators does take place in a not-so-distant future where cyborgs have risen up and conquered mankind, some reviewers have said it's a lot closer to the TV miniseries V. There are some Terminator-like elements though. The robots look sort of similar, and they're called TR-4s, which is pretty close to Terminator 2's T-1000. Also, there is a human uprising led by a charismatic (in theory) young rebel who is mankind's only hope.


Paranormal Entity

When the Paranormal Activity franchise put Blumhouse on the map as a production company, the Asylum must have taken notice. The low-budget, found-footage horror films did incredibly well at the box office, and ushered in a successful business model for Jason Blum's production company. But the Asylum seemed to learn the wrong lesson from Paranormal Activity. Instead of recognizing that low-budget films could be watchable, they apparently decided that they could make even lower-budget, unwatchable films.

2009's Paranormal Entity is a found-footage ghost story complete with a disclaimer at the beginning from made-up authorities, and supposedly depicts several spooky incidents that lead up to a murder. This film is entirely unremarkable, but you have to give the Asylum credit for taking their parodies beyond the major studios.


Titanic II

James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic is one of the most celebrated films of all time. It shattered box office records, won loads of awards, and catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio into superstardom. So why wouldn't the Asylum want to cash in on the global Titanic phenomenon - albeit 13 years later?

2010's Titanic II is one of the shining stars of the Asylum oeuvre. Though it doesn't go down the insane of road of, say, resurrecting the famous ship and filling it with ghosts, it does manage to evade copyright laws while still giving the appearance of being a sequel to one of the biggest films ever. 

The premise of the film is that a ship called Titanic II is recreating the Titanic's maiden and only voyage 100 years after it sank. The whole movie cribs pretty heavily from the actual story of the Titanic, but in a brilliant stroke of creativity, the Titanic II is struck by an iceberg that is hurled at it by a tsunami.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:24:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-asylum-rip-offs-v1/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[Magical Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-potter-goblet-of-fire-behind-the-scenes-facts/alexandra-plesa

Will fans ever stop obsessing over Harry Potter? Why would they? Many are still waiting for that Hogwarts letter, even after all these years. Harry Potter movie marathons pack houses. There are tons of Harry Potter fan theories emerging every day. J.K. Rowling keeps revealing more and more info about the wizarding world. And the films' actors still like to reminisce about the days they spent filming and share exciting Harry Potter behind-the-scenes stories. When it comes to making these magical movies, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has some of the most intriguing behind the scenes info.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth installment in the Harry Potter film series and was released in 2005. Directed by Mike Newell, the movie follows Harry as he attends the Quidditch World Cup, participates in the Triwizard Tournament, and eventually faces off with Voldemort himself. It’s one of the best reviewed movies in the series and the second one to be released in IMAX.

As these facts prove, the process of making the Harry Potter films is just as wonderful and strange as the finished products themselves. If you’re a hardcore Potterhead, make sure you check the list to see which Goblet of Fire movie facts and bits of trivia were you already familiar with.


Magical Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire,

There Was A Lot Of Controversy Surrounding Hermione’s Yule Ball Dress

In the book, Hermione’s dress is periwinkle blue. In the movie, it’s pink. This change sparked a lot of controversy among Harry Potter fans. Apparently, the costume designer felt that blue didn't suit Emma Watson.


Daniel Radcliffe Wasn't The Greatest Dancer

Everyone who took part in the dance scene at the Yule Ball had to attend dancing lessons, but Radcliffe was so busy with other scenes that he never really got the hang of the whole dancing thing. As a result, you’ll notice that you never see a below-the-waist shot of Harry dancing.

"It's dancing from the waist up, so you never see my feet move, which is quite a good thing," Radcliffe admitted in an interview.  


Daniel Radcliffe Suffered Two Ear Infections While Filming Underwater

The second task in the Triwizard Tournament takes place in the lake outside of Hogwarts, so Daniel Radcliffe had to spend a lot of time filming underwater. He had to train for six months, and ended up with two ear infections. Filming took place in a purpose-built 60'x60'x20' tank in the studio.


Rosamund Pike Turned Down The Role Of Rita Skeeter

Rosamund Pike - who later went to star in Gone Girl - turned down the role of Rita Skeeter. She was the first choice for the role. Miranda Richardson eventually played the nosy journalist.


The Weird Sisters Couldn't Be Named On Screen

In the Harry Potter books, Nymphadora Tonks and Ginny Weasley are both fans of the Weird Sisters, the group that performs at the Yule Ball. In the movie, however, the band goes unnamed due to a dispute between the film studio and a Canadian band called Wyrd Sisters.

But the group was star-studded all the same: it included Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey of Pulp, as well as Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead. The band was simply introduced as "The band that needs no introduction!"


Alan Rickman Played A Prank On The Director

To portray Snape, Alan Rickman wore black contacts. Newell wasn’t aware of this, and actually complimented Rickman's eye color. As a response, Rickman popped out one of his contacts right in front of him.


It Was The First Harry Potter Movie To Receive A PG-13 Rating

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first movie in the series that was rated PG-13, for "sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images." Things definitely get darker in this installment, but parents can still enjoy the movie with their children. However, it's a good idea to review the content beforehand to make sure kids can handle it.


Nigel Isn’t In The Books At All

The character Nigel doesn’t appear in the books, but he's introduced as a character in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. He was likely introduced to portray a combination of Colin Creevey and his brother Dennis, due to the fact that he idolizes Harry.


Ralph Fiennes Underwent A True Transformation

To play the snakelike Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes had to shave his head and armpits. His head and arms were painted with veins for every day of filming, and he also wore prosthetics to cover his eyebrows. Fiennes's nose, however, wasn't covered during filming - he was worried that wearing too many prosthetics might interfere with his facial expressions. Instead, his nose was dotted with colored spots and later removed digitally. Although Voldermort’s eyes are red in the book, production didn’t make them red in the movie so they could better convey expressions.


Stay For The Credits

In the ending credits of the film, a line reads “No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie.” Just in case fans were worried.



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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:24:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-potter-goblet-of-fire-behind-the-scenes-facts/alexandra-plesa
<![CDATA[Here's Why Dear Zachary Is The Most Upsetting Documentary Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/upsetting-dear-zachary-documentary-moments/randall-colburn

There's no shortage of harrowing documentaries, but Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is one of the most intense, and makes the cut as one of the greatest documentaries of all time. It's one of those hard to watch movies you have to watch. Cataloging the saddest Dear Zachary moments may seem like a fool's errand, but to do so is to engage directly with the documentary's most moving, troublesome aspects. Bringing attention to this film, after all, supports the cause of Kate and David Bagby, who, since becoming activists for bail reform, have helped shepherd several positive changes to the Canadian legal system.

If you're unfamiliar with Dear Zachary, it tells the story of Andrew Bagby, a young doctor who was murdered by an ex-lover named Shirley Turner. In one of the film's many shocking turns, it's revealed Shirley was pregnant with Andrew's child when she killed him, and much of the film follows the efforts of Andrew's parents, Kate and David Bagby, to gain custody of the young child, Zachary.

From here on out, SPOLIERS ABOUND

Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's project began as a "cinematic scrapbook" for Zachary, but, after Shirley killed herself and one-year old Zachary in 2003, Kuenne's focus broadened to tell a larger story of legal injustice, parenting, and (in the case of Kate and David) activism as a form of grief. The result is one of the saddest movies of all time (even the trailer will make you weep) and one of the most disturbing documentaries ever, so grab a box of tissues and read on to relive some of most upsetting aspects of Dear Zachary.


Here's Why Dear Zachary Is The Most Upsetting Documentary Ever Made,

A Child's Innocent Questions About Death

It's pretty clear from the get-go that Dear Zachary is going to be a deeply emotional watch. After roughly 30 seconds of cheerful, upbeat descriptions of Andrew, we get a tearful breakdown, followed by the harrowing experience of watching a child ask his crying father why Andrew got killed.

The boy's sweet, angelic voice belies the tragedy within the questions he asks, the answers to which he's still not old enough to truly comprehend.


The Murder Of Zachary Turner

Shirley Turner murdered her one-year-old son, Zachary, by mashing several tabs of Ativan into his formula. After he passed, she jumped into the Atlantic Ocean with the baby strapped to her stomach. When the child washed ashore, the man who found them wrapped Zachary in a blanket, forgoing the usual plastic bag, to keep him as far as possible from the woman who murdered him. 

At least he felt no pain. 


The Disturbing Vitriol Of Shirley

Shirley's history of disturbing behavior runs deep, and it wasn't just the Bagby family she took it out on. After showing up to a memorial service for Andrew in Newfoundland, where she made a spectacle of her grief, she approached Heather, Andrew's ex-fiance, asserting that she and Andrew's love was more special than theirs ever was. Even more terrifyingly, she told Heather that, since Andrew dead, their love would never die. 


The Sleepless Nights And Dark Thoughts

Andrew was Kate and David's only son, and it's utterly devastating to hear that their "first plan" after taking care of the body was to kill themselves. "There's no point in going on," David said of their logic at the time. Luckily, they chose to go on and fight for their son, especially after finding out he had a child on the way. 

That wasn't the end of David's dark thoughts, however. Knowing his grandson was in danger in the care of Shirley, who repeatedly established how unfit she was to be a mother, David lay in bed at night thinking of what he could do to save the child. Some of those thoughts included him, without Kate's knowledge, murdering Shirley and allowing himself to be imprisoned. Others included kidnapping the child and moving around the U.S. under assumed identities. It's really difficult to watch a reasonable man consider such extreme measures.  


Kate's Biggest Regret

Perhaps nothing in the movie impacts Kate so much as her biggest regret: the fact that she wasn't able to be with Andrew's body when he was cremated. It's heartrending to hear her talk through sobs about him being taken to the crematorium "all alone" in "plastic bags with only his head sticking out." Kate's tearful admission causes one of David's most potent flashes of anger, when he furiously condemns Shirley for "leaving us like this." 

"We went right up to the oven doors with Zachary," Kate says through tears, a bit of cold comfort in the hell of a horrible situation.


The Failures Of The Legal System

Shirley fled from America to Canada, her home country, after murdering her former lover Andrew, but the courts repeatedly put off her extradition hearing. They also released her on bail, not just after her first arrest, but also after she was incarcerated as a probable murder suspect.

The second time, a judge released her using the logic that "[h]er crime, while violent, was specific in nature.” Essentially, the judge was saying, "You only wanted to kill one person and now he's dead, so clearly you won't hurt anyone else." This decision was made with the public knowledge that Shirley had attempted suicide on Andrew's front porch, was on suicide watch in prison, and at the time had eight restraining orders against her. 

If she hadn't been released, Zachary would probably still be alive today. 


Phone Call After Agonizing Phone Call

After receiving a call from the police department telling her to call a coroner's office, Andrew's mother, Kate, got knocked around to numerous departments and authorities who told her nothing more than the fact there was "terrible news." Some say they don't have the authority to tell her, others say their office is closed, and others say there's "nothing to do."

Is there a greater nightmare than people hinting that your child is dead but not confirming it? Maybe it's being told your son was murdered and then, with no consolation, immediately asking questions as to why he was where he was when he died? Kate was devastated and rightly so. 


The Pointlessness Of It All

Shirley killed herself and her one-year-old child over a man she had literally gone out with twice after meeting him at a bar. The fact that such a brief relationship was all it took for her to fatally harm her child is a testament to how insane it was that a judge let her walk free with custody. She even meant to implicate Andrew in their deaths by planting a used tampon and photos of herself and her child across his lawn before she did it.


Identifying The Body Of A Son

Kate and David's story of identifying Andrew's body is devastating. David remembers uttering, "It's really him," and recalls how the two cried over the body, tears falling on to Andrew's face. When Kate reached down to wipe one away, she accidentally knocked out the plug used to mask the bullet wound he received in the face. Horrifying as it was, she pushed it back in herself. 

What's doubly upsetting about this is the way director Kurt Kuenne sets their story to home movies of Andrew as a young boy. 


The Brutality Of Shared Custody

After Shirley was incarcerated in 2002, Kate and David were given custody of Zachary. Unfortunately, they had to make a number of concessions that included daily phone calls with Shirley and weekly visits to her in prison, which necessitated a two-hour drive through the bitter, unforgiving Canadian weather. 

It's difficult to imagine the horror they must have gone through. In order to spend time with their grandson, they also had to maintain a relationship with the woman who killed their only child. It didn't help that Shirley constantly belittled their skills as caregivers when she wasn't accusing them of trying to take her place. Kate and David really put themselves through hell for Zachary. 



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<![CDATA[The Nastiest Eyeball Gore Scenes From Horror Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nasty-eyeball-gore-scenes-horror/christopher-myers

Something about eyeball gore just feels particularly disturbing. Since the eye is such a sensitive and vulnerable part of the body, people typically rush to defend that area first when faced with incoming injury, closing their eyes and raising their hands above their face. Perhaps it is the idea of having to witness one's own torture that makes the concept of eye gouges so horrifying, or maybe it stems from the same reasons people fear contact lenses. Plus, eyes are basically squishy jelly, and are kind of gross if you think about them for too long.

Often accompanied by first-person shots, these eyeball gore scenes tap into the audience's own voyeurism to scare you. Scenes of ocular gore torture you in the way a car crash begs your attention, and these nasty horror movies fully utilize the eye gouge for the most gore-oriented viewers. Beware, as these scenes can't be unseen, unless of course you're the one experiencing them.


The Nastiest Eyeball Gore Scenes From Horror Movies,

Evil Dead II

This is slapstick horror at its best. Seriously, that shot was one-in-a-million.


Hostel

It wasn't enough to just have an eyeball hanging out of its socket. Eli Roth had to throw in the puss. Thanks, Eli.


Scanners

While Scanners is famous for its head explosion, this scene should not be overlooked. The audience is given a taste of some literal face melting.


See No Evil

The title of this movie was very "on the nose." Still, you have to respect the man's dedication to the craft. Eyeball collection is a dying art.


Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

Beyond the horrible acting, the over the top '80s style, and everything else wrong with this scene, the audience gets to witness the destructive potential of a car battery.


Guinea Pig: Devil's Experiment

The Guinea Pig series just really likes sticking needles in eyeballs. To each their own.


Evil Dead Trap

This scene is graphic. Just when you think watching a snuff film is the worst of it, the eye gets involved. The realism really makes it nauseating.


Splatter: Naked Blood

This is perhaps the most disturbing image of autocannibalism to ever be filmed. Seriously, wtf?


Zombi 2

One is reminded of Matthew 7:3, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"


Un Chien Andalou

This is the original eyeball gore scene from 1929. A real bull's eye was used in the filming.



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<![CDATA[Fascinating Things Most People Don't Know About Matt Damon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/matt-damon-lesser-known-facts/anncasano

Who is Jason Bourne, really? Matt Damon weaseled his way into the popular consciousness alongside best friend Ben Affleck when the duo nabbed an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1998. Since then, Damon, with more than 70 acting credits, has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. However, Damon maintains he’s an average guy, and makes every attempt to keep his private life as private as possible. That said, information sometimes leaks through the cracks, hence these little known Matt Damon facts.

This list contains a few fascinating Matt Damon stories from before he was famous. Indeed, some of the most obscure Matt Damon facts relate to his childhood. Were you aware he spent a few years in a commune in Boston? Did you know he attended and "fake graduated" from one of the most prestigious Ivy League schools in the country? Did you know Ben and Matt are more than just old friends?

Read about Matt Damon before fame and after. You'll learn why he selects certain movies to star in over others. Let us know which true Matt Damon stories you loved learning about the most in the comments section below.  


Fascinating Things Most People Don't Know About Matt Damon,

He Spent Part Of His Childhood In A Commune

Damon's parents divorced when he was two years old. The actor and his brother, Kyle, were raised by their mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor of early childhood education at Lesley College. When Matt was 10, he and his family moved into a commune in Central Square, Boston, which was shared with five other families. The experience influenced his political tendencies, which he describes as "democratically leaning from the left.”


Matt And Ben Are (Distantly) Related

Matt Damon and fellow Boston native Ben Affleck are more than just childhood friends. According to the New England Genealogical Society, the Good Will Hunting Oscar winning screenwriters and co-stars are tenth cousins, once removed. Both are descended from William Knowlton Jr., a bricklayer who made his way to the United States from England in the 1630s.


After Two Failed Relationships, He Refused To Date Anyone In The Industry

After dating Minnie Driver and Winona Ryder, Damon decided to only go out with "civilians."

"If you’re with somebody who’s in the business, it becomes exponentially more severe, the attention does,” he said during a 2004 interview with Boston Magazine.

"So I think if you don’t date anybody who’s in the movie business, you’re one step ahead. And if you don’t live a garish or obnoxious lifestyle, people tend to lose interest. If you’re not going out to nightclubs and dancing on the tables, the [paparazzi] leave you alone, and once they leave you alone then you’re not in the magazines at all, and then the magazines leave you alone."

Damon married Argentina-born Luciana Barroso in 2005. The two met in Miami, where she was tending bar. They have four daughters. 


He's Never Taken An Acting Job For The Money

Damon has had a very balanced career. For almost every big studio movie he's been in, like Ocean's Eleven, he's done a low-budget picture like The Informant! (interestingly, both for director Steven Soderbergh). He contends that, with the possible exception of when he first started in the business, he's never taken a job just for the pay.

"I've passed on a lot of huge-money jobs. Money doesn't enter into the decision-making," he said during an interview with The Guardian in 2013. "If I do a big blockbuster, it's about how big an audience you'll get, and where you can take them."


He Broke Up With Minnie Driver During An Interview With Oprah

Okay, so Matt Damon isn't perfect. He and Good Will Hunting love interest Minnie Driver began a real romance while the film was in production. When the picture received nine Academy Award nominations, Damon hit the awards circuit. On The Oprah Winfrey Show, he denied he had a girlfriend. This was a surprise to Driver, who thought they were still a couple.

"It's horrendous breaking up with someone anyway, but to have it be so public and to be cast in a role that I would never play if they were paying me - this wronged woman," Driver stated during a 1998 interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"It's unfortunate that Matt went on 'Oprah'; it seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate. Of course, he was busy declaring his love for me on David Letterman a month previously."

Damon, you dog. 


He Would Star In An Affleck-Directed Picture Provided Ben Stops Hogging The Best Roles

Now that Ben Affleck is an Academy Award nominated director, Damon gets asked a lot if he would make a movie directed by his old pal. He would, except, Affleck always takes the best parts.

"People keep asking me, 'Are you going to work in a movie with Ben?' And I say, 'Well, he’s a brilliant director and I would work with him in a second but the big problem is that when he directs a movie he always gives himself the best role. So, until he breaks that habit none of us can work with him."


He Married His Wife At City Hall

Despite being a millionaire and celebrity, Damon and wife Lucianna married in a low-key ceremony at City Hall in 2005. According to E! News, the couple agreed to have a big celebration down the road. It took eight years, but in April 2013, they renewed their vows during a $600,000 ceremony in Saint Lucia, surrounded by family and friends. 


His Brother Kyle Inspired One Of The Most Famous Scenes From Good Will Hunting

Matt’s brother Kyle visited a physicist on the MIT campus one day. While walking down the school's Infinite Corridor, which is lined with blackboards, Kyle, an artist, picked up a piece of a chalk and wrote an elaborate, totally fake, equation.

As Matt said in his 2016 commencement speech at MIT, no one erased the bogus equation for months. Kyle was so stunned by these blackboards, he told his brother, “you guys, listen to this... They’ve got blackboards running down the hall! Because these kids are so smart they just need to, you know, drop everything and solve problems!”


He Had To Take Medication For A Year And A Half After His Dramatic Weight Loss For Courage Under Fire

Damon lost 40 pounds with extreme diet and exercise for the role of Specialist Ilario in Courage Under Fire (1996). His character, a solder experiencing the devastating after effects of war, becomes addicted to heroin. Damon's health suffered from the weight loss; he had to take medication for a year and a half to correct the stress he put on his adrenal gland. Despite the trauma, it was worth it in the end. Matt's commitment and method style of acting caught the eye of Francis Ford Coppola, who cast the actor in the lead role of his 1997 legal drama The Rainmaker.


In His Own Words, He "Fake Graduated" From Harvard

During Damon's 2016 commencement speech at MIT, Damon admitted he attended Harvard but didn't graduate, because his movie career started to take off.

“I don’t even have a college degree. As you might have heard, I went to Harvard. I just didn’t graduate from Harvard. I got pretty close, but I started to get movie roles and didn’t finish all my courses. I put on a cap and gown and walked with my class; my mom and dad were there and everything; I just never got an actual degree.You could say I kind of fake graduated."

Damon was only 12 credits short of graduating from the Ivy; he took the time away from class to audition for, then appear in, Geronimo: An American Legend (1993). It wasn't for naught, however. Damon began the screenplay for Good Will Hunting in a playwriting class at Harvard.



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<![CDATA[20 Movie Posters That Ridiculously Photoshop Actresses]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-posters-ridiculously-photoshopped-actresses/jacob-shelton

It’s unfortunate that, in the movie biz, selling sex is just as important, if not more so, than making a good film. But that’s Hollywood, baby. The objectification of actresses goes far beyond the unhealthy beauty standards women are held to and straight to advertising. Ridiculously photoshopped actresses in movie posters aren’t anything new, but some instances go beyond the pale in terms of the unnecessary work done to the bodies of women used in a film’s promotional art. It’s almost as if film distributors believe the movie-going public is composed of pitchfork-wielding villagers and an unretouched actress on a poster is Frankstein's monster

Prior to wildly photoshopped movie posters, most onesheets were illustrated, or featured airbrushed stills from a film. Now that key art can be digitally enhanced to an absurd degree, the hypersexualization of movie posters has become the thing to do when promoting a film. Sexist movie poster photoshopping often contains some of the least realistic touch-ups you’ll ever seen. For instance, every actress suddenly has ginormous breasts (including the underage gals – very upsetting), and heaven forbid women have wrinkles.

Thanks to computers and a few pervs who specialize in fixing women’s bodies for them, movie posters will never be ugly again. Keep reading and vote up the most heinously photoshopped women in movie posters. 


20 Movie Posters That Ridiculously Photoshop Actresses,

Fool's Gold

Elektra

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

She was 16 when that movie was shot! Party foul. 


Heartbreakers

King Arthur

Watchmen

The Heat

Terminator Genisys

Cinderella

Ghost In The Shell


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<![CDATA[Best Nick Kroll Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nick-kroll-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Nick Kroll movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Nick Kroll started his acting career appearing in TV series like The League and The Life & Times of Tim, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Nick Kroll'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 Nick Kroll movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Nick Kroll movies will be at the top of the list. Nick Kroll has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Nick Kroll movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Nick Kroll films to end the squabble once and for all.

This is a list that features films like Sausage Party and Loving.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Nick Kroll movies?" and "What are the greatest Nick Kroll roles of all time?"

If you think the best Nick Kroll role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Nick Kroll performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Nick Kroll Movies,

Adventures of Power

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

My Blind Brother

Knight of Cups

Joshy

Loving

Vacation

Sausage Party

Sing

Adult Beginners


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<![CDATA[Best Lily James Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-lily-james-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Lily James movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Lily James started her acting career appearing in TV series like Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Downton Abbey, but she quickly became a good bet at the box office. Lily James'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 Lily James movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Lily James movies will be at the top of the list. Lily James has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Lily James movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Lily James films to end the squabble once and for all.

This is a list that features films like Cinderella and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Lily James movies?" and "What are the greatest Lily James roles of all time?"

If you think the best Lily James role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Lily James performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Lily James Movies,

Wrath of the Titans

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Broken

Fast Girls

Cinderella

Burnt

The Exception


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<![CDATA[The Greatest World War II Dramas]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-world-war-ii-drama-movies/ranker-film

Set during a time of global unrest, the best World War II movies deal with life-or-death scenarios at every turn. The top World War II dramas feature complex characters fighting for humanity and often falling in love during this turbulent era. This is a list of the greatest WWII drama movies including everything from The Bridge on the River Kwai to In Another Lifetime to The Pianist.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies set during World War II? The timeless classic Casablanca focuses on the relationship between Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund as they reconnect after many years apart. The only problem is Ilsa is now married to a Czech Resistance leader who is wanted by German forces. The English Patient is another good romantic movie set during the Second World War. The 2016 film Allied follows a pair of spies as they fall in love and play mental games with one another. Other good films featured on this list include Flags of Our Fathers, The Railway Man, and Sunshine.

Which World War 2 dramas are your favorites? Give the best films a thumbs up to move them to the number-one spot on the list, and please add any movies that are missing.


The Greatest World War II Dramas,

Casablanca

Downfall

Flags of Our Fathers

Inglourious Basterds

Saving Private Ryan

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The English Patient

The Thin Red Line

To End All Wars

In Darkness


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<![CDATA[The True Stories Behind Well-Known Scenes of Movie Violence]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-violence-true-stories/lisa-a-flowers

Classic scenes of movie violence often have interesting back stories (and, in some cases, interesting hack stories. As in cleavers). To be sure, artistic license helps itself to varying degrees of influence: Martin Scorsese, for example, is famous for basing his films on real crimes (and for depicting said crimes more or less exactly as they happened). Others, like Peter Jackson (who directed Heavenly Creatures), chose to add idiosyncratic, poetic, and even romantic flourishes to famously bloody scandals.

Then you have filmmakers like the creators of the Child's Play series, who opt to base their movies on IRL murders committed by toys; because, when human influence runs out, dolls are always at the ready. And if you think that's made up to lead you on, you need to read these true stories behind classic scenes of movie violence. Below are films (both darkly hilarious and heartbreaking ones) that made the most of true crime inspiration. 


The True Stories Behind Well-Known Scenes of Movie Violence,

Snatch

Unlike the other entries on this list, this is a case of life imitating art. Snatch's pig-feeding/corpse disposal scene is legendary. In 2013, mobster Simone Pepe, who an article in the Daily Mail describes as "a member of the ’Ndrangheta crime family, which holds a fierce grip on the southern Italian region of Calabria," decided to take that particular method off the screen and into the streets (or pig pens, as it were).

Rumor has it mob-rival Francesco Raccosta was "beaten with iron bars before being thrown screaming into a sty, where he was swiftly eaten by the hungry animals" ... a fate that provides the non-murdering layperson an opportunity to learn some disturbing facts about their daily bacon. According to this illuminating piece on Inverse, "14 lactating sows can disappear a [dismembered] grown man in an hour or two."

But remember the stern cautions of Snatch's Brick Top: “You gotta shave the heads of your victims, and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies’ digestion. You could do this afterwards, of course, but you don’t want to go sievin’ through pig sh*t, now do you?” 

No wonder Jules in Pulp Fiction just didn't dig on swine.


Badlands

Terence Malick's first feature, Badlands, is known for putting its young stars Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen on the map. The movie is based on the crimes of one of America's most notorious (and most cinematically poeticized) serial killers, Charles Starkweather, who murdered 11 people over a one-year period, with teenage sweetheart, Caril Ann Fugate, in tow. Badlands's Lolitaesque beginning (Sheen first glimpses freckle-faced Spacek twirling her baton) stand in stark contrast to the brutal, dreamy tone of the rest of the film.

Malick made some puzzling departures from the actual events. In the film, Sheen kills Fugate's father, who's depicted as being an unsympathetic monster who brutally shoots the family dog. In real life, Starkweather senselessly murdered both of Fugate's parents, and her two-year-old sister by strangling and stabbing her. The rest of the killings are shown in more or less accurate detail. 

The film has gone on to inspire many artists, including Bruce Springsteen, whose 1982 masterpiece Nebraska takes its title track from Fugate and Starkweather's relationship. You can also see Malick's influence in films like 1993's Kalifornia, which stars Juliette Lewis as Adele Corners, an along-for-the-ride innocent dominated by her psychopathic, murderous boyfriend (Brad Pitt).


Boys Don't Cry

Kimberley Pierce's heartbreaking, unforgettable debut film, Boys Don't Cry, helped bring the tragedy of transgender teen Teena Brandon (AKA Brandon Teena's) 1993 murder to the public consciousness. It also helped catapult its leading actor, Hillary Swank, to fame.

Set in a bleak, futureless Nebraska sh*thole, the film chronicles the last months of Brandon's life, from his passionate romance with a beautiful, hard-partying, angelic girlfriend (played to perfection by Chloe Sevigny) to his slaughter at the hands of two psychotic homophobes.

As disturbing as the film is, the reality is even more so. Three people were killed in the actual crime, all of them murdered in front of a young child. Tisdel, Brandon's girlfriend, is seen lovingly defending Teena until the end in the film. In reality, the murderers alleged she was outside waiting in a car while the murders went down, and had no interest in helping anyone. Still, the movie remains a great achievement, and its scenes of violence, which are meant to showcase the despicable nature of what happened, pull no punches despite their omissions.


Casino

Joe Pesci getting pissed and stabbing somebody in the throat with a pen, Joe Pesci putting a cheating gambler's head in a vice and popping his eyeballs out, Joe Pesci beating a Blackjack dealer with a casino security phone: Martin Scorsese's favorite sidekick brings it on home yet again, this time as Casino's Nicky Santoro, AKA real life mobster Anthony Spilotro.

According to Chasing the Frog, a site dedicated to extensively detailing the true stories and real people behind movie plots and characters, Spilotoro really did put someone's head in a vice, he really was banned from every casino in Vegas, and he really was beaten to death (not in a cornfield, as depicted in the film, but in a basement; his corpse was subsequently dumped in a cornfield).

In other words, in Casino (a masterpiece of a mob film if there ever was one), the factual apples (or heads) didn't roll far from the fictional tree.


Child's Play

Whoulda thunk? Child Play's homicidal, sh*t-talkin' Chucky is based on an IRL murdering doll. According to iHorror, "Robert," the childhood doll of artist Robert Eugene Otto (whose name, poor thing, sounds like that of a serial killer) was real. Reports state:

"Much like Chucky, Robert is said to have the ability to speak, and Eugene’s parents would often hear him having conversations with the doll, up in his bedroom. They would hear their son talking to the doll and then also hear responses back, in a completely different voice than Eugene’s."

Neighbors and friends also reported that "Eugene’s parents were quite often awoken in the night by the sound of their son screaming bloody murder, and Robert was always found at his bedside, taking the blame for knocked over furniture and other devilish deeds."

So there you have it: don't f*ck with your son's doll (whom you can see here). Or even allow the doll to go on existing, if you can help it. (We all remember what happened when Telly Savalas tried to destroy Talky Tina in that episode of The Twilight Zone).


Heavenly Creatures

Based on the notorious 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case, Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures is an enchanting, visually ravishing story of innocence gone wrong. But its real-life inspiration was far more diabolical. The movie, which marked the film debut of actors Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey, tells the story of best friends Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who bludgeoned Parker's mother to death. Their motive was "liberation" from the elder Miss Parker, who refused to let her daughter accompany Hulme and her family to South Africa, where they were moving (very much against Hulme's will). 

Too young for the death penalty (both were 15 at the time), the girls were imprisoned for five years each; legend has it they never met again. Their obsessive friendship, which was informed by a vividly imaginative fantasy world, was brilliantly chronicled in Jackson's film, 99% of which plays like an adventure story. But, in the end, the director doesn't hesitate to show the actual horror of the crime, blow by blow and splatter by splatter.

Hulme later changed her name, and is now well known as detective novel writer Anne Perry. Make of that what you will.


Monster

Patty Jenkins's Monster chronicles the life of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. The picture galvanized audiences and established star Charlize Theron as one of the most magnificent actresses as all time. Indeed, Theron's veritable channeling of Wuornos, which Roger Ebert rightfully called one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema, left no stone unturned and no act of vengeance undocumented. 

Many believe Wuornos, a prostitute, was a misunderstood vigilante who did the world a favor by ridding it of at least some predators (her first victim, IRL, was in fact a convicted rapist whom she claimed had attacked her). Whatever the truth, Jenkins's film did not flinch from showing both the violence done to Wuornos and the violence she did to (sometimes) innocent people, and the effect is unforgettable.


Isadora (1968) - The Scarf Scene

"Love, love, the low smokes roll from me like Isadora's scarves/I'm in a fright/one scarf will catch and anchor in the wheel," Sylvia Plath wrote in her iconic poem Fever 103. She was referring to the real death of groundbreaking dancer Isadora Duncan, who perished when her scarf got caught in the spokes of a car she was riding in.

Karel Reisz's 1968 biopic Isadora, filmed in a beautifully understated, yet vivid, style that helped usher in the aesthetics of 1970s cinema, stars Vanessa Redgrave as Duncan. Redgrave brings an intense and seemingly unstoppable vitality to the role, which makes the film's final scene, in which Isadora abruptly breaks her neck before a cut to black, all the more ghoulish and shocking.


Goodfellas (1990) - The Rampages Of Thomas DeSimone (Joe Pesci)

Joe Pesci getting pissed because someone thinks he's funny, Joe Pesci borrowing a butcher knife from his mother so he can hack up the "deer" he hit on the road (i.e. the wiseguy he just whacked), Joe Pesci blowing away a bartender he doesn't like - the merriment never lets up in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. And Pesci, as IRL gangster Tommy De Simone, is the life of the party. 

According to an extensive piece in Den of Geek examining the real people behind the characters in film, 

"Tommy was an associate of New York’s Lucchese family, and his two brothers were associates of the Gambino family. [He was] was married to Angelica 'Cookie' Spione; her brother was gangster Joe 'The Barber' Spione  ...who Tommy killed. Tommy carried his his gun in a brown paper bag on hijackings."

Goodfellas's famous deer scene (above) was apparently based on an actual event. Legend has it Tommy killed gangster William 'Billy Batts' Bentvena with a tire iron and stopped at his mom's house on the way to the local dog kennel, where he disposed of the corpse (he was buried under the kennel, not eaten by the dogs). Whether he borrowed a piece of cutlery from his elderly mother is anyone's guess.


Mommie Dearest (1981) - The (Alleged) Child-Beating Insanity Of Joan Crawford

"NO WIRE HANGERS!"

Who hasn't relished the drama, camp, and ghoulish makeup of Mommie Dearest? The film, based on the memoirs of Joan Crawford's adopted daughter Christina, turned the accusation that Crawford was a child-abusing psychopath into cult classic gold rather than revelatory tragedy.

Whether the scene involves Joan hysterically hacking off her daughter's hair after she catches her trying on her makeup, beating her daughter with hangers (melting cold cream and smeared Joker-lipstick in full regalia), or trying to strangle her daughter on the marble floor of her mansion, the action never lets up.

Many Joan aficionados claim Christina is full of sh*t, and the rampages depicted never happened. There's no way to verify whether the film's events are based on real life or not; it's ultimately mother's word against daughter's. One thing is for sure, though: Faye Dunaway is absolutely fabulous in the lead role. 



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<![CDATA[Great Movies About Old Ladies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/old-lady-woman-movies/ranker-film

Aging women are often self-confident, wise, and often overlooked by youth-obsessed society - perhaps that's what makes them great characters in film. The top movies about older women feature characters experiencing new adventures and new romances. This is a list of the greatest old lady movies including everything from Sunset Boulevard to Driving Miss Daisy to Calendar Girls.

What films will you find on this list of the best aging women movies? In The Queen, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) struggles in the wake of Princess Diana's death. Away From Her is another good movie about an aging woman. Judi Dench searches for her long-lost son in the 2013 film Philomena. Other good pictures featured on this list include The Joy Luck Club, Iris, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Which of these aging ladies movies movies is your favorite? Vote the best films about women over 50 up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


Great Movies About Old Ladies,

Arsenic and Old Lace

Calendar Girls

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Driving Miss Daisy

Harold and Maude

Iris

Notes on a Scandal

Sunset Boulevard

The Joy Luck Club

The Over the Hill Band


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:08:14 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/old-lady-woman-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies About the Actual Devil]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/devil-satan-movies/ranker-film

Many of the most entertaining characters in film are villains and it doesn't get much more evil than the Devil himself. The top movies about the Devil feature mere mortals being tempted to give into sin - sometimes by characters actually named Satan. This is a list of the greatest movies about the Devil including everything from The Exorcist to Little Nicky to The Omen.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about Satan? Mia Farrow stars in the classic film Rosemary's Baby, in which a woman discovers that her unborn baby isn't quite human. Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer play the roles of the friendly Satanists next door. The Devil's Advocate is another great movie that features the Devil as one of the characters. Other good movies on this list include The Witches of Eastwick, Legend, and Bedazzled.

Which Devil movie is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any wickedly good films that are missing.


Great Movies About the Actual Devil,

Bedazzled

Bless the Child

Constantine

Legend

Needful Things

Rosemary's Baby

The Devil's Advocate

The Exorcist

The Omen

The Witches of Eastwick


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 07:54:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/devil-satan-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies About Male-Female Friendships]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/male-female-friendship-movies/ranker-film

Some people claim that men and women can't be friends, but as these movies about male-female friendships show, that assumption to be very wrong. The top male-female friendship movies feature close-knit relationships between members of the opposite sex - though romance crops up on occasion as well. This is a list of the greatest man-woman friends movies including everything from My Best Friend's Wedding to Reality Bites to Just Friends.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about girl-boy friendships? Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray star in Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola. The movie follows a pair of unlikely friends who bond over their shared sense of isolation while staying in Japan. The friendship between Harry and Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise is a great example of a platonic boy-girl friendship. Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies is another great film that examines a male-female friendship. Other good movies featured on this list include Pretty in Pink, Once, and Zach and Miri Make a Porno.

Which friendship film is your favorite? Give the best movies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


Great Movies About Male-Female Friendships,

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Lost in Translation

My Best Friend's Wedding

Pretty in Pink

Say Anything...

When Harry Met Sally...

Once

One Day

Drinking Buddies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:07:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/male-female-friendship-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sick-dying-child-movies/ranker-film

There's nothing more tragic than a child dying before they've had a chance to experience all that life has to offer. The top death of a child movies feature tear-jerking storylines about parents coping with unimaginable tragedy. This is a list of the greatest sick child movies including everything from Ordinary People to My Sister's Keeper to Lorenzo's Oil.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about dying children? In Mystic River, the murder of Jimmy Markum's daughter sparks both grief and tension as the community hunts for her killer. A long-buried childhood tragedy muddies the waters of this Clint Eastwood-directed film. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is another good film about a sick and dying child. The Lovely Bones follows a young girl and her family during the aftermath of her murder. Other good movies featured on this list include Rabbit Hole, Things We Lost in the Fire, and World's Greatest Dad.

Which movie about the death of a child do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good films that are missing.


Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children,

The Sweet Hereafter

A Walk to Remember

In America

John Q

Ordinary People

Steel Magnolias

The Cure

The Lovely Bones

My Sister's Keeper

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:10:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sick-dying-child-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-classic-family-movies/ranker-film

There's nothing like popping up some popcorn, gathering the family on the couch, and enjoying a movie together. The top classic family movies feature uplifting storylines where good triumphs over evil and everyone lives happily ever after. This is a list of the greatest classic family films including everything from The Sound of Music to Bedknobs and Broomsticks to Charlotte's Web.

What films will you find on this list of beloved old children's movies? The Wizard of Oz invites kids of all ages to sing along with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they “follow the yellow brick road” to The Emerald City. The Wicked Witch can be a bit scary for young children, but Glinda the Good Witch represents kindness throughout the film. The Parent Trap is another fun movie to watch with the entire family. The Muppet Movie finds Kermit and his friends traveling to California to find success in show business. Other good classics featured on this list include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Apple Dumpling Gang.

Which movies are your favorites to watch with the whole family? Give the best classic films a thumbs up and please add any great options that are missing.


The Greatest Classic Films the Whole Family Will Love,

Alice in Wonderland

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Mary Poppins

Pete's Dragon

Singin' in the Rain

The Muppet Movie

The Music Man

The Parent Trap

The Sound of Music

The Wizard of Oz


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:01:16 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-classic-family-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Great Movies About Serial Killers That Are Totally Dramatic]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dramatic-thriller-serial-killer-movies/ranker-film

Murder plus expertly calibrated tension is the perfect recipe for serial killer thrillers. The top dramatic serial killer movies feature cat-and-mouse games between disturbed characters and the people out to put them behind bars. This is a list of the greatest serial killer dramas including everything from Kiss the Girls to The Killer Inside Me to I Saw the Devil.

What films will you find on this list of the best dramatic serial killer movies? The Silence of the Lambs features not one, but two serial killers. The incarcerated Hannibal Lecter is recruited by the FBI to help catch Buffalo Bill before he kills again. Seven is another compelling serial killer movie with a lot of drama. American Psycho finds a New York businessman trading in stocks for slaughters. Other good movies featured on this list include Psycho, Zodiac, and Strangers on a Train.

Do you have a favorite movie about serial killers? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any great movies that are missing.


Great Movies About Serial Killers That Are Totally Dramatic,

American Psycho

Kiss the Girls

Manhunter

Psycho

Seven

Strangers on a Train

The Silence of the Lambs

Zodiac

I Saw the Devil

Bundy: An American Icon


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:35:14 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dramatic-thriller-serial-killer-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Power Rangers Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/power-rangers-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

Power Rangers movie quotes help bring the classic superhero television show to the big screen for a feature film adaption. Dean Israelite directed the movie using a screenplay John Gatins wrote based on a story by Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney based on the TV show of the same name by Haim Saban. The Power Rangers movie opened theatrically in the United States on March 24, 2017.

In the Power Rangers 2017 movie, five teens who don't really know each other and are all kind of screw ups, meet in detention. Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), Billy Cranston (RJ Tyler), Trini (Becky G) and Zack (Ludi Lin) encounter one another in an abandoned mine where they find five power coins. They think nothing of it and return home, but soon learn they have superhuman strength.

The teens return to the mine to discover an underground space ship and Zordon (Bryan Cranston) who explains that they've been selected to become the Power Rangers. They further learn that the world is at risk of Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), the Green Ranger, who has 11 days to gain her full power and destroy earth. With little experience as Power Rangers and a fierce enemy at bay, the teens must use all of their superhero powers to save the world.

Power Rangers was just one of several highly anticipated spring 2017 movies alongside Ghost in the Shell, The Boss Baby, Beauty and the Beast, and Personal Shopper.


Power Rangers Movie Quotes,

Like Insanely Strong

Billy Cranston: I'm strong.
Kimberly Scott: How strong?
Billy Cranston: Like insanely strong
Kimberly Scott: I feel like we need to go back up there. 

Shortly after the teens begin glowing after finding the magic coins, they notice a new physical strength in their bodies. Unsure of what's happening, they decide to return to the underground space ship to learn more about their new conditions.


Weirdos and Criminals

Jason Scott: Is this to remind me of my screw up?
Sam Scott: You know, I don't think we're ever going to understand each other. Now you gotta come here every Saturday just to graduate with all these other weirdos and criminals.

Jason has a tense conversation with his father in these Power Rangers movie quotes. Both seem resentful over a past incident, one that now makes Jason attend school on Saturday.


You Must Become Those Warriors

Zordon: The Power Rangers were a legion of warriors. You must become those warriors. 

Zordon gives the Power Rangers some words of wisdom in this Power Rangers movie quote. He encourages them to become warriors, just like the original Power Rangers once were.


It's Morphin' Time

Zordon: She is pure evil.
Trini: How are we supposed to stop her?
Jason Scott: It's morphin' time.

The Power Rangers are faced with a very evil and powerful enemy in Rita Repulsa and a bit unsure on how to counter her. Luckily, as Jason mentions, they have super powers to morph into something closer to her caliber.


You Five Are the Power Rangers

Zordon: The answer to what is happening to you is here. You five are the Power Rangers.
Zack Taylor: Did I just hear you say we're Power Rangers?
Kimberly Hart: Is this some kind of joke? We're talking to a wall.
Alpha 5: I was kind of expecting a little more.

In these Power Rangers movie quotes, Zordon explains to the teens that they've been selected as Power Rangers. None seem to believe it, Alpha 5 included.


Pretty Sure I'm a Superhero

Trini's Mom: So where were you last night?
Trini: Me and four kids found a spaceship buried underground. I'm pretty sure I'm a superhero.
Trini's Brothers: Cool!
Trini's Mom: Pee in that cup!

After Trini arrives home with a strange story, the reactions from her family members are staggering. While her brothers think it's cool, her mom wants to drug test her.


Check Out How We Glow

Jason Scott: Guys, check out how we glow.
Billy Cranston: I'm blue!
Zack Taylor: I'm black!
Billy Cranston: What?
Zack Taylor: I am.
Billy Cranston: No, you're not.

The first sign that something is strange happens when the five teens start glowing different colors while floating in water. However, there's a little bit of friction between just who is the true black color.


We're All Screw Ups

Jason Scott: None of us really know each other.
Kimberly Hart: We're all screw ups.
Jason Scott: But somehow, we were all in the same place in the same time when Billy found those coins.

Reflecting on the night that changed their lives forever, Jason explains the events that led to them becoming Power Rangers. Somehow they were all screw ups, who were in the same place at the right time to become superheroes, as he explains in these Power Rangers movie quotes.


I've Killed Rangers Before

Rita Repulsa: I've killed Rangers before.

In speaking to Trini in this Power Rangers movie quote, Rita Repulsa makes it clear that she is not one bit intimidated by Power Rangers. She's killed them before and suggests she'd have no problem killing them in the future.


A Strong-Ass Hologram

Zack Taylor: It's just a hologram, like a video game.
Billy Cranston: That's a strong-ass hologram.
Zack Taylor: It's not a video game.

Zack doesn't believe that the rock-like creature coming after him is actually real, because really, things like that don't exist, and is really a hologram. But as he learns in these painful Power Rangers movie quotes, that creature is quite real. 



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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:03:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/power-rangers-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Ghost in the Shell Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ghost-in-the-shell-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

Ghost in the Shell movie quotes provide the dialogue for the film about a human-robot hybrid who fights as a counter-terrorism operative. The science fiction action film was directed by Rupert Sanders using a screenplay Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger adapted from the Japanese Manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Ghost in the Shell opened theatrically on March 31, 2017.

In Ghost in the Shell, Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) is badly injured in a terrorist attack, however her brain remains intact, is wiped of its memories and it's placed into a robot body. She joins Section 9, an anti-terrorism unit, where she earns the rank of Major, a title by which she is called. But when Major meets cyberterrorist Kuze (Michael Pitt), her life changes. Kuze tells Major that she had memories and a family and urges Major to find both. Kuze knows this as he too was a test subject for the same experiment. 

To do this, Major must go against those who gave her life again, those at Hanka Robotics including CEO Cutter (Peter Ferdinando) and Dr. Ouelet (Juliette Binoche). Once Major discovers that Hanka Robotics took away her memories, she turns on the company, which prompts Cutter to order her killing. As if that wasn't enough for Major to handle, she must also continue to search for her family and the person she once was.

Ghost in the Shell opened theatrically in the United States alongside other films such as The Boss Baby, Beauty and the Beast, Personal Shopper, and Kong: Skull Island.


Ghost in the Shell Movie Quotes,

She Was Supposed to Have a Clean Brain

Cutter: She was supposed to have a clean brain. I order you to terminate. 

Once Hanka Robotics CEO Cutter learns that Major's brain is not as perfectly clean as was advertised, he orders Major to be killed. What he doesn't say in this Ghost in the Shell movie quote is that he feels threatened by her.


They Cannot Control Me

Major: They created me. But they cannot control me. They took my life. I'll take my revenge.

Having become self aware has been a freeing experience for Major, but also gave her a new goal in life. She doesn't want to be controlled anymore, rather get revenge on those who took control of her.


I Don't Remember Much

Batou: Why don't you talk about your past?
Major: I don't remember much, just fragments. 

Batou finds it interesting that Major never talks about her past. It's not out of choice rather she actually has few memories of her life before working for Section 9.


They Did Not Save Your Life

Major: What do you want from me?
Kuze: They did not save your life. They stole it.

When Major comes face to face with Kuze, she inquires as to his motives. As he explains in these Ghost in the Shell movie quotes, he only wants to inform her about her life before becoming a killer robot.


He's a Known Terrorist

Kuze: I have been watching you. You have to remember.
...
Major: I saw someone down there. He wasn't human. 
Chief Daisuke Aramaki: He's a known terrorist and he's killed again. 
Major: They didn't just kill them. They hacked into their minds. 
Togusa: He's everywhere, and nowhere.
Major: I will find him and I will kill him.

Following Major's first encounter with Kuze, she's a bit confused about what to believe. At least for now, in these Ghost in the Shell movie quotes, Major takes the orders of her chief and vows to kill Kuze.


How Many Were There Before Me?

Major: How many were there before me?

Curious about the program that allegedly saved her life, Major confronts Dr. Ouelet in this Ghost in the Shell movie quote. Previously, Ouelet told Major that she was the first of her kind but what she really meant what that she was the first of 99 test subjects to survive.
 


Connected to Something

Major: Everyone around me, they feel connected to something. Connected to something, I'm not.

Major describes how she feels different from others in this Ghost in the Shell movie quote. She feels others are connected, but she isn't, and that's not a fun feeling.


You Had a Family

Kuze: Everything they told you was a lie. You had a family. Remember that.

Kuze knows the truth about Major and tries to convince her that she's been brainwashed in this Ghost in the Shell movie quote. He notes that she had a family and needs to remember that.


We Saved You and Now You Save Others

Dr. Ouelet: There was an attack. You were dying. We saved you and now you save others. You are the first of your kind, but you are not invulnerable. 
Major: Maybe next time you can design me better.

Dr. Ouelet feeds Major a line about what Hanka Robotics did to save her. Though the other option was dying, Major doesn't seem too thankful for their actions.



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Sat, 15 Apr 2017 03:46:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ghost-in-the-shell-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[The Boss Baby Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-boss-baby-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

The Boss Baby movie quotes help tell the story of the film about an infant CEO-type who seeks to steal attention from puppies back to babies. The DreamWorks Animation animated comedy movie was directed by Tom McGrath using a screenplay Michael McCullers adapted from the picture book of the same name by Marla Frazee. The Boss Baby opened theatrically on March 31, 2017.

In The Boss Baby, seven-year-old Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi) is living a very happy life as the only child of mother Janice (Lisa Kudrow) and father Ted (Jimmy Kimmel). That all changes when a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying infant arrives at their door. While Tim tries to raise alerts that this infant is a bit strange, his parents are oblivious to any oddities.

The Boss Baby quickly gets down to business. He gathers fellow infants and even enlists Tim in his mission to take on Puppy Co. for stealing the attention away from babies to adorable puppies. But taking down an entire company, especially one so cute, is tough work for anyone, let alone an infant.

The Boss Baby was just one of several spring 2017 films in theaters along with Beauty and the Beast, Personal Shopper, Kong: Skull Island,  and Before I Fall


The Boss Baby Movie Quotes,

Cookies are for Closers

Boss Baby: Put that cookie down! Cookies are for closers!

When fellow infant Jimbo reaches for a cookie, Boss Baby shuts that down real quick. As he explains in this The Boss Baby movie quote, cookies are for closers, and Jimbo is no closer.


I Will Help You

Boss Baby: If I don't succeed here with this mission, I will live here forever with you!
Tim: Okay, I will help you, but just to get rid of you. 
Boss Baby: Deal!

Boss Baby knows that his mission is something crucial and unwillingly asks Tim for help. For the only reason to get rid of the baby, Tim agrees to assist.


Never Been More Embarrassed

Boss Baby: How do we get past the guard? ... I've never been more embarrassed in my life... Ugh!

When trying to infiltrate a puppy facility in these The Boss Baby movie quotes, the Boss Baby is forced to go undercover as a puppy. Clearly, he's a bit uncomfortable, and that's even before a real puppy sniffs his behind.


He Wears a Suit!

Tim: Look at him! He wears a suit!
Janice: He's like a little man. 
Tim: He carries a briefcase. Does not one else think that's, oh, I don't know, a little freaky?
Ted: Well, you carried Lam-Lam around until you were like...
Tim: This is not about Lam-Lam.
Ted: Trust me, one day you are going to love him with all of your heart. 
Tim: Never!

Over dinner, Tim tries his best to convince his parents that the boss baby is a wee bit odd. But, as shown in these The Boss Baby movie quotes, his parents are not quite buying it.


This is War!

Tim: Mom, dad, the baby can talk!
Boss Baby: This is war!
Janice: Look, the kids are finally getting along.
Ted: That's nice. 

As Tim tries to take down the Boss Baby and the other infants, he starts a war with them all. Mom Janice thinks that the kids are getting along in these The Boss Baby movie quotes, but rather it's quite the opposite.


I'm on a Mission

Boss Baby: You've got the right baby for this job. I know how important this mission is to the company. 
Tim: You can talk!
Boss Baby: Ahhh! Poop doodie!
Tim: Ahhh!
Boss Baby: I've got to deal with the K-I-D.
Tim: Who are you?!
Boss Baby: I'm on a mission. There's not enough love to go around. My job is to find out why. Give me a double espresso and find a place around here with good sushi, I'd kill for a spicy tuna roll right about now.

Tim walks in on Boss Baby talking on his toy phone and realizes that the Boss Baby can talk. Tim also, unfortunately, learns that the Boss Baby feels he's, well, the boss of the family.


That One Fateful Day

Tim: My name is Tim. I have the greatest parents ever. It was just the three of us, the Templetons. Life was perfect until that one fateful day. 

As the narrator to the film, Tim explains a bit about his life. He was the happiest kid ever, at least until the Boss Baby entered his life.


We Babies are Having a Crisis

Boss Baby: We babies are having a crisis. Babies aren't getting as much love as we used to. Behold, our mortal enemy! Puppies!
Babies: Awww!
Boss Baby: No! That's exactly the problem... Have you learned anything?
Triplets: A, B, C, D, E
Boss Baby: No, what have you learned about puppies?
Jimbo: Puppies!
Boss Baby: No, Jimbo, puppies are evil! Stacy, read back the notes.
Stacy: I can't read. What's it say? 
Triplets: Boss, parents!
Ted: Aww, it's like they're having their own little meeting.

The Boss Baby holds a meeting with his fellow infants to explain to them the plan in these The Boss Baby movie quotes. As the Boss Baby explains, puppies are getting the love that he feels infants deserve and he's on a mission to change that.



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Sat, 15 Apr 2017 01:19:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-boss-baby-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[Beauty and the Beast 2017 Movie Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/beauty-and-the-beast-2017-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes

Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quotes provide the dialogue for the live-action adaptation of the classic 1991 Disney animated film. Bill Condon directed the movie which used a screenplay Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos adapted from the fairy tale of the first name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Beauty and the Beast 2017 opened in theaters on March 17, 2017.

In Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quotes, an arrogant prince (Dan Stevens) and his castle fall under a spell that turns the prince into a beast and his servants into talking objects. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love and earn the love of a lady back, and soon too, before the final petal falls from the enchanted rose.

So when the Beast meets Belle (Emma Watson), a girl who has agreed to take her imprisoned father Maurice's (Kevin Kline) place, whether he knows it or not at the time, the Beast's life is about to change. Belle makes friends with the talking objects (Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts) and eventually opens up to the Beast. But it's not a simple love story as Gaston (Luke Evans) is determined to have Belle for himself.

Beauty and the Beast joined theaters alongside other spring 2017 films such as Personal Shopper, Kong: Skull Island, Before I Fall, and Table 19.


Beauty and the Beast 2017 Movie Quotes,

Have You Really Read All of These Books?

Belle: Have you really read every one of these books?
Beast: No, some of them are in Greek.

The Beast invites Belle into his library, where she is impressed by the sheer volume of books contained within. While he has a bunch of books, he hasn't exactly read them all.


You Have to Help Me

Belle: You have to help me. You have to stand.

Alone and in danger in the forest, Belle seeks help in the Beast, who just a short while ago imprisoned her and her father in his castle. This time, Belle needs help from the Beast if she is to survive.


You Must Finally Learn to Love

Lumiere: If she is the one who'll break the spell, you must finally learn to love.

Lumiere reminds the Beast about his need to break the spell by learning how to love and earning love in return. Lumiere feels Belle might be the girl who can help him do this, and expresses as much in this Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quote.


Nobody Deserves You

Gaston: You are the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen! Nobody deserves you.

If Gaston is lacking anything, self confidence is not one of those things. As he glares at himself in a mirror, he has nothing but praise for his good looks.


Think of One Thing

Beast: Think of the one thing that you've always wanted. See it in your mind's eye and feel it in your heart.

As the Beast continues to connect with Belle, he introduces her to his magic mirror. He urges her to think of something special to her and she does exactly that.


You're So Ahead of Your Time

Maurice: My dear Belle, you're so ahead of your time. This is a small village and it's small-minded as well. But small also means safe.

Maurice speaks to his daughter Belle about her life in these Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quotes. He explains that she's something special, but stuck in a town that's a bit behind the times.
 


You Can Talk?

Lumiere: Look, a girl!
Cogsworth: Yes, I can see it's a girl, you fool!
Lumiere: What if she is the one?
Belle: Hello?
Lumiere: Allo! You are very strong. This is a great quality!
Belle: What are you?
Lumiere: I am Lumiere!
Belle: And you can talk?
Cogsworth: Well, of course he can talk! It's all he ever does!

In these Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quotes, Belle meets Lumiere and Cogsworth. They seem quite smitten with her while she needs a moment to understand why a candleabra and clock are talking to her.


When the Last Petal Falls

Belle: What happens when the last petal falls?
Lumiere: The master remains a beast forever.
Cogsworth: And we become antiques!
...
Beast: What did you do to it?
Belle: Nothing!
Beast: Get out of here! Go!

Belle learns a bit about the enchanted rose in these Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quotes. But before she can get too many details, the Beast finds her and orders her to leave.


This Castle is Alive

Belle: I've come for my father!
Beast: He's a thief!
Belle: Come into the light.
...
Maurice: Belle, you must leave here! This castle is alive!
Belle: I will escape, I promise!

Belle enters the castle in search of her missing father in these Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quotes. She finds him, but unfortunately also finds a beast who has imprisoned her father.


Not as Terrible as He Appears

Mrs. Potts: The master's not as terrible as he appears!

Transformed into a talking teapot, Mrs. Potts tries to tell Belle about the Beast in these Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie quotes. While he looks and acts quite scary, a kind man exists within.



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:04:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/beauty-and-the-beast-2017-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
<![CDATA[New Trailer Proves Rian Johnson Is Putting His Own Stamp On Star Wars: The Last]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rian-johnson-style-the-last-jedi-trailer/jacob-shelton

It’s safe to say that if you haven’t kept your ear to the ground of independent film, then you don’t know much about the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. He’s a relative newcomer to big-budget cinema, but he’s been making affecting, thrilling films for over a decade, and he’s directed your favorite episodes of Breaking Bad. So don’t worry about the lack of J.J. Abrams, people, because everything’s going to be just fine.

When Johnson was announced as director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, pretty much everyone, from his fans to Star Wars-heads, wondered what he would bring to the film. Now with the trailer floating around the Internet, it’s easy to see just what this exciting director has brought to the franchise.

If you’re wondering how the series will incorporate Rian Johnson's directing style into a world that has a very set look, just keep reading to have everything broken down for you. Aside from his skills as a director, this series set in a galaxy far, far away has offered him something much more fascinating than simply hanging out by a camera – he gets to help build a world.

For Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a chance to add to a narrative that has arrested fans for decades, and with his dual credits of writing and directing on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson is now able to shape the world of cinema for an eternity. Keep reading to learn just how he’s made his mark on the world of Star Wars


New Trailer Proves Rian Johnson Is Putting His Own Stamp On Star Wars: The Last,

Literally, This Film Is Going To Be Dark

Of the three features of Johnson's that have been released, The Brothers Bloom is the lightest in terms of visuals, and overall story - but even that film is visually very dark. There are a lot of blacks, blues, and greys in Johnson's work, and judging from the trailer the only two colors he's added to his palette are forest green and lightsaber red. 


Johnson Is Really Good With Genre Cinema

If you only know one thing about Rian Johnson, it's probably that he's an "indie filmmaker," which doesn't really mean anything other than he's never directed a Fast and the Furious movie. But where most audiences believe that all indies are nothing more that Joe Swanberg-esque mumblecore pieces, Johnson's films are genre explorations.

Brick, his first feature, is a hard-boiled detective story that takes place in a high school, The Brothers Bloom is one of the most underrated (and fun) heist movies ever made, and makes exquisite use of its ensemble cast (Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody), and Looper is a genre-defining time travel-action film that feels closer to Terminator than it does any Duplass production.

So what does this mean for The Last Jedi? Johnson's three genre explorations prove that he's the perfect person to helm this movie. Not only are audiences going to see a note-perfect space opera, but they're going to be thrown a few curveballs along the way. 


Messy, Nuanced Stories Are Kind Of His Thing

Whether you like Star Wars or not, it's safe to say that there's a lot going on in every movie. The classic Star Wars structure contains three main arcs, while an overall arc occurs which everyone is working towards in one way or another. Johnson is great with this kind of storytelling. In The Brothers Bloom, he manages to take the audience on a globetrotting adventure to foreign locales while a ragtag group of ne'er-do-wells attempt to get away with a con (which is basically a Star Wars movie without the lightsabers).

Each character in that film has their own reasoning for doing something, and a backstory to catch up on that serves the main storyline. Johnson accomplishes this feat without drowning the audience in exposition, which is one of the pratfalls of a Star Wars film (see the prequel trilogy for proof). Much of Looper is told in a jittery back and forth between the past and multiple futures, and it could have easily fallen apart if it weren't for Johnson's deft hand. Expect a lot to be happening in The Last Jedi


None Of The Heroes Look Like They're Having Fun

This may seem like a simple observation, but it's incredibly important in storytelling. In order to get the audience on a character's side, they need to feel empathy for said character. To do that, the filmmaker has to put the characters through trials.

The first shot of the trailer is Rey crying out in pain or frustration. Poe is never seen without at least ten explosions going off near him, and Finn is passed out in a cryo-chamber thing. Johnson loves putting his protagonists in the worst situations. He spends all of Brick beating down Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Looper has a very upsetting scene where ol' JGL sees his wife die, so expect The Last Jedi to be a physically and emotionally punishing film for our protagonists. 


The Locations Look Amazing

In Johnson's three features, he's been able to take audiences on a journey through myriad locales, from mundane to exotic, and make them all pop with something special. The most applicable film in this instance is Looper, where viewers are treated to a vision of the future that feels like a new world while still being familiar.

His eye for a backdrop means that the audience is in for something special with The Last Jedi. If you need proof, look no further than the shot of the modified B-Wings spraying red smoke as they fly across a desert terrain. It's all simple, but it's beautiful. 


Apparently, There Was A Lot Of Improvisation On Set

So, this is kind of crazy for a big budget film, but according to Laura Dern (whose character we don't see in the trailer), Johnson had a lot of fun on set, and was open to improving and receiving notes on the scenes from anyone that was around. She told Collider, "I’ve never seen anything like it. Comfort on an enormous movie, improvisation, 'Try that, try that!' There’s a lot of people weighing in on creating character and looks, and things are so iconic, and sets, and he’s still in the world of character."

It's fascinating that a film series which began with characters spitting out dialogue that could be typed and not said (to misquote Harrison Ford) could evolve to have acclaimed actors like Laura Dern shouting to the heavens about how amazing it was to be in one of the films. 


The Trailer Is Full Of Creative Shot Composition

There isn't a shot in the trailer that's not immaculately put together. The whole thing looks like a collection of still life photographs. If you need a sign that Rian Johnson is prepared to take the visual aesthetics of Star Wars to an entirely new level, then simply queue up the trailer and watch the space battle shots.

Those are typically the least visually interesting from a cinematography stand point, but by filling the frame with negative space Johnson is able to do something compelling with a scene you've watched replicated a million times. 


There's No Doubt That This Will Be A Darker Film

Regardless of the fact that The Last Jedi falls in the middle of the three act structure, making it the portion of the narrative where the characters find themselves at their lowest, Rian Johnson makes dark films, and he directs dark television shows. Even if you haven't seen Brick or Looper, two films that feature Joseph Gordon-Levitt grimacing his way through a series of terrible events, you probably have seen the episodes of Breaking Bad that Johnson has directed.

His biggest standout of the series is "Fly," the most polarizing episode of the series. The episode's deliberate pacing and lack of conventional action put Johnson's style fully on display. He's a director that would rather show character growth through simple action rather than a bombastic speech or over-the-top fights - not that he can't do those things very well, too. 


The Man Loves Super-Wide Shots

There have been wide shots in Star Wars films before, but rather than use the super wide, everything-is-a-matte-painting style wides of Lucas, Kershner, Marquand, and Abrams (the latter of whom was admittedly creating a pastiche of the three previous directors' styles), Johnson tends to shoot a wide shot with his subject very close to the lens. It gives the impression that everything else in the frame is a million miles away. It's a cool visual and something that normal Star Wars audiences aren't used to. 


The Aging Patriarch

You don't see this trope in Johnson's early work (Brick and The Brothers Bloom), but much of his post-Bloom output seems to be centered around aging, and what masculinity means once a man's prime has passed. Looper is distinctly concerned with this, as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Joe begins his journey trying to kill his older self.

In his television work, Johnson directed three episodes of Breaking Bad which focused specifically on Walter White and his shakiest moments. All of this means that The Last Jedi is the perfect film for Johnson to direct right now. Not only is Luke on his last legs as a Jedi, but there's a younger, angrier version of himself in Kylo Ren (who, remember, wants to destroy Skywalker). Look for any moments those two share to be dense with nuance. 



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 03:10:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rian-johnson-style-the-last-jedi-trailer/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Disgusting DIY Special Effects That Have Been Used In B-Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-diy-b-movie-special-effects/lisa-a-flowers

B-movie ingenuity (especially in the annals of horror) is a real art. Filmmakers working on tiny budgets have to be far more resourceful, creative, and enterprising than those working with billion dollar allotments. The former must whip up DIY movie effects for maximum low budget gore, while the latter can pretty much afford to have everything done for them. And, wouldn't you know it, big money work sometimes suffers because such productions can afford to have their fake heads handed to them on real silver platters.

Practical effects on a short leash ... the type you see in B horror movies ... let you know you're watching a picture that was crafted with love, affection, and madcap creativity. And it's an enduring truth that low-budget gore is fun ... far more fun than anything produced on a computer; and far more impactful than any aesthetically homogeneous, annoyingly gilded CGI effects could ever be.

If you think you can't make a homespun masterpiece with rotting roadkill, mannequin limbs, marshmallow fluff, and maybe a few real corpses bought from overseas suppliers on the cheap, read on. These indie movies with crazy DIY effects just might blow your mind.


Disgusting DIY Special Effects That Have Been Used In B-Movies,

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Seriously, what's more DIY than using real body parts? It certainly alleviates the stress of having to make props appear realistic. That's what Tobe Hooper had in mind when he directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a brutal masterpiece of visceral horror if there ever was one. 

According to The Telegraph, the skeletons in Leatherface's slaughterhouse were "real human skeletons from Japan, because it worked out cheaper than buying a fake prop." The piece goes on to point out this likely wouldn't be the case anymore, because of the rising cost of corpses ("skeletons were cheaper in the '70s").

Other resourcefully free, scavenged, and abundant props included bits and pieces of "eight cows, three goats, one chicken, two deer, and an armadillo," all of which started out their film careers as run-of-the-mill rural Texas roadkill. Waste not, want not.


Bad Taste

Early Peter Jackson was fun, campy, arty, and creatively improvised. According to a BrillFilms piece extolling the joys of DIY gore, the scene in which Jackson, in a Hitchcock-esque cameo, gets his arms hacked off in Braindead (aka Dead Alive) wasn't tough to execute. It required "a cardboard tube about two inches wider than the thickest part of the arm" and dental alginate (the stuff tooth molds are made from), which was poured into the tube, over Jackson's limb. Voila ... they then had a silicone rubber mold of Jackson's arm that reacted "like flesh on camera, allowing for a brutal severing."

Tendons were made by saturating string in a mixture of silicone sealant and blood-red oil paint. Simple, ingenious, and classic.


Blood Feast

Herschell Gordon Lewis's Blood Feast (1963) was everything a DIY gorefest should be: bad and good, artsy and undeniably artless. According to a piece on RogerEbert.com, most of its beautifully saturated colors and removed organs were 

"A unique mix of offal, gelatin, and fake blood bought from [cosmetic outlet stores]. These scenes are the film's main selling point, so while Lewis could not show Ramses's weapon penetrating his victims, he did linger on Ramses's spoils: severed gams (mannequin's legs), spilled grey matter (mystery meat), and a hideously distended tongue (a rotting sheep's tongue)."

Moral of the story: next time you're looking for a grotesque set piece you can't find at a costume shop, just go rummage through the muck at your local farm.


Night of the Living Dead

How do you really gross-out your audience? By grossing out your actors to the extent that they don't have to act. That's what George A. Romero (maybe accidentally) did during the filming of Night of the Living Dead. The limbs zombies gnaw in the truck fire scene were made of baked ham (flesh) coated in chocolate sauce (blood; it's black and white, baby! You don't need accurate colors!). How'd it taste? Apparently, "so gross... it made many of the extras nauseous, with the added bonus of turning their skin pale, and making them look even more sickly onscreen."


Plan 9 from Outer Space

"Future events such as these will effect you in the future!" Ed Wood's seminal, beloved 1959 badsterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space, notable for being Bela Lugosi's last film, has everything: grammatical ingenuity. fabulously horrible acting, a spirit of (unintentionally) kooky goodwill, and, of course, fantastically bad special effects. These effects famously include shower curtains (a quick, cheap stand-in for airplane cockpit doors) and flying saucers made from pizza pans, paper plates, hubcaps. and toys suspended by string. It's the kind of bad good can never hope to top.


Poltergeist

Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame (because Steven Spielberg, the film's producer and intended director, was busy with E.T.) is not a B-movie, but many of its special effects were ingeniously innovative for the tme. The infamous erupting meat scene, for example, was accomplished with a real steak, some slits cut in the countertop, and a pair of wires. Utter simplicity, though how the meat erupted (maybe via drill, or something?) isn't explained.

Tobe Hooper obviously chose to continue using real corpses, as he did in Texas, because the bodies in the muddy pool with Diane Freeling towards the end of the film were all 100% real, and acquired from a medical supply company called Carolina Biological. (Actress JoBeth Williams wasn't told she was cavorting with corpses until after filming was complete, though). 


Scanners

The Scanners head explosion scene is undoubtedly one of the most famous moments in horror movie history, and its execution was actually super DIY. In a supplement created for the Criterion Collection release of the film, the effects crew explains how the scene came to fruition:

"We took a life cast of [actor] Louis Del Grande and we made a gelatin positive in the mold and lined that with a plaster sort of 'inner support skull' ... and that was then packed with various materials ... latex, wax, just bits and bobs of a lot of stringy stuff that we figured would fly through the air ... we filled the head with literally leftover burgers, and so on, because we were living off that crap. So we just threw it in there with a bunch of Caro syrup blood and gelatin brain and so on. And then we sealed it with wax."

After that, it was all systems go: Special Effects supervisor Gary Zeller simply lay down behind the dummy, put a shotgun to the base of its skull, and blew its head off. Voila!


The Evil Dead

With its eye-popping colors, gloriously deranged surrealist aesthetic, and bizarre juxtaposition of slapstick and menace, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead remains a singular artistic achievement, one that no amount of billion-dollar special effects and generic CGI will ever top. The film is also a, if not maybe the, ultimate masterwork of horror textures, which take center stage in the form of melting, spurting, putrefying corpses galore.

How were these effects created? With common kitchen cabinet staples and household pests. As make-up and visual effects supervisor Tom Sullivan explained at a 30th anniversary cast and crew reunion, "I wanted to make it seem like their [the corpses'] biology actually changed" ... to which end he employed oatmeal, snakes, guts hewn of marshmallow strings, and cockroaches acquired at Michigan State University.

Never let it be said that living fast, dying young, and leaving a rainbow-gushing corpse is just a pipe dream.


The Tingler

The history of special effects going beyond screen and speaker to create a multi-sensory experience for audiences is a long and fascinating one. In 1916, just at the dawn of cinema, rose perfume designed to complement a screening of that year's Tournament of Roses parade was wafted through the ceiling of a theater. And in 1982, John Waters famously handed out Scratch 'N Sniff cards to accompany the action in his cult romp Polyester

William Castle had the same crossover techniques in mind when he pioneered audience-jolting "Percepto" seats to complement screenings of 1959's The Tingler

As Horrorpedia puts it,

"During the climax of the film, The Tingler [a parasitic entity that attaches itself to people and can only be expelled through screaming] was depicted escaping into a generic movie theater ...  this cued the theater projectionist to activate the buzzers and give ... members an unexpected jolt [in their seats]."

Virtual reality that was way ahead of its time.


Pantyhose Intestines: The DIY Entrails That Keep On Unfurling

What do intestines and pantyhose have in common? Hint: it's not just that both can be used, by homicidal maniacs, to strangle people.

According to moviepilot, extremely realistic looking entrails, fashioned from flesh-colored tights, are one of the hottest items on the DIY market. All you have to do is pack pantyhose legs with "stuffing" (texture of your choice, but you should be able to create anatomically-accurate folds and ridges from it), lather liquid latex over it, and steep the finished product in a bowl of stage blood and slime. The result (which any number of horror films can attest to) is pile after pile of glistening, horrifying, fabulous fake-outery.



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<![CDATA[Everything We Think Will Happen In Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-to-expect-from-the-last-jedi/zack-howe

The first trailer for The Last Jedi has dropped, and while the plot of the next Star Wars movie is still unclear, there are a few things to glean from the teaser. It picks up where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey on Ahch-To with Luke, about to embark on her Jedi training. The tone, however, is much more ominous, with emo Luke saying, “It’s time for the Jedi to end,” from beneath his hood, which is probably concealing headphones blasting My Chemical Romance.

The most interesting thing to note about this new Star Wars trailer is the number of parallels between it and The Empire Strikes Back. The dark tone is just one of many examples. These similarities alone offer a number of hints at what is potentially to come. So check out the Easter eggs from The Last Jedi trailer, as well as some speculation as to what those might mean for the future of the Force. 


Everything We Think Will Happen In Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi,

The Destruction Of The New Jedi Order

There's a shot of R2-D2 next to a distraught longhaired figure who drops to his knees as some sort of temple-like structure burns before him. That figure looks a lot like Luke, making it likely that this is a flashback to the destruction of Luke’s newfound Jedi Order (mentioned in The Force Awakens) by his pupil Ben Solo, now Kylo Ren.

What caused Ben to do that? Well, he’s not particularly stable, but hopefully there’s more of a reason than some kid telling him he had a weird lightsaber. We’ll probably find out in The Last Jedi.


Speeders vs. AT-ATs: Round 2. Fight!

There are clearly some parallels between The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back. In the trailer, a squadron of speeders race over a desert towards an approaching line of AT-ATs. In fact, by the scientific definition of desert, Hoth is also a desert, making this scene an exact parallel. Instead of snowspeeders, we now have desertspeeders. Awesome. 


Is The Poster Hinting At Something?

Fan theories abound that Rey will actually go over to the dark side. There certainly are a lot of similarities between her origin and Anakin’s. The poster for The Last Jedi, in particular, is very interesting.

It shows Rey holding a lightsaber that extends into the sky. A couple things to note: there are lines of light extending horizontally away from the pommel, eerily reminiscent of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. Also, while the lightsaber is blue at the bottom, it turns into red. Blue to red. Light to dark. The poster seems to hint heavily that Rey is ready to break bad.


The Journal Of The Whills

In the trailer, there's a glimpse of a depiction of the Force in an old tome. This appears to be the religious book of the Jedi, canonized in the novelization of The Force Awakens, the Journal of the Whills. The vast world of wisdom contained within will probably drive forward Rey's training in the film.

Remember, however, it's important not to confuse the Journal of the Whills with the Journal of Bruce Willis, which is mostly full of entries like, “Remember that time in Die Hard when you walked on glass? Totally. You’re so badass, Bruce.” 


Luke Is The New Yoda

This isn’t a particularly large leap, but Luke has taken on the role of Yoda, Jedi Master. Just as Yoda lived in isolation in the swamps of Dagobah, so does Luke on an island in the middle of nowhere on planet Ahch-To. Even his nihilistic line about it being “time for the Jedi to end,” brings to mind Yoda’s many chastisements of him as a young Jedi about not being ready. 


Have The Jedi And Sith Been Replaced?

Given that Luke says in the trailer “It’s time for the Jedi to end,” and Yoda told Luke he was the last Jedi in Return of the Jedi, is it possible Rey and Kylo Ren are not even Jedi and/or Sith? Yoda's words were before Rey and Kylo Ren were born, so maybe Luke really was the last, but isn’t anymore. Maybe he’s too arrogant to recognize that there are new Jedi. Or maybe he’s right, and neither Rey nor Kylo Ren are, or will become, Jedi.

After all, simply existing as a Force-user does not automatically make one a Jedi or a Sith. Ben Solo became Kylo Ren, so named as he is a master of the Knights of Ren. Perhaps the Knights of Ren have replaced the Sith as the wielders of the dark side, and we will discover that some new order has replaced Jedi as their counterpart. Luke tells Rey to focus and asks what she sees. Rey says, “Light. Darkness. The Balance.” Luke responds, “It’s so much bigger.”


Finn Is Still Injured

Finn was injured on Starkiller Base at the end of The Force Awakens, and is seen in the trailer riding in some kind of pod, presumably recovering. This is somewhat reminiscnet of Han being frozen in carbonite at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, which totally messes with all of the Empire parallels, but ignore that and just appreciate the symbolism. What will become of Finn? Will he eventually die after Rey has fallen in love with him, pushing her to the dark side? Hopefully not, because that would be crazy annoying. 


We’re Going To Learn About The Relationship Between Rey And Kylo Ren

There are a ton of fan theories about Rey’s relationship to Kylo. Some think they’re brother and sister (or maybe half-siblings), some that they’re cousins – Luke being Rey’s father and obviously Kylo’s uncle – while others think there’s no relation at all. The reveal of their relationship hasn’t been confirmed by any means, but the parallels between The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back are so prevalent, even in this short trailer, that it’s a safe bet we’ll discover how Kylo and Rey are related at the end of the movie. The similarities just can’t be accidents.

If that doesn’t happen, we better at least get a scene where Kylo says, “Luke, I am your nephew!” And then of course Luke would be like, “Well yeah, literally everybody knew that. You really are whacked out, kid.” It's nice to service the fans every once and a while, Star Wars


The Time Of The Jedi May Come To An End

Luke melodramatically says, “I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Now, Yoda told Luke in Return of the Jedi that Luke was the last Jedi, and that line is actually played in the background of the trailer when Kylo Ren’s smashed helmet is shown. Maybe that’s not necessarily true, but Luke was psychologically broken when his trainee Ben Solo turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren, and thus can’t see a way forward.

However, perhaps he understands that Rey and Kylo are the last two flames balancing each other out, and that they need to be extinguished, or else the tension between the two sides will forever put the universe in peril.


What's Captain Phasma Up To?

Captain Phasma is still stomping around, and she’s interesting as she's not easily compared to characters in the original six films. She’s a little General Grievous, maybe a little Boba Fett, but her role remains to be seen. Don’t be surprised if Kylo Ren is ultimately the one who takes her out. Like kills her. Not takes her out to dinner. Although that could make for a wonderfully awkward scene. Maybe the inevitable weird porn parody will do something with that.



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 03:50:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-to-expect-from-the-last-jedi/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Best Kids Movies Streaming on Hulu]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-kids-movies-streaming-on-hulu/ranker-film

Searching Hulu for the best kids movie?  Look no further. This is a list of kids movies on Hulu and Hulu Plus, as ranked by movie lovers like you. With this list, your votes determine the best kids films streaming on Hulu.

Which familiar movies will you find on this Hulu kids movie list? There are chidren movie classics like Homeward Bound and Mulan. There are also more recent kids movie hits on Hulu, like The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Surf's Up.

Check out the full list to find the movie that makes your kids laugh the most, and vote up your favorite kid movies. Vote down the films that aren't good. If you've seen them all, then rerank to create you own version of the best Hulu kids movies.


Best Kids Movies Streaming on Hulu,

Get a Clue

Go Figure

How to Eat Fried Worms

March of the Penguins

Mulan

Pocahontas

Surf's Up

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Ant Bully

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water


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<![CDATA[Best Teen Movies Streaming on Hulu]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-teen-movies-streaming-on-hulu/ranker-film

Searching Hulu for a good teen film?  Look no further. This is a list of teen movies on Hulu and Hulu Plus, as ranked by movie lovers like you. With this list, your votes determine the best teen films streaming on Hulu.

Which familiar movies will you find on this Hulu high school movie list? There are teen classics like Pretty in Pink and Footloose. There are also more recent teen movie hits on Hulu, like Charlie Bartlett and The DUFF.

Check out the full list to find the movie that brings the most nostalgia, and vote up your favorite teen films. Vote down the films that aren't great. If you've seen them all, then rerank to create you own version of the best Hulu teen movies.


Best Teen Movies Streaming on Hulu,

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Clueless

Heathers

Newsies

Pretty in Pink

Sabrina, Down Under

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid, Part II

The Karate Kid, Part III

The Mighty Ducks


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<![CDATA[The Sickest Burns From Chick Flicks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chick-flick-burns/mick-jacobs

Chick flicks provide viewers with all sorts of helpful information: fashion advice, friendship and relationship goals, and burns that would reduce your worst frenemy to a puddle of designer imposter perfume. Among the most satisfying movie plot points are chick flick burns, perfect little gems for reminding your haters they simply don't have the range. Gentleman, just because these movies are made with women in mind does not mean they don't pack a punch. If anything, these chick flick burns prove more useful than anything you see in Die Hard or Fast and the Furious; it's not like you're drag racing all that often, but a**holes always need to be told to take a seat, and chick flicks teach people the proper way to do so. 

If you need a savage comeback prepped, look no further than the chick flick burns below, made by inspirational leading ladies and even a few gents. The next time Liz comes at you for your bangs, remind her they came from her mom's chest hair. Deal with it, Liz.


The Sickest Burns From Chick Flicks,

When I Dress Up Like A Frigid B*tch, I Try Not To Look So Constipated

Elle Woods, Legally Blonde


I'm Glad Your Husband Died Because You're A F*cking A**hole, He Probably Killed Himself.

Catherine, This Is 40


The Skin Under Your Eyes Is Starting To Look Like Hugh Hefner's Ballsack.

Jacob Palmer, Crazy, Stupid, Love


Denise Fleming Is A Tampon
Kenny, Can't Hardly Wait
I Don't Hate You Because You're Fat. You're Fat Because I Hate You.
Jessica Lopez, Mean Girls
You Smell Like A Baby Prostitute.
Janice Ian, Mean Girls
You're A Virgin Who Can't Drive
Tai Frasier, Clueless
Did You Have A Brain Tumor For Breakfast?
Heather Chandler, Heathers
She Could Be A Farmer In Those Clothes.
Amber, Clueless
You're A Home-schooled Jungle Freak Who's A Less Hot Version Of Me.
Regina George, Mean Girls

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:43:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/chick-flick-burns/mick-jacobs
<![CDATA[Best Science Fiction Movies Streaming on Hulu]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-science-fiction-movies-streaming-on-hulu/ranker-film

Searching Hulu for a good sci-fi film?  Look no further. This is a list of science fiction films on Hulu and Hulu Plus, as ranked by movie lovers like you. With this list, your votes determine the best sci-fi movies streaming on Hulu.

Which familiar movies will you find on this Hulu sci-fi movie list? There are sci-fi classics like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There are also more recent sci-fi hits on Hulu, like Terminator Genisys and Interstellar.

Check out the full list to find the movie that blows your mind the most, and vote up your favorite science fiction films. Vote down the films that aren't great. If you've seen them all, then rerank to create you own version of the best Hulu sci-fi movies streaming now.


Best Science Fiction Movies Streaming on Hulu,

Interstellar

Iron Man

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The Final Cut

The Running Man

Robocop

Terminator Genisys

Project Almanac

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<![CDATA[Best Drama Movies Streaming on Hulu]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-drama-movies-streaming-on-hulu/ranker-film

Searching Hulu for a good drama film?  Look no further. This is a list of dramas on Hulu and Hulu Plus, as ranked by movie lovers like you. With this list, your votes determine the best drama films streaming on Hulu.

Which familiar movies will you find on this Hulu dramas list? There are drama classics like Fatal Attraction and Days of Wonder. There are also more recent drama hits on Hulu, like The Age of Adaline and Carol.

Check out the full list to find the movie that brings the most drama, and vote up your favorite dramatic films. Vote down the films that aren't great. If you've seen them all, then rerank to create you own version of the best Hulu dramas.


Best Drama Movies Streaming on Hulu,

Enter the Void

In the Realm of the Senses

Secret Things

Split Second

The Giver

The Girlfriend Experience

The Fields

28 Hotel Rooms

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Bound


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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:39:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-drama-movies-streaming-on-hulu/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdown]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-the-last-jedi-trailer-extended-universe-references/jacob-shelton

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is here and there’s a lot to unpack in less than two minutes. Not only does the trailer remind us of all the familiar faces returning to the screen, it also contains a few clues of where the film will be taking Rey, Poe, and Finn, while drawing on references from the Expanded Universe (or Legends, since it's Disney's world and we all just live in it).

If you’ve watched the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer, then you know that it’s full of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them references to the world of Star Wars outside of the main films, and some of them are pretty obscure. So if you’re curious about what that cool logo was, or why Luke is standing in a cave, then you’ll want to keep reading.

Doesn’t it feel like it’s been a million years since The Force Awakens was in theaters giving everyone those sweet, sweet nostalgia waves? If you were like every other Star Wars fan, you spent your downtime reading up on the Legends, taking in the Clone Wars, and doing your best to sleuth around and figure out in which direction the second film in the new trilogy would go. While Disney put the kibosh on the Legends as canon, that doesn’t mean that you can't infer clues from the references to the EU in the trailer for The Last Jedi


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdown,

Luke Helps Bring On The Dark Empire

One of the more interesting stories from the Star Wars Legends is Dark Empire, an alternate timeline novel that explores what happens when Luke is turned to the dark side by one of Emperor Palpatine's clones (just accept that it happened and move on). That's not going to happen in The Last Jedi, but in the book Luke spends a lot of time brooding, and if there's one thing that Luke does in this trailer, it's brood.

He broods on a cliff, in a cave, and in front of a flaming temple. If nothing else, it's safe to say that the film's writers wanted to at least nod to the possibility that Luke isn't the happy-go-lucky Jedi that audiences remember from that Ewok fireside sing-along in Return of the Jedi


He's Not Kylo Ren, He's My Brother

Most of the Star Wars Legends has to do with Leia and Han's children, Jaina and Jacen Solo, and the separate paths they walk down the long road of the Force. Assuming this is where the film universe is drawing its inspiration, life won't be working out for Kylo Ren by the end of the new trilogy.

If you were doing something better with your time than reading Star Wars novels and comics in the '90s here's a quick primer:  In the EU, Han and Leia had two children, Jaina and Jacen, who were basically hybrid Luke/Leia/Hans. Jacen turned to the dark side, was super evil and, SPOILER ALERT(!!!) was (SERIOUSLY SPOILER ALERT) confronted and killed by Jaina in the 2008 novel Invincible

But here's the thing, no one knows if Rey and Kylo Ren are actually brother and sister. The only thing that the audience has to go off of are context clues from the original trilogy, Kylo Ren being a total dick about the fact that Rey grew up without a father, and Han's obvious paternal instincts that flared up when he saw Ren fly the Millenium Falcon.

Maybe the films are going to hit audiences with a curve ball, but probably not. The only hints the audience receives about this from the trailer are the dueling shots of Rey running towards something with a lightsaber and Kylo Ren holding a lightsaber at something and looking mean. Maybe it's all editing, or maybe they're charging towards each other for a brother-sister beatdown. 


Someone's Been Reading Star Wars Infinities

Star Wars Infinities is a 3-issue series of comics released by Dark Horse in the early 2000s. They chronicle what could have happened in the original series if things had gone slightly different. In the retelling of Empire Strikes Back, Leia ends up going to Dagoba instead of Luke for... reasons, and she becomes a Jedi.

Leia's time learning from Yoda has a distinct visual parallel to the shots of Rey learning how to Jedi in this trailer. It could be a coincidence, or it could be that the entire new series of films is really one big retelling of the original series. 


What's Up With Kylo Ren?

We only get one shot of Adam Driver holding his crossguard lightsaber in the trailer, and it plays with a voiceover that says "I only know one truth," which is meaningless without context - but let's get to the speculation. If The Last Jedi is drawing from the Expanded Universe, then it's totally possible that this film is going to feature a reconciliation between Ren and Rey. 

Maybe they'll have to work together to defeat the larger evil of Snoke, much like the characters in Dark Disciple, a novel which follows a Sith and a Jedi putting aside their lightsaber color preferences and keeping the galaxy safe. That's probably where the series is going to go, but not without at least one more showdown between Rey and Kylo Ren.


The Last Jedi?

The title The Last Jedi is such an obvious misdirect that it might as well be called The Last Jedi: And By Last Jedi We Mean The Last Jedi Played By Mark Hamil Or Any Actors That You're Familiar With, Of Course There Will Be More Jedis.

Aside from serving as a transparent red herring, the title is also a reference to Heir to the Empire where the ghost of Obi-Wan says, "... [you're] not the last of the old Jedi, Luke. The first of the new." If that's where the title came from, then it's a not so subtle way of saying that Rey is the beginning of a new generation of Jedi. We'll have to wait and see how this generation differs from the older Jedi, however. Maybe they all live in lofts or drive electric cars or something. 

 


Oh No, Is Chewbacca Going To Die?

Before you get mad and start shooting off comments about spoiler alerts and whatever else, remember this is just a theory based on one shot of a trailer that doesn't even feature Chewbacca. That being said, Chewbacca is probably going to die.

It looks like he's going to sacrifice himself in a beautifully heroic way, similar to his death in the novel Vector Prime. The trailer gives the audience one shot of the Millenium Falcon, which can technically be piloted by anyone (but is probably piloted by Chewie). If we're going into a space battle, he's going to be there sacrificing himself because he has nothing left to live for.

Not only is The Last Jedi the second act of a larger three part narrative, but it's going to parallel Empire as much as possible. Force Awakens was basically a remake of A New Hope, after all. Therefore, this second film needs to get dark, so they're probably going to blow up an entire planet while Chewie saves Rey or something. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best. 


Luke Might Be The Bad Guy

This reference to Legends is kind of far fetched, but it could offer some insight into the direction of the Star Wars franchise from here on out. When Rey is doing the whole "light, dark" voiceover, there's a shot of a set of books and some whispering playing over them. Put on your headphones and play that part again, it sounds like someone says "betrayal."

In the 2006 novel Betrayal, Jacen Solo (Han and Leia's son) is brought to a large cave on an asteroid where a Sith Lord was living. Rather than try to conquer the galaxy, the Sith believed in peace, knowledge, and the necessity for both light and dark in the galaxy. That's... exactly what Luke is doing, right? He lives in a cave, he meditates all day, and he has a beard (which is sci-fi short hand for bad guy), so has he embraced his inner Sith? Or has this turned into Star Wars Conspiracy Hour?


Is Poe Dameron Going To Command Some Kind Of Rogue Squadron?

How a Poe Dameron film trilogy hasn't been green lit already is mind-boggling. He's easily the breakout character of the series, and Oscar Isaac is the best. That being said, it's possible that his role in the film is going to greatly increase, as it seems like the movie is gearing up for a big space battle.

The trailer shows a lot of Poe running from place to place with BB-8 while explosions shoot off behind him. Is he on a rebel base? Or has he put together his own crack squadron of elite pilots who crave adventure, al a X-Wing: Wraith Squadron? That would be deeply amazing. 


Finn Is The Lynchpin Of This Rogue Squadron Theory

Obviously, you can't have a Star Wars movie without an epic space battle. But which section of the EU will Rian Johnson be referencing in this film? Hopefully he's pulling from the best bits of Rogue Squadron, which features Wedge putting together a crew of pilots –including Tycho Celchu who is believed to be an Imperial spy – to wreck shop on the Empire.

Here's why that's probably going to happen in The Last Jedi. Finn is essentially the Tycho of this film series. He grew up with the First Order, he was a stormtrooper, and he can pilot a TIE Fighter. If Rian Johnson wanted to reference the EU, this would be an easy way to tip his cap to a great story while still being able to change whatever elements he wanted. Well, other than the central narrative of pilots not trusting Finn, but believing in Poe. 


Was That The Sith Temple On Malachor?

There's a shot in the trailer that looks like it's an extended shot of Rey's vision from The Force Awakens. You know, the one where she sees Luke watching his Jedi Temple burning. It could, however, also be the Malachor Sith Temple, a location which features a death machine at its center powered by a kyber crystal.

Most of what's known about the temple comes from Star Wars Rebels, and while it seems like a stretch that the location would be featured in The Last Jedi, the characters in Rogue One couldn't shut up about kyber crystals. Maybe the audience is going to get a big screen super weapon battle in this movie after all, just to change things up a little.  



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 02:54:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/star-wars-the-last-jedi-trailer-extended-universe-references/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Best Comedy Movies Streaming on Hulu]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-comedy-movies-streaming-on-hulu/ranker-film

Searching Hulu for the funniest comedy movie?  Look no further. This is a list of comedies on Hulu and Hulu Plus, as ranked by comedy lovers like you. With this list, your votes determine the best comedy films streaming on Hulu.

Which familiar movies will you find on this Hulu comedies list? There are comedy classics like Pretty in Pink and Tommy Boy. There are also more recent comedy hits on Hulu, like Don Jon and Shaun of the Dead.

Check out the full list to find the movie that makes you laugh the most, and vote up your favorite comedies. Vote down the films that aren't funny. If you've seen them all, then rerank to create you own version of the funniest Hulu comedies.


Best Comedy Movies Streaming on Hulu,

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Air Bud

Any Which Way You Can

It's a Boy Girl Thing

Psycho Beach Party

Thelma & Louise

The Kentucky Fried Movie

From Prada to Nada

Zapped

Hot Pursuit


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<![CDATA[Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/next-tom-hanks-actors/ranker-film

With two Best Actor Oscars and films that have grossed more than $9 billion worldwide, Tom Hanks stands as one of the best actors of his generation and one of the greatest actors of all time. In addition to nailing every role he plays, Tom Hanks is also famous for being down-to-earth and maintaining a positive public image. Hanks, like Mery Streep, does so much so well it's hard to imagine that anyone could fill his sheos. Since Hanks occupies such a large space within pop culture, it begs the question: who is the next Tom Hanks? 

Several young actors on their way to becoming the next Tom Hanks include Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal, Dev Patel, and Ryan Gosling. Non-American actors, like John Boyega, Andrew Garfield, and Daniel Radcliffe quickly became Hollywood A-listers for their critically acclaimed performances. Which of these talented leading men fit the bill as the future Tom Hanks? In order to measure up to such a titan of talent, an actor must have superb PR skills, a versatile acting range, and the ability to make audiences weep over a volleyball.


Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?,

Bradley Cooper

Chris Pratt

Daniel Radcliffe

Donald Glover

Eddie Redmayne

Jake Gyllenhaal

James Franco

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Michael Fassbender

Ryan Reynolds


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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:34:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/next-tom-hanks-actors/ranker-film
<![CDATA[13 Sound Of Music Facts That Aren't So Pleasing To The Ears]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/upsetting-sound-of-music-facts/monique-hayes

There are a lot of things to love about The Sound of Music (1965): hilltop sing-alongs of "Do-Re-Mi," a yodeling Lonely Goatherd, a romantic interlude involving a gazebo. Yet one of the most beloved film musicals of all time hit plenty of sour notes in front of and behind the camera during filming. The cast and crew weren't always pleased with the script, the set conditions, or the response of outside influences. Injuries plagued the actors portraying the von Trapp children. Early audiences rejected certain cinematic elements. There were issues that couldn't be solved by simply singing about cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudel.

Multiple sounds of discord existed beyond the lively hills filled with music. If the disruptive noise of creative differences didn't shake things up, the demanding physical requirements made scenes a grating experience. These less-than-harmonious The Sound of Music facts showcase the rougher measures of one of Hollywood's most high-budget and popular musicals.


13 Sound Of Music Facts That Aren't So Pleasing To The Ears,

Inaccuracies Inspired Theatres To Pull The Film

The goatherd puppets weren't the only things pulled when it came to the landmark musical. Instead of gravitating to a film that highlighted its scenic beauty, Austrian and German moviegoers spurned The Sound of Music when it was released. They found the representation of the Austrian Anschlaus alarmingly inaccurate. The furor led the studio to pull the film out of theaters six months earlier than planned


Christopher Plummer Wanted "Edelweiss" Eliminated

Christopher Plummer, who played Captain von Trapp, struggled to embrace the film's sentimental script. He often took liberties with liquor and filmed scenes in a drunken state. Off screen, he made his discontent clear concerning the song that was mistakenly identified as the Austrian national anthem. Plummer requested a replacement song for "Edelweiss," an Oscar Hammerstein II-penned tune he labeled "trite," but they refused. Even the child actors in the film saw fit to re-imagine the sweet song's final lyric into "bless my paycheck forever."


The Real Maria von Trapp Wasn't Invited To The Premiere

When Twentieth Century Fox held its glitzy LA premiere for The Sound of Music on March 10, 1965, the event lacked one key figure – the inspiration for its musically gifted heroine. The real Maria von Trapp was not invited to the film despite appearing as an extra in the background of the "I Have Confidence" montage with her daughter. While the producers claimed there were "no seats left," she wasn't a welcome visitor on the set either. Director Robert Wise found her "bossy" and a problematic advisor for the project. Among other criticisms, Maria found Andrews's rendering of her too "gentle" and disagreed with the harsh presentation of her husband Captain von Trapp.   


Three Child Actors Terrorized Hotel Guests

Some of the actors who played the von Trapp siblings engaged in incorrigible behavior as guests at the luxury Hotel Mirabell while on location. Heather Menzies (Louisa), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), and Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) performed plenty of pranks in their temporary Austrian home. They switched other hotel guests' breakfast menus to disrupt food service requests, moved shoes that were left out for shoeshines, and threw wet pieces of toilet paper from the balcony at passersby. In Fred Bronson's The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook, Menzies recalls how the local police arrived to investigate the matter. The hotel manager kindly stood up for the unruly youngsters and the authorities departed.


Hair Bleaching Left Nicholas Hammond With Blisters

Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) endured several painful dye jobs in order to become the "impossible" eldest son. Director Robert Wise wanted his hair to match blonde Louisa's, which resulted in back-to-back dyeing sessions. In Fred Bronson's The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook, the naturally brunette Hammond remembers how it felt "like [they were] pouring bleach on my skull." The method covered his entire scalp in blisters. He's oftentimes seen wearing a straw hat in the film because the crew worried that the sun would make his newly dyed hair white.


The Brook Wasn't The Only Thing Tripping And Falling In That Opening Scene

Who can forget the opening of the Sound of Music? As the music builds, the camera closes in on the figure of Julie Andrews, at first so small compared to the breathtaking Austrian mountains behind her. However, the camera finally makes it close to Andrews's face, and she breaks into "The Sound of Music," spinning, her arms flung out to emphasize the grandeur around her. Well, Julie Andrews certainly can't forget that scene considering that the helicopter shooting it repeatedly knocked her down during her famous spin move. In fact, she was blown over by the helicopter in at least half of the dozen takes it took to capture the perfect shot. How do you solve a problem like Maria would? You keep on shooting; that's how.


Little Gretl Nearly Drowned

The rowboat scene where the Baroness (Eleanor Parker) sees the kids for the first time was supposed to be humorous. However, the actress portraying Gretl (Kym Karath) found it horrifying after nearly drowning. According to Fred Bronson's The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook, five-year-old Karath couldn't swim, and Julie Andrews was tasked with catching her when she fell. Andrews fell the wrong way during the take and didn't catch Karath, so Assistant Director Alan Callow (Karath's future brother-in-law) leapt in to rescue Karath from the lake. Another cast member, Heather Menzies (Louisa), carried Karath ashore and Karath proceeded to throw up the less-than-clean water... all over Menzies.


The Family Was Almost Detained By Immigration

Initially, writers considered a different ending for the musical. Instead of having the von Trapps cross over the Alps to the stirring "Climb Every Mountain" as they evaded the Nazi regime, they were supposed to end up at Ellis Island, detained by immigration officials. The Ellis Island ending more closely reflected the real fate of the family; the real von Trapps were scrutinized closely at Ellis Island but were permitted to enter the country and became a touring musical group in the United States. For them, there was no beautiful trek across the mountains with their instruments, but they achieved a great deal of success in their new homeland.


The Romantic Gazebo Scene Resulted In A Sprained Ankle

Liesl (Charmian Carr) and Rolfe (Dan Truhitte) appear to dance around the gazebo with effortless grace during "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." Yet Carr's shoes weren't equipped for all of the bench-hopping, and her foot went right through one of the structure's glass walls. She received a pain injection on set and continued to film with a sprained ankle. In successive shots, the costume department made sure the new bandage matched Liesl's tights


Christopher Plummer Complained About Kym Karath's Weight

Not all the fictional von Trapp brood braved the Alps, with the difference coming down to one sister's weight. Kym Karath (Gretl) gained a significant amount of weight during her time in Austria, and her sweet-filled diet contributed to a more difficult shoot in the scene where the von Trapps walk across the Alps. Christopher Plummer struggled when he tried to carry her and complained about Karath's size. He requested a lighter stunt double. As a result, the finished product shows a faux Gretl rather than Karath.



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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:18:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/upsetting-sound-of-music-facts/monique-hayes
<![CDATA[The Best Decades For Filmmaking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-decades-filmmaking/anncasano

What are the best decades for movies? It’s a question for which the answer will certainly vary from generation to generation. Perhaps this list, which features some of the best movies ever, decade by decade, and cinema's top directors, will help to answer the almost unanswerable question.

Some will contend the best years for movies came in the 1990s, with the explosion and mainstream success of independent film. Others will point to the great generation of filmmakers that emerged in Hollywood in the 1970s. While some will look to the Golden Age of Hollywood in the '30s. Think technology rules the big screen? Perhaps the 2000s, the era when 3D was finally perfected, tops your list as the best cinematic decade? And let's not forget the 1960s, during which time Godard, Fellini, Kurosawa, and Kubrick did some of their best work. 

Which decade produced the most creative epochs in cinema? Which era are most of your favorite films from? What are the underrated gems of each decade? Make your voice heard and vote up which decade you think produced the best cinema.


The Best Decades For Filmmaking,

1980s

Several blockbuster franchises from prestigious directors were born in the '80s, including Indiana Jones with Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg), Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis), and Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman). A young director named John Hughes entered the zeitgeist making movies that captured what life was like for bored American teenagers. George Lucas released the second and third installments of his space saga set in a galaxy far, far away.

It was also the era of muscle-bound dudes being huge, slasher films, and a major influx of punk rock influence into the aesthetic and attitude of films. Plus all that glorious dystopian science fiction, thanks to the economic disparity of the Reagan years. 

Meanwhile, an underground scene that eventually exploded in the '90s went about slowly creating new ways of making cinema, thanks to the likes of Jim Jarmusch. In Hong Kong, John Woo released A Better Tomorrow, paving a road of double-fisted pistols, trench coats, and sunglasses that ended in The Matrix, and Jackie Chan took on-screen stunts to insane (and nearly lethal) new heights. Over in Japan, a guy you may have heard of called Hayao Miyazaki was doing marvelous things, as anime became high art.

In Europe, filmmakers struggled to define their identity in the fractured Cold War world. 

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: Raging Bull, Robocop, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Princess Bride, Do the Right Thing, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Sixteen Candles, Die Hard, Full Metal Jacket, Lethal Weapon, Caddyshack, The Terminator, A Christmas Story, Say Anything, Back to the Future, This Is Spinal Tap, Down By Law, The Big Chill, Platoon, When Harry Met Sally, Predator, Beverly Hills Cop, They Live, The Untouchables, Blade Runner, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Shining, sex, lies & videotape, Blue Velvet, Aliens, Amadeus, Raising Arizona, Ordinary People, Stand By Me, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Airplane!, Scarface, Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club, Hannah and Her Sisters, Rain Main, Stranger Than Paradise, First Blood (Rambo), Road House

World Cinema: A Better Tomorrow, Come and See, My Neighbor Toroto, Wings of Desire, Ran, Police Story, Fitzcarraldo, City on Fire, The Decalogue, Paris Texas, Cinema Paradiso, Kiki's Delivery Service, Christiane F, Withnail and I, Akira, The Killer, Kagemusha, Au revoir les enfants, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind , The Last Metro, Fanny and Alexander, Grave of the Fireflies, Tampopo, Prison on Fire

UNDERRATED GEMS: Ladyhawke, The King of Comedy, Angel Heart, The Fabulous Baker Boys, A Fish Called Wanda, The Killing Fields, Brazil, The Thing, Once Upon A Time In America, Broadway Danny Rose, Gloria, Pennies From Heaven, Talk Radio, The Return of Godzilla, Total Recall, Repo Man

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1980s: John Hughes, Spike Lee, James Cameron, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, Hayao Miyazaki, Wim Wenders, John Woo, Robert Zemeckis, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Brian De Palma, Rob Reiner, Cameron Crowe, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese


1970s

Many consider the 1970s a comeback decade for cinema. Not only did the movies bring in major dollars at the box office, but young directors took artistic risks with sexuality, language, violence, and controversial subject matter. Francis Ford Coppola had one of the great runs in cinema history with two Godfather films, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now; Woody Allen struck comedic gold with Annie Hall, and gritty crime films like The French Connection and Serpico blurred the lines between good cop/bad cop. VCRs and pay channels like HBO were finding their way into American homes, ultimately changing the way we watched movies.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the literal and metaphorical hangover from the '60s manifested itself in myriad bizarre and fascinating ways, and in Hong Kong, the Shaw Brothers were pumping out countless kung fu classics, changing the way fighting and movement took place on screen. In Mexico, Alejandro Jodorowsky was living in a space not unlike the acid-drenched parallel dimension Coppola visited in Apocalypse Now. Off in Russia, Tarkovsky took advantage of state-employed Soviet film crews to make mind-bending science fiction at a cozily deliberate pace. 

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: The Godfather, The Godfather II, Annie Hall, One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest, Cabaret, Apocalypse Now, Rocky, Chinatown, Network, Taxi Driver, American Graffiti, All the President's Men, Manhattan, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Sting, The Exorcist, A Clockwork Orange, Jaws, Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dawn of the Dead, Kramer vs. Kramer, Dirty Harry, Grease, The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein, The Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, Halloween, Blazing Saddles, Saturday Night Fever, M*A*S*H, The French Connection, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, American Graffiti, Carrie, Serpico, Deliverance

World Cinema: StalkerDay For Night, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Sholay, Le Cercle Rouge, Enter the Dragon, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Amarcord, Solaris, Vengeance Is Mine, The Holy Mountain, Suspiria, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Anand, The Conformist, The Five Deadly Venoms, A Touch of Zen, Deewar, The Avenging Eagle, In the Realm of the Senses, The Spirit of the Beehive, A Swedish Love Story, Claire's Knee

UNDERRATED GEMS: Bad Company, The Conversation, Nashville, Duel, Days of Heaven, Barry Lyndon, Harold and Maude, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, A Woman Under the Influence, Straw Dogs, The Jerk, Five Easy Pieces, Badlands, Johnny Got His Gun, Sleuth, The Long Goodbye, Le Boucher

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1970s: Luis Buñuel, Sidney Lumet, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Andrei Tarkovsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Bob Fosse, Roman Polanski, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, William Friedkin, Werner Herzog, Peter Bogdanovich, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks


1960s

As the Beatles and other rock bands of the British invasion took over the American music charts, foreign arthouse films found their way across the pond. Jean-Luc Godard, Federico Fellini, and Francois Truffaut were just a few of the auteurs who made a name for themselves in America, not to mention a guy called Stanley Kubrick, who found his authorial cinematic voice in the 1960s with Spartacus, Lolita, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Cold War black comedy Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

The French New Wave, led by friends Godard and Truffaut, changed the way filmmakers made movies by eschewing studios, traditional narratives, and pretty much every other convention of filmmaking you could thing of. For Breathless, Godard made up the script as he went along, shouting lines for actors as they were filming scenes. Just a year earlier, in 1959, Truffaut blew the doors off the film world with The 400 Blows. These were films about films, movies by movie fans, and that self-awareness is directly responsible for the similar device used by Quentin Tarantino and his many acolytes. 

On top of that, the great Italians Fellini, Sergio Leone, and Michelangelo Antonioni were whipping up some marvelous dishes while, in Japan, a generation of filmmakers disillusioned by restrictions placed on post-war socialism bred a darkly comedic strain of nihilistic samurai films. Oh yeah, and James Bond kicked off in England. 

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: The Apartment, Midnight Cowboy, Lawrence of Arabia, Psycho, The Graduate, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, To Kill A Mockingbird, Cool Hand Luke, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Lolita, Night of the Living Dead, Bonnie and Clyde, Rosemary's Baby, Easy Rider, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Exterminating Angel, The Great Escape, The Sound of Music, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Wild Bunch, Spartacus, My Fair Lady, The Manchurian Candidate, The Guns of Navarone

World Cinema: La Dolce Vita, 8 ½, Harakiri, Blow Up, Dr. No, Persona, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Samurai Assassin, Goldfinger, Mughal-e-AzamL'AvventuraYojimbo, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, Kwaidan, High & Low, Dragon Inn, Cleo from 5 to 7, Le Samouraï, Andrei Rublev, Ivan's Childhood, From Russia with Love, Daisies, Closely Watched Trains, Come Drink with Me, Repulsion, Divorce Italian Style, Double Suicide, The Bad Sleep Well, Thunderball

Godard (because he owned the '60s): Breathless, Contempt, A Woman Is a Woman, My Life to Live, Weekend, A Band of Outsiders, Pierrot le fou, Masculin Féminin, Alphaville, Two or Three Things I Know About Her

UNDERRATED GEMS: The First 25 Zatoichi films, Belle De Jour, Elmer Gantry, Ride the High Country, A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Georgy Girl, Darling, Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini Satyricon, The Soft Skin, Red Beard, Pickpocket, Zazie Dans le Metro, ViridianaBlack God White Devil, La Collectionneuse

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1960s: Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Luis Bunuel, Roman Polanski, John Ford, John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn, Sidney Lumet, John Cassavetes, William Friedkin, Sergio Leone, John Schlesinger, Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone


1940s

War films marked the first half of the 1940s, as the entire filmmaking world was engulfed in War War II. The 1940s started off sluggishly at the box office (people had other things to worry about and millions of people were overseas fighting), but by the middle part of the decade, technological advancements like color and special effects brought a much-needed dose of modernity to the cinema. The period saw the rise of film noir, as seedy characters and dark overtones reflected the bleak war time mood of the nation.

Abroad, Italians changed the way cinema works with Neorealism, a movement that had such a profound effect on cinema it has been equated with the medium itself, inseparable from the most basic definition of what we understand film to be. In Japan, Akira Kurosawa got his start.

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Citizen Kane, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Gaslight, Rebecca, The Philadelphia Story, The Red Shoes, Notorious, It's a Wonderful Life, The Big Sleep, Meet Me In St. Louis, His Girl Friday, The Killers, The Great Dictator, Shadow of a Doubt, Laura, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Grapes of Wrath, Key Largo, Red River, Fantasia, Miracle on 34th Street, Arsenic and Old Lace, Mildred Pierce

World Cinema: Children of Paradise, The Third Man, The Bicycle Thieves, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Rome: Open City, Stray Dog, Ivan the Terrible Part I, Day of Wrath, Germany Year Zero, Drunken Angel, Quai des Orfèvres, Late Spring, Beauty and the Beast, The Silence of the Sea, Jour de fête

UNDERRATED GEMS: Out of the Past, The Uninvited, Black Narcissus, Rope, The Magnificent Ambersons, Day of Wrath, Letter From an Unknown Woman, There Was a Father

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1950s: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Michael Powell, Vittorio De Sica, George Cukor, Charlie Chaplin, Otto Preminger, Vincente Minnelli, William Wyler, Michael Curtiz, Akira Kurosawa, Roberto Rosselini


2000s

Watch a movie on your laptop, on your iPad, even on your phone. The world didn't end with Y2K, as the turn of the century made entertainment available at any time. James Cameron finally nailed the whole 3D technology thing with his billion-dollar blockbuster Avatar, war films (Blackhawk Down, In the Valley of Elah, The Hurt Locker) made a comeback post 9/11 and Iraq War, and low budget, torture-filled horror (Saw franchise, Hostel) made a killing at the box office, all of which seemingly reflected the mood of the country. 

Meanwhile, American indie directors like Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino increasingly embraced classicist blocking and mis-en-scene with roots in the 1930s, a new generation of indie filmmakers led by the likes of Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola emerged, an all-time great martial star emerged in Tony Jaa, Wong Kar-Wai found yet more romance mining Hong Kong's past and future, Danny Boyle pushed innovation in digital cinema, South Korean auteurs created new ways of being brutally violent and simultaneously hilarious, and Michael Haeneke quietly went about proving he's one of the best filmmakers in the world. 

And, lest you forget, the Three Amigos of Mexico innovated cinematic narrative, visual language, myth-making, and the correlation between violence and pathos in such a way that the total effects of it probably won't be understood until Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu are willowy haired old men. 

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: There Will Be Blood, Inglorious Basterds, Ratatouille, Avatar, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Traffic, Memento, No Country For Old Men, Wall-E, Saw, Ocean's 11, A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator, Mulholland Drive, The Departed, The Hurt Locker, Juno, Almost Famous, Minority Report, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lost In Translation, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Dark Knight, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Little Miss Sunshine, Up, Million Dollar Baby, Brokeback Mountain, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Grizzly Man, Garden State, Adaptation, Requiem for a Dream, Erin Brockovich

World Cinema: Amelie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, SnatchAbout Elly, Slumdog Millionaire, District 9, A Prophet, 28 Days Later, In The Mood For Love, Old Boy, Spirited Away, Tell No One, The Protector, Millions, The Host, City of God, Heaven, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The White Ribbon, The Piano Teacher, Cache, Code Unknown, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Memories of Murder, Infernal Affairs, Irreversible, Dancer in the Dark, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Gomorrah, Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Hero, Mother

Three Amigos Films: Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Amoresperros, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, 21 Grams, Babel, Blade 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

UNDERRATED GEMS: Notre Music, I Heart Huckabees, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Brick, Stranger Than Fiction, Bug, Gerry, Rules of Attraction, Laurel Canyon, The Act of Killing, Lymelife, Bubble, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Chop Shop, Silent Light, The Son, Elephant, Whale Rider, The Secret of the Grain, 2046, Exiled, Triad Election

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 2000s: Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, Ang Lee, Wes Anderson, Stephen Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Cameron Crowe, Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Guillermo del Toro, Ron Howard, James Cameron, David Lynch, Kathryn Bigelow Gus Van Sant, Steven Soderbergh, Alfonso Cuaron, Michael Haeneke, Wong Kar-Wai, Johnnie To


1920s

The Studio system was born in the 1920s. By the middle part of the decade, movies were one of the biggest business around, especially in Los Angeles. The first half of the 1920s was all silent films. The Jazz Singer changed the game in 1927. It was the first feature-length movie with a synchronized recorded music score and also lip synch singing and speech.

By the end of the decade, there were already 20 Hollywood movie studios. By 1929, the major studios were established, which became known as "The Big Five." Those five majors produced more than 90 percent of all fiction films made in the United States. American audiences could not get enough of the movies, Hollywood studios made about 800 films a year in the 1920s, as opposed to the roughly 500 made today. 

Meanwhile, in the Weimar Republic (Germany), directors like Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, and Robert Weiner were combining cinematic narrative with avant garde forms of visual art to essentially define what is now known as arthouse cinema. The importance of these filmmakers, and the German Expressionist movement, to the history of cinema is impossible to over estimate. As the Germans broke ground in countless ways, Sergie Eisenstein redefined editing in Russia. 

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: Ben-Hur, The Jazz Singer, Greed, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Ten Commandments The Last Laugh, The Crowd, Man with the Movie Camera, Our Hospitality, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, The Kid, The Phantom of the Opera, The General, The Gold Rush

World Cinema: Battleship Potemkin, Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Un Chien Andalou, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Nosferatu, The Golem, Coeur Fidele, The Last Laugh, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Faust, From Morn to Midnight, Asphalt, The Student of Prague, Pandora’s Box, L'Argent, Master of the House, Napoleon, Strike, The Phantom Carriage, La Femme de nulle part

UNDERRATED GEMS: The Freshman, The Unknown, The Love Parade, Applause, The Fall of the House of Usher, 

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1920s: Fritz Lang, Robert Wiener, F.W. Murnau, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Sergei Eisenstein, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Dziga Vertov, Cecil B. DeMille, D.W. Griffith


1990s

Remember hitting the local video store or Blockbuster in the 1990s on a Friday night? Thankfully, the days of late fees are gone, but the nostalgia will never die. In 1994, Quentin Tarantino changed the landscape of filmmaking with the box office and critical success of Pulp Fiction, proving that independent cinema could marry the best of both worlds - artistry and profits.

Also, Wes Craven launched the rebirth of the slasher film with the meta-funny, really scary Scream, which eventually turned into one of the most profitable horror franchises in cinema history. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, John Woo exploded the heroic bloodshed genre in the mid-'80s and was reveling in excessive body counts and bullet shells, Jackie Chan and Jet Li brought martial arts cinema to new heights, and Wong Kar-Wai found deep soul in neon-lit streets. 

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: Goodfellas, Scream, The Big Lebowski, Shakespeare in Love, The Shawshank Redemption, True Romance, Fargo, Seven, Dazed and Confused, Reservoir Dogs, Schindler's List, Three Kings, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, Being John Malkovich, Titanic, Fight Club, Forrest Gump, The Sixth Sense, Braveheart, Unforgiven, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Heat, Clerks, Saving Private Ryan, Boogie Nights, The Silence of the Lambs, The Matrix, Philadelphia, Dances with Wolves, Boyz N The Hood, Thelma and Louise, Home Alone, JFK, Sense and Sensibility, Home Alone, Rushmore, The Thin Red Line, Eyes Wide Shut, The Player, Starship Troopers, Magnolia, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The English Patient, Beauty and the Beast, Malcolm X, Out of Sight

World Cinema: Trainspotting, Princess Mononoke, La Haine, All About My Mother, The City of Lost Children, Run Lola Run, Audition, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Chunking Express, Dilwale Dulhania Le JayengeOpen Your Eyes, Hard Boiled, Funny Games, Police Story 4: First Strike, Life is Beautiful, Three Colors: Red, My Best Fiend , The Full Monty, Drunken Master II, Andaz Apna Apna

UNDERRATED GEMS: Strange Days, Devil In A Blue Dress, Chaplin, Very Bad Things, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Gattaca, Beautiful Girls, Six Degrees of Separation, Election, Dark City, The Game, Go, Miller's Crossing, Office Space, A Simple Plan, Zero Effect, Jackie Brown, After Life, Fallen Angels, The Eel, Safe, Ravenous, The Crying Game, El Mariachi

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1990s: Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Danny Boyle, Wes Craven, Wong Kar-wai, Spike Jonze, David Fincher, The Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, M. Night Shyamalan, Kevin Smith, Alexander Payne, Richard Linklater, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, John Woo, Jonathan Demme, Robert Zemeckis


1930s

The bulk of the 1930s is often labeled The Golden Age of Hollywood. Talkies dominated the landscape, and more and more films throughout the decade were made with color. The establishment of film genres also emerged as audiences seemed to favor the rule-bound world established by a western, horror, or screwball comedy.

The establishment of the Hayes Code in 1930 set a rigid standard of censorship of language, sex, and violence in American cinema. One of the first films to challenge the Hayes Code, Gone with the Wind, with its use of the word "damn," gained notoriety and huge box office receipts in part for defying the code. 

Meanwhile, in France, Jean Renoir and Marcel Carne trafficked in humanism and romance, which Renoir undercut with hiw scathing social satire The Rules of the Game. In Germany, the Nazis helped redefine the language of cinema as propaganda through films like Triumph of the Will, yet at the beginning of the decade, some great films shot out of the death rattle of Weimar Expressionism. 

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: Gone with the Wind, Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Dracula, Duck Soup, City Lights, It Happened One Night, Trouble in Paradise, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Scarface, The Shame of a Nation, Modern Times, The Rules of the Game, Frankestein, Bride of Frankenstein, Bringing Up Baby, King Kong, Hell's Angels, Design for Living, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Stagecoach, All Quiet on the Western Front, Top Hat, The Thin Man, You Can't Take It With You, Animal Crackers, Young Mr. Lincoln, City Girl, Holiday, Tom Sawyer, Shanghai Express

World Cinema: The Rules of the Game, The Grand Illusion, October: Ten Days That Shook the World, Earth, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, Boudu Saved from Drowning, L’age d’Or, Alexander Nevsky, The Blue Angel, M, Triumph of the Will, Vampyr, Kuhle Wampe, Olympia Parts I & II, L'Atalante, Le Million, La Chienne, Daybreak, Pepe Le Moko, ¡Que Viva Mexico!, A Day in the Country

UNDERRATED GEMS: Freaks, The Lady Vanishes, The Only Son, Our Neighbor, Miss Yae, People on Sunday

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1930s: John Ford, Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean Renoir, Howard Hawks, Marcel Carne, Alfred Hitchcock, Victor Fleming, Frank Capra, Fritz Lang, Cecil B. DeMille, George Cukor, John Cromwell, W. S. Van Dyke, Sergei Eisenstein, Leni Riefenstahl


1950s

Hollywood responded to the relieved but defeated post-war world of the 1950s by creating complex films about conflicted youth, damaged war vets, and an uncertain world and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, banal musicals, absurd historical spectacles, and heroic battle films. The disgruntled youth rebellion led by cool icons such as James Dean and Marlon Brando brought a new vision to young people around the country. American cinema also found the power of rock n' roll and in 1955 Blackboard Jungle became the first Hollywood movie to use music's hottest new trend on its soundtrack.

Abroad, Italian Neorealism forged ahead. Ingmar Bergman was laying groundwork for the surreal imagery and esoteric metaphors Kubrick loved so much, while in Japan, Akira Kurosawa changed action cinema forever - without him you can kiss Lucas, Coppola, Spielberg, and Scorsese goodbye. Meanwhile, in France, the New Wave officially kicked off with The 400 Blows

NOTABLE RELEASES:

United States: The Searchers, Rear Window, An American in Paris, Sabrina, On the Waterfront, Bridge on the River Kwai, Night by Northwest, Rebel without a Cause, Sunset Blvd., Ben-Hur, The Searchers, Vertigo, Singing in the Rain, 12 Angry Men, High Noon, The Ten Commandments, The Wild One, The Big Heat, Dial M for Murder, Some Like It Hot, Touch of Evil, Shane, Strangers on a Train, The African Queen, From Here to Eternity, In a Lonely Place, East of Eden, The Asphalt Jungle, Giant, Shane, Limelight, A Streetcar Named Desire, Blackboard Jungle, Seven Year Itch, Gigi, A Place in the Sun

World Cinema: Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy, The Seventh Seal, The 400 Blows, Black Orpheus, Wild Strawberries, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Ugetsu, Tokyo Story, La Strada, Rififi, Gojira, The Cranes Are FlyingNights of Cabiria, The Human Condition Parts 1 & 2, I Vitelloni, The Lady Killers, Elevator to the Gallows, Stromboli, Bellissima, The Lavender Hill Mob, Gate of Hell, The Wages of Fear, The Bridge, Los Olvidados, Machine to Kill Bad People

Akira Kurosawa: Rashomon, Scandal, Ikiru, The Idiot, Seven Samurai, Record of a Living Being, Throne of Blood, The Lower Depths, The Hidden Fortress 

UNDERRATED GEMS: The Night of the Hunter, Ace in the Hole, Marty, All That Heaven Allows, Johnny Guitar, D.O.A., Gunfight, Suddenly, Salt of the Earth, Ride Lonesome, The Narrow Margin

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 1950s: Billy Wilder, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann, Nicholas Ray, John Ford, Fritz Lang, Elia Kazan, John Huston, George Stevens, John Ford, Orson Welles


2010s

What's a DVD? As the demand for DVD sales hits an all-time low, and with movie theater attendance down, the film industry looked to on-demand and streaming services like Netflix and social media to reach consumers, while sequels and remakes rule the box office and interconnected universes such as Marvel and Star Wars pump out episodes in emulation of the supposed Golden Age of Television. 

Meanwhile, around the world, relatively inexpensive digital technology has allowed filmmakers to create relatively epic (emotionally, if not in physical scope) films on previously unthinkable budgets. The physically liberating nature of digital technology - you really can put the camera right in someone's face and move it wherever you want, whenever you want, plus you never have to stop to reload film - radically changed cinema, giving rise to a new era in intimacy and flexibility, of which filmmakers from David O Russell to Jacques Audiard have made tremendous use. 

NOTABLE RELEASES: 

United States: Fruitvale StationThe Grand Budapest Hotel, The Social Network, Logan, Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street, Prisoners, Mad Max: Fury Road, Zero Dark Thirty, Drive, Silver Linings Playbook, Sicario, 12 Years a Slave, Argo, Boyhood, The Fighter, Birdman, Spotlight, Moonlight, The Tree of Life, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, Her, Inception, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Toy Story 3, Rogue One, Whiplash, La La Land, Inside Out, Gone Girl, The Martian, The Revenant, Black Swan, Gravity, Frozen, Manchester by the Sea, Hugo, Kick-Ass, Nebraska, A Most Violent Year, Nightcrawler

World Cinema: Blue Is the Warmest Color, A Separation, Rust and Bone, Goodbye to Language, No, Holy Motors, The Great Beauty, Amour, Two Days One Night, The Man From Nowhere, Victoria, Enter the Void, White God, The Raid, Kill Zone 2, Son of Saul, Wetlands, The Gangs of Wasseypur, Let the Bullets Fly, Tambien La Lluvia, T2: Trainspotting, Dheepan, Biutiful, I Saw the Devil, Under the Skin, Force Majeure, Leviathan, Snowpiercer

UNDERRATED GEMS: Anomalisa, Take This Waltz, ID (India), The Riot Club, Four Lions, Buried, Tiny Furniture, Bang Gang, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Kill List, Sing Street, Don't Look Back, Compliance, Love & Mercy, Frances Ha, Chappie, The End of the Tour, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Source Code, The Skeleton Twins, Eye in the Sky, The Cloud Atlas, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 99 Homes, All Is Lost

TOP FILM DIRECTORS OF THE 2010s: Alfonso Cuarón, David Fincher, Asghar Farhadi, Ryan Coogler, David O Russell, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, The Coen Brothers, J.J. Abrams, Martin Scorsese, Ben Affleck, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, Nicolas Winding Refn, Damien Chazelle, Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino, Terrence Malick, Spike Jonze



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<![CDATA[Best Daisy Ridley Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-daisy-ridley-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Daisy Ridley movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Daisy Ridley'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 Daisy Ridley movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Daisy Ridley movies will be at the top of the list. Daisy Ridley has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Daisy Ridley movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Daisy Ridley films to end the squabble once and for all.

In 2015, Daisy Ridley starred as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She will reprise her role in upcoming Star Wars films including Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This is a list that features films like Only Yesterday and Scrawl.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Daisy Ridley movies?" and "What are the greatest Daisy Ridley roles of all time?"

If you think the best Daisy Ridley role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Daisy Ridley performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Daisy Ridley Movies,

Only Yesterday

Star Wars: Episode VII

Scrawl

The Eagle Huntress


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<![CDATA[Best Jason Momoa Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-jason-momoa-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Jason Momoa movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jason Momoa started his acting career appearing in TV series like Stargate Atlantis and Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Jason Momoa'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 Jason Momoa movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jason Momoa movies will be at the top of the list. Jason Momoa has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jason Momoa movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jason Momoa films to end the squabble once and for all.

In 2016, Jason Momoa made his debut as Arthur Curry in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He will reprise his superhero role in the upcoming Justice League movie as well as the standalone Aquaman film, which is set to be released in December 2018. 

This is a list that features films like The Bad Batch and Bullet to the Head.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jason Momoa movies?" and "What are the greatest Jason Momoa roles of all time?"

If you think the best Jason Momoa role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jason Momoa performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Jason Momoa Movies,

Johnson Family Vacation

Conan the Barbarian

Bullet to the Head

Road to Paloma

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Debug

Sugar Mountain

Wolves

Pipeline

The Bad Batch


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<![CDATA[10 Actors Who Actually Requested To Have Their Characters Killed Off]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-requested-their-characters-killed/harrison-tenpas

The death of a beloved character in a television show or film franchise can be a jarring blow for fans, but is often especially difficult for the actor. The loss of a steady gig when a character is written out can be devastating, and more often than not, it's a completely unwanted situation. Sometimes, however, that's not the case - there are instances of characters that died when actors wanted out, and this goes for characters killed off in movie franchises and characters killed off TV shows. 

As their careers go on, actors outgrow roles and need to move on to new opportunities. To accomplish this, it's not unheard of for actors to request their character be killed off to provide a way out. It may seem weird, but this process has happened with some of the most beloved characters in massive TV shows and film franchises. Killing a character accomplishes a number of things for an actor - it gives her a way out, and preserves her legacy, so no one else can step into the role and alter it or threaten to undermine the reputation of the franchise, show, character, or originating actor.

This list explores some of the most notable cases of actors who requested characters be killed. In at least one case, the request wasn't met, and the actor had to soldier on. 


10 Actors Who Actually Requested To Have Their Characters Killed Off,

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

When Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje got the role of Mr. Eko on Lost, he saw it as a unique opportunity to play a character with sensitivity and a complicated depth, something  previously not been afforded to him. He was most well know at the time for playing  hardened convict Simon Adebisi on HBO's Oz, and said in an interview "When you’re a large black man in Hollywood, the obvious stereotype is one of force and menace." 

Flourishing in his role, Akinnuoye-Agbaje stole several scenes in the show's second season, which left many fans puzzled by his death at the hands of the dreaded Smoke Monster. In truth, the actor was simply ready to move on, telling Entertainment Weekly after he completed his flash-back scenes: ”the character was complete. It was such a well-written episode that I knew I would be able to sew him up in a season.”

Though there were rumors of issues between the actor and producers on set, co-creator Carlton Cuse was mum, stating that ”In a perfect world it would’ve been great to have Mr. Eko for a little longer. But it was the best time to go our separate ways.”


Dan Stevens

Few characters on Downton Abbey were more adored by fans than Matthew Crowley. When the charming, handsome Crowley met his end on the PBS drama, viewers of the show were justifiably devastated, as it came, melodramatically, after the birth of his child on Christmas Day.

Dan Stevens, the actor who played Mr. Crowley, left the show because his option was up. Though Stevens enjoyed his time on the show, it monopolized his career, and he wished to pursue other projects. Stevens has since gone to star in weirdo thriller The Guest, as well as FX show Legion, and booked a slew of high profile gigs to follow.


Harrison Ford

The 2015 release of The Force Awakens displayed one of the most surprising deaths in the Star Wars universe, that of Han Solo. The character, played by Harrison Ford, is one of the most recognizable in film, so his demise was an understandably affecting moment. Though this death sent shock waves through the Star Wars fan base, it certainly didn't surprise Ford, who was waiting for Han's death for over 30 years.

In a Reddit AMA, Ford had this to say about the death of Han Solo: “I think it’s a fitting use of the character. I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight.”

A noble ending, on-screen and off.


Isaac Hayes

The 2005 death of Chef in the long-running Comedy Central sitcom South Park was one of the more mysterious exits in television history. The character - voiced by legendary singer and actor Isaac Hayes - played a major role in the wildly successful show, and his departure seemed odd, at best. 

The truth is, Chef was killed off at Hayes's request, and it wasn't exactly on amicable terms. Earlier that season, the famously irreverent show ran an episode lampooning the Church of Scientology, of which Hayes was a long-time member. The show's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, had gone to Hayes to discuss the episode after production was complete, and Hayes asked it be pulled from the air. Stone and Parker, not willing or able to oblige, received Hayes's resignation shortly thereafter - quit the show in protest.


John Francis Daley

For the millions of fans of the hit Fox drama Bones, the death of Dr. Lance Sweets was a shocking and grim development. Sweets had been an integral character to the long-running show, and his sudden absence was startling to many, but not to the actor who played him. 

John Francis Daley requested Dr. Sweets be written out of the show so he could pursue his dream of directing. When offered the opportunity to remake National Lampoon's Vacation, Daley knew it was too good to pass up. Leaving the show for four months was out of the question, so Daley and Bones showrunner Stephen Nathan decided killing his character would be a more satisfying than having him vanish then inexplicably re-appear later on. 


Josh Charles

In the middle of The Good Wife's fifth season, Will Gardner, the character played by Josh Charles, was fatally shot in the courtroom. It was a stunning and memorable character death, and fans of the show were understandably shocked. What exactly prompted Charles's seemingly out-of-nowhere exit from the hit show? He was simply ready to move on to new things.

Speaking to David Letterman on the Late Show, Charles said: "It's been one of the greatest gigs for me in my entire career, but at the end of last year, my contract was up and I was just ready to kind of move on."


Kal Penn

When House showrunner David Shore got a request from actor Kal Penn to have his character killed off, it wasn't due to your average showbiz opportunity knocking on his door. Penn, who played Dr. Kutner on the USA Network drama, received an offer to work as the Associate Director in the White House office of Public Liaison for the Obama administration. Though the position offered Penn a pay cut, the actor-turned-politco couldn't pass up such a prestigious opportunity. 

In the face of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Shore and Penn were able to come to an amicable resolution. Dr. Kutner took his own life on the show - an artistic choice that was exceptionally brutal for fans who had become attached to the character - and Penn went off to his new career at the White House. 


Sigourney Weaver

Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film Alien kicked off  a beloved, long-running film franchise. The success and profits generated by the Alien films, however, led to some ill-advised sequels that cost them a star.

In her role as Ripley, Sigourney Weaver was the face of the Alien franchise, so it came as a bit of a shock when her character was killed off in Alien 3. Turns out Weaver requested this as a way out, due to her disappointment at what 20th Century Fox had planned for the future of the franchise: Alien vs. Predator, such a misstep it had to be course-corrected with a whole new prequel series helmed by Scott, which began in 2012 with Prometheus


T. R. Knight

When TR Knight's character Dr. George O'Malley died on Grey's Anatomy, it may have have come as a surprise to fans of the ABC medical drama, but for the disillusioned Knight, it was a welcome release. His character died a heroic death, leaping in front of a bus to save a pedestrian, though the honorable send-off was not exactly indicative of positive feelings behind the scenes.

Citing a frustration with his dwindling screen time, and a lack of communication about his character's development, Knight requested showrunner Shonda Rhimes kill off Dr. O'Malley so he could be freed from his contract. Rhimes obliged and both parties moved on. Though there were rumors of tensions between the two, Knight worked again with Rhimes on her series The Catch in 2017.


Dean Norris

In the culmination of Breaking Bad's final season, Dean Norris's character Hank Schrader was poised to finally make a move on his meth dealing brother-in-law, Walter White. It was the zenith of Hank's arc on the critically-acclaimed AMC drama, and it almost didn't happen.

Norris asked the show's creator, Vince Gilligan, to kill off Hank in the middle of the final season. He had booked a comedy pilot and was ready for a change after a career of playing hard-boiled cop-types. Unfortunately for Norris (and luckily for fans), the final episodes were broken up over two seasons, and he ultimately had to turn down the role to fulfill his contractual obligation. 



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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:39:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-requested-their-characters-killed/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[Horror Villains Who Are Ruined By Having Backstories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horror-villains-ruined-by-backstory/jacob-shelton

Horror movie villains are something of an anomaly in the film world; more often than not, the less you know about them, the more frightening they are. Unlike characters in any other genre of film, they operate on pure dream logic, and – because of that – they don’t require a raison d’être beyond terrorizing the characters in their films. Unfortunately, thanks to the sequelization of literally every modern horror film, every terrifying horror villain has received some kind of terrible backstory. In most instances, characters ruined by backstory are given three or more films before a writer doles out an unnecessary backstory for a creature that’s meant to exist as a pure metaphor, but some horror writers don’t even wait for a sequel to wreck a perfectly fine film and provide a sad-sack story for the creature handing out ironic punishments to sexy teens in the original property.

If you’re the kind of audience member who wants a backstory for the characters you’re watching onscreen, that’s totally fine. It’s human nature to be curious about why something is happening, but the horror genre is meant to create tension by asking questions, not answering them definitively. Most of the backstories that are given to horror villains seeks to provide a reason as to why they’re hacking up strangers, but these are characters you don't need sympathy for. They’re meant to act as sign posts that say “go the other way,” not “love me and my knife hands.” Continue reading to explore the worst origins of some of your favorite characters. And, to the writers who ruined a good thing, don't quit your day job.


Horror Villains Who Are Ruined By Having Backstories,

Freddy Krueger

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: The son of a nun was accidentally locked inside a mental institution over a Christmas holiday and gang-raped by a group of inmates. Fred, as the child was named, would later go on to be adopted by a creep who taught him to torture animals and inflict self harm. In his adult life, he would get married, have a kid, and also molest and kill a group of children who all lived on Elm Street. After he was released from prison on a technicality, Mr. Krueger would be burned alive in his home by the Elm Street parents. 

Why It Ruins the Character: There are only two Nightmare on Elm Street movies where Freddy Krueger is legitimately frightening: the original film and Wes Craven's New Nightmare. In each film, he's presented in the context of a monster that comes to you in your dreams and kills you. The only hint of a backstory comes late in the original film when it's mentioned that Krueger was a child killer, and Nancy's parents might have had something to do with getting retribution against him. You honestly don't even need that much backstory to make Krueger frightening. He's a guy with knife fingers who comes to you in your dreams. What more do you need? By giving Krueger this prologue, the writers are telling the audience to subconsciously feel remorse for Krueger, the child murderer. Does making him the "bastard son of 100 maniacs" make him a worse person? Is the audience meant to believe that children born from rape are worse than people who were conceived by a loving husband and wife? Krueger was less problematic when he was just the ghost of a child killer. 


Hannibal Lecter

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: The backstory of Hannibal Lecter has become its own cottage industry, with a series of books, films, and even a television series that tells and retells the life of Lecter as a psychiatrist who is also a cannibal that's trying to turn cops into killers while also being a killer himself. OR SOMETHING? 

Why It Ruins the Character: Here's why Hannibal Lecter's character in The Silence of the Lambs works: there's no deep exploration of Lecter's past, what his family was like, or why he's playing a mental chess game with Clarice. In this film and Manhunter (albeit to a lesser degree), Lecter is nothing more than an apex predator being held in a zoo and waiting to strike. That's infinitely more interesting and frightening than a guy who had issues with his mom. 


Jason Voorhees

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: Jason Voorhees was a mentally challenged child who was, for some reason, allowed to attend a summer camp for bullies. After he accidentally drowned, his mother lost her mind and began murdering campers. After she was killed at that same camp, Jason came back to life and began murdering campers. He was then killed, brought back to life via lightning, chained to the bottom of a lake, and then revealed to be a demonic worm that traveled from body to body, attempting to kill the sister no one knew he had. 

Why It Ruins the Character: Jason Voorhees is a victim of his own backstory. He simply cannot exist without one of the not-so-great origins he's been saddled with. The only versions of the Friday the 13th film that truly function as well-made slasher films without turning into a comedy of errors are the first two films, and if you want to argue that the first film in the series is the only one worth watching, you wouldn't be wrong. Jason runs purely on revenge, so turning him into a supernatural creature with a predilection for killing campers (and that darn Tommy Jarvis) or a demonic thing that can only be killed by someone from his bloodline is just gilding the lily, and it does nothing for the character other than make him a copy of a copy of a copy of a bad universal monster. 


Jigsaw

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: This is basically the nutshell of a nutshell, so all you Saw-heads keep your lengthy emails to yourself please. Jigsaw is actually John Kramer, a man dying from an inoperable brain tumor who tried to kill himself, and – when that didn't work – he turned to killing other people who he felt didn't appreciate life. But he also has, like, a thousand different people helping him, and he's apparently set up traps across the world to continue testing people after his death. 

Why It Ruins the Character: Look, Saw should not have become the annual splatter-fest that it became. It's not a good series of movies, and the Rube Goldberg machine that is the plot of these films grows more headache inducing with each piece of the series. But that first film is a very tight horror film that totally works and perfectly tells the story of what Jigsaw is trying to do. There didn't need to be anything else happening in the film other than Jigsaw testing people, Cary Elwes cutting through his foot, and the final twist. The End. Turning Jigsaw into this super smart crusader for making people connect to their lives is asking for a suspension of disbelief in the audience that's bordering on stupidity. 


Leatherface

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: Born to an unknown mother and left for dead in a dumpster, Leatherface gets a job at a slaughterhouse only to see it shut down. At some point on a murder spree, he cuts off a guy's face and wears it as a mask. 

Why It Ruins the Character: Leatherface is meant to be a manifestation of the changing masculine and feminine mores of the '70s; he doesn't need a reason to exist. He's essentially the Minotaur in King Minos's maze, and regardless of the fact that the characters are already doomed the moment they appear on screen, he's the final signifier that no one will leave the film alive... or unscarred. Giving Leatherface such a maudlin backstory deflates the character to something more akin to Norman Bates with a subscription to 24 Hour Fitness and a penchant for chainsaws. The audience begins to pity Leatherface – and even side with him – rather than fear the destruction he wields at all times. 


Michael Myers

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: Myers has had the unfortunate fate of having his backstory written and rewritten by people who were not his creator. Depending on which storyline you follow, Myers was either a child psychopath who killed his family and later developed a love of paper-mâché masks while he was in a mental institution, or he's a child that was infected by the "Thorn," a druid curse that drives those infected to kill their next of kin each Halloween. And sometimes he has a psychic link with his cousin or sister or whatever. 

Why It Ruins the Character: It should go without saying that adding a supernatural, druid, hocus-pocus backstory to Michael Myers is a waste of everyone's time and a complete betrayal of the original character. It doesn't make the character more frightening; it just makes the audience confused. So putting that aside, the lengthy backstory provided by Rob Zombie in his completely fine but unnecessary Halloween remake tells the story of a child born with preternaturally dark impulses who is raised by wolves. The fact that Zombie spends an hour plus telling this story is insane. John Carpenter accomplished the feat of telling the audience that Myers was a child psychopath in about five minutes and moved on to the meat of the story, but, for some reason, Zombie felt that he really needed to flesh out the story of a mute killer that still ends in the same way as the original film. As Tom Petty once said, "don't bore us, get to the chorus."  


Pinhead

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: According to Hellraiser: Hell on Earth, Pinhead's real name is Elliott Spencer, a captain in the British Expeditionary Force suffering from PTSD and survivor guilt. After losing his faith in humanity, he wanders the Earth sleeping with anything that moves and doing all of the opium that the early 20th century has to offer. At some point, he stumbles upon the Lament Configuration, and then he's off to the races. 

Why It Ruins the Character: In the first and only good (fight me) Hellraiser film, Pinhead is nothing more than an otherworldly entity that shows up and BDSMs people to death. Trying to piece together what the character of Pinhead is supposed to mean in a few sentences is futile (is he pro-sex? anti-sex? a Home Depot representative?), but the one thing that's immediately obvious is the visceral fear that the initial appearance of Pinhead creates. He's not just spooky; he's a legitimately frightening characterization of humanity when it grows bored of everyday life. He's you on a Pornhub binge; he's your late night shopping jags; he's Bukowski when he quit the post office. Learning that he's a soldier from the First World War removes all the bite from a character who should be nothing but. 


Xenomorph

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: Created by a group of mysterious aliens who introduced space spores to the universe, the Xenomorph combines everything that it comes in contact with to make a perfect killing machine. 

Why It Ruins the Character: Alien might be a perfect horror film. The only reason it's considered to be science fiction is because it takes place in space, but everything else about the movie – from a shadowy creature that stalks its prey to a room filled with mucus-covered chains – is straight out of a nightmare. The Xenomorph doesn't need a reason to exist; it doesn't need an origin story; it's a metaphor for the unknown, and the moment you put a name on the unknown, you immediately reduce its power. 


Dracula

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: In order to defeat the Ottoman Empire, Vlad the Impaler makes friends with a vampire living in a cave, drinks his blood, and becomes a butt-kicking machine. 

Why It Ruins the Character: There may not be a horror villain that's been so stripped of his terror by superfluous backstory than Dracula. The wonderful thing about the myth of the vampire is that it can be used as a metaphor and a language to talk about the problems of the world. Like zombies, the context of a vampire narrative depends on the era when it was created. For instance, The Hunger can be seen as simultaneously discussing the AIDS epidemic while also diving into the hedonism-fueled excess of the '80s, while Nosferatu contains heavily implied anti-Semitism. So what does a movie like Dracula Untold say about 2014? Is it saying anything? And why give Dracula such a convoluted, albeit slightly more historically accurate, backstory? Dracula is at his best when he rises from the mist, followed by the baying of hounds. 


The Women Of Paranormal Activity

The Backstory, In a Nutshell: Over a series of six films, it's revealed that the women of Paranormal Activity are actually members of a cult called The Midwives who are raising young girls to give birth to possessed sons in order to time travel around the late-20th and early-21st centuries murdering people. 

Why It Ruins the Character: What are you doing, Paranormal Activity? The first film in this series is a pretty boring but uniquely filmed ghost story that takes its time frightening the audience without providing any rhyme or reason for the appearance of a demonic entity. By building a convoluted (and very dumb) backstory that features witches brainwashing young women to have possessed sons in order to hang out with a demon named Toby, the only thing you're doing is confusing your audience. The reason the first film works is because nothing is explained; if the producers would have simply left it as is, they could have created a one-and-done film that forever contained an air of mystery.  



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Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:42:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/horror-villains-ruined-by-backstory/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Romantic Movies Your Girlfriend Forces You To Watch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-your-girlfriend-forces-you-to-watch/alexandra-plesa

Picking a movie for date night presents a bit of a struggle, especially if your girlfriend loves romantic flicks and you just do not vibe with them. You keep finding excuses to miss movie night – maybe You’ve Got Mail from work or an important appointment in Notting Hill. Maybe you need to take a trip to the City of Angeles or figure out why your best friend is Sleepless in Seattle. But, eventually, Something's Gotta Give. You suck it up, buy some microwave popcorn, and hold her tight while watching Ryan Gosling play a jerk yet gain. He obviously still gets the girl, because he’s so good-looking. As everyone knows, life isn’t fair, and that's why you must sit down and watch these movies your girlfriend makes you watch.

While there are some quality romantic movies out there to keep your mind open to, you don't always get that lucky with the selection. You probably sat through a few that felt so gushy you lost all interest in love whatsoever, and romance often lacks the charisma of the chick-flick genre. To get your opinion across, vote up all the sappy/ridiculous/dreadful movies your girlfriend makes you watch over and over again. From When Harry Met Sally to The Proposal to Love Actually, this list has them all. Let the commiserating begin.  


Romantic Movies Your Girlfriend Forces You To Watch,

The Notebook

A Walk to Remember

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Love Actually

Sweet Home Alabama

The Princess Bride

Titanic

The Proposal

Dear John

The Vow


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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 03:19:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/movies-your-girlfriend-forces-you-to-watch/alexandra-plesa
<![CDATA[14 Secretly Gay, Bisexual, Or Queer Stars Of Golden Era Hollywood]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/secretly-gay-old-hollywood-stars/anncasano

The party scene during the Golden Age of Hollywood is legendary; just imagine the biggest, most beautiful movie stars in the world mingling in the Hollywood Hills. Despite the almost non-stop press blitz old Hollywood stars were subject to thanks to their studio overlords, not every aspect of their lives was public; you may be surprised to learn those parties were filled with gay stars you never knew were gay, or bisexual and queer stars who kept the true nature of their sexuality out of the public eye. Some gay screen legends like Rock Hudson came out of the closet late in life. Outing other allegedly queer actors of the silver screen remains controversial, given they aren't around to speak for themselves.

Starlets such as Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo make the cut, which includes lesbians of Hollywood's Golden Age. Despite their marriages to men, both were reportedly known to secretly enjoy affairs with other women. Rumors have swirled for decades that legendary screen actors such as Cary Grant and Clark Gable were bisexual, and as more time passes, further evidence surfaces that those claims may be undeniably true.

See if your favorite actor or actress from American cinema’s golden age made this list of LGBTQ old Hollywood movie stars. Which one shocks you most? Which did you suspect all along? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


14 Secretly Gay, Bisexual, Or Queer Stars Of Golden Era Hollywood,

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck was one of the most ambitious actresses in old Hollywood, appearing in almost 85 films over a 60 year career. She was nominated for four Academy Awards, received an Honorary Oscar in 1982, and was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1986. Stanwyck was married twice and had one adopted son. Her first marriage, to Frank Fay, was described as abusive and is allegedly the inspiration for the couple in A Star Is Born. There are rumors both of her marriages were "lavender," studio-backed unions made to hide an actor's true sexuality.

There's plenty of evidence pointing to Stanwyck being gay or bi. Actor Clifton Webb called the actress, "My favorite Hollywood lesbian." Her second husband, Robert Taylor, told Shelley Winters his wife was a lesbian, and they didn't share a bed. The actress's biographer Axl Madsen wrote, "people would swear that she was Hollywood's biggest closeted lesbian."


Clark Gable

Clark Gable was so famous in his heyday he was referred to as The King Of Hollywood. The Gone with the Wind star won his lone Academy Award for Oscar-sweeping romantic comedy It Happened One Night. Despite being married five times and having two kids, Gable was a notorious ladies man, who often made a point of going after fresh-faced Hollywood starlets and just about anyone whom he shared a big screen with.

Yet Gable was allegedly involved with men, too. Rumors circulated Hollywood that, before becaming a star, he traded sexuality for career advancement. In David Bret’s book Clark Gable: Tormented Star, the writer alleges Gable was gay for pay and liked to have sex “for bucks.”

There's also a rumor Gable didn't want to star in Gone with the Wind because George Cukor, a gay man, was attached to direct. Cukor allegedly knew about Gable's days of hustling Hollywood's gay circuit before he became famous, and Gable was reportedly uncomfortable working with him because of this. It’s all speculation. However, we know for sure Cukor was fired as director of Gone with the Wind in the middle of the film's production,  and replaced by Gable’s friend Victor Fleming.


Greta Garbo

Swedish-born Greta Garbo was a Hollywood star in the '20s and '30s, though her status endures; she made AFI's 50 Greatest American Screen Legends, published in 1999. She retired from acting and public life entirely at the tender age of 35, after 27 films, and spent the remaining 50 years of her life in isolation. She never married and never had any children.

Garbo has been romantically and sexually linked to several female stars. Instead of lying to the press, she remained silent about her personal life, which lent an air of mystery to her persona. Perhaps her most notorious relationship was with Marlene Dietrich.

The pair first met in Weimar Berlin, before Garbo was a star. The Ninotchka actress was allegedly so hurt by Dietrich she denied knowing her; she, at the tender age of 20, thought they were in love, while Dietrich, 24, was in it for a physical affair. Garbo also allegedly had relationships with Mercedes de Acosta, Salka Viertel, Louise Brooks, Billie Holiday, Lilyan Tashman, and Tallulah Bankhead. Garbo called her lesbian love affairs "exciting secrets."


Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn is perhaps the most renowned actress in the history of Hollywood, with four Academy Award wins over a 60-year career. In 1999, she was named the Greatest Female American Screen Legend by the American Film Institute. Is it safe to assume Hepburn wouldn't have had anywhere near the same success in old Hollywood if the truth came out about her sexual orientation?

By several accounts, Hepburn's 25-year relationship with frequent co-star Spencer Tracy was more about friendship than sexual attraction. Screenwriter and gay rights activist Larry Kramer said of the famous couple, "Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were both gay. They were publicly paired together by the studio. Everyone in Hollywood knows this is true, but of course I haven't seen it printed anywhere."

Known for her boyish attire, Hepburn did have an interest in men, but seemed to favor women. Over a 50-year period, Hollywood pimp Scotty Bowers claims he set the siren up with 150 women. He said she would see them once or twice and then "tire of them."


Marilyn Monroe

It's been more than 50 years since Marilyn Monroe passed away unexpectedly in 1962 at age 36. However, the sex symbol still tops any list of blonde bombshells. Monroe was married three times, and two of her marriages were extremely high profile. Her second was to New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio, her third to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller.

Monroe is such a quintessential sex symbol for red-blooded men, it's hard to conceive of her preferring women. Yet the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star allegedly admitted to having sexual encounters with Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich (totally believable), and Elizabeth Taylor.

There's some evidence to Monroe's encounter with Crawford. The actress began to see psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson towards the end of her life. In taped transcripts of Monroe's sessions, she admits, "Oh yes, Crawford. We went to Joan’s bedroom. Crawford had a gigantic orgasm and shrieked like a maniac... Next time I saw Crawford, she wanted another round... after I turned her down, she became spiteful."


Marlon Brando

Many call two-time Academy Award winner Marlon Brando the greatest screen actor of all-time. Despite where he ranks in terms of ability, there's no doubt Brando exudes intense masculinity. The Godfather patriarch was married four times and some sources claim he fathered 17 children (!).

Many allegations suggest Brando was bisexual. His most well-known alleged affair was with James Dean. However, Darwin Porter's biography, Brando Unzippedclaims the actor had sexual relationships with Cary Grant, Montgomery Clift, and Sir John Gielgud. There are also rumors he had an affair with Bob Dylan

Taking it a step further, in 1976, Brando admitted to a French journalist, "Homosexuality is so much in fashion, it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me."


Montgomery Clift

Handsome, enigmatic 1950s heartthrob Montgomery Clift was, like Marlon Brando, a method actor, and his deeply soulful work earned him four Academy Award nominations. Unlike most of his peers, who lived in Los Angeles, Clift lived in New York. This decision left his dating life out of the scandal papers and his personal life very personal.

Clift was involved in a seemingly "will they or won't they" relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. The duo appeared together in three films: A Place in the Sun, Raintree County, and Suddenly, Last Summer. Like most of the alleged gay, bi, or queer actors on this list, it appears Hollywood's inner circle knew of Clift's sexual orientation.

Debbie Reynold's wrote in her memoir, Unsinkable, that, despite Taylor being married at the time, it was obvious she and Clift had more than onscreen romance. "[They] laughed and giggled while making out in the water in front of us all… Even though Monty had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, it was obvious that he and Elizabeth had been intimate. Elizabeth could seduce any man, gay or straight."

On the same night described by Reynolds, Clift got into a horrific car accident. After the accident, which disfigured his face, Clift's career began to decline and he fell victim to severe alcohol abuse. It's also likely his alcohol abuse was triggered by having to hide his sexual orientation. He died of a heart attack at the age of 45.


Rock Hudson

Matinee idol and Oscar-nominated actor Rock Hudson died from AIDS in 1985, at age  59. He was the first major celebrity to die of the disease. Before his illness, the actor was able to keep his sexuality a secret from the public. However, Hollywood insiders knew, despite his three-year marriage to Phyllis Gates in the 1950s.

In fact, it was Gates who confronted Hudson about his sexual orientation. The dialog below was tape-recorded by a private investigator named Fred Otash, whom Gates hired to follow Hudson. Gates became suspicious of her husband's sexuality following a Rorschach test he took.

The following is an except from The Hollywood Reporter, who obtained Otash's secret files:

"'You told me you saw thousands of butterflies and also snakes,' she said '[A therapist] told me in my analysis that butterflies mean femininity and snakes represent that male penis. I'm not condemning you, but it seems that as long as you recognize your problem, you would want to do something about it.' She also complained about 'your great speed with me, sexually. Are you that fast with boys?'

'Well, it's a physical conjunction [sic],' replied Rock, then 32. 'Boys don't fit. So, this is why it lasts longer.'

Added Phyllis: 'Everyone knows that you were picking up boys off the street shortly after we were married and have continued to do so, thinking that being married would cover up for you.'

'I have never picked up any boys on the street,' Rock insisted. 'I have never picked up any boys in a bar, never. I have never picked up any boys, other than to give them a ride.'"


Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy was one of the biggest movie stars in old Hollywood. During his 40-year career, he was nominated for nine Academy Awards, with two Oscar wins. The actor was married with two kids, and even though he became estranged from his wife Louise, they never divorced, which Tracy claimed was because of his Catholic upbringing.

Tracy formed a reputation in Hollywood as a very heavy drinker and womanizer; he has been linked to starlets such as Ingrid Bergman and Hedy Lamarr. It was also rumored he often stayed at openly gay The Philadelphia Story director George Cukor's house for several days at a time, where he had sex with the director's young male friends. Tracy is also rumored to have been involved in a long-term relationship with actor John Derek, and it has been said his relationship with Katharine Hepburn was studio-engineered and never consummated.


James Dean

Despite only appearing in three films, the cultural status of James Dean as a disillusioned rebel is just as strong in the 21st century as it was at the height of his popularity. Dean died in 1955, at 24, in a car accident. Rumors swirled around his sexuality in his heyday, and persist today. No one knows for sure if the Rebel Without a Cause star was gay, straight, or bisexual.

Dean dated women, but perhaps those relationships were false ones set up by the studio? Since the 1970s, several books have outted the Giant actor. In 1975, Jonathan Gilmore, a close friend to Dean, wrote The Real James Dean, in which he disclosed he and Dean engaged in sexual encounters.

Also in 1975, biographer Robert Martinetti published The James Dean Story, in which he wrote the actor was involved with Rogers Brackett, an advertising executive. Brackett told Martinetti, "I loved him and Jimmy loved me. If it was a father-son relationship, it was also somewhat incestuous.”

A number of other biographies make claims about Dean's sexuality. The most scandalous claim came in Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince's 2016 book James Dean: Tomorrow Never Comes. The authors write that Dean's friend Stanley Taggart asserted the East of Eden star was involved in "kinky sado-masochistic sex" with Marlon Brando. In the union, Brando was allegedly the dominant partner and Dean the submissive.



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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:28:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/secretly-gay-old-hollywood-stars/anncasano
<![CDATA[All Movies Based on Roald Dahl Books, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/roald-dahl-movies/ranker-film

Roald Dahl was a prolific writer whose works inspired many classic and quirky films. The top movies based on Roald Dahl books adapt his complex, fascinating stories with humor, whimsy, and a little bit of darkness. This is a list of the greatest Roald Dahl movie adaptations including everything from James and the Giant Peach to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to 36 Hours.

What films will you find on this list of Roald Dahl books made into movies? Dahl himself wrote the screenplay for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which featured Gene Wilder in the title role. But after the movie was released, Dahl objected to many of the rewrites that he didn't approve. The Witches is another good movie based on one of his novels. The segments in Four Rooms are loosely based on several of Dahl's adult short stories. Other good films featured on this list of the best Roald Dahl movies include Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The BFG.

Which Roald Dahl movie is your favorite? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


All Movies Based on Roald Dahl Books, Ranked Best to Worst,

36 Hours

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Danny, the Champion of the World

Fantastic Mr. Fox

James and the Giant Peach

Matilda

The Witches

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Esio Trot

The BFG


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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:51:14 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/roald-dahl-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[All X-Men Movies, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-x-men-movies-ranked-best-to-worst/ranker-film

What if you woke up one day and were... different? That's the central question posed by the world of the X-Men, the fictional mutant superheroes created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. In 2000, the colorful characters made the leap from comics to the movies. All X-Men movies share similar themes of mutant rights and good versus evil, but each film takes a slightly different approach to the superhero story. This is a list of the greatest X-Men movies ranked from best to worst.

What films will you find on this list of X-Men movies? X-Men: First Class rebooted the series in 2011, going back to the 1960s to focus on the complex relationship of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. The darkly comic Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, is a fan-favorite spin-off in the X-Men franchise. Other movies featured on this list include Logan, X2, and the original film, X-Men.

Which X-Men movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best films a thumbs up and share your favorite characters in the comments section.


All X-Men Movies, Ranked Best to Worst,

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men 2

X-Men

X-Men: The Last Stand

Deadpool

X-Men: First Class

The Wolverine

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Apocalypse

Logan


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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 02:32:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/all-x-men-movies-ranked-best-to-worst/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Which Action Star Has The Butchest Character Names?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/butchest-action-star-character-names/jacob-shelton

In the modern world, where everything has been thrown into chaos and nothing is certain, the only thing humanity has to rely on is action stars with ridiculous character names. People may not know what terrible thing is going to happen tomorrow, but they do know when they watch an action movie they’re gonna see some dudes with butch character names whoop ass like Abraham Lincoln thwaking his punishment stick across Jefferson Davis's naughty backside.  

FYI, the emboldened names below are the ones that really sparkle. As you were. 

Don’t pretend like you wouldn't flex your pecs just a little if you discovered one of the gods of cinema on this list signed on to play a disgraced Army pilot named Brock Diesel, who has to win his family back in a punching contest, or that you don’t break out your celebratory muscle grease when these paramount specimens of red blooded manhood put on their leather jacket for one last ride.

Everyone knows the best character names ever are in action films, and even though there was a weird spot in the early 2000s when action moves became more realistic, that garbage has thankfully ended, and action cinema once again began using character names to match the Hellenistic poise of glistening action star bros. What follows is a thrill ride of a list counting down some of the butchest action star character names. That’s right, this list literally kicks ass and takes names. Do some push ups, eat a handful of creatine, and check out the best action movie character names that have ever graced the big screen.  


Which Action Star Has The Butchest Character Names?,

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Aside from playing the T-800 in a movie called The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger has rocked some of the most butch character names in film history: 

  • Trench (The Expendables series)
  • John 'The Eraser' Kruger (Eraser)
  • Jericho (End of Days)
  • Dutch (Predator)
  • Harry Tasker (True Lies)
  • Quaid/Hauser (Total Recall)
  • Ivan Danko (Red Heat)
  • John Matrix (Commando)
  • John 'Breacher' Wharton (Sabotage)
  • Handsome Stranger (The Villain; okay, that's a bit part)
  • Kalidor (Red Sonja; yeah, that's a real movie)
  • And don't forget Conan the f*cking Barbarian

Charles Bronson

If you've never seen the Death Wish films, all you need to know about Charles Bronson can be summed up by the fact that he's played two different characters named Wolf:

  • Wolf Larsen (The Sea Wolf)
  • Nobby Bullaid (Public Defender)
  • Eddie Loder (M Squad)
  • Rogue Donovan (Yancy Derringer)
  • Wolf Hagan (Playhouse)
  • Joseph "Jock" Yablonski (Act of Vengeance)
  • Jay Killian (Assassination)
  • Garret Smith (Messenger of Death)

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a corny, bearded white dude who was in legit Chinese movies with legit Chinese martial artists, trading blows with the best in the world. He also kicked the crap out of communism and is definitely the kind of dude who seems like the nicest dad in the world until you knock up his daughter, then he breaks your neck with his d*ck. 

  • Chuck Slaughter (Huang Mian Lao Hu
  • J.J. McQuade (Lone Wolf McQuade)
  • Max Donigan (Firewalker)
  • Cordell Walker, Texas Ranger (Walker Texas Ranger series, Sons of Thunder)
  • Frank Shatter (Hellbound)
  • Chuck Norris (Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos)
  • Matt Hunter (Invasion USA)

Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo has been in about 350 movies and every single one of his characters is named something like "Gun Face Charlie," so it's pointless to count them all down, but these are the toughest on his IMDB

  • Johnny Sixtoes (Inferno)
  • Razor Charlie (From Dusk Till Dawn series)
  • Johnny-23 (Con Air)
  • Machete (Machete)
  • El Patron (Shuang Dao)
  • G-Man (Eyeborgs)
  • Bismarck (Saint John of Las Vegas)
  • Drayke Salgado (Recoil)
  • Tijuanna Maxx (St. James St. James Presents: Delirium Cinema)
  • Jackhammer (Chronology)
  • Aguilar (The Night Crew)

Dolph Lundgren

Despite having a Master's degree in chemical engineering from Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology, Dolph Lungdren is still booked to play oily muscle men with names like: 

  • Konstantin Kovar (Arrow)
  • Gunner Jensen (The Expendables series)
  • He-Man (Masters of the Universe)
  • Warchild (Blood of Dragons)
  • Axel (Blood of Redemption)
  • Maxwell (Ambushed)
  • Max Gatling (Battle of the Damned)
  • Xander Ronson (Diamond Dogs)
  • Lance Rockford (The Defender)
  • Frank Cross (The Peacekeeper)
  • Frank Castle (The Punisher)
  • Nikolai Rachenko (Red Scorpion)
  • And classic Rocky IV villain, Ivan Drago

John Wayne

John Wayne is to butch character names what Led Zeppelin is to rock and roll. All his characters might as well have been named Butch McTuffguy, but these ones sound most like guys who would win a d*ck punching contest: 

  • Rod Drew (The Trail Beyond)
  • Biff Smith (California Straight Ahead!)
  • Duke Slade (Adventure's End)
  • Stony Brooke (Eight movies between 1938 and 1939)
  • Pittsburgh Markham (Pittsburgh)
  • Wedge Donovan (The Fighting Seabees)
  • Quirt Evans (Angel and the Badman)
  • Michael Patrick "Guns" Donovan (Donovan's Reef
  • Chance Buckman (Hellfighters)
  • Rooster Cogburn (True Grit)
  • Col. Cord McNally (Rio Lobo)
  • Taw Jackson (The War Wagon)
  • Hondo Lane (Hondo)
  • Robert Marmaduke Sangster Hightower (3 Godfathers)

Kurt Russell

The '80s basically belonged to Kurt Russell and his butch character names, which is crazy, because he seems like the nicest dad at softball practice. If you don't know any of these characters, you'll be in big trouble in little Internet: 

  • Grey Smoke (Laredo)
  • Snake Plissken (Escape from NY/Escape from LA)
  • RJ MacReady (The Thing)
  • Reno Hightower (The Best of Times)
  • Steve Stronghold (Sky High)
  • Crunch Calhoun (The Art of the Steal)
  • Stuntman Mike (Death Proof)
  • Wayland Jackson (Winter People)
  • Copper (The Fox and the Hound)

Lee Marvin

The most old school of old school tough guys. Lee Marvin definitely comes from a time before screenwriters felt they should add nuance to a character's name. Which one of these nombres do you prefer?

  • Col. Harry Wargrave (Avalanche Express)
  • Colonel Flynn O'Flynn (Shout at the Devil)
  • Sam Longwood (The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday)
  • The Killer (A Life in the Balance)
  • Harry Spikes (The Spikes Gang)
  • Sheriff Track Bascomb (The Klansman)
  • Steel Kelly (The Twilight Zone)
  • Vince Stone (The Beat Heat)
  • The Sergeant (The Big Red One)
  • Meatball (The Caine Mutiny)

Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White seems like he prefers to play against type - his type being one of the most jacked guys on the planet, who has face-breaking martial arts skills - but that doesn't mean he hasn't played a few butch boys in his career. Maybe you've heard of: 

  • Black Dynamite (Black Dynamite, duh)
  • John "Falcon" Chapman (Falcon Rising)
  • Jax Briggs (Mortal Kombat: Legacy)
  • Big D (Fedz)
  • Isaiah Bone (Blood and Bone; no, you perv, it's not about having sex with a woman on her period)
  • The Man (Three Bullets)
  • Hampton Hines (Pandora's Box)
  • Coleman Vaughnes (Freedom Song)
  • Odell Williams (City of Industry)
  • Buck (2 Days in the Valley)

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone pretty much only play characters so ripped and hard you can hear them flexing. The extra oil on those muscles is he writes and produces most movies in which he appears. He basically created the template for Vin Diesel's career. And his writing habit totally explains names like:

  • Rocky Balboa (Rocky series)
  • John Rambo (Rambo series)
  • John Spartan (Demolition Man)
  • Judge Dredd (Judge Dredd, duh)
  • Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Cobra)
  • Cosmo Carboni (Paradise Alley)
  • Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Death Race 2000)
  • Ray Quick (The Specialist)
  • Henry 'Razor' Sharp (Grudge Match)
  • Gabe Walker (Cliffhanger)
  • Raymond Tango (Tango & Cash)
  • Lincoln Hawk (Over the Top)
  • Kit Latura (Daylight)


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:59:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/butchest-action-star-character-names/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Best Brie Larson Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-brie-larson-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Brie Larson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Brie Larson'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 Brie Larson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Brie Larson movies will be at the top of the list. Brie Larson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Brie Larson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Brie Larson films to end the squabble once and for all.

In 2016, Brie Larson won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her critically acclaimed performance as Joy Newsome in Room. Later that year, Brie Larson joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she was cast as Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel film.

This is a list that features films like Short Term 12 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Brie Larson movies?" and "What are the greatest Brie Larson roles of all time?"

If you think the best Brie Larson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Brie Larson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Brie Larson Movies,

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The Trouble with Bliss

Don Jon

The Spectacular Now

Short Term 12

Room

Kong: Skull Island

Free Fire

Remember the Daze

Digging for Fire


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:55:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-brie-larson-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best John Boyega Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-john-boyega-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best John Boyega movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. John Boyega'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 John Boyega movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Boyega movies will be at the top of the list. John Boyega has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Boyega movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Boyega films to end the squabble once and for all.

In 2015, John Boyega hit superstardom after starring as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He will reprise the role for upcoming Star Wars films including Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This is a list that features films like Attack the Block and Imperial Dreams.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best John Boyega movies?" and "What are the greatest John Boyega roles of all time?"

If you think the best John Boyega role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest John Boyega performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best John Boyega Movies,

Attack the Block

Junkhearts

Star Wars: Episode VII

Half of a Yellow Sun

Imperial Dreams


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:31:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-john-boyega-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Edgar Wright Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-and-films-directed-by-edgar-wright/ranker-film

List of all movies directed by Edgar Wright ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Edgar Wright are listed here and include movie posters and Edgar Wright movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Edgar Wright as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Edgar Wright 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 Edgar Wright film is can be factored into this list. On the lookout for some Edgar Wright movies? This list is a great place to start!

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

You can rank all of these movies, from Shaun of the Dead to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Edgar Wright direct?” or “who is Edgar Wright?” 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 Edgar Wright?” and “what's a good selection of good Edgar Wright movies?”

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

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


The Best Edgar Wright Movies,

A Fistful of Fingers

Hot Fuzz

Shaun of the Dead

The World's End

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:10:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-and-films-directed-by-edgar-wright/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Best Chris Pratt Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-chris-pratt-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film

List of the best Chris Pratt movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Chris Pratt started his acting career appearing in TV series like Everwood and Parks and Recreation, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Chris Pratt'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 Chris Pratt movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Chris Pratt movies will be at the top of the list. Chris Pratt has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Chris Pratt movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Chris Pratt films to end the squabble once and for all.

In 2014, Chris Pratt hit superstardom when he starred as Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. He will reprise his role in the sequel and in Avengers: Infinity War.

This is a list that features films like Jurassic World and The Lego Movie.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Chris Pratt movies?" and "What are the greatest Chris Pratt roles of all time?"

If you think the best Chris Pratt role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Chris Pratt performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.


Best Chris Pratt Movies,

Jurassic World

Take Me Home Tonight

Wanted

Movie 43

10 Years

The Lego Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy

Her

The Magnificent Seven

Passengers


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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:56:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-chris-pratt-movies-and-films-and-filmography/ranker-film
<![CDATA[15 Of Wes Anderson’s Most Symmetrical Shots That'll Soothe Symmetry Lovers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/perfectly-symmetrical-wes-anderson-shots/hannah-collins

The cinema of Wes Anderson, Prince of Quirk, one of the great American auteurs of the early 21st century, can be easily clocked thanks a few oft-repeated hallmarks. These stylistic touchstones all overlap in some way; cinematography in Wes Anderson films, for instance, would be nothing without the production design and costumes that define the images. Common stylistic elements in Anderson's films include carefully selected color palettes, '70s clothes, Bill Murray, monosyllabic dialogue, Bill Murray, eclectic retro-pop soundtracks, and Bill Murray.

But there's more at play in Anderson's films than Bill Murray in a beanie and Captain Birdseye beard and playing Portuguese covers of David Bowie songs. One of the most distinctive elements of Wes Anderson's visual style is something you may not have noticed, but see everywhere once you pick up on it: the use of symmetry.

Some of the best Wes Anderson shots are perfectly symmetrical, others nearly so. What's the big deal with symmetrical movie shots? Kubrick used them a lot, if that gives you any indication of their distinct and visually appealing nature. For his part, Wes Anderson goes to great, very meticulous lengths to achieve symmetry. So, which of all his symmetrical shots is the most symmetrically satisfying? Take a look at the contenders.  


15 Of Wes Anderson’s Most Symmetrical Shots That'll Soothe Symmetry Lovers,

Agatha And Zero Hanging / The Grand Budapest Hotel

With The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson returns to the theme of young love, this time through childhood sweethearts Agatha and Zero. Agatha (Saoirse Ronan) is a resourceful pastry chef and Zero (Tony Revolori) a lobby boy at the titular hotel who is taken under the wing of charming concierge Monsieur Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes).

The whimsical comedy is set against the dark backdrop of a fictional European country on the brink of war. Zero is a refugee who finds work at the hotel after fleeing another conflict, in which most of his family died.  

In the shot above, Zero finds himself running again - this time working with Agatha in aid of Gustave, to retrieve a valuable painting. As is typical of the film, Anderson undercuts the drama by reminding us how staged everything is. The cotton candy pink and baby blue of Agatha's and Zero's clothes coordinate with the color scheme of the hotel they're hanging off, and the painting hangs perfectly-centered above them. Also, blue for boy and pink for girl, so that's clever. 

If only the painting were a square, not a rectangle. The symmetry would be perfect. 


Chas Tenenbaum And Margot Tenenbaum At Windows / The Royal Tenebaums

In this shot from The Royal Tenenbaums, Margot and Chas Tenenbaum  - despite their gifts and successes early in life - seem to foreshadow the disappointment and emotional instability that will plague them later in life, through their downtrodden expressions.

Hanging out of twin windows in the Tenenbaum house, they gaze glumly at the world outside. The ornate pillar separating them provides a center-point that's key to Anderson's most symmetrically symmetrical compositions. The identical pictures above the kids's heads reinforces the effect. Again, the comedy is in the visual details. Chas's lil' businessman's suit and Margot's unchanging appearance from childhood to adulthood undercut the drama of the film with cartoonish absurdity.


Chas Tenenbaum And Sons Shaving / The Royal Tenenbaums

Rushmore may have launched Anderson's career, but it was his follow-up, The Royal Tenenbaums, that put him on the mainstream map, and has since been a frequent haunt of Top 100 and Top 500 greatest movies lists.

All three of the titular Tenenbaum children were high achievers early in life. Richie (Luke Wilson) is a retired tennis star and artist. Adopted daughter Margot (Gwenyth Paltrow) was given a grant for a play she wrote as a child. Chas (Ben Stiller) is a highly-skilled mathematician and businessman, whose father - Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) - stole from him when he was just fourteen.

Not only is this shot of Chas and his two sons - Ari and Uzi - practically perfect in its symmetry, it's one of the best visual representations of the suffocating bond Chas has with his children, which drifts somewhere between adorable and creepy. This extreme closeness is the polar opposite of the troubled relationship he and his siblings have with the Tenenbaum patriarch, grandfather to the boys. 


Max Fischer In Audience / Rushmore

Rushmore was Anderson's second feature following Bottle Rocket, and one of three he co-wrote with Owen Wilson. Released in 1998 and featuring Jason Schwartzman in his big screen debut, it follows a precocious 15-year-old student at Rushmore Academy, Max Fischer, whose sole purpose in life is extracurricular activities at the private school and his feud with its headmaster. His life changes when he's put on academic probation and falls for a widowed teacher, Miss Cross.

Despite coming quite early in Anderson's career, all the stylistic hallmarks are in place, and there are plenty of symmetrically satisfying shots to dig out of Rushmore. This one, with the audience cascading away toward the center of the frame, uniformly dressed in blue, is particularly trippy, and contains a bold color clash Anderson often repeats, reds and blues.    


Mr. Fox And The Wolf / Fantastic Mr. Fox

Adapted from the classic children's story of the same name by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) is Anderson's first stop-motion animation feature, though not his first foray in the medium. Many scenes in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou use stop-motion, including those with the Jaguar Shark - the largest stop-motion puppet ever created, at a monstrous three meters (about 10 feet) long. 

For Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson collaborated with legendary stop-motion animator and director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline), who was responsible for all the aforementioned stop-motion wizardry in The Life Aquatic.

Anderson, typically attentive to detail, was keen to use "real trees and real sand" in miniature landscapes like the one in this shot. In this convincingly naturalistic setting, the center-framed symmetry Anderson loves reminds us that what we're watching is staged. The composition directs our eyes right at the center of the frame (the vanishing point) - to the shadowy figure of the Wolf, hence the visually satisfying nature of the shot.


Suzy And Sam In Field / Moonrise Kingdom

It must be tricky for a perfectionist like Anderson to find natural locations that meet his exacting standards for exterior shots, but this shot from Moonrise Kingdom proves it's a challenge he's more than willing to rise to.

According to Anderson, Google Earth was his location scout. 

"We started out with 'Where is [Suzy’s] house, and where is the naked wildlife we want?' So [after Googling], we traveled around a bit, to Cumberland Island in Georgia, to the Thousand Islands on the New York/Ontario border ... we checked out all these locations."

The key to revealing the satisfying symmetry in this particular shot is the windmill dead-center on the horizon, accentuating the distance wedged between Sam and Suzy, who provide the even balance for the composition on either side.


The Grand Budapest Hotel / The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson's biggest success to date, raking in a grand $174.8 million worldwide, scoring the director his first box office number one in the UK. It was also showered with accolades and award nominations, including nine Oscar noms. Nice one, Wes.

All this buzz could be seen as recognition of the 2014 black comedy being the most 'Wes Anderson-y' of all his films to date, for better or worse.

This wide shot of the titular hotel represents how far Anderson will go in his pursuit of symmetrical perfection. After all, the hotel doesn't really exist. Not functionally, anyway. It's a miniature, standing at a not-so-tiny 9 feet tall and 14 feet wide. Because it was Anderson's creation, rather than a scouted location, the director and his design team had full creative control over its impressive symmetry.

The confectionery colors evoke the lost glamor, charm, and sophistication central to the film's thematic landscape, and are quite soothing to the eye. Thus they compliment the naturally appealing symmetry of the shot. 


Suzy At The Lighthouse / Moonrise Kingdom

Released in 2012, Moonrise Kingdom is a typically eccentric take on the classic coming-of-age story, with some pre-teen summer romance thrown in for good measure.

In this symmetrically satisfying shot, 12-year-old Suzy stands perched at the top of a lighthouse, gaze firmly fixed down the lenses of her signature binoculars, which she claims, "helps me see things closer. Even if they're not very far away. I pretend it's my magic power." She watches the audience as the audience watchers her, confrontational. 

Everything about this is perfectly balanced, right? The center-framing is exact, the color palette is minimal (blues, oranges, browns, whites), the subtle de-saturation evokes warm, hazy feelings of nostalgia for childhood memories of school-free summers, and - of course - the symmetry is clear right away. Simple, but it sure is effective. 


Steering Wheel / The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Every Anderson fan worth her salt knows of the auteur's love of overhead and POV shots, and this one from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is a great example.

Putting the viewer right in the driver's seat of the submersible, this shot employs a set that was clearly designed with Anderson's other great love, symmetrical satisfaction, in mind. The triptych of portholes going out from the center of the shot creates the repetition so often key to Anderson's obsessive pursuit of balance, whilst the steering wheel provides a central point of focus the composition is designed to draw your eyes directly to, a vanishing point.


Bloody Hands / The Royal Tenenbaums

Anderson is frequently criticized for prizing his quirky style over any substance in his stories. This shot is not only symmetrically satisfying, but very effectively marries style with substance.

In this scene from The Royal Tenenbaums, Richie, in an emotional downward spiral induced by unrequited love for adopted sister Margot, hits rock bottom. After learning of her past extra-marital affairs, the former tennis star shaves his trademark bob and calmly attempts suicide.

This POV shot is far bleaker than we're used to from Anderson. The messy tangles of hair and placement of Richie's hands are as precise as possible for near-perfect symmetry, but the staged calmness clashes with the graphicness of the scene. We feel Richie's sense of relief from his torture, which is devastating.



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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:25:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/perfectly-symmetrical-wes-anderson-shots/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[Existential Horrors Lurking In The Harry Potter Universe]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disturbing-harry-potter-facts/nathan-gibson

The wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling is ostensibly whimsical and charming. But when you really think about it, it becomes perfectly clear there are plenty of disturbing things about Harry Potter and the universe in which it takes place. People often look back on their favorite films, television shows, and books with rose-tinted glasses. They ignore the problems with the story and instead focus on everything that was good, glossing over the parts that don’t quite hold up. But a little digging often reveals a whole collection of issues and terrifying implications that you might never have realized. Looking past the façade and applying a modicum of logical reasoning shows just how many weird things about Harry Potter there really are.

Whether it's the wildly racist undertones (and overtones) that direct how the witches and wizards treat the rest of magical society, the inherent problems that come with certain magical abilities, or the unanswered questions that suggest horrific conclusions, the wizarding world of Harry Potter might not be as fun as you first thought.


Existential Horrors Lurking In The Harry Potter Universe,

The World Is Full Of Racists Who Think That Slaves Are Totally Normal

A brief glance at the Harry Potter universe is enough to show just how racist and discriminatory most magical people are. The vast majority of witches and wizards look down upon other (totally sentient) magical creatures, and there is a strong belief in the idea of pure-blooded families being superior.

Magical abilities such as parseltongue show that animals (or snakes at least) are fully sentient and have their own thoughts, feelings, and desires. Yet they are still treated like, well, snakes. Perhaps the worst of all is the subjugation of house elves, who are basically just slaves. The entire society of magic users has benefited from their captivity (remember, they do most of the menial labor at Hogwarts), and Hermione Granger is the only exception shown in the series. Even then, her activism for the elves is basically treated like a joke. 

Centaurs, mermaids, and giants are cordoned off into "special areas" they can't leave and are forbidden to make contact with non-magical humans, it seems that goblins are only allowed to work in the banking industry (they're also forbidden from owning wands) and even otherwise "normal" wizards afflicted with lycanthropy are ostracized. That would be like if someone got cancer and we all agreed as a society that they shouldn't be invited to parties. 


A Boggart Could Destroy The Planet

Boggarts are well-known magical creatures that have the ability to turn into a person’s greatest fear, regardless of what it is. Although it has been said that they aren’t as powerful as their genuine counterparts, they still have powers that are comparable (if slightly weakened).

This means that if a person was afraid of some great catastrophe, like an erupting volcano or meteor strike, they could cause serious damage to the planet. It's even possible for someone to have a black hole as their biggest fear, meaning if they ever came in contact with a boggart they would inadvertently consume the entire earth.


The Broken Education System Leaves Students Woefully Unprepared For The World

The education that magical folk receive during their formative years leaves a lot to be desired. Forget for a moment that most wizarding families don’t send their kids to school before they head off to Hogwarts, apparently letting them just kind of hang out at home until they're 11, but even the highly-regarded magic school lacks most basic educational tenants.

While at Hogwarts, children are not taught mathematics, reading and writing, sex education, biology, or really any science. Instead, they are educated about magical powers and the history of wizards, neglecting everything else needed to create well-rounded people. Hogwarts is basically a trumped up vocational school that wouldn't pass even the most elementary educational certification in our world. For real, can Ron do multiplication? Or like, read? 


Magical Society Loves Putting Children In Danger Constantly

Obviously, it's impossible to eliminate all threats and sources of danger from a child’s life. As we know from our world, it just never works. However, the government in Harry Potter seems perfectly willing to put its children at severe risk, all the time, for seemingly no reason.

For example, myriad risky spells and potions are taught at Hogwarts with seemingly little protection or adult oversight. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to play Quidditch, a sport that has players and equipment specifically designed to injure participants. Then, there is the insurance nightmare that is the Tri-Wizard Tournament. This government-sanctioned competition is advertised as extremely dangerous, and those involved can be (and sometimes are) easily killed by the various monsters and dragons that make up the "tasks." 


They Entrust The Awesome Power Of Time Travel To A Kid So She Can Take Extra Classes

We find out in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that the Ministry of Magic is in possession of magical items known as Time-Turners. These ludicrously powerful artifacts allow their users to travel through time. Wisely, because of the implications of the butterfly effect, they are hardly ever used by anyone. Ministry officials don't even utilize them to save important people or prevent horrific events.

So it isn’t like the government is not aware of the dangers of time travel. They have explicit and specific laws to deal with the items, in order to ensure they are safeguarded at all times. Yet, they allowed a young schoolchild to use this extraordinary and dangerous item just to take a few extra classes at Hogwarts. That's an insane level of criminal negligence. It would be like giving a high school sophomore access to nuclear launch codes so they could finish a science fair project, except somehow even more dangerous than that.  


There Is Definitive Proof Of An Afterlife, Yet They Literally Destroy Souls

Out of everyone alive on the planet in the Harry Potter universe, magic users are the only people who know for a fact that there is an afterlife. They have definitive proof all around them, in the form of ghosts and the existence of souls. Remember, souls are what Dementors eat and there is magic (the manufacture of Horcruxes, for instance) specifically designed around the manipulation of souls.

Harry himself even dies and visits the afterlife before returning to the living world. Witches and wizards seem completely apathetic about this knowledge. They don't seem to have an organized religion (outside of celebrating Christmas, which is insane since Christians famously burned witches but whatever) or even education about the fact.

There's no class at Hogwarts on the nature of souls, even though they are arguably the most important part of a magic person's existence. Worst of all, most people think it's perfectly acceptable to destroy a person’s soul with a Dementor, knowing they are depriving them of everlasting life after death. The American penal system is harsh, but the criminal justice dished out in Harry Potter is downright Draconian. 


Love Potions Are Over-The-Counter Date Rape Drugs

One of the darkest aspects of Harry Potter is the proliferation of love potions. These potions are not only easy to manufacture but also perfectly legal, sold in joke shops such as the one run by the Weasley twins. Although they are portrayed as fun, wacky concoctions, they are insanely powerful and effectively act as the ultimate date rape drug.

They induce all-consuming lust and infatuation, giving anyone the ability to trick others into being attracted to them. The negative side effects of this were even shown in the novels, as Merope (Voldemort's mom) forced Tom Riddle, Sr. to become her husband by constantly dosing him. She even had a child with him.

Love potions are so strong, then, that rapists can use them to force their victims to raise children with them. That's basically the plot of The Room, but way more messed up because the victim has to act like they enjoy it. Yet the wizards and witches in Harry Potter treat and regulate love potions like we would fake dog vomit.  


They Completely Refuse To Help Muggles Despite The Good They Could Do

There is some rather evident hostility between the wizarding world and the rest of human society, perhaps due to some type of persecution of magic users or a war between the two cultures. However, it seems completely thoughtless and downright evil for witches and wizards to straight-up abandon the rest of humankind.

The Statute of Secrecy effectively bans the use of magic to help muggles when they could, in fact, solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Famine and drought could be prevented easily with teleportation techniques, diseases could be cured using magical spells, and humanity as a whole could advance through the joint efforts of technology and magic. Yet, the Ministry of Magic and its foreign counterparts simply ignore muggles and refuse to help them in any way.


The Name Of The Killing Curse Suggests Wizards Killed Lots And Lots Of Muggles

The Killing Curse is one of the three Unforgivable Curses that are illegal because of the damage they can cause to other living things. However, its name suggests an even darker history for the spell. The incantation, Avada Kedavra, is remarkably similar to the muggle word "abracadabra."

This is the only "real" magical word that non-magic users are aware of, and it seems to be a corruption of the killing curse. Many fans speculate that this means the spell was used to kill so many people and that it became ingrained in the muggle culture.


Wizard Trials Are A Complete Sham And Not About Justice At All

In order to sentence criminals and dish out justice in the world of Harry Potter, the magic users have a court called the Wizengamot. Made up of some of the most powerful people in the world, the court decides whether a person is guilty and punishes them accordingly.

Unfortunately, they don’t make use of any of the magical items, spells, or potions that could help them to definitively get to the truth, instead relying on less credible evidence. While the truth serum veritaserum isn’t totally foolproof, it would almost certainly lead to fewer people being found guilty of crimes they didn’t commit and assist in finding the real culprits, yet it is never used by the court. They also rarely look in to people's memories, which seems weird for a society that keeps constant tabs on all of its citizens. The Wizengamot, therefore, is clearly a kangaroo court designed to keep the powerful in power. 



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:00:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/disturbing-harry-potter-facts/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[18 Mind-Blowing Theories About A Shared Universe In Stanley Kubrick Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stanley-kubrick-shared-universe-theory/jacob-shelton

When was the last time something melted your brain? Kubrick films, no matter how many times you watch them, always manage to warp your mind, but the real brain melters of  Stanleyton are the Kubrick fans who have found evidence of a Stanley Kubrick shared universe. That’s right, people out there have posed some wild Kubrick theories. A lot of these theorists believe most, if not all, his films are related to each other. The basis for many of these theories come from self-referential Kubrick moments, though a few arose from painstaking hours of parsing the auteur’s films frame-by-frame to find the tiniest slivers of evidence of a Full Metal Clockwork Space Odyssey.

Whether you’re a cinephile who wants to see what the fuss is about or are intrigued by shared cinematic universe theories, these Kubrick film fan theories will turn you into a raving lunatic. Maybe. Probably. Seriously, they're kind of insane. 

Regardless of whether or not these fan theories are true, it’s possible Kubrick was the last director working with a sizable budget who was able to control his productions to such a degree he could make visual and aural references to his previous work while creating an all-new subtext with which to view his films in such a complex way. Okay, maybe Tarantino. Certainly not JJ Abrams, who does seem to have a shared universe, but not in any meaningful way. 

Kubrick's work eclipses that of any modern director. Even though passed away in 1999, after finishing Eyes Wide Shut, his body of work is why directors like poor Chris Nolan will never eat at the big boy table as long as they continues to try to court the mainstream, rather than forcing the sheeple to come to them. Keep reading for all the Stanley Kubrick fan theories you can handle, then go throw a tennis ball at a wall for a couple of hours. 


18 Mind-Blowing Theories About A Shared Universe In Stanley Kubrick Movies,

Kubrick Used His Films To Expose The Illuminati

It's just true: when you become famous enough, you're introduced to members of the Illuminati. It happened to Rihanna, and it definitely happened to Stanley Kubrick. He must have been introduced to the secret organization of elites some time around the release of Spartacus, because every film that followed served as a way to inform the rest of the world of the way they were being brainwashed through symbolism. If you look at the films this way, it's easy to see that his output from 1962 until his death was meant to be one long piece of symbolism underlining how audiences were being turned into cattle by secret overlords. 


All Of Stan's Post-Lyndon Films Are About Parallel Dimensions (Duh)

So what if, and this is just spitballing, all of Kubrick's films after Barry Lyndon are parallel versions of each other and exist in different dimensions, where people phase in and out of being? Some researchers believe Kubrick has given clues about such parallel dimensions via his use of dissolves, especially in The Shining, which has multiple visual parallels with 2001. It's unclear whether or not these researchers officially have too much time on their hands. 

For instance, during a fade from Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and Danny (Danny Lloyd)  watching TV in the lobby of the Overlook to the boy entering the family's suite, a  doorknob takes Danny's place on the screen and a chain extends out, making it resemble one Mr. HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Is this Kubrick's sly way of letting audiences know Danny and Hal are the same? Or that the films are linked in more ways than you think? It may be time to go frame by frame through both films again. 


It's All About The Saturn Death Cult

Did you think you were going to make it through a list of theories about Stanley Kubrick without reading about a death cult? Are you a star baby who was born yesterday?

According to Jay Weidner, every film in Kubrick's oeuvre from Lolita to AI is "an exposé of a hidden elite obsessed with dark Saturnian sexual rites, paedophilia and the planned ritualistic transmutation of mankind." Which, duh. 

AI, which Kubrick intended to direct before passing it on to Steven Spielberg, was originally about a group of pedophiles who manufactured 12-year-old boy sex bots. Spielberg made it about sad moms. And 2001 was Kubrick's attempt to expose "an occult agenda to launch us as a species into space where we will be able to embrace our destiny as future star children and join the greater cosmos."

Weidner leaves Barry Lyndon out of the equation, which is a shame because it looks so good and probably has a secret message about NASA or something hidden in one of the candlelit shots. 


The Marines In Full Metal Jacket Are American Droogs (Did Your Brain Just Explode?)

The droogs in A Clockwork Orange are young street kids looking for kicks any way they can get them, especially if it involves rape, drugs, or a bit of the old ultraviolence. Kubrick may have intentionally drawn parallels between the droogie woogies to the Marines in 1987's Full Metal Jacket. Hell, he may have been showing two sides of the same coin. Two of the English droogs join the police force, if you recall, while the Americans join the military. All continue their action, trading frustrated-outsider violence into state sanctioned systemic violence. 


To be Fair, All Government Ministers Look the Same

English writer, director, and actor Anthony Sharp pops up a couple of times in Kubrick's films playing oddly similar characters. He makes his first appearance as the Minister of the Interior in A Clockwork Orange, then shows up in Kubrick's next film, Barry Lyndon, as Lord Hallan, a "former government minister." Looks like we've got a time traveler on our hands. 


Joe Turkel Takes You from Paths of Glory to the Overlook

It's possible Private Arnaud in Paths of Glory and Lloyd the bartender in The Shining are the same person. After all, they're both played by character actor Joe Turkel, and they share some eerily similar dialogue. In Paths of Glory, Private Arnaud says, "May I tell you something, Father? Back in my hometown there was a certain little cafe with a amusing sign over the bar. It read 'Do not be afraid to ask for credit, for our way of refusing is very polite.'" In The Shining, Lloyd tells Jack his "credit's fine." 


Lolita's Sweater: A Space Odyssey

There's an interesting connection between Lolita and 2001 that may place them in a shared universe, where clothing can disappear and reappear at will. In Lolita, Charlotte asks: "You lost your new sweater?" In 2001, a voice on an intercom is heard to say: "A woman's cashmere sweater has been found..." 

Is Stanley Kubrick suggesting that, when you lose a piece of clothing, it gets swallowed up by a monolith and dropped off at a space station? Maybe this shared universe is also to blame for the moving furniture in The Shining


Hotel Floors Put Eyes Wide Shut And 2001 In The Same Universe

In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the ceiling of the Hilton Space Hotel becomes the floor of the Beyond the Infinite Hotel, a clear visual signifier that Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) has progressed to a new level of comprehension.

The same design is seen in Eyes Wide Shut, when Bill (Tom Cruise) visits a hotel and has a back and forth with a desk clerk. During this scene, the pattern seen on floor then ceiling in 2001 appears on the ceiling above the desk clerk. This indicates Bill lacks the understanding necessary to transcend his jealous behavior.


2001 And A Clockwork Orange May Have Taken Place in the Same Timeline

There are a few theories about the relationship between 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. The first is that they take place in the same quasi futuristic time period. Obviously, 2001 takes place in multiple time periods (and no time period at all), but one fan believes that, because of their equally strange-looking technology and decor, the films share some space-time overlap. It's entirely possible that, while Alex was having his mozg  grazzied, Dr. Bowman was investigating the monolith. If this is true, it means Kubrick took the liberty of slotting Anthony Burgess's material (he wrote the novel A Clockwork Orange) into the timeline of his own work. You can read some interesting back-and-forth on this notion here


All Of Kubrick's Films Are Meant To Teach The Audience How To Watch A FIlm

Ultimately, the real shared universe of every Kubrick film is that of cinema - they aren't meant to be enjoyed as theater (although they can be), but viewed frame-by-frame as a master class for how to watch and understand cinema. The Shining is basically an editing workshop on how to create subtext in post production, and Barry Lyndon is really about how to read a movie visually through symbols and composition. By making films that relied on mood and silent visual cues, Kubrick was showing filmmakers how to do their job at the best of their abilities and audiences how to interpret a visual medium beyond assuming it's a filmed version of a novel or script. 



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Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:07:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/stanley-kubrick-shared-universe-theory/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/next-meryl-streep-actresses/ranker-film

With 20 Academy Awards nominations, two Best Actress Oscars, and one Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Meryl Streep undeniably stands as the best actress of her generation and one of the greatest actresses of all time. Her immersive and versatile acting style allowed her to embody characters ranging from a bitter divorcee to a frosty magazine editor to the former Prime Minister of the UK, lending her a reel like no other. Since Streep occupies such a large niche within pop culture, it begs the question: who is the next Meryl Streep? 

Several young actresses on their way to becoming the next Meryl Streep include Academy Award winners Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway, and Emma Stone. Non-American actresses, like Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander, and Margot Robbie, quickly became Hollywood A-listers for their critically acclaimed performances. Which of these talented leading ladies fit the bill as the future Meryl Streep? 

Vote up the young actresses you think will be the next Meryl Streep.


Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep,

Anne Hathaway

Brie Larson

Emily Blunt

Emma Stone

Emma Watson

Jennifer Lawrence

Keira Knightley

Michelle Williams

Natalie Portman

Lupita Nyong'o


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Wed, 05 Apr 2017 03:25:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/next-meryl-streep-actresses/ranker-film
<![CDATA[Documentaries About Movies That Are Better Than The Actual Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/documentaries-about-movies-better-than-actual-movies/jacob-shelton

For a particular subset of nerd, there’s nothing better than movies about movies, specifically documentaries on movies that show the nightmare behind creating a piece of art. Documentaries about making a film reveal the story within a story and offer a new insight into not only the process of building something from the ground up, but also offer a catharsis for the people involved. It lets them create a horcrux in which they can forever hold their 30 (or 400) days in Hell.

Hearts of Darkness is possibly the most famous film about a film. That isn’t to say that Apocalypse Now is a bad film, but it’s a piece of art that needs to be put in a context outside of “war movie” to be fully understood. The documentary could have just as easily been called Someone Get Francis Ford Coppola a Snow Plow for All That Powder, but the more manageable title it has not only offers an allusion to the work it’s adapted from, but also tells the audience that no one is coming out of the film unscathed. All of the films about films on this list are worth watching, however, not all of their subjects are quite as spectacular as Coppola’s masterpiece. 

Be it kismet, or a canny producer, many documentaries better than their subjects exist in the world and the films on this list are the best of the best when comes to movies about movies that are better than the movies they're about. While you wrap your brain around that sentence, prepare yourself for the movie (movie) marathon you’re about to undertake.


Documentaries About Movies That Are Better Than The Actual Movies,

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers's Apocalypse

Before you start screaming at your monitor and writing furious emails about how people don't understand Apocalypse Now the way you do, relax. Your Masters in film studies was totally worth the money and you're right, Apocalypse Now is a modern masterpiece and one of the greatest war movies ever made. The way that Coppola blends surrealist nods to Buñuel with the realism of a documentary is truly the work of an artist at the apex of their career.

But also, the movie was a carnival of nightmares from the start and Hearts of Darkness, filmed by Eleanor Coppola (Francis's wife), takes the audience inside the myriad production issues, including loss of funding, sets being destroyed, and just Marlon Brando in general. Throughout the documentary, the audience sees Apocalypse Now continually falling apart and, by the end of the doc, no one looks good. Hearts of Darkness isn't simply a recording of whatever lucky mojo Coppola had throughout the '70s, it's a testament to how hard it is to actually make a film, especially when the universe has a grudge against you. 


Lost in La Mancha

Like Jodorosky's Dune, Lost in La Mancha is a tale of what could have been. Visionary director Terry Gilliam has been trying to make an adaptation of Don Quixote for decades, and when he finally put together his cast and crew in the '90s he allowed a small documentary crew to tag along.

The film that came out of this excursion is one of the most heartbreaking, yet somehow completely appropriate, pieces of cinema ever made about human imagination and how our will can only take us so far. Throughout the documentary Gilliam becomes Quixote, and the rest of the cast and crew (including Johnny Depp) turn into versions of Sancho Panza, enabling him at every step. 


Overnight

A lot of people like The Boondock Saints, a copy of a copy of a Quentin Tarantino pastiche which is likely a copy of some unseen Hong Kong gangster film from the '70s - and that's fine. Like what you like, it doesn't matter. That being said, The Boondock Saints is a terrible movie. It's a film that so badly wants to be cool that it might as well have been called My Dad Never Hugged Me.

On the other hand, Overnight is one of the greatest documentaries to ever be made. It's up there with Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years in that it follows a man with an overinflated sense of self as he sabotages himself at every turn. The film follows Troy Duffy, bartender turned screenwriter and director, (he also has designs on being a rock star, since good things come in threes), as he shoots to stardom after the script for Boondock Saints is purchased by Miramax. When Duffy begins his journey he's already a douchebag, but the moment he gets a little bit of money and clout it goes to his head and everything explodes in his face. 


Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

At a certain point, every horror fan hits a wall where they have to admit a lot of the movies they like aren't very good. For instance, parts 2, 4, 5, and 6 of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Maybe they're good to watch with a bunch of friends when you're in the mood to goof on a bad movie, but taken at face value they're not very good.

However, Never Sleep Again breathes new life into these films by providing insight into one of the most important horror movie franchises of the 20th century. The documentary is a staggering four hours long, but it really never drags. Once the documentary begins to delve into the homoerotic minutiae of Freddy's Revenge, or the fact that Stephen Hopkins was throwing everything at the wall and hoping that something stuck in The Dream Child, you'll be glad that the folks at 1428 Films spent as much time on the film as they did. 


Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

How does one begin to explain a film like Lost Soul? The meat of the story is that Richard Stanley, hot off of a couple of low-budget science fiction and horror films, was given the opportunity to direct an adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Over the course of the next few years he fought with his production company about who would star in the film, where to shoot it, and what the tone of the overall piece would be. Then he was fired from the set a few days into filming.

He went off to live in the jungle, snuck back onto set, and actually appeared in the film. Hold up, that's barely a quarter of the story. This documentary dives into how Marlon Brando took control of the set once he noticed a power vacuum, a wiccan curse, and Val Kilmer's desire to do nothing on set while making as much money as possible. You never need to see The Island of Dr. Moreau, but Lost Soul is required viewing. 


Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

It took seven years, but fans Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala managed to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. While their finished product is arguably (definitely) not good from a film stand point, in some ways it's actually better than the Spielberg movie.

The story of these two random dudes making their own version of one of the greatest adventure films ever made, however, is way better than the fan film. It might even be better than Raiders. The documentary isn't just about two young guys making a movie, it explores the nuances of male friendship, and the unquenchable need to create that so many people feel when they're in their teens. You can find their finished film online, and it's an interesting watch. But the documentary about the film, like a shoebox full of pictures from middle school, will make you weep for the lost years of your childhood. 


Jodorowsky's Dune

Technically, Jodorowsky's version of Dune was never made, and it exists only in a massive tome of collected storyboards designed by the visionary Chilean filmmaker. But there's definitely multiple versions of Dune out there (you can argue amongst yourselves about which is the worst - they're all bad in their own ways) and this documentary is better than all of them.

Among other things, this documentary introduced audiences to the real voice of H.R. Gieger, which sounds exactly how you think it should, and gave viewers a glimpse of what could have been. Well, if Jodorowsky had an unlimited budget and no governing production body to tell him no. The film itself is more about the unbridled artistic energy this true cinematic singularity possesses than it is about a movie with sand worms, but it's inspiring and fulfilling none the less. 


Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story Of Cannon Films

Admittedly, this is a bit of a cheat for multiple reasons: Not all of the Cannon films are bad (The Last American Virgin and Barfly are totally serviceable), and even the films that are bad are incredibly entertaining (specifically about a quarter of their output from 1980 - 1989), but the story of near misses, bad decisions, and incredibly goofy producers that populate the film are better than anything the production company ever released.

The film never shies away from showing how bad the team of Golan and Globus were at making decisions, but all that does is make you want to go watch their films to see exactly what you missed. 


Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

When VHS came to Britain in the early '80s, movie fans were overjoyed because they could finally see a film without having to go to the cinema, or (in the case of most B-level horror films) buy it out of the back of a magazine. These films flooded the market before there was a way to apply a rating system to the movies, so anyone with a couple of pounds could rent whatever they wanted, be it Blood Feast or The Driller Killer.

Video Nasties examines the controversy and debate around these films, and the turmoil they inspired in the UK. It's kind of doubly hilarious, as the movies people risked their reputations to buy often wound up being terrible. As with every rule, however, there are a few exceptions. Ground breaking films like The Evil Dead, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are covered in the documentary, but so are films like The Burning and Frozen Scream - which are absolute wibbledy-gook (that's British for f*cking terrible). 


30 Days In Hell: The Making Of The Devil's Rejects

Rob Zombie is a thoughtful, intelligent guy who, for a long time, single-handedly carried the horror genre on his shoulders. His first two films, House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, get a lot of love because of his persona as the "cool" horror guy, but they're not great.

However, Zombie's stories of making those two films are legendary. This comprehensive look at the filming of Devil's Rejects is essentially one of his many straight to point, no waffle interviews but in film form. The audience not only gets to see the nightmare tied to dealing with a large production like this, but they get to watch Zombie work. Also, regardless of the end product he's someone who loves what he does. That's just nice to see on film. 



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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:11:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/documentaries-about-movies-better-than-actual-movies/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Clone Wars TV Show Is The Best Star Wars Since The Empire Strikes Back]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-clone-wars-is-the-best-star-wars-since-empire/joedonley

George Lucas gets a lot of guff for the prequel films in the Star Wars saga. A fair potion of the criticism 100% is spot on in terms of his choices as a director, especially in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, but one thing that can't be criticized is Lucas's enormous vision. He imagined a rich galaxy that spans from worlds from the Outer Rim to the Inner Core. Up until 2008, most of the galaxy was gated behind novels and video games that weren't easily accessible to the casual fan, let alone children. And then, thanks to the talents of the fantastic Dave Filloni, The Clone Wars animated film hit theaters in a limited run with a companion television show by the same name.

To many, the film didn't resonate with them through their original trilogy nostalgia glasses, and the show followed suit. Well, for the first two and a half seasons at least. Now, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is regarded by fans as one of the best installments in the ever-expanding Star Wars post-buyout canon. It's plain to see, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best Star Wars anything since The Empire Strikes Back.


The Clone Wars TV Show Is The Best Star Wars Since The Empire Strikes Back,

Obi-Wan's Relationship With Duchess Satine Is Legitimately Heart-Breaking

The Mandalore lost a massive and fascinating history to the Great Disney Purge. Thankfully, one of its shining gems was cemented in the new canon with The Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi's relationship with Duchess Satine of Mandalore. 

If you're unfamiliar with the series, this will likely shock you. Obi-Wan, for many people, represents the Platonic Jedi ideal. He always strictly adhered to the Jedi Code, a code which strictly forbade attachment and relationships. But in The Clone Wars, we see that Obi-Wan is, in fact, flawed. We see him own up to his poor judgment in Return of the Jedi when he has his swampside chat with Luke, but the prequel films painted him in an incredibly self-righteous light when it came to his mentorship of Anakin. Highlighting his human side, his flaws, and his ability to love make this multiple arc story worth it.


The Lightsaber Duels

The lightsaber battles in the prequel films and The Force Awakens are some of the best parts of the saga thanks to advancements in CGI technology, but given the physical limitations of reality, you can only do so much.

In The Clone Wars, however, all bets are off. Some of the most epic fights in the entire series can come to life with myriad different saber forms, blade styles, and fighting techniques. It's honestly the way lightsaber duels were meant to be seen. 


It Humanized The Clone Troopers

One of the best (and worst) things about watching The Clone Wars is the attachment and love you as a viewer develop for the various clone troopers that appear throughout the series. In Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith we meet, by name, exactly one: Commander Cody. This was, in part, due to George Lucas's decision to exclusively use CGI characters for clone troopers in the films. Lucas more than rectifies this in the series.

The level of depth achieved with the featured clone troopers in The Clone Wars is a gift in two parts - direction by Lucas and Dave Filoni and the insanely impressive voice work of Dee Bradley Baker, who voices every single clone that appears in the series and manages to give them their own personality. Considering how things go for the clones in Episode III, the animated series makes Palpatine's Order 66 that much more tragic.


We See The Full Extent Of Palpatine's Manipulation And Anakin's Slow Fall

While it was alluded to in the prequel films, it's difficult to fully comprehend the number of strings Palpatine controls over the course of the entire saga. Not only is he deeply involved in the active manipulation of both sides in the Republic/Separatist conflict, but we get to see numerous subtle nudges he makes to ensure Anakin's eventual fall from grace.

Further, once you realize that he is effectively weighing the options of "which massive army is the most effective to take the galaxy over" with the the Clone Wars, the entire situation becomes dizzying. The lengths some people traverse to gain power.


The Aliens Of The Jedi Order

The majority of the Jedi seen in the prequel trilogy end up as cannon fodder in the third acts of both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. While unfortunate, it makes sense from a filmmaker's perspective. The story isn't about Ki-Adi-Mundi or Plo Koon or any of the other 10,000 Jedi Knights that existed in the galaxy before the dawn of The Empire.

The Clone Wars, while not entirely deviant from the Skywalker story, sheds a lot of light on the unsung heroes of the Republic. As the series progresses, we get to meet and follow the adventures of Jedi originating from all over the galaxy, like Kit Fisto, Luminara Unduli, Barris Offi, and Ahsoka Tano.

The different perspectives the non-humanoid Jedi offer comes in handy when interpreting the galactic politics the show puts forward. One of the key facets of The Empire is their super racist attitude of human superiority (with a few notable exceptions in the Emperor's court and Grand Admiral Thrawn). It's important to see exactly how diverse the main players in power were before the Imperial takeover. It makes you fully appreciate the incredible lack of diversity in the post-Republic galaxy.


Darth Maul's Return

In The Clone Wars, Darth Maul, the only redeemable part of The Phantom Menace, returns with a vengeance in two arcs across Seasons 4 and 5. Here's the best part: Maul is used sparingly, but with maximum effect. Briefly, the two arcs go over what he's been up to since his "demise" on Naboo and how he plans to get revenge on all parties that wronged him, including his former master.

Coupled with his occupation of a certain planet, the Maul arcs (as well as a supplemental canon comic story that was carried over during the Great Disney Purge) tell some of the best stories in the series.


Galactic Expansion And Visualization

One of the biggest faults of all of the Star Wars films (the original trilogy and The Force Awakens included) is the monotony of physical environments seen when it comes to planets. Seriously, how many planets are simply one giant city, or a desert, or forest, or covered in snow and ice? 

What The Clone Wars accomplishes over its six seasons is a massive improvement. We definitely see a number of homogenous planets, but we also are treated to some incredibly gorgeous worlds that, up until the series, we had only heard about in passing. The best part? We finally get a good look at Alderaan.


Obi-Wan And Anakin's Relationship Is Fully Fleshed Out

The lack of any real sort of relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker was one of the worst things about the Star Wars prequels. In A New Hope, Obi-Wan tells Luke about his father. He says that he was "a cunning warrior and a good friend," but we never get to see the depth of this relationship in Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith.

With the exception of Anakin and Obi-Wan's goodbye scene in Sith, every time the two are on screen together they argue or throw some shade at each other. They end the scene frustrated and go off for the rest of the films on their own solo adventures, before reuniting for a fight at the end.

The Clone Wars fixes this. At the core of (nearly) every episode is the Kenobi/Skywalker friendship. The chemistry between Matt Lanter's Anakin and James Arnold Taylor's Obi-Wan is, frankly, lightyears ahead of what Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor shared with each other. It isn't hyperbole to say that watching the animated series between Episodes II and III makes Lucas's story much, much better.


We Get The Story Behind Order 66

The biggest tragedy in Revenge of The Sith isn't that of Dark Plagueis the Wise, but rather the extermination of the Jedi and the lackluster narrative surrounding the events of Order 66. Given the three year time jump between Attack of The Clones and Revenge of The Sith, it never fully made sense why the clone troopers would suddenly attack and kill the Jedi generals they've been fighting alongside for years. In the sixth season of The Clone Wars, however, we find out the entirety of Palpatine and Dooku's plan to destroy the Jedi Order when they least expect it. 


Ahsoka Tano, The Greatest Character You Never Heard Of

Arguably the biggest addition to the overarching Star Wars story, in The Clone Wars we learn that ill-fated Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker had a Padawan - a young Togruta girl named Ahsoka Tano. At the time of the series, audiences assumed that the Star Wars films were effectively done - Episode VII wasn't a remote possibility for fans. Therfore, this new character, seemingly designed to bring in younger fans exclusively for the show, would eventually have to die. Or disappear. Or something.

A number of people actively rooted for this to happen, sooner rather than later. This all changed around Season 3 during the Mortis arc. Ahsoka Tano grew into not only one of the most badass characters in the series, but in the overall canon. She uses two lightsabers simultaneously in combat, led rebels against the Galactic Empire, and went toe-to-toe with Darth Vader, her former master. She changed preconceived notions of what a great character is in the Star Wars universe.



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