DIRECTOR: Peter Berg
FLICKCHART FUTURE: Maybe the worst big-budget trailer of all time? I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt because there is some strong talent behind it but it really seems like this will end up being to the Transformers series as Pearl Harbor was to Titanic. Only worse, because the Transformers movies kinda already suck.
Before the star’s untimely death in 2007, Heath Ledger was well on his way to two Oscar nominations. One for his quietly haunting turn in Brokeback Mountain and the other for his yet unseen portrayal of The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. His star was burning bright and like so many before him, his time came too early. Now we look back at Ledger’s ten best performances according to Flickchart viewers. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve often struggled with the question of how to find meaning in my Flickchart rankings. I obsessively compile them and look over them repeatedly, but I also want to know how to use them to learn more about my own movie-watching tendencies.
Toward that end, on my own blog, I’ve begun a project to examine my top ten films using certain filters. Not necessarily the filters Flickchart makes available, such as my favorite comedies of all time or my favorite horror films of all time, though I will probably do those eventually as well. What I really want to do is choose a category that interests me, then drill on down through my rankings to see the first ten that satisfy the criteria of that category. Some of these may be excessively quirky categories — I won’t give any examples here, in order to keep the element of suspense in place when they eventually come up.
One overriding rule: no editing the results based on whether they would publicly embarrass me or not. Read the rest of this entry »
When I first heard that The Smurfs was being made, I was amused. When I first learned that it was going to bring them into our world, I was disinterested. When I was offered free passes to see it, I decided the price was right and rolled the dice on it. Sitting behind us was a family with a little girl who agreed to tell me what she thought of it when it was over, because I suspect most people reading a review of The Smurfs are just as interested in knowing whether their kids will enjoy it as they are in learning if they as adults can endure it. I’m pleased to report that I think both segments of viewers should find their expectations met and maybe even exceeded. Read the rest of this entry »