Jurassic Park is back in theaters, just in time for the 20th anniversary of its release in 1993, albeit converted to 3D. If you somehow haven’t seen one of the greatest pure popcorn movies of all time, then you should to see Jurassic Park 3D, because Jurassic Park is absolutely a Movie to See Before You Die.
It can be overwhelming and confusing to wade into online discussions about film. One minute you’re just saying that Grandma’s Boy makes you laugh and before you know what happened, you’re accused of being a heathen for not worshiping at the altar of Truffaut. Here is a primer for how to participate in discussions about movies in the age of the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »
Since last fall’s revamping of Flickchart‘s global ranking system (see the official announcement about that here), many films have found themselves moved around on the global charts. But one thing remains consistent: the Directors Who Dominate continue to do so. Previously covered in this series, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino remain at the top of the charts (with their highest-ranked films at #1 and #4, respectively.) But the biggest change is that their newest efforts (Inception and Inglourious Basterds) have a much stronger presence on the chart, where they now appear at #2 and #13. And this brings us to another director who continually dominates, the man who is widely regarded (for good or ill) as the father of the modern blockbuster: Steven Spielberg.
Sooner or later, everybody runs. Even if they’re one of the biggest movie stars on the face of the planet. For this edition of Reel Rumbles, grab your popcorn and prepare for the run of your life as we go on the lam with Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise in an attempt to prove their innocence (and cinematic superiority) with The Fugitive vs. Minority Report.
These two thrillers both feature a cinema superstar accused of murder and on the run from the law. One is a tense cat-and-mouse game between a surgeon out to find his wife’s real killer and the dogged U.S. Marshal on his tail; the other is set in the not-so-distant future, and features a law enforcement officer trying to clear himself of a murder that hasn’t even been committed yet. One is an almost unexpected masterwork from a director whose other best-known credits are the Steven Seagal vehicle Under Siege and a Coast Guard movie starring Ashton Kutcher. The other is a superb thriller-with-a-sci-fi-twist from one of cinema’s greatest living legends that, despite how great it is, somehow still doesn’t seem to quite match some of the director’s previous cinematic efforts.
So which is better? Run–don’t walk–into the Reel Rumbles ring and find out…
Hi. My name is Michael Osciak, and I’m a flickaholic.
Some doctors might claim that this isn’t a real addiction; but if Tiger Woods can have a fake addiction, then who’s to say that being addicted to ranking movies isn’t a real thing? Every time I’m on a computer, the first thing I do is open up Flickchart. I always like to have it ready so when I start getting the shakes, I can quickly do some matchups to feed the beast inside of me. Even though I know I’m addicted, I can’t help but wonder why I should quit when it’s so much fun to rank movies ranging from The Godfather, to Major League 2, to Norbit? How can I stop before my all-time list is complete? Schindler had his important list; I am slowly building mine. I wonder if someday they’ll make a movie about me having the most rankings on Flickchart? I can’t guarantee it, but I’m sure they’ll at least put me on a Wheaties box someday.