Being a dad, a husband, a drummer, a designer, a blogger, and otherwise persistently occupied with Flickchart means having precious little time to get away and plop myself down at a local cineplex for a few hours. I always relish the opportunities to do so when I can and the following list represents the best of what I’ve seen while sitting in those darkened rooms – eagerly anticipating the next captivating story, special effects that convince me other worlds exist, and the best performances & artistry that Hollywood has to offer.
There are many films I of course still have yet to see from throughout the year, so I’ll also do a rundown of some of the ones I missed but can’t wait to remove from my own personal “haven’t seen” list on Flickchart. Read the rest of this entry »
Since our public launch in September, we’ve grown to well over 40,000 users, and garnered a total of more than 60 million rankings. As we approach the close of the year, and the start of a new decade, we thought we might take a moment to showcase the Top 20 films that our users have deemed to be considered the best-of-the-best from 2000-2009. So without further adieu, here are the best ranked films on Flickchart of the decade:
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His career as a director spanned seven decades, starting in the Forties with a small job on an early religious program and ending in 2000 with the action-mystery Reindeer Games. With such meager and lifeless bookends, one might question the abilities of director John Frankenheimer, who passed away shortly after his final film at the age of 93. But as poet laureate for Generation Z Miley Cyrus so eloquently sings, “It’s the climb,” and Frankenheimer’s climb was one populated with a tense body of expertly crafted films that brought action and suspense to breathless new heights. His last great work paired him with a tight script and three brilliant actors for some of the most dizzying and fun car chases this side of The French Connection. But in this week’s Reel Rumbles, Ronin has some fierce competition out of Michael Mann, another talented director, with a film that many consider to be his finest hour. A loose remake of his previous made-for-TV effort L.A. Takedown (1989), Heat won the praise of critics and audiences alike, and built a bridge between an overlooked cadre of masterpieces and a prominent career for the director that continues today. Study the blueprints, sync your watches, and get ready for the big score. It’s time for Heat vs. Ronin.