Unlike those of other websites, our Top Ten lists are created from the empirical data of our global rankings.
Pixar Animation Studios has become synonymous with all-ages CGI storytelling featuring big ideas and bigger heart. It’s a brand trusted by families to inspire their children and warm their hearts, without resorting to the more pedestrian antics that characterize so many of the movies aimed at younger viewers by other studios. Pixar has become a franchise all its own in the minds of many fans and with their latest work, Monsters University, set to open in theaters today, June 21st, we take a moment to see what the Flickchart community has decided are the Top Ten Pixar Animation Studios Movies of All-Time.
Author and journalist Robert K. Elder has written two books featuring interviews with film directors: “The Film that Changed My Life“, and his newly released “The Best Film You’ve Never Seen“. In the former, he asks 30 filmmakers to discuss the film that had the biggest influence on their cinematic careers. In the latter, 35 directors defend and/or promote movies that they regard as being overlooked or misunderstood. For those of you interested in keeping track of the films mentioned in each book that you’ve viewed, Flickchart offers rankable filters for both The Film that Changed My Life and The Best Film You’ve Never Seen. Listed below are all the directors involved and the films that they chose.
Jason Statham is one of the last true action stars in film. His movies tend to elicit the excitement and adrenaline-fueled rush that Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Norris were so good at creating back in the 80s. What would Statham’s Flickchart look like? Let’s have a look, shall we?
You might be thinking: “Why in the world would this be considered a Poster of Prominence?”
The reason is it’s a truly terrible poster.
Hey, who wants to go on a road trip?
I sure do. Alas, I’m a grown adult with a wife, a child, and a steady job. I can’t just pick up and drive across country like I once could.
Yet, I’ve been lucky enough to drive across country two-and-a-half times before between the winter of 1996 and the spring of 2001. My first round trip brought me from my native Boston to Los Angeles for a three-month stay, and my second was a cross-country tour of pro baseball parks with two high school buddies – 14 parks in 25 days. My last half crossing was a final relocation from the East Coast to Los Angeles, which is where I’ve lived since May of 2001.
I’d say I’ve gotten the itch again, but in truth, it’s an itch I live with all the time.
Since my current life circumstances won’t allow me to scratch that itch, I thought I’d do the next best thing: embark on a cinematic road trip. Because this road trip will be a virtual one, it’s not limited by pesky things like reasonable driving routes, vehicle maintenance, and the available time in my schedule to zigzag across the country.
So I’m here today to announce a new series on the Flickchart blog for 2013, called Flickchart Road Trip. I’ll be starting out in California and “driving” across country, stopping for a week in each of the 50 states. I’ll have to hop a plane to Hawaii, but where there are roads, I’ll use them, including doggedly driving across Canada from Washington to Alaska. Remember, no limitations. Assuming I don’t get stranded anywhere, I’ll finish up in time to be home by Christmas.
I’ll mark each stop by watching a movie set in that state, one where the setting is in some way essential to the story. (Yep, I’m sure there’s some movie out there whose Delaware setting is essential.) I’ll also briefly discuss five or so other movies from each locale – some favorites, as well as some not-so-favorites. In true Flickchart style, the new movie will then duel the other films to see where it takes its place among a random sampling of, say, Wyoming movies. Well, a random sampling of Wyoming movies that I’ve seen, anyway.
So I’m gassing up, packing some snacks, and heading east toward Arizona this week. Gotta stay in the southern half of the country during the winter, don’t ya know.
Thanks in advance for tuning in. If you join me, we’ll see America together – even if we’re only seeing it on celluloid.