Movie fans were saddened by the passing of director Tony Scott in an apparent suicide on Sunday, August 19th. Though never achieving the acclaim of his Oscar-nominated brother Ridley – in either a critical (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) or cultural (Alien, Blade Runner) sense – Tony Scott was nonetheless a filmmaker of genuine talent.
Scott was never as interested as his elder sibling in crafting films made to stand the test of time. Instead, he was far more concerned with living in the cinematic moment, in bringing us moments of exhilaration, escape, and just a good ol’ time at the multiplex. And along the way, he created for himself a distinct visual style that has been aped by many other action directors, yet never quite duplicated.
A common thread that runs through all of Bret Easton Ellis’ books is the exploration of hollow persons. People who are generally well-off financially yet dead on the inside, so numb to the world around them that even acts of horrific violence and depravity can’t faze them more than momentarily. Ellis has populated his stories with these characters, often set in the 1980s to satirize the excessiveness of the time period. While reading all the books back-to-back is probably not recommended, the author manages to find enough variety and different themes to explore to make them all have some value. If he seems one-note, one does not look closely enough. Read the rest of this entry »
|Rank it amongst the best action movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #1035
What do your fellow Flickcharters have to say?
ToryK – “I loved these guys growing up. Still do. But I think Tarantino’s most recent movie beats Rodriguez’, no contest. Machete was nuts, true. But to me, it was nowhere near as fun as Desperado. Or even Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Basterds felt like Tarantino taking his own movies apart, finding out what makes them tick, and building a new film with that knowledge in mind. I didn’t dislike Machete, I was just disappointed. I wanted more from a guy I was used to having to having so much fun with.”
|Rank it amongst the best comedy movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #4219
I reviewed this movie when it first came out for the site. I originally placed it in my top 33% but it’s fallen to around top 37% since. I expect it to keep dropping a bit as nothing has really stuck with me about the movie five months later.
|Rank it amongst the best Documentaries of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #2181
Official Synopsis from Universal Studios: “In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.”
|Rank it amongst the best Supernatural Horror movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #4173
|Rank it amongst the best Bopics of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #6853
|Rank it amongst the best Horror movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #11859
|Rank it amongst the best Crime movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: Just Added
|Rank it amongst the best Action Thriller movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: Just Added
DTV action movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
By now, we’ve all had a good chuckle at the leaked Paramount memo showcasing the studio’s terrible slate of upcoming projects, including kiddie caper comedy Dunderheads and the criminally unnecessary Zoolander 2. Funny stuff, for sure, but I can’t help feel a tad slighted by this document’s instant popularity. After all, I’ve been coming up with shitty film ideas on my Twitter account, @MoviesIWannaSee, for almost a year now! Are you really gonna sit there and tell me my idea for a Jake Gyllenhaal Woodsy Owl biopic isn’t as hilariously stupid as Baywatch: The Movie? That’s cold.
To try and help remind people that I am the original shitty movie machine, I’ve compiled a brand new special list for Flickchart of wretched cinematic visions I honestly hope come to pass in my lifetime. Hopefully you Flickcharters will enjoy this selection of ideas, but honestly I’m hoping more that someone from Paramount accidentally reads this between cocaine snorts off the ol’ iPad and gives me a development deal. Fingers crossed!
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