I want to say right off that Britt Ekland‘s dance scene from The Wicker Man (the original!) is my favorite of all time. Even though, from what I’ve read, a Scottish woman acted as a body double for all the shots of her lower half (no point in letting facts ruin one’s fantasies, though). I think the Flickchart blog caps off at PG-13, so I can’t actually show you a clip from the film. You should watch the whole movie if you haven’t seen it, anyway, since it’s one of those classics that all upstanding movie aficionados should have under their belt. 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.
A few weeks ago, I erased all of my rankings (over 2,000) after receiving a shocking revelation: Many of the movies that I’d ranked exist in my mind as fragmented, abstract memories that are only tenuously representative of my overall opinion of the actual films. This injection of harsh reality came rushing in after watching the movie Bonnie and Clyde again after several years. It occurred to me that my positive memory of the movie revolved almost exclusively around the amorous feelings I experienced for Faye Dunaway during the initial viewing. Back when I first saw Bonnie and Clyde, apparently I was so stricken by her charms that ranking the film among my favorites seemed like a perfectly legitimate course of action. After a fresh viewing, however, I was surprised to discover how average I found the rest of the movie to be. For years I’ve been placing it above films that I enjoyed for more substantial, empirical reasons than just a superficial movie crush (as opposed to a profound movie crush, like with Trasgredire).
Machete, the Robert Rodriguez action massacre, was released into theatres recently. While it delivers plenty of sleaze and carnage, the movie also takes time to comment on the plight of illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States. Even the “Illegal” trailer from back in May took a stand on the issue. With that in mind, I thought this edition of Reel Rumbles could feature two movies about gringos who aren’t too welcome south of the border. In Bandidas, Mexican heroines Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz take on a ruthless American interloper who is aggresively swindling people out of their land. Turistas involves naive white people vacationing in Brazil who become unwilling organ donors. Maybe the basic message of both Bandidas and Turistas is that other countries are not gringo playgrounds. You can’t just come around and act like you own the place, or there will be consequences. (Or, the message could also be that it never hurts to cast attractive actors and dress them up in sexy attire whenever possible.)