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In This Corner…

Sometimes, a pair of seemingly disparate films can have more in common than it would appear on the surface. Sometimes, recent history repeats itself in interesting ways.

So it is with two films that each dominated at the past two Academy Awards ceremonies, despite falling short of the ultimate Best Picture prize. They are both epic tales of survival anchored by powerful solitary performances and brought to life by the magical storytelling abilities of two virtuoso filmmakers. One lost out to an epic campaign of supposed Oscar injustice, while the other was up against a harrowing tale of life in slavery that could not be ignored, but the skills of these two directors could not be ignored by the Academy.

Once again, it’s time to dive into the Reel Rumbles ring, with Gravity vs. Life of Pi.

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Considering the small number of science fiction films on his résumé (and the fact that none of them predate the 2000s), superstar Tom Cruise‘s next film actually marks his second foray into the genre in as many years. Yet Edge of Tomorrow, in theaters today, is already earning vastly better reviews from critic’s than last year’s outing, Oblivion.

Why is this? The fact that it’s based on a short Japanese novel entitled All You Need is Kill? Is it the touch of director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity)? The reason seems obvious to me: In Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt don a couple of kick-ass mech-suits.

It’s practically a scientifically proven fact that putting your sci-fi hero (or villain, in some cases) in a kick-ass mech-suit automatically makes your movie at least 10% more awesome. Need proof? Take a look at some of modern cinema’s past mechanical monstrosities. Keep in mind, we’re not talking robots, cyborgs or androids here, but ostensibly regular human beings having their abilities enhanced by mechanical means. Here they are, in no particular order:
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Unlike other websites, our Top Ten lists are created from the empirical data of our global rankings decided upon collectively by all the users of Flickchart.

As the American pastime, it’s only fitting that baseball should have been the subject of so many beloved movies. Baseball lends itself easily to the film medium, in part because the game is structured much like a narrative. It is a game that appeals to fans of all ages, from children who play Little League and pick-up games in their backyards all the way up to the old timers who love to tell stories of their time on, or around, the diamond. Baseball movies have captured it all, from up-and-comers to has-beens and never-weres.

Though Major League Baseball players real and fictitious are the most prolific figures, movies have often found diamonds in the rough elsewhere. The movies on this list focus on boys and girls playing youth baseball, a team of women, and even an owner whose contribution to baseball is rooted in nerdy sabermetrics rather than exciting athleticism. These are the Top 10 Baseball Movies of All-Time, as determined by the Flickchart global community.  Read the rest of this entry »

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For the first time anywhere, you can be part of a live Flickcharting session! Flickchart contributor Travis McClain (that’s me!) will moderate a panel at Wizard World Louisville on Saturday, March 29.

In this unique panel, we will pit your favorite comic-based movies against one another using randomly generated head-to-head matches from the website Flickchart. What do we really love in a comic-based movie? When has Hollywood surpassed our hopes? Are they good comic-book movies, or are they good movies? Audience vote will decide the winner of each match, from which a ranked list will be created.

DAY: Saturday, March 29

PANEL TITLE: “Movie Match Up”

TIME: 5:30-6:15pm

ROOM: 210

In this unique panel, we will pit your favorite comic-based movies against one another using randomly generated head-to-head matches from the website Flickchart. What do we really love in a comic-based movie? When has Hollywood surpassed our hopes? Are they good comic-book movies, or are they good movies? Audience vote will decide the winner of each match, from which a ranked list will be created.

For ticketing and other show information, visit Wizard World Louisville.

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2013 was a huge year for great films – everything from instant classic historical biopics, to pushing the boundaries of what film and storytelling in general can do. For the third year in a row, Flickcharters voted for their favorites in a myriad of categories, celebrating the past year in film. The nominees were diverse – showcasing the best, the brightest, and in some cases, the worst that 2013 had to offer. Now, after the Globes and the Oscars are a recent memory, and after all of our votes have been tallied, here are your winners for the 3rd Annual Flickcharters’ Choice Awards!

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