Part man. Part machine. All cop.
Detroit police officer Alex Murphy has his body broken and is left for dead. When a powerful company interested in supplying mechanical super-soldiers for law enforcement picks up the pieces and outfits Murphy with cybernetic components, he becomes the nigh-invincible Robocop, and winds up solving his own murder.
This forms the basic plot of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven-directed classic, Robocop, as well as the entirely unasked-for remake that is currently in theaters. It’s the latest in a long string of 1980s-themed remakes and sequels that an idea-starved Hollywood has been cranking out for the past decade and a half. Yet die-hard fans of the original may be surprised to learn that this updated Robocop actually brings something new to the table.
Lawrence of Arabia opens with Lawrence’s death because director David Lean felt it was necessary to anchor audiences at the outset of such a lengthy film to where the story was going. (Besides, everyone already knew Lawrence was dead, so it wasn’t much of a spoiler.) We open here with a similar scene, though the exact details of what is happening, and to whom, is obfuscated. We can’t even make out the faces on the screen. We just know they’re people watching someone possibly dying. Rather than establish an ending point for Don’t Pass Me By, the opening here throws us into the deep end. From there, we’re thrust immediately into what can best be characterized as a frenetic soap opera.
For the third year, members of the “Flickcharters” discussion group on Facebook have submitted ballots in a number of categories to create our own awards, The Flickcharters’ Choice Awards. In the past two years, Drive and Django Unchained have taken away our top honors. The Flickcharters’ Choice Awards combine the critically beloved films from throughout the year, mixed with films that are typically overlooked at end of the year awards.
After collecting ballots throughout January, we finally present to you the nominees for the 3rd Annual Flickcharters’ Choice Awards! Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks so much for spending the past year on my Flickchart Road Trip with me, as I bring to a close nearly 52 weeks of lying.
First things first, though.
Yes – over 25 million rankings have been made this past year. That’s 70,000 rankings a day. Now that the year’s films have started to settle a few weeks into the new year, we’re ready to showcase the highest ranked films of 2013! You’ve added every movie you’ve seen from the year to your Flickchart, and pit them head-to-head against the best movies of all time. This breakdown of the year’s best is the result of each and every one of your rankings aggregated together to form the combined chart of the highest ranked, best movies of 2013.
Out of 963 total movies released in 2013, as of today, here are your current picks for the Top 20 of 2013: