With the release of Fast & Furious this Friday, Vin Diesel joins the elite ranks of actors who have starred in franchises that have spun off more than two sequels. Now that Vin is rubbing shoulders with such lucky thesps as Robert Englund, Bill Shatner, and Kane Hodder, we thought this week would be the perfect time to devote an installment of Total Recall to the Diesel filmography, and recount the critical high points of a journey that's taken him from bit player to $100 million-grossing star and multi-hyphenate media mogul. Get ready for plenty of action, folks -- it's Vin Diesel time!
"DreamWorks Animation SKG" isn't the type of studio name that suggests the sort of mystery and wonder we expect from our cartoon features -- in fact, but for the "animation" part, it reads like something you might expect to see written on the wall of an especially groovy German chemical factory. Appearances can be deceiving, however; over the last 11 years, DreamWorks' animation division has provided filmgoers with some of the most offbeat, adventurous, and critically well-received family-friendly fare around -- a streak the studio hopes to continue with their latest release, this week's technologically groundbreaking 3-D feature Monsters vs. Aliens.
He's one of the most eminently mockable major stars in Hollywood, thanks to his frequently questionable tonsorial choices and evident thirst for somewhat less-than-challenging paycheck gigs, but as much as we love to rib Nicolas Cage, there's no getting around the fact that he's done some very impressive work over the course of his long career. Though many filmgoers will always think of blockbuster action flicks like Con Air, The Rock, and the National Treasure series when they hear Cage's name, he's never been afraid to take on smaller, less conventional projects with less-than-obvious commercial prospects. With his latest effort, Alex Proyas' Knowing, heading to theaters this weekend, we thought now would be the perfect time to count down the best-reviewed movies of Cage's career.
We tend to think of Walt Disney Pictures as chiefly an animation studio -- and with good reason -- but the house Uncle Walt built has been churning out quality (and often highly profitable) live-action entertainment since the 1950s, something we were reminded of when we noticed that the latest chapter in the Witch Mountain franchise (and the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's latest bid for the undisputed heavyweight champion of kid-friendly cinema), Race to Witch Mountain, was landing in theaters this Friday. What better time, then, for your pals here at Rotten Tomatoes to devote a Total Recall list to the 10 best-reviewed live-action entries in the Disney canon?
With Watchmen hitting theaters this week, we at RT decided to take a look at other graphic novels and comic book miniseries that have made the transition to the big screen. Though this list is by no means completely definitive, it contains some of the most high-profile adaptations in the medium, including films derived from the work of Alan Moore, Frank Miller, and Daniel Clowes; we also arranged it by Tomatometer. And before hooting and hollering about the exclusion of X-Men and The Dark Night, take note: we restricted our list to those tales told through a single book or a limited series.
Today is Mardi Gras, so in honor of New Orleans' finest excuse to imbibe, we at RT decided to pay tribute to some of the greatest movie parties ever. Cinematic shindigs often contain much lewd behavior and debauchery, but for those of us who would rather not have to worry about a designated driver or want to avoid incarceration after streaking through town, these flicks offer numerous vicarious pleasures. And of course, those of us who are slightly more adventurous might take a few cues from some of these classics (with maybe the exception of Caligula) and throw a party the likes of which our neighbors and local police have never witnessed before.
This Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will bequeath little gold statuettes to films that it believes exemplify the finest in moviemaking. We at Rotten Tomatoes figured it was a good time to run down every single feature film that's up for an Oscar, as well as compiling other major awards season honors each movie has received. And of course, we've included the Tomatometers for each film, lest the critics be lost in the shuffle. Take a look at our list (which has been ordered from lowest Tomatometer score to highest Tomatometer score), and see if you can pick the winners correctly.
by Jeff Giles
on Wednesday, Feb. 11 2009, 04:20 PM
We're just a few days away from Valentine's Day, and love -- or at least the sound of the nation's florists counting this year's profits -- is in the air. In the Valentine's spirit, we decided this week's Total Recall would be the perfect place to celebrate love, Hollywood style.
It isn't the most highly anticipated sequel of the year, but The Pink Panther 2 opens this weekend, and in honor of Steve Martin's second turn as the successful-in-spite-of-himself Inspector Clouseau, we decided this would be a great time to look back at the best-reviewed movies of his career.
Who says jocks and theater types don't mix? With the eyes of the sports world fixed on Super Bowl 43, we at RT figured it would be a good time to look at the former pigskin standouts who've made their mark on the world of cinema. We've got a surprisingly diverse roster of pigskin stars that traded their helmets and shoulder pads for SAG cards. In filling out our starting lineup, we decided to stick to a game plan; thus, everyone below has at least several significant screen credits to their name, and we omitted cameos, no matter how memorable (sorry, Dan Marino in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective).
This week, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the prominent directors who've gotten some major breaks at America's most important showcase for independent film. The snowy climes of Park City, UT, may seem to be an odd incubator for independent film, but Robert Redford's brainchild remains one of the key places to get a first look at some of film's most important voices.
Next week, Barack Obama will be sworn in as our nation's first African American president. Regardless of politics, few would argue that it's a profoundly important milestone in the history of this country, and with that in mind, we thought we'd compile a list of important movie firsts.
Clint Eastwood's latest, Gran Torino, goes into wide release this week, telling the story of a reactionary vet who forms an unlikely bond with a neighborhood kid. Thus, we at Rotten Tomatoes thought it would be a perfect time to compile a list of some of the stodgiest, crabbiest, most curmudgeonly old codgers ever to grace the silver screen. Plus, reading this list means you might learn to stay off some crusty old guy's lawn -- making the neighborhood a happier place for all.
We go to the movies for a lot of reasons: to laugh, to cry, to be scared, to escape. However, the best movies can enlighten and challenge us; by the time we leave the theater, if we're lucky, we may just learn something. With that in mind, we at RT compiled a list of things we took away from 2008's cinematic slate -- and don't worry, there won't be a quiz at the end.
by Jeff Giles
on Wednesday, Dec. 24 2008, 12:02 PM
Over the last 25 years, he's completed three impossible missions, learned about Wapner time, and driven the highway to the danger zone -- but Tom Cruise has never been the subject of a Total Recall, so in honor of the about-to-reach-theaters Valkyrie, we're here to look back at the best-reviewed films of his career.
by Jeff Giles
on Wednesday, Dec. 17 2008, 03:21 PM
He's one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, one whose career has weathered such box-office storms as The Majestic and The Number 23 to amass over $3 billion in receipts -- and with his latest release, Yes Man, bowing this weekend, we decided there was no time like the present to take a look at the best-reviewed films of Jim Carrey's career.
This week Cadillac Records, starring Beyonce Knowles, Adrien Brody, and Mos Def, hits theaters, a music-driven period piece about the great Chess Records label which recorded some of the finest blues and R&B ever captured on vinyl in the 1950s and '60s. Hip-hop musician and actor Mos Def plays legendary rock 'n roller Chuck Berry, which inspired us to take a look at other rappers who have successfully made the leap to the big screen.
by Jeff Giles
on Wednesday, Nov. 26 2008, 01:30 PM
Everyone has the day off work, there's a big bird on the table, and relatives you haven't seen in awhile are sitting around watching the Lions lose their twelfth game of the season. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
This week, the hotly-anticipated Twilight hits theaters. The film, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the tale of young vampires in love, got us thinking: blood suckers are sexy. Thus, we thought we'd present a rundown of some of the hottest vampires in big-screen history!
James Bond is back in theaters. Daniel Craig stars as 007 in Quantum of Solace, and we at RT thought it was a perfect time to rank every Bond film by Tomatometer. Find out how Quantum of Solace stacks up!