With a terrible update to RT, comments have been removed from lists. I'm done using lists, so I have to post this on blogs now.
These are my, not yours, 20 favorite films of all time.
20. Independence Day
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
16. The Ten Commandments
15. Spider-Man 2
14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
13. Toy Story 3
12. Casino Royale
9. Saving Private Ryan
8. Godfather 2
7. Terminator 2
6. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. The Godfather
3. Star Wars (A New Hope)
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Tell me what you think. I know I have some choices that may seem odd to you, but I stick by this list.
Frustration because this one is a lot harder to make than the Twilight one, and I admit, I don't think it is as funny (though I still hope you chuckle here and there)
Now as I said in the previous one, over half are mine or just statements that are heavily used that I slightly alter. The others I look up (I'm only a teen, give me a break)
Now remember, I love Star Wars. Love it, love it, love it. This is all for fun and games, jokes and laughs, etc.
Using Star Trek
1. Tell them lightsabers are primitive to phasers.
2. Mix everything up. Ask them if Luke came from Vulcan or Earth, if Chewbacca is the one with the pointy ears and no emotions, and ask how strong Yoda is with The Federation.
3. Tell them Star Trek's technology is way more advanced.
4. Star Wars fan: "What's your favorite thing about a Jedi?" You: "They boldy go where no one has gone before."
5. Say Spock would kick Han Solo's a*s off the screen.
Not Using Star Trek
1. Say Star Wars would never exist without 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that it lacks any of the epicness 2001 had.
2. Tell them that somewhere in the prequel trilogy there's some sort of hidden message if you play the film backwards. Watch as the run out the door and head for their house to attempt it.
Depending on their view of Jar-Jar Binks, say one of the following
3a. (If they disliked Jar-Jar) - Jar-Jar was the most complex and most interesting characters of the entire series.
3b. (If they liked Jar-Jar) - Jar-Jar made the series crap absoloute bull crap that only 5 year old's would enjoy.
3c. Say Phantom Menace was made to make cheap, plastic Taiwanese toys of Jar-Jar to sell at Burger King.
4. Say Star Wars fans are made up of virgin boys.
5. Say Princess Leia's metal bikini was wasted on some ugly nobody actress.
6. Say that Geroge Lucas is half of what Steven Speilberg is.
7. Say Geroge Lucas raped your childhood and that the prequel trilogy sucks major a*s. (If they enjoyed the prequel trilogy)
8. When they talk about how they prepared for the Phantom Menace, camping and wating, etc, tell them you got tickets for opening day from a relative at the theaters but lost the tickets. Then talk about how lucky you were, considering the film sucked.
9. When that poor idiot comes back from his house saying there was no hidden message in the prequel trilogy, tell them you forgot it was the original trilogy and that you forgot because both trilogies are the same garbage.
10. Tell them the only saga is the Twilight Saga.
Well that's all I have. Not that great and not as good as the Twilight one, but I dearly hope you still get a laugh or two from this, and if not, I hope to fix that next week.
Next Week: Harry Potter
This is something I hope works out well. If it does, every week I'll post one of these from a move or film franchise (maybe book or video game as well). Most of these are mine, seeing I sit in front of the screen FOREVER to think of them. Others I looked up, but most are my idea or just commonly used ones.
For the first (and hopefully not the last), I will being listing ways to annoy Twilight fans.
1. Tell them Edward is not real.
2. Explain why gay guys sparkle.
3. Pronounce that Earnest is pale and weird looking while Beth as no emotions.
4. Ask them why a guy turns only teenagers into vampires.
5. Tell them Twilight is the poor man's Dracula.
6. Twilight Fan: "What team are you on?" You: "Team Tyler." Twilight Fan: "What?" You: "Tyler, remember? The guy who almost killed Bella with his truck."
7. Ask them why Stephanie Meyer based her books on a wet dream.
8. Proclaim Edward is pedophile, seeing he's a hundered something.
9. Proclaim Twi-Moms are pedophiles, for being attracted to Robert Pattinson and Jacob Black.
10. Proclaim Jacob is a pedophile for wanting Bella's daughter.
Using Harry Potter
1. Say Edward would be hotter with a lightning bolt scar.
2. Tell them Robert Pattinson is a "hand-me-down" because Twilight got them after Harry Potter killed him.
3. Flinch when they say "Edward" and tell them to say "You-Know-Who"
4. Tell them that that Sorcerer's Stone sold more than all the Twilight books combined.
5. Show up at the premiere with a Harry Potter shirt.
Not Using Potter
11. Tell them Edward and Bella are both Mary Sues.
12. Steal their book and highlight everytime Edward is mentioned as perfect.
13. Tell them Green Eggs and Ham has more action that Twilight.
14. Twilight Fan: "Twilight is the best series ever!" You: "Have you read more than four books then?"
15. Ask them why the hell they look constipated all the time.
So I hope that you enjoyed that, even if only slightly. If you have any others, leave a comment.
Next Week: Star Wars
Finally! I've been on vacation since the 17th of June, and I have not been able to post anything, seeing that php pages do not work on internet explorer using the wi-fi here, but it works on Firefox. Now I can post something, and when I return of July 20th, I'll be posting a lot more to catch up. I've missed quite a bit, but I'll catch up in time.
This is something I've seen people do every now and then, and now I thought I'd give a go. If all goes well, I'd like to post one of these every week or two. For my first time, I'll be looking at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Green Hornet. Remember, all trailers reveal spoilers, especially this Potter one (good thing I've read the book 5 times).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Grade: A+
Truly an epic trailer, and that may be an understatement. The beginning shows us landscapes, guessing from Part 1, which shows to be a road movie. Maybe we might get something similar to Fellowship? Maybe, maybe something utterly different. Then we see Harry surrendering to Voldemort, in which Voldemort yells the killing curse, but nothing after is seen. A later scene shows Voldy with his nails in Harry's face, a nice scene reminding us of his terror. Then the action scenes begin with dragons, possibly hundereds of people running downhill to begin a fight, Voldemort's Death Eaters ready for battle, and then a look at what might be part of that final duel between Voldy and Harry in Hogwarts, which looks like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the middle of construction, aka, half-built. In this case, half destroyed. Trailers for Potter films have usually been good/great, so this trailer is no surprise.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Grade: A
Ah, yes! Narnia being what it should, a wonderful magical fantasy land. Narnia should be happy and fantasy or war, not both, as we see it did not work out all to well in Prince Caspian. Here you see Edmund trying to be in the military, but is rejected. His sister, Lucy, is now much older. They both return to Narnia with their cousin in a pleasant fantasy way, drowning in one world, and re-surfacing in another. They then are put through tests and can be seen, Edmund is tempted by the White Witch for example. All in all, this sparks memories of the first Narnia, which is a very, very good sign for this franchise. C.S. Lewis' novels deserve good films, just as his best friend JRR Tolkein got great films.
The Green Hornet - Grade: D
The Green Hornet looks to be 2011's Jonah Hex. From the trailer itself, the plot looks rather, dare I say, boring and rather stupid. The Green Hornet is born from his father's death, who wrote of the corruption in the area. They try to pose as villains to get close to them, and then betray the villains and be good guys. Like we have not heard of it before. Seth Rogen looks very wrong for the role. I just hope that I am wrong when the film comes out in January (perfect month for a bust). I hope the team behind the trailer thought it would be good advertising to show the film with clips that made it look stupid, and that in reality the best clips are being saved. I dearly hope so.
Thanks for reading and post a comment on your thoughts of the trailers and how you think these films might unfold.
Many of you have heard that Guillero de Toro has signed off the Hobbit. Many people have looked to see who could be next, and the answer may havebeen found: Potter director David Yates.
Many reports have been showing that MGM's most likely pick would be David Yates. He did great DIRECTING with Harry Potter 5 and 6. Many would argue that 5 was not good, but I blame the screenwriter, not Yates. Steve Kloves was the screenwriter for films 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7.1, and 7.2, but not number 5 due to the writer's strike. He was back for Half-Blood Prince and did great.
Filming for the Harry Potter franchise concluded June 12, 2010. A sad day for Potter fans, reports showed that many of the cast and crew, especially Daniel Radcliffe the boy wizard himself, were covered in tears. While it really does not end for us for over a year from now, it is for them. Now Yates will be spending the next many months locked in an editing room making Deathly Hallows the best it can be, and possibly Oscar worthy.
Now, why does he make perfect sense to direct The Hobbit? He directed 4 fantasy action films. Now get this:
Directed 2 part film, part 1 being a road movie and part 2 being all action and battles?
Hmmmm, doesn't that sound exactly like what the Hobbit could be?!?!?!?!?
To me, it does sound like a perfect pick. The Hobbit will be good with almost any director, but David has experience with 2 part films that have traveling and action. I think this just worked perfectly for Yates. The problem is Ian Mckellen. He says shooting will begin later this year, and if that is true, there is no way Yates could pull it off. He still has to edit and promote the films. So, either reports are right and The Hobbit will be delayed longer than we expect, or Ian McKellen is right and The Hobbit will come out 2012/2013 with a different director.
But if David Yates does direct The Hobbit with Peter Jackson right there guiding him as producer and screenwriter, I know to expect two great films.
What's your take on all this?
After joining Jeff SC's blog, The Golden Oyster Awards, I was thinking: what if there was an Academy Awards for the best of the decade? Well that made me want to do this. I will take major category and choose the nominees I think were most deserving. Here are my rules so to speak.
-Every nominee I choose must have been nominated for an Academy Award. If there was a film or actor that deserved to be nominated but did not get nominated, it will not be seen on this list. Some Oscar chosen winners will be chosen, but I will choose MY favorite from each category of each year. If a certain film won best visual effects from a year, but I liked a different nominee better, I will choose that nominee to represent that year.
-Actors and Actresses will follow this rule. I will choose my favorite from the nominees from each year and then have a final ten. Some of the best actors/actresses may not have been nominated, and unfortunately, they will not be on the list if that is the case. Winners are bolded.
-No one will get two years of nominations. Even if they were the best in more than one year, to be fair, they will only get one year. (Exceptions: Composers and any sort of special effects, sound crew members, etc)
-There will be no Supporting Actor/Actress category. This is just to shorten the length of the blog.
2000 - Russell Crowe
2001 - Denzel Washington
2002 - Adrien Brody
2003 - Johnny Depp
2004 - Clint Eastwood
2005 - Heath Ledger
2006 - Will Smith
2007 - Viggo Mortenson - Notable Films: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, The Road
2008 - Brad Pitt
2009 - George Clooney
2000 - Julia Roberts
2001 - Halle Berry
2002 - Nicole Kidman
2003 - Charlize Theron
2004 - Hilary Swank
2005 - Keira Knightly
2006 - Meryl Streep - Notable Films:Adaptation, The Hours, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Julie and Julia
2007 - Ellen Page
2008 - Kate Winslet
2009 - Sandra Bullock
2000 - Steven Soderbergh
2001 - Ron Howard
2002 - Roman Polanski
2003 - Peter Jackson - Notable Films: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Lovely Bones, District 9 (producer)
2004 - Clint Eastwood
2005 - Ang Lee
2006 - Martin Scorsese
2007 - Joel and Ethan Coen
2008 - Danny Boyle
2009 - Quentin Tarantino
Best Animated Film
2000 - N/A
2001 - Shrek
2002 - Lio & Sitch
2003 - Finding Nemo
2004 - The Incredibles
2005 - Corpse Bride
2006 - Happy Feet
2007 - Ratatouille
2008 - Wall-E
2009 - Up
2000 - Hans Zimmer: Gladiator
2001 - John Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2002 - Elmer Bernstein: Far From Heaven
2003 - Howard Shore: Lord of the Rings Return of the King
2004 - John Williams: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 - Gustavo Santaolalla: Brokeback Mountain
2006 - Alexandre Desplat: The Queen
2007 - James Newton Howard: Michael Clayton
2008 - A. R. Rahman: Slumdog Millionaire
2009 - Michael Giacchino: Up
Best Visual Effects
2000 - Gladiator
2001 - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
2002 - Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2004 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 - King Kong
2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2007 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
2008 - Iron Man
2009 - Avatar - Joe Letteri, Stephan Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, and Andrew R. Jones
And Now, saving the best for last, the best film of the decade!
2000 - Traffic
2001 - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002 - The Pianist
2003 - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2004 - Sideways
2005 - Brokeback Mountain
2006 - The Departed
2007 - No Country for Old Men
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
2009 - Up
Thanks for reading. Leave comments and vote please. Tell me who you think should have won or if I have any mistakes. Thanks.
I thought I'd like to write a little bit about my favorites. I'll expand upon it in the future. I did not want to make a giant list, then forget someone, and then fix it all. I will post this, read your comments on who should be here, and edit a later date. Do not be angry that I have not included some favorites. This is just a short list for now.
There is no order for these. I just add as I go along.
Shrek: Why? The green ogre made magic in the first two films, and while the third was not as good, he is still a big green glob of arrogance, yet very charming for cinema.
Memorable Quote: "Ogres are like onions."
Iron Man: Why? He was given one of the best origin stories I've seen. His coming of heroism is a great tale that even with only film in the decade, he made the list.
Memorable Quote: "The truth is...I am Iron Man."
Wolverine: Why? He was the best hero of the X-Men trilogy, and part of 2 amazing films. He really brought a sense of someone who was wasting their life only to make the best of it for mankind.
Memorable Quote: "What do they call you? 'Wheels?' That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard."
Anton Chigurh: Why? Does he really need an explanation? He is amazing character with some pretty darn great lines and that Beatles haircut is just fantastic!
Memorable Quote: "What is the most you ever lost on a coin flip?"
Wall-E: Why? The best character Pixar has ever come up with. Original and amazingly hilarious, Wall-E is one fantastic character.
Memorable Quote: "Waaall-E"
James Bond: Why? The best detective of all time, James Bond does wonders in his two films this decade. Maybe not both films, but the character, yes. His fighting skills, knowledge, and knowledge to get the girls, are unmatched.
Memorable Quote: "The name's Bond...James Bond."
Spiderman: Why? Probably the superhero with the most depth, Spiderman is an amazing hero with incredible powers, yet flaws that make him human. Characters are my favorite things about movies, and character depth is my favorite. Spidey shows that.
Memorable Quote: "I will never forget these words: 'With great power comes great responsibility.' This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spiderman."
Captain Jack Sparrow: Why? He is funny, witty, and while he seems out of it and drunk all the time (which he probably is), he seems to have everything under his control and his power. This is a pirate.
Memorable Quote: "This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!"
Dumbledore: Why? He is one of the best wizards and is very smart, brilliant, and like Sparrow, he can seem distracted, off, and even mad, but is perfectly in control of everything and is not scared of much. (Or so we though). His death scene in Half-Blood Prince is done amazingly.
Memorable Quote: "It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices."
Harry Potter: Why? He is probably one of the characters that has so much depth it is crazy. He is a very memorable character who fights for love and friendship. He is a flaw hero, which makes him so easy to love. He is a hero, but in the sense of Superman. He is flawed and vulnerable. That is when Harry Potter is at its best, when he is vulnerable.
Memorable Quote: "I can't be a-a-a wizard. I mean, I just Harry, just Harry."
Gollum: Why? He deserves death. He deserves to be pitied. He gets neither though. He cares for one thing and one thing only, The Ring of Power. He will stop at nothing to get it, no many how many nasty little hobbitsies get in his way.
Memorable Quote: "It's mine, my precious."
Aragorn: Why? He is a true hero who never quits, never slows down for his own sake, and never puts himself before others.
Memorable Quote: "For Frodo."
Gandalf: Why? One of the best wizards of all time, Gandalf is not all powerful, but not weak as well. He doubts what he does at times, and is not always in control of the situation he is in. He is always though, ready to save those he cares for.
Memorable Quote: "YOU, SHALL NOT, PASS!"
Frodo: Why? He is a loveable hobbit who must do what no one else can: Destroy the ring of power. He does with his best friend and is the perfect example of someone who will not give up.
Memorable Quote: "The last pages are for you, Sam."
That's it for now, but I will add more at a later time.
I saw Parker M. do this and I thought I'd give it a go. Some of you might be a little angry because you might see a favorite or two on here, but it is my opinion. Feel free to fight for your movie if you wish to. These are in no specific order.
Titanic - Titanic, to me, had a trance on people. It was an emotional story based on lives lost of a true event. The thing is, I saw it a few years ago and that had no affect on me whatsoever. Yes it has some nice characters, but overall, the film is just good or simply okay. Deserving of Oscar domination? I think not! How could someone go wrong with this? All they needed to do was add a fake story to a real one and bang, you have a hit. Well, it just did not work for me. Sorry Cameron.
Avatar - James Cameron again. Yes I like it and I think when I buy the blu-ray in November (the current one has no special features - none!) I might like it less. I saw it twice, yet still like it. Did it deserve to even be nominated for Best Picture? No, no, no. Visuals effects? Sure, but not best picture.
The Dark Knight - I've made my point on this film lots of times. Acting that wasn't at its best, bad timing for characters, and no major plot I could hang on to. The Dark Knight fell for me heavily as a movie the more I watched it. Thank goodness Slumdog Millionaire was there to take every Oscar that did not belong to The Dark Knight.
Million Dollar Baby - This is not one of Eastwood's best, face it. I just think it is short on its characters. It is a good movie nonetheless, but it's like having some of other Eastwood movies being A New Hope and then Million Dollar Baby would be the Attack of Clones. Good, but not great.
300 - An overrated film if I saw one. Some parts are good, but some make me ask if this was even a movie. It's style was very odd, and yes that is what they said about Patton and the Godfather and then they came out amazing, but this just does not seem like it would amass at all to either of those films. It was sloppy at times and failed to produce interesting characters beside a big character or two.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Way - To - Long. Honestly, if this was shorter, I would have liked it a lot more. Some parts just got so boring. I am sounding unprofessional now, but in all honesty, if you are not a sappy romance drama person, how did you not get bored once and a while? I still think it would be fresh, I'd have to see it again to give it a final judgement, but I can say it is over rated for sure.
Superbad - You know there are those films that are so funny that are just good? This is not one of them for me. I found it to be really stupid at times, lots of times, and not funny for the most part. I usually like Michael Cera's films, but this was just too stupid at times for me to heavily enjoy. Maybe watching it again may help, but I'm not sure.
Gladiator - Yes it is a good film, but Oscar worthy? No! Russel Crowe does deserve praise, but the film overall does not deserve the praise it got. Many characters were short on depth and the plot was edgy at times.
2001: A Space Odyssey - I really loved this film, had it in my favorite 15 all time. I re-watched it and realized how stupid I was. When the characters with the most depth are a computer and an ape, you should realize something is wrong. I think the crew spent too much time making a film about how they thought the year 2001 was going to be like that they forgot to make a movie. The story does also get very boring with random shots that last a few minutes that are pointless.
So there you have it, just a few films I think do not deserve the praise they get. Please comment and vote, I'd love to see your opinions.
Update in Bold
Now that around half of these have been released, I'll see how close I was.
I saw someone do this, though I can't remember who, and I thought I'd like to do it only with bigger name movies.
The A-Team - 55%: Good cast, a bit short on plot, though still ok.
RT Rating 49%. I was close on the money with this. Only 6% off, so that is very good.
The Karate Kid - 67%: Jackie still has something in him.
RT Rating 68%. Talk about being right on, only 1 percent off. 2 great guesses.
Jonah Hex - 61%: Good cast excluding Megan Fox. Plot looks nice. Not many western movies lately.
RT Rating 13%. Yeah, my first fail. Bound to happen.
Toy Story 3 - 97%: Pixar, what do you expect? If they have a bad movie it is probably not going to be Toy Story.
RT Rating 99%. Only 2% off. I underrated Toy Story 3.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - 32%: Twilight, what do you expect? As long as they have the same screenwriter, it shouldn't be good without a miracle.
RT Rating 54%. So I was off, but not by that much. It is still rotten, though this edition seems to be better than the rest.
The Last Airbender - 77%: It's based of a show with amazing reviews. MNS and the cast is the only thing that can stop it, though Dev Patel can save the cast.
RT Rating 8%. MNS said he would be true to the fantastic show. How was I supposed to know would lie and do the opposite of what he said, resulting in a bad film?
Predators - 71%: Many people have convinced me to change this. I have been convinced. By what people say, it looks like it can be good.
RT Rating 63%. Not that far off, luckily people and trailers convinced me to change it before it came out. I originally had it around 20 or 30.
Inception - 90%: Though I only slightly liked The Dark Knight, critics did not, nor do I think they will dislike this Christopher Nolan film.
Current RT Rating 87%. This can change, but as of now, I am very close to the RT rating.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - 45%: The teen seems theatrical and Cage does not seem to fit this role.
Current RT Rating 38%. I was right, but I overrated the film a little too much.
Cat & Dogs - The Revenge of Kitty Galore - 21%: This is basically G-Force all over again.
Step Up 3-D - 15% - No.
The Expendables - 72%: Great cast, and Stallone is known for great movies when they aren't sequels.
Takers - 55%: It just seems too cliche' to be good. I might change my mind after a few trailers.
Piranha 3-D - 5%: If there ever was a film created for 3-D nonsense crap, this is it.