Category: Lists

Take My Breath Away: Tom Cruise’s Top 10 Movie Moments

This weekend marks the release of Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s latest blockbuster and quite possibly one of the most entertaining movies of the summer.  30 years later and Cruise has barely slowed down in cranking out the hits.  Known for the intensity and enthusiasm he adds to his roles (and pretty much everything else…), Cruise’s extensive resume has left its mark on us with countless memorable moments.  Let’s take a look at 10 of the best: 10) Magnolia 1999 brings us Magnolia, a film that gives us a side of Cruise we’ve never seen before, and really only one time since (see...

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Beth’s Guide to X-Men Dating

Fans of the X-Men franchise have been anxiously waiting for the Days of Future Past chapter to be told for years, and it’s finally arrived.  The X-Men universe is known for its extensive cast of characters, each with their own distinct abilities and personalities.  The dating pool is fairly large here ladies, and I’m back for another round of dating advice to help you weed out the bad ones.  The line between good and evil is often blurry when it comes to mutants, so get your little black books out and listen up, because dating X-Men can get tricky. 10....

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10 Horrible Movie Couples We All Rooted For

Introduction This weekend sees the opening of yet another inexplicable Adam Sandler, Happy Madison production with Blended.  This movie will reunite Sandler with his familiar co-star Drew Barrymore.  The two “talents” first met up in the forgivable The Wedding Singer and then again in 50 First Dates, a movie which advertised one of the most questionable romantic pursuits in movie history.  But does the duo’s second movie raise enough eyebrows to make them one of the all-time worst thought movie couples?  Well, yes, it does.  Why else would I write the list? 10. Prime Minister and Natalie- Love Actually...

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Put Down The Pages And Pick Up The Popcorn: 11 Movies That Are Better Than The Books

Introduction Before we begin, allow me to make an admission.  I’m usually that annoying girl in the theater vehemently exclaiming throughout the movie things like, “This didn’t happen in the book,” not so silently judging every minute adjustment made as I tick off my imaginary checklist in my head.  It is true that often times movie adaptations fail to achieve the compelling storytelling and emotional connection that makes the book special.  However, sometimes we get so caught up in our nitpicking, we forget to allow ourselves to enjoy a well made movie that usually has the honorable intentions of bringing...

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100 Most Hated Movie Villains (#10-1)

Introduction Sharpen the knife and hide it in your sock.  Make sure the gun is loaded and the safety turned off.  Do you remember your favorite prayer from childhood?  Warm up your memory and have it ready.  Abide by every superstition.  Practice your most powerful spells.  And just in case, leave a note to tell your family you love them.  We’re here, ready to take on the ten most hated villains in the history of movies, and we’ll need all the help we can get. 10. Alonzo Harris, Training Day At first it’s just that his methods are questionable. ...

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Seven Movie Neighbors Worse than Zac Efron

Is it just me or is Seth Rogen a bit of a crybaby?  Don’t get me wrong! I’m not immune to his bumbling, self-doubting, stoner charm, but… the whininess-to-hardship ratio just doesn’t add up for me.  What’s the worst movie conflict he’s had to endure?  Impregnating a hot, successful E! reporter and working to turn that it into an amicable, long term relationship?  Dealing with emotions while filming a porno with his super hot best friend and working to turn that into an amicable, long term relationship?  Coming to terms with his best friend’s potentially fatal canc-  Oh yeah,...

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100 Most Hated Movie Villains (#25-11)

Introduction We’ve tried to define it together.  Villains always go for the ear.  Villains carry scars.  Sociopaths, child molesters, murderers, etc.  It’s performance, writing, direction, camera work.  But to get this far in the list there has to be something else.  A dark X-factor.  A V-factor.  They’ve burned their likeness into our memories, informed the way we see the world, nature, humanity.  And we’re still not quite at the baddest of the bad. 25. Buffalo Bill, Silence of the Lambs We think of Silence of the Lambs as Hannibal Lecter’s movie.  While it did introduce the world to Sir...

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The Most and Least Faithful Comic Book Adaptations

When it comes to film adaptations, faithfulness to source material is a tricky subject. On one hand, a movie has to resemble its source material or the core audience will be driven away. On the other, many things that work on paper don’t go over well on the big screen. It’s even trickier with comic book adaptations because many of the characters have been appearing in new stories for twenty, fifty, or seventy-five years straight. They’ve gone through innumerable transformations. There is no single book, for example, that defines Captain America. With that in mind, what I consider to...

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100 Most Hated Movie Villains (#40-26)

Introduction It’s been interesting to watch the reaction to this countdown up until this point.  Listening as people outwardly react to a disagreeable placement or potential exclusion.  It’s like a cinematic manifestation of the abused wife psychology.  People protecting the ones who hurt them most.  It measures the power of these performances and characters.  I expect that there will be more of that as we move ahead: defensive debate for the bad guys, and I welcome it.  I’ll address it all when it’s all said and done, but for now, let’s poke a few more snakes, shall we? 40....

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100 Most Hated Movie Villains (#55-41)

Introduction How many of you are already angry because your favorite villain was introduced too early in the list?  How many of you are starting to feel pretty confident that your favorite villain may be excluded?  Anyone frustrated that they can’t just skip to number one?  Well buck up. We’re into that part of the list where the men and women prey on distraction and weakness. So, pay attention.  Because once we finish this segment, we’ll be over halfway through, and that’s too far in to think about turning around. 55. Sergeant Barnes, Platoon Aaaaand we start this segment...

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16 Greatest F-Bombs in Film

Introduction The preeminent film in all things excess, The Wolf of Wall Street, fittingly sets the world record for the highest f-bomb count in any major motion picture. The ambivalently crafted Scorsese picture showcased an irreverent portrayal of notorious, real life Wall Street trader Jordan Belfor, stirring up controversy—in small part—due to the profanity. A staggering 569 f-bombs engulfed the 180 minute run time, putting the cursing count at 2.81 uses per minute. Just imagine the fucks per minute if Scorsese would have edited the flick. “Fuck” truly may be the single greatest word in the English language. But when the four letter offender gets diluted in a pool of excess expletives, it reduces the value of each. Scorsese is no stranger to profanity-ridden films; Casino ropes in 422 f-bombs, while Goodfellas is close behind with 400. Neither made my final cut. If you want a word to have impact, use it sparingly—or well. In honor of this record breaking swear-fest, I’m counting down the list of my top 16 greatest f-bombs in film. 16. Snakes on a Plane (2006) “I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!” –Neville Flynn This Saturday Night Live caliber sketch turned feature length film has always bewildered me. It’s neither scary nor funny; Snakes on a Plane is ridiculous, stupid, and—somehow—a cult classic. I would bet that this was the only...

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The Ten Worst Athletic Performances by Good Actors

Introduction Before I was a small-time movie writer, I was a high school athlete, believe it or not.  I love sports and I love movies.  And I can say with some degree of certainty that these two worlds should not ever intersect.  There have been some delightfully atrocious performances by big name actors in movies about sports.  Hey, don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to see my point guard teammate perform a soliloquy, either.  Hand my halfback a movie camera and all you’ll get in return is some high grade shirtless mirror selfies.  These two worlds just don’t...

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100 Most Hated Movie Villains (#70-56)

Introduction Now we’re turning the corner, closer to the worst of the worst.  This is like the institutional floor above the floor where Clarice Starling had the semen thrown in her face right before she met Hannibal Lecter.  While for some of you hardened bastards, the first thirty picks might have offered opportunities of debate, from here on out, defending the character of the entries might be a telling sign of sociopathy. 70. Smith, The Matrix Pick your reasoning here: his mechanical orneriness, his sneer, the way he says Neo’s name like a doctor getting ready to reveal the...

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100 Most Hated Movie Villains (#85-71)

Introduction Hopefully, our first installment helped to establish what we’re hunting for here, because it’s only going to get more vile with every iteration. And I want you to be ready.  The first segment of our countdown covered multiple genres, animated and live action, gangsters, serial killers and evil spirits.   So I think, if nothing else, we’ve proven that we’re  non-discriminatory in our hate for villains.  Women, men, and… wait a minute…  Did we cover children? 85.  Kevin, We Need to Talk About Kevin Aw, you haven’t seen the movie?  Cute, isn’t he?  Well, marked by the moment...

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Beth’s Guide to ‘Super’ Dating

Fans of the comic book/superhero genre are bound to be delighted with the spring/summer movie lineup for 2014.  With the likes of Captain America, Spider-man, and Wolverine all headlining the most anticipated movies of the next few months, all of the women out there also have some serious eye candy to look forward to.  Ladies, even if you aren’t digging the superhero genre, please heed my advice and make the trip to the theater just to see these men in tights, literally.  In celebration of this wondrous occasion, I thought it fitting to share with you my own personal...

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