He was one of the most entertaining men of comedy, an inspiring personality and an iconic actor and performer like few the world has ever seen, and he just happened to be one of my personal favorites. Over the weekend we mourned the four-year anniversary of the passing of an icon, Robin Williams. I remember the day I found out Williams committed suicide. It changed my perspective on life as a movie fan and as a person as it did many others. His impact on the 90s generation is undeniable and his career spans well before, and well after, that decade as well. The Oscar winner and multi-Golden Globe winner has an extensive filmography of iconic and memorable performances even if he may have been the only good thing about some of his movies. To honor a man who is largely responsible for helping grow my interest in movies as a kid I decided to finally take a look at this actor’s best and most iconic roles. These are my picks for the Top 10 Robin Williams Performances.
I LOVE shark movies. This predator has fascinated me for pretty much my entire life bringing fear and amazement to my brain every time I think about it. Hell, my first career goal in life was to become a marine biologist before I found my passion to be more in communications and writing than the sciences. Still I find myself drawn to films that put this legendary predator front and center. This weekend we see the shark’s great ancestor the Megalodon take center stage in “The Meg” giving us what could be one of the most innocently campy and entertaining shark films of all time. So naturally I went back and looked at other innocently campy shark movies of the past, and even ones that were pretty good as cinematic art. It’s a list I held on to specifically for the release of this film. These are my picks for the Top 10 Shark Movies.
I’m not going to lie even at 28 I still enjoy a good young adult novel series now and then. I even enjoy it when my favorite such books are turned into movies and let’s face it this is a formula that works because it targets growing movie fans looking for something to relate to. However, believe it or not these franchises fail more than they offer good returns. For every “Harry Potter” franchise there is an “Eragon”. For every “Maze Runner” there is a “Golden Compass”. Whether it’s due to an overuse of creative license or just simply poor filmmaking many young adult franchises fall long before they have the chance to reach their conclusion. With a new hopeful franchise launching this weekend in “The Darkest Minds” I decided to put together my own version of an overdone list many others before me have covered and explore those young adult franchises that tried and failed. These are my picks for the Top 10 Failed Film Franchises Based on YA Novels.
There are so many spy movies out there they’ve created a genre all their own, but the concept of the spy film is not just limited to action. More often than not spy movies also branch out into the comedy genre making for some wild antics and hilarious circumstances. In fact, despite my normal disposition towards comedies I’d go so far as to say that spy comedy movies are among my favorite in the genre which is why I decided to put the focus on them with their own list. Since a new spy comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” is coming out this weekend I thought it would be the perfect time to take a look at the best films that blended action, humor and intrigue. These are my picks for the Top 10 Spy Comedy Movies.
I’m not going to lie I’m debating whether or not to see “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies” this weekend. For the sake of committing to this blog I probably will but either way I still wanted to do a list that ties into the film somehow and I decided to look to the source, Warner Bros. Animation. This studio may still be a growing entity of relevance in today’s world but there’s no denying its connection to the history of animation with its Looney Tunes shorts in the early days of cinema. However their contributions to the medium don’t end with Bugs Bunny. In the modern age of feature-length projects the studio in all it’s different iterations has provided some classic films that have stood the test of time. With their latest animated offering coming this weekend I took a look at the best of what they’ve offered so far. These are my picks for the Top 10 Warner Bros. Animation Movies.
Vigilantes are a fascinating trope of cinema and entertainment in general. Seeing someone take the law into their own hands can make for a fun and immersive experience at the best of times but without a great character to embrace these stories would be a lot harder to enjoy. With the sequel film “The Equalizer II” released this weekend I wanted to put the focus on the best characters in movies that took the law into their own hands and deal out justice their own way in their respective films or franchises. These are my picks for the Top 10 Movie Vigilantes.
After helping create the basis of cinema in its early years musicals have seen a resurgence in modern movie culture with at least one or two such films released yearly it seems and even becoming worthy award season contenders. Whether using original music or the works of specific artists, modern musicals have captured the hearts of a new generation offering stories told through melody and song like never before. A new musical will hit theaters this weekend, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”, and I felt it was the perfect time to look through modern musicals from the year 2000 to today that have proven that the genre is here to stay. These are my picks for the Top 10 Modern Movie Musicals.
We may go into movies expecting the hero to come out on top, but that’s not always how things turn out. Sometimes the villain actually wins and that’s the focus for my list today. Many other bloggers and film reviewers have tackled this list before me, but over the past few years new villains have risen to claim their own victories, so I decided to take a crack at this list myself and shed some light on some classic favorites AND some newer villains who managed to one-up the hero and have their way at the end of the day. These are my picks for the Top 10 Movie Villains Who Actually Won.
He’s a physical force who may not be the greatest actor in the world, but knows his audience and knows how to market himself as a star. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become a modern staple in cinema and with his new movie “Skyscraper” hitting theaters this weekend I decided to put the spotlight on this wrestler-turned-actor’s cinematic career and pick out the highlight performances he has brought to the big screen. Whether it’s a side character or the star of the show these are the performances that helped make The Rock a household name outside of the WWF/WWE. From his big-screen debut in 2002 to “Rampage” in 2018 Johnson has been featured in over 30 films even working behind the scenes to make these projects a success. So as his latest offering approaches let’s take a look at his best so far. These are my picks for the Top 10 Dwayne Johnson Movie Performances.
He’s an ageless actor known for playing the every man who has been a staple of the Hollywood scene from the 90s to today. From comedies to dramas and even the world of superheroics Paul Rudd has brought many memorable characters to the screen and sometimes even steals the show from his costars in the process. Rudd returns to the big screen this weekend as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man in “Ant-Man and The Wasp” so I felt it was the perfect time to pay tribute to the roles that helped him earn a public following and eventually help him become the ultimate go to comic relief actor in the business. So let’s take a look at the best moments of this hilarious and charismatic actor’s career so far. These are my picks for the Top 10 Paul Rudd Movie Performances.
Independence Day is here! Happy 4th of July everybody! It’s of the most popular and sought after release dates for any movie as the vacation week celebrating the independence of the United States draws many summer crowds to the theater. That said there have been a lot of movies that have taken advantage of the rush and those are the focus of my list today. Whether they’re blockbusters, hindsight classics or cult classics the films that make up this list are the most prominent summer movie season offerings that helped ring in the most patriotic holiday in the United States. For a very different top ten you can read my list from last year of Ten Great Films to Watch for 4th of July here. For now though, these are my picks for the Top 10 Movies Released on 4th of July Weekend.
This 4th of July a new horror prequel, “The First Purge” hits theaters but it’s far from the first movie ever to take a franchise back to the beginning. It’s not even the first to do it in 2018 nor will it be the last. Prequels are often utilized to expand on a standout character’s story or to fill in gaps from the original film for a better understanding and increased world building. While predictable, many of these movies turn out to be pretty decent projects in their own right and today I’m going to look at the ones that stood out the most. These are my picks for the Top 10 Movie Prequels.