10 Flicks: Best Movie Fantasy Worlds

March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

10 Flicks: Best Fantasy Worlds In Movies | Top 10 Fantasy Worlds


There have been so many classic films that have transported us to incredible new worlds and introduced us to people and places we’ve never seen before.

Many people will argue over which fantasy movies rank among the best of all time.  I would argue that The Lord of the Rings is at (or near) the top of many of those lists.  However, I’m not going to rank the best fantasy movies.

10 Flicks: Best Fantasy Worlds In Movies | Movie Blog | Top 10 Fantasy Worlds

Instead, here are 10 AMAZING FANTASY WORLDS that took hold of our imaginations forever:

HONORABLE MENTION: The Chronicles of Narnia,  Monsters Inc.

The Matrix Trilogy
The Matrix

The Wizard Of Oz

The Dark Crystal

Alice In Wonderland

Harry Potter
The Wizarding World

Peter Pan

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Toon Town

Pan’s Labyrinth
Underground Realm


The Lord of the Rings
Middle Earth

10 Flicks: Box Office Favorites

January 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

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I’m a proud movie nerd.

We’ve covered that so it shouldn’t surprise anyone who reads this blog that I follow box office numbers closely.  The only place I go for box office information online is Box Office Mojo.

Recently, I was checking the all time domestic numbers and decided to see if I could narrow the top 100 down to 10.  Can you?

Click here to see the Top 100

So here are my 10 favorite box office moneymakers.

Honourable Mention: Avatar, 300, The Sixth Sense, Saving Private Ryan

Star Wars

Star Wars Episode 4

#4 – $460,998,007

I adore the original trilogy and enjoyed the prequels but A New Hope will always be my favorite. (Followed closely by Empire Strikes Back.)

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#9 – $403,706,375

It may not be my favorite superhero movie of all time but it certainly paved the way for some of the most entertaining movies in history.

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Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King

Lord Of The Rings

#12 – $377,027,325

It’s tough to pick one movie when all three are in the top 100.  I look at the series and see one giant incredible movie but I had to pick one so ROTK was the winner.

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Transformers Optimus Prime

#22 – $319,246,193

Even though I absolutely hated the sequel, the original is one of the most entertaining popcorn movies I’ve ever seen on the big screen.  It had giant fighting robots and some of the best and most complex visual effects ever created.

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Independence Day

Independence Day Area 51 Attack

#30 – $306,169,268

Will Smith is my favorite actor.  I’m one of the reasons his movies always make 100 million+ in theaters.  Independence Day will always be one of the greats.  ID4 is a perfect example of a huge box office blockbuster.  Big stars, big FX and big thrills.

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#70 – $227,966,634

I talk about Signs a lot on this site. I even thought about leaving it off this list to avoid ‘Signs fatigue’.  However, I simply couldn’t bring myself to leave my all time favorite movie off the list.

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded Trinity

#41 – $281,576,461

It’s ambitious, it’s explosive, it’s cool and it’s confusing.  It was once the record holder for most anticipated movie until it was toppled by The Dark Knight years later.

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Twister Helen Hunt Tornado

#61 – $241,721,524

Twister may surprise some people but I’ve always loved this movie.  When I was a kid, I used to be terrified of tornado warnings.  This eventually ignited an interest in weather and this movie came along right in the middle of that childhood obsession.  Twister is a fun movie. Plain and Simple.

Jurassic Park


#15 – $357,067,947

To this day, I’m still fascinated by how well the effects stand up compared to today’s standards.  Such a fun movie.

The Dark Knight


#3 – $533,345,358

My second favorite movie ever.  I’ve never been so excited to see a movie in my entire life and to have the film deliver on all the hype was amazing.

Try narrowing down your own list of 10 box office favorites.  It’s not that easy.

Avatar Was Awesome, Finally

January 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm


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It took longer than I thought but I finally got to see Avatar in glorious IMAX 3D. I was so busy over the holidays that an afternoon never presented itself. I desperately wanted to see this movie and I’m happy to report it was worth the wait.

For anyone who ever doubted that the movie would succeed, here is the line up I came across at 11:00 am on a weekday three weeks after it’s release.

Thankfully, we already had our tickets and laughed as we scored prime seats before the theater filled up.  What boggles my mind is how many people were still coming in AFTER the movie started.  Not only that, they actually looked upset that there weren’t any good seats left.  It’s almost like they felt they deserved it.  Enjoy the front row losers!

Once the movie started, I was absolutely fascinated.  The entire world of Pandora is completely unique and original. Fascinating is the perfect word to describe it.  There was one chase sequence early in the movie that included a couple amazing slow motion shots that I absolutely loved.  This is why I’m obsessed with movies.  I love seeing things that I’ve never seen before.  It’s addictive.


The action in the movie was unbelievable.  The final showdown is easily one of the most entertaining 30 minutes you’ll ever see in theaters.  I’m still thinking about how amazing the movie looked on the screen.  It’s the best looking movie I’ve ever seen and should easily win the VFX oscar this year.  In fact, I’m going to go ahead and guarantee it.

Last summer, The Dark Knight became the second highest grossing movie of all time.  For some reason, I’m proud of that.  It’s beginning to look like Mr. Cameron is going to have 2 of the top 3 movies ever on his resume.  There’s even a shot at the top 2.  I’m perfectly happy with Avatar knocking The Dark Knight down to 3.  It deserves to be there.  People say that movies are supposed to take you to another world.  Avatar takes you there and then makes you wish you never had to leave.

PS: Avatar is an awesome movie.

PS #2: I liked Avatar a lot.

Avatar is Golden

December 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm


I’ve been looking forward to Avatar for years…  The closer we get, the more excited I become.  I recently saw the trailer in 3D on the big screen and I was blown away.  It just looks incredible.  The action sequences alone are going to be worth the $15 dollar IMAX ticket. 

A while back, I wrote about how many people weren’t sold on the film.  It appears the filmmakers were right.  You just need to see it on the big screen and you’ll understand.  Critics and audiences are already raving about the film.  Currently, it has an 86% Tomato Rating on Rottentomatoes.com

Now, The Golden Globes have nominated the film for best picture!  I really need to see this movie.

Here’s the bad news.  I have to wait until January!