Top 20 Violent Best Picture Nominees

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Dramas, Musicals, Comedies, Action Movies…  So many worthy films have been recognized at the Academy Awards.  Films from all over the world.  Many for their portrayal of the human spirit.  Others for telling the true stories of remarkable people. Today, I focus on some of the more violent entries in the storied history of The Oscars.  Here are 20 of my all time favorites:

Where do your favorites rank?

20. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Did it win? No

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19. APOCALYPSE NOW

Did it win? No

18. RAGING BULL

Did it win? No

17. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Did it win? Yes

16. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Did it win? No

15. TAXI DRIVER

Did it win? No

14. THE EXORCIST

Did it win? No

13. THE DEPARTED

Did it win? Yes

11. THE GODFATHER PART II

Did it win?  Yes

10. JAWS

Did it win? No

9. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Did it win?  Yes

8. GANGS OF NEW YORK

Did it win? No

7. BRAVEHEART

Did it win?  Yes

6. ROCKY

Did it win?  Yes

5. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

Did it win? No

4. GOODFELLAS

Did it win? No

3. GLADIATOR

Did it win?  Yes

2. PULP FICTION

Did it win? No

1. THE GODFATHER

Did it win?  Yes

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10 Flicks: Movies With Awesome Opening Scenes

March 20, 2012 at 1:51 am

10 Flicks: Movies With Awesome Opening Scenes

UNFORGETTABLE OPENINGS

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Mission Impossible 3

“We put an explosive charge in your head…”

The introduction of Owen Davian is ruthless and awesome.

Jaws

Tension.  We don’t need to see the shark to be terrified of what lies beneath the waves.

Inglourious Basterds

In true Tarantino fashion, Inglourious Basterds’ opening is full of amazing dialogue, suspense and action.

The Dark Knight

How could I leave out the introduction of one of the coolest villains we’ve ever seen on the big screen?  Not to mention it’s an incredible bank heist.

The Social Network

When they first announced ‘The Facebook Movie’ I was skeptical but within 2 minutes I was hooked.  This brilliant opening scene introduces us to a fascinating and flawed main character using nothing but well written dialogue.

Casino Royale

You can’t talk about opening scenes without James Bond’s name coming up.  With so many choices I had to go with Casino Royale for it’s quiet desaturated beauty.

Star Wars: A New Hope

Ignore the prequels.  Our first glimpse of Darth Vader is just as bad ass today.

Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino again.  I suppose you could put the opening scenes from all of his movies and they would feel right at home on this list.  Obviously Pulp Fiction belongs but Reservoir Dogs is no slouch when it comes to openings.  Only Tarantino can make something as ‘ordinary’ as tipping waitresses so unbelievably interesting.

Drive

…  Look there’s a cop car…  No big deal, I’ll just drive the speed limit because I’ve got nerves of steel…

Easily one of the best ‘getaway’ scenes you’ll ever see and an absolutely awesome beginning to a great movie.

Goodfellas

Truly embodies the meaning of iconic.  Goodfellas grabs you the second the gangsters open the trunk and never lets go.

10 Flicks: Best Picture Losers

February 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

10 Flicks: The top 10 best picture nominees that didn't win.

We all know the movies that should have won.  But there are years when the right movie wins while others are just as deserving.  That’s the fun of the Oscars.  Everyone has their favorites.  Everyone makes their picks.

But there can only be one Best Picture each year.

Here are 10 of the best losers:

A Clockwork Orange

LOST TO: The French Connection

The Shawshank Redemption

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

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Gangs Of New York

LOST TO: Chicago

Star Wars

LOST TO: Annie Hall

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There Will Be Blood

LOST TO: No Country For Old Men

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E.T The Extra Terrestrial

LOST TO: Ghandi

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Jerry Maguire

LOST TO: The English Patient

Goodfellas

LOST TO: Dances With Wolves

Saving Private Ryan

LOST TO: Shakespeare In Love

Pulp Fiction

LOST TO: Forrest Gump

10 Flicks: Awesome Double Features

November 30, 2010 at 12:16 am

10 Flicks: Awesome Double Features

Double features.

We’ve all enjoyed movie marathons from time to time.  Matching two worthy movies together can be pretty challenging.  Sometimes it’s tough to decide which two go together.  Others are a little more obvious.

Some get inspired during the first movie and choose the next film accordingly.  Others plan ahead.  Some simply watch the same combos over and over again until they become cherished traditions.

Honestly, as I stared at my DVD collection, I could have easily named about 50 billion different combinations but  I had to stop somewhere.

What are some of your favorite double features?

Feel free to contribute by commenting below!

Here are some of my favorites:

[Note] I’m aware this list doesn’t really have 10 films…  I’m okay bending the rules every once in a while.

Patch Adams / As Good As It Gets

Gladiator / The Last Samurai

Happy Gilmore / Tommy Boy

Forrest Gump / Mr. Holland’s Opus

War Of The Worlds / Independence Day

Saving Private Ryan / We Were Soldiers

Speed / True Lies

Labyrinth / The Dark Crystal

Snatch / Pulp Fiction

The Bourne Identity / Casino Royale

Goodfellas / Casino

The Shawshank Redemption / The Green Mile

All Time Best: Movie Based On A True Story

November 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

All Time Best: Movie Based On A True Story

This edition of All Time Best was one of the hardest of…  all time.

What’s the best movie based on a true story?

Tough one.  How many amazing movies out there are based on true events?  Sometimes, movies are infinitely more fascinating when you know they actually happened.

I found a pretty great list on Wikipedia and while I scanned it, I couldn’t help but marvel at how many incredible true stories have been made into films.

My first instinct was to go with one of my favorite actors and his brilliant portrayal of Jim Lovell in:

Apollo 13

Tom Hanks.  I really can’t think of any movies he’s done that I didn’t enjoy on some level.

They broke down in space! How can you resist this amazing story of astronauts in peril on their way to the moon?  It’s the moon?

Think of it realistically.  Can you think of a crazier place to get stuck?  It’s space!

Not only that, the way the world rallied around the men to bring them back safely makes me wish I could have watched the events unfold live myself.

The power of the human spirit.  Nice.

Now, I have to admit that my winning pick BARELY edged out Apollo 13. It’s a completely different movie but you can’t argue that it’s an amazing story.

The story of Henry Hill.

Goodfellas

What more can I say?  Goodfellas will always be one of the greatest films of all time let alone the greatest based on a true story. Martin Scorsese’s remarkable masterpiece unites the talents of some of the best actors the world has ever seen.

The result is one hell of an entertaining story.

While my first instinct was to go with Apollo 13, I’m admittedly bias because GoodFellas also happens to be one of my favorites.

What’s your favorite movie based on a true story?