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  • Year:  2021
  • Director:  Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Series Rank:  #3
  • Bond Girl:  Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann)
  • Bond Villain:  Rami Malek (Lyutsifer Safin), Christoph Waltz (Franz Oberhauser), David Dencik (Valdo Obruchev)
  • Bond Support:  Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Lashana Lynch (Nomi), Ana de Armas (Ploma)

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The most memorable moment in the film – described in the book but not with dialogue.

My Top 10

  1. An Education
  2. Up in the Air
  3. A Single Man
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  5. The Informant
  6. Precious
  7. District 9
  8. Coraline
  9. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  10. The Damned United

note:  Not the strongest Top 5 and a fairly weak second 5.  But it had a lot of solid scripts (good enough to make the list) so there’s a more sizable continuation down at the bottom. (more…)

Screen Shot 2021-09-25 at 7.20.43 AMThis is the 12th part of the countdown of the Top 1000 Films of the first Century of Film (1912-2011).  The introduction can be found here.  Just click here to find the other parts.

Films 450 through 428 are a 92.  The rest are a 93.  Both are mid ****. (more…)

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  • Director:  Ivan Reitman
  • Writer:  Murray Salem  /  Herschel Weingrod  /  Timothy Harris
  • Producer:  Ivan Reitman  /  Brian Grazer
  • Stars:  Arnold Schwwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt
  • Studio:  Universal
  • Award Nominations:  none that I track
  • Length:  111 min
  • Genre:  Comedy
  • MPAA Rating:  PG-13
  • Release Date:  22 December 1990
  • Box Office Gross:  $91.45 mil  (#10  –  1990)
  • My Rating:  ***
  • My Rank:  #70 (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notables:  none

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Screen Shot 2021-07-24 at 7.25.33 AMThis is the 11th part of the countdown of the Top 1000 Films of the first Century of Film (1912-2011).  The introduction can be found here.  Just click here to find the other parts.

All 50 of these films earns a 92 which is mid ****. (more…)

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Actually, it is only written in the screenplay. The book is very different.

My Top 10

  1. Slumdog Millionaire
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Revolutionary Road
  4. Doubt
  5. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
  6. Let the Right One In
  7. The Reader
  8. Iron Man
  9. A Secret
  10. Appaloosa

note:  Not the strongest Top 5 and a fairly weak second 5. (more…)

Screen Shot 2021-07-15 at 3.58.42 PMThis is the 10th part of the Top 1000 list.  The introduction can be found here.  This might be the only group of 50 in the Top 1000 without a single Hitchcock, Spielberg, Kurosawa or Woody Allen film among them.
Except for the four films at the bottom, these are all a 91 which is mid-range ****.  The bottom four films are all 92. (more…)

edwood

In a sense this is untrue. It’s been 27 years and Disney has yet to make a better film.

So, I have seen every feature film Disney has ever made, from Snow White through Black Widow.  And now I have ranked them all.

First, there is a full alphabetical list of every Disney film.  I won’t try to include too much information so that it isn’t too ridiculously long but I do have at least a slight blurb with every film.  But it does include the rank.  That way you can find a specific film.  At the bottom is the full ranked list.  This list somewhat supersedes my original Animated Ranking list but it might be pretty close – I haven’t checked. (more…)

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Depending on which chart you use, each of these films can lay a claim to being the biggest Disney film of all-time.

A Century of Film

Disney

The Box Office

“In 1989, USA Today computed that if one adjusted for inflation and changing box-office prices, Snow White’s theatrical earnings up that time would exceed six billion dollars!”  (The Disney Films, 4th Edition, Leonard Maltin, p 32).  That is patently absurd, of course, but it’s the kind of thing that makes all of the box office earnings for all films, but especially Disney films, so difficult to accurately calculate.  There are a lot of things at play and the first, of course, is the complete mythology that builds up around certain numbers.  So let’s start the look at the box office for Disney by looking closely at Snow White. (more…)

A Century of Film


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The Studio

It began with a man named Walt and a mouse named Mickey.  But of course neither of those things is actually true and that’s part of the image that lies behind the company that is not only the most successful movie studio at work today but pretty much an all-encompassing way of life that can not be ignored. (more…)