Actors worth following, part 5

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This list continues from part 4. Gary Oldman Oldman really disappears into his characters. The one time where I felt his character didn’t work well was Zorg in The Fifth Element. Masterpieces Batman Begins Immortal Beloved Léon: The Professional Great movies The Dark Knight Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Good movies The Dark […]

Actors worth following, part 4

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This list continues from part 3. George Clooney Clooney was one of the initial stars of ER and then took off to make movies. He’s also directed several movies, including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Clooney has the most masterpieces on this part of the list, but doesn’t come close to Tom Hanks’ total. Masterpieces […]

Actors worth following, part 3

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This list continues from part 2. Robert Downey, Jr. Downey nabbed 2 roles which have kept him in business for many years — Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes. But he continues to make other movies as well, including the recent brilliant one The Judge. Masterpieces Chaplin The Judge Tropic Thunder Great movies The Avengers Captain […]

Actors worth following, part 2

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This list continues from part 1. Ben Affleck Affleck has also directed movies — Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo. He also happens to be the new Batman. Masterpieces Good Will Hunting Gone Girl State of Play Great movies Argo The Company Men Dogma Gone Baby Gone Jersey Girl The Town Good movies Batman […]

Actors worth following, part 1

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I’ve already talked about my favourite actor, Harrison Ford. Here are some other actors who are mesmerizing, and have a tendency to pick brilliant movies. I’m not going to include movies where the actor’s part is tiny. Amy Adams I probably first saw Adams in Enchanted in which she played a Disney princess come to […]

Directors, part 9: ones who have died

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This list continues from part 8. Richard Attenborough Attenborough’s 3 brilliant movies are all based on true stories. Also known as an actor, he starred in such movies as The Great Escape and Jurassic Park. Masterpieces Chaplin Gandhi Great movie A Bridge Too Far Frank Capra Both of Capra’s brilliant movies star Jimmy Stewart. Masterpiece […]

Directors, part 8: ones who have retired

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This list continues from part 7. I’m making an assumption that these directors have retired, since they haven’t made a movie in years. Roberto Benigni Benigni wrote and acted in all of these movies. It seems he retired after the public didn’t care for his last one or two movies. Masterpiece Life is Beautiful Great […]

Movies that are believable & ones that aren’t

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Some movies have a central aspect that must be believable for the movie to work. Here are some examples. The list started with negative examples but I thought I’d include some positive ones as well for contrast. Alien: Resurrection Do you believe Ripley has been cloned? Yes. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Do Batman […]

TV shows that aren’t great

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In the last few months I’ve tried watching a few shows that I decided not to continue with. They’re not bad — in fact, they’re good. They’re watchable, if there’s nothing better to watch — the point is, there are better things to watch. Heroes Reborn — They tried very hard to make this an […]

Best fantasy & science fiction movies by year

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Here’s my updated list. 2014 and 2015 were amazing years for fantasy and science fiction movies — both years had multiple movies battling for positions in the “Winner” column. The Boxtrolls, Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ex Machina, The Martian, and The One I Love could all easily be in that column. […]