It's that merry time of year again! Off a request from one of my cousins, here's a ranking of ten popular Christmas movies I selected. Although I originally planned on making this twelve movies, due to the natural busyness this time of year, I couldn't get to a dozen. So, here's ten!
Well, it's been ten films in twenty-seven years, and this dude still hasn't made a bad film! Most impressive! So now, to celebrate the release of his newest hit, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, I would like to do a tribute for his phenomenal resume, by ranking and analyzing each movie!
Overall, I concluded that the one thing that Tarantino knows how to do best in his films is knowledge and command of the subject matter. Each of these films range in subjects and time periods from the old west to WWII Germany to 1969 Hollywood to present-day LA; yet Tarantino knows not only all about these cultures, but how to put his own zesty spin to bring out the most gritty details. But there are some things he never quite achieves even after ten movies. For one: they still glamorize murder. His movies are also too White, he does more uplifting of Caucasians than he does of most other ethnicities. On a more technical level, these movies either have very little character development or none whatsoever, which is very much core to storytelling. That's really the main thing that keeps his screenplays from being A-quality in my book.
As far as the types of themes his works have in common, Quentin Tarantino seems fairly consistent on promoting a Humanist worldview, saying that the physical ambition to live is more important than the spiritual. In some ways that works to his advantage, because he knows the power of launching a bullet onto someone's head and seeing that red liquid splatter everywhere, it really hits you with the viciousness some humans have against the value of life.
As for the way they stack up in artistic quality, here's the full ranking:
Okay, I know this is two weeks late, but I was kind of in Spain at the time Far from Home first came out in theaters, so I had no time to put this together. But nonetheless, here's what I believe is the genuine ranking of every cinematic Spider-Man film we've had. He's always been an interesting figure, especially for me. When I was in middle school, the Raimi Spider-Man films were my favorite movies ever, I thought it was so cool to see a total loser like Peter Parker become a somebody without anyone knowing who he is. I also really envied the fact that he could score a girl as beautiful as Mary Jane Watson. But then I grew up. I watched the trilogy again with my movie review knowledge I didn't have at age fourteen, and saw how stupid those movies really are.
So now, between four reboots within less than twenty years, which one is the best?
Whew! This only took me almost three years to compile. I first decided to do this March 2016, and that was before I even started my grading scale on how to assess a movie. Back then, I started going through watching all the Best Picture winners mostly by personal instinct, but knew I had to go through again with the ones I already watched and put them through my grading scale. Even then, my grading scale had a lot of massive alterations made over time, which meant some movies I graded I had to regrade so that I could get a more accurate score of the film's objective quality. That's why this took so long to complete. But here it is, finally! Yay!
Just a forewarning: lots of unpopular opinions and hot takes ahead, and there's ninety-two movies that won the prize, so prepare for lots of scrolling.
I don't think I would be where I am today if it wasn't for Pixar. Right from my preschool days, Toy Story was there to entertain me. I had my own Buzz Lightyear figure which sadly got horribly destroyed over the years, and for Christmas at age eight I got my own Woody, who lost his hat while staying at a hotel in Disneyland. I also watched A Bug's Life probably ever other day when I was in Kindergarten, and when my family got the DVD for Monsters, Inc., I again watched it basically every other day. Since this was the era when DVDs were brand new, I was so intrigued by the special features that told about the making of the monster world. This fascination carried on for the rest of my youth, from Finding Nemo to Up, I religiously awaited each one, seeing what other lifeless objects Pixar could bring to life. So like everybody else, I was swelled up in tears when I saw what looked like my childhood ending with Toy Story 3. But the real ending of my childhood was Cars 2, the first film by the studio to get a rotten score on RottenTomatoes. I just couldn't believe it! My favorite studio actually made a bad movie?
Since I came to that realization that Pixar was no longer the greatest animation studio in the world, my critic's mindset was initiated. Now, here is what I believe is the ultimate ranking of all Pixar's work.
Look at IMDb's Top 250. You may notice that out of everything that British director Christopher Nolan has directed for the silver screen, only two of his nine feature-length films failed to make it in here. In the top 100, six of those seven features made it in there. In the top 50, five of those six features made it in there. In the top 25, two of those five features made it in there. In the top 5, one of this features made the number four spot.
Does this imaginative director deserve that much praise? In my opinion, absolutely not. If you ask me, he is the most overrated director working in Hollywood today, and perhaps the most overrated director of all time. But nobody can deny his influence on the fusion between art house and blockbuster entertainment. In a time when those two approaches to filmmaking are never even showcased in the same theater, Nolan knew how to find common ground. Therefore, I would like to tribute his work in honor of his newest WWII thriller Dunkirk, by ranking every one of his nine feature-length productions.
So without further ado, let the list commence!
Throughout this last decade, Marvel Studios has taken over the box office with massive hit after massive hit. Even after some close calls, they never fell to complete abysmal failure that permanently hurt their reputation. They even had plenty of imitators that never succeeded to get cinematic universes off the ground (I’m looking at you, DC).
So I, a film critic, should tell you guys something, watching everything in the MCU simply made me depressed, noticing mostly their repetitious predictability, accompanied by hardly subliminal racism. I mean, I can certainly respect what they get right, that is, the ability to keep fans of the franchise pleased over the years. I acknowledge that these movies are not intended to be Citizen Kane, just a mode of escape from daily life. But I am going to critique these films as art, which means I am going to say things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you’re probably going to hate reading. Thus, I have lots of unpopular opinions that are focused more on storytelling quality than entertainment.
So, let the list commence!
If you are among the billions of fans of this franchise, then I'm almost 100% certain you have your own ranking in mind for the world's most famous franchise. Well, good news, so do I! But my ordering is a little (a lot) different from what you had in mind. I had more of a meticulous process to go through the judgment toward each of the seven films in the series, which you can learn about in detail at this link. I too have loved the Star Wars franchise over many years, and watching one of these legendary films is an experience yet to be matched by any other generation. I would love for the legacy established by George Lucas to live on for generations to come, which is what my intent in my ranking of the films is for. So this is what I believe, from four years of education towards a film degree (Cum Laude, 2015), is an objective ranking of the films that came to define the heart of America's pop culture: