A great trailer is like a mini-film. The best of them tell you just enough to want to kill to see the movie it’s advertising without giving away the whole plot, use iconic imagery and music to capture the soul of the film, and live on even after the film’s release as a pleasure to watch. A great trailer can even be for a movie that ended up being a huge disappointment. Most of the films on this list are universally critically acclaimed, but Suicide Squad sharply divided fans. Does that make that amazing “I Started a Joke” trailer released any less a masterpiece? Nope. Half of what was in the Rogue One trailers never made the final cut of the film. Will that stop me from watching them for decades to come? Not a chance.
A few words about the process of selection. One, all that mattered for consideration was that the FILM came out in 2016 (even in limited release). Some of these trailers first dropped in 2015, just as we’re getting trailers for 2017 films in 2016. Two, there are two films on the list with red-band trailers, so content warning, but they’re the trailers that made me want to see those films. If you have any picks for trailers you think should’ve made the list, comment away, if WP will let you, paste the trailer’s link. A great set of trailers sets up a great movie watching experience, and if you go to as many films as I do you tend to see the same ones over and over. I never tired of these. Continue reading Top 10: Trailers of 2016!!!!→
Ask any guy who grew up with Star Wars, and we’ll admit it: we were all in love with her at some point. She blasted Stormtroopers, piloted speeder bikes, commanded armies, and choked out a Hutt in the hottest outfit in film history. She was the only girl action figure most of us kept around. She was awesome, and we loved her for it, and part of us always will. So until we’re all one with the Force, here are my five favorite Leia memories.
1. Aren’t You a Little Short to be a Stormtrooper? (A New Hope)
2. You Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder! (The Empire Strikes Back)
3. I love you. I know. (The Empire Strikes Back)
4. Slave Leia Chokes a Hutt OUT (Return of the Jedi)
5. I Always Hated Watching You Leave (The Force Awakens)
At #12, we come to the first of the (soon-to-be) eight films in the Star Wars franchise on the IMDB Top 250: the undisputed fan and critical favorite – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Appropriate timing, since we are now less than a month away from the return of Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and The Empire Strikes Back is undoubtedly the ultimate Vader film. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from The Empire Strikes Back (IMDB Top 250 #12)→
There’s something about a courtroom showdown that makes for great cinema. It’s an opportunity for an actor to monologue, to almost stage perform, or in the case of, say, A Few Good Men, it’s a showcase for two iconic actors to go at each other full bore. In all it’s iteration over the years, cinematic legal showdowns have given us some of the best scenes of all-time. I’ve narrowed it down to my top ten. Continue reading Top 10: Courtroom Scenes in Movie History→
ReCore is an action-adventureshooter game played from a third-person view, centering around Joule and her robotic companions, whose function is to aid her in combat and puzzle solving; these six types of creatures are amenable to improvement, should players find the blueprints and materials to do so, which grants upgrades to their attack and defense. Players can level up Joule’s weapons and vitality. Ranged weapons have four kinds of ammunition distinguished by color, each with a purpose to take down the enemy with a matching color. Furthermore, if one of Joule’s companions matches the color of an enemy, it will thus inflict more damage in combat. Joule also wields a grappling hook that she uses to navigate across platforms and extract her enemies’ energy cores. Removing a power core from one location to another and high-flying environmental challenges represent the puzzle solving.