As critical as employment is, most of us have an epic quitting plan on file. Most of us will never use it, but we’d be lying if we said during hour two of an awful meeting we didn’t take it out, carefully review it, think of the perfect musical accompaniment, and refile it in our brain’s sanity file. Some people truly love their work, and the rest of us…well, we hate you. It’s not personal (it might be, I’m trying to soften it), but the majority of us are stabbing minutes trying to get to the small slice of the day that’s actually ours. That’s why WatchMojo’s Top 10 List of Movie Quitting Scenes is probably not a good idea for work. Both in content and inspiration, you should probably enjoy this shot of vicarious glee on the weekend. Unless you have to work on the weekend, in which case you absolutely hate your job and should watch this immediately (I am not responsible for what ensues). I sometimes have quibbles with WM’s lists, but I think they did a pretty good job here. I’d have swapped Road House for Burn After Reading off the Honorable Mention Lists, but epic quitting scenes from American Beauty, Fight Club, The Truman Show, Wanted, Office Space, and others are the kind of thing that will give you a case of the Mondays any day of the week.
Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands. We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today. We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work. (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).
Angelina Jolie is the first actress that we’ve examined in this column and, I swear, it’s not for lack of trying on my part. In doing research for these columns (which amounts to compiling a list of movies and watching them all), you can clearly see the gender bias in Hollywood. There are few parts for women to showcase their talent outside of the “Oscar Window” and even then there are maybe six or seven who have most of them already nailed down. Name a single actress that pulls people into a theater. Go on. If Denzel Washington opens a movie, a fan base comes. Guaranteed. You cannot make that claim about a single actress. Jennifer Lawrence is close, but she needs to show she can open a movie without a bow or being in blue make-up. The closest thing Hollywood has to a superstar, box office draw actress is Angelina Jolie. Continue reading Angelina Jolie’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies