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The 100 Best Movie Sex Scenes

15 Sep

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100 Best Movie Sex Scenes

Mad Max Promos from SDCC 2013

1 Aug

The Mad Max booth outside the Comic-Con drew people in as they made their way to the Convention Center from the Imperial Street station. The booth was well staffed and looked the part of a dystopian future dwelling. The space within included couches and chairs and several employees.

Mad Max Fury Road Outdoor Booth at Comic-Con 2013

What drew me in was the gimmickry: (a) temporary tattoos, (b) two booth babes, (c) heavy music, (d) a short green screen video for people to sit in a beefed up car and shoot from the windows, (e) and a black t-shirt with the Mad Max text logo and a symbol on the back. C’mon! How slick is that? And, I passed by when very few people were inside so I got my tattoos video, and t-shirt within 20 minutes.

Mad Max Fury Road Promo T-Shirt Mad Max Fury Road T-Shirt Mad Max Promo Temporary Tattoos

Tom Hardy Still, Mad Max Fury RoadThe product they were hocking was the video game. As a great marketing ploy, it’s coming out in advance of the 2014 movie. Speaking of the movie, how can it be any cooler than having Tom Hardy cast as Mad Max? WOW! Tom is a stone cold talented actor that had breakout roles as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Eames in Inception, and Tommy Conlon in Warrior . You might not have recognized him because he wasn’t jacked with massive musculature as Handsome Bob in Rock’n’Rolla (which if you haven’t seen is in the same vein of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch; it’s a classic formula Guy Ritchie gansters film, a genre that doesn’t get old for me). Tom is in a bunch of other good projects including a couple of British pieces that I really like: Clarkie in Layer Cake and Freddie in The Take (TV series) where he plays a psychotic drug dealer, and Charlie Bronson in the fantastic self-titled film, Bronson.

Man, I cannot wait! If the film ends up being mediocre like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, then shame, shame, shame on the people involved. There is so much opportunity for great story-telling with a great lead.

Mad Max Fury Road Promo

The Top 25 Most Rewatchable Comedies

16 Mar

I don’t particularly like watching movies more than once. There are just too many good things to see out there that by taking 90 minutes or so out of my life to re-tread ground I’ve already covered seems like a waste of the precious 700,000 hours of time I expect to spend alive. But, there are a rare few that give back enough to make the experience feel fresh every time.

movie-reelHere is a list of 25 comedy films that I have watched more than twice (and in some cases, probably more than a half dozen times). Since a lot of these are films that have been re-released or re-telecast bunches of times, I know I’m not the only one that enjoys the hilarity. And just to be clear, these aren’t even necessarily my favorite films (although some are).

25. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: It's  Mad, Mad, Mad, WorldThis is one very loooooooooong comedy. In my opinion, comedies aren’t supposed to be long. People love to laugh, but they can’t do it for hours at a time, so it takes a special movie to hold one’s attention for almost three hours and it’s even more satisfying if people want to watch it again and again. My favorite scene is when Sylvester Marcus (played by Dick Shawn) is roaring down the road bawling: “Mama, it’s all right. Everything’s gonna be all right. Your baby’s coming to get ya.” Cracks me up every time.

24. Charade

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Charade!

Cary Grant. The incorrigible rogue. Audrey Hepburn. The elegant yet hilarious darling. Perfectly cast film with enough humor and suspense to make me want to watch it over and over again.

23. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Ferris Beuller's Day Off

The 80′s were full of quirky, coming-of-age movies. John Hughes can be thanked for that and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a funny little film that never wears out its welcome.

22. Animal House

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: National Lampoon's Animal House

College was an awesome time-and-place experience. Animal House brings back fond memories every time (not because I did any of the antics in the film but because I watched the film a lot during that time — vicarious shenaniganary; how pathetic is that?!).

21. Philadelphia Story

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: The Philadelphia Story

James Stewart pulls off the most hilarious drunk scene I’ve ever watched. And for crying out loud — Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant together. Wow. Let’s see that again.

20. The Mask

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: The Mask

Jim Carrey is to comedy as Sylvester Stallone is to action films. No one really respects him as an actor but everyone has seen most of his movies more than once (admit it – Ace Ventura is on your rewatched list whether you liked it or not). This one is my favorite Carrey film.

19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This movie is so dated that you might think it would stop being relevant. But it doesn’t. Oddly, I haven’t watched it nearly as much as I probably should.

18. Beetlejuice

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Beetlejuice

This is an example of a movie that isn’t one of my favorites but that I will watch if it happens to be on TV when I’m clicking through the channels. It’s Michael Keaton at his best.

17. Best in Show

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Best in Show

Christopher Guest owns the mockumentary genre.This is his best film. I’ll single out Fred Willard’s performance as the dim-witted reporter who can’t believe anyone actually takes dog shows seriously. Exactly my sentiments.

16. Addams Family

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Addams Family

Some actors fit a role so perfectly you can’t imagine anyone else playing it (and before you start screaming, I’m talking films here; John Astin was brilliant in the TV series). Raul Julia as Gomez Addams is one of the most entertaining characters I’ve ever watched. So, I watch him a lot.

15. O Brother, Where Art Thou

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: O Brother, Where Art Thou

The Coen Brothers show up a lot on pretty much all of my movie lists. They just know how to make “characters” work brilliantly with excellent casts. One of my favorite lines is “Damn! We’re in a tight spot,” which was funny the first time Everett says it but making Clooney’s character repeat it several times had me rolling on the floor.

14. Up

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Disney Pixar Up

I’m willing to watch pieces of Pixar movies anytime they’re on the Disney channel but this movie is worth watching from beginning to end in repeated showings. The sentimentality might be gooshy to some, but it’s aces for me.

13. The Princess Bride

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: The Princess Bride

You would have been shocked if this wasn’t on the list, right?

12. Raising Arizona

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Raising Arizona

Another Coen classic. Again, immensely watchable characters. How do they do it? We’d better watch it again to see if we can figure it out.

11. Napoleon Dynamite

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Napoleon Dynamite

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but it works for me. Favorite character? Kip. Everyone has met a “Kip” at some point in their lives.

10. A Christmas Story

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: A Christmas Story

This is a seasonal film, so it has an unfair advantage . Watching holiday movies is almost a required ritual that can’t be avoided. But of all the Christmas movies out there, this film is the one I actually enjoy.

9. Trading Places

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Trading Places

Trading Places is just a completely satisfying film. Comeuppance at its best.

8. The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: The Pink Panther Strikes Again

“Does your dug bite?” We talked about perfect casting above. Can you imagine anyone other than Peter Sellers playing Inspector Clouseau? You’d think Hollywood would figure that out.

7. The Return of the Pink Panther

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: The Return of the Pink Panther

Guy Gadbois had such a short screen time that I watch this film over and over hoping I’ll see him pop up somewhere I missed.

6. Singin’ in the Rain

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Singing' in the Rain

My favorite musical. It’s got it all.

5.  Ghostbusters

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Ghostbusters

As hilarious as the main characters are (and they fantastically hilarious), Rick Moranis as Louis Tully will never grow old for me.

4. Office Space

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Office Space

This is a movie I love to hate. I have lived through cubicle hell, so why would I want to watch it again? Because it makes me laugh while I cry.

3. Toy Story

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Toy Story

One of my sons watched this movie every day for a straight month (plus a few days). I get it. All 3-D animated movies in the last 15 years owe this film tribute.

2. Galaxy Quest

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Galaxy Quest

If there are any geeks out there that do not rank this movie high on their Favorites list, they have no sense of humor and should be reprogrammed.

1. Groundhog Day

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: Groundhog Day

This film isn’t even the one I’ve watched the most repeatedly. But Groundhog Day is the comedy I enjoy the most every time I watch it. Sure, Bill Murray is at his very best in this film. Sure, Andy McDowell is cute as a button. Sure, the other quirky characters are wonderful additions to the cast. But it’s the premise, and how it unfolds, that hits a park-clearing home run. In fact, it’s about time to watch it again.

 

What about the movie that I have watched more than any other in bits and pieces but have never watched completely in one sitting? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Whenever it’s on TV around the holidays, I’ll pause and watch a few scenes before I get bored and move on. And yet, I keep watching it (piecemeal) every year …

Movies that are worth seeing multiple times: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

How about you? Any films you like to watch over and over that aren’t on my list?

2013 Academy Award Winners

5 Mar

Alright, alright, already! Yes, we’re a day late and a rupee short, but one of our laptops crashed and typing a post on an HTC One S is not so easy. Anyway, the 2013 Academy Awards over. So how did we do with our predictions?

The predictions we made are in red.  The actual results are marked with a green check.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

checkArgo

Best Achievement in Directing

checkAng Lee (Life of Pi)

xSteven Spielberg (Lincoln)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

checkDaniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

checkJennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

checkChristopher Waltz in Django Unchained

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

checkAnne Hathaway in Les Misérables

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Original Screenplay)

xAmour: Michael Haneke
checkDjango Unchained: Quentin Tarantino

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Adapted Screenplay)

checkArgo: Chris Terrio
xSilver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

checkBrave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

checkSkyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

xAnna Karenina: Dario Marianelli
checkLife of Pi: Mychael Danna

Best Achievement in Cinematography

checkLife of Pi: Claudio Miranda
xSkyfall: Roger Deakins

Best Achievement in Editing

checkArgo: William Goldenberg
xLife of Pi: Tim Squyres

Best Achievement in Production Design (Art Direction)

xLes Misérables: Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
checkLincoln: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Best Achievement in Costume Design

checkAnna Karenina: Jacqueline Durran

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

checkLes Misérables: Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

checkLes Misérables: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

xLife of Pi: Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton
checkSkyfall: Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker
checkZero Dark Thirty: Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

checkLife of Pi: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott Prometheus: Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

checkAmour (Austria)

Best Documentary, Feature

checkSearching for Sugar Man: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Best Short Film, Live Action

checkCurfew: Shawn Christensen
xDeath of a Shadow: Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele

Best Short Film, Animated

checkPaperman: John Kahrs

Best Short Film, Documentary

checkInocente: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Sheesh. 62.5% correct. We suck.

Length of the show: we predicted  3 hours and 15 minutes. The actual time was 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Curious to know how we did last year?  We got 75% of our predictions right! We missed Best Actor and Best Actress last year because we weren’t paying enough attention. Eh.

2013 Academy Award Winner Predictions

25 Feb

The OscarsThe 2013 Academy Awards begin in just about 5 minutes! We’re woefully behind schedule on submitting this post, so for those of you that are here to see how our awesome prediction powers will bear out, give us a break. This time it isn’t because of our infamous lethargy. We were actually busy this weekend.

Anyway, you’re not here to hear us whine. So break out the champagne (or, preferably, sparkling grape juice — Comics A-Go-Go! does not endorse alcohol for ingestion (because, that’s why)) and settle down for the ride. Our predictions are in red. Here you go:

The Oscars

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nominees:
Amour: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
Argo: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald
Django Unchained: Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
Les Misérables: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi: Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
Lincoln: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Silver Linings Playbook: Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:
Michael Haneke in Amour
Ang Lee in Life of Pi
David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg in Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
Denzel Washington in Flight

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts in The Impossible

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
Alan Arkin in Argo
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

Academy Awards 2012

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
Amy Adams in The Master
Sally Field in Lincoln
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables
Helen Hunt in The Sessions
Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Original Screenplay)
Nominees:
Amour: Michael Haneke
Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino
Flight: John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominees:
Argo: Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi: David Magee
Lincoln: Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Nominees:
Brave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie: Tim Burton
ParaNorman: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits: Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph: Rich Moore

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Nominees:
Chasing Ice: J. Ralph (“Before My Time”)
Les Misérables: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer (“Suddenly”)
Life of Pi: Mychael Danna, Bombay Jayshree (“Pi’s Lullaby”)
Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)
Ted: Walter Murphy, Seth MacFarlane (“Everybody Needs a Best Friend”)

Oscar Statue

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Dario Marianelli
Argo: Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi: Mychael Danna
Lincoln: John Williams
Skyfall: Thomas Newman

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained: Robert Richardson
Life of Pi: Claudio Miranda
Lincoln: Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall: Roger Deakins

Best Achievement in Editing
Nominees:
Argo: William Goldenberg
Life of Pi: Tim Squyres
Lincoln: Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook: Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty: William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Achievement in Production Design (Art Direction)
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright
Les Misérables: Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi: David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Lincoln: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Nominees:
Anna Karenina: Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables: Paco Delgado
Lincoln: Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror: Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman: Colleen Atwood

Academy Awards

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Nominees:
Hitchcock: Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Peter King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane
Les Misérables: Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Nominees:
Argo: John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, José Antonio García
Les Misérables: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes
Life of Pi: Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Drew Kunin
Lincoln: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Ron Judkins
Skyfall: Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Stuart Wilson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Nominees:
Argo: Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained: Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi: Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton
Skyfall: Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker
Zero Dark Thirty: Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Nominees:
The Avengers: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Daniel Sudick
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Life of Pi: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
Prometheus: Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Phil Brennan, Neil Corbould, Michael Dawson

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Nominees:
Amour (Austria)
War Witch (Canada)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
Kon-Tiki (Norway)

Dolph Lundgren at the Academy Awards

Best Documentary, Feature
Nominees:
5 Broken Cameras: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers: Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky, Estelle Fialon
How to Survive a Plague: David France, Howard Gertler
The Invisible War: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
Searching for Sugar Man: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Best Short Film, Live Action
Nominees:
Asad: Bryan Buckley, Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys: Sam French, Ariel Nasr
Curfew: Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow: Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele
Henry: Yan England

Best Short Film, Animated
Nominees:
Adam and Dog: Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole: PES
Head Over Heels: Timothy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Paperman: John Kahrs
The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare: David Silverman

Best Short Film, Documentary
Nominees:
Inocente: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point: Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine: Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart: Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption: Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Predicted length of the show: about 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Curious to know how we did last year?  We got 75% of our predictions right! We missed Best Actor and Best Actress last year because we weren’t paying enough attention. Eh.

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