The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch

The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch

Bored? Not anymore! These are the best TV shows for binge-watching. The greatest television shows in the world are ranked here as a sort of TV guide for marathoning shows. You can binge watch past seasons of programs currently airing to catch up to speed. You can also binge watch recently ended television programs to experience the entire show without the wait between seasons. And the best TV shows of all time don't just have to be watched on, well, television.

Binge-viewing is the way all the cool kids watch the top TV shows these days, as Netflix and Hulu and HBOGo take us away from our remote controls and onto our computers. And if these must-see TV shows aren't on the web, this list contains the best TV series available on DVD or Blu-Ray. These are the best shows to marathon during a weekend or all summer long. From classic comedies to Emmy-nominated dramas, this list of the greatest shows in history not only answers the question "What are the best TV shows on Netflix?" but also "What shows should I watch this summer?"

From the best late night comedy shows to the greatest dramas on TV, these are the series you should be binging on. The best shows to marathon will keep you clicking episode after episode -- just don't forget to eat and sleep while you do it. Now, check out the TV shows to watch below.

 

 


EVERY MOVIE CANDY, RANKED FROM WORST TO FIRST

EVERY MOVIE CANDY, RANKED FROM WORST TO FIRST

Your humble editor devotes a fair amount of his brain power to the world of movie food. That typically means eating unhealthy quantities of consumables from movie tie-in menus. For too long, though, he’s looked beyond the movie theater while ignoring the bountiful cornucopia of degustation available at the local multiplex.

To that end, he has spent the last several weeks and months carefully sampling (in most cases resampling, let’s be honest) the vast array of movie theater concessions in order to rank them all on a definitive master list. That list does not include popcorn, the obvious, best movie theater snack, for one simple reason: It is a snack, not a candy. That’s the same reason you won’t find hot dogs, nachos, chicken tenders, and the rest of theaters’ often-questionable savory food items below. This is just a list of movie candies.

You might be wondering what sort of scientific criteria he applied to the creation of such a list. Here was his methodology: He ate a lot of movie candy. That was pretty much it.

The results are arguably more personal than objective. You may find you disagree. Just know that this list was made with passion, sincerity, and more than a little indigestion. From worst to first, our picks are:

27. Sno-Caps

We have an entire article explaining this pick, so just to reiterate: Sno-Caps are gross and should never be eaten.

26. Red Vines

I’m not sure why Twizzlers vs. Red Vines are even a debate. The only reason anyone would pick a box of Red Vines over a bag Twizzlers is if they’d never eaten a Twizzler before. They taste like expired cough medicine that’s congealed into solid form.

25. Mike and Ike

There are many fruit-related candies available at the movie theater concession stand and, in my mind, Mike and Ike is the least appealing of them all. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one that tasted fresh. They can update the packaging all they want; the little nuggets inside still taste like they’ve been sitting in one of those bowling alley vending machines for 25 years.

24. MIlk Duds

Milk Duds aren’t bad, they’re just ... a lot. They get stuck in your teeth and clog up your mouth. If you buy Milk Duds you are also committing to buying a $8 drink, because no one can eat an entire box of Milk Duds dry. It’s scientifically impossible. Your throat would explode.

23. Jujyfruits

Again, there are other, superior fruit candies out there. Plus, they totally cost Elaine her relationship and her job in that one Seinfeld episode.

22. Whoppers

Malt belongs in milkshakes, not in little chocolate balls. That’s my position.

21. Gummy Bears

Concessions tend to come in giant bags, which is great for some snacks and bad for others. Gummy bears are great in small portions, but have you ever eaten an entire bag of them? It’s just too much gummy bear.

20. Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie dough is one of the great scams in American history. They tricked people into buying uncooked dough! What’s next? Uncooked pasta bites? Raw vegetables? No way.

19. Welch’s Fruit Snacks

A stronger alternative to Gummy Bears, with more varied (and more natural-tasting) fruit flavors. Plus they advertise that “Fruit Is Our 1st Ingredient!” so you can almost trick yourself into believing you are eating healthy.

18. Reese’s Pieces

Reese’s Pieces do have the movie connection with their crucial supporting role in E.T., but they are one of the weaker Reese’s products. Now if they sold Reese’s cups or those Crispy Crunchy Bars, we might really have something.

17. Lemonheads

Solid and underrated. My one big gripe? The name. “Lemonheads” sounds like a slang for some unspeakable body part. If they were called something else, they would be at least five spots higher on the list.

16. Good & Plenty

I fully recognize that licorice is an extremely divisive candy. Some love it, and some hate. I love it, and I love Good & Plenty at the movies. The concession stand version is gigantic, and because their licorice flavor is so strong, it takes a long time to eat the whole bag; this is one snack you won’t finish before the end of the trailers. Plus: They’re fat free!

15. Raisinets

They’re fine and all, but c’mon — they’re almost fruit. No one wants to eat healthy in a movie theater. That’s why you go to the movie theater: It’s a place you can eat garbage in the dark, where no one can see you and judge you. Not like they are that healthy anyway but the fact that you are anyway near fruit is the problem

14. Swedish Fish

Delicious (not to mention Swedish) but kind of one-note. After a little while, every bite with that exact same flavor begins to wear you out. A similarly textured but more varied candy will appear higher on our list.

13. Hot Tamales

Another love-it-or-hate-it option that this author enjoys. They have a nice, snappy texture, and a refreshing alternative to so many other candies that are so heavy with sugar they make you desperately thirsty.

12. Sweetart Ropes

A relatively new addition to the movie candy universe — and a surprisingly good one. These don’t taste much like chalky old SweeTarts to me — they used to be sold under another name — but I guess even the concession stand is not immune to the demands of branding. Whatever you want to call them, it’s very easy to devour an entire bag.

11. Butterfinger Bites

I don’t know about you, but when I see that “MOVIE PACK” logo on a box, I get a hit of endorphins.

10. Dots

Dots Flavors Power Ranking:

1. Red
2. Green
3. Yellow
4. Pink
5. Orange

9. Skittles

An absolute classic, and the bag you get at the movie theater for like $12 lasts you a hefty portion of the movie. Would be higher on our list if they hadn’t replaced the lime Skittle with green apple a few years ago, thus rendering Skittles Dead To Me Forever.

8. Buncha Crunch

Most miniature version of chocolate bars are inferior products, designed to appease kids on Halloween. Buncha Crunch might be the only instance where the derivative candy is actually superior to the original. Why would you eat a Crunch bar when you could pound handfuls of Crunchies instead? There’s no comparison.

7. M&Ms

The classic. Every variety is good (except maybe those weird cherry ones). One idea that someone should do: Create an M&Ms dispenser at the theater (sort of like the Coca-Cola Freestyle soda fountains) where you could create your own custom bag, and mix (just for example) plain with mint and pretzel.

6. Goobers

Full disclosure: I have a bad digestive system and really am not supposed to eat nuts and seeds. But I make an exception every once in a while for Goobers, which are far more delicious than anything called “Goobers” has any right to be.

5. Twizzlers

Or, as they are widely known, “The Good Red Vines.” If there is a limit to the number of Twizzlers a human being can consume in a single sitting, I have yet to find it.

4. Snickers Bites

One of the very best candy bars is solidly very good in bite-size form. Plus they’re unwrapped, cutting down the time between bag and mouth to an absolute minimum.

3. Junior Mints

Come on — who doesn’t love a Junior Mint? It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint. It’s delicious!

2. Sour Patch Kids

Like Swedish Fish, but with more flavor varieties, and the fun of those weird sour crystals. Not a bad flavor in the bunch, and a theater-sized bag goes a long way.

1. Starburst

Starburst checks pretty much every movie theater candy box. It’s got a good variety of flavors, they take forever to eat, and they have an appealing chewy texture without ever getting stuck in your teeth. It’s the clear number one.

The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

The most overrated movies of all time in one list, ranked in order of how overrated they really are. Being overrated doesn't mean it's not a good movie, or even a classic movie, it just means the movie's not living up to the hype surrounding it. Some of these overrated movies are Academy Award winners, some are the best comedies of all time, and some are even considered to be among the best movies ever by some, they are all over hyped and don't quite live up to all of the positive attention they've received.

These are movies that film critics hailed as brilliant, movies your friends said you had to see, comedies you would fall over laughing at, and dramas so deep you'd never look at the world the same way again. Except that you did watch them, they did suck, and now you're questioning your friends's taste in everything. From Avatar and all the Twilights, to Love Actually (you monster) and Trainspotting (maybe? Up to you!), these are the films you hate, despite their popularity and/or acclaim.

What are the most overrated films? What classic movies are overrated? What are some top movies that everyone loves but some people hate? This is by no means a complete list of overrated movies, but it's a whole bunch of them. If you know of a supposedly great movie that's overrated and not on the list of the most overrated movies, make sure to add it so other people can save their time and give it a miss.

 

 


The Best Educational Games Ever, Ranked

The Best Educational Games Ever, Ranked

Back-to-school season means more than just fresh outfits and bad teachers. It also means parents attempting to meet their kids halfway with the cool gadgets that have a little education thrown into the mix. "Edutainment" has been snuck into plenty of children's lives, and the world of video games is no exception. From the blatantly educational to the historically accurate and everything in between, here are 10 of the best educational games of all time, ranked.

10. Math Blaster

Blasternaut needed your help keeping space clear of garbage and alien invaders. You needed help with your multiplication tables. The math's easy to see in this simple and fun blasting sim.

9. Assassin's Creed (series)

Travelling through time to visit your ancestors is bound to leave behind some historical gems. The Assassins Creed series has cracked open the minds of more than one person in order to explore the origins of the Assassins across Europe, Africa, and the Americas, taking us through medieval, pirate, and even American Revolutionary versions of historical events that we know and (sometimes) love. Assassin's Creed Origins even features a purely historical mode that takes you on a guided tour through Egypt.

8. Typing Of The Dead

Fighting back zombies in the House of The Dead series is fun enough, but what about typing them to death? Typing of The Dead is a port of the game that swapped guns and grenade launchers with nouns, verbs, and adjectives sharp enough to take the undead down. It's tongue-in-cheek and a great way to learn how to type faster than 80 words a minute!

7. Parking Mania

Learning to park a car is frustrating, especially with a parent yelling at you and breaking concentration. Parking Mania let you practice from the comfort of your own home and wouldn't cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs if you accidentally crash.

6. SimCity

Games can help you live out many dreams: hero, ripped fighter, even just being a dog owner. But SimCity has prepared generations for city civic planning departments by giving them the keys to their own city and letting them drop buildings where they may. Will it be overcrowded? Probably, but at least you have a better idea of what a city planner has to go through on a regular basis.

5. Kerbal Space Program

Ever wanted to travel to space but didn't have the resources or brain power to make it happen? Kerbal Space Program is not just a fun space program simulator, but it features a realistic orbital physics engine that keeps things feeling more real than a thousand Supermen flying through space.

4. Any Jeopardy game ever

Jeopardy is a game built on random trivia knowledge, so it goes without saying that any video game version of the hit game show will test your skills and make your grandparents extra proud.

3. Big Brain Academy

Sometimes, brain teasers are all we need. Big Brain Academy billed itself as the ultimate brain teaser package, bite-sized mini-games designed to keep your brain on its toes whether you're on the bus or sitting at your desk procrastinating on other work.

2. Civilization

Real-time strategy games have a reputation for playing around with history, but few put you in the middle of the action quite like Sid Meirs' Civilization. Historical figures from across time came together in an effort to turn Risk and Stratego into clickable warfare for the armchair general on the quest for knowledge. It's easy to learn about Julius Caesar, Mahatma Gandhi, and more while hoarding rations for ages.

1. Oregon Trail

What else could possibly be number one? How could any game ever hope to top the wilderness-exploring sim that taught you about every survival tactic and old-age sickness you'd ever want to know? Oregon Trail redefined dysentery for an entire generation of gamers. Even though modern-day Oregon is much less cruel, our brains have been rewired regardless.


Top 10 of Tallest Porn Stars [NSFW] [NUDITY]

Top 10 of Tallest Porn Stars [NSFW] [NUDITY]

Kitty Jane


October 1, 1990 in Czech Republic

HEIGHT: 185 cm / 6 ft 1 in

Kitty Jane (AKA Jana, Jana B, Jana Z, Lisa, Iva, Janet, Noemi, Nika, Isabella...) was born on October the 1st, 1990, in Czech Republic. She is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall and she weighs about 136 lbs (62 kg). The size of her beautiful natural tits is average (her measurements are 35C-26-37). This brown-eyed Caucasian brunette started acting in porn movies in 2010. She's done scenes for adult studios/networks/sites like Doghouse Digital, Reality Kings (Euro Sex Parties), Rocco Siffredi, Bluebird Films, Eromaxx Films, Penthouse, Nubile Films, Daring, Private, etc.

Saki Aoyama


August 25, 1990 in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan

HEIGHT: 181 cm / 5 ft 11 in

Saki Aoyama is a Japanese porn performer, and adult model. She's also a Japanese AV Idol. She is 5 ft 11 and a half in (181 cm) tall. She was born in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, on August the 25th, 1990. This brown-eyed Asian cutie's hair is black. She has entered the adult industry in 2012. Her tits are natural and her measurements are 35-24-38.

Holly Michaels


August 16, 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S

HEIGHT: 181 cm / 5 ft 11 in

Holly Michaels (AKA Holly, FTV Holly...) was born on August the 16th, 1990, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. This brunette is 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall, she weighs 125 lbs (57 kg) and her big natural breasts are beautiful (her measurements are 36DD-24-34). She started her career as a webcam model in 2009, but she didn't start performing in porn movies until 2011. She briefly retired in 2014, but currently she's active. She was nominated for various porn awards (including in categories “Best New Starlet” and “Porn's Best Body”) and her work can be enjoyed on Porn Pros, Brazzers, Kink, Babes, When Girls Play, Hard X, Sex Art, Tushy and many other porn sites/networks.

Paige Turnah


February 26, 1988 in London, England

HEIGHT: 181 cm / 5 ft 11 in

Paige Turnah (AKA Paige Turner, Kiri, Paige Turnam...) is a British Caucasian pornstar. She was born on February the 26th, 1988, in London, England. She's 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall, she weighs around 165 lbs (75 kg) and her beautiful big tits are natural – her measurements are 36E-27-42. During her career (it started in 2010) she was nominated for several porn awards (including in category “Porn Star of the Year”). She is usually a brunette, but sometimes she's a blonde. She has worked for studios/sites/networks like DogFart, Brazzers, Reality Kings, Digital Playground, New Sensations, Daring, Killergram, et cetera, and her official site is – Paige Turnah.

Alexis Grace


December 7, 1988 in Clearwater, Florida, USA

HEIGHT: 5 ft 11 in

Alexis Grace (AKA Ashley Grace, Alexis, Mizz Fluffy, Mzzfluffy, Chelsi Choadload...) was born in Clearwater, Florida, USA. She was born on December the 7th, 1988, and she died on August the 16th, 2016. She was 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall and her weight was somewhere around 136 lbs (62 kg). At the beginning of her career her tits were average-sized and natural, but later she enhanced them to 36DD (her measurements were 36DD-26-37). Her body was decorated with several tattoos and piercings. During her career this Caucasian blue-eyed brunette (sometimes she was a redhead) was working for studios/sites/networks like Brazzers, Hustler Video, Reality Kings, Devil's Film, My XXX Pass, Digital Sin, White Ghetto, Evil Angel, Team Skeet, Femdom Empire, Danni, Pure Play Media, New Sensations, Kick Ass Pictures, etc.

Tanya James


October 27, 1983 in Riverside, California, USA

HEIGHT: 180 cm / 5 ft 11 in

Tanya James AKA Tanya was born in Riverside, California, USA, on October the 27th, 1983. She is 5 ft 11 in tall (180 cm) and she weighs approximately 130 lbs (59 kg). At the beginning of he career (in 2002) her C-cup tits were natural, and in 2008 she had them enhanced to DD. Currently her measurements are 34DD-25-35. This pierced Caucasian beauty is usually a blonde, but her hair was sometimes black. During her long career she has performed in over 200 scenes/movies, and she's done them for studios/networks/sites like Brazzers, Hustler Video, Vivid, Zero Tolerance, Third degree, Twistys, Digital Playground, Penthouse, Wicked Pictures, Kick Ass Pictures, New Sensations, and so on.

Angel Long


November 21, 1980 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England

HEIGHT: 183 cm / 6 ft

Angel Long (AKA Angel T, Taz, Sarah Reed, Sarah Read, Sarah Slick) was born as Sarah Reade on November the 21st, 1980, in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. She's 6 ft (183 cm) tall and she weighs 152 lbs (69 kg). Her tits are natural, and although some other sources say otherwise, on her official website (Angel Long XXX) she claims that her measurements are 36A-29-36. This pierced and tattooed Caucasian MILF started shooting porn in 2001, and she's famous for anal penetration – she even does double anal. Angel is usually a blonde, but sometimes her hair is red or even blue. She has worked for studios/sites/networks like Brazzers, Digital Playground, Reality Kings, New Sensations, Private, White Ghetto, Vivid, 21 Sextury, Blacks On Blondes, Devil's Film, Digital Sin, Kick Ass Pictures, Sin City, Elegant Angel, Evil Angel, Hustler Video, and the list goes on and on.

Danica James


HEIGHT: 188 cm / 6 ft 2 in

Danica James (AKA Danica, Brittney, Izzy, Amber Taylor...) was born in 1995, in California, USA. She is 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) tall and she weighs around 143 lbs (65 kg). Her big boobs are natural and her measurements are 34D-27-39. This brown-eyed black-haired Latina's navel is pierced and she has several tattoos. She started performing in adult movies in 2014, and since then she's worked for studios/networks/sites like Reality Kings, Devil's Film, Hustler Video, Lethal Hardcore, I Worship Anal, etc.

Alison Tyler


January 5, 1990 in California, USA

HEIGHT: 180 cm / 5 ft 11 in

Alison Tyler (AKA Alyson Tyler, Allison Tyler, Allison Taylor, Danicka Tyler...) was born on January the 5th, 1990, in California, USA. This beautiful Caucasian brunette of Italian and Danish ancestry is 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall and she weighs 165 lbs (75 kg). She has entered the adult industry in 2010, and you can find her scenes on sites/networks like Brazzers, DDF Network, BangBros, Fantasy Massage, Digital Playground, Mofos, Naughty America, Venus Girls Productions, etc. Her official website is – Alison Tyler. This big girl's huge tits are enhanced (her measurements are 36DD-30-34). She was nominated for various porn awards.

Ava Koxxx


June 8, 1985 in Birmingham, England

HEIGHT: 190 cm / 6 ft 3 in

Ava Koxxx is a beautiful British pornstar. She is 6 ft 3 in tall (190 cm) and she weighs 145 lbs (66 kg). This tall brunette was born in Birmingham, England, on June the 8th, 1985. Her navel is pierced and she has a tattoo on her tailbone. This Caucasian MILF with huge enhanced tits (her measurements are 34I-28-36) has entered the adult industry in 2013, and she's still active. You can enjoy her body on sites/networks like DDF Network, Brazzers, Naughty America, Digital Playground, etc.

 


THE TOP 20 MOST WATCHED SHOWS ON TV RANKED

THE TOP 20 MOST WATCHED SHOWS ON TV RANKED

20. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.56 million

19. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Nickelodeon)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.59 million

18. “Gotham” (Fox)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.69 million

17. “Riverdale” (CW)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.78

16. “Once Upon a Time” (ABC)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.85 million

15. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.86 million

14. “Supernatural” (CW)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.98 million

13. “Lucifer” (Fox)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.98 million

12. “Shameless” (Showtime)

Average Demand Expressions: 2.98 million

11. “Arrow” (CW)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.00 million

10. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.09 million

9. “The 100” (CW)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.10 million

8. “The Flash” (CW)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.27 million

7. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.36 million

6. “Westworld” (HBO)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.53 million

5. “Blindspot” (NBC)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.57 million

4. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Average Demand Expressions: 3.79 million

3. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Average Demand Expressions: 4.36 million

2. “Vikings” (History)

Average Demand Expressions: 8.52 million

1. “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

And the winner is “The Walking Dead” with an average demand of 11.84 million. However, with confirmed reports of the show’s star Andrew Lincoln leaving the series, we’ll see if it can hold onto its number one spot.


THE TOP 25 BEST MOVIES THE INDUSTRY HAS TO OFFER

THE TOP 25 BEST MOVIES THE INDUSTRY HAS TO OFFER

Silence of the Lambs

A sleeper hit that has over time gained widespread acclaim, Silence of the Lambs is only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Giving birth to one of the most popular action heroes of all time, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark won four Academy Awards and set a new standard for special effects in action movies.

 

Rear Window

Considered by many critics to be Alfred Hitchcock’s best film, Rear Window has been referenced numerous times in popular culture and has been added to the National Film Registry due to it being culturally and historically significant.

 

Once Upon A Time In The West

An Italian Spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone, Once Upon A Time In The West followed the seemingly popular pattern of having a very negative reception at the box office only to go on and achieve legendary status among the best movies of all time.

 

Matrix

A Wachowski brothers masterpiece, The Matrix has been widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever, and besides influencing the genre heavily, it set a new standard in Hollywood for action fight scenes with its now famous “bullet time” effect.

 

Casablanca

With a release that was rushed to coincide with the Allied invasion of North Africa, Casablanca was not expected to be a major blockbuster. This World War II drama, however, went on to win three Academy Awards including Best Picture.

 

City of God

This Brazilian crime drama is based on the true story of gangs and their rise to prominence in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Cidade de Deus (City of God). It was critically acclaimed for its depiction of the events, and many of the actors were even from the suburb itself.

 

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Kicking off what would become one of the most influential science fiction sagas of all time, A New Hope paved the way in terms of special effects and set the precedent for the new age of big budget blockbusters that would follow.

 

Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas is often considered to be one of the greatest mob movies ever and was the inspiration behind David Chase’s popular HBO series The Sopranos.

 

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

The first of two Lord of the Rings films on this list, Fellowship of the Ring became famous among fans and critics alike for being the most faithful adaptation of Tolkien’s book.

 

Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai chronicles the story of a village that hires seven rogue samurai to protect them from bandits. It is the highest grossing Japanese movie ever and one of only a few Japanese films to ever make it into western cinema to any significant extent.

 

Inception

Receiving wide critical acclaim for its originality, score, and visual effects, Inception won numerous awards and has possibly the most disputed ending of all time.

 

Fight Club

As one of the most controversial and talked about films of the 1990’s, Fight Club had an incredible impact on popular culture, and almost overnight Tyler Durden’s line, “The first rule of Fight Club is – you do not talk about Fight Club,” became one of the most popular quotes of the decade.

 

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

After struggling through the production phase and being released to mixed reviews, The Empire Strikes Back eventually crept its way up to become not only the most popular film in the Star Wars Saga but also one of the top grossing movies of all time.

 

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

Only the second film to win all five major Academy Awards, it wasn’t until almost twenty years later that Silence of the Lambs followed suit. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest was actually regarded as being so good that in some Swedish movie theaters it was shown for a mind blowing 11 years straight.

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The third film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of the King won a groundbreaking 11 Academy Awards, tying Titanic and Ben-Hur for the title of most awards won. It’s also the first and only fantasy film to have ever won the award for Best Picture and managed to establish Lord of the Rings as the highest grossing motion picture trilogy of all time.

 

The Dark Knight

One of the best movies of the 2000’s, Dark Knight was the eleventh highest-grossing film of all time and received critical acclaim for both its powerful acting and haunting storyline.

 

Schindler’s List


Based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List not only won seven Academy Awards but also went down as one of the greatest films of the century. In it, Spielberg chronicles the life of Oskar Schindler, a businessman living in World War II Germany who saved the lives of thousands of Jews by offering them employment.

 

12 Angry Men


Famous for being filmed almost entirely on one set, 12 Angry Men follows a jury as it attempts to reach a unanimous decision. It wasn’t until the film came out on television long after its initially disappointing performance at the box office that it achieved its legendary status.

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Starring Clint Eastwood, this Italian spaghetti western is the third film in the famous Dollars Trilogy and is well known for its cinematography and film score. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is often considered the most popular western of all time and the best movie in its genre.

 

Pulp Fiction

Known for its eclectic dialogue, non-linear story line, and numerous pop culture references, Pulp Fiction was nominated for seven Oscars and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film festival in France.

 

The Godfather: Part II

Winning six Academy Awards, The Godfather: Part II has been selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry and is widely considered one of the few examples in cinematic history where the sequel was on par with the original.

 

Shawshank Redemption

Although Shawshank Redemption barely covered its budget at the box office, it received very good reviews from critics and eventually became an all time favorite on cable TV and DVD.

 

The Godfather

As one of the most respected films ever, The Godfather has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best movies ever made. Never before had any film taken the insider perspective on a crime family the way it did, and besides having one of the greatest casts, screenplays, and directors of all time, it had a significant impact on western culture that has come to be known as the “Godfather Effect.”

 

Citizen Kane

Although after its initial release it faded from the spotlight, after World War II, Citizen Kane received critical acclaim abroad in countries like France. This led to the movie being “rediscovered” by American audiences and eventually achieving the legendary status it enjoys today at the top of many best movies lists, just like this one.


The 15 Best Fictional Vehicles RANKED!

The 15 Best Fictional Vehicles RANKED!

Sure, superpowers and weapons are great and all, but if you don’t have them, it’s time to look towards the next best thing: a sweet ride to get around. While there are a variety of different fictional vehicles to choose from, they can’t all be the best, so we did the work for you. After careful consideration of “cool” factor, dependability, overall usefulness, and how some iconic vehicles are only as good as their operators, here are the 15 best fictional vehicles on the market today.


The Sexiest Movies On Netflix Right Now

The Sexiest Movies On Netflix Right Now

You want a nice sexy movie on Netflix to watch. Where do you even begin to find the ones to match your mood? There’s a ton of choices on Netflix and luckily, we’ve narrowed down the sexiest films for you to stream.

This list runs the gamut from old-school romance to quite graphic and erotic seduction. Are you in the mood for the sensual or provocative? Take your pick from this collection. There’s straight-up sex. 20-somethings having one-night stands. Perhaps you enjoy older women seducing younger men. Maybe you want sensuous adventures between two women. Whatever you’re in the mood for, scan the list and go to town.

Now, break open a nice bottle of wine, throw a blanket over you and your significant other if you’ve got one, and get ready to journey through the best of Netflix’s sexiest movies right now.

Y Tu Mamá También

Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado, Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal

Sexy for: sexual exploration with older women

Y Tu Mamá También is a classic. This movie from 2001 tells the story of two horny, teenage boys (as if there’s anything but horny teenagers) and their sexcapades with an almost 30-year-old married woman. The movie opens with one of the teenagers butt-naked and thrusting in a sex scene with his girlfriend. Always a good sign for a sexy movie.

The three take a road trip where lots of sex is had. The older woman as an experienced sex guide will reel you in. But this classic has so much going below the surface. The story takes place in Mexico and the movie shows life between the haves and have-nots. It also ruminates on death in the context of living. But yea, classic movie for hot sex.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche

Sexy for: sexual coming-of-age, French eroticism, passionate lesbian love

This movie is a classic coming-of-age story. And it’s set in France which is where all sexy movies seems to take place. When you finish this list of Netflix movies, book a flight to Paris stat.

Adèle (Adele Exarchopoulos) has a strong appetite. Both for food and sex. She keeps food stashed under her bed to satisfy her sweet tooth. However, her boyfriend doesn’t satisfy her sexual urges, so she searches elsewhere. That leads her to a lesbian bar where she finds the blue-haired Emma (Lea Seydoux). Emma gives Adèle what she wants.

The sex scenes are long and explicit. Variety says it had “the most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory.” Audiences even walked out during one of the movie’s longest sex scenes. So, you definitely have to watch this movie.

Watch this to satisfy your primal urges.

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Eyes Wide Shut

Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

Sexy for: masked orgies, emotional betrayal, sexual exploration

Another classic in the pantheon of sexy movies. Lots of nudity and an orgy scene. Does that have your attention yet? Oh and it stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman when they were in their prime.

The film opens with Alice Harford (Kidman) slipping out of her dress. And it only gets better. The married couple attends a Christmas party where a suave European tries to seduce Alice. “Don’t you think one of the trials of marriage is that it makes deception a necessity for both parties?’” That questions foreshadows one of the movie’s themes: the masks we wear.

Alice later confesses to Bill how she would’ve fallen for a handsome naval officer she met the previous summer. “I could hardly move” she admits. Although she adds that with just a push, she would’ve given up everything for this one person. Nothing happened, but no husband wants to hear what Alice just admitted.

What follows is Bill, a doctor, venturing out into the night for calls. Along the way, he encounters several sexual temptations. Eventually, he makes his way to an anonymous orgy where the participants wear masks and very little else. At least for the women. Again, the theme of the masks we wear pops up.

Watch the movie for sexual tension between Kidman and Cruise and lots of naked people. The story’s not bad either.

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Magic Mike

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn, Alex Pettyfer

Sexy for: Chippendales-type dancing, 6-pack abs, bawdy pleasure

Channing Tatum stripping, how can that not be sexy. Magic Mike put him on the map. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call this a classic. Maybe not The Godfather-type classic, but definitely campy-type classic. The movie starts out fun, but gets more serious as the story unwinds.

Tatum plays Magic Mike, a veteran male stripper. He takes young Adam (Alex Pettyfer) to Xquisite, a strip club in Tampa run by Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). Dallas convinces a hesitant Adam to strip. Adam acquiesces. Gradually, he gets turned onto drugs which is where the film gets darker. It also shines a light on the seedier side of male stripping. Meanwhile, Magic Mike also takes a liking to Adam’s sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). The film also explores their relationship.

If you’re a lady, watch for men thrusting pelvises in your face. If you’re a guy, watch the movie to learn some new moves for the bedroom.

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Nymphomaniac Vol 1

Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater

Sexy for: graphic sex scenes, naked body parts, emotional intimacy

As you can guess, the movie deals with nymphomania. Nymphomaniac Vol 1released concurrently with Nymphomaniac Vol 2 back in 2014. This movie is legendary. Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is a sex addict, a term she refuses to say. She ends up bloodied in an alley, rescued by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) and proceeds to tell him her story. The movie plays out through flashbacks with actress Stacy Martin playing Joe in the flashbacks.

We follow Joe as she seduces men for fun. Here’s Joe giving oral sex to a stranger on the train. And it’s very graphic to the point where you see ejaculation.

Here’s Shia LaBeouf putting his penis into Joe (or was his willy digitally enhanced?). There’s a ton of sex scenes like this, making this one of the classic sexiest, and raunchiest, movies on Netflix.

Nymphomaniac Vol 1 is the more sexual part, while Nymphomaniac Vol 2 is much darker, but no less sexier.

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Nymphomaniac Vol 2

Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater

Sexy for: emotional intimacy, S&M

Nymphomaniac Vol 2 delves deeper into the background of Joe and Seligman. Both characters were introduced in Nymphomaniac Vol 1. Seligman is as much an erudite as Joe is a sex addict. Also, Joe is married to Jerome (Shia LaBeouf) and has literally lost the ability to orgasm.

Nymphomaniac Vol 2 still has titillating scenes, such as Joe and a man named K who administers some S&M play involving rope and duct tape. She eventually develops a relationship with this man. This segues into explaining how Joe ended up beaten up in an alley.

Obviously, high on the sexy scale.

Watch Nymphomaniac Vol 2 on Netflix now

Sex And Lucia

Cast: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Daniel Freire

Sexy for: island sex, erect wieners, Paz Vega naked

Lucia (Paz Vega) jets to Formentara, an island in Spain, after her boyfriend Lorenzo’s (Tristan Ulloa) apparent suicide. She runs into one of her boyfriend’s one-night stands, Elena (Najwa Nimri). Elena turns out to be Lucia’s landlady, but their tryst is unknown to Lucia. Slowly, Lucia learns about Elena, their love child…and a dog. *cocks head to side*

Watch for gorgeous island photography and sexy bodies.

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Summertime

Cast: Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Jean-Henri Compère

Sexy for: French love, seduction, artsy nudity

This 2015 film tells the sensual story of a love between two French women in the 1970’s. Carole (Cécile de France) seduces the younger, but sexually wiser, Delphine (Izïa Higelin) from Delphine’s husband. There’s a lot of lovemaking and nudity, but it’s classy. Watch for sex scenes amongst cows and lovers covertly sneaking in and out of each other’s bedrooms in the middle of the night.

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Cruel Intentions

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair

Sexy for: illicit sexual undertones, seduction, sensual tension

Netflix this 1999 movie starring a young Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair.

The wicked Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) gets dumped by her boyfriend for the sweet Cecile (Blair). Kathryn urges her stepbrother Sebastian Valmont (Phillippe), who’s quite the seducer, to get back at her ex-boyfriend by bedding Cecile. Sebastian agrees, but happens across a new target, Annette (Witherspoon). Annette’s a virgin and Sebastian bets Kathryn he can take her virginity.

The bet is a kicker. If he loses, Kathryn gets his sports car. If he wins though, he gets to bone his stepsister Kathryn. Umm, ok. As you can imagine, there’s lots of sexual tension between step-siblings Kathryn and Sebastian. Lots of sexy talk and straight-forward approaches to sex.

Break out the wine for this Netflix movie.

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Below Her Mouth

Cast: Erika Linder, Natalie Krill

Sexy for: lesbian romance, seduction

Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a title like Below Her Mouth. The plot can be summarized as lesbian sex between a Canadian roofer and a successful fashion editor.

Dallas (Erika Linder) plays the blue-collar roofer working on Jasmine’s (Natalie Krill) house next door. Jasmine’s husband spends a lot of time away on business. Dallas ends up working on the house next door when Jasmine catches her eyes. Dallas propositions Jasmine who initially resists. Her defenses break though, as evidenced by a bathtub masturbation scene with Dallas installing the roof next door.

Rated sexy for lots of girl-on-girl action.

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Wetlands

Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marlen Kruse

Sexy for: graphic sexual imagery meant to shock

This movie is meant to shock. Be warned. But that also probably piqued your interest. It’s based on a best-seller Wetlands by Charlotte Roche, a German TV personality. Do not watch this movie on a full stomach.

In the very first scene, Wetlands exposes you to Helen (played by Swiss actress Carla Juri), on a public toilet littered with pubic hair and a floor slicked with unknown fluids. Normally, a toilet like that is an automatic pass, but Helen proceeds to wipe her vagina all around it.

Subsequent scenes include lots of vaginal fluid, semen-enhanced pizza, Helen and her friend exchanging used tampons and doing things you do not want to know. Beyond the gross-out moments, director David Wnendt “has made a compelling and complex portrait of girlhood.” So, it’s not all for shock.

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Adore

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville

Sexy for: older women/younger women sex, beach romance

Mid-40’s lusty mothers swap sons in Australia. That’s not the tagline Adore used, but they could’ve. The movie stars Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts) as two close friends who share everything.

Roz’s husband gets assigned to a job in Sydney. That leaves Roz and Lil to enjoy their time with their sons, Tom (James Frecheville) and Ian (Xavier Samuel). The women comment that “their sons are like gods wandering among us.” That line is based on Doris Lessing’s book, The Grandmothers, which inspired the movie. Pretty soon, all four enjoy their time together, drunken dinners, dancing, and no, it doesn’t stop there.

Roz hooks up with Ian, Lil’s son. Meanwhile, Roz’s son, Tom, gets revenge by bedding Lil. So, you have older women/younger men dynamics along with son swapping thrown in for good measure. Definite must watch for sexiness.

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On The Road

Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Elisabeth Moss

Sexy for: free love, threesomes

Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst and Elisabeth Moss star in this take on On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) drives across the country. Along the way, he meets the free-spirited Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund). Dean has a 16-year old companion Marylou, played by Kristen Stewart. There’s threesomes, prostitution and a string of jilted lovers in Dean’s wake.

This came out in 2012, a year after Stewart’s role as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Check out this Netflix movie to see a sultry, 22-year-old Stewart lie completely naked in the back of a car.

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Room in Rome

Cast: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Sexy for: sensuous, steamy lesbian sex, intimacy

A one-night stand between two women, one straight and the other gay, turns from steamy sex into revelations of truths and lies. Alba (Elena Anaya) from Spain meets Russian Natasha (Natasha Yarovenko) at a bar in Rome. Alba, a lesbian, seduces Natasha to return to Alba’s hotel room. The two engage in some very erotic sex, including a novel use for a bottle. Alba tells Natasha she’ll give her “the better orgasm of her life.” Grammar notwithstanding, she seems to back up her promise.

The one-night stand isn’t the end of the story though. Each take turns in revealing something about themselves. Are their secrets true? Are they false? That’s part of the continued seduction. And part of the danger.

Also, Natasha looks like Ivanka Trump, so there’s that.

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Young and Beautiful

Cast: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen, Georges Ferriere

Sexy for: young woman’s sexual awakening

French director François Ozon’s movie opens with a brother spying on his topless sister through binoculars on a French beach. Ooook. For some reason, her brother is put off, yet intrigued, by his 17-year-old sister’s budding sexuality. Her brother’s curiosity isn’t the thrust of the movie though.

The sister, Isabelle (Marine Vacth), eventually loses her virginity to a German guy. Yet, this leaves her unsatisfied. She turns to prostitution before the new school year. Each client is a random, clinical sexual act to her until she meets an elderly man named Georges (Johan Leysen). Georges ignites, or perhaps unlocks, some emotions within Isabelle that only the sexual relations between the two can bring out.

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Suntan

Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali

Sexy for: vacation sex in Greece, young beach bodies

Do you like seeing a bunch of hot, suntanned, young, nubile bodies? You’ll get that in this movie. You’ll also get a middle-aged, pasty, heavyset Greek doctor, Dr. Kostis (Makis Papadimitriou) who lusts after these young women when he lands on the Greek island of Antiparos for work. Clear mid-life crisis.

One of these young women, Anna (Elli Tringou), actually takes an interest in him. This overjoys him and he becomes her lapdog as this movie becomes progressively darker towards its conclusion.

Great for anyone who misses being younger than 30 or enjoys watching perfect bodies rolling around on the beach and in the ocean.

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The Little Death

Cast: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany,

Sexy for: erotic fantasies, deaf sex

The title for the movie, The Little Death, is translated from French where it means an orgasm. So, that there is a good sign. The movie follows five couples in Australia and their various sexual fantasies.

The fantasies run the gamut from rape scenarios to a husband “exploring” his wife after she takes his sleeping pills. Bill Cosby’s ears just perked up.

According to some reviewers, the last vignette steals the show. It features the hearing impaired and phone sex. That there is an SNL sketch that needs to be made.

Monica (Erin James, a bit of a Sally Hawkins lookalike), who works at a Skype-like video service translating phone calls for the deaf. On a slow night, she winds up on a call with Sam (T.J. Power), only to find that he wants her to mediate his conversation with a phone-sex operator (Genevieve Hegney).

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Palm Trees In The Snow

Cast: Mario Casas, Adriana Ugarte, Macarena García, Alain Hernández, Berta Vázquez

Sexy for: old-fashioned romance, class differences & illicit love

The movie talks about interracial love in 1970’s Africa. It opens with an interracial love scene between Kilian (Mario Casas), a Spaniard, and Bisila (Berta Vazquez), a Guinean woman. The couple get torn apart for reasons we don’t know yet. Seeing how the setting is interracial love, you can probably guess why. Later in the modern day, Clarence (Adriana Ugarte), Kilian’s daughter, buries her father within snow-tinged mountains. She discovers her family has secrets and the movie cuts back and forth between Clarence’s story and her father’s.

Supposedly, it’s Spain’s answer to Out of Africa, another movie about love and colonialism. It’s also another movie adaptation on the list. This one comes from the book Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas.

Carve out three hours from your Saturday night and Netflix this passionate movie about love and colonialism.

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I Am Love

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher

Sexy for: classy nudity, love between social classes

Tilda Swinton plays Emma Recchi, a Russian who marries into the Recchis. They’re an upper-class Italian family who made their money in textiles. Emma’s daughter, Elisabetta (Alba Rohrwacher), awakens the sexual lionness inside Emma when she admits she’s in love with another woman. This sets Emma off on an affair with Antonio, her husband’s friend, whom she chases onto a sofa. There they bone with birds singing outside.

I Am Love has an old-school sexiness to it. Best watched with fancy wine and a thick comforter.

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Bang Gang

Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima, Lorenzo Lefèbvre, Daisy Broom

Sexy for: French teen romance, orgies, sex parties

Teen sex aided by copious amounts of Ecstasy, coke and pot. Naked bodies, boy-girl sex, it’s just another day in France for George (Marilyn Lima), her friend Laetitia (Daisy Broom) and Alex (Finnegan Oldfield). Within the opening scenes, you have a naked woman running out of a house. That’s just in the first 30 seconds.

George is the sexually aggressive one, while Laetitia is more reserved. Alex, meanwhile, is some sort of manipulator-in-training who plays the two against each other.

It’s basically Larry Clark’s notorious film, Kids, set in France. You have teens playing spin the bottle and truth and dare. Naturally, these turn into orgies and sex parties which is what the title Bang Gang refers to. Why else does anyone play spin the bottle?? This movie will help you relive your teenage past or show you what you missed out on.

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A Perfect Ending

Cast: Barbara Niven, Jessica Clark, John Heard

Sexy for: lesbian sex, younger woman/older woman relations, emotional intimacy

This movie focuses on two lesbians from different worlds. It got its start on Kickstarter, raising over $50,000 to shoot. You have Rebecca (Barbara Niven), a 50-something upscale socialite, unsatisfied with her romantic and sexual life, who admits to her friends she’s never had an orgasm. That sounds more like a tragedy, not a sexy movie, but sexiness does follow.

Naturally, her friends jump in to help. They set her up with an escort, Paris (Jessica Clark), which is what I assume all girlfriends do to help out their friends.

Rebecca is smitten with Paris and reveals a dark secret. The movie that “starts as a comedy of errors ends up a uniquely erotic journey.”

Sexy for the relationship between Paris and Rebecca and their sensual scenes together.

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Love

Cast: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin, Ugo Fox

Sexy for: sensual French romance, graphic lovemaking, passionate young people

Love tells director Gaspar Noe’s semi-autobiographical story of romance. The story takes place in France (naturally, all sexy movies do). The relationship between Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American film student, and Electra (Aomi Muyock) gets told in reverse via flashbacks, starting with Murphy’s new relationship with his girlfriend and baby. Mixed in are scenes of mutual masturbation, transsexual orgies and swollen penises. Probably wanna watch this movie with the blinds drawn.

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Neon Bull

Cast: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Vincius de Oliveira

Sexy for: cowboy love

This movie takes place in the Brazilian rodeo world. So, naturally stud vaqueiros (cowboys) having sex. There’s also a horse being masturbated, pregnant sex and lots of cowboy dongs flip-flopping about.

The actual story is about the lives of these Brazilian vaqueiros. It mostly focuses on Iremar (Juliano Cazarre), a cowboy who loves to sew clothes (gender reversal, another theme the movie explores) for exotic dancer Galega (Maeve Jinkings). The two may or may not have had a thing, but when another young buck Junior (Vincius de Oliveira) gets hired, there’s even more competition for Galega’s attention.

Come for the sexy, stay for a look into Brazilian rodeo.

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Fragments of Love

Cast: Laura Aleman, Angélica Aragón, Angelica Blandon, Alfredo De Quesada

Sexy for: blinding passion, titillation, passionate lovemaking

Set in Columbia, Rodrigo (Jose Angel Bichir), a piano-tuner and former composer, falls for Susana (Angelica Blandon) who arouses him with stories of her past sexual encounters. Each night she tells him one story which inspires him to compose music again. Eventually, Susana leaves her fiancée for Rodrigo; however, Rodrigo becomes obsessed with making sure she’s faithful. Rodrigo is now a “fragment” of her love.

Lots of lovemaking scenes and nudity, and these actors don’t seem to be wearing modesty patches in their sex scenes.

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Long Nights Short Mornings

Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ella Rae Peck, Paten Hughes, Natalia Dyer

Sexy for: amorous lovemaking in random places, millenial dating

James (Shiloh Fernandez) is a 20-something guy who bones his way through New York City. He’s a cold womanizer who feels guilt about his emotionless sexual encounters. Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things) makes a notable appearance as James attempts to romance her for some cocaine.

The film is broken up into vignettes named after each woman James has sexed up. Watch for some hot kitchen and hallway sex.

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Newness

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston, Courtney Eaton

Sexy for: millenial sex and romance, one-night stands

Millenial sexual relationships in the age of apps. That’s the gist of the story. Martin Hallock (Nicholas Hoult) meets Gabi Silva (Laia Costa) off Winx, a hookup app. Each have been using it to great success (of course). Both get matched one night and agree to hook up. Gabi tells Martin that she’s obsessed with “constant newness,” but the two discover, wow, you mean talking to someone and not just hooking up with them, actually is just as fulfilling.

Gabi and Martin decide to test out an open relationship after they kinda get bored with each other. That leads them to get super turned on watching each other flirt. That leads to even more sex. There are pretty raunchy sex scenes between the two. It’s millenial sex, go watch it now.

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Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution

Cast: A bunch of college students, it’s a documentary

Sexy for: college sport sex conquests

Do you miss college spring break? Well, this film documents sex and college kids on spring break in Panama City, Florida. Hookup culture minus Tinder gets the spotlight here. One student sums it up:

“We usually go in with a chat and compliment the girl on how good-looking she is . . . and she’ll just fall for it.”

Hmm.. :/. It’s all fun and games and young, sun-kissed bodies until the filmmakers bring up sexual assault and rape that young women encounter during these moments. Titillating, educational and kinda depressing.

 


The 13 Best Individual Superpowers To Possess RANKED!

The 13 Best Individual Superpowers To Possess RANKED!

Superpowers aren’t real, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t fun to think about. Imagine being able to shoot lasers out of your eyes or leap tall buildings in a single bound. OK, that second one would only be cool until you hit the ground, but still, it illustrates a very good point we want to make forthwith. We’re going to be focusing on INDIVIDUAL superpowers for this list. Powers in congruence with other power are not an option. Do we make ourselves clear?

Keeping that tidbit in mind, allow us to rank what we believe to be the best single superpowers to possess.


Are These The Top 10 Greatest Summer Movies Of All Time?

Are These The Top 10 Greatest Summer Movies Of All Time?

With the summer movie season nearly upon us, ComingSoon.net decided to look back at some of the biggest blockbusters to ever hit when the schools are out and the air conditioning is running strong inside the multiplex…

But what makes a great summer blockbuster stand the test of time? Being part of a franchise or starting a franchise certainly helps, as all of the films on our list did. It is also crucial to have a visionary director behind the camera, and guys like Jim Cameron, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are no slouches. Lastly, a good summer movie should be FUN, and even reflect the kind of worlds you would like to be in during those sunny days.

What do you think are the greatest summer movies of all-time? What’s your favorite from our list? Is there a big one we excluded? Let us know in the comments below!

 

JAWS (Summer 1975)

Steven Spielberg’s giant shark thriller not only helped define what it meant for something to be a summer blockbuster (becoming the highest-grossing film up to that time), but also embodied that summer feeling with its beach setting and sunny look that belied the dread it imbued in audiences. This movie IS summer personified.

 

STAR WARS (Summer 1977)


It’s become a cliche to cite the original Star Wars (or A New Hope) as the ideal summer blockbuster, having turned into a cultural phenomenon whose mythology expanded into sequels and TV continues to bring in record audiences to this day. What George Lucas managed to capture was the sense of FUN and ESCAPISM we all crave, embodied in its immortal space trio of Han, Luke, and Leia.

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE (Summer 1985)

Despite its evergreen popularity to this day, Back to the Future is precisely the kind of film that would never get made today. Imagine trying to sell a studio on a movie where a kid goes back in time and his mom falls in love with him? You’d be tazed and dragged off the lot. But Robert Zemeckis managed just the right balance of zany humor, special effects and clever plotting to make it all run like a dream. It’s the perfect exampled of a summer surprise that caught audiences delightfully off guard.

 

BATMAN (Summer 1989)

Before Batman was rendered silly by Joel Schumacher, grounded by Christopher Nolan and grimdark by Zack Snyder, filmmaker Tim Burton helped launch the brand with an utterly INSANE gothic action epic that is as colorful and fun as it is twisted and macabre. By setting the movie in a Gotham City with out-of-time elements from across the 20th century, Burton managed to capture something both timeless and true to the spirit of the comics. Those who don’t remember when this film came out can’t possibly understand the cultural FRENZY it spun into in ’89. “Movie of the Decade” indeed.

 

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (Summer 1991)

While James Cameron’s original Terminator was a sleeper hit in 1984, the filmmaker took a huge risk by making a sequel on an exponentially bigger canvas, the most expensive film of all-time and the first movie to cost nine figures. It also was the first time CGI became properly integrated as a main character in the immortal villain T-1000, and the action sequences set the standard for all action blockbusters to come.

 

JURASSIC PARK (Summer 1993)

By utilizing CGI to bring dinosaurs back to life, Spielberg once again tapped into something primal that makes summer moviegoing so fun. It also helped that once again he built a blockbuster around something quintessentially summer: Theme Parks. The fact that this park contained dinosaurs and scares and thrills was what made it so fun and pure.

 

THE LION KING (Summer 1994)

While Disney had begun its animation renaissance with Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, it was Lion King that showed Disney still had the magic formula to drive in audiences in record numbers. The story is Shakespearian and mythical, while also being a real original coming from no prior source material (unless you count Kimba).

 

THE DARK KNIGHT (Summer 2008)

On the heels of the Bush years where economic collapse and terrorism preyed on the public’s subconscious, Christopher Nolan decided to take Batman to a place of true psychological pain. Heath Ledger’s Joker (a posthumously Oscar-winning portrayal) was an antithesis to the Caped Crusader, an agent of pure chaos with no personal agenda or sense of self preservation. It was America’s dark soul reflected on the screen, the blockbuster we needed and deserved.

 

THE AVENGERS (Summer 2012)

After five prior movies, Marvel Studios finally unlocked for audiences the potential of a true cinematic shared universe as all their big heroes coalesced into one gargantuan event movie. They’ve since taken the franchise to greater heights that make this movie look nearly primitive, but at the time the combination of colorful action and Joss Whedon’s trademark wit made this the perfect summer ride and the most fun had at the movies in a good long while. Superheroes don’t need to be dark for you to have a good time with them.

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Summer 2015)

After over a decade in development and years in production, George Miller emerged from the Namibian desert with a fuel-injected action epic where the storytelling was stripped down to the bone. It’s a visual feast full of spectacular sun-drenched car chases where character is expressed through action instead of dialogue, and post-apocalypitc heroism is defined to show that even in the bleakest future hope still stands strongest. Charlize Theron’s Furiosa also finally gave women the badass action hero they’d craved for so long, proving every bit the hero as Max himself.

 


20 Of The Best Or Worst Sitcoms Ever Made, According To Rotten Tomatoes - RANKED!

20 Sitcoms Ranked The Best Or Worst Ever Made According To Rotten Tomatoes

The sitcom is a staple of American television programming. For decades, audiences in the United States have turned to this type of scripted, narrative-based comedy series to unwind from their busy schedules and check in with their favorite characters each week.

Still to this day, a wealth of new sitcoms spring up every year, with cable networks eager to achieve the next big hit with these comedy series. Even Netflix has gotten into the market of filming multi-camera sitcoms as of late.

However, comedy is a trick genre. Humor is one of the most subjective things on the market, and its tough to produce a comedy series that is funny enough to get laughs while still being good enough to withstand criticism and stay on the air.

Many sitcoms that have hit the airwaves over the years have fallen flat on their faces. Whether it’s because they failed to grab audience attention or were just plain unfunny, a wide number of sitcoms have gotten the axe from their networks and were booted off the air.

Using Rotten Tomatoes and its comprehensive critic scoring system, this list rounds up ten of the absolute worst sitcoms ever produced. However, it’ll also consider these alongside ten of the best, most enjoyed sitcoms that ran on television and still enjoy a beloved spot in the hearts of TV audiences around the world.

Without further ado, here are The 10 Worst (And 10 Best) Sitcoms Ever Made According To Rotten Tomatoes.

20. WORST: WHITNEY (20%)

In 2011, Whitney Cummings was one of the most successful female comics working at the moment. Her stand-up was known for being irreverent, sharp, and witty. NBC took advantage of the critic’s growing popularity and decided to give her a sitcom.

The sitcom, simply titled Whitney, followed the loud and opinionated titular character (played by Cummings herself) and her boyfriend of five years (played by another popular stand-up comedian at the time, Chris D’Elia) as they navigate their relationship.

The series mostly revolved around the two living the day-to-day life of a long-term unmarried couple. Whitney tries her hand at several methods throughout the seasons, with the help of advice from her friends, to prevent “relationship boredom”.

Unfortunately for both the comedian and the network, the sitcom did not go very well at all.

On air for two seasons, Whitney routinely received poor reviews from critics. Many wrote that the series had flat and unconvincing characters.

Another common complaint was that the dialogue just seemed like a bunch of stand-up one-liners strung together under weak storylines.

As a result of these criticisms, it has a nice and low 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

19. BEST: PARKS AND RECREATION (90%)

First premiering in the shadow of NBC’s ridiculously popular work place sitcom The OfficeParks and Recreation has now gained its own momentum and has perhaps succeeded The Office in terms of memorability and popularity.

The mockumentary sitcom followed the lives of government employees at the Parks and Rec department in Pawnee, Indiana. The series centered on Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope as she strove to rise in the ranks of politics.

Parks and Rec served as the platform that helped actors and comedians like Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Pratt rise to the A-list status they enjoy today.

As the show went on, it attracted some impressive guest stars as well, including Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn, and Michelle Obama herself.

The series had a slow start, even suffering a mediocre 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Poehler, her talented castmates, and the show’s quirky yet fresh humor sky-rocketed the series into success.

Nearly ever season since the show’s first has won a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics raving about the series’ strong female characters, charming humor, and overall good-natured fun.

After seven impressive seasons on air, today the show has a collective score of 90%.

It’s certainly an impressive victory for Parks and Rec, and speaks volumes about the show’s growth and quality.

18. WORST: MULANEY (17%)

John Mulaney is among the funniest, most successful young comics working right now. He has a huge fan base and a strong internet following as well.

Yet even the best in show business have some projects they’d like to forget. For John Mulaney, it’s his self-titled sitcom that aired on Fox in 2014.

Mulaney starred the comic as a fictionalized version of himself who was struggling to make it on the comedy scene in the city.

The show had a seriously impressive cast, starring Martin Short as a famous talk show host named Lou Cannon and Elliott Gould as Mulaney’s neighbor.

With all of this talent involved, Mulaney seemed like a promising sitcom that could have been the next hit. But that’s not exactly how things ended up.

Mulaney’s acting skills attracted harsh criticism, and for all of the comic’s talent on stage, his show’s jokes simply weren’t funny at all. The show ended up with a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fortunately for Mulaney, the low ratings on his sitcom didn’t drag his career down at all. The comic was able to pick himself up and move on without any serious damage. He even has a new Netflix special coming out in May.

17. BEST: VEEP (91%)

You’ll find some of television’s smartest comedic writing on HBO’s sitcom Veep. From the acclaimed British comic writer Armando Iannucci, Veep provides a wealth of political satire.

The show is never afraid of pulling any punches when it comes to critiquing the politicians that work in Washington, DC and never fails to comfort viewers when they’re feeling sour about the workings of American government.

Starring the iconic Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the lead role of Selina Meyer, Veep follows Meyer’s political journey that continually dips up and down as she begins as Vice President, ascends to the Presidency, decides to take a break from Washington, and is President once more.

The performances from supporting actors such as Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, and Reid Scott all add to the show’s top-rate humor that help it rise above the other comedies on television.

The show has always enjoyed the love of critics, who have praised the series over the years for its razor sharp satire, unforgettable and at-times absurdist dialogue, and significant political commentary.

Veep is now approaching its final season with its upcoming season 7, but with its rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, it will surely go down as one of HBO’s most successful sitcoms of all time.

16. WORST: TRUTH BE TOLD (13%)

Few things are worse than a sitcom that thinks it is smarter and more topical than it actually is. NBC’s 2015 sitcom Truth Be Told is an example of just that.

Truth Be Told starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Vanessa Lachey as white couple Mitch and Tracey who are friends with Russell and Angie, the black couple next door, played by Tone Bell and Bresha Webb.

The series used the two couples at its heart to try and offer amusing and relevant observations about the world and today’s society, most especially about race politics, through comedy.

It held potential to be a successful show on paper, but it didn’t work out once Truth Be Toldhit the air waves.

For all its effort to be edgy and progressive, the comedy just ended up falling back on old, stale sitcom clichés.

Critics went after the series for having bland characters, irritating and unfunny dialogue, and worst of all, thinking it was more original and compelling than it really was.

After all of these complaints, Truth Be Told sits with a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. NBC saw that Truth Be Told didn’t have the brightest future with these criticisms, so it quietly cancelled the sitcom after only one season.

15. BEST: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (93%)

HBO single-handedly set the bar for what today’s sitcoms should strive to be with its long-running comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.

First premiering in 2000, the sitcom was recently renewed for a ninth season in 2017 after season 8 ended in 2011.

Curb Your Enthusiasm was created by iconic comedian Larry David, who also stars as the sitcom’s lead as a fictionalized version of himself. Curb Your Enthusiasm is famously written with a loose script, with David allowing his actors to improvise on set routinely, giving the series its lively and unique humor.

The series follows the semi-retired Larry in his daily life around Los Angeles as he gets himself into cringe-worth social debacles.

The sitcom often features high-profile guest spots by actors such as Bob Odinkirk, Jason Alexander, Stephen Colbert, and Anne Bancroft.

Always fresh, funny, and unexpected, Curb Your Enthusiasm has always been a critics’ sweetheart for all of the years its been on air.

Even though its most recent season 9 has received lower reviews than past seasons, scoring a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes instead of the usual high 90s or 100s, critics have still remained impressed with the show’s most recent material.

However, even with this dip in scores, Curb Your Enthusiasm can still brag a high cumulative score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

14. WORST: ROB (11%)

Rob Schneider rises back in Hollywood with new projects ever so often in efforts to become relevant once again. In 2012, this came in the form of a CBS sitcom named after him.

Schneider starred in the titular lead role with Claudia Bassols as his wife Maggie (played by Claudia Bassols).

The sitcom’s concept centered on Rob trying to win the acceptance favor of Maggie’s Mexican family, though he constantly fails to do so successfully. Cheech Marin starred alongside Schnieder and Bassols as Maggie’s father and Rob’s father-in-law, Fernando.

Instead of offering any truly fresh and interesting takes on interracial relationships and Mexican culture, Rob caught a huge wave of critical backlash for resting on racial clichés and poor ethnic jokes.

Even worse, Schneider’s character didn’t even seem to like his wife that much, making their relationship boring and tired, and the show more eye-rolling than amusing.

Critics also put down Schnieder’s performance, which wasn’t strong enough to carry an entire series. In the end Rob was just another run-of-the-mill sitcom, and CBS moved fast to put it out of its misery.

The series ran for only one season and ended with a very low 11% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

13. BEST: LOUIE (94%)

While many comedians have tried and failed to create self-titled sitcoms based on their stand-up and own lives, Louis C.K. has managed to succeed with his series Louie, creating one of the most successful sitcoms and funniest series ever made in the process.

Louie is set in New York and follows the daily life of C.K.’s leading character, a moderately successful comic with two daughters.

The series captures the absurdity of New York life in a way that few other films or television series have been able to do. The series is deeply funny while offering a completely unique introspective and philosophical perspective at the same time.

Besides starring as the lead character, Louis C.K. writes, directs, and edits all of the episodes, enjoying complete control of his series from permission of FX. This might just be the secret behind the show’s wild success.

Ever since season 1, Louie has been met with high praise. Television critics love the awkward honesty, intelligence and genuine sincerity behind the series’ production.

No season of Louie has ranked lower than 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, giving Louis C.K.’s FX sitcom a collective high score of 94%.

12. WORST: I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (10%)

It might come as no surprise that the awfully titled I Hate My Teenage Daughter was only given one season on air.

The Fox sitcom from 2011 starred Jamie Pressly and Katie Finneran as two divorced, single mothers named Annie and Nikki who are best friends struggling to raise two teenaged daughters together at the same time.

The two mothers are horrified to see that their daughters have become manipulative and spoiled and turn to each other to help improve their situations.

Unlike many sitcoms that fail, even I Hate My Teenage Daughter’s premise was horrible. So it only made sense that when the series finally aired, it failed miserably.

The sitcom suffered horrible ratings and drew harsh criticism from the television journalists assigned to critique the show.

Many thought the relationships at the heart of I Hate My Teenage Daughter were downright abusive and completely unfunny. The series was also critiqued for being bland, unentertaining, and even downright stupid.

Fox got the hint. I Hate My Teenage Daughter was quickly cancelled after its premiere, and the network even let two and a half months pass between airing episodes four and five because the series was so low down on its list of priorities.

Today, the series carries an embarrassing 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.

11. BEST: LEGIT (95%)

In the early 2000s, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies had achieved a high-profile status in Australia and Britain with his bold and unapologetic humor. But despite his success in other countries, Jefferies still wasn’t so well known in the United States.

FX decided to step in and change this fact. In 2013, Jefferies was given his own sitcom on the network titled Legit.

The comedian starred as a fictional version of himself alongside Dan Bakkedahl as Steve Nugent, Jim’s best friend, and DJ Qualls as Billy, Steve’s brother. The sitcom centered on Jim’s efforts to better his career and balance his relationships outside of work.

Some comedians struggle to fuse their comedic style into the sitcom format, but Jefferies did it with skill.

While his series didn’t necessarily pull from his stand-up material, Legit carried the same tone of Jefferies stand-up acts, making the series true to his style but fresh and original at the same time.

The series was loved by critics, who praised its strong writing, unconventional characters, and wit.

However, unfortunately, the series suffered poor ratings, and after two seasons FX cancelled the sitcom despite all of its praise from critics.

Legit, which has a high rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, served as a launch pad for Jefferies’ career in America. T

he comic has done stand-up hours with Netflix and now has his own late night show, The Jim Jefferies Show, on Comedy Central.

10. WORST: HANK (8%)

When audiences heard Kelsey Grammer, the iconic actor behind Frasier, was getting another television sitcom, they got excited. Unfortunately for them, a huge disappointment was the only thing they got from Grammer’s 2009 sitcom Hank.

Grammer starred in the titular lead role, joined by Melinda McGraw as his wife Tilly, Jordan Hinson as daughter Maddie, and Nathan Gamble as son Henry.

Hank followed Grammer’s character as he tried to rebuild his career and reconnect with his family after being fired.

It was a pretty run-of-the-mill story that could have gone either way. It ended up being a complete flop.

Critics had some sharp words with their write-ups of Hank. Some called it tone-deaf, others called it stale, and many considered it to be downright awful.

Critics and audiences at home were hoping for another Frasier-level sitcom to grace their television screens, but Hank simply didn’t deliver.

Hank was so bad that ABC didn’t even want to air the whole series after critics’ reviews came in. While ten episodes of Hank were aired, the network only released five, keeping the rest locked away with no intentions of ever releasing them to the public.

Hank has a single-digit score of 8% on Rotten Tomatoes today.

9. BEST: THE GOOD PLACE (95%)

One of the most talked about sitcoms at the moment is NBC’s fantastical comedy, The Good Place.

The series has a refreshingly original concept: Kristen Bell’s Eleanor has died and is now in the afterlife, working under the guide of Ted Danson’s Michael alongside friends Chris (William Jackson Harper), Tessa (Jameel Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) to become better people and make up for their past mistakes.

Television critics loved that there was finally a sitcom that didn’t involve following a married couple in their day-to-day life.

Because The Good Life is constantly unafraid to work outside of the boundaries of this traditional sitcom template, it can include jokes and narrative arcs that are rarely seen in typical television comedies.

Other high praises involved celebrating the series’ strong performances, clever writing, and bold storylines.

The Good Place was always one of network television’s strongest sitcoms, but the series has truly blown up in popularity now that it is on the Netflix library.

Even better for the sitcom is that thanks to all of the positive critics’ attention and its high 95% rating on Rotten TomatoesThe Good Place was recently renewed for a third season by NBC in March.

8. WORST: WORK IT (5%)

With hit series such as The OfficeParks and Recreation, and 30 Rock, the work place sitcom has enjoyed a tradition of huge success in American television.

However, while some of the most successful American sitcoms have been set in the work place setting, so have some of America’s worst ever sitcoms.

ABC’s 2012 sitcom Work It is the perfect example. Work It follows the two unemployed men Lee (played by Ben Koldyke) and Angel (Amaury Nolasco) who dress up and pretend to be women in order to become employed at a pharmaceutical company.

The trick ends up being successful, and Work It is about all of the hijinks that follow as a result.

The series was exactly as offensive as it sounds.

Many critics shredded the series for its reliance on damaging stereotypes, misogyny, and offensive ethnic jokes. On top of its offensive aspects, the sitcom’s scripts were poorly written, with clunky storylines, dry dialogue, and awful jokes.

ABC decided to put Work It out of its misery after learning how much the world hated the 2012 sitcom. Work It was cancelled after only one season.

It now has a horribly low rating of only 5% on Rotten Tomatoes.

7. BEST: THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (97%)

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of Netflix’s first forays into the sitcom realm. Many of the Netflix originals beforehand tried to stray away from the sitcom form and the genre’s bright, loud humor.

However, the Tina Fey-created series broke the mold and ended up winning Netflix a major victory.

Following Ellie Kemper’s titular lead character, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows Kimmy as she tries to navigate normal modern life in New York City after living in a secluded cult for most of her life.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt found immediate success and quickly became one of Netflix’s most popular and enjoyed original series.

Critics raved over its odd and quirky humor, strong performances, especially from lead actor Ellie Kemper, as well as the sitcom’s consistently funny tone.

After being on air since 2015, none of the show’s three seasons have hit a rating lower than 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. All of this contributes to its impressive collective rating of 97% on the website.

It appears like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is just getting started. The series was renewed for a fourth season in 2017 and new episodes will premiere on Netflix at the end of May.

6. WORST: WE ARE MEN (4%)

At a quick glance, CBS’ 2013 sitcom We Are Men appears to be a decent concept: main character Carter is left at the altar by his bride and when he attempts to move on with his life and start over again in a new apartment building, bonds with three older, divorced men.

We Are Men also boasted some impressive comedic talent: Kal Penn starred as main character Gil Bartis while Chris Smith starred as Carter Thomas, Jerry O’Connel starred as Stuart Strickland, and Tony Shalhoub starred as Frank Russo.

However, the sitcom We Are Men ended up being one of the most critically panned series of the year.

Reviewers rolled their eyes over the sitcom’s dull and uninspired humor, moronic characters, and completely uninteresting storylines.

Critics wrote that the series was a complete waste of time and was easily one of the year’s worst sitcoms. Many thought that We Are Men utterly wasted the talent of stars like Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub as well.

Considering all of this negative feedback, it was no surprise that CBS decided that one season was enough for We Are Men.

The sitcom was canceled after one season and currently sits with an embarrassing 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

5. BEST: IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (98%)

One of the best sitcoms ever produced is, ironically, considered to be an “anti-sitcom” by many critics and viewers. And there’s a reason for that.

The FX series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has always been afraid to be a rebellious rule breaker in the realm of network television sitcoms.

The series is chock-full of absurdist, dark comedy that is completely unlike anything else on air at the moment – or perhaps any other show in TV history.

Following a group of struggling friends named Dennis (portrayed by Glenn Howerton), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), and Frank (Danny DeVito), the show simply follows the five utterly unique characters as they get into ridiculous situations and come up with wild solutions to save themselves.

They may be completely narcissistic and nearly insane, but one thing’s for certain: these characters are hilarious to watch.

On air since 2005, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has amassed a strong following over the years and through its twelve seasons.

Critics love its off beat humor, constantly praising the show’s originality, wild characters, and consistently funny writing.

Thanks to all the love from television critics, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia carries a near-perfect score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

4. WORST: DADS (0%)

Some television shows and films rate at a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes because not enough critics have offered their opinions for an actual rating to appear.

However, other times, the movie or television show has plenty of reviews, and it’s so bad that critics say it actually deserves that 0% rating.

Fox’s 2013 sitcom Dads is one such example. The series focuses on two best friends named Eli Sachs (played by Seth Green) and Warner Whittemore (Giovanni Bibisi) who both decide to have their dads come and live with them in their respective houses.

The only problem is, their dads are difficult, sarcastic, and confrontational. The series then follows Eli and Warner as they struggle to live their new lifestyles with their fathers and turn to each other for help.

To say that the critics hated Dads might be an understatement. There doesn’t seem to be one television critic under the sun who didn’t write up an awful review for Dads.

They complained about the sitcom’s lazy writing, awful humor, and the constant appearance of casual racist jokes.

The show’s ratings plummeted once the disastrous reviews came in, and Dads was done for. It was cancelled after one season and is among the special club on Rotten Tomatoes of shows that have earned a genuine 0% score on the website.

3. BEST: ONE DAY AT A TIME (98%)

While Netflix has dipped its toes into producing sitcoms, the streaming giant has only recently begun to experiment with producing multi-camera sitcoms, which are notable for that classic network television look with bright lighting, studio sets, and laugh-tracks.

Netflix finally decided to take the plunge into multi-cam sitcoms with its recent series One Day at a Time.

The risk has paid off enormously for Netflix, as the company has now ended up with one of its most successful series of all time.

One Day at a Time is based off of the sitcom from the 1970’s of the same name and follows a Cuban-American family through their day-to-day life.

Justina Machado stars as Penelope Reira Alvarez, Isabella Gomez stars as her daughter Elena, Marcel Ruiz stars as son Alex, and Rita Moreno plays Penelope’s mother Lydia.

Besides its warm and genuine humor, notable production quality, and its compelling balance between comedy and drama, Netflix’s reboot of One Day at a Time has been praised for its refreshingly progressive politics.

The series centers on characters of color and also works to include characters of multiple sexualities, with Isabella coming out as lesbian through the sitcom’s storyline.

Netflix renewed One Day at a Time for a third season earlier this year. It’s no surprise that such a popular series has an almost perfect score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

2.WORST: SAINT GEORGE (0%)

Comedian George Lopez was behind one of America’s most enjoyed comedy series, ABC’s sitcom named directly after him.

When it was announced that Lopez would be returning to television with another scripted series, it seemed like TV might see with another successful sitcom from the famous comic.

However, the result, FX’s 2014 series Saint George, was nothing but a huge disappointment. Lopez starred as a fictional version of himself as he struggles to balance his family relationships with his ex-wife, young son, and mom, all while teaching night classes in Los Angeles as his career.

Critics thought the show lacked the life and energy that was behind Lopez’s other successful sitcom.

Saint George was criticized for being flat, unfunny, inauthentic, and just downright bad. The show’s raunchy humor was labeled to be all in bad-taste, and critics took every chance they could to put the show down.

FX took the hint and cancelled the series after one season. It’s no surprise that Saint George has the embarrassingly low rating of a 0%.

Instead of going down in television history for being enjoyable, Lopez’s sitcom Saint Georgeis remembered for being one of the worst series ever put to air.

1. BEST: BIG MOUTH (100%)

A semi-autobiographical animated sitcom about middle schoolers going through puberty might not be what audiences expect to be one of the best sitcoms ever made. However, by winning over the hearts of critics everywhere, Netflix’s recent sitcom Big Mouth has proved them wrong.

Premiering in 2017, the animated series is based on the young lives and experiences of creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.

Kroll even voices the cartoon version of himself and several other characters in the series. Notable talents like John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, and Jason Mantzoukas also provide voices for characters in Big Mouth.

Critics were skeptical of the show’s potential before it hit Netflix, but once it premiered, they raved over the show’s wildly successful elements. Television critics have praised the show for its original, absurd, yet smart take on adolescence.

At first glance the series might appear to be crass, but nearly all critics swear by the series, claiming that it’s one of the most thoughtful, fun, and honest series on television.

Big Mouth boasts an ever-impressive 100% perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Netflix has celebrated the sitcom’s explosive success by renewing the animated series for a second season, coming to audiences soon.


15 CW Shows - Which Ones Went On Too Long And Which Ones Just Need To Go?

15 CW Shows - Which Ones Went On Too Long And Which Ones Just Need To Go?

The CW network (formerly The WB and UPN) initially launched in 2006 with a focus on programming that appealed to female viewers. Not long after, The CW created additional shows that catered to men. Currently, the network’s viewership is even between men and women.

Over the years, The CW has had some short-lived and amazing cult favorites like Veronica MarsReaper, and The Secret Circle. The network also has had some long-running shows that slowly waned in ratings and in key demographics during the final seasons.

Looking at some of the shows that lasted long on The CW, you might form the opinion that the network milks a TV series for an extra season or two. Sometimes a better idea is to follow the advice of the adage “Quit while you’re ahead.” The CW has proved it knows a bad show when it sees one, having canceled many shows during or right after a first season.

This list contains some of the television shows that should have “quit while they were ahead” for one reason or another. It also includes currently-televised CW shows that should be removed from their programming. Sometimes writing, acting, or shocking twists can’t save or boost a show’s popularity; in that case, it’s time to end it.

Here are 11 CW Shows That Went On Too Long (And 4 That Need To Go).

15. TOO LONG: 90210 (2008-2013 VERSION)

The 2008 version of 90210 was the fourth in the 90210 series, premiering about 1 year before the Melrose Place reboot. The premise of the new version remained the same: West Beverly Hills High School students and how they progress through lives as wealthy teenagers. Later in the series, the show followed the group as college students and those who chose other career paths.

Most criticism involved comparisons to other teen soap shows. There was nothing particularly new or engaging with this group of new 90210 people; other similar shows had trickier plotlines and handled modern issues better.

By the third season, character interactions improved, but viewers had moved away to other shows.

The awards the show won for Best Drama Series (TV Choice Awards) and the two acting awards for Jessica Stroup and AnnyLynne McCord in 2010 couldn’t draw fans back in for seasons 3 through 5.

14. TOO LONG: BEAUTY & THE BEAST

The CBS version of Beauty and the Beast fared well with critics and fans, even though it lasted 3 seasons. When The CW decided to loosely base another series on the mythos, a police procedural element was added.

Starring Kristin Kreuk as Catherine Chandler, The CW’s Beauty and the Beast had the main character pursue a career as a detective for the NYPD.

Most reviews for the show heavily criticized the show’s acting, writing, and premise. The only highlight of the show, according to one critic of the Los Angeles Times, was Catherine’s partner. The critic said, “[Nina Lisandrello] clearly deserves to be on a better show.”

The CW ordered shorter seasons (22 episodes down to 13) for seasons 3 and 4, never really gaining the same fanbase as some of its other shows. You can read 3 tie-in novels to continue the story.

13. NEEDS TO GO: THE 100

The 100 is very loosely based on the first book in The 100 series by Kass Morgan. The show is about a group of criminal teenagers sent to Earth from a special habitat in orbit to determine if the planet is livable again. There are vast differences from the book to the show, but for most of first few seasons, The 100 TV show held the interest of science fictions fans.

But now, the show appears to be sets of encounters meant to move subplots and character dynamics along. The characters have slowly turned into stereotypes, with predictable behavior giving into predictable plot points. There are too many people to keep track of to maintain satisfying resolutions.

A good time to stop the series would have been with the season 3 finale.

With declining viewers starting in season 4, it’s time for The CW to end it after season 5.

12. TOO LONG: ONE TREE HILL

One Tree Hill focused on two brothers who were vying for spots on the basketball team and their romantic pursuits. It starts with stories from the boys’ high school junior year and eventually ends up about 5-6 years in the future by season 9.

The show is on many lists of greatest teen shows of all time, like Cosmopolitans and Digital Spy’s lists. But the second season had many wondering how the show would continue when the basketball theme was removed. Also, some didn’t like how the character Dan, played by Paul Johnasson, was being written as evil.

When Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton left the show at season 6, people figured One Tree Hill was done.

Maybe that would have been the perfect time to do a TV-movie or shortened season to tie up loose ends and storylines.

11. TOO LONG: SMALLVILLE

 

Smallville ran 10 seasons (5 on The WB and 5 on The CW.) The show earned many awards, including Emmys and Teen Choice Awards. Specific episodes have also won several Leo Awards for cinematography and directing.

Season 11 almost happened, but The CW was smart and kept it to a comic. Story arcs were slowly becoming ways to bring in old characters or to introduce the “Freak of the Week,” a common trope in science fiction and horror TV shows. By the end of the series, some of the main characters were only making cameo appearances, leaving Clark Kent as the driving force of the plots. Once Michael Rosenbaum left the series, the whole show lost steam.

Not that all the season were terrible, it was just time to cap of a decent series way earlier than season 10.

10. NEEDS TO GO: ARROW

Arrow Cast 11 CW Shows That Went On Too Long (And 4 That Need To Go)

There are some shows that need to end because creatively, there’s nothing fresh to give to fans. Like Arrow. The show has done well in the ratings and helped spawn spinoffs like The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. It has done some good for the DC universe, but it’s time to bid a fond farewell and end after season 6.

When those spinoffs began, Arrow just didn’t seem to mesh with them. Writers have tried to fit Arrow in, but the resets and changes only served to give viewers the same tired storylines. Any new characters introduced seemed rushed or desperate to revitalize the series; writers didn’t seem to know how to mix them in with the current cast.

It’s time for Arrow to have a respectable send-off and let the other, current DC shows have more space.

9. TOO LONG: GOSSIP GIRL

 

For most of its 6-season run, Gossip Girl was one of The CW’s most popular shows, often listed as its number 1 show. The TV series was based on the books by Cecily von Ziegesar, but quickly deviated from them in the first season. The show received criticism from the Parents Television Council and the New York Post. But that didn’t stop teens from watching the show in droves.

With the fifth season, Gossip Girl didn’t have much life left in it.

Other shows were becoming more favored and beating out Gossip Girl in the ratings (Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, for example). Plus, the showrunners were launching new projects like Hart of Dixie. For the stars and crew, the focus seemed to be shifting to other dealings than Gossip Girl itself. It limped to a finish with a little-watched sixth season.

8. TOO LONG: AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

ANTM Cycle 16 cast 11 CW Shows That Went On Too Long (And 4 That Need To Go)

America’s Next Top Model premiered pre-CW in 2003, when the network was UPN. It ran until 2015 when The CW finally canceled the show. Since then, VHI has revived ANTM to mediocre ratings.

Being on for 9 years, the show has rooted itself in pop culture. It’s been mentioned in other TV programs and has made household names of some of the contestants, judges, and experts. For 5 of the 9 years it was on The CW, ANTM was the number one show in terms of average viewers.

Over time, this reality show had to compete with other, newer reality programs.

It seemed to become scripted, and some of the catfights and scenes contrived. Allure magazine even commented that the show “hasn’t exactly produced any actual supermodels.”

When the first major decline in viewership happened in 2011-2012, The CW should have canceled ANTM.

7. NEEDS TO GO: SUPERNATURAL

Supernatural is headed for its 14th season, having been renewed on April 2, 2018. It is the longest-running, scripted show on The CW (Smallville hit 10 seasons before ending).

In its current state, Supernatural has an avid and active fanbase. They’ve written fan-fiction, held Supernatural parties, and maintained many forums about the show. But has the magic vanished?

Some believe the show will become a caricature of itself, and that the season 5 finale was a perfect way to end the series.

Supernatural still maintains solid ratings, so hopefully, The CW isn’t throwing money at the show just to take advantage of its popularity.

There’s hope on the horizon if you feel the show needs to go: one of the stars, Jared Padalecki has said, “When we get to 300 [episodes), I think Ackles and I will think it might be time to say bye.” Nonetheless, the show has been renewed for a 14th season.

6. TOO LONG: THE CARRIE DIARIES

Some shows rely on nostalgia to propel them past the first or second season.  In 2012, The CW authorized a pilot for a prequel to Sex in the City, which focused on Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years as an intern with a fashion magazine. The show was based on The Carrie Diaries book by Candace Bushnell, who also executive produced the prequel.

The Carrie Diaries received decent reviews for the first season. This prompted The CW to renew the program for a second season based on the show’s online popularity.

Ratings slipped significantly from the first to second season.

CW President at the time, Mark Pedowitz, stated that the network needed ratings and digital presences to sustain the show, not one or the other.

It was most likely a gamble for The CW, hoping ratings would improve, but a second season may have been the wrong move.

5. NEEDS TO GO: DYNASTY

There’s a show on The CW that already needs to go. It’s only 1 season old, but already been planned for 22 episodes and was just renewed for a second season on April 2 of this year. The TV program is Dynasty.

Reboots and remakes have been popular recently and trying to emulate a well-written and twist-heavy show like Dynasty could prove difficult with a younger cast. While praises have been given to some of the acting, some publications felt the pilot and show were and have been “inferior” to the original Dynasty.

Ratings per episodes have been lower than average; it might be time for The CW to cut its losses before committing to another full season. Good acting and having Riverdale as an evening lead-in isn’t enough to keep a mediocre show going.

4. TOO LONG: BEAUTY AND THE GEEK

Produced by Ashton Kutcher, Beauty and the Geek was a relationship reality show where “Beauties” are partnered with “Geeks” to compete as couples in events for cash and prizes. The Beauties are challenged academically, and the Geeks are tested in social situations. If you think the idea would quickly become boring, you’d be right. The title is an obvious play on the title Beauty and the Beast.

A few minor changes to the format occurred in season 4, then another change in season 5, but both were not enough to keep the show past the fifth season. Ratings from season 3 to 4 dropped, then dropped again from season 4 to 5.

Production abruptly stopped after season 5 aired. Executive Producer J.D. Roth hopes the series gets revived, “ideally when enough time has passed for the concept to feel fresh.”

3. TOO LONG: MAKEOVER SHOWS

Makeover shows typically don’t last more than a few seasons. One of the rare exceptions was TLC’s What Not to Wear.

The CW had two makeover shows that shouldn’t have made it past 1 season, perhaps even 1 episode. Shedding for the Wedding lasted 8 episodes each, while Plain Jane squeaked out a mere 6 episodes on the network.

The competition for reality shows was fierce around the time these two shows were on the air (2010-2012). With how shallow most makeover shows are, it’s amazing the two listed even got off the ground.

Shedding for the Wedding had couples trying to lose weight and win the wedding of their dreams. Plain Jane took a “plain-looking” woman for a head-to-toe physical and emotional makeover. The CW canceled the latter show, but it found its way to MTV.

2. TOO LONG: OH SIT!

Occasionally, a TV show remains on the air longer than thought possible, despite having low ratings. Oh Sit! was one such show on The CW that last a surprising two seasons.

Phil Gurin already had a great track record with Shark Tank (currently in its 9th season) and The Singing Bee (lasted 5 season) when it was learned Gurin and The CW were working on a musical chairs game show. Dubbed “high-octane musical chairs competition,” Oh Sit! Got a 10-episode order from The CW.

From the first episode, ratings were deplorable, never gaining traction in 18-49 market. Episode over episode, viewership dropped.

Shockingly, The CW ordered another 10 episodes for season 2, which had worse ratings than the previous season. A single episode may have been too long, but then again, Kat Graham from The Vampire Diaries wouldn’t have been a musical guest in a later episode.

1. TOO LONG: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

With an 8-season run, The Vampire Diaries proved to be one of The CW’s consistently-praised showsA couple of seasons didn’t rate as high, but most of the 171 episodes receive positive reviews for its acting, dialogue, and plot development. The show became so popular that one of the creators, Julie Plec, conceived of a spin-off, The Originals (now ending after 5 seasons). She is also working on a spin-off from The Originals.

For some fans, critics, and other viewers, the show had a significant drop in ratings and viewership from season 6 to season 7. Halfway through the 7th season, it moved from Thursday to Friday and pushed back an hour. Plus, fan-favorite stars Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino left after the 6th season. Combining those to circumstances, it could be argued that The Vampire Diaries should have ended after season 6.

 


10 Brain-Racking Movies That Will Keep You Thinking

10 Brain-Racking Movies That Will Keep You Thinking

There are those types of movies that not only grab your full attention from the very beginning but they also manage to trick your mind so that you’re unable to figure out what’s going on until the very last scene.

Chaostrophic put together a list of 10 movies that will certainly leave you feeling baffled on even the laziest of evenings. You can be sure that the end of each movie will be full of surprises!

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie.

Maureen, a young American, comes to Paris to work as a personal shopper and she helps rich ladies to choose clothes. But Maureen is not interested in fashion and luxury very much since she is possessed with the idea of communicating with dead people because she recently lost her twin brother who promised her to send her a sign from the other side. The girl’s life suddenly changes when a mysterious stranger starts texting her.

This is a complex and deep movie which combines several genres all at once.

  • Rating IMDb — 6.2

Contratiempo

Stars: Mario Casas, Ana Wagener, José Coronado, Bárbara Lennie.

Adrian, a businessman, wakes up in a hotel room with his dead lover by his side. He states that he’s innocent and that’s why he’s allowed to hire Virginia Goodman, a specialist who helps resolve even the most complicated situations. Adrian and Virginia will have to find proof that he was not guilty of the murder.

This is an unusual movie with occasional twists that may make you feel like you’re slightly losing it at times.

  • Rating IMDb — 8.1

Dans la maison

Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Schmitt, Ernst Umhauer, Emmanuelle Seigner

Claude is a boy who sits at the last desk. Nobody notices him but he notices everyone. He likes to peep and by becoming a trusted friend of a certain family, he begins to write down his observations. Claude shows his notes to a teacher who supports him, thinking that the notes are fictional. But soon, the situation gets out of hand.

This is a tough, psychological thriller with an unexpected ending.

  • Rating IMDb — 7.4

Avril et le monde truqué

Stars: Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort, Olivier Gourmet.

The year is 1941. France is asleep in the nineteenth century, governed by Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously and electricity has not yet been invented. When Avril was a small girl, her parents tried to develop the immortality elixir but they couldn’t finish their work because they also disappeared. The girl has grown up and tries to recreate the elixir by herself.

  • Rating IMDb — 7.4

Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark.

David Dunn is not only the sole survivor of a horrific train-crash that killed 131 people, but he also doesn’t have a single scratch on him. Only one person knows the true reason of the accident and his name is Elijah Price, nicknamed Mr. Glass because his bones break even from the lightest pressure.

This is a rather slow movie with an unusual picture style which shows that superheroes are simple people who may even not suspect about their superpowers.

  • Rating IMDb — 7.2

Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney.

This is a story about an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky’s profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don’t go together. They split, only to see each other 3 years later. What would become of them? Will they be lovers again or enemies?

This is a funny movie with unpredictable plot twists, drive, and wonderful humor.

  • Rating IMDb — 6.6

Stars: Adam O’Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Frédéric Bourdin.

A boy who has been missing for 3 years is suddenly found in Spain. His family from Texas is happy, but they are confused that the boy’s hair and eyes are of a different color, he speaks with an accent, and he doesn’t recognize anyone. He is actually a brilliant imposter who has changed his personality 39 times. An FBI agent and a private detective try to expose the swindler but they end up revealing even darker secrets.

The movie will keep you in suspense until the credits.

  • Rating IMDb — 7.5

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson.

A young Dr. Edward arrives at his new appointment in an asylum. He becomes infatuated with Eliza Graves, one of the patients who is at the clinic due to the attempted murder of her husband who abused her. Edward is shocked to see the methods that Dr. Lamb, the clinic director, uses to run this asylum. Edward soon understands that these methods are not the weirdest things that happen in this horrible place.

  • Rating IMDb — 6.8

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano.

5 men wake up in a locked-down warehouse: one of them is mortally wounded and cuffed to a pipe, the other has a broken nose, the third is tied up, and the remaining 2 seem to be OK with just some scratches and bruises. All of them have no memory of who they are. The men find a newspaper on the table which says that 2 businessmen were abducted. So, it seems that some of them are criminals and the others are victims. Who is who?

This is a brainteaser which will make you try to figure out who the good guys are.

  • Rating IMDb — 6.5

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt.

2 bandits come to a small provincial town. They come to a restaurant to rob it but the owner Tom, a mild-mannered family man, kills them and becomes a local hero. The very next day, mysterious men come to the town and they call Tom by the name of Joey and ask him about Philadelphia. His wife and children begin to doubt whether they really know the man who is the perfect husband and father.

  • Rating IMDb — 7.5

 


The Best Beers To Throw Back On St. Patrick’s Day, Ranked

The Best Beers To Throw Back On St. Patrick’s Day, Ranked

St. Patrick’s Day might be dedicated to a patron saint, but we somehow transformed it into a celebration of drinking copious amounts of our favorite alcoholic beverages while wearing green shirts. In other words, what a great day.

As such, there are various brews that people like to get their hands on for such a glorious occasion. Some sip on the rare and one-of-a-kind batches, while others simply snag any old beer and drop some green food coloring in it because it’s festive.

Whether it’s an Irish stout or something really light, there’s no limitation to which beers you can drink on St. Paddy’s Day. You’re free to consume whatever you want, no matter what others say about keeping it to a specific tap, bottle or can. With that in mind, we drummed up some great beers to have as you approach everyone’s favorite (drinking) holiday.

7. Guinness

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This is the obvious go-to beer for the holiday. As an Irish stout, it’s creamy and goes down with a tangy flavor. If you really want to enjoy this properly, it has to be poured from the tap the right way by someone who knows what they’re doing. Get yourself a girl who can pour a Guinness correctly and wife her up QUICKLY.

6. O’Hara’s Irish Red

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Red beers are a personal favorite, mostly because of the molt body that comes with caramel tones. According to the brewer, they add a “healthy addition” of caramel to the mashing process for this Irish red ale, which adds to the deliciousness.

5. Karl Strauss Red Trolly Ale

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Here’s another outstanding Irish red ale. Karl Strauss is based out of San Diego, which is known for the red trollies used for public transportation. Hence, the name. This award-winning beer is warm fermented to bring out raisin and currant flavors, and it packs a nice punch at 5.8 percent alcohol by volume.

4. New Belgium Fat Tire

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As mentioned, you aren’t confined to drinking one specific set of beers for St. Patrick’s Day. That means it’s OK to skip out on an Irish beer in favor of something from elsewhere. This is the case with Fat Tire, a Belgian-style ale brewed in Colorado by New Belgium Brewing Company. The beer was inspired by the brewery’s co-founder after he took a bicycle trip through Belgium. When he got back to the states with a handful of ingredients, he produced this ale known for its sweetness and balance between toasty malt and fresh hops.

3. Innis & Gunn Whiskey-Aged Stout

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This wonderful member of the stout family is a Scottish stout aged in Irish whiskey barrels with a hint of English origins. Yes, there’s a lot going on there in terms countries, but it’s a 6.1 percent alcohol by volume beer that has a subtle taste when compared to other stouts. If you’re not a stout drinker, this one is a good choice to open up your taste buds to the particular type of beer. Also, it’s a limited edition.

2. Ballast Point Sculpin

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This is the India pale ale of India pale ales. Sculpin is the beer responsible for many acquiring a taste for IPAs, and potent enough at 7 percent alcohol by volume to turn St. Paddy’s Day into an early night. According to the brewery, the brewing processes’ use of hops creates “hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish,” which you can see on the label. This is one of those you’ll want to limit in terms of consumption (unless you’re not worried about the hangover the following day).

1. Allagash Curieux

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This wonderful concoction is one that will leave you appreciating the taste of barrel-aged beers. Allagash took their Tripel and made this delicious golden ale by aging it in bourbon barrels for seven weeks. The result is an 11 percent alcohol by volume brew that is as tasty as it is potent. There are hints of vanilla and coconut in this beer, while also keeping that slight bourbon flavor. Curieux is best served in a chalice and can be enjoyed through a tap or the bottle you find in stores. Allagash used to only bottle this beer in 750 ML, but the company very recently started shipping in 12 ounce four packs. Even more so than the Sculpin, tread lightly with this one on St. Patrick’s Day because two glasses can take down even the gutsiest of beer drinkers.

Cheers!

 


Ranking Girl Scout Cookies

Ranking Girl Scout Cookies

Jen joins Rhett and Link around the campfire to rank every Girl Scout cookie from best to worst.


Ranking The X-Men Movies (In Alphabetical Order)

Ranking The X-Men Movies (In Alphabetical Order)

With the huge deal between Disney and 20th Century Fox finalized, it brings the story of Superhero movies in the 2000s almost full circle. For context, the massive boom in comic book collecting raised the profiles of so many superhero brands, and advancements in CGI special effects made stories and characters that were once unfilmable a possibility. It was only natural that the first major team to break it big in movies was the X-Men. For decades they had been Marvel's best selling spandex soap opera, and their bizarre "not-quite-hero-more-of-an-extremely-violent-social-awareness-campaign" backstory were perfect for an era where the public still associated comic book characters with embarrassingly campy outings at the cinema.

Even though the horror-tinged New Mutants movie and the canonical Dark Phoenix prequel-sequel-reboot are still due for a 2018 release, there's going to be big changes ahead for this franchise, which is why we've decided to rank them (in alphabetical order).

1. Deadpool

 

In both the Domestic Box Office AND the English alphabet, the big "D" comes in at first place. The result of Ryan Reynolds' constant pestering of Fox studio executives and almost Juggernaut-like social media pimping, this "R" rated action-comedy surprised industry experts while giving fans exactly what they had been begging for. The fact that this meta-movie was littered with jabs and callouts about how Fox had mishandled the franchise and the character was glorious as well.

2. Logan

Another "X"-less entry with an R rating, this barebones reflection on death and redemption proved that maybe people care more about their favorite CHARACTERS rather than the "franchise" itself. It also gave Patrick Stewart his SECOND on-screen murder as Charles Xavier, except this time he wasn't popped like a CGI water balloon (that was in X3, it's ludicrous).

3. The Wolverine

Can we talk about the superfluous "THE" in the title to "The Wolverine". Nobody has ever referred to the character like this. "Wolverine" is not a title bestowed on him by the Duke of Canada, it's a military codename. Let's not get into how while Hugh Jackman's iconic performances as Logan are near-universally beloved, he's actually quite TALL and BROODING, which is the exact opposite of the "tiny and ferocious" attitude that's supposed to be invoked by calling him Wolverine in the first place! Interestingly enough though, even if the title was just "Wolverine" it would still occupy the same spot on this, the only TRULY OBJECTIVE ranking of X-Men movies on the Internet.

4. X-Men

Bryan Singer's sleek and stylish retooling of the Uncanny Marvel Mutants was the shot heard round the movie industry and thanks to its distinct lack of hyphenated subtitle means it's the first of the "X" movies to appear on this list as well. While the pitch perfect casting has aged better than the now-cringey CG special effects, it's still a perfect snapshot of Y2K-era coolness.

5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

One of the biggest (critical) flops in superhero movie history, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was emblematic of the studio meddling that has plagued the franchise since the very beginning. Famously, director Gavin Hood (who had won an Academy Award for the South African gang drama Tsotsi) wanted to tell a gritty and violent story true to the characters' most famous stories, but after a family emergency drew him away from the set, studio heads came in and retooled entire segments of the movie. The film's missteps were quickly glossed over in later films and even became the source for multiple punchlines in Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool. In any other ranking this'd be dead last, but alphabetically we're placing it solidly in the middle of the pack due to the unique placement of the colon (coming AFTER the word 'Origins')

6. X-Men: Apocalypse

Another groaner that was panned by the critics, this incredibly chaotic story about the rise En Sabah Nur was still successful enough to keep the series going. I've previously written about my problems with this movie and  it really highlights just how far Singer has fallen as an effective storyteller. But, if you've ever wanted to see why Professor X is canonically bald over the course of two and a half hours of toothless cgi destruction, this is the movie for you.

7. X-Men: Days of Future Past

This politically-tinged attempt to formally weave the First Class and Original Trilogy timelines into one canonical universe was a smash hit at the box office and secured that the X-Men would continue as a decade-hopping prequel-sequel miasma of a franchise, carried aloft by the gravitas of McAvoy, Fassbender, and a very-clearly-sick-of-this Jennifer Lawrence.

8. X-Men: First Class

Still kind of hard to believe that this unlikely prequel kickstarted the seemingly dead franchise, but thanks to some distinctive Mad-Men swingin' 60s vibes and a handful of brilliant casting choices (and a few not-so-brilliant ones, see photo above) we were given a movie that was all over the map in the funnest way possible. Matthew Vaughn deserves credit for digging the  universe out of the crater left by X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Plus, for some reason I have positive memories of Kevin Bacon hamming up his role as Mastermind so hard that he feels like he's being directed by Joel Schumacher.

9. X-Men: The Last Stand

After butting heads with Fox executives too many times, Singer bailed and decided to make the better-yet-also-disappointing Superman Returns instead of finishing the trilogy he started. Brett Ratner's attempt to wrap up the series' dangling threads, introduce more fan-favorite mutants, AND encapsulate the entire Dark Phoenix Saga at the same time was doomed from the start. That the final product was SO eyeroll-worthy was still surprising and cast a shadow over the rest of the movies. By dropping the number scheme the film also dropped to the near-bottom of this list.

10. X2: X-Men United

One of the most beloved superhero movies ever made, this sequel combined unique action sequences, sharp character acting, and an oh-so-relevant analogy to the gay rights debate that was happening in America at the time. Loosely based on the graphic novel "God Loves, Man Kills" by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson, this is still considered the peak of the franchise. However, due to its unfortunately off-kilter title, it's actually the LOWEST ranked X-Men movie, alphabetically.


TOP 10 Fit MILFs Pornstars [NSFW] [NUDITY]

TOP 10 Fit MILFs Pornstars [NSFW] [NUDITY]

Janet Mason


April 8, 1967 in Los Angels, California, USA

We begin our top with a porn star who just turned 50 years old. That’s right! Janet Mason was born in 1967, and it might be older than some of the moms of the guys reading this top. However, she still rocks an awesome body. She is one of the best proofs that breast implants don’t look bad after a certain age. Her 32DD boobs are still rocking. She is a real cougar, with classy long hair, a couple of sexy wrinkles, and a seductive attitude in front of the camera. She was always a fitness addict, being a fitness model when she was a young babe.

Diamond Jackson


July 6, 1966 in Miami, Florida, USA

We all know that black don’t crack, and Diamond proves that. She is also 50 years old and she actually started her porn career when she was already a MILF at the age of 40. She did everything in front of the camera, including some awesome bukkake movies. But before she turned to porn, she was a webcam girl, and she did it as early as 2001, being in the first wave of girls to strip naked and masturbate in live sex shows.

Franceska Jaimes


September 20, 1985 in Bogota, Colombia

Representing all the hot vixens of Colombia, we have Franceska Jaimes, a top shelf Latina MILF with both boobs and ass implants, but who keeps her body tight and fit. She is a tall babe who only weighs 125 lbs and most of that is represented by her generous curves. Her name blew up once she married Nacho Vidal, who got her roles in productions for all the big networks of the internet. If you want to check out her best movies, join Brazzers, Evil Angel, Bangbros or Reality Kings.

Vanessa Lane


October 14, 1983, in New York, NY, USA

Vanessa Lane is the dream porn star of every director with crazy ideas. That’s because her secret to a fit body is her passion for yoga. She trains almost every day, which makes her very flexible and ideal for some insane scenes in which her legs go up to the moon revealing the way she gets drill and letting the camera get that perfect angle for a good shot. The kinky readers of this top should know that Vanesa also performed in watersports porn.

Jewels Jade


October 13, 1971 in San Diego, California

Jewels Jade is yet another porn star who has both boobs and ass implants, but they look perfect on her slim and muscular body. She is not that tall, but she has some well sculpted arms and insane abs. If you like women with well-defined muscles but you’re not into bodybuilder porn, then this busty brunette is the chick you’re looking for. Although she is 45 and has 16 years of experience in the porn world, when you look at her face you can swear she is not a day over 24. Her perfect body is also decorated with some nice tattoos which are making her even hotter.

Kendra Lust


September 18, 1978 in Madison Heights, Michigan, USA

With French-Canadian and Italian roots, Kendra Lust is the type of MILF you would spot on the street of Paris or Rome. She is tall, voluptuous, seductive, and she has that something in her look that makes her a sophisticated woman who knows what she wants in bed. She debuted in 2012 and one of her first movies can be found on Porn Fidelity. Since then, she got more popular by the year, so much so that in 2016 she got the MILF performer of the year title from AVN. Besides that, she was also voted as the hottest MILF by the fans, in both the 2016 and 2017 edition of the AVN awards.

Nina Dolci


November 15, 1980 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

So far, Nina Dolci is the oldest MILF in our top. She is now 52 years old, and although she did porn briefly between 2001 and 2003, it was at her second debut that fans truly saw her potential as a MILF. She came back in front of the camera in 2015 and she became popular right away. I think is something to do with her style, which reminds people of the porn stars of the early 2000s. She has a very slutty face, blonde hair, big round boobs and big meaty lips that are always ready to be wrapped around a cock for some serious blowjob action.

Sarah Jessie


December 26, 1977 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Do you like tall skinny blondes? Well, then you should check out the hot MIFL on the third position of our top. Sarah Jessie is almost 40 and she is a Sarah Jessica Parker lookalike. If you like the main MILF from Sex and the City, then you will love this kinky babe, who looks excellent when she has glasses on while sucking on a throbbing cock. You can watch her do that on her official website, Official Sarah Jessie, but her movies can be found on other networks as well, such as Zero Tolerance, Girlfriends Films and Nuru Massage.

Alexis Fawx


June 23, 1975, Pennsylvania, USA

We’re getting close to the top of the top and on the second position we have a splendid American MILF by the name of Alexis Fawx. She is so high up our top because she represents what every man dreams when he thinks of a MILF. She looks just like that sexy cougar from across the street, who answers the door wearing just a see through bath robe, or that sexy teacher who always bends over the desk a little too much. If you had a fantasy like that in your youth, she is the one who will fulfill it. She was in over 180 movies and she played the roles of aunt, teacher, step-mom, girlfriend’s mom, secretary and much more. She did lots of movies for Bangbros, Girlsway, and Naughty America.

Brandi Love


March 29, 1973 in Raleigh, North Carolina, US

And the best fit MILF of our top is Brandi Love, a 44 years old blonde babe who really looks like a cougar. I mean, her face gives away her age, but her body doesn’t. She has that mature look and attitude that will tell you she had lots of men, but her body is tight as hell. She has big boobs, great ass, nice abs, perfect skin and long legs. A couple of tattoos and a young looking pussy are spicing up her hotness. You can find her on Wicked, Brazzers and Naughty America, where she is featured in VR porn, but she also launched her own adult entertainment company, No Rivals Media.


Every Single Movie On Rotten Tomatoes With 100% Approval, Ranked By Sheer Watchability

Every Single Movie On Rotten Tomatoes With 100% Approval, Ranked By Sheer Watchability

There are more 100% fresh movies on Rotten Tomatoes than you might think. Sure, some of these top-rated flicks don't have a lot of reviews to guarantee their perfection, but you can bet they're among the best movies on Rotten Tomatoes. Some of them are more modern blockbusters like The Terminator and Toy Story, but many are classic films you probably haven't seen, but should. After all, who doesn't need more Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin in their lives?

Don't forget that while you're perusing some of the best reviewed Rotten Tomatoes movies on this list, there are also plenty of stinkers that earned themselves a big fat 0% on the popular aggregate site. Earning a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes doesn't guarantee success at the box office, or reserve a spot among the best movies of all time. But, each and every one of these films is a critical favorite that deserves at least a few hours of your time.


‘Black Mirror’ – Every Episode RANKED

‘Black Mirror’ – Every Episode RANKED

 

I'm going to be including each episode rank according to IMDB as well.

Pretty hefty on text.

If I'm not mistaken at the start of each episode as the title fades away the last letters to go leave to word 'BRO' on the screen. They also fade in the order of 'ROB'. Just saying. Is Rob a good bro of whoever made the titles or should we be robbing our bro? Mind fuck straight away.

*SPOILERS BELOW*

19. "The Waldo Moment" (S2 E3)

IMDB Rank: 18

Boring and flawed.

Also, when the voice of a movement suddenly changes to be a voice shouting 'do this for money' how likely is it to completely take over the world? Not only that, but someone would've seen Jamie get out of the van and tarnish his creation's name but we'll just skip over that yeah?

As with pretty much every episode I appreciate the concept but this wasn't even close to being well executed.

18. "The National Anthem" (S1 E1)

IMDB Rank: 14

Right, fuck off. There's not a chance in hell if all of England egged someone on to fuck a pig and save a life that we'd all turn on him for doing so. No country would. It's ridiculous.

Who needs forty minutes of a guy figuring out if he should fuck a pig or not?

17. "Fifteen Million Merits" (S1 E2)

IMDB Rank: 10

This episode took me three watches to get through and the only reason I tried a third time was because it was in last place which seemed unfair without watching the whole thing.

The first half of this is so slow, empty and boring. The next half slowly builds to its climax. Which at least logically wraps up the story and makes a point about society and our lives that makes sense in the world we're being shown. Not a social media icon that would fall at the change of hands. Not a man attempting to save a life by fucking a pig that we all told him to but now everyone hates him because the near future is full of... Idiots? I guess?

16. "Men Against Fire" (S3 E5)

Black Mirror

IMDB Rank: 15

Oh look I almost agreed with the IMDB peeps.

The pacing here is much better than the previous three on this list and given that this is another hour long one that's great. Pacing is a recurring issue with Black Mirror but let's move on for now.

This is the first time on this list that it was tech in a believable future that caused an issue for people. Not something that felt very current day or a future where we've all ended up riding bikes eternally indoors.

15. "Arkangel" (S4 E2)

IMDB Rank: 16

My second time nearly agreeing.

Aside from some weird direction and awkwardly placed plot points because they needed them, this episode is alright, init.

Why wouldn't Sara just pick up and keep the machine rather than leaving it on the bed? (Because they wanted that secondary interaction with Marie and also the shot of Marie looking at her own back.)

Why would Marie hide it behind her pillow? What a lazy shit.

The whole grandfather plot point is a bit unnecessary and why didn't she text Trick when she realised she'd been tricked by mama? The bad pun, I'm sorry. She might've just not realised but she seems smart enough.

14. "Crocodile" (S4 E3)

IMDB Rank: 17

Tad slow in parts but a solid concept. Don't have a lot to say, it was mostly fine.

13. "White Bear" (S2 E2)

IMDB Rank: 13

Can you believe it? I have the same ranking! What?! Madness, everyone be amazed and shit.

So, as an episode, interesting, nicely paced and so on. It's just these episodes where we as people have become next level twats and basically everyone seems to be ok with it I'm generally not a fan of. The rejection or misuse of a technology I can get behind, but such a vast amount of people including governments getting behind this is a bit of stretch to believe.

Forcing her to live this life everyday as punishment is one thing but screaming fans and viewers who can wander the playing field recording and then they display her in a case at the end of each session? Nah.

12. "Metalhead" (S4 E5)

IMDB Rank: 19

IMDB peeps this isn't the worst episode but you do you. I understand the complaints I guess. The plot seems thin, it tells you nothing and so on. One guy said and I quote:

'Aside from a minor twist at the end this didn't feel at home amongst the typical mindfuckery that has come to be expected from 'Black Mirror.' - toddbodkins

This show is minimal on mindfuckery. Excellent on concepts and ideas. Intermediate at execution of said concepts and ideas. It's a show that wants you to go away and discuss the possibilities mentioned, not have your brain fucked; have your brain prodded, sure. So in that way, you're right, it's out of place. But at least it's enjoyable.

The stylistic choice of black and white works well for the vibe of the episode but also let's them get away with a bit more gruesomeness.

I personally didn't need to know why the dogs were there I just needed to see how it affected the land and the people and was happy to go on this journey with Bella. I say happy, I was like shit Bella better get to it or we dead.

Lay off, it ain't that bad.

11. "Nosedive" (S3 E1)

IMDB Rank: 9

This one's pretty decent all round. I think we spend a bit too long being told how the world functions, we get it, you rate each other, better ratings have better perks, basically everyone's obsessed.

Love the ending, it's quite feel good whilst also being a bit depressing. A first in the show, so that's fun.

10. "Shut Up And Dance" (S3 E3)

IMDB Rank: 7

Off the bat this guy is clearly a pedophile. Look at that lingering, not sure what to do with himself moment with a child right near the start.

So, the twist at the end didn't really work for me. But the secondary twist was very pleasing, troll face everyone I'm on board. I mean, not literally, that was a bit fucked up. Which is the point right? How do we each view these future possibilities? Are we for or against them?

Pretty solid pacing throughout, no overly long explanations of how any tech works. Just record, email, text, do what the fuck we say.

Another episode where it could've been set in the past rather than the future.

9. "Be Right Back" (S2 E1)

IMDB Rank: 12

Oh this one is a bit creepy and you saying all the time, fake Ash, doesn't help. I really enjoyed this one. It's well set up, sweet plot developments, good execution, all of which is almost entirely wrapped up in a neat little bow.

However, the end... It's not great.

So 'new' Ash lives in the attic, cool, but that's not an ending is it? It's unsustainable and nothing ended. I appreciate that Martha talked herself out of killing him accidentally. But still, weak end to a solid episode so it can't be any higher.

8. "Black Museum" (S4 E6)

IMDB Rank: 4

Nish's plan involves her car needing fuel/charging when she reaches the museum; easy, believable.

It involves staying in character when Rolo isn't even around; easy, believable, especially with your mum in your head reminding you.

It involves fucking with the air con, easy, believable, we even see her go over to the air con and then there's a cut and she's back at the door; perfect place for her to fuck with it.

It involves bringing poisoned water; easy, believable.

This episode as far as I can remember is nearly flawless in terms of logic.

It's even pretty good at setting itself up. Around twenty minutes spent on the feelings transmitter/receptor and a similar amount of time on the person in your mind and a teddy.

The next twenty minutes are spent with the father, Rolo has been slowly built up as a prick and as soon as we enter the room that's turned up. Nish also changes when we enter the room, no longer enjoying the stories, clearly upset with what's happening. Then we get the reveal and she kills him with poison and then again using his own bullshit and then we get the second reveal of the mother.

Now, a couple things. We don't use 40 percent of our brain or whatever, stop putting that in things. So this person in the mind section is instantly reduced in impact. Also, if I'm honest, it is again a bit long for what it is and in the middle of story two I was getting a bit bored. Also, it tried being meta here and there but it wasn't very good at it.

But, that doesn't mean it isn't a good Black Mirror episode and overall, I enjoyed it enough.

7. "Hang the DJ" (S4 E4)

IMDB Rank: 2

Now, I know that this is a fan favourite but nothing happens. They fall in love basically immediately, he fucks up, they get back together.

But oh wait! It's a simulation to see if they match. Solid, like the concept.

Quick question... How do they get matched? Do you put all your info into the system and it runs a simulation with the nearest match and every time they run 1000 simulations and 998 match? But then, people act differently in more intense scenarios like being trapped in a simulation and forced to have relationships because of a system, you would rebel. That doesn't make them a perfect match in regular society?

Also, do they remember it? Or is it purely a digital version of themselves? If they remember it, then ok they might already be in love and stay together for maybe forever. If they don't then they are definitely starting again in regular society and you don't know if they match there because your simulation is in some weird, bullshit realm.

Besides the leaps the episode wants me to make, it is the most feel good episode and contains basically no 'ugh the future is awful' moments. I also like Amy and Frank, so for those reasons that why it's where it is.

I really enjoyed it but I don't know if it actually makes any sense. If I don't think about it, it's great.

6. "USS Callister" (S4 E1)

IMDB Rank: 8

Daly's a fucking creep. Solid pacing. Interesting story. Sweet tech.

Contacting your real life self from within a cornered off section of an mmo and bribing yourself with your nudes so she'll perform a mini heist on her boss is cool as fuck.

I don't think there's anything that I thought 'hold up a minute' in this or any of the next episodes. As far as I can remember right now.

I enjoyed this for what it was and I don't really have much else to say about it.

5. "The Entire History Of You" (S1 E3)

IMDB Rank: 5

Holy shit that's the second ranking the same, so in sync.

Here's an example of the tech just being there from the off. We learn about it as we go by seeing people use it, there's a moment in the back of a taxi where we see an advert, drop that. But otherwise it handles tech that's new to us as viewers well, the story progresses along with our knowledge of the tech. Rather than twenty minutes of, this tech does this and this is how it immediately affects the world, now you know that here's a story.

I enjoy that I like and dislike Liam constantly and simultaneously, he feels pretty real because of it.

Tiny bit longer than it needs to be but that doesn't stop it being a really good episode.

4. "San Junipero" (S3 E4)

IMDB Rank: 3

Another similar ranking, this is all accidental I swear but it does make sense that some of the time I would think similarly to a large group of people.

This is where I'm a big fan of the episodes. Throw me some lovers of a queer variety, a virtual heaven and a hint of time travel, I am yours.

Pretty much everyone loves the 80s, solid start. Love a bit of 90s, all for 2002, so yes please I'll have some of that used as nostalgia, it's not quite been long enough for us, but it has for these near future peeps. Throw in some P!nk and Kylie, why not?

The story develops wonderfully, we learn about the tech through the characters own journeys and experiences rather than some advert or a higher up just telling us.

It does feel a fraction too long but when it's this good I'll allow it.

3. "Hated In The Nation" (S3 E6)

IMDB Rank: 6

So it takes about a third of the episode for them to figure out it's the bees. That's way too long when you've basically told the viewers immediately.

The news at the start covers three things:

People don't like the chancellor. 

A wheelchair user died and a woman wrote a nasty article about it. 

There's some mechanical bees about. 

Does that not strike you as a weird third entry to that news piece? Then while at Joe Power's house (article lady), just before we leave and she's obvs about to die, we just hover over the slightly open window. Because it's the bees. Then when the police arrive, Karin checks the window and informs us the safety lock thing, I forget the actual name, is on. Meaning no human got in because they wouldn't fit. Bees.

Anyway, other than that there's a fair bit of exposition through televisions or someone just explaining a piece of tech, or the internet? We barely have to explain the internet to people now, why are you explaining... whatever.

However, I was still fully interested in where we were going with this, each reveal actually pushed the story and the whole time I thought Blue was up to something and then right towards the end I was thinking she's working with this guy. She hasn't made a single false move, she's found every single thing she's ever needed. It's Karin who realises Garrett led them here. Then Blue fake kills herself, like she obviously fake kills herself and the twist is meant to be that she doesn't kill herself. But she clearly didn't. Anyway, I thought she was just going to be with Garrett but she finds him and texts Karin. Weird thing to do if you're just off to meet up with your secret lover or whatever.

Look I like crime, I don't mind odd bits of exposition in a crime story, they're designed to give the viewer more info and feel like it wasn't just the characters who figured everything out. So have a pass for a lot of the oddly placed exposition. Have a pass for making me wait for the police to catch up about the bees, potentially designed to make me feel smart when really I'm just putty in the writer's hand. This episode had me watching and enjoying throughout and didn't bother to lighten the tone with a happy ending.

They killed off nearly 400,000 people and when Blue caught up with Garrett we watch her follow him and then they disappear round a corner, one after the other. I think Garrett knew she was there. I think she dies. But we don't know, it's ambiguous, which is nice because I was thinking the whole way through the episode and afterwards. Not about how bleak the future possibilities of technology are, but about the story of the episode.

Solid television, even through the flaws. Love it.

2. "White Christmas" (S2 E4)

IMDB Rank: 1

I am sorry IMDB peeps but looks like we don't quite agree on first place.

What a great episode. Fuck basically every guy in this episode and fuck Beth too and whatever the police officers are called.. Solid reveals, solid pacing, except that bit with Greta's mindpod house control bit, tad long, didn't affect the episode though.

Not sure about that last shot of a snow globe in a snow globe in a snow globe and so on, I get it he's trapped in a loop. But there aren't infinite versions of him within houses in snow globes ever decreasing in size.

It's just pretty solid, don't have that much to say about it.

I guess I'm a lil unsure about why the little girl died? Was she so malnourished from a couple days of no food and water that when she went outside the cold was too much and she just froze and died? Could've been anything but she's dead and that's the point.

1. "Playtest" (S3 E2)

IMDB Rank: 11

Right, looking at the ten place shift in ranking between myself and the IMDB peeps this probably won't be a popular opinion, but right now it's the one I've got.

Fucking love it.

Great characters, great and completely believable concept, many a lil twist. It spooked me, it made me happy, it made me sad. I saw things coming but only a few seconds before they happened and I didn't see everything coming. From Sonja to Katie to his mum. Mini twist after mini twist all conceivable within the concept and story. I don't want to talk about it too much in case you haven't seen it and you skipped through the article to see which ones are the best to watch. Honestly, I'm such a fan of this episode.

It might be because it's probably the nearest to an episode of Inside No. 9 which is another dark, clever, British anthology show that you might want to check out and my favourite of the two. That isn't to demerit Black Mirror, which in itself has some really quality episodes and consistently great ideas.

Overall

Black Mirror is often thought-provoking and good at starting conversations on the topics and concepts it covers. Always great acting from the well known big stars to the lesser known quality talent involved. Really great world building, if at times they spent too long explaining tech to me rather than giving me a story. Pacing is a regular issue but as the years go by, the less of an issue it is season to season as a whole.

If I was to rate the seasons in order, which I am about to do, obviously.

I'd say:

  1. Season 3 - Half of the episodes are in my top five with a fourth in my top ten.
  2. Season 4 - This season and season two are fairly equal but I reckon this one takes the lead, having four episodes in the top ten.
  3. Season 2 - You can't have only four episodes, have one of them be second and another be last and it not be a bit questionable, what's going on there?
  4. Season 1 - Two out of three episodes in the bottom three, not good.

The 20 Best Games On Nintendo Switch

The 20 Best Games On Nintendo Switch

20. Mighty Gunvolt Burst

While Mighty No. 9 may have been a disappointment on many levels, its spin-off games are anything but. Mighty Gunvolt Burst combines the worlds of Azure Striker Gunvolt with Mighty No. 9 and features the graphics and classic run and gun platforming of classic Mega Man games with some upgrade and weapon mechanics of their own. If you're feeling nostalgic but want something fresh, definitely check out Mighty Gunvolt Burst.

19. GoNNER

On the surface, GoNNER is a tough roguelike platformer that lets you explore a vast and changing underground. Under that, though, is a story of a creature named Ikk trying to find the right thing to cheer up his friend: a landbound whale name Sally. As you progress through your runs, you'll find new weapons and heads and talk to what seems to be Death as you traverse through this world, taking out and enemies and bosses as you attempt to do something good for a friend.

18. Wulverblade

There aren't many games that adhere to historical realism, and there's likely no game that does while being a throwback to side-scrolling beat-em-ups of the 90's -- except for Wulverblade. As brutal as can be, Wulverblade takes you back in time to 120AD where the Roman army is marching on Britannia. You play as one of three warriors tasked with fighting back against the unending hordes. And fight you will with axes, swords, shields, and even wolves. If you're feeling extra fancy, you can pick up the head of a fallen enemy to kill another enemy. That should really be the first sentence in any writeup of Wulverblade.

17. Puyo Puyo Tetris

There didn't need to be a story justification for the worlds of Puyo Puyo and Tetris to collide, but they did it. Personified Tetris pieces work alongside Puyo Puyo characters to find out why their two universes are combining, all the while using the tried and true gameplay of their perspective series. And don't worry, the story isn't the only thing there. You can also play traditional Tetris or vanilla Puyo Puyo, play a combination of the two, or check out the Party mode which brings in item use to give yourself an advantage over your opponent.

16. Brawlout

If you're a fan of platform fighters like Super Smash Bros. and are itching for something new while waiting for the inevitable follow-up, you can't go wrong with Brawlout. Featuring a cast of original characters plus some cameos from games like Hyper Light Drifter and Guacamelee, Brawlout is a beautifully animated party fighting with all the fast fighting, dodging, and jumping that the genre has been come to known for. With a single-player mode, online, and local co-op, the game also takes advantage of the Switch's near field communication, you'll have plenty of chances to kick someone's butt or have your own butt kicked.

15. Death Squared

The Switch is built for multiplayer gaming, and puzzle game Death Squared takes great advantage of that fact with its simplified control scheme. Work with a group of friends to conquer 40 levels trying to guide your robots to their colored square. That may sound easy but once you get into it, prepare for some real friendship-testing teamwork. And if that's not enough for you, you and one friend can come together to complete 80 levels of co-op puzzling.

14. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Unlike Nintendo's past consoles, the Switch hasn't seen too many lengthy JRPGs quite yet. In comes Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a massive open world action-JRPG where all of civilization lives on the backs of creatures called Titans. You play as Rex, a scavenger who is invited upon which he finds a living weapon named Pyra, and the two of them together go off on a journey to find the paradise of Elysium. While the game is great to look, there is some questionable character design and the English voice acting is iffy. Thankfully,  you can download the Japanese voice pack if it bothers you too much.

13. Golf Story

Steeped in nostalgia from the 16-bit era, Golf Story replaces fantasy lands with golf courses and random battles with hitting balls into holes. The game begins after a bitter-break up inspires a man to rekindle his childhood love of golf. Starting at Wellworn Grove, players will explore 8 different locales, tee off against other golfers, earn money, and use golfing prowess to solve non-golf problems. Golf Story may sound weird, but it's very charming and easy to pick up.

12. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Here's another game on the list that doesn't make any sense when it was first announced. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an XCOM-style tactics game wherein Ubisoft's Rabbids have invaded the Mushroom Kingdom. The rascally lagomorphs crash landed with a pair of goggles, called the Supamerge, that can combine any two items together and those goggles have merged with one of the Rabbids, whom Bowser Jr. befriends and names Spawny. Turns out this little guy has been combining other Rabbids with objects in the world turning them bad, and now it's up to Mario and friends (plus some Rabbids who are dressed up as said friends) to stop them. This all makes sense in the game, I promise.

11. Fire Emblem Warriors

The Omega Force crossover games are extremely hit or miss. You either end up with fun button mashers like Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Heroes or boring slogs like Warriors Orochi 3 and Berserk. Thankfully, Fire Emblem Warriors is one of the good ones. Combining the hack and slash action of Dynasty Warriors with the relationship building, army commanding, and weapon rock-paper-scissors of the Fire Emblem series, the game gives you good deal of maps and story to tackle with its story mode and History mode, which takes you through various times in different Fire Emblem games.

10. Gorogoa

Gorogoa is unlike any other game on this list. This gorgeous puzzler centers on a boy pursuing a divine beast through artful four-panel grids. As the player, you shift, switch and change these panels in an effort to find a connection between all the pieces before moving on to the next level. There is no language in the game, and the only audio that can be heard is music. But that's just the thing -- Gorogoa speaks for itself.

9. Infinite Minigolf

Zen Studios is a studio known for games about hitting balls; particularly the Pinball FX series and Castlestorm. So when I saw they had made minigolf game, I got a little excited. I loved minigolf as a kid, until the place I went to was shut down and turned into a Hardee's. For years, there weren't many golf games outside EA's series. Thankfully, Infinite Minigolf is as its name claims: infinite. Along with a group of premade courses, the game also comes with a course-maker that allows you to roll through nonstop playlist of custom courses, making this a great pick-up-and play title.

8. Battle Chef Brigade

If someone were to pitch you a game that is part match-three puzzle game, part side-scrolling beat-em-up, and part cooking game, you would probably think "There is no way those three disparate genres could possibly come together to make anything good." And you would be wrong. Battle Chef Brigade takes those three genres and combines them into something more than palatable. You play as Mina, a human chef who has recently ran away from her village to try and join the titular brigade. Along the way you'll meet and battle other chefs while leveling up and learning new moves and recipes. Not in the mood for story? Try the Daily Cook-Off and work your way up the leaderboards.

7. Enter The Gungeon

A randomly generated dungeon where giant anthropomorphic bullets shoot guns at you isn't just a fever dream I had at a gunshow, it's also the premise of Enter the Gungeon. This roguelike twin-stick shooter boasts a plethora of unlockable upgrades and an array of wacky bosses, including a muscle-bound seagull wielding a gatling gun and a gorgon wielding uzis. Gungeon is not an easy game, but it's also not impossible, and with its tutorial and Ammonomicon informing you of what all the items you gathered do, you'll be a great Gungeoneer in no time.

6. Snipperclips - Cut it out, together!

Snipperclips is an exceedingly adorable puzzle game where you play alone or with a friend as Snip and Clip and try to solve a variety of puzzles. After undertaking the main course of puzzles, try out the party mode for up to four players. If you're feeling competitive, there's also Blitz mode with a unique take on basketball, hockey, and even a deathmatch mode. It should be noted that this game has nothing to do with Full House or any catchphrases popularized by Dave Coulier.

5. SteamWorld Dig 2

Dig down, get gems, kill monsters, sell gems, repeat. Dig down, get gems, kill monsters, sell gems, repeat. Buy upgrades, get new gear, solve the mystery of the missing miners, find your missing friend, dig some more. SteamWorld Dig 2 is a masterful action-adventure platformer that offers a variety of missions, areas, gear, and a cast of colorful characters to interact with. Striking a good balance in difficulty, the game is also a good length and doesn't waste any time.

4. Splatoon 2

Do you like third person shooters but don't think they have enough style? Are you a fan of young, hip cephalopods? Have you always wished for a Jackson Pollock simulator? Then Splatoon 2 should be right up your alley. Centered around Inkopolis Square, you battle against other squid kids, using various paint guns, buckets, and brushes to cover as much as you can with your team's color as possible. If you get tired of being competitive, there's always Salmon Run, a wave-based horde mode that pits you and three teammates against a bunch of crazed octopi. Also worth noting is the game's sizable story mode. Outside of that, there's plenty of clothes and weapons to unlock and even a rhythm game to check out!

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The worst part about the original release of Mario Kart 8 was that it was on the Wii U. A fine system in and of itself, it wasn't exactly a top seller. Nintendo made the smart decision to re-releasing the game and include all the downloadable content into one shiny new package: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Along with all the racing and tracks you could want, the battle mode also makes its appearance again after missing out on the non-Deluxe version of 8. Sorry, Wii U.


2. Super Mario Odyssey

Everyone knows that Mario has been around for over 30 years and is one of the most recognizable characters of any media across the entire world. Nintendo could very well just rerelease and remake the same two types of platformers over and over again and get it away with it -- but they haven't, and still don't. Super Mario Odyssey feels like the absolute culmination of the entirety of the series' life and in some areas, a culmination of all 3D platformers. It's an endlessly joyful game with plenty of collectibles and worlds to explore.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is simply one of the best video games to have ever been made. I know game lists tend to be hyperbolic, but Breath of the Wild does so many things right while both adhering to tradition and forging its own path, its greatness cannot be understated.

Like every other Zelda game, BotW gives you plenty of tools to complete your journey -- but this time, nothing is stopping you from using those tools the way you want. Encountered a pressure plate puzzle and can't find anything in the room to place on it? Just empty a bunch of items out of your inventory onto it. Stuck in a lightning storm with a bunch of enemies? Throw any metallic object near them and watch as lightning not only strikes the object but also the enemy. It's a brilliant game, and deserving of your time.


24 NETFLIX SHOWS: WHICH ONES SHOULD STAY AND WHICH ONES DESERVE THE OLD HEAVE-HO?

24 NETFLIX SHOWS: WHICH ONES SHOULD STAY AND WHICH ONES DESERVE THE OLD HEAVE-HO?

When this millennium ends, they’ll look back and say Netflix was one of the best things to happen in the 2000s. Netflix showed us that it’s possible to watch Breaking Bad in under a week and gave us unlimited access to content from any screen we could find. As much as we love it, the cable companies and television networks hate it because Netflix is siphoning their subscribers and their audience at an alarming rate. The only reason Netflix is capable of this is because they continue to invest in enough original content to compete with several channels.

Netflix knows they need more than just a couple of hit comedies and a few hit dramas; they must greenlight various sub-genres like comedy specials, sign bankable talent like Adam Sandler to multi-project contracts, and consent to huge budgets for shows like The Defenders. In other words, Netflix won’t win the war for viewers by outbidding only CBS or Showtime. They need to accumulate a library of content more valuable than every network and premium station, combined.

While Netflix continues to eclipse the cable networks like the alien ships from Independence Day, we the viewers reap the benefits in the form of must-watch television like Stranger Things. More than that, Netflix offered a second-wind to old favorites like Arrested Development and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Shows and movies like these are proof that Netflix offers quality; however, the streaming service earned a reputation for also making shows like Hemlock Grove, which should never happen. If someone working for a network like NBC okayed Iron Fist, they’d be properly fired and blacklisted; but Netflix doesn’t feel the same repercussions because it operates without time slots – there’s no limit on time available for an “a la carte” streaming service.

24. The OA Is Insufferably Boring

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If The OA had a heartbeat, it would be dangerously low. Without exaggerating, there is an entire ten-minute long sequence with almost no dialogue or score as Brit Marling makes and eats a sandwich. You get lost in the plainness. It’s like the waiting room at the doctor’s office, a place where people and things just be and the only actions are thoughts. The characters lack charm and Jason Isaacs is a bleak villain without clear motives. They’re each too self-aware to grant the viewers a chance to have expectations – we don’t hope things happen to Prairie Johnson, we just watch stuff happen to her and do our best to make sense of it.

In a way, The OA is a failed attempt at intellectual, hard sci-fi with odd transitions in and out of magical realms that we’re supposed to interpret as metaphoric in some unknown way. Instead, it’s more like we’re picking-up what’s left of our campsite after a bear attacked it, trying to make sense of what to do next. The best thing for season two is to make it a short music video for a Bjork song.

23. GLOW Made Us All Wrestling Fans

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Everyone’s been in love with Alison Brie since Mad Men and Community. With roles in two upcoming Academy Award candidates (The Post and The Disaster Artist), the Cali girl is on a hot streak, and rightfully so. Brie’s most exceptional accomplishment might be her role as Ruth Wilder in GLOW (the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling). GLOW is a realistic look at what’s sometimes considered the most fake sporting event known as amateur wrestling. Brie plays a noteworthy antihero as the pretty, starving actress who would conventionally fulfill her dreams of stardom, but instead she turns out to be self-absorbed and a bit of a jerk. The performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In addition, Marc Maron deserves a nod as the weathered wrestling manager and failed B-movie director, Sam Sylvia. Each of the characters are so unique and well-developed that GLOW makes viewers become real fans of the different lady wrestlers in the league. In the end, you’ll learn that wrestling is as real as it gets and you’ll wish the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling still existed, especially if you long for the Golden Age of wrestling during the eighties.

22. Nobody Will Miss The Ranch

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As a show runner, it’s difficult to succeed amidst the flooded world of situation comedies even with the best premise and the most talent. That said, The Ranchwouldn’t cut it if it were the only sitcom on television. Sometimes Netflix outbids for the better content; other times, the streaming service ends-up with the networks’ leftovers. This Jim Patterson series includes a bankable, proven cast in Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson; however, both performances are derivative, monotonous versions of their characters from That ’70s Show. At its best, The Ranch offers witty banter between stereotypical salt-of-the-earth types. At its worst, it makes you forget that Debra Winger is a three-time Oscar nominee – it’s just better that way. For Netflix’s sake, it made sense to go after a more conservative, country-folk demographic, but the jokes are so dependent on corn-fed punchlines that The Ranch does more to pick-on the working class than it does to appeal to them. Fans of That ’70s Show will at times find a silver-lining in Masterson and Kutcher, though it’s an inadequate reunion, overall.

21. 13 Reasons Why We’re Hooked On 13 Reasons Why

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With so many YA film adaptations like The Hunger Games and Gossip Girl, it’s hard to stand out to such a picky, high-demand demographic. Look at missteps like the overpriced Divergent Series or Golden Compass and you’ll understand how desperate studios are for a hit series like Harry Potter. When they’re good, they’re great, and the Selena Gomez produced, Jay Asher adaptation, 13 Reasons Why is groundbreaking. More than just another look into some suburban town’s high school, there are many reasons why Reasons was the most tweeted about show in 2017, but it was mostly because of the cast. Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford as the guiding characters are genuine, thoughtful, and they nicely integrate with the supporting cast. Instead of depending on the High School cliches, Reasons provides a deeper, more insightful approach to adolescent struggles and unapologetically tackles hard issues. Creator, Brian Yorkey explores the darker sides of teenage memories with plenty of betrayal and destruction – this isn’t CW channel junk food.

20. It’s Difficult To Accept Real Bob As A Real Show

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There was a short stint in time in which we enjoyed Rob Schneider in classic roles like Deuce Bigalow and The Hot Chick. In hindsight, these films were only successful because they were released during a vulnerable moment in comedy history. More specifically, the bar for comedy was set pretty low in the 90s before superior stuff like ZoolanderWedding Crashers, and Anchorman were released. Rob Schneider basically banked on the tail-end of the Adam Sandler era, so it makes sense that Schneider followed Sandler to Netflix. At least with his older movies, there was a cast and crew that seemed to try. In his newest venture, Real Bob, Schneider plays himself in meta fashion such as shows like Maron, or Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Schneider writes, directs, and stars in the series so everything wrong with this is either his fault or whoever let this toddler take the wheel. It’s difficult to determine whether Real Bob fails due to Schneider’s lack of technical skill behind the camera, a lack of effort spent producing, or if Deuce just isn’t funny enough by today’s standards. There’s too much wrong with Real Bob to turn Schneider’s career around; his best move would to patiently wait for a small role like Chris Tucker did in Silver Lining’s Playbook (hopefully, Rob can dance).

19. Royalty Is So Hot Right Now With The Crown

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Netflix made a big move by landing Peter Morgan, the creative mind behind great historical pieces like The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. Morgan’s latest project, The Crown, is equally worthwhile and officially joins an elite list of shows that push the boundary for Netflix, standing toe-to-toe with shows like Ray Donovan and Breaking Bad. Season two wasn’t quite as strong as the first; it drew too much attention to Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) when it’s the Queen we really want to see. Nevertheless, there was plenty of Claire Foy to go around, just not enough to beat Elisabeth Moss for the Golden Globe, this year. The Crown is remarkably fulfilling, but the real reason we can’t get enough of the period-piece is largely due to anticipation for the new cast in seasons 3 and 4. The role of Queen Elizabeth II will be picked up by Olivia Colman, who’s proven capable in the crime-drama, Broadchurch. Even more exciting is that Vanessa Kirby is passing the torch to Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret. It’ll be a new show with fresh talent from the creative team. What’s more exciting than that?

18. No One Likes Marvel’s Iron Fist

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DaredevilLuke CageJessica Jones, and Iron Fist make-up Marvel’s Defenders, and while the former three series are well-integrated lead-ins for the vigilante team, the latter only serves as an afterthought. Iron Fist isn’t just bad because Finn Jones delivers a performance so flat that it looks like he forgot they were filming; this show was destined to flop. Creators, Scott Buck and M. Raven Metzner (the geniuses behind stuff like Elektra), ignore the origin of Danny Rand and expect viewers to care about him or his powers without understanding what they are or where they come from.

Bottom line, if you’re going to have some kind of monk-ninja make throwing stars out of tin-foil that are strong enough to cut through steel, then you’re responsible for telling us how and why. Like so, viewers are haphazardly tossed into estranged set locations and the scenes of tension are so dependent on the soundtrack that you’d think they scored Iron Fist before they shot it. Though we still must endure Danny Rand on The Defenders, hopefully Netflix cancels the character’s solo show, and nobody hires Finn Jones ever again.

17. Grittier Is Better On The Punisher

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One of the most underrated movies of the 2000s was Jonathan Hensleigh’s, The Punisher. In it, Tom Jane played Frank Castle and John Travolta played a proper villain as the tyrannical Howard Saint in the first good R-Rated superhero movie of the millennium. You can’t avoid the fact that some comic books happen to be violent, and PG-13 versions of such are never well-received. Ryan Reynolds debut as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was universally trashed by the comic book community for that very reason; this is what exposed the demand for the proper, ultra-violent Deadpool reboot made later. Steve Lightfoot’s version of The Punisher for Netflix doesn’t skimp on the brutality, either. Don’t be deterred by the fact that the Defenders were restrained, because this show is exceptionally violent, like Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth violent. Also, Jon Bernthal checks all the boxes for an authentic Frank Castle whose only superpower is being tougher than everyone else. We can also enjoy a stellar performance from Girls’ Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Castle’s sidekick, Micro.

16. Who Asked For Trailer Park Boys: Out Of The Park?

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Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian television series created by a comedy troupe of the same name, made up primarily of Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith. The series premiered in 2001 and ran until 2008, until the trio purchased the rights to the show and brought new episodes to Netflix in 2014. There have also been three movies, touring shows, and several specials, so it’s safe to say there’s a good amount of material. As a result, the Boysmay be spread too thin because this time they miss by a mile with Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park.

Instead of their usual script-based content, Out of the Park is done in some sort of mockumentary style like Jacka*s without stunts or Amazing Race without a race. At times, the three guys are worth a chuckle, but applying their personalities to the real world comes off as artificial as they break character often. Any dull moments are filled with recycled jokes from the original series. I mean, you can only laugh at Julian not dropping his drink and Ricky being out of it so many times before the show becomes white noise. For diehard Trailer Park Boys fans, it’s even worse. The spin-off only discredits the characters as you watch them desperately reach for awkward jokes that barely land. On a better note, the regular series is still going strong and they just released their twelfth season, so whatever remaining fans they have can snack on that.

15. Big Mouth Is The Cartoon We Never Knew We Needed

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney recently garnered a lot of attention on Broadway for Oh, Hello, and they’re keeping up with high expectations with the Netflix original, Big Mouth. Along with Mulaney and Kroll, the animated series is voiced by a supporting cast of comedy A-Listers including Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Jordan Peele. Big Mouth takes you back to your most embarrassing memories as a thirteen-year-old. The mature cartoon approaches every awkward junior high moment in a hilarious and filthy way that you can’t get enough of. Besides wildly creative, the cartoon about puberty is a great example of how to apply the same archetypes of other cartoons like Family Guy and The Simpsons while embracing the ability to be R-Rated on Netflix. In other words, Big Mouth is everything that F Is For Family is not, yet it’s also more imaginative than most animated series – it’s thoughtful, imaginative, and strikes real, familiar chords. Now that the comedy duo has succeeded with Broadway, sketch comedy, scripted series, standup, and animation, all that’s left is puppets and another Team America: World Police style film by Mulaney and Kroll would probably be gold.

14. Disjointed Was An Epic Fail

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Because Netflix casts such a large net to cover every genre, it’s no surprise that they’re gunning for the network sitcom market. So far, Netflix’s comedy department only scores with reboots or sequels of yesterday’s network hits like Arrested DevelopmentWet Hot American Summer, and Fuller House. Having said that, the Kathy Bates-led, multi-camera bag of garbage known as Disjointed serves as proof that Chuck Lorre is capable of failure and his kryptonite is either Netflix or illegal substances. As good as Bates is, she couldn’t make this even barely engaging. In a small effort to be groovy, Disjointed explores third-person omniscience in the same fashion of Beavis and Butthead’s meta approach of watching them watch music videos, except Beavis and Butthead were cool and Disjointed is superbly lame.

Silly shows like this are setting a new standard of inadequacy. Chuck Lorre failed to disguise Disjointed as a way to reach a new demographic, because this is just a way to make fun of a different group of people to Lorre’s already existing audience. It’s a feeble attempt to capitalize on a trending topic with a loose understanding of it, at best. You learn nothing, won’t laugh, and couldn’t care less. Predictable punchlines are lobbed at you like softballs; you WILL fall asleep during this show.

13. Love Is Dysfunctional And Addictive

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Judd Apatow has a way of making shows and films genuine, and that same empathetic quality we saw in Freaks and Geeks is what we get from the dark comedy, LoveLove stars Community’s Gillian Jacobs as Mickey and Paul Rust as Gus – Rust recently co-wrote Pee-wee’s Big Holiday with Paul Reubens. Gus and Mickey are perfect for each other, but their fears and idiosyncrasies pull them apart as you root for the former outcome. Gillian plays a sarcastic, cynical, free spirit and Rust plays a type-A, nerdy, aspiring screenwriter. They play it so well that you befriend them immediately and you suffer with them when they mess up. You’ll be tempted to fast forward just to see if they’re together at the end. Regardless of the result of their potential relationship status, we’ll take as much of the LA couple we can get. After all that praise, the real show-stealer might be Claudia O’Doherty, who plays Mickey’s gleeful roommate, Bertie – her joyous attitude becomes essential for balancing Gus and Mickey’s uncouth demeanor.

12. There Are Dozens Of Shows We’d Rather Bring Back Than Fuller House

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Without Netflix, the Full House sequel so cleverly titled Fuller House, wouldn’t happen. The reason Fuller House couldn’t exist on a network is because the place for it no longer exists on television – T.G.I.F. is over and there’s no longer a cast of complementary shows to support each other. Since the days for shows like Step By Step and Family Matters are over, it’s safe to assume that nobody wants them back. The idea for Fuller House was already officially ridiculous, and then you learn thatJohn Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are barely on the show. Eventually it becomes clear what creator, Jeff Franklin, is trying to do – derive a new show for a previous audience, but the old audience is too old for this show.

The nostalgia wears off quickly – basically the second the opening credits end.  There’s no avoiding the fact that your favorite characters aren’t really on it and Stephanie, D.J., and Kimmy don’t stand a chance at carrying a show without them. In a flawed attempt to replace the Olsen Twins‘ character, Fuller House offers a handful of child actors that are strikingly forgettable. The rest of the cast references their character Michelle several times to the point that it becomes transparent they’re begging for an Olsen to cave in and join the show. It’s humiliating. As for the end goal, we get it. They want to update the Full House family to fit into today’s culture. Too bad everyone’s already moved on to Modern Family.

11. It’s Worthless To Wait For Something To Happen In Flaked

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In the Netflix comedy, Flaked, Will Arnett is a trendy womanizer named Chip, and Chip accidentally took someone’s life while driving under the influence, so now he’s a recovering addict that rides a bike around Venice Beach. If you’re wondering how Flaked manages to make the audience empathize with such a character, don’t, because it doesn’t. The oxymoronic series is an on-the-surface look behind-the-scenes of AA meetings, but uses victims of addiction as a sympathetic crutch to support weak writing. Watching Robert Wisdom as the boilerplate mentor/trying to persuade Chip to be better is like watching a mall cop yell at a thirteen-year-old boy.

Without spoiling anything, I’ll say there are a few twists and turns to this show, but they do nothing but damage whatever integrity the show has left by the time you get to them. In other words, you can sense just how lost the writers were as they were probably picking plot points by throwing darts in the dark. Worst of all, Flaked takes itself very seriously, offering long takes, jeering dialogue, and a soundtrack of totally “with it” indie tracks that make Venice Beach seem like a giant hipster coffee house – if you haven’t been there, then know that Venice is nothing like whatever this is.

10. We Get The Best Bateman In Ozark

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After Bloodline concluded, Netflix was suddenly down a show about a dangerously dysfunctional family that’s also involved in a mystery. Like magical wizards, Mark Williams, Bill Dubuque, and Jason Bateman filled the void left by Bloodline with Ozark, and after season one, it looks like this modern crime drama could be even better. Laura Linney is great as Wendy Byrde, but Bateman was never better than he is in the role of her husband, Marty. It’s as if every other one of his roles was leading up to this one. Marty is a careful balance of stoic yet sarcastic, all-knowing yet risky, well-intentioned yet unlucky – this performance justifiably earned him a Golden Globe nomination. The reason Marty works so well is because the writers of Ozark crafted well rounded characters and a story with an abundance of conflicts and plot twists – you’re kept on your toes with this. One of the biggest upsets at the Globes this year was passing-over Julia Garner for her performance as Ruth Langmore. Every moment with Ruth is mesmerizing; expect at least a nomination for Garner for this role, next year. We should also note that Ozark ties off loose ends, and doesn’t depend on conventional cliffhangers to end its first season: we’re invested because this is genuinely satisfying television.

9. Lady Dynamite Is No Leading Lady

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Maria Bamford is a veteran in the comedy scene, but she’s restrained in her consistent roles as a side character. If you aren’t an established fan of Bamford from her standup, then you’ll likely find the Netflix series, Lady Dynamite, a bit off-putting. To its credit, Dynamite is oftentimes whimsical and joyous – it’s like Tim and Eric in the sense that it finds humor in the uncomfortable, except this doesn’t push the boundaries as much as it confuses them. Lady Dynamite was recently canceled, but Netflix needs to be careful making similar shows like it in the future.

From a business perspective, Netflix’s comedy department (if there is one) is smart to put their eggs in more than one basket by investing in obscure visionaries and unconventional indies along with the blockbuster multi-camera sitcoms. It makes sense to assume that Netflix stock becomes more worthwhile if they’re across the board when it comes to genres, because a wide range of shows certainly makes the subscriptions more valuable. Nevertheless, the streaming service needs to be more careful not to spread themselves too thin by forgetting that weird shows like Lady Dynamite aren’t as popular as familiar ones like Grace and Frankie.

8. We Hope There’s More Of Master Of None

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Aziz Ansari first gained attention in the documentary-style sitcom, Parks and Recreation, and his popular standup specials hinted at the comedian being more than just another comedy actor. That being said, nothing prepared us for Ansari’s recent series, Master of None. The millennial generation of comedy talent is gradually making their presence known on television with shows like Broad CitySearch Party, and LoveMaster of None is an honest look at the life of a dreamer named Dev who does his best to look at life, love, relationships, race, religion, and gender through a lens of fairness and awareness. Joining Ansari is the always eventful Eric Wareheim as his buddy, Arnold.

Dev and Arnold offer the same humor you’d expect as fans of their previous roles, but the tone of the series gives you the sense that you’re actually spending a day in the life of these two actors real selves. More than that, Master of None combines its realism with homage to historical filmmaking as Dev rides his bicycle through Italy amidst long takes in black and white – Ansari doesn’t quite meet the requirements to be taken seriously like a De Sica film, but he deserves credit for trying to push the envelope in an effort to combine comedy and art.

7. Santa Clarita Diet Thinks Zombies Are A Joke

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If you’ve always thought that The Walking Dead wasn’t funny enough or The Goldbergs wasn’t gory enough, then Netflix has got the show for you. Santa Clarita Diet stars Drew Barrymore as a zombie housewife named Sheila, and Timothy Olyphant plays her still-living husband named Joel. The tongue-in-cheek tone of SCD is most comparable to that of HBO’s True BloodTrue Blood sparingly used campy moments to approach the idea of vampires existing with people out in the open, but True Blooddidn’t depend on this campiness.

TB was wildly popular because it was intense, exciting, and included captivating characters with fascinating conflicts. SCD on the other hand, takes True Blood’s subtle joke about “those who have passed getting along with the living” and turns it into one long-running gag that makes up the backbone for a commonplace suburban landscape. As the zombie wife, Barrymore is still charming at times, but watching her in some gory scenes is just plain gross. In the end, Santa Clarita Diet expects the audience to chalk off whatever isn’t explained (which is a lot) as simply, “this is what happens if your wife is a zombie.”

6. Stranger Things Can Do No Wrong

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Netflix doesn’t release their ratings, but a few third party companies used software to determine which original shows were pulling the most weight. Well, we don’t need software to know that the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things is a massive hit for the streaming service, especially after the sickening Kevin Spacey scandal that ended House of Cards. The second season of the throwback thriller was a little bit muddled compared to the first, but this eighties nostalgia bomb was still so endearing and rewarding. Most of the second season’s flaws stem from introducing too many new elements without explaining a lot of our previous curiosities. There were several new characters with several new conflicts including another girl like Eleven with different powers, though we barely get a glimpse of this girl’s telekinetic ability before the season ends. In addition to that, we’re left where we started when it comes to the fate of the Upside Down. Is it one giant monster? Is there a queen Demogorgon like there was in Aliens? Why isn’t the rest of the world helping this small town fight these apocalyptic monsters? When all’s said and done, the lack of exposition in season two only gets us more hyped for season three.

5. It’s Time For Tina Fey To Move On From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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The television comedy community lost a juggernaut when 30 Rock concluded after seven seasons and although Tina Feystayed in the limelight by hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler, two years passed before she returned to a scripted series. Amidst the hype of her return, Fey initially scored with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but a 30 Rock replacement, it is not. Ellie Kemper plays the oh so chipper Kimmy who was taken, trapped in a bunker with a maniac (Jon Hamm) for fifteen years, and then impulsively moves to New York after she’s rescued.

The dynamic between the naive Kimmy and the gritty realness of New York lays the groundwork for a lot of comedy potential, but after three seasons, the shtick’s wearing off. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly other shows on Netflix that are worse than this. The real reason to wish for Kimmy Schmidt to end is so Tina Fey could move on to do something else. Fey is a rare talent – it’s time for her to stop hosting the Golden Globes and to start winning them again.

4. Mindhunter Is Slaying The Other Netflix Shows

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If there was a dark horse for Netflix originals, then it’s Mindhunter, and if you weren’t convinced to binge it yet, then know that it has criminals FBI agents, and one of the best under-the-radar performances of the year from Jonathan Groff. Groff is a two-time Tony Award nominee and original cast member of Hamilton, was the voice of Kristoff in Frozen, and you’re going to see a lot more of him in the future. In Mindhunter, Groff plays Holden Ford, a newly appointed ambitious FBI agent that partners with veteran agent, Bill Tench played by Holt McCallany, and together they interview criminals in the early stages of criminal profiling during the late 1970’s.

It’s basically an insightful prequel to Criminal Minds. The best part is that the show is based on real-life experiences of FBI profiler, John E. Douglas, and the interviews they conduct are based on the real interviews with the real criminals like Ed Kemper and Jerry Brudos. True crime fans live for shows like this and Mindhunter is truly exceptional with a flawlessly paced, fully developed character arch in Holden that a show of any genre would be lucky to have.

3. We Hope Frontier Was As Cheap As It Looks

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Frontier comes off as one of the weaker Netflix originals from the get-go, and if you’re bored before the first episode is over, then give up while you’ve got the chance. I should note that history buffs and fans of Xena: Warrior Princess will love it. Don’t expect this to be an adventure show full of excitement; it’s more like a compilation of the dialogue scenes in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies where everyone’s talking to each other below deck of a ship when nobody is sword fighting. The early world setting in this show is comically inadequate.

Consistent avoidance of long shots make Frontier seem less like a trip back in time to the eighteenth century fur trade, and more like a bunch of people playing dress up in someone’s backyard. The Jason Momoa-led period piece is what it would look like if Brett Ratner made The Revenant. Sure, there’s a lot of violence, cursing, and old-fashioned costumes, but Frontier falls so short of the great epics it wants to emulate, such as GladiatorThe PatriotBraveheart. Unlike every successful epic tale, there no great hero to follow from ruin to triumph; this is just a bunch of characters that eventually grow to trust each other, and Jason Momoa is no leader of men.

2. Narcos Is The Best Cartel Drama Since Blow

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Narcos is on the shortlist for best overall Netflix original, but season two ended with what we were all dreading, the inevitable end of Pablo Escobar (not a spoiler because it’s history). It was upsetting to see Escobar go because Wagner Moura delivered the best performance of the Colombian to date. The first two seasons are must watch TV that proved Netflix could compete with originals on premium networks like HBO. It was hard to imagine the show without Escobar, and even harder to believe the show runners could cast a new cartel that would meet the same standards of the Medellin.

By the end of the first episode of the third season, you start to realize that the Cali Cartel is going to exceed your expectations and set a new standard for every show of any budget in the same subject matter wheelhouse. If you’re going to watch one movie or show all year about the history of the trade, then this is it; and, if you’re going to watch only one show regardless of its topic all year, then this is still the one. If you haven’t moved on from season two yet, then know that you’ll forget all about Escobar once you meet Pacho, played by Alberto Ammann. From the cinematography to the direction, Narcos is filmmaking firing on all cylinders.

1. Netflix Champs The New Year With A Risky New Show

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We’re not even two weeks into the new year and Netflix already nailed it with the new original series, The End Of The F****** World. Creator, Jonathan Entwistle delivers a cockney English millennial Bonnie and Clyde. Jessica Barden plays Alyssa, an apathetic law hater who runs away with Alex Lawther who plays James, an outcast and aspiring criminal. Simply put, the show is enthralling and the relationship between Alyssa and Alex is perfectly crazy without pushing the limits of reality as we bite our nails through eight roughly twenty minute episodes – I commend anyone with enough willpower to not finish this in one sitting. There lies the black comedy’s only flaw; it’s way too good to be this short, though British television often is. Be that as it may, any amount of this show is better than none. It’s just hard to accept that it’s out of your life so soon after entering it. For now, let’s just hope that Entwistle has more comparatively great ideas because Netflix will absolutely fund more seasons and future projects. At the very least, get Lawther and Barden the best agents money can buy.


The 20 Best Xbox One Games Ever RANKED

The 20 Best Xbox One Games Ever RANKED

20. Gears of War 4

Taking place 25 years after the conclusion of the third game, Gears of War 4 puts you in the boots belonging to the son of the eternally bandana'd Marcus Fenix. Much like his father before him, JD joined the local space marine outfit. But unlike his father, JD fighting "aliens" called the Swarm and not the Locust. Gameplay this time around is still the same run, gun, and cover style from the previous trilogy with some added flair like new weapons and a weather system that can change up how a battle is fought. If you're in the mood for multiplayer, the classic horde mode is still here along with plenty of player versus player modes.

19. Dance Central Spotlight

The Dance Central series was a definite highlight of the Xbox 360's original Kinect lineup. These dance titles were easy enough to get into and had a variety of minigames and even a story mode to keep you entertained. Spotlight removes those but keeps the core gameplay intact with improved tutorial modes and improved tracking thanks to the Xbox One's new Kinect. Though at this point, Microsoft has discontinued the Kinect, if you have one or are able to find one, this title should not be forgotten.

18. Stardew Valley

There's a lot of games on this lineup that involve you mowing down waves of enemies with some kind of projectile and sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Maybe settle down in a nice town far away from everything. Maybe grow some crops and raise some livestock. Maybe meet someone special and have some kids. Maybe help a wizard investigate the weird sprites that inhabit the rundown town hall. Stardew Valley is relaxing and rewarding allowing you to take things at your own pace which is maybe why I have over 150 hours played in it.

17. Super Lucky's Tale

2017 felt like a return to the traditional 3D platformer. With games like Yooka-Laylee, A Hat In Time, and even Super Mario Odyssey, the colorful genre has made a strong comeback. Super Lucky's Tale started life as Lucky's Tale on the Oculus Rift and was reworked for the Xbox One. You take control of Lucky, a spritely little fox who is trying to help his sister recover the Book of Ages from the mysterious villain Jinx. It can be easy to overlook a game like this but if you're itching for something colorful and cute with challenges suited for players of all skill levels, definitely check this out

16. Forza Horizon 3

Many cars, many races, open world, multiplayer, Forza Horizon 3 has a whole lot if you're a fan of racing games. Featuring 350 cars and plenty of downloadable content to keep you busy for quite some time, there was even an expansion that added Hot Wheels tracks (and a car from Final Fantasy XV) to the game.

15. Rare Replay

Only missing Goldeneye and obviously the Donkey Kong Country series due to licensing issues, Rare Replay is a value simply based on how many games you get. While there are some games in the collection you can skip (the earlier ZX Spectrum titles and Perfect Dark Zero), there's plenty to dig into like the Banjo-Kazooie series, Blast Corps, and Viva Pinata. Who needs Goldeneye when you've got the Perfect Dark remaster! Which you can still play with 4-player splitscreen by the way.

14. Sunset Overdrive

The most extreme energy drink commercial you've ever seen combined with the wild weapons, rail grinding and shooting of Ratchet & Clank, fused with the open world zombie killing of a Dead Rising, Sunset Overdrive was the first Insomniac Games project not be to a Playstation exclusive. The main campaign has plenty of side quests and upgrades to keep you interested for a while and on top of that, there's Chaos Squad, a series of co-op missions to play along with with up to 7 players.

13. PLAYERUNKNOWN's Battlegrounds

One of the most highly talked-about PC games of the year makes it's console debut on the Xbox One. 100 players parachute into an island, race around searching for weapons and armor, and must outwit and survive against each other as they battle for the number one spot. But you must be wary, as you can't doddle for too long as a playzone beings to contract forcing players to the center making the battle even tenser. If you make it to the number one spot, you're presented with a delicious chicken dinner.

Well, not really, just the immense satisfaction of coming out on top and some in-game currency to outfit your avatar in new clothes.

12. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Marred by many a technical problem upon launch, The Master Chief finally came around eventually and should be a definite grab for first person shooter fans. Containing the first 4 Halo games, including all the campaigns and maps of each game so you can relive the excitement of running over someone with the Warthog and the horror of running from The Flood in the library. If you're feeling even more nostalgic, The Master Chief Collection includes LAN support so you and a group of friends can bring your Xboxes and TVs to one room and pretend like it's 2003 again.

11. For Honor

The premise of For Honor feels like an argument I had when I was 13-years-old. Who would win between Vikings, Knights, and Samurai? Ubisoft aimed to answer this question with their interesting fighting game that pits these three factions against each other. With a badass story mode and plenty of multiplayer with additional downloadable content, if you're looking for something a little different, For Honor is something to keep your eye on.

10. D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die

Though it was never finished, D4 is one of the most interesting games to grace the Xbox One's library. Created by the man behind Deadly Premonition, Swery65, Dark Dreams Don't Die is a bizarre episodic adventure game following a private investigator named David Young whose wife has been murdered and he wants to find out how.

This all sounds fairly boilerplate for a detective story, but David is unable to recall the memories surrounding the event but has gained the ability to travel through time when he finds certain objects. Beyond that, there's plenty of that Swery65 unique weirdness to be found like David's roommate, a woman who acts like a cat, or the spiral horn haired fashion designer Duncan and his mannequin with the exact same haircut. It's a strange game but something to definitely be experienced.

9. Rise of the Tomb Raider

The reboot of the Tomb Raider reimagined Lara Croft as a more well-rounded and more real character than her previous incarnation. Her short shorts were replaced actual pants someone would wear to go rock climbing and spelunking, and her character was designed to look like an actual human being. Everything about the gameplay and story was improved over its predecessors with the trend continuing with the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. After dealing with the supernatural events and violence of the previous game, Lara now attempts to follow in her late father's footsteps.

8. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Do you have 1000 hours to play an epic RPG based on a series of Polish fantasy novels about a white haired hunk who hunts monsters? You'd better because The Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the most well written games of all time. And don't worry about not having played the first two games, Wild Hunt will catch you up on the story. This open world third-person RPG is huge with plenty of monsters to hunt, quests to complete, weapons to use, gold to find, and card games to play.

7. Slime Rancher

There's a not a whole lot out there in terms of farming games. Sure you have your Harvest Moons and Stardew Valley, but what if you want something different? Well, in comes Slime Rancher, and no, it is not an offshoot of the long lost Tecmo series, Monster Rancher.

Slime Rancher is an extremely adorable first person farming game where you play as Beatrix LeBeau wielding her handy vacuum backpack, simply named the Vacpack. You are tasked with finding, raising, breeding all different kinds of slimes while adventuring out in the wilderness and growing crops to feed your hungry and growing family of slimes so they can produce plorts. You then sell those plorts to upgrade your ranch and Vacpack to use to raise more slimes to get more plorts! PLORTS!

6. Rocket League

Have you ever wanted to drive a rocket powered car into another rocket powered car so fast that the other car explodes? Have you ever wanted to make a rocket powered car do a backflip? Do you enjoy soccer? Then Rocket League is right up your alley. Since the game was released in 2015, there has been plenty of game modes added; from basketball to ice hockey and a mode with special power-ups. To sweeten the deal, if you play on Xbox One, you can even battle online with players on PC and Nintendo Switch.

5. SUPERHOT

SUPERHOT is the most innovative shooter I've played in years. The game only moves when you do. When you walk or run, when you shoot, the game time progresses. No other game feels as fulfilling as when you punch the gun out of a enemy's hands, pick up that gun out of the air, shoot said enemy in the face, shoot the guy behind them, throw the gun at another enemy stunning them, pick up a katana and proceed to slice up anyone else around you. After all is said and done and you've completed a level, you're rewarded with watching everything in regular motion. SUPERHOT is not a game to be missed.

4. Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct (2013) had a lot going against it when it was first announced. A free-to-play Xbox exclusive from a studio, Double Helix, not known for making quality games. But fears were assuaged upon release. The game is welcoming enough for newcomers, with an in-depth tutorial system, while having enough for hardcore players.

Making the game a free download with season packs to buy makes a lot easier to bring people into the fold. It even keeps the same spirit and energy of the original KI games with the wild combos and an announcer screaming his lungs out.

3. Dead Rising 4

Hailed as a hero at the end of Dead Rising 1, Frank West has been reduced to hiding out under an alias teaching photography classes at a night school. He's approached by a government agent when a former student of his is seen sneaking at the site of the original game's setting, Willamette Mall. Frank now has to find out why the zombies have returned and to find his former pupil.

Dead Rising 4 streamlines a lot of the gameplay elements of the series; making weapon combining doable on the fly, no more timers, and escort missions reduced to just rescuing civilians. The series has had co-op multiplayer before, but this time you play as one of four characters with their own skill tree separate from the main game. If you're looking for a good zombie killing game, you can't go wrong with this one.

2. Cuphead

The beautifully animated and mega hard Cuphead was first revealed at E3 2015 and was originally just going to be a series of boss fights but was later retooled after feedback to have an overworld and platforming levels. After disobeying the Elder Kettle, Cuphead and Mugman are on a roll gambling at the Devil's Casino and challenged by the villainous King Dice and The Devil himself. After losing, the boys plead and strike a deal to retrieve soul contracts from others who have lost to The Devil.

The soul contracts are the bosses you fight, each a unique and interesting battle and design with such characters as a pair of boxer frogs, a crescent moon, a giant bee with a moustache, and even a giant robot! While the game is known for its difficulty, it's nowhere close to impossible and feels great to learn the patterns. There's even a two-player mode that alleviates some of the difficulty by making it possible to revive your partner, plus it's always more fun to tackle something arduous with a friend.

1. Titanfall 2

The original Titanfall was a fine enough game, though very slim in it's presentation. With no real story mode to speak of the multiplayer tried to make up for it but just wasn't enough. Titanfall 2 on the other hand has one of the best single player first person shooter stories on the market. While the first game only had 3 Titans to speak of, the sequel added 3 more to the base game with another coming from downloadable content. And to sweeten the deal even more, all the DLC is free and any paid DLC is for skins for the Titans. The game has plenty to offer with it's single player, multiplayer, and the recently added wave-based horde mode.


10 Best TV Episodes Of 2017

10 Best TV Episodes Of 2017

'Better Call Saul,' "Chicanery"

Better Call Saul has never been a courtroom drama – but it is a show about lawyers, and "Chicanery" smartly exploited the way that TV viewers have become conditioned to expect our legal system to produce just outcomes, whatever the cost. The McGill boys carry their domestic drama into their professional arena – and Michael McKean does what may be his finest work on the show, which is saying something. Noel Murray


'Better Things,' "Eulogy"

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Pamela Adlon's extraordinary FX sadcom does a variation on the Huck-Finn-overhearing-his-own-funeral vignette, when anger over Sam not getting respect from her daughters leads to a mock wake in her honor. A brilliant take on the agonies and ecstasies of parenthood, the show business life and balancing the personal with the professional. It's also proof that this is hands down one of the funniest, deepest shows on TV, period. David Fear

'Bojack Horseman,' "Time's Arrow"

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This season's penultimate episode takes us inside Beatrice Horseman's mind and gives viewers a first-hand experience with the progressive effects of Alzheimer's dementia. Identities are washed away or violently obscured;  you can almost feel the character fighting through the turbulent waters alongside you, or occasionally trying to pull you away before you've seen too much. The ending offers just a fleeting moment of half-remembered happiness – and even that may be a lie. Sam Adams

'Girls,' "American Bitch"

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Like many of Girls' most acclaimed installments, this one's a bottle episode, isolating writer/fuck-up Hannah Horvath with Chuck Palmer, a beloved novelist (played by Matthew Rhys), who has a habit of propositioning young fans for oral sex under circumstances that are dubious at best and outright non-consensual at worst. It ends with a swerve away from realism: a street filled entirely with faceless, professionally dressed young women, all of them moving toward the maw of the literary superstar's apartment building. Sean T. Collins

'GLOW,' "Maybe It's All the Disco"

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After one of their practices, the G.L.O.W. ladies discover that they’re all on the same menstrual cycle. Alison Brie's Ruth, however, realizes that she's not synced; she may, in fact, have a bigger problem on her hands. Thanks to our current political climate, where the fight for a woman's right to choose is likely to become more difficult than it has been in decades, showing that abortion is, fundamentally, a medical procedure that a woman chooses – and that it can be no big deal – feels utterly vital. Amy Plitt

'The Good Place,' "Dance Dance Resolution"

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What was the funniest half-hour of television of 2017? The answer: a clever commentary on the very structure of episodic comedy itself. Forced to reset the Kristen Bell & Co's bespoke "paradise" lost, Michael (Ted Danson) keeps rewriting the scenario and recasting supporting players in slightly different roles. His victims keep figuring it out. It throws the laughs out fast and furious and then adds in a love story to boot. Come for the high-concept comedy; stay for sense of higher-power comfort. Brian Tallerico

'The Handmaid's Tale,' "Late"

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"Late" offers a gut-wrenching view into what happens to those who don't conform in Margaret Atwood's oppressive dystopian future. It's also when we learn just how near this near future is, rewinding back to Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and her friend Moira (Samira Wiley) participating in a protest that looks an awful lot like the Women's March. "In a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it," Offred says. Viewers awash in the news of the real-world political climate shuddered in recognition. Jenna Scherer

'I Love Dick,' "A Short History of Weird Girls"

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You don't necessarily have to watch the rest of this Amazon series to prep for "A Short History of Weird Girls" – it stands on its own as an inventively exhilarating, abrasively funny 21-minute tour de force. Four women deliver monologues about their sex lives, creative struggles, childhood memories, female desire. Dick doesn't get a word in – he's only there as a muse. As always, Kevin Bacon is only there to give the weird girls a reason to cut footloose. Rob Sheffield

'Master of None,' "Thanksgiving"

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A coming-out tale told over seven holiday dinners that spans three decades (hurtling through time rather than space), this stand-out, Emmy-winning episode is a vindication of Master of None's inclusive vision and artistic aspirations. Lena Waithe (who wrote it) has her character Denise go from a kid discovering she's gay to a young woman negotiating her her mother's resistance; Angela Bassett plays her mom. It's also a reminder that no medium feels more homey than television – a coziness that makes a sense of belonging from the shows we watch all the more important. Inkoo Kang

'Twin Peaks,' "Part 8"

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Landing at the exact midpoint of a 16-episode season, Twin Peaks: The Return's eighth installment – titled simply "Part 8" – was one of those rare cultural moments when you'll remember where you were when you watched it. A nuclear bomb explodes in New Mexico, 1945; the story of Laura Palmer and her killer "Bob" appears in an eerie vision of predestination; and when the camera passes through the atomic flame, a photo-negative of American hell awaits on the other side. Then a sooty woodsman asks, "Got a light?" This is what it looks like when Pandora's Box gets cracked wide open. Scott Tobias


The Top 20 Greatest Movies Of The Nineties

 

The Top 20 Greatest Movies Of The Nineties

Ah, the 1990s – the decade that brought you indie-cinema breakouts and bullet-time blockbusters, fight clubs and foul-mouthed clerks, charismatic cannibal serial killers and "Choose Life!" sloganeering, Rushmore Academy overachievers and Royales with Cheese. Looking back on the movies that made the Nineties such a surprisingly fertile period for filmmakers and film lovers, you can see how so much of the foundation for the past few decades was laid so early on, from the rise of documentaries as a mainstream phenomenon to the meta touches that would turn so many mix-and-match movies into wax museums with pulses. Sundance was to independent auteurs as Seattle was to grunge rockers. We would hang with slackers and Scottish junkies, smooth-talking criminals and abiding dudes. We would get cyberpunk as fuck. We would know kung fu – whoa!

So we've assembled a crack team of film fanatics, culture vultures, pop-culture pundits and various critics to weigh in on the 20 greatest movies of the Nineties. Crank up your dial-up connection, crack open a Zima and let the arguments begin.

 

20. 'Dead Man' (1995)

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Filthy, nasty, funny, ponderous and peyote high, Jim Jarmusch's anti-Western is the coolest black-and-white slow-burn in all the land. Johnny Depp, back when the man could do no wrong, plays William Blake, a timid accountant whose journey west quickly spirals into violence and vengeful justice. His companion is an unlikely Native American sidekick named Nobody (Gary Farmer); the whole thing may or may not take place in the afterlife. From Neil Young's staggeringly great, broke-down Morricone-esque score to Iggy Pop as a campfire drag mother, Jarmusch's deconstructed oater is like a 19th-century nightmare filtered forward into a country that's no less dumb, guilty or lost. EH

19. 'Fight Club' (1999)

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David Fincher's brutally violent, visually stunning adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel is so perfectly pitched that flippant young punks can see it as call for antisocial mayhem and older establishment types could read it as a repudiation of Nineties nihilism. Give credit to stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, two leads who embody the yin and yang of macho self-destruction – especially when a certain killer twist kicks things into a different gear. Though it keenly described the rootlessness of middle-class Gen-Xers, its insights into a specific end-of-the-century alienation still apply: to the anti-materialistic progressives and the alt-right; to #NotAllMen activists and GamerGaters; and to any recklessly angry type who find a community that allows them to indulge their worst impulses. NM

18. 'Paris Is Burning' (1990)

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Before Madonna appropriated ball culture in "Vogue," first-time director Jennie Livingston trained her camera on the Harlem-based scene, where "houses" hosted wildly inventive drag battles and functioned as surrogate families for gay men and trans women of color. Performers speak eloquently on how racism, homophobia and poverty have deferred their lifelong dreams of fame and fortune; one starry-eyed young dancer is murdered. Detractors have accused Livingston of exploiting her subjects, but the film remains a crucial snapshot of a community whose influence might otherwise have been erased by a mainstream culture that plundered it for ideas. JB

17. 'Toy Story' (1995)

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Nothing looked like Pixar's tale of action figures and the kid who loves them when the company's inaugural offering hit screens – fast-forward one decade-and-beyond later, and nearly everything looks like it. As the first full-length computer-animated movie, it was destined to be a historic achievement, but what John Lasseter's instant classic proved, beyond the obvious marvels of technique, was that CGI could have all the whimsy, warmth and depth of hand-drawn animation in the right hands. The digital sandbox may be cutting-edge, but Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang's spirit of friendship and adventure feels as old as childhood. ST

16. 'Reservoir Dogs' (1992)

Quentin Tarantino's debut feature set the table for everything that followed: the skewed-chronology storytelling, which turns it into heist movie without a heist; the pop culture references, like the opening disquisition on the true meaning of Madonna's "Like a Virgin"; and the eclectic soundtrack, which will forever associate Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" with the gruesome spectacle of a cop getting his ear sliced off. But Reservoir Dogs would end up being even bigger than than its creator – it's the opening salvo to an indie revolution. After an era dominated by Merchant/Ivory productions, a wave of bloody genre films suddenly turned the arthouse into the grindhouse. Things would never be the same. ST

15. 'The Matrix' (1999)

The major sci-fi film of 1999 was supposed to be The Phantom Menace– and then a true mind-bender emerged, setting the agenda for the next century's blockbusters. The Matrix is a dazzling combination of radical political messaging, kick-ass action sequences and a brilliant premise: Anonymous hacker Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) learns that he's living in an elaborate simulation orchestrated by robots that have enslaved humanity; naturally, only he can stop it. Filmmakers Lilly and Lana Wachowski brought the world bullet-time visual effects and wire-fu fight scenes, grafting a postmodern hipness onto a classic hero's journey. But just as meaningfully, they tapped into the culture's pre-millennium tension, envisioning a frightening near future in which humanity would be ruled by the very technology it had created. TGr

14. 'Boogie Nights' (1997)

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Imagine Robert Altman's Nashville raunchily transplanted to the San Fernando Valley – with a couple of bloody, Tarantino-esque shoot-outs thrown in for kicks. And boom, you have Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling tale of the late Seventies/early Eighties porn business, an epic group-character study that totally nails the effervescent sleaziness of the last days before AIDS without ever settling for easy disco-ball nostalgia. Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy and Heather "Rollergirl" Graham are all unforgettable as members of director Burt Reynolds' dysfunctional porn family, while Mark Wahlberg's breakout turn as priapic prodigal son Dirk Diggler put his Marky Mark days behind him forever. It's the announcement of a bold new filmmaking talent, a beautiful look back and a hint of things to come. DE

13. 'Fargo' (1996)

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Joel and Ethan Coen's darkly comic snowbound noir stars William H. Macy as Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard, a Midwestern every-schmo who hires a couple of small-time criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in the hopes of pocketing the ransom money once her wealthy father pays up. Like almost everything this would-be criminal mastermind touches, though, the plan goes wildly off the rails. People end up dead, things fall apart and pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand in a iconic, Oscar-winning performance) is determined to doggedly trace the blood trail back to its hapless source. It's a startlingly original procedural, one that deftly pairs sweet-natured satire – those accents! – with shocking violence – that woodchipper! – and slowly, ever-so-politely emerges as one of the standout gems of the Coens’ considerable career. GM

12. 'Beau Travail' (1999)

Behold, the Foreign-Legion reimagining of Billy Budd you never knew you needed. French director Claire Denis takes Herman Melville's final novel of military life and mancrushes, drops it into modern-day West Africa and turns the story of a handsome rookie recruit (Grégoire Colin) and an envious sergeant (Denis Levant) into an impressionistic dismantling of first-world masculinity. Cinematographer Agnes Godard films scenes of blinding daytime marches and late-night club revelries with a palpable sense of heat; using everything from opera arias to Neil Young's "Safeway Cart," Denis transforms the troops' maneuvers into musical numbers. Coming at the end of the decade, this landmark movie felt like a breath of fresh, and equally humid-as-hell air blowing into an often stale late-Nineties' Euro-arthouse scene. And just when you think things can't get anymore dynamic, Corona's "Rhythm of the Night" comes on, Levant hits the dance floor and you fall into a state of delirium. DF

11. 'Groundhog Day' (1993)

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Caddyshack meets A Christmas Carol in Harold Ramis's warm-hearted, wisdom-filled comedy, as Bill Murray's self-important TV weatherman gets his karmic comeuppance by reliving the same small-town Pennsylvania day over and over until he gets it right. The movie star is at his wise-guy best here, playing a blithely sarcastic sexist who initially views his metaphysical predicament as a license to indulge in bad behavior consequence-free. Then he bottoms out and eventually realizes that he's better off becoming a standup guy. Nineties rom-com queen Andie MacDowell is the woman who wins his heart. (Bonus rewatch surprise: a young Michael Shannon in his feature film debut as one half of a newly married couple very excited about Wrestlemania tickets.) Repeat viewings are essential. GM

10. 'The Piano' (1993)

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Merchant-Ivory monopolized prestige period films until Jane Campion's strange, unruly, expressionistic fable shattered everything. Holly Hunter stars as Ada, a mute 19th century mail-order bride sent with her precocious young daughter (Anna Paquin) from Scotland to New Zealand to be with a fussy husband (Sam Neill). Her piano is her only voice, refused until a rough neighbor (Harvey Keitel) trades land for the instrument. The brute agrees to return it to Ada for lessons that belie his burgeoning love – and, eventually, hers. The startlingly original gothic romance beguiled the Cannes Film Festival, making Campion the first woman ever to win the Palme d'Or. Oscar noticed, too: Hunter and Paquin nabbed acting awards, while Campion won Best Screenplay. SG

9. 'Chungking Express' (1994)

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You only need to watch Wong Kar-wai's ode to all the lonely people once to permanently alter your consciousness – after that, you'll never be able to hear "California Dreamin'" without imagining Faye Wong dancing to it. The Sixties rock song is only one of many all-over-the-map influences the Hong Kong-based director imports into the fluorescent-lit film’s twinned tales of the lovelorn and the lost. Characters sewn together from spare bits of Old Hollywood and French New Wave archetypes sip Mexican Sol Cerveza and frequent a takeout joint where gyro meat spins on vertical rotisseries. The heroes of this chaste romance are two cops struggling to move on after breakups; one becomes infatuated with an outlaw in a blonde bombshell wig, while his doppelganger is covertly courted by a gamine who sneaks into his apartment to clean. More distinctive than even the lovers' charming quirks is Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle's smudgy, impressionistic visual style, which immerses the viewer in a celluloid dreamscape that only adds to its swooning potency. JB

8. 'Malcolm X' (1992)

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Spike Lee had hoped that his biopic about the slain Civil Rights leader would have the epic sweep of classic movies like Lawrence of Arabiaand Gandhi. In fact, the director achieved something even greater: A historical drama, a compelling character study and a political essay all at once. As we watch Malcolm (played by Denzel Washington in one of the finest performances anyone anywhere has ever given) go from happy-go-lucky party-boy to smalltime hoodlum, convict to rabble-rouser, political leader to family man and beyond, we see how the cumulative impact of the lives he's lived come to transform his thinking. This is not a historical portrait captured in amber; it's a living, breathing movie that is as much about the here and now as it is about the mercurial era of its subject or the moment the movie was released into theaters. BE

7. 'Slacker' (1991)

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The London Calling of Nineties cinema arrived at the exact pivot between one decade (and one America) and the next. Richard Linklater's career-long obsession with time – what it does to us and what we make of it – starts right here. Dispensing with plot, recurring characters and fixed locations, this free-form excavation of Lone Star eccentricity wanders around Austin, Texas, trailing the talky troubadours of a generation defeated by Reagan and prepped for Clinton-era cynicism. It’s a chronicle of its moment, encapsulating the bar-stool conspiracies and nihilistic philosophies of a very specific post-post-hippy college town, while also absolutely nailing an evergreen sense of uneasy freedom, U.SA.-style. All this and Madonna's pap smear results, ready for sale. EH

6. 'Close-Up' (1990)

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Awakening Western eyes to a global strain of sympathy that knew no borders, Iran's Abbas Kiarostami was the art-house "discovery" of the 1990s: a tenderhearted humanist who gave lie to the reductive politics of the day. Kicking off the decade he would come to dominate, Kiarostami released this radically original docu-fiction hybrid, flecked with sneaky humor and a deeper anxiety about borrowed notions of identity. On its surface, the film is the story of a con artist: Hossain Sabzian loves movies and wants to be famous. Somehow, he doesn't have a problem lying to a stranger that he is well-known Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. One thing leads to another, and our bogus hero is invading a family's home under false pretenses, all while digging himself deeper into a colossal pit. Close-Up extends the ruse into a feature-length cringe – until it drops its gloriously compassionate endgame, a meta-touch that helped push the medium into uncharted territory. JR

5. 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)

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Take two chatty hitmen. Add in a coke-snorting femme fatale, her mobster husband, a boxer on the run, some basement dwelling hillbillies and a low-rent Bonnie and Clyde robbing a diner. Drench the whole thing in the comprehensive pop cultural obsessions of its creator, and voila – you have the Royale With Cheese of 1990s independent cinema. No other film of the decade had the instant adrenaline-shot-to-the-heart impact of Quentin Tarantino's love letter to the films that formed his cinemania - it doesn't feel like a defining movie of the decade so much as the Nineties itself, achingly hip and deliriously footnoted and endlessly quotable. Posters hung on dorm walls; parodies sprouted up overnight; even the soundtrack, filled with extremely well-curated surf rock and vintage smooth R&B, was inescapable. Building on the rat-a-tat dialogue and funny-to-violent whiplash of his debut Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino's sophomore movie is where his signature style really comes into its own – few other filmmakers can claim to have their surname turned into a adjective after just two features. We're still feeling the aftershocks of this seventh-art earthquake decades later. BT

4. 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)

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The infamous mask, those giant moths, the grotesque handiwork of not one but two chillingly nicknamed homicidal maniacs, "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" – it's been decades since Jonathan Demme's serial-killer thriller swept the Oscars and scared the beejesus out of audiences, and none of its indelible images or best lines have faded from our collective memory. The late, great director and screenwriter Ted Tally immediately makes you complicit in this Faustian bargain between Jodie Foster's promising FBI cadet Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins' savage bon vivant Hannibal Lecter – every conversation with Hannibal Lecter turns into a strange, singular flirtation. (Which doesn't mean the creators ignore the era's casual chauvinism; check out the way Demme frames the library assistants staring Starling down.) Everything plays out like a perverse Pygmalion: She deciphers his enigmatic clues while he isolates the trauma that makes her tick and schools her in the proper etiquette of the psychopath. Clarice is warned not to let Hannibal into her head, but she does – and now we'll never get him out of ours. PR

3. 'Safe' (1995)

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It starts with a truck farting out fumes, or maybe it's that "totally toxic" new couch: For some reason, San Fernando Valley housewife Carol White (Julianne Moore, brilliantly brittle) is sick. The spooky genius of Todd Haynes' near-abstract masterpiece is that it never pins down an answer (Fruit diet? A chemical-heavy perm?), putting us on exploratory paths that few movies dare. Set in a soulless, deodorized 1987 but very much of its right-here-right-now moment, Safe plays like an indictment of suburban America: "Where am I?" Carol asks, on the verge of mental collapse. Hyperventilating at a friend's baby shower, she could be reacting to expectations she can't meet. Unspoken by name is the AIDS virus, for which the film is often read as a metaphor. But this indie-cum-disease-of-the-week thriller extends far beyond even that diagnosis, into the kind of existential ennui that would make Michelangelo Antonioni beam. Provocatively, Haynes gives his timid character the impulse to make a change – but at what cost to her freedom? It's a movie that will frighten you of just about everything. JR

2. 'Hoop Dreams' (1994)

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The movie that smuggled long-form observational documentary into multiplexes, gave birth to a generation of filmmakers and made mass audiences reckon with the challenges of being young, poor and black in America – the one that Roger Ebert called "the great American documentary." Shot over six years and presented over three breathless hours, this Oscar-nominated epic from filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert follows teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee, wildly talented basketball players from Chicago's south side, as the young men go from playground to gymnasium, from courtside dramas to myriad struggles at home. Even a quarter of a century later, with its protagonists having drifted into middle age,Hoop Dreams still plays like a buzzer beater. And that's because it tells a story still largely unheard in popular art, one that comes alive through a gathering of complex, intimate details, and takes the time to trace the twists and turns, thrills and indignities that only real life can offer. It's a full-on, time-tested American masterpiece. EH

1. 'Goodfellas' (1990)

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"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster." Martin Scorsese's woozy, dizzy adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's slice-of-Mafia-life book Wiseguy is many things: a social anthropology study, an epic look at the American Dream, a coked-up nightmare, a nostalgic look back at an age when made men were made men, a head-spinning display of virtuosic filmmaking, the blueprint for the modern organized-crime saga and a peerless look at a world where you might be slapped on the back or shot in the face. "Mob guys love it, because it's the real thing," Pileggi told GQ. "They say, 'It's like a home movie.'" And as you watch Ray Liotta's Henry Hill go from up-and-coming crook to cosa nostra bigwig to Witness-Protection-Plan "average nobody," you realize you're getting a funhouse-mirror reflection of an old-fashioned U.S. of A. bootstrap success story, complete with bespoke Italian suits, bulging cashrolls and Bolivian-marching-powder meltdowns.

Every performance, from the holy trinity of Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci ("Funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you?") to the round-the-way guys in the background, feels pitch-perfect. Its movie-mad references run the gamut from The Godfather to The Great Train Robbery; its soundtrack incorporates everything from Bobby Darin to Donovan, the Stones to Sid Vicious. (After that murder montage, filmmakers are essentially forbidden from using Layla's coda to score a scene ever again.) Its influence is incalcuable – you don't get a million moving-camera showstoppers without that Copacabana tour, and you definitely don't get the Tarantino, et al., mix of black humor and horrifying violence without Goodfellas' getting that combination down to a science first. And though Scorsese had made great movies before and would make great ones after this, this Mob-flick hit feels like a summation of his culturally specific, universally thrilling cinema about men on the edge. There are movies that may be more emblematic of the Nineties, but this was the one that set the pace for the entire decade – a high mark that left most other contenders to the throne looking like schnooks. DF


The 71 Most Important Life Goals, Ranked - In Case You Still Need A New Years Resolution

The 71 Most Important Life Goals, Ranked - In Case You Still Need A New Years Resolution

This list of the most important life goals is a summary of the personal qualities that most people would include on a life goals list. These are some good life goals to strive towards and maybe some life objectives that you don't find as relevant as other, more necessary life goals. Whatever your objective in life may be, this bucket list should help give some examples of good life goals.

Whether you're making a list of goals to redirect your life or perhaps to correct it, this list is here to help you decide what the most important goals in life should be for you. Whether you think having close relationships is the most important, or you've decided that fiscal responsibility is top priority, there are dozens of life objectives to use in deciding what you should be striving for.

What are the most important life goals? What personal goals should I set? What are the best goals for a life goals list? This list of the most relevant life goals is here as a jumping off point to compile your own life goals list. It's by no means a complete list of every necessary life goal, so if something is missing that is important when seeking to lead a happy and fulfilling life, make sure to add it so others can regard it in their list of life goals.

For some perspective on others who have looked to set good life objectives for themselves, check out notable quotes about attitude to get a positive attitude check.

 


The Best Comic Book Movies Of 2017, Ranked

The Best Comic Book Movies Of 2017, Ranked

Comic books have been gold mines for movie screens for just under 80 years. No phase the genre has gone through since has been as impactful as the one started by Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man in the early 2000s. Thanks to that and the runway success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the constant reshuffling of the DC Extended Universe, every comic book is up for grabs onscreen, no matter how obscure.

2017 saw the genre's grip on the box office grow even tighter, even as the market was more saturated than ever. Box office monsters and disappointments, critical darlings and punching bags alike vied for our attention this year, and these are the 10 best that I saw in theaters.

Dishonorable Mention: Inhumans IMAX

10. Justice League

We waited for this to be good. We waited for the Dc Extended Universe to turn itself around following the success of Wonder Woman and finally affirm its existence. Saying that Justice League wasn't the landing many were hoping for is an understatement. The plot was convoluted, the special effects weren't pretty, and even the best cast members (Ezra Miller's Flash, Ryan Fisher's Cyborg, and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, in case you were curious) can't overcome the force of the two movies at battle in here.

Also, guys...come on.

9. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The interplanetary journey of Valerian could only ever be brought to the screen by a director as ambitious as Luc Besson. The French graphic novel series following the adventures of time-travellers Valerian (Dane Dehaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) is an overwhelming visual delight of colors and alien designs and has one of the most hopeful and beautiful openings I've seen in years.

But the visuals and turns by Rutger Hauer and Rihanna can't save Dehaan looking miscast and an incoherent story. I'd equate this to something like The Life of Pi or Besson's own The Fifth Element, probably at its best when you zone out and take in the eye candy.

8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Classy British spies getting in gory dust ups is a great idea on paper that more or less translated well to the Kingsman: The Secret Service back in 2014. This year's sequel The Golden Circle is more of the same, with the titular spies teaming up with their American counterparts The Statesman to take down a drug kingpin obsessed with 50s decor. The action is stylish and fast-paced and the cast (including Colin Firth, whose new situation really should've been kept a secret) is game, but it doesn't really move the needle for the franchise.

It's more of the same, which is great if you're a Kingsman fan, but a little troubling for a property that still feels very similar to Men In Black. The film has fun lampooning the Trump administration but the flagrant sexism involved in a scene where Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) seduces a woman at a music festival also left a bad taste in my mouth.

7. Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron doesn't get the credit she deserves as one of our best actresses currently working. Atomic Blonde is more proof that she can kick as while she does it, too. Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent on the hunt for double agents during the tail end of the Cold War.

I wanted to put this higher on my list because the action is grisly and top-notch and Theron and Sofia Boutella make a great on-screen pair, but the film's advertising threw me off. I was sold something similar to director David Leitch's fast-paced masterpiece John Wick but got what amounted to Tinker Tailor Soldider Spy with more action scenes. It has more to do with false advertising than it does with the overall quality of the movie, but it was enough to keep Atomic Blonde near the bottom. Maybe I need to watch this again.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Yes, this is the best Spider-Man movie since Sam Rami's trilogy. Yes, Tom Holland is a scary good Peter Parker, even though they cribbed most of his story from Miles Morales. Yes, Michael Keaton's Vulture is one of the better villains in the MCU. No, this wasn't the best comic book movie of the year.

Tha action is thrilling and it's lighthearted and fun even by MCU standards, but it feels less weighty because of it. Your mileage may vary depending on how much you like high school coming-of-age stories, but Holland, Jacob Batalon's Ned, and Zendaya's MJ (wink wink) are compelling and jokes about how impractical Spider-Man's powers are outside of a big city are hilarious.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy are broken. The team is just fine, but each member is developmentally arrested in one way or another. Guardians 2 explores their hangups in the guise of a trip through the galaxy spurred by Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) search for his father Ego (Kurt Russel).

Guardians 1 is my favorite MCU movie, but I was afraid that it would be lightning in a bottle. There's a lack of freshness since the last one, but writer-director James Gunn has a knack for balancing action and comedy with a deeper and more affecting story that has me anxious to see what happens when they meet Thor in Infinity War.

4. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: The Dark World is the closest the MCU has come to producing a real clunker. Imagine how surprised I was when the color palette, action, and humor of Thor: Ragnarok graced that first trailer with Black Sabbath wailing in the background. Thor spends the movie trying to prevent Ragnarok from ravaging Asgard while trapped on the battle world of Sakaar with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). And it's easily the best Thor movie of the three.

It's not just the teriffic action, memorble supporting characters, or just how much humor this franchise has been holding back. It's not even because of Cate Blanchett's scene gnashing performance as Hela being fantastic, in spite of itself. It's that Taika Waititi managed to pull all of this together and make a compelling action movie that moves forward with a nostalgic glint in its eye for what made the Thor books great in the first place.

3. The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Movie's leaning into the meta narrative of the toys and their impact on people's lives - children in particular - was inspired. Choosing Will Arnet's note-perfect exaggerration of Batman as the first character to ge their own spinoff proved to be yet another good choice. The Lego Batman Movie sees the Caped Crusader, Robin, and Barbara Gordon doing battle with The Joker and a handful of other villains fresh from Lego's version of The Negative Zone. You'll know why if you've seen it.

Revisiting the world of master builders is truly a joy. Arnett and the movie's willingness to lampoon and strip away the grim and gritty Batman aesthetic to explore what's inside and the value of teamwork is even nicer. Callbacks to classic Batman villains and a time when things weren't so grim might be the best part of all.

2. Wonder Woman

Diana of Themyscira is carrying many torches in 2017. She's singlehandedly leading the DC Extended Universe through the darkness, she's spearheading an era of lucrative top billing for women in superhero films, and she's made one of the year's most enjoyable watches. This was the highly anticipated origin movie for Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who first reveals herself to the world during World War I when the God of War Ares decides to use humanity's destructive nature against it.

At its best, Wonder Woman is a pure crowd-pleasing thrill ride. Gadot makes a great impression as the first big screen Wonder Woman and will hopefully be around to keep the torch lit for years to come. It'd be a shame if the Dc Extended Universe's identity crisis led to the fall of the first great Wonder Woman.

1. Logan

There's been talk this year of Logan transcending the very idea of comic book movies. That it reaches new emotional depths no one thought possible from a superhero by apeing the aesthetic of a Western. That Hugh Jackman gave his best performance in what's proven to be both his breakout and most famous role for 15 years. That a cursing dementia-ridden Charles Xavier is both sad and endearingly hilarious. That Dafne Keen's fierce and fearless role as Laura/X-23 will be the series' next breakout. That this very well might be the best X-Men movie ever made.

If you lose all that pretentious bullshit about superhero movies being devoid of meaning, then that perfectly describes Logan. If this truly is Hugh Jackman's sendoff from the series, this is a hell of a note to end on.


Ranking the Marvel Movies' Post-Credits Scene

Ranking the Marvel Movies' Post-Credits Scene

Disney bought Fox, which means we are in for one monopolistic entertainment making Hell. Let's not even deal with Marvel's TV output and just take a look at all of their famous ~POST CREDIT SEQUENCES~ because that’s the kind of thing we do around here.

 

DEAD LAST: Thor Ragnorok’s sequences

They lose by default for not being available on YouTube yet.

 

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange sucks.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Howard the Duck is a funny cameo, but not a lot else here to offer.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Okay, here's a brief appearance by Thanos where he’s being vague about his plans. You need to moderately deep knowledge of '90s Marvel to get what the hell is going on here in any way.

 

Captain America: Civil War

Maybe I’m stupid, but I still don’t get the significance of the Spider-watch thing. Did he ever use it again? BUT the shot of Wakanda is cool, and we probably need to know where Bucky ends up, so this isn’t a total loss.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Great to see The Vulture, one of Marvel’s only good villains (his character motivations make sense!) still alive and clearly still important to future installments. (I hope he becomes a quasi-Norman Osborne.) Also, we get a fun tag to the great Captain America-does-instructional-school-videos bit.

 

Ant-Man

Maybe I’m a nerd, but I’m hyped as hell for Ant-Man & The Wasp. The other scene is just a mini trailer, and those are boring.

 

Iron Man 2

Sure, the peek at Thor’s hammer was cool, but also we already knew he’d be around, so it was also kind of "who cares".

 

Thor: The Dark World

The collector stuff is important. The Jane and Thor stuff is not.

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I genuinely didn’t know who the "twins" were supposed to be the first time I saw this, but I’m always on board for sad Bucky.

 

Thor

This is weirdly important info to just have after the credits. They’re really confident we’ll hang around at this point.

 

Captain America: The First Avenger

The mirror of Iron Man’s first proposal for joining the Avengers is a nice callback, then we got a callback for a movie we were all very hyped on. Excellent hype building use of post-credits scenes.

 

Iron Man 3

Funny stuff!

 

The Avengers

The Schawarma scene is obviously a nice joke, but the confirmation of the MAD TITAN as an upcoming villain was very exciting for… a lot of people.

 

Iron Man

Oh hell yes, confirm that Avengers movie for me Daddy.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Wow, unlike the underwhelming post-credits sequence from the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 offers up no less than five different short scenes, each with new characters, important plot details, and, well, mostly jokes. Which is great. Really good work with this one.


The 10 Worst Movies Of 2017

The 10 Worst Movies Of 2017

 

In 2017, lousy movies popped up all over the place. No week went by without a movie or three to leave us wondering when, exactly, Hollywood lost the ability to distinguish good from godawful. Mining old TV shows for gold doesn't seem like such a hot idea when the result is Baywatch or CHiPs or My Little Pony: The Movie. What genius thought we had it in us to endure a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean epic? Who told Vin Diesel we wanted to see xXx: The Return of Xander Cage?

There was more – believe me, there was muchmore. Director Guy Ritchie proved the Knights of Round Table were played out in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword; anyone who willing paid to see Geostorm, Rough Night, The Snowman, The Circle or Tulip Fever is his or her own worst enemy. Audiences were given a pathetic prequel inKong: Skull Island: a flat remake of Flatliners: a silly sequel made of Legos (Ninjago); a jumbled Justice League that did no one justice; and a far-from great The Great Wall, a $150 million U.S.-Chinese coproduction starring Matt Damon that made it look like both countries had forgotten everything they once knew about how to make an epic monster mash.

Amazingly, these turkeys didn’t even make the cut for our list of the Worst Movies of 2017. Here are the 10 films that reside at the very bottom of the barrel. Watch 'em and weep.

10. 'The Emoji Movie'

Audiences and critics joined together to hate on this animated farce about a Meh emoji (voiced by T.J. Miller), who thinks he can't survive being just one thing. It's OK for Poop (Patrick Stewart), Smiler (Maya Rudolph) and Hi-5 (James Corden), but Meh needs colors, layers, variety. So does this movie, which doesn't get them. We need an emoji for movie hell. Any suggestions?

9. 'Suburbicon'

Director George Clooney, working from a script originated by the Coen brothers, turns out the year's most gutting disappointment. With this kind of talent involved – plus an A-list cast headed by Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac – audiences had a right to expect more than a well-intentioned lampoon of whites-only 1950's suburbia. The frustration intensifies when Clooney tacks on a deadly earnest subplot about an African-American family that intrudes on the Caucasian American Dream. Though the incident is loosely based on the race riots sparked when a black family moved into the all-white suburb of Levittown, Pa, in 1957, the tonal shift is jarring. Is replacing satire with sermonizing ever a good idea? Here, it's a bona fide death knell.

8. 'Daddy's Home 2'

The booby prize for the most mirthless of holiday comedies goes to this undeserved hit that poses as family fun while disseminating jokes about gun violence, homophobia and sexual harassment. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell hit career nadirs in the roles of a dad and a stepdad, respectively. (God help the children.) Their characters are joined by their own fathers, played by a leering, mean-spirited Mel Gibson and a sugary sweet John Lithgow. The sight of a great cast hard-selling a grating script is the equivalent of getting a kick in the teeth for Christmas. The Grinch couldn't have planned a more depressing buzz kill.

7. 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'

From The Professional to The Fifth Element, filmmaker Luc Besson has shown the style and ambition to overcome his tin ear for dialogue and create his own kind of visual nirvana. Not this time. Not by a longshot. Starring a miscast Dane DeHaan as Major Valerian, a special-ops agent assigned to maintain order in the universe, and a smirking Cara Delevingne as his way ballsier partner Sergeant Laureline, this sci-fi fantasy – based on a series of French graphic novels by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières – drags on for an interminable 137 minutes. Even zowie production design, better-than usual 3-D and a feisty cameo from Rihanna can't get you through the fog of this bore.

6. 'The Mountain Between Us'

The year's dullest, dimmest, zero-chemistry romance ironically stars two of the most charismatic actors in the business – Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. She’s a photojournalist and he's a neurosurgeon. They're strangers who fall in love when their private plane goes down in a blizzard. So naturally, there's no choice but to have sex by a roaring fire in a convenient cabin that happens to materialize just when the audience gets tired of watching the stars death-march through the blinding snow or duck random cougar attacks. How the skilled Dutch-Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) found himself at the helm of a tearjerker as noxious as Charles Martin's bestseller is another example of what happens when talent gets distracted – not by art, but by a mirage they see in the form of a large paycheck. Audiences stayed away in droves.

5. 'The Mummy'

What is Tom Cruise doing to destroy his career? Making craptacular flops like this. Once intended by Universal studios to launch a series of Dark Universe films (including revamps of characters like Jekyll & Hyde, the Invisible Man and the Bride of Frankenstein), The Mummy stalled that idea at the starting gate. Cruise doesn't even play the title role; that chore goes to Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, cast as an evil Egyptian princess who's back from dead after 3,000 years. She needs Cruise's character, an antiquities dealer, to house her buddy Set, the god of the dead. The movie, however, is D.O.A. Every digital trick in the book – and director Alex Kurtzman desperately pulls out all the stops – can't bring this cinematic corpse to life.

4. 'Song to Song'

Though it kills me to admit it, art films can be just as awful as formulaic Hollywood swill. Such is the case with this exercise in self-parody from master filmmaker Terrence Malick. Set against the Austin, Texas music scene, the film focuses on two couples: Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara play struggling songwriters. And Michael Fassbender is the predatory music mogul who ensares them both, plus a naïve waitress (Natalie Portman), in his web. The zombified actors mope around whispering their banal thoughts in voiceover until you want to scream, "Make it stop!" And this from the once untouchable film titan who gave us Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The Tree of Lifebefore his visual grandeur turned to grandiosity. Sad. Sad. Sad.

3. 'Fifty Shades Darker'

Gorgeous naked bodies writhing in ecstasy and getting off with the best sex toys money can buy. How do you make that dull? Step right up for the sequel to 2015's Fifty Shades of Greywhich somehow succeeds in being even more sanitized and sadistically dull. Jamie Dornan once again stars as billionaire Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson is back as Anastasia Steele, a digital magazine up-and-comer with a limited vocabulary and a willingness to let Christian spank her. If you thought these two actors looked embarrassed the first time they put on nipple clamps, you ain't seen nothing yet. (The talented Johnson deserves way better.) The bestselling E.L. James novels that both films are based on actually suggested there might be something to learn from what connects a dominant and a submissive. You won't find that in this film, which always finds it better not to think.

2. 'The Dark Tower'

The writing of Stephen King can morph into fierce, frightening, deeply felt cinema. Take, for example: Carrie, The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Misery and It, just to name a few. The Dark Tower, based on the author's series of eight mythical, metaphorical novels, had enormous possibilities. But the film version, starring Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, the Man in Black, blows them all. If you want to know how to do everything wrong in book-to-screen adaptation, this model of incompetence makes for a perfect Exhibit A.

1. 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

The Michael Bay Award for the Worst Movie of 2017 (TM) goes to – wait for it – Michael Bay, courtesy of this fifth toys-to-men epic. (If you're looking for a franchise that remains unbeatable for creative ineptitude, dramatic incoherence, brain-numbing noise pollution and cynical exploitation, this series is a hall-of-famer champ.). The bottom of the toxic Transformers barrel, The Last Knightfeels untouched by human hands, a directorial hallmark. The plot suggests that the giant 'bots began back in the Dark Ages and somehow did valiant transforming things throughout history, like help fight the Nazis. But now, the heroic Optimus Prime has gone rogue and the evil Megatron (Frank Welker) wants to destroy Earth. Too bad there's no one around to save audiences from Bay’s junkyard of clichés. The good news is that Knight is the lowest grossing chapter in the series. Did the public get woke? Wahlberg says he won't return for any sequels. We should all follow suit.

 

 


The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

In 2017, Hollywood used the past to take on our scary present and uncertain future. Whether a film came from a veteran (Steven Spielberg) or a newbie (Jordan Peele), you felt the energy of an artist spoiling to be heard. The themes were many and varied: the simmering heat of racial politics (Get Out, Detroit); a U.S. President’s unconstitutional war against a free press (The Post), the rage that comes when you feel helpless to fight the power (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri); and the essential question of how to live in a world heading for global disaster (Dunkirk, Darkest Hour). The year's best movies sent a message that a lot of us are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Is anyone listening? #OscarsNoTrump

10. 'Phantom Thread'

The last great film of 2017 comes from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, a talent whose roaring power and cinematic reach are apparently limitless. Set in the posh world of 1950's London fashion, the film stars a beyond-brilliant Daniel Day Lewis as a top designer whose world is rocked by a revolution in style. Equally seismic to his creative process and personal life: a young muse (Vicky Krieps) who refuses to join a long line of women who jump at his command. Sexual politics, then and now, echo through the film. Will there be blood? Not in the way you might imagine. But love, as Anderson sees it, is a magnificent obsession that can nurture or destroy. You won't be able to get the film's twisted secrets out of your head. You won't want to.

9. 'A Ghost Story'

David Lowery's supernatural tale of timeless devotion involves a woman (Rooney Mara) haunted by her dead lover (Casey Affleck). Here's an ardent, ambitious, challenging experiment that restores our faith in film as an art form.

8. 'Detroit'

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal take an incendiary look at the 1967 Detroit race riots still alive and toxic in the police brutality and systemic racism of today. Audiences stayed away. Big mistake. Detroit is hard to take. It's also impossible to forget.

7. 'The Shape of Water'

Visual master Guillermo del Toro goes back to the Cold War to probe the secret passion of a mute girl (Sally Hawkins) and a creature from the government-black-ops lagoon (Doug Jones). The result speaks volumes about what we choose to label "alien."

6. 'Lady Bird'

There's nothing new about coming-of-age comedies, but Lady Bird gets the genre thrillingly right, thanks to screenwriter Greta Gerwig in a solo directing debut that mines her own formative years in Sacramento circa 2002. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf excel as a daughter and mother whose cage match of brawling affection hits home no matter what age you are.

5. 'The Post'

In Steven Spielberg's propulsive political thriller, it's not hard to find the link between right now and the threats that Nixon's White House launched at Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks).The year is 1971; the question is whether or not to not publish the Pentagon Papers and expose a massive government cover-up. Any relationship to Trump's war against a free press is purely intentional. Streep could be headed for Oscar No. 4 as a woman spoiling to be heard over an army of patronizing men. And Spielberg's speed-is-of-the-essence direction speaks with relevant power to the past, present and a chilling future.

4. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh finds his cinematic sweet spot in writing and directing this sorrowful and savagely funny look at a small-town dynamo (Frances McDormand) who rents billboards to rage at the police for not solving the rape and murder of her teen daughter. McDormand and McDonagh, a match forged in fire, catch the helplessness and fury we're all feeling right now.

3. 'Call Me By Your Name'

Homophobia has no place in Luca Guadagnino's erotic romance, set in Italy in 1983, when a musical prodigy (Timothée Chalamet) and his father's handsome assistant (Armie Hammer) experience the thrill of first love and the gutting pain of its loss. An artistic triumph that insists empathy is the best antidote to intolerance.

2. 'Get Out'

Can a horror film get in the Oscar race for Best Picture? You bet your ass. Daniel Kaluuya doesn't know what he's in for when his girlfriend (Allison Williams) takes him home to white suburbia, but black culture isn't the only thing being co-opted. In the year's most exciting directing debut, Jordan Peele juggles scares and laughs to skewer racial hypocrisy in an America that refuses to get woke.

1. 'Dunkirk'

In the year's best film, Christopher Nolan shows us the meaning of pure cinema, depicting the 1940 evacuation of British soldiers from the French beaches of Dunkirk as Hitler's forces attempt to crush them by land, sea and air. Instead of telling us what to think, Nolan offers full immersion in the life-or-death experience of being there, prey to the whims of a dictator and still fired up with the will to resist. (And as the perfect companion piece to Nolan's epic, Joe Wright's Darkest Hour – featuring Gary Oldman as British PM Winston Churchill – takes us inside the corridors of power where the political repercussions of the slaughter on Dunkirk's beaches bristles with topical implications about a world on the brink of catastrophe. Sound familiar?)


15 TV SHOWS THAT ENDED IN 2017, RANKED BY HOW MUCH WE'LL MISS THEM

15 TV SHOWS THAT ENDED IN 2017, RANKED BY HOW MUCH WE'LL MISS THEM

1. The Leftovers (2014-2017)

 

 


Here Are the Best Movies From Every Year Since 2000, According To Critics

Here Are the Best Movies From Every Year Since 2000, According To Critics

2000: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

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Critic score: 93/100

User score: 8.1/10

Summary: "In 19th century China, a magical sword given by a warrior to his lover is stolen and the quest to find it ensues. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story travels in a different direction with the introduction of a mysterious assassin and another love story."

What critics said: "Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling." — Rolling Stone

 

2001: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

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Critic score: 92/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "An epic adventure of good against evil, a story of the power of friendship and individual courage, and the heroic quest to pave the way for the emergence of mankind, J.R.R. Tolkien's master work brought to cinematic life."

What critics said: "So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first 'Star Wars.'" — New York Post

 

2002: "Spirited Away"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 9/10

Summary: "A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world."

What critics said: "The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages." — New York magazine

 

2003: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "Sauron's forces have laid siege to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to eliminate the race of men. The once-great kingdom, watched over by a fading steward, has never been in more desperate need of its king."

What critics said: "Like all great fantasies and epics, this one leaves you with the sense that its wonders are real, its dreams are palpable." — Chicago Tribune

 

2004: "Sideways"

5

Critic score: 94/100

User score: 7/10

Summary: "Two old friends set off on a wine-tasting road trip ... only to veer dizzily sideways into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet."

What critics said: "Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy." — The Hollywood Reporter

 

2005: "The Best of Youth"

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Critic score: 89/100

User score: 8.8/10

Summary: "Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, this passionate epic follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history."

What critics said: "Full of nuance and complexity, but it is also as accessible and engrossing as a grand 19th-century novel." — The New York Times

 

2006: "Pan's Labyrinth"

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Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.7/10

Summary: "Young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother."

What critics said: "Literally and figuratively marvelous, a rich, daring mix of fantasy and politics." — Village Voice

 

2007: "Ratatouille"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.6/10

Summary: "Despite his sensational sniffer and sophisticated palate, Remy's dreams of becoming a chef seem hopeless due to one small detail — he's a rat!"

What critics said: "The master chefs at Pixar have blended all the right ingredients — abundant verbal and visual wit, genius slapstick timing, a soupcon of Gallic sophistication — to produce a warm and irresistible concoction that's sure to appeal to everyone's inner Julia Child." — Variety

 

2008: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"

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Critic score: 97/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "During the final days of communism in Romania, two college roommates Otilia and Gabita are busy preparing for a night away. But rather than planning for a holiday, they are making arrangements for Gabita's illegal abortion and unwittingly, both find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of unexpected revelations."

What critics said: "Riveting, horrifying chronicle of an illegal abortion performed in 1987 when Ceausescu's dictatorial hand still gripped Romania's throat ... No lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away." — Entertainment Weekly

 

2009: "The Hurt Locker"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 7.3/10

Summary: "When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat."

What critics said: "A near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes." — Time

 

2010: "The Social Network"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8.3/10

Summary: "On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea."

What critics said: "'The Social Network' has understandably been compared to 'Citizen Kane' in its depiction of a man who changes society through bending an emergent technology to his will." — The Washington Post

 

2011: "A Separation"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8.9/10

Summary: "Set in contemporary Iran, 'A Separation' is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father."

What critics said: "Beyond the impeccable performances and direction, it's foremost an exceptional piece of screenwriting, so finely wrought that the drama seems guided by an invisible hand." — The AV Club

 

2012: "Zero Dark Thirty"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 6.8/10

Summary: "For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden."

What critics said: "Telling a nearly three-hour story with an ending everyone knows, Bigelow and Boal have managed to craft one of the most intense and intellectually challenging films of the year." — The Guardian

 

2013: "12 Years a Slave"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery."

What critics said: "The genius of '12 Years a Slave' is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price." — The New York Times

 

2014: "Boyhood"

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Critic score: 100/100

User score: 7.7/10

Summary: "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes."

What critics said: "It's an astonishing achievement. Linklater and his cast, who helped refine the director's script, perfectly execute how long it takes us to become the lead characters in our own lives, and how fumblingly the role is first assumed." — The Telegraph

 

2015: "Carol"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love."

What critics said: "Haynes' commitment to outcasts, then and now, makes Carol a romantic spellbinder that cuts deep. It's one of the year's very best films." — Rolling Stone

 

2016: "Moonlight"

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Critic score: 99/100

User score: 7.2/10

Summary: "The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality."

What critics said: "Jenkins burrows deep into his characters' pain-seared memories, creating ferociously restrained performances and confrontational yet tender images that seem wrenched from his very core." — The New Yorker

 

2017: "Call Me by Your Name"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape."

What critics said: "Chalamet gives the performance of the year. By any name, this is a masterpiece." — New York Magazine

 


Feast Your Eyes On Giphy's Top GIFs Of 2017

Feast Your Eyes On Giphy's Top GIFs Of 2017

Giphy just released their most popular gifs of the last year - and the results might surprise you. You can find the full list on Medium, but we've included the top 10 everyone who is too lazy to click that link.

Anna Hrachovec's "Love Gnome"

White Guy Blinking

Waving Pug

Fall Out Boy's Dancing Llama

Excited NFL Celebration

Good Morning GIF

Golden State Warriors Fan Dance

"Nope" Rat

Bryan Cranston's F-Bomb

Wonder Woman's Happy Dance


The 19 Hottest New Porn Stars Of 2017

The 19 Hottest New Porn Stars Of 2017

One of the best things about the porn industry is that it's always evolving. There are new genres of porn being featured every day, new porn sites galore, and of course, new porn stars always entering the industry every day.

The cool thing about newer porn stars is that you can get to watch them evolve as their name grows. Today, we're going to show some of the hottest newcomers to the scene a little bit of love, with our own list of the hottest new porn stars of 2017.

Kimmy Granger

With her slender build, her college co-ed style, and her gorgeously high cheekbones, it's easy to see why Kimmy Granger snagged the AVN Awards' attention and hauled away a Best New Starlet nomination. She's hot, kinky, and at the same time, gives a very approachable vibe.

Along with having a knack for creating smoking hot sex scene shots, Kimmy Granger has a great social media following. We expect to hear more about her as years pass—which is exactly why she's one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017.

You can follow her Twitter @kimmygrangerxxx.

Sydney Cole

Gorgeous eyes, a perfectly youthful look, and a physique that slays on camera explains why she's gotten so much recognition as one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017. She's one of the hottest blonde porn stars we've seen in a while, and it's why both AVN and Twistys have picked her up.

If you're a fan of epic booty, perfectly pink pussy, and long legs, you're going to find yourself to be a fan of Sydney Cole's work. This is particularly true if you love threesome shots.

You can follow her Twitter @sydneycolexxx.

Lyra Law

Lyra (LeeR-ah) Law has managed to gain a lot of popularity in a very short amount of time, and that's reason enough to include her on any list of the hottest new porn stars of 2017. The busty blonde bombshell's claim to fame is definitely her epic booty.

Seriously, Lyra Law's booty shots are some of the best of the year. XBiz and the AVNs were right to nominate her for so many awards; and once you see her work, you'll understand why this is true.

You can follow her Twitter @lyralawxxx.

Piper Perri

Piper Perri has that super cute look that makes everyone's hearts melt, and that is due to her super slim physique, her large eyes, and overall cute vibe. She's got a very youthful, innocent look that makes her amazing for all sorts of porn.

Between her loyal fanbase, her outspoken support of fellow porn actors, and the fact that she genuinely cares about the industry as a whole, it's clear that Piper Perri is one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017—and that she'll be around for a while!

You can follow her Twitter @PerriPiper.

Jai James

Jai James is a clear choice for the list of the hottest new porn stars of 2017, no matter how you look at it. She's got some of the most spectacular boobs in porn right now, cheekbones that look fit for Vogue, and warm brown eyes that would make anyone melt.

Fans of exotic ladies with sex appeal for miles will find Jai James to be their new favorite. The Essex-based porn star has been making amazing oral sex vids, and we can't wait to see what else she's offering.

You can follow her Twitter @Jai___x.

Gia Paige

Gia Paige is one of the prettiest porn stars to have a killer sense of humor on her social media. Don't be fooled by her amazing jokes and quirky online persona, though. When she's on set, Gia turns into a sizzling hot seduction queen!

Fans who enjoy petite brunettes with sultry eyes, full lips, and perky breasts will love her. People who love a side of personality with their porn will adore her. That's why she's one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017.

You can follow her Twitter @GiaPaige.

Jill Kassidy

It's hard to fully pinpoint Jill Kassidy's vibe. Part of her attitude is glamorous, some is submissive, a little bit is rebellious, and yet, at the same time, she's got that girl-next-door feel that makes her irresistible to audiences.

With her modelesque looks, her baby blue eyes, and her California-style tan, it's easy to see why she's one of the hottest newcomers to the adult industry. She's hot, and she knows how to flaunt it. She's a natural to porn, and we're happy to see her in it.

You can follow her Twitter @JillKassidyy.

Anya Olsen

Anya Olsen might be named one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017, but with her fan base's size, you'd think she was a veteran to the scene! Known for her slender and toned body, Anya Olsen's real talent is knowing how to smolder on camera with a single gaze.

She's done work for Tushy, Swallowed, and other major websites. Needless to say, that's a pretty impressive start for a newbie, and we can't get enough of her.

You can follow her Twitter @anyaolsenXXX.

Lucy Doll

Lucy Doll really does live up to her porn name—she looks exactly like a beautiful princess doll, doesn't she? With her long brown hair, gorgeous eyes, perfect smile, and awesome body, it's easy to see why so many people fall in love with her looks.

That being said, she's also one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017 because of her upbeat, happy, and carefree attitude. She's got the aura of the girl you've always wanted to approach at a festival, but never got the chance to. As a result, it's easy to see why she's so many peoples' fantasies.

You can follow her Twitter @LucyDollxoxo.

Gina Valentina

Not going to lie, Gina Valentina has been on our radar for a bit. It's hard not to notice her, since she's one of the prettiest porn stars we've seen in a while. That being said, Gina isn't just a very pretty face—she's got a rockin' body, too!

She's got an amazing booty and super long legs. Better still, she knows how to work her body on camera in ways that would make anyone's jaws drop. Between her looks and her sexy vibe, we have to call her one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017.

You can follow her Twitter @GValentinaxxx.

Cassidy Banks

Chances are very high that you've probably already checked out Cassidy Banks by now. Though she's still an entrant on our list of the hottest new porn stars of 2017, it's impossible to deny the fact that her fan base is starting to rival veterans on the scene.

She's got the super-youthful look that makes her ideal for schoolgirl fantasy porn, but she's way more than just another sexy-innocent face. She's one of the hottest curvy porn stars on the scene, and that booty will probably become famous sooner rather than later.

You can follow her Twitter @CassidyBanksXO.

Jojo Kiss

If you love super-sexy free-spirited girls who always keep you guessing, you'll quickly understand why Jojo Kiss is one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017. She's wild, kinky, and knows how to work that toned body on camera.

Over the months, she's gained attention from groups like Brazzers, Reality Kings, and Kink.com. No matter where you look, she's there—and that means we're going to be enjoying plenty of kickass content from this beautiful brunette!

You can follow her Twitter @missjojokiss.

Holly Hendrix

Standing at only 4'10", Holly Hendrix is slated to become one of the biggest names in porn this year. Winner of the AVN Award for Best New Starlet, and known for her long legs and short black hair, Holly Hendrix has been taking the world by storm.

If you're a fan of tattooed vixens who always have new ways to turn you on up their sleeves, you'll see why we're calling her one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017. She's creative, sexy, and cute—all in one package.

You can follow her Twitter @hollyhendrix_.

Adria Rae

Adria Rae is one of those ladies who knows she's sexy and works hard to bring out the hottest elements of herself in every film she makes. She's got big, beautiful boobies that bounce awesomely—and a great booty to match.

Rae's rank as one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017 is partly due to her cute look, partly due to her sexy personallity, and also due to the way that she brings it when she's on camera. Her anal scenes are to die for; but then again, with Adria Rae, you really can't go wrong.

You can follow her Twitter @adriaraexx.

Joseline Kelly

Of all the hottest new porn stars of 2017 you'll see, few have the kind of credits that Joseline Kelly can boast. She's been on Playboy TV, grabbed nominations from both AVN and XBiz, and has also been featured on Barely Legal.

No one has the vibe Joseline Kelly brings—nor do they come close to having such as sexy pout. Folks who appreciate slender women with faces that could easily take on mainstream modeling will enjoy seeing Joseline Kelly tease, please, and play on camera.

You can follow her Twitter @JoselineKellyx.

Aaliyah Hadid

Gorgeous brown eyes? Check. Beautiful skin tone that seems to glow at all hours of the day? Check. An epic booty that looks amazing on camera? Check. Yep, it's pretty easy to see why so many folks consider Aaliyah Hadid one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017.

Though she looks amazing in B/G scenes as a whole, her BJ scenes are what really take the cake. Needless to say, she's a great performer who knows how to excite.

You can follow her Twitter @letmesuckyadick.

Naomi Woods

It's really rare to see a porn star who has a face and body that would be perfect for high fashion modeling; and to a point, that's what makes Naomi Woods such a great performer. She's got the cheekbones and face of a young Angelina Jolie, with a body similar to Gigi Hadid.

Simply put, she's got a perfect beach babe vibe, with a strong addition of high fashion. She's the glamorous lady you'd date if you could have taken on Hollywood, and that same sultry vibe comes through in her videos too.

You can follow her Twitter @lissapolooza.

Lily Rader

Lily Rader markets herself as the "most innocent-looking freak you can meet," and we have to agree. It's that very wide-eyed look she gives that makes this petite blonde one of the hottest new porn stars of 2017.

She's one of the hottest blonde porn stars, and she's also pretty kinky on film, too. So, it's safe to say that she's gonna be one of the actresses people flock to when they want authentic-feeling kink involving sexy blondes this year.

You can follow her Twitter @lilyrader.

Lana Rhoades

Lana Rhoades is an amazing porn actress who's rightfully earned her place on the charts of the hottest new porn stars of 2017. This busty porn star has already made it to the big leagues, with many names like Hustler, Penthouse, and Playboy having done shoots with her.

Along with doing work with every major name, Lana Rhoades has also gotten awards from both AVN and XBiz. Did we mention that she's even gotten a contract as a Vixen Angel, too? Yeah, she's that good.


Las Vegas Is The Most Sinful City In America (But Florida Has 3 Cities In The Top 10)

Las Vegas Is The Most Sinful City In America (But Florida Has 3 Cities In The Top 10)

 

“What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” and “Sin City” are two slogans used to describe Las Vegas, and that’s with good reason.

A study ranking ‘The Most Sinful Cities In America’, finds Las Vegas at number one with a Vice Index of 58.2. The Vice Index is a composite score of data found by WalletHub that analyzed data from violent crimes per capita, to excessive drinking, to adult entertainment establishments per capita. The data was then broken down into 7 categories of ‘deadly sins’: Anger & Hatred, Jealousy, Excesses & Vices, Greed, Lust, Vanity, and Laziness.

Here are the top 15 ranked cities:

  1. 1. Las Vegas (ranks #1 in Vanity and #3 in Greed)
  2. Orlando, FL (ranks #5 in Anger & Hatred and #6 in Lust)
  3. Miami, FL (ranks #5 in Jealousy and #7 in both Lust and Vanity)
  4. St. Louis, MO
  5. North Las Vegas, NV
  6. Henderson, NV
  7. Detroit, MI (ranks #5 in Excesses & Vices)
  8. Baton Rouge, LA
  9. Tampa, FL
  10. New Orleans, LA (ranks #9 in Greed)
  11. Richmond, VA
  12. Cincinnati, OH
  13. Charleston, WV (ranks #1 in Anger & Hatred and #1 in Excesses & Vices)
  14. Dover, DE
  15. Gulfport, MS

The state of Nevada and Florida both have 3 cities in the top 10, presumably making them the most sinful states in America. Orlando, Miami, and Tampa are much more spread apart than North Las Vegas and Las Vegas though, so we’ll give the edge to Florida.

Honorable mention: Louisiana

They had two cities in the top 10, but unlike Nevada and Florida, they can boast about having the world’s best Cajun food.

To view the complete list of sinful cities, click here.


THE 20 BEST TV SHOWS OF 2017

THE 20 BEST TV SHOWS OF 2017

With so many TV shows clamoring for attention these days, you almost need special powers to separate the truly great from the supremely mediocre. Or you could just bookmark this list.

To be eligible for this list, a series needs to be 1) a scripted episodic program that made its American debut or began a new season during 2017, 2) at least three episodes into its current season, and 3) absolutely enjoyable to watch.

To find out which shows have made the cut so far this year, and to see a photo of Tom Hardy gazing at a horse, read on.

STARZ
JOHN P. JOHNSON/HBO
NETFLIX
COLLEEN HAYES/NBC
SHOWTIME
NETFLIX
JAN THIJS/CBS INTERACTIVE
FX
COLLEEN HAYES/NBC
NETFLIX
HELEN SLOAN/COURTESY OF HBO
NETFLIX
HBO
MERRICK MORTON/NETFLIX
BARBARA NITKE/HULU
BEN KING/HBO
MICHELE K. SHORT/AMC/SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
GEORGE KRAYCHYK/HULU
SHOWTIME

17 Of Hollywood's Most Famous Family Feuds

17 Of Hollywood's Most Famous Family Feuds

 


15 Video Game Controllers: RANKED

15 Video Game Controllers: RANKED

Each new home video game console brings with it a rush of exciting questions; how will the graphics be, what games will it launch with, and how will the controllers feel? Sometimes it’s just a small improvement over the previous one, other times it’s something wild and totally new (*coughs* Nintendo *coughs*). Here are my totally subjective rankings of video game controllers, which are also empirically true, because I know everything.

DEAD LAST: Virtual Boy/ Jaguar/ NeoGeo/ other loser systems that failed HARD

Get your pathetic asses out of here.

15. NES/ Sega Master System

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Look, fair enough — this was very early in video gaming’s history, so there was still a lot to figure out. That doesn’t mean these things, with their incredibly hard angles and edges, weren’t uncomfortable as hell.

14. Playstation

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This thing always felt like a flimsy piece of crap, and there was a reason for that; it was. In my adolescence, I tore TWO of them in half (I had rage problems).

13. SNES

I don’t know man; it feels blasphemous putting this controller so low, but I remember a lot of hand cramps from this thing. It's still possibly the greatest console in history, however.

13. Genesis

This controller was a beast, but it didn’t necessarily feel bad in your hands. It did only have three buttons, which rendered it obsolete pretty quickly, however.

12. Xbox

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Kill it with fire (but still fairly comfortable).

11. Nintendo 64

A lot going on here, maybe too much. The N64 controller did suffer from not having all of its buttons and dpads and joysticks accessible at the same time.

10. Genesis 6 Button/ Saturn

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Adding six buttons was obviously important, because it let the Genesis actually play the games that would have otherwise only worked on the SNES. But the controller was also slimmer and easier to keep a hold on. The six buttons were also more convenient than the SNES’ for stuff like fighting games. And the Saturn controller was pretty similar.

9. Playstation Dualshock/PS2/PS3

These controllers are all functionally the same, and really improve on the flimsy feeling of the original Playstation controller by adding some heft along with the two analog sticks.

8. Wii

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Fool points to these for being revolutionary, and they were great for party games, but games that invite incredibly long play sessions (Xenoblade Chronicles, I’m looking at you through incredibly bleary eyes because I’ve been up all night playing it and oh my God how am I still only three percent of the way through this game?!) they can get very sweaty and cumbersome.

7. Gamecube

While the Gamecube controller is slightly less interesting than the Nintendo 64’s, it ended up having a better layout, as well as being easier to hold.

6. Xbox 360/ Xbox One

These controllers were versatile (you can easily use them on your PC) and were a huge improvement over the original Xbox controller.

5. Atari 2600

Oh, I’m sorry, you don’t long for the days when life was simple? When a controller was just a fun joystick as one button? Well I’m old, and I do long for those days. Also, big joysticks rule (don’t be immature).

4. Playstation 4

With this one, Sony has finally perfected the Playstation controller. It has longer grips, which make it easier to hold in my large, adult hands (that makes me sound like Donald Trump), and the texture on the back is also very nice.

3. Dreamcast

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Having the LCD screen at the top was very cool, and even though it was big, you could still use the Dreamcast controller for a long time without much exhaustion in your hands.

2. Wii U

Yeah, the system was a flop, but the controller wasn’t just cool because it was essentially it’s own tablet — it was also very comfortable to hold.

1. Nintendo Switch

I mean the damn thing is so versatile, and the controller has such a wide range of functions, down to being able to attach the controller TO the damn system!

Dear God I’ve wasted my life.


6 Terrible CGI Costumes That Ruined Movies (And 9 That Are Amazing)

6 Terrible CGI Costumes That Ruined Movies (And 9 That Are Amazing)

When it comes to costume design in movies, it used to be the case that filmmakers were limited by what could be achieved using real-world fabrics and prosthetics. Basically, if a design couldn’t be made using existing materials – and even if it could be made, if it was too unwieldy to actually wear – it was back to the drawing board!

Following the advent of computer generated imagery, however, all of that changed. Now, whatever costume designers can dream up can theoretically be made a reality, thanks to the magic of visual effects. Indeed, in a post-CGI world, actors regularly find themselves attired in the most otherworldly clothing imaginable, especially those starring in fantasy and sci-fi outings.

However, while the current trend towards CGI costumes has yielded some truly breathtaking results – bringing to life characters we never expected to see in a live-action film – more than a few have fallen flat.

Typically, this is because either the digital “tailoring” and “make-up” involved failed to convincingly portray whatever it was intended to mimic, or it’s because the end product wasn’t aesthetically pleasing. Either way, this usually suggests that the filmmakers might have been better off going down a more traditional route!

Here are 6 Terrible CGI Costumes That Ruined Movies (And 9 That Are Amazing).

15. TERRIBLE – GREEN LANTERN

Where better to start than with the infamous all-digital superhero togs worn by Ryan Reynolds in the disastrous Green Lantern flick – arguable the poster child for bad CGI costumes! Up front, we should say that costume designer Ngila Dickson is something of a creative genius – she’s the Oscar-winning seamstress behind many of the costumes in the Lord of the Rings trilogy – and the logic underpinning her Green Lantern suit is unsurprisingly solid.

After all, if Hal Jordan’s outfit is meant to be a construct generated by his power ring (rather than a physical cloth spandex), it stands to reason that it shouldn’t appear to be fabricated out of anything originating on Earth. Even so, while this is a nifty idea on paper, the visual effects artists weren’t able to accurately realize Dickson’s vision, and the end result was painfully unconvincing and cartoonish – especially the mask, which doesn’t even adhere to our hero’s face believably.

Fan backlash against this suit was severe, and they weren’t alone, either. Reynolds would later publicly denounce his CGI costume, going so far as to famously mock it in his next superhero flick, Deadpool!

14. AMAZING – DAVY JONES (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN)

Even in this brave new world of visual effects-heavy filmmaking, there will always be a place for talented make-up and prosthetics artists and designers. Think about it: these gifted guys and gals practice a craft that’s been continually evolving pretty much since film itself began in order to create fantastical beings as in-camera effects!

That said, even the proudest make-up artist would concede that there are some things that CGI can achieve that would be extremely difficult, if not downright impossible to do with silicone and latex. Such is the case with Pirates of the Caribbean baddie Davy Jones, whose marine-based physiology could only ever have been created in a computer.

Sure, the filmmakers could have glued a beard of tentacles to Bill Nighy’s face and fitted various sea life-inspired appendages over the actor’s arms and legs. But the finished product would have been far less realistic and dynamic than the Oscar-winning, fully digital costume (minus the eyes) developed by legendary effects house ILM.

13. TERRIBLE – CLONE TROOPERS (STAR WARS PREQUELS)

The Star Wars prequels come in for a lot of flack. For a perfect example of this, look no further than the clone troopers in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The forerunners of the original trilogy’s stormtroopers, the clones could easily have been portrayed by stuntmen clad in plastic armor as in those films. Instead, Lucas opted to go down an entirely digital route.

Now, by and large, these guys actually look fine – we’re sure the average viewer barely noticed they weren’t watching an actual performer on screen. The CGI costuming decision also makes sense from both a financial standpoint (less kit to make) and as an exercise in continuity – as clones, these guys should all be the same height and weight, to be fair.

Yet this ignores the shots of helmet-less troopers, which look unspeakably awkward due to the unwise decision to attach Temuera Morrison’s real head to an obviously fake body. Jeez, George: couldn’t you have built at least one costume?

12. AMAZING – BLACK PANTHER

When Captain America: Civil War arrived in cinemas back in 2016, everyone was blown away by Chadwick Boseman’s turn as Black Panther. Fast forward a few weeks after the film’s release, and everyone was knocked off their feet a second time, when Marvel revealed that the Black Panther costume was entirely digitally rendered!

Whilst Boseman did indeed wear an already awesome-looking costume on set, according to the filmmakers this was replaced with a CGI version in pretty much every single frame it appears in. The reason for this ostensibly needless use of visual effects wizardry? It was the best way to incorporate the subtle, shimmering effect of the vibranium mesh weave specified by costume designer Judianna Makovsky.

Despite representing a relatively minor aesthetic enhancement, the all-digital Black Panther outfit was worth the effort. It’s unique texture allows it to stand apart from the regular MCU superhero jumpsuit, ranking as the finest of the several CGI costumes seen in Civil War.

11. AMAZING – AVA (EX MACHINA)

As the past few entries have illustrated, more often than not, the most successful CGI costumes are those that achieve a unique, memorable look, yet don’t call attention to their artificial nature. So it was with Ex Machina’s robotic female lead Ava, whose striking look is the perfect example of using extensive digital effects augmentation to create an impossible outfit.

Using cutting edge filmmaking technology, visual effects artists were able to replace large sections of actress Alicia Vikander’s body with cybernetic components, the most notable of which being a translucent torso.

Maybe the most impressive accomplishment of all was that the techniques used ensured that Vikander’s on-set performance was captured exactly the same way as any other live-action film – nothing was sacrificed for the sake of the effects!

10. AMAZING – HELA (THOR: RAGNAROK)

When the casting of Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok was first announced, most fans no doubt assumed that the Goddess of Death was unlikely to appear an outfit closely resembling her comic book clobber. While Marvel had done an admirable job of faithfully translating the outlandish kit of Asgardians like Thor and Loki onto the big screen, Hela’s ensemble – and its outrageous headdress – seemed a Bifrost bridge too far.

And yet, thanks to digital effects, that’s exactly what we got: a comics-accurate Hela, right down to her crazy headgear in all its gravity-defying glory!

However, there’s more to Hela’s CGI attire than just her ungainly bonnet – an understated, pulsating, toxic-green energy courses the length of Blanchett’s body as well, adding to her sinister air. That said, if this digital costume has a shortcoming, it’s the CG cape, which occasionally looks more than a little fake, but this is ultimately a minor quibble in the larger scheme of things.

9. TERRIBLE – SPAWN

At this point in the list, it’s worth acknowledging just how far CGI-enhanced costumes have come. Back in the ’90s, studios were just starting to experiment with the cool new toy that was digital effects, and this extended to actors’ outfits. Whilst these efforts were commendably ahead of their time, the technology just wasn’t there yet to believably craft artificial clothing.

Just take the digital cape featured in Spawn, which – unlike the superhero’s practical bodysuit – has aged terribly! As with the costume in Green Lantern, the rationale behind Spawn’s CGI cloak – which attempts to ape the distinctive artistic sensibilities of his creator, Todd McFarlane, and ties into the suit’s demonic roots – holds up. What doesn’t hold up is the actual execution of the cape, which screamed “fake” at the time, and looks laughably cartoonish by modern standards.

8. AMAZING – DOCTOR RYAN STONE (GRAVITY)

2013 Best Picture nominee Gravity seamlessly integrated visual effects into a whopping 80% of the film’s screentime – and yes, this definitely included CGI costumes!

True, as Doctor Ryan Stone, Sandra Bullock did wear a practical spacesuit, manufactured by costume designer Jany Temime, in several scenes. At the same time, a hefty number of shots feature a totally digital digital replacement of Bullock’s entire body from the neck down (costume included), although we’d bet hardly anyone could tell.

As an interesting side note, while Gravity has generally been praised by critics and academics alike for its overall scientific accuracy, one area where the filmmakers took considerable liberty was in the costume department. As Temime explained in an interview, real spacesuits don’t open at the front, however as this was something the story required, Bullock’s real and artificial suits do.

7. AMAZING – SPIDER-MAN (CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR)

We hinted at it earlier, but Black Panther wasn’t the only character in Civil War sporting digital duds – MCU newcomer Spider-Man was, too!

Although the initial plan was for incoming wall-crawler Tom Holland to wear a proper superhero spandex, apparently it turned out to be much easier to craft Spidey’s costume from digital threads. A big part of this decision came down to Spider-Man only appearing in costume during the airport showdown action set piece, meaning our hero was going to wind up being mostly a visual effects creation anyway!

Fortunately, the end results are very convincing – especially the eye-pieces, which brilliantly capture webhead’s iconic lenses from the comics – and once again, we’re confident not many viewers cottoned on to this being a CGI costume. That said, despite this being another well-executed digital outfit, we’re still glad that Marvel went with a predominantly real outfit for Holland’s first full outing as the character in Spider-Man: Homecoming!

6. TERRIBLE – BEAST (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST)

This might seem a little bit harsh – after all, you’d expect the furry star of a live-action Beauty and the Beast film to be realized with visual effects, wouldn’t you? Well, we’re not taking Disney to task for opting to go down the computerized route on this occasion, merely pointing out the end result is less than wonderful. Granted, some of the shots of Beast look better than others, and even the least impressive looking shots aren’t absolutely awful.

Yet all the same, the CGI used to transform Dan Stevens into the Beast are rarely all that convincing, and a strong argument could be made in favor of using prosthetics – or possibly just less rushed digital effects – instead. Oh, and for what it’s worth, if you haven’t already checked out the hilarious behind-the-scenes footage of poor Stevens on set in a super-sized mocap suit, go and do it now!

5. AMAZING – GENERAL ZOD (MAN OF STEEL)

Man of Steel proved to be highly divisive take on the Superman mythos, but one aspect of the movie nobody seemed to mind was would-be tyrant General Zod’s CGI battledress. Eschewing the simple black jumpsuit worn by Terence Stamp’s Zod in Superman II, costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson instead devised an imposing suit of armor in keeping with film’s grounded vision for Superman’s homeworld of Krypton.

By constructing the costume digitally, Acheson and Wilkinson avoided weighing actor Michael Shannon down with a heavy wardrobe, and together with the visual effects team, they achieved a result that looks utterly authentic, without restricting the star’s movement. Paradoxically alien yet familiar, Zod’s armor never once gives us reason to question its realness, so kudos to all involved!

4. AMAZING – IRON MAN

When Iron Man first flew onto the big screen back in 2008, the superhero’s high-tech outfit was brought to life via a combination of practical and CGI costuming.

As you’d expect, the scenes featuring Robert Downey Jr. in a full-scale or even partial suit of armor were relatively few in number, given the amount of fighting and flying his character was required to do. Luckily, digital effects had reached a point were an incredibly realistic digital version of Iron Man’s suit could be superimposed over top of Downey without ever calling attention to itself.

In fact, in subsequent Iron Man and Avengers outings, the CGI costume has grown sosophisticated, the actor rarely (if ever) has to wear any of the cumbersome practical outfit at all.

3. TERRIBLE – MICHAEL MYERS (HALLOWEEN H20)

If there’s a recurring theme running through this list, it’s that CGI costumes should only really be employed when a real-world solution would be impossible. This was especially the case back in the ’90s, since (as we’ve discussed previously) the fledgling technology really wasn’t yet up to the challenge.

Nowhere was this more apparent than in slasher flick Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, where villain Michael Myers’ iconic “Shape” mask was rendered via digital effects in close up scenes that couldn’t be re-shot for whatever reason. It turns out that there were issues with the on-set masks used during filming – the studio demanded the design be changed – so this was arguably a necessary fix.

But frankly, the CGI mask looks creepy (and not for the right reasons), and the filmmakers might have been better off leaving the existing physical version in place!

2. AMAZING – BATMAN (BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE)

Yet another suit of superhero armor, the protective gear worn by the Dark Knight for his face-off against the Man of Steel in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was built almost entirely with a computer. Admittedly, a practical version was fabricated and seems to have been used for at least a few scenes, presumably when Batman isn’t moving around too much.

However, for the vast majority of sequences in which it appears, Batman’s armor was actually a highly convincing CGI costume, which deserves particular praise for its metallic textures. This makes sense, as the real-world equivalent of this kit would be unspeakably heavy and physically restrictive, whereas realizing it digitally allowed star Ben Affleck and the stunt team to perform Batman’s fighting moves with ease.

1. TERRIBLE – DAIN IRONFOOT (THE HOBBIT)

As with the Star Wars prequels, Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth with the Hobbittrilogy came under fire for being overly reliant on visual effects technology. One of the biggest complaints was lobbied against The Battle of the Five Armies – specifically, the seemingly inexplicable decision to replace Billy Connolly’s Dain Ironfoot with a completely digital duplicate!

Whilst the dwarvish warrior was always going to be animated with CGI for the film’s battle sequences, fans and critics alike were baffled by the choice to paint over a veteran performer like Connolly. This was even more the case when it came to light that the Scottish comedian had filmed his scenes in costume, and that the results were more than serviceable!

In the end, it appears it was Connolly’s ill-health that motivated this creative choice, as he was unavailable for necessary re-shoots, meaning his digital double was promoted to the big time! The Dain CGI rendering isn’t the worst out there by any means. Yet it still falls within the “uncanny valley” that plagues unconvincing digital characters, and – along with the CGI orcs that replaced prosthetic-clad actors used previously – adds to the sense of “effects overload” in this newer trilogy.

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20 Netflix Documentaries To Watch If You Want To Feel Smarter ASAP

20 Netflix Documentaries To Watch If You Want To Feel Smarter ASAP

There are days when all you want to do is watch mindless drivel, and days when you feel like you should be using your free time to, you know, enrich your mind.

Netflix is a goldmine for both mindless drivel, and interesting documentaries, so we’ve gathered 20 interesting films and docu-series that will educate you on a wonderfully wide range of topics: from World War II to space. We’ve got you.

Check them out:

1. How To Survive A Plague

A 2012 documentary about the brave American men and women whose campaigning successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic and stopped AIDS from being a death sentence.

2. Blackfish

A harrowing documentary about the shocking care and treatment of the animals in SeaWorld’s many parks.

3. Afghanistan: The Great Game

Written and hosted by Rory Stewart,  Afghanistan: The Great Game dissects the various battles that have taken place in Afghanistan, going back to the First Afghan War in 1839 – and chats to experts to figure out why it has become such a target for imperial superpowers.BWALZ

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4. 13th

An Emmy winning documentary about race, slavery and the treatment of African Americans in the USA.

5. The Cuba Libre Story

A docu-series that recounts the history of Cuba.

6. Hiroshima

A look into the lives before and after of people affected by the nuclear blast in Hiroshima.

7. Dark Net

A terrifying docu-series that investigates the furthest reaches and darkest depths of the internet and the people who inhabit them.

8. What Happened Miss Simone?

A biographical film that looks at the life of singer Nina Simone.

9.  Banking On Bitcoin

Because we all need to know more about the cryptocurrency revolution.

10. Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey

And we all need to know more about space.

11. Stop At Nothing: Lance Armstrong

An eye-opening documentary about the biggest fraud scandal in sporting history.

12. WWII In Colour

How good’s your understanding of World War II? This docu-series compiles hours of colourised footage of the second world war, and cleverly explains how everything went down

13. We Are Legion

Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger investigates and documents the inner workings and beliefs of the hacking group Anonymous. But they’re Anonymous, so we can only assume he was with the right people…

14. Viking Apocalypse

Cutting edge technology is able to tell an interesting story of the vikings after a mass grave is found.

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15. The Ascent Of Women

A four part series that traces the impact women have had on everything from politics to science.

16. The Bible Tells Me So

A documentary that looks at the bible and its views on homosexuality.

17. Goldman Sachs: The Bank That Rules The World

A documentary that looks into the far-reaching powers of banks.

18. Silicon Cowboys

The story of Campaq computers who took on IBM for computer dominance in 1982.

19. Osama Bin Laden: Up close and personal

Using his correspondence, this doc aims to shed new light on his mindset in those final day.

20. Putin’s Hidden Treasure

How Putin got the way he is, and what he’s done to get where he is.


Every Current Superhero Show, Ranked From Worst To Best

Every Current Superhero Show, Ranked From Worst To Best

 

There was a time when superhero television shows were a pretty rare beast. Aside from the occasional animated series, the most comic book fans could hope for when turning on their TVs was a network’s tragically misguided take on a beloved superhero property.

Things have certainly changed for the better. Now that Disney and Marvel have turned superhero adaptations into a multi-billion dollar empire, networks and streaming services have realized that getting in on the superhero entertainment action will require them to produce a series that does justice to some of comics’ greatest justice bringers.

While there are more superhero shows on television than ever before, the quality of those shows tends to vary pretty wildly. Yes, we are blessed with series that arguably surpass the quality of even the biggest-budget big-screen adaptations, but our airwaves are also polluted with a few series that we wish were left within the pages of a comic.

The very good news is that even the worst modern superhero show tends to be better than the average live-action superhero show that we would have been treated to in the past. That makes ranking these series a pretty tall task. After all, even the “worst” superhero shows are usually worth a look.

15. INHUMANS

On paper, Inhumans is an adaptation of the Marvel property of the same name. It focuses on Black Bolt, a ruling class of Inhumans, and their royal way of life. However, the real story of Inhumans is the rough road the series has had to television.

Inhumans was supposed to be a movie but was dropped from Marvel’s Phase 3 schedule somewhere along the way. It was then converted into a TV show, though the first two episodes debuted on IMAX screens.

Ever since its IMAX debut, Inhumans has attracted criticism for being a poorly-written and ill-conceived melodrama that just so happens to feature Marvel characters. Ironically enough, it’s a lot like those really bad superhero adaptations that were fairly commonplace before Marvel helped save the entire format.

14. IRON FIST

Following the tremendous success of DaredevilLuke Cage, and Jessica Jones(much more on those later), most Marvel fans felt pretty confident about the release of Netflix’s Iron Fist. No, Iron Fist has never been Marvel’s most exciting property, but surely the showrunners would find a way to turn it into something special.

Even if you can put aside the whitewashing controversy that preceded Iron Fist’s release, the show itself ended up being an almost impossibly poorly written take on the character. There are times when it feels like Iron Fist is more of a parody of the entire kung-fu genre than a fully-fledged dramatic series.

At the end of the day, Iron Fist’s biggest problem is that it struggles to give viewers a reason to watch the next episode.

13. GOTHAM

The first previews of Gotham left many people wondering why they should even bother with the show. While fascinating stories set in the Batman universe, but not directly involving Batman have been told in the past, none of the content used to tease Gotham suggested that it would be one of those stories.

Gotham has turned out to be a frustratingly inconsistent show. There are times when it is flat-out awful (unbelievably so) and there are times when it is a strangely brilliant show that has a rhythm all its own.

More often than not, though, you’ll find that Gotham has a tendency to take things over the top when it should be a bit more grounded. Regardless, it does exhibit flashes of greatness here and there.

12. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Legends of Tomorrow pretty much started off-the-rails and hasn’t really tried to get back on track since then. This series focuses on the time-traveling Rip Hunter who recruits a team to help avenge his slain family. The whole thing leads to a giant conspiracy that spans several eras of…

Look, the thing you really need to know about Legends of Tomorrow is that it’s a show that has little interest in whether or not you have time to really process everything that’s going on. Many times, this approach works against the flow of the series. Many episodes suffer from an excess of characters and ideas that don’t get the screen time they need.

However, the show does work quite well when it’s firing on all cylinders. Fortunately, more recent episodes suggest that the series has embraced its absurdity and will serve as a counterpoint to more serious DC-CW fare going foreward.

11. SUPERGIRL

As you might imagine, Supergirl is the story of Kara Zor-El and her struggles to become the hero that our world needs. It runs parallel to the classic Supermanuniverse and features many of the same characters and scenarios.

Where Supergirl differs from many recent Superman adaptations is in its willingness to be a bit silly. There are many times when this attitude works against the show. Certain stories and characters are just too plucky for the overall good of the series. The seasons’ 20+ episode format also leads to quite a bit of filler.

However, there is a refreshing quality to Supergirls’ silliness that is made all the better by the show’s occasional forays into absolute brilliance. If you learn to accept Supergirl for what it is, it becomes much easier to love.

10. THE GIFTED

The Gifted has only been on-air for a few weeks now, meaning that its overall position in the superhero television hierarchy is somewhat up for debate. For those who haven’t seen it, the series follows two parents who learn that their children are mutants. They decide to flee to avoid a number of suddenly interested parties.

So far, The Gifted is proving to be an interesting take on the X-Men universe. It’s a show loaded with social commentary, which can be a tricky creative path to take if you aren’t careful to emphasize storytelling over commenting on the latest headlines.

The Gifted seems to be more than that, but its incredibly new status makes it difficult to state with certainty whether or not it will remain as intriguing as it is now.

9. ARROW

Arrow debuted at a time when many audiences were still wary about the idea of a superhero show on the CW. Actually, many people were scared about the idea of a DC superhero show on any network due to previously week adaptations of DC stories.

Arrow’s first season took a little while to get rolling, but once it did, the show became a truly special piece of superhero entertainment. Arrow eventually exhibited a level of storytelling maturity was appreciated by longtime fans of the character and casual viewers.

The problem is that Arrow struggles to be that show that it was during its season one creative peak. It sometimes surpasses those heights – season five was an unbelievable return to form – but there’s no denying that the series has suffered through some rough years.

8. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D did not debut as a great show. It rode that post-Avengers wave of hype and generated quite a bit of buzz, but ultimately proved to be an average-at-best drama that struggled to find its identity. At times, it was a loose, Whedon-lite piece of entertainment. More often than not, it was a show that tried – and failed – to recapture the cinematic glory of Marvel films.

Those problems still plague Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but the series’ later seasons have seen it finally find some kind of footing. Ever since the release of Captain America: Winter Soldier and the tie-ins that release resulted in, Agents has constantly strived to reinvent itself by diving into multiple storylines within the Marvel universe.

While there are times we wish Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D stuck with what works more often, it’s become a pretty great show.

7. THE DEFENDERS

Sure, Iron Fist was a complete bust, but fans of Netflix’s Marvel series were still looking forward to seeing the streaming service’s most famous heroes band together. Hey, it worked for The Avengers!

The Defenders biggest problem is that it tries to piece together a larger storyline that wasn’t that great to begin with. The entire plotline involving The Hand’s bid for global domination has really taken away from the intimate storylines that made Netflix’s Marvel shows so compelling.

Thankfully, there are moments in The Defenders which invoke those more personal storylines and elevate the narrative to the status of something special. These moments aren’t as common as fans may like, but they do appear often enough to make The Defenders rise above its shaky start. Plus the novelty of seeing these heroes on screen together doesn’t quite wear thin over 8 episodes.

6. THE TICK

The Tick is the simple story of a man in a blue tick costume who uses his incredible abilities to fight crime in a city known simply as The City. Those familiar with the old Tick animated and live-action series know that the show’s seemingly generic premise is really just the table setting for an often dry, though sometimes zany, parody of the entire superhero concept.

Amazon’s revival of The Tick has been nothing short of a comedic godsend. Yes, the show gets a lot of mileage out of superhero jokes, but its humor only works so well because The Tick also features a fundamental respect for the superhero genre.

Indeed, there are times when The Tick is a more effective superhero drama than some “down-to-Earth”, serious shows.

5. LUKE CAGE

Luke Cage is a tale of two shows. The first show consists of Luke Cage’s initial episodes. That show is a downright compelling take on the Luke Cage character that is sometimes best described as what may happen if a superhero was dropped into the world of The Wire. It’s highlighted by brillaint performances from Mike Coulter, Alfre Woodard, and Mahershala Ali.

The second half of Luke Cage is a much different story. This is when the series becomes a downright wacky comic book show that wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t preceded by what was a compelling drama.

In the end, you can’t separate Luke Cage’s worst elements from its best qualities, but there’s no denying that the series achieves some special things at its best.

4. DAREDEVIL

Daredevil is similar to Luke Cage in that the series varies wildly in quality. The difference is that we got an entire season of Daredevil at its very best and another season of Daredevil that at its (presumptive) worst.

Still, that first season of the show stands as one of Netflix’s greatest contributions to original streaming entertainment. It’s a refined take on the mature superhero concept that never forgets that it’s a superhero series. Daredevil season 1 boasts some nuanced moments and downright incredible action sequences. It also happens to feature Vincent D’Onofrio’s scene-stealing performance as The Kingpin.

As for Daredevil’s second season…well, it’s certainly not as good as the first. However, even at its worst, Daredeviloffers an array of compelling characters and enjoyable storylines.

3. THE FLASH

Despite the success of Arrow, many had concerns leading up to the premiere of The Flash. That’s especially true of those who were not familiar with some of The Flash’s best storylines and thought of him only as a guy in a red suit who just runs really fast.

It wasn’t long, however, before The Flash established itself as an indispensable piece of superhero entertainment. It’s a fairly light show compared to series like Daredevil, but The Flash separates itself with its clever usage of multi-dimensional storylines that come together to form a fascinating mythology.

The Flash has only gotten more intriguing as it’s evolved. That’s a rare quality in superhero shows or any other television series for that matter. We look forward to seeing where it goes next.

2. JESSICA JONES

It’s safe to say that Jessica Jones caught many people off-guard. Casual comic fans – and casual Netflix viewers – were not necessarily familiar with the Jessica Jones property, and thus were not anticipating it like they were a gritty reboot of Daredevil.

What everyone soon discovered, though, is that the world of Jessica Jones is a downright cruel one. Jessica herself is a truly great character whose trauma prevents her from embracing being a superhero. She is tremendously burdened by the responsibilities that come along with her powers. A strong lead performance by Krysten Ritter is bolstered by David Tennant’s haunting portrayal of Kilgrave. He’s truly one of the best villains in recent years.

We don’t know what Jessica Jones’ future holds, but the show’s first season was an almost perfect piece of superhero entertainment.

1. LEGION

Imagine if you could go back in time to a less-enlightened era of superhero entertainment and show comic book fans a few episodes of Legion. It would almost be like showing a caveman a computer. You wonder if they would even be able to process it.

To be fair, Legion is a hard show to process even for modern audiences. Noah Hawley’s unique look at a previously forgettable X-Men character is filled with the kind of sequences that will leave you questioning reality itself. That’s what happens when you dive into the mind of a slightly schizophrenic superhero.

Through it all, though, Legion remains an impossibly intelligent and visually stunning piece of television. This is one of the smartest shows on the air, regardless of genre. If the series’ first season is any indication, Legion may one day prove to be the best thing on TV.


Star Trek: Every Captain, Ranked From Worst To Best

Star Trek: Every Captain, Ranked From Worst To Best

Have you ever double-fisted a Gorn in the back? Been heralded as a god-whisperer?  Have you ever named your dog “Porthos”? If not, then you’ve probably never been a starship captain, or at least not a memorable one. The same can’t be said for the brave men and women below. These are the captains of the Starship Enterprise (and a few other less awesome ships). Some are diplomats, some are fighters, some are heroes, some like water polo. Each has their own distinct style of captaining their crew, and all have played a major role in the events of Star Trek. However, of these talented leaders, who is the greatest?

Ever since Star Trek first debuted in 1966, it has amassed a large and loyal following. Seven series, over 700 episodes, thirteen feature films, dozens of games, and hundreds of novels have provided no shortage of things for Trekkies to argue over. However, the greatest debate of them all is probably who the best captain of them all is.

What follows is our take on that debate, starting with a look at some of the worst captains in Trek history for fun. We’ll then rank all those assigned to command the Enterprise and see where the other more memorable captains of the franchise fit in.

With that said, let’s see who was boldest in going where no one has gone before. Here is Every Star Trek Captain, Ranked From Worst To Best.

15. MATT DECKER

Captain Matt Decker nearly wiped out two starship crews in a single swoop and managed to look plastered the entire time he was doing it. On a routine survey mission, he beams his entire crew down to a planet that just so happens to be in the warpath of a planet killing doomsday machine– a tragedy that could have been easily avoided by merely looking out the window.

Sadly, left as the sole survivor onboard the USS Constellation, Decker has nothing to keep him company but his epic face scruffle and all-consuming desire for revenge. That’s when the Enterprise shows up and gives him a second chance to be awful.

After boarding the Enterprise, Captain Decker quickly tries to take command by pulling an ole switcher-a-roo and sending Kirk to the empty Constellation. Because the crew of the Enterprise are lemmings, they follow Decker’s orders to plow head first into the machine. Luckily, Kirk sets things right before everyone dies a horrible death and relieves Decker. Determined as ever to kill something, Decker then steals a shuttlecraft and pilots it on a kamikaze mission into the doomsday machine, thus ending his disastrous career.

14. PHILLIPA GEORGIOU

Our time with her may have been brief, but Michelle Yeoh made the most of her appearance as captain of the USS Shenzhou. She said a lot of wise things, showed a certain knack for drawing shapes in the sand, and took a Vulcan nerve pinch like a boss. Yet, sadly ,she lost her life and the lives of over 8,000 thanks to some truly heinous decisions– namely listening to Michael Burnam.

Captain Georgiou, and the Federation, would have been a lot better off is she had just trusted her gut and not gone snooping around random space fluctuations. Of course, following her gut wasn’t all that great an idea either.

Georgiou’s plan to kidnap the Klingon rising star T’Kuvma in an effort to delegitimize his cause was as foolish as it was a bad idea. Not only did it fail miserably, ending in her senseless death, but it helped turn him into a martyr and fuel an intergalactic war. If only she had listened to Saru more.

13. JOHN HARRIMAN

If a slice of plain white toast was turned into a human and made captain of a starship, it would look like John Harriman. How he got to be in charge of the coolest ship in Starfleet is beyond us, yet there we were watching him boss around James T. Kirk at the start of Star Trek: Generations aboard the USS Enterprise-B. 

Captain Harriman will go down in history as the guy who was kind of in charge of the ship that pooped James T. Kirk out into space. While it wasn’t his fault– Harriman didn’t technically do anything bad while captain– he didn’t do anything all that great either. We can’t call him the worst captain in history, but we can definitely call him a bad captain with confidence.

12. EDWARD JELLICO

The thing about Matt Decker is that he was an idiot. He really didn’t know what he was doing and had no business being a captain. Much like Phillipa Georgiou, Decker’s heart was in the right place. However, the same cannot be said of Edward Jellico.

After Picard is captured on a secret Cardassian light counting mission in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Chain of Command”, Edward Jellico is put in charge of Enterprise-D. For those who don’t know, Jellico is a militaristic man who fires Riker for insubordination, demands his presence be heralded every time he enters a room, and orders Counselor Troi to stop showing so much cleavage.

Jellico is pretty much reviled by fans as being one of the most awful characters of the franchise, despite the fact that he successfully rescued Picard and made fools out of the Cardassians in the end. Ultimately, Jellico made one major error: he wasn’t Jean-Luc Picard, and that’s just something we can never forgive.

11. JAMES KIRK (KELVIN TIMELINE)

All the traits are there: a lack of respect for authority, a willingness to risk the lives of his entire crew on a whim, and fine bone structure. However, the James T. Kirk of J.J. Abram’s 2009 Star Trek reboot is a far cry from the same captain as the one William Shatner made famous. This is why they rank separately, especially given the fact that they exist in two distinct universes.

Chris Pine’s captain was shaped by the untimely death of his father, which the original never had to endure, making him even more reckless than his alternate self. All and all, Kelvin Kirk is too fresh on the scene to get a true feel for his captaining chops.

He certainly has the bravado and motorcycle riding skills, but his decision-making has been less strategic and more “let’s show this primitive species what our massive spaceship looks like.” While that might make for an entertaining film, it’s not befitting of a Starfleet captain. Punch a few Gorns in the face, and then we’ll talk.

10. CHRISTOPHER PIKE

In the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot, Captain Christopher Pike was in charge of the USS Enterprise before Kirk took the helm. In his first and only on-screen adventure, he gets captured by a bunch of bulbous brained telepathic Talosians who try to force him to have wanton sex without a lot of woman. Surprisingly, Pike hated this idea and threatened to blow them all up.

Captain Pike’s star shined bright for one glorious moment, showing as much fortitude and brilliance as any captain that would follow (not counting that one unfortunate incident on Rigel VIII). Sadly, he would later end up confined to a wheel chair due to gamma radiation exposure, but he appeared one last time calling upon the help of Spock to return him to the Talosians so that he could finally take them up on their offer.

Behind the scenes, Pike’s actor, Jeffry Hunter, opted out of the TV series after the pilot aired and was replaced by Shatner, ensuring his place in history as the guy who paved the way for the guy who would make Star Trek a household name. Not t0o shabby.

9. RACHEL GARRETT

Sometimes we never know how big of an impact we actually have. Take Rachel Garrett, captain of the USS Enterprise-C, for example. While responding to a distress call from a Klingon outpost in the year 2344, the Enterprise-C is attacked by Romulan Warbirds. During the ensuing battle, a weapons discharge creates a temporal rift. Badly damaged, the Enterprise drifts though the rift and ends up in the year 2366, creating an alternate universe in the process.

In this new timeline, the Federation is at war with the Klingon Empire, Natasha Yar is alive and turtlenecks become standard issue for all Starfleet officers. One thing leads to another, and Garrett gets a chunk of metal lodged into her head and dies, but not before making the righteous decision to go back through the rift to set things right and get blown up by the Romulans.

The Enterpise-C’s honorable sacrifice in defense of a Klingon outpost avoids intergalactic war and saves millions– it also lowered the neck lines of uniforms everywhere. The future thanks you, Captain Rachel Garrett.

8. HIKARU SULU

Hikaru Sulu spent enough time behind the helm of the USS Enterprise watching Kirk operate to know exactly what not to do as a captain. That’s why it was not surprising that, when he finally got his own commission leading the USS Excelsior, he took what he learned and became an epic captain.

Originally assigned on a incredibly boring three-year mission to catalogue gaseous planetary anomalies in the Beta Quadrant, Captain Sulu eventually got fed up, violated Starfleet orders, and led a brazen rescue operation of McCoy and Kirk in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

He then helped blow up a prototype Klingon Bird of Prey threatening to destroy intergalactic peace to kingdom come. Later, he starred in his own series of audio dramas called Captain Sulu Adventuresthat few fans remember. That said, he was one of the more memorable characters of the series, and while he may have been an easygoing helmsman aboard the USS EnterpriseSulu was a no-nonsense captain of Excelsior.

7. WILLIAM RIKER

The man who never found a beard he couldn’t trim, a chair he couldn’t step over, or a robe his chest hair couldn’t burst forth from. That’s right, we’re talking about William Thomas Riker. There is a reason why he’s called Number One. Whether as a first officer or captain, the galaxy was a far better place with Riker floating around it.

It’s doubtful anyone aspired to sit in the captain’s chair more than Riker. Which is why, when finally he got there, he made the most of the opportunity. His first chance came during “The Best of Both Worlds” after Picard got Borgified and Riker led the destruction of their cube.

Next, he commanded the USS Excalibur during the Klingon Civil War. He also captained the Enterprise-D on two other occasions– when Picard was turned into a child and during its final battle in Star Trek: Generations. Afterwards, he earned a permanent position as captain of the USS Titan. While we never saw the Titan in action on-screen, according to non-canon literature it was awesome. With Captain Will Riker leading the charge, we believe it.

6. SPOCK

Although, Spock is best remembered as the Enterprise’s first officer under Kirk, some of his greatest feats occurred while holding the rank of captain. Sometime after the trippy ’70s-inspired events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Spock was promoted to captain and assigned to training cadets on Enterprise.

Khan then reappeared and tried to blow everyone up, and Captain Spock sacrificed himself to save the ship and crew. These heroics were honored by loading his dead corpse into a torpedo and firing it at a planet.

Miraculously, Spock survived and went back to being Kirk’s first officer. He then took a quick break to learn “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and inexplicably became a captain again. In his second go, he masterminded the Klingon and Federation alliance, bringing peace and stability to the Alpha Quadrant for the first time in over two hundred years. No big deal. He then went back in time, helped erase all that good stuff from happening, and kicked back on New Vulcan for the rest of his days like the pointy eared boss that he was.

5. BENJAMIN SISKO

Benjamin Sisko was Captain of the USS Defiant, Emissary of the Prophets, father to Jake, and a guy who held a lot of baseballs. Throughout his time on Deep Space Nine, Benjamin Sisko filled a lot of roles.

He probably had the biggest arc of any other Star Trek captain, going from a lonely widower overseeing the assimilation of a foreign space station where everyone hated one another to hanging out in a wormhole for the rest of his life after finding out he was half-god. Throughout the series he adeptly handled any number of situations on DS9, diffused political tensions on nearby Bajor, and acted as the front line of defense in the Dominion War.

Requiring a diplomatic skill far greater than his colleagues, Sisko combined an erratic mess of calm reserve and unbridled fury, which he used to better the lives of those around him. Unless you count that one time when he acted like a complete lunatic and destroyed an entire planet due to a need for revenge.

So yeah, sure, he did a lot un-captain things, but that’s what made him such an interesting captain. Plus, he punched Q in the face.

4. JONATHAN ARCHER

John Archer gets a bit of a bad rap. He was the very first Enterprise captain and the first person to head a warp-capable starship. Not to mention the fact that he wrote the book on deep space exploration for humankind. Yet despite his many ground breaking achievements aboard Enterprise NX-01, Scott Bakula’s character is arguably the least popular captain of the series.

A lot of this is due to his understandable naivety and inexperience– no one really liked Star Trek: Enterprise either. However, while he may not have been the most inspiring leader or had the most commanding presence, he did stop an alien superweapon from destroying Earth and had a pretty awesome pet Beagle.

Calling Jonathan Archer the greatest Star Trek captain of all-time is a bit of a, shall we say, quantum leap, but you don’t end up being elected the first president of the Federation of Planets if you don’t have the right stuff. This basically makes him the George Washington of Star Trek.

3. KATHRYN JANEWAY

Of all the captains, Kathryn Janeway is definitely the most resourceful. Stranded 70,000 light years from Federation space, she brought together the most boring crew in history to overcome whatever crazy things the Delta Quadrant threw their way– be it Species 8472, time manipulating genocidal warlords, or Neelix.

As the first and only major female captain of the series, Janeway’s courage, strength, and resolve are right up there with any of her counterparts. In fact, she faced far more direr circumstances then they ever faced.

Steadfast in upholding Federation standards, Captain Janeway was committed to the ideology of Starfleet more than any other. While that did not necessarily always make her the most popular captain, it does speak of her character, which was one of the major reasons why the USS Voyager made it home safely. All that while she was circumnavigating the Borg and occasionally getting sexually harassed by Q.

2. JAMES KIRK (PRIME TIMELINE)

There would be no Star Trek without James Tiberius Kirk. He is easily the most famous captain and is arguably the most likable. Roguishly charming, he is a cunning tactician and fearsome brawler– there are few situations that Kirk couldn’t think, fight, or sleep his way out of. Can you imagine Picard tricking an entire race of space Indians into thinking he was a god and then impregnating their priestess? We didn’t think so.

Kirk definitely had his flaws, such as his total disregard for the Prime Directive, women, whales, and space dieties. He was also a terrible father and treated half the galaxy’s aliens like dirt.

However, he did have style. Also, don’t forget that he brokered peace with the Klingons despite the fact that they murdered his son. He also invented the Corbomite Manuever, fought alongside Abraham Lincoln, and once sweet talked a computer into blowing itself up.

You can’t deny the amazing skills on a resumé like that, even if almost everything he accomplished was thanks to the background influences of Spock. Regardless, Captain James T. Kirk is an undeniable legend.

1. JEAN LUC-PICARD

Compared to Jean Luc-Picard everyone else just looks like they’re playing captain. He, on the other hand, was the very essence of a captain. Inspiring, courageous, loyal, and wise, Picard embodied the best aspects of the other captains listed here, without any of their issues, faults, or ineptitudes.

Sure, he provoked Q into revealing humankind to the Borg, which ultimately ended up causing the deaths of millions, but that’s neither here nor there. Just think of all the amazing things that this man accomplished.

He made drinking Earl Grey tea cool. He was also a self-taught Vulcan nerve pincher and defeated a Klingon in a swear-off. He even survived getting stabbed in the heart by a Nausicaan. Heck, the children of Enterprise held a yearly celebration in his honor. He respected authority but wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, and in turn he was able to earn the loyalty of his crew. He challenged those around him on the USS Enterprise-D and always took the time to make the right decisions. If ever there was a man, woman or Vulcan deserving to be called captain, its was Jean Luc-Picard.

Also, he didn’t eject Wesley Crusher from an airlock. It doesn’t get anymore impressive than that.

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The 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Horror Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes

The 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Horror Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes

It’s October, which means that it’s finally acceptable to watch horror movies all day and night (which hasn’t stopped us from doing it year round anyway). The horror genre is a complex and tangled web of movies and sub-genres that can leave a novice feeling helpless and lost in the midst of a sea of options.

Luckily, Rotten Tomatoes compiles reviews to lend a helping hand in picking through the massively populated lists of horror titles, usually pointing a general direction that most can be happy with.

While review sites exist partly to highlight the pinnacles of a given genre, they also exist to steer those that aren’t familiar with the films in question away from the worst of the worst.

Be grateful that resources like Rotten Tomatoes exist; even though they shouldn’t dictate your taste in film entirely, they can help you avoid complete train wrecks and tell you which films everyone thinks you should see.

So, in the spirit of all things spooky and spine tingling, grab your popcorn, don your gore slicker, and break the group up to explore this abandoned summer camp (because that makes sense), because here are The 10 Best And 10 Worst Horror Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes. 

20. BEST: ALIENS (98%)

This isn’t much of a surprise– if you’ve ever seen James Cameron’s Aliens, you’ll know why it scores so high on Rotten Tomatoes: the movie is horrifying.

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s extraterrestrial fueled fright fest, some may argue that the movie is a bit too action packed to really qualify as horror. While the sequel does have a bit more action than traditional horror fans may prefer, there is an underlying terror that isn’t front and center, like some horror heads have come to expect.

The real horrifying part of Aliens isn’t the Xenomporhs; it’s the fragility of the human race in the face of the threat of the unknown. The Xenomporhs are one race of fearsome aliens in a universe that could potentially contain thousands, if not millions.

The space marines are earth’s elite fighting unit, and most of the unit ends up pasted to walls with face huggers laying eggs in their bellies.

19. WORST: THE FOG (4%)

A remake of the John Carpenter film of the same name, The Fog is a horror movie better left unseen.

While Carpenter’s original was alright and worth a viewing if you’re fond of the guy’s work, the remake is an abysmal turd that should not be seen by anyone.

The shoddy acting compliments the nonsensical plot that’ll leave most viewers scratching their heads the duration of the movie while undead sailors slaughter the residents of a small town.

Overall, the movie wasn’t the best to begin with and the remake makes it even worse. This DVD better serves as a coaster as opposed to an actual movie, just don’t let anyone see the front of the disc.

18. BEST: THE BABADOOK (98%)

Following a single mother and her emotionally disturbed son, The Babadook was a flop when it was released in its homeland of Australia. The movie later gained critical acclaim when it was screened at the Sundance festival in 2014, rocketing the film to one of the highest rated horror films on Rotten Tomatoes.

Like any lasting horror film, The Babadook is a commentary on a much larger issue, guised under the terror of some sort of awful event or creature.

The Babadook isn’t truly about a hat wearing boogeyman that haunts a suburban home, it’s about a single mother’s relationship to her troubled child and the repercussions that it has on her own life as she struggles to make it through the day.

Plus, the storybook sequences are genuinely terrifying, even if the ending leaves a little to be desired in regards to the genre.

17. WORST: THE DARKNESS (4%)

Why Kevin Bacon, why? We loved you as a dancing rebel in Foot Loose and as an orange juice guzzling Chicagoan in Stir Of Echoes– even the commercials you did where you talked about yourself while playing yourself were good.

And then you have to give us The Darkness, one of the worst supernatural horror movies ever made.

Following a family that arrives home after a vacation to the Grand Canyon with a vengeful spirit on their shoulders, the movie is just about as good as anyone would expect.

Not even Kevin Bacon could save this pile of poop; relying on nearly every trope in the book, the ghosts aren’t scary and the plot is predictable to the point where you’ll wish you were watching anything else.

16. BEST: EVIL DEAD 2 (98%)

The Evil Dead 2 is essentially what every B-rated horror movie should aspire to be: gory, goofy, and heartfelt. Much like the first Evil Dead, the second installment in the series is a descent into the depths of Deadite madness, with all the viscerally silly bells and whistles that makes the franchise so memorable as a whole.

The sequel has some of the most memorable scenes in the entire trilogy, with headless dancing corpses, cackling deer heads, and Bruce Campbell’s chin all making appearances.

This is also the installment where Ash attaches his chainsaw arm after his hand becomes possessed and spends the majority of the movie flipping him off and skittering around.

Even though some horror fans may argue that it isn’t the smartest movie in the genre, it is definitely a fun one that has undoubtedly had a major effect on the genre at large; and that’s without even mentioning the effects, acting, and makeup.

15. WORST: THE ROOMMATE (4%)

Probably better slated as a Lifetime original, The Roommate was released in 2011 in theaters to the general outrage of moviegoers and critics alike.

The plot follows a deranged college freshman who becomes obsessed with her roommate and subsequently takes steps to become her by throwing a sequence of small wrenches into the gears of her existence. The movie is predictable, which isn’t a surprise with how trite the plot and characters are.

The acting is like watching someone throw two wet paper bags at each other in front of a camera, hoping that some kind of chemistry takes place before they inevitably come apart under the weight of their own existence.

In short, The Roommate is an “I have the flu and will sleep past the first three minutes” movie, at best.

14. BEST: THE VANISHING (98%)

Following a man obsessed with learning his kidnapped girlfriend’s fate and finding the serial killer who swiped her at a gas station, 1988’s The Vanishing is one of the most deeply unsettling films to have ever been made.

Featuring superb cinematography and acting, the movie was, and still is, one of the most genuinely creepy films on abduction to have ever been made (like the subject matter really needed any help).

The real reason that The Vanishing stands out is the terrifying ending that still sends chills up our spine when watching it for the seventh or seven hundredth time, always somehow remaining a surprise despite knowing what will happen.

The movie may be a chill fest in its own right, but it’s watching the obsessed boyfriend slowly lower himself into madness as his search really brings out his true nature that elevates the movie to such high regard.

13. WORST: THE DARKNESS (3%)

Haunted houses are especially scary if they’re done right, and laughable if done the way that most media tends to churn them out.

The Darkness is unfortunately a study in the latter, a horrid excuse for a horror movie that will require some sort of eye bleach or palette cleanser after the first fifteen minutes.

Following a young daughter who must search for clues in her parent’s new house that is tearing her family apart, the movie is a textbook example of how not to make a movie, period.

The story is a hodgepodge of tired tropes and nonsensical twists and turns that climax into a pile of poop that mocks you for wasting your precious time on it in any capacity. If you own this, best turn the DVD case spine towards the wall, unless you want a jump scare every time you peruse your collection.

12. BEST: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (98%)

The vampire genre had really started to be sucked dry of fresh ideas until 2008’s Let The Right One In rolled around. Part gory vampire tale and part coming of age love story, the film hits all the sweet spots that a horror film should.

Following a bullied boy who befriends the odd girl next door, the story focuses on the two oddballs’ relationship as it blossoms from an uneasy acquaintanceship into an adolescent romance.

Not to mention the hair raising scenes of Eli being a full blown vampire, especially the scene with the bullies and the pool, or any of the other frightening displays of her true power.

Even though the awkward boy realizes that Eli is actually a vampire (who has been killing and feeding on people as a vampire is wont to do), his love for her overshadows any fear he may have at her lashing out at him, speaking to the power of affection, and vampires, all at once.

11. WORST: THE COVENANT (3%)

The Covenant is what you’d get if you crossed Melrose Place with American Horror Story: Roanoke, while stripping away every characteristic that made either of those series enjoyable for viewers.

The plot beings with a covenant in the 1600’s between a bunch of families until one aspires for more power and is banished; disappearing from the face of the earth. When the banished clan rears its head a few hundred years later, its up to the descendants of the original families to put a stop to it.

Even though the original concept had a tiny chance of being somewhat decent, the bottom of the barrel writing, abysmal acting, and overall boring tone of the movie (literally nothing happens), keeps it from achieving mediocrity.

10. BEST: ROSEMARY’S BABY (99%)

Based on the excellently suspenseful novel of the same name penned by Ira Levine, Rosemary’s Baby is an exceptionally terrifying flick about nosey neighbors and, you know, Satan.

Following a young New York couple in the midst of their first pregnancy, Roman Polanski’s 1968 film undoubtedly made film goers question having children, letting alone moving into a new apartment building, for fear that their offspring will totally become the second coming of the dark one himself.

Featuring a star studded cast, including Charles Grodin’s acting debut, Polanski’s vision and the actors ability really brings the suspense of the novel to the big screen.

The film continues to garner praise and is preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress, it’s that good.

9. WORST: HOUSE OF THE DEAD (3%)

One of the most unintentionally funny movies ever made, if House Of The Dead was billed as a comedy, it may have made a bit more sense.

Actually that’s a lie, nothing could save the nonsensical plot of this mess of a movie. Based off the arcade game series of the same name, the name seems to be the sole thing that the two franchises have in common, aside from the fact that the movie splices in clips from the game to use as transitions between scenes.

Following a band of teenagers at an island rave, people start turning into zombies and the teens begin to run all over the place, without much purpose.

Seriously, the movie consists of the protagonists running around and shooting at shadows, before feeding viewers some nonsensical piece of information that makes them turn and run in another direction. Save your sanity and just play the arcade game instead.

8. BEST: GET OUT (99%)

The movie that made filmgoers perpetually afraid of family gatherings and sprinting grounds keepers, Get Out is one of the most successful horror movies made in the last ten years.

Directed by funny man Jordan Peele, the movie is a study in psychological horror with the true underlying theme being an exploration of the role of race in modern society.

With an excellent performance by the entire cast, the movie’s strong writing and twist ending make it a slow burn that really pays off in the last twenty minutes or so.

Despite being a solid horror experience on the surface, the movie leaves film viewers with a lasting impression about the realities of race, it’s role in everyday life, and how it fits into societies’ preconceived impressions about the people around them.

7. WORST: FEARDOTCOM (3%)

Feardotcom is essentially The Ring, but with a website instead and the exception that The Ring was somewhat decent.

A grizzled detective investigates a series of murders all linked together by the website feardotcom (that is the actual website’s name), with the help of a Department of Health employee, and tries to uncover why the website is killing people in ridiculous ways.

Seriously, a dude gets killed by a cigarette in this movie, and not in the usual “over an extended period of time” method. Also, why in the hell would a Department of Health employee be assisting an NYPD detective in investigating a homicide case?

This question and many more are raised and never answered through the entirety of the grueling experience.

6. BEST: UNDER THE SHADOW (99%)

Taking place in an active Middle Eastern war zone, Under The Shadow is unique to the horror genre in a lot of ways.

The setting is one of a kind, detailing the horrors of simply existing in the midst of an active war, let alone all the crazy stuff that starts happening once a missile lands smack dab in the middle of the building occupied by the heroine and her young daughter.

The missile that implants itself firmly in the protagonists’ lives doesn’t detonate, it simply brings about Djinn; evil Middle Eastern spirits that are scary as hell.

The fascinating blend of the horrors of war and the terrors of the supernatural come together effortlessly in this film, making it easy to understand why it stands so high in the rankings on Rotten Tomatoes.

5. WORST: THE APPARITION (3%)

If only the tagline of the movie had any validity to it; death is actually a viable alternative to watching 2012’s The Apparition. Actually, you’ll most likely fall into the clutches of Death’s lazy cousin Sleep while you watch this film– it’s actually that boring.

The story follows a young couple in their new home, which is haunted by a spirit conjured by a parapsychological experiment conducted by the nearby university.

Most of the movie is spent not being scary, instead focusing on a little wooden carved figurine and idle dialogue between the cast.

The movie is nonsensical, provides absolutely no scares, and does very little to reward those that watch it in any way, earning it the laughable Rotten Tomatoes score.

4. BEST: REPULSION (100%)

Roman Polanski’s first English film has ascended to being considered one of the greatest horror flicks ever made, by critics and average horror heads alike.

Released in 1965, the film was met with critical fanfare and still is, as most viewers who have descended into the evolving madness of protagonist Carol are left with a fittingly disturbing impression after the credits role.

Carol is left by her sister in their shared apartment, where Carol slowly becomes a recluse prone to violent and disturbing delusions and hallucinations dealing with her repressed intimacy.

The resulting footage is some of the most deeply disturbing stuff ever put to film, and the dissection of Carol’s inner demons rightfully earns Repulsion a 100% rating.

3. WORST: I, FRANKENSTEIN (3%)

As a film adaptation of the graphic novel series of the same name, I, Frankenstein is a failure on every level.

Essentially, Frankenstein’s monster is created, kills his creator and his wife, then becomes a demon slayer named Adam. In a graphic novel, sure; in an hour and a half film, no way.

The medium of film only offers so much time to craft a compelling experience, a simple principal that was apparently lost on writer and director Stuart Beattie.

The story is smashed into nonsense, the acting is phoned in, while the effects and fight sequences are of the lowest order. Spare yourself the embarrassment of using this as a coaster and dump it directly in the trash.

2. BEST: THE WITCHES (100%)

Based on the story of the same name written by beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, The Witches follows a young boy turned mouse who must thwart a coven of witches planning to instill a similar fate on the children of Britain.

Featuring puppetry by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and a legendary performance by head witch Angelica Huston, the movie has made a special place in the hearts of many horror fans and children alike.

Although derived from a children’s story, the film is genuinely dark and unsettling, thanks to the excellent makeup, effects, and puppetry that will have parent’s double checking the film’s PG rating.

Although some may dismiss it as a film more befitting of an elementary school sleepover, the film balances on the tightrope of being classified as a kid’s affair, while still scaring the absolute poop out of full grown adults with ease.

1. WORST: ALONE IN THE DARK (1%)

Two things should send any self respecting horror flick watcher scattering to safety; the line on the poster that reads “A Uwe Boll film”, and Tara Reid having any association with it.

Soiling the video game series of the same name, Alone In The Dark follows paranormal detective Edward Carnby as he ventures around with a revolver pointed toward the ceiling in front of his face.

Seriously, why do people keep giving Uwe Boll video game to movie adaptations? They have never been good, they’ll never be good, and they hemorrhage money worse than a trophy wife working on her collection of Birkin bags.

Stay far, far away from any Uwe Boll movie, especially Alone In The Dark, the director’s putrid crown forged from the stinkiest of turds to sit proudly upon the head of his abominable career.

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20 Most Hated Movies Ever Made (According To CinemaScore)

20 Most Hated Movies Ever Made (According To CinemaScore)

Although it’s been around for almost 40 years, CinemaScore didn’t really take off until the 1990s. Today, it’s considered an integral part of mainstream movie marketing, with studios eagerly awaiting opening-day figures to determine whether their films scored with audiences or left them wanting.

CinemaScore is responsible for those letter grades assigned to new films as determined by a random selection of moviegoers in select cities. The grades range from F to A+, with the vast majority of films receiving marks in the A and B range. After all, audiences are disproportionately inclined to like the movies they’re paying to see on opening day, so higher marks make perfect sense.

Target audiences also play into the final grade. How else, for instance, could something as atrocious as Alvin and the Chipmunks receive an A rating were if not for the kids packing opening-day moviehouses? Target audiences might also explain why the acclaimed Punch-Drunk Love earned a D+, as viewers were probably expecting a typical Adam Sandler comedy.

Certainly, there have been plenty of films over the years that have left CinemaScore audiences wanting. Most earn grades in the C range, but 83 have managed to be dismissed with either a D, D+ or D-. And then there are those 19 titles that were mercilessly damned with that harshest of all grades: the F.

Here, then, are the 20 Most Hated Movies Ever, According To CinemaScore.

20. EYES WIDE SHUT

All told, 12 movies have received a D- grade from CinemaScore participants. While most were films lambasted by critics as well as audiences — like Gigliand Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 — a few were ambitious efforts misunderstood by the masses. Chief among these was 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut, the final film from Stanley Kubrick.

Had Eyes Wide Shut been released in the 1970s, in the midst of serious works by Ingmar Bergman, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Kubrick himself, it arguably would have been a sensation. But because it emerged in the same year as the likes of Big Daddy and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, it bored audiences who had expected to see a skin flick starring then-married Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Yet Eyes Wide Shut remains a mature, pensive, and uncompromising film by a master filmmaker. Adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s novel Dream Story, it’s indeed best examined as a dream, a nocturnal odyssey steeped in sexual themes and examining the circumstances that stand poised to break the bonds between a husband and wife.

19. MOTHER!

On the critical compilation site Rotten Tomatoes, where 2017’s mother! enjoys a 67% Fresh rating, the consensus blurb reads in part that this “thought-provoking” drama “may be too unwieldy for mainstream tastes.” That’s putting it mildly, to say the least.

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky, responsible for such dazzling, if downbeat achievements as Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, is behind this psychological thriller in which a married couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) find their lives disrupted by the arrival of a pair of unique guests (Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris).

Released just a few weeks ago, mother! is the most recent of the 19 movies to date that have earned an F grade from CinemaScore.

Yet Aronofsky has insisted that he’s not surprised by the harsh judgment; as he noted in an interview, “What’s interesting about that is, like, how if you walk out of this movie are you not going to give it an F? It’s a punch. It’s a total punch. And I realize that we were excited by that.”

18. THE WICKER MAN

The 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man centers on a repressed detective (Edward Woodward) who visits a remote island off the coast of Scotland in search of a missing girl and in the process unearths a decadent and primitive society. The film offers a slew of ambiguous interpretations that (depending on the viewer) either speaks out against rigid Christian doctrine, against reckless hedonism, or against any form of organized worship.

Writer-director Neil LaBute’s 2006 remake is a disastrous miscalculation, shucking religion completely and instead fashioning the tale as a battle between what LaBute apparently views as upstanding male dominance and wicked feminist doctrine. Nicolas Cage plays the befuddled protagonist – no longer a God-fearing (and sex-fearing) cop but rather a generic movie detective.

Further hampered by its fondness for annoying dream sequences, The Wicker Man mopes along drearily, the only jolts coming from the unexpected bursts of delicious camp provided by Cage. Choice bits include “Step away from the bike!” and, of course, “Not the bees! Not the bees!

17. WOLF CREEK

The United States isn’t the only country capable of churning out lousy slasher flicks, as evidenced by 2005’s one-punch of France’s High Tension and Australia’s Wolf Creek. Both center on maniacs who get their jollies by carving up innocent bystanders, but while High Tension barely survived with a C- from CinemaScore audiences, Wolf Creek was carved up with an F.

Writer-director Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek strands three college-age kids in the Australian Outback, where they meet a hulking roughneck (John Jarratt) who proceeds to slice and dice them as he sees fit. The film bills itself as “Based On True Events” — a dubious claim since the film is rife with the sort of boneheaded plotting that can only be found in sub-par thrillers of this nature.

The punchline? Wolf Creek was released domestically on December 25. So much for seasonal goodwill to all!

16. KILLING THEM SOFTLY

Writer-director Andrew Dominick followed his masterful 2007 Western The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford with 2012’s Killing Them Softly, a crime drama that nabbed positive reviews in some quarters but bombed with audiences.

Based on George V. Higgins’ novel Cogan’s TradeKilling Them Softly stars Brad Pitt as a professional killer tasked with locating and eliminating the low-level crooks who were dumb enough to rob a Mob-enforced card game.

For the most part, this is a generic crime flick offering the usual Tarantino-inspired exchanges, loving attention to violence, and the lone female representation in the form of a solitary hooker (billed as, yes, “Hooker” in the end credits) who’s only on hand to be insulted by James Gandolfini’s boozy hitman.

What elevated the film in the minds of many critics was its attempt to make a meaningful statement by equating the crime underworld with America’s political and capitalist ventures — a message that, incidentally, mob movies had been making since The Godfather, decades earlier.

15. ALONE IN THE DARK

Given director Uwe Boll’s reputation for making terrible movies on the order of House of the Dead and Postal, one might reasonably expect his resume to be filled with titles that garnered F ratings from CinemaScore audiences. Yet only one of his films — 2005’s Alone in the Dark — was even put forth to be graded. Clearly, once was enough.

An abysmal adaptation of the video game series, Alone in the Dark stars Christian Slater as Edward Carnby, a detective whose cases generally involve paranormal activities. His latest assignment finds him confronting interdimensional demons hoping to overrun our planet.

Alone in the Dark stumbles from one astonishingly awful sequence to the next, but it does offer the perverse pleasure of seeing Tara Reid ludicrously miscast as a brilliant anthropologist who helps Carnby combat the otherworldly invaders.

14. BUG

The 2007 oddity Bug finds Tracy Letts adapting his own Off-Broadway play as directed by The Exorcist helmer William Friedkin.

Ashley Judd plays Agnes, a lonely waitress who shacks up with a brooding stranger named Peter (Michael Shannon). This irks her ex-con ex-husband (Harry Connick Jr., about as menacing as a Chihuahua), yet even his threats seem irrelevant once Peter begins to complain about the insect infestation in her apartment. Do the bugs really exist, or are they only in Peter’s — and maybe Agnes’ — imagination?

Friedkin maximizes the claustrophobic feel of the intimate surroundings, although it probably required the services of David Cronenberg (Naked LunchThe Fly) to truly turn Bug into a freak-out session. Then again, CinemaScore viewers were obviously freaked out enough by the film’s grungy atmosphere and suffocating paranoia.

13. THE BOX

It’s probably fortuitous that 2001’s Donnie Darko never played enough theaters to be subjected to a CinemaScore grade, since it’s likely that bleak beauty would have been eviscerated for its eerie ambiguity. 2009’s The Box was one film by Richard Kelly that did snag a wide release, and it was soundly thrashed.

Adapting Richard Matheson’s short story “Button, Button”, Kelly fashions a complex tale out of a simple premise. A solemn stranger (Frank Langella) hands a married couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) a box and informs them that if they press the button on top, someone they don’t know will die but they’ll be rewarded with one million dollars for their action.

A fable about the moral choices people make and the importance of accepting the consequences of one’s actions, The Box is both ambitious and uncompromising. The fact that Kelly doesn’t cheat in the final moments – a grasping effort to placate timid moviegoers – is what ultimately sealed its doom.

12. FEARDOTCOM

Stephen Rea earned accolades and an Oscar nomination for his leading role in 1992’s The Crying Game, but seeing this fine actor turn up in 2002’s Feardotcom is nothing less than a crying shame.

This grisly movie finds poor Rea cast as Alistair Pratt, a serial killer who might be the person responsible for a series of unique murders that baffle a New York detective (Stephen Dorff). It’s eventually ascertained that all the deaths are linked by a website that offers voyeurs the opportunity to watch all manner of torture and murder being committed.

Feardotcom turned off both critics and audiences with its unrelenting gore and mayhem. Even with last-minute trims that avoided an NC-17 rating, the R-rated release was tagged as one of the bloodiest pictures of its period.

11. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

January has traditionally been a dumping ground for the various studios’ cinematic waste, so at least critics were prepared when Eye of the Beholder opened in the first month of 2000. Audiences not attuned to release strategies, on the other hand, were largely blindsided by this unappealing thriller that wasted the services of two suddenly popular performers.

Ashley Judd was coming off the 1999 box office hit Double Jeopardy while Ewan McGregor had ascended to a new level of stardom thanks to his turn as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. But the Force abandoned both of them with this sloppy thriller in which a twitchy British agent falls in love with a man-hating serial killer and stalks her as she continues to commit murders across the U.S.

Murky in terms of both its visual style and its storyline, Eye of the Beholder aspired to be another Vertigo but failed miserably.

10. LUCKY NUMBERS

John Travolta headlined two terrible movies in 2000, and it’s amusing to note that Lucky Numbers earned a worseCinemaScore grade (F) than the infamous Battlefield Earth (D+).

As director, Nora Ephron helmed eight movies, working from her own script on seven on those occasions. Lucky Numbers was the exception, making us wonder what she saw in Adam Resnick’s script about a Pennsylvania TV weatherman (Travolta) frantically trying to get out of debt. Eventually deciding he can rig the state lottery since it broadcasts from his station, he enlists the aid of his conniving girlfriend (Lisa Kudrow), who also happens to be the person who draws the winning powerball.

Laughs are few and far between in Lucky Numbers, with characters so odious and idiotic that they undermine the levity of the piece. The most unexpected casting arrives in the form of documentarian Michael Moore, here playing Kudrow’s asthmatic — and perpetually self-pleasuring — cousin.

9. LOST SOULS

Exactly how revered is two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski? Steven Spielberg has the clout to hire anyone to shoot his movies, yet since Schindler’s List back in 1993, he has used Kaminski to photograph all of his films — 16, to be exact — and has already employed him for his next three as well.

Kaminski elected to try his own hand at directing with 2000’s Lost Souls, to decidedly underwhelming results. Even with a release date that placed it right before Halloween, viewers were disinterested in this supernatural thriller in which a devout Catholic (Winona Ryder) tries to convince an atheistic journalist (Ben Chaplin) that his body has been chosen to house Satan’s earthly form.

Although the reviews were as brutal as the audience reaction, critics did rave about one aspect of Lost Souls. The visual look of the picture was repeatedly singled out — hardly a surprise for a movie directed by an accomplished cinematographer.

8. IN THE CUT

Jane Campion has proven herself a great director with such works as The Piano and Bright Star, but she added a misplaced sense of artful abstraction to the 2003 psychosexual drama In the Cut.

Cast against type, Meg Ryan delivers an appropriately dour turn as Frannie Avery, a lonely New Yorker who falls for a roughneck detective (Mark Ruffalo) cryptic enough to make her suspect he might also be a serial killer who’s been hacking up women.

On the most commercial level of a murder-mystery, In the Cut is a complete washout, jammed with gaping plotholes and a laughably obvious culprit. Yet as a stylized study of sexual longing and violent retribution, the film occasionally threatens to spring to life. This is especially true when it centers on Frannie’s fragile sister Pauline, a broken woman sensitively played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Indeed, all the characters (and the attendant relationships) worming through the film have potential, yet they’re repeatedly forced to take a backseat to tired thriller elements.

7. DR. T & THE WOMEN

Weirdly watchable but also acrid and annoying, 2000’s Dr. T & the Women finds director Robert Altman getting snakebit by the sort of ensemble piece that has generally served him well over the course of his storied career.

Richard Gere delivers one of his most mannered performances as Sully Travis, a Dallas gynecologist affectionately known as Dr. T. He loves his wife (Farrah Fawcett) but also feels he must place her in a psychiatric ward. He also has to contend with two grown daughters (Kate Hudson and Tara Reid) and an alcoholic sister-in-law (Laura Dern), but he finds respite once he falls for a golf instructor (Helen Hunt).

Dr. T & the Women is far more charitable toward Dr. T than toward the women (most of whom are depicted as meddlesome or self-absorbed), and even with Shelley Long and Liv Tyler in the cast, none of the performers make much of an impression.

6. DARKNESS

Perhaps inspired by the success that fellow countryman Alejandro Amenabar enjoyed with 2001’s The Others, Spain’s Jaume Balaguero similarly wrote and directed a horror yarn filmed in European locations but cast with English-speaking actors.

Released in Spain in 2002 and throughout the rest of Europe in 2003, the moribund Darkness was kept from the light of day by its U.S. distributor until December 2004, when it effectively served as a cinematic lump of coal for curious American filmgoers.

X-Men actress Anna Paquin stars as a teenager who moves into an eerie home in the Spanish countryside with her demented dad (Iain Glen), mean mom (Lena Olin), and younger brother (Stephan Enquist) who receives the bulk of the supernatural abuse being doled out by the house.

The revelation of why their home is haunted comes after a deadening opening hour in which nothing even remotely interesting occurs. What follows is more frantically paced but no less dull.

5. SOLARIS

Not even the sight of George Clooney’s bare butt could prevent CinemaScore graders from bombing 2002’s Solaris.

This second big-screen adaptation of the Stanislaw Lem novel stars Clooney as a psychologist who’s sent to a space station orbiting the planet Solaris to investigate some strange occurrences. Soon after arrival, he bumps into his wife (Natascha McElhone), a baffling phenomenon considering she committed suicide years earlier.

Give both Clooney and director Steven Soderbergh credit for trying something different – as is often the case, they’re more interested in moviemaking than movie marketing. But for a film that attempts to make some salient points about humanity’s emotional pull, it’s an often chilly endeavor, and it’s no surprise general audiences rejected this leisurely paced film outright.

The main signs of life in Solaris come courtesy of Jeremy Davies, whose off-the-wall turn as a jittery crew member perks up the proceedings.

4. SILENT HOUSE

A remake of a 2010 Uruguayian film, 2011’s Silent House finds future Scarlet Witch Elizabeth Olsen cast as Sarah, a young woman staying at a desolate lakeside property with her father and uncle. Sarah eventually finds herself alone in the house, at which point she begins spotting shadowy figures lurking in the rooms and starts experiencing a series of frightening hallucinations.

A number of reviewers were more lenient toward Silent House than other films of its ilk, with many praising Olsen’s performance and the decision by directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau to shoot the entire film as seemingly one long, uninterrupted take. Yet even its defenders strongly objected to its ugly and unconvincing ending, a denouement that likely led to a number of those F grades from CinemaScore.

3. THE DEVIL INSIDE

Opening on the first Friday of 2012, The Devil Inside remained one of the most profitable films of the year. Made for less than one million dollars, its worldwide total managed to hit $100 million. In the U.S. alone, it grossed $53 million, although a whopping $33 million of that amount came on its opening weekend.

Once critics were able to drop their reviews (no press screenings had been held before its debut) and CinemaScore audiences could share their F designation, the movie’s box office plummeted a head-spinning 76% on its second weekend.

Why anyone was that interested in The Devil Inside in the first place is a mystery, since it was yet another “found footage” horror yarn. This one involves demonic possession and a pair of priests forced to decide whether an exorcism needs to be performed.

The Devil Inside featured a conclusion that infuriated audiences even more than the one for Silent House, since the film ended abruptly and viewers were directed to a website to learn more about the story!

2. DISASTER MOVIE

Writer-directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer found their niche by making low-rent spoofs of contemporary flicks. Five of their efforts were placed before CinemaScore viewers; while Date MovieEpic MovieMeet the Spartans and Vampires Suck all earned grades in the C range, 2008’s Disaster Movie received the dreaded F. Consequently, it ended up grossing the least of the quintet, and by a wide margin.

As usual, the filmmakers take an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to comedy. The plot of Disaster Movieinvolves the efforts of a group of friends to avert the impending end of the world, but it’s really just a feeble framework for witless gags involving various franchises and celebrities.

Kim Kardashian and Carmen Electra are among those appearing in supporting roles, and targets include No Country for Old MenIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullAlvin and the Chipmunks, The Love GuruHellboySpeed Racer, and on and on and on.

1. I KNOW WHO KILLED ME​

The giddy heights of Mean Girls and Freaky Friday were already a fading memory when Lindsay Lohan appeared in I Know Who Killed Me in 2007. Hounded by paparazzi, plagued by substance abuse, and bounced from projects because of her unreliable behavior, Lohan nevertheless managed to stick with this movie.

I Know Who Killed Me represents a radical departure from Lohan’s earlier efforts, as she plays a far more adult role in this one. Well, make that two roles, as she plays the part of both pianist Aubrey Fleming and stripper Dakota Moss. Dakota just might be an imaginary figure created by Aubrey to cope with the shock of having been kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer.

I Know Who Killed Me was despised by CinemaScore viewers, who handed it an F rating. Yet their loathing was easily matched by that of Golden Raspberry Award members — the movie won a total of eight Razzie awards, including three for Lohan and one for Worst Picture.

 

 


Top 10 Deepthroat Porn Stars [NSFW]

Top 10 Deepthroat Porn Stars [NSFW]

Sarah Vandella


December 2, 1983 - Hollywood, California

We close our top deepthroat porn stars with Sarah Vandella, a blonde babe from New York with big fake boobs, nine years of experience in the porn industry and over 250 scenes in her resume, half of which include rough and deep face fucking moments. She is a curvy 39 years old vixen with wide hips and thick legs, and when she gets mouth fucked her meaty body starts to jiggle. She doesn’t look fragile at all, so when her male porn stars partners push their large cocks down her throat they do it without any fear of hurting her, which makes the whole deepthroat scene even more extreme.

Abby Cross


November 29, 1992 in Austin, Texas

Abby Cross is a blonde chick with green eyes who has a tough image, which is awesome when it comes to performing amazing deepthroats. She looks a bit like Ronda Rousey, the famous kickboxer. Besides getting her face fucked hard and covered in a mix of spit and cum, Abby Cross is also famous for her dirty rim jobs she performs in front of the camera. Nothing is too nasty for this babe, so check out all her rough porn movies.

Allie Haze


May 10, 1987 - Redlands, California

Allie Haze is yet another chick under 30 that gets a spot in the deepthroat top. The reason for which we feature so many kinky teens is not that they are more open to deepthroat, but this fetish wasn’t such a big thing 10 years ago. But deepthroat is very popular now and Allie Haze knew how to tap into this popularity and launch herself in the world of porn. Ever since she joined the industry 7 years ago, Allie knew that she needs to drop on her knees and open her throat for long and thick cocks if she wants to please her fans. So she did, and her fans are always happy when they see her gagging on a huge cock.

Abella Danger


November 19, 1995 - Miami, Florida

Abella Danger has the name of a babe that would be included in a top deepthroat porn stars, but she doesn’t have the face or age that would make her legendary when it comes to such a kink. This 20 years old teen looks a bit geeky. However, from behind, her huge ass gives away her massive porn popularity. Just as important as her big round ass for her porn career are her sex skills, and one of those skills is the extreme way she opens her throat for skull fucking videos

Valentina Nappi


November 6, 1990 - Scafati, Italy

Valentina is an Italian babe born and raised near Pompeii, the legendary city built in millions of tons of volcanic ashes. But from those ashes, this star rose, and she is just as kinky as all the Roman courtesans who were born there 2,000 years ago. She is one of the best European porn stars of the moment. She’s 25 years old and she’s been known for having almost no gag reflex, so in her deepthroat movies her face doesn’t get all messy. If you like clean face fucks, this is the chick for you.

Anikka Albrite


August 7, 1988 - Denver, Colorado

Anikka is a blonde babe with an amazing big ass and small perky boobs. She managed to resist 5 years in the adult business and shoot over 300 movies without having to get some fake boobs, but she wouldn’t be so successful if it wasn’t for her amazing sex skills. One of those naughty skills is the way she gets throat fucked in front of the camera. The way Anikka Albrite does it and the pleasure she gets from it will make you think that she has a second pussy deep down her throat and she has orgasms when a long and thick cock penetrates it.

Riley Reid


June 9, 1991 - Miami, Florida

Riley doesn’t look like she’d be one of the Top Deepthoat Porn Stars, but despite her cute and innocent face, she is fearless when it comes to sex. Her green Irish eyes look amazing when all the mascara she’s wearing starts dripping on her face because of all the gagging during her extreme facefuck sessions. She’s been in the industry for 6 years and you can find some of her gagging blowjob scenes tagged with her other stage names: Paige Riley or Molly. She also likes to have pussy in her mouth, and amongst other awards, Riley also received the award for the Best Lesbian Scene in 2014.

Bonnie Rotten


May 9, 1993 - Cincinnati, Ohio

On the third spot in our Top 10 Deepthroat Porn Stars we have a naughty chick that needs no introduction. I’m sure you’ve heard of Bonnie Rotten, the crazy porn star with spider web tattoos around her nipples. Well, part of her talents is the capacity of pushing dicks down her throat. She loves them so much that almost every movie she directs for Evil Angel includes a deepthroat scene. She is also known as the porn star with the most fetishes, as she explored all spheres of the adult entertainment industry.

Adriana Chechik


November 4, 1991 - Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Adriana Chechik qualifies as a petite girl, because she’s only 5 feet tall and she has cute small boobies. However, her small size doesn’t mean she fears big dicks. Whenever she has one in her face she pushes it down her throat, and because she is so small, the whole facefuck looks even more extreme. And that’s not the only extreme thing about her. For this brunette chick, double penetration is nothing. She takes two cocks in her pussy at once with no problem. But what she’s also done in front of the camera is taking three cocks in her ass in the same time. That’s right, Adriana Chechik does triple anal penetration.

Karmen Karma


August 5, 1991 - Michigan, Detroit

Karmen is the best deepthroater in our top. She pushes cocks down her throat like she lacks a gag reflex. But she still gags on the long and thick rod of the male porn stars with whom she performs, because she knows we like it. She is also super busty, packing a pair of DD knockers, and she looks good with all those tattoos on her hands. She is one of the biggest stars on Throated, a porn site that’s all about sexy babes gagging on big dicks with mascara dripping down their faces.

 

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20 Best Movies Ever Made (According To IMDb)

20 Best Movies Ever Made (According To IMDb)

The Internet Movie Database is a wonderful thing. For anyone who works in film or obsesses over it as a fan, IMDboffers an unparalleled amount of information, from cast lists (particularly handy for those “where do I recognize that guy from?” moments) to nerdy trivia. If you want to learn about a movie, IMDb is the place to go.

The IMDb also has a rating system, allowing fans to score the films they watch on a scale of one to ten. Some have argued that this system is flawed and should be removed from the site, but, nonetheless, the IMDb rating system offers an interesting barometer of popular opinion. Previously, we perused the lower end of the IMDb rating system, discovering that Saving Christmas is considered the worst film ever made by IMDb users.

With this list, the plan is to look at the upper echelons of IMDb’s democratic movie-ranking system. Which movie is the best of all time, according to IMDb users? Which sci-fi film ranks highest? Which is considered the best superhero movie of all time? Which order do the Lord of the Rings films rank in?

20. STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE

The original Star Wars film, directed by George Lucas and released in 1977, just sneaks into the IMDb top 20 with a score of 8.6. This is the movie that launched one of the biggest franchises ever, and changed the blockbuster landscape in irreversibly major ways.

It’s also the film that launched the careers of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, with the three young leads slotting into a stellar cast. Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing brought some British prestige to the table, but it was the central trio that would carry the franchise forward in the films that followed.

Episode IV – which was only given the subtitle A New Hope retrospectively – is a film that blends small emotional moments (Luke staring out into the twin sunsets of Tatooine) with huge bombastic action (the Death Star run and the blast that follows). Truly, it’s one of the greatest movies ever made.

19. SEVEN SAMURAI

Seven Samurai, the 1954 adventure/drama movie from Akira Kurosawa, comes in at 19th on the “greatest films of all time” list, with an 8.7 IMDb score. It is the only foreign language film on this list, and also the longest film included, clocking in as it does at 3 hours and 27 minutes.

The plot sees a poor village of farmers banding together to hire seven ronin, samurai without masters, to battle a bunch of bandits that consistently steal their crops. Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Kato, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Isao Kimura, and Toshiro Mifune play the seven titular samurais.

As well as being one of the best, this is also one of the most influential films of all time. The movie was remade as a western in 1971 under the title The Magnificent Seven (which, itself, was remade in 2016). Several films — The Guns of NavaroneSholay, and A Bug’s Life, for example — have also borrowed the basic plot of Seven Samurai.

18. THE MATRIX

The Matrix ranks at 18th in this list, with a score of 8.7. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the emphatically enthusiastic response that everyone’s first viewing of the film tends to induce.

The central concept, that the world we are living in is a computer simulation, is utterly engrossing. Not many films can make people doubt that the world around them even exists, but The Matrix very much has that ability.

The movie also has numerous memorable scenes, from the multiple openings at the start to the red pill/blue pill choice. The “I know kung-fu” sequence is also highly enjoyable, as are the manifold massive action scenes that follow it.

Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving put in great performances, and the Wachowski siblings proved themselves as immensely talented writer-directors. You could argue that they’re still riding on this film’s success, enjoying a free-pass from Hollywood to explore any weird worlds that they want.

17. GOODFELLAS

Goodfellas – also with an 8.7 score — is placed just above The Matrix in IMDb’s rundown of the greatest films ever, as chosen by its users. Indeed, you’d expect to see this film on a list like this, given its status as cinematic master Martin Scorsese’s most widely loved film.

Ray Liotta stars a Henry Hill, a real-life mobster, who enjoys a glamorous life of organized crime. Film fans witness Hill at his height with the stunning Copacabana sequence, and then watch as everything falls apart. A twisty narrative of deaths and double-crosses unfolds, and trust ultimately breaks down between Henry and his partners in crime: Robert De Niro’s Jimmy and Joe Pesci’s Tommy.

Pesci, of course, gets the standout scene of the movie. The “funny how?” dialogue exchange that still defines his career to this day, which speaks volumes about its effectiveness.

16. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST

It wouldn’t be a “best movies ever” list without One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, would it? In fact, you might expect this one to rank higher. However, here it is, with a score of 8.7, at 16th in the league table. Milos Forman directed this 1975 drama, from a script by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman (which was based on the novel by Ken Kesey and the play by Dale Wasserman).

Of course, none of those names are as closely associated with this stellar film than that of Jack Nicholson. The one-time Joker actor puts in the performance of his life here, utterly sizzling as R.P. McMurphy, a criminal that pleads insanity and ends up questioning the powers-that-be in a mental institution.

This film – with its impressive cast including Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito – proves that you don’t need action, effects, or even that many locations, in order to tell a compelling story.

15. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

The fifteenth greatest movie ever made, according to IMDb, is also the worst film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson’s middle chapter, The Two Towers, is the first of his Middle Earth movies to feature on this list. With an 8.7 rating, it’s still performed very well, but it is interesting to note that it’s the least-loved of the LotR series.

The Two Towers features the iconic Battle of Helm’s Deep, the first proper scenes between Frodo and Gollum, the Ents storming Isengard, and the return from the dead of Gandalf (now clad in white). It’s still an impeccable piece of fantasy cinema, but many fans may be surprised to see it rank lower in this list than the other films in its franchise.

14. INCEPTION

Like The Matrix, you could argue that Inception became such a favorite with film fans because it tapped into a cool concept – one that reaches past our real realms of perception – and displayed it using cutting-edge action cinema techniques. Christopher Nolan’s dreamscape drama ranks at thirteenth on IMDb’s list, with a rating of 8.7.

Leonardo DiCaprio leads an all-star cast, which features Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, and Cillian Murphy. The real star of the show is Nolan, though, who shows off his skills as a screenwriter (with a multi-layered plot conveying dreams within dreams) and a director (with the gravity-defying corridor sequence).

Inception’s ambiguous ending also earned the film a permanent place in the cultural consciousness, giving fans something to speculate over long after the credits had rolled.

13. STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Rocking up at 13, with a score of 8.7, is the greatest Star Wars movie of all time (according to IMDb): The Empire Strikes Back. Most of the saga’s fans would probably agree with this IMDb user consensus, which places Episode V above every other film in the on-going franchise. (Return of the Jedi comes in at 74th on the greatest films ever list, if you were wondering.)

The Empire Strikes Back benefited from breaking up its core crew, with Luke sent to train with Yoda on Dagobah while Han, Chewie, and Leia visited Lando in Cloud City. One unforgettable piece of double-crossing later, and Han is frozen in carbonite and taken away by Boba Fett. Luke learns of his true parentage, shortly afterwards, and has his hand cut off by Darth Vader.

This all builds to the film’s bravely downbeat ending, which cements The Empire Strikes Back as the most daringly grown-up film in the Star Wars saga. It’s hard to imagine a new Star Wars film ever topping the popularity of Empire.

12. FORREST GUMP

Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. Forrest Gump has gone and gotten itself recognized as the 12th best film ever made, with IMDb’s users giving the movie an 8.8 score. Robert Zemeckis’ drama won six Oscars upon its release in 1994.

Tom Hanks gave a career-best performance in the title role, with Sally Field, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise doing fine work in the supporting cast. The film’s quirky look at history – with Forrest living through Vietnam, JFK’s assassination, and much more – still strikes an emotional chord with audiences.

The film gave the world numerous quotable lines, from the aforementioned philosophically-tinged box of chocolates line to the endlessly shout-able “run, Forrest, run.” There’s never been another film like this, and there probably never will be.

 

11. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

As the second Lord of the Rings film to chart on this list, The Fellowship of the Ring is the one that started it all. It began in the sumptuous greens of The Shire, and it ended in the dark caverns of Moria with the unforgettable Balrog battle. That’s an impressive amount of ground covered, proving that Peter Jackson did a damn fine job with this trilogy-starter.

Fellowship does the “getting the team together” stuff really well (“and my ax!”) without wasting time. It also has some brilliant action, and heaps of tension: those early Ringwraith pursuit scenes really are scary, especially for young audiences.

In short, this one was a masterclass from Jackson, his VFX team, and the impressive cast. Fellowship put a very strong foot forward, enabling one of the greatest trilogies ever to get underway effectively.

10. FIGHT CLUB

Kicking off the top ten in serious style is David Fincher’s 1999 thriller Fight Club, which has been given an 8.8 score by IMDb users. The film, of course, is a cult classic, revered by film fans around the globe for its gritty style, its sublime central performances, and its incredible third-act twist. Jim Uhl’s wonderful screenplay was based on the Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name.

Ed Norton stars as the Narrator, an insomniac office worker who’s fallen prey to the “IKEA nesting instinct.” Enter Brad Pitt as the impossibly cool Tyler Durden, an anarchistic soap manufacturer with an eye for chaos and no love for corporations. Tyler pushes the Narrator to his limits, as an underground punch-up ring escalates into large-scale destruction.

Helena Bonham Carter puts in a fine supporting turning as Marla Singer, the launderette-looting lady that gets caught between the two stars. Meat Loaf has a lot of fun with a small role too. However, Norton and Pitt are very much the main attraction, with their uneasy chemistry making for compelling viewing.

9. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Sergio Leone’s most iconic western — The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – ranks at 9th. The 1966 film has been given an 8.9 rating by IMDb users. Of course, the movie starred Clint Eastwood as Blondie (the good), Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes (the bad), and Eli Wallach as Tuco (the ugly).

The plot of the film is a simple one: each of the men wants to locate a hidden fortune, which has been buried in a remote cemetery. This stolen cache of Confederate gold sets in motion the central conflict, building up to the film’s iconic — and incredibly tense — Mexican standoff.

Truly, this is the king of Spaghetti Westerns, with Leone at the top of his game, Eastwood doing fine work, and Ennio Morricone supplying an excellent score. It’s no surprise that this is the highest-rated western on the IMDb.

8. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING

IMDb users have voted The Return of the King as the best film in the Lord of the Rings series, and the eighth best movie of all time. Peter Jackson’s epic conclusion to his trilogy truly dazzles, with its impeccable special effects work combining with some stellar performances to create a highly impressive whole.

Although many still question the logic of this movie (particularly the supposed “plot hole” about Gandalf’s bird friends), it was an undeniably excellent end to one of the greatest film trilogies ever.

This is where Elijah Wood proved his worth as an actor, pushing Frodo into very dark territory. Additionally, Jackson delivered on the direction side, with some stunning action to cap off the series. Andy Serkis also amazes as Gollum, right down to his fiery final frame in the film.

7. PULP FICTION

Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction comes in at seventh, with an 8.9 score. It’s Tarantino’s only entry in the top twenty, with Django Unchained ranked at 59th and Reservoir Dogs at 76th.

Pulp Fiction is a cult classic, beloved by film fans of all ages, which stars John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, and many more talented individuals. It’s a master class in screenwriting from Tarantino, as he intricately weaves together the lives of manifold mobsters and crooks.

Stand-out scenes include the Jackson and Travolta talking about French translations of the McDonalds menu, Travolta and Thurman dancing at the bar, Roth’s attempted diner robbery, The Wolf’s clean up act, Bruce Willis talking about a watch, and Samuel L. Jackson reading very dramatically from the bible.

6. SCHINDLER’S LIST

In at sixth is Schindler’s List, with Steven Spielberg’s 1994 war drama scoring an 8.9 rating from IMDb’s users. The film, of course, stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of hundreds of persecuted refugees during World War II, by employing them in his factories.

The movie is based on Schindler’s Ark, a novel by Thomas Keneally. Steven Zaillian adapted the book into a screenplay, which Spielberg then directed and produced. The film would go on to win hearts and minds around the world, picking up seven Oscars and 72 other awards.

Neeson does career-best work in the title role, leading a stellar cast that features Sir Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, and Jonathan Sagal. The film is the highest-rated war movie ever made, according to IMDb.

5. 12 ANGRY MEN

Sidney Lumet’s courtroom classic 12 Angry Man is the fifth best film of all time, with an 8.9 score from IMDb’s user base. The film’s 96-minute running time flies by, as an all-male jury attempts to reach a verdict on a tough case: an 18 year old boy from a slum is accused of stabbing his father to death. If the jury finds him guilty, a death sentence will follow.

Reginald Rose’s screenplay kicks off right in the middle of the action: 11 of the jurors already agree that the boy is guilty, with only Henry Fonda’s Juror 8 (none of them are given names) holding out. Juror 8 finds himself with a reasonable doubt, and spends the next hour and a half attempting to convince his peers that a guilty verdict cannot be fairly passed.

This movie proves that a strong script and some stellar performers are all you need to make a highly tense and endlessly watchable feature.

4. THE DARK KNIGHT

The second Christopher Nolan film on this list, and the only superhero movie to rank in IMDb’s top 20 best films ever made, is The Dark Knight, which has a rating of 9.0(If you were wondering, The Dark Knight Rises is the next-best superhero film, ranking at 63rd. Then there’s Batman Begins at 115th and Logan is the highest ranked film based on a Marvel Comics character, placing at 176th on the list.)

It’s easy to see why The Dark Knight rose above all the other superhero movies in IMDb’s user rankings: Heath Ledger delivered one of the greatest villainous performances of all time here, putting his deranged spin on The Clown Prince of Crime. He was working from an excellent script from Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, which reimagined Batman’s nemesis as an unpredictable agent of chaos.

Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Gary Oldman all turned in strong performances — and Nolan delivered solid direction for both the action scenes and the character material — but Ledger absolutely stole the show.

3. THE GODFATHER: PART II

The third-best movie of all time, with a score of 9.0, is Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II. This second chapter in the trilogy chronicled both the early days of Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), and the criminal heyday of his son, Michael (Al Pacino), jumping back and forth in time to offer a truly unique viewing experience.

Copolla worked with Mario Puzo on the script, adapting the latter’s novel into a masterfully multifaceted movie, which would go on to win six Academy Awards. This is one of those rare times in movie history when the script, the direction, and the performances all lined up at the very highest level of quality.

Alongside Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, there are also strong performances from Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and John Cazale. However, as you might have guessed, the film ranks slightly lower in this list than its predecessor…

2. THE GODFATHER

The second best film of all time, according to IMDb’s users, is The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in the trilogy has a score of 9.2, and it also won three Oscars. As with the other two Godfather films, Coppola wrote it with novelist Mario Puzo, resulting in a brilliant slice of cinema history.

The Godfather is perhaps regarded as the best film in the series because of Marlon Brando’s excellent central performance as Don Vito Corleone. Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton all bring their A-game, but Brando is simply mesmerizing as the movie’s central crime lord: from his voice to his movements, Brando lives and breathes the role.

On many “best movies ever” lists, you’d find The Godfather ranked at number one. However, on IMDb’s leader board, it’s just been pipped to the post by another crime-related classic…

1. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

The best movie ever made, according to IMDb, is The Shawshank Redemption. Frank Darabont’s 1994 prison escape drama was nominated for seven Oscars, but didn’t win any. IMDb’s users have honoured it with a 9.2 score, though, and it’s narrowly beaten The Godfather to this hallowed top spot.

Tim Robbins’ Andy and Morgan Freeman’s Red are the emotional core of this film, of course, with their friendship flourishing across several years in prison. Darabont adapted Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption into the screenplay for the movie, creating in the process, one of the true cinematic classics.

The performances, the script and Darabont’s affectionate direction combined to make The Shawshank Redemption one of the most adored films on the planet. It’s a bittersweet movie, which blends darkness with friendship, and has a whole lot of heart. It would take something very special to knock it off this top spot.


Top 10 Latina Pornstars [NSFW]

Top 10 Latina Pornstars [NSFW]

Melanie Rios


April 8, 1991 in Medellin, Colombia

Melanie Rios AKA Melanie Jane was born on April the 8th, 1991, as Sara Velez Galeano. She was born in Medellin, Colombia, but just as she was about to enter her teens, her parents decided to move to LA, California, USA. This brown-eyed babe is very cute and her small tits are natural (34A-24-34). She was working for famous studios like Twistys, Lethal Hardcore, Hustler, Teens Like It Big, Porn Pros, Penthouse, 8th Street Latinas, First Time Videos, I know That Girl, ZTOD, etc., and that's a good indicator that her career (it started in 2009) is going pretty well.

Gina Lynn 


February 15, 1974 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Gina Lynn AKA Gyna Lynn is a former porn actress and director. She was born as Tanya Mercado on February the 15th, 1974. This beautiful MILF was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, but her family moved to Jackson Township, New Jersey, when she was 7 years old. This AVN and Nightmoves Hall of Fame inductee and former Penthouse Pet of the Month started performing in adult movies in 1999. That's also when she got married to a fellow porn performer, Travis Knight (currently they're separated). She retired in 2015, but she still performs on webcam. Her eyes are brown but she wears blue contact lenses, and she's a blonde. Her boobs and ass are enhanced (34D-24-34). During her long career she's worked for BangBros Network, Brazzers, ZTOD, Naughty America, Hustler and many other adult studios. Her official site is – Gina Lynn.

Ariella Ferrera


January 15, 1979 in Medellin, Colombia

Ariella Ferrera (AKA Ariella Ferrara, Elle Ferrera...) was born on January the 15th, 1979. She was born in Medellin, Colombia, but when she was still a little girl her parents packed their things and moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA. When this brown-eyed brunette started shooting porn (back in 2009) she was already a MILF, and she was lucky to work for the best adult studios, like: Brazzers, Reality Kings, Digital Playground, Naughty America, BangBros, Wicked Pictures, Hustler, My XXX Pass, Penthouse, etc. Also, her expertise can be enjoyed on her official site – Ariella Ferrera. Her big tits (34DD-25-34) are enhanced.

Lupe Fuentes


January 27, 1987 in Santiago de Cali, Colombia

Lupe Fuentes (AKA Little Lupe, Zuleidu Lapiedra, Lupe Star...) is a former porn performer, and now she's a singer, DJ and music producer. She was born on January the 27th, 1987, as Zuleidu Piedrahita. This petite brunette (she's 4 ft 11 in/150 cm tall, and she weighs only 88 lbs/40 kg) was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, but she grew up in Madrid, Spain. She started shooting porn in 2006, and her porn career ended in 2012. At the beginning of her career her tits were small and natural, but later she got them enhanced (her current measurements are 33C-22-34). Long time after she stopped being a teen, she still looked like a schoolgirl. Her appearance even led to some legal repercussions, but everything ended well after she proved she was an adult when she started shooting porn. This award-winning porn actress has worked for studios like Wicked, Private, Teravision, etc.

Luna Star


May 25, 1989 in Havana, Cuba

Luna Star was born on May the 25th, 1989, in Havana, Cuba. This beautiful brunette (sometimes she's a blonde) has entered the adult industry in 2012. She's 5 ft 4 in (162 cm) tall, she weighs 112 lbs (51 kg), her big tits are enhanced and her ass is amazing (34D-25-35). Since she's very talented and very hot, she's worked for giants of porn industry, like: Brazzers, Evil Angel, Penthouse, BangBros, Hustler, Mofos, Kink, Naughty America, Porn Pros, Reality Kings, My XXX Pass Network and many others. This award-winning Latina's navel is pierced and she has a couple of small tattoos.

Juelz Ventura


July 31, 1987 in Brasilia, Brazil

Juelz Ventura (AKA Julez Ventura, Juelz, Jeulz Ventura, Shayne St. Lucia, Layna, Layna Laurel...) is an award-winning porn performer, and she was born on July the 31st, 1987. She was born in Brasilia, Brazil, but not long after that her family moved to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA, and that's where she was raised. This green-eyed tattooed beauty is of Brazilian, Sicilian, Lebanese and Jewish ancestry. Her porn career started in 2008, and the next year she had a boob-job, so currently her measurements are 32DD-24-34. You can find her in scenes produced by BangBros, Mofos, Brazzers, Naughty America, Twistys, My XXX Pass, Hustler and various other studios.

Franceska Jaimes


September 20, 1985 in Bogota, Colombia

Franceska Jaimes (AKA Franceska James, Patricia Jaimes, Morgana, Sugar, Sweet Sugar...) was born as Silvia Romero on September the 20th, 1985, in Bogota, Colombia. This athletic (she lifts weights) brunette's tits and ass are fake (34D-26-38). This former Penthouse Pet of the Month was married to Nacho Vidal (a legendary male porn performer and director) for some time, and he was actually the one she shot her first scene with (a B/G/G threesome). She's worked for studios like 21 Sextury, Brazzers, Porn Pros, Reality Kings, Digital Playground, Hustler, Naughty America, Evil Angel, BangBros, etc. Her official porn site is – Franceska Jaimes.

Esperanza Gomez


May 13, 1983 in Belalcazar, Colombia

Esperanza Gomez was born on May the 13th, 1983, as Esperanza Gómez Silva. This former Playboy Playmate and Playboy TV host was born in Belalcázar, Caldas, Colombia. She was modeling since she was still a child, and she started performing in the adult industry in 2009. This beautiful brown-eyed brunette's body is athletic, and her big tits are enhanced (36D-23-36). She shot her first porn scene for Josh Stone Productions, and besides that she's worked for Naughty America, BangBros, Brazzers and other adult studios.

Veronica Rodriguez


August 1, 1991 in Guajira, Venezuela

Veronica Rodriguez (AKA Barbie, Barbie Booty, Barbie Bree, Veronica Rodrigue...) was born on August the 1st, 1991, in Guajira, Venezuela. This Latina is kinda slim (she's 5 ft 3 in/160 cm tall, and she weighs only 99 lbs/45 kg), and her tits are small and natural (32B-25-34). She started performing in porn movies in 2011, and since then she's worked for studios like BangBros, Twistys, Naughty America, Hustler, New Sensations, My XXX Pass, Team Skeet, etc. This award-winning porn performer's official site is – Veronica Rodriguez.

Abella Anderson


May 16, 1988 in Cuba

Abella Anderson (AKA Anna, Abella, Amy Quesada, Latina Ruvi...) was born in Cuba on May the 16th, 1988, and she is a retired porn actress. Her eyes are black, her hair is brown and she's beautiful. This award-winning adult actress started performing in porn movies in 2010, and (sadly) by the end of 2012 she was already retired. In Jan. 2010 she had her boobs enhanced from B to D, so now her measurements are 34D-26-38. During her short career she was doing scenes for Mofos, Digital Desire, BangBros, Reality Kings and various other adult studios.

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The 20 Most “Well-Endowed” Video Game Characters

The 20 Most “Well-Endowed” Video Game Characters

Video game characters have come a long way from their humble origins as eight-bit blobs. From the prettier 16 bit sprites, to awkward, early blocky 3D models, to the realer than life character models of today. The characters have become more defined, both in looks and and personality. And some have developed… quite a lot of personality.

Women in video games have come arguably further still. From their earliest portrayals as simply princesses in need of rescue to badasses capable of doing to rescuing themselves. As we’ve gotten a greater variety of female characters, we’ve also gotten a wider variety of body types. Of course, there is one body type that has always been popular with both developers and fans.

These lovely ladies have been blessed with ample assets. They come with a double helping of fascinating plot. These girls have to carry around some fairly heavy jugs.

There’s no point in beating around the bush any further. They are gaming’s busty ladies. Sometimes this is just pleasant happenstance to go along with an otherwise serious and non-sexual character, sometimes it’s a prime part of the game’s ‘fan-service.’ Either way, you can’t blame us for taking notice. And maybe staring a little.

Here are the 20 most ‘well-endowed’ women in gaming.

20. Artificially Yours

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Master Chief might be largely credited with protecting humanity from the Covenant, but he did not accomplish that on his own. On every mission in the Halo games he was backed by his AI companion, Cortana, feeding him mission info and assisting him in whatever way she could. It is safe to say he would be lost without her.

Okay, so Cortana is an AI instead of a flesh and blood woman (though she was built using an actual human woman’s brain, so that’s something?). But we’ve gotten quite a few good looks at her virtual avatar, and let’s just say that whoever decided did the coding made sure she was not lacking in the size department.

Cortana’s become a major figure both in gaming and out, with Microsoft even attempting to use her as its answer to Siri. She is present just about everywhere you turn, and I for one am quite okay with that.

19. Giving Tomboys A Good Name

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Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII is on the tomboyish side, favoring suspenders, a white sleeveless tank top, and thick fighting gloves. She has a personality to match, being tough and occasionally abrasive. Also, she will punch the crap out of you if you try harming her or one of her friends.

And perhaps while you are trying to defend yourself from being turned into a punching bag, you will find yourself distracted by another pair of punching bags. Tifa’s superhuman strength isn’t her only asset, as you can tell from the way she stretches out that tank top. It’s certainly not the only reason Tifa skyrocketed up the charts to become one of the most popular (and most cosplayed) characters in gaming, but it certainly helped.

18. She’ll Sneak Into Your Heart

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It seems like at some point in the development of the 3D fighting game genre an agreement was made that all female characters had to be designed top-heavy. Soulcalibur‘s Taki in particular really stands out. For one thing, her practically impossible figure boasting (according to official sources) E-Cup breasts. For another, she’s supposed to be a ninja. You know, stealthy. Seems like those things would make that job a little bit harder.

Gameplay-wise, she plays the role of the ninja quite well. She fast and agile, easily one of the quickest characters in the series, and comes ready with a variety of ninjutsu skills to help her get the advantage on her opponent. How she can move that fast while so burdened is the real mystery of her character.

And while we’re on the topic of Soulcalibur

17. Barely Contained

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Isabella “Ivy” Valentine seems at first like she could be a parody of female fighting game characters. In the first Soulcalibur she was more… standard for the genre: a steamy, large-chested woman who happened to be wielding a whip-like sword. With each subsequent game in the series her outfit became a bit more revealing (and her bust seemed to expand in size, right up to a ridiculous F cup-size) up until Soulcalibur IV, when her decency was protected by little more than a thin, purple… I suppose battle bikini? It’s a tough thing to describe.

But Ivy is no parody, she’s one of the series’ most iconic characters, featuring a punishing moveset, a cold demeanor, and a quite rich backstory. She frequently tops lists of top heroines in gaming as well as hottest women in gaming. Her outfit was toned down just a bit for Soulcalibur V but maintains its dominatrix tone, and Ivy is set to retain her position as fan favorite for some time.

16. The Retro Girl Of Your Dreams

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For those of you only really familiar with the series through the fanart of characters like Morrigan, Darkstalkers was a series of arcade fighting games in the mid-90s (though they’ve seen a few updates and compilations since, including an HD compilation). The premise is that mythological creatures (the Darkstalkers) are fighting to determine who will rule the night. Thus we get Morrigan, who, quite appropriately for this article, is a Succubus.

Morrigan has a batlike appearance, looking like a cross between a classical Succubus and a vampire. Her outfit is designed to reveal quite a bit of her ‘endowment’ and that is no accident as her personality is a mix of playful and hedonistic. She also requires stimulus (either physical or mental) to live, and might steal your dreams, so be wary.

15. These Shouldn’t Even Be Possible

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In today’s crowded MMO market, you really need a hook if you want to draw players into your game. There’s an old adage that rings true today: s*x sells. Many MMOs try to subtly market with this appeal using revealing armor sets for female characters or gyrating casting animations. Then you have Dragon’s Crown, who decided ‘to hell with the subtle approach’ and gave the world the Sorceress, a character with proportions so ridiculous you wonder how she can even stand up straight, much less fight.

The choice of wardrobe really doesn’t help either (or helps a lot, I suppose, depending on your perspective). I mean, what’s keeping all that up? That’s… that’s not how physics works.

14. A Lesson In Jiggle Physics

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As a character, Rachel from Ninja Gaiden has it all: a tragic backstory, superhuman strength, a badass fighting style, and two heaping helpings of plot.

Rachel and her sister were both afflicted by a blood curse that turns humans into fiends. Rachel uses the abilities this curse grants her to hunt other fiends while she looks for her sister, who has been completely consumed by the curse. At some point, she decided that the appropriate outfit for a superhuman fiend hunter is skin-tight black leather that is cut to reveal… well, it doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 added SIXAXIS support to the series. And by ‘support’ I mean shaking the controller will cause some jiggling and bouncing on the screen. I’m sure there’s a good, in-universe reason for this. Invisible ninja gropers?

13. A Real American Girl

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Tina is an American pro-wrestler who enters the Dead or Alive Tournaments in hopes of using the fame it will bring to launch a career in Hollywood (I suppose she never considered just taking acting classes?). Tina is a big dreamer with big ambitions, and those aren’t the only big assets she possesses.

She’s also got the largest bust size amongst the main Dead or Alive cast, and anyone who is familiar with the series (or seen the girls playing beach volleyball in one of the spin-offs) knows that this is no minor feat. She’s not shy about showing it off, either, with many of her outfits being little more than American-themed bikinis.

And on the topic of Dead or Alive

12. The Original DoA Girl

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I could fill up an entire list just with the ladies of Dead or Alive, and while I might like that, for diversity’s sake we’ll move on after we talk a little about the series’ main protagonist, Kasumi. Kasumi is a runaway ninja (another ninja, starting to see a pattern) who set out to avenge her brother via participating in the Dead or Alive Tournament. She’s one of the series most recognizable characters due to her consistent look (she’s the only character who retains two of her default costumes in every game) and her ninja charms.

In terms of pure size, Kasumi’s bust trails behind a few of the other women in the series (if you can believe that) but that doesn’t stop Kasumi from frequently appearing at the top of lists of “Hottest Video Game Babes.”

She’s been appearing in guys’ fantasies since her debut way back in 1996.

11. A True Zombie Hunter

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In the first Resident Evil, with its low resolution graphics, awkward hallways, and freaky monsters, you might not have paid much attention to Jill Valentine’s figure. Capcom made sure this was no longer an option in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, in which Jill’s plain STARS uniform was replaced with a tight blue dress and a miniskirt. I assume this is just what was most comfortable to kill zombies in at the time.

Jill has survived more nightmare scenarios than anyone in the series, save her partner in STARS Chris Redfield. She’s gone face-to-face with the monstrous Nemesis, killed at least a small town’s worth of zombies, and undergone brainwashing to be turned against her friends. She’s one of gaming’s great leading ladies. And her own leading ladies aren’t bad at all.

10. These Games Aren’t Just For Kids…

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Unlike the majority of other titles on this list, the Legend of Zelda series are quite family friendly games. You can sit your eight-year-old son down in front of any of them without any worry (other than their language skills might be replaced with just grunting and shouting). This is probably a large part of the reason the Great Fairy is responsible for so many first awkward feelings for kids playing the game.

From their first appearance, spiraling and laugh-shrieking into existence with two cones on their chests longer and sharper than Link’s sword in Ocarina of Time to their more recent and defined forms, the Great Fairies have been boasting large enough stacks (even in proportion to the size of their bodies) to make every Zelda iteration develop an inferiority complex.

9. Another Day, Another Ninja

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Mai is a ninja (okay, definitely seeing the pattern) fighter first appearing in the Fatal Fury series and then The King of Fighter series. It wouldn’t be until her appearance in the latter that her characteristic ‘bounce’ becomes truly developed. And boy does she bounce, like two bowls of jiggly pudding. For good measure, in The King of Fighters XIII she added a swaying motion to her bounce, creating a bit of a pendulum effect to go with it.

Unlike some of other characters on this list, she has a good explanation: she practices a method of assassination that involves being sensual to distract her target before striking. And it sure is distracting. Mai her unique fighting style to many crossovers, spin-offs, and even appeared outside the franchise as a guest in Dead or Alive 5.

8. Dairy Princess

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Kaguya is a princess on a cultural coming of age journey in the RPG Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier (what a mouthful). After a Goldilocks-like introduction (being discovered taking a nap on a bed that isn’t hers), Kaguya becomes on of the story’s protagonists, fighting alongside the other characters with her oversized sword and gravity-defying outfit.

Unlike a lot of the entries on this list, the size of her chest does not go unnoted by the other characters in the game. She’s the subject of many innuendos and is frequently ridiculed as “Dairy Princess” or “Princess Bounciful.”

She is a popular enough character that she appeared as a playable character in the crossover game Project X Zone.

7. This Doesn’t Seem Like A Good Outfit For Bounty Hunting

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Vanguard Princess is an anime-style fighting game that noticed that many people really like the attractive female characters in fighters and decided to just do away with everyone else. And standing out in the bust-size department in this all female cast is Luna Himeki.

Luna is a renowned bounty hunter with a very distinctive style. That style is ‘wear just barely enough to avoid the censors, and be sure to do a lot of high kicks so even that is thrown into question.’ She also got dual pistols for shooting the crap out of you and to generally be a pain in the ass to beat if you’re actually trying to seriously try to play the game. If you’re just there to ogle the girls, though, enjoy your few moments of bounciness.

6. If An Xbox Were A Girl

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Hyperdimension Neptunia is an odd franchise that takes place in the world of Gamindustri (and you can probably guess a lot about the series just by that name). The goddesses of that world (the CPUs) all represent one of the major video game consoles. Vert, who in her goddess form is called Green Heart, is a reference to the Xbox/Xbox 360.

I’m not exactly sure what kind of Xbox the developers of this game were given, but it was certainly far different, and curvier, than mine. Green Heart has a couple of massive power buttons, and she knows it. She’s filled with pride about her chest and uses it to mock her smaller chested companions. Her outfit is also quite revealing, even by the series’ standards, likely intentionally.

5. A Deadly Beauty

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When Mortal Kombat was running out of potential colors for their ninja-themed reskin characters, they decided the next step was to do the same thing but with female ninjas. Kitana really came out of the pack to stand on her own and is now one of the series most iconic characters. While fighting with fans might not seem like a great idea, Kitana is deadly proficient with them and with cut your head clean off with their steel edge.

Since her costumes have become a bit more revealing, her trademark design is skin-tight blue leotard with a laced chest opening that exposes plenty of her ample cleavage. Whatever you do, though, don’t accept a kiss from this voluptuous beauty, as anyone who has seen her Fatality can attest to.

4. Are All Ninjas Gifted?

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Another of the Mortal Kombat ninjas (I think the female ninja/chest-size correlation thing must be a massive conspiracy), Jade started out a simple green reskin of Kitana but has since developed into her own character. Jade’s a confident and sarcastic character who enjoys patronizing her opponents before she kills them with a combination of attacks from her metal staff and razor edged boomerangs.

Her trademark costume remained very close to Kitana’s, except hers is in green and her breasts are even larger. She also tends to behave a little ‘s*xier’ than her childhood friend, mostly as a result of being a bit less uptight. She doesn’t have the Kiss of Death, but she will smack you in the groin with her staff, so, equally scary.

3. A Firey Vixen

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The Witcher series is pretty notorious for, among other things, its fairly graphic depictions of adult content. So it’s not surprising that one of the main love interests in the series is a complete bombshell like Triss Merigold. Triss is a powerful sorceress, and adviser to a king, and overall a very ‘well-rounded’ character. Her usual choice of dress is actually pretty conservative when compared to some of her fellow sorceress, but this is The Witcher, and her goods go on display several times if you so choose.

Triss is one of the most popular love interests in modern gaming. It is hard to find any corner of the internet where men aren’t professing to be in love with her. She’s popular enough to even appear in ‘Playboy’ magazine, as a cover girl no less.

Seriously, who picks Yennefer over her?

2. One Last Ninja For Good Luck

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Rounding up our ‘ninjas who are somehow not hindered by their ridiculously sized chests’ category we have Kurenai from the stealth/action game Red Ninja. For many of you this will be your first time hearing that game’s title. That’s because despite a lot of big names on the project and significant funding the game was a critical and commercial flop. That’s a shame because it leaves the game’s seductive and busty protagonist, Kurenai, in forgotten characters’ hell.

Kurenai doesn’t wear armor (as you can probably guess) and is reliant mostly on stealth kills or using her ninjustu to enter a ‘bullet time’ like mode. Perhaps the most reliable tool in her arsenal is the seduction-kill, where she performs a suggestive activity to get an enemy to come close so she can ambush and kill him. To be fair, would you be able to resist?

1. The Original Heroine

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It almost seems too obvious to put gaming’s token pinup girl, Lara Croft, on this list, and yet it is impossible to pass her up. The legend goes that in the character modeling process Lara’s chest’s dimensions were accidentally increased by 150%, and the team decided they liked it better that way. Thus one of Lara’s defining characteristics was born.

Lara is far more than just her two most noticeable physical features, though. She’s an adventurer and archaeologist in the vein of Indiana Jones, fighting, leaping, and shooting her way through ancient temples and all the evils within while in search of precious artifacts. And sometimes she fights dinosaurs, cause video games are weird.

In short, she will kick your ass and look good doing it.

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