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Top 10 Samuel L. Jackson Movies of the 2010s NOT from the MCU (According to Rotten Tomatoes)

There was a period of time where it felt like Samuel L. Jackson was acting in, well,  just about everything. Over the course of his career, he’s appeared in over 150 films with no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s the highest grossing actor of all time, with his films grossing a total of 16.7 billion dollars worldwide.

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In the 2010’s he was most known for his role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, remaining prolific as ever, Jackson continued to appear in other films that were just as memorable as his Marvel entries. Between 2010 and 2012 alone he was in 13 films. Here are his top 10 2010 films, NOT from the MCU, ranked by Rotten Tomatoes.

10 Kingsman: The Secret Service (74%)

Jackson has long been associated with cool, tough guy roles (usually yelling a certain compound word with the letters “M”, and “F”). So his turn as Richmond Valentine, the nerdy misguided villain in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) was not only a pleasant surprise; it demonstrated that Jackson was capable of stealing the show without relying on being typecast.

While (spoiler alert) his character didn’t live to see the sequel, his comedic performance is one of the most memorable parts of Kingsman and though surprising at the time,  it’s now inconceivable to think of anyone else in that role.

9 Kong: Skull Island (75%)

Before Brie Larson became Samuel L. Jackson’s costar in the MCU, they both starred in a small indie film…okay, not really. Kong: Skull Island (2017) was the second installment in The Monsterverse, another cinematic universe comprising of iconic monsters such as King Kong and Godzilla. Skull Island was Kong’s introduction to audiences of the 2010s.

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In it, Jackson plays Preston Packard, a U.S colonel bent on killing Kong to avenge the death of some of his men during the events of the film. In an interview with Nerdist, he described his character as being the “standard for people seeing something that they don’t understand and identifying it as the enemy.”

8 The Hateful Eight (75%)

Director Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson are known for being long time collaborators. Jackson first appeared in Tarantino’s 1994 classic Pulp Fiction and has been in Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), Inglorious Basterds (2009, uncredited narrator), and Django Unchained (2012).

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The Hateful Eight (2015) is set just after the Civil War. Tarantino had originally intended to make The Hateful Eight a sequel to Django Unchained. But he decided to keep both films separate, much to the benefit of audiences and Jackson, who had a starring role as Major Marquis Warren.

7 Big Game (78%)

This Finnish film might have slipped through the cracks for most people but this is one to watch if you’re looking for a combination of action and fun. Samuel L. Jackson is the President of the United States. Currently stranded in Finland, he is in danger with his only hope being a Finnish teenage boy.

On paper, this doesn’t sound like something up Jackson’s alley and yet Big Game (2014) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews, with praise aimed at the homage it pays to low budget 80’s action films. Additionally, Jackson isn’t the only big star in this cast. Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman, and Ted Levine are also featured.

6 The Other Guys (78%)

In this 2010 comedy, Jackson played a small role that parodies the tough guy roles he’s performed in the past. As Detective Highsmith he, alongside Dwayne Johnson’s Detective Danson, are the the best cops in the NYPD.

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Their abrupt exit leaves many questions and gives two lesser detectives (played by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) the chance to finally step up. While Detective Highsmith failed at “aiming for the bushes,” Jackson perfectly hits the mark as a cocky but efficient cop, regardless of the property damage his character causes.

5 Mother and Child (78%)

Samuel L. Jackson has played a variety of roles, but it isn’t often that he gets to play a love interest. In the ensemble melodrama Mother and Child (2010), he plays Paul, the head of a law firm. He has an affair with one of his attorneys (played by Naomi Watts), resulting in her pregnancy.

Mother and Child connects multiple storylines together through the generational struggles and familial connections shared by its characters. It’s a far cry from Jackson’s typically masculine filmography but yet again, he manages to show that he has the range to do it all.

4 Chi-Raq (82%)

Chi-Raq (2015), is an adaptation of the Ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which the titular character convinces women to withhold sex from their husbands, forcing the men to find a peaceful resolution to end the Peloponnesian War. In this Spike Lee joint, Jackson narrates the events of the plot as the character Dolemedes.

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Updated for modern times, the setting is now Chicago and the war is switched with gang violence. Despite the controversy leading up to its release, Chi-Raq received positive reviews from critics and was the first film ever produced by Amazon Studios.

3 Django Unchained (87%)

Before The Hateful Eight, audiences saw Jackson portray Stephen, an elderly and embittered house slave in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained. It premiered to rave reviews and Jackson once again proved why he is a Tarantino mainstay. Including The Hateful Eight, Jackson and Tarantino have collaborated 6 times.

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While this already sounds like a lot, it’s important to note that Tarantino has only made a total of 9 films to date. This means Jackson has appeared in the majority of Tarantino’s filmography. He will certainly be remembered for the many franchises he’s been part of, but his presence in the Tarantinoverse will hold a special place in the hearts of many moviegoers.

2 Incredibles 2 (94%)

Fourteen years after its critically acclaimed predecessor The Incredibles (2004), Samuel L. Jackson reprised his role for the sequel, Incredibles 2 (2018). While the film is animated, Jackson’s voice is instantly recognizable as Lucius Best (a.k.a. Frozone).

Fans of the original film will remember the iconic “Where is my Super Suit?” scene between Frozone and his wife, Honey. Fortunately for viewers, the second film was just as good as the first, providing plenty of new moments that made the 14-year wait worthwhile.

1 I Am Not Your Negro (99%)

Once again Jackson is on narrating duty, but instead of a fictional feature, it’s for the 2016 documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Based from the letters of the unfinished manuscript Remember This House by James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro uses excerpts from these letters and archival footage of Baldwin to explore the racism that has always been present in America. In addition to his own views, the film also shows the lives of civil rights activists such Martin Luther King Jr.

It was considered one of 2016’s best documentaries, and was not the only documentary Jackson narrated in the 2010s. In 2011 he narrated African Cats, a nature documentary, for Disneynature. While it didn’t make this list, it’s further proof that Samuel L. Jackson has left his mark on practically all genres of film.

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2020-03-21 18:30:03

Ariana Bascom

10 Best Car Chases Of The 2010s | ScreenRant

Without a doubt, the car chase is one of the greatest staples of action films. Despite its name, the film term “car chase” doesn’t have to involve a car,  just one or more automobiles chasing each other. Exciting and risky, these scenes usually act as centerpieces of action films. For some franchises like The Fast and the Furious, these films are based around these scenes.

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As special effects and stunt work gets better, the car chases in film evolve. Since most of the new decade’s films are not yet released, let’s focus on the car chases from the last one. To narrow it down the following list, chases in animated films won’t count. Without further ado, here are the best car chases from 2010 to 2019.

10 Opening Scene – Skyfall (2012)

Arguably the better of director Sam Mendes’ two James Bond films, Skyfall happens to feature a fun opening chase. In Istanbul, MI6 agents James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) chase down a mercenary that has stolen a hard drive containing information on undercover agents.

Starting as a car chase through the busy markets of the Turkish city, the scene transitions onto motorcycles as Bond and the mercenary travel over stairs and rooftops alike. As a cherry on top, the chase is capped off with Bond crashing his bike onto a moving train. According to Radio Times, Coca-Cola was sprayed on the streets to keep the bikes from sliding.

9 Return Of The Batman – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Sometimes, a car chase is the most exciting way to introduce a beloved character. In The Dark Knight Rises, villain Bane (Tom Hardy) and his men rob the Gotham Stock Exchange and flee from the police on motorcycles. Returning after eight years from the cowl, Batman (Christian Bale) chases them down on his Batpod.

Fittingly emerging from darkness, the Caped Crusader’s first moment on screen is a triumphant one. Backed by composer Hans Zimmer’s score, there is something magical about watching Batman chase down villains quickly and dramatically. Also, the chase ends with the debut of the latest iteration of the Batplane, which had eluded the big screen since first appearing in Batman Forever.

8 Ending Chase – Nightcrawler (2014)

It’s hard to give the car chase a new spin but Nightcrawler does it. Following known criminals to a restaurant, late-night stringer Lou (Jake Gyllenhaal) calls the police to spark an encounter to film and sell. A shootout ensues after the police arrive and the suspect flees with cops, Lou, and his assistant, Rick (Riz Ahmed), in pursuit.

Filled with crashes and cars ignoring red lights, the exciting scene is a fitting end to a thrilling film. By the end of the chase, it’s also a chilling way for Lou to get rid of Rick, who had leverage over him. Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, director of photography Robert Elswit revealed the scene was inspired by Bullitt and The French Connection.

7 Nick Fury vs. Hydra – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Who would’ve thought that SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) would get the exciting car chase in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? While driving to meet agent SHIELD agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Fury is ambushed in broad daylight by Hydra assailants before the encounter turns into a car chase.

Like the film’s famous elevator scene, the sequence starts as a tense standoff between a beloved character and unknown parties. Lesser films would’ve had Fury obtain his vehicle’s weapon immediately, but Winter Soldier wisely makes the audience wait to rack up the tension. Amongst all the nerve-racking moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fury’s ambush is up there.

6 Morocco Chase – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

It’s the undeniable truth: Tom Cruise and dangerous stunts simply go together. In Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) steals important data before it’s taken from him by undercover agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). Hunt chases Faust with the crime organization Syndicate both on their tails.

Exciting and surprisingly funny, the first part of the sequence pairs Hunt with fellow agent Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) as they follow Faust through narrow Morocco streets. The chase takes a more dramatic shift after Hunt jumps on a motorcycle and weaves through traffic along a mountainside cliff. According to Men’s Journal, Cruise did all the motorcycle stunts himself.

5 Motorcycle Chase – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Former hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) may be known for his impressive gunplay, but he can also hold his own in a chase. In John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Wick flees to the Continental Hotel for a haven after a large bounty is placed on him. Stealing a motorcycle, he is pursued by sword-wielding hitmen on similar vehicles.

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Like the shootouts of the series, the sequence utilizes long takes so the action is clearly understood and appreciated as Wick dispatches one rider at a time. Speaking in a featurette for the film, Reeves and stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski (John Wick: Chapter 2) said the sequence was inspired by 2017’s The Villainess, which also features a motorcycle chase with swords.

4 Money Truck Robbery – The Town (2010)

Sometimes, a car chase can offer exciting action and showcase how smart characters are. In The Town, Boston local Douglas (Ben Affleck) and his crew rob a money truck and flee the scene. While efficient, they aren’t fast enough to leave before encountering police. The two parties go on a dangerous chase through the narrow alleys of Boston.

Thrilling and tense, the scene showcases how clever these characters are as they wear costumes, switch cars, and listen to police scanners to increase their chances of success. Director Affleck cited Heat as an inspiration for the film — the heist classic features characters who use similar tactics. Also, Douglas and his crew get extra points for picking nun costumes.

3 Opening Scene – Drive (2011)

It would be pretty ironic if a film called Drive didn’t have at least one great car chase. Luckily, the Ryan Gosling-led flick opens with one. Working as a mechanic in the day and as a getaway driver at night, the unnamed driver (Gosling) transports two jewel thieves away from a crime scene as police are in hot pursuit.

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With the point of view never leaving the vehicle, the night-time chase scene is rather unique. Quiet, slow, and intimate, the opener is a perfect representation of director Nicolas Winding Refn’s unusual masterpiece. Like the driver with his criminal occupants, the scene may take its time with delivering its audience to the destination, but it does so with intelligence and style.

2 Vault Chase – Fast Five (2011)

The Fast and The Furious franchise was known as a street racing film series, but Fast Five changed that with daring action sequences. In the film’s climax, Dominic (Vin Diesel) and the gang break into a Rio de Janeiro police station and tear a vault from it with their cars. Chased by the police, the crew navigate the streets of the city with the heavy prize behind them.

On top of the usual carnage in a car chase, the scene stands apart for its inclusion of the vault. Despite the chaotic damage that occurred during the chase, the vault itself was never CGI. In a Screen Rant interview with stunt coordinator Jack Gill, it was revealed seven prop vaults were used and the scene itself required four weeks of preparation to map out the filming angles.

1 Buzzards Chase – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

While it’s arguable that Mad Mad: Fury Road is basically a two-hour car chase, one particular scene stands out. Strapped to a car as a portable blood source, apocalypse survivor Max (Tom Hardy) is forced to accompany his captors, the War Boys, as they fight rival gang Buzzards in a thrilling chase across the desert wasteland.

Because director George Miller prioritized practical effects over computer ones, the chase features real vehicles and explosions together in wonderfully utilized slow-motion. As for the War Boys on top of the vehicles? According to Miller, that was all practical stunt work. For the film crew’s efforts, Fury Road won 6 of the 10 Academy Awards it was nominated for.

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2020-03-20 20:30:20

Danny Pham

GOT: The 10 Best TV Drama Casts From The 2010s, Ranked

After the back end of the 2000s introduced audiences to the Peak TV movement and the dawn of the streaming age made binge-watching the new norm, the 2010s brought us a bunch of addictive drama series. From a high fantasy saga filled with sex, gore, and dragons to a soap opera set during a zombie apocalypse, the 2010s were a great time to be a fan of genre stories.

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The decade also brought plenty of interesting crime shows, as the tragic downfall of Walter White got TV viewers in the mood for criminal character arcs. So, here are the 10 best casts from 2010s TV dramas, ranked.

10 Mr. Robot

Anchored by a riveting performance by Oscar winner Rami Malek as antisocial drug-addicted vigilante hacker Elliot Alderson, Mr. Robot was one of the decade’s most fascinating and captivating TV shows. Malek was backed up by strong support from castmates like Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Portia Doubleday, and of course, Christian Slater in the mysterious title role.

Inspired by American Psycho and Fight Club, series creator Sam Esmail came up with a group of fascinating characters that the actors deftly brought to life on the small screen.

9 The Americans

Although they depicted undercover Soviet spies as being much more effective than they actually were, The Americans’ lead actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were incredibly compelling in the lead roles of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings.

Noah Emmerich provided a strong dramatic foil as their clueless neighbor, FBI agent Stan Beeman, while young actors Holly Taylor and Keidrich Sellati gave impressive turns as Elizabeth and Philip’s kids.

8 Stranger Things

With a lot of child actors, it can be distractingly obvious that the young performers are playing a character and reciting lines from a script. But that’s never been the case with Stranger Things’ massively talented young cast, headlined by Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown, with Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp all providing strong support.

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Somehow, those kids have managed to hold their own opposite veteran acting heavyweights like Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Matthew Modine.

7 Westworld

HBO’s serialized adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Westworld has a pretty amazing cast. Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, and James Marsden have all subtly played into the existential worries of being a sentient artificial intelligence, while Ed Harris is suitably mysterious as the Man in Black.

Jeffrey Wright has played the dark twists and turns in Bernard’s arc with gusto, and Anthony Hopkins – who could’ve phoned in his first regular TV role since the ‘70s – is spellbinding as always in the role of Robert Ford.

6 Fargo

As an anthology series, Fargo has a new cast every season. And in each season, that cast has been filled with A-list talent giving fantastic performances. From Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the first season to Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson in the second season to Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the third season, the performances in Fargo are incredible.

On top of nailing the “Minnesota nice” accent, which is tough enough, these actors have all done an impressive job of walking along the show’s tonal tightrope between harrowing drama and pitch-black comedy.

5 The Walking Dead

With major characters getting permanently killed off every couple of episodes, the cast of The Walking Dead is an ever-changing roster of talent. With a few rare exceptions, everyone in the show’s ensemble has been fantastic, with the series’ standouts including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, and the late Scott Wilson.

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As fans of The Wire, arguably the greatest TV series ever made, The Walking Dead’s producer have cast a bunch of that show’s finest cast members, including Chad L. Coleman, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., and Seth Gilliam. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has brought the ultra-villainous Negan to life in a satisfying way, despite having his comics-accurate cuss-ridden vocabulary blunted by TV censorship rules.

4 Boardwalk Empire

Beginning with its Martin Scorsese-directed pilot episode, the cast of Boardwalk Empire was a who’s who of acting talent. Steve Buscemi’s subdued portrayal of Nucky Thompson led the series, but he was supported by such greats as Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Michael Shannon (there was a lot of Michaels in this cast).

The underrated Stephen Graham was terrific in the role of Al Capone, while The Wire’s Michael K. Williams returned to HBO’s airwaves to brilliantly play Chalky White. Of all the actors who played recurring roles, Bobby Cannavale particularly stood out in the third season as ruthless gangster Gyp Rosetti.

3 The Handmaid’s Tale

Elisabeth Moss is the shining star of Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s seminal dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale in the lead role of June Osborne, a.k.a. “Offred,” as her lead performance has kept viewers hooked for years.

Alexis Bledel has given a heartbreaking performance as a fellow handmaid, while Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski have committed wholeheartedly to their roles as the oppressors enforcing the bleak turn that society has taken.

2 Better Call Saul

Prequels are a risky business, but the Breaking Bad team has created one that’s arguably just as spectacular as the original work. Having been relegated to filling the comic relief role in Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk has proven himself to be a fine dramatic actor with his nuanced portrayal of Jimmy McGill’s transformation into “criminal” lawyer Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul.

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Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito have been as great as ever in reprising their Breaking Bad roles, while Rhea Seehorn has emerged as one of the show’s M.V.P.s in the role of fierce fellow attorney Kim Wexler. Michael McKean’s turn as Jimmy’s traitorous brother Chuck McGill and Michael Mando’s subtle performance as Nacho Varga have also helped the show to no end.

1 Game Of Thrones

From star-making turns by newcomers such as Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams to memorable performances by veterans like Charles Dance, Sean Bean, and Lena Headey, Game of Thrones was filled with fantastic acting. The show’s breakout star was Peter Dinklage as the infinitely likable Tyrion Lannister.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, and Richard Madden were all compelling in their roles, while Jack Gleeson and Iwan Rheon were delightfully hateable as Joffrey and Ramsay, respectively.

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2020-03-08 01:03:15

Ben Sherlock

10 Best British Comedy Shows Of The 2010s | ScreenRant

The 2010s were a defining decade in British comedy. While the 1990s and 2000s were decades of innovative and fresh experimental comedy, the 2010s was the final product of the past two decades. Aside from one or two sitcoms, most TV comedies had changed completely, abandoning the laughter track enabled formula of old sitcoms in favor of a more cinematic and surreal style of comedy.

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 It wasn’t only TV sitcoms that excelled in this decade, TV panel and travel shows had also changed greatly, allowing for more creative freedom for comedians. This article will list the 10 best British comedy shows of the 2010s.

10 Bad Education

Bad Education was one of Jack Whitehall’s first forays into situational comedy. In the series, Jack Whitehall portrays a teacher who must control and gain the respect of a particularly unruly and wild class of high school students. Bad Education ran for 3 seasons between 2012 and 2014, with the series receiving a movie adaptation in 2015.

While the series wasn’t widely popular among critics, it has received a cult following and the intended audience of the show, the high school student to mid-20s demographic, enjoyed the series.

9 Fresh Meat

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Created by Peep Show masterminds Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Fresh Meat ran from 2011 to 2016 and followed the lives of six university students who share a house together. The series marked the acting debut of Jack Whitehall and starred Joe Thomas from the Inbetweeners and Kimberly Nixon, among others.

The series received critical acclaim for its accurate and hilarious portrayal of university life, with the show going on to receive several BAFTA and British Comedy Awards nominations.

8 Fleabag

Created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag follows the titular Fleabag as she navigates through her life in London, showcasing her hilarious encounters along the way. In addition to Waller-Bridge, the show also stars Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, and Sian Clifford.

The series received critical acclaim upon its release, with critics praising the show for its intelligent script and unique character of the titular Fleabag. In addition to critical praise, the series has also received BAFTA nominations, with Waller-Bridge taking home the BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance in 2017.

7 Chewing Gum

Chewing Gum is a British sitcom based on Michaela Coel’s play, Chewing Gum Dreams. The series follows a 24 year old woman named Tracey Gordon, a religious virgin who wishes to explore her sexuality and expand her horizons beyond their current boundaries.

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The series was received to critical acclaim, with critics praising the series for its intelligent, unique script and the performance of Michaela Coel as Tracey Gordon. In addition to critical praise, Coel also received a BAFTA for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Program.

6 Cuckoo

Cuckoo is a British sitcom starring Greg Davies, Taylor Lautner, Andy Samberg, and Andie MacDowell that started airing in 2012. The series is based around the life of a family in Britain and how their lives change considerably after their daughter brings home a new husband from her gap-year.

The series has received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the show for its strong writing and stellar cast performances. Further, the show has been nominated for several awards, both from BAFTA and the British Comedy Awards.

5 This Time With Alan Partridge

Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge is a legendary figure in British comedy, with the fictional radio and TV presenter entertaining the world since the 1990s. The character returned to our screens in 2019, starring in a fictional current affairs show.

This Time With Alan Partridge was hysterical and has already been confirmed to be returning with a second season. Many critics were describing it as the TV moment of the year due to the importance of Alan Partridge to British comedy.

4 An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad was a British travel documentary produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The conceit of the series is that Gervais and Merchant send their friend Karl Pilkington to exotic locations knowing full well that Pilkington will not enjoy the experience.

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Karl Pilkington is truly one of the funniest men in the world and to see him out of his comfort zone makes Karl even funnier than he normally is. An Idiot Abroad ran for three seasons, with Karl starring in a spin-off of sorts called the Moaning of Life.

3 Derek

While Derek was not as well-received as his earlier work with Stephen Merchant, Derek still proved to be a sleeper success for Gervais. The series was set in a retirement home and followed Derek Noakes (Gervais), a carer in the home, as he interacted with the residents and staff.

While the series wasn’t as universally well-received as the Office and Extras, the series was still praised for its ability to successfully combine elements of drama and comedy in a manner that has become Gervais’ signature style.

2 Toast of London

Starring Matt Berry as a struggling and eccentric actor and voice-over artist in London, Toast of London is a surreal and hilarious adventure into the mind of Matt Berry and co-creator Arthur Matthews. While there are currently only three seasons of the show, Channel 4 recently confirmed that it had renewed the series for a fourth season.

The series has received positive reviews from critics, with several praising the show for its wonderfully surreal and absurd comedy. Additionally, the show has several memorable episodes, with the most notable of which featuring a cameo from Jon Hamm.

1 Taskmaster

Taskmaster is a British panel/game show that debuted on Dave in 2015, though the format itself had been around since 201o, with creator Alex Horne developing the format for the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010. Each season of the show features 5 different comedians competing against one another in various tasks, with points awarded by the Taskmaster (played by Greg Davies). Notable comedians to have starred on the show are James Acaster, Noel Fielding, and Bob Mortimer.

While the show started with a modest viewership, the series has gone from strength to strength, becoming Dave’s most popular original show of all time. However, following the broadcast of season 9, Taskmaster has moved from Dave to Channel 4.

NEXT: 10 Scariest British Horror Movies To Never Watch Alone, Ranked


2020-03-02 01:03:52

Sam Hutchinson

The 10 Best Casts From 2010s Movies | ScreenRant

We’ve just come to the end of another decade, and that means we’ve also come to the end of another decade of movies. As filmmakers have continued to push the technical boundaries of what can be done in cinema, audiences were treated to some visual feasts throughout the 2010s.

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However, a good-looking movie will only get you so far. To really bring a movie to life, you need a cast of actors who are dedicated to breathing life into their characters and adding an emotional substance to the proceedings. So, here are the 10 best casts from 2010s movies.

10 Ex Machina (2014)

There are only three major characters in Ex Machina, but with the actors that Alex Garland chose, they’re compelling enough to carry the movie. Domhnall Gleeson plays Caleb, an unsuspecting programmer who is invited to his reclusive boss’ remote home; Oscar Isaac plays Nathan, the mysterious recluse in question; and Alicia Vikander plays Ava, the cunning A.I. that Nathan has designed and wants Caleb to test.

The actors all commit so wholeheartedly to their roles that their dynamic organically falls into place.

9 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

The voice cast of the beautifully animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is filled with spectacular performances. Despite the many alternate versions of Spider-Man that appear in the film, Shameik Moore makes sure this is his movie with a performance that transcends the trappings of voice acting and conveys all kinds of character quirks and body language.

Chris Pine plays Peter Parker in his prime, while Jake Johnson plays Peter on the downslide of his superhero career. Hailee Steinfeld is lovable as always, voicing Gwen Stacy and Lily Tomlin plays the most badass version of Aunt May yet. Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry shine as Miles’ father figures, while John Mulaney and Nicolas Cage are hysterical as parallel-universe Spider-Men.

8 Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele’s writing and directing are the highlights of his debut feature, Get Out, but he also cast the perfect actors to play each role. As Chris, Daniel Kaluuya is a lead that we really root for (and that’s surprisingly rare in horror films, which tend to have lazy writing). Allison Williams does a great job of making us think that Rose is on Chris’ side and an even greater job of portraying her truly sinister side when the cat’s out of the bag.

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Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener are suitably creepy as Rose’s parents and Caleb Landry Jones is even creepier as her brother. Lakeith Stanfield and Stephen Root make a huge impression in minor roles, and whenever Lil Rel Howery is on-screen, he provides more than a few laugh-out-loud moments.

7 Bridesmaids (2011)

Kristen Wiig teamed up with Annie Mumolo to pen Bridesmaids as a starring vehicle for herself, and when it got produced under the watchful eye of comedy guru Judd Apatow, she brought along some of her comically gifted cohorts from the Groundlings, including Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and an Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy.

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Rose Byrne is also hysterical as Annie’s fake-nice nemesis, Helen, and Chris O’Dowd is brilliantly matched with Wiig as her mild-mannered love interest. Plus, Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson are hilariously rude as Annie’s invasive British roommates.

6 Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s controversial spaghetti western set in the antebellum-era South found its ideal lead in the effortlessly charming and infinitely likable Jamie Foxx.

Christoph Waltz earned his second Oscar (and second for a Tarantino movie) for playing Django’s mentor, Dr. King Schultz, while Leonardo DiCaprio threw himself into the role of the reprehensible Mandingo-loving plantation owner Calvin Candie. Kerry Washington is incredibly moving as Django’s wife, Broomhilda, while Samuel L. Jackson is really menacing as Calvin’s house slave, Stephen.

5 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The cast of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is a veritable whos-who of actors that hipsters like, ranging from Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum to Saoirse Ronan and F. Murray Abraham to Adrien Brody and the king of them all, Jason Schwartzman.

Ralph Fiennes is undeniably the star of the show as M. Gustave, a concierge with a posh accent and a foul mouth, with Tony Revolori providing the perfect comic foil.

4 Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Some of the greatest casting of the decade has been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, courtesy of Sarah Finn, whose casting choices (even outside-the-box choices, like Parks and Rec star Chris Pratt for Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star-Lord) have always proven to be perfect. Almost every single one of those ideally cast actors appeared in last year’s gargantuan hit Avengers: Endgame.

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The clear standouts are the dynamic trio – Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor – but everyone in this movie had embodied their roles after 21 movies and knocked it out of the park in Endgame.

3 Moonlight (2016)

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is one of the most beautiful and emotionally resonant movies of the decade – or even of all time – and the cast brought powerful nuances to their characters. The movie is split into three acts, with the two lead characters being played at different ages by different actors: Chiron (played by Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex Hibbert) and Kevin (played by André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, and Jaden Piner). Each of these actors brought something new to the characters and their relationship.

Naomie Harris gives a powerful turn as Chiron’s unstable mother Paula, while Mahershala Ali more than earns his Oscar as the drug dealer-turned-father figure Juan.

2 Birdman (2014)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman is about a bunch of actors preparing to premiere a Broadway play, and due to the director’s long takes requiring the actors to perform more than a dozen pages of dialogue at a time with meticulously planned blocking, the cast’s performances and their on-screen dynamic has the raw energy of theater.

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Michael Keaton plays a dark mirror version of himself as the washed-up superhero star Riggan Thomson, while Edward Norton does the same as a notoriously difficult-to-work-with thespian. There are terrific performances from supporting players, including Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Andrea Riseborough, and Lindsay Duncan is brilliantly horrible as the snooty theater critic determined to sink Riggan’s play.

1 The Irishman (2019)

Although the digital de-aging effects are sometimes distracting, the acting in The Irishman is perhaps the best of the decade. Robert De Niro anchors this enormous three-and-a-half-hour epic as sociopathic hitman Frank Sheeran, a man who leads a life of crime and ends up miserable and alone.

Martin Scorsese brought in the big guns for this one, with an uncharacteristically reserved performance from Joe Pesci and a brief, but memorable turn by Harvey Keitel. Jimmy Hoffa feels like the role that Al Pacino was born to play, as he nails every scene. Supporting players who haven’t been getting as much attention, like Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, and Ray Romano, also give fantastic performances.

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2020-02-12 01:02:51

Ben Sherlock

10 Best Fantasy TV Episodes Of The 2010s (According To IMDb)

Fantasy has never been a major, crowd-pleasing genre. Outside of The Lord of the Rings, very few fantasy stories have broken into the mainstream.

That is, until now. It seems like the 2010s were rife with popular fantasy epics, including The Witcher and Game of Thrones. Maybe not even show (and certainly not every episode) were winners, but there’s no denying that fantasy has seen a major resurgence both in terms of popularity and quality.

And these are the best episodes of the best shows. The episodes that singlehandedly define what the fantasy genre is capable of.

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These are the ten best fantasy TV episodes of the 2010s, according to IMDb.

10 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance- She Knows All The Secrets – 8.9

She Knows All the Secrets is the fifth episode of Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The entire show is brilliant, but this fifth episode especially so. According to IMDb’s brief description, “A missing Landstrider herd and an unexpected visit from the Skeksis put the All-Maudra on edge. Aughra summons Rian and the others to Dream Space.”

It stands at 8.9/10 based on approximately 800 votes, and most people agree that it serves as a significant turning point in the series. If you don’t like the show, try to stick with it until She Knows All the Secrets. Many fans found themsevles hooked after that.

9 The Witcher: Much More – 9.0

“A terrifying pack of foes lays Geralt low. Yennefer and her fellow mages prepare to fight back. A shaken Ciri depends on the kindness of a stranger.” Such is the IMDb description of Much More, The Witcher‘s eighth and final episode.

The Witcher greatly divided audiences, as critics and general audiences found it boring, poorly produced, and confusing, whereas more die-hard Witcher fans found a lot to enjoy. However, they seemed to find common ground on the season finale, which holds a 9.0/10 rating out of 13,000+ ratings. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for season two.

8 Once Upon A Time: Going Home – 9.3

You wouldn’t think Once Upon a Time would be so acclaimed. It certainly has its fan base, but it is rarely (if ever) discussed or included in the pantheon of great TV. However, it’s meteoric IMDb ratings may beg to differ. Episode eleven of season three, Going Home, currently sits at 9.3/10 with over 2,000 ratings.

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This episode that largely revolves around Pan and Storybrooke was widely revered for its sense of closure and excitement, as many fans thought that it made for a great series finale. It wasn’t, of course, but we wouldn’t be upset if it was.

7 Outlander: The Birds And The Bees – 9.4

Outlander shares a lot in common with Once Upon a Time – both are largely ignored in the pantheon of great TV, but both clearly have their share of devout and passionate followers. The season four episode The Birds and the Bees, which sees a traumatized Brianna trying to find her parents, is currently sitting at 9.4/10 based on 1,300 ratings.

Most of the acclaim stems from the episode’s emotion, especially when Brianna sees her mother again and meets Jamie for the first time. It’s a wonderful episode, and very, very beautiful.

6 Once Upon A Time: There’s No Place Like Home – 9.4

Matching Outlander‘s The Birds and the Bees is another episode of Once Upon a Time – the season three finale There’s No Place Like Home. This one sees Emma and Hook attempting to make their way back to Storybrooke without altering the entire timeline.

Sitting at 9.4/10 with over 2,200 ratings, There’s No Place Like Home is certainly one of the show’s greatest outputs. Containing all the elements that make Once Upon a Time such a fan favorite, this episode was the perfect cap to one of the show’s better seasons.

5 Outlander: Dragonfly In Amber – 9.6

This flash forward episode takes place in season two and sees Claire and a 20-year-old Brianna in 1968 Scotland, where they meet Roger Wakefield. It was a perfectly executed episode, brilliantly and clearly directed by Philip John and wondrously written by Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts.

It weaves excitement, emotion, and intrigue together into a cohesive and beautiful whole, and it sets things up nicely for the events of season three. It is easily Outlander‘s best episode.

4 Game Of Thrones: The Winds Of Winter – 9.9

Looking back on the prior seasons, it really is tragic to see just how good and exciting it once was. It was in the cultural zeitgeist for a reason, and that reason was episodes like the season six finale, The Winds of Winter.

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Sitting at a near-perfect 9.9/10 based on nearly 130,000 ratings, The Winds of Winter served as the perfect wrap for season six while setting up the dark and intriguing events of seven. Many fans consider this to be one of the last great episodes of Game of Thrones.

3 Game of Thrones: Battle Of The Bastards – 9.9

Battle of the Bastards was the perfect marriage between story and style. Much of the episode’s acclaim comes from its technical merits – the cinematic scope of the battle itself, the wondrously creative and exciting tracking shot, and the production values were all widely acclaimed and analyzed in the months following its airing.

Of course, this would all mean nothing without a good story at its heart, and The Battle of the Bastards was richly exciting for what it represented in terms of plot and character development. It’s a masterpiece.

2 Game Of Thrones: Hardhome – 9.9

Game of Thrones‘s fifth season was often criticized during its run. A lot of said criticism stemmed from its slow pace, boring plot developments, and the turgid Dorne subplot. But there was a diamond in the rough, and that diamond was Hardhome.

Hardhome was one of the show’s most cinematic efforts at the time, as it largely dealt with the horrifying Battle of Hardhome between the Wildlings and wights. The battle was expertly shot and bone-chillingly scary, and it also contained one of the most iconic final shots in the series’ history.

1 Game of Thrones: The Rains Of Castamere – 9.9

The Rains of Castamere will be studied for a long, long time. It’s not only a perfectly executed episode of television, but it’s largely responsible for the surge in Game of Thrones‘s popularity. Most of the acclaim stems from the episode’s shocking plot developments, including the now infamous Red Wedding.

It’s also interesting to note how popular Game of Thrones became following this episode. The YouTube reaction videos went viral, Game of Thrones developed a reputation for its surprising and no-holds-barred storytelling, and the show subsequently shot into the stratosphere.

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2020-02-09 01:02:37

Nathan Sharp

10 Cult Movies Of The 2010s That Defined The Decade | ScreenRant

Cult films, while not always the most universally loved or most financially successful, are some of the most influential films of all time. Despite the fact that a cult film may not have attracted the widest of audiences, they certainly attract some of the most intense.

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Films like the Rocky Horror Picture ShowAkira, and The Big Lebowski have some of the most dedicated and intense fan bases. It is because of this intense following that the films are referred to as cult films. This article will list 10 cult films that influenced the 2010s.

10 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010)

Based on the graphic novel of the same name and directed by the iconic Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs the World is one of the most visually stunning and engrossing films of the past few decades. The film follows Scott as he must defeat the evil exes of his crush, Ramona Flowers.

The film received positive feedback from critics, who praised it for its inventive visuals, humor, and a strong cast. In addition to Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, the film also starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, and pre-Marvel Chris Evans and Brie Larson.

9 The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook is one of the most inventive horror movies of the past few decades. Filmed in Adelaide, South Australia, the Babadook tells the story of a single mother who most come to terms with the loss of her husband and the troubles that single-parenthood brings, while also trying to fight off a demonic presence known as the Babadook.

Breaking away from the modern horror trend of jump scares and loud sounds, the Babadook tells a psychological story that leaves you intrigued and disturbed; for horror fans, it truly is a must-watch.

8 Sharknado (2013)

Sharknado is often given the moniker of ‘the worst movie ever’, and while it may be quite hard to argue with this, it is also what makes Sharknado such a popular and well-loved film. The film tells the story of a group of friends who must survive a mega-storm that has brought countless sharks into Los Angeles.

The film is proudly terrible and certainly does not shy away from its more insane elements. Sharknado is one of those movies that is so bad and insane that it is impossible to watch it and not enjoy it.

7 Cabin In The Woods (2011)

Cabin in the Woods tells the story of five friends who take a vacation in a secluded, woodland cabin. While the film starts by following the typical trend of a horror movie about young people in the woods, the film slowly starts breaking away from these cliches and subverting our expectations in the process.

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The film was praised by critics for its ability to craft a story that was intriguing, scary, and hilarious without diminishing the overall theme or flow of the film.

6 It Follows (2015)

Much like the BabadookIt Follows was one of the few horror movies of the past decade that was a true masterpiece. The film tells the story of a sexually transmitted curse; once someone has been cursed, an entity will follow that person and eventually kill them. Passing on the curse to another will not cure you of the curse, it will simply move you down a place on the creature’s hit-list.

The film was heavily inspired by horror films of the 80s, taking direct inspiration in its cinematography and its memorable soundtrack. Rather than relying on cheap jump scares, the film builds a heavy, terrifying atmosphere that will have you looking over your shoulder for some time.

5 What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

From the minds of Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement, What We Do in the Shadows tells the story of four vampires trying to fit into the modern world. Taking inspiration from mockumentaries like The Office and Spinal TapWhat We Do in the Shadows explores four vampires of various ages as they go about their everyday lives, detailing the trials and tribulations they face on a daily basis.

The film is one of the most original vampire movies of the last few decades, offering a smart and funny take on the vampire mythology.

4 Attack The Block (2011)

Starring pre-Star Wars John Boyega and pre-Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker, Attack the Block tells the story of a gang of young Londoners who defend their apartment block from some alien invaders. The film is a science fiction thriller with some London charm and some laugh out loud moments.

While the film may not have received the widest audience, critics praised it for its ability to combine terror, thrills, and comedy without breaking the flow of the movie.

3 The Witch (2015)

The third horror film on this list, The Witch is one of the most unnerving and disturbing films of the last decade. Directed by Robert Eggers and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch tells of the story of a family that have left Britain to take up life in New England in 1630. Strange and disturbing events begin to occur to the family, as crops begin to fail and animals begin to die, suspicion of witchcraft emerges among the family.

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The film is truly unsettling, allowing its scares to slowly build up as the film progresses, masterfully blending genuine supernatural horror with the scares of human fanaticism.

2 20,000 Days On Earth (2014)

20,000 Days on Earth is a musical documentary movie that follows the legendary singer/ songwriter Nick Cave. The film combines the real and the fictional, showing the audience insights into his songwriting process and his views and thoughts on life in general.

The movie is a must-see for any fan of Nick Cave, or even for those who are interesting in the artistic process in general. In addition to starring Nick Cave, the film also features cameos from his friends and collaborators, including Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, and Warren Ellis.

1 V/H/S (2012)

V/H/S is a horror anthology series based around a group of petty criminals who have been tasked with burgling a house to find a specific videotape. The group watches several different videotapes, each one telling a different horrifying tale, some focussing on human evil and others on supernatural horror.

Due to its nature as an anthology, there was a varying degree in quality of the horror shorts and, even though many of these stories were inventive and original, it is due to this that the film received mixed reviews from critics.

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2020-02-07 03:02:05

Sam Hutchinson

The 10 Best Sci-Fi TV Episodes Of The 2010s (According To IMDb)

Science-fiction was one of the most popular genres of television over the past decade, with more and more shows embracing the fanciful and futuristic. From anthologies like Black Mirror to satirical comedies like Rick & Morty, many of these shows have become cultural milestones that will live on for years to come. Today, we’re going to determine the greatest episodes from the last decade’s sci-fi shows by using IMDb rankings.

A quick note: to give each show a fair chance of competing for a spot, we’ve limited the list to only include one episode per show. This has the added advantage of making it easy to determine that show’s overall best episode.

10 Change Your Mind (Steven Universe, 2019) – 9.6

One of the most popular animated television series of the decade, the visually and culturally groundbreaking Cartoon Network hit Steven Universe follows the Crystal Gems who mystic, ageless aliens protecting the world alongside their tween half-alien companion Steven Universe.

While the series has had many high points, the season five finale “Change Your Mind” was arguably its finest moment. Without spoiling too much, it tied together all the remaining story threads and brought each to a fitting conclusion without feeling rushed, leaving its viewers able to fully appreciate the time they got to spend in the show’s immersive world.

9 Out Of Time (The Flash, 2015) – 9.7

Chronicling the adventures of Barry Allen, the superhero with superspeed, Marvel’s The Flash has been hailed as one of their best-ever television efforts, combining killer writing with dynamic performances and an engaging story.

The season one episode “Out of Time” has a near-perfect rating on IMDb. Sure, it introduces a new villain, and it also develops Iris and Barry’s romance quite a bit, it’s also just a good episode overall. Not a tearjerking conclusion nor a long-anticipated beginning, but rather the fruits of a clear, established plotline and a genuine directorial effort.

8 The Bicameral Mind (Westworld, 2016) – 9.7

Since its premiere in 2016, the innovative, genre-bending sci-fi series Westworld has become one of HBO’s most successful shows to date. It takes place at a futuristic Wild-West theme park where anything goes – because the only inhabitants, besides the visitors, are humanoid androids known as “hosts” that cannot refuse the request of a guest. They perform their menial tasks and then have their “brains” wiped to once again repeat the cycle of situations they’re preprogrammed to perform in. However, they began retaining memories of the past, which, unhindered, leads to them achieving sentience.

The season one finale, “The Bicameral Mind”, delivered surprises and thrills galore, and like any good episode, it left fans wanting more.

7 Lian Yu (Arrow, 2017) – 9.7

Another great show from Marvel’s television lineup, Arrow has admittedly made a few small mistakes over its run, but when it does something right (which is most of the time), it really does it right. The show follows Green Arrow, a vigilante superhero who must balance himself between his desire to right wrongs and (later in the series) his predilections against bloodshed.

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The season five finale, “Lian Yu”, gives the audience some insight into the titular character’s past, as he and his small band of allies take on the crooked district attorney/hooded archer Adrian Chase and his band of outlaws on Lian Yu, the island Arrow claimed to have been stranded on for five years all the way back in episode one.

6 Damocles: Part Two (The 100, 2018) – 9.7

The CW found unexpected success in The 100, a gripping sci-fi drama following 100 teenaged delinquents who return to Earth from an overpopulated space station, after almost a hundred years of their home planet being a wasteland stripped of life; their job is to discover if humans can return to the post-apocalyptic world safely.

The fifth season ended with “Damocles: Part Two”, an elegantly crafted tribute to the series’ previous chapters in which a definitive battle is waged between clans for possession of the ever-important Shallow Valley; the only green spot left on our barren planet.

5 Come Along With Me (Adventure Time, 2018) – 9.7

Like Steven Universe, Adventure Time was one of Cartoon Network’s most famous shows and showcased some of their most original, diverse, and emotional characters. The series follows the adventures of an energetic young boy and his shape-shifting dog, as they go on quests and hang out with side characters while watching their world, once devastated as a result of nuclear war, slowly be rebuilt.

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The season ten finale made sure to pay homage to the show’s ever-adventurous spirit, bringing the show’s carefully built story to a satisfying end while taking the characters on one final joyride through their amazing world.

4 The Beginning Part 2 (12 Monkeys, 2018) – 9.7

Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, a loose adaptation of the 1995 Terry Gilliam film of the same name, is a bizarre, unique time-travel series following an unlikely duo brought together by fate to take down the terrorist organization known only as “the Army of the 12 Monkeys”.

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The series finale, oddly titled “The Beginning”, is a two-parter focusing on the final conflict between the two forces, as deadly viruses, parallel universes, and time-travel paradoxes all come into play. The episode continues in following the often confusing but firmly grounded logic of the series, which, oddly enough, was what made it a hit in the first place.

3 Not What He Seems (Gravity Falls, 2015) – 9.8

Gravity Falls was a unique TV treasure that aired on the Disney Channel from 2012 to 2016. It many ways, it was the precursor to the witty, thrilling sci-fi animated series that can often be found on television nowadays; as its clever plotting and dialogue – as well as its overall aesthetic design – made it an instant hit with both kids and adults.

The season two episode “Not What He Seems” perfectly defines the show’s humor, heart, and overall sense of mystery; ending on a thrilling cliffhanger that the show’s fans would have to wait nearly four months to get a resolution to.

2 The Ricklantis Mixup (Rick And Morty, 2017) – 9.8

Very heavily inspired by the creativity and overall framework of Gravity Falls (although aimed at a much more adult audience), the Adult Swim series Rick and Morty has attained a huge cult following, characterized by its massive fanbase, that puts it in a league of its own among adult animation. It follows the adventures of “mad scientist” Rick Sanchez, an egotistic introvert who strays from social norms, and his grandson Morty Smith, a fourteen-year-old boy who, for the most part, is just trying to do his best and solve situations with logic and reason as he and Rick travel through space, time, and reality.

The season three episode “The Ricklantis Mixup” has become a clear front-runner in terms of fan-favorites, in part due to its portrayal of a multitude of alternate-universe Ricks and Mortys, but also due to its character development, deadpan humor, and winning wit.

1 If-Then-Else (Person Of Interest, 2015) – 9.9

Known for his work on other sci-fi shows like Westworld and Lost, J.J. Abrams brings his distinct creative flair to television series Person of Interest, which follows a billionaire technological genius who creates an artificial intelligence program (known as “The Machine”) capable of predicting terrorist attacks; teaming up with a former CIA agent to take down those deemed future perpetrators.

Season four’s “If-Then-Else” follows The Machine as it tries to save the now-larger team from a perilous situation by ranking possible courses of action. The critically-acclaimed episode was praised for its inventiveness, style, and ending, with IGN deeming it a “masterpiece.”

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2020-01-24 01:01:23

Izak Bulten

Take-Two & Activision Dominated The 2010s With GTAV & Call of Duty Sales

A list of the top ten best-selling games from the past decade have dropped, confirming that people apparently really like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. There have been some truly great games released over the past decade, many of which never truly got the love they deserve. Titles like BioShock Infinite and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are some of the greatest games ever released, but quality doesn’t always ensure high sales as both failed to make the top ten list.

Looking at annual sales, it always appeared as if a Call of Duty entry or two would be a frontrunner for placement on such a list, while other sales successes from the past decade have included a number of triumphs like Pokemon GO. Niantic’s aforemtnioned mobile take on the pocket monster franchise actually just had its most profitable year ever in 2019, but the nature of the game exlcusided it for inclusion on this US sales list.

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Instead, the entirety of the list is based on dollar sales in the United States of America. This means cash exchanged for physical/digital software rather than free-to-play iniatives like the previously touched on Pokemon GO or even Epic Games’ super popular Fortnite. These numbers have been compiled by the NDP Group (via Mat Piscatella on Twitter) and are in order from first to last. Check it out below.

  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (Take-Two Interactive)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Activision Blizzard)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision Blizzard)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Take-Two Interactive)
  • Call of Duty: WWII (Activision Blizzard)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Activision Blizzard)
  • Minecraft (Microsoft)

Call of Duty/Activision absolutely dominated the charts, nabbing a total of seven spots in the top ten. While that’s a scarily impressive feat for any franchise to achieve, Rockstar Games/Take-Two also got a fair bit of love by scoring the top spot with Grand Theft Auto 5 and the 7th spot with the more recent Red Dead Redemption 2. Meanwhile, Minecraft managed to sneak onto the list at number 10, which is a fantastic position for the Microsoft-owned series to be in.

All in all, none of the placements come as a shock. Each of these titles have proven to be absolute juggernatus since their launch, and success is likely to continue for each of the companies and franchises featured on this list. What will be really interesting is to see what makes the list for the next decade.

Next: Borderlands 3 Hits Over 5 Million In Sales Despite Epic Exclusivity

Source: Matt Piscatella – Twitter



2020-01-17 01:01:41

Riley Little

10 Unbelievable Uses Of Practical Effects In Movies Of The 2010s

In the modern era of filmmaking, the use of practical effects have taken a back seat to the easier, and often more financially viable option of CGI. When done right, CGI can look great and it allows filmmakers an endless amount of creative direction. When done poorly, however, it can pull audiences out of the narrative, affecting the overall entertainment-factor of a film.

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Practical effects, on the other hand, when done right can draw viewers further into a film’s narrative, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the more grounded, yet still fantastical imagery they see before them. Practical effects include (but are not limited to) the use of animatronics, puppetry, makeup, miniatures, stunts, custom rigging, explosions, squibs and more! Often is the case that films with great practical effects will have some CGI added to enhance the overall effect, which is true for most of the films in the list below.

10 Fast Five (2011) – Vault Theft Car Chase Scene

The Fast & Furious films are well known for having awesome practical effects but none more so than the vault theft and follow-up car chase scene from 2011’s Fast Five. In the scene, Vin Diesel’s gang of high-octane rebels attach cables to a massive bank vault and literally rip it out of the wall, dragging it in a high-speed chase through the streets of Rio De Janeiro. As they try to outmaneuver the police, the vault drifts and glides across the streets, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

To get the desired effect, the filmmakers built a custom car and then placed a physical vault prop around it. A stunt driver would man the custom vehicle and follow the two cars that were dragging it along the streets, being sure to get all the right swerves and slides that the script called for with precision accuracy.

9 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) – Burj Khalifa Set Piece

Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible franchise have become synonymous with death-defying stunt-work in their epic action set-pieces.

One of the most high-risk stunts that Cruise attempted for this franchise saw the action star traipsing around the outside of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – ie. the world’s tallest building. This was all filmed practically with Cruise actually hanging on for dear life trying to get the right shot for director Brad Bird. It paid off immensely in the end.

8 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Plane Hijack Scene

Christopher Nolan is one of the few working directors today that puts practical effects first over CGI and the end result always makes for an amazing, visceral scene.

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The Dark Knight Rises features one of the most impressive practical effects out of all his films in the opening scene. The film’s lead villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), and his henchmen hijack a plane and then proceed to blow the top of it and board another plane while in mid-air! The scene was all shot in the sky by a team of daredevil stuntmen alongside Nolan’s courageous camera crew, with the end result putting audiences at the edge of their seats.

7 Skyfall (2012) – Train Fight

The James Bond franchise is another that’s known for its awe-inspiring set pieces. There are still times when the filmmakers opt for an ultra-realistic visual effect. Such is the case with the train fight in Sam Mendes’ Skyfall.

In the scene, we see Daniel Craig’s James Bond fight one of his many adversaries in hand-to-hand combat on top of a speeding train. This was all shot on top of an actual moving train, with special wires keeping the actors in place to help them avoid falling off. Fisticuffs are always fun to watch in movies, but they’re so much more gratifying when the stakes are this high.

6 Django Unchained (2012) – Bloodbath Shootout

Another director that enjoys a good, practical action scene is none other than Quentin Tarantino. The epic sword-fight scene from Kill Bill was recently upstaged by the climactic shootout in Django Unchained. It wasn’t the choreography that stood out in this scene, but rather the enormous amount of blood spilled from the unlucky souls that had to cross paths with Jamie Foxx’s Django in the film’s finale.

The feature of this awesome shootout scene is the humble squib. For the uninitiated, a squib is a small explosive patch that’s stuck onto the bodies of actors/stuntmen and is triggered at the point a bullet were to hit a human body, resulting in an explosion of blood. Tarantino takes it to the next level in this scene.

5 Evil Dead (2013) – All Effects

In what is a rare occurrence these days, director Fede Alvarez used practical effects for all of the high-impact violence in his remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 seminal horror classic, The Evil Dead. Alvarez went down this path to pay tribute to Raimi, who himself had to use practical effects due to budget constraints on the original.

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The end result was a lot more horrific than what would have been achieved had he used CGI to create the effects, with the mutilation and gore all feeling a little too real, much to the delight of horror fans. Thousands of gallons of fake blood were used in the film, which should say enough about what to expect from this one if you haven’t seen it yet.

4 Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – Mech Combat Suits

Doug Liman’s groundhog day-inspired action/sci-fi flick Edge of Tomorrow saw Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt having to gear up in mechanical combat suits to fight aliens. The film did feature a lot of CGI, but the suits were real props and they were no joke, weighing in at anywhere between 85-125 pounds.

The actors would have to wear these suits for months while at times being suspended on wires to create the film’s epic action sequences. The mech suits could have easily been added in post-production, however, the practical element allowed the actors to really immerse themselves in their roles and realistically portray what it would have felt like to be a combat warrior in that world.

3 Hardcore Henry (2015) – POV Action

The action/sci-fi film Hardcore Henry was shot entirely from the first-person view of the titular character, who sets out on a mission to kill a group of mercenaries that have abducted his wife. Being shot in this way meant the audience could jump into the shoes of Henry and experience what it would be like to play a violent action-hero (not unlike playing a first-person video-game shooter, minus the interactivity).

The filmmakers cleverly built a special camera rig that the actor would wear on his head like a helmet, that would shoot footage as he enacted his scenes. Custom-built camera rigs are often required in order to create an illusion of some sort, and it was expertly designed and handled in this film.

2 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Vehicle Chase Scenes

Another film that predominantly used practical effects to create its post-apocalyptic world was George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Much like his past entries in the franchise, Miller and his team went all out on designing custom weaponized vehicles to create some of the most exciting action sequences in recent memory.

With some excellent stunt choreography and intricate costume and prop designs, the intense vehicle chase scenes had audiences on the edge of their seats and would go on to become legendary (especially that custom flame-throwing guitar). Miller’s desire to go practical for these scenes intensified them even further, making for some splendidly riveting action.

1 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – Animatronic/Puppet Dinosaurs

Both Jurassic World and its sequel, Fallen Kingdom, were heavily filled with CGI, so it’s easy to forget that they used some stunning, practical creature designs in the making of the films. Fallen Kingdom featured practically-designed dinosaurs for some close-up scenes for some additional authenticity, as well as suspense.

It’s virtually impossible to create a modern-day film where the subjects are ancient reptilian creatures, so the filmmakers must be forgiven for recreating them with some computer wizardry where necessary. It’s a testament to the filmmakers that they decided to use any practical effects at all, and they nailed the aesthetic of the hand-made dinosaurs in the end.

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2020-01-10 01:01:01

Nick Janks