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The 9 Greatest Stunts From Jean-Claude Van Damme Movies (& 1 Crazy Rattlesnake Moment)The

Though most cinephiles look at Jean-Claude Van Damme as the martial arts guy with the funny accent, JCVD represents more to many action movie aficionados. His filmography starts by representing the excesses of the 80s and 90s, only to become more self-aware in its later years, finally becoming comfortable in its cheesiness.

RELATED: The Ultimate ’80s Movie Gift Guide

A Van Damme movie might not always be art-house cinema, but it’s always exciting. So instead of focusing on what it isn’t, let’s celebrate its exciting extravagance by taking a look at the ten greatest stunts and set pieces ever filmed by the Muscles from Brussels.

10 Kicking A Cigar Out Of A Dead Man’s Face (Hard Target)

The first entry on this list, from the 1993 classic Hard Target, is simple, yet elegant. It showcases JCVD’s grace and precision with a single strike: This spin-kick is so on point that it not only knocks down the bad guy for good, it also kicks the cigar right out of his mouth. Some points have to be deducted since the baddie had already been shot multiple times before this feat was achieved and was basically dead on his feet at that point.

9 Kicks A Knife Into A Man’s Chest (The Expendables 2)

This one is similar to the first entry but differs in two important places. The first one is that Van Damme is actually the bad guy in this scene. The second one is that this spin kick actually causes his enemy’s demise, unlike the one in Hard Target.

RELATED: 10 Of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Most Badass Characters, Ranked

The precision is still there: His henchman gives him a tiny target, that being the handle of a knife, and JCVD hits it with deadly accuracy, like a lethal version of the bottle cap challenge.

8 Fighting The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mascot (Sudden Death)

Sudden Death might be one of Van Damme’s most underappreciated movies, which is a shame because it contains one of the most quintessential JCVD scenes ever filmed: His fight with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ mascot mixes in real danger with goofy moments to create a true showcase of the man’s brand: action and drama that never takes itself too seriously.

RELATED: 10 Horror Movies From The ’80s That Will Still Terrify You Today

The highlight here is surely the multiple punches and kicks to the mascot’s suit, which somehow damages the villain that’s inside the fluffy armor anyway.

7 Splitting On A Kitchen Counter To Avoid Being Electrocuted (Timecop)

When Van Damme is not busy doing the splits in mid-air to kick someone’s head off, he also enjoys doing the splits for other reasons: He does it as a crowd-pleasing move in Double Impact, and he does it for training purposes in… every one of his movies, more or less.

RELATED: Predator Cinematographer Confirms Jean-Claude Van Damme Easter Egg

In Timecop, it’s a life-saving measure. When cornered by a bad guy with a taser and a floor full of water, his only choice is to split on top of a kitchen counter. The guy must have been really good at playing “The Floor Is Lava”.

6 The Entire Fruit Market Fight Scene (Knock Off)

A more elaborate set piece, the fruit market fight scene in Knock Off is a combination of multiple stunts filmed at a more frantic pace than what JCVD usually does. In fact, it’s almost reminiscent of a Jackie Chan movie. From defending against multiple machete-wielding henchmen to carrying Rob Schneider to safety through an entire brawl, Van Damme shows once again that he can make the most unbelievable bits entertaining. This is ten minutes of action that save an otherwise mediocre film.

5 A Dance And A Fight (Kickboxer)

Probably one of the most famous Van Damme moments of all-time, and there’s a reason why people still talk about it. Kickboxer is an otherwise brutal film, one that concentrates on gritty training montages and violent in-ring fights.

RELATED: ’80s Movie Replicas You Can Actually Own

The dance scene, where Van Damme shows that he can get his groove on and beat up some nameless baddies in one fluid motion, is the culmination of everything the man trained for in real-life: It’s his mastery of karate mixed with his ballet training that gives him an elegance few other action stars can imitate.

4 Fighting Mickey Rourke In A Roman Coliseum Surrounded By Land Mines (Double Team)

The set-up is absolutely ludicrous: Van Damme, trying to save a baby, has to fight Mickey Rourke during his craziest period, in the middle of a Roman Coliseum, with land mines buried at random places. Also, there’s a tiger on the loose, and he has to carry Dennis Rodman to action movie respectability.

RELATED: Van Damme Wanted The Predator To Kickbox

It shouldn’t work (and it arguably doesn’t on pure artistic merits), but it does make for one unforgettable scene, especially when he tops it off by shielding himself from a deadly explosion with a Coke machine.

3 Van Damme, The One-Man Army (Universal Soldier: Regeneration)

For a pure, no non-sense look at what makes Jean-Claude Van Damme such a great action star, one should look at the final 15 minutes of Universal Soldier: Regeneration. In one long scene, Van Damme takes down an entire army.

RELATED: 5 ’90s Action Movies That Didn’t Age Well (& 5 That Only Got Better)

First, he mows them down with his gun; when that runs out, he switches to a knife, and then his bare hands. He finishes this symphony of destruction by killing his old nemesis (Dolph Lundgren’s Andrew Scott), and by taking down the new bad guy played by Andrei Arlovski. Probably Van Damme’ most thrilling burst of action.

2 The Fight Against Chong Li (Bloodsport)

All of Bloodsport should be on this list, but one particular scene pushes it over the top: The final fight with Chong Li, where Van Damme’s Frank Dux finally puts it all together and avenges everyone. It’s not too drawn out, and it’s brutal to a point where you begin to wonder if Van Damme and Bolo Yeung were even trying to pull their punches and kicks. It’s a masterpiece of martial arts filmmaking.

1 Biting The Tail Off A Rattlesnake To Use It As A Booby Trap (Hard Target)

And now, for the craziest thing Van Damme ever had to do: When confronted by a dangerous rattlesnake in a Louisiana bayou, the magnificently named Chance Boudreaux does not flinch. Instead, he grabs it by throat, punches it into unconsciousness, and leaves it up in a tree as a trap for the people hunting him. What’s crazier is that IT WORKS. Of course, it’s hardly a stunt, as Van Damme was never in any real danger and did not actually fight anyone other than a snake puppet, but it’s too iconic not to mention.

NEXT: We Die Young Trailer: Jean-Claude Van Damme Battles Drug Lords


2019-07-13 05:07:56

Guy Desmarais

The 9 Greatest Stunts From Jean-Claude Van Damme Movies (& 1 Crazy Rattlesnake Moment)The

Though most cinephiles look at Jean-Claude Van Damme as the martial arts guy with the funny accent, JCVD represents more to many action movie aficionados. His filmography starts by representing the excesses of the 80s and 90s, only to become more self-aware in its later years, finally becoming comfortable in its cheesiness.

RELATED: The Ultimate ’80s Movie Gift Guide

A Van Damme movie might not always be art-house cinema, but it’s always exciting. So instead of focusing on what it isn’t, let’s celebrate its exciting extravagance by taking a look at the ten greatest stunts and set pieces ever filmed by the Muscles from Brussels.

10 Kicking A Cigar Out Of A Dead Man’s Face (Hard Target)

The first entry on this list, from the 1993 classic Hard Target, is simple, yet elegant. It showcases JCVD’s grace and precision with a single strike: This spin-kick is so on point that it not only knocks down the bad guy for good, it also kicks the cigar right out of his mouth. Some points have to be deducted since the baddie had already been shot multiple times before this feat was achieved and was basically dead on his feet at that point.

9 Kicks A Knife Into A Man’s Chest (The Expendables 2)

This one is similar to the first entry but differs in two important places. The first one is that Van Damme is actually the bad guy in this scene. The second one is that this spin kick actually causes his enemy’s demise, unlike the one in Hard Target.

RELATED: 10 Of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Most Badass Characters, Ranked

The precision is still there: His henchman gives him a tiny target, that being the handle of a knife, and JCVD hits it with deadly accuracy, like a lethal version of the bottle cap challenge.

8 Fighting The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mascot (Sudden Death)

Sudden Death might be one of Van Damme’s most underappreciated movies, which is a shame because it contains one of the most quintessential JCVD scenes ever filmed: His fight with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ mascot mixes in real danger with goofy moments to create a true showcase of the man’s brand: action and drama that never takes itself too seriously.

RELATED: 10 Horror Movies From The ’80s That Will Still Terrify You Today

The highlight here is surely the multiple punches and kicks to the mascot’s suit, which somehow damages the villain that’s inside the fluffy armor anyway.

7 Splitting On A Kitchen Counter To Avoid Being Electrocuted (Timecop)

When Van Damme is not busy doing the splits in mid-air to kick someone’s head off, he also enjoys doing the splits for other reasons: He does it as a crowd-pleasing move in Double Impact, and he does it for training purposes in… every one of his movies, more or less.

RELATED: Predator Cinematographer Confirms Jean-Claude Van Damme Easter Egg

In Timecop, it’s a life-saving measure. When cornered by a bad guy with a taser and a floor full of water, his only choice is to split on top of a kitchen counter. The guy must have been really good at playing “The Floor Is Lava”.

6 The Entire Fruit Market Fight Scene (Knock Off)

A more elaborate set piece, the fruit market fight scene in Knock Off is a combination of multiple stunts filmed at a more frantic pace than what JCVD usually does. In fact, it’s almost reminiscent of a Jackie Chan movie. From defending against multiple machete-wielding henchmen to carrying Rob Schneider to safety through an entire brawl, Van Damme shows once again that he can make the most unbelievable bits entertaining. This is ten minutes of action that save an otherwise mediocre film.

5 A Dance And A Fight (Kickboxer)

Probably one of the most famous Van Damme moments of all-time, and there’s a reason why people still talk about it. Kickboxer is an otherwise brutal film, one that concentrates on gritty training montages and violent in-ring fights.

RELATED: ’80s Movie Replicas You Can Actually Own

The dance scene, where Van Damme shows that he can get his groove on and beat up some nameless baddies in one fluid motion, is the culmination of everything the man trained for in real-life: It’s his mastery of karate mixed with his ballet training that gives him an elegance few other action stars can imitate.

4 Fighting Mickey Rourke In A Roman Coliseum Surrounded By Land Mines (Double Team)

The set-up is absolutely ludicrous: Van Damme, trying to save a baby, has to fight Mickey Rourke during his craziest period, in the middle of a Roman Coliseum, with land mines buried at random places. Also, there’s a tiger on the loose, and he has to carry Dennis Rodman to action movie respectability.

RELATED: Van Damme Wanted The Predator To Kickbox

It shouldn’t work (and it arguably doesn’t on pure artistic merits), but it does make for one unforgettable scene, especially when he tops it off by shielding himself from a deadly explosion with a Coke machine.

3 Van Damme, The One-Man Army (Universal Soldier: Regeneration)

For a pure, no non-sense look at what makes Jean-Claude Van Damme such a great action star, one should look at the final 15 minutes of Universal Soldier: Regeneration. In one long scene, Van Damme takes down an entire army.

RELATED: 5 ’90s Action Movies That Didn’t Age Well (& 5 That Only Got Better)

First, he mows them down with his gun; when that runs out, he switches to a knife, and then his bare hands. He finishes this symphony of destruction by killing his old nemesis (Dolph Lundgren’s Andrew Scott), and by taking down the new bad guy played by Andrei Arlovski. Probably Van Damme’ most thrilling burst of action.

2 The Fight Against Chong Li (Bloodsport)

All of Bloodsport should be on this list, but one particular scene pushes it over the top: The final fight with Chong Li, where Van Damme’s Frank Dux finally puts it all together and avenges everyone. It’s not too drawn out, and it’s brutal to a point where you begin to wonder if Van Damme and Bolo Yeung were even trying to pull their punches and kicks. It’s a masterpiece of martial arts filmmaking.

1 Biting The Tail Off A Rattlesnake To Use It As A Booby Trap (Hard Target)

And now, for the craziest thing Van Damme ever had to do: When confronted by a dangerous rattlesnake in a Louisiana bayou, the magnificently named Chance Boudreaux does not flinch. Instead, he grabs it by throat, punches it into unconsciousness, and leaves it up in a tree as a trap for the people hunting him. What’s crazier is that IT WORKS. Of course, it’s hardly a stunt, as Van Damme was never in any real danger and did not actually fight anyone other than a snake puppet, but it’s too iconic not to mention.

NEXT: We Die Young Trailer: Jean-Claude Van Damme Battles Drug Lords


2019-07-13 05:07:56

Guy Desmarais

The 10 Greatest Lines From Beetlejuice | ScreenRant

Tim Burton has been the mastermind behind several popular movies, but among his most famous is the 1988 film Beetlejuice. The film stars Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse, a malicious spirit that helps Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) rid their home of the new family that moved in. The film was well-received upon its release, even winning the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

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Today, the film has survived the test of time, with Keaton’s famous character still being a part of our pop culture. Between the special effects, story, and dialogue, Beetlejuice did a lot of things right. Without further ado, here are The 10 Greatest Lines from Beetlejuice.

10 “LET’S TURN ON THE JUICE AND SEE WHAT SHAKES LOOSE”

With as unpleasant as the Deetzes are, it makes sense why Adam and Barbara would want them out of their home, no matter the cost. Betelgeuse is creepy enough in his human form, but later on in the movie, he transforms into a snake with a giant head to scare the Deetzes.

Right before he goes into the mortal world, he says, “Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.” The line comes just moments before one of the most iconic scenes in the movie, but the line itself is something you can only imagine from Beetlejuice.

9 “IT’S SHOWTIME”

The characters in Beetlejuice are quick to find out that getting help from Betelgeuse does more harm than good. Unfortunately, Lydia doesn’t have a choice near the end of the film after Otho performs a séance to summon Adam and Barbara. This causes the couple to quickly decay once brought into the mortal world, so Lydia agrees to marry Betelgeuse so that he will save her friends.

After she says “Betelgeuse” for the third time, Betelgeuse stretches out his arms and says, “It’s showtime” as lightning strikes in the background. The line is among the most iconic lines of the film, as well as being extremely quotable.

8 “I’VE SEEN THE EXORCIST ABOUT 167 TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT”

Soon after Barbara and Adam realize they are dead, a new family moves into their home. Living as ghosts, Barbara and Adam want the obnoxious family gone so that they can live in peace. To do so, they hire Betelgeuse, who is advertising himself as a “bio-exorcist.” After saying his name three times, the couple is transported inside Adam’s miniature town, where they look for Betelgeuse.

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When they do find him, Barbara asks what his credentials are, to which Betelgeuse replies, “Well, I attended Julliard, I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen The Exorcist about 167 times and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it! Not to mention the fact that you’re talking to a dead guy. Now what do you think? You think I’m qualified?”

7 “I’M THE GHOST WITH THE MOST, BABE”

One of the first times Lydia interacts with Betelgeuse, the character is tanning from the lights on a strip club in Adam’s miniature town. Lydia comes to talk to Betelgeuse and asks if he is a ghost, to which the character replies, “I’m the ghost with the most babe.” Betelgeuse then tries to get Lydia to say his name three times, but he can’t just tell her his name.

The two characters then play charades so that Lydia can figure out his name, which also made for a comedic scene, with Betelgeuse conjuring up a beetle and a carton of orange juice.

6 “NEVER TRUST THE LIVING”

After Betelgeuse is distracted by a strip club, Adam and Barbara go to see their caseworker Juno, who chews them out for their recent decisions. Not only did the couple try to get help from Betelgeuse, but they also got photographed by Lydia and allowed Otho to steal their copy of the Handbook For The Recently Deceased.

Confused on how Otho got their copy of the book, Juno explains, “Never trust the living.” Juno was always quite blunt when she talked with Barbara and Adam, but most of the times, she was right.

5 “I WOULD RATHER TALK ABOUT… DAY-O… DAY-O”

Out of all the scenes in Beetlejuice, the dinner scene featuring the Banana Boat Song is one of the most well-known scenes. The scene comes when Charles invites his business associates over for dinner. The topic of ghosts and the paranormal quickly comes up in conversation, with Lydia explaining that she has seen ghosts in their house.

Delia wants to change the subject and says, “I would rather talk about…Day-O… Day-O.” Catherine O’Hara then lipsyncs the Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte as all of the dinner members start dancing uncontrollably. The scene ends with their shrimp dinners turning into hands and grabbing their faces, before throwing them backward.

4 “I MYSELF AM STRANGE AND UNUSUAL”

Winona Ryder is known today for her role of Joyce Byers in Stranger Things, but the actress has been starring in films since the late ‘80s. One of her earliest roles was that of Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice. Lydia was a goth teenager who enjoyed photography and showed a special interest in the afterlife.

Needless to say, she was thrilled when she realized her house had two ghosts living in it. When explaining to Adam and Barbara how she is able to see them, she tells them that the Handbook For The Recently Deceased said that “Live people ignore the strange and unusual,” further revealing, “I myself am strange and unusual.

3 “THANKS, I’VE BEEN FEELING A LITTLE FLAT”

Since Barbara and Adam had trouble adjusting to being dead, they visit their caseworker named Juno in the Netherworld. They enter a waiting room, where they meet several people who died in horrible ways. They see a smoker who is burned to a crisp, a hunter with a shrunken head, and even a woman cut completely in half.

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When it’s time to see Juno, they are called in by a man who looks to have been run over by a semi-truck since he is completely flat. Adam tells him he looks fine, to which the man responds, “Thanks, I’ve been feeling a little flat.

2 “A LITTLE GASOLINE… BLOWTORCH… NO PROBLEM”

Catherine O’Hara’s character in Beetlejuice is very overdramatic and has a passion for modern art. Not caring what her husband or step-daughter wants, Delia decides to completely redesign their new home. When they first arrive at the Maitlands’ home, Delia and Otho begin spray-painting walls that need to be torn down and thinking of ways to “improve” the house.

At one point Delia says that all she needs is “A little gasoline… blowtorch… no problem.” The character was eccentric, to say the least, and this line is a prime example of that.

1 “GO AHEAD, MAKE MY MILLENNIUM”

After Adam and Barbara realize that Lydia isn’t like the rest of her family, they don’t want Betelgeuse to scare her anymore. There is no reasoning with the spirit, but Adam and Barbara have a slight advantage since they aren’t stuck in Adam’s miniature town.

Trying to force him to listen to her, Barbara picks up the little Betelgeuse with her fingers, but her fingers are pricked after Betelgeuse protrudes spikes from his body. After falling to the ground, he stands back up and says, “Go ahead, make my millennium.” The line is a reference to Clint Eastwood’s line “Go ahead, make my day”  from Sudden Impact, which only became even more famous after Beetlejuice parodied it.

NEXT: 10 Horror Movies From The ‘80s That Will Still Terrify You Today


2019-07-11 03:07:16

Christopher Fiduccia

10 Greatest Movie Anti-Heroes, Ranked | ScreenRant

In the grand tradition of “everyone likes the bad boy,” Hollywood is littered when anti-heroes and vigilantes. Memorable anti-heroes aren’t very nice guys, but somewhere, deep down in their black hearts and dark souls, is someone with the capacity for good. Han Solo is a pretty decent example. But it’s also a little too obvious that’s he’s one of the good guys, no matter how much he tries to sound like a bad boy. Just because you’re the star of the movie also doesn’t make you an anti-hero, so guys like Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) or Michael Corleone (The Godfather) are out. They might be the hero of their story, but to the rest of society, they have no redeeming qualities. They’re more like sympathetic villains.

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Defined, anti-heroes are the main character of a story and they lack the conventional heroic qualities. You might agree with their philosophies, but not their methods. They don’t wear white hats and they’re not nice guys, but when the anti-hero comes around, the jobs going to get done by any means necessary. Here are 10 Greatest Movie Anti-Heroes, Ranked.

10 Leon – Léon, The Professional

Somedays you just have no choice but to open your door and help. Despite being a vicious trained assassin, Leon wasn’t going to allow his young neighbor Mathilda to be murdered in cold blood by the crooked DEA agent who just slaughtered the rest of her family.

Jean Reno gives an epic performance as an illiterate, fairly uneducated man who happens be a contract killer. He takes Mathilda in and she teaches him how to read and write, while he teaches her how to make a great shot and get revenge for her family.

9 D-Fens – Falling Down

Falling Down is the kind of movie that the Joker would enjoy. It only took a little push to drive William Foster off the deep end. Recently laid off and divorced with a restraining order, his car air conditioner breaks down on him. Foster then decides to abandon his car and trek through Los Angeles on one of the hottest days of the year to attend his daughter’s birthday.

Everyone he encounters accosts him for some reason or another, which he somehow avoids any injury and winds up taking their weapons instead, continuing on his journey with a diatribe about society and how it treats people. Even the cop chasing him agrees with his rhetoric, but certainly not his means.

8 Hannibal Lecter – The Silence Of The Lambs

The build-up to meeting Dr. Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs was well worth the wait. Anthony Hopkins became a household name in less than 20 minutes of screen time. It is established very quickly just how dangerous he is. He’s behind glass, the very last cell in the block.

The FBI and young trainee Clarice Starling seeks the help of the cannibal killer to catch another psychopath, Buffalo Bill, who has kidnapped his latest victim. The “quid-pro-quo” between Hannibal Lecter and Starling is the crux of the film and the very thing that helps Clarice find Bill and save young Catherine Martin.

7 Seth Gecko – From Dusk Til Dawn

The Gecko Brothers have been on the run after robbing a few banks. Seth tries to keep his creepy bother Richie in line, but that’s a tough task. They wind up kidnapping a family traveling in a camper to help them travel across the border.

The family just has to deal with the brothers From Dusk Til Dawn until Seth and Richie meet their contact, Carlos. The bar they wait in happens to be filled with vampires, leading Seth, Jacob, and the patriarch of the kidnapped family to form an uneasy alliance to try and save themselves and their families.

6 Snake Plissken – Escape From New York / L.A.

Snake is an analogue hero for a digital age. John Carpenter’s Escape movies takes place in futures that (thankfully) never happened. Perhaps we have Snake to thank for that. Both movies feature Snake, arrested as an enemy of the state being coerced to help rescue the President (New York) and rescue the President’s daughter (L.A.).

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More importantly, in both movies, Snake has to also retrieve a tape that might avert nuclear war and a superweapon that could turn off all of the planet’s electrical systems. In both instances, Snake finds a way to betray his original agreement and betray the government that he feels turned their back on him.

5 Frank Castle – Punisher

How Frank Castle becomes the Punisher, no one could really blame him for. After his family murdered in a mob hit, Frank wages a one-man war on crime to get vengeance for himself and his murdered family in both movie adaptations and the Netflix series.

That might be acceptable in a Death Wish-sort of way. But he couldn’t stop. Between the trauma of losing his family and whatever happened to him in the wars that he fought, Castle just keeps murdering hapless mobsters and big-time bad guys that cross his path.

4 John Rambo – First Blood

Most of the Rambo franchise featuring Sylvester Stallone in a red bandanna, ripped torso, and a gun machine. However, the first film, First Blood, was a very different kind of war film that populated the rest of the eighties.

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He stars as a Vietnam vet who just lost his friend and wanders into a small town in Washington. When he is bullied by the town’s police force, it triggers a massive PTSD attack and Rambo begins an assault that this town has probably never seen before.

3 Leonard Shelby – Memento

Leonard Shelby was an insurance investigator that now suffers from anterograde amnesia and can’t remember anything past 15 minutes. That makes finding out who killed his wife and left him like this very difficult.

He certainly tries with a series of pictures and tattoos to help him remember who he is looking for, license plate numbers, who he can trust, and who he can’t. But how can you trust yourself when you can’t remember only a few short minutes ago?

2 Randal Graves – Clerks

Not all anti-heroes star in dark, gritty dramas and action movies. Occasionally, they’re part of classic comedies. In Kevin Smith’s landmark indie film, Clerks, we meet Randal Graves for the first time.

He’s a perennial slacker who does whatever he pleases: harassing customers, ordered lewd movies for the video store in front of kids, and even outright closing the store midday to go across the street and hang with Dante. While all of this seems horrible to some (including Dante), Randal’s love for his best friend outweighs a lot of the bad.

1 Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction

In Pulp Fiction, Jules Winnfield is a matter-of-fact hitman. It’s not known whether he enjoys his job or not, it’s just what he does. He has a very introspective moment when he and his partner, Vincent, survive a punk shooting them at point-blank range.

Not only do they survive but survive completely unscathed. He uses this as the basis for his decision to retire. He does have to stop two petty crooks from robbing the diner first.

NEXT: 10 Pre-Star Wars Sci-Fi Movies That Are Still Worth Watching


2019-07-11 01:07:49

Eric Rhodes

Krypton Turns A Superman Villain Into The Greatest Weapon Against Zod

Brainiac (Blake Ritson) just became Seg-El’s greatest weapon in season 2 of Syfy’s Krypton. Due to a surprising twist, the classic Superman villain and “big bad” of season 1 may actually be the key to defeating General Zod (Colin Salmon) and restoring Superman’s legacy.

After Seg (Cameron Cuffe) and Brainiac escaped from the Phantom Zone in the Krypton season 2 premiere, Seg seemingly killed Brainiac by bludgeoning him to death with a stick, but Brainiac somehow found a way to live on inside of Seg’s mind. While being hunted by Lobo (Emmett J. Scanlan), Seg and Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) found a way to get Brainiac out of his head. However, last week’s episode revealed that Brainiac isn’t completely gone: Seg discovered that Brainiac’s continued presence in his mind is what allowed him to withstand Zod’s brainwashing device.

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In Krypton season 2, episode 5, titled “A Better Yesterday”, Seg communicates directly with Brainiac who explains that only an “infinite decimal fragment” of him still exists within Seg. Brainiac tries to help Seg after he is captured by Zod, and Lyta (Georgina Campbell) becomes a hostage of Jax-Ur (Hannah Waddingham). Under Brainiac’s direction, Seg attempts to kill Zod. After this fails, Seg is able to escape. When Zod’s men intercept him, Brainiac warns him of their exact locations, making it possible for him to kill them all before they can attack.

While Brainiac’s advice doesn’t help Seg save Lyta, it is the reason he was able to save himself. If Brainiac continues to help Seg, he can be the rebels’ trump card in the war against Zod, since he plays an unexpected role that Zod never counted on. This was demonstrated earlier in the episode when Zod experiences a rare moment of confusion. Zod couldn’t understand how the “Somatic Reconditioning” program failed to work on Seg. As long as Brainiac being alive in Seg’s mind remains a secret, Zod will remain at a disadvantage.

It remains to be seen how Seg’s allies will respond when they learn the truth about Brainiac as Krypton season 2 progresses. No one will want to trust the alien who threatened their entire civilization. Of course, it’s true that despite Brainiac’s usefulness, he cannot be trusted. Brainiac may be an ally for now, but that will surely change if Brainiac acquires a new host. Until then, it will be interesting to see how Brainiac’s alliance with Seg plays out, now that Seg’s greatest enemy is suddenly the only person who can help him take down Zod.

More: Lobo’s Healing Factor Gave Krypton Its Most Insane Moment Yet

Krypton season 2 continues Wednesdays at 10pm on Syfy.


2019-07-10 08:07:12

Nicholas Raymond

5 Greatest Movies Directed By Famous Hollywood Actors (& 5 Of The Worst)

Every once in a while, a famous Hollywood actor will show the world that they are more than just a pretty face. It is always exciting to see a celebrity take a break from being in front of the screen, and instead make their way behind the camera. Sometimes, we are wowed by the range of talent these actors are able to deliver as directors. Other times… not so much.

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We are all familiar with the brilliant talent brought on by actor-turned-directors such as Rob Reiner and Marlon Brando, but what about some of the more recent films over the past few decades made by actor-turned-directors? Which of them took us by surprise? Which flopped?

Let’s find out in the list below.

10 mid90s – Jonah Hill (Best)

Mid90s (2018) is a coming of age tale that lets you take a nostalgic dip into the era of midriffs, Capri sun, and grunge. The 90s is perhaps the era that people of the millennial age are most nostalgic about and for good reason. It was a time when bumming around with your friends and making each other laugh was all you needed to have a good time. No video games, no TV, no cell phones to distract everyone, just the pure joy of each others company.

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Jonah Hill’s directorial debut perfectly captures the art of kicking back in the sun and wasting time with the family you’ve created for yourself. This sunny indie flick reminds audiences how precious the simple moments in life can be.

9 Garden State- Zach Braff (Worst)

It should be noted that there is a lot of good in Zach Braff’s Garden State. The soundtrack is incredible, the cinematography and storyline are unique enough. Yet what makes Braff’s directorial debut one of the worst films directed by a famous actor on this list comes from the degradation Natalie Portman must succumb to in her role as the poster child of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

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Her character is infantilized to the core and exists solely to give brooding men her latest indie music playlists and to do quirky little dance moves that are impossible not to cringe at. Poor Nat has recently stated in an interview with Vanity Fair how much she regrets taking on the role. We don’t blame her!

8 8.Million Dollar Baby – Clint Eastwood (Best)

Million Dollar Baby is a Million Dollar Film for more reasons than one. The 2004 Oscar-winning movie has a big heart and a brilliant set of characters with quotable and authentic dialogue. Eastwood not only directs but he acts in the film as well, taking on the role of a boxing manager named Frankie Dunn. After much hesitance, Dunn decides to take on a female boxer (Hillary Swank) as his trainee.

With a cold start, the two slowly begin to warm up to each other and they eventually form a bond that is equivalent to that of a father/daughter relationship. It is a lovely and memorable connection that gives Eastwood’s masterpiece all the chops necessary to make it an instant classic. This boxing film is one that is so emotional, it’ll hit you right in the feels.

7 7.Run Fatboy Run – David Schwimmer (Worst)

What? A film with Simon Pegg as the lead that’s considered bad? Unfortunately, yes. Not even Pegg’s charm could save David Schwimmer’s 2007 directorial debut for Run Fatboy Run from being labeled as mediocre at best.

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Maybe Schwimmer should stick to playing gawky dudes who chase Jennifer Anniston-like women around and insist that they were “on a break”. Perhaps that’s the only “break” he’s gonna get because when it comes to directing, he hasn’t gotten on yet.

6 6.The Disaster Artist – James Franco (Best)

James Franco had a bit of a rocky start when it came to his career as a film director. He was often labeled as “pretentious” and therefore he was considered a bit of a joke by fans and critics alike. Fortunately, Franco was able to take all that criticism and discouragement brought on by the general public, and turn it into cinematic gold. The Disaster Artist tells the true story of Tommy Wiseau (Played flawlessly by Franco), a man whose deepest passion in life is to be seen as a true artist.

The Disaster Artist unravels the making of Wiseau’s film The Room, which has been labeled as “the worst movie ever made”. Instead of mocking Wiseau, Franco creates a film that is willing to empathize with him. Even those who aren’t familiar with the cult classic The Room will be able to appreciate the comedic masterpiece Franco has directed.

5 5.The Passion of The Christ – Mel Gibson (Worst)

The Passion of The Christ is one of the most mixed reviewed films of all time. While some people label Gibson’s movie as the greatest piece of cinema ever made, others consider it to be an exploitative anti-semitic snuff film. South Park even dedicated an entire episode to how awful The Passion of The Christ is. The episode rightfully concludes that “focusing on how Jesus got killed is what people did in the dark ages and it ends up with really bad results”. The episode decides it’s wrong to allow violence to inspire faith, and that is exactly what The Passion Of The Christ attempts to do.

4 A QUIET PLACE – JOHN KRASINSKI (Best)

While Krasinski’s days of playing a character who pulls pranks on his uptight coworker may be behind him, he is still bringing us great on-screen amusement in his films such as A Quiet Place. Krasinski not only stars in the movie but he directs it as well and we can’t help but find ourselves wildly impressed with The Office veterans chops.

What makes A Quiet Place stand out is how original its concept is. In a world of movie remakes and films based entirely off of novels, Krasinski’s masterpiece stands out as a creative individual piece which tells the story of a dystopian universe where “If they hear you, they’ll hunt you”. If you are looking for a thrilling movie with a big heart and fantastic premise, look no further.

3 Sonny – Nicolas Cage (Worst)

Sonny tells the story of a male gigolo in New Orleans played by James Franco. With an unfortunate 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear how critics felt about Nic Cage’s directorial debut and the general public didn’t seem to have much praise for it either. Sonny has even been labeled as “An instant candidate for the worst film of the year.”

Yikes! Can’t NC catch a break? The poor man managed to create one of the most laughable films in cinema history despite the fact that it is certainly not meant to be a comedy.

2 Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham  (Best)

Bo Burnham managed to deliver artistic triumph in his directorial debut, Eighth Grade. It’s hard to create a film that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking but that is exactly what Burnham’s 90-minute flick does. Eighth Grade follows 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher), an awkward young girl who struggles with social anxiety.

Anyone who has been a student in a junior high will instantly empathize with Kayla’s journey to a huge extent. Burnham’s film deserves all the praise in the world for his careful analyzation of what life is like for a socially anxious middle schooler.

1 The Brave – Johnny Depp (Worst)

Johnny Depp rarely delivers a bad film, but when he does, he directs it. In 1997, Depp decided to take his shot behind the camera (and in front of it) in the film The Brave. Depp considered it to be his passion project, yet despite how much he loved it, the general public didn’t seem to agree with his outlook on the movie.

The film has been criticized as “Further proof that Hollywood stars who attempt to extend their range are apt to exceed it.” Ouch!

NEXT: 15 Stars And Directors Who Absolutely Hated Each Other


2019-04-19 07:04:24

Simone Torn

10 Reasons Why The Shining Is The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made

When it comes to horror classics, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is bound to be mentioned within the first sentence. It’s a creepy, unnerving, deeply engaging cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel. And, while King himself was not a fan of Kubrick’s film, feeling that it failed to capture the spirit of the book (even comparing the difference between the two works to fire and ice), it is a brilliantly crafted movie. It might not be a faithful adaptation of King’s book, but it just might be the finest horror movie of all time on its own merits. Here are 10 Reasons Why The Shining Is The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made.

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10 Using Fictional Horrors To Explore Real Horrors

Scary things in movies can be split into two categories: fictional, like werewolves and zombies, and real, like death and violence. The Shining uses fictional horrors (the supernatural ghostly presence in the Overlook Hotel) to explore real horrors like murder and child abuse. The real-world horrors are hidden in the subtext. Jack tells a conflicting story to the imaginary bartender about the time he hit Danny, while the more sensual scenes appear as they would in a child’s mind, suggesting a history of further mistreatment. There are some very grim hidden meanings in the movie that make it more truly horrific than any other scary movie.

9 There’s No Fat On Its Bones

Every scene in The Shining needs to be there. It’s not a slim movie with a running time of around two and a half hours, but not a second is wasted by Kubrick’s unscrupulous filmmaking eye. As great as fellow horror classics like Halloween and Rosemary’s Baby might be, they do have scenes that drag on a little bit or don’t necessarily need to be in the final cut. The Shining has nothing like that. This is partly due to the studio cutting down the movie to make it more marketable, but either way, we ended up with a streamlined horror masterpiece that may well be the genre’s finest work.

8 Beautiful Visual Style

Most horror directors don’t take their movie’s color palette or framing or the sequencing of their shots into consideration, but that’s not Stanley Kubrick’s style. All of his unforgettable haunting imagery, like the elevator doors letting out a tidal wave of blood, is now considered iconographic.

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This is a result of Kubrick making The Shining like a real movie, not “just a horror movie.” As soon as a filmmaker rests on the crutch of horror cinema’s low expectations, the movie fails. But Kubrick planned and designed The Shining just like he would any other movie, and the result is a masterwork.

7 Ominous Score

A horror movie is nothing without a good score. Images alone aren’t as scary without a foreboding soundtrack to create the tense atmosphere and keep viewers on the edge of their seat. That’s exactly what Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind did with their score for The Shining. They wrote far more music than what ended up in the final cut because Kubrick had them score dozens of scenes that he didn’t know he was going to exclude, but this gave the composers more time to find the movie’s distinctive sound, and the rewards of that are obvious. The soundtrack also includes some non-original tracks; a bunch of freaky modernist takes on classical music styles.

6 The Perfect Pace

The pacing of The Shining is slow, which some viewers might find off-putting, but that was the perfect way to tell this story. It’s a movie about an isolated and frustrated man’s sanity slowly slipping away. A fast pace would’ve botched that. A lesser filmmaker would think, wrongly, that the faster a horror movie races through its plot, the better it will be. But Kubrick—just like Ridley Scott working on Alien—realized that the best way to unsettle an audience and tell a spooky story is to eek through the terror at a snail’s pace. Kubrick reels in the audience slowly, and it makes the climax much more effective.

5 Meticulous Attention to Detail

This was Stanley Kubrick’s M.O. throughout his whole career. Nothing was in his shots that he didn’t want to be there. Every small detail in the set design, the costumes, the actors’ facial expressions, the camera movements – it was all very carefully planned out across reams of notes to achieve Kubrick’s very singular vision for each of his films. The Shining may be a horror movie, but it’s no different. Kubrick gave every cut the same care and thought that he did for 2001 and Barry Lyndon. There’s a lot to unpack in the movie, essentially, which makes it endlessly rewatchable.

4 It Has Influenced Many Of Today’s Great Horror Filmmakers

The Shining is unquestionably one of the most influential horror films ever made, with almost every horror filmmaker working today citing it as one of their inspirations. Many allusions to The Shining’s techniques can be seen in Jordan Peele’s movies, Get Out and particularly Us.

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Tim Burton has acknowledged the movie as a visual influence and even referenced it in his Alice in Wonderland movie. Additionally, the movie’s influence can be spotted in the works of Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch, and Ben Wheatley. Even Martin Scorsese included The Shining on his list of the scariest movies of all time.

3 Jack Nicholson’s Incredible Performance

The whole cast of The Shining gives terrific performances, from Shelley Duvall’s frightened wife/mother character to the sounds of Scatman Crothers’ soothing voice in his performance as Dick Hallorann. Even Danny Lloyd, who was just eight years old at the time, is captivating in his role. But it’s Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of Jack Torrance’s slow descent into madness that really sells the film. The villain isn’t a masked, machete-wielding serial killer or a horde of zombies. It’s just a guy, so the whole success of the movie rests on Nicholson’s performance, and with only his facial expressions and line delivery, he creates a monster scarier than any amount of makeup or costume design ever could.

2 It’s Wide Open To Interpretation

The Shining isn’t just open to interpretation; it’s way, way open to interpretation. It’s so open to interpretation that, after all this interpreting, we still don’t know what this movie is about. It’s been almost 40 years since The Shining was released, and in that time, countless essays and books have been written about it with the intent of deciphering the meaning, and we still haven’t fully figured out what it all means. That keeps us on edge while we watch it over and over again, because we still can’t ease into it, and because we’re still discovering things we didn’t spot the first hundred times.

1 It Does An Ambiguous Ending Right

The original cut of The Shining included a hospital scene at the end in which Danny and Wendy are told that Jack’s body was nowhere to be found. This is a typical horror movie ending where the rug is pulled out from under an audience that feels safe and has been done by every hackneyed horror director in the book. Kubrick realized this and had the scene physically removed from all prints after they’d been shipped to theaters, and the result is a much more satisfying ending. It’s still ambiguous, but it’s ambiguous in the best way. Has Jack always been at the Overlook? Was he sucked back in time after he died? Did the whole thing actually take place in Wendy’s head, or Danny’s? It asks way more questions than the standard “The killer is back on the loose” horror ending, and, as a result, it leaves more of an impression. It keeps viewers talking about it on the drive home from the theater and then keeps them up that night. That is effective horror at work.

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2019-04-19 01:04:17

Ben Sherlock

DC’s Greatest Hero Isn’t Superman, It’s Green Lantern

Warning: SPOILERS for Doomsday Clock #9

Superman may be the first superhero, but he isn’t the most important. DC has revealed the one hero that their entire universe is built on… and it isn’t who most comic fans will expect.

There will be many who disagree, since the “most important DC superhero” is obviously a subjective title. But DC Comics has given as official an honor as they can, revealing the one costumed hero that was the key to everything that came after. Now that Doctor Manhattan’s changes to reality have been explained, the one hero he prevented from existing may be what brings the entire New 52 Universe crumbling down, erasing the future that it should have had.

But before DC Comic fans get too angry, it’s easy to see how Manhattan made his mistake. After all… we wouldn’t have thought that Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern was the key to the universe, either.

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While tragic, there’s a good chance that many Alan Scott fans will be pleased to see him get the recognition he deserves. Especially after DC’s Silver Age re-imagined the Green Lanterns as space cops, putting Alan Scott permanently on the back burner. But his magic ring was just as impressive when it appeared in 1940, even if it isn’t actually Lantern’s powers that make him important to the future of the DC Universe, but his life story. Even if some fans have never actually seen Alan’s secret origin, grabbing onto a shiny green train lantern just as a bridge collapse threatened to take him down long with it.

The lantern’s magic saved Scott, and granted him its powers. Now, it seems that the most important part of that origin story isn’t why Alan was chosen, or even where the energy came important… but the hero he became in the years and decades ahead. So important a hero, it turns out, that killing Alan Scott is the only change that Doctor Manhattan seems to have made to bring everything else tumbling down.

After the initial bombshell reveal of Doctor Manhattan’s role in the New 52 reboot, it was promised that the Doomsday Clock series from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank would provide some answers. And even if the “why” has yet to make sense, the question of “how” Manhattan remade reality has been confirmed. Through his internal dialogue spread across all of time and space, Manhattan explains that the first domino to fall… was pushing the aforementioned Lantern an inch or two beyond Alan Scott’s reach.

The lantern remained dormant, Alan died in the train accident, and the world never knew anything had changed. At least up until now, when Manhattan realizes the entire world is about to die.

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Fans are sure to ask: how could that one act have been the key to heroes and origin stories totally unrelated to Alan Scott? Superman still crashed in a rocket ship years later, regardless. And even if Jay Garrick was a friend of Alan’s, Barry Allen became The Flash thanks to science fiction. They would be partly right, since even without Alan Scott the rest of the New 52 has progressed just fine until now. Doubtful fans are in good company, since it’s only now becoming clear to Manhattan that without Alan Scott, the entire universe is about to end.

His musings about walking through the world and witnessing some of DC’s most iconic moments locations provided the explanation. Move the green lantern away from Alan, and Manhattan can later run his fingers across the large, round, dusty table–almost certainly the iconic meeting table of the Justice Society of America, but now without its heroes to gather around it. As a founding member of the first superhero super-team, it’s believable that without Scott, the Society never successfully formed.

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Without the Justice Society to play its iconic role in uniting the superhero community, and passing on their heroism, their wisdom, and their example to the younger generation, Doctor Manhattan has weakened every hero that comes after. But it’s only when Doctor Manhattan finally looks into the future beyond the present day that he reveals the true damage he has caused.

It’s only in the most recent Doomsday Clock #9 that the true extent of Manhattan’s meddling becomes clear. In the first panels of the issue, Doctor Manhattan continues his habit of blurring past, present, and future together in one endless line of causes and effects. This time looking forward one thousand years into the future, when the heroic Ferro Lad of the Legion of Super Heroes gives his life to save the Earth’s sun (a memorable moment for any Legion fan). An explosion so powerful, it propels Ferro Lad’s ring backwards through time–to rest in Doctor Manhattan’s hand, still speckled with blood.

But that seems to be only a poignant moment in Manhattan’s own past, before he sought to improve the universe. As he muses about shifting the lantern out of Alan Scott’s reach, thus preventing him from becoming the Green Lantern, Ferro Lad’s ring disappears. The ring never existed, in fact. And as he begins to look back a year, a century, a millennium at a time, the future that once existed has also gone dark. Manhattan concludes that he can’t see a future because there is none to see. Even when he considers that it might only be him who dies, that doesn’t change the lack of the ring.

All things considered, this pivotal role as keystone of the DCU is all the tribute to Alan Scott fans need. Like so many before, Manhattan estimated the original Green Lantern to be expendable, or less important. In the end, he proved to be the exact kind of hero the DC Universe needed to live up to its full potential.

Doomsday Clock #9 is available now at your local comic book shop, or directly from DC Comics.

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2019-03-28 02:03:28

Andrew Dyce

10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Completely Worthless)

The multi-platform game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Upon its release in 2017, it quickly became the most popular game across the masses. The game is free to play, though additional “skins” can be purchased, using the game’s currency “V-bucks,” which of course, must be purchased using real money. The weapons in the game, however, are 100% free.

Fortnite boasts a vast number of weapons that can all be found throughout the game’s various locations. Players can search chests and vending machines, inside of which loot can be found. Amongst this loot, players will find weapons, healing jugs, and other items. The contents of loot chests are a surprise each time. The location of these chests are fixed, however, and only a certain number will appear at a time.

There is yet another way to acquire items, however, which will cause other players to growl in frustration. In the game , players battle against each other, and the victor can gain all of the loot from those they defeat. Loot only lasts for that existing game, as each player starts over at zero after each match. Players also keep their eyes out for floor loot, llamas, and supply drops. The llamas look like a pinata from a birthday party. Destroying these will also produce various sought-after items. Supply drops contain a large amount of loot, and float in via a hot air balloon box.

While some loot chests include powerful items and weapons, others should be ignored, as they might contain some of these utterly useless weapons.

Here’s a list of the 10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Worthless).

21 Powerful: SCAR (Legendary)

Most Fortnite players know this Legendary Assault Rifle as SCAR and are eager to obtain it. SCAR stands for Special Combat Assault Rifle. This variant of the assault rifle packs a punch, as it rakes out 198 damage per second and has a 30-round magazine. It is the perfect weapon for medium range battles.

This assault rifle has great precision and can fire 5.5 rounds per second. Because of this, it is the main choice for every player’s arsenal.

This favorite weapon can be found in vending machines, floor loot, chests, and supply drops. Players have a 30.8% chance of getting it in a supply drop. It is based on the Belgian assault/battle rifle Fabrique Nationale SCAR, which was introduced in 2009.

20 Worthless: Guided Missile (Epic)

The guided missile was vaulted in season 3 following complaints of being too overpowered. However, it was re-released in the season 5.10 update with some changes. These alterations included reduced movement skill, reduced turn radius, and reduced damage. Using it makes players vulnerable to attacks from opponents, as you must be out in the open to fire it.

It delivers 74 damage to health and 400 damage to structures. We’re not saying that this weapon doesn’t get the job done, it just isn’t amongst the best weapons. The Epic Guided Missile is fun to use to destroy structures but that’s about it, as it is a risky weapon to use. Guided missiles can be found in chests and supply drops.

19 Powerful: Heavy Shotgun (Legendary)

The Legendary Heavy Shotgun is a heavier version of the Tactical Shotgun. It also has a longer range and an increased firing rate, with its overall damage per second being 77. With a higher range, it is great for mid to late gameplay when players are moving away from close-quarter contact. If you come across a Legendary Heavy Shotgun, you should definitely pick it up, as its powerful punch can help lead to victory.

This shotgun has a slight resemblance to the Franchi SPAS-12, which is an Italian manufactured shotgun. The Legendary Heavy Shotgun can be found in chests and supply drops. Players have a 50% chance of finding it in supply drops and only a 12.4% chance of finding it in chests.

18 Worthless: Pistol

This small firearm has two variants: Common and Uncommon. Most players will pass up this gun when they come across it or replace it quickly with something stronger. The damage it delivers is not the greatest, with 23-24 health and 23-24 structural damage. It does, however, have a 16-round magazine and a firing rate of 6.75 per second.

In close combat, it will get the job done, but be careful if you decide to go up against an opponent with a shotgun.

Using this firearm over long distances is a bad idea and a waste of time.  Starting out the match with this weapon gives players at least some fighting ability. Pistols are only found in floor loot.

17 Powerful: Compact SMG (Legendary)

While there are multiple versions of submachine guns in Fortnite, the Legendary Compact Submachine Gun delivers the most damage to structures and opponents at 22 and 21, respectively. It has a fire rate of 10 rounds per second and a magazine size of 40, with a reload time of 2.97 seconds. It also boasts 210 damage per second.

The Legendary Compact Submachine Gun is definitely a weapon that players want in their arsenal, so be sure not to pass it up. This Fortnite weapon was inspired by the FN P90, a Belgium made submachine gun that was created in 1990. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

16 Worthless: Scoped Assault Rifle

The Scoped Assault Rifle in Fortnite has two different variations: Rare and Epic. This weapon delivers a mere 23-24 health damage and 25-26 structural damage, respectively. One good thing that the Scoped Assault Rifle has going for it, though, is its pinpoint accuracy, which makes it easier to use than some other weapons.

The rifle has a 3.5 round per-second firing rate. We’re not saying that this rifle is not worth picking up, but it should be replaced by a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. This Fortnite weapon is loosely inspired by the AK-12, H&K 416, and the H&K G36C, combining an assault rifle with a sniper rifle.

15 Powerful: Grenade Launcher (Legendary)

The Legendary Grenade Launcher is the perfect choice for destroying structures, as it has a whopping 410 damage. It fires rockets from its 6 round magazine and has a reload time of 2.17 seconds. Damage to opponents is 110. This weapon is great to use against another players’ structures, which can lead to their elimination if they happen to be located nearby.

To use it efficiently, players must aim higher than their target to compensate for the arc trajectory.

Players should also avoid using in small areas, as the grenades can bounce back off of a surface before exploding. This weapon is inspired by the Mikor MGL that originated in South Africa in 1981. It can be found in chests and supply drops.

14 Worthless: Burst Assault Rifle (Common)

The Burst Assault Rifle has five different variations: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. The Common Burst Assault Rifle deals out 27 health damage and 81 structural damage. It does have a 30-round magazine with a 1.75 rounds per second firing rate, however.

Bullets are fired in bursts of 3 at a time. The rifle has a 2.9 second reload time. The Burst Assault Rifle is best used in medium range combat. It’s better to avoid using this rifle against far opponents, as it is not very effective. It can be found in chests, and floor loot.  The legendary version of this rifle can also be found in supply drops, as well as in chests and floor loot.

13 Powerful: Heavy Sniper (Legendary)

Delivering 51.81 damage per second to health and 1100 to structures, the Legendary Heavy Sniper Rifle is a devastating weapon. The only downside is the long reload time, as it takes 4.05 seconds each time. Compared to other sniper rifles in the game, it has less of a bullet drop. So it’s important to take this into account when aiming at targets.

Its long range ability makes it the perfect weapon to use against unsuspecting opponents at far distances. With the Legendary Heavy Sniper, players should find a location with a great vantage point like a tower. However, be sure to have good cover, since reloading takes a while. This weapon closely resembles the Barrett M82 Anti-Material Rifle, which was standardized by the U.S. military as the M107. It can be found in floor loot, chests, supply drops, and vending machines.

12 Worthless: Minigun

The Minigun may look like a firearm that packs a punch, but looks can be deceiving. The Minigun has two variations: Epic and Legendary. However, it the gun is often overlooked since it lacks power. Its health damage comes in at 18-19, while its structural damage is 32-33. It has a high fire rate at 12-rounds per second, which makes it good for destroying structures. Upon pulling the trigger of this machine gun, there is a short delay before it begins to fire.

This delay can be dangerous, however, especially if you’re facing off against opponents whose weapons aren’t as delayed.

Because of this, it’s better to replace it with a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. The Minigun can be found in chests and supply drops.

11  6. Powerful: RPG (Legendary)

This explosive weapon deals out a devastating amount of damage. It can deal out 413 damage to structures and 121 to opponents. The Legendary RPG also has a very large range, which makes it a great choice for taking out bases.

Surprisingly, players can also ride on the rockets and some have even used them to cross the entire map. In order to do this, multiple rockets must be fired for the continuous ride. This, however, is not the easiest thing to do. The Legendary RPG can be found in chests and supply drops. The real-life inspiration for this Fortnite weapon is the RPG-7. RPG is commonly known to stand for Rocket-Propelled Grenade.

10 Worthless: Dual Pistols

The Dual Pistols comes in two variations: Rare and Epic. Considered a step above the Pistol, the Dual Pistols is considered as a 2 round burst weapon. Players should make sure that they take time to aim when using the Dual Pistols, however, as this isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

The Dual Pistols deliver a health damage of 41 for the Rare variation and 43 for the Epic variation. Because of this, it is one of the most powerful pistols. However, it doesn’t stand up against many other weapons. Like other pistols, if this is the only weapon available, you should definitely pick it up, as it will deliver more damage than the pickaxe. The Dual Pistols can be found in chests and floor loot, though players are most likely to find it in chests.

9 Powerful: Double Barrel Shotgun (Legendary)

This Fortnite weapon comes as both Epic and Legendary variants. However, the Legendary version is much better. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is great for close range battle, as it delivers 228 damage per second to health and 90 to structures.

Though it is not ideal for long range use, it packs a punch in close quarters. 

If opponents put some distance between themselves and the business end of this shotgun, it will yield very little damage. It is, however, capable of delivering two shots rapidly. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is sure to take down any enemies who are unlucky enough to come face-to-face against it. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

8 Worthless: Stink Bomb

This nose hair-burning explosive releases a stinky gas cloud upon detonation. The gas appears as a yellow cloud and lasts about nine seconds. The Stink Bomb deals out 5 health damage every half-second and it can even bypass shields. Players that throw this unpleasant explosive must be careful, though, as they can also take damage from it. Teammates, however, will not suffer any damage from the Stink Bomb.

The Stink Bomb resembles real-life mustard gas or tear gas. It can be found in chests, floor loot, supply drops, and llamas. Though it can be dangerous, the Stink Bomb isn’t as threatening as many players assume. Because of this, it should be replaced as soon as players find a more powerful weapon.

7 Powerful: Damage Trap

Unlike other items on this list, the Damage Trap is a trap, and therefore is not a firearm. The Damage Trap can be placed on any surface that accepts traps. Players are able to place it on ceilings, floors, and even walls. It delivers 150 of damage to players’ health.

The Damage Trap is typically set and then left for unsuspecting and unfortunate players to come across. However, it can also be used by placing it down after trapping a player, so that they have no way to avoid it. Fortnite has had other traps in the past, but most of those have been vaulted. This uncommon weapon can be found in floor loot and supply llamas.

6 Worthless: Hand Cannon

Another pistol to make our list is the Hand Cannon, which has two variations: Epic and Legendary. While it can be useful against medium and long range targets, it is difficult to use in close range combat.

It also has a low fire rate of 0.8 rounds per second and, unfortunately, it isn’t very accurate.

However, if a player is lucky enough to land a shot on their target at close range, it will most likely get the job done. While it does deal out 60-62.4 health damage and 79-83 structural damage, it’s definitely worth replacing with a more powerful weapon later in the game. The Hand Cannon can be found in chests and floor loot.

5 Powerful: Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Legendary)

The Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle packs a heavy punch with its 15-round magazine. It has a 2.07 second reload time, which could be worse. It can also deliver 66.6 damage per second.

With the thermal scope, players have the ability to see chests, supply drops, llamas, and even enemy heat signatures. This makes the Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle a great scouting tool. Players would be crazy to pass this up if they came across it. Even without its thermal abilities, it is still a great weapon to have in any arsenal. It can be found in chests, supply drops, and floor loot. However, players have the highest chance at finding this weapon in a supply drop. It was inspired by an AR15 assault rifle.

4 Worthless: Tactical Shotgun

Fortnite has three variations of the Tactical Shotgun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. The Common version has the worst reload time of the three at 6.3 seconds. It delivers only 67 health damage and 50 structural damage.

In close quarters, it can be useful to suppress an enemy. However, it does not have the quickest of fire rates, with its rate stuck at 1.5 rounds per second. Out of all of the shotguns available in the game, the Tactical deals out the least amount of damage. However, it is better than some of the other weapons at close range, like the pistol or suppressed pistol. The Tactical Shotgun can be found primarily in floor loot.

3 Powerful: Heavy Sniper Rifle (Epic)

A tier down from its Legendary counterpart, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle deals 150 damage to health and 1050 damage to structures. Its reload time is a little long at 4.275 seconds, but it makes up for it in destruction.

Released during August 15th’s update, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle quickly became a fan-favorite with players who quickly began to experiment with the best situations for its use. Many players choose to carry two of these at once so that they can quickly switch between the two to deliver the most damage. While it may not have a quick fire rate at 0.33 rounds per second, it makes up for it in damage. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. Like the Legendary version, it resembles the real-life Barrett M82.

2 Worthless: Submachine Gun

Fortnite offers three variations of a Submachine Gun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. However, none of these are very powerful weapons. Both the health and structural damage of the three different types ranges from 17-19.  It does have a fire rate of 12 rounds per second, though, making it good for close to medium range combat.

Its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds, which makes up for the low amount of damage that it deals out. It can get the job done, but overall, it is less powerful than a large number of the weapons offered in the game. It may look awesome, but it is definitely lacking. The Submachine Guns can be found in chests, floor loot, and sometimes in supply drops.

1 BONUS: Quad Launcher (Coming Soon)

According to an in-game notification, this long-awaited weapon will be making its debut in Fortnite very soon. In the notification, this weapon is said to “quickly fire up to 4 rockets to blanket an area with explosive damage.”

The Quad Launcher is a shoulder mounted rocket launcher and it is already building up a reputation, as many fans are excited for its introduction into the game. Players will have to wait to find out exactly how much health and structure damage this new weapon will deliver, though, as many details are still unknown. One thing is for sure, though: this anticipated rocket launcher will definitely be something to write home about.

Are there any other powerful or worthless Fortnite weapons that we missed? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 02:10:05 – Karis James

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginners Gameplay Tips

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is here, and it offers up something of a different experience from the previous games in the series. Rather than the stealth-based gameplay of old, Odyssey doubles down on the RPG mechanics, becoming a huge, deep open world game for players to enjoy. In essence, it takes what worked from Assassin’s Creed Origins and makes it even better.

The end result is a fantastic take on the Greek myth, albeit one that sometimes struggles a little to bridge the gap between open world RPG and its roots in the larger Assassin’s Creed universe. Nonetheless, those changes could leave some players a bit confused as to where to start, and after working through the opening island of Kephallonia things could become a little bit daunting.

Related: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – How To Get The Best Ending

That said, there are some ways to make the most of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey from the get go. After all, there’s lot to get to grips with before taking on Medusa or hunting after all those legendary armor sets. Instead, here are some tips for how to take up what Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has to offer fast.

Choose Exploration Mode

The most important first choice to make comes before the player even starts the game. When given the option, it’s highly recommended to choose Exploration Mode as the method of play. This is the way that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was designed to be played, and for good reason; the additional level of emphasis on discovery is a delight to play, and much more fun than simply following map markers to reach objectives.

Effectively, Exploration Mode works by making the player find their own way through quests. NPCs will give hints towards locations to be discovered when talking about the mission in question, forcing players to use a little of their own intuition. This mode also makes map exploration much more fun, with the player finding random locations as they work their way around the regions hunting down quests.

Exploration Mode also means players will make the most out of eagle companion Ikaros. The eagle is not only able to scout out discovered locations, but also target enemies and notable items within specific locations, such as chests or hostages to release. Finally, remember to seek out Synchronization points to boost the power of Ikaros overall.

Think About Crafting Over Cash

Whether armor or weapons, it’s easy to find loot in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. As such, when players notice they have plenty of unused items sitting around in their inventory, it’s extremely tempting to drop them all off at a nearby blacksmith and make a bit of drachmae.

That said, it’s probably best to hold fire of cashing in. That’s because drachmae are not in short supply in the game, and can be picked up from completing quests, in explored locations, or from dead enemies. Instead, consider breaking down weaker weapons and armor into leather, wood, and metal, as these can be useful as crafting for upgrades to the player’s ship or even to beef up items at a blacksmith.

It’s worth bearing in mind that drachmae are needed in a couple of places in the game, and it’s always worth keeping some around in case of having to pay off a bounty to keep mercenaries off the player’s trail when it’s better to lay low. Nonetheless, put money on the back burner, and instead think about how best to boost the overall power of the misthios.

Choose Your Abilities Wisely

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a fairly comprehensive skill tree, but there are some abilities that are better to unlock than others. As explained in our guide to the best abilities to unlock first, There are a few essential abilities, with the Sparta Kick being useful from a warrior perspective alongside beef ups to the assassin skill tree such as Shadow Assassin.

Overall, though, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gives players the greatest level of flexibility in how they choose to play that the series has seen so far. It’s perhaps best to pick and choose skills based on what works for the player in question, providing they keep enough core skills in each area to make sure they can get out of trouble whatever the situation.

Remember you can always change your choices as well, albeit at a cost. A few drachmae allows the player to reset all of their abilities, so if some skills are found to be less useful than others, it’s easy to drop them and rebuild the character from scratch.

Take To The Waters With Style

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes the series back to the high seas, and it’s something that is long overdue. With gameplay reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the core way to travel between the different islands is to take to the Adrestia and hop from island to island seeking adventure.

Even though a lot of the gameplay takes place on land, it’s truly beneficial to upgrade the ship regularly. This could mean recruiting new lieutenants, which helps both with buffs to the ship’s power and when boarding enemy vessels, or improving things like rowing power or damage caused by ranged attacks. It comes at a cost in terms of drachmae and consumables, but it’s worth it in the long run.

This is because it’s all too easy to get into scraps with pirates, Spartan or Athenian vessels when out at sea. Naval combat is extremely good fun, but when outnumbered it’s much better to have more firepower onside, and it’s always satisfying to take out those Cult of Kosmos members who happen to captain a ship of their own.

Revel In The Game World

It may feel like an obvious rule to follow, but Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is much more fun if taken at the player’s own pace. The title’s story is a compelling, personal adventure that (generally) ties well into the larger plot of Assassin’s Creed, but the game perhaps works best with the player following their own path and doing what’s most fun to them.

As such, it’s important to stretch your legs in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Between the Conquest Battles, side quests and other additional smaller elements of the game at large, there’s no reason to purely stick to the main quest. This is something the game expects, too – there’s no real reason to grind in the game, providing players make good use of the enthralling, extra content available to them.

Perhaps the best examples of this are the game’s mercenary system, which leads to some excellent one-on-one fights with fearsome combatants, and hunting down the Cult of Kosmos. Although the cult ties into the larger plot as a whole, hunting down smaller members is a fantastic element of the game, and one that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Those are just a few tips to help players make the most of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, with a game as expansive as this, players are best suited to decide how best they want to play the game. Regardless of how they choose to enjoy the title, there are bound to be some surprises along the way.

More: Every Assassin’s Creed Game Ranked



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2018-10-09 03:10:13 – Rob Gordon