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The Fast And The Furious Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score

What began as a thinly veiled rip-off of Point Break that replaced surfing with street racing has become one of the highest grossing and most popular movie franchises on the planet. The Fast and the Furious franchise has gone from strength to strength, incorporating new characters and going bigger and better and even more ludicrous with each installment.

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Now, the franchise is becoming its own fully-fledged cinematic universe with spin-offs and multiple sequels all on the way. As with any series – although more with this one than the average franchise – there have been ups and downs. So, here are The Fast And The Furious Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score.

8 Fast & Furious (29%)

With its fourth installment, the Fast & Furious franchise threw out the established focus on street racing and became a more straightforward action series, with Vin Diesel returning. There were still plenty of cars, and not a single major set piece that didn’t involve cars in some way, but the characters became vaguely defined mercenaries.

As a reinvention of the franchise, Fast & Furious didn’t quite reach the heights of gleeful absurdity that the later installments would. Still, there are a couple of wonderfully high-octane action sequences, and the seeds of what the movies would eventually become are clearly there.

7 2 Fast 2 Furious (36%)

2 Fast 2 Furious is a unique case for an installment in the Fast & Furious franchise in that it doesn’t tie into the wider storyline of the rest of the series. Instead, it’s a standalone story following Brian O’Conner and Roman Pearce’s attempts to bring down a vicious drug kingpin.

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The sequel might not be perfect, and its script leaves a lot to be desired, but the great John Singleton’s direction and the on-screen chemistry of Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson make it, at the very least, an entertaining blockbuster. While it doesn’t have a brain, it does have a heart – and it is a rousing, crowd-pleasing thrill-ride.

6 The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (38%)

Is a Fast & Furious movie without Vin Diesel or Paul Walker really a Fast & Furious movie? To be fair, Diesel makes a cameo appearance at the end (which he only agreed to do in exchange for ownership of the Riddick franchise), but it’s too little, too late.

Without the bromance of Dom and Brian at the center of its plot, Tokyo Drift devolves into yet another run-of-the-mill, by-the-numbers, automobile-based action movie. It feels like a Fast & Furious rip-off as opposed to striking the unique balance of heart and insanity that the franchise masters at its best. Aside from Han, who fans still want justice for, there isn’t anyone in this loosely related threequel that we really care about at all.

5 The Fast And The Furious (53%)

While its story of an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a sports-based criminal organization and finding himself getting too close to the perps is shamefully similar to the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze vehicle Point Break, The Fast and the Furious is, mainly thanks to the chemistry shared by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, an agreeable action thriller – and it’s also a visual treat for car fanatics.

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The success of The Fast and the Furious franchise is all down to the first movie feeling like a breath of fresh air when it was released in 2001. It was the sort of nitro-boosted, rubber-burning action movie that had been replaced by CG-laden snooze-fests like the Gone in 60 Seconds remake.

4 The Fate Of The Furious (67%)

Unfortunately for The Fate of the Furious, it faced the monumental challenge of being the first movie without the involvement of Paul Walker. It had to somehow honor his legacy, show how the franchise would continue without him, and be an entertaining movie, all at the same time.

Also, it made the controversial decision to turn Dom Toretto into a villain. However, against all odds, the eighth movie in the Fast & Furious franchise managed to be more than decent. With submarines tearing through ice and Dwayne Johnson redirecting torpedoes with his bare hands, the set pieces topped the previous ones yet again.

3 Fast & Furious 6 (70%)

To be fair to Fast & Furious 6, it had to follow up Fast Five. While it wasn’t quite as stunning as its predecessor, the sixth installment held its own. Taking the crew to London where the fifth one took them to Rio, Fast & Furious 6 has all the mega-sized action you could ask for from one of these movies.

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It culminates in that airport runway sequence, which is one of the most memorable and talked-about action scenes in recent memory (even if it was mostly discussed because, at 13 minutes long with a plane going 120 mph, that runway would have to be 26 miles long).

2 Fast Five (77%)

The moviegoing public was taken by surprise in 2011 when Fast Five came along. For the first time in the franchise’s history, critics and audiences were genuinely impressed with the craft of a Fast & Furious movie.

A heist movie set in Rio de Janeiro, Fast Five was bolstered by visceral, genuinely thrilling action set pieces and the cast becoming a true ensemble for the first time. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined the cast in this one, and it’s fair to say that, while he didn’t necessarily singlehandedly save the franchise, his irresistible charm and rising star power did go a long way towards digging it out of a slump.

1 Furious 7 (81%)

There’s a special place in every Fast & Furious fan’s heart for Furious 7 because it was Paul Walker’s final movie before his tragic and untimely passing. The seventh movie has some of the franchise’s most memorable action sequences – from the inter-skyscraper car jump to the vehicular skydiving – as well as a stronger focus on the tenets of family than ever.

As a classically action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure, it was the perfect send-off for Walker and his character Brian. Plus, it ended with a suitably touching tribute to the franchise’s fallen star that left not a single eye in the audience dry.

NEXT: The 10 Craziest Action Sequences From The Fast & Furious Franchise, Ranked


2019-07-15 01:07:15

Ben Sherlock

10 Great Movies To Watch After Binging Stranger Things

So, you’ve consumed Stranger Things entirely too quickly. And now you have no idea how you’re going to wait until season 4 comes out. Well, fortunately, the show was inspired by countless movies that can help quench your thirst a bit. If you’ve seen them already, then you know perfectly well they’re just what you need. If you haven’t, then it’s absolutely time to soak in the real deal, and not just settle for a reverent homage! These selections were alluded to, or influential to, Stranger Things. However, all references aside, they actually capture the essence of their decade and setting.

10 It (2017)

It, oddly enough, is actually a result of the tremendous success of Stranger Things. The story was updated to take place in 1989, opposing the source material to incorporate the current trend. It even borrowed Finn Wolfhard himself! This is one of many stories about suburban kids uncovering the mystery of an evil, invading force. Also, the kids have to deal with growing up, all the while. The film’s horror is tastefully executed, with the dreaded Pennywise being driven by a terrifying Bill Skarsgård. In fact, the performances are impressive all around. But if a supernatural clown wasn’t enough, every single adult in the film is icky or terrible. This movie also has modern production values, which doesn’t hurt.

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9 Carrie (1976)

One of the most effective Stephen King adaptations ever put to film, director Brian De Palma spent a lot of his career paying homage to Alfred Hitchcock. As such, the movie develops its tension slowly and effectively, and is filled with the paranormal. It may not be from the 80’s, but it’s a Stephen King classic about a young girl with telekinetic powers. She has a troubled home life, and deals with a lot of high school drama, which eventually pushes her over the edge. There’s a lot of growing pains in this story, especially emphasized by that agonizing opening about Carrie’s first period. A bullied outcast, with an oppressive mother, it’s hard not to be sympathetic for her. As such, it’s both rewarding and difficult to watch her snap.

8 The Monster Squad

This movie is an absolute breeze to watch, with a runtime that’s fitting for an homage to the Universal Monsters. One of the co-writers is Shane Black, who has developed a number of famously successful movies. Then there’s the director, Fred Dekker, who only has two other movies to his name. And yet, he once again blends comedy and horror into a children’s tale. A group of witty kids have to save their small town from the forces of Dracula and his cohorts. It sounds silly, and yes, it absolutely is. However, although the tone is cheesy, the monsters themselves are presented as genuinely scary things. This selection is perfect for Halloween, and certainly for Stranger Things fans.

7 The Terminator

This is a movie that wasn’t actually popular when it came out, but has garnered complete reverence since. In Stranger Things, it was referenced at a theater before season 3, but now it couldn’t be more blatant. The Russian villain that’s after Hopper and Joyce not only has a similar build and appearance, but is even depicted like Arnold’s T-800. There’s always a reason to revisit the original Terminator film, which has great performances and Stan Winston’s fantastic special effects. The movie is full of 80’s culture like neon, big hair, and terribly dated synth music. The evil Model 101 is actually treated as a serial killer throughout the film, and the relationship between Reese and Sarah is genuinely touching. So, the combination of horror, action and romance makes it a great selection after viewing Stranger Things.

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6 Back to the Future

Another reference from season 3, it just doesn’t get more 80’s than this movie. It’s steeped in dated vernacular, hilarious attire, and nostalgia for the 50’s. Easily one of the best films ever made, it starts off rather slow, before you realize that so much of what you’ve just seen is crucial because of time travel. With the incredible Michael J. Fox, then known for Family Ties, an everyday kid ends up threatening his entire family’s existence after going back in time. All thanks to an odd, unexplained friendship with an old, manic scientist. Who makes a time machine out of a DeLorean, by stealing plutonium from Libyans. Does any of this sound plausible? No. Is it entertaining? Beyond compare.

5 Poltergeist

If you go into this movie expecting to be scared, you probably won’t leave satisfied these days. Even at the time of Poltergeist’s release, there had already been films like The Exorcist and The Changeling that took paranormal oppression more seriously. This movie leans more towards fantasy, and involves a suburban family that discovers a portal between realms in their house. This doorway between dimensions causes a number of disturbing occurrences, namely the vision of a melting face. So, there’s no denying that the premise had a large effect on Stranger Things. It’s been contested that Spielberg may have directed it himself, rather than Tobe Hooper. That says a lot about how perfect this movie is for you Hawkins fans.

4 Gremlins

This is a unique story all around, mixing in elements of horror, comedy and even Christmas. Although, it was written by Chris Columbus himself, who would go on to helm Home Alone. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this strange movie fills one more small town with an unnatural, invasive force. A teenage kid gets a weird little creature for a Christmas present, who later spawns a group of vicious counterparts. Gizmo is very much like Dustin’s pet, in season 2. This movie is over-the-top, cheesy, and bizarre—all the necessary staples of the decade. At times, it’s genuinely endearing, needlessly sad, and a lot of fun. Keep coming back for the mom’s initial showdown with those pesky gremlins.

3 Firestarter

This is the first of two movies that comes immediately to mind when watching Stranger Things for the first time. And it took them three seasons to finally directly reference it, as a poster outside the video store. Firestarter is the story of a little girl who can cause fires with her mind. Also, a clandestine laboratory is chasing her down because of those abilities, for nefarious reasons. Drew Barrymore is fun, and it has T.J. Hooker’s Heather Locklear. The effects could use some work, and the cinematography is literally nonexistent. However, it’s conceptually robust, keeping you intrigued about the end. And the villain has a questionable, disturbing interest in Barrymore’s protagonist. It really makes you want to see him get his comeuppance.

2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

This is probably one of the most famous movies of all time, although Spielberg is known for making movies like that. It’s very likely that he’s made something definitive for all of our childhoods, at one point or another. But in a time when he pumped out an entire trilogy of Indiana Jones classics, there’s no omitting this obvious selection. A broken family discovers a supernatural presence, with the government hot on its heels. E.T. helps to heal a damaged home life, as the kids alone uncover the mystery of his powers and goals. Yet again set in suburbia, the movie is filled with that playful Spielberg charm which Stranger Things has borrowed often. This is essential viewing for any human being, let alone a Stranger Things fan.

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1 Stand By Me

It’s time to reference Stephen King again. Truly, what is Stranger Things without his influence? Stand By Me is one of the most engaging, emotional coming-of-age stories ever told. It boasts an all-star cast, who play another set of kids in a small town. This time, the savvy group discovers a murdered corpse, and they go about investigating the truth. It’s an incredible adventure, and they frequently have to contend with a frightening bully. That may seem like a trope, but we all know that’s just reality. There’s always a bully. The framing device is also very touching, with Richard Dreyfuss reflecting on his childhood. This movie has pure nostalgia for a different era—but it’s still a perfect fit because of its themes and tone.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Best Episodes, Ranked


2019-07-14 07:07:25

Anthony Fertino

Lion King Is Disney’s 6th Rotten Live-Action Remake (Out Of 9 Movies)

Disney is having trouble cracking the magic formula that makes a live-action remake, successful because The Lion King is the latest release to receive a “rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. The score of 59% arrives just one week before the film is released nationwide on July 19, with 123 reviews counted. It may fluctuate after its release, but for now, this is not a good sign.

The Lion King is the sixth live-action remake out of the ten live-action remakes made in since 2010 to score a negative Rotten Tomatoes score. Those other five films? In chronological order, they are: Alice in Wonderland at 51%; Maleficent at 54%; Alice Through the Looking Glass at 29%; Dumbo with 46%; and last but not least, Aladdin, which earned a 57%. The four live-action remakes that have achieved overall positive scores are The Jungle Book (95%), Beauty and the Beast (71%), Cinderella (84%), and Christopher Robin (72%).

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A poor Rotten Tomatoes score is by no means definitive, in that it doesn’t take into account how the audiences feel about the movies, instead only considering the opinions of a critics. What these numbers do indicate, however, is there may be something wrong with Disney throwing itself wholeheartedly into live-action remakes without a clear new vision to ensure that they’re worthwhile. The Lion King‘s lacklustre reviews are just more proof of this.

The 59% score on Rotten Tomatoes could potentially affect The Lion King’s success in the coming weeks when it comes to assuring audiences it’s a film worth seeing. While the score is by no means completely damning, it’s probably not Disney was hoping for when the studio spend a quarter of a billion dollars remaking The Lion King. Given the pedigree of the cast (including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, and Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the director (Jon Favreau), the success of its 1994 animated predecessor, and the technological achievements through photorealistic creation of the animals in the film, The Lion King should have been aiming considerably higher.

Looking ahead to the next few years of Disney live-action films, there will be a high bar to clear with Rotten Tomatoes scores if there is going to be any faith restored in the live-action plan. Up next is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to Maleficent, and Lady & the Tramp will close out Disney’s live-action slate in 2019 (though that movie is releasing on Disney+ rather than in theaters). Then, Mulan arrives in March 2020, followed by Cruella in December 2020 and The Little Mermaid in 2021. Being united by a common bond as a mostly female-led slate of films with complex, intelligent protagonists at their respective centers could help get those Rotten Tomatoes scores where they need to be – but only time will tell.

There is clearly no intention on Disney’s part to stop making these live-action remakes anytime soon, since mediocre reviews don’t seem to affect the box office too badly. Aladdin, which has a similar score to The Lion King, has grossed $929 million. Still, if these movies continue to build a reputation for being disappointing, Disney may have to find a way to justify live-action remakes beyond simply wanting to make money off nostalgia.

Next: Read Screen Rant’s Review of The Lion King


2019-07-14 06:07:06

Allie Gemmill

The 10 Best Animated Movies Of All-Time, According To IMDB

It’s a shame when animated movies are looked down upon. Some people believe they’re meant for kids only and others assume they aren’t to be taken seriously. But some of the most emotional and well-written stories in history are animated and they deserve to be treated with respect.

To show them some love, we’ve taken a look at the ratings for animated films on IMDB. While the scores there aren’t a perfect measurement, it is always interesting to see how the hundreds of thousands of IMDB users feel about a movie. From Disney classics to Japanese blockbusters to Pixar and more, these are the ten best animated films of all-time according to IMDB.

10 Toy Story 3

Over a decade after the second installment, Toy Story 3 arrived and managed to exceed all expectations. Fans wondered if it could recapture the magic from the first two classic films. It did that and then some. The years in between releases allowed technology to advance at a rapid pace, making for an incredible looking movie.

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Toy Story 3 perfectly bookended the trilogy by giving the characters an emotional sendoff as Andy said goodbye to his toys and went off to college. It won Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards, as well as Best Original Song. It also picked up a nomination for Best Picture, which is rare for an animated feature.

9 Toy Story 4

Nearly ten more years passed after the third entry when Toy Story 4 surprised audiences. There was even more cause for concern this time around because of how well the previous film wrapped up the story. Somehow, the filmmakers at Pixar managed to tug at our heartstrings once more with another goodbye.

This installment saw the toys adjusting to life with their new kid, Bonnie. No longer the favorite toy, Woody struggled the most. He embarked on a wild adventure to help save Bonnie’s new favorite toy and he ran into his old flame Bo Peep. Once again, the animation improved by leaps and bounds, while the plot hit us right in the feels.

8 Princess Mononoke

In 1997, Princess Mononoke took Japan by storm. For several years, it held the record for domestic box office performance in Japan. The film was directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, who is someone you’ll hear about again on this list. Princess Mononoke signaled a more adult-focused version of his style that set the tone for his best work.

Princess Mononoke told the story of a young Emishi prince named Ashitaka and his place in a struggle between humans and forest gods over the consumption of resources. The film is as visually breathtaking as it is groundbreaking. Miyazaki nailed the man vs. nature story trope better than anyone else.

7 WALL-E

Pixar strikes again with this 2008 release. WALL-E is an interesting tale because it barely has any dialogue. That’s not something you find in a lot of films directed at children. Instead, it focuses on visual storytelling and it hits on every aspect to deliver a touching story.

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The plot centered around a trash compacting robot on an uninhabitable Earth who falls in love with a sleek robot and they travel across the galaxy, ultimately saving mankind. That romantic aspect is what drove this story. Fans were captivated by the love of two robots in a way that hasn’t been matched on screen again. WALL-E also took home the Best Animated Film Academy Award.

6 Coco

The string of Pixar films continues. This 2017 release marked another impressive achievement for the successful studio. It was also a change for them. Instead of telling a story about cars, bugs, or toys, this one focused on a young kid who was transported to the land of the dead during the Day of the Dead.

With stellar music that won an Oscar for Best Original Song and gorgeous visuals, Coco was another huge hit for Pixar. It also took home Best Animated Film and sent audiences on another highly emotional journey. If you’re not crying by the time “Remember Me” plays at the end, you may not have a heart.

5 Your Name

Another recent entry to the list, Your Name hit theaters back in 2016. It was a critically acclaimed Japanese fantasy animated film, giving the country another feather in its cap when it comes to this genre. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name is about a boy and girl in high school who swap bodies.

That premise may sound like something we’ve heard before, as body-swapping isn’t uncommon in cinema history. However, none have done it quite as well. Your Name received widespread praise for its visual style and for the emotional weight the story carries.

4 Grave Of The Fireflies

We stay in Japan for this next entrant, but we go all the way back to 1988. Grave of the Fireflies was based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical story. It’s not often that a tale about war is turned into an animated movie, but this film did it spectacularly. It focused on two siblings who struggled to survive the final few months of the Second World War.

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Reception to Grave of the Fireflies was universally positive. Roger Ebert included it on his list of the greatest films ever, Total Film placed it on their greatest animated films list, and Time Out featured it on their best World War II films list. It also holds an impressive 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

3 The Lion King

There’s a reason The Lion King is held in such high regard. The 1994 film stands as an all-time classic because it is beautifully animated, tells a fantastic story, and hits all the emotional beats you want from a movie like this. Simba and his sidekicks get a fun story that has a combination of uplifting and heartbreaking moments sprinkled in.

The Lion King is more than just a film. it has become a cultural phenomenon that spawned several sequels, television series, and a blockbuster Broadway show. It also holds the record as the highest-selling VHS home video in history. The 2019 remake has a lot to live up to because the original is a classic.

2 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

After years of different iterations of Spider-Man, it took an animated film to get it perfect. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse took the idea that anyone could be the wall-crawling superhero and ran with it. Featuring various versions of the character, including Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and more.

This film’s success went beyond the plot. It featured a gorgeous animation style that felt like it was lifted right out of the comic book. Add in uplifting scenes, an outstanding soundtrack, respect for the source material, and an unbelievably strong voice cast and you’ve got something special. No other Spider-Man film even comes close.

1 Spirited Away

If you’ve read any list about great movies, you’ve probably heard of Spirited Away even if you haven’t seen it yourself. Another fantastic film from the mind of director Hayao Miyazaki, this is the one that many anime fans consider their favorite. Released in 2001, Spirited Away took home the coveted Best Animated Feature prize at the Academy Awards.

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This was another case of Miyazaki nailing the combination of telling a compelling story with an impressive animation style. Fans and critics everywhere loved it, as evidenced by how it overtook Titanic at the Japanese box office and its 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You simply can’t discuss the best in animation without mentioning Spirited Away.


2019-07-14 03:07:49

Kevin Pantoja

10 Cerebral Action Movies To Watch If You Like The Matrix

In March 1999, The Matrix forever changed action cinema. The Wachowskis’ mind-bending science-fiction epic mixed heart pounding action set pieces with a thought-provoking story asking: what if the world we lived in was a simulation? How would we know? What would a person do if they found out? The movie was both a critical and commercial success. Thoughts on the second and third films are mixed, but the first entry is universally beloved and stands the test of time.

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It’s a fantastic movie you can watch over and over again, but even the best movies grow tiring after a while. What if you’re fatigued from Neo’s first adventure, but want more cerebral action films? The sequels are reasonable, but don’t give the same thrills. Well, fear not, dear reader, for the next ten entries will present several films woven from a similar cloth. Everyone loves watching people fight with a side platter of food for thought, and the ten films presented below will do just that. The older ones were even direct influences on The Wachowskis, so they bear some visual similarities to The Matrix.

10 Ghost In The Shell

This is, of course, referring to the 1995 anime classic, and not the universally panned live-action adaptation. Ghost in the Shell is dense, covering a breadth of topics relating to this gloomy cyberpunk future in a run time just shy of ninety minutes.

How much does cybernetic augmentation take away from one’s humanity? What effect does technology have on the soul? When the characters aren’t on philosophical rants, they are chasing down leads and engaging in intense combat. The 2004 sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, delves even deeper into these subjects.

9 Edge Of Tomorrow

Every time Tom Cruise bites it on the battlefield, his day starts over. With each reset, his skills improve as he slowly becomes a supersoldier.

This Hollywood film is based on the manga, All You Need Is Kill, and has been through some strange title-changing shenanigans in its time, going from Edge of Tomorrow to Live.Die. Repeat.

8 Source Code

Jake Gyllenhaal possesses a man’s body in a simulation in order to discover who blew up a train earlier that day. Every time the bomb goes off, he goes back to the real world and is sent back into the simulation to try and find the perpetrator once more.

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Each time he enters, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, but further, darker truths are unraveled about the main character. Source Code was directed by Duncan Jones, and while it is not as overtly cerebral as Moon, it still raised some interesting questions about bleeding-edge technology.

7 Looper

In Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman hunting down a future version of himself, played by Bruce Willis.

Rian Johnson directed it, and seeing the impressive set design and practical effects makes it easy to understand why he was chosen to write and direct a Star Wars movie. It’s a fascinating, creative and ambitious adventure, one that isn’t as impenetrable as some movies of its type can be.

6 Total Recall

Total Recall poses the classic question: did any of this movie actually happen? In this beloved and iconic movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a normal working class guy – as normal as a muscle-bound Austrian millionaire can be – who takes a virtual vacation.

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After exiting the simulation, his life turns into an action thriller that has him going to Mars. The short story on which it is based was written by Phillip K. Dick, and Paul Verhoeven, known for other thought-provoking action movies like Robocop and Starship Troopers, was the director.

5 Minority Report

In Minority Report, an experimental police force of the future have the ability to stop crimes and arrest people before the crimes even occur. Things spiral out of control, however, when a police officer is accused of a future homicide.

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Steven Spielberg brought this short story to life with great results, being a far cry from the wholesome science-fiction for which he is known.

4 Inception

Inception is an epic two-and-a-half-hour journey into dreams. By the end of it, many audience members had no idea what happened.

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Even the people who left theaters in confusion were still thoroughly entertained by the impressive action sequences and stellar performances by a cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Hardy. Few directors are allowed to craft such original ideas with hefty budgets, and it’s a good thing Christopher Nolan is one of them.

3 District 9

Aliens land in Johannesburg, South Africa, and are treated as second class citizens. When an officer tasked with relocating the aliens is sprayed with a mysterious substance, he slowly starts transforming into one of them.

District 9 was Neil Blomkamp’s debut feature, and its narrative draws parallels to brutal systems of segregation that have existed in our society over human history. It is analogy for an important civil rights issue AND features people getting gibbed like they were fragged in Quake. What more could a movie fan ask for?

2 Snow Piercer

Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic action film set on a train. People are stratified by social class, where the rich at the front live in luxury and the poor are considered filth.

A revolution sparks and the lower class citizens fight their way to the front. A simple analogy for class struggle, but an effective one that makes for a fantastic film. Again, it’s a movie that may seem simple on the surface, but it has a lot more to say than you might think.

1 Akira

Akira is a cyberpunk masterpiece, transcending its genre to become one of the greatest pieces of media ever made. The world in which the story takes place is magnificently crafted, feeling more fleshed out and developed in two hours than most long running series do with their settings over several seasons.

Currently, Taika Wattiti is set to direct a live-action version. As hard as this is to pull off, The New Zealand born film-maker just may be talented enough to do it justice.

NEXT: Best Fight Scenes From The Matrix, Ranked


2019-07-14 01:07:39

Jason Wojnar

10 Highest-Grossing Disney Animated Movies Ever | ScreenRant

When it comes to animated movies, Disney is internationally recognized as one of the most groundbreaking and consistently successful studios in the history of cinema. Between Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, the House of Mouse has own dozens of Oscars and grossed billions of dollars at the box office around the world.

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Despite the fact that Disney has certainly gone through certain rough decades during its existence, the studio seems as healthy as ever, banking not only on landmark sequels such as Toy Story 4 and Frozen II, but also on original animated features like Onward and Soul. Curious about which movies made the most money for Disney over the years? Find out below!

10 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY – $744 Million

Directed by Dan Scanlon, Monsters University was Pixar’s first-ever prequel, as we followed the protagonists of 2001’s Monsters, Inc. during their college years. While there were 12 years between the two installments, audiences were certainly not any less eager to see Sully and Mike on the big screen once again.

All in all, Monsters University opened to an $82 million weekend and went on to gross $744 million at the box office around the world, making it Disney’s 10th most successful animated feature ever. While there are no talks of a third Monsters, Inc. installment, Pixar has definitely teased fans with possible cameos.

9 COCO – $807 Million

Lee Unkrich has had a long history at Pixar, having co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo before finally landing Toy Story 3 – his solo directorial debut. In 2017, Unkrich had yet another outing in the studio with Coco, which became a massive international hit.

Telling the story of 12-year-old Miguel spending the Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico, Coco grossed $807 million internationally at the box office. Moreover, the movie won the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Remember Me”). Despite its Latin-centric storyline, Coco’s biggest box office outside of North America came from China, where the film made $189 million.

8 INSIDE OUT – $857 Million

It is no secret that 2015’s Inside Out was a very hard animated feature to pull off. After all, having human emotions as film protagonists seemed like a stretch, even for an animated studio. Thankfully, director Pete Doctor and screenwriters Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley were able to get the movie made, capturing the hearts and minds of many fans around the world.

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To this day, Inside Out is still one of Disney-Pixar’s highest-grossing animated films of all time, having reached a worldwide gross of $857 million at the box office. Additionally, the movie was incredibly well-received by critics. Besides the usual Best Animated Feature nomination at the Academy Awards (an award that it won) that Pixar is used to receiving, Inside Out was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, an award that rarely takes animated features into consideration.

7 FINDING NEMO – $940 Million

In 2003, Pixar was very invested on making movies that would appeal not only to children, but also to their parents and other adults. With Finding Nemo, the studio proved that it was very capable of doing just so.

Around the world, Finding Nemo has grossed $940 million at the box office, coming very close to entering the billion-dollar club. However, it is important to note that it seemed inconceivable for animated features to make over a billion dollars in 2003, meaning that Nemo’s box office gross was definitely considered a major success for Disney and Pixar.

6 THE LION KING – $968 Million

There is only one movie that came out before the year 2000 that is still among the highest-grossing animated films ever. And is it really a surprise to anybody that we’re talking about 1994’s The Lion King?

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Over the years, The Lion King has grossed a total of $968 million around the world, making it one of the most successful non-Pixar animated features from Disney. With so much money behind it, it comes as no surprise that this film inspired Broadway shows, theme park attractions, and even a 2019 remake that is poised to break ground between the live-action and animation genres.

5 ZOOTOPIA – $1.023 Billion

The five highest-grossing Disney animated movies ever have all reached a billion dollars around the world, and this list begins with 2016’s Zootopia.

After grossing $75 million during just its opening weekend, Zootopia went on to make $1.023 billion internationally, solidifying the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ return to its original form. However, it is important to note that Zootopia was not the first-ever animated film to reach the billion-dollar mark (more on that later). Instead, this movie just proved to Hollywood that the animation genre could continuously make a lot of money without having to rely on sequels to do so.

4 FINDING DORY – $1.029 Billion

Thanks to the astounding success of Finding Dory, it so happens that Finding Nemo is only Disney animated movie franchise that has all of its installments on this Top 10 list. Released in 2016, this sequel grossed $1.029 billion across the globe. On its opening weekend alone, Dory made $135 million at the box office.

It certainly feels like the 13 years between Finding Nemo and Finding Dory didn’t mean a thing for Disney fans. While there are no reports regarding a third installment as of yet, one simply has to look at the four Toy Story movies to figure out that Pixar is keen on keeping its franchises going if a good new story can be told.

3 TOY STORY 3 – $1.066 Billion

Toy Story 3 was the first-ever animated movie to make over a billion dollars, grossing a worldwide total of $1.066 billion at the box office. This 2010 movie not only established Lee Unkrich as a blockbuster director and Pixar as a major Hollywood studio, but it also set entirely new expectations for the animation genre.

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Despite the fact that Toy Story 3 seemed like the logical conclusion to one of the most beloved franchises in Disney’s history, it didn’t take very long for a fourth installment to be considered. In fact, actor Tom Hanks (who voices the character of Woody) revealed in 2011 that Toy Story 4 was already in development.

2 The INCREDIBLES 2 – $1.242 Billion

For a long time, it really felt like The Incredibles was going to be one of the Pixar properties that would never actually get a sequel, despite the film’s cliffhanger at the end. What’s more, after Disney acquired Marvel Studios, it didn’t seem as important to develop more superheroes under the House of Mouse.

Fortunately, however, we eventually did get Incredibles 2, which catered to old and new fans and proved that this franchise deserved our attention. In fact, this second installment grossed $1.242 billion at the box office around the world, becoming the second highest-grossing animated movie ever.

1 FROZEN – $1.276 Billion

As of today, it is hard to imagine that an animated movie can get any bigger than 2013’s Frozen. That is, unless we’re considering the upcoming Frozen II.

Many Disney fans do not realize that Frozen actually started off with a slow $67 million weekend, and that it was a grower over time. This is largely because, in 2013, the Walt Disney Animation Studios was still struggling to regain its reputation as a studio that could compete with the likes of Pixar, DreamWorks and Illumination.

In any case, we now all know the success that Frozen went on to become, accumulating a global $1.276 billion gross at the box office and earning the top spot as the highest-grossing animated film ever.

NEXT: Harry Potter: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books


2019-07-13 07:07:52

Bernardo Sim

10 Movies To Watch Featuring Your Favorite Marvel Superhero Actors

We all know Chris Hemsworth as the dreamy God of Thunder, or Chris Evans as American’s best posterior, but where else can you see these heroes on the big screen?

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These ten films include at least one of the best superheroes of our generation, and what’s even better, is that they are actually worth the watch. If you need another fill of these dream boats, look no further!

10 Sherlock Holmes (2009) – Robert Downey Jr. AKA Iron Man

Sherlock Holmes (2009) has a whopping 7.6/10 on IMDb, and tells the story of the infamous Detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Watson. If Robert Downey Jr. isn’t enough for you to watch this film, Watson is played by the brilliant (and also dreamy) Jude Law, also includes Rachel McAdams, and is directed by the artistic genius Guy Ritchie. Tune into this film for some classic RDJ jokes and some wicked detective brilliance. With action, humour, and some pretty impressive slow-mo scenes, you’ll finally have to ask yourself who Robert played better.

9 42 (2013) – Chadwick Boseman AKA Black Panther

42 (2013) ranks at a 7.5 on IMDb, and takes place in 1947 when MLB legend Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American baseball player when he is signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. While he tours the country, he is unable to separate himself from 1940s racism in America.

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Chadwick Boseman brilliantly tackles baseball, love, and racism in this riveting biography. He’s practically the King in this movie, too, with some pretty impressive athleticism and magnanimity. Oh, it also has Harrison Ford.

8 Her (2013) – Scarlett Johansson AKA Black Widow

This 2013 futuristic, artsy treat doesn’t have the face of the beautiful assassin, but her voice acts as an operating system that a lonely writer falls in love with. With Joaquin Phoenix taking the lead role, this movie tells an incredible (and arguably cringy) tale of our relationship with technology. This film also features none other than Starlord himself, as well as Amy Adams, Kristen Wiig, and Rooney Mara. Prepare for some pretty awkward phone sex and clever (yet tragic) proof that love has no bounds. I’d like to see you not fall in love with Scarlett’s voice, too.

7 Gifted (2017) – Chris Evans AKA Captain America

This 2017 drama tells the story of Frank (Evans AKA America’s best ass) who is left to raise his niece, Mary, after his sister passes away. Mary is no regular child, but is rather a child prodigy. Frank fights to give Mary a regular childhood all in the midst of letting her fulfill her potential and battling for custody with his own mother.

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This movie also features Octavia Spencer, and Mary is played by the brilliant (and most famous female child actor of today) McKenna Grace. Spoiler: Chris Evans rescues some adorable cats, and adorable McKenna Grace breaks the nose of a bully. Need we say more? This movie will definitely make you laugh, melt, and cry.

6 Room (2015) – Brie Larson AKA Captain Marvel

Although this superhero is new to the Marvel universe, Brie Larson certainly isn’t new to the big screen. Room (2015) has an 8.2 on IMDb, and was even nominated for three Oscars. Brie took home the big one, winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. As a warning, this film is not for the faint-hearted, but tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped and held captive for years. After giving birth to a son, the two work together to escape. This movie is brilliant, tragic, and doesn’t just stop at an intense escape – but rather depicts the woman’s struggle to cope. This movie might ruin you, but it won’t disappoint.

5 The Fundamentals Of Caring (2016) – Paul Rudd AKA Ant-Man

This hidden gem from 2016 received a 7.3 on IMDb, and definitely stole the hearts of all who watched it. The film follows a male teenager who is in a wheelchair after his mom hires a man (Rudd) to become his caregiver during the day. Paul Rudd, who is suffering from his own family loss, takes on the role and begins to work for the young man.

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The two form an unlikely bond and embark on a road trip that the shy boy has always dreamed of. This cringy, awkward treat has incredibly humor and tells a heartwarming story. It also includes Selena Gomez, and if that isn’t enough, we promise you won’t stop laughing the entire time. Brace yourself for teen innuendos and a surprisingly heartwarming scene where the young man urinates into the world’s largest pit.

4 The Greatest Showman (2017) – Zendaya AKA MJ/Michelle

While Zendaya may play a small role in the Marvel universe, she does play a large role as Peter Parker’s leading lady in the Spider-Man films. Zendaya is also a force on the big screen. The Greatest Showman (2017) landed a 7.6/10 on IMDb, and follows a businessman as he rises from nothing to creating the world’s first circus, becoming a worldwide sensation. The soundtrack in this film is spectacular, as are the beautiful visuals and the tragic and heartwarming story. This film stars Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron. As if we need to say anymore, prepare for some beautiful themes of race and individuality, and if that’s enough, a duet between Zendaya and Zac Efron that uses trapeze ropes. Yeah, that’s enough.

3 Kong: Skull Island (2017) – Tom Hiddleston AKA Loki

While this movie isn’t exactly the most spectacular piece of art, it is an incredible action flick with three of your all-time favorite heroes. This 2017 flick still managed to land a 6.6 on IMDb, and stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, and John Ortiz.

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If that doesn’t grab your attention, maybe a giant gorilla on a gigantic island with action-goodness will. There will be chopper explosions, jungle hiking, and an eerily similar badassery of Larson to her superhero counterpart.

2 Spotlight (2015) – Mark Ruffalo AKA The Hulk

This 2015 Oscar Best Picture nominee tells the tragic tale of how the Boston Globe uncovers a huge scandal of child molestation, covered up by the Catholic Church. While this film will also tear you to your core and probably make you cry, its brilliance and truth is worth the watch. While Mark Ruffalo stars in this film, it also include Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci. This crime drama is definitely worth your time, if you have the strength to get through it. This brutal truth is one that needs to be told, and definitely one that needs to be seen.

1 Wind River (2017) – Jeremy Renner AKA Hawkeye

While Hawkeye is often the punchline of all Marvel hero jokes, this film definitely makes the top of the list in our opinion. While this crime mystery drama also pulls at your heart strings and definitely is not for viewers looking for a fun time, this tragic tale takes place on a Native reserve in the middle of a brutal winter in Wyoming. It follows a hunter (Renner) who helps an FBI agent (Kelsey Asbille) investigate the murder of a young Native woman who was found sexually assaulted in the woods. This film was somehow missed by the Academy, but it is absolutely brilliant in all senses of the word. The direction, story, and acting will rip out your heart in a tragic but beautiful way. It deserves your time if you care about women/Native rights, family loss, and even some badass gun fights and standoffs.

NEXT: Avengers 5: 5 Reasons It’ll Never Happen (& 5 Why It Definitely Will)


2019-07-13 07:07:08

Meah Peers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

There are several movies based on a book series, but there is always the question of whether or not it is better to read the books before watching the movie. The Twilight Saga is one book series that should definitely be read first because it fills in a lot of the plot holes you might have been confused about while watching the movies. It even adds depth to the characters and explains their actions in ways you might not have realized otherwise.

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We have compiled a list of instances in the movies that would not have made sense to anyone who didn’t read the books. These could be plot holes or explanations of a character’s actions that would help a viewer grasp the deeper meaning behind certain circumstances. Keep reading to learn about ten things in the Twilight movies that only make sense if you read the books.

10 Bella Did Other Things Besides Just Being With Edward

The movies make it seem like Bella’s life revolves around Edward and her romantic life with him, but it is just not true. Bella ends up finding a job at the Newton’s outdoor shop called Newton’s Olympic Outfitters.

Her life also consists of studying and also taking care of things at home. These things were left out of the movie, making it appear that her life consisted of only Edward, but her character was actually more complicated than she appeared.

9 Bella’s Clumsiness in the Books Help Make Her Lies More Believable

The first movie in the series shows Bella’s clumsiness as she slips on ice or pricks her finger, but they definitely downplayed this facet of her character. People who didn’t read the books might find it hard to believe that Bella fell down a flight of stairs, which was used as her excuse to explain what happened to her at the ballet studio.

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The books portray her as barely able to walk on her own two feet without encountering a disaster, but the movies veer aware from this as time goes on, and this fact might leave some movies watchers confused.

8 Bella Faints at the Sight and Smell of Blood

Something else that is in the Twilight book and not the movie adaptation is when Bella’s biology class is required to give blood. The book describes how Bella faints at the sight or smell of blood, which ends up sending her to the nurse. It also shows another reason why Edward and Bella are so incompatible, as blood is the one thing Edward needs to survive.

The film also downplays the scene where Bella pricks her finger, then slices her arm on broken glass, as in the books it causes her to almost faint amidst the chaos.

7 Esme’s Past About Losing a Child Explains Some Things

There is a scene in the New Moon movie where the entire Cullen family votes on changing Bella. The only two who vote “no” are Edward and Rosalie, which is strange when you consider Esme’s past life. The movies do not share why Esme was changed, but it happened when Carlisle found Esme after she had attempted to commit suicide after the death of her baby.

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Esme had already watched Edward try to commit suicide once when he thought Bella was dead, and that would have destroyed Esme as she viewed all of the Cullen children as her own. Esme could not bear to lose another child and the only way to remedy this seemed to be to change Bella. This shaped her vote and this was something else that made a lot more sense in the books. Readers knew the reasoning behind her decision.

6 Alice and Edward Gave Bella a CD for Her Birthday

This important factor was left out of the movie, despite it being such a major emotional breaking point for Bella after Edward left. Edward and Alice gifted it to her on her birthday, and the CD contained the lullaby Edward had written just for her.

She loved the CD and when he hid it from her after he left, she was heartbroken that she couldn’t even have that piece of him to hold onto. This detail helps viewers understand just how thorough Edward was in making sure she had nothing left to remind herself of him, and how it furthered her mental breakdown.

5 Edward Owned a Motorcycle

Edward found out that Bella had been riding motorcycles with Jacob while he had been away, but the movie doesn’t show that he attempted to do this with her. Edward bought himself a motorcycle but gave it to Jasper after he realized it was singular to Bella and Jacob’s friendship.

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Edward knows it is something that he and Bella will never share, and it furthers his character arc as he learns to tolerate and trust Jacob Black.

4 Edward Pushed for Bella to Go to College

The movies showcase this a little bit, but the books really divulge Edward’s desire for Bella not to miss out on anything that humans get to experience. Edward wants Bella to go to college and even fills out applications for her. She ends up being accepted into the University of Alaska, but Edward wants her to choose something more prestigious like Dartmouth.

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Edward cares about her education and experiences, but the movie seems to neglect this side of him at times when the books shine a brighter light on this facet of his image.

3 Bella Cooks All of Charlie’s Meals

The movies show Bella and Charlie eating at the diner, but the truth is that Bella cooked all of the meals. She was actually more like Charlie’s caretaker as she cleaned up the house and made him eat healthier. This showed how much Bella cared for her father and her ability to fend for herself as an independent woman.

The movies seemed to only show Bella as a hopeless girl who needed a man to save her from herself, but they failed to shine a light on what she was actually capable of doing.

2 Alice and Bella are Close Friends

The movie touches on this at parts as Alice buys Bella gifts or helps Bella plan her wedding and graduation party, but their relationship ran so much deeper than that. The movies made us believe that they were friendly toward each other, but at times it seemed like Bella somewhat tolerated Alice’s antics.

The books, on the other hand, show the side where Bella and Alice would hang out together, and she even stayed over for a sleepover. It added a new dimension to her character and people might not understand this if they didn’t read the books.

1 Charlie Wanted Bella to Choose Jacob

When Edward leaves Bella and sends her into a depression, Charlie wants nothing but Edward’s head. Charlie is even less pleased when Edward comes back and Bella returns to his arms, but the movies downplay Charlie’s emotions. Charlie, along with Billy, was rooting for Jacob and Bella to be together.

When Jacob kisses Bella in the books, Charlie doesn’t reprimand him and instead congratulates him for doing it. It shows the rift that has formed between Bella and her father as she is forced to choose between her family and Edward, but this is something movie watchers may not fully understand unless they read the books.

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2019-07-13 03:07:29

Rebecca Knauss