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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Launch of The Reel Five Movie Rankings Aggregator Betasite

Up to now we have published our Reel Fives content on the URL for our old blog Rocking Potatoes. Now the lists of best movies ranked for all of movie genres we have collected are now available at our Reel Fives Movie Rankings Aggregator beta site! All of the Reel Fives movie articles can be found there currently.

There are new pages you should check out inf interested. They include our Ranked Genres Top Movies Page which lists all of the movie genres we have aggregated rankings for up to date.  The listings of all our posts on top movies is in our All Reel Fives Posts page now there is better organization on the specific types of articles available. You can check out our Rankings Releases of Top Movies for each Genre with discusses the aggregated movie rankings and provides reactions.  Our page on Reel Fives Feature Articles has posts that are more in depth and interesting article series - such as the movies that influenced Quentin Tarantino or the evolution of the Women in Film. We also have a Reel Fives Movie Lists page which displays all of our posts that provide recommendations, usually topical and timely, on movies to watch.  

Also of interest may be the About Us page which describes a bit of the history of Reel Fives.  The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has a good amount of clarification, including how we produce are rankings on the best movies for different film genres. 

Finally we are  developing a Reel Fives News Letter and would be grateful if you could join the Reel Fives News Letter to get the latest on Reel Fives Podcast Episodes, the latest ranked movie genres,  and contests we will have from time to time. 

We look forward to growing our community! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Movies that Make You Appreciate the Olympics

With the Olympics in full swing in Rio, we gathered a few of our favorite Olympic films. The Olympics show the perseverance and strength of individuals who are dedicated and passionate about their sport. This is what makes the Olympics so intriguing to watch. One hears stories of how Olympians became a master of their sport and the sacrifices they made. One hears of the ups and downs of the journey. Not many people want to practice at 5 am, but so many Olympians do. That is what makes the Olympic movies so great. They show the work behind the perfect game—or how close loss was.

Chariots of Fire (1981)

The film focuses on two British runners who will compete in the 1924 Paris Olympics and their stories. While they try to make it to the top, their religion and class affect their fellow countrymen. The film shows how personal lives can get set aside in order to be crowned the best and how sports can help overcome political obstacles.

Stick It (2006)

While this film does not go to the Olympics, it reaches to Team USA. Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) must return to the catty world of gymnastics. The film focuses on an elite gym where some of the U.S.’s best gymnasts train. The film reminds the audience of the work and the drama that it takes to reach the top. 

 Personal Best (1982)

Runner Chris Cahill (Mariel Hemmingway) wants to reach her full potential, but romance complicates her goals when she falls for fellow runner Tory Skinner (Patrice Donnelly). Athletes need motivation, and it can be hard to find someone who gets the pressures of always having to be the best. The film explores the love lives of elite athletes and the sacrifices they make to be number one.

Without Limits (1998)
Another runner film makes the cut features the true story of Olympian Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup) and his work with Coach Billy Bowerman (Donald Sutherland). The film follows him from the 1974 Munich Games to his early death at age 24. While the ending may be sad, the story remains heartwarming.

Prefontaine (1997)
This film also focuses on runner Steve Profontaine, starring Jared Leto and follows a similar plotline to Without Limits. Though both movies have similar plotlines, they take different approaches. Either way, you may find yourself wanting to run the distance.

Breaking Away (1979)
The Italian cycling team fascinates recent high school graduate Dave (Dennis Christopher) so much so that he pretends to be Italian. However, he is really from Bloomington, Indiana—a town divided by those who built the university and those who attend the university. Dave, along with his best friends Mike (Denis Quaid) and Cyril (Daniel Stern) attempt to navigate their reality, without really wanting to accept it.

Tokyo Olympiad (1965)
This critically acclaimed film focuses on the emotion behind the numbers through cinematography. Instead of zooming in on one runner, Ichikawa shows all the runners at the start and follows the winner. The documentary is three hours long, but critics and audiences found the documentary worthwhile. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Best Biopics of All Time - Based on Rankings from 30 Websites

Please go to our site to read Best Biopics of All Time - Based on Rankings from 30 Websites (this article).

Scene from Schindler's List (1993) ranked best biopic

Welcome to our 
Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best biopics of all time. Our Reel Fives team found 30 ranked lists of the top biopics published online and ended up with 56 movies that made the list. For each ranked biopics list we have taken the top five biopics. The movie rankings for best biopics we aggregated are included at the bottom of this post and include the best movies in the genre as ranked by movie experts as well as polling sites, such as ranker.com.

Biopics focus on the compelling story of one person who made a difference. While the people and their stories are real, films will dramatize some events or omit certain details to create a compelling narrative. Biopics also tend to have corresponding genres based on their plotlines. Schindler’s List (1993), the all-time best biopic (also the all-time best historical movie and ranked sixth best war movie), centers on a German business owner that manages to save over 1,000 Jewish lives by hriing during World War II . Though made in 1993, the film is shot in black and white to illustrate the seriousness of genocide. T.E. Lawrence, a British WWI soldier leads Britain to defeat the Ottoman Empire in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), ranked third (also ranked second best historical movie). Gandhi (1982), tied for ninth, shows the non-violence movement he led with the objective of freeing India from British rule. The film follows Gandhi through his earliest years as an activist in South Africa to  this activity in India, where he is seen as a hero. 

Not all biopics focus on war or national heroes. In fact, most biopics simply focus on interesting people. Raging Bull (1980), ranked second (also ranked second best boxing movie), is the true story of Jake La Motta’s boxing career. La Motta (Robert De Niro) must overcome the obstacles outside the boxing ring to defeat his opponents. Eight-time Oscar winning Amadeus (1984), ranked fourth, tells the rise of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the perspective of his rival Antonio Salieri. Mozart’s natural talent outweighs Salieri’s mediocrity and he becomes consumed by proving himself the better man. Salieri seeks to praise God through music, whereas Mozart creates music for the love of music.  Mark Zuckerberg changed the world when he created Facebook in his Harvard dorm in The Social Network (2010), ranked sixth. Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is portrayed both as selfish and driven. Biopics show all sides of their protagonists and do not always seek to show them in the best light because that is often where plot lines thicken.

The rankings show favoritism towards interesting figures, no matter their morality. Biopics can often cross other genres, but share in that they focus on one person’s actions. War is not outright favored, even though the top film centers on WWII. We like that the biopics do not have a central theme because it allows for biopics to tell any compelling story without having to worry about certain criteria.

Top 56 Movies Based on 30 Published Rankings
Percent of online top fives movies appear in shown
1 . Schindler’s List (1993): 56.6%
2 . Raging Bull (1980): 50%
3 . Lawrence of Arabia (1962): 43.3%
4 . Amadeus (1984): 36.6%
5 . Goodfellas (1990): 30.0%
6 . The Social Network (2010): 20%
7 . The Aviator (2004): 16.6%
8 . Walk the Line (2005): 13.3%
9 (tied). Gandhi (1982): 10%
9 (tied). I'm Not There (2007): 10%
11 . The Pianist (2002): 10%
12 (tied). La Vie en Rose (2007): 10%
12 (tied). Malcolm X (1992): 10%
12 (tied). The Elephant Man (1980): 10%
15 . My Left Foot (1989): 10%
16 . The Hours (2002): 6.66%
17 . A Beautiful Mind (2001): 6.66%
18 . The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928): 6.66%
19 . The Iron Lady (2011): 6.66%
20 (tied). The King’s Speech (2010): 6.66%
20 (tied). Frida (2002): 6.66%
22 (tied). Braveheart (1995): 6.66%
22 (tied). Downfall (2004): 6.66%
24 . Ed Wood (1994): 6.66%
25 (tied). Elizabeth (1998): 3.33%
25 (tied). Mommie Dearest (1981): 3.33%
25 (tied). Andrei Rublev (1966): 3.33%
25 (tied). Basquiat (1996): 3.33%
25 (tied). Control (2007): 3.33%
25 (tied). Lola Mont├Ęs (1955): 3.33%
25 (tied). The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974): 3.33%
25 (tied). The Scarlet Empress (1934): 3.33%
25 (tied). Good Night and Good Luck (2005): 3.33%
25 (tied). Blow (2001): 3.33%
25 (tied). The Fighter (2010): 3.33%
25 (tied). Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007): 3.33%
37 (tied). Steve Jobs (2015): 3.33%
37 (tied). Ray (2005): 3.33%
37 (tied). Bonnie and Clyde (1967): 3.33%
37 (tied). Red Dog (2011): 3.33%
37 (tied). Man on the Moon (1999): 3.33%
42 (tied). Barfly (1987): 3.33%
42 (tied). Finding Neverland (2004): 3.33%
42 (tied). Shattered Glass (2003): 3.33%
45 (tied). 12 Years a Slave (2013): 3.33%
45 (tied). Quiz Show (1994): 3.33%
45 (tied). The Queen (2006): 3.33%
45 (tied). A Man Escaped (1956): 3.33%
45 (tied). Milk (2008): 3.33%
45 (tied). Chopper (2000): 3.33%
51 (tied). Henry V (1989): 3.33%
51 (tied). The Intouchables (2011): 3.33%
51 (tied). All the President's Men (1976): 3.33%
51 (tied). Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993): 3.33%
51 (tied). Napoleon (1927): 3.33%
56 . Catch Me if You Can (2002): 0%
Biopic Movie Ranking Sources
PasteList of top 20 (link)
The GuardianList of top 10 (link)
Movie Film ReviewList of top 100 (link)
The Script LabList of top 10 (link)
The Sydney Morning HeraldList of top 5 (link)
FlickchartList of top 1360 (link)
Film VaultList of top 5 (link)
Film VaultList of top 5 (link)
BoldlistList of top 5 (link)
WonderslistList of top 10 (link)
Movie Chop ShopList of top 5 (link)
Film School WTFList of top 100 (link)
OdysseyList of top 5 (link)
Top10ForList of top 10 (link)
Feedy WeedyList of top 10 (link)
The Sydney Morning HeraldList of top 10 (link)
SensCritiqueList of top 50 (link)
The Top 10sList of top 10 (link)
MoviefoneList of top 25 (link)
Good Movies ListList of top 50 (link)
AZCentralList of top 10 (link)
Entertainment WeeklyList of top 25 (link)
CaraKitaList of top 10 (link)
Itcher MagazineList of top 12 (link)
List DoseList of top 10 (link)
Film CraveList of top 500 (link)
Games RadarList of top 30 (link)
The CinemaholicList of top 10 (link)
Film AffinityList of top 100 (link)
Digital Dream DoorList of top 100 (link)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Best Mockumentaries of All Time

Scene from This is Spinal Tap (1984) ranked number one mockumentary.
Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best mockumentaries of all time. Our Reel Fives team found 22 ranked lists of the top mockumentaries published online and ended up with 42 movies that made the list. For each ranked list of greatest movies for the genre, we have taken the top five ranked films. The movie rankings of the best mockumentaries we aggregated are included at the bottom of this post and include the best mockumentaries as ranked by movie experts as well as polling sites, such as ranker.com.

Mockumentaries poke fun at the seriousness of documentaries with satire. Any topic can have a mockumentary as long as it has colorful characters and the right amount of unfortunate events.Christopher Guest’s This is Spinal Tap (1984), the all-time best mockumentary (also ranked seventh best Spoof), chronicles a British band’s American comeback. Though the band has decent reviews on their albums, they keep having mishaps while they try to regain the audience they once had. Best in Show (2000), ranked second and another Guest film, follows five dogs and their owners through the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. The humans become the starts of the show in this mockumentary with their quirks and passion for having the best show dog. Guest’s Waiting for Guffman (1996), examines the politics of small town theater as they attempt to impress Broadway critic Mr. Guffman. The ordinary town puts on a show of its non-eventful history and that is what makes the film funny. Who really cares that the town got a Dairy Queen? Belgian film Man Bites Dog (1992), tied for seventh, takes a dark twist on mockumentaries. A camera crew follows a serial killer and loses their objectivity along the way as they help the serial killer. Anything can be made into a mockumentary with the right characters and some imagination.

Controversy follows some mockumentaries, especially when mockumentaries poke fun at something at the expense of a person or group. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006), ranked third, mixes fictional and real life situations. Borat comes to America and decides he wants to get married so he does not have to move back to Kazakhstan, leading him into taking a cross country road trip. Some critics accused the film of being racist and anti-Semitic towards American and the state of Kazakhstan. 

Christopher Guest dominated the rankings and this should not be surprise as he devoted his life to making mockumentaries. His films make fun of people in the right ways. Mockumentaries can offend, as Borat (2006) did, but they do not have to. The rankings do not show a preference for any time period, though few mockumentaries were made prior to 1960. No subject or plotline dominated the genre and this gives the genre room to grow. 

Top 42 Mockumentaries based on 22 published rankings
Percent of online top fives movies appear in shown

1 . This Is Spinal Tap (1984): 72.7%
2 . Best in Show (2000): 54.5%
3 . Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006): 36.3%
4 . Waiting for Guffman (1996): 22.7%
5 (tied). Man Bites Dog (1992): 22.7%
5 (tied). The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978): 22.7%
7 . Zelig (1983): 22.7%
8 . Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010): 13.6%
9 . Lake Mungo (2008): 13.6%
10 . The Blair Witch Project (1999): 13.6%
11 . Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999): 13.6%
12 . Bob Roberts (1992): 13.6%
13 . A Hard Day’s Night (1964): 9.09%
14 . What We Do in the Shadows (2014): 9.09%
15 (tied). Forgotten Silver (1995): 9.09%
15 (tied). Take the Money and Run (1969): 9.09%
17 (tied). Fubar (2002): 9.09%
17 (tied). A Mighty Wind (2003): 9.09%
19 . Fear of a Black Hat (1993): 9.09%
20 (tied). The Grand (2007): 4.54%
20 (tied). The Last Broadcast (1998): 4.54%
20 (tied). The Making of '...And God Spoke' (1993): 4.54%
20 (tied). The War Game (1965): 4.54%
24 (tied). Troll Hunter (2010): 4.54%
24 (tied). Land Without Bread (1933): 4.54%
24 (tied). Punishment Park (1971): 4.54%
24 (tied). All You Need Is Cash (1978): 4.54%
28 (tied). Interview With The Assassin (2002): 4.54%
28 (tied). Clerks (1994): 4.54%
28 (tied). The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972): 4.54%
28 (tied). Chronicle (2012): 4.54%
32 (tied). A Necessary Death (2008): 4.54%
32 (tied). Hard Core Logo (1996): 4.54%
32 (tied). Incident At Loch Ness (2004): 4.54%
32 (tied). CB4 (1993): 4.54%
32 (tied). C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004): 4.54%
37 (tied). An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997): 4.54%
37 (tied). How to Sleep (1935): 4.54%
37 (tied). A Day Without a Mexican (2004): 4.54%
37 (tied). I’m Still Here (2010): 4.54%
37 (tied). District 9 (2009): 4.54%
37 (tied). Tropic Thunder (2008): 4.54%
Mockumentary Movie Ranking Sources
NonficsList of top 11 (link)
IMDbList of top 15 (link)
BuzzFeedList of top 31 (link)
Paste MagazineList of top 12 (link)
Taste of CinemaList of top 12 (link)
Games RadarList of top 20 (link)
FlickchartList of top 180 (link)
Watch MojoList of top 10 (link)
RankerList of top 30 (link)
Scene-StealersList of top 10 (link)
PopCrunchList of top 16 (link)
We Are Movie GeeksList of top 10 (link)
the MOST 10List of top 10 (link)
Culture BratsList of top 17 (link)
Examiner.comList of top 10 (link)
AskmenList of top 10 (link)
Smashing ListsList of top 10 (link)
Movie Film ReviewList of top 10 (link)
ImgurList of top 11 (link)
CineplexList of top 5 (link)
Movie PilotList of top 4 (link)
Weird WormList of top 6 (link)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Best Shark Movies of All Time - Based on Rankings From 42 Websites

Scene from the top ranked shark movie, Deep Blue Sea (1999). 
Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best shark films of all time. Our Reel Fives team found 42 ranked lists of the top shark films published online and ended up with 39 movies that made the list. For each ranked list of greatest movies for the genre, we have taken the top five ranked films. The rankings of top shark films we aggregated are included at the bottom of this post and include the best movies in the genre as ranked by movie experts and polling sites, such as ranker.com.

Sharks scare a good number of people, but in reality, shark attacks are pretty rare—so rare that a person has a 1-in-3,700,000 chance of being attacked by a shark. The film industry plays upon the fear of shark attacks and has created a niche genre of shark films, wherein people stranded in shark-infested waters must fight for survival. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975), ranked second, almost single-handedly conceived this genre. Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Schneider) teams up with fisherman-for-hire Quint (Robert Shaw) and oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) to catch a giant great white shark terrorizing a small island-community in New England. Steven Spielberg’s film set a box office record and was the first film to gross over $100 million. One can make an argument for Jaws being the movie that introduced the film industry to the summer blockbuster formula: high budget films with wide audience and commercial appeal accompanied by intense marketing campaigns, bombarding audiences leading up to the theatrical release. Jaws (1975) brought forth the monster horror genre’s elements but applied them in a nuanced way, focusing more on character responses than on the shark in action. And the impeccable score by John Williams (whose resume includes scores for the original Star Wars trilogy, Superman (1978), Jurassic Park (1993), and the first three Harry Potter films) combined with intermingled jump scares perfectly tied together the many tension-building scenes.  These elements are still at the heart of the shark horror genre. 

Opening scene of Jaws (1975), building tension by presenting the shark's point of view instead of showing the shark.

In fact, Jaws (1975) not only conceived the shark horror, but paved the way for other water predator movies shortly after its release, although most were b-movies. In 1978, Piranha was released and did not shy away from making it clear that it was an entry into the genre set by Jaws – even down to its poster. 

Another entry to the water predator b-movies riding on the popularity of Jaws is Orca (1977), where a male killer whale hunts down a boat captain who was responsible for killing his calf. Orca (1977) has since gained, and continues to have, a large cult following.   

The degree of influence that Jaws (1975) [bottom]  had on Orca (1978) [top] is apparent when looking at the final scenes. 
But surprisingly, Jaws (1975) is not the top ranked shark movie. The much more recent Deep Blue Sea (1999) beat it out, albeit only by a 2 percent margin. In Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea (1999), ranked the all-time best shark film based on the aggregation, tables are turned when the sharks at the center of an Alzheimer’s cure research project decide they are done being poked and prodded by scientists. One wonders if the slower movie narrative in Jaws (1975) lowers the appeal to fans of the genre who have by now become accustomed to the campy b-movie antics of most movies in the shark horror genre that followed in the wake of Jaws (1975). Even the Jaws franchise itself delved into this style in the sequels.  Jaw 3-D (1983), the second sequel, relied on the 3-D fad, jump scares, and an over-the-top plot (a giant shark attacking a water park on its opening day).  The campy side of the shark horror genre continues strong with the multitude of movies from The Asylum productions in the last couple of years that include Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009), 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012), and of course Sharknado (2013), which itself spawned four sequels to date.
Scene from Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009).
But the shark genre also includes some family friendly, non-horror entries. Not all films portray sharks as hostile, with some family films having seemingly nonviolent sharks. Finding Nemo (2003), ranked thirteenth (also ranked sixth-best animated film), suggests that sharks do not need to eat fish. While searching for his son, Nemo’s father Marlin (Albert Brooks) and newfound companion Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) encounter a trio of sharks who proclaim they are vegetarian. “Fish are friends, not food,” according to shark Bruce. This helps ease the fear of sharks, since they are typically associated with eating fish and other animals. The mob genre sleeps with the fishes in Shark Tale (2004), ranked tenth. When Shark boss Don Lino’s (Robert De Niro) son is killed, small fish Oscar (Will Smith) falsely takes the credit. The film parallels the mafia hierarchy with that of marine life, and the sharks are close to the top. Both films show a fight for survival in the sea. From Nemo and his father trying to reunite, to Oscar trying to evade capture, shark films invoke the survival instinct. Animation has the power to destigmatize the fear of sharks for younger children and can imagine sea life differently than a non-animated film, which could be why animated sharks are depicted more favorably than their non-animated brethren.

The rankings have a cluster of older and newer, animated and non-animated films. While most shark films center on survival, the plot can still be used interestingly. The sea remains a fascinating place and the film industry is not afraid to play with offbeat plots. The new shark horror film recently released, The Shallows (2016), may have a strong showing in this list in the near future. It goes back into less campy territory and, as of one week after the opening, has received much praise – for a shark horror. 

Top 39 Shark Movies based on 42 published rankings
Percent of online top fives movies appear in shown
1 . Deep Blue Sea (1999): 78.5%
2 . Jaws (1975): 76.1%
3 . Open Water (2003): 66.6%
4 . Jaws 2 (1978): 40.4%
5 . The Reef (2010): 28.5%
6 . Sharknado (2013): 23.8%
7 . Shark Night (2011): 19.0%
8 . Bait (2012): 19.0%
9 . 12 Days of Terror (2004): 16.6%
10 . Shark Tale (2004): 11.9%
11 . Jaws 3-D (1983): 11.9%
12 . Sharktopus (2010): 9.52%
13 . Finding Nemo (2003): 9.52%
14 . Soul Surfer (2011): 7.14%
15 . Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009): 7.14%
16 . Blue Water, White Death (1971): 7.14%
17 . Sand Sharks (2011): 4.76%
18 . Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991): 4.76%
19 . Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977): 4.76%
20 . Deep Blood (1990): 4.76%
21 (tied). Cyclone (1978): 2.38%
21 (tied). The Last Shark (1981): 2.38%
21 (tied). 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012): 2.38%
21 (tied). Shark! (1969): 2.38%
25 (tied). The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005): 2.38%
25 (tied). Sharkwater (2006): 2.38%
25 (tied). Live and Let Die (1973): 2.38%
25 (tied). Cruel Jaws (1995): 2.38%
29 (tied). Jaws: The Revenge (1987): 2.38%
29 (tied). Lake Placid (1999): 2.38%
29 (tied). Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997): 2.38%
32 (tied). The Host (2006): 2.38%
32 (tied). Swamp Shark (2011): 2.38%
32 (tied). Dark Tide (2012): 2.38%
35 (tied). Ghost Shark (2013): 2.38%
35 (tied). Open Water 2: Adrift (2006): 2.38%
35 (tied). Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976): 2.38%
35 (tied). Red Water (2003): 2.38%
39 . The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004): 0%
Shark Movie Ranking Sources
PopMatters List of top 10 (link)
IMDb List of top 64 (link)
Den of Geek List of top 25 (link)
List Challenges List of top 50 (link)
Ranker List of top 43 (link)
Listverse List of top 10 (link)
WatchMojo.com List of top 10 (link)
Yell Magazine List of top 10 (link)
Mother Nature Network List of top 10 (link)
Funk's House of Geekery List of top 8 (link)
The Movie Network List of top 10 (link)
JackThreads List of top 10 (link)
Listal List of top 17 (link)
Top2040 List of top 20 (link)
Top 5 List of top 5 (link)
Truly Disturbing List of top 13 (link)
MoviePilot.com List of top 8 (link)
Hit Fix List of top 10 (link)
Terrific Top 10 List of top 10 (link)
Answers.com List of top 9 (link)
BuzzFeed List of top 8 (link)
PhimToday.Org List of top 10 (link)
Radass List of top 26 (link)
Bite by a Shark List of top 10 (link)
Screen Junkies List of top 6 (link)
Mano Byte List of top 5 (link)
The Nerdy Bomb List of top 5 (link)
Chiller List of top 13 (link)
Outdoors 360 List of top 10 (link)
eTopMost.com List of top 5 (link)
TheVideos List of top 10 (link)
Film School Rejects List of top 6 (link)
Kiff Cape Town List of top 3 (link)
Looper List of top 10 (link)
BlueChat List of top 10 (link)
Culture Brats List of top 13 (link)
Chillopedia List of top 15 (link)
Movie Fan Central List of top 10 (link)
TheCelebrityCafe.com List of top 10 (link)
Wapistan List of top 10 (link)
Red Carpet Refs List of top 10 (link)
OMGMoments List of top 10 (link)

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reel Fives Podcast Episode 5 on the Top Ghost Movies Now Up

 We are happy to release the fifth episode of the Reel Fives Podcast on top films. This episode covers Ghost and Supernatural movies.

Hosted by Lily, this is a casual conversation about the best ghost movies revolving around Reel Fives' aggregation of online movie rankings for best supernatural and ghost films. Guests this episode are Juan Triana and Jose Romero. The topics include Santeria and Voodoo, scariest ghost movie scenes ever, 80s dominance of ghost movie genre, and the disappointment of the Poltergeist remake

Juan's Top 5 Ghost and Supernatural Films:
1.  The shining 
2. The exorcist 
3. Poltergeist 
4. Sixth Sense 
5. Insidious 

Juan's #upthescore Ghost and Supernatural Films: 
The Exorcist (1973),  Eraserhead (1977)

Identifying the top movies is our mission.
Podcast:  https://soundcloud.com/reelfives

Friday, May 27, 2016

Movies That Make You Want to Take a Summer Vacation

With the unofficial arrival of summer this Memorial Day weekend, we thought these movies would inspire you to take a summer vacation. Summer vacations are special because they may include long road trips with family, a flat tire, gas station food, and loads of laughter. As the kids leave school for the next three months or so, their imaginations can run wild. Why not take them on trip with some of these movies? Maybe they will want to go to summer camp or on a road trip? Summer reminds us all to relax and slow down. These movies will do just that. Make some popcorn, grab a cold beverage and sit down and watch a movie or two!

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
This Chevy Chase classic reminds us all of the potential of road trips. Road trips can be boring and to cure the boredom, you may focus on something else. Vacations rarely go as planned and this film captures the hilarity of plans gone wrong. Sometimes the best vacations are the ones with some bad luck. If anything, a great story will come from it!

What About Bob? (1991)
Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss star in this comedy of one man just wanting to enjoy a vacation. Bob Wiley (Murray) become dependent upon his psychotherapist Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) so much so that he tracks him down during his vacation in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. This movie will make you thankful for your (hopefully) relaxing vacation!

Summer Rental (1985)
Jack Chester (John Candy) takes his family to the beach for a relaxing summer vacation in sunny Citrus Grove, Florida (Gulf Coast). However, he does not get to relax because he feuds a local. To win back his pride and respect from his family, Jack must race him. If you like competition, you will enjoy this movie! A must watch movie for fans of sailing.

The Great Outdoors (1988)
Annoying in-laws disrupt Chet Ripley’s (John Candy) family vacation in a resort located in the woods of Pechoggin, Wisconsin. Sometimes all you want is to get away from your family to relax. But other times, your family may have other plans and those plans can result in a laugh-out-loud misadventure.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
David Wain’s indie cult classic captures the last day of a 1981 summer camp in Waterville, Maine. Starring the ageless Paul Rudd,  Amy Poehler, Chrisopher Meloni, Margeurite Moreau, and many others, this original comedy shows the best parts of summer. Summer camp involves new friendships, growing up, hijinks, and laughter of course. This movie is the first movie acting role for Bradley Cooper. Roast up some s’mores and reminisce on the all-American summer camp experience.

The Way, Way Back (2013)
Steve Carell and Allison Janney star in this coming-of-age summer movie dealing with the pains of fitting in. Duncan (Lian James) finds refuge with a water park manager Owen (Sam Rockwell) and together they learn to deal with not fitting in. This movie can help kids realize that they will find a place to fit in.

Cocktail (1988)
Tom Cruise starts in this R-rated summer classic as a bartender in Jamaica and finds love. But life does not go as planned. Summer love is fun, but it can get complicated and when it does, that is when it is tested to see if it really is just a summer fling.