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Friday, April 29, 2016

Movies That Make You Want To Dance

April 29th is International Dance Day and we have compiled a few movies that will make you want to set down your popcorn and have a dance party. These movies get you off the couch and moving. Whether you sing along to the music or have a full on dance party, these movies will set the mood for International Dance Day!

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Who can forget the dance scene between Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega? You may want to fast forward to the dance scene, if you have already seen the movie and reply it for inspiration. Those Travolta dance moves are classic.

Bring it On (2000)
While this movie is technically a cheerleader movie, the cheers include dance moves. Gather your friends to have a dance off while re-watching this 2000s teen classic. The music will bring you and your squad back in time while battling it out to see who has the best moves and comebacks.

Footloose (1984)
Yes, there has been a remake, but what is more classic than Kevin Bacon as Ren rebelling against a religious small town’s ban on dancing and rock n’ roll? Being told to not dance is just asking for an epic dance party. So grab your cowboy boots and bring in some good old fashioned rock n’ roll and dance your heart out with Ren.

Mamma Mia! (2008)
 Mamma Mia! is unapologetic musical in every sense. Abba fans can rejoice to singing along with the music and once the singing begins, follows the dancing. The numbers are cheesy in all the right ways as Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) tries to figure out who her father is. No shame in belting out some Abba on Friday night!

Dirty Dancing (1987) 
Dirty Dancing reminds you of the intense chemistry dancing holds. Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey) created so many iconic dance scenes together. When Johnny lifts Baby in the air still remains a classic move. Who would not want Patrick Swayze to lift them in the air?

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Rounding out the list is another Travolta classic. If you have anything from the 1970s lying around your house, it is time to put those bell bottoms to good use. The movie reminds us that dance is really about escaping reality and letting loose for a few minutes. Disco is meant to be danced to, so dance your heart out and celebrate International Dance Day!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Best Coming of Age Movies of All Time - Based on 42 Published Sources

Scene from Stand by Me (1986) ranked number one coming of age movie.

Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best coming-of-age films of all time. Our Reel Fives team found 42 ranked lists of the top coming-of-age movies published online and ended up with 88 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 top coming-of-age 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.

Coming-of-age films aim to capture some aspect of the pains of growing up, oftentimes teaching the characters a moral lesson in the process. Consider Stand by Me (1986), the all-time best coming-of-age film, and how it captures the moment when children’s innocence is taken. Four 12-year-old boys learn about the harsh realities of life when they go look for the body of a missing boy in the Oregon wilderness but wind up finding a lot more. Coming-of-age movies portray the loss of innocence all children face at some point in their lives. Dazed and Confused (1993), ranked third, focuses on the last day of the school year at a Texas high school in 1976. The seniors, in a rite of passage, haze the upcoming freshmen. This is their last hurrah, and they intend to drink a lot of beer and smoke a lot of weed to make it count. The film also demonstrates the downside of refusing to grow up, showing that maturing is not only preferred, but necessary. The French film The 400 Blows (1959), ranked fifth, illustrates the difficulties of growing up poor and alone. Though Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) has parents, they just don’t understand him, and he rebels. His parents let him face the harsh realities of the world and he must grow up—quickly. Coming-of-age films teach moral lessons through the eyes of their protagonists, and the great ones do so without preaching.

Teen movies attempt to understand the intricacies of high school and what comes after graduation. Director and writer John Hughes’ iconic films focused on high school. The Breakfast Club (1985), ranked second, brings together five seemingly-different teens during a Saturday detention. Throughout the course of the day, they realize they are more alike than they initially appear. The film shows that teens are just as capable of depth as adults. In another John Hughes film, Ferris Bueller (Mathew Broderick) decides to ditch school, and plays a day-long cat-and-mouse game with his principal, in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), ranked sixth. In a hilarious and unlikely fashion, Ferris gets his wish. The film shows the whimsical side of the teenage years, and the inherent determination to be free. Almost Famous (2000), ranked fourth, shows the difficulties of being thrown into adulthood. Rolling Stone magazine hires a fifteen-year-old boy to write a story on an up-and-coming band and the teen learns about more than just the band. The film shows that teens still have a lot to learn about life, love, and music. Some teen movies stand the test of time and these movies demonstrate that teen movies—and the young people they focus on—can be taken seriously.

The coming-of-age rankings did not have too many surprises, and it is the clear that the 1980s remains highly influential in the genre. We are interested in where Boyhood (2014) will rank, as it follows a boy over the course of twelve years and tells the story from his perspective. Currently, it is tied for seventeenth, but we expect it to rise in the rankings. The genre still has room to grow in terms of diversity. There are a variety of coming-of-age stories to tell and we believe the film industry can and should capture all types of coming-of-age stories.

Top 88 Coming of Age Movies based on 42 published rankings
Percent of online top fives movies appear in shown
1 . Stand By Me (1986): 52.3%
2 . Breakfast Club (1985): 33.3%
3 . Dazed and Confused (1993): 21.4%
4 . Almost Famous (2000): 21.4%
5 . The 400 Blows (1959): 16.6%
6 . Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986): 16.6%
7 . The Last Picture Show (1971): 16.6%
8 . Rebel Without a Cause (1955): 14.2%
9 . The Graduate (1967): 14.2%
10 . The Sandlot (1993): 11.9%
11 (tied). Big (1988): 9.52%
11 (tied). The Spectacular Now (2013): 9.52%
13 (tied). Juno (2007): 9.52%
13 (tied). Y Tu Mamá También (2001): 9.52%
15 . Sixteen Candles (1984): 9.52%
16 . Good Will Hunting (1997): 7.14%
17 (tied). Dead Poets Society (1989): 7.14%
17 (tied). Boyhood (2014): 7.14%
19 (tied). The Outsiders (1983): 7.14%
19 (tied). The Virgin Suicides (1999): 7.14%
21 . American Graffiti (1973): 7.14%
22 . Empire of the Sun (1987): 7.14%
23 . Superbad (2007): 7.14%
24 . Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012): 7.14%
25 . To Kill A Mockingbird (1962): 4.76%
26 (tied). American Beauty (1999): 4.76%
26 (tied). Garden State (2004): 4.76%
28 (tied). Boyz n the Hood (1991): 4.76%
28 (tied). The Lion King (1994): 4.76%
30 . The Goonies (1985): 4.76%
31 . Submarine (2010): 4.76%
32 (tied). My Life as a Dog (1985): 2.38%
32 (tied). Donnie Darko (2001): 2.38%
32 (tied). Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982): 2.38%
32 (tied). Charlie Bartlett (2007): 2.38%
32 (tied). Last Summer (1969): 2.38%
32 (tied). Frances Ha (2012): 2.38%
32 (tied). Summer of ’42 (1971): 2.38%
32 (tied). Looking for Alibrandi (2000): 2.38%
32 (tied). Pump Up the Volume (1990): 2.38%
32 (tied). Deep End (1970): 2.38%
32 (tied). St. Elmo’s Fire (1985): 2.38%
32 (tied). Reality Bites (1994): 2.38%
32 (tied). Napoleon Dynamite (2004): 2.38%
32 (tied). Milk Money (1994): 2.38%
32 (tied). Yi Yi (2000): 2.38%
47 (tied). Now and Then (1995): 2.38%
47 (tied). Atonement (2007): 2.38%
47 (tied). Clueless (1995): 2.38%
47 (tied). Pretty in Pink (1986): 2.38%
47 (tied). The Return (2003): 2.38%
47 (tied). My Girl (1991): 2.38%
47 (tied). This is England (2006): 2.38%
54 (tied). Wet Hot American Summer (2001): 2.38%
54 (tied). City of God (2002): 2.38%
54 (tied). Once Upon a Time in America (1984): 2.38%
54 (tied). Mermaids (1990): 2.38%
54 (tied). Bicycle Thieves (1948): 2.38%
54 (tied). Kes (1969): 2.38%
54 (tied). Ghost World (2001): 2.38%
54 (tied). The Tree of Life (2011): 2.38%
54 (tied). Outside Providence (1999): 2.38%
54 (tied). Mud (2012): 2.38%
54 (tied).  5/25/1977 (2007): 2.38%
54 (tied). American Pie (1999): 2.38%
54 (tied). Heavenly Creatures (1994): 2.38%
54 (tied). La Chinoise (1967): 2.38%
68 (tied). Kids (1995): 2.38%
68 (tied). Teen Wolf (1985): 2.38%
68 (tied). Cinema Paradiso (1988): 2.38%
68 (tied). The Kid With a Bike (2011): 2.38%
68 (tied). Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997): 2.38%
68 (tied). A Bronx Tale (1993): 2.38%
68 (tied). The Professional (1994): 2.38%
68 (tied). The Flamingo Kid (1984): 2.38%
68 (tied). What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993): 2.38%
68 (tied). Liberal Arts (2012): 2.38%
68 (tied). Diner (1982): 2.38%
79 (tied). Good Morning (1959): 2.38%
79 (tied). Fish Tank (2009): 2.38%
79 (tied). Fanny and Alexander (1982): 2.38%
79 (tied). Rushmore (1998): 2.38%
79 (tied). Harold and Maude (1971): 2.38%
79 (tied). Goodbye, Lenin! (2003): 2.38%
79 (tied). The Squid and the Whale (2005): 2.38%
79 (tied). The Inbetweeners 2 (2014): 2.38%
79 (tied). Moonrise Kingdom (2012): 2.38%
79 (tied). Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976): 2.38%

Coming of Age Movie Ranking Sources
List of top 25 (link)
Taste of Cinema
List of top 25 (link)
List of top 11 (link)
Huffington Post
List of top 25 (link)
List of top 30 (link)
List of top 50 (link)
List of top 1223 (link)
List of top 157 (link)
List of top 10 (link)
Top Yaps
List of top 10 (link)
PLUG Magazine
List of top 5 (link)
Scene Stealers
List of top 10 (link)
Dave's Movie Reviews
List of top 8 (link)
List of top 5 (link)
List of top 5 (link)
Reel World Theology
List of top 5 (link)
Peccadillo Pictures
List of top 10 (link)
Wales Online
List of top 7 (link)
The Artifice
List of top 15 (link)
The Baller Mind Frame
List of top 5 (link)
List of top 10 (link)
Pop Cultured
List of top 5 (link)
List of top 5 (link)
Smashing UK Productions
List of top 10 (link)
Scene Creek
List of top 5 (link)
Unpublished for a Reason
List of top 5 (link)
Reel Good
List of top 10 (link)
We Eat Films
List of top 5 (link)
Dark of the Matinee
List of top 5 (link)
List of top 10 (link)
List of top 9 (link)
Bachelor's Degree
List of top 15 (link)
List of top 10 (link)
List of top 10 (link)
List of top 10 (link)
Tim's Reviews
List of top 10 (link)
Film Swot
List of top 10 (link)
Den of Geek
List of top 10 (link)
Ry Reviews
List of top 10 (link)
Battle Royale with Cheese
List of top 10 (link)
The Lad Lit Blog
List of top 10 (link)
Blog Talk Radio
List of top 10 (link)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Best Action Movies of All Time - Based on 50 Published Sources

Scene from Die Hard (1988) ranked number one action movie.

Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best action films of all time. Our Reel Fives team found 50 ranked lists of the top action movies published online and ended up with 82 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 top action films that 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.

The action genre is an umbrella for a variety of films, making it difficult to define the genre. Perhaps what unify the genres most are the fist fights, gun fights, and explosions. Die Hard (1988), the all-time best action film, features Officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) attempting to rescue his wife and her co-workers from a group of terrorists—led by the German mastermind Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman)—amidst a flurry of ammunition exchanges and exploding elevator shafts. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), ranked second, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator—an android assassin—sent from the future to protect John Conner (Edward Furlong) from the more-advanced T-1000 Terminator model. The Matrix (1990), tied for fourth, is a complex story involving a battle—between humans and the machines that enslave them—in both simulated reality and real life.

The action genre encapsulates other genres, such as the superhero and post-apocalyptic genres, thus widening the variety in the action genre. Most action movies have multiple genres. The Dark Knight (2008), also tied for fourth, showcases two genres molded together to produce a great film (it is also the all-time best superhero film). Neither element can exist in the film without the other. The Dark Knight (2008) cannot move forward without action, as action is central to the theatrics of the film. Batman and the Joker must use violence to achieve their respective goals, and that violence moves the film along. George Miller’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), ranked sixth (also the all-time best post-apocalyptic film), stars Mel Gibson as the titular character, who attempts to defend an oil refinery and its inhabitants from bandits in a post-apocalyptic Australian Outback. The blending of several genres gives action movies the ability to diversify through different types of storylines, locations, and time period, all with the common thread of an explosion or four.

Not all action films usher in sequels, but when they do, as the list shows, the subsequent films do not always match the greatness of the original films. Die Hard has gone on to become a film franchise that includes five movies, but Die Hard has not been beaten by the other movies in the series. The Matrix series comprises three films, the first critically acclaimed, the two sequels not as much. Terminator 2, on the other hand, ranks higher than the original (Terminator [1989] is tied for twenty-ninth).

The rankings do justice to some established action films, though the genre does show that it is willing to accept newer entries. Nonetheless, films from the 1980s and 1990s appear to hold strong in the rankings. This could be because some may be considered classics in some respects, or because the genre has been saturated with sequels. It remains to be seen how technological advancements in cinematography and visual effects will influence the action genre rankings. The genre also continues to be dominated by male leads, though more-recent action movies have shown the industry’s willingness to give moviegoers female stars to root for as well.

Top 82 Movies based on 50 published rankings
Percent of online top fives movies appear in shown
1 . Die Hard (1988): 72%
2 . Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991): 50%
3 . Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): 42%
4 . The Matrix (1999): 40%
5 . The Dark Knight (2008): 28%
6 . Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981): 12%
7 . Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977): 12%
8 . Seven Samurai (1954): 10%
9 . Hard Boiled (1992): 10%
10 . Aliens (1986): 10%
11 . 300 (2006): 8%
12 . Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980): 8%
13 (tied). Point Break (1991): 8%
13 (tied). The Bourne Ultimatum (2007): 8%
15 . Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): 6%
16 . Inception (2010): 6%
17 . The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938): 6%
18 . Enter the Dragon (1973): 6%
19 . The Wild Bunch (1969): 4%
20 . The Dark Knight Rises (2012): 4%
21 (tied). True Lies (1994): 4%
21 (tied). Alien (1979): 4%
23 (tied). Goldfinger (1964): 4%
23 (tied). Heat (1995): 4%
23 (tied). Dr. No (1962): 4%
23 (tied). North by Northwest (1959): 4%
27 (tied). The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): 4%
27 (tied). Predator (1987): 4%
29 (tied). The Terminator (1984): 4%
29 (tied). Gladiator (2000): 4%
29 (tied). Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000): 4%
32 . Casino Royale (2006): 4%
33 (tied). Commando (1985): 4%
33 (tied). Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003): 4%
35 (tied). 13 Assassins (2010): 2%
35 (tied). The Raid: Redemption (2011): 2%
37 (tied). African Queen (1951): 2%
37 (tied). The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): 2%
37 (tied). Where Eagles Dare (1968): 2%
37 (tied). Metropolis (1927): 2%
37 (tied). The Bourne Supremacy (2004): 2%
37 (tied). Deliverance (1972): 2%
37 (tied). Con Air (1997): 2%
37 (tied). Under Siege (1992): 2%
37 (tied). Rocky (1976): 2%
37 (tied). Lethal Weapon (1987): 2%
47 (tied). The Bourne Identity (2002): 2%
47 (tied). Lucy (2014): 2%
47 (tied). The Wages of Fear (1953): 2%
47 (tied). First Blood (1982): 2%
47 (tied). Source Code (2011): 2%
47 (tied). The Legend of Drunken Master (1994): 2%
47 (tied). The Avengers (2012): 2%
47 (tied). King Kong (1933): 2%
47 (tied). Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): 2%
47 (tied). Blade (1998): 2%
57 (tied). Taken (2008): 2%
57 (tied). Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010): 2%
57 (tied). Escape from New York (1981): 2%
57 (tied). Speed (1994): 2%
57 (tied). Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983): 2%
57 (tied). X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014): 2%
57 (tied). Jaws (1975): 2%
57 (tied). Runaway Train (1985): 2%
57 (tied). Braveheart (1995): 2%
57 (tied). Top Gun (1986): 2%
57 (tied). Batman Begins (2005): 2%
57 (tied). Bad Boys (1995): 2%
57 (tied). The Killer (1989): 2%
57 (tied). The Proposition (2005): 2%
57 (tied). Bullitt (1968): 2%
72 (tied). Napoleon (1927): 2%
72 (tied). District 9 (2009): 2%
72 (tied). Starship Troopers (1997): 2%
72 (tied). Léon: The Professional (1994): 2%
72 (tied). Iron Man (2008): 2%
72 (tied). The Rock (1996): 2%
72 (tied). Django Unchained (2012): 2%
72 (tied). Speed (1994): 2%
72 (tied). Oldboy (2013): 2%
81 (tied). Run Lola Run (1998): 0%
81 (tied). Mad Max (1979): 0%

Action Movie Ranking Sources
Time Out List of top 100 (link)
Rotten Tomatoes List of top 100 (link)
GamesRadar List of top 50 (link)
IMDb List of top 250 (link)
Rolling Stone List of top 10 (link)
Flickchart List of top 100 (link)
The Top Tens List of top 10 (link)
The Telegraph List of top 11 (link)
IGN List of top 25 (link)
Good Movies List List of top 10 (link)
Ranker List of top 422 (link)
Film Crave List of top 500 (link)
Watch Mojo List of top 10 (link)
Thrillist List of top 33 (link)
Gear Patrol List of top 50 (link)
Complex List of top 50 (link)
Wikipedia List of top 5 (link)
The Guardian List of top 10 (link)
Film School WTF List of top 100 (link)
Allwomenstalk List of top 26 (link)
My First Class Life List of top 10 (link)
Fiery Dragon List of top 10 (link)
BFI List of top 10 (link)
Hollywood.com List of top 25 (link)
Goliath List of top 11 (link)
Digital Trends List of top 30 (link)
LifeDaily List of top 60 (link)
Digital Guide List of top 25 (link)
We Got This Covered List of top 100 (link)
The Cinemaholic List of top 10 (link)
Taste of Cinema List of top 25 (link)
WhatCulture.com List of top 100 (link)
AskMen List of top 10 (link)
SLIP/THROUGH List of top 10 (link)
Listal List of top 50 (link)
Movies Talk List of top 10 (link)
customerkart.com List of top 10 (link)
Infogram List of top 10 (link)
Film Affinity List of top 100 (link)
MUBI List of top 19 (link)
Screen Rant List of top 10 (link)
Gayot (gah-yo) List of top 10 (link)
Reading Tree List of top 10 (link)
Top10HQ List of top 10 (link)
AZ Central List of top 10 (link)
DigitalDreamDoor.com List of top 100 (link)
Movie-Film-Review List of top 100 (link)
Made Man List of top 10 (link)
EW List of top 25 (link)
Greatest Movies.org List of top 15 (link)

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