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This week, Neil Calloway takes a look at a list claiming to reveal the best films of the 21st Century…
Earlier this week, casual film fans were sent running first to IMDb and then to Netflix or Amazon at the news that David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive was named in a poll of 177 film critics as the best movie of the 21st Century so far.
It’s been on my “I need to re-watch that” list for a while, and from what I remember it’s a fine film, but I don’t think it’s the best of this century. I don’t think the critics who put it at the top of the list believe it is either.
Only 16 of the 177 – less than 10% named it as their number one film (and at my count 150 critics didn’t include it at all), but it appeared in the top five in many lists. »
- Neil Calloway
Some actors were just born to be typecast.
“This man has no dick.” And neither do the movies anymore.
If you’re going to write a part specifically for William Atherton, it’s probably going to be inspired by his three most famous roles. That was clearly the case when he was cast for an episode of the TV series Lost, in which he plays a slimy high school principal character who was conceived with him in mind. It was a throwback to the assholes he embodied in Ghostbusters, Real Genius, and the first two Die Hard movies. Another one of his dicks.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people writing dick parts specifically for Atherton to play on the big screen. It’s been 20 years since his last (slightly) memorable movie continuation of the type, in Bio-Dome, and many of his fans probably aren’t even aware that he’s still alive and working regularly. Mostly »
- Christopher Campbell
I feel like Pauly Shore was one of those guys you either really loved or really hated. There was no such thing as an in between with this guy. Sure he was annoying. And sure the guy was completely ridiculous. But you can’t deny that the way he spoke and laughed made you smile. It was contagious and it was ludicrous. But it was still funny. And while his movies were outrageously dumb, I still found him hilarious in Biodome, meshing with farmers in Son in Law to be amazing, and messing with people in the army in In the
- Nat Berman
3 items from 2016
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