Lists by Brian_McInnis
Here are most of the more invaluable people of fame I've studied in any depth (those who are listed on this site, at least). Robert Ingersoll, Thomas Paine and Marcus Aurelius would all be near the top of this list if only they had I.M.D.B. pages.
ATTENTION: This list is in ASCENDING ORDER. I.M.D.B. unhelpfully spoils all surprise by putting #1 at the top, making lists decrease in interest as they go on. So here #1's the least and #100's the greatest.
These are the best of the fifteen hundred or so films this vicenarian's seen. For my money, it's the last ten that are the real gems.
I favor more recent movies as much as I do because, over the years, the medium of film has grown more intimate and introspective, more visually and aurally beautiful, more realistic, daring and lyrical than in its earlier decades, and I find those qualities to be the most valuable.
Roger Ebert is written all over this list. I came to know these films and their makers overwhelmingly through reading his reviews, his lists, and by watching his show. Finding new great films to add to this list will be more difficult now.
I take gleeful pride in noting that nearly half of the summaries you see below have been tweaked, substantially improved or entirely rewritten by me. This list will broaden as the months and years pass.
These are some bad movies.
These movies feature real, living humans turned into puppets for our amusement. They squander reality. They feature stories from great, perfectly good or not very good at all books defaced to better entertain us. They feature yelling and fire and punching. They feature counterfeit cruelty, forced wonder.
Most of them are like badly informed parodies of humanity. Many people enjoy many of these films because they seek escape from reality and, fittingly, most of these films don't seem appropriate to the universe. Some of them are merely very, very stupid.
They worsen as the list goes on.
For whatever odd reason, even though the crafting of form is usually much easier than content, the vast majority of film-makers leave their cinematography on autopilot. Of all the directors I've seen, these are the ones whose craftsmanship with the camera is most striking and engaging. Obviously, the skill and instincts of the cinematographer are very important too, but the decision of how to use the camera ultimately lies with the director.
Rated in order of funniness, not greatness; this list is immeasurably less valuable than the one of my top films. I don't even know why I made this one.
ATTENTION: This list is in REVERSE ORDER so as to build in interest rather than decrease it. #1=LEAST funny, #44=MOST funny.
The best of the video and computer games I've played. It's a safe bet there are many, many equally worthy games out there less famous than these. I swell with pride to note that nearly all of the synopses below were written by me.
Here they are. No arguing. #1's the least, #20's the greatest. Hop to it.
So many of these people haven't had a film that's made full use of their skills or emotional range. I give them full marks none the less. I've included a few of the best vocal actors for television, and a few people are on here largely because I like them so much.
Yes, there is an unnerving abundance of the Germanic and Celtic races on display here, even given their bizarrely unyielding dominance in U.S. cinema. This list will see more variety as my journey through film continues. For the record, the less an ethnicity (or sex, for that matter) occurs here, the fonder I tend to be of it. Beautiful people for life, ugly people for art, as I say.
I don't believe lists of actors and actresses to be terribly important ones, as the role performers have in producing great films has always been much exaggerated, and most of the best movies I've seen are carried mainly by people of little or no renown. But some readers may find this list rather fun.
Sandra Bullock is one of our nation's greatest actresses. Here are just a few of the remarkable people who are her.
Bruce Willis is a fabulous actor. Here are just a few of the finest people who are him.
In order of least to most original, then...
Brilliant, and in some cases exceedingly lucky with composers.
Stanley Kubrick was one of the great masters of the cinematic medium. Here are some of his greatest achievements in film.
Christian Bale is a magnificent actor. Here are just a few of the remarkable people he is.
Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time. Here are some of the finest people who are him.
With Christmas just around the corner, there's no better time to fuel your family's sugar-plum dreams with these Yuletide classics!
Johnny Depp is one of the great actors of our time. Here are some of the people he is.
Ben Affleck is one of the finest actors of our era. Here are just a few of the great men and women who are him.
Jack Nicholson is one of the greatest actors of our time. Here are just a few of the amazing people he is.
Tom Cruise is one of the great actors of our time. Here are just a few of the remarkable men and women who are him.
George Clooney is a wonderful actor. Here are some of the people he most famously is.
Brad Pitt is a fantastic actor. Here are some of the finest people he is.
Will Smith is an incredible actor. Here are just a few of the people who are him.