Lists by tomicagb
Legends of the genre:
Jean Claude Van Damme
Chow Yun Fat
I keep hearing that the western genre is deceased and that Unforgiven has been the last jewel of the genre.I couldn't disagree more.Certanly,Unforgiven revived the genre and broke all the of the Wild West myths and stereotypes but post-Unforgiven films are the finest examples of the western genre primarly because of the complexity brought to the character and story development.
The list includes movies from 1980-present
Greatest masters of the genre:
Nicolas Winding Refn
Jean Pierre Melville
Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
Television has become far superior than cinema.It's like comparing short stories with novels.Due to time limitation movie screenwriters can't develop characters and storylines as long and complex as TV writers.Also,TV writers have the liberty to show stuff like sex scenes,curse words and violence.Thanks to shows like The Sopranos,The Wire, Breaking Bad and Mad Men television is now viewed as an art form,same like cinema,literature and music.
-Thrillers with Hitchcockian elements not made by Alfred Hitchcock
Greatest portrayals of evil in TV and cinema:
I named the movies from every actor's filmography that show his talent the most.
Guys you don't want to *beep* with.
(in no particular order)
Films that depict the lives of people in the military and portray the horrors of war on the battleground and warfare.
You won't find movies like Schindler's List and Empire of the Sun here because they put their focus on the impact of war on civilians and people unconnected with the military.
They are not heroes but they aren't villains either.They are somewhere in between.The cinema gave us intruiging and brilliantly portrayed antiheroes.However there hadn't been antiheroes as complex as those portrayed in TV series during the last 10,15 years.Why do we love them so much?Why do we still root for them after they commit morally questionable acts?
MASTERS OF THE GENRE:
-Brian De Palma
Films in which the delineation of the central character's personality is more important than the plot.
These actors are one of the best.They're highly respected but they have never met the superstar fame or titles as "one of the best in history" or like for example Robert DeNiro and/or Jack Nicholson or their younger colleagues Johnny Depp and Leo DiCaprio.Younger audiences are not very familiar with their work but they know them mainly from their supporting roles in big budget blockbuster films.
The THIN LINE between COPS and CRIMINALS
Cops and criminals are very similar with each other.That has become a sort of clichee in cinema but it's one of the rare examples of a cliche that's actually true and perhaps unavoidable.Take poor and crime stricken neighbourhoods in every city of the world.People from those places basically have two choices in life:to become cops or criminals.Besides that cops share same characteristics with criminals:both have dangerous jobs,both have to deal with violence,both need to use agression and force to get what they want.You can't imagine a wimpy,scruffy and skinny guy catching a serial killer or taking down a drug trafficking operation."I want to help people" is the answer most cops tell when they're asked why did they become cops but the real answers are because they seek respect and power,because they can either use their agression as a cop or as a criminal.The greatest criminals are those with sociopathic tendencies.So are cops.Not all characteritics of a sociopath are negative.Cops/criminals with sociopathic tendencies are confident,intelligent,fearless and are ready to get themselves involved in dangerous,life threating situations.Recent statistics show that most sociopaths can be found in such jobs as criminals,cops,soldiers,doctors,lawyers and politicians.All of these jobs seek traits like confidence,fearlessnes and people who can handle danger and stress well.I found that pretty disturbing,do you?
Motion pictures and television series that are or once were considered either shocking,controversial,disturbing or unique.
-A slasher film is a subgenre of horror film, and at times thriller, typically involving a mysterious psychopathic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims usually in a graphically violent manner, often with a cutting tool such as a knife or axe.
-Slasher films can be split into two distinct sub-types: one type in which the killer's identity is known from the outset and he is shown overtly (albeit sometimes in a mask), and one in which the killer's identity is not known and which employ a whodunnit angle, often with a twist at the end.
Giallo films are generally characterized as gruesome murder-mystery thrillers that combine the suspense elements of a Hitchcock film with scenes of shocking horror featuring excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork, and often jarring musical arrangements.
-The giallo film genre proved to be a major influence on the later slasher film genre.
Martial arts films can be divided into two subcategories -the wuxia period film,and the more modern Kung fu films (best epitomized in the films of Bruce Lee).
French Action Cinema is a specific subgenre of action films in french production which combines elements from Hollywood action flicks,kung fu movies,french crime films and comedy.It was established by Luc Besson in 1990 with his breaktrough film La Femme Nikita.Due to the huge success of the films,Besson got attention from Holywood so his company started to produce more expensive movies with more serious storylines in english language with Holywood stars like Jason Statham,Liam Neeson,John Travolta,Salma Hayek,Penelope Cruz,Morgan Freeman,Jet Li,Bob Hoskins etc in order to attract international audience.
The list of once heavyweight Hollywood superstars whose career suddenly went downhill.
Scientists claim that younger generations are much taller then their acnestors.However today's Hollywood superstars like Tom Crusie,Mark Wahlberg and Robert Downey Jr. are dwarfs when compared with old school actors like Gene Hackman,Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery or even with their colleagues from Hollywood's Golden Age like Gregory Peck,John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart.