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The Top Ten Movies of 2014 (so far)

by Alan Rapp on July 4, 2014

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The Top Ten Movies of 2014 (so far)

We’ve hit the halfway point of the year and, as has become the custom, that means it’s time to look back on the best movies of the year so far. This year’s list includes three animated films, two sequels, the return of a beloved television character, a latest (and in one case the last) from few big name directors, and a pair of small indie films topping the list of what has been a pretty damn good first-half of the year at the movies.

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Summer 2014 Movie Preview

by Alan Rapp on May 1, 2014

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Summer 2014 Movie Preview

It’s May so it must be time to take a look at what’s headed to theaters over the next four months as Hollywood’s extended summer movie season heats up. We’ll start with our guesses for the ten best bets for the summer season (no guarantees, you may wish to place your own wagers), followed by some possible stand-outs, several movies with big questions left to be answered, and the rest of the season’s new films. Summer has started, so we should too…

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Who’s That Girl – Cecilie Thomsen

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2014

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Who's That Girl - Cecilie ThomsenAlways the bridesmaid, never the bride. True, she might not grab the starring role, but she finds a way to make an immediate and lasting impression whether in only a single scene we can’t quite forget where she effortlessly steals the spotlight before fading back into anonymity or popping up in movies and television over the years here and there, almost always reminding us that we have seen her before even if we can’t quite remember where. Even if we can’t quite think her name we immediately recognize her face and search furiously through our brains to remember where we have seen “that girl” before.

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The Top 13 Movies of 2013

by Alan Rapp on December 30, 2013

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The Top 13 Movies of 2013

Personal journeys, isolation, the style of the 60′s and 70′s, self-destructive acts and debauchery, troubled romance, rivalries, and overcoming hardships – these were the major themes of the films that composed my list of the Top Movies of 2013. It turned out to be a strong year in movies as several films I thoroughly enjoyed failed to make this list. Rather than doing honorable mentions, I decided to stretch the list from 10 to 13 allowing me to include three more films I wanted to discuss but weren’t otherwise going to earn a mention on a list of the Top 10 Movies of 2013. Here then are the The Top 13 Movies of 2013.

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Top 10 Performances from 2013 You May Have Missed

Over the course of award season several actors are going to earn their share of both nominations and awards. However, we’ve had a strong year in terms of both film and memorable performances meaning there are several worthy but under-recognized roles and actors who are likely to slip through the cracks. My love for the top two performances you’ll find inside inspired this list, but I didn’t have to look too hard to fill in the Top 10 Performances from 2013 You May Have Missed.

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Top 10 Comic Issues of 2013

by Alan Rapp on December 6, 2013

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Here’s my look back at the ten best single comic issues from the past year. Including ongoing series, one-shots, and mini-series, the only limitations I put on this list was that the comic had to have been released in 2013 (no reprints) and I limited myself to only a single issue from any one title. Because I was focusing on standout issues rather than consistently strong comics every month several of my favorite series missed the cut, but, if time permits, I may work up my regular list of best comic series of the past year as well.

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The Top Ten Movies of 2013 (so far)

by Alan Rapp on July 8, 2013

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The Top Ten Movies of 2013 (so far)

Over the first-half of this year, movies have given us sequels, love that has stood the test of time, super-villains, heroes, young women on the wrong side of the law, baseball, magic, and dinosaurs. There have been plenty of disappointments to be sure, but we’re going to look on the positive side for the purposes of this list. Although I’ve been able to most the movies that intrigued me I will mention I have yet to see Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing, The Place Behind the Pines, or the surprisingly well-received Mud so I can’t speak to whether or not either would have been good enough to make the final cut. Halfway through 2013 here’s a look back at the top ten movies (so far).

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Summer Movie Preview

by Alan Rapp on April 18, 2013

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The beginning of May, which is now less than two weeks away, officially starts the Summer movie season with big budget action flicks, comedies, and sci-fi films hitting the theaters every week until the end of August. This year’s crop brings us the end of the world (at least three times), post-apocalyptic futures, zombies, giant robots, sequels, monsters, super-heroes, aliens, Greek mythology, men of steel and iron, action, Minions, animated racing snails and planes, old spies back in the game, a hearty Hi-Yo Silver, and new takes on the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Shakespeare. Here’s a look at the big movies of the summer (with a handful of smaller films that just may be worth a look, too).

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From A to Z – The Top Ten Movies of 2012

by Alan Rapp on December 28, 2012

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2012 turned out to be a pretty darn good year at the movies. There were two films which I gave perfect scores to this year, one of which the majority of the country won’t be seeing until early next year. I’m breaking my own rule of including it on the list, but we’ll get to that in a moment. Between these two films, which naturally open and close the list (as it’s presented alphabetically), are eight other films rounding out the class of 2012.

Cutting down my list to ten means I need to speak for a moment on films that barely missed the cut. John Carter was the year’s most under-appreciated film, The Cabin in the Woods turned the horror genre on its ear, Ang Lee delivered an amazing journey with Life of Pi, Wreck-It Ralph was this year’s best animated feature, Safety Not Guaranteed was a terrific little sci-fi flick almost no one saw, and Moonrise Kingdom was director Wes Anderson‘s best film since The Royal Tenenbaums.

Enough with what didn’t make the list, let’s get down to discussing what did:

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Reason #49 Why I Love DS9 – Kor

by Alan Rapp on November 1, 2012

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KorThere are many reasons why I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and why it remains my favorite of the Star Trek franchise.

Reason #49: Kor

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