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  1. The 250 Best Science Fiction Movies of All Time's icon

    The 250 Best Science Fiction Movies of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 10:0. This is a list of the science fiction movies I appreciate the most. Obscure or polarizing features get the same attention as cinema classics, and tones are mixed, with light, upbeat, emotionally engaging stories placed next to those more intellectually stimulating. Feel free to recommend other titles! Here are my guidelines, which you can skip, unless you feel I have some explaining to do. . . . Those ranked from 1-50, I've mostly rated 10 or 9 (I believe in generosity!). My rating of most of the other movies here tends to be 8 or 7, though around 50 entries at the very bottom have a lower rating. Only a handful are rated 5 or lower. These are included because even though they're bad, they have ideas that make them interesting to science fiction aficionados. Also, only 1-100 appear in a carefully arranged order according to how highly I hold them. After that, titles appear in a rough ranking order. The list contains no animated, non-English or silent movies, as I’ve seen too few titles in those categories to give them a fair representation. Nor does it include comedies or titles which arguably belong to other genres, such as fantasy, horror or superhero movies. Some of the titles listed here have more science fiction attributes than others. American Film Institute (AFI) defines science fiction as “a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.” I'd like to add that science fiction deals with hypothetical yet scientifically possible events that humanity so far hasn’t experienced, for example the event shown in Gravity, or existing technology used in ways that yet hasn't happened, such as in The Martian. Also, the definition requires that a scientific explanation is presented for what takes place within the frame of a story. Hence, stories dealing with magic or other supernatural elements can be ruled out. For each franchise, the list will only include the best installment, which represents the series as a whole. The list would mostly have consisted of franchise titles otherwise, and though I love many of those movies, it would leave little room for anything else. Similarly, to give more room to original ideas, remakes aren't included unless they surpass the original. However, you'll find titles both from original and reboot series here (like Star Trek, for example). Happy checking!
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    50 Cool Cult Films

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. Only the coolest survives! These wicked flicks are smooth and fresh like ice cubes melting in the sweetest drink on the hottest summer day. "What's cooler than being cool?"
  3. The 100 Best Fantasy Movies of All Time's icon

    The 100 Best Fantasy Movies of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. High fantasy movies, whose stories take place, wholly or mainly, in an imaginary world, are listed first, while movies that have fantasy elements yet takes place in the real world appear farther down on the list. Special consideration has been given to old films that have had a lasting impact on film history. Films part of a series are ranked collectively to give more room to stand-alone films, and each series is judged by its best installment. These are my recommendations! Feel free to tell me yours!
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    150 Recommended Non-English Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. As I've so much left to see when it comes to movies in other languages than English, I refrain from declaring these the best out there. Which is why I call this a list of recommended movies. They are, however, the best non-English movies I've seen so far. And I'm happy to say that A Moment to Remember (2004) moved me like no other movie has. I have no tears left to cry since seeing this stunning masterpiece. It is one of the movies I hold dearest, and I hold it as close to my heart as The Last of the Mohicans (1992).
  5. Just Like Heaven - 50 Magical 80s Flicks's icon

    Just Like Heaven - 50 Magical 80s Flicks

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. Rollicking romps, frolicky yarns, high-spirited high jinks celebrating fun and adventure, these are mainly flicks that put a big, goofy smile on your face. The fun I have each time I watch Goonies is unmatched, but at the top you'll find movies that have a similar rowdy playfulness. Enjoy!
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    The 250 Best Drama Movies of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. A list mainly of movies with a central tone of drama, though some movies here have tones of suspense or humor as well, such as thrillers, action movies and comedy-dramas. Drama movies belonging to genres like science fiction or fantasy have separate lists. The choice of which I rank highest changes with time. Also, there are many lauded films I've yet to see and new releases mean new entries, so the list will be revised regularly. The list will however consistently reveal my fondness for adventure movies and film noir. It's also telling that non-English speaking movies are excluded, reflecting the important role English-language movies have played in film history. Out of the acclaimed non-English speaking movies I've seen, I'd place many near the top, but to add them and leave out classics I haven't seen would be to make an incomplete list. As it is, this list focuses on the movies in English that struck a chord with me. Feel free to recommend new titles!
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    The 50 Best Animated Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. I've consulted with the inner child within my inner adult and so I have it on good anti-authority that these movies should be checked out.
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    The 50 Best Twist Endings of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. People have always enjoyed stories whose plots develop in thought-provoking unexpected ways. One type of story that plays a significant trick on the mind is the one that takes such a surprising turn as it ends that you reassess the story up until that point. Perhaps more than what is the case of a story read in a book, a film with a great twist ending changes your perspective and can elicit new feelings when watched again. Indeed, films with a surprising ending invite repeated viewings, letting you see the story play out in a new way in light of the secret revealed in the last act.
  9. The 50 TV Series I Love The Most's icon

    The 50 TV Series I Love The Most

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. Most of all, I love to obsess over mystery shows and the theories sparked by them that enrich the viewing experience. Lost was the show that launched a thousand theories. Though I can only stand behind the first two seasons and parts of the last season, I maintain that the second season of Lost was magical like nothing before or since. As for why The OA is the best series out there right now, here's a quote from the first episode: "It's about . . . the play, cast of two, setting, classroom, over many dimensions through time. . . . This dimension is crumbling to violence and pettiness and greed." I can hardly wait for the second season of The OA!
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    The 20 Best Superhero Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. To me, Wonder Woman is the perfect superhero movie, as it throughout puts a smile on your face. Superhero movies that take themselves super seriously tend to forget about the smiling part. Though there are stellar movies that have a dark tone end-to-end, such as The Dark Knight and Watchmen, their emphasis on suspense would to me put them in a different category. The superhero movies I love the most are more like comedies lightly spiced with suspense, rather than thrillers lightly spiced with humor. And if there's a romantic element, there has to be a sizzling chemistry, such as between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt, Lupita Nyong'o and Chadwick Boseman, and Amber Heard and Jason Momoa. For each series, only one installment has been chosen, the one I consider to be the best one, representing the series as a whole. These movies are difficult to compare, even more so if entire series would be split up and compared to installments of other series. And so I've opted for this one-movie-per-series model, making the list less unwieldy and more mixed, with more room for stylistic diversity. Also, animated movies have a separate list.
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    Movies Given The Highest Rating by Manohla Dargis

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. The reviewers I love the most enrich the experience of watching a movie by giving you resonating insights. Manohla Dargis, film critic for New York Times, is the person whose insights I value highest. For over ten years she has been the reviewer I connect with the most and there's no end to my appreciation for her sensitive observation and unique way of seeing things. Also, I find that my taste in movies corresponds with hers more than with anyone else. And so I want to make this list for myself as well as for others who, like me, admire her sharp eye for what we love when we love art, an eye-opening critic whose vibrant passion for movies feels, to me, just like hope. The movies on this list are both those she's picked as the best of the year for each of the last few years and those which she earlier has rated 4,5/5 or a perfect 5/5, and the lauded titles you find here are listed by their release date with the newest placed first. I raise my glass for Ms. Dargis. Here's to the magic of cinema and the art of enriching its appreciation!
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