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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. 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 upbeat movies sharing space with those that have a darker tone. Similarly, there's an equal representation of stories that are mainly emotionally engaging and those more intellectually stimulating. Here are my guidelines, which you can skip, unless you feel I have some explaining to do.... Those ranked from 1-50, I've rated 10 or 9 (I believe in generosity!). My rating of most of the other movies here tends to be 8, though around 50 entries at the bottom have a lower rating, though none lower than 6. Also, only 1-100 are carefully arranged according to how highly I hold them. After that, titles appear in a rough ranking order. The list contains no animated or non-English movies, as I've seen too few of those to give them a fair inclusion. Nor does it include comedies or titles which arguably belong to other genres, such as fantasy, horror or superhero movies. To give prominence to diversity, the list only includes the best installment of each franchise, representing the series as a whole, and to give more room to original ideas, only unique remakes and reboot films qualify. 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 the genre deals with hypothetical yet scientifically possible events that humanity so far hasn’t experienced, for example the event shown in Gravity, or 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.
  2. The 250 Best Drama Movies of All Time's icon

    The 250 Best Drama Movies of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. A list mainly of movies whose central focus is drama, though some movies here have elements of suspense or humor as well, such as thrillers, action movies and comedy-dramas. To give prominence to a diverse variety of styles and more room to a greater number of directors, only one movie per series will appear here. The installment selected is the one I hold the highest, representing the series as a whole. So you'll only find one Godfather movie here, for example. 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!
  3. 150 Recommended Non-English Movies's icon

    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).
  4. Rated 4/4 by My Kindred Critic Sara Michelle Fetters's icon

    Rated 4/4 by My Kindred Critic Sara Michelle Fetters

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. This list is ordered by release date, from oldest to newest. It's exhilarating when you find somebody whose taste is highly similar to yours. When you feel a deep kinship with a critic due to how you're passionate about the same movies, then what this critic has to say about new movies you haven't seen matters more to you. I urge all movie lovers to do this: Look up your absolute favorite movies on Rotten Tomatoes. Scroll down and click on Fresh below the Critic Reviews section. Then click on the name of each reviewer giving it a perfect score. As you see the history of their criticism, you can choose to display all their reviews ordered by the rating, starting with the ones with a perfect score. When I did this, I discovered that the critic I have most in common with in terms of which movies I'm drawn to and love, is Sara Michelle Fetters. She has a unique way of expressing herself that I love. Also, her ranking system is quite appealing, with 0,5 often placed after each score to show how close a movie is to a higher appraisal, indicating that it's halfway there. So, I raise my glass to her, with so much love for her keen eye and big, passionate heart, for how her thoughtful reviews enrich the viewing experience of so many movies and rekindles the passion I feel for them.
  5. 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. Whereas both fantasy and science fiction evoke a sense of wonder, fantasy narratives tend to more closely follow the pattern which Joseph Campbell described as the hero's journey. Yet movies with this central narrative thread often also have many other plot elements woven into the yarn, making the stories to a varying degree thrillingly unpredictable. 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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    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?!"
  7. 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 and Labyrinth is unmatched, but at the top you'll find movies that have a similar rowdy playfulness. Enjoy!
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    The 50 Best Animated Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. To me, the best animated movies breathe life into dreams too wild for live action movies to adequately capture. Though I have seen only a small portion of the the wide selection of animated movies, these are the ones I enjoyed the most.
  9. The 50 Best Twist Endings of All Time's icon

    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.
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    The 20 Best Comedies

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. Which kind of comedy that presently appeals to you depends on the mood you're in at the moment, and mood changes quite significantly with the seasons, so expect this list to change at least four times a year. But as for now, these are my favorite comedies.
  11. The 20 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Series's icon

    The 20 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Series

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. I love to obsess over a show's mysteries and the theories sparked by them that elevate the viewing experience. Lost was the show that launched a thousand theories. Though I only really love the first two seasons and parts of the last season, I maintain that at its best, Lost was magical like nothing before or since. And I've never heard anything as moving as Michael Giacchino's deathless score for Lost. 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!
  12. The 20 Best Superhero Movies's icon

    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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