Top Five Most Over-Rated Best Picture Winners

This most over-rated best picture winners movie list features the top most over-rated Oscar films of all time, including only titles that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 most over-rated best picture winners list each film has to have won the Academy Award for best picture of the year sometime between present and 1978. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these most over-rated best picture winners.

5. The Artist (2011)

Box Office Gross: $44,671,682    Adjusted for 2015: $46,823,700

null Michel Hazanavicius’ stylistically daring, dialogue-free comedy-drama The Artist stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a matinee idol in Hollywood before the dawn of talkies. His marriage is far from perfect, and one day he meets ambitious chorus girl Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and is smitten. Very quickly thereafter, sound comes to movies, and George sinks all his money into one last epic silent film, while Peppy becomes a star in the new era. John Goodman co-stars as the head of the film studio working with Valentin.


Top Five Most Under-Appreciated Best Picture Winners

This most under-appreciated best picture winners movie list features the top most-underappreciated Oscar films of all time, including only titles that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 most under-appreciated best picture winners list each film has to have won the Academy Award for best picture of the year sometime between present and 1978. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these most under-appreciated best picture winners.

5. Chicago (2002)

Box Office Gross: $170,687,518     Adjusted for 2015: $229,847,900

null A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-’20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron “Mama” Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie’s story — or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie’s story — all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines. A project that had been moving from studio to studio since the musical opened on Broadway in 1973.

Writer’s Journey: The Treatment

Steve Coogan in Hamlet 2

I’ve decided to write a movie. Well, make a movie, but first you need a script, thus write a movie. I’ve written at least one movie before, that is if you combine all my unfinished scripts into one. I enjoy writing and creating, but I get bored and sidetracked easily. A writing session for me is exactly like a session for Steve Coogan’s character in Hamlet 2. Your mind turns to other things, and if you’ve got an Internet connection handy you’re writing day is shot. So to combat this I’m keeping myself in line with blog posts about my progress. Kind of a journal to keep me honest. Plus I’ve got a really great idea (I think), and I’d love to see something come to fruition, even if just this once.

Whilst working away programming effect plugins for video editing and compositing software I accidentally stumbled across an effect that makes people look ugly. Pushing to extremes they no longer looked real and more cartoony, but pulling back a bit this thing made Megan Fox look like a man in drag. And an ugly man at that. It was a neat effect, but useless really. Not at all what I was attempting to create. But wait! My mind began to wonder, as it easily does, and somehow somewhere deep in the boredom this idea came to me. What kind of movie could you make with this effect? Would it be too weird or could it be interesting enough to pursue?

How the Mighty Have Fallen: Brendan Fraser Unable to Pay $900k in Child Support

Thanks to an avid listener of our podcast, known only as Jf1, for clueing me into this tid bit of celebrity gossip. I’m a huge Brendan Fraser fan, and this news does nothing to quell my love for the man. Apparently though, he can no longer afford to pay the $900,000 a year alimony and child support for his ex-wife and three kids. In fact during his divorce he claimed he was going to be making $0 as an actor in the near future, he later said that was from not having any definite movie deals. He cites medical bills as an issue as well. All this despite having three movies unreleased as yet this year, Gimme Shelter, A Case of You and Split Decision.

If Segal can make millions a year on DVD releases surely Fraser can as well, and he still has a shot at theatrical releases. Granted his latest release is voice work in Escape from Planet Earth and his last theatrical release was 2010’s Furry Vengeance. If we goes into the courtroom with that then I’m sure any judge or jury will agree the guy can’t afford a million a year.

It’s crazy that these Hollywood actors can spend so much, I understand they have a certain lifestyle but with how many of these guys are going broke they need to learn to manage their finances a little better. Fraser should take the lead from Nicolas Cage and just start whoring himself out for any old role, or maybe that’s exactly what he’s trying to avoid. Do I smell a fourth Mummy in the works? Universal, get ’em whiles he’s cheap!

Top 5 Best CIA Spy Movies

This is my list of top 5 best CIA spy movies. It doesn’t cover all the spy movies – only CIA ones, and I tried to err more on the serious side, but Mission: Impossible just kinda snuck in on me. Enjoy and let me know if I missed anything or just how stupid my list is in the comments below!

Breach (2005)

Box Office Gross: $33,231,264     Adjusted: $0

Shattered Glass director Billy Ray directs Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe in this fact-based drama concerning the FBI traitor who carried out what many historians refer to as the most notable national security breach in U.S. history. A key member of the FBI’s elite Soviet Analytical Unit, Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) would, for 15 years beginning in 1985, sell thousands of pages of classified documents to the Soviets. After making roughly 600,000 dollars on his clandestine endeavor and compromising everything from the identities of KGB spies working for the American government to nuclear war contingency plans, Hanssen was eventually transferred to a newly created position at the FBI’s Washington headquarters and assigned the task of guarding his country’s most sensitive secrets. It was while working in this capacity that a young agent named Eric O’Neill (Phillipe) was assigned the task of keeping tabs on Hanssen by suspicious higher-ups. Later, after being arrested while delivering a cache of secret documents to a “dead drop” spot in a Virginia park, the notorious traitor was arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole.

Top Ten Best Sylvester Stallone Movies

This is my list of the top ten best Sylvester Stallone movies. Stallone is my all-time favorite screen-hero, his films have been a seminal part of my movie-going life for nearly three decades. In a career spanning 40 years Sly has been involved with some of the biggest films in the action genre. Lately Stallone has garnered a new generation of fans with the highly prolific and profitable franchise The Expendables. So much attention is paid to his hulking physique that it is often forgotten the man is an accomplished writer, director, and artist. The one-time Oscar winner and nominee for Best Actor has never achieved that level of critical success again, but his films have been solid box-office performer for decades. Stallone also holds the distinction for opening a movie at #1 in each of the last 5 decades.

F.I.S.T (1978)

Box Office Gross: $20,388,920     Adjusted: $0

Coming off the massive critical and commercial success of Rocky, Stallone attempted to push audience’s expectations of his screen persona with this low-key but memorable drama. Sly is a dock worker turned union organizer and eventual figurehead of the entire movement. The title acronym F.I.S.T. has no connection to do with pugilism, but rather stands for Federation of Interstate Truckers. That may have hindered the film’s box-office take due to potential audience members looking for a Rocky-esue fair-tale and getting a Jimmy Hoffa-like bio-pic. The direction by Norman Jewison and screenplay written by Joe Esterhazs and Stallone are all outstanding.

Top 5 Best Alien Invasion Movies

This is my list of the top five best Alien Invasion movies. This has been an incredibly popular sub-genre dating back to the Orson Wells broadcast of 1938. Since 1977 there have been 35 Alien Invasion themed films released culminating in $4,171,019,251 at the global box-office. Many of the silver-screens biggest stars and directors have crafted or appeared in an Alien Invasion film at some point in their respective careers. The average Alien Invasion movie grosses $119,000.000 at the domestic box-office.

Signs (2002)

Box Office Gross: $227,966,634     Adjusted: $0

Following the smash hit The Sixth Sense and the under-performing follow-up Unbreakable, directing phenom M. Night Shyamalan returns to the summer box office landscape that served as the backdrop for his cinematic breakthrough. In Signs, another paranormal outing for the writer-director, Shyamalan explores the eerie implications of a 500-foot crop circle that mysteriously appears on the Bucks County, PA farm of reverend Graham Hess (Mel Gibson). As Hess and his family (Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin) try to take stock of what the sign means, and how its message incorporates into their faith, they start to get the feeling they are not alone in the fields behind their house.

Top Gun 3D Re-Release Trailer Brings Back That Loving Feeling

Finally in 2013 we are getting a few classics that truly deserve the 3D and big screen re-release treatment, Top Gun and Jurassic Park are both high on my most anticipated list. A few years back I had the chance to see Top Gun on the big screen for the first time since 1986. It is a movie that commands the silver screen and deserves to be shown on the large IMAX format. Catch this for six days only starting Feb 8th-13th 2013, before its Blu-ray 3D release the following Tuesday. If you have any sort of love for Top Gun, do yourself a favor and seek it in the Cinema, it won’t disappoint. In the meantime check-out this beautifully constructed trailer that was set for release last year as evident by the 2012 icon, oddly this incarnation is increasingly rare to find and has been replaced with a generic trailer that is more a commercial for the Blu-ray. Enjoy and get your asses to theaters!


Will J.J. Abrams Ruin Star Wars, Or Will He Unite The Star Trek / Star Wars Fan Base As Director?

For those that haven’t heard, The Wrap is reporting on some gossip it got from someone close to the production of the new Star War film that J.J. Abrams has been selected to direct. They also say Ben Affleck was up, so this must have been a real hard choice for them. Abrams has already resurrected an old space sci-fi franchise, Star Trek, so it kind of makes sense. Plus he’s in good with the fanboy crowd already with movies like Cloverfield, Super 8 and of course the TV series LOST.

Regardless of his success though, Abrams has had failures, many of which go hand in hand with the previously mentioned work. Think about the lens flare in Mission Impossible III, Super 8 and at its worst Star Trek. Now imagine a Star Wars movie with all that light saber lens flare. Kinda ruins it.

Then we can push onto the fact that Abrams doesn’t end his stories well. Cloverfield has a crap ending, Super 8 is ok but not great and LOST is horrible. Star Trek is his only saving grace for endings. What does this mean? Well, the trailer and ads for the film will get us all psyched up, then we’ll watch the first two-thirds of the film in wide-eyed wonderment of what’s to come, and then the ending will crash and burn and everyone will be let down.

Movie Poster Spoof – Spring Breakers Or Jail Baiters

Considering this is written and directed by Harmony Korine, who wrote the Larry Clarke film Kids, it’s a little surpring Spring Breakers wasn’t actually titled Jail Baiters. I’m not going to explain the meaning of the title, but just look at the poster below and tell me it doesn’t fit perfectly. Spring Breakers opens March 29, 2013 and stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine.

Y The Last Man Gets Greenlight With Dan Trachtenberg Directing

Y the Last Man is going ahead at New Line with Dan Trachtenberg set to direct. Trachtenberg is a commercial (as is advertisements) director best known for a recent short film based on the video game Portal. While I liked the look and feel of the short, it is in no way a complete story with similarities to that of a commercial ad. I’m not sure if Trachtenberg can handle a feature film, and I tend to dislike filmmakers that have an atmosphere over story style.

Y the Last Man is in my favorite genre – the post-apocalyptic genre. The story centers around the last surviving man and his male monkey companion after all other male mammals were killed by a plague targeting animals with a Y chromosome.

If you’re not one of the millions that has viewed Trachtenberg’s short, you can do so below. I’m not sure that everyone that makes a short that hits millions of views on YouTube deserves to helm a film, but so far Hollywood has been impressed and we’ve seen quite a few people getting their foot in the door this way. What do you think?

Independence Day 2 Still Possible Without Will Smith, Says President Bill Pullman

Before playing a fake president in NBC’s new comedy 1600 Penn., Bill Pullman was the fake President Thomas Whitmore in Independence Day. In a recent interview with Crave Online Pullman has said that plans are being made to put this through with or without star Will Smith.

The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing, but I think there’s strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.

Sounds like Whitemore’s alien fighting days aren’t over yet. As for Smith, I hope he returns, this is the movie that cemented him as a Hollywood star and proved that he could open big blockbusters. Earlier Fox pulled the 3D retrofit for Independence Day from its theatrical release schedule, something that happened with another Will Smith starrer I, Robot. We did at least get that as a 3D Blu-ray release, and I’m still hopeful that Independence Day still gets a 3D Blu-ray release, it’s one of the few 3D retrofits I was excited about, especially with the awesome July 4th slated release.

Anyone excited about the possibility of ID2?

Godzilla Reboot to Feature Two New Monsters

CHUD has reported that through a source that has heard a Warner Bros webinar for their advertisers that the Godzilla reboot will feature two new monsters. They’re also saying that the story follows a soldier but is way different from the Toho Godzilla films.

Currently Frank Darabont is taking a crack at the script, which means this could change, but that’s doubtful. Chances are we’ll be seeing Godzilla tear up the landscape against two other monsters. Exciting? I think so. I was excited back when David S Goyer was working on the script/story.

I like Darabont, and the only thing that gets me a little nervous is his misstep with the horrible ending on The Mist. Regardless this is good news and means this will be a true big budget version of Godzilla, as long as Taylor Kitsch isn’t cast we’ll be ok.

New Evil Dead Red Band Trailer – So Gory You’ll Blow Chunks

I had my reservations about the remake of this classic, but the more I see the more I’m willing to give it a chance. When I head Diablo Cody was writing on this I was sure it would be a dud, and I do see a little bit of Jennifer’s Body in here, but Cody stunned me with Young Adult. She tends to have great ideas that are badly executed. This doesn’t look so with this new red band trailer, which is chock full of gore and seems to find a good line between the fun of the original and updating a 30 year old low budget horror flick to the slickness of today’s standard. See Evil Dead in theaters April 12, 2013.