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The Guest List: Screenkicker!

This week I am very excited to have Mikey from Screenkicker contributing his top 10 to The Guest List! If you haven’t already followed/subscribed to his site, head on over and do so! Check out all the amazing content including lists, reviews, and a terrific classics section.

If you’d like to contribute your very own top 10 to The Guest List, here’s how!

All you need to do is shoot me an e mail (thecinemamonster@gmail.com) with your name, website info (if you have one), and the topic you have chosen for your top 10. If I like what I see, I’ll give you the all clear and you can begin composing your entry. Make sure to include a descriptive, yet brief introduction and a picture or clip for every entry in your top 10. Use my own top 10s as references. Then, send it back to me and we will discuss a date of publish.

I’m going to hand things over to Mikey now, enjoy!

Top 10 Coolest Movie Weapons: by Mikey

Movies are full of guns, swords, knives, bombs, lasers, and other weapons so it takes something special to stand out from this destructive crowd. Real life death tools are too serious and boring but ones from films can be spectacular devices for kicking all kinds of ass. Here’s my list of the ten best weapons in movie history.

10: Blade’s Sword: “Blade”

Apparently it has an acid edge because a normal sword isn’t sharp enough. Blade’s sword slices and dices any bloodsuckers it comes into contact with. But the best feature is it’s defence mechanism to stop any thieves from swiping it. Hands off!

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9: Mjolnir: “Thor”

Otherwise known as Thor’s hammer. Mjolnir is so heavy even The Hulk couldn’t lift it. Its so powerful it makes you wonder what the hell kind of nails they use in Asgard. Almost harder to spell than it is to wield.

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8: Nunchaku: “Enter the Dragon”

Nunchucks are officially bad-ass as demonstrated by Michaelangelo the turtle. Also Bruce Lee uses these to stunning effect in Enter the Dragon to take out a squad of kung fu experts. This scene was cut from the UK release due to a ban on nunchucks in Britain presumably because they look too cool.

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7: District 9 Gun: “District 9”

Ever been stranded on an alien planet where the populace treats you like crap. Try out this beast of a firearm that can only be used by the prawns. This ridiculously overpowered piece of equipment can explode a man in a split second. Perfect for shortening your wait in any queue.

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6: Sick Stick: “Minority Report”

Imagine having the ability to cause that annoying guy on the bus blow chunks? Why don’t they have these in real life? The sick stick is a stun rod that makes the recipient puke. It’s basically the weaponised equivalent of seeing me naked.

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5: Exploding Pen: “Goldeneye”

Click it three times to arm it and it becomes a bomb. This James Bond gadget is a must have for any globetrotting spy. In this case the pen is really mightier than the sword. Try not to twirl it around in your hand if you’re an annoying Russian computer hacker.

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4: Proton Gun: “Ghostbusters”

The perfect tool for catching spirits, the proton gun fits handily into a massive back pack meaning stealth is out of the question. You should only cross the streams if you need to bring down an ancient Sumerian god attacking your city.

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3: Old Painless: “Predator”

Its loud, scary, deadly, and good for cutting down trees. Old painless is actually a chaingun which would normally be mounted on a fighter jet. But if you’re complaining about realism you shouldn’t be watching Predator.

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2: Lawgiver: “Dredd”

The Lawgiver is the swiss army knife of guns. It fires explosive rounds, incendiary rounds, and it can probably even shoot out skittles for those times when Dredd’s blood sugar drops. Compact, powerful, and stylish, it’s the thinking Judge’s choice of weapon.

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1: Double Lightsaber: “Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”

You’ve always wanted one of these. Its deadly and looks cool to twirl around. In real life you would probably cut off your own arms and legs but I think we all agree it would be worth it. Features in the greatest lightsaber fight in all of the movies.

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Have I left any out? What’s your favourite? Is it a science fiction future weapon or an old-school medieval head chopping device? Let me know in the comments!

Okay all, that’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Guest List. A big thank you to Mikey for adding his list to the archive. Hope you all enjoyed it! Remember to e mail me about contributing if you feel so inclined. Have a great weekend!

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The Guest List: The Cinematic Frontier

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Okay all, this week I am very privileged to have Louis from The Cinematic Frontier contributing his top 10 to The Guest List! If you haven’t already followed/subscribed to his website, do so now! Just click the link on the site name to be redirected.

If you’re interested in submitting your very own top 10 to The Guest List, here’s how! C’mon help me out, I’d love to have every single one of you contribute!

All you need to do is shoot me an e mail (thecinemamonster@gmail.com) with your name, website info (if you have one), and the topic you have chosen for your top 10. If I like what I see, I’ll give you the all clear and you can begin composing your entry. Make sure to include a descriptive, yet brief introduction and a picture or clip for every entry in your top 10. Use my own top 10s and other Guest List entries as references. Then, send it back to me and we will discuss a date of publish.

I’m going to turn things over to Louis now, enjoy!

Top 10 Bruce Campbell Movie Roles: by Louis

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A special thanks to Joseph for allowing me to contribute my top ten list. I present my top ten Bruce Campbell movie roles for movies that actually played in movie theaters (TV movies and direct-to-video films don’t count here; sorry Sam Axe and Alien Apocalypse fans). Go ahead and take a look at this list that celebrates the king of B-movie actors, the immortal Bruce Campbell:

10: Final Shemp: Darkman

Campbell was actually director Sam Raimi’s original choice to play the title character, but Universal vetoed this choice. Raimi was still able to get Campbell in the film with this memorable cameo.

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9: Winkie Gatekeeper: Oz: The Great and Powerful

A pivotal cameo in Raimi’s Oz film, Campbell gets to shine briefly and get tortured by possibly Raimi himself off-camera.

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8: Charles Travis: Congo

Campbell originally auditioned for the role of Dr. Peter Elliott, but was given this smaller role instead.  Nevertheless, he shines in this extended cameo that is central to the plot of the film.

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7: Ring Announcer: Spider Man

The first of three important and hilarious Spider-Man cameos.  In this one, he’s the guy who actually gives Spider-Man his name.

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6: Snooty Usher: Spider Man 2

In this Spider-Man film, Campbell is the guy who doesn’t let Peter Parker into the theater to see Mary Jane’s play.  Campbell rules this scene with his subtle humor.

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5: Maitre d’: Spider Man 3

In this Spider-Man film, Campbell is the guy who tries to help Peter Parker set up his proposal to Mary Jane at a French restaurant. The situation becomes hilariously disastrous.

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4: Mayor Shelbourne: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Campbell brings a villainous streak to this small mayor who becomes a gluttonous control freak.

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3: Smitty: The Hudsucker Proxy

The biggest role he’s had in a Coen brothers movie features Campbell as a 1950s reporter for the Manhattan Argus newspaper.

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2: Elvis Presley: Bubba Ho-Tep

Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley?  Fighting an Egyptian mummy as well?  And assisted by a black JFK?  Count me in.

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1: Ash: Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness

His most famous role, a selfish everyman who’s also a competent Deadite-killing machine with killer one-liners and an eventual chainsaw for a hand.  Hail to the king!

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Alright, that’ll do it for this week’s edition of The Guest List. I want to send a big thank you to Louis and The Cinematic Frontier for contributing. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have a great weekend!

The Guest List: Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings

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Well, it might be only the third edition of The Guest List, but I think it’s already a huge success. It’s accomplished exactly what I had hope, introduced fellow film lovers to one another, spurred on some debate, and definitely stirred the pot. And I can already tell that this week’s edition featuring James from Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings is only going to improve upon the segment. If you don’t know who James is or haven’t already followed/subscribed to his website, I highly recommend you do so right now. You’ll find some solid reviews, terrific articles, and a lovely segment entitled “Who’s That?” when you head on over. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

Now, I have to get some administrative stuff out of the way. For those of you who have signed up for The Guest List segment, could you please post a comment below on when I can be expecting your article. I am very organized about my posting and would love to get a schedule going with this segment.

If you’d like to submit your very own top 10 to The Guest List, here’s how to do it! First, shoot me an e mail (thecinemamonster@gmail.com) with your name, website info (if you have one), and the topic you have chosen for your top 10. If I like what I see, I’ll give you the all clear and you can begin composing your entry. Make sure to include a descriptive, yet brief introduction and a picture or clip for every entry in your top 10. Use my own top 10s as references. Then, send it back to me and we will discuss a date of publish.

Also guys, please if you haven’t already, check out my TIFF 2013 reviews. I wouldn’t usually beg like this, but I worked extremely hard on them. It is totally worth your while, there are a bunch of films reviewed that haven’t even be released yet with plenty more write-ups to come. So head on over to a review or two by clicking on the picture under the sidebar entitled TIFF 2013.

Okay, now that the boring stuff is all taken care of, I am going to turn things over to James, enjoy!

Top 10 Films of the 2000s: by James

Thanks Joseph for allowing me to spread my opinions out across your blog here! This is my pick of the top ten films of the last decade. There are endless films which could have made it into here but didn’t, such as Oldboy, so feel free to criticise, praise, rant or rave at me and my choices in the comment section below! For now though, take a look at what I did pick out:

10: Spirited Away

This charming tale of a young girl who ends up in a mysterious place inhabited by gods and monsters is the only animated film to make it onto this list, and it truly deserves its place here. It’s some of the finest animated storytelling of all time, and a personal favourite to re-watch.

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9: Battle Royale

Shockingly different to the previous entry; Battle Royale has kids killing each other off in all sorts of ways after being forced into a nightmarish situation. For its satirical commentary and also sheer entertaining spectacle Battle Royale makes it onto this list.

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8: Volver

One of the first films that introduced me to Almodóvar, Volver quickly became one of my favourite films for it’s well handled and performed story of loss and redemption. If I said any more I would spoil it, but please do seek it out if you haven’t already seen it.

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7: Kill Bill: Volume 1

I often describe the final third of this film as being perfect cinema; and anyone who listens long enough will hear me rant and rave about the use of colour and music, the well-handled action, and the enormous sense of fun that Tarantino seems to be having which then crosses on over to the audience. The rest of the film isn’t too far off this level of entertainment either, making Kill Bill an obvious entrant into my list here.

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6: The Pianist

Adrien Brody is incredible here as he takes us through the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. This isn’t an easy or an uplifting watch, but it’s certainly one that lingers in your mind for a long time after the credits roll.

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5: Hero

This is one stunning film. The focus on the splendour of the visuals may not be for everyone, but Hero really deserves more praise than it often gets. It is not a fast paced action film; rather it’s an exploration of movement.

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4: City of God

Now this is where the list becomes really tricky, I can play around with the ordering of these last four movies endlessly and quite happily put any four of them in first place. City of God is a tale of violence set in Rio de Janeiro and is essential viewing if you haven’t already seen it. The directing style and rawness to the film makes it a pretty special watch.

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3: No Country for Old Men

Javier Bardem is an unforgettable presence in what is arguably the Cohen brothers’ best film, and yet its success is not all down to those three. Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Kelly Macdonald all contribute fantastic work and collectively make this one of the best and most important films of the decade.

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2: Lost in Translation

My personal favourite out of all the films on this list, or in this decade, Lost in Translation is the deceptively simple story of two people who meet in Tokyo and form a relationship that’s more meaningful than they could have previously imagined. It features excellent performances by both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, who have brought characters to life here that I have grown far too attached to and fond of. This is easily one of my absolute favourite films.

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1: Adaptation

I know of no other film which so confidently, nor so successfully breaks itself apart and exposes itself. This is unquestionably a fantastically handled film that is about film; it’s about itself, the creation of itself and then the evolution of itself. Not only is it incredibly clever though, it doesn’t come across as pretentious but is instead warm hearted, funny and occasionally touching with great performances given by Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper. I cannot recommend Adaptation enough.

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What an outstanding list. A BIG thank you to James for contributing his list this week. Remember, check out the criteria for submitting your own list above. Have a great weekend!

The Guest List: Cinema Parrot Disco

Hi all, I am temporarily back to bring you the newest post in The Cinema Monster’s newest segment, The Guest List! As for TCM, things should return to business as usual next week. TIFF officially ends this coming Sunday, so expect reviews and regular posts starting on Monday.

For those who do not know, The Guest List is a segment in which fellow bloggers or guests compile a top 10 on whatever subject they choose. They then send the article to myself and I publish it, it’s that easy! This week, I am really excited to have Cinema Parrot Disco submit her very own top 10! If you haven’t checked out her site and followed, do so now. If you don’t you’ll regret it every day for the rest of your life. You can find her site by clicking on the link provided here.

If you’d like to contribute your own top 10 to The Cinema Monster’s Guest List segment. All you need to do is shoot me an e mail (thecinemamonster@gmail.com) with your name, website info (if you have one), and the topic you have chosen for your top 10. If I like what I see, I’ll give you the all clear and you can begin composing your entry. Then, send it back to me and we will discuss a date of publish. Sound good? I’m really trying to get this segment jumpstarted, so if you all could compose an entry and send it my way, I would be forever grateful.

Now, I’m going to turn it over to Cinema Parrot Disco. Enjoy!

 

Top 10 Films of the 21st Century: by Cinema Parrot Disco

When Joseph asked me to do a guest Top Ten list I was like…. “Sure!”. Because, like the character of Rob in “High Fidelity,” I’m obsessed with making Top Five (or Top Ten) lists.

I’ve chosen to do my Top Ten films since the year 2000 as I myself was curious as to what would make the list. I kind of know what my all-time top 100 films are & very few of those are from the past decade or so (with most being from the 70s or 80s).

 

10. Lost In Translation

Not sure what it is about this one but I really enjoyed it and it made me want to travel to Tokyo someday.

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9. School Of Rock

Jack Black teaching today’s youth about classic rock & metal – LOVE IT!

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8. Despicable Me

The minions are hilarious, it’s Steve Carell’s funniest role, and the girls are sweet yet not annoyingly so and have attitude without being “kid film bratty”. Oh, and the soundtrack is great too. Fun for all ages – not many kids’ films (outside of Pixar) achieve this.

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7. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

I was also in high school in the year this movie was set. I wish this had been my group of friends. But no teenagers are actually this cool. (But how could they not know the Bowie song Heroes?!)

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6. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

It’s The Lord Of The Rings. It’s awesome.

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5. Dawn Of The Dead

The original is one of my all-time favorite movies. Remakes usually get me very angry and I start ranting and raving about how Hollywood makes nothing original anymore blah blah blah. But THIS was good! Obviously doesn’t live up to Romero’s classics but it’s still a great zombie flick.

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4. The Lives Of Others

Excellent foreign film set in 1984 East Berlin. Highly recommend this one!

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3. The Artist

Love everything about this. I feel happy just thinking about this film.

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2. The Prestige

Someday people will realize that this is Christopher Nolan’s best film.

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1. Pixar Films

Okay – I’ve cheated a little. But WALL-E, Monsters Inc, Toy Story 3, and Finding Nemo are all, really, my favorite films of the 21st century so far. Thank you, Pixar!

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Alright, that’ll do it! I want to send a big thank you to Cinema Parrot Disco for contributing. Everyone have a great weekend! I know I will, I’m seeing The Sacrament tonight and 12 Years a Slave tomorrow!

The Guest List: theipc

Okay guys, as of yesterday I am up to my waist in the waters of TIFF and I am slowly becoming more and more submerged. So, with that in mind, I figured now would be as good a time as any to introduce the newest segment on The Cinema Monster, which I have yet to title. Essentially, this new feature will consist of a guest contributor compiling a top 10 on whatever topic he/she chooses. It’s basically the same as The Cinema Monster’s weekly top 10 segment, just with a guest or fellow blogger compiling a list. Now, this is the first in what I hope will be a lengthy, fun, and fortuitous segment. If you’d like to contribute a top 10, please do not hesitate. Send me an email (thecinemamonster@gmail.com) containing your name, blog/site (if you have one), and your top 10 topic. If I like what I see, I’ll provide you with the criteria and the go ahead. Oh, and it can be a top 10 I’ve already done, seeing as everyone has different views and opinions.

Okay, enough administrative stuff, let’s get into it. I am very fortunate to have Eric from theipc to do the honours of contributing the first ever guest top 10 on The Cinema Monster. If you haven’t checked out his site and followed already, please do so now, he’s got some truly awesome content. He is also the creator of Shitfest, in which I am an avid fan and participant. So, yeah…check’ em out! I’m going to hand things over to Eric now. Look forward to next week when Cinema Parrot Disco will be contributing her top 10!

Top 10 Things I’ve Seen Clint Howard In: By Eric.

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When it comes to American royalty – names such as Rockefeller, Kennedy, the Fords, the Hearsts, the Cabot-Lodges – and to some extent – Dole – get thrown around. In similar fashion, in the movie industry we can’t go off and forget about the Howards. Containing Ronnie and his HOT daughter Bryce, we can’t go wrong (Ron was actually a good looking teen, but alas, we all grow old and get strange around the curves), but then there lies this anomaly of an individual, Ron’s brother Clint – one of the strangest looking men I’ve ever seen in my life.  In NO WAY am I dogging him – I think he’s actually a good actor, it’s just…. while I look around at movies and TV and my friend’s daughter’s birthday videos – this guy shows up in EVERYTHING! The other day I posted something on my site mentioning meeting Missy Crider who complained to the wife and I over some beers about not being able to get much work (and she’s a hot act) – this dude has been in well over 200 motion pictures (this includes TV mind you)! Anyway – Joseph is off Film Festivaling it up and asked me to contribute a Top Ten List about things I’ve seen, so here’s the Top Ten Things I have seen Clint Howard in (and by no means have I seen everything he’s been in).

10: Ron Howard’s: SPLASH (as Wedding Guest)

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9: Ron Howard’s: BACKDRAFT (as the Pathologist)

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8: TANGO AND CASH: as Slinky

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7: Ron Howard’s: PARENTHOOD (as Lou)

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6: (Ron Howard’s) ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (as Johnny Bark) – “Watch out for that bucket, Lindsey. That bucket has a purpose.”

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5: HALLOWEEN (2007): Doctor Koplenson

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4: SLEDGE HAMMER – “STATE OF SLEDGE” – One of my all time favorite shows! “Watch out, you mutant!!”

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3: Ron Howard’s: APOLLO 13 (as Sy Liebergot)

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2: SEINFELD: The Trip, Part 2

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1: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES: THE CORBONITE MANEUVER! Who can ever forget face of Balok burning itself into your nightmares, causing sleep terrors that last to this day????

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Another huge thanks to Eric for contributing this top 10 and for being an advocate of my website since its inception, I owe you a great debt. As for me, don’t expect the usual flow of posts over the next 15 days or so, other than the weekly top 10. I am super busy with TIFF and will be trying to post reviews as soon as I possibly can. Until then, make sure to follow me on Twitter for frequent updates, news, initial reactions, pictures and videos from the festival. Everyone have a great weekend!