皇冠体育下载采用百度引擎3（Baidu 3）(Photo by (c) Touchstone courtesy Everett Collection)On November 19th, 2004, the world was introduced to National Treasure, a PG-rated yarn about a guy named Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage), his “man in a van” Riley (Justin Bartha), and a sorta-kidnapped archivist named Abigail (Diane Kruger) hunting down a fabled Templar treasure. The 131-minute movie was a wonderful breath of fresh throwback air that was unapologetically dorky, stuffed with earnest “aha” moments, and totally cool with readily available bowls of lemons.The Jon Turtletaub (Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping, The Meg)-directed movie made 3 million domestically and 7 million at the worldwide box office (0 and 2 million when accounting for inflation), and in 2007 was followed up by the 1 million dollar-grossing National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Sadly, there was no Ottendorf cipher that led to an intricate map that helped conclude the trilogy when lemon juice was squirted on it. Because of this, we’re left with only two big-budget original movies that countless history teachers undoubtedly show their students when they need a nap.Fifteen years later, National Treasure is still a delight that we’ll watch whenever it’s on (and it’s on all the time), and in honor of its anniversary we’re providing five reasons why it’s so unforgettable.1. IT TELLS AN ORIGINAL, PG-RATED STORY THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY(Photo by (c) Touchstone courtesy Everett Collection)When National Treasure was released in late 2004, it pulled in an impressive million in its opening weekend and quickly became Nicolas Cage’s highest domestic-grossing live-action film (until the 2007 sequel). It also received an A- CinemaScore and earned a 76% Audience Score on RT, and it was regarded as a “four quadrant” film that brought in adults, families, couples, and the all-important 18- to 24-year-olds who were drawn in by the treasure hunt plot. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Con Air), National Treasure went on to lead the box office for three weekends and was the highest-grossing movie for 20 straight days.The fact that a PG-rated Disney movie that wasn’t a sequel, a remake, an animated film, or a theme park ride made 3 million domestically is super impressive. In the 21st century, only a select group of original PG-rated movies, like Night at the Museum, The Greatest Showman, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, managed to clear the 0 million mark.Critics may not have appreciated it at the time (it s at 46% on the Tomatometer), but parents, teenagers, Nicolas Cage fans, and history buffs showed up in droves to watch a movie that never stopped long enough to get boring, dropped “Weird Al” Yankovic references, and featured characters using smarts and deductive logic to defeat a small army of well-armed but not-too-bright thugs. National Treasure must have seemed like an early Christmas gift for people who wanted to avoid cynical holiday movies like Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks.2. IT S UNABASHEDLY DORKY AND LOTS OF FUN BECAUSE OF IT(Photo by (c) Touchstone courtesy Everett Collection)National Treasure may not be historically accurate, but its earnest tone and unabashed dorkery made it lots of fun. When Gates says, “I’m going to steal the declaration of independence,” he kicks off a rip-roaring treasure hunt that embraces absurdity and probably made a lot of people think twice about touching certain numbers on keypads (you know the moment). Benjamin Gates is nowhere as cool as Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, and he doesn’t care. He simply wants to fulfill his family legacy, prevent bad guys from getting their hands on ancient treasure, and go on a spending spree at an expensive clothing retailer with money he stole from his father Patrick (an immensely likable Jon Voight).The big thrills don’t come during the chase scenes that feature speeding food trucks, they happen during the goofy mental gymnastics the characters undertake to move from one plot point to the next. One of the best moments occurs when Riley (the ostensible sidekick) recognizes the key to a clue before Gates does; hearing him say “I know something about history that you don t know. Hold on one second; let me just take in this moment,” never ceases to make us smile.And in the end, how do Gates and crew get rid of the baddie Ian Howe (Sean Bean) and his henchmen? They spin a yarn and send them off after a red herring while they locate the real treasure. No punches are thrown, no stuffed bunnies are harmed, and most importantly, there are zero crystal skulls. The nice guys win, the bad guys are eventually arrested, and the gang live happily ever after as millionaires after they share their multi-billion-dollar discovery with the world.3. NICOLAS CAGE’S ENTHUSIASM IS CONTAGIOUS (Photo by (c) Touchstone courtesy Everett Collection)National Treasure and its sequel work because of Nicolas Cage’s enthusiastic portrayal of a treasure hunter who is smarter than everyone else and knows way too much about the security systems at the Library of Congress — and its preservation room. In the beginning of the film, when he finds the Charlotte, a legendary boat in the middle of the arctic (it’s explained brilliantly by Riley), he is momentarily stymied. However, after an intense moment spent talking to himself, he comes to the correct answer (it was iron, it was firm, it was resolved, it is the Declaration of Independence!). Sure, the moment is silly, and yes, those “aha” moments continue to come fast and heavy thereafter. However, with Cage at the forefront, you don’t mind. He makes you feel like the meerschaum pipe he finds inside the Charlotte, for example, is the coolest thing ever, and you legitimately appreciate “the intricacy of the scrollwork on the stem.”Cage still loves the character, and recently on his press tour for Primal, he said he’d love to revisit Ben
Marvel Studios gave their fans an extra treat for the debut of its first weekly television series, WandaVision: two full episodes! There may be a reason for this decision buried in the plot, or it may just have to do with the first two episodes being in black white, but it also means getting a better sense of the series as the second episode begins a tonal shift from the premiere.Of course, that tonal shift seems to be a big part of the story as WandaVision both has a point its trying to get to with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and honor family sitcoms across the history of television.Keeping in mind the death of Vision (Paul Bettany) in Avengers: Infinity War, Wanda s heroics in Avengers: Endgame, and the fact that she will be integral to upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, let s dive into what we ve seen of the series so far and discover what we can about the mystery at its core and how it fits within Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Spoiler Alert: The following reveals details about the first two episodes of WandaVision. Stop reading here if you have not watched the episodes.WandaVision Sets Its Action in an Early Sitcom-Styled Idyllic WorldNewly married Wanda and Vision arrive in the community of Westview, and settle in. Like wacky sitcoms of the late 50s and early 60s, they have secrets they need to keep from their neighbors: Wanda is telekinetic and Vision is a synthoid. Not that those facts stop them from integrating into Westview life. Vision already has a job at a computing firm and Wanda has a dream kitchen. There issues to be addressed, of course.The remainder of episode one introduces next door neighbor Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) and Vision s boss, Mr. Hart (Fred Melamed) and his wife (Debra Jo Rupp). The couple questions their own oddities, but generally accept their reality.Meanwhile, somewhere outside of Westview, the events of the WandaVision pilot are observed.In episode 2, Wanda and Vision prepare for their magic act in the Westview talent show and their day s errands. Vision wants to meet with the neighborhood watch while Wanda is off to meet with the local women s club.The episode introduces the neighborhood watch — little more than an excuse for the men to gossip — including Herb (David Payton). At the women s club, Wanda meets Dottie (Emma Caulfield Ford) and Geraldine (Teyonah Parris). After Wanda and Dottie have a heated moment, a nearby radio switches from the Beach Boys Help Me, Rhonda to a voice directly asking Wanda if he can hear him.Celebrating their magic show success, the pair return home and, quite suddenly, Wanda is pregnant. Hearing a ruckus, the two Avengers notice a beekeeper (with that sword logo on his uniform) emerging from a manhole cover in the street. Wanda finds this unacceptable and rewinds events to just a few moments before. In the safety of their house, Vision reassures her, and the world turns to color. As their sitcom world closes with The End and a Please stand by graphic, an urgent voice comes on: Wanda? Who s doing this to you, Wanda? Wanda? How the Series Pays Tribute to Classic TV As It Unravels a Deeper Marvel MysteryThe series is plastered in references to television history. Episode 1 takes many of its cues from shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, and Leave It to Beaver. The most direct comparisons come from Dick Van Dyke with the kitchen looking like a near replica of the one Mary Tyler Moore ruled on that sitcom. The plot of the episode — mistaken communication leading to trouble with Vision s boss — has the feel of something you might see on any of those shows, even if Vision s job is purposely vague both to us and himself.Curiously enough, an attempt was made to use vintage production techniques to give the episode more of an authentic late-1950s feel. It works really well and underscores the moment when Wanda and Vision are confronted by their imprecise memories. Once Mr. Hart starts choking on his dinner, the 50s lightning, compositions, and editing disappear until Wanda finally tells Vision to help his boss.It is worth pointing out as that same breaking of sitcom reality is not replicated in episode 2, which takes a very pointed amount of inspiration from Bewitched. The animated credit sequence directly emulates the classic TV sitcom and the set has been realigned to resemble that show s continuous first-floor locales, particularly the kitchen. Running from 1964 to 1972, Bewitched told the tale of Samantha Stevens, a witch by birth, and her buttoned-down husband Darren. Despite wanting to make it in the world by his own talents, Sam cannot help but use her powers to solve some of their problems. The parallels are obvious, even if the episode s actual plot feels less like Bewitched and something more tailored to Wanda and Vision s circumstances, which may be why the humor feels fresher than in the first episode.Also, since we noticed how well the first episode replicated the feel of 1950s sitcoms, episode 2 does an interesting job replicating the look of Bewitched, which began its life in black white and was known to use location filming in its early run. The style is evident here, although the film look of Bewitched is not carried over thanks to modern digital videotape cameras and the frame-rate change the new technology brought with it. This is especially true in the location shots, although it could be argued those more modern-looking scenes underscore Wanda real circumstances.What We Know About WandaVision′s Mystery So FarWhich brings us to the series apparent key mystery: Is all of this Wanda s doing? Her ability to literally rewind events in episode 2 — and her flat rejection of the beekeeper — suggests she is behind all of this. (Though Marvel comic book readers may recall what the logo stands for, we ll avoid spoilers and let the series reveal the answer.) But the message on Dottie s radio also offers the option that someone may be inducing all of this. If the latter is true, what could be the end goal of sticking Wanda in a sitcom reality? The refrain for the children offers one unsettling possibility.Meanwhile, the desperation to fit in, the careful edits of Vision s persona to make a more stereotypical TV husband, and the way she often runs out of answers stand as credible evidence that, perhaps, she did all of this on a whim to finally process her grief. It almost makes you wonder if the day Vision died is August 23.That also leads to another interesting question: who are the citizens of Westview? In the first episode, they seem to be part of the illusion. But the personalities of Herb and Dottie in episode 2 suggests Westview is a real place with real people. Are they being co-opted to function in Wanda s vision or are they also dead people she (or the outside force control this) is reviving to better create this idealized suburban life?One other option: the townsfolk are the outside putting pressure on Wanda to live this dream life, even if the real facts about her relationship with Vision means he is the grandest illusion of all. OK, maybe it is the baby — that, of course, remains to be seen.Also, while we re asking questions, we have to consider the people in the commercials. The none-too-subtle references to Stark and Strucker are funny, but also a clear invasion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into Westview. Are they part of this or just another manifestation of whatever is happening to Wanda?New episodes of WandaVision premiere on Fridays on Disney+.皇冠体育下载Disney+ announces price lower than Netflix, Hawkeye gets a series while previously announced series get titles, Game of Thrones goes licensing-mad for final season, The Walking Dead gets another spin-off, American Horror Story teaser trailer, Titans casts Bruce Wayne, and more.TOP STORYAvengers Assemble on Disney+(Photo by Marvel Studios)On Thursday evening, Disney CEO Bob Iger presented to investors, detailing the company s streaming plans: Disney+ launches November 12, 2019, and will cost .99 per month. Series titles announced so far include:Marvel Studios’ series Loki starring Tom Hiddleston, reprising his role as the mischief makerThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a live-action series with Anthony Mackie returning as Falcon and Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Winter SoldierWandaVision, a live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany reprising his role as The VisionHawkeye might not have gotten as much screen time as his fellow Avengers in the most recent Marvel superhero team-up movies, but that will be rectified with the archer s own series, in which Jeremy Renner will star, acco
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2.32.7 4月喜迎(Photo by Universal Pictures)The current situation of social distancing has many of us thinking of ways to maximize the time we spend at home. We re also eating several times a day and annoying our pets, but being productive does cross our minds from time to time. Puzzles, long-abandoned books, craft projects, and New Year s resolutions have suddenly jumped to the top of our to-do lists. In the RT comments, many of you have shared how you re catching up on classic films, and we happen to agree that now is the perfect time to increase your classic film viewing.Concentrating on films released before 1980 (both well-known titles and hidden gems), we re producing new guides to essential classic films curated by theme, filmmaker, actor, genre, or style – all for your classic catch-up needs. Want to see our picks for the best French farces? How about a curated list of Fresh picks from Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Sellers, or Billy Wilder? As well as curating watchlists, we re breaking down the films, telling you where you can watch them, and giving you some more recent and/or well-known films the classics might remind you of so you can gauge which movies are right for you.This week in the Classic Film Catch-Up, we re breaking out with heist films. Long cons, strong-arm jobs, and bank heists from professionals and amateurs alike have a long history in film, and that history has given us some of our most celebrated performances and cinematic stories. From Melville and Friedkin to Kubrick and Soderbergh, many beloved filmmakers have made a mark on the heist flick genre, which came of age in the late 60s and early 70s. In truth, we could make a list solely comprised of films from that time period, and it would still be quite spectacular, but we did include a few from decades prior.With hundreds of titles to choose from, iconic films like The Great Escape, Ocean s Eleven, and lesser-known gems like The Silent Partner failed to earn a spot on our list, but are still definitely worthy of a revisit. For our list below, though, we tried to find diversity within the genre, intermixing confidence schemes with bank jobs and heist comedies with gritty noirs. Each entry is unique, but they work within a shared formula: get a crew, plan the job, and do some nefarious things to take something without anyone finding out. Read below to see our list of classic heist films.Got another favorite heist classic you d add to our list? Have a suggestion for a future theme or classic film to feature in the column? Let us know in the comments. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 96% What is it? The true-life tale of a man who storms a Brooklyn bank for a day-time robbery, and everything that can go wrong does.Why you need to see it: A frequent choice in our Five Favorite Film series, this dramatic and at times hilarious tale of a bank job gone awry from Sidney Lumet showcases one of Al Pacino s greatest performances. Trying to get enough money for his lover s sex-reassignment surgery, Sonny Wortzik (Pacino) tries to rob a bank, and everything after that goes from bad to worse in what many consider to be one of the best films from the 70s. One of the highest-grossing movies of its year and a critical hit, Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor, which Pacino didn t win. Twenty years later, he would finally take home a golden statuette for The Scent of Woman, but his turn here alongside his The Godfather co-star John Cazale gives us, according to critic Roger Ebert, one of the most interesting modern movie characters. Check it out for the verbal sparring and Pacino s acting, and its re-watchability is unmatched – you ll find new favorite moments each time you see it.Watch it if you like: Before the Devil Knows You re Dead, A Simple Plan, Reservoir Dogs, Fargo.Where to watch: Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.The Sting (1973) 94% What is it? A young conman attempts to pull off a large-scale confidence scheme against the man who killed his partner, aided by a veteran fraudster.Why you need to see it: It s a movie with Robert Redford and Paul Newman – do you really need anything else? If by chance you do, The Sting is a must-see con film and one of the best examples of a perfectly balanced heist comedy. Redford and Newman s undeniable chemistry is the main draw here, but the mini-course on the language of large-scale confidence schemes serves as a welcome bonus. The original Ocean s Eleven, The Italian Job, and Going in Style all have modern-day remakes that were received to varying critical and commercial success but, this Depression-era masterpiece from George Roy Hill is thought to be inimitable. (Check out the laughable The Sting II if you need further proof). A box-office smash which re-teamed Redford and Newman just four years after the iconic Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, the film took home six more Oscars, including Best Picture.Watch it if you like: Ocean s Eleven, Matchstick Men, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Logan Lucky, American Hustle, Now You See Me.Where to watch: Stream now on the Starz app. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.The French Connection (1971) 98% What is it? A group of narcotics detectives track and try to intercept a large supply of heroin.Why you need to see it: On a list of quintessential 70s cop films, The French Connection would invariably rank high, so we understand if you re surprised to see it here on a list of heist films. Yes, the film follows a group of detectives as they try to get the bad guys, but with the exception of the players (among them leads Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider) all the elements of a heist are there: A group of professionals come together and concoct an elaborate plan to steal something from someone without them knowing – that s a heist movie any way you slice it. Bonnie Clyde is thought to be the first film of the New Hollywood movement – a period in American cinema which ushered in a new crop of dynamic young filmmakers and during which the modern-day blockbuster was born – but The French Connection solidified this new shift in filmmaking and film marketing. Featuring one of the best car chases in the history of film, William Friedkin s cop thriller is gritty, fast-paced, and completely unlike any police drama that came before it. Hackman is electrifying as the short-tempered, boozy bigot Popeye Doyle, and was the rightful winner of the Best Actor prize in 1972, which came alongside four more wins for the film, including Best Picture.Watch it if you like: The Italian Job, Heat, L.A. Confidential, Bullitt, The Untouchables, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Where to watch: Stream now on the Starz app. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.The Italian Job (1969) 83% What is it? A group of seasoned criminals fresh out of prison races through Italy trying to hijack a shipment of gold.Why you need to see it: If you enjoyed the 2003 remake of The Italian Job, prepare yourself: where that film was serviceable fun, the original film with Michael Caine was a game-changer. Perhaps a bit too camp and brash for its time, the British heist comedy was not universally loved upon release. The New York Times critic Vincent Canby dubbed the film technically sophisticated and emotionally retarded. Putting aside the dated language, the film does lean into action over plot, but that does not diminish the enjoyment of watching Caine and his cockney band of thieves race around Italy in the iconic MINI Coopers. The film is worth a watch for those car chases alone.Watch it if you like: Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Bullitt, Gone in 60 Seconds, Fast Five, Inside Man. Where to watch: Stream now on Amazon Prime Video, The Criterion Channel. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.The Killing (1956) 95% What is it? A long-time crook has a simple plan: one last job before he settles down with his lady love. But what was supposed to be a simple job finds the two lovers caught up in a web of deception and murder.Why you need to see it: Though not the first to do it, The Killing married itself to non-linear storytelling in a way that was wholly unique at the time; and it was a commitment that would also turn out to be a bit too revolutionary and decades ahead audience s tastes. Stanley Kubrick s third feature – but his first with a professional crew – was a headache for Paramount from the moment it was shot. Hated by test audiences, the film barely received an American release and was a commercial flop. However, contemporary critics recognized Kubrick s audacious skill with dialogue and camera movement and heralded the film as a masterwork, and its director as one to watch. It has since earned cult-like status, and its influences can be seen in the work of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and the Coen brothers. A taut noir, the black-and-white drama commits to the realism of pulling off the perfect job. How the subsequent events unravel for our lead con-artist after the job is done is where we find the film s brilliance.Watch it if you like: Reservoir Dogs, The Killer, Chinatown, Thief, The Getaway, The Layer Cake.Where to watch: Rent or buy on Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.Topkapi (1964) 90%(Photo by Everett Collection)What is it? A woman and her ex-lover plot to steal a priceless dagger in Istanbul with the help of a simple-minded small-time crook.Why you need to see it: Jules Dassin s Topkapi is one of the best cinematic clap-backs ever filmed. In 1955, Dassin s Rififi – which won him a Best Director prize at Cannes – set the blueprint for modern-day heist films and soon became the subject of several parodies, including Mario Monicelli s Big Deal on Madonna Street. Tired of being the butt of the joke, Dassin released Topkapi in 1964 and, in doing so, ultimately got the last laugh as his genre send-up dwarfed all previous attempts. The comedy of the bumbling thieves who might just be inept enough to pull off an intricate robbery is only second in hilarity to the scene-stealing performance of Peter Ustinov who plays Simpson, a low-level crook caught in the wake of the larger crime.Watch it if you like: Casino Royale, American Vandal, Dr. Strangelove, The Whole Nine Yards, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Where to watch: Stream now on Amazon Prime Video. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, and Google Play.Second Breath (1966) 100% (Photo by The Criterion Channel)What is it? After breaking out of prison, a career criminal plans one last job to secure his retirement while a dogged police detective is in hot pursuit.Why you need to see it: The godfather of French New Wave, Jean-Pierre Melville was tenacious when it came to authenticity on screen. From props to accents to his documentary style of filmmaking, his attention to detail and reality is present in every frame of Le Deuxieme Souffle. Melville s commitment would inspire the neorealism of directors François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Agnes Varda. Sporting a high body count for its time, Le Deuxieme Souffle was a film that let the gangsters be gangsters. Thrilling, and dripping with suspense and violence, the film gives the audience a constant sense of unease as the characters descend deeper into the French underworld. An intimate epic, according to Martin Scorsese, the film was a key inspiration for his Oscar-nominated Jimmy Hoffa epic The Irishman. Watch it if you like: The Irishman, Miller s Crossing, Road to Perdition, Hell or High Water. Where to watch: Stream now on The Criterion Channel app. Rent or buy on Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.High Sierra (1941) 91%What is it? A seasoned ex-con must lead a group of untried criminals in the robbery of a desert resort.Why you need to see it: The first pairing of several between Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston, High Sierra is a thoughtful bridge between the brash 40s gangster flicks and the minimalistic crime-noirs of the 50s. Huston and Bogart would go on to collaborate on The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen; never was the power of Bogart s appeal more on display than when framed by Huston s lens. High Sierra is a heist film that utilizes early noir elements before they were popularized in the 1950s, and it s distinguished by its smart twists as well as Bogart s complex turn as Roy Earle. He is also perfectly complemented by Ida Lupino s portrayal of the temptress gangster s moll.Watch it if you like: The Maltese Falcon, The Fugitive, White Heat, The Town, The Usual Suspects. Where to watch: Stream now on The Criterion Channel app. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.
(Photo by Jamie McPherson/Silverback/Netflix)What better way to spend this Earth Day – or any day, really – than learning about the wonders of our planet, all that threatens it, and some of the people working tirelessly to preserve it.We ve put together a list of some of the best planet-centric and environmentally conscious documentaries to watch on Earth Day. From harrowing investigative films like The Ivory Game and intimate series like Planet Earth (I and II!), to the vast oceans of Blue Planet and the chilly reality of Chasing Ice, this list taps into a number of fascinating ecosystems. It will also introduce you to some of the most inspiring people of our time, like Jane Goodall.Whether you re looking to admire Earth s beauty or gain some perspective on the challenges it faces, the movies, series, and specials on this list are sure to awaken and inspire, and they re all available to stream right now.Don t see your favorite nature special on this list? Share your recommendations in the comments.Our Planet: Season 1 (2019) 93% (Netflix)What it is: This Netflix series showcases the vast ecosystems of Earth, visiting 50 countries in the process. Each episode is practically a feature-length documentary in its own right. After the introductory episode, each installment focuses on a different habitat — “Deserts and Grasslands,” “Frozen Worlds,” “Forests,” and “Jungles” — and three separate episodes are dedications to freshwater and oceanic environments.Critics Consensus: A cornucopia of visual wonder and environmental advocacy, Our Planet s breathtaking cinematography explores more of this beautiful, blue marble while presenting an urgent call to action to its inhabitants.Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: ~6 hours (8 episodes, around 50 minutes each)Planet Earth: Miniseries (2006) (Discovery Channel)(Photo by Discovery Channel/BBC)What it is: Like Our Planet, but released a decade earlier and by the BBC, Planet Earth charts the Earth’s ecosystems episodically. Perhaps no voice is more recognizable in the nature documentary genre than that of British natural historian David Attenborough, who narrates the BBC version of this documentary series (if you watch the Discovery Channel version, you’ll hear none other than Sigourney Weaver guiding you through each hour-long episode). Planet Earth is essentially the go-to for nature series. It won four Emmys the year it was released: non-fiction series, cinematography, sound editing, and music.Critics Consensus: Planet Earth weaves innovative camera techniques and patient observation to deliver viewers an astounding glimpse of the world s perils and wonders, capturing jaw-dropping scenery and animals on both an epic and intimate scale.Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, VuduCommitment: 9 hours (11 episodes, around 50 minutes each)Planet Earth II: Miniseries (2016) 100% (Discovery Channel)What it is: Ten years after the award-winning original, BBC’s Natural History Unit released a second, shorter sequel called Planet Earth II that takes viewers to new locales – and a few familiar ones – to document even more harrowing survival stories most of us have never seen before. This time around, the series also explores city-dwelling animals — and they’re probably not the species you’d expect to see thriving in urban environments.Critics Consensus: Planet Earth II offers a spectacular, moving, unprecedented account of the natural world.Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, VuduCommitment: 5 hours (6 episodes, around 50 minutes each)Blue Planet II: Miniseries () 97% (BBC America)What it is: Even before they made Planet Earth, in 2001 the BBC released the first Blue Planet, yet another nature documentary series narrated by Attenborough. The original won two Emmys for its cinematography and music composition. This follow-up series was released in the U.S. in 2018 — Attenborough returned, and won the series another Emmy for his narration to boot. Both iterations in the series provide intimate, breathtaking looks at the undersea world with particular focus on its occupants (from seahorses to squids and whales) and the environmental issues that threaten them.Critics Consensus: Blue Planet II s hypnotic beauty is complemented by intense ethical musing, contrasting the micro and the macro in a humbling exploration of humanity s relationship with the ground it stands on.Where to watch it: Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, VuduCommitment: ~6 hours (7 episodes, around 50 minutes each — plus an additional 6.5 hours if you want to watch the original series)Chasing Ice (2012) 96% (National Geographic)(Photo by National Geographic)What it is: Chasing Ice follows a celebrated National Geographic photographer as he documents several years of climate change using time-lapse cameras. Critics called the film “spectacular but depressing” and “the most important documentary of the year.” Chasing Ice is a call to attention — and for some, a call to action.Where to watch it: Amazon, iTunesCommitment: 1 hour 30 minutesFlight of the Butterflies (2012) 100% (SK Films)What it is: If you’re short on time this Earth Day, or on any other binge day, but still want to marvel at the planet’s beauty, look no further than this short but marvelously compelling documentary. Flight of the Butterflies follows the yearlong migration cycle of monarch butterflies from Mexico through the U.S. to Canada and back.Where to watch it: Amazon, iTunes, VuduCommitment: 45 minutesBlackfish (2013) 98% (Magnolia Pictures)What it is: This unforgettable documentary feature rattled the world when it was released in 2013. Blackfish follows the story of a performing orca named Tilikum, highlighting the species’ intelligence and the impact of lifelong captivity. Critics called the film “startling,” “powerful,” and “a troubling exposé of Sea World s hazardous entertainment trade.” It was powerful enough for the amusement park to make several changes.Critics Consensus: Blackfish is an aggressive, impassioned documentary that will change the way you look at performance killer whales.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, Vudu, Netflix, HuluCommitment: 83 minutesThe Ivory Game (2016) 77% (Netflix)What it is: This Netflix documentary (produced by Leonardo DiCaprio) goes undercover to investigate the ivory trade (both illegal and legal), and brings to light the horrific practice of elephant tusk poaching. A call to action for activists and governments alike, The Ivory Game sheds light on and condemns the international ivory trade to prevent the imminent and violent extinction of elephants. Since its release, some of the poachers seen in the film have been apprehended and sentenced to years in prison.Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and ambitious to a fault, The Ivory Game serves as a fittingly urgent call to action against a looming threat against vulnerable wildlife and a fragile ecosystem.Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: 1hour 52 minutesVirunga (2014) 100% (Netflix)What it is: Virunga is titled after Virunga National Park in the Congo — “one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet,” according to the park’s website, and home to an endangered group of mountain gorillas. This Netflix documentary not only aims to capture the wildlife in the national park, but also the dedication of teams aiming to protect it and the militia that target it. A year after Virunga was released, Netflix also provided a behind-the-scenes look at its production, with particular focus on the gorillas it features. Since the documentary’s release just a few years ago, the park has been temporarily closed to the public due to an increase in violence. Critics Consensus: Virunga offers a heart-rending glimpse of natural wonders vulnerable to the atrocities of greed — and the people devoting their lives to defending them.Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: 1 hour 40 minutes (plus 30 extra minutes if you want to watch Virunga: Gorillas in Peril, too)Encounters at the End of the World (2007) 94% (Thinkfilm)What it is: Another legendary voice in the documentary genre alongside Attenborough is German director Werner Herzog. In Encounters at the End of the World, Herzog serves as both narrator and guide on a trip to Antarctica, and the result is a thoughtful (if at times absurd) study of the environment and human nature.Critics Consensus: Encounters at the End of the World offers a poignant study of the human psyche amid haunting landscapes.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, VuduCommitment: 1 hour 40 minutesJane (2017) 98% (National Geographic)What it is: This critically acclaimed National Geographic doc drew from more than 100 hours of previously never-before-seen footage to give viewers an intimate portrait of one of the most famous and beloved conservationists of our time, Jane Goodall. For those familiar with Goodall s work and current activism, Jane will be particularly fascinating, as it transports viewers back to the 1960s when Goodall was in her mid-20s and doing her earliest work observing chimpanzees. The film features a score from composer Philip Glass.Critics Consensus: Jane honors its subject s legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.Where to watch it: Disney+, Amazon, FandangoNow, Hulu, iTunes, VuduCommitment: 1 hour 30 minutesChasing Coral (2017) 100% (Netflix)What it is: After directing Chasing Ice in 2012, Jeff Orlowski turned his focus from the arctic to the ocean with Chasing Coral in 2017. The latter documents coral bleaching and the environmental impact of carbon emissions and pesticides on the reefs. Like many films on this list, this Netflix documentary is a call to consciousness regarding the tangible, quantifiable impacts of global warming.Critics Consensus: Chasing Coral offers a breathtakingly beautiful look at some of the Earth s most incredible natural wonders while delivering a sobering warning about their uncertain future.Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: 1 hour 30 minutesThe Year Earth Changed (2021) 100% (Apple)What it is: This timely documentary narrated by David Attenborough reflects on the past year, during which the COVID-19 pandemic effectively shut down several aspects of everyday life for many of us and, rather unexpectedly, served as an invitation for elements of the natural world to creep back into virtually empty cities. It s a fascinating look at an unprecedented phenomenon and a testament to the resilience of nature. The release of The Year the Earth Changed also coincides with two other Apple TV+ originals: the second seasons of both the Paul Rudd-narrated Tiny World and the Tom Hiddleston-narrated Earth at Night in Color. (We assume you can gather what they re about from their titles.)Where to watch it: Apple TV+Commitment: 48 minutesMarch of the Penguins (2005) 94% (National Geographic)What it is: For viewers of a certain age, March of the Penguins represents their first exposure to nature documentaries. Thanks to some incredible cinematography, a compelling narrative, and the unforgettable voice of Morgan Freeman, the film was a hit at the box office and became a pop culture touchstone, going on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary. The sequel, March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step, can be streamed on Hulu.Critics Consensus: Only the most hardened soul won t be moved by this heartwarming doc.Where to watch it: Tubi, HBO MaxCommitment: 1 hour 20 minutesMy Octopus Teacher (2020) 95% (Netflix)What it is: Rather than a broad, sweeping look at the natural world, My Octopus Teacher instead offers a more intimate story about one man s journey to self discovery, thanks in large part to the unique relationship he forms with you guessed it an octopus. The Oscar-nominated documentary follows South African free diver Craig Foster, who meets an unusually curious octopus during one of his dives and chronicles a year of his experiences bonding with the creature. In the process, Foster learns to appreciate his own life and humanity s crucial ties to nature.Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: 1 hour 24 minutesDavid Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) 95% (Netflix)What it is: As evidenced by this list, Sir David Attenborough has been the elegant, soothing voice behind many of the best nature documentaries ever produced, and his work over the past half century has not only highlighted the most astonishing wonders of our planet but also advocated for a greater dedication to ecological preservation. This documentary narrated by Attenborough himself, of course utilizes his remarkable life as a backdrop to examine how drastically the world has changed during the course of his career, and it serves as his personal witness statement to encourage humanity to fundamentally change its relationship with nature for the greater good.Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: 1 hour 23 minutesOn an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
as Fresh news. Warner Bros. has scheduled Space Jam 2 for July 16, 2021 (the week after Indiana Jones 5).5. REGINA KING TO DIRECT THEATRE ADAPTATION ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)Actress Regina King won an Academy Award earlier this year for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk, but to paraphrase the old saying, maybe what she really wanted to do next was direct. King is now signed to make her feature film directorial debut with an adaptation of the play One Night in Miami The play s setting is the night of February 25th, 1964, when the young boxer Cassius Clay (A.K.A. Mohammad Ali) celebrated his win over Sonny Liston at a motel where he was joined by three other icons of the 1960s: civil rights leader Malcolm X, soul singer Sam Cooke, and Cleveland Browns star player Jim Brown. It should be interesting to see whom Regina King will cast as her four leads. Will Smith starred in Ali, and Denzel Washington starred in Malcolm X, but the long-planned Sam Cooke biopic is still in development.6. NETFLIX BETS BIG ON STAR-DRIVEN THRILLERS RED NOTICE AND KATE (Photo by Frank Masi/Columbia Pictures, Jack English/Summit Entertainment, Clay Enos/Warner Bros.)There was a story this week that reported Netflix may start being more budget conscious about their film and TV projects. That may be, in a big-picture sort of way, but it also came in the same week that news broke about two star-driven Netflix thrillers. Red Notice is the title of a heist thriller that Universal Pictures had previously scheduled for November 13, 2020, with both Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot attached to star. Reportedly, Universal had reservations after the screenplay was turned in, and so the project was picked up by Netflix instead, with Johnson and Gadot now to be joined by Ryan Reynolds. Woody Harrelson also signed on this week to co-star in the assassin thriller Kate, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane). Red Notice will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who earned Rotten scores for We re the Miller and Skyscraper, while Kate will be directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who made his debut with The Huntsman: Winter s War (Rotten at 18%). Neither of the directors inspires much confidence, but we can t deny those casts are impressive.7. UNIVERSAL CASTS ITS INVISIBLE MAN (Photo by Steve Dietl/Netflix)Back when Universal Pictures had ambitious plans for a Dark Universe of reboots of their classic monsters, Johnny Depp had been expected to star in The Invisible Man, but those plans were dropped after the box office disappointment that was 2017 s The Mummy. For a while, there was some confusion over whether or not the movie might be called The Invisible Woman, because Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid s Tale, The West Wing) was described as the film s star. The confusion was cleared up slightly this week as Blumhouse and Universal has cast relative newcomer Oliver Jackson-Cohen (of Netflix s The Haunting of Hill House) as the title character in The Invisible Man. Univesal has scheduled The Invisible Man for March 13, 2020, up against another monster movie, Godzilla vs Kong. One of the other co-stars in The Invisible Man will be 16-year-old Storm Reid (12 Years a Slave, A Wrinkle in Time), who this week also joined The Suicide Squad (8/6/2021) as the daughter of Idris Elba s character.Rotten Idea2. MOMO INTERNET HOAX TO GET ITS OWN MOVIE(Photo by DOUGBERRY/Getty Images)It seems longer ago than 2018, but last year, stories started appearing online about the Momo Challenge, which reportedly encouraged children and teeangers to put themselves in dangerous or injurious situations. The character called Momo was actually a Japanese sculpture called Mother Bird (but really, it most resembles Geena Davis in some scenes from Beetlejuice). Orion Pictures (of the recent Child s Play reboot) is now teaming up with producer Roy Lee (IT, The Ring) to develop a horror film based on the Momo challenge. The decision to adapt an Internet meme seems similar to Sony PIctures choice last year to release a film based on Slender Man, which ended up earning a very low Rotten score at just 7%.1. LOOK WHO S REMAKING LOOK WHO S TALKING(Photo by TriStar Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)Amy Heckerling s 1989 comedy Look Who s Talking (Rotten at 59%) was followed in 1990 by Look Who s Talking Too (Rotten at 14%), and in 1993 by Look Who s Talking Now (Rotten at 0%). John Travolta and Kirstie Alley starred in those movies about talking babies and, in the third movie, talking dogs. Despite those critical drubbings, Sony Pictures is now developing a Look Who s Talking reboot to be written and directed by Jeremy Garelick, whose 2015 comedy The Wedding Ringer earned a Rotten score at 27%. It s not yet known if Bruce Willis or any of the other voice actors might return for the reboot (but probably not).Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Marvel Studios gave their fans an extra treat for the debut of its first weekly television series, WandaVision: two full episodes! There may be a reason for this decision buried in the plot, or it may just have to do with the first two episodes being in black white, but it also means getting a better sense of the series as the second episode begins a tonal shift from the premiere.Of course, that tonal shift seems to be a big part of the story as WandaVision both has a point its trying to get to with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and honor family sitcoms across the history of television.Keeping in mind the death of Vision (Paul Bettany) in Avengers: Infinity War, Wanda s heroics in Avengers: Endgame, and the fact that she will be integral to upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, let s dive into what we ve seen of the series so far and discover what we can about the mystery at its core and how it fits within Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Spoiler Alert: The following reveals details about the first two episodes of WandaVision. Stop reading here if you have not watched the episodes.WandaVision Sets Its Action in an Early Sitcom-Styled Idyllic WorldNewly married Wanda and Vision arrive in the community of Westview, and settle in. Like wacky sitcoms of the late 50s and early 60s, they have secrets they need to keep from their neighbors: Wanda is telekinetic and Vision is a synthoid. Not that those facts stop them from integrating into Westview life. Vision already has a job at a computing firm and Wanda has a dream kitchen. There issues to be addressed, of course.The remainder of episode one introduces next door neighbor Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) and Vision s boss, Mr. Hart (Fred Melamed) and his wife (Debra Jo Rupp). The couple questions their own oddities, but generally accept their reality.Meanwhile, somewhere outside of Westview, the events of the WandaVision pilot are observed.In episode 2, Wanda and Vision prepare for their magic act in the Westview talent show and their day s errands. Vision wants to meet with the neighborhood watch while Wanda is off to meet with the local women s club.The episode introduces the neighborhood watch — little more than an excuse for the men to gossip — including Herb (David Payton). At the women s club, Wanda meets Dottie (Emma Caulfield Ford) and Geraldine (Teyonah Parris). After Wanda and Dottie have a heated moment, a nearby radio switches from the Beach Boys Help Me, Rhonda to a voice directly asking Wanda if he can hear him.Celebrating their magic show success, the pair return home and, quite suddenly, Wanda is pregnant. Hearing a ruckus, the two Avengers notice a beekeeper (with that sword logo on his uniform) emerging from a manhole cover in the street. Wanda finds this unacceptable and rewinds events to just a few moments before. In the safety of their house, Vision reassures her, and the world turns to color. As their sitcom world closes with The End and a Please stand by graphic, an urgent voice comes on: Wanda? Who s doing this to you, Wanda? Wanda? How the Series Pays Tribute to Classic TV As It Unravels a Deeper Marvel MysteryThe series is plastered in references to television history. Episode 1 takes many of its cues from shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, and Leave It to Beaver. The most direct comparisons come from Dick Van Dyke with the kitchen looking like a near replica of the one Mary Tyler Moore ruled on that sitcom. The plot of the episode — mistaken communication leading to trouble with Vision s boss — has the feel of something you might see on any of those shows, even if Vision s job is purposely vague both to us and himself.Curiously enough, an attempt was made to use vintage production techniques to give the episode more of an authentic late-1950s feel. It works really well and underscores the moment when Wanda and Vision are confronted by their imprecise memories. Once Mr. Hart starts choking on his dinner, the 50s lightning, compositions, and editing disappear until Wanda finally tells Vision to help his boss.It is worth pointing out as that same breaking of sitcom reality is not replicated in episode 2, which takes a very pointed amount of inspiration from Bewitched. The animated credit sequence directly emulates the classic TV sitcom and the set has been realigned to resemble that show s continuous first-floor locales, particularly the kitchen. Running from 1964 to 1972, Bewitched told the tale of Samantha Stevens, a witch by birth, and her buttoned-down husband Darren. Despite wanting to make it in the world by his own talents, Sam cannot help but use her powers to solve some of their problems. The parallels are obvious, even if the episode s actual plot feels less like Bewitched and something more tailored to Wanda and Vision s circumstances, which may be why the humor feels fresher than in the first episode.Also, since we noticed how well the first episode replicated the feel of 1950s sitcoms, episode 2 does an interesting job replicating the look of Bewitched, which began its life in black white and was known to use location filming in its early run. The style is evident here, although the film look of Bewitched is not carried over thanks to modern digital videotape cameras and the frame-rate change the new technology brought with it. This is especially true in the location shots, although it could be argued those more modern-looking scenes underscore Wanda real circumstances.What We Know About WandaVision′s Mystery So FarWhich brings us to the series apparent key mystery: Is all of this Wanda s doing? Her ability to literally rewind events in episode 2 — and her flat rejection of the beekeeper — suggests she is behind all of this. (Though Marvel comic book readers may recall what the logo stands for, we ll avoid spoilers and let the series reveal the answer.) But the message on Dottie s radio also offers the option that someone may be inducing all of this. If the latter is true, what could be the end goal of sticking Wanda in a sitcom reality? The refrain for the children offers one unsettling possibility.Meanwhile, the desperation to fit in, the careful edits of Vision s persona to make a more stereotypical TV husband, and the way she often runs out of answers stand as credible evidence that, perhaps, she did all of this on a whim to finally process her grief. It almost makes you wonder if the day Vision died is August 23.That also leads to another interesting question: who are the citizens of Westview? In the first episode, they seem to be part of the illusion. But the personalities of Herb and Dottie in episode 2 suggests Westview is a real place with real people. Are they being co-opted to function in Wanda s vision or are they also dead people she (or the outside force control this) is reviving to better create this idealized suburban life?One other option: the townsfolk are the outside putting pressure on Wanda to live this dream life, even if the real facts about her relationship with Vision means he is the grandest illusion of all. OK, maybe it is the baby — that, of course, remains to be seen.Also, while we re asking questions, we have to consider the people in the commercials. The none-too-subtle references to Stark and Strucker are funny, but also a clear invasion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into Westview. Are they part of this or just another manifestation of whatever is happening to Wanda?New episodes of WandaVision premiere on Fridays on Disney+.
In 2019, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating with a series of features that look back at the brightest moments on screen of the past two decades – and one year – and the things that have us excited for the future. Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating its 21st year in existence! But we didn t get here alone. Nope, RT exists because of you, the fans, and the critics whose invaluable work makes up our Tomatometer. To kick off the start of our birthday celebrations, we ve gone and gathered up majorly fun facts and stats about RT that we ve accrued since 1998! (Note: All Tomatometer factoids are accurate up until February 26, 2019.)1. Total Number Of Reviews Featured on RT: 1,106,872 For Movies; 99,616 For TV(Photo by Walt Disney Co./courtesy Everett Collection)Last month, we hit the major million milestone for movies! It only took 21 years, eight office moves, and, conservatively, 50,000 cups of coffee. In 2013, we began collecting and adding TV and streaming reviews, and though we re still a ways away from hitting a million, we re hopeful that the legend of a trove of Law Order reviews buried in the Hollywood Hills proves true.2. Number of Tomatometers Generated: 25,688 For Movies, 1,625 For TVIt takes five reviews to generate an initial Tomatometer score for movies and TV shows. This has happened 27,313 times on Rotten Tomatoes, so far. Would you believe it never gets less thrilling?3. Average Tomatometer For All Movies: 62%(Photo by Columbia Pictures Television/courtesy Everett Collection)That number is proof that people generally do set out to make good movies – and succeed – or at least not make one that would get laughed out of theaters. And it s proof that critics come not with knives drawn, but with the hope that a discovery will be made that everyone needs to know about.4. Average Tomatometer For All Movies (With At Least 20 Reviews Each): 65%And the average percentage goes up if you add a 20-review minimum, suggesting that a movie that s generated enough interest to get rated professionally 20 times has something to warrant it getting that far. And why 20 reviews? That s the number when a movie becomes eligible for our patented, pithy Critics Consensus write-ups.5. Unlikely Celebrity Inspiration For Rotten Tomatoes: Jackie Chan(Photo by New Line/courtesy Everett Collection)Site creator Senh Duong was famously inspired to start Rotten Tomatoes in 1998 after searching for reviews of Jackie Chan movies which, like all reviews at the time, sat uncollected across disparate corners of the internet. Rumble in the Bronx had released nationwide in 1996, which got Duong looking for reviews of Chan s other imports: Supercop, Twin Dragons, and First Strike. Two years later, on August 18, 1998, Rotten Tomatoes went live.6. Unlikely Movie Inspiration For Rotten Tomatoes Name: LÃ©olo (1992) 90%The name Rotten Tomatoes came to Duong while watching the fantasy film Leolo, from 1992, about a boy who imagines himself to be the offspring of an Italian peasant and a giant tomato. It is, appropriately, Fresh.7. First Movie to Ever Get a Tomatometer: Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) 77%After the founding of RT, the first movie to officially get a Tomatometer was Your Friends Neighbors, Neil LaBute s modern tale of urbane immorality. It even went Certified Fresh, currently sitting at 77%! The critics consensus reads that though it may strike some viewers as cold and unpleasant, it s also an incisive critique of sexual politics wrapped up in scathing black comedy. Truly, a light and pleasant start to Rotten Tomatoes dominion.8. Oldest Movie With A Tomatometer: A Trip to the Moon (1902) 100%(Photo by Courtesy the Everett Collection)Georges Méliès little sci-fi epic, which generated cinema s first iconic image in The Man in the Moon with a rocket ship embedded in his right eye. Trip is 100% on the Tomatometer, but at nine reviews, it doesn t meet the 20-review threshold to be eligible for a critics consensus. Look, just give it another 117 years, will ya?9. Number of Certified Fresh Movies: 3,310; Number of Certified Fresh TV Seasons: 715The Certified Fresh label is the greatest designation on Rotten Tomatoes. We have 196,013 movies in our database, which means your movie has a historic 1.69% chance of becoming Certified Fresh. Meanwhile, there are a total of 14,333 listed TV seasons knocking around on the site, equaling a much-friendlier 5% chance of a TV season being Certified Fresh.10. Oldest Movie To Be Certified Fresh: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) 99%What s it take to become Certified Fresh? For movies, it s having a 75% Tomatometer score after 40 reviews (or 80, if you re a modern wide release), with five of those coming from Top Critics. Caligari, with its gaunt German Expressionism theatrics, is the oldest movie to qualify for that prestigious designation, and is considered one best horror movies ever made to this day. (It s #2 on our list of the 150 Best Horror Movies.)11. Oldest TV Series With A Tomatometer: The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes 100%Are we detecting some kind of moon motif when it comes to these oldest milestones on Rotten Tomatoes? The Jackie Gleason classic show lasted only one season (or 39 episodes) but it s endured thanks to its assorted catchphrases and its historical significance as the first major depiction of the working class in sitcoms.12. Number of 100% Movies (With At Least 20 Reviews): 332You could watch nearly a different perfectly-rated movie every day for a year, taking in some stone-cold masterpieces like Citizen Kane, Seven Samurai, and Repulsion, and contemporary classics like Before Sunrise, Toy Story 2, and Leave No Trace. And at the rate these kinds of movies are cropping up, you could likely fill up a 365-day watching schedule by 2020.13. 100% Movie With The Most Reviews: Paddington 2 (2017) 99%(Photo by Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection)The most lovable bear in all of cinema, at least until Annihlation came out. Just last year Paddington, this genteel beacon of hope in cynical times, and his movie usurped the best-reviewed crown from Toy Story 2, which had had the distinction since 1999. Lady Bird was also able to briefly do the same, before it was felled by its first Rotten review.14. Number of 99% Movies (With At Least 20 Reviews): 45So you just made a movie and it didn t hit 100%. After your feeling of debilitating failure leaves the body, would you be willing to accept the second-best percentage on the site? Members of the 99 Club include hunger-inducing Jiro Dreams of Sushi, indie breakthroughs (Lady Bird, Eighth Grade), something from Pixar (Finding Nemo), horror classics (Aliens, Rosemary s Baby), and Metropolis, whose sole Rotten review comes from a 1926 issue of Variety.15. Number of 60% Movies (With At Least 20 Reviews): 131Better not catch y all slippin , because one percentage point drop and these movies are in Rotten! Some movie fans may be shocked to learn which films the sword of Damocles hangs so perilously over, like Rush Hour or Mystery Men. Then there are other movies, like the primal and basic 300, for which a 60% feels juuuuust right.16. Number of 59% movies (With At Least 20 Reviews): 91So close to Freshness! Some 91 movies – with at least 20 reviews – are right on the cusp of being Fresh, which of course didn t stop the likes of Mr. Mrs. Smith and Oz the Great and Powerful from being boffo box office smashes. Included in this pile of barely Rotten movies are enduring 90s trash classics (Deep Blue Sea), literal trash (Trash Humpers), failed prestige pics (The Front Runner, Concussion), and of course a later-period Liam Neeson action movie (Run All Night).17. Number of 1% movies (With At Least 20 Reviews): 5(Photo by Freestyle Releasing/courtesy Everett Collection)Getting a Tomatometer score of 1% is probably the most difficult ignoble feat to achieve on Rotten Tomatoes. Not only do you have to get enough reviews for it to be mathematically possible, you have to count on only one or two critics willing to come forward to say they liked it. Let s give a hand to Alone in the Dark, Left Behind, Daddy Day Camp, Twisted, and Disaster Movie!18. Number of 0% Movies (With At Least 20 Reviews): 36It takes a lot of effort to make a movie. It takes a lot of effort to get critics to review it. And it takes a lot of effort for all of them to hate it. Jaws: The Revenge, Mac and Me, Bucky Larson shine on, you crazy diamonds.19. 0% Movie With The Most Reviews: Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) 0%The title doesn t make any sense and it only goes downhill from there. The incomprehensible spy-thriller starred Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu and came out in 2002, a year when their careers were peak enough that neither had any reason to make this movie. To date, 117 critics have been able to re-assemble their shattered minds after experiencing Ballistic to submit Rotten reviews. Meanwhile, back in 2017 we celebrated the movie s 15th anniversary with some cake:
(Photo by @ Paramount, @ Warner Bros. Pictures, @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ HBO, @ Amazon )Warning: The below contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.It’s hard to imagine anyone besides Robert Downey Jr. playing our beloved Iron Man — the wise-cracks, the cockiness, the chemistry with Pepper, and that ability to break us in half with grief in the end. In truth, however, the most pitch-perfect casting in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost did not come to be. RDJ, as his Avengers castmates call him, was not Marvel’s first choice to play the billionaire/genius/playboy/philanthropist/superhero.The Oscar-nominated star was always known to be talented, but he wasn t a mega-star. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige once told Rotten Tomatoes that back then, the actor was one of the best actors on the planet — [not] necessarily one of the biggest marquee stars on the planet. And at the time of his casting — think back to the mid-2000s — quite a few other A-listers were hoping to don the iconic red and gold suit. An impassioned plea from director Jon Favreau and casting director Sarah Halley Finn to the studio brass was what finally persuaded them to move forward with Downey Jr. In a different world, without that push, Iron Man might have been played by Tom Cruise, who was associated with the project for years.That’s right: Tony Stark was nearly played by the Top Gun star!We may like to think the actors who play ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ are irreplaceable, but many of their now-synonymous roles nearly went to other actors. Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, and Chris Pratt were all accomplished actors before their MCU debuts, but none had the worldwide recognition they have now, following 22 films and billion at the global box office. Their casting was a risk in many ways – but one that paid off. If not for talented casting agents, circumstance, and a little luck, the final battle in Avengers: Endgame might have looked very different indeed.As Endgame continues its global box office domination, on track to be the highest-grossing film ever, let s take a look back at what might have been. Here are 10 Avengers castings that could have totally changed the MCU — and perhaps some other franchises.Black Widow, Played by Emily Blunt(Photo by @Warner Bros. Pictures, Merrick Morton/©Paramount, )This is about as near an actual casting as you can get. It s not hard to picture the Edge of Tomorrow star decked out in Natasha s black spandex and sporting her red locks, but contractual obligations and, oddly enough, Meryl Streep thwarted the plan to cast Emily Blunt. When she signed onto The Devil Wears Prada, Blunt had to agree to a two-picture deal. Fox invoked the clause for Jack Black s Gulliver s Travels, and the English actress was forced to turn down the role of the Russian spy who joined the MCU in Iron Man 2. Scarlett Johansson is Black Widow, and we wouldn t have it any other way, but given how fantastic Blunt was as Rita Vrataski it does make us pause to ponder what if Captain America, Played by John KrasinskiIf nearly having Mary Poppins in black spandex was a jaw-dropper, imagine having Jim Halpert from The Office sporting the star and shield. Since the NBC comedy went off the air in 2013, John Krasinski has done quite a bit of action work. He may be Jack Ryan now in Amazon s series of the same name, but the idea of him playing Captain America in 2011 was harder to picture. Evans was always Marvel s top choice, but he famously turned down the role — twice. While Evans was waffling on the part, the studio proceeded with Kransinski until he and Chris Hemsworth s abs (according to the video above) decided that it was not gonna happen.Doctor Strange, Played by Joaquin Phoenix(Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection, @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Joaquin Phoenix s first foray into comic-book movies, Todd Phillips Joker, has fans almost hyperventilating — but in a different universe, he might have already had some experience in the genre. Back in 2014, it was reported that Phoenix was in final talks to play the sorcerer supreme. Many supposed at the time that the indie favorite turned down the role of Stephen Strange, which eventually went to Benedict Cumberbatch, because he was not interested in big-budget action flicks. (Guessing they must not have seen Gladiator.) In truth, the Walk the Line actor recently admitted that he enjoys some of the MCU films and he isn t a cinephile or snob; in reference to his brush with Doctor Strange, he said, I think everybody was really happy with how things turned out. Iron Man, played by Nicolas Cage(Photo by Patti Perret/©Alchemy/Courtesy Everett Collection, ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection)When Iron Man was in early development in the 1990s, many at Marvel wanted Tom Cruise to play the role, and it was not the most out-of-left-field casting idea for the character who would become the heart of the Avengers. But believe it or not, Nicolas Cage was also once part of the Tony Stark conversation. A name that invariably pops up with just about every superhero film adaptation — or did at the time — Cage was approached to play everything from the Scarecrow to Superman, and even the Green Goblin. The unabashed comic book obsessive did get to play a superhero in Ghost Rider. While it would be a fun novelty to picture him with the glowing core heart and hear him spouting Tony s clever quips, we feel the the leather-clad flaming-skull bounty hunter for the damned was an infinitely better fit for Cage s over-the-top antics.The Hulk, Played by Edward Norton (again)(Photo by ©Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)Can you have a reverse near-casting? Edward Norton played the Green Rage Monster and the mild-mannered scientist in the standalone Incredible Hulk film, but was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the first Avengers team-up. Rumors abounded, of course, with some speculating there was a rift between the American History X actor and Marvel. Marvel Studios co-president Feige released a statement before The Avengers cast was announced at Comic-Con in 2011 that put any speculation to bed: Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble. So Norton was out and Ruffalo in. According to Ruffalo s retelling, he didn t find out until moments before the convention. Had things gone another way, and Norton stayed on as Banner, perhaps fewer people would be confused as to why The Incredible Hulk is officially part of the MCU.Drax, Played by Jason Momoa(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection, @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)No one seemed happier that Jason Momoa was playing Aquaman than Jason Momoa, but he nearly took on an MCU role before picking up the trident. The role of the ultra-literal Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy catapulted Dave Bautista from WWE star to movie megastar, and, according to the former wrestler, he had to fight for it —and was terrified of auditioning. Momoa, who had just wrapped playing the hulking Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones when the movie was being cast, said he was tired of playing brutes and looking out for different roles. After auditioning, our future Aquaman therefore passed on Drax, opening the door for Bautista. Momoa has since said the role of of Drax the Destroyer was perfectly cast. Thor, Played by Liam Hemsworth(Photo by Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)The Thor casting process was a real family affair. Before he played Gale in The Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth was on the shortlist to portray the Asgardian God of Thunder. He got to the final four, and Liam joked in a late-night interview that he bombed the last audition. His failure did, however, help his brother snag the part. After Liam s failed test, the two exchanged notes on what they were looking for in the part. Sir Kenneth Branagh was impressed with the older brother s audition, and the relatively unknown Aussie actor was deemed the only one worthy to wield Mjolnir – for a time.Spider-Man, Played by Timothée Chalamet According to Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, every up-and-coming young male actor auditioned for the role of Spider-Man. Lucas Hedges, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff all read for the part, but the New York-born Chalamet, who loved the character growing up, was for a time fixated on becoming the iconic web-slinger. While promoting Call Me By Your Name, he recounted his final audition for Spider-Man: Homecoming. “I read twice, and I left sweating in a total panic,” Chalamet said. “I called my agent and I said, ‘I thought about this a lot, and I have to go back and knock on that door and read again,’ and he told me the story of Sean Young and how in an attempt to become Catwoman [she] had scared everyone away when she showed up at the studio gates in costume.” Persuaded not to let his fandom overtake his better judgment, Chalamet left, and Holland was cast instead.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Avengers: Endgame (with actual cast) is in theaters everywhere 《英雄联盟》在国内上线到现在已经陪伴我们度过了十年岁月，作为一个90后的玩家，我清晰记得还在上学的那个年纪，每当放学和休假，总要约上几个好兄弟来一场网吧五连坐，后来步入社会后也一直关注着赛事，一旦抽出时间，肯定会迫不及待的打开游戏，呼朋唤友打上两局解解馋，我想很多人和我一样，对电竞、对《英雄联盟》的热情从未消退，至少对我来说，《英雄联盟手游》的推出无疑是今年手游方面最大的惊喜，我所热爱的，通过手机平台又回到了我的生活里，无论是在旅行的途中还是下班的路上，只要闲暇之余都可以拿出手机玩上一局，就像官方宣传说的那样，随时随地，英雄联盟！