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Top 10 Movies of 1983

Number 10.  –  Return of the JediImage result for return of the jedi original poster

For those who said that Star Wars really jumped ship with The Phantom Menace & The Force Awakens did exact same thing as the first movie are completely nostalgia blind. The Jubba The Hut story arc filler, pandering dialog about Force & Darkside, the completely childish fucking Ewoks, the incompetent rebuilding of the Death Star going off to battle, and worst of all the reviled incest between Luke and Lea made this a poor film to watch. This is without a doubt the most poorly written film of the original trilogy and just BARELY makes it to the Top 10 movies of 1983 because there’s hardly any good movies that came out of the year 1983. You can tell that George Lucas wanted to get this trilogy over with and just wanted to do a remake of Star Wars 1977, but on steroids and better production. Flashy-special effects and fast-paced action can impress anyone, but Star Wars gets special treatment because it’s in everyone’s childhood (sarcasm).  I’ve already examined why this movie is completely fails and it’s only up to you Star Wars fans to learn to accept that this movie (and all the rest that is not Empire Strikes Back) are not as great as you proclaim it to be or remember and learn to finally grow up and learn that there are better things to do with your life than wasting it on Star Wars, a franchise that you love, but really hates you, as a fan.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Star Wars SUCKS! (And Why You Should Quit Being A Fan)

Image result for star wars overratedIf there’s anything in this universe that is so overrated that it just won’t go away, I can’t think of a better pick than a multimedia franchise called Star Wars. Exposure and never ending discussions about a lore that has overtly dramatic characterizations, contrived storytelling, & misguided direction has VERY little to offer to those who wants substance.  For all the problems that Star Wars continues to repeat itself (for decades even now), its biggest sin is that it is responsible from stealing the attention to all other movies & franchises who deservedly needs.  Why does Star Wars have such poor quality of storytelling and is so beloved that its past the borderline of being a separate religion? I can always pick an answer of the fans of the franchise’s life being so boring and they refused to stop acting like children (or even grow up) wishing that it were real since.  Sometimes you get so attached to nostalgia that it hurts to see that so many fans everywhere have no realization that it’s just a series of sub-par fiction and poor execution.  The fact that there’s an estimation as 1/3 of the human race whom all fall into this category in which I’ve established shows how very little intelligence the public already has.  I suppose putting bright visuals and fast-paced action on the screen would make idiot fascinated. All it takes is one bad movie from under the name of Star Wars and then everyone jumped ship & then idiotically come back for more dissapointment. I’m here to tell you that I’ve already seen the bullshit under the flashy, special effects for decades now and you need to read this article to not only now discover that this whole entity is all bullshit, but you just could invest more of your time on even better things than Star Wars.  I do admit that I’ve been into the ridiculous conversations about Star Wars, but that’s only because everyone has nothing better to talk about when it comes to discussing anything that’s fiction. But I’ve been debating about Star Wars for far too long that I’m here to show you everything that you love about Star Wars, is just completely sub-par execution in comparison to the many fictional stories that came after it and especially before the first movie.

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Top 10 Movies of 1982

Image result for dark crystal posterNumber 10.  –  Dark Crystal

Jim Henson demonstrates him and his team could create complex puppets the likes of The Muppets could only dream. Henson builds wildly creative and superbly detailed puppets for his main characters and side characters in this all puppet made movie. Henson was clearly a fantasy visionary, crafting wondrous tales of magic and otherworldly locations. The Dark Crystal holds up on the merits of its dark atmosphere, imaginative puppetry, unique world and lore building, thoughtful storytelling, and loving natural romance. The Dark Crystal does not exactly compare to Henson’s later masterpiece Labyrinth, but The Dark Crystal will keep you guessing. Twists and turns with deadly situations will thrill children of all ages, while thoroughly delighting their parents. I highly recommend The Dark Crystal for an afternoon or nighttime watch with the family. It’s a blast with fantastic sets, props, and puppets. On the other hand, I think Jim Henson bit off more than he could chew when he decided to make this movie because of the restrictions of puppets from the 80’s. The plot just didn’t make any sense. I feel like there wasn’t enough backstory. I also wouldn’t suggest letting kids watch this since the main character is terrifying.

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Top 10 Movies of 1981

Image result for fox and the hound posterNumber 10.  – The Fox & The Hound

This is one of those best known stories of friendship and hard decisions we have to make in the future. While I still think the movie should’ve killed off that one dog by the end of the second act in order to make the vengeance be a little convincing, it doesn’t make the movie fall flat.  How what does make this entry of Disney’s library weak is that the plot is pretty standard and predictable, but there’s this charm to it. I can’t quite explain, but this film has a unique charm. The animation of course is nicely done, and Todd and Copper are cute little scamps. Their friendship is cute and enjoyable, and even if the story is standard, it does tackle some moderately serious stuff. We have these two characters that desperately want to be friends but are torn apart and ruled by the roles in society that the universe has permanently placed them in, therefore it’s very sad to see Copper seriously hunt Todd down, but very relieving when they protect each other in the end. This film still stands strong with a message to all that true friendship can overcome all differences and obstacles! Perhaps if more children watched this movie they would learn to appreciate each other’s differences!

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Top 10 Movies of 1980

Image result for movies 1980The 1980s is perhaps the most vocal nostalgic era of all time. The only close contender of another decade being as vocal as the 80s would be the 1990s, but many things that was released out from the era of 1980 all the way through the end of 1989 has been severely remembered. Even those who were never alive in this new era are familiar with the cartoons, video games, movies, music and other entertainment coming out of this decade because the media has countless resurrections of these old products by making re-releases, remakes, & references using many brands to continue lasting their longevity appeal & legacy. As for movies, even Hollywood executives working in the business today are yearning to make these childhood icons and live up to the legacy by making remakes and countless re-releases.  There’s no double that the appeal of 1980s movies are so damn iconic that it can’t be beaten. Here on TheTopLister, we’re going to begin getting more nostalgic lists by starting a series of the 1980s video games, music, and movie lists starting from 1980 all the way to the end of 1989.

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Top 10 Movies of the 2000s

Image result for movies 2000sCinema in the 2000s was some of the more interesting decade of films. This was around the time where CGI became the norm and instantly, so many films that were considered “un-filmable” finally making it into the big picture. I will always remember films in the 2000s decade for the renaissance of comic book movies, the return to fantasy films (that was absent in the 1990s), international films making more success than ever before, and the serious case of sequelitus (More movie sequels than any decade ever). Of course, it is expected to find plenty of bad films from any decade and 2000s is no different. The down side about movies in the 2000s is that practical effects and traditional animation reached it decline (thanks to CGI), Hollywood ran out of original ideas, many action movies attempting to do what Matrix has accomplished, and too many unnecessary sequels. I did enjoy what this 2000s had to offer in films and I showed ten best movies of each year in the 2000s.

Top 10 Movies of 2000
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Top 10 Movies of 2002
Top 10 Movies of 2003
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Top 10 Movies of 2005
Top 10 Movies of 2006
Top 10 Movies of 2007
Top 10 Movies of 2008
Top 10 Movies of 2009

The positives about movies in the 2000s is that there was a lot less risk involved. Anybody who’s anybody could go ahead and watch these films as long as it has a decent trailer that interests them. Just like music in the 2000s, technologically movies has evolved as well. The decade started with DVD’s being the norm and then becoming available for download (possibly for pirating) just like mp3s. Though a lot of filmmakers who got their fame from the 90s stuck around giving their best efforts, many old faces in the movie world remain relevant and nothing drastically changed much throughout the decade of films. So here I am to give you the ten best movies released in the 2000s!

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Top 10 Movies of 2009

Number 10.  –  Star Trek

J.J. Abrams brings his A-Game to directing this re-imaginging of the beloved “Star Trek” Universe of films and tv series’. With a story that is not anything new, it is told brilliantly in this film, which makes it so much better. The visuals are out of this world insane, and the casting choices are absolutely perfect. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto share some of the best on-screen chemistry in recent years, portraying the leads of Kirk and Spock. Eric Bana is also impressive as Nero, the villain, who may be one-dimentional, but his acting ability brings his character to new heights. This is a very well-directed and well-produced reboot and one of my personal favourite “Star Trek” films ever made. I loved it from start to finish and I just wanted more when the credits started. Highly recommended for Trekkies of the old generations and regular film fans alike.  The last 10 years have been big on reboots and remakes, and this is one of, if not, the best of them all. It took something that when I was younger I considered boring, and made it enthralling, interesting, and very entertaining. I know some big trekkies that really liked it, but had a lot of hang ups on some issues. But then again all reboots will have that. If you haven’t watched this or any “Trek” movies, IMO, this is a great jumping off point. It made me want to go back and watch some of the older movies, and excited for the future films. Great movie, worth a watch or a revisit.

Number 9.  –  Avatar

James Cameron was once regarded as the thinking man’s action director. Along with Paul Verhoeven, he was the man you could turn to if you wanted to argue that action movies didn’t have to be stupid, obnoxious or driven entirely by special effects. Whether it was the time paradoxes of the Terminator series or the gender politics of Aliens, you were pretty certain to both thrilled and in some small way challenged by a James Cameron action movie. A related problem with Avatar is that it is drinking from not one, but two poisoned chalices. In other words, it is attempting to tackle two kinds of stories which American filmmaking has been historically inept at telling: stories about American settlers encountering natives, and stories about Man destroying the environment. Disney’s Pocahontas is contrived and misjudged, Dances with Wolves is stony-faced and often dull, and even Terrence Malick came a cropper when he attempted a revisionist Pocahontas tale with The New World. And that’s before we get to the long parade of bad environmental films, including Once Upon A Forest, Ferngully and A Troll in Central Park. If the film was merely so predictable, this could be tolerated. If the story and characters brought nothing new to the table, we could accept Avatar as a generic but technically accomplished genre piece and move on. But the cliché-ridden story is made worse by how long and baggy the film is, taking more than two-and-a-half hours to tell a story that would barely stretch to an hour. Cameron cut his teeth under exploitation maestro Roger Corman, but ever since Piranha II he has steadily spurned the master’s training about efficient storytelling on a low budget. An amazing spectacle, but a dull story. Exotic animals and amazing sights can keep one entertained only so long, and this movie heavily leans on that for two hours and thirty minutes.

Number 8.  –  Sherlock Holmes

Holmes is back, and he’s reincarnate for the twenty-first century. Robert Downey Jr. plays the charming and unique detective as he is thrown into a conspiracy by his “forever” love. Great storyline, compeling characters, and interesting directing, Sherlock Holmes will keep you entertained to the last scene. Sherlock Holmes is a stylistic take on a classic character, and it really works. As Lord Blackwood rises from his grave, he is on the loose, creating many obstacles for Holmes (and his partner Watson) to beat. The story is very well told, the writing is perfect, the cinematography is noticeably well-crafted, and the action is pretty good. The only downfall of this film is that the characters are already in pursuit and know what they are doing, we never really get backstories for either of the leads, which would have been a very nice touch. At times the film seems to drag on, but in the end, it is a very entertaining and action-packed, “old-time” detective picture. Sherlock Holmes is a hit! However, there is something quite bothersome about yet updated addition to Sherlock Holmes. It wasn’t exactly going at a speedy pace, and didn’t hesitate to occasionally drag on. It has been a few years, and maybe I’d enjoy it now, but most recollection of it was that it was long and tiresome.

Number 7.  –  Moon

I’m so fascinated by this movie. It is trying to be a lot like 2001, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It comes nowhere close, but it’s in the same general area. It’s one of those thought provoking and intellgient sci-fi films that are more about existential issues and not visceral mayhem. In a way, this is a welcome relief. The movie does feel a little underbaked though, but the potential for greatness is definitely there. There is a lack of scientific realism, and the movie kind of feels a little pointless and inconsequential, but there’s some interesting stuff going on here. Don’t expect it to be realistic, and try to be cool with a fair amount of filler, and you’ll probably like this movie. There’s not much plot, and not much action, but that didn’t bother me. It has a dark unnerving atmosphere to it, and mood and tension are the main proprieties here anyway. The visual scheme and set direction are really nice, and Sam Rockwell does a great job. He basically has to. He’s gotta carry the whole film essentially. Kevin Spacey lends his voice, but he’s not heard as much as you might think. This is not a film for everyone. Like I said, there’s a good amount of filler, it’s not super slow, but it’s not fast paced, either. Also, not a lot happens, and most of the focus is on one guy being bored and getting involved with an eerie mystery. If you want a different type of sci-fi movie though, then check this one out. It’s a spiritual relative to movies like 2001 and Solaris, but it’s a bit more accessible.

Number 6.  –  The Road

The Road is such a bleak and depressing movie to watch and it should be. The world that the father-son characters are put into is as bleak as any I have seen in a movie. The two characters move south and must watch out for cannibals and have to be suspicious of everyone. They search for food and are lucky when they are able to find crumbs on an old diners table. There’s very little happiness to be found in The Road. For a majority of the running time, nothing much happens. A father and son walk through a desolate America in search for coast line and from there, who knows. They have to battle the elements, their hunger and the few survivors they encounter. All they have is each other and a pistol with two bullets in it. The film does have some absolutely devastating scenes; one of which almost brought me to tears and I don’t tear up easily from movies. The Road at a huge effect on me. As I watched this movie, I realized just how nice I have it and that I wouldn’t last a day trying to live the way these characters do. Much like the Proposition, this is a feel bad film. The dread that Hillcoat is able to convey is extremely powerful. But don’t expect it to not ruin your evening.

Number 5.  –  The Princess And The Frog

This movie is without a doubt one of my favourites even if it is a relatively new one. I prefer 2D animation to 3D and have always thought that Disney did it better when they did it old school. Aside from the throw back to the old animantion style, it was genuinely refreshing to see the heroine of the story (who stereotypically did become a princess at the end, as we all expected) was a well rounded, hard working woman with the independence and drive to actually do something rather than sleep all day in a tower waiting for her happily ever after to come looking for her. I loved all the characters, as well as the music and setting. This film feels like a classic Disney film in every way, but incorporates a new southern twist to an old tale. The animation is really enjoyable and keeps to it’s traditional style and although the story line is predictable, it’s what you expect from a Disney film; a happily ever after.

Number 4.  –  Inglorious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino returns with the story of the Basterds, a group of Jewish soldiers performing guerilla warfare and terror tactics behind enemy lines to strike fear into the hearts of German soldiers during World War II. Inglourious Basterds is a very difficult film to pigeonhole. It’s part Jewish revenge fantasy, part gung ho war film, part knowing parody of patriotic flag wavers and 100% Tarantino. His trademark patchwork of styles and references is as evident as ever; the opening scenes are pure Leone, turns into The Dirty Dozen and then zig zags off on tangents all over the place. It’s impossible not to enjoy a film with this premise (unless you are a closet Fourth Reicher or member of the BNP) and Brad Pitt’s hilarious send up of a hick war hero is almost as good as Christoph Waltz’s high camp evil Sherlock Holmes (complete with pipe). But I’d have to say much of the film that does not feature these two could’ve stood for some judicious pruning and very oddly for a Tarantino film, the soundtrack sometimes just did not work. Unlike the likes of Lucas and Cameron though, Tarantino is a pure film fan’s film maker so when he gets too self indulgent, it is with the direction, dialogue and characters rather than visual bullshit and so even at their worst his films are always interesting and of merit.

Number 3.  –  Zombieland

This movie has many things I love: it’s a zombie movie, it’s a road movie, it’s a horror comedy, it’s gory, but at the same time, it has some substance, but it’s not overbearing. Mostly this movie is just really fun and hugely entertaining, which is probably the most important factor. The script is decent, and contains the right amount of wit and quirk without seeming derivative. There’s sone real cleverness with the title sequence and the presentation of Columbus’ “rules”-they are flashy, yet remain the punctuation, not the sentence. The performances are great. Each player is perfect for their respective roles. Jesse Eisenberg rivals only Michael Cera for the king of deadpan geeky quirk. Harrelson is having the time of his life, and Stone and Breslin prove that chicks can be pretty and kick ass, too. It isn’t for me as good as Romero’s stuff or Shaun of the Dead, but it takes the best from each camp, and makes it into its own little thing. The wonderful not quite a surprise cameo around the middle definitely serves as the cherry on top of a beautiful mound of ice cream, but the soundtrack kicks much ass as well- especially the usage of one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands during the opening credits sequence.

Number 2.  –  District 9

When a malfunctioning alien spaceship strands over a million of its inhabitants on Earth, they find an unlikely champion in the shape of a previously self serving weapons manufacturer exec who starts to metamorphose into one of them after exposure to an unknown chemical. District 9’s plot takes a lot of cues from cult 80s sci-fi, most obviously the racism allegory of Alien Nation and the genetic mutation premise from Cronenberg’s The Fly. However, unlike something like Doomsday which simply ripped off old films with no wit or subtlety, this film actually develops upon its ideas. The production design is fantastic and the action sequences extremely well done, particularly the brilliantly handled climactic battle and the film has a great deal of momentum that meant I enjoyed it more and more as it went on. But easily the strongest aspect of the film is Sharlto Copley’s central performance who is quite brilliant as the selfish corporate bastard who unwillingly finds a cause to fight for. It would have been nice to learn more about what happened to the ship and the aliens in the first place and why these obviously technologically advanced creatures had degenerated into a bunch of filthy, scavenging animals but as a whole it is a hugely enjoyable piece of action sci-fi with an intelligent twist. This film is quite an achievement. It ranks up there with Blade Runner, The Matrix, and some of Paul Verhoeven’s works as one of the best sci-fi action films loaded with substance. Take the substance away (specifically the socio-political, racism, Apartheid type stuff), and this would still be a decent action film. Adding in all of that heavy stuff makes it more than just a fun piece of entertainment. With that stuff, it retains its entertainment value, and also avoids being too heavy handed, preachy, or pretentious. When you really look at this movie in broad terms, it is true that it borrows from some classic tropes, but it puts it’s own neat spin on things, so I think that can be forgiven. Definitely give this a watch.

Number 1.  –  Watchmen

Since the comic book/graphic novel was released, we all were skeptical of even having a Watchmen movie because of the fact that it’s impossible for movies to adapt comic’s most important treasure. We needed to wait 2 decades in order for the technology to even visualize the story told in this comic book. In a matter of fact, I actually like movie more so than the comic book it was adapting. They took a way the stupid squid (made for shock factor) and even the ridiculous Tales of the Black Freighter side-story that is unnecessary. Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen is set in an alternate reality where costumed “heroes” were created as state-sanctioned vigilantes to fight the mob and who helped the US win the Vietnam war and get tricky Dicky elected for 5 successive terms as president. Another superhero movie with a difference it sticks firmly to the moral grey areas, showing these “heroes” as human and fallible; who is the more heroic, a violent sociopath obsessed with punishment through vengeance or an emotionally detached self-appointed guardian willing to sacrifice millions of lives for “the greater good”…? The core of the film is provided by charismatic anti-hero Rorschach’s Noir style investigation into the murder of fascistic black ops hero The Comedian, set to the backdrop of a skewed history and political situation which all makes for very interesting viewing and tinges the usual big budget spectacle with a nicely grimy undercurrent. Snyder is hardly the most insightful of directors but his stylized visuals work perfectly here thanks to the wealth of intelligent ideas and interesting characters supplied by a source material that is very visual in essence. Definitely up with the best of the modern style hero movies, Watchmen is intelligent, dark and although I wouldn’t describe it as “exciting”, it’s perfectly paced over its 2 and a half hour length. Considered by most to be unfilmable, Snyder has managed to pull off a bit of a coup with this one and created a superhero film that ranks amongst the best. In a matter of fact, films in the 2000’s is recognized as the renaissance of comic book movies, but in my humble opinion, the genre built itself from mediocre films into the magnum opus of comic book movies with Watchmen!

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