Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for one thing only; food. It is the only holiday where we get a day off of work to eat until guts explode out of our bellies. No presents, no greeting cards and no religious rituals. But what about movies? There are a million Christmas films that are replayed every year on television. Where are the Thanksgiving movies? If you're tired of Charlie Brown and Home Alone, check out our list of the must-see and must-avoid T-give movies after the jump.
The Criterion Collection is the upper echelon of video releases. Collecting some of the most important movies in history, Criterion gives these films the royal treatment by preserving and remastering them for future generations. This usually includes such classics as Seven Samurai, Lord of the Flies and The 400 Blows. Lumped in with these classics, however, are some rather odd choices. Not necessarily bad films, but bad choices.Check out our list of films that Criterion regards as 'important' films that your children's children will have the pleasure of watching as classics after the jump.
Good news, but you should already know this: Season 2 of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday night at 9/8c on AMC. If you weren't one of the 5 million Americans already watching The Walking Dead, you're either not American, don't have cable or you were completely oblivious to the highest rated show on cable. If you were the last one, you are missing out on what could easily turn into the next Lost. Check out our list of reasons why you should download Season 1's episodes along with a highlight reel that includes every zombie death from the first go-round after the jump.
good movie ends up being a big box-office success, studios automatically think 'sequel' no matter what happened in the previous installment. It makes sense when called for (loose ends, other plausible storylines, etc.) but producers have a way of running something into the ground until it's no longer profitable. Today, we view anything beyond a trilogy as overkill but before the 70s, it was commonplace to pump out a sequel EVERY year. Some series have 21 or more installments. Thank the Big Man upstairs TV came along. Anyway, check out our list of film franchises with way too many sequels and let us know if we missed any in the comments after the jump.
Aliens will soon be descending on the western front in Cowboys & Aliens. In the movies, aliens have always come down to Earth to either greet us or eat us. Sometimes the aliens are a masterpiece of genetics and intelligence. Other times they are just dopey shmucks who just sort of wandered onto our planet accidentally. Hopefully when it happens for real, they'll be the latter. We pulled up a list of the best and worst aliens, rated by their bad@ssery. Check out the gallery after the jump.
Driving hours across long stretches of farmland in the middle of nowhere doesn't make for the most appealing of journeys. Thank goodness there are movies that take something as excruciatingly boring and turn it into something entertaining albeit utterly implausible. So if you find yourself dreading the lengthy voyage from point A to point B, just think about these road trip classics. Just don't try to reenact as I'm pretty most of the events in these movies are illegal. See our picks after the jump.
Jul 11, 2011
We're halfway through the year and that means one thing: People be making predictions for the 'best of' list for 2011. Though Oscar season isn't for another couple months, we thought we'd get a headstart and show you the movies that will definitely be holding a lil golden guy come next spring. Now, that could mean Best Picture, but it could also mean Best Sound Mixing (go easy on the ice!). Trust us, you memorize this list and you'll look more like Nostradamus rather than that old dude who predicted the end of the world in May. Check out the winners after the jump.
Jul 6, 2011
Movies are provocative, stimulating, and compelling. But we often forget they're FICTIONAL. That's how good they are. They make you believe what's happening on the screening is real or at least believable. Scary that most moviegoers blindly accept what they see on the silver screen. If someone's introduction to the internet was from the movie The Net, they'd never leave the house fearing that their pacemaker can be hacked into. Is this fear really warranted? Check out our findings after the jump.
Jul 2, 2011
By now we're all numb to the marketing tie-ins for movies. It's not at all uncommon today to see movies being promoted through clothing, cereal and, of course, video games. Since the goal of a video game tie-in is to gain popularity and advertising for the film in question, one doesn't expect too much. Sometimes, however, the game can be a faithful homage that complements what we love so much about these movies. Other times the video game is nothing more than a cash-in. Check out COED's list of movie video games that we remember for better or worse after the jump.
Have you ever been so pissed at a fictional TV character that you wanted to reach through the screen and shake the sh*t out of them? Technology hasn't quite reached that point, but we hope it does soon as some characters just piss us off to no end. Sometimes they make mistakes, have annoying voices or are just plain stupid. Whatever the reason, check out our list of the 13 TV characters that rub us the wrong way after the jump.
Everything seems better in the past. Television, food, your "game", and your health were probably much better when you were younger. The reality is that times change and so must companies if they hope to survive. However, some of them have changed for the worst. Call us a bunch of old cynical bastards if you must, but make sure to check out our list of companies that use to be cool after the jump.
It is bound to happen at some point. You want to see an intense action flick, but your girlfriend would rather you both see a romantic chick flick. We feel for dudes everywhere that must sacrifice their time and sanity for the slim chance of sexual congress. That being said, you'll still be mocked by your buddies for ever seeing such films. The only thing worse is your kids dragging you to some non-sensical visual vomit. For the benefit of men everywhere, check out our list of movies no dude should ever admit to watching after the jump.
With the new Green Lantern movie, there's a fresh wave of hype for the emerald ring-themed hero. And while the action and lore of the Green Lantern comics are fun to read, you can't help but notice some major problems with the Green Lantern corps. So before jumping on the Green Lantern bandwagon, here's just a few reasons why being in the Green Lantern Corps would blow. Check them out after the jump!
With so many movies being released about superheros, you can just here all the executives thumbing through piles of comic books searching for the next Dark Knight. So what will be the next comic book movie hit? Time will tell, but at COED we have a few suggestions of comic book heroes that would make for great movies. So if you're reading this, executives, please consider these characters before you decide to go ahead with that Super Chicken movie.
Whether they're shooting up the bad guys or beating them down with their massive fists, there will always be macho action stars in movies. COED has weeded out the meek and complied a list of the manliest men to grace the big-screen whether it's for their massive muscles, strong attitudes or just plain being cool. These are the actors we'd like to have a beer with, drag race with and maybe even chill with for a game of poker. We wouldn't suggest cheating, though. Check out the list and vote for the most badass dude after the jump!
Many believe the box-office is the most critical aspect of what makes or breaks a film; it decides whether or not the film gets a sequel, an amusement ride, merchandising or a reservation at the bottom of the bargain bin. While most box office bombs are just plain bad, others were victims of poor promotional efforts, stiff competition, and/or other uncontrollable circumstances. Movies like Waterworld and The Golden Compass, which are widely perceived as bombs by the general public, actually made back their money through syndication and international distribution. This list will focus on those movies that did terribly at the box-office, but are considered good because of their cult status and/or success on DVD, Blu-ray, and on demand. Check it out then vote in our poll after the jump!
Video games are a gold mine venture. Every year, video games makes millions upon millions of dollars that put box-office numbers to shame. With that in mind, it is understandable to want to get in on some of that coin which led to movie adaptations of popular video games. Sometimes they come up with a success, but more often than not, something gets lost in the translation and they end up as flop. We at COED present to you some movies based on video games that either made it to the kill screen or game over screen. Don't forget to vote at the bottom of the post. Check it out after the jump!
Earlier this month, we posted a story about TV shows that should be movies. Now, we've turned the tables to give you the movies that should be TV shows. What makes for a good tv show? Intricate storylines with dynamic characters that can carry the plot week after week. The movies in this list posssess enduring characteristics that audiences just can't get enough of and we hope someone with some kind of power at a major network will see the light of day to bring these programs to our living rooms on a regular basis. See which flicks made the list after the jump!
If it wasn't obvious from the ticket sales, movies are becoming more expensive to produce. Be it the special effects or the overpriced talent, it's expensive to make a movie you hope to hit theaters nationally. That being said, nobody wants to produce a movie that won't make a nice profit. The only way you can do better in this industry is if you study what gets people's butts into the theater and what sends them fleeing from a flick like a cinematic abortion. Here are a few elements we've learned from past data that suggests a movie will be a dud at the box-office. Check them out after the jump!
The video game industry is an undeniable giant of marketing. If marketed properly, video game systems can rank in loads of dough and set the standard for other gaming consoles to come. But we all can't be winners in life, and the same holds true for video games. The 1990s was a harsh battlefield of blood, bits and CDs, with multiple companies gunning for a spot in the next generation of video game consoles. Come take a shameful stroll down memory lane when you check out COED's list of the 7 biggest video game console failures after the jump!
It's not uncommon for stand-up comedians to make the transition from one form of media to another, be it television, movies, cartoons or even music. With comedians like Louis CK and Daniel Tosh having landed their own TV programs, it just goes to show that their versatility has allowed them to dominate the television front. But still, there are many comedians that - regardless of their incomparable talent and popularity - have yet to have a show of their very own. Which ones would we tune in to watch every week? Read on to see COED's list of 7 comedians that deserve their own television shows!
Although the Green Hornet didn't receive the best of receptions at the box office, the movie did prove - regardless of naysayers - that Seth Rogen can hold his own in a super hero flick, albeit in a comedic fashion. What many people don't know is that in the comic universes inhabited by many of the industry's heavy hitters, there are those that provide comic relief or are just so outlandish that they a find a place in the hearts of truly dedicated comic geeks. So which super heroes would benefit from Seth's unique style of comedy? Check 'em out in the list of 7 super heroes Seth Rogen can play in the movies after the jump!
With news of 24 getting the green light to become a movie along with speculation about other shows (CSI, etc.), we have to wonder if Hollywood has amnesia. You see, it's so rare for a TV show to make the leap to the big screen and not pay dearly for it! So, even though some producer or director will f*** 'em up with their own retarded "vision" or modernizing or re-imagining, here's our list of TV shows that would make great movies (in the right hands). See the list and vote for your favorite after the jump!
How many times have we heard the argument that a movie is awful because it's unoriginal? Originality would seem like a very relative subject, but that's not to say Hollywood's brimming with great ideas. In fact, studios nowadays are opting to rehash successful, but tired, movie plots in the vein hope of making lightening strike twice. But just because a story has been done before doesn't mean it can't be used again to some great effect or improve upon the established formula. Regardless, people still complain about familiar stories making for bad movies. Check out COED's list of 8 movies that have gotten a bad rap for their lack of originality!
It's difficult to say for certain whether a movie is good or bad since such a debate is relative, and entirely up to the viewer; one man's schlock is another man's cinematic masterpiece. But when the director himself admits his movie was a total flop, it can be tough to stand your ground and defend that high opinion of yours. Whether it was issues with the script or the inability to procure funding for the project, it can be easy for a movie to go from a bold vision into a mediocre mess with the blame falling squarely on the already burdened shoulders of the director. Get a front row seat for COED's list of 5 films the directors admitted sucked! Check it out after the jump!
When it comes to censorship in media, you can't get more strict than China. Everything from literature to television is under constant watch to make sure cultural revolutions and individual criticisms are averted. You can't listen to Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy in China for obvious reasons. Television news broadcasts that may paint an ugly picture of China have been blacked out. They have even completely censored YouTube, Facebook and Flickr from their internet. These crazy bans have even spread into their cinemas which have become much more strict about certain movies allowed to screen in their country. Here are a few types of movies you can bet you won't see in China. At least, not in the theater. They have everything on bootleg. See our list before you hop to China after the jump!
When summer time is here it's a golden time for studios, since this is when all that sweet honey is made. As temperatures start to climb, you can expect a movie's profits to do the same. But for every winner there must be a loser. For every film the makes over $100 million, another makes far less. Which movies this year will take a big dip in the box office? Find out in COED's list of six summer movies guaranteed to bomb!
Wonderfully crafted and lovable villains like the Joker and Two-Face make superb adversaries in Batman's crusade against crime, but not all The Dark Knight's' villains - for many reasons - can aspire to reach these same heights - especially within Christopher Nolan's universe! There's been rampant speculation about which evildoer will make an appearance in "The Dark Knight Rises" (Riddler's out, Catwoman & Harley Quinn in?). Which foes fail to make the cut in Nolan's trilogy finale? Find out after the jump!
We may only be in the early weeks of spring , but soon enough summer will be on the way and with it comes the season's kick-ass blockbusters! With so many films offering up loads of explosions, laughs and more CGI effects than Michael Bay can shake a stick at, it's easy to lose track of the good films and accidentally drop some cash on a real box office bomb. To help ease your movie-going experience and get some bang for your buck, we at COED have compiled a list of the 2011 summer movies that won't suck, and - more importantly - shouldn't be missed!
'You will be Unprepared' for all the hotness packed into Sucker Punch when it hits screens Friday in wide release. This is the latest film both written and directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300, Dawn of the Dead) as well as his first original screenplay. Love him or hate him, Zack knows how to direct some awesome action sequences. And with a cast of major babes, what more could you ask for? Take a look at what Sucker Punch has to offer in the way of femme fatales. If these sexy warriors won't get your butt in the cinema, nothing will.
If there's one thing that really pisses off comic book geeks it's when people who've never picked up a comic in their life predicate their knowledge on superheroes and villains solely on what they saw in the movies or television. Many times, people assume that storylines and characters have stayed the course since their inception. Check out our list of 10 superhero myths debunked after the jump!
Previously, we brought you a video that featured Nic Cage's funniest, craziest on-screen freakouts. It's safe to say that Mr. Cage owns the crown for Movie Freakout King. If any of his movies don't have a freakout scene, you can rest assured he'll come up with a way to turn a tense exchange into one for sh*ts and giggles. Freakout scenes are bittersweet - on one hand you admire the actor's ability for completely immersing himself in the role and the moment. On the other hand, you begin to question their own sanity. So, if Nic Cage basically owns all the best cinematic meltdowns, which others come close? Here's our list of potentials that Nic Cage would approve of. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Ever since Twilight flashed its sparkly fangs onto the silver screen, young girls and crazy cougars everywhere have been going gaga for "monsters" with pale complexions and six packs that us guys can't compete with. They've already made vampires and werewolves pansies and I have my suspicions that mummies and the Creature from the Black Lagoon are next. Here are a few monsters that, no matter how hard female writers may try, won't be able to turn into sexy models. At least, I hope not. See what makes them so very un-sexy after the jump!
Is Doomsday upon us? With the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, many believe Mother Nature will do us in. On an episode of Conan, Seth Rogen mentioned George Lucas firmly believed the world would meet its maker in 2012. Harold Camping, a Christian radio broadcaster from California predicts May 21, 2011 is the day we all perish. While weather is a leading candidate for global collapse, others believe alien invasion isn't that far fetched. It's been a popular theory in movies, at least. Just look at the titles coming out: Battle: Los Angeles, Paul, Mars Needs Moms, Super 8, Cowboys and Aliens. The list is extensive. Luckily, we've narrowed it down to the 10 most memorable. See our picks after the jump!
We've all seen the dirty little in-jokes that Disney inserts into their cartoons. Some animated films, however, are more blatant about their adult humor or too oblivious to realize the alienation of their young audience. In that respect, there are plenty of animated films that fell victim to either bad response, production issues or just general corporate brew-ha-ha. Here are just a few of those animated films that never saw the light of day on home video (at least, not legally). See which cartoon movies made the list after the jump.
It's usually no big surprise when movies get nominated for the Oscars, actors or actresses maybe, but films? Usually the big contenders are ones that are either critically acclaimed, released in the fall or released in very limited markets. But every now and then the Academy will throw a rather odd nomination into the mix just to shake things up. They usually don't win, but it's interesting that they recognize them. Here are a few movies that have found their way into the Oscar nominations that are considered either bad, campy, cult or just plain not Oscar material. See the full list after the jump!
Let me ask you something. You ever seen Speed Racer? You ever seen Speed Racer.....on weed? To be perfectly blunt, pun intended, there are movies that can only be enjoyable when under the influences. But just like with medicine and beer, there are some movies that don't work well with the wacky tobaccy. We count down the best and the worst movies to keep in mind when the next time you're browsing Netflix. See our picks after the jump!
Old school video games have a certain charm to them; be it the classic gameplay or the retro music, many of them have stood the test of time and have continued to expand in the new millennium. Others, however, were just as good, but never reached the levels of Mario or Sonic. Here is a list of some old school classic games that need to come back ASAP. See our picks after the jump!
Over the years, Hollywood has raised the bar for deaths in movies. Before all it took was one gunshot or one stab and, BOOM, you're dead. To avoid stagnation, deaths are starting to become more creative in movies. Whether its gory or wince-worthy, depressing or triumphant, a death can be very effective in provoking a reaction. However, sometimes that reaction is laughter and not always on purpose. That being said, here are a few deaths that, intentional or not, are ridiculous. WARNING: These clips are NOT for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
There was once a time when animated sitcoms were all the rage in the wake of shows like The Simpsons and King of the Hill. It seemed like every network threw their hat into the ring at some point. However, many of these shows were either mega ratings bombs or were canned for not pulling in Simpsons-esque numbers. As a result, these series were canceled after their first season, several before their entire run had finished. These are a few of the unlucky ones that never found their place on network television, though most of them enjoy relatively decent success on cable and DVD. See our top 8 picks after the jump!
When Valentines Day looms, a single dude's attention tends to shift into finding that special someone, be it for a night or the rest of his life. The dance of courtship involves dinner and a movie, usually of her choosing. You can tell a lot about a woman by the kind of movie she likes. With that in mind, here are a few movies that you'll want to avoid if she suggests them. Trust me, if a girl makes you watch these movies with her, she is either oblivious to the limits of a man's sanity or she is trying to torture you. In either case, run for the hills when she suggests these duds. See our DO NOT WATCH picks after the jump!
Ah, yes, basic cable. More adult than network television yet too tame for premium cable. Sometimes when a movie you love is on cable, you have a twinge of excitement. Other times you get a cold chill because you know it won't hold up to basic cable rating standards. Your favorite scenes will be cut and the dialogue will sound weird. So if you happen to love any of the movies listed below, avoid them on cable unless you want to see your favorite film shackled in basic cable chains.
Decades ago, viewers were fascinated with a device from Star Trek called the Tricorder. Now we have those devices in the form of mobile phones. With that in mind, there are a few other fictional devices from movies and television that should follow in the Tricorder's path. So if there is a Santa Claus of breakthrough technologies, here is a list of items he needs to get cracking on. See our list after the jump!
With the upcoming film adaptations of Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America, the floodgates are opening for more movies based on comic books. However, before we go all willy-nilly buying up every comic property left and right, let us not forget that not all comics are as golden as Batman or Spider-Man. With that in mind, here are a few comic books producers should avoid to prevent a box-office disaster.
Have you ever found yourself so bored with the shameless repetition of holiday specials that you crave some violence? By about the billionth time you've seen A Christmas Story, you really do want Ralphy to shoot his eyeball out with that bee-bee gun, complete with blood and gore. The holiday season can leave us all quite a bit jaded with the overload of cheer and glee to the point of being toxic. For that kind of depression, nothing brightens up one's day more than a horror movie to turn this festive time of year on its candy-coated ass. Here is a list of some much needed counter-programming.