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All 17 Daniel Day-Lewis Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Reggina Zervou

Definitely the best actor of his generation, Daniel Day-Lewis is the only male actor to win the Best Actor Oscar winner three times as an outcome of an astonishing career, in which he gave cinematic life to many different characters, some of whom are already considered classics.

Born in a multicultural (British – Irish – Jewish – Polish) and artistic family, his father was a poet, his mother an actress, and his elder sister a documentarian. He was engaged with acting since the age of 14 in Schlesinger’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” and then he participated in various Shakespeare companies. With strong theatrical experience in his arsenal, he appeared in the big screen again in 1982 with a small part in “Gandhi,” followed very soon by three remarkable movies: “Bounty” (1984), “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985) and “A Room with a View” (1986).

These films proved that he was an actor of remarkable talent who knew to wait and weigh the roles offered to him, always choosing the best. That remained one of his most remarkable characteristics, as in an almost 40-year-long career he made just 21 movies, waiting two or three years to pass from one performance to the other so that the old part would be washed away and he could dive deep into the new one. That is noticeable and makes most of his performances at least remarkable.

And far more than that. He is known for turning down mega-proposals and opting for small productions that have meaning for him. The only time he was rejected a role was that of Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction,” which was given to John Travolta.

Leaving aside the movies where his played supporting roles – like “The Bounty” and “Nanou,” but not his very characteristic Cecyl in “A Room with a View” – we’ll start counting → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Best Movies That Are Full of Pop Culture References

By Shane Scott-Travis

Certainly part of the allure that goes along with films is the incredible impact they can have on popular culture and along with that, the value movies can hold as social currency.

I was a teenager living in the sticks when Pulp Fiction came out and I remember hitchhiking through a blizzard and back to get to the big city to see it (my VHS tape of Reservoir Dogs was a gem in my growing movie collection), and the next day in home room rhyming off details about Royale with Cheeses, going medieval on people, and humming Link Wray’s “Rumble” as if I’d always known the melody.

Later I would learn that Uma Thurman’s bob hairdo was a nod to Anna Karina in so many Jean-Luc Godard films and that Thurman and John Travolta’s butt wriggle at Jack Rabbit Slims was an homage to Karina and her pals shuffling the Madison in Godard’s Bande à part (1964), which also provided the nomenclature for QT’s production company, A Band Apart Films.

I offer this anecdote of my early days as a cineaste to illustrate how pop culture references in cinema, while not at all a new invention, can still offer deep rewards, act as a “gateway drug” to other films, and at the very least boost your odds on trivia night at your favorite pub.

While the following list is limited to only ten films I do want to list a few more here and point out also that below you will NOT find any animated films (otherwise Hotel Transylvania, the LEGO Movie, Shrek, and the Toy Story movies would dominate this list).

If this list were longer you’d most certainly see a wealth of 90s films (Scream, Swingers, and True Romance are brimming with pop culture films, which make them not just great → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema