Pulp Fiction

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…

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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…

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The 10 Biggest Oscar Best Picture Snubs

By Scott Mattner

Every year, since 1929, Hollywood has picked one quintessential movie of the year. Some years the choice is quite obvious. Movies like Gone With the Wind, Ben-Hur and Titanic were all major achievements that galvanized the public, the year they were made.

While most of the time, Oscar gets it right, there have been some years when Oscar has completely surprised us. Sometimes, there are more than one really great movie that year, and it comes down to what seems like a coin toss. However, there have been some years when Oscar just flat-out gets it wrong. For whatever reason, the movie that is crowned best picture is actually far from it.

This list, is compiled of the worst of those decisions. These are the movies that should have won, but for whatever reason they were looked over for other, lesser, films. Some of these films are less popular than the inevitable winner, some are deemed too controversial, and some just may not have even been seen by enough voters.

Whatever the reason, these are the movies that should have won, and the underwhelming, over-rated movies that stole their prize. I’ve ranked the films from least to most shocking.

10. Pulp Fiction
Movie That Won: Forrest Gump

Pumpkin and Honey Bunny in Pulp Fiction (1994)

To be honest, it really was no surprise, come Oscar night, that Forrest Gump took home the big prize. It had, after all, taken home every other major award up to this point. Still, that doesn’t make it the right choice. And it damn sure doesn’t make it the best film of 1994.

That honor belongs to Pulp Fiction. A refreshing cinematic shot of adrenaline that broke all the rules and changed the face of cinema. Maybe the problem was that it was just too → continue…

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