Category: List Reviews

Survivor Seasons Ranked from Worst to Best

So guess what?! I got on another Survivor kick! (might have noticed from the last post) This time around, thanks to the powers of Hulu and Amazon Prime, I have been able to watch every damn episode of Survivor. So, after all these years, I have FINALLY caught up on every season. Now that I am done, I think it is time once again to create the definitive list, in my own mind, of the Survivor seasons ranked from worst to best!

There are several lists out there ranking each of the seasons. Some are done by entertainment websites, some were created by Jeff Probst himself, and one of the definitive qualities about each… Is that it is damn near impossible to truly nail down a definitive criteria for how to judge these things. There tends to be some commonalities. However, all considered I have seen lists that see one game ranked one and on another it is ranked 31st. So it truly is all over the place. In order to make sure my list had clear goals, I listed the criteria below as a means of displaying how this ranking came to be!

Criteria
How Intriguing was the Cast: 
This doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to be likable. However, the cast has to inspire intrigue and keep an audience captivated. This can both be through heroes and villains, but as long as they are interesting to watch, they got some points.

Was the Winner Satisfying: Bottom line… This is a game show competition. The winner is a major part of that. If they have a satisfying winner, they got some points. If the winner was unsatisfying, the season was docked.

How Much Strategy Came into Play: Over the years, the driving force behind the show has been strategy. As long as their is some good strategy at play it got points. If a “Pagonging” happened… Well not so much.

How Memorable were the Moments, Twists, and Themes: Every season generates moments. That is the purpose of the show and how it is edited. However, these moments need to still be interesting, memorable, and stand well to the test of time. The Purple Rock in Marquesas is at least intriguing. The alleged sexual harassment of Thailand… Not so much.

Gut Reaction: As much as I hate to admit it… This list cannot be 100% objective. My own preferences will creep in. So best for me to just admit it now.

NOT LISTED: David vs. Goliath

David vs. Goliath doesn’t get listed because it isn’t finished! And that would just be weird. Continue reading “Survivor Seasons Ranked from Worst to Best”

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Announcing Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (Honorable Mentions included)

It is finally time! For four years now I have wanted to make the Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time… I waited, I watched, and I plotted. I finally feel like it is time to finally make the definitive list.

Please keep in mind, this list is meant to be more than just a movies quality. I can understand that a lot of the older movies are known for being classics and masterpieces… BUT other movies have impacted the culture of society more and, as such, they will be ranked higher then just for the fact that a movie has been traditionally seen as a classic. Also keep in mind that this list will be a little more skewed towards newer movies. NOW, that doesn’t mean the old movies are still going to be present. As a matter of fact, number one and several of the top ones are still going to be the same. But as time has gone on, movies like Contempt have been overpassed by the cultural power of something like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. So just bare in mind the criteria of the list. The films were each judged by the following:

A film’s quality
The Cultural Impact of the Film
The Story
The Mechanics of a Film
A Certain Aspect of the Film that Changed Filmmaking in the Popular Culture
All genres will be treated fairly. Dramas will not, and should not, be held in higher regard to horror, comedy, and so forth simply due to the fact they are telling a heavier story
2017 movies are not in the running for the list. But 2016 movies will be in the running to make the list.

*Disclaimer… I am one guy with a personal opinion so some of it may permeate to the placement of the films, though I tried to be as objective as possible. Just keep in mind, unlike other lists that has a score of people. This is one dude assessing hundreds of movies.*

With that being said, choosing the Top 100 was no small feat. In fact even with the soon to be mentioned 50 honorable mentions, I left out a great number of movies that killed me to take off the list. Whenever I went through every movie released from 1900 to 2016, I had a shortlist of 651 potential movies that I could make a case for being in the Top 100. So bare this in mind, that I had to remove 500 worthy contenders before I got to the definitive list. Movies like Jerry Maguire, Good Will Hunting, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Rain Man, The Ten Commandments, A League of their Own, Home Alone, Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Secret of NIMH, and Grease are all movies that just BARELY missed the cut… So it isn’t something that was particularly easy to do. Continue reading “Announcing Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (Honorable Mentions included)”

Tanner’s Revised Top 25 Favorite Movie of All Time

So, considering the fact that I have finally decided to write the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time… Which is coming soon… I decided to revisit one of my favorite posts of all time: My Favorite Movies of All Time. Here is the thing, opinions change, ideas change, and ultimately my tastes have changed. Some movies have become more prevelent in my mind. Some… Some have fallen off the board altogether. When I originally created my Top 25 list… I completely snubbed a few of my favorite movies due to good ole fashion forgetfulness. As such, movies like Die Hard and Reservoir Dogs have made and rectified the list. So with that said, please enjoy my Top 25 FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME!

Honorable Mentions
Shaun of the Dead
Kill Bill
The Lion King
Strangers on a Train
Ghostbusters
Pulp Fiction
The Dark Knight
La Finestra di Fronte
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Guardians of the Galaxy Continue reading “Tanner’s Revised Top 25 Favorite Movie of All Time”

9 Acclaimed Movies… That I Cannot Stand

So, first and foremost I do want to say that these Thursday breaks are going to cease. This week I will not only be having Crit or Miss but I will also be changing my movie reviews from written to a YouTube format as well with the new video show Tanner At the Movies.

With that being said though, this will now be my fourth and going on fifth year running this site. All things considered, I do consider myself a movie critic as anyone else would. I do watch movie and review them based on merit and my own critical opinion. While my opinion may or may not be regarded as highly as other more prominent critics, I do consider myself in the same field as narcissistic as that may seem.

Critics are an interesting lot and we are all different as, naturally, human opinions are different. My reviewing style of movies is going to be similar but different to other critics like Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, and certainly vastly different to someone like Rex Reed. I have always said it, to truly gage a critics merit you should not look at the movies they review highly, but the movies they review negatively. If you simply pantomime the positive and negative critiques of the general public, you really are just miming what everyone thinks. While the majority of movies do fall into a certain range, there are some movies that are considered “great” or “timeless” that gets under our skins. For instance, Roger Ebert famously gave a highly negative review to A Clockwork Orange and Caligula. Two movies that will go down as being excellent or at least influential. I am certainly no different. There are tons of movies out there that are lauded as classics or at least great movies that I just cannot stand. This list is going to commemorate those movies.

This is the Top 10 Critically Acclaimed Movies… That I Cannot Stand! Now, I am going to list this list on two scales. The first of which being the way in which the movie is received and how much it truly irritates me. With that being said, let’s start with some dishonorable mentions. Continue reading “9 Acclaimed Movies… That I Cannot Stand”

Disney Pixar Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

So after hearing the requests, I have finally decided to rank the Disney Pixar movies from worst to best. Ultimately, this list is going to be fun. Unlike Disney Animation Studios, Pixar tends to take a few more risks and as a result you have some timeless classics… And a few… Well not timeless classics. No matter what though, all of them have a wave of nostalgia attached to them that is undeniable. So with that being said, this is the Disney Pixar Movies, ranked from worst to best.

Keep in mind that the criteria for this list comes from the overall quality of the movie, the artistic merit, its longevity in culture, and some of my own personal beliefs as well. Continue reading “Disney Pixar Movies Ranked from Worst to Best”

Top 5 Bill Paxton Movies and One Show

Well… This is a shitty way to start the week. Bill Paxton may not be the most memorable actor in my life. But he certainly left quite an impression on my life. He has been in some of my favorite movies of all time and one of his most iconic rolls is in my favorite movie of all time, Aliens. With the passing of Bill Paxton, I wanted to shelf the original plan for this Sunday and make a post dedicated in his honor. So, without further ado, here is the Top 5 Bill Paxton Movies… And One Show. Continue reading “Top 5 Bill Paxton Movies and One Show”

Films to Keep an Eye on in 2017

Now that we are well into the new year, we have a great deal to look forward to in 2017. There are some movies coming out this year to definitely keep an eye on for better or for worse. Looking through the list of releases, there is some big sequels, continuations, reboots, and new movies that could make the top or the bottom of the list once January rolls around again. So with that said, let us step away from the past and looking with a cautiously optimistic eye to the future for some potential big movies in 2017. Continue reading “Films to Keep an Eye on in 2017”