/u/StopReadinMyUsername on reddit combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results with general film data from iCheckMovies and IMDb to reveal the 1001 Greatest Movies of All Time.
Films that were bumped off from last year's list:
and the newer list for 2018 in full:
All credits go to IMDb user: gibboanx
New millennium, new technology. Film cameras were the standard way to shoot a movie for over a century, and now they to had to make space for upstart digital. Without digital cameras, zombies would’ve stayed dead; 28 Days Later was only possible with how quick and easy it is to set up with them. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9) certainly benefited from the new technology.
Movies were also used to absorb our collective trauma. We escaped into magic and wonder in the months after 9/11 with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, while we celebrated the end of the Great Recession by getting the hell off this planet with Avatar. And speaking of those series, we didn’t want their installments taking up all the spots on this list, so one movie representing the whole franchise was chosen for those worthy.
And your vast comic-book trivia knowledge became a social asset, not a bullseye for beatings. Iron Man, The Dark Knight, and Spider-Man 2 opened up new ways of connected storytelling (and money making). And it wasn’t just superheroes making the leap to the mainstream. Fanboy culture, the internet, and sites like the one you’re reading now helped bring “genre” movies to the cultural forefront: zombies (28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead), sci-fi (Avatar, Serenity), horror (The Descent, Saw), and fantasy (Pan’s Labyrinth).
Meanwhile, under-served voices started to make some noise in the mainstream with films led by females (Mean Girls, Whale Rider, Bend It Like Beckham, Twilight), made African-American filmmakers (Love & Basketball, Barbershop), and featuring Asian-American stars (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Better Luck Tomorrow). And that’s not including the increasingly easy access to international material like City of God and Let the Right One In.
And we still haven’t touched upon Pixar’s golden age (WALL-E, Finding Nemo), Hollywood finding the formula for comedies perfectly balanced between smart and dumb (The Hangover, The 40-Year Old Virgin), or that the Fast & Furious series got its humble beginnings here. A lot happened in this decade: Discover it all with the 140 Essential Movies of the 2000s!
“We're reviving a cancelled undercover police program from the '80s and revamping it for modern times. See, the guys in charge of this stuff lack creativity and are completely out of ideas. So all they do now is recycle shit from the past, and hope that nobody notices.”
― Capt. Hardy, '21 Jump Street' (2012)
A collection of films wherein things become either mildly self-aware, or crazily self-referential.
Many of these films are aware that they are films, and the very act of movie-making (or movie-watching) is factored into the experience, or coded into the narrative.
13 Of Cinema's Most Meta Moments, via Empire:
Is Meta the New Funny?, via Cult Popture:
A Beginner’s Guide to Meta-Films, via CoS:
The Joys Of Meta Cinema, via Raindance:
The Year Of The Meta-Blockbuster, via CO.DESIGN:
The 20 Best Meta Movies of All Time, via Taste of Cinema:
The Heady Joy of Meta Movies, via Fandor:
The 10 Best Meta Horror Movies, via Collider:
High Five: The Podcast has an episode entitled Most Meta Movies (and Deadpool!):
'They Came Together' and the Best Meta-Comedies of All Time, via Signature:
The Rise of Self-Awareness in Cinema: Is Film Doomed to Become a Mockery of Itself?, via /Film:
After tens of thousands of votes, 14 cracked ribs and seven split sides, we have assembled the very funniest films ever made – according to you, the Empire readers. Here are the films to make you howl with laughter, the films that give your funny bone a workout and prove the best medicine for what ails you. Read it and weep.
“It’s a war within yourself that never goes away.”
― Luis Montalvan, 'Buried Above Ground' (2015)
While the diagnosis of PTSD did not exist until the early 1980s, filmmakers have been exploring the horrifying and detrimental impact of psychological trauma for decades.
Moral injury is closely related, but refers to an injury to an individual's moral conscience as a result of a perceived transgression which produces profound emotional distress.
What is Moral Injury? via PBS:
Why Is Hollywood Only Now Figuring Out How to Portray PTSD Sensitively? via Vulture:
The portrayal of PTSD in 'American Sniper', via Psychology Today:
On 'Christopher Robin', War, and PTSD, via The New Yorker:
The best-reviewed lists we normally publish involve thousands of movies sorted by Adjusted Tomatometer to best distill the professional critics’ consensus, a soothing balm of agreement in the internet age.
This is not that kind of list.
This is 100 Essential Comedy Movies, funny flicks hand-picked by Rotten Tomatoes editors to best represent our tastes and, hey, probably yours, too. (We also did an Essential 200 Movies.) The only caveat for our comedies list: Every movie needed to be 60% (Fresh) or higher. That’s it. You’re still here? It’s over! Go read.
“Now you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.”
― John Cutter, 'The Prestige' (2006)
Great films with poignant, memorable, Shyamalanesque, or downright traumatic endings.
When Movie Twists Fail, via Georg Rockall-Schmidt:
What a Twist: Double Consciousness and M. Night Shyamalan, via Back Row:
6 Huge Movie Plot Twists That Caused Even Bigger Plot Holes, via Cracked:
'mother!’s Ending: What Does It All Mean?, via Vanity Fair:
Why 'The Sixth Sense' Ending Has Never Been Matched, via Esquire:
And the Award for the Grossest Twist Ending of the Year Goes To…, via The Mary Sue: