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Best TV Shows of 2015: ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Leftovers,’ ‘Jessica Jones’ More than 400 scripted, primetime shows aired in 2015, so how can anyone winnow that array down to the 10 best programs? Trick question: It’s not possible. Not for me, anyway. After years of writing up Top 10 rosters (and sometimes fudging the numbers with ties), I cry uncle. For my sanity, my year-end best-of-TV list has to contain 20 entries.

(Some of these entries are discussed in a new Talking TV podcast with Hitfix critic Alan Sepinwall.) Even with that expanded roster, it was once again very difficult to come up with the list you see here. Faced with a smorgasbord of options, it’s only appropriate that a food-related word kept occurring to me as I wrote up this list: Umami. There’s so much variety in the TV landscape that there’s no way to define what makes these shows special. “The Americans,” FX: Every year, it seems impossible for this drama about Soviet spies to get better.

“Mr. The 100 Best Documentaries of All Time :: Movies. 10. Los Angeles Plays ItselfDirector: Thom AndersenYear: 2003 Finally, officially released in 2014, Los Angeles Plays Itself is all at once a graceful document, a lyrical portrait and a hilarious condemnation of the titular city so often represented in, and serving as the origin of, American film in the 20th century. Consisting entirely of footage from other films, from Xanadu to Chinatown and every neighborhood in between, one watches this documentary and wishes Thom Andersen had similar personal stakes in one’s own hometown. So insightful, and so excruciatingly thorough, are his analyses—of everything from the City’s architecture to its bureaucratic reputation—that LA comes to represent the ideal of a fictionalized metropolis that American cinema has sought since its beginning. 9. Hearts and MindsDirector: Peter DavisYear: 1974 “I suppose it’s like any pain … you don’t remember pain too well afterwards.” 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

The 100 best films of the decade (so far), #1-20 · Best of. Going in, we knew that this list—totaled up from ballots submitted by 11 A.V. Club staff members and contributors—would be eclectic, with plenty of dark horses sneaking up toward the front. Still, we were genuinely surprised at what ended up at the top of the list. Close to 300 films received votes, and not one of the movies that appear on this list appeared on every voter’s ballot.

Still, one led the pack in terms of both votes and points—a movie that seemed, at the outset, like anything but a consensus favorite. Were you surprised with the final results? What did we miss that should have been included? Sound off in the comments below, and check out part one and part two for our full list of favorites. 20. Possibly the most mainstream effort from Iranian master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy is an intricately conceived portrait of a relationship that, around its midpoint, also reveals itself to be a deft commentary on the nature of artifice, and thus on the cinema itself. The 12 Best Documentaries of 2014 :: Movies. Ebola. Ferguson. The missing Malaysian jetliner. Russian aggression. ISIS. 2014 provided plenty of news stories that are sure to be fascinating subjects for future documentaries, but it provided quite a few outstanding docs for right now, too.

Our favorites this year touched on subjects ranging from death metal to national park preservation (both in Africa), from a historic war in Asia to a current one in the Middle East, and from a nearly forgotten photographer to the mot famous whistleblower in the world. Two of our top three films came from two of the greatest documentarians alive—Errol Morris and Frederick Wiseman—but in the end, a much lesser known filmmaker brought us our favorite doc of the year. Here are our twelve favorites. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. Top 10 Best Movies. Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) flawlessly executes his job as concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel in the Republic of Zubrowka during the political upheavals of the 1930s. Intoning romantic poetry he may have made up on the spot, he attends to the sexual whims of his rich old-lady clients; or, as he says, “I go to bed with all my friends.”

Amour and mortality, romance and horror, comedy and tragedy duel to a sumptuous draw in Wes Anderson’s rich torte of a movie — perhaps the most seductively European film ever made by a kid from Houston, Texas. A dizzyingly complex machine whose workings are a delight to behold, the movie has a wry smile for frailties, a watchful eye for tyranny and a heart that, under the circumstances of this dark, fanciful tale, must be called heroic. Read next: The Top 10 Best Movie Performances of 2014. Cannes 2014 - Seleção Oficial 2014: filmes em competição - Cinemax. Best Romance Movies For Guys - Films. Not that we like to conform to gender stereotypes but typically, guys aren't drawn to films which have the word 'romantic' in the description. Argue with us if you like, but it's true. But with the release of both That Awkward Moment, a guy-fronted romantic comedy with Zac Efron, and Her, a sweet and sour tale of Joaquin Phoenix falling for a Siri-esque voice, we thought it was time to look at other films of the genre that deserve male attention.

Because it's not all Katherine Heigl falling out of trees for 90 minutes... High Fidelity He's cropped up in a few soppier examples of the genre (Must Love Dogs, Serendipity) but before all of that, John Cusack headlined this stellar example of a romantic comedy based around the guy's perspective. When Harry Met Sally Arriving in the middle of a glut of successful yet rather sentimental romance movies (Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Ghost), this seminal rom-com was brave enough to actually tackle the issues that men and women face with each other. The 13 Best Movies You Didn't See in 2013 | Underwire. Books Vs Films: The Infographic - Entertainment. We're going to be bold: films will never, ever be a patch on the power of the imagination filtered through the pages of a book.

Unless you've got a huge production budget to splash all over it (Jurassic Park). Or if the written narrative is a bit sluggish and could benefit from slimming down (The Social Network). Or if... right, we're retracting our statement. The bookish types of have done away with heated debates by applying logic to this age old question (initially asked when Sherlock Holmes Baffled became the first 'film of the book' in 1900) by comparing the aggregated critical scores of books and their film versions. The following list contains some surprising victories, some glaring omissions, but more importantly, more fuel to stoke the high-brow argumentative fires with. Click to enlarge (Via: Tags: literature, film. Totally Fucked Up: Films That Disturb and Offend list.

Cult Movies - Top 10 List - Top Ten List - Top 10 Films About Nonconformists - Nonconformity Quotes - Nonconformist Quotes - Nonconformists in Film - Barfly. Top 10 Films About Nonconformists "This is a world where everybody's gotta do something. Ya know, somebody laid down this rule that everybody's gotta do something, they gotta be something. You know, a dentist, a glider pilot, a narc, a janitor, a preacher, all that . . . Sometimes I just get tired of thinking of all the things that I don't wanna do. All the things that I don't wanna be. Places I don't wanna go, like India, like getting my teeth cleaned. Save the whale, all that, I don't understand that . . . " "If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed. " "Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.

"They're not that different from you, are they? "My life, I mean . . . "Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. "I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. "Vice, Virtue. "Anybody here? Forgotten Movie Classics. THE BEST DOCUMENTARY FILMS MOVIES EVER ! - a list by panerai.

50 Best Movies Of 2012. The 30 Best Films of the Decade - Part 3. We’re all in that humanistic mode of evaluating our lives – coming up on the end of the year and the last time a zero will be the third digit on our calendars. We’re all (from Variety to Cat Fancy) also waxing expert on what films were the best of the best of the best of the past ten years. Which is why there is an unnavigable sea of opinion polluting the internet right now.

Neil and I thought, ‘If everyone else is doing it, why can’t we? And why not do it better?” You may ask (since I’m forcing you to rhetorically), “How can giving your opinion be better than everyone else’s tepid version of an almost-arbitrary-seeming list?” I’m glad you asked. Neil and I anticipated this task back in October and began planning what would become far too much work for two people who essentially sit around watching Animal House all day. The algorithm, which we’ve nicknamed Simon, spat out just over 300 films, reducing our master list by 90%. These are The 30 Best Films of the Decade: 30. 29. 28. 26. 25. The 50 Greatest Cult Movies of All Time. Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Films of 2013 - SO FAR - The Quentin Tarantino Archives.

You might remember Quentin’s list of favorites of 2010 and 2011, and so many of you have mailed us and asked about last year. Mostly because of Django Unchained, of course there was none such list for 2012. So a lot of you even made your own lists and sent those, which made for some interesting reading. I think last year was a great year for movies, and 2013 so far continues this upward trend, aside from the usual fiascos (not naming names here). So it’s the fall, Scandal is back on (Kerry Washington is amazing as usual), and it’s time to take inventory…. drumroll… As an exclusive gift during the government shutdown, we’re happy to present you with Quentin Tarantino’s official list of his top 10 films of 2013 – so far.

Bear in mind that the cinematic year isn’t really over yet and the list is in alphabetic order. 3. So what do you think? I assume there’s a possibility of an update to this list once the year is over, maybe even ranked, as this list is in alphabetic order. 25 Spectacular Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen. Midnight in Paris Woody Allen’s latest places starving writer Owen Wilson in Paris with his fiancée, Rachel McAdams. Searching for inspiration for his incomplete novel, Owen begins taking strolls around the city at night where he discovers an unexpected group of people. I wish I could be more specific, but it would ruin the surprise. Know that it is brilliant, witty and full of mystique. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes (RT). Let the Right One In The best vampire movie ever made in my opinion.

Watch Let the Right One In for FREE on Amazon Instant Video The Man From Earth Holy &#%@ this film’s plot is fascinating! Garden State This is my absolute favorite film. Waking Life It’s impossible for you to grasp Waking Life without actually watching it, but I’ll do my best to explain it. Watch Waking Life for FREE on Amazon Instant Video Closer This film is a rather dark, yet comedic story about the twisted relationships between Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Julia Roberts. Sin Nombre Snatch The Descent. The 50 Best Movies on Netflix. We love the convenience of streaming movies on Netflix Instant, but we don’t always love the navigating through the countless films in the service’s ever-expanding catalog to find something to watch. So we’ve compiled our list of recommended titles for you—whether you love classics, comedies, documentaries or just good ol’ fashioned kung-fu.

The genres vary greatly here—and range in age from brand new to 87-years-old—but all 50 of these films come with the Paste stamp of approval. The list is up to date as of February 2013, but we’ll continue to update the list from time to time as Netflix Instant changes its offerings. 50. In the LoopYear: 2009Director: Armando Iannucci If clever verbal humor were easy, we’d have more comedies like In the Loop. But it’s not, and this one stands in a class of its own. 49. 48. 47. 46. 45. 44. 43. 42. 41. 40. 39. 38. 37. 36. 35. 34. 33. 32.