Undefended: Movies On Ice.

This week, most of the country is under snow and ice. This week’s Undefended prompt: Top five scenes on snow and ice. Timothy Lawrence: Charlie Foster Kane’s childhood (Citizen Kane) David’s prayers to the Blue Fairy (A.I. Artificial Intelligence) AT-AT attack on the Rebel base (The Empire Strikes Back) Kanji Watanabe singing on the swing…Read On

Undefended: When Do We Actually Need A Remake?

This week, FilmFisher writers were given the following prompt: “There’s way, way too many remakes going on, and nine times out of ten, films are being remade that ought to be left alone. This week, come up with five films made during the Hays Code era (let us agree on a sharp enforcement of this…Read On

Undefended: Five Novels & Five Directors

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to pair up five novels which hadn’t (exactly) been adapted to the screen with the five directors who had the talent to make them come alive on the screen. This prompt inspired quite a bit of back scenes conversation. Fill the comments box below with your own ideas. Joshua…Read On


Undefended: Oscar Picks

Nominations for the Academy Awards were recently announced. This week, a handful of FilmFisher regulars wrote in their own picks for some of the top awards given out at the Oscars. Brian Murnion: Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Best Original Screenplay: Leviathan Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” Best Lead Actor:…Read On


Undefended: Best Dance Scenes And Dance Sequences

This week, top five dance sequences. As per usual, writers were asked not to repeat previous entries. Remy Wilkins 1. Paul Rudd doing what he do in I Could Never Be Your Woman 2. Clown Dance in All the Real Girls 3. Forest Dance by Andy Samberg in Hot Rod 4. Dancing Outtakes of Sam…Read On


Undefended: Top Five On-Screen Transformations

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to make a list of the top five on-screen cinematic transformations. Here is what they came back with. Thomas Banks 1. Daniel Day-Lewis in anything. 2. Conrad Veidt in “The Man Who Laughs.” 3. Orson Welles in “Othello.” 4. Meg Ryan in “Joe Versus the Volcano.” 5. Ralph Fiennes…Read On


Undefended: Top Five Wes Anderson Movies.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was named one of the five best films of 2014 by several FilmFisher writers. How does it stack up against Wes Anderson’s other work? This week, a handful of writers made lists of their favorite Anderson pictures: Remy Wilkins: Wes Anderson’s films are funny all over the place so my favorites…Read On


America in Microcosm: The Films of P. T. Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson seemed to leap from southern California fully formed as a filmmaker. His first short-film,which was financed by his father, a girlfriend’s credit card and other donors, was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and landed him funding for a full length feature. Since then and over the course of six films he…Read On


How To Write A Movie Review.

In the last year, I’ve tried to enlist several friends to write for FilmFisher, and on more than a few occasions, one of those friends has hesitated, “I’ve never written a movie review.” For any number of reasons, people are intimidated by the idea of writing a film review because it seems an unfamiliar genre…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Best Movies You Saw This Year.

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to make a list of the 5 best movies they saw this year. Some made lists of movies which came out in 2014, some made lists which included both 2014 as well as films from previous years which they only got around to seeing this year. Please feel free…Read On


Undefended: Race Relations.

This week, five movies that do a fine job exploring race relations. Sean Johnson: 1. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner 2. To Kill A Mockingbird 3. Glory 4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 5. ET   James Banks: 1. The Last of the Mohicans 2. Gran Torino 3. Cry, the Beloved Country 4. The Outlaw…Read On


Undefended: Movies So Bad, They’re Good.

This week, movies that are so bad that they’re good. A few of these selections will probably be offensive. Joseph Gross 1. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter- Abraham Lincoln fights a vampire on top of a stampede of horses and reveals that his ax is also a shotgun. 2. Battlefield Earth- “Crap-lousy ceiling! I thought I…Read On


Undefended: Greatest Sci-Fi Pictures Of The Last 25 Years.

This week, Interstellar rocketed into the top 20 spots on IMDB’s Top 250. Our writers were asked to make a list of the best sci-fi pictures of the last 25 years. As is the new way of things, first come, first serve. No repeats allowed. Elizabeth Stinnette 1. Back to the Future 2. The Matrix…Read On


Undefended: Greatest Cameos Of All Time

This week, greatest cameos.   Joshua Gibbs 1. Steve Martin in The Muppet Movie: “Would you like to smell the bottle cap? 2. Dustin Diamond in Made: “Did you just let… Screech in the club?” 3. David Bowie in Zoolander: “If nobody has any objections, I believe I might be of service.” 4. Bruce Springsteen…Read On


Weigh In: What Is Quentin Tarantino Good For?

Christian Leithart: I’ve heard people say that Quentin Tarantino is a master of building suspense in a scene. Haven’t seen it, but apparently Inglorious Basterds is a good example. I’ve also heard that in terms of dialogue, plot, and general chutzpah, amateur filmmaking still hasn’t escaped from under Pulp Fiction‘s shadow. Thomas Banks: I’d say…Read On

Undefended: Thieves And Burglars

This week, the best heist/burglar/theft films of all time. No repeats was instructed, but not always followed (perhaps in keeping with the theme of stealing). Heat was assumed by all. Thomas Banks 1.Sleuth (Olivier/Caine version) 2. Ronin (which also should be assumed) 3.To Catch a Thief 4. Arsene Lupin (John Barrymore version) 5.The Great Muppet…Read On


Undefended: Hot Button Issue Movies

This week, five films that deal well with hot button issues. Five films that aren’t preachy, and yet treat on contemporary social and political issues with a light touch. For each film, please put in parentheses that subject you believe the film does well with. Remy Wilkins 1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (One…Read On


Undefended: Best Movies For Adolescent Boys

At the beginning of the week, FilmFisher writers were asked to come up with lists of great movies for adolescent boys to watch. The editor suggested: I’m thinking 12 to 14 here. Movies young boys ought to watch to get a grip on the world, to tame bland instincts for violence and leather catsuits. Movies…Read On

Undefended: Greatest Date Movies

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to produce a list five fine date movies, and were asked to not repeat any entries their colleagues had already listed. Here is what they returned, in the same order in which the lists were returned on our message board: Elizabeth Stinnette 1. While you Were Sleeping (1995) 2…Read On