The 5 best years for movies

As the year comes to close, we can look back and see that 2009 was a mediocre year for good films. Sure were though were breakthroughs like District 9Inglourious basterds but overall it was a year of big-budget family fare that ultimately couldn’t deliver.

But some years throughout history have delivered. Some of the below years were filled up to the brim with so much quality and quantity of cinema that I just couldn’t ignore them.

These are the five best years for films.

5. 1982

Probably the best year for sci-fi classics, 1982 was filled with movies that shaped the sci-fi genre forever.

There was the classic Harrison Ford starrer Blade Runner,arguably Star Trek’s greatest installment The Wrath of Khan, The Thing and it even had a children’s classic E.T.

Yes, E.T. For reasons of dignity, I won't describe how good the game was.

Even if you’re not a big fan of the sci-fi genre, there were tons of other good films. For one, it saw the birth of an action hero Rambo in First Blood, and a horror fiesta The Poltergeist satisfied horror fans.

Other films: Tron, Tootsie, Fast times at Ridgemont high, Gandhi

4. 2004

The most recent year in good films, 2004 was a mixed bag of different genres, and new types of films.

Jim Carrey tried out a serious role in the cult title Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, light hearted philosophies of life were shared in Sideways, and the Spider-man franchise came out with an worthy sequel in Spiderman-2. Clint Eastwood’s Million dollar baby established itself as one of the best boxing movies in recent memory and made Hilary Swank a star.

Oh, hell yes.

The one good time you can say “You can’t see me” without thinking of John Cena

Pixar gave the superhero genre a genuinely quirky twist in The Incredibles . Another cult classic that established Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar wright as the deadly triple threat of witty comedy was Shaun of the dead, which made a killing at DVD-sales and is one of my personal favorite comedy movies.  SAW, the surprise hit of the year has become an annual halloween tradition. Hell, Napoleon Dynamite could be considered the funniest ‘G’ rated movie.

A cricket bat is all you need.

Zombieland? Pfft.

Other notable flicks: The House of Flying daggers, Before Sunset, Kill Bill: Volume 2, The aviator, Hotel Rwanda

3. 2001

Probably the best year for the birth of big-budget franchises that managed to garner critical acclaim, 2001 was an extremely fun year overall.

The lord of the rings: Fellowship of the ring made LOTR one of the most popular franchises to date, Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone sparked a worldwide phenomenon, Shrek put Dreamworks back in the game, Ocean’s Eleven brought back the Sinatra-type class, The Fast and the Furious showed you how badass Vin diesel REALLY IS, and Spy kids become a favorite among kids.

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Badass.

There were also tons of cult runaways in 2001, many from other countries.
Amelie, Spirited Away, Donnie Darko all went on to gain worldwide critical acclaim.

“This isn’t emo at all!”

Other notable flicks: A beautiful mind, Not another Teen movie, (criminally underrated), Monsters Inc, Moulin rouge.

2. 1994

I think this year needs little explanation. The movies speak for themselves.

Pulp fiction made Quentin Tarantino one of the most famous directors to date, Forrest Gump fully displayed that you never go full retard to get the oscars, and the Shawshank redemption gave another look at prison life.

Half-retard? Good

You never go full retard

Leon was another great action flick that no one talks about anymore, the ultra-low budget Clerks. became a comedy cult classic and made Kevin Smith’s presence known in film. Jim Carrey also hit it big with Ace Ventura: Pet detective and Dumb and Dumber while Keanu reeves proved that he could also do things other than saying “Whoa” in Speed.

Oh Ted, how I miss you so.

Oh Ted, how I miss you so.

Other than that, Disney’s The Lion King became a classic and changed animated films forever.

1. 1999

Well, you saw it coming. There hasn’t been any year in the entirety of the film industry that had such a big batch of revolutionary flicks.

Let’s just skip the descriptions (since you’ve seen them) and get right down to business:

The sixth sense, The usual suspects, American Beauty, The green mile, American history X, Magnolia, Toy story 2, South Park: Bigger longer and uncut.

His name was Robert Paulson

He just found out that the Hannah Montana movie is getting a sequel

1999 was a year chocked full of sleeper hits and movies that garnered a cult following, such as the hilarious Office Space, Fight Club, and The Matrix. The Blair witch project basically single-handedly invented a genre of horror and a new form of advertising, The Matrix went on to become a surprise blockbuster hit, a sci-fi classic and managed to revolutionize action movies forever. Fight Club lands on every “best movies of all time” list there is, and is David Fincher’s masterpiece. Office space, well this should answer all your questions:

There hasn’t been a single year that has as much quality as 1999. Maybe people were motivated by the rumor that the world was going to end, but I’m just speculating. 1999 is undoubtedly the BEST year for movies for all time, and I hope that in the future, we can add a few years to this list.

Varun

My top 5 albums of all time

Criteria for making the list: Must be consistent with songs. You can’t just have 1 hit single and call it an awesome album. Almost every single song must be consistently good. Also, it should be something very unique, and extra points for a revolutionary tune.

5. FutureSex/LoveSounds (Justin Timberlake): Look, it’s never cool for a guy to admit he likes JT, but let me tell you, this album oozes musical pop prowess. Produced almost entirely by Timbaland, the album mixes synth, pop, and hip hop into one package. Justified was good, but this takes the cake. Monster hits, monster album.

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Pokemon Conspiracy Theory

Let me start off by saying this was not written by me. But I think this is one of the most well written articles on the internet and I just HAD to share it.

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If you’re prepared to soil a part of your childhood, proceed.

Did one ever know the reason why the pacing and story development change after Ash was hit by lightning in the beginning episodes? How Ash and his world were relatively normal until after the incident? I have a theory. The accident with the bike put Ash in a coma. Days later he was found and was hurried to the hospital and treated with heavy medications. This is why Team Rocket became less menacing. The medication took effect and stabilized his coma dreams, instead of being terrifying, Continue reading

South Park vs. Family guy

It’s the age old-battle of the most popular teenage-adult cartoons. We’ll leave The Simpsons out of this one, because their fans don’t really care about these two other shows.


We shall refer to south park as SP and family guy as FG.

Well, I’ve split this fight into different categories:

1. Humor

Now, we all know humor is subjective. But there are also different styles of humor.

Both these shows rely on crude humor a lot.

South park is a bit cruder than family guy (because of the parental rating) but SP’s satire is also much more hard-hitting and biting than FG.

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The best Pizza ever.

It was 9:30 PM. Dominos pizza.

I had ordered a chicken extravaganza pizza with lots of cheese in it. The anticipation was killing me. I was hungry, and my stomach reminded me. After 20 minutes of waiting, it finally arrived.

I didn’t think it was going to be anything extraordinary. It was just another pizza, ofcourse. The only thing different was that I was adding chicken to my normal veg extravaganza, along with cheese. And then I cut a slice. As I removed the pizza from it’s resting position, I saw the strands of cheese just battling to stay with the other slices. I cut the strands, and I put it in my mouth.

Never had I ever had such a feeling in my life while experiencing food. As I took each bite, the juicy tomatoes were spurting their watery bases on my tongue, while the extra warm mozarella cheese was just melting in my mouth, reminding me of all the happy memories in my life. The mushroom felt like they were begging me to chew their soft thick coats. And the chicken. Oh the chicken. Juicy bits of brown which indulged my tongue with a variety of sweet and spice. All this was happening while the cheese was surreptitiously resting on my mouth, reminding me of heaven.

As I ate the pizza more and more, I cherished it’s being. I had to take 10 seconds and just admire what the chef, as if sent by god, had just made.

It was magical. It was fantastical. It was the best pizza I have ever had in my life.

-Varun

The art of comedy and How I make videos.

Hello internet,

I’ve been a big fan of comedy my entire life. What’s life without humor, anyway? Well, I like telling jokes, hearing jokes, laughing, smiling and all the good stuff in between.

I started listening to stand up comedians about 3 years ago. I gradually started with the popular ones, namely Dane Cook, Carlos Mencia, Russell Peters.
I gradually got more and more interested in the art of telling jokes, mainly the “set-up” and the “punchline”.
I also discovered different styles such as “storytellers” and “one-liners”,etc.

As I started listening to more and more comedians, I started to go deeper and deeper into the world of standup comedy, and I slowly lost my interest in Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia. I found them unfunny, as I didn’t enjoy their styles and I felt their material was lacking in a few parts.

Then skip to April 2008, the month I started making short videos on YouTube. I’ve always been interested in the art of filmmaking and thought I could try my hand at it.
When I first started out, I didn’t think about lighting, setup, environment, etc. What I mainly focused on, was humor.
I never wrote my jokes down, they came to me in random bursts. I started to find many details of everyday life amusing, and decided to share them in my videos.
I always have a set of jokes in my memory whenever I start filming a video, and I make up the rest of the stuff as I go.
In the meantime, my taste in comedy developed further, as now, I myself had experience in telling jokes and getting reception from a small audience.
I started listening to George Carlin, Chris Rock, Demetri Martin, Mitch Hedberg and other all time greats. Each had their own swagger, and all were genius.
I also found comedians on YouTube like Bo burnham and Jon Lajoie hilarious.

Now back to filmmaking, I started getting more interested in the art of making films, alongside humor. Now I cared about cinematography, direction, flow, etc. I had always cared about those things when I watched movies, but had never implemented them seriously in my videos, because after all, they were just something I did for fun.

But now, I myself feel I’ve evolved in the way my tastes have, and I see the evolution from my early days to my present youtube account. I’ve experimented with comedy rants, skits, narration/voiceover videos and I still have a lot more I want to try out with filmmaking.

In one year, everything has changed 🙂

Thanks for reading

Varun

All my videos can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/killcure