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1. 42nd Street (1933)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 10,028 | Gross: $2.30M

Awesome title song

The song "42nd Street" by Lloyd Bacon is the single great thing about this movie. Everything else is so damn boring. I'll never understand how it got nominated for the Academy Award for the best movie. But the song is so catchy.

5/10

2. Top Hat (1935)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 16,251 | Gross: $3.88M

Magical

If you are a fan of comedy, but tired of vulgar humor we see on big screen these days, tired of retarded grimaces like Jim Carrey's or laughing to other people’s misfortune, take a look on comedies from the first half of 20th century. Nowadays comedies are nowhere close to their level in any possible way. Fred Aster and beautiful Ginger Rogers in a romantic comedy of mistaken identity. Of course, when you see Aster in the leading role it is obvious that it is musical. But even if you do not like musicals, and I certainly do not, amount of hilarious misunderstandings and twists, and the way this movie causes roars of benevolent laughter and improves mood even on depressive rainy days, will be more than enough for you to disregard your bigotry towards musicals, and even boring scenes of dancing and singing will pass you by unnoticed. And they are not boring at all, believe me, because chemistry between Fred and Ginger is magical.

10/10

3. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

84 Metascore

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 28,386 | Gross: $4.50M

I wanted to rate it 10/10 so bad, but...

I watched this without single blink, it was pure 10/10. And then, when story line was near its natural end, endless train of dancing acts with no sense or connection to the story (at least I did not get it) started and lasted for about 20 minutes. Feeling was the same as when TV station breaks the movie at its peak to annoy you with long set of commercials. I caught myself thinking about other things while checking my nails and taking a look at the clock for the first time since movie started. It completely destroyed the magic. And then in some review I saw this: "One of the film's highlights is its impressive finale - an ambitious, colorful, imaginative, 13 minute avant-garde "dream ballet" costing a half million dollars to produce." - they could spend that money smarter. "The pretentious sequence, featuring an Impressionistic period daydream in the style of various painters, is one of the longest uninterrupted dance sequences of any Hollywood film." - and with this one I completely agree. If I ever decide to watch this again, I'll find version with this crap cut off. I bet someone already did it and posted it somewhere.

4. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 204,690 | Gross: $8.82M

Fantastic Gene Kelly in one of the best musical scenes in history of cinematography. Movie has its place on all lists of the best movies of all time. It's interesting that neither Kelly or Debbie Reynolds didn't win any awards for this movie, while Donald O'Connor got Golden Globe. I love this movie very much, but I wouldn't say it's one of the best movies ever made, not even within the genre.

5. A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

89 Metascore

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Votes: 14,647 | Gross: $14.93M

I have nothing against musicals. Story can be told by regular acting or through singing and dancing and both ways have their own charm. But when you make regular 90 minutes movie and then add same length of musical numbers that contribute to story only by extending the movie twice, you end up with 3 hours of agony. Although movie is great, I barely held until the end. It is remake of the 1937. movie of the same name with added musical numbers and if we cut out all of them it would have no impact on the story, but we would be deprived of fantastic singing. So, in my opinion, they should have interpreted the original story through singing and dancing instead of adding musical numbers to regular movie. They should have made 90 minutes or real musical that would keep our attention from beginning to the end. Like Moulin Rouge was done, for example...

6. Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

63 Metascore

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 52,018 | Gross: $8.27M

There's nothing the matter with my face. I got character!

I wanted to see this movie because of Johnny Depp, but when I realized it was made by the author of the unwatchable "Pink Flamingos" I almost gave up. Fortunately, these two movies have nothing else in common. "Cry-Baby" is comedy musical that parodies movies about juvenile delinquency and teens in the fifties, like "Grease" or "Rebel Without a Cause". It has an entertaining story, great music, and choreography, and well-developed characters, played by charismatic actors, among which are Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Tracy Lords, and Willem Dafoe. A film that will never get old.

10/10

7. Corpse Bride (2005)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 230,023 | Gross: $53.36M

What a story it is. A tragic tale of romance, passion, and murder most foul.

While he was practicing vows in a forest night before the wedding, clumsy Victor accidentally proposes to a corpse of a girl brutally murdered by her fiancé. Corpse wakes up, pronounces that fateful "I do" and takes Victor to the underworld. He is trying to escape and get back to the girl he loves. One of Barton's best movies. Plot, emotion, acting, music... beautiful.

9/10

8. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 90,799 | Gross: $43.66M

Love-hated it...

This movie drove me crazy. I barely forced myself to see it through because it is extremely annoyingly done and I rate such movies 2/10 (1/10 is for those I gave up on), but when it finally ended I was under such an amazing impression that I wanted to rate it 10/10.

The story is inspired by "Romeo and Juliet", but placed in NY in the mid-20th century, where two members of opponent teenage gangs fall in love. Acting, directing and music are great. The movie is extremely emotional and possesses strength and atmosphere of a theater. It has all prerequisites for excellence. And it won 10 Oscars. But...

  • Everything in this movie is overemphasized and I hate that. However, if I observe it as a theatrical play on canvas, I can get over it.


  • The movie starts with an instrumental intro with a frozen screen. It lasts around five minutes. At first, I thought my movie player was stuck, then I tried to find another version online and I almost gave up on watching this movie, when I finally realized it is supposed to be that way. Why would anyone do such thing I really have no idea, and that's the first minus.


  • It's a damn musical. And one of those needlessly stretched to two and a half hours by completely redundant musical numbers. The first half of the movie is almost unwatchable and I was at the edge of giving up several times. But curiosity about how the story will go kept me going on. The story is great and some musical numbers tell parts of the story, but a good part of them just have no purpose in the movie. They are just for enjoying the music (which I did not) and to double the length of the film. That's the second minus.


  • Just when I decided to stick it out or simply fast forward redundant parts and watch this movie till the end, the ultimate deal breaker happened that left me shocked. The scene where two gangs are closing to "battlefield" and mass brawl/rumble itself are shown in the form of ballet. BALLET?! Even if I didn't hate ballet, which I really do, I mean, really?! Teenage mass fight as a ballet... wtf?! The ultimately stupidest thing I saw on a big screen. Instant embarrassment transfer. Huge minus, I mean really really big.


  • And then, in the middle of the movie, there's one more musical intermezzo with a frozen screen. That was too much for my nerves and I turned it off.


But, later it bothered me how the story ends and I decided to see another half too, the very next day. The second half had more story and action and less redundancy, and musical numbers are a structural part of the plot. And the ending made me cry. And how should I rate it now...

8/10

Natalie Wood is so beautiful in this movie. Like an angel.

9. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 172,482 | Gross: $57.23M

Elwood - "It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." Jake – "Hit it."

Those who still didn't see this movie (at least 10 times) should do it immediately, cause life is too short and you may lack time to see it a few hundred times. And those who saw it and did not like it... nope, that kind does not exist, at least for me. The one and only - Blues Brothers. There wasn't anything like this before or after this gem, not even close. This movie has everything - prison, drama, action, awesome car chases, one of the most exciting love stories ever shown on big screen, comedy, mass shooters, flamethrowers and explosions. And on top of that, it has legendary casting - Carrie Fisher, Henry Gibson, John Candy, Twiggy, Frank Oz (Yoda), even Steven Spielberg - and without competition, THE VERY BEST SOUNDTRACK IN HISTORY. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are heavily supported by James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Matt Murphy, Chaka Khan, John Lee Hooker. For this movie 10/10 simply isn't enough.

10/10 for the movie ∞/∞ for the soundtrack

10. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 13,241 | Gross: $11.80M

Better than I expected

This biographical musical drama, that displays life and work of versatile Broadway author and performer George M. Cohan, deservedly won three Oscars out of eight nominations and it is considered to be one of the best movies of all time. It is not kind of musical where a story is told through song and dance, but a regular movie with some theatrical musical scenes that are needed to represent his career. So this movie could be acceptable and enjoyable even for those who hate musicals. Personally, I am not a fan of musicals and I am strongly irritated by any type of pro-American or any other patriotic propaganda, which this movie certainly is, but it has so many other qualities that it left really strong positive impression on me and I really enjoyed it.

8/10

11. Metalocalypse (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

The epic and over-the-top adventures of Dethklok, the world's most successful death metal band.

Stars: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha, Mark Hamill, Victor Brandt

Votes: 14,802

I just finished the first season of the animated series Metalocalypse. It has 63 episodes in a total duration of around 12 hours. Episodes last only for about ten minutes, but I think it's better not to watch them too many at once. I watch one per day, usually during a morning coffee, so that my day starts with metal and laughter.

Series follows the adventures of the band Dethklok, the most popular death metal band of all time, a band that is so popular that it is one of the strongest economies in the world and has such an army of fans that it has a serious impact on world politics. Members of this band are five completely different personalities representing caricatures of "typical" rock stars. As much as they are successful as a band, that much everything they touch goes berserk and ends with a total disaster from which only the band gets out without major consequences. Show is satire of western civilization, modern politics and consumer society, as well as the prejudice of metalheads.

The animation is pretty good, the music and lyrics are excellent, story has a fast pace, a lot of black humor and it's extremely brutal and gore. And the opening theme has immediately entered the very top of my favorites and is one of the few that I do not skip even though I saw it so many times that I know it by heart.

8/10

12. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 11,485

Have you ever seen a bad romantic musical comedy from the first half of the twentieth century ?! I haven't. Although many resemble one another, and after a while they melt together in my memory, they all carry joy of life that in the decades that follow slowly disappears from movies, and today it's almost nowhere to find. Among them stand out mutual films of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Ginger's beauty is breathtaking and their mutual chemistry is magical. Story is light and fun, music and dance as always great, but although I really liked it, it did not particularly stand out from the masses of similar ones, and it's far below, for example, Top Hat. I have yet to mention, in my opinion, the best scene in the movie, where Astaire is followed by three huge dancing shadows. Joyful recommendation.

7/10

13. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince's love.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 222,801 | Gross: $111.54M

Almost three decades ago, when I saw this movie for the first time, it's excellent music made it number one on my list of Disney favorites, and it stayed there to this day. "Under the Sea" is, without a competition, the most catchy Disney song ever and it totally deserved Oscar it won. "Kiss the Girl" was also nominated, and when two songs from the same movie compete for the same Oscar it's clear how great this soundtrack is. The most beautiful and the most romantic Disney animated flick, with the most singable and catchy songs. Every time I see it I feel like teenager in love.

10/10

14. Annie (1982)

PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

39 Metascore

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking

Votes: 37,749 | Gross: $57.06M

I was honestly surprised to learn that "Annie" is not a Disney movie. So I watched it again after many years and again I was under the impression that I was watching Disney. Anyway, this is a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, which is based on the comic book "Little Orphan Annie" from 1924. Critics weren't nice to it and ratings on movie sites are quite offensive, but it had two Oscar nominations and was 10th highest grossing movie of 1982.

Annie is ten-year-old orphan girl, with good heart and smile in spite of cruel circumstances she lives in, who gets a chance to spend a week in the home of billionaire. Good acting, great songs and dancing and exciting adventures, under the baton of John Houston. Rarely cheerful and positive movie, to which I can not give less than

<3 8/10 <3

15. Metalocalypse (2006–2013)
Episode: Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera (2013)

TV-MA | 46 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA, we pick up directly after the abduction of Dethklok guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season 4 finale. With his life in danger, his only ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Black, Victor Brandt, George Fisher, Mark Hamill

Votes: 52

After four excellent seasons, fifth season consists of just one, final episode, which rounds and closes the series. With duration of four regular episodes, "The Doomstar Requiem" is rock opera, where complete story, with all dialogues, is shown through songs. Music is great, genre diverse and very fun. I suppose the series was canceled and they made this just to avoid leaving the story unfinished, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. I enjoyed all 63 episodes and I'll miss it.

9/10

16. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

92 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 123,085 | Gross: $0.19M

"Have a good time all the time"

That basically sums it up. This is the fake rocumentary about the fake English band touring USA. It presents most of rock documentary cliches and it's trying to be funny, but to me, it was just plain boring, except for few slightly funny scenes and pretty emotional ending. I suppose it could be good for people who are in the rock bands, but otherwise I do not recommend it.

5/10

17. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 652,113 | Gross: $13.09M

Quite my tempo :D

"To be honest, I liked the music in the book better." :D

Out of story that can be told in five sentences they made two hours long movie. And not only that it isn't boring, but it pulls you in, blows you away and leaves you with goosebumps for hours after it's over.

9/10

18. Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006)

R | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

55 Metascore

To become the greatest band of all time, two slacker, wannabe-rockers set out on a quest to steal a legendary guitar pick that gives its holders incredible guitar skills, from a maximum security Rock and Roll museum.

Director: Liam Lynch | Stars: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed, Ronnie James Dio

Votes: 98,435 | Gross: $8.32M

Better than "Citizen Kane" :D

"Cause it's the Pick of Destiny, child You know we will be rockin' cause it's fucking insane It's just the Pick of Destiny, child More precious than a diamond on a platinum chain

In Venice Beach, there was a man named Kage When he was buskin' he was all the rage He met Jables and he taught him well All the techniques that were developed in Hell

Cock pushups and the power slide Gig simulation, now there's nowhere to hide They formed a band they named Tenacious D And then they got the Pick of Destiny

Cause it's the Pick of Destiny, child You know we will be rockin' cause it's fucking insane It's just the Pick of Destiny, child Our tasty grooves are better than a chicken chow mein

Cause he who is sleazy is easy to pleasy And she who is juicy must be loosy-goosey And he who is groovy will be in my movie So come on

The wizard and the demon had a battle royal The demon almost killed him with an evil kapow But then he broke his tooth and thus the demon said "OW"

Cause it's the Pick of Destiny, child You know we will be rockin' cause it's fucking insane It's just the Pick of Destiny, child You know our movie's better than Citizen Kane

Cause he who's a geezer must live in my freezer And she who is starkey is full of mularkey And he who is groovy must be in my movie So come on

Cause if you're a diva, then go to Geneva And if you're a crony, then suck on my bony And if you are groovy, then get in my movie It's called the Pick of Destiny"

7/10

19. Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular (2010)

TV-PG | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donkey suggests everyone sing Christmas carols.

Directors: Walt Dohrn, Raman Hui | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz

Votes: 1,183

I don't like Christmas specials, but this is Shrek we are talking about, so I had to see it. But after watching I realized I really didn't have to. It's not boring only because it's 5 minutes long, so it has no time to bore you. Not even mediocre.

4,5/10

20. Crossroads (1986)

R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

55 Metascore

Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton

Votes: 13,293 | Gross: $5.84M

Blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad...

A young student of a classical guitar dreams of becoming a recognized blues musician. He meets harmonica legend Willie Brown, played by Joe Seneca, and together they start a journey from New York to Mississippi Delta, a kid hoping to learn the lost song of the legendary Robert Johnson and Willie in order to cancel his contract with the Devil. On the way, they meet various characters and they experience interesting adventures, through which the naive boy slowly mature into a real blues player.

I refuse to analyze and objectively evaluate this film. In movies with a soul like this objective quality is essentially irrelevant. I will only mention the good acting and superb music, for which are most responsible Ry Cooder and Steve Vai.

I can not rate it ten, because I would not go so far as to place it among the best movies of all time, but, considering how many times I saw it, how many more times I will watch it in the future and the emotions it awakes in me every time, I can not rate it lower than

9/10

21. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 257,006 | Gross: $57.39M

"You're gonna be bad for business, I can tell..."

I do not like musicals. I really don't. But "Moulin Rouge!" is something special. Story is based on "La bohème" by Giacomo Puccini, "La traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi and "Orpheus in the Underworld" by Jacques Offenbach. Although it is a tragic love drama, the film is full of quality humor, positive energy and good entertainment. From great actors (if these are not the best roles of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, they are certainly my favorite), through catchy music and excellent choreography, to camera, directing and editing, this film has no flaws. The range of the emotions that this movie awakens is incredible. And the end, which is both happy and tragic at the same time, I welcomed laughing through tears.

10/10

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22. Metallica Through the Never (2013)

R | 93 min | Music

61 Metascore

Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett

Votes: 16,013 | Gross: $3.42M

I just finished this "movie" and I have divided impressions.

If I look at this as a concert DVD:

  • I would give anything to see such a production live at least once in a lifetime.
  • Stage, props, production, visual appearance... awesome.
  • Lars is worse than on "St. Anger" tour in 2004, but better than on "Black" tour in 2012.
  • That gambol, even after more than a decade, has not become an integral part of Metallica for me, and I continue to regard him as a foreign body and a temporary replacement.
  • Overall impression of this concert is about 8/10.


If I look at this as a movie or a music video:
  • Good production and editing.
  • Over-the-top, meaningless, confusing story.
  • What does this have to do with Metallica or the concert?
  • Painfully boring. I was about to give up on it after just half an hour, and I barely forced myself to endure. The last third or less was slightly better, but music alone stopped me from giving up on it.
  • WTF is in the bag?!
  • Overall movie impression is about 3/10.

23. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

R | 118 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

Anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.

Director: John Badham | Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali

Votes: 66,427 | Gross: $94.21M

"I'm goin' nowhere, somebody, help me."

This cult disco movie, which made Travolta a star, talks about growing up in the working class and attempts to escape from mediocrity and pointlessness of everyday life, even if only on a Saturday night. The main character finds sanctuary in a discotheque, where he's undisputed king of the dance floor. Through film permeate many of the problems typical of the lower middle class, as well as disturbed relations between the sexes that are particularly noticeable in this environment. Although music and dance occupy a large part of the film, the "Saturday Night Fever" exudes the atmosphere of hopelessness. Travolta gave an excellent performance, and the soundtrack is one of the best ever, but the overall impression is relatively weak. The film is good, but not nearly up to its reputation.

7/10

24. A Night at the Opera (1935)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 29,226

The show must go on

8/10

25. Heavy Trip (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Music

72 Metascore

Turo (25) is trying to overcome his fears by leading the most unknown heavy metal band in Finland, Impaled Rektum, to the hottest metal festival of Norway. The journey includes heavy metal,... See full summary »

Directors: Juuso Laatio, Jukka Vidgren | Stars: Johannes Holopainen, Samuli Jaskio, Antti Heikkinen, Max Ovaska

Votes: 5,423 | Gross: $0.01M

"It is better to shit yourself than to be forever constipated."

This sentence perfectly summarizes the Finnish comedy "Heavy Trip". In some backwoods in Finland, four metalheads have been practicing other people's songs for twelve years, without having one of their own, nor have they ever performed before the audience. By chance, they encounter one of the organizers of the biggest Norwegian metal festival and give him their demo tape. On one occasion, it was convenient to frontman to lie that they were invited to participate in the festival, but then the lie spread and situation got completely out of control. The band decides to write an original song and appear at the festival uninvited, come what may. Of course, anything that can go wrong will go wrong and the guys will find themselves in the wildest adventure of their lives.

I can not say that the movie is objectively particularly good, but as a metalhead myself, I really enjoyed the ride. The story is original, and adventure is, although totally over-the-top, essentially very realistic and full of life. The humor is mostly mediocre, but there are some hilarious moments, and there's some touching drama too. The acting is good and dialogues I can not judge because I do not speak Finnish and I do not trust subtitles nearly enough to evaluate based solely on them. And of course, the metal sound is something I'm always happy to hear in the movie, even if it's a subgenre that I do not normally listen to. If you do not have too high expectations, you will surely have good fun.

7/10

26. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 83,995 | Gross: $76.41M

Childhood memories

When I see the cartoons that kids watch on TV these days I'm really worried about what they'll grow up into. All the fairy-tale imagination disappeared from kid's channels, and beautiful animations are replaced with modern ugly-simplified and mostly stupid characters. It is up to us, 20th-century generations, to show today's kids all the magic of old Disney and preserve it from fading into oblivion. "Fantasia" is Disney's approach to classical music and, I must admit, it's not one of my favorites. I always loved the animation part, but the music was quite boring for me as a kid. Still, its quality and worth are undisputable. If nothing else, this is the best way to try and bring Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, closer to kids and let them decide for themselves. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas was and still is my favorite part of this legendary musical. Some parts are fantastic, others I didn't like at all, and my average rating would be about

7/10

27. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 403,340 | Gross: $216.43M

Beautiful experience

I'm not a fan of Queen. I like a few songs but rarely listen to them. In addition, I do not like biographical films about bands. A few hours ago I left the theater completely dismembered. I would not go so far as to place "Bohemian Rhapsody" among the best films of all time, and I can not rate it a straight ten because it has its flaws, but I do not want to analyze it, because this time the technicalities are completely irrelevant. Although one part around the middle was quite boring, it could not spoil the overall impression. The great selection of actors and their even better performances, excellent music and some of the best songs ever written, and perfect balance of touching drama and good humor completely hypnotized me, so I spent most of the film either in tears or loudly laughing, and often both simultaneously. A little more than two hours flew by in a flash and left the impression that will hold me for days. Do not miss the opportunity to see this film at the cinema, unless you have a really superb sound system at home.

9/10

28. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978 TV Movie)

97 min | Adventure, Family, Musical

Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day, but are impeded by an Imperial blockade. Chewie's family passes the time with various forms of entertainment.

Directors: Steve Binder, David Acomba | Stars: Mickey Morton, Patty Maloney, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

Votes: 12,337

"It is so awful it makes an Ed Wood film look like Casablanca."

Although it gathers the original cast, "The Star Wars Holiday Special" concentrates on Chewbacca and his family, a great part of the film is in the Wookiee language without subtitles, and the boring "story" and horrible production leave the impression of lousy parody rather than an addition or homage to the legendary franchise. I will take the liberty to go a step further and compare this garbage with "Teletubbies". If you truly love "Star Wars", this ass of a movie will abundantly crap onto your heart and soul, so I advise you to avoid two hours of agony and spend that time reading IMDb reviews, which are mostly quite original, imaginative and occasionally hilarious. Here are some examples:

  • Do not watch this alone! Like any other emotional trauma, the support of friends is crucial to survival. By the end, you will either want to climb a steeple with a rifle, or go into the garage and start the car.


  • It has to be seen to be believed, but do you really even want to?


  • It isn't a train wreck- it moves too slowly.


  • Don't talk to me about Episode I until you've seen this unholy mess.


  • George Lucas has been quoted as saying: If he had the time, he would break every existing VHS-copy of this movie.


  • "I felt a great disturbance in The Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened." Yes, Obi-Wan, we all felt it.


  • Oh Harrison, oh Mark, oh Carrie... how could you?


  • I watched most of the program with my mouth hanging wide open in utter disbelief. I still recommend watching the film if only to say that you have.


  • Took me a whole day as well, because it's hard to watch more than 5 minutes at a time.


  • Those that have looked into the abyss that is the "Star Wars Holiday Special" are brave indeed.


  • The opening scene...in which we watch Chewbacca's family shamble about aimlessly making unintelligible Wookie noises...lasts for seventeen and a half hours. The clock may say fifteen minutes; the clock lies.


  • It goes on...and on...and on...and, at some point, you discover that you're weeping uncontrollably and can't stop.


  • In the name of all that's holy: turn back before it's too late.


  • CBS could have beamed this program to Alderaan and destroyed said planet just as easily as Vader destroyed it with the Death Star.


  • May the force be with you if you're watching this, because you're going to need all the strength you can get.


  • Your perception of the Star Wars Universe will never be the same!


0/10

29. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,287

"Metal confronts what we'd rather ignore. It celebrates what we often deny. It indulges in what we fear most." - Sam Dunn

As a teenager, I was a metalhead. As I grew up I was exploring all kinds of different music genres and I was spending less and less time listening to metal. After some time I almost completely stopped going to metal events and, at some point, I began to think of myself as a former metalhead. Then I saw this documentary and realized I was still a teenage metalhead trapped in a body of forty years old guy who thinks of himself as a former metalhead. Essentially, there's no such thing as a former metalhead. You are either metalhead forever or you have never really been one. Simple as that.

10/10

"My answer now is that you either feel it or you don't. If metal doesn't give that overwhelming surge of power that makes the hair stand up at the back of your neck, you might never get it, and you know what? That's okay, because judging by the 40,000 metalheads around me we're doing just fine without you." - Sam Dunn

30. Ghosts (I) (1997)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

The music video for Michael Jackson's song "Ghosts", a five-minute shortened version of Michael's original 39 minute short-film, 'Ghosts'.

Director: Stan Winston | Stars: Michael Jackson, Pat Dade, Amy Smallman, Edwina Moore

Votes: 5,045

"You're weird. You're strange. I don't like you."

This forty-minute film by Michael Jackson holds the Guinness World Record as the longest music video. The film includes three songs: "2 Bad", "Is It Scary" and "Ghosts". Songs are written and performed by Jackson, the script is written by horror legends Stephen King and Mick Garris, and director is Stan Winston. It was originally conceived as a promotional film for "Addams Family Values" (1993). That was dropped, but Jackson finished it a few years later. If you like Michael Jackson you will surely like this. The story is nicely done, music and dance numbers are great, and the effects are on the level of high-budget films of the time.

7,5/10

31. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 45,333 | Gross: $42.77M

"Life is a cabaret ol' chum, so come to the Cabaret"

And once again I am in the situation that I did not particularly like the film that is considered one of the best of all time. Although I do not lay much on the Oscars, this time the Oscars "Cabaret" won, as well as those it lost, perfectly reflect my own impression of this film. Liza Minnelli was perfect in the leading role, Joel Grey is the carrier of the most remarkable supporting role, directing and cinematography are excellent, and the music is legendary. However, the film lost the race for the best scenario and the best film.

8/10

32. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

88 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 881,707 | Gross: $422.78M

"What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?"

"The Lion King" is one of the best known and most respected Disney movies. On IMDb it's in top 50, Metascore 83, 93% on Rotten Tomatoes... I don't know... it seems a bit too much to me. The film is very good and I do not have any specific objections, but it did not delight me. To animated characters voices are lent by the pretty powerful cast, which includes Rowan Atkinson, Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Cheech Marin, and others, and several songs from the movie were deservedly nominated for an Oscar, from which one won it. Still, from today's perspective, I would rate it seven, but when it came out, and I was a kid, I was thrilled, and for 1994, it has an enviable animation, so I will give it a compromise eight.

8/10

33. Shrek the Musical (2013)

TV-G | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!

Director: Michael John Warren | Stars: Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia

Votes: 2,416

Shrek live!

Already cult animated film by DreamWorks company and, in my opinion, one of the best cartoons of all time, "Shrek", has been adapted into a Broadway musical. I do not need to comment on the story itself, because it is almost the same as in the original, with the addition of pretty good music and dance numbers. While the cartoon from 2001 was designed as a witty and amusing parody of the Disney Princesses, the musical version also parodies some famous musicals. The acting is good, some of the performers really have great voices, and the atmosphere of the entire show is casual and cheerful. Even if you are not a fan of musicals, if you liked the cartoon you'll probably enjoy this adaptation too. It made my day.

8/10

34. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 220,405 | Gross: $188.76M

You're the One That I Want

The story of this romantic musical is quite a cliché, but charismatic actors and legendary soundtrack make it an evergreen classic. I do not want to analyze it so I would not risk lowering my rating. I love it too much.

9/10

35. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 21,544

Not my cup of tea...

As a child I liked Muppets, but now it's quite tedious and tiring to me. Musical and dance numbers are inexpressibly boring, guests are uninteresting (exceptions can be listed on the fingers), here and there I smile at some joke, and that's it. Considering the ratings on the sites, the cult status and reviews among which it is hard to find any with a score below ten, I conclude that the problem is in me and not in the Muppets, but with all goodwill and many re-attempts to like them, this show simply does not work for me.

6/10



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