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1,855 Feature Films (only 38 rated 10, or 2.0%)
722 TV Episodes (only 22 rated 10, or 2.8%)
47 TV & Short Movies (none rated 10)
2,674 Total ratings (only 60 rated 10, or 2.2%)
I'm finding missing ratings to add every day. The 722 episodes above, only cover 23 TV series and I have a list of nearly 400 to rate. I'll get there one day.
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Every great 'heist' film still maintains familiar elements. One of the 'must-haves' is a mastermind. This person can have many roles to play. They might plan the robbery, pull together the team of specialists and/or play a central role in how the caper plays out. They also may have an ulterior motive for pulling the job.
Below is a list of the finest heist masterminds (in chronological order with a well-known quote for fun) … but which of these is the number one mastermind?
List/Poll Rules Minimum IMDB film rating = 7.0 / Must include a robbery / No remakes (unless first version isn't rated 7.0) / Only the first film in series
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**Note/spoiler alert** There's a reminder of the outcome for each villain when you follow the link on their image. Please don't read them if you haven't seen the film.
In the list below, I've picked one villain from each Bond film. Whom of these does the spy manage to deal with in the most satisfactory way, or do you prefer the ones that get away?
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His 1948 Hamlet, which he also directed and produced, was the first non-American film to win the best film Oscar. It was also his only acting Oscar win in the nine times he was nominated (which included a nomination for his Henry V in 1944, Richard III in 1955 and Othello in 1965). In his two TV Movie roles, he received an outstanding lead actor Emmy nomination for Shylock (1973) and won the Emmy for his King Lear (1983).
Which of these Film or TV Shakespeare characters was Olivier's best acting performance?
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Parasite is a very rare film ...
Parasite is a very rare film. IMDb have it listed as a 'Comedy, Drama, Thriller'. These three just don't do it justice. It certainly has some very funny moments ... but it's equally depressing and sad (both in a good way) as it deals with tough subjects like injustice, poverty and class. It certainly is a drama; each character has multiple situations ranging from normality to crisis. We watch as these scenarios merge and cultivate themes and topics to contemplate. Yes, you guessed it ... it's also a thriller; the storytelling beautifully builds up, twists and works to a crescendo.
However, the film has so much more. There's plenty of argument to add 'Horror, Romance or Crime' which are all blended into the colourful narrative. Plus, this film is the quintessential 'Family' film; yes, the families are in 'interesting' situations, but the shades develop and raise questions on many layers. The fact this film can do all of this and stay even remotely coherent explains why the film is rare. The credit should go to the sharp writing and directing of Bong Joon Ho and the brave and touching work of the actors.
Now ... it's a long way from 'perfect' in my opinion. I've scored this film a 10 here as it just crept into the required range with 91/100 using my own scoring system (I have my own detailed method). It's certainly true that some people won't enjoy this film. Of course, the genre mix I describe above may put people off straight away. Without saying too much that gives anything important away some might feel the underlying themes have been done before and that the film can feel confused and ambiguous (on a variety of subjects and positions). You may also need to deal with a film without an obvious 'hero', characters with whom you may struggle to empathise (especially by the end) and an 'unlikely' main plot and close.
Personally, none of these impacted my enjoyment of the movie in a significant way. I'd primarily put this down to the direction, screenplay and acting. There are small moments in the film, which resonate as they underpin the themes. I found 'Parasite' thought provoking and engaging throughout.