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gary buseyGary Busey is more than a man, more than a mere actor—he’s a gale force wind that sweeps everything in his path up in his own insanity. The 10 films selected by frequent Scene-Stealers contributor Warren J. Cantrell may not be classics in the realm of cinematic greatness, but each possesses its own loopy charm brought on in no small part by the addition of one Gary Busey to the cast.

If you’d like to contribute your own Top 10, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. For now, however, it may impossible not to be swept up by Warren’s rambling and right-on list of Top 10 Gary Busey Performances. Enjoy!

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tropic thinder tivoThe movie industry is always looking for help when it comes to financing motion pictures, especially the really big, expensive kind. Companies who lay down lots of cold, hard cash are molding products, logos, and slogans into the very building blocks of our entertainment, often without audiences even realizing it. The new trend, of course, is to mock product placement even as you feature the product: “30 Rock,” I’m looking at you!

Today’s Top 10 look at product placement comes from Elliot Kort and Abby Olcese, the Two Awesome Movie Nerds from Lawrence, KS. Check out their own personal list of favorite Top 10 Product Placements in Movies here. Also, be sure and leave them some comments because there are a metric crap-ton of other prominently featured products in movies these days. Let’s hear what you have to say, too! If you have a Top 10 list of your own, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com.

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This may be the worst Top 10 I’ve written. Not in the way it was written or the lack of research, of course–on the contrary, I did a lot of research to try and track down the most fourth films in a series I could find. It was a little experiment to see what the percentage of good/bad is among fourth movies in a franchise to kind of gauge what we’re in for this weekend as fourth franchise film “Terminator Salvation” opens in theaters.

Guess what? They’re not so good. I could have made a Top 10 list of the worst in a franchise, but that would have been too easy to list, and it numbered around 50. It was much more challenging to come up with ones that didn’t suck too bad. Anyway, enjoy it if you dare: The Top 10 Best Fourth Movies in a Franchise.

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stifler's momOur good friend Andrew Reed, a frequent contributor who runs the excellent Fighting the Youth blog and currently resides in Argentina, has a thing for MILFS. Or at least he was excited enough about them to compile the definitive list (minus last year’s “The Reader”) of Top 10 Movie Cougars.
Urbandictionary defines cougar as “a 35+ year old female who is on the hunt for a much younger male.” Some would say that any definition requires use of the word “pounce.” But whatever your take on the definition, let’s take a moment to celebrate the women who teach more than they tease–the Top 10 Movie Cougars.

If you have a Top 10 list you’d like to contribute to Scene-Stealers, drop me a note at eric@scene-stealers.com and let me know!

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crowe state of playRussell Crowe’s rumpled, old-school investigative reporter in the new movie “State of Play” got me thinking about other movies that feature those noble pursuers of truth. (Check my review of the film here.) Journalists, however, are not always portrayed in the most flattering of lights, as this Top 10 Movie Journalists list can attest. Sometimes the reporter is simply a good stand-in for (or alternative to) the detective, and other times, he or she can be used to critique politics. In the hands of ex-newspaperman-turned-filmmaker Billy Wilder, the journalist actually becomes the vessel through which the media itself is criticized.

If you want to contribute your own Top 10 list, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. In the meantime, check out this list of the most memorable reporters in film.

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merry die hard christmasIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…to search out something different to watch during the Christmas season! Amid reruns of “Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story” (which you’ve probably seen a hundred times already), do yourself a favor and rent one or two of the Christmas gems on this week’s Top 10 Lists. The Top 10 Non-Christmas Christmas Movies list features movies like “Gremlins” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” that take place during the holiday season but aren’t necessarily full of Christmas cheer. (Yes, “Die Hard” is on the list!) The Top 10 Defining Christmas Moments looks at one particular scene in a movie that revolves around Christmas and changes its characters lives, and it has a link to one of my favorite Christmas short stories ever. If you have a moment, take some time and discover the movies on two of my favorite Top 10 lists I’ve written.

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shawshank redemptionObviously, we here at Scene-Stealers are obsessed with lists. Today we have a list from Lawrence, KS resident and site-goer Blake Scott, a man who follows the cultural zeitgeist of movie lists closely and has now entered the hotly contested area of movie lists with one of his own, which is sure to ruffle a few feathers. If you have an idea for a Top 10 movie-related list of your own, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. We’ve had tons of great user-submitted lists and they keep rolling on in. This one is a real doozy. Enjoy Blake’s list of the 10 most overrated films of all time. And, go VOTE!!!

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slap shot newmanMuch has been written about Paul Newman since his passing this past weekend. Many of the newspaper biographies I’ve read focused on his love of racing, his charity work, and his compassion. Some even suggested that he loved those other things more than acting. Well, this Top 10 list is about his enormous contribution to movies.

Newman had the classic good looks of a movie star, but looked for more in a role than whatever the popular trend of the day was. Here are 10 movies that would not have been the same without him.

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