If you cram an ass-load of information into a brief two to four minutes with no dialogue–just rockin’ music and quick-cut action–you are relying on the power of the montage.Warren J. Cantrell from Seattle, WA has compiled his list of the Top 10 Movie Montages. He could have easily made a list “50 films deep,” he writes, so parameters were set and followed.

The 10 movies he ended up with all have perfect examples of that most lazy and helpful of storytelling devices–the montage. (It’s a method so powerful that “Team America” sang a song about it.) If you’d like to contribute a Top 10 list, email me at In the meantime, enjoy this list of Warren’s Top 10 Movie Montages.

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billy idol wedding singerThey say all actors want to be rock stars and vice versa. There are a select few who are able to do both, but for the most part, we don’t want musicians in our movies and we don’t want our movie stars on our stages. That’s why the rock star cameo is a fun and harmless little way for our favorite rockers to appear for a short time (sometimes as themselves) and disappear before they can do any real harm to the movie. Many times, the rock star cameo sounds way cooler on paper (Keith Richards as Jack Sparrow’s daddy “Pirate,” for example) or just plain fizzles out (Neil Diamond in “Saving Silverman”).

This list is proof that there is a way, however, to have rock star cameos that actually … well … rock. I know I missed some, so please leave comments below! If you have an idea for a Top 10, email me at Click here to see the Top 10 Rock Star Movie Cameos.

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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

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