Between 2003 and 2017, the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney pirate blockbuster series The Pirates of the Caribbean became one of the most lucrative franchises in history over its five feature releases, and with news of a reboot starring Margot Robbie set to hit screens in the foreseeable future, this ranking of Pirates 1 through 5 honestly analysed the good and the bad of one of the 21st century’s most recognisable and successful franchises to discover which of the films has been the best and which has been the worst.
“Do you feel lucky, punk?”
The Dirty Harry movies that spanned from the early 70s to the early 90s seem to have lost their gusto in the contemporary space of franchise after franchise and movie universe after movie universe, but at number 14 in this list, there seem to be a lot of people still caught up on this Clint Eastwood star vehicle. Here, Mark Carnochan revisits all five releases, looking at each in terms of quality and how they’ve held up, to judge which Dirty Harry is the luckiest of the bunch.
Released just a few days before Christmas Day 2020, this list from Louis B Scheuer of “10 Excellent Non-Christmas Films Set at Christmas” performed so remarkably well so quickly that it has already become one of the most popular articles on the website. The list does exactly as the title suggests, outlining classics of the Christmas-adjacent movies that may involve the holidays but aren’t necessarily Christmas films.
Tenet was 2020’s only blockbuster release, the early year’s mid-budget offerings and awards season favourites being the only other films to see worldwide theatrical distribution. And this made Christopher Nolan a newsworthy name, not to mention that he was already very popular. In this list from Joseph Wade, Nolan’s 11 films in 22 years – including his Dark Knight trilogy – are ranked from worst to best.
It takes some guts to take on a challenge in which it’s possible to rip generations of childhoods to shreds, and Sam Sewell-Peterson not only put his neck on the line to tackle this celebrated collection of animated classics, but he did so with such a delicate touch and genuine warmth towards the films that his piece ranking the 10 movies was a mainstay in our most popular articles list for each week since its release in late May.