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Straightwashing Removes All Rainbows: Removing Bisexuals from Comic Book Films - In 2022, the blockbuster sphere's choices in representation must face more scrutiny, particularly with regard to straightwashing bisexual comic book characters. Essay by Paul Klein.
10 Best Moments from The Thing - The 10 best moments from John Carpenter's 'The Thing' (1982) starring Kurt Russell, from the dog to the defibrillator and beyond. List by Kieran Judge.
Jurassic Franchise Directors Ranked - The directors of the 'Jurassic Park' and 'Jurassic World' movies ranked from worst to best in terms of their overall directorial work. Ranked article by Joseph Wade.
‘Blue My Mind’ and New Female Monsters - 'Blue My Mind' cathartically redefines the old-fashioned film logic that pain must be felt in the coming-of-age period and thus redefines the rulings of the monstrous feminine. Essay by Grace Britten.
Is Marvel’s Insistence on Being So Firmly On-The-Nose Rooted in a Distrust of Its Audience? - In 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', Marvel, writer Michael Waldron and director Sam Raimi, tell rather than show. Is this because they don't trust us to understand film language? Essay by Callum McGuigan.
What Film Can Teach Us About Heartbreak - "Real life is often nonsensical and absurd – if art can truly mirror that experience, something special can occur." What abstract ideas in film can teach us about heartbreak. Essay by Sam Florsheim.
10 Best Sam Raimi Movie Moments - The 10 best Sam Raimi movie moments, from the upside down kiss in 'Spider-Man' to the chainsaw arm in 'Evil Dead II', ranked. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Before Trilogy: How to Capture a Moment - A love story is made of moments, and in no place are those moments captured better than in Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy - Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight. Essay on why, by Jack Fanning.
Cooper Raiff and the Strength of Vulnerability - Cooper Raiff uses his films 'Sh*thouse' and 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' to re-evaluate the limits of masculinity, confronting limited stereotypes to present vulnerability as a strength. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.
10 Best Moments from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy - The 10 best moments from Sam Raimi's seminal superhero blockbuster trilogy, 'Spider-Man'. List includes moments from 'Spider-Man 2' and 'Spider-Man 3'. Article by Katie Doyle.
10 Most Important Comic Book Movies Ever - What are the most important comic book movies of all time? Which superhero films are the most influential? Find out in this Movie List from The Film Magazine by Joseph Wade.
1990s Superhero Movies Ranked - 1990s superhero films ranked worst to best. List includes 'The Crow', 'Guyver', 'The Mask', 'Blade', 'The Mystery Men'. Ranked article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ VFX Remain the Industry’s Gold Standard - How Steven Spielberg's direction helped to make the visual effects on 'Jurassic Park' (1993) not only revolutionary but the Gold Standard of Hollywood CGI. Article by Joseph Wade.
In Defense of the Happy Ending: Alice Wu and LGBTQ+ Movies - For so long, Hollywood has made it seem like only white, cisgender, non-disabled, heterosexual people fall in love. The films of Alice Wu offer condolence for those outside of that box. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.
Live-Action Batman Movies Ranked - Which Batman movie is the best? All 10 live-action Batman films, from Batman to The Batman via The Dark Knight, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Live-Action Batmen Ranked - From Adam West to Robert Pattinson via Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and more, the live-action movie performances of Batman ranked worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
How ‘The Worst Person in the World’ Redefines Romantic Cinema - How Joachim Trier rewrites the rules of silver screen romance to create one of the best romantic dramas of recent years, 'The Worst Person in the World'. Essay by Rehana Nurmahi.
2022 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - Every movie nominated for the Oscars Best Picture Academy Award, from 'Belfast' to 'West Side Story' via 'CODA', 'Dune' and 'Licorice Pizza' ranked from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
Where to Start with Paul Thomas Anderson - Paul Thomas Anderson, director of numerous Oscar winners and film festival awards, may be the best filmmaker of his generation. Here's where to start. Article by Jacob Davis.
2022 Animated Feature Oscar Nominees Ranked - Five animated films are nominated in the Animation Feature category at the 94th Academy Awards (2022 Oscars); where do 'Encanto' and 'Luca' rank among them? Ranked list by Joseph Wade.
10 Things You Might Have Missed in ‘Encanto’ - The most important Easter eggs and details you might have missed from Walt Disney Animation's smash hit film 'Encanto'. List by Sophia Patfield.
10 Best Spider-Man: No Way Home Moments - The 10 best moments from 2021's biggest box office hit, the MCU-adjacent multiverse-spanning 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', from the big twists to those cameos. List by Jake Gill.
10 Best The Dark Knight Moments - The best moments from the 2008 DC Batman movie 'The Dark Knight', starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, and directed by Christopher Nolan. List by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Batman Begins Moments - The best moments in 'Batman Begins' (2005), the first film in Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight Trilogy' starring Christian Bale, listed. Includes "Swear to me" and the big twist. Article by Joseph Wade.
Clio Barnard Films Ranked - Bradfordian filmmaker Clio Barnard's four films ranked from worst to best, including Andrea Dunbar documentary 'The Arbor' and 2022 release 'Ali & Ava'. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Jackass 3 Moments - Steve-O's Bungee Portaloo, Danger Ehren's Lamborghini Tooth Pull and more compared and contrasted in these, the 10 Best Jackass 3 (3D) Moments. List by Joseph Wade.
‘Wanderlust’ and Its ‘Bizarro Cut’ at 10: How David Wain Split His Sensibility in Two for the Studio System - 10 years on from the release of David Wain's cult comedy 'Wanderlust', starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, its 'Bizarro Cut' remains transparent about the comedy process. Essay by Nicholas Armstrong.
10 Best Jackass Number Two Moments - From the Toro Totter to the Bee Hive Limo, the 10 best moments from 'Jackass Number Two' starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Bam Margera. List by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Jackass: The Movie Moments - All the best moments from the first 'Jackass' film, 'Jackass: The Movie' (2002), including Steve-O's alligator tightrope and Dave England's accidental pant leakage. List by Joseph Wade.
Jackass Movies Ranked - All 4 'Jackass' movies, from the original in 2002 to 'Jackass Forever' in 2022, starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera and company, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
10 Must-See One-Shot Films - From a legendary Alfred Hitchcock offering to Best Picture winners and beyond, these are the 10 best one-shot movies ever made. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Austin Powers Movies Ranked - All 3 Mike Myers Austin Powers movies, from 'International Man of Mystery' to 'Goldmember' via 'The Spy Who Shagged Me', ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Paul Thomas Anderson Films Ranked - All 9 films directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, from 'Hard Eight' to 'Licorice Pizza' via 'Boogie Nights', 'Magnolia', 'There Will Be Blood' and 'The Master', ranked from worst to best. List by George Taylor.
Guillermo Del Toro Movies Ranked - All 10 of Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro's career ranked from worst to best, including the likes of 'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Hellboy' and 'The Shape of Water', by Beth Sawdon.
10 Best Films 2021: Joseph Wade - From musicals to award winners, blockbusters to animations, the 10 best films of 2021 according to The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade.
2022 Big Movie Preview - The very best of blockbuster, arthouse and awards-ready cinema due for release in 2022, from 'The Batman' to a new Damien Chazelle movie, to the upcoming 'Knives Out' sequel.
10 Best Films 2021: Sam Sewell-Peterson - "What a year for cinema to come back from the brink." The very best of film, from the blockbuster to the arthouse, curated by Sam Sewell-Peterson in this list of Top 10 Films 2021.
21 Most Popular Articles 2021 - The most popular articles published to thefilmagazine.com in the year 2021, as chosen by you the readers.
10 Best Films 2021: Annice White - In a 2021 film calendar filled with delayed releases from years gone by and dominated by big-budget blockbusters, Annice White highlights the 10 Best Films 2021.
9 Best Reviewed Films 2021 – The Film Magazine - The highest rated films released in 2021 and reviewed by the team at The Film Magazine. 9 films from 4 genres and 3 countries.
2021 Comic Book Movies Ranked - All 7 comic book movies, from 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' to 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' via 'Black Widow' and 'Eternals', ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Little Women Is the Ultimate Christmas Film, Actually - Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' (2019) starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and more, is the ultimate Christmas film, even if it's arguably not even a Christmas film at all. Rehana Nurmahi explains.
There’s No Place like St. Louis at Christmas - If 'The Wizard of Oz' taught us that there’s no place like home, 'Meet Me in St. Louis' taught us that, actually, there’s no place like St. Louis. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Love Actually Moments - The 10 best moments from Richard Curtis Christmas film 'Love Actually' starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy and a host of famous British names. List by Gala Woolley.
5 Reasons ‘Elf’ Is a Gen Z Christmas Classic - Why Jon Favreau's 'Elf' (2003), starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, has become a Christmas classic in the eyes of Gen Z and why it maintains relevance to this day. Article by Nicole Sanacore.
5 Best Christmas Films with Happy Endings - The very best Christmas films with happy endings, for those who love the warm embrace of love and friendship on a cold, festive, winter's night. List by Jamie Garwood.
10 Best Bad Santa Moments - The 10 best moments from the alternative Christmas comedy 'Bad Santa' (2003), from director Terry Zwigoff and starring Billy Bob Thornton. Article by Martha Lane.
Home Alone Movies Ranked - All 6 'Home Alone' Movies from the original in 1990 to the 2021 release 'Home Sweet Home Alone' ranked from worst to best. "Keep the change ya filthy animal."
Ten Women Who Defined and Evolved Horror’s Final Girl Trope - Ten of horror's most important final girls, from Sally Hardesty of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' to Laurie Strode of 'Halloween', Ellen Ripley of 'Alien' and beyond. List by Margaret Roarty.
Where to Start with the Cinema of Peter Cushing - British screen acting icon Peter Cushing saved so many films from obscurity and shaped British horror in the 20th century. Here's where to start with the cinema of Peter Cushing. Article by Katie Doyle.