Most Under-appreciated Romantic Leading Men

Throughout cinema, there have been many kinds of leading men. Some are the charming prince types that sweep us off our feet, while others are the bad boys that we know are no good (but maybe have a heart of gold?). There’s a leading man for all seasons. But there is a specific group of actors that have gone unrecognized in the ways of pulling viewers’ heartstrings – men who don’t fit so cleanly in those established templates.

Here, we’ll examine the talented gents that need to be recognized for their romantic ventures. Whether they charmed us with cuddly laughs or produced some truly heartbreaking moments, here is a tribute to some of the most underappreciated leading men in romantic films.

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10 Truly Great Movie Kisses That Deserve More Love

There have been quite a few memorable smooches throughout cinematic history. From the kiss that left us on the edge of our seat to the ones that made us melt, particular kisses continue to make us dream. But (as is the case with most artistic things), there have been a few swoon-worthy moments of emotion that have gone under-appreciated within the movie fan community.

It’s Valentine’s Day, so it seems only fitting to give some much-needed-shout outs to a select few. So grab your favorite box of chocolate, and let’s examine some movie kisses that need some more TLC from film fans.

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The 10 Best Animated Shorts of the Decade

Best Animated Shorts of the Decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

With 2019 wrapping up, another decade of cinema comes to a close. From grand blockbusters to more mature international releases, many will remember the feature-length animated films they witnessed in the 2010s. But what about the “little guys” of the animation world? They deserve their time in the film-loving spotlight as well. They are more than just an excuse to run for more chip dip during the Oscar’s telecast and are thriving.

In celebration of all that the decade had to offer, let’s give a salute to the animated shorts. The obvious Pixar and Disney creations will get their respect, along with the unsung heroes of this small yet mighty category. For they often hold the perfect key to blending visual whimsy with some real-world messages – in ways that many feature-length films can’t quite master.

Now, let’s take a look at the 10 Best Animated Shorts of the Decade.

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Most Touching Summer Movies

To paraphrase Sebastian from Disney’s The Little Mermaid: “the human world is a mess” and that statement perfectly explains the summer 2019 movie season in a multitude of ways. Sure, we got what we wanted with the continuation of thrilling franchises, further exploitation of nostalgia, and a multitude of post-movie viewing memes. But minus those elements, this summer’s cinematic releases were a mixed bag.

Yet there was one aspect that was a positive surprise – the kind that birthed a theme for this summer that came out of nowhere. From timid characters exploring their potential futures, to masculine archetypes unbuttoning their sharp dressed hearts, 2019 slowly became the summer in which unfiltered emotions ran wild. And with summer drawing to a close, it’s about time we reflect on these explorations into a new soul-stirring frontier. This was the summer of…feelings.

This article includes some spoilers for the movies included.

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The 10 Most Iconic Godzilla Movie Moments

Most Iconic Godzilla Movie Moments

Standing 400 feet tall (or whatever measurement you think is canon), Toho’s legendary monster Godzilla has had some pretty epic cinematic adventures. From his times as a baddie to being a champion of small children to even being a devoted father, this atomic breath-spewing lizard has quite the resume. And with his new flick, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomping into multiplexes soon, it’s about time we give some love, respect, and rawrs of victory to this iconic creature.

With this list, we’ll attempt to cover the greatest of highs, the lowest of lows, and the strangest of the strange when it comes to Godzilla’s 65 plus year history of celluloid domination. With a mixture of fan favorites, along with some underrated gems, these selections are all here to prove the pop culture significance of this titan, and why his return to the big screen (regardless of its quality) should always be celebrated in some way.

So, without further ado, here’s our Most Iconic Godzilla Movie Moments!

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The 10 Greatest Moments in the Pokémon Movies

Greatest Pokemon Movie Moments

Since 1996, the worldwide phenomenon known (in many countries) as Pokémon has left a mark on pop culture as a whole. With multiple video games, a long running anime TV series, card games and other media, Pikachu and the rest of the gang have become as much a part of our lives as cereal mascots, commercial jingles, and any of those other bits of nerdom mush.

But one aspect of the Pokémon franchise that doesn’t get enough credit are the films released during its 20 plus year history. Much like Godzilla or any niche fandom-specific movie series, the Pokémon movies aren’t exactly masterly crafted cinema – but for what they are, some of them happen to have some pretty amazing moments. A few have even have left a mark on spectators who don’t know their Poké Ball from their Master Ball.

But the upcoming release of the first live action Pokémon film,  Detective Pikachu, it’s about time some of the best moments in this 22 movie-long series get some love and respect. Not in the way Brock feels towards Officer Jessie and Nurse Joy, mind you, but in a celebration of the fun and excitement these scenes continue to bring to Pokémon fans young and old.

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80s movie villains who Deserve a Comeback

The late ’70s and ’80s gave movie-going audiences quite the collection of spine-tingling baddies to love. Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street, the xenomorphs of Alien and Aliens, and, of course, the Predators (who are currently making their triumphant return in The Predator.)

But what about the lesser appreciated villains and monsters of the decade? They need a return to the movie world too! And that’s what this list is for – to examine just some of the non-rebooted baddies of the ’80s that need a bit of revisiting. Some of their comebacks are down the cinematic pipeline, while others aren’t even a thought in the minds of studio execs. So grab your favorite VHS tape and  revisit just a few of the many deserving antagonists who should be brought back to movie screens.

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When Hellboy (Ron Perlman) turns to his friend and partner in world-saving, Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and notices an album collection of popular love songs, he remarks “Abe…you fell for the Princess?” To which the humanoid fish creature answers: “She…she’s like me! A creature from another world…”

And in the summer of 2008 (a time in which I was a high school senior and was contemplating my future), I connected more with Abe in that moment than I ever had before. For I too was in love with “a creature” from another world. A cinematic world. It was the Hellboy movie franchise, but specifically Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

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The 9 Best Dinosaur Moments in Movies

Best Dinosaur Movie Moments

Dinosaurs. They are the prehistoric creatures that make (almost) every piece of media automatically better. From the obvious classics like Jurassic Park and The Lost World (1925), to those more forgotten dino flicks like We’re Back and The Land Before Time, these prehistoric beasts have left their claw marks all over cinema. And though some of their appearances have been better than others, dinosaurs never seem to lose their cool streak.

So with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom now in theaters, let’s take a look at some of the greatest moments (for various reasons) featuring Dinosaurs on the big screen. Some will be hilarious, while others filled with pure terror. So hold onto your butts – these are the best dinosaur moments in the movies.

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revisiting willow

(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Willow turns 30 and we take a look back.)

Every summer, my great Aunt Nancy would come to visit my family all the way from Hoboken, New Jersey. She would smell of tub roses, wear long sleeved cardigans in 80 degree weather, and refused to sit in the driver’s seat of a car. She seemed out of a children’s book novel – as perfectly perfect as any woman could be. Yet somehow around the mid-90s, she became even more grand, after admitting a secret: “Willow is my favorite movie.”

And if you were a nerdy kid of such a VHS driven time, this was delightful news to your ears.

With the click of the remote control, Nancy (and a six-year-old me) were transported into this high fantasy world created by George Lucas and director Ron Howard. Lush forests, intimidating mountains, and a rich color palette took over our sight. The cries of an infant, and a powerful musical score, filled our ears – we were fully invested in this cinematic adventure.

With the 30th anniversary of Willow here this week (it was released in theaters on May 20, 1988), I decided it was time to take a trip back to Tir Asleen and see if everything looked the same. What lessons can the film teach moviegoers 30 years later? Does it retain that same flawless childhood magic? And is it too weird to say I still have a crush on Madmartigan?

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