At this point, the X-Men franchise has produced seven movies. That’s more than Star Wars, Rocky, Madea, Die Hard, and Ernest (the guy who was scared stupid). It’s time to start taking a look at some of the data for the series. Which films are critical darlings? Which films are pulling in cash? And which films do both? I’ve created this scatterplot of the X-Men films, featuring their Rotten Tomatoes scores and box office dollars, to lay it all out. Continue reading
As the last month or so here at TDYLF has illustrated, the Criterion Collection has an amazing variety of top-shelf cinema. It’s a gateway drug for becoming a film nerd, with films from multiple genres, eras, directors, actors and actresses, and countries. It’s that last portion that I’ve decided to focus on today. I’ve created an infograph that visualizes just how many countries are represented (and how well represented they are) in the Criterion Collection. If you’ve ever wanted to know just how many French, American, Swedish, British, Italian, Mexican, Polish, or Macedonian films Criterion has championed, particularly in relation to one another, this is your chance. Enjoy! Continue reading
I’ve always loved Major League ballparks. It’s easy to wax poetic about your first trip, when you can smell the grass, hear the crack of the bat, the sound of the beer vendors and the ballpark organist, the hum of the crowd, and take in the scent of ballpark fare wafting off of the grill. Every game, all 162 of them for your hometown nine, represents an unforgettable experience for a witness in the stadium, and it’s been happening since the middle of the 19th century. There’s nothing else like it, and each city’s baseball cathedral has its own special fingerprint. All of this is what inspired me to create today’s visualization. I’ve put together the history of MLB ballparks for active franchises into a single graph, going back as far as each franchise has existed, including a breakdown of ballparks opened by year. Enjoy! Continue reading
A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained a few new contributions. This is the last one I have (for now). Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today’s entry is from Ryan McNeil, proud Torontoan (Torontite?) and proprietor of The Matinee. Ryan’s site is loaded with passionate and profound reviews about a wide array of genres, from blockbusters to festival films to indie cinema to classics (foreign and otherwise). In particular, I admire Ryan’s dedication to indie cinema and his continuing “Blind Spot Series” in which he tries to fill in the cracks in his movie-viewing history. He always has something thought-provoking to say, and he does so respectfully and without vitriol. That’s my kind of writer. In addition to The Matinee, you can find Ryan on Twitter @matinee_ca. Continue reading
A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained new contributions. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. I first discovered and came to enjoy today’s writer, Eric from The Warning Sign, because his site focuses on so many things that I love. Specifically, Eric has been known to write about movies (obviously), beer, and occasionally baseball. There are also video games in the mix. More importantly, the wide array of films that Eric covers is truly impressive and he constantly tries to expand his cinematic experience. It’s very admirable. You can find all of the fun over at The Warning Sign, or follow him on Twitter @twscritic. Here is his Criterion Top 10 in alphabetical order. Continue reading
A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained new contributions. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today, the series turns to Québec with a contribution from Michaël Parent. Michael and I share a large appreciation for French cinema, and it comes naturally to him. That’s because he’s actually French! (ok, French-Canadian, which is close enough in my book) You can find Michael’s work over at Le Mot du Cinephiliaque or on Twitter @parentmichael. Continue reading
For now, at least, I have one final entry in The Criterion Top 10 Series. Alex Withrow (And So It Begins, filmmaker, @shiftingPersona) had a familiar quandary when he made his first list. Specifically, he wanted to make several lists. Today, he brings us a list comprised purely of films made since 2000. As for the series, this closes it out for the time being, although there are a few more lists that may show up soon. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it, and thank you very much to everyone who participated!