With so many smaller independent producers tracing their paychecks to the top Hollywood moguls, it's a little harder to tell which films are truly independent and which ones are engineered to look that way.
There are some films that are so powerful, so impactful, so definitive that they cease to be films anymore. It's important to remind ourselves how good they are. And remind ourselves how they make us cry.
If aliens landed and wanted an example of human comedy at its pinnacle, we'd plop their tentacles down on the couch and show them these films.
Just because something has fart jokes doesn't mean it can't hold value. Are they perfect comedies? No. Are they worth watching? Yes. Do they make guys cry? Oddly enough, yes.
In my mind there are two different groups of movies that win Oscars: The movies that are only released to barely qualify for an Oscar, and the group that exemplify the pinnacle of cinematic greatness.
Some define it as a movie that did terribly at the box office, but then gained a second life on home video. Others define it as a movie that's defended to the death by a fiercely loyal group, despite many flaws they choose to overlook.
I think the term "bromance" is one of the healthiest additions to the gender landscape in a long time.
Movies that drip testosterone don't necessarily teach us anything. That's ok, not all movies have to have deep meanings. Sometimes you just want to see spaceships explode or biceps beat up the bad guys.
These films offered a character that overreacts to situations - usually enduring the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back." And guys would get teary.
Some films either stink or didn't reach their full potential due to their respective studios making a mess of things. Yet still, these films manage to touch our hearts.
Holiday movies are almost always sentimental, so its stands to reason that a few few of them can get the emotional juices flowing.
There are some movies that make us wish for simpler times. These five films give you a kick in the nostalgia.
There are some on-screen deaths that indelibly burned into your memory. Here are five films where those deaths make a big emotional impact.
The death of a main character in a movie, or at least the best supporting actor type, can occasionally leave a lump in your throat.
Not every movie ends the way you expect it to. These movies had a real emotional impact with the Dark Twist at the end.