Top 10 Movies For A Girls’ Night

There’s nothing better than a night in with your girls watching movies, eating snacks, and hanging out in your PJ’s. That’s why today we are counting down our top 10 movies to watch for your next girls’ night!

1.Mamma Mia!

It’s nearly impossible to watch this movie without singing and dancing along. That’s what makes it a fun and energetic choice for girls’ night.

2. Mean Girls

Honestly, one of the most iconic movies there is which also happens to feature a slew of strong female characters. What more could you want from a girls’ night movie pick?

3. Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids has so many qualities that make it perfect for girls’ night. For starters, it centers around a wedding, and I don’t know about you but anything that deals with weddings is my weakness. And this movie features some of the best female comedians there are!

4. Girls Trip

This one is great because whether it gives you and your girls an idea for your next girls trip, or it reminds you all of your girl group, it is bound to have all of you laughing and even closer by the end.

5. 10 Things I Hate About You

This movie is not only a classic, but it’s positively adorable. And who better to swoon over Heath Ledger and cry about Kat’s poem at the end with than your best friends?

6. Chicago

Chicago features one strong female cast. That also makes it so much fun to sing along to with your girls. Between the badass ladies and the iconic music you can’t go wrong with this pick.

7. Clueless

Funny, charming, and iconic. This one will have you and your girls laughing and maybe even planning your next group Halloween costume!

8. Easy A

I absolutely love this movie. It’s funny, different, and features the stunningly talented Emma Stone. Also, the fact that it acts as a commentary on female expression of sexuality, makes it a perfect movie for girls’ night.

9. Bring It On

First off, I just have to say that Jesse Bradford is beautiful and I am forever grateful that he graced our screens as Cliff in Bring It On. But luckily, that’s not all this movie has to offer. You have entertaining cheer routines, brilliant comedy, and a great load of nostalgia.

10. Crazy, Stupid, Love

One of my favorite Rom-Coms and honestly such an interesting take on the genre. With an intricate story, brilliant cast, and lots of hilarity it is the perfect movie to watch in the most perfect genre for a girls’ night.

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Top 5 Animated Movies

Hand-drawn. Stop motion. Rotoscoping. Live action. Clay. 2D. 3D. Oil paint. Canvas. Stick figure. And the list goes on. Animation is just another medium through which images are manipulated to appear as moving images. Quite frankly, it is one of the most fascinating mediums through which images come to life.

Today, we present the Basement Film Society picks for top 5 best animated movies, drawing mainly from American cinema.

1. Up (2009)

An exciting adventure packed film following Carl and Russell who set out together to fulfill Carl’s dream of seeing South America and the promise made to his late wife, Ellie. An inseparable bond forms between the two in the midst of the journey.

2. Finding Nemo (2003)

Starring Ellen Degeneres, Finding Nemo details the journey Marlon and Dory take to find Marlon’s son, Nemo, after he gets captured in the Great Barrier Reef and ends up miles away from home.

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3. Ponyo (2008)

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Of all the films included, we could not forget to include a Miyazaki film. Ponyo tells the story of a little boy who forms a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess, who wishes to be human after falling for him.

4. Walle-E (2008)

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A lonely robot, Wall-E, takes a journey to another galaxy where he meets and falls in love with another robot, Eve, and discovers a new purpose when returns home.

5. Moana (2016)

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A one-of-a-kind film that tells the story of Moana, the chosen one by the ocean, on a journey to find Maui, a demigod, to return the heart of Te Fiti and save her island.

This is a very small scale representation of the scope of animated films, as there are many more animated films worthy of mention and praise. However, I do hope that, of the five chosen, readers resonate with their importance and fascination just as much.

100th Day of BFS: The Best and Worst of 2018

To celebrate the 100th day of Basement Film Society, we’ve decided to take (nearly) every single movie that’s come out this year and put them in a list of top 10 and bottom 10.

The lists are based on the ratings that they have been given in our reviews. Percentages will be included in this post, as well. 

Anyways, let’s get started and thank you so much for joining us in our 100 day celebration! We cannot wait for 100 more!

Top 10 Best Movies… so far.

  1. First Reformed (98%)
  2. Hereditary (98%)
  3. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (96%)
  4. You Were Never Really Here (96%)
  5. Tully (96%)
  6. Adrift (95%)
  7. American Animals (94%) 
  8. Game Night (93.7%)
  9. Incredibles 2 (93%)
  10. Veronica (93%)

Top 10 Worst Movies… so far.

  1. 7 Days in Entebbe (56%)
  2. Overboard (53%)
  3. Red Sparrow (50%)
  4. Super Troopers 2 (46%)
  5. Taco Shop (39.4%)
  6. Truth or Dare (36%)
  7. Step Sisters (35%)
  8. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (33%)
  9. The Week Of (19%)
  10. The Kissing Booth (18%)

 

Top 5 80s Movies

Who doesn’t love a great 80s movie – timeless and worth watching more than once. Today at BFS, we’re taking it back in time to one of the greatest decades of filmmaking from the most popular to the underrated. The 80s.

1. Sixteen Candles

A 1984 coming-of-age film that follows angst-filled Samantha (Molly Ringwald) on her sixteenth birthday that is being overshadowed by her sister’s upcoming wedding. Samantha longs for Jake (Michael Schoeffling), yet is stuck with constantly trying to fend off Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy who appears to take an interest in her.

2. Dirty Dancing

As one of the 80s most memorable teen movies among many, Dirty Dancing is an immensely charming and heartwarming romantic movie that tells the story of Baby (Jennifer Grey) away on summer vacation where she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze) who teaches her how to dance and with whom she falls in love.

3. Pretty in Pink

Another 80s movie starring Molly Ringwald. Pretty in Pink is about an outcast named Andie who either hangs out at work or hanging out with her friend Duckie who has a crush on her. When Blaine asks Andie out things become a little more complicated.

4. Back to the Future

A classic sci-fi film that is lighthearted and full of adventure. In a small town in California Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back in time after an unsuccessful experiment. He travels through time recounting old memories only to return to the present to save Doc (Christopher Lloyd).

5. Stand By Me

An underrated, yet brilliant film written in the form of a memoir that is based on a novella by Stephen King. Seeped in realism this film is narrated through four young boys as they venture on a journey to discover a murdered body near their homes. A must-watch as it is unconventional, yet emotional.

While these were hand-selected and few in number, there are many more 80s films that are just as memorable and worth being seen. But, of the five chosen, I hope readers will enjoy them just as much.

Top 8 Best Picture Snubs

Have you ever watched the Oscars, knew what movie was gonna win best picture, and then have some undeserving flick win instead? Oh, wait. It happens almost every year. Here is our Top 8 picks for Best Picture snubs.

1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lets be honest with ourselves here, the disgrace that is Shape of Water did not deserve its Best Picture title from this past year. I firmly believe that Guillermo Del Toro ran out of ideas for that one and the award should have been given to the smart and perfectly crafted Three Billboards. That is all I’m saying.

2. Brokeback Mountain

There’s a lot that I could say here. First off, the winner of the award that year, 2006, went to Crash. A film that not even the director is proud of. And it won an Oscar! On the other hand, Brokeback Mountain was thought to be the clear choice considering it had an original plot, great direction, and beautiful performances from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Although it did win awards that season, it most certainly deserved the highest one of all.

3. Avatar

I honestly don’t even know what to say. This is the most groundbreaking film of this generation with animation that not even James Cameron could dream of. It was visually stunning and, literally, out of this world. Yet, they still gave the award to The Hurt Locker? A film that no one had even heard of until the Oscars? I mean, how? 4. The Social Network and Black SwanThis might be an unpopular one but, unpopular opinions make for the best arguments. The 83rd Academy Awards was, by far, my favorite year. Every single movie was different from one another and very creative with their storytelling. Which is why I gotta say that nothing was more creative that year than Black Swan and none of the stories were more appealing and exhilarating as The Social Network. Sorry, The King’s Speech. 5. Les MiserabléI think a lot of us can agree that we were shocked when Ben Affleck went onstage to accept the award for his movie, Argo, winning Best Picture. An even bigger surprise being that Les Miserablé, one of the greatest musicals of all time, won 3/7 of the awards they were nominated for. It was sad to see such a masterpiece be snubbed by the film world. 6. Life of PiAlso nominated the same year as Les Mis was the masterpiece Life of Pi (also directed by Ang Lee, director of Brokeback Mountain). All I have to say is that Ang Lee deserves better. 7. Star WarsI mean… come on. Annie Hall over Star Wars? Regular love story over a revolutionary film that set standards for an entire genre? I am offended and deeply disappointed. 8. A Clockwork OrangeThis film flipped people on their heads and took them for a ride that never asked for but came out thoroughly enthralled. It touched on many taboo topics and has more style and edge than any other film I’ve seen. What did it lose to? The French Connection. Sure, it was probably good, too, but I highly value unique and original stories. And A Clockwork Orange deserved an award that would prove their worth.

10 Best Musical Movies

Who doesn’t love musicals? They’re one of the most fun genres to watch, and there are so many great ones that it’s hard to pick the best. But today we at BFS tried to do just that, as we talk about the 10 best musical movies.

  1. West Side Story

This is a musical about modern Romeo and Juliet with so many amazing musical numbers. A tragic story, but a visual masterpiece that is an amazing example of a Broadway musical translated into a movie.

2. The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is the most classic musical there is. Starring the beautiful Julie Andrews this is undoubtedly a timeless work of art with so many classic songs like “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell”.

3. Chicago

This movie stars some bad ass ladies, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger, has so many unforgettable numbers it is almost impossible to pick your favorite song, and showcases some truly dazzling costume design. This movie is so good it even won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2003.

4. Gigi

With a beautiful romance and that Old Hollywood charm, this musical is hard not to love. Not only did this movie win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1959, but it also broke the record at the time for most Oscar wins by taking home 9 awards that night.

5. La La Land

La La Land is the newest one on the list, yet the magic it brings to the screen makes it feel like a classic. Between the amazing music, stunning cinematography, and all of those nods to Old Hollywood, La La Land is one of the most beautiful musicals to date.

6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This movie is the original cult classic. It has one of the biggest cultural influences of any of the movies on this list. And between the rocking music, the iconic costumes, and the entrancing story, this is the kind of movie that still has people dressing up and throwing stuff at the screen to this day.

7. An American in Paris

An American in Paris is one of those Old Hollywood classics that you just gotta love. It stars the Hollywood legend himself, Gene Kelly, and won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1952.

8. Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is a timeless romantic comedy set in Old Hollywood. It brought us so many iconic scenes, including the titular song and rain sequence of “Singin’ in the Rain”. Its undeniable charm is what keeps us loving it over 60 years after it came out.

9. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is one of those musicals that you just can’t help but dance to. With a star studded cast and its beautiful Greek scenery, this is one of those fun filled movies that you can watch over and over again. It also has a sequel coming out this year, and I don’t know about you, but we at BFS are counting down the days until that comes out!

10. The Wizard of Oz

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Wizard of OZ is a large part of movie history. It also features so many classic songs like “Over the Rainbow” and has one of those unforgettable stories that everyone knows about.

 

Top 5 Most Underrated Comedies

We all have our favorite comedies and our own sense of humor. Many would include the classics such as The Big Lebowski,

Caddyshack, and even an Adam Sandler film in their top 10. But, some just don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Today, we list our top 5 choices for the funniest, most underrated comedies.

Blades of Glory

First same sex figure skating couple, played by Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, adorned in fire and ice inspired costumes? Not to mention the gross incestuous skating couple (played by married couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett). How come no one is still talking about this gem?

The DUFF

Although this movie may seem cringy at first glance with the acronym of the designated ugly fat friend and its interesting use of modern technology, it is surprisingly really funny and heartwarming. It is definitely a little ridiculous, but underlying that is a message about self acceptance and a lot of laughs.

How to Be Single

Possibly the greatest chick flick in recent years, starring Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson, hardly gets any attention. Not only does Pitch Perfect star Wilson steal the show as usual, but Fifty Shades’ leading lady Johnson proves that she can be the lead in a comedy too. It’s sweet, carefree, and makes your stomach hurt (in a good way).

Girls Trip

A knockout. Best comedy of 2017. Rough Night tried, but couldn’t live up to its greatness. It was the world’s introduction to showstopping comedian Tiffany Haddish and a revival of Queen Latifah’s career. This was the perfect film for women in comedy and put the trash mockeries (Rough Night) aside.

The Night Before

This is honestly one of the funniest movies Seth Rogen has ever made and no one seems to talk about it or even know it exists. It follows three best friends, played by Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Anthony Mackie, on their wild quest to attend the best party in New York City on Christmas Eve. This movie is both touching and hilarious and a must see for any fans of Seth Rogen.