Surviving ‘Apocalypse’: Top Ten ‘American Horror Story: Murder House’ and ‘Coven’ Characters

American Horror Story: Apocalypse only aired last night and it’s setting us all on edge. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are obviously going back to their roots with this sinister, almost comical representation of the apocalypse. While we endure the agonizing wait until next Wednesday, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 Murder House and Coven characters.

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10. Moira

Murder House‘s Moira made #10 on this list for being such an anchor point of her season. I can’t imagine Murder House without picturing Young Moira being murdered by the beloved Constance, or without picturing Ben seeing Young Moira in several, uh, compromising positions. Beyond that, what would season 1 have been in Frances Conroy’s Moira wasn’t bonding over Vivien and protecting the house from all evil – in or outside the boundaries.

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9. Vivien

Vivien was another anchor of the first season of American Horror Story. Granted, she was also the one with the most issues. I mean, she *SPOILER* (but if you haven’t seen Murder House, then get to it) gave birth to the damn antichrist and was raped by an angry spirit. Now THAT’S some emotional baggage. Vivien was someone who I loved watching on screen, no matter what storyline she was stuck in. I’m serious, the number of happy moments that woman has is, like, zero.

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8. Zoe

Seeing Taissa Farmiga for the first time since Murder House was absolutely life-changing the first time I saw her as Zoe. Zoe Benson was one of the several coven witches from Coven that we very quickly came to love. She was a powerful witch, even if she didn’t always look it at times. We loved watching her bond with the rest of the coven and her franken-boyfriend Kyle. Zoe proved to be a kindred soul that only wants the best for her coven and the people who care most about her. Who cares if that means having several threesomes with a boyfriend stealing b*tch?

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7. Marie

Based on the real life “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans”, Marie Laveau added a touch of history to the third installment, Coven, as well as a new fanbase for the legend. Portrayed by Angela Bassett, we introduced to a new story and a new persona that many in New Orleans would question if it weren’t done so eloquently. Not only is Marie the Queen of Voodoo but she’s also an immortal bad bitch hair stylist who got reparations by giving her racist enemy, Delphine, an immortal life- in a coffin below the city of New Orleans. She gets revenge in the sweetest way and never gives pity apologies to the ones she’s hurt (let’s be honest, they probably deserve it). A Queen in her own right.

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6. Constance

Constance from Murder House snagged the #6 on the list for proving that as long as you’re confident enough, you don’t need to be scared of no ghost. Although most of her children are suffering very severe consequences for their actions, Constance remains strong. She has moments of fragility, which are usually cleared up pretty fast by medium Billie Dean Howard and her spiritual guidance. She is the mother of Tate and knows about every single spirit in Murder House. Even with this overwhelming knowledge, she survives and remain the one that all the spirits are scared of. Mess with her and you’ll suffer the same consequences as those before.

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5. Cordelia

This whole paragraph is about to be spoilers, so avoid reading this one unless you’ve watched the almighty season of Coven. When we meet Cordelia, she is quite fragile while being one of the strongest witches in the coven. She’s a mentor and a guide, and keeps her calm at all times. She literally blinds herself just because she cares more about the coven than she cares about herself, just to find out she’s a little more powerful than she imagined. When I think about the fact that this queen is about to be in Apocalypse, I internally scream. Cordelia is a witch of power and a witch of ultimate love and gratification, the supreme anchor of the coven. Screw top 10 of Murder House and Coven, she’s in the top ten of all time.

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4. Violet

What would Murder House be if Violet, the moody teenager, wasn’t there to fall in and out of love with the ghost of a mass murderer? Well, we would have to find a love story in Ben and Vivien because Violet and Tate were the original OTP (one true pairing) of American Horror Story. Not only is Violet lovestruck but she’s also the slightly gothic character in all of us. As a teenaged viewer, you could relate to Violet’s inner struggles which included depression and thoughts of suicide. She’s goes through all of the things that teenagers go through with the added bonus of living in a haunted house inhabiting ghosts that want you dead like them while your parents are on the verge of divorce. Despite her unfortunate ending, I think we can all give Violet a medal for putting up with that much trauma and drama at 16 years old.

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3. Misty

The Swamp Witch who’s a mega-fan of the infamous White Witch Stevie Nicks. Misty is second to Cordelia as the sweetest and most morally disciplined character in Coven. This is due to the fact that her special power is bringing people and animals back to life. She has a love and appreciation for life and nature that can sometimes get in the way of her progression in magic but, she’d rather die before killing another living things. Which is admirable and melancholic at the same time. Aside from having an interesting hippie style, Misty is one of those characters that we love for her heart and not just her icon status.

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2. Tate

Look, people have very mixed opinions about Tate. Let me get this out of the way right now and say that I definitely think Tate is an awful person. It’s not a debate whether or not he was a good person when he shot up a school, but from a character standpoint, he’s splendid. So splendid, in fact, that he made #2 on this list. Tate Langdon is a classic American Horror Story character for all sorts of reasons. First of all, him and Violet’s relationship was one of the first couples in the series that I actually wanted to happen. Even if they do seem slightly – very – toxic. They were still cute. There were also times in season 1 where you really just felt for Tate. The times when he forgot he was a mass shooter and a total serial killer and just surfaced the fragile loving side of himself. If you want to push it even further, his son just so happens to be one of the main characters of Apocalypse

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1. Fiona

All hail the Supreme. Don’t disrespect her, don’t try to dismiss her, only love her with your entire being. If you don’t, she will gladly kill you and destroy your body. Fiona Goode is the definition of iconic. She has some of the MOST quotable lines in the series and some of the most memorable moments. Most people, if they were given the honor of becoming the Supreme, would end up just like Fiona. She cared purely for herself, not for anyone else. So much so that she actually did end up killing someone out of fear that she was being run out. She barely cared about her daughter, but occasionally you would see that side poke through. She absolutely never gave up on anything, not until her dying breath. She became the queen of AHS, and even in a world of amazing Jessica Lange characters, Fiona Goode remains at the top of the list. Power is a dream that most can never receive, but Fiona Goode remains the baddest witch in town.

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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.

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.