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Top Ten: Cinema's Most Treasured Images Part 4 (#31 - 40)

I'll continue with some of Cinema's most treasured images bound to invoke a strong emotional response. Like the previous selections, these will be listed in ascending order with #31 as the most iconic. The narratives' indelible moments are the primary reason these captures were selected. 

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Top Ten: Cinema's Most Treasured Images Part 3 (#21 - 30)

I'll continue with some of Cinema's most treasured images bound to invoke a strong emotional response. Like the previous selections, these will be listed in ascending order with #21 as the most iconic. The narratives' indelible moments are the primary reason these captures were selected. 

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Top Ten: Western Treasures Part 3

Drama is conflict.

Nowhere is that better exemplified than in a less technologically advanced, austere Western setting. Practically since the dawn of Cinema itself, Westerns appeared on the scene with their comparatively short and simple narratives, befitting both the West's preceding closure and this amazing, new storytelling discovery. 

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Top Ten: Cinema's Most Treasured Images Part 2 (#11 - 20)

I'll continue with some of Cinema's most treasured images bound to invoke a strong emotional response. Like the first 10 selections, these will be listed in ascending order with #11 as the most iconic. The narratives' indelible moments are the primary reason these captures were selected.   

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Top Ten Costume Jewelery: Most Annoying Movie Characters

Top 10: Most Annoying Movie Characters

 

My guest contributor is young Mr. X whose first post here will hopefully not be his last.

These are in order of least annoying to most with #1 being the worst offender:

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Top Ten: Western Treasures Part 1

One of the more fascinating aspects of this genre is that the historic "wild west" of America had just officially ended when these motion pictures were first being churned out. In other words, history having just been made in the real West in the late 1800's was to be first represented on celluloid in the early 1900's.

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Top Ten Fool's Gold: The Over Rated Part 2

In this series I would like to provide my readers with a more critical perspective to consider, one that hopefully will not detract from a person's appreciation for the films under review. At the same time, I'd question whether these motion pictures really deserve the high accolades bestowed upon them by the critical community in general. (For a further introduction on this subject please see: Top Ten Fool's Gold: The Over Rated Part 1.)

These notices are meant for viewers familiar with the following motion pictures. 

(They will be addressed in alphabetical order.)

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Top Ten Fool's Gold: The Over Rated Part 1

The purpose of this list is not to give a critical lambasting to what a great number of viewers consider to be cinematic treasures. What I would like to provide my readers with is an alternative and admittedly more critical perspective to consider, one that hopefully will not detract from a person's appreciation for the films under review. At the same time, I'd question whether these motion pictures really deserve the high accolades bestowed upon them by the critical community in general.

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Top Ten: Guilty Treasures

The following are 10 of my personal favourites that cannot in good conscience be fully recommended to everyone. That's not to say these films don't have some positive qualities, for example in originality or how their stories are crafted. However, they all have inherent flaws; perhaps it's a subject matter too limited in value, or overly simplistic characters given too much unwarranted attention. At the very least the ten listed suffer from a self-imposed lack of "universal appeal." Below, I will attempt to take an objective look into why these movies fail to reach a higher artistic level while describing my own thrills when viewing them.

(They are listed in alphabetical order) 

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Top Ten: World Cinema Treasures

Films on this, the highest level of artistic merit, must contain an extraordinary breadth of insight into the human experience, one that transcends any geographical, cultural or genre limitation. Furthermore their story's development must appear spontaneous and natural, without apparent signs of its author's manipulation. At the same time the narrative groundwork must be subtly laid so that an audience can strongly identify with, and feel for, the characters' outcome. These motion pictures must not only be supremely crafted, but reach deep into the bone marrow of our existence to create an everlasting spiritual experience not unlike that produced by any of the other arts' greatest achievements.

They are listed in alphabetical order:

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