Stacker compiled the definitive rankings of the 40 films featuring The Rock using an index of IMDb ratings and Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer. Originally published on stacker.com, part of the TownNews Content Exchange.
Director William Friedkin is a key figure in New Hollywood cinema, the movement that began in the mid-60s and included filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Of all his peers from this era, Friedkin might be the most skilled at crafting thoughtful thrillers. His best work, like The French Connection and The Exorcistis still chilling today.
The Western is among the key genres of American cinema, dating back to the silent era. The genre dominated the box office for decades, in large part due to its capacity to evolve with the times. The classic films of John Wayne gave way to the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s, directed by Italian filmmakers, most notably Sergio Leone. From the '70s onward there was an even greater proliferation of sub-genres, including horror Westerns and acid Westerns like Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo.
Many types of excellent, exciting action scenes are seen in the action genre. The car chases are fast and often jarring, the shootouts are loud and underwhelming in the best possible way, and big explosions are rarely boring to watch. At the end of the day, though, hand-to-hand action can be the most exciting and awe-inspiring, because there’s something palpable and impressive about watching two (or more) skilled fighters grapple up close and personal.
The superhero genre has taken over every aspect of pop culture in the past two decades, from movies, TV series, video games, and more: superheroes are everywhere. With so many superhero stories continuing to be created yearly, it becomes difficult to keep ideas fresh and provide a new spin on an already massive collection of content.
Pilots are a proof of concept. They are meant to convince potential studios or distributors that the series can actually be realized and that it will connect with viewers. Pilots are important for determining whether a show will succeed or fail. These episodes must convey the essence of the show and introduce the key characters, all while keeping the audience interested enough to want to watch more.