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Best Defining Movies


  • The Social Network

    The Social Network (PG-13, 2010)

    Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella
    "The Social Network" explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomena ... read moreof the new century, was invented -- through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. The result is a drama rife with both creation and destruction; one that audaciously avoids a singular POV, but instead, by tracking dueling narratives, mirrors the clashing truths and constantly morphing social relationships that define our time. Drawn from multiple sources, the film captures the visceral thrill of the heady early days of a culture-changing phenomenon in the making -- and the way it both pulled a group of young revolutionaries together and then split them apart.
    • fb813389394
      fb813389394: f contemporary society -- of what people do and want and how they live -- that may very well be the defining picture of the early 21st century Internet generation. Fincher's masterwork is as relevant
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
    • acknowledge101
      acknowledge101: as usual the hype kinda tranquilized any excitement i might have had for this ("generation-defining" for example. how do you define a generation while you're right in the middle of it?). ul
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb100001156152455
      fb100001156152455: With a defining performamce from Jesse Eisenburg & the cast, a great yet dark score, & some interesting sce
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • American Pie

    American Pie (R, 1999)

    Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne
    It's said that most American men think about sex once every two or three minutes, but this statistic... read more would seriously underestimate the horniness of Jim (Jason Biggs), a high school senior in suburban Michigan. Jim is thoroughly obsessed with sex, a fact of which his parents become aware when they discover him performing the sin of Onan with a gym sock while watching scrambled pay-per-view porn. Jim's buddies Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Oz (Chris Klein) are no less anxious to relieve themselves of their virginity, so they all make a pledge: they will go to bed with a woman in the three weeks before senior prom or die trying. Kevin appears to have the advantage, since he already has a girlfriend, Vicky (Tara Reid), but before he ventures into the Final Frontier, Kevin is urged to consult "The Bible," a hand-written how-to manual possessing erotic wisdom passed down through the ages. Oz is a good-looking jock who is actually a nice guy -- which is part of the problem, since he has his heart set on a nice girl, Heather (Mena Suvari), who does not seem the type to leap into bed within 21 days. Finch has no immediate prospects, though Jessica (Natasha Lyonne) is in a position to know if those rumors about him are true. And Jim is a truly hopeless case -- after his attempted seduction of beautiful Czech exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) turns out to be a disaster, he ends up going to the prom with Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), an annoyingly chatty band geek who does, however, have a fascinating story about a flute. American Pie was the directorial debut of Paul Weitz, who, along with his brother Chris Weitz (who served as producer), previously wrote several screenplays, including Antz and Madeline (where they presumably worked all their wholesome ideas out of their system). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
  • Garden State

    Garden State (R, 2004)

    Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Jean Smart
    Andrew Largeman shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother's death inspired a ... read morevacation from the pills to see what might happen. A moderately successful TV actor living in Los Angeles, "Large" hasn't been home to the "Garden State" in nine years. But even with 3,000 miles between them, he's been unable to escape his domineering father Gideon and the silencing effect he's had on his son from afar. Stunned to find himself in his hometown after such a long absence, Large finds old acquaintances around every corner living quite unique lives as gravediggers, fast food knights and the panderers of pyramid schemes. Meanwhile, at home, he does his best to avoid a long-simmering but inevitable confrontation with his father. By a twist of fate, Large meets Sam, a girl who is everything he isn't. A blast of color, hope and quirks, Sam becomes a sidekick who refuses to ride in his sidecar. Her warmth and fearlessness give Large the courage to open his heart to the joy and pain of the infinite abyss that is life.
  • Die Hard

    Die Hard (R, 1988)

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson
    It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Naka... read moretomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. Until Die Hard came along, Bruce Willis was merely that wisecracking guy on Moonlighting. After the film's profits started rolling in, Willis found himself one of the highest-paid and most sought-after leading men in Hollywood. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • mikebarker1
      mikebarker1: Die Hard marks a classic and defining moment for the action thriller genre, and it is largely helped by great suspense, a grippin
      Reviewed 53 days days ago
    • fb1481808148
      fb1481808148: We were looking for a Christmas movie so we settled on Die Hard, a defining 80's action flick that takes place on Christmas Eve. Like many 80's movies, the dialog is c
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • tomh1138
      tomh1138: One of the defining action movies of all time, and the role that defined Bruce Willis' career.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago