The 10 Most Popular Movies Of All Time – A Cheat Sheet (Part 1)

Are you a movie dunce? Do you not know your Corleone from your Kurosawa? Would you recognise a lightsaber if it hit you in the face? Well, don’t panic. To help you catch up on your movie knowledge here’s the first instalment in your 2-part crash course in the top 10 movies of all time, as voted by the readers of the Internet Movie Database. Careful, though… here be spoilers.

10. Star Wars IV: A New Hope

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away . . .

Luke Skywalker, farmhand and son of Darth Vader, is torn from his home when his aunt and uncle are murdered by Imperial Storm Troopers searching for the stolen plans to the Death Star, a space station with weaponry capable of destroying planets. Luke escapes with his two droids, Jedi Knight Obi Wan Kenobi, smuggler Han Solo and first mate Chewbacca.

After escaping Tatooine, the ragtag crew stumble upon the Death Star shortly after it has destroyed the planet Alderaan. Caught by its tractor beam, their ship is dragged in. While attempting to escape the Death Star the team rescue Princess Leia, held prisoner in the ships bowels. During the rescue Obi Wan sacrifices himself to allow the others to escape.

In a grand finale, Luke destroys the Death Star by firing a missile into a weak spot in the structure of the ship and Darth Vader, is cannoned off into the depths of space.

Quote: I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Trivia: Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds and James Caan reportedly turned down the role of Han Solo.

9. Pulp Fiction

A movie whose various plotlines are far too intertwined to summarise in a paragraph or two, Pulp Fiction simply tells the story of a day in the life of a group of unusual people — two hitmen, the wife of a gangster, and a boxer who killed in the ring among others.

Edited to tie each story together, the movie often plays out of sequence — to the point where the final scene and the opening scene take place at the same time. Full of pop culture references and quotable lines, Pulp Fiction stays true to form as a Tarantino movie.

Quote: Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.

Trivia: Vincent Vega (John Travolta) is the brother of Vic Vega, also known as Mr Blonde, in Reservoir Dogs.

8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Set during the US Civil War, the movie follows the three protagonists Blondie (The Good), Snake Eyes (The Bad) and Tuco (The Ugly) in their search for a hoard of gold stolen by bank robber Bill Carson. All three want 50% of the gold — resulting in a good old-fashioned standoff. Snake Eyes is shot dead, and the honorable Blondie allows Tuco his share of the booty.

Quote: You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

Trivia: Clint Eastwood wore the same poncho for all three ‘Man With No Name’ movies — without washing it once.

7. Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List tells the true story of Oscar Schindler, a Nazi industrialist who becomes so moved by the plight of the Jewish people during World War II that he devotes himself to saving as many as he can. Even after rescuing over 1,100 Jews from the gas chamber, Schindler bemoans the fact that he could have saved more had he sacrificed everything he had.

Quote: I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don’t know. If I’d just… I could have got more.

Trivia: Steven Spielberg refused to take any pay for the film, claiming that it would feel like he was taking ‘blood money’.

6. The Seven Samurai

Regarded as Akira Kurosawa’s greatest film, the Seven Samurai tells the story of a terrorised village in war-torn 16th Century Japan. Constantly attacked by gangs of bandits, the residents enlist the services of seven ronin, or samurai without masters, to protect them.

Despite initial tensions between the villagers and the samurai, they together successfully defend the village against the bandits. However, their success comes at the cost of the lives of four samurai.

Quote: What’s the use of worrying about your beard when your head’s about to be taken?

Trivia: The three samurai whose characters survived the film were the first three to die in real life.

So, you’re up to date on five of the top ten most popular movies of all time – but that’s not good enough! To complete your movie knowledge, why not read up on the top five movies in the final installment of your crash course?

The Origins Of The Most Popular Vending Machine Toys And Toy Capsules

The addition of vending machine toys and toy capsules can be beneficial to any candy, gumball, or other vending machine business. Toys such as pencil toppers, animals, charms, football helmets, rings, excite the girls and boys alike, they inspire their imaginations, and the kids are drawn to the vending machines that feature the popular toys. Kids love to touch the toys and figurines that they have only been able to see on TV, and in the movies. Sometimes, the toys can be worn and the kids love to show off and be special and different from the other kids in school and at the social events. So what are the origins of the most popular vending capsules? These are the top three vending toys: The Toy Entrepreneurs, the Hollywood Storytellers, and the Japanese Inventors. Let’s see the examples of vending toys coming out of these three sources.

The Toy Entrepreneurs: Silly Bands

Take the US company out of Ohio, Brainchild Products. They just recently invented the Silly Bandz brand of shaped silicone bracelets. What they have seen in just months after launching, is an incredible demand for such bracelets across the nation. The kids love them. They collect them, trade them, envy them. Then, the parents are not far behind. Under pressure from the kids, they will do anything to get their kids hands on Silly Bandz. The huge demand quickly sprouted a number of copycats such as Funky-Bandz, Zanybandz, Logo Bandz, Doodle Bandz, Rubba Bandz, Goofy Bands, Bama Bandz, and Stretchy Fun Bands. There is just no end to what shapes the silicone wrist bands can come in. Parents gave up on the names and refer to all shaped silicone bands simply as “silly bands”.

The Hollywood Storytellers

Every time a script makes it to the movie, the main characters are made into celebrities. They appear everywhere, on billboards, on TV, in movie theaters, bookstores, they come with your happy meal, and last but not least they will appear as toys in toy vending machines. Due to the incredible marketing machine behind each Hollywood movie, the recognition factor for Hollywood movie based figurines and toys is tremendous. Kids will instantly recognize the toys or toy capsules and will be drawn to them.

The Japanese Inventors: Squishies Pencil Toppers

The latest toy capsules vending craze coming out of Japan is small but innovative in a typical Japanese style. They are called Squishies Pencil Toppers and they are little silicone toys that can be attached on top of kids pencils to liven them up. Squishies come as squishy animals, squishy humans, squishy bugs and spiders, squishy frogs and squishy fish. Some come as light up squishies and they light up when squeezed!

Most Popular Movie Posters

Choosing those movie posters that are just right for the walls of your game room, office, movie room, etc is a very personal thing. What movies have you enjoyed over the years? What movies have made a real impact on you? Well, there are a few movies that a lot of people were impacted by and are our best selling posters. Here’s our list of the top selling movie posters:

Twilight
The vampire saga has really struck a cord with the young public and this same public wants posters of the movies.

Star Wars
All of the Star Wars posters sell very well but the original poster from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is by far the best seller.

Jaws
Jaws is a horror classic that will never die. It struck such fear in the movie goers in 1975 no one can let it go. One of the only movies I’ve ever seen with 100% critic approval on Rottentomatoes.com.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Breakfast at Tiffany’s posters and Audrey Hepburn posters in general are always sought after. Audrey Hepburn has a classic elegance that people will always admire.

Pulp Fiction
The ultra cool characters and dialog of Pulp Fiction remind me why Quentin Tarantino is such a household name at this point. Plus Uma Thurman sure looks good laying down smoking that cigarette.

Scarface
And of course there is Scarface. Scarface posters are in such high demand we have over 50 variations. Pacino hit a home run with this mega cult classic.

The Most Popular Halloween Costumes

Life’s not a popularity contest. But you still might be wondering what the most popular Halloween costumes are this year. Here are some of the best sellers from U.S. costume retailers.

The media has a large influence on what is in style. Movies, television shows, celebrities, and video games find their way into holiday costumes, too.

Alice in Wonderland, the movie, left its mark. Three of the bestselling outfits this year are memorable characters. First is Alice herself, in a plain blue dress. Then there is the Red Queen, in a velvet and gold dress with poufy skirt, crown, and huge collar.

Perhaps the most recognizable of the characters, the Mad Hatter, is popular for men this year. He wears a velvet jacket and gigantic top hat.

The 3-D hit movie sensation, Avatar, brought interesting-looking characters to the screen. Neytiri will be out and about this Halloween, in a blue, striped bodysuit.

Action movie, Iron Man 2, left us with Mark 6. He’s in a full jumpsuit, which includes a creepy gold helmet and a chest piece with a light-up arch reactor.

Even though the movie Top Gun is several decades old, the look that Tom Cruise made famous is still going strong. The green flight suit worn by the guys in the movie is complete with patches, aviator sunglasses, and handsome, good looks. (You need to provide the good looks.)

Halloween would not be complete without a vampire or two. Sexy vampires will be looking for someone to bite this holiday season. Twinkle Twinkle is a light up, sexy vampire look for women, with a dark red cape, corset, and mini skirt with fiber optics built in, for that surprise twinkly effect. Fangs are sold separately.

Superstar video game Halo 3 pits Master Chiefs against enemies of the humans of the future. The costume has full body armor and helmet. Do your part to save the world!

Pirate Captain Jack Sparrow is a character in Pirates of the Caribbean movies, where he was portrayed by Johnny Depp. His black eyeliner, bandanna head cover, and beads in his long hair continue to be easily recognized. The costume comes with swashbuckling pants, jacket, shirt, hat, buckles, and boot cover. You’ll need your own sword and boots, Matey. Arrgh!

Sexy is always in, and Snow White is always a classic. This combination of innocence and sex appeal is a big hit with adults. She wears a big red bow in her hair, plus a corset top and super mini, gold skirt. You provide the long legs, white stockings and high heels, and I’m sure your prince will come.

Animated feature film, Toy Story 2, introduced us to cowgirl Jessie. She looks cute in a red hat, western outfit, including cow-print chaps. You need your own cowgirl boots for this look.

You too can be a Can Can Dancer with another sexy female getup. This one has a feather headpiece, red and black sexy dress with full skirt to toss about, and striped stockings. Add your own high-heeled shoes and a choker to complete the va-va-voom look.

Retro takes a bow with a Gogo Dancer costume. You can get the psychedelic dress with short skirt, or you might have an old one in your closet. In that case, add oversized earrings, some high gogo boots, and a big headband, a la the 1960s, and you’ll be groovy, too.

So there’s a look at the most popular Halloween costumes this year. You can get full outfits, or piece them together yourself with thrift store finds and selected props, hats, boots, and so on. Have a howling good time on Halloween!

The 10 Most Popular Movies Of All Time — A Cheat Sheet (Part 2)

Are you a movie dunce? Do you not know your Corleone from your Kurosawa? Would you recognise a lightsaber if it hit you in the face? Well, don’t panic. To help you catch up on your movie knowledge here’s the second instalment in your 2-part crash course in the top 10 movies of all time, as voted by the readers of the Internet Movie Database. Careful, though… here be spoilers.

5. Casablanca

Hiding out in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II, exiled American and former freedom fighter Rick Blaine passes the time running a popular nightspot. Blaine’s tedium is interrupted when Czech Resistance leader Victor Laszlo arrives with his beautiful wife Ilsa — Blaine’s ex-lover.

Blaine holds the key to Laszlo’s safe passage out of the country, and Ilsa offers herself to him in exchange for her husband’s safety. Blaine faces the choice of sacrificing Laszlo to win back Ilsa, but in the end decides to do the honorable thing…

Quote: If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

Trivia: The line ‘Here’s lookin’ at you, kid’ was voted the 5th most well known movie line in history by the American Film Institute.

4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The third and final instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King offers an epic finale to Frodo’s quest (thousands of extras took part in the filming to add to the drama). Finally arriving at Mt. Doom, Frodo is overcome by exhaustion and the stress of bearing the Ring. Helped by Sam, Frodo manages to make his way into the volcano.

At the last moment he finds himself unable to throw the Ring into the magma, choosing instead to wear it. Gollum, surviving Frodo’s earlier attempt on his life, attacks Frodo and bites off his finger, removing the ring. Losing his grip, Gollum falls into the pit along with the Ring, breaking its hold over Frodo and killing Sauron.

With Sauron’s death his army is destroyed, just in time to save the army of Men, poised to fight to the death at the gates of Mordor.

Quote: Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you.

Trivia: The Return of the King used over seven times the number of special effects shots used in an average movie.

3. The Godfather: Part II

Split between two timelines, the second instalment of The Godfather trilogy follows Don Vito Corleone through his adolescence in Sicily and New York during the early 20th Century, and later his rise to power as a Mafia Don. It also returns to a point a few years after the conclusion of the first movie, with Michael Corleone running the family interests following his father’s death.

After learning that his brother Fredo has betrayed the family, Michael must order his execution.

Quote: I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!

Trivia: Robert de Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of a young Vito Corleone. De Niro and Marlon Brando are the only actors to win Oscars for the portrayal of the same character.

2. The Shawshank Redemption

Based on a novella by Steven King, The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a successful banker wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover. Given two life sentences, Dufresne is sent to the maximum security Shawshank Prison where he befriends Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, a lifer who helps him adjust to prison life.

Over the next twenty years their friendship grows while Andy has a positive effect on the inmates, helping to establish a prison library and education system. Unfortunately, the mean-spirited and criminal warden beats down Andy’s spirit until he finally escapes through a tunnel that took him two decades to dig.

In a final act of revenge Andy exposes the warden’s crimes, driving him to suicide to avoid being sent to prison. Red is later released on parole, and tracks down Andy to a beach in Mexico.

Quote: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Trivia: The mugshots of Morgan Freeman as a young man are actually pictures of his real life son, Alfonso.

1. The Godfather

Adapted from Mario Puzo’s seminal Mafia novel, the first instalment of The Godfather trilogy sees Don Vito Corleone, head of the Corleone crime family, struggle with the realities of a changing world. When he refuses to work with drug dealer Virgil Sollozzo in a scheme to push heroin in New York, he falls foul of Sollozzo’s backers the Tattaglia family.

When Vito is wounded in an attempted assassination his son Michael — previously determined to have nothing to do with the family business — volunteers to kill Sollozzo. Following the execution Michael is sent to Sicily to hide out until it is safe to return.

After Michael’s brother Sonny is executed by the rival Barzini family, Michael safely returns and takes his place as the head of the family in time to see Vito Corleone die of a heart attack. In revenge for the attacks on his family Michael arranges for the murder of the heads of the other families, to take place during the baptism ceremony of his nephew.

Following the baptism Michael orders the execution of the father of the baptised child — and his own brother in-law — Carlo Rizzi, in retribution for Carlo’s role in setting up Sonny’s death. The movie ends with the widow, Michael’s sister Connie, suspecting that Michael was involved in Carlo’s death.

Quote: I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Trivia: Sofia Coppola, the director’s daughter, played the baby baptised at the end of the movie. She returned to play the role of Michael’s daughter Mary in The Godfather: Part III).

So there you have it. If you’ve been paying attention you should now have just enough knowledge of the top ten movies of all time to bluff your way through a conversation with a movie buff. These bare bones won’t take you far, though, so I suggest you set aside some time, get a big bucket of popcorn, sit back and enjoy the best of Hollywood. You won’t be disappointed.

Top 5 Most Popular Movie Outfits For Fancy Dress Parties

While you could easily go to a fancy dress party with a novelty t shirt as your outfit what is the point in going to a fancy dress party if you aren’t going to get into the spirit of the thing. Often the main problem people have is coming up with something to go as. Or at least something which doesn’t take too much time, money and effort to put together. Basically, things like Batman, or Teen Wolf or Captain Jack tend to be too much hassle to put together, especially when it is touch-and-go whether you want to go at all. So in order to help you out, here are some of the best and easiest outfits for to help you get to the party without having to buy much more than a t shirt.

The Crow

How many parties have you been to where there is at least one dude dressed as The Crow. You can be that guy! With just a plain black long sleeved t-shirt, some black trousers and black boots or shoes and a bunch of white face paint and black eyeliner you can become Brandon Lee’s The Crow for next to nothing.

Freddy Kruger

This is a fun one because in order to make his claws, just tape some knives and forks and spoons to your old gloves and get yourself a red and black stripped t shirt and a hat and you can become the root of many people of a certain age’s nightmares. Also, to get that melted face look, try using honey mixed with cornflakes.

Bruce Willis

What a legend! Bruce Willis in Die Hard is an easy to replicate iconic figure for fancy dress fun. The main article of clothing you need is a vest. Then roll down a hill a couple of times, rub some fake blood on your head and take your shoes off and hey presto! Yippeekayay!

Blues Brothers

Now I know you need to have a suit for this but as long as its black you can pretty much pull one out of any charity shop for a few quid. But it will be worth it because once you and a mate team up to be the Blues Brothers you can whack any of their hits on the decks and you’ll be having a great time.

The Dude

The best outfit of the lot. You will need: a dressing gown, a funny t shirt or maybe a retro t shirt, some shades and an air of apathy. The Dude is one of the greatest movie characters of all time and luckily for you, provides one of the easiest fancy dress outfits too. The fact is that funny t shirts can easily play a part in a variety of fancy dress costumes.

So, with this advice…you shall go to the ball!