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The critic Alan Stone, writing in the Boston Review, deplores Fellini's "stylistic tendency to emphasize images over ideas." I celebrate it. A filmmaker who prefers ideas to images will never advance above the second rank because he is fighting the nature of his art. The printed word is ideal for ideas; film is made for images, and images are best when they are free to evoke many associations and are not linked to narrowly defined purposes. Here is Stone on the complexity of "8 1/2": "Almost no one knew for sure what they had seen after one viewing." True enough. But true of all great films, while you know for sure what you've seen after one viewing of a shallow one.




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"8 1/2" is the best film ever made about filmmaking. It is told from the director's point of view, and its hero, Guido (Marcello Mastroianni), is clearly intended to represent Fellini. It begins with a nightmare of asphyxiation, and a memorable image in which Guido floats off into the sky, only to be yanked back to earth by a rope pulled by his associates, who are hectoring him to organize his plans for his next movie. Much of the film takes place at a spa near Rome, and at the enormous set Guido has constructed nearby for his next film, a science fiction epic he has lost all interest in.


This episode has continued to be widely praised, it was listed as the best in the series by Empire in 2008.[27] In 2016, The Washington Post ranked it the best episode of all Star Trek and said it had the greatest cliffhanger in television history.[28] Riker's line "Mr. Worf - Fire" was described by TheWrap as one of the greatest cliffhangers in television history.[29] The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 ranked "The Best of Both Worlds" as the second greatest episode across all Star Trek series.[30] In 2009 the episode was ranked #36 on TV Guide's list of "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time".[31]


Space.com recommended in 2020 watching this episode as background for Star Trek: Picard.[35] Also, Games Radar recommended watching this episode before that series.[36] In 2020, SyFy Wire listed this episode in their guide "Best of Borg Worlds" as one of seven essential Borg-themed episodes to watch as background before Star Trek: Picard.[37] In 2020, ScreenRant ranked "Best of Both Worlds" the 12th best episode of all Star Trek franchise television episodes up to that time,[38] and in 2021 said it was the best Borg episode based on an IMDB rating of 9.4 out of 10 at that time.[39] In 2019, they had said the two-parter was, "one of the finest stories in all of science fiction," and noting it as a powerful use of the show's "cybernetic hive race".[40] In 2020, The Digital Fix determined this was the best episode of Star Trek:The Next Generation.[41]


Marvel has cannily employed directors who have more usually made smaller, indie movies, handed them the keys to the giant machine that is their cinematic universe and (within reason) let them do their thing. Among the best to grasp that opportunity is Taika Waititi, who helped find Thor's true funny bone, a more effective weapon than Mjolnir. Ragnarok, which shakes up Thor's entire world (by, er, destroying it) is a hilarious take on a superhero story, full of action, while re-introducing Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in fantastic fashion and having us meet the likes of Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie and Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster.


From its Sergio Leone-riffing opening to its insanely OTT, history-rewriting finale, Tarantino's World War II caper never once fails to surprise and entertain. As ever, though, QT's at his best in claustrophobic situations, with the tavern scene ramping up the tension to almost unbearable levels.


Sergio Leone sets three renegades against each other in a treasure hunt backdropped against the chaos and madness of the American Civil War. The result is the movie on his CV which best balances art and entertainment. Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef are great value as Blondie and Angel Eyes, but it's Eli Wallach's Tuco who steals this Wild West show: "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk."


Part science-fiction caper, part generational culture-clash movie, part weirdo family drama (in which the hero has to rescue his own existence after his mother falls in lust with him, eww), Back To The Future still manages to be timeless despite being so rooted in, well, time. And it might just have the best title of anything on this entire list.


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It was then over to our social team who put the power in your hands to decide which pass was the best of them all and, following several head-to-heads, the prize went to the recently-retired Vettel for his overtaking prowess in Austin.


After these regular classes are judged, all the male dogs that won first place in a class compete again to be named best male (Winners Dog), who receives Championship points and a purple ribbon. After Winners Dog is selected, the dog that went second in its original class to the Winners Dog and returns to compete with the remaining first-place class winners for Reserve Winners Dog and a purple and white ribbon. The regular class competition is then repeated for females to award Winners Bitch and Reserve Winners Bitch.


Yes, she has been the league's scoring champ multiple times, but she has also been in the top five nine times. With the game on the line (and honestly, maybe even my life), I would pick Taurasi to take the shot 10 out of 10 times. She's the best ever, and for me, it's not particularly close. -- Katie Barnes


Diana Taurasi is the best offensive player in WNBA history (and No. 1 badass). But Catchings is the most complete basketball player I have ever seen. She remains the only player in the league to ever finish a season in the top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks -- and do it twice. She led the Fever to the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons; even without a lottery pick, the Fever were in the hunt every year.


Her stats put her among the all-time best, but her impact on professional women's basketball went beyond numbers. She changed the way the women's game was played and what it meant to play her position. Coop, who was 34 when she joined the WNBA, came in with a refined game because she had been playing overseas for so many years. When you combined her skills, her mental game, what she'd learned and how she was able to read situations coming off the pick-and-roll or in a half-court offense, she was unstoppable. -- Rebecca Lobo


There's nobody in WNBA history quite like Delle Donne, who combines the size of a post player (6-foot-5) with as accurate shooting as we've ever seen. In 2019, Delle Donne submitted the first 50-40-90 campaign in league history, making 43% of her 3s and missing just three of 117 free throws. She was rewarded with her second MVP as she led the Mystics to an elusive championship after a pair of finals losses in Washington and Chicago. Although Delle Donne, 32, has played just two games since then, she has already put together one of the W's best careers. -- Kevin Pelton


What's most impressive about Stewie is that she just takes over when she needs to. The WNBA Finals last year in the bubble is a prime example. Her efficiency was off the charts. She can play at a level that other people can't match, even when they're at their best. And somehow, she gets better every year. -- Rebecca Lobo


After winning two ABL titles in Columbus, where she previously had starred at Ohio State, Smith was allocated to the new Minnesota WNBA franchise in 1999. With the Lynx, she was best known as a scorer. Traded during the 2005 season to Detroit, Smith embraced what Shock coach Bill Laimbeer asked of her: Take over at point guard and get in the best shape of your life. Smith helped lead Detroit to three consecutive trips to the WNBA Finals and two WNBA titles. She is the only one in the top 15 scorers in WNBA history who played in the ABL first. At 5-foot-11, she also had the physicality and mindset to be one of the league's best defenders, guarding interior and perimeter players equally well. -- Mechelle Voepel


At 6-foot-9 and possessing incredible athleticism, Griner has helped elevate the WNBA, and her presence on the court is both inspiring and intimidating. She can dominate the game at both ends, particularly on defense, where she's a disruptive shot blocker and one of the best rim protectors in league history. This season, Griner has dunked five times, and she has 19 of the 27 slams in WNBA history. Off the court, she's also making an impact. In 2013, she became the first openly gay athlete to sign a contract with Nike, and has since helped to elevate the LGBTQ+ community in sports. -- Kelly Cohen


Despite impressive play during the regular season -- she's eighth in career steals and 15th in career scoring, producing six All-WNBA appearances -- McCoughtry has been at her best in the playoffs. McCoughtry's dominant postseason runs led the Dream, who went 4-30 as an expansion team before drafting her No. 1 overall, to three Finals appearances in four years without another All-WNBA contributor as a teammate. A championship would complete McCoughtry's résumé. She played a key role in Las Vegas reaching the Finals last year, only to lose again. She has been sidelined this season by an ACL tear. -- Kevin Pelton


Pondexter made an impact on the WNBA the moment she stepped on the court in 2006, putting together one of the best rookie seasons in league history. She became the fastest player to reach 3,000 points, 1,000 assists and 200 steals -- a record just broken this season. When Pondexter was at her best, she was one of the most electric players, fiercest competitors and dominant scorers in the league who delivered some incredible postseason runs. Her contributions to the league, both on and off the court, are immense. -- Sean Hurd 041b061a72


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