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‘Tango’s Definitive Xmas Top5’

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The 25th of December, Christmas Day, which means that my Christmas movie marathon, a.k.a the 2014 Holiday-a-thon is at an end. But with that ending, I have promised you a look at my Must-watch Christmas movie list, so without further ado, I present to you, the ‘Tango’s Definitive Xmas Top5’, but before I dive in to it, I wanna drop an honorable mention to you… and that one is The Santa ClauseProbably the closest 6th-place of all time, I’d say, just barely beaten by the #5. Don’t worry, there’s always room for some Tim Allen-santa in my life around the holidays, it’s just not a top5 contender. But let’s get to it, shall we!

Coming in on the #5 spot is…
#5 Fred Claus

This film about Santa Claus’ naughty brother may not be on many people’s lists, but is sure is on mine. The brilliant chemistry between Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti accompanied with the semi-original plot, well… it’s hard to put my finger on what it is, but whatever it is, it sure does it for me. Add to it an amazing soundtrack and it gives me exactly what I want from a Christmas-themed movie.

Next up on my list on the #4 spot is…
#4 In bed with SantaIn bed with Santa (as is its international title). Guaranteed to be on a lot of Swedish people’s lists and it’s understandable. The story of a husband and his shared intimacy with his Christmas guests…. well, it would be a lie to say that it’s anything other than awkward, but it still holds a certain value to us Swedes, as it basically shows exactly how we celebrate Christmas in Sweden (apart from the semi-incestuous undertones, that is). The chaos, the fighting (the drinking) and the cheer, we have all been a part of it some time or another in our lives.

Coming in on my #3 spot is…
#3 Miracle on 34th StreetNow, keep in mind that this is the remake from 1994, so if you wanted the original to make a guest-appearance on this list, you were mistaken. But… that doesn’t mean that it won’t pop up next year. However, the film about a man claiming to be Santa… what can be more Christmas than that? Not much, but add to that an astonishing performance from Richard Attenborough and you have yourself a miracle. Amazing, how much Christmas you can get from one movie!

Coming in as a runner-up in this year’s Definitive Top5 on the #2 spot is…
#2 Home AloneAgain, what can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? The chemistry between Stern and Pesci is fantastic. Maculkin is brilliant as Kevin, the kid left home alone and both Heard and O’Hara does an amazing job with what they’re given. And yeah, sure the movie doesn’t scream Christmas like some of the others on this list does, as it actually works just as well in July as it does at Christmas, but I think that people would be confused if they saw a Xmas-list without it, and I would be as well. And the fact that it’s penned by the always great John Hughes, well that just pushes it toward the top of the list as it is a brilliant, wonderful and Great motion picture!

And now, ladies and germs, the movie that takes the cake. The film that brings home the bacon. The movie that carves the turkey. My, Tango’s #1 Definitive Christmas Must-Watch Film is…
#1 It's a Wonderful LifeYou got it, one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time! What’s that, you don’t believe me? I dare you to find a Christmas Top-list without it!
Sure, as I said in yesterday’s review, even though it may not have a Christmassy feel to it, with it not taking place on Christmas and all. What?! Yeah, I know it does… kinda. The movie starts and ends on Christmas Eve (the same Christmas Eve, in fact), with the Angels taking an interest in George Bailey’s life in the beginning and when everything turns out well in the end. But what is it that makes it the greatest Christmas film of all time, then? Well for starters, I think it’s become quite the tradition. Much like the In Bed with Santa-scenario here in Sweden, we’ve all come to expect it being shown on TV around the holidays. Secondly, if you dissect the story of the film, you’ll find nothing short of a (very) detailed Christmas miracle. Think of it as a Christmas miracle-walkthrough. Not to forget, whenever I’ve watched this film, I’m filled with a sense of hope and joy and that’s an effect that’s extremely rare for a film to have.

Well, there you have it, my Definitive Top5. Do you agree with it? If not, what would you change about it? Which movie would take what film’s place? Let me know, ’cause it’s always fun to see how others think. Anywho, with this year’s holiday season coming to a close, I’ll be doing my New Years-think and get back to you when I feel I have something I’d like to share, but until then……. Merry Christmahanakwanzika …. or as a sane person would say; Happy Holidays!


Re-engaging. New topics, new geekery!

Well here we are, back at it again. After the Horror-a-thon, I said I was going on a little horror movie-hiatus but as it turns, it was just a normal hiatus for a few days. I’ve still been watching a lot of movies, I just haven’t gotten around to writing anything about’em yet. But that is all about to change. But first, I want to address the issue of hot chicks in movies. Or, if you think that’s a little too sexist, hot Women in movies. Everyone knows that some actresses are in movies solely because they are easy to look at. Some of them even because they’re willing to go full frontal. But we also have incredibly talented actresses who are even easier to look at, and I thought I would treat you with My Top5 Hottest ‘talented actresses’ right now. And as always with these Top-lists, we start at the bottom, working our way up (although, you’ll be scrolling down)…

#5 Teresa PalmerSo, coming in at #5, we have the stunningly beautiful Teresa Palmer. It’s true, she has a few not-so-great titles on her resume, which goes to show that she is a hot chick First. But then she goes on to do movies like I Am Number Four, showing us that she can kick some serious butt as a toughie much like Angelina Jolie or Milla Jovovich, and Wish You Were Here, where she shows us a more dramatic and emotional side of her acting talents. When you put that together and wrap it all up in a 27 year old blonde, you have yourself one hell of a hot chick that’s both easy to look at and gives us what we want, without showing her tits.

#4 Blake LivelyNext up, sitting safely at #4 we have Blake Lively. Albeit, she has the ultimate chick-series Gossip Girl on her resume, she does not fail us when it comes to fantastic performances. Sure, she might not have stolen the show in Green Lantern or Savages but but when you put her next to talents like Chloë Grace Moretz and Ray McKinnon in Hick or Jon Hamm and Ben Affleck in The Town, her true colors shines through, proving once and for all that she can in fact act. Her future is, without a doubt, looking real bright.

#3 Sandra BullockAnd coming in on a strong #3, we have the amazing, Sandra Bullock, who keeps reminding us time after time, why she is in showbiz. I dare anyone out there, to tell me that she isn’t one of the most talented actresses Hollywood have ever seen. With a resume like hers, containing titles like A Time To Kill28 Days and Crash, and her latest achievement, Gravity, I’m amazed that she didn’t receive an Oscar (Best Actress, Blindeside) sooner. And the fact that she gets hotter every year is astounding to say the least, and I’m pretty sure that anyone, male or female, would agree.

#2 Jennifer LawrenceWe have arrived at the finals, ladies and gentlemen, and the one taking #2 on this Top5-list is Jennifer Lawrence. The Oscar-winning actress is probably most notable from The Hunger Games, but seeing as I’m the geek in the family, I must say that her fame (for me) is deeply founded in the Marvel-universe. Yes, I’m talking about X-Men: First Class, where she gives a truly believable performance as the struggling “Mystique”, giving the character a sense of relatability that the previous actress (Rebecca Romijn) failed to do. She is also the one person I directly think of whenever someone says the two magic words; Yoga Pants. Oh… My… God, I just got goosebumps!

38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - ArrivalsAnd coming in at #1, we have the amazing, beautiful and Oh-My-Lord-is-she-breathtaking Natalie Portman. There is not a doubt in my mind that anyone could ever replace her at the top. I “fell in love” with her the very first time I saw her in Léon (I was 14 at the time) and I am very much “still in love” with her now. In my world, she is the most beautiful woman to have ever lived and I would be damned if anyone ever tried to convince me otherwise. And with multiple awards behind her, including two Golden Globes (for Closer and Black Swan) and an Oscar (for Black Swan) and a Saturn-award for Best Actress in V for Vendetta, it’s safe to say that she is, indeed, a talented actress.

And there you go, the first post to arrive post-Horror month. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Also, keep in mind now, that this list is not ranked by acting-talent first. I gave these actresses their respective ranks first and foremost because of how their looks. It may sound shallow and crude, but hey…. I’m Hank, have we met?

Anyways, I’m gonna go watch some Justice League now, giving the DC-geek in me a meal, with Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and justice League: Doom. If I find the afterwards, I write some thoughts about it, but if not… well, we’ll just see how it turns out. But until next time….. Please let me know what You think about these five beautiful women, I’m curious!