Sharks. Cinema’s most enigmatic beast. Leopard, tiger, great white, hammerhead: these vicious finned predators have always had a knack for terrorizing characters and stealing scenes–one even had it’s own ominous tune.
Nothing takes a thriller to the next level like a good conspiracy. We may dismiss wild theories in real life, but in movie-land every loose thread might start unraveling a web of lies. The really creepy part? Some of these stories are true. Put on your tin foil hat and check out our list of the ten best conspiracy flicks ever made!
Article: 10 Times Aubrey Plaza Cracked Us Up
Aubrey Plaza is the queen of the deadpan delivery, the sarcastic quip, and the awkward… silence. She’s hilarious on social media (Twitter handle: @evilhag), in interviews, and in super-indie shorts, but here are the top 10 times the actress made us laugh out loud.
Robert Altman was a risk-taker and a five-time Academy Award Best Director nominee, but to see the maverick’s very best work, make sure you screen these six gems from 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
In theory the juries, critics and distributors are there to ensure that the best movies at any given festival make their way into the marketplace. But films inevitably get lost in the shuffle. Here are 10 movies we’d install in the Sundance canon that were unfairly dismissed, ignored or simply slipped into obscurity.
Sometimes it does take two to make a thing go right. Our picks for the top ten buddy films of all time are all chosen as archetypes of what to do–and in some cases what not to do–when your friend needs some back up.
Long before portraying leather-clad Neo, Keanu Reeves was already a name of note. Surprisingly adventurous, he tried his hand at a variety of genres: big-budget action films, teen comedies, indie dramas, period pieces, grunge, even Shakespeare. Let’s take a trip back in time to his finest moments before The Matrix made him immortal.
The Civil War is a subject that has fascinated filmmakers. Here are eight that qualified for 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
You know him for his unique, high-octane comic performances, and even when movies cranks up the drama Robin Williams naturally inhabits characters with such good-natured liveliness he can’t help but make you smile. Or so you thought. Check out these five films to watch the man behind Flubber and Good Will Hunting turn off the charm and go as dark as dark gets in five very different, equally chilling ways.
Article: 10 Tense Middle East Movies
The complicated history in the Middle East has provided Hollywood with a backdrop for some of the most gripping movies to hit the silver screen. Our list of the tensest movies about the region will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.
Want an excuse to laugh, cry, swoon and eat chocolate? Then go ahead and indulge with these guilty pleasure movies. The women on our list will make you feel things–all of them good.
Are you a movie fanatic? Want the ultimate must-see checklist? SundanceTV is giving away five copies of “1001 Movies You Have to See Before You Die” to some lucky cinephiles. Find out how to enter.
There’s nothing like a loud, snarling film to bring out your deviant, inner fist pump. But with so many cliches weighing down the genre, what makes a great sex, drugs and rock-n-roll movie? Here’s our list of seldom-seen, under-appreciated, let-’er-rip films. And rock on.
With over 60 credits to her name, getting through Diane Keaton's oeuvre could take you a while. Luckily for you, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die narrows the list down to a very doable four. Although if you start with these movies, we guarantee your watch list will be heavy on Keaton for quite some time.
We all have to die sometime, right? Whether pushed out of a plane or pulled down into the murky depths by a sea creature, these characters at least know how to make a memorable exit.
Article: Top 10 Breakthrough Sundance Films
The Sundance Film Festival is famous for being one of the premiere places in the world to find the future stars of independent cinema. From directors to actors to documentarians, the artists involved in the following ten movies came to Park City with big dreams and left with promising careers. After they went to Sundance, their lives–and the world of film–;would never be the same again.
Even today, female film characters often get the short end of the stick, stereotyped, robbed of agency or shunted to supporting roles. There are, of course, women who break the mold… and then there are the ladies who shatter that old thing pieces on their way to get stuff done. Healers or killers, historically based or entirely made-up, the women in these 10 films have one thing in common: a cause worth fighting for.
It’s never too late to watch a great cult movie. In fact, many of them get midnight showings! So here are ten offbeat must-sees to keep you occupied should insomnia strike.
You’ve got to give the Fifty Shades of Grey books credit. The erotic trilogy by E.L. James has single-handedly made BDSM mainstream (now everyone knows what a safe word is), been a boon to the sex toy industry (hello, love beads!), and improved the sex lives of many a long-married couple (a chapter a day will keep the couple’s therapist away!). But that doesn’t mean the series is without its faults, or that there aren’t better depictions of BDSM relationships in popular culture or at the very least, one better depiction.
It would take a lot of time to get through all 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Imagine how much easier it would be if you could watch one every day a la Groundhog Day or watch the original screening of each one via the DeLorean in Back to the Future? Sadly, that’s not going to happen. So instead here are the top 10 movies (half of which are from 1001 movies…) that play with our notion of time.
Telekinesis is arguably the most desirable of all superpowers—moving objects without lifting a finger would be both thrilling and a killer party trick. In movies, we’ve seen telekinetic characters get all kinds of creative with their skills, but we’ve also seen them experience some serious downsides. As one super-human learned the hard way, with great power comes great responsibility. Check out our list below for our top instances of telekinesis in the movies!
Back in the day, when the world of blockbuster franchises was new, picking your favorite was easy: Empire, Return of the Jedi, or the first one. Today, it’s a little tougher. The interconnected stories of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe form the second highest-grossing film series of all time (and watch out, Harry Potter, they’re catching up!). With a separate solo series for each A-list Avenger and two focusing on broader line-ups from the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang, this franchise is expanding in every direction. In honor of this year’s Comic-Con, we’ll do our best to rank each entry from most to least heroic.
Article: Top 10 Movies About Hating Your Job
Not loving your J.O.B.? For anyone who’s ever wanted to enact the Jet Blue escape plan—open up a hatch and slip down a rubber slide to flee a nine-to-five—here’s a top ten list of movies that’ll help you get through the day.
Movies are all about imagination, fantasy, suspension of disbelief—especially when it comes to their sex scenes. But the mind is capable of only so much mental gymnastics before it goes “Nuh-uh.” Here are the worst cinematic offenders of all time.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a finer batch of war films than Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and Heaven & Earth.