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Poisoned Apples: Terrible Teachers in Movie History

Article: Poisoned Apples: Terrible Teachers in Movie History

Some are so good, they’ll do anything to help their kids succeed–but you’d better not break the rules. Some are so, so bad, you really don’t want to cross them. These high school teachers and principals from movies are no joke, even though we may like to laugh at them.

Assessing the Dream Team: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

Article: Assessing the Dream Team: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

Burns and Allen, Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis… every now and then throughout comedy history, a pair that are so hilarious together that they put solo acts to shame. When Dan Aykroyd met John Belushi in a Chicago speakeasy, a legendary team was born. Though the collaboration was cut short by Belushi’s tragic death in 1982, these four projects live on as permanent evidence of one of the funniest duos of all time.

8 Great Dames: Actresses Who Have Achieved British Damehood

Article: 8 Great Dames: Actresses Who Have Achieved British Damehood

While Dames may conjure images of castles and queenly coronations, technically they are the female equivalent of knights (but not that kind). Dames are high-achieving women who’ve made significant contributions to society in the UK—and, in this instance, actresses have made some seriously good movies (not to mention TV shows and plays). And at least one of these actresses was awarded a Damehood for humanitarian work. Dames may not get crowns or carriages, but they do get to enjoy the status of being in a very exclusive British honor society and the acknowledgement that they have shaped the world with their creative talents. Here, a list of our favorite actresses with British Damehoods.

Hitting the Right Note: Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 1

Article: Hitting the Right Note: Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 1

For many people songs are like footnotes marking a specific moment in their lives. This is particularly true of songs in movies–take “Saturday Night Fever,” many people will have heard the music, but not seen the movie. The soundtrack album came to define a generation. Here’s a list of movies from “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” whose songs are arguably as famous as the movies they appear in.

Hannibal Lecter Jr: Teenage Sociopaths in the Movies

Article: Hannibal Lecter Jr: Teenage Sociopaths in the Movies

While they may not be able to legally drink, these deranged teens find plenty more sinister ways to get into trouble—namely, killing family members, classmates, and even complete strangers. Sociopaths have always made for unpredictable characters, shifting from charming to murderous with a telltale chilling ease. In teenage form, with the fleeting power of youth, they’re even more terrifying. The underage psychopaths below take the cake.

Top 10 Movie Teachers So Cool We Wish We Could Take Their Classes

Article: Top 10 Movie Teachers So Cool We Wish We Could Take Their Classes

Some teachers from movies and TV are too cool for school–in fact, they’re so cool, we wish these amazing mentors and role models would hop right off the screen and teach us a thing or two.

“NY Times” Calls “Road to Paloma” “Seductive”; “LA Times” Says: “Simmering”

Article: “NY Times” Calls “Road to Paloma” “Seductive”; “LA Times” Says: “Simmering”

THE RED ROAD star Jason Momoa bared his Hollywood chops when “Road to Paloma” (he directed, starred, co-produced and co-wrote the movie) hit theaters this past summer–critics raved about his “richly atmospheric” directorial debut. See what the buzz was about.

We’re Mad As Hell: 7 Fury-Fueled Movies from the 1970s

Article: We’re Mad As Hell: 7 Fury-Fueled Movies from the 1970s

The ’70s was an angry decade: the idealism and progress of the ’60s was giving way to confusion, disillusionment, frustration and fury. Here are 7 movies that harnessed the rage of the age.

Box-Office Billionaire: Top Ten Danny Boyle Movies

Article: Box-Office Billionaire: Top Ten Danny Boyle Movies

A seasoned pro with a childlike sense of wonder somehow unmistakably intact, Danny Boyle’s steady stream of blockbusters belies his reputation as one of modern cinema’s most creative minds. Boyle has succeeded with an incredible range of subjects and styles, from the gritty ’90s drug film to the family-friendly coming-of-age tale, from classic horror to hard sci-fi.

Top 5 Robert Carlyle Movies

Article: Top 5 Robert Carlyle Movies

Whether he’s showcasing his psychotic side in a Danny Boyle flick, or putting on the most joyous (and hysterical) strip tease of all time, Robert Carlyle has a knack for stealing scenes. The Scottish actor’s got a magnetism and raw intensity that carries over between drama, comedy, and even horror–and you’ll find some of each on our list of his top five performances below.

Growing Pains: Best High School Movies

Article: Growing Pains: Best High School Movies

For some, high school was the greatest moment of their lives. For others, it was hell on earth. Here are nine films that recall the best and the worst of times inside those hallowed halls.

Four Bill Murray Movies You Must See Before You Die

Article: Four Bill Murray Movies You Must See Before You Die

Ah, Bill Murray. He’s a comedian. He’s a dramatist. He might just drop by your party unannounced and hang out with you and your buds. From misfit ghost exterminator to sourpuss weatherman, Murray’s nailed his each and every role and kept audiences roaring since the ‘70s. Add these quintessential Bill Murray movies, all featured in…

On The Edge: 10 Movies That Could Only Happen in Alaska

Article: On The Edge: 10 Movies That Could Only Happen in Alaska

When it comes to movies set in Alaska, it seems like anything goes. Convicts on trains, nights that last for months, alien abductions and even the occasional vampire coven are all fair game. Add a backdrop of harsh and snowy natural beauty and these stories are hard to beat.

Bill Murray’s Top 10 Movie Quotes

Article: Bill Murray’s Top 10 Movie Quotes

Bill Murray is easily one of the most quotable cinematic legends in history, and we’re ringing in his birthday with back-to-back Bill Murray movies on Sun., Sep. 20. Watch Groundhog Day at 9/8c, Rushmore at 11:15/10:15c, and Broken Flowers at 1:15/12:15c. Before you tune in, fuel your brain with these classic Bill Murray quotes.

Top 10 Laugh Out Loud Sex Scenes

Article: Top 10 Laugh Out Loud Sex Scenes

Funny sex scenes are often our favorite kind. Ironically, they tend to portray much more realistic sex than their serious, sultry counterparts–in funny sex scenes, you get weirdness, kink, awkwardness, jealousy, fantasy — oh yeah, and condoms. Below are ten times we laugh out loud while watching people roll around on the sheets.

Relive the Horror: 8 Scary Movies from 1984

Article: Relive the Horror: 8 Scary Movies from 1984

1984 was a banner year for scary movies–they were creepy, funny and lacking in CGI special effects. But while these movies thrilled and chilled us 30 years ago, do they stand the test of time? We screened them all again to see which ones still held up.

The Master at Work: Top Ten Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies

Article: The Master at Work: Top Ten Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies

A truly masterful actor with impeccable taste, Philip Seymour Hoffman was and is almost synonymous with ultra-creative and boundary-pushing projects, bringing life and empathy to characters that other actors would run screaming from–from that of a masturbating prank caller (“Happiness”) to an accused pedophile (“Doubt”). Hoffman’s presence elevates indie flick–like “Synecdoche, New York”–and adds the necessary ham and heft to every Hollywood blockbuster he was cast in. Here, a list of his finest movies.

In or Out: Making the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” List

Article: In or Out: Making the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” List

For the most recent edition of “1001 Movies to See Before You Die,” the editors took a look back through the list created for the first edition to see what titles could be replaced. Here’s list of some deletions and replacements–and the arguments and justifications for each.

And You Thought the Rats Were Bad…Top 8 Reasons to Avoid the NYC Subway System

Article: And You Thought the Rats Were Bad…Top 8 Reasons to Avoid the NYC Subway System

There are plenty of valid reasons to avoid the NYC metro. Down in that labyrinth of tunnels, it’s alternately sweltering or frigid, the service delays are constant, and the rats are startlingly large. They’re bold, too. Now—as if passengers needed more to dread—movies have gone and thrown aliens, ghosts, supervillains and more into the mix of MTA horrors. Check out the top 8 reasons to skip the subway and pony up for a taxi below.

Sashay! Shantay! Our Top 10 Fashion Movies

Article: Sashay! Shantay! Our Top 10 Fashion Movies

Looking for a movie about fashion? We’ve got the Top 10 films you need to see.

Gritty City: Movies That Capture New York City’s Dirty Decade

Article: Gritty City: Movies That Capture New York City’s Dirty Decade

New York in the ’80s was a time and place all its own: grimy subways, decaying buildings, violent crime and colorful characters. Here are some of movies that captured the essence of the city before Rudy Giuliani came along and cleaned the place up.

You’re Fired! The Top 10 Most Epic Pink Slip Scenes in the Movies

Article: You’re Fired! The Top 10 Most Epic Pink Slip Scenes in the Movies

Roll over Donald Trump! Everyone hates being let go, but some of our favorite movies take the painful process to awkward, heated and hilarious extremes. If you’ve ever been asked to clear out the proverbial desk, get ready to commiserate. These ten scenes put the “fire” in getting fired!

Forget John Wayne for a Second: 7 Great Westerns From the ’70s

Article: Forget John Wayne for a Second: 7 Great Westerns From the ’70s

Seven 1970s westerns made the cut for the book “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”–they were a diverse collection, including a stupefying avant-garde cult western, serious movies that deconstructed the genre and a comical western spoof. Get ready to hit the trails.

No Character Is Safe! Top 6 Films Where No Man Is Left Alive

Article: No Character Is Safe! Top 6 Films Where No Man Is Left Alive

In the movies, felling main protagonists is a bold move. Some flicks, though, have had the balls to be even more aggressive—leaving not a single character left alive! Whether comedy or horror, biographical or scifi, our top six movies on the list below each dared to risk it all
and kill everyone off.

Another Chance to Win! “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Article: Another Chance to Win! “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Are you a movie fanatic? Want the ultimate must-see checklist? SundanceTV is giving you another chance to win one of five copies of “1001 Movies You Have to See Before You Die.”