Horror heavyweight Wes Craven’s career spans from evil violence to laugh-out-loud send-ups, but these four critically acclaimed films, highlighted in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, are all on our must-see list.
Films about drugs are like love songs—there’s an endless supply and many are terrible. The best, however, transport us to another world. Whether it’s a junkie movie, putting us in the mindset of an addict, or a socially conscious drama, capturing the destructive impact of the trade, we’re hooked.
There’s a special brand of nostalgia that one experiences when watching a movie set in the future … a future that we’ve already passed! Many of these movies had charmingly ambitious visions of the future: flying cars, casual space travel and (sometimes) reliable time machines–all advances that we’re still pining for in this old dusty world. Check out our top ten future movies of the past below.
It’s always five o’clock somewhere, which is why we encourage you to raise a glass alongside some of our favorite film lushes. Choose your drinking buddies wisely (characters vary in intoxication level from tidy tipplers to rip-roaring drunks). Bottoms up!
Article: Top 5 Janet McTeer Movies
Extraordinary British actor Janet McTeer has long been a favorite among those in the know. Statuesque and fiercely charismatic, she is the thinking man’s (and woman’s) sex symbol. In honor of her thrilling, new SundanceTV series, THE HONORABLE WOMAN, here are her top 5 movies.
The doctor-gone-mad plot is one of cinema’s most disturbing—after all, you’re never more than vulnerable than when sitting in the exam chair. Equipped with needles, scalpels and anesthesia, these demented physicians and scientists make for some of Hollywood’s most terrifying villains. Cue the full-body cringes.
To congratulate Robert Morse for his Emmy nomination, we wanted to go back to the Mad Men era to revisit some of his earlier roles. Check out our picks of his top swinging ’60s movies. Just remember to take off your shoes!
Article: Top 5 Christina Hendricks Movies
Christina Hendricks’ portrayal of Joan Harris on Mad Men turns heads for sure. But the talented redhead — who just earned her fourth Emmy nomination — is so much more than an hourglass figure and a pen necklace. To wit, her top five movies.
Article: Ten F’d Up Fairy Tales
Now that virtually every comic book hero and ’80s cartoons have gotten the blockbuster treatment, Hollywood is in the process of pillaging yet another trove of storybook treasures—fairy tales. Aside from this summer’s Maleficent, there are a slew of upcoming updates: Cinderella, due in March 2015, Pan slated for summer 2015, and the Guillermo Del Toro written and produced Beauty and the Beast in development—just to name a few. Of course, this is territory Hollywood has trod before—behold our list of the top 10 f’d up fairytale films.
Q: 1. If you were going to turn a friend on to heavy metal, is there a documentary you’d recommend?
A: There are so many! I would say the best introduction to the genre, its origins, and its fans would be the 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. It follows a Canadian anthropologist and metalhead named Sam Dunn around the world as he interviews metal fans, bands, and founding fathers of the form, such as Tony Iommi, the guitarist of Black Sabbath, and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. The flick shows the diversity and passion and vast scale of the global metal scene. Secondly, I would suggest watching Lemmy, a 2010 documentary about the iconic bassist and singer of Motöhead. At 68, Lemmy has witnessed and fueled the evolution of rock and roll and metal in his lifetime. How he’s still doing it is anyone’s guess.
Love him or hate him, the world’s most famous Scientologist makes a case for his mega-stardom through roles in these beloved films, highlighted in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
In one scene, deep into the 1985 adventure romance Out of Africa, Baroness Karen von Blixen (Meryl Streep) has her dear friend Berkeley over for dinner, where he cleverly warns her: “When the old mapmaker’s got to the edge of the world, they used to write, ‘beyond this place, there’ll be dragons.’” It’s a sly warning and a great line, delivered in the setting of Blixen’s deliciously well-appointed living room.
Possessed dolls, undead serial killers and pin-headed “Cenobites” make these often campy horror series as fun as they are scary. Grab some popcorn and a safety buddy and settle in for a thoroughly enjoyable (albeit petrifying) marathon of one of these franchise classics.
Article: Top 10 Movies With a Cause
Film may be the most entertaining of all art forms—and the most culturally influential. No wonder many use the medium to push an agenda, reveal an injustice or make a political statement. The next time you’re looking to get fired up, watch one of these movies with a bigger purpose.
The journey to adulthood is a graceful one. (We kid.) But it’s always entertaining. See how these motley crews of misfits and bewildered teens navigate the big leagues.
Article: Top 5 Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies
Thanks to her unique and compelling on-screen presence, Maggie Gyllenhaal can be quite the scene-stealer. In honor of her thrilling new SundanceTV limited run series, THE HONORABLE WOMAN, we’ve picked her top five movies. Which is your favorite?
Hollywood blockbusters aren’t the only reason the whole world watches American movies. Declaring independence from major studios, some of the most creative filmmakers bring their visions to life in the land of the free. Get patriotic with these ten stateside classics, all airing in July on SundanceTV.
Conceived in the heyday of queer theory and AIDS activism, the New Queer Cinema of the early ’90s was a galvanizing but short-lived movement. Still, its edge rubbed off on Sundance, which has since laid out a welcome mat for provocation and transgression. Here’s our list of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival.
To Law & Order fans, Benjamin Bratt may always be Detective Rey Curtis, but outside of the four seasons the actor spent as a regular on the TV drama, he’s appeared in an array of films, with an emphasis on challenging indie dramas. If you know Bratt only as a by-the-book cop, read up on some of his outside-the-box roles.
Isabella Rossellini came to fame as David Lynch’s muse in cult favorites like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. More recently, she’s become an auteur of the internet with her SundanceTV web series GREEN PORNO, SEDUCE ME and MAMMAS. But putting aside her online shorts on insect sex and animal lust, what’s your favorite movie in her career?
Article: Top Ten Secretly Feminist Films
It used to be that no filmmakers would advertise that their movie had feminist ambitions; even now, some directors sidestep the issue. Despite this unfortunate trend, the movies below are wildly entertaining proof of what happens when empowering agendas shine through (even in subtle and complex ways).
Writer/director Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy film combines elements of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Spirited Away to create inventive, multilevel world of wartime horror within an adult fairytale. And just like any fairytale, the richly-layered work is worth coming back to again and again to unwrap all the meanings. Here’s a guide on the symbols, images and themes to look out for.
Whether you need to settle an argument or start one, rally the masses or inspire an individual, you can turn to the movies for some advice. We’ve rounded up best pep talks in film and television—get ready to get the job done.
These films take the timeless hostage scenario to a whole new level of twisted—where cannibals play mind games with cops, psychotic killers take the form of fan girls and snipers, bombs are on buses and vampire strippers are a thing. Our list of demented hostage films isn’t for the faint of heart.
1. Funny Games
When two deranged young men take a family hostage in their home, they’re forced to engage in a slew of savage games in order to stay alive. Naomi Watts’ and Michael Pitt’s grueling performances—loving, brave mother and perverse, psycho killer, respectively—and a thrilling, fourth-wall breaking scene make the movie well worth enduring the horrors.
2. Silence of the Lambs
FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodi Foster) is drawn into a game of wits with one villain behind bars (the Hannibal Lector), while pursuing another serial killer, “Buffalo Bill,” on the loose. When Bill takes a new victim hostage, Starling’s race against the clock begins. She must get the information she needs from the cryptic psychopath Hannibal (cue the mind games) to apprehend Bill before he murders his prey.
Article: 4 Life Lessons from the “Black Swan”
A dark and disturbing mindfuck of a movie (think Roman Polanski’s Repulsion set in the world of Dario Argento’s Suspiria), Black Swan brilliantly challenges our long-held beliefs and ideals—and teaches us a few lessons along the way. Here are the top reasons why the psychological thriller gets more unsettling with every viewing.