Roleplaying has always been a huge part of hip-hop. Rap lyrics, so often autobiographical, blur lines between reality and fiction almost without exception, and any truly successful rapper has mastered the performance of at least one painstakingly engineered persona. Maybe it should come as no surprise, then, that so many rappers can really act. Unlike those few-and-far-between crossovers from other genres (Tom Waits, Justin Timberlake), rappers who can bring roles to life seem to be the rule, not the exception.
Movies often become defined by their soundtracks—by musical choices so electric, they make individual sequences feel like epic movies themselves. (Think "Pixies" crooning over the opening scene of "Watchmen.") Some movies go the extra mile, though, and feature made-for-the-screen bands with musicians that are entirely fictional but which we only wish were putting out platinum albums on the regular.
The movies on this list shy away from the obvious gore and violence of the horror genre, but the far more disturbing than most fright flicks.
A-list actor Jack Nicholson has racked up Oscar wins and nominations for his anti-hero roles in movies from the 1960s to the 2000s–in fact, he’s the most-nominated male actor in Oscar history. As an added bonus, the 11 movies he starred in below are all in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” Who’s got the popcorn ready?
By their nature, fashion documentaries give us plenty of striking people and outfits to admire (or recoil at). This list covers a gamut of the fashion world: good, bad and beautiful–and often very funny.
His works have spawned numerous (and terrifying) big screen adaptations, and made for classic moments in cinematic history–such as Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashing hell on Mars, and Harrison Ford kissing a cyborg.
A song can make a movie. And sometimes a soundtrack has a life all it’s own. We had so many favorite musical moments that we had to go for a second round. Read on for some memorable tunes–and vote for your favorite in the poll!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.