Occasionally a movie comes along that’s as morally shocking as it is artistically profound. Such films often find themselves saddled with an NC-17 rating (or, in olden days, an X). Here are six illicit flicks that became art-house favorites despite their dreaded NC-17 or X ratings.
Sundance Channel Global announced the launch of the 2015 Sundance Channel Shorts competition. The Grand Jury Prize winner’s film will be broadcast on Sundance Channel later this year and screened at a special event in London hosted by Sundance Institute in June.
So you survived Y2K and then what? Everyone was watching “Saw” and, well, that Nicholas Sparks movie. But who took home the Oscar that year? Find out how much do you remember about what happened in the next decade? Quiz yourself!
Think you’re Iron Man? (Everybody does.) If you don’t watch out though, you might find out you’re more like Julian Wells from “Less Than Zero”! Take the quiz to find out which Robert Downey Jr. character you really are.
With Jason Momoa set to portray the Justice League’s Aquaman in a series of upcoming comic-book movies, let’s take a look at what makes Momoa so uniquely qualified for this superhero role.
On the fourth of May, fans of the "Star Wars" universe employ a questionable pun ("May the fourth be with you!") as an excuse engage in a celebration of droids, darths and deep geekery of their favorite science fiction movies, books and shows. Hence, we give you these tournaments for you to choose the ultimate evil (think Darth Vader, Storm Troopers or Jabba the Hutt) or good (Yoda, Chewbacca or Luke) characters.
There are few things as exciting in Hollywood as a hot, young talent on the rise. Because of that, few things feel as tragic as the news that another cinematic star has left us far too soon. Here are ten stars who took their final bows while they were still way too young.
Whether he's writing, directing, producing or doing all three, Joss Whedon is known for creating female characters who are refreshingly complex and empowered—especially when they’re kicking ass. In anticipation of Whedon’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron," here are some of our favorite ass-kicking female characters (Buffy included, naturally) from the Whedonverse.
You think the selection process is tough for “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” imagine how much harder it is for the cover (which only gets ONE movie). Some of the choices seem obvious (“Star Wars,” “The Dark Knight”). Others likely feel more controversial (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Get Carter”). Looking at the choices below which one do you pick if YOU had to choose the cover image?
From A Match Made in Space (“Back to the Future”) to Misery’s Child (“Misery”), there a slew of books featured in some of our favorite movies and they actually look, well, good. . Here are ten we totally wish we could add to our shelves.
electing from “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” these are ten of the greatest oaters ever made. They range from golden age classics like “High Noon” to recent revisionist dramas by Clint Eastwood like “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” and all are noted in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
“Bridesmaids,” “Love, Actually,” “When Harry Met Sally…” Here are 10 movies that expertly capture what a one night stands (or attempts at having them) are really like.
Indigenous peoples’ histories and stories in America have been narrowly defined by the Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny—or simply Cowboys and Indians. But now Indigenous filmmakers have been telling their own stories and changing that definition. Here are 10 documentaries, from “Trudell” to “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” that flip the script.
Shakespeare with robots (“Forbidden Planet”), vampires (“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead), soft-core porn (“Tromeo & Juliet”), and poisoned beer (“Strange Brew”).
Sometimes a movie’s scenery and landscapes are so stunning, they make the plot seem secondary. Movies like “Easy Rider” inspired dreams of Route 66 and “Under the Tuscan Sun” had everyone plotting a move to Italy. Here are 10 examples—some of which scored Oscar for Best Cinematography—that inspire world travelers to pack up their bags and head off to some of the prettiest places on the planet.
James Franco might be one of the beautiful people, but on-screen it’s not all Ivy League educations and art projects. Whether they wear manic smiles or smoldering glares, Franco’s characters tend to get put through the ringer, though never the same way twice. Let’s take a look at “127 Hours,” “Spider-Man,” and “Spring Breakers” … and that’s just a start.
Gene Hackman appeared in some of the best movies of the 1970s and produced a body of work over the course of 40 years that few stars’ careers can compare. A number of movies stand out, including “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The French Connection,” “The Conversation” and “Unforgiven,” all of which are included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a movie to set a scene in a music shop, usually to emphasize the “indie” nature of the characters. But once upon a time, everybody went to the record store to get their music—and the scenes featuring stores were woven into movies so seamlessly, you might not have noticed them. Remember “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Scanners,” and “Taxi Driver”? This Record Store Day skip the usual chatter about “High Fidelity” and “Pretty in Pink” and impress your friends with your deep knowledge of hot wax … in the movies.
“Antichrist,” “Buried,” “Dirty Harry” … the characters in these movies all have a terrifying story to delve into – they’ve all been buried alive.
Making a blockbuster hit (or in a couple of cases, a total flop), can prove costly. From over-the-top superhero flicks (“Spider-Man 3″) to CGI-heavy animated movies (“Tangled”), these are the movies that busted even the biggest Hollywood budgets.
Infidelity runs rampant throughout the movies—after all, few things in life are as emotional, tragic and darkly comic as the ins and outs of unfaithfulness. But before you follow suit, you might want to study
Send in the clones! Before ORPHAN BLACK’s new season premieres this Saturday at 9/8c, SundanceTV is airing an all-day movie marathon in honor of four of your favorite Tatiana Maslany characters.
These eight black filmmakers have had a significant impact on cinematic history—from the silent era to the present day. In movies as diverse as “Shaft” to “She’s Gotta Have It,” directors like Oscar Micheaux, Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks (and son Gordon Parks, Jr.), Spike Lee, John Singleton, Lee Daniels and Steve McQueen have told stories of everything from slavery and racial tension to kick-ass cops. The one thing they have in common? They all wound up as selections in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Femme fatales were a staple in film noir movies of the 1940s and 1950s, but today you can still find many modern examples of wanton women who seduce their way into getting what they want. Just think of Amy Adams in “American Hustle” and Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl.”
Movies use dance to convey eroticism, longing, or just plain sexiness. Here’s a list of ten movies from “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” in which very different kinds of dance–from Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis’ dance in “Black Swan” to Jennifer Beals’ classic strip tease in “Flashdance”– are employed to similar results. Thrilling audiences.