Sometimes the most inspiring characters are the ones who change the most, improving themselves through hard work, training and sheer determination. They end up heroes, but they didn’t start out that way. Here are our very favorite outcast transformations from the small and big screens — inlcuding Peggy Olson on “Mad Men” and Neville Longbottom on “Harry Potter.”
With major riots and drug epidemics still fresh enough to strike fear in the public imagination and the rise of hip-hop making urban struggle suddenly marketable, a wave of so-called “hood dramas” hit theaters in the ’90s. Gritty, cynical, and marked by the ever-present threat of violence true to the neighborhoods it chronicled, the briefly hot genre took the subject matter and ran with it, producing everything from tender coming-of-age stories to action-packed thrillers.
In 2008, we elected the first black president of the United States, watched an unforgettable opening ceremony at the summer Olympics in Beijing and saw Amy Winehouse pick up 6 Grammys. The year also marked the release of these 10 must-see movies—from “The Hurt Locker,” to “The Dark Knight.”
The Sundance Film Festival is a great place for women–just look at these female directors who went to the fest and wound up bringing home distribution deals for features like “Sleeping with Other People,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and “The Wolfpack.”
Irish actor Michael Fassbender has managed a career that doesn’t depend at all on his smoldering good looks. Instead, he’s committed himself to playing hard-to-pin-down characters in movies like “12 Years as a Slave” and “Inglourious Basterds,” that go against the grain.
The Sundance Film Festival has been an annual haven for some of cinema’s most controversial entries for decades. From “Catfish” to “Kids,” here are the movies that set tongues wagging.
While the topic of women’s rights doesn’t have the box office draw of a bunch of dudes getting wasted at a bachelor party, say, or a bride-to-be getting diarrhea in the middle of the street, there are many excellent movies that cover various aspects of the war on women (either directly or metaphorically)—workplace discrimination, violence against women, restricted access to abortion, sexual harassment, and all that fun stuff.
Dysfunctional families, abusive relationships, suppressed anger and just plain effed up…we’ve seen it all in movies like Donnie Darko and Antwone Fisher, but which onscreen shrink has helped us get through the toughest of times? Here’s our list ranking 10 movie therapists by the advice they give.
South By Southwest’s annual film festival is an increasingly important presence in the world of indie cinema and this year was no exception. Established distributors and emerging forces alike snapped up everything from docs to comedy over the weekend in Austin.
In the 1980s that the teen movie really took off. The leading purveyor of adolescent angst and embarrassment was John Hughes, who pretty much dominated the decade with a series of brilliant comedy dramas that explored every aspect of growing up. However, he wasn’t alone. Here are seven titles, from “The Breakfast Club” to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (all featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die), that offer up a portrait of being young in Reagan’s America.
South by Southwest Film Festival is known for its mumblecore, raunchy comedies, unique horror films—and in recent years, large world premieres. Here are ten of our favorite movies that premiered at SXSW, including “Bridesmaids,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Knocked Up,” that have gone on to launch careers and interesting collaborations.
Michael Douglas has freely admitted that making onscreen love with beautiful women like Kim Basinger in “The Sentinel” isn’t exactly a tough day at the office, but he once observed, “everybody has had sex… everyone has an opinion on how it should be done.” Douglas has always done it his way… many times!
Critics and festival juries alike are applauding Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, the 2014 documentary from RECTIFY writer-director Scott Teems who examines actor Hal Holbrook’s perennially popular 60-year-old one man show about Mark Twain.
The Brat Pack’s time in the spotlight may have been short lived, but their pop culture impact carries no expiration date. Take a nostalgic trip with us as we reminisce on our all-time favorite Brat Packers–Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe.
2015′s South By Southwest Film Festival kicked off Friday, and this year boasts a long list of buzzed-about features from biographical docs to Judd Apatow’s latest comedy. If you’re anywhere near Austin, don’t miss “Trainwreck,” “Spy,” or “Brand: A Second Coming.”
Few sci-fi classics scare the pants off us as much as Alien. And none of them have Ellen Ripley, a kickass heroine who remains one of the greatest characters ever. But since it’s always fun to mess with the classics, what follows are ideas that could’ve, would’ve, maybe should’ve been in the Alien films.
As we’re counting down to the final episodes of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner is letting fans in on some insider info–the movies that inspired the series. From North by North West to Vertigo, find out the movies that made a lasting impression on him–and the crew!
When it comes to a night in, there’s no better mix than some booze and a classic flick… as long as you’ve got the right one, and the right set of rules to go along with it. Some are hangover-inducing, others stay firmly in the realm of tipsy, but all ten of these time-tested games are guaranteed to take your quoting, cheering and witty banter to the next level.
What is it about bad boys that makes them so appealing? It’s that irresistibly alluring combination of devil-may-care attitude, meditative demeanor–and, of course, their smoldering good looks. From Hans Solo in “Star Wars” to Troy Dyer in “Reality Bites,” here are 10 cinematic bad boys we can’t help but love.
More than 100 films and TV productions have been adapted from, or based on, the published novels and short stories of prolific horror master Stephen King. But four movies, “Carrie,” “The Shining,” “Stand By Me,” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” have the added distinction of also being included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Though the annual Sundance Film Festival has been home to all kinds of movies, the independent film haven has premiered a surprisingly complete roster of the past few decades’ best examples of a genre more often associated with big budgets and Hollywood studios: the thriller. Featuring a young and hungry assortment of the movie world’s biggest stars and most respected filmmakers, these ten wildly original thrill rides launched careers into the realm of superheroes and Oscar wins.
One of the most distinctive filmmakers of the last two decades, Gus Van Sant’s movies challenge representations of gender, class and race. He’s also part of a small group of directors to have a number of his movies featured in “1001 Movies to See Before You Die.” From “Drugstore Cowboy” to Good Will Hunting ,” his entries testify to the rich diversity of his talent.
Love is great–unless it’s the unrequited kind, of course. If you’re wondering whether or not the person who’s been admiring you from afar just has a harmless crush or whether it’s turned into something a little more .. dangerous, here are 10 signs we’ve learned from the movies, from “Misery” to “my Best Friend’s Wedding,” you might want to review.
What is it about World War II that inspires such disparate filmmakers as Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino to craft some of their finest work? From “Inglourious Basterds” to “Saving Private Ryan,” here are 10 of the best movies to add to your must-see list.
1995 was a weird year. From “To Die For” to “Kids,” major directors and filmmakers made movies about bad sex in all its lurid variations. Here are 10 of those stories.