Being President of the United States has its perks: power, authority, nice digs in the White House, etc. Of course, the position also comes with a breathtaking amount of responsibility–and when disaster knocks, it’s the leader of the free world who has got to answer with a plan. It’s no easy gig, and the movies have had a lot of fun portraying presidents in peril. So, which movie president had it the worst? Vote in the poll.
We’re going to breathe a sigh of relief here that most of you are not lying and plotting murders. (Although we’ve got our eyes that 1 percent.) Happily, most of our dear readers are noble Westleys—congratulations one and all! And we must admit that we’d really like to befriend the 21% of loyal Fezziks. Anybody…
Every festival is accompanied by the rush to proclaim new and important trendsetters. Some of them fade from memory, but some enter the cultural consciousness. The movies below all screened at the Sundance Film Festival–and then went on to reshape the landscape of cinema.
Need to put a positive spin on less-than-positive situation? Might we suggest…
Paul Newman’s Cool Hand Luke is just one of many rebels in movie history who’ve carved places for themselves in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” Here are ten movies with rabble-rousers of historic import.
It was just about 15 years ago, in 2000, when “American Psycho” made it’s debut at Sundance Film Festival. Director Mary Harron reflects on the premiere, how it was received and the cult following it has acquired over the years in the interview below.
Everyone knows that Anthony Hopkins is a commanding presence. Throughout his storied career, Hopkins has played gods, serial killers, famous filmmakers and more. To each role, Hopkins brings a level of gravitas that makes him unparalleled amongst his peers. He also can totally freak out moviegoers with a single word or intense stare.
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The charismatic Northern Irish TV star known for headlining classic UK series has also lit up the big screen in acclaimed supporting roles. Here are five of the best:
This highly acclaimed modern-day retelling of the relatively obscure Shakespeare tragedy was helmed by Ralph Fiennes in his directorial debut. Nesbitt plays against type as the scheming senator Sicinius, whose status is threatened when Caius Martius Coriolanus (Fiennes) comes to power in Rome. Alongside fellow tribune Brutus (theater star Paul Jesson), Sicinius makes it his business to take down the conquering hero.
2. Five Minutes of Heaven
This drama from ONE CHILD scribe Guy Hibbert and…
New Year’s Eve is a night for revelry and resolutions, some more realistic than others. Learning a second language? Sure, you can do it. Ditching everything to raise blue-ribbon dachshunds while restoring a Tuscan villa? You might want to reconsider that one after the champagne wears off. Here’s an idea: Look to the movies for inspiration and cautionary lessons to get you through the New Year’s Day after.
These 10 selections not only premiered at the festival but also made their way into “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Most ghosts seem to be after your home, your children, or even your soul, but a rare few stick around postmortem for less life-threatening reasons. Whether it’s helping a loved one move on or teaching a life lesson, some specters actually have your back, rather than the urge to knife you in it. Check out these ten flicks for examples:
Picking the best “The Princess Bride” character is an inconceivable task. Still, it’s up to us to take on such herculean efforts. Vote in our top 5 poll!
This BABYLON star’s appearances run the gamut from his award-winning stage work with the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, to TV appearances in UK scifi institution Doctor Who and cult sketch comedy series That Mitchell and Webb Look. Seemingly never playing the same type twice, this chameleon-like performer modulates each character’s confidence, gravitas, integrity and inner turmoil to create a perfectly unique and memorable figure for any occasion. Don’t take our word for it — check out these five examples:
1. Æon Flux
This effects-laden scifi actioner stars Charlize Theron as the title character, a deadly freedom fighter on a mission to kill the leader of the corrupt, walled-in, stronghold of humanity’s postapocalyptic remnants known as Bregna. Joseph plays Giroux, a principled higher-up who opposes Æon Flux and her group of radicals despite his good intentions. Joseph manages the tricky feat of imbuing the misguided obstacle with sympathetic, even noble qualities that allow the character to serve as a representation of a whole segment of the tortured society.
2. The Beach
Joseph’s first project with BABYLON producer/director Danny Boyle, The Beach stars Leonardo DiCaprio…
The suspense, the high drama, the sexy sophistication… few genres come with a more compelling playbook than a good spy film. Maybe that’s why it’s so fun to tear these tropes to shreds! These ten flicks will make you question the term “intelligence community.”
Babysitters in the movies have it rough. They try to fend off everything from psychotic killers to lecherous fathers while keeping their charges alive. And they don’t always succeed. But which sitter had the worse lot?
The story is fantastical, the characters indelible and the dialogue–well, let’s just say that it’s inconceivable that we could ever forget some of these lines. Its stars have gone on to win Emmys, make movies and award-winning TV series, but none of them have ever forgotten the hilarity and delight of “The Princess Bride”–and neither have we. It’s hard to whittle down so many great quotes to just 10, but these are the moments that stick with us.
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Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is probably the best Christmas movie ever made, although it was neglected for decades following its initial release. But what of celebrations around the world, or Christmas movies that buck the trend, offering a different interpretation of the festive season? Here are 5 movies that present Christmastime in a very different light.
The Sundance Film Festival may call Park City, Utah, its home, but there’s another city that’s always been well-represented at the annual movie-geek get-together: Austin, Texas. Not only is Austin known as a hotbed for up-and-coming filmmakers, but the city’s creative vibe jibes well with Sundance’s commitment to discovering talented artists and giving exposure to offbeat voices. Austin means a DIY aesthetic and a laid-back attitude, plus a love of music, the outdoors, beer, and against-the-grain philosophies. Not coincidentally, you can also find all of those qualities in abundance at the Sundance Film Festival.
Cary Elwes gives his account of making “The Princess Bride,” including behind-the-scenes and exclusive photographs in his new book “As You Wish.”
C’mon, admit, there’s a picture of you somewhere in a “The Princess Bride” costume, right? Well, now you can use that photo to score some tweasure!
Once it’s got hold of you, paranoia is nearly impossible to shake. When you stop trusting others in a situation (or even worse, stop trusting yourself), the result is often mayhem–just ask the characters from our list below, who looked that ugly beast anxiety in the face and (sometimes) lived to tell the tale.
Determining the best Cary Ewles’ best comedy … inconceivable! That’s why we’re leaving it up to you, dear readers. Let’s settle this right here, right now.
The Sundance Film Festival has been letting women show their stuff since 1984. This year, 36 percent of the movies in competition are directed by women—compare that to the number of women directors for the top 250 North American films last year: a mere 6 percent. That’s a shame when you consider how many great movies by women directors have come out of the fest over the years. Without further ado, here are ten great movies that came out of Sundance that just happened to be directed by women. Add them to your cue.