Conventional wisdom says Hollywood doesn’t have as many true movie stars as it used to, with the brightest stars’ wattage trending down ever since the days of Humphrey Bogart. Even in the 21st century, however, when devastatingly-good looks and charisma meet in one earthy vessel who makes good career choices, tickets get bought. A lot of tickets. These ten beautiful people’s films have generated over two billion apiece at the box office.
The documentaries did justice to this downer of a decade. Many of the ’00s best Sundance docs filled the gaps left by mainstream journalism; all of them told important stories with sophistication and intelligence. Our top 10 include “Grizzly Man” and “Zoo.”
Some call the ’90s the boom years at Sundance, but in the ’00s plenty of great work was produced–upholding the finest traditions of independent movies and maybe even inventing some new ones. Of the fiction features that had their world premieres at Sundance this past decade, here are our top 10, including “Donnie Darko” and “The Savages.”
Don’t let her pretty face fool you. Nicole Kidman’s filmography features more complex roles than just the sweet girl next door. In fact, she often portrays murderous, manipulative characters and is also the perfect leading lady to cast in pretty much any dark movie. From Stoker to Dogville, here are eight of our favorite dark flicks starring the actress.
What makes a movie a cult movie? Is it the movie itself or the audience who watches it? Are certain movies just born to be cult, while others have cult status thrust upon them? These questions are as elusive and provocative as cult movies themselves, but while you ponder, check out these 10 cult movies from the past 25 years, like “Natural Born Killers,” that are all included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
You can start with “Amores Perros.”
Aaah, the great American outdoors. It can sure be beautiful, but beware: the further afield you get, the harder it is to find help. Help with what, you may ask? Just ask the boys from Deliverance— deviant lunatic hicks, o’course!
If you’ve never heard the term “Hicksploitation” (or “Hixploitation”), the criteria for this peculiar and highly entertaining bunch of movies is simple: they’re usually pretty creepy, with some shit going down in the woods or the middle of nowhere at the hands of some seriously parochial individuals. Here is our list of shameless examples:
Over the years Sundance has developed its own star system, launching, or redefining, the careers of actors who in turn become regulars (Steve Buscemi, Parker Posey, Sam Rockwell, Ryan Gosling, Vera Farmiga, Zooey Deschanel, et al). Here are 10 of the greatest performances in festival history.
A huge crowds flocks to a large, isolated building and shuffles quietly into a dark room, drooling at the scent of warm… popcorn. The movie’s a hit! Zombie movies were once pretty niche, but over the last decade or so, undead monsters have gone mainstream. Here are 10 movies, including “28 Days Later,” that turned the living dead into cold, hard cash.
With winter approaching, curling up by the fireplace with a cozy blanket is definitely a posture that favors page-turning over screen-gazing. So if you’re looking for your next great book, here are 10 movies you should “read” this winter.
Despite being one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for nearly two decades, there is one career milestone that continues to elude Leonardo DiCaprio: an Academy Award. First nominated for an Oscar as a teenager, DiCaprio has struck out all four times he’s been up for the coveted trophy, making him perhaps the most conspicuously snubbed actor of his generation. Movies like “Revolutionary Road” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” showcase just a few examples of his work that failed to bring home the gold—or, in many cases, even earn him an Oscar nomination.
Shorts On SundanceTV presents winners from the 2015 Sundance Channel Shorts competition, featuring “Minimal Mysteries” by Carlos Essmann, “Oma” by Karolien Raeymaekers and “Alvethor” by Paweł Kryza. In collaboration with the Sundance Institute, a Grand Jury Prize winner was selected from each country and the winning films premiered at the 2015 Sundance London Film Festival.
Once upon a time, the average movie hero didn’t wear capes, tights or electrically powered exoskeletons. Instead, they were ordinary men and women thrust into real-world combat, relying on their temerity and teamwork to save the day amid brutal (and historically accurate) circumstances. Here are 10 war movies that defined heroism from the front lines.
Just because a movie is released during the summer doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable all year round. Here are 10 of our picks, from “Cabin Fever” to “Fatal Attraction” for your winter “to-watch” list.
Next year we’ll be getting a brand new Batman movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice directed by Zach Snyder. But while we’re waiting, let’s take a look back at 25 years of iconic Batman movies dominated by directors Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan.
1989 was a wild year in politics thanks to events like the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the deadly pro-democracy rallies in China’s Tiananmen Square. It was also an underrated and exceptional year for movies. Want proof? Here are nine movies from that year that make for essential viewing, all of them featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Are graphic novels and comic books responsible for classic fanboy superheroes, and nothing more? Of course not! This rich, literary (yes, literary) genre has inspired a wealth of other cinematic material, from dystopian yarns to biting black comedies, some of which you may not have even guessed.
Horror directors might have given you a few nightmares over the years, but even more terrifying? David Cronenberg, Wes Craven and Alfred Hitchcock have all drawn inspiration from true stories. Here are 7 tales that’ll have you keeping one eye open tonight. 1. Child’s Play A doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer?…
Sometimes couples sizzle on and off the screen. Here are 10 real-life pairs, from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, who made it work on both sides of the camera.
Even in the golden age of muscled-up testosterone, the ’80s, Cusack found success in offbeat roles in movies like High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. And each role offers some timeless advice.
Sometimes we all just need to curl up in a ball and let the waterworks flow. So the next time you’re feeling overcome with feelings, try turning on one of these 10 movies (“Brokeback Mountain,” anyone?) that don’t hold back from delivering an emotional wallop. Warning: have a box of tissues ready.
Unbelievably, it’s been more than 20 years since River Phoenix was taken from us way too soon. From “My Own Private Idaho” to “Stand By Me,” here are 10 reasons why we still miss seeing his mesmerizing performances onscreen.
“Aliens,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Ghostbusters”…. Most blockbuster movies, when you get right down to it, are about invasions: otherworldly creatures arriving on our planet uninvited, ghosts taking over society, futuristic cyborg assassins intent on pursuing its targets to the ends of the earth, etc. And while we usually associate invasion movies with destruction and mayhem, some visitors do exhibit more peaceful intentions. Here are 10 of the best-ever invasion flicks that can all be found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Get ready to get scared, horror fans. Rooftop Films Program Director Dan Nuxoll and IFC Films have each selected a horror short for Shorts on SundanceTV just in time for Day of the Dead. 1. Invasion by Hugo Ramirez and Olivier Patte 2. In the Back by Corin Hardy For more horror of a high…
Not all zombies are created equal. From shambling, slow-moving corpses to insectoid alien parasites, the living dead have taken myriad forms while attacking humanity. Here are seven movies, from “Dead Alive” to “World War Z” that offer truly terrifying takes on a zombie apocalypse.