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The United States of Cinema: 10 American Indie Classics

Article: The United States of Cinema: 10 American Indie Classics

Hollywood blockbusters aren’t the only reason the whole world watches American movies. Declaring independence from major studios, some of the most creative filmmakers bring their visions to life in the land of the free. Get patriotic with these ten stateside classics, all airing in July on SundanceTV.

Be Proud! Best Gay-Themed Films to Come Out of Sundance Film Festival

Article: Be Proud! Best Gay-Themed Films to Come Out of Sundance Film Festival

Conceived in the heyday of queer theory and AIDS activism, the New Queer Cinema of the early ’90s was a galvanizing but short-lived movement. Still, its edge rubbed off on Sundance, which has since laid out a welcome mat for provocation and transgression. Here’s our list of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival.

Benjamin Bratt’s Movie Career Goes Against the Grain

Article: Benjamin Bratt’s Movie Career Goes Against the Grain

To Law & Order fans, Benjamin Bratt may always be Detective Rey Curtis, but outside of the four seasons the actor spent as a regular on the TV drama, he’s appeared in an array of films, with an emphasis on challenging indie dramas. If you know Bratt only as a by-the-book cop, read up on some of his outside-the-box roles.

Movies Become Her But What’s Your Favorite Isabella Rossellini Pic?

Article: Movies Become Her But What’s Your Favorite Isabella Rossellini Pic?

Isabella Rossellini came to fame as David Lynch’s muse in cult favorites like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. More recently, she’s become an auteur of the internet with her SundanceTV web series GREEN PORNO, SEDUCE ME and MAMMAS. But putting aside her online shorts on insect sex and animal lust, what’s your favorite movie in her career?

Top Ten Secretly Feminist Films

Article: Top Ten Secretly Feminist Films

It used to be that no filmmakers would advertise that their movie had feminist ambitions; even now, some directors sidestep the issue. Despite this unfortunate trend, the movies below are wildly entertaining proof of what happens when empowering agendas shine through (even in subtle and complex ways).

A Cheat Sheet for Decoding “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Article: A Cheat Sheet for Decoding “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Writer/director Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy film combines elements of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Spirited Away to create inventive, multilevel world of wartime horror within an adult fairytale. And just like any fairytale, the richly-layered work is worth coming back to again and again to unwrap all the meanings. Here’s a guide on the symbols, images and themes to look out for.

The Top 10 Greatest Motivational Speeches in the Movies

Article: The Top 10 Greatest Motivational Speeches in the Movies

Whether you need to settle an argument or start one, rally the masses or inspire an individual, you can turn to the movies for some advice. We’ve rounded up best pep talks in film and television—get ready to get the job done.

Cannibals, Wood Chippers and (Un)Funny Games: Top 10 Most Demented Hostage Films

Article: Cannibals, Wood Chippers and (Un)Funny Games: Top 10 Most Demented Hostage Films

These films take the timeless hostage scenario to a whole new level of twisted—where cannibals play mind games with cops, psychotic killers take the form of fan girls and snipers, bombs are on buses and vampire strippers are a thing. Our list of demented hostage films isn’t for the faint of heart.

1. Funny Games
When two deranged young men take a family hostage in their home, they’re forced to engage in a slew of savage games in order to stay alive. Naomi Watts’ and Michael Pitt’s grueling performances—loving, brave mother and perverse, psycho killer, respectively—and a thrilling, fourth-wall breaking scene make the movie well worth enduring the horrors.

2. Silence of the Lambs
FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodi Foster) is drawn into a game of wits with one villain behind bars (the Hannibal Lector), while pursuing another serial killer, “Buffalo Bill,” on the loose. When Bill takes a new victim hostage, Starling’s race against the clock begins. She must get the information she needs from the cryptic psychopath Hannibal (cue the mind games) to apprehend Bill before he murders his prey.

4 Life Lessons from the “Black Swan”

Article: 4 Life Lessons from the “Black Swan”

A dark and disturbing mindfuck of a movie (think Roman Polanski’s Repulsion set in the world of Dario Argento’s Suspiria), Black Swan brilliantly challenges our long-held beliefs and ideals—and teaches us a few lessons along the way. Here are the top reasons why the psychological thriller gets more unsettling with every viewing.

Top 10 Sundance Winners Streaming on Netflix

Article: Top 10 Sundance Winners Streaming on Netflix

Of course you meant to see them in the local art-house theater when they were released. Maybe you even did—and have been thinking about them ever since. Well, you’re in luck! These stellar movies, all winners at Sundance Film Festivals past, are available streaming on Netflix right now.

See the Sites: 5 Quintessential Road Trip Movie Duos

Article: See the Sites: 5 Quintessential Road Trip Movie Duos

There’s something about summer that makes road trips a must: ‘Tis the season to ditch the office and head to the highway with your best friend. If that’s not an option, make a date with that special someone to enjoy the open road from the comfort of your couch. Here are just a few of moviedom’s most memorable journeys–including a few you can catch on SundanceTV this month.

Blues Brothers

The Duo: ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd)
The Travel Route: Calumet City, Illinois to Chicago

The famed SNL pair’s approach to the wide, open road can best be summed up by their famous exchange in the Bluesmobile. (Elwood: “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes. It’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” Jake: “Hit it.”) The brothers stick by each other as their “mission from God” to save their childhood orphanage leads them to spirited musical performances, neo-Nazis, a homicidal woman played by Carrie Fisher—and, ultimately, back to jail. Although this time around, they’re together.

Movies You Can’t Shake: Seven War Films Set in Africa

Article: Movies You Can’t Shake: Seven War Films Set in Africa

More often than not, the most memorable movies we see are rooted in heavy, hard-to-watch subject matter. This can certainly be said of the gritty films on this list—all wartime pics set in Africa, all dealing with the real-life conflicts that have ravaged the beautiful continent over the last century.

10 Best Pieces of Unsolicited Fatherly Advice from Movie Dads

Article: 10 Best Pieces of Unsolicited Fatherly Advice from Movie Dads

Dad. He taught you how to catch a baseball, make pancakes and pull weeds. But it’s his useless two cents’ worth, ahem, sage advice that’s priceless. And although he covered many bases, there are a few things he missed—that’s where the big screen comes in.

Coming Soon: 8 Must-See Summer Movies from Sundance Film Festival 2014

Article: Coming Soon: 8 Must-See Summer Movies from Sundance Film Festival 2014

It was a long (long, long) winter. Thankfully, that’s behind us now. Summer’s now just around the corner and with it, the most buzzed about movies from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival are now hitting the theaters. Here are our top eight picks to catch on the big screen.

Kill Bill. Kill Drag Racers. Kill the Nazis. The Women of Quentin Tarantino

Article: Kill Bill. Kill Drag Racers. Kill the Nazis. The Women of Quentin Tarantino

Never underestimate a Tarantino woman—in his impressive body of work, the director’s strong and charismatic female characters reign supreme. Here are ten of our favorite gunsligers.

Now That Megan’s Left Don, 5 Ways to See More of Mad Men’s Jessica ParĂ©

Article: Now That Megan’s Left Don, 5 Ways to See More of Mad Men’s Jessica ParĂ©

As Megan Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, Canadian actress/singer Jessica Paré has captivated characters and viewers alike (Don Draper put a ring on it, and her “Zou Bisou Bisou” rendition has well over a million views on Youtube), but she also boasts some impressive big-screen credits. With the series winding down (sob), take a peek at Pare’s movie roster, and get a taste of what’s to come for the actress.

Sex Scenes Too Hot for American Cinema

Article: Sex Scenes Too Hot for American Cinema

We’ve compiled a top 10 list of the sexiest foreign films—they’re not all necessarily erotic, with lots of skin. Nor are they all uplifting, life-affirming tales of carnal romance with happy endings. But they do focus on issues of sexuality and sensuality in artful ways—and that’s sexy.

January Jones Gets Dramatic

Article: January Jones Gets Dramatic

Fans know and love her as Betty (Draper, then Francis) on Mad Men, but there’s another side to the actress. If you haven’t seen January Jones like this, do yourself a favor and check out some of her best dramatic characters.

1. Lou Ann Norton, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
This neo-Western, Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut (he also stars), features Jones as the wife of a Border Patrol Agent (Barry Pepper) who shoots and kills a Mexican immigrant cowboy (Julio Cedillo). Rather than fess up, he tries to cover up his crime and is kidnapped for his troubles. Lou Ann, meanwhile, is fed up with him and their life in Texas and decides to leave it all behind and return home to Ohio.

Your Moment of Hilarity: The Funniest Will Ferrell Cameos

Article: Your Moment of Hilarity: The Funniest Will Ferrell Cameos

Although the funnyman can make us laugh all the way through the credits (hello, Ron Burgundy), some of his best bits come in at only a few seconds long.

There Might Be Blood: Top Ten Most Memorable Proms in Film

Article: There Might Be Blood: Top Ten Most Memorable Proms in Film

For many, prom is the pinnacle of their high school career. There’s the romance, the decorations, the excuse to get fancy and, most importantly, the drama. In honor of this unrivaled event, we’ve compiled a list of the best proms on film.

Mainstream Movies Pushing the Boundaries in Bed

Article: Mainstream Movies Pushing the Boundaries in Bed

Thanks to the Hays Code, gay characters were largely missing from the movies up until 1968. And even more recently than that, it was considered career suicide for a male actor to “play gay.” But these days, it’s not hard to find gay characters in mainstream Hollywood films. Here are ten of our favorite gay sex scenes—or, at least, sexy scenes—in mainstream movies.

Top 5 Ways to Get More of Jon Hamm

Article: Top 5 Ways to Get More of Jon Hamm

There’s no denying Jon Hamm’s TV superstardom—Don Draper is one of the most indelible characters of our time, but the actor shines on the big screen as well. As Mad Men draws to a close, take a look at Hamm’s Top 5 movie roles—including one you can catch in theaters now.

7 Pieces of Wild West Advice From Quintessential Cowboy John Wayne

Article: 7 Pieces of Wild West Advice From Quintessential Cowboy John Wayne

After starring in countless Western classics (Rio Bravo, True Grit, Red River…), screen legend John Wayne has doled out plenty of no-bullshit advice — applicable on the frontier and nearer to home. Here are seven quotes to live by from the man, the myth, and the legend himself.

Stuck? Need to Get Inspired (Without Getting off the Couch)? Marathon the Following 10 Movies

Article: Stuck? Need to Get Inspired (Without Getting off the Couch)? Marathon the Following 10 Movies

Life is tough. Family dramas, workplace dilemmas, emotional dead ends — sometimes you hit a roadblock at every corner. When you feel like you need rethink your entire course, take a cue from one of these characters who have been there, done that — and then some. One of these films just might change your…

Redford, Polanski, Lee, Jones… 10 Actor-Directors Who Excel at Both Arts

Article: Redford, Polanski, Lee, Jones… 10 Actor-Directors Who Excel at Both Arts

He won a screenwriting Oscar at the age of 26. Five years later, as a legitimate movie star, he acted in one of the most ridiculed films ever made and appeared on the cover of gossip rags. Now, with Argo, Ben Affleck is recognized as one of the most talented and embraced directors in Hollywood. But he’s not alone.