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.
These delicious villains (think Christian Bale in “American Psycho,” Malcom McDowell in “A Clockwork Orange,” Al Pacino in “Scarface” and Michael Douglas in “Wall Street” ) bring a whole new meaning to the term sexy beast.
Is it cheating to celebrate National Poetry Month by watching a movie about poetry? It depends on the movie. Here are ten classics about poets and poetry—from “Dead Poet’s Society” to “Il Postino.”
“Furious 7,” “It Follows” .. and yes, “Fifty Shades of Grey”—these are the sex scenes that have been leaving us all hot and bothered.
Of the many tropes in science fiction, cloning is easily the most plausible. (Remember Dolly the sheep?) That’s one thing that makes the hit BBC America series Orphan Black, debuting its third season on Apr. 18, such a riveting experience. (Tatiana Maslany’s chameleon-like performance as the various clones also helps.)
If “Fearless,” “127 Hours,” and “Open Water” tell us anything, it’s that staying home isn’t always a bad idea.
While “Parks and Recreation” has been a cult favorite among TV fans throughout its seven-season run, the cast has been busy making quite the impact on the big screen in recent years as well. Running the the gamut from small indie films to mega blockbusters, here are 10 movies featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt and other “Parks” players.
Should you star in a sexy science-fiction noir like “Bladerunner,” or should you be sharing a few laughs with Marty and Doc in “Back to the Future”? Take this quiz to find out which movie you should have been cast in!
Highlights this month include “sex, lies and videotape,” “Blue Valentine” and “(500) Days of Summer.”
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.”