It’s never too late to watch a great cult movie. In fact, many of them get midnight showings! So here are ten offbeat must-sees to keep you occupied should insomnia strike.
You’ve got to give the Fifty Shades of Grey books credit. The erotic trilogy by E.L. James has single-handedly made BDSM mainstream (now everyone knows what a safe word is), been a boon to the sex toy industry (hello, love beads!), and improved the sex lives of many a long-married couple (a chapter a day will keep the couple’s therapist away!). But that doesn’t mean the series is without its faults, or that there aren’t better depictions of BDSM relationships in popular culture or at the very least, one better depiction.
It would take a lot of time to get through all 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Imagine how much easier it would be if you could watch one every day a la Groundhog Day or watch the original screening of each one via the DeLorean in Back to the Future? Sadly, that’s not going to happen. So instead here are the top 10 movies (half of which are from 1001 movies…) that play with our notion of time.
Telekinesis is arguably the most desirable of all superpowers—moving objects without lifting a finger would be both thrilling and a killer party trick. In movies, we’ve seen telekinetic characters get all kinds of creative with their skills, but we’ve also seen them experience some serious downsides. As one super-human learned the hard way, with great power comes great responsibility. Check out our list below for our top instances of telekinesis in the movies!
Back in the day, when the world of blockbuster franchises was new, picking your favorite was easy: Empire, Return of the Jedi, or the first one. Today, it’s a little tougher. The interconnected stories of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe form the second highest-grossing film series of all time (and watch out, Harry Potter, they’re catching up!). With a separate solo series for each A-list Avenger and two focusing on broader line-ups from the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang, this franchise is expanding in every direction. In honor of this year’s Comic-Con, we’ll do our best to rank each entry from most to least heroic.
Not loving your J.O.B.? For anyone who’s ever wanted to enact the Jet Blue escape plan—open up a hatch and slip down a rubber slide to flee a nine-to-five—here’s a top ten list of movies that’ll help you get through the day.
Movies are all about imagination, fantasy, suspension of disbelief—especially when it comes to their sex scenes. But the mind is capable of only so much mental gymnastics before it goes “Nuh-uh.” Here are the worst cinematic offenders of all time.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a finer batch of war films than Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and Heaven & Earth.
Kevin Gleeson, who has been doubling as Keith Richards in The Rolling Stones cover bands Beggars Banquet and Sticky Fingers for 15 years, shares his insights on his alter ego, Mick Jagger and their work in cinema.
Horror heavyweight Wes Craven’s career spans from evil violence to laugh-out-loud send-ups, but these four critically acclaimed films, highlighted in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, are all on our must-see list.
Films about drugs are like love songs—there’s an endless supply and many are terrible. The best, however, transport us to another world. Whether it’s a junkie movie, putting us in the mindset of an addict, or a socially conscious drama, capturing the destructive impact of the trade, we’re hooked.
There’s a special brand of nostalgia that one experiences when watching a movie set in the future … a future that we’ve already passed! Many of these movies had charmingly ambitious visions of the future: flying cars, casual space travel and (sometimes) reliable time machines–all advances that we’re still pining for in this old dusty world. Check out our top ten future movies of the past below.
It’s always five o’clock somewhere, which is why we encourage you to raise a glass alongside some of our favorite film lushes. Choose your drinking buddies wisely (characters vary in intoxication level from tidy tipplers to rip-roaring drunks). Bottoms up!
Extraordinary British actor Janet McTeer has long been a favorite among those in the know. Statuesque and fiercely charismatic, she is the thinking man’s (and woman’s) sex symbol. In honor of her thrilling, new SundanceTV series, THE HONORABLE WOMAN, here are her top 5 movies.
The doctor-gone-mad plot is one of cinema’s most disturbing—after all, you’re never more than vulnerable than when sitting in the exam chair. Equipped with needles, scalpels and anesthesia, these demented physicians and scientists make for some of Hollywood’s most terrifying villains. Cue the full-body cringes.
To congratulate Robert Morse for his Emmy nomination, we wanted to go back to the Mad Men era to revisit some of his earlier roles. Check out our picks of his top swinging ’60s movies. Just remember to take off your shoes!
Christina Hendricks’ portrayal of Joan Harris on Mad Men turns heads for sure. But the talented redhead — who just earned her fourth Emmy nomination — is so much more than an hourglass figure and a pen necklace. To wit, her top five movies.
Now that virtually every comic book hero and ’80s cartoons have gotten the blockbuster treatment, Hollywood is in the process of pillaging yet another trove of storybook treasures—fairy tales. Aside from this summer’s Maleficent, there are a slew of upcoming updates: Cinderella, due in March 2015, Pan slated for summer 2015, and the Guillermo Del Toro written and produced Beauty and the Beast in development—just to name a few. Of course, this is territory Hollywood has trod before—behold our list of the top 10 f’d up fairytale films.
Q: 1. If you were going to turn a friend on to heavy metal, is there a documentary you’d recommend?
A: There are so many! I would say the best introduction to the genre, its origins, and its fans would be the 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. It follows a Canadian anthropologist and metalhead named Sam Dunn around the world as he interviews metal fans, bands, and founding fathers of the form, such as Tony Iommi, the guitarist of Black Sabbath, and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. The flick shows the diversity and passion and vast scale of the global metal scene. Secondly, I would suggest watching Lemmy, a 2010 documentary about the iconic bassist and singer of Motöhead. At 68, Lemmy has witnessed and fueled the evolution of rock and roll and metal in his lifetime. How he’s still doing it is anyone’s guess.
Love him or hate him, the world’s most famous Scientologist makes a case for his mega-stardom through roles in these beloved films, highlighted in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
In one scene, deep into the 1985 adventure romance Out of Africa, Baroness Karen von Blixen (Meryl Streep) has her dear friend Berkeley over for dinner, where he cleverly warns her: “When the old mapmaker’s got to the edge of the world, they used to write, ‘beyond this place, there’ll be dragons.’” It’s a sly warning and a great line, delivered in the setting of Blixen’s deliciously well-appointed living room.
Possessed dolls, undead serial killers and pin-headed “Cenobites” make these often campy horror series as fun as they are scary. Grab some popcorn and a safety buddy and settle in for a thoroughly enjoyable (albeit petrifying) marathon of one of these franchise classics.
Film may be the most entertaining of all art forms—and the most culturally influential. No wonder many use the medium to push an agenda, reveal an injustice or make a political statement. The next time you’re looking to get fired up, watch one of these movies with a bigger purpose.
The journey to adulthood is a graceful one. (We kid.) But it’s always entertaining. See how these motley crews of misfits and bewildered teens navigate the big leagues.
Thanks to her unique and compelling on-screen presence, Maggie Gyllenhaal can be quite the scene-stealer. In honor of her thrilling new SundanceTV limited run series, THE HONORABLE WOMAN, we’ve picked her top five movies. Which is your favorite?