Hollywood is, as the cliche goes, a dream factory, and Freudian analysts and movie theorists alike have compared movie-watching to dreaming. The list of memorable dream movies could go on practically ad infinitum, but here is an eclectic list of 10 of the greatest, ranging from movies with classic dream sequences to those that come seductively or unnervingly close to capturing the mood and logic of our dreams and nightmares.
We’re several days away from Thanksgiving, which is barely enough time to mentally and emotionally prepare for spending time with your most dysfunctional family members. Take solace in the fact that more bizarre people exist out there–specifically, from the brilliant mind of Christopher Guest. We won’t tell anyone if you decide to drown yourself in mashed potatoes and gravy, um, we mean, watch a marathon of these movies to pick up tips on how to deal.
Messing around behind a partner’s back is never smart, but sometimes the stakes end up even higher than a marriage. These ten brutal tales of lust, betrayal and violence put the “adult” in adultery.
Now that we’ve been surprised by which movies passed the Bechdel Test, let’s take a look at a few movies that shockingly fail. From family-friendly classics to indie hits, we’re sad to say that these 10 flicks just don’t make the grade.
Appearing in everything from high-profile literary adaptations to offbeat sci-fi, renowned character actor Donald Sumpter has one of those faces that stick with you. The talented Brit invests wildly different characters with an unmistakable blend of intelligence and intensity all his own.
The average male thinks about sex about 10 times a day. The average woman about 7. But we’re here to up the ante with this list of thought-provoking stories about everything from fantasies to fetishes–and beyond.
In order to pass the Bechdel Test, a movie must have a scene in which two female characters have an actual conversation about something other than a man. The bar is really that low and yet most movies still get a failing grade.
Who doesn’t love a good stand-up-and-cheer sports movie? Sure, sports movies in the ’80s had their share of underdog triumphs, seemingly-invincible villains and rousing montages, but the best ones gave us a lot more than that. Here’s your ticket to some of the decade’s heaviest hitters.
They may spend their waking hours pushing papers and quibbling in Congress, but politicians also do somewhat normal-people stuff, like make cameos in movies, adding political weight or a touch of oftentimes awkwardly-delivered humor. Here, our favorite and most surprising cameos politicians in the movies…
From an alcoholic PTA mother (“Weeds”) to a shady CEO (“How to Get Away with Murder”), ONE CHILD’s Elizabeth Perkins has been stealing scenes all over the TV world as of late, which should come as no surprise to movie lovers. These five memorable film appearances run the gamut from edgy black comedy to family friendly farce.
So many ’80s movies just wouldn’t be the same without their iconic soundtracks. Hey, you can’t have dance sequences and montages—two stylistic cornerstones of the era—without a catchy hit song. Here are 10 tunes that topped the charts thanks to the big Hollywood movies that featured them.
There is such a thing as a cinematic Renaissance Man, and Robert Redford is it. The ginger-haired septuagenarian is an acting legend, the founder of Sundance Film Festival and SundanceTV, as well as a master behind the camera. Over the last three decades, Redford has directed a host of beloved dramas and got award-winning performances from stars. Not only that, he frequently pulls double duty as an actor in movies he’s directed.
If self-lacing shoes and and breakfast machines actually existed, our world would be a much better place! Here’s to high hopes that some scientist gets on the following creations stat.
Like it or not, every year we spend on this planet brings each of us the same thing: another birthday. And with each birthday comes the universal hope that our own day be unforgettable: hilarious, crazy, beautiful … or at least give us some motivation for the coming year. Here are the top 10 birthday scenes we’d like to blow out the candles with.
A TV soap-star actress, a crippled con, a single dad and an autistic savant—these are just a few of Dustin Hoffman’s very varied roles. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award seven times and won Best Actor twice–he’s also featured in nine movies in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
We grow attached to TV characters. It just happens. Especially when they’re on a show we love—even when we hate them, it’s damn hard to say goodbye. So we’re letting ourselves indulge in a little “what if” therapy with our top characters we’d bring back from the dead.
Whether it be via a force of good or evil, something about not being in control of our own bodies fascinates us. While we would definitely steer clear of “Ghostbusters” Zuul, we might not mind Lily Tomlin’s Edwina taking up residence in half our bodies–especially if the results were as hilarious as “All of Me.” To review all our options, we put together a list of the all time top 10 creepiest (and funniest) supernatural hijackings!
Double your pleasure, double your fun? Sorry, leave your Doublemint fantasies about cute, fun-in-the-sun twins at the door: Movie twins tend to the seriously creepy.
Of any night of the year, Halloween is the best to watch a cult movies. To get you started on a this year’s binge, we picked 10 of the best cult horror movies to start with–all from the pages of “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Cannibals, mother killers, Nazis—sometimes actors go deep, and dark, to play some of the worst people imaginable. Here are 10 movies in which they completely nailed their villainous roles–and completely freaked us out.
At this point zombies are more than a horror institution. The undead are such a popular subject they’ve become a whole genre in their own right. Whether an outbreak is contained or apocalyptic, whether they shamble in hordes or jump out from dark corners, there’s nothing quite like a good zombie movie.
Quick, name your favorite French horror movie! If you had to think that one over, you aren’t alone. But the country that brought us Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism has another kind of horror besides the usual tales of creaky old houses and axe-wielding maniacs. Here’s a list of ten great French movies that disturb and shock, but not always with a straightforward a menace.
While it seems like an unlikely mash up, combining war and comedy genres reveals how conflict can often be… funny. These seven war comedies filled with weapons of ‘laugh destruction,’ all found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” illustrate how war can be hell-arious.
Great films don’t always do great things at the box office. These ten unforgettable hits were too dark, too unique or too poorly marketed to bring in the audiences they deserved upon release. Each has been saved from obscurity by hordes of obsessive, talkative, guushy fans. It’s that kind of passion—not reviews, awards or earnings—that makes a film a true classic.
No doubt about it: “Star Wars” had an astronomical impact on the movie industry. It was the first huge summer blockbuster that mixed genres, spawned a trilogy (and then franchise), had amazing special effects, and an epic “hero’s journey” plot. It opened the door for a surge of similarly-themed fantasy movies with intricately imagined universes inhabited by different races and species who coexist peacefully–or not so much. Here are 8 fantasy movies from the 80s that couldn’t have done it without Star Wars.