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Quelle Horreur! Scariest French Horror Movies

Article: Quelle Horreur! Scariest French Horror Movies

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.

Laugh Until It Hurts: The Best War Comedies

Article: Laugh Until It Hurts: The Best War Comedies

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.

Top 10 Cult Classic Movies That Flopped First

Article: Top 10 Cult Classic Movies That Flopped First

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 hoards of fans who couldn’t wait to share them with others. It’s that kind of passion alone — not reviews, awards or earnings — that make a film a true classic.

8 Fantasy Movies from the ’80s Made Possible By “Star Wars”

Article: 8 Fantasy Movies from the ’80s Made Possible By “Star Wars”

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.

Bang, Bang! Top 10 Movie Shootouts

Article: Bang, Bang! Top 10 Movie Shootouts

The noise! The destruction! The mad dash to safety! There just aren’t many scenes in cinema more tense and exciting than a good old-fashioned gunfight. These ten unforgettable showdowns set new visual standards and inspired generations of youthful finger pointing and “pew! pew!” sounds. Get fired up!

Better the Second Time Around: Movie Sequels That Don’t Disappoint

Article: Better the Second Time Around: Movie Sequels That Don’t Disappoint

It’s a rare week when a sequel or a franchise movie isn’t playing in a local movie theater. Most are just a pale imitation of the original, but every now and then a sequel comes along that equals its predecessor, or on those rarest of occasions, betters it. Here’s a list of the best sequels—all featured in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

Wicked Awesome: Top 10 Boston Crime Thrillers

Article: Wicked Awesome: Top 10 Boston Crime Thrillers

When it comes to settings for crime thrillers, New York City usually springs to mind. But from character-driven tales of small-time crooks caught up in the Irish Mafia or high-octane heist thrillers, the home of the Red Sox has also scored its fair share of gritty films. Check out our list of the 10 best Boston crime thrillers below.

WTF! 10 Even More Seriously Messed-Up Movies

Article: WTF! 10 Even More Seriously Messed-Up Movies

The movies on this list shy away from the obvious gore and violence of the horror genre, but the far more disturbing than most fright flicks.

Strike a Pose: Best Fashion Documentaries

Article: Strike a Pose: Best Fashion Documentaries

By their nature, fashion documentaries give us plenty of striking people and outfits to admire (or recoil at). This list covers a gamut of the fashion world: good, bad and beautiful–and often very funny.

Hitting the Right Note (Again): Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 2

Article: Hitting the Right Note (Again): Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 2

A song can make a movie. And sometimes a soundtrack has a life all it’s own. We had so many favorite musical moments that we had to go for a second round. Read on for some memorable tunes–and vote for your favorite in the poll!

Assessing the Dream Team: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

Article: Assessing the Dream Team: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

Burns and Allen, Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis… every now and then throughout comedy history, a pair that are so hilarious together that they put solo acts to shame. When Dan Aykroyd met John Belushi in a Chicago speakeasy, a legendary team was born. Though the collaboration was cut short by Belushi’s tragic death in 1982, these four projects live on as permanent evidence of one of the funniest duos of all time.

8 Great Dames: Actresses Who Have Achieved British Damehood

Article: 8 Great Dames: Actresses Who Have Achieved British Damehood

While Dames may conjure images of castles and queenly coronations, technically they are the female equivalent of knights (but not that kind). Dames are high-achieving women who’ve made significant contributions to society in the UK—and, in this instance, actresses have made some seriously good movies (not to mention TV shows and plays). And at least one of these actresses was awarded a Damehood for humanitarian work. Dames may not get crowns or carriages, but they do get to enjoy the status of being in a very exclusive British honor society and the acknowledgement that they have shaped the world with their creative talents. Here, a list of our favorite actresses with British Damehoods.

Hitting the Right Note: Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 1

Article: Hitting the Right Note: Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 1

For many people songs are like footnotes marking a specific moment in their lives. This is particularly true of songs in movies–take “Saturday Night Fever,” many people will have heard the music, but not seen the movie. The soundtrack album came to define a generation. Here’s a list of movies from “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” whose songs are arguably as famous as the movies they appear in.

Top 10 Movie Teachers So Cool We Wish We Could Take Their Classes

Article: Top 10 Movie Teachers So Cool We Wish We Could Take Their Classes

Some teachers from movies and TV are too cool for school–in fact, they’re so cool, we wish these amazing mentors and role models would hop right off the screen and teach us a thing or two.

We’re Mad As Hell: 7 Fury-Fueled Movies from the 1970s

Article: We’re Mad As Hell: 7 Fury-Fueled Movies from the 1970s

The ’70s was an angry decade: the idealism and progress of the ’60s was giving way to confusion, disillusionment, frustration and fury. Here are 7 movies that harnessed the rage of the age.

Top 10 Laugh Out Loud Sex Scenes

Article: Top 10 Laugh Out Loud Sex Scenes

Funny sex scenes are often our favorite kind. Ironically, they tend to portray much more realistic sex than their serious, sultry counterparts–in funny sex scenes, you get weirdness, kink, awkwardness, jealousy, fantasy — oh yeah, and condoms. Below are ten times we laugh out loud while watching people roll around on the sheets.

Relive the Horror: 8 Scary Movies from 1984

Article: Relive the Horror: 8 Scary Movies from 1984

1984 was a banner year for scary movies–they were creepy, funny and lacking in CGI special effects. But while these movies thrilled and chilled us 30 years ago, do they stand the test of time? We screened them all again to see which ones still held up.

The Master at Work: Top Ten Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies

Article: The Master at Work: Top Ten Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies

A truly masterful actor with impeccable taste, Philip Seymour Hoffman was and is almost synonymous with ultra-creative and boundary-pushing projects, bringing life and empathy to characters that other actors would run screaming from–from that of a masturbating prank caller (“Happiness”) to an accused pedophile (“Doubt”). Hoffman’s presence elevates indie flick–like “Synecdoche, New York”–and adds the necessary ham and heft to every Hollywood blockbuster he was cast in. Here, a list of his finest movies.

And You Thought the Rats Were Bad…Top 8 Reasons to Avoid the NYC Subway System

Article: And You Thought the Rats Were Bad…Top 8 Reasons to Avoid the NYC Subway System

There are plenty of valid reasons to avoid the NYC metro. Down in that labyrinth of tunnels, it’s alternately sweltering or frigid, the service delays are constant, and the rats are startlingly large. They’re bold, too. Now—as if passengers needed more to dread—movies have gone and thrown aliens, ghosts, supervillains and more into the mix of MTA horrors. Check out the top 8 reasons to skip the subway and pony up for a taxi below.

Sashay! Shantay! Our Top 10 Fashion Movies

Article: Sashay! Shantay! Our Top 10 Fashion Movies

Looking for a movie about fashion? We’ve got the Top 10 films you need to see.

You’re Fired! The Top 10 Most Epic Pink Slip Scenes in the Movies

Article: You’re Fired! The Top 10 Most Epic Pink Slip Scenes in the Movies

Roll over Donald Trump! Everyone hates being let go, but some of our favorite movies take the painful process to awkward, heated and hilarious extremes. If you’ve ever been asked to clear out the proverbial desk, get ready to commiserate. These ten scenes put the “fire” in getting fired!

Spies Like This: The Top Ten Undercover Agents in the Movies

Article: Spies Like This: The Top Ten Undercover Agents in the Movies

Spooks, secret agents, operatives–by any name, the secret lives and cunning skills of spies makes for great movie-watching. Those that made our list are at the top of their game and star in some of the spy movie genre’s most defining movies, from the campy, swagger-laden ’60s flicks to the more understated action-packed thrillers of today–we even threw in a few parody that’s just as worthy as the genre it’s sending up.

Bullets, Bonding and the Blues: The Top 10 Buddy Movies of the ’80s

Article: Bullets, Bonding and the Blues: The Top 10 Buddy Movies of the ’80s

There’s no genre more sentimental than the buddy movie. These films’ cozy pleasures feel as comfortable and familiar as a favorite sweater: the mismatched pair, the harrowing journey, the begrudging admiration. It can be easy to forget how much drama, fun and pure mayhem the best buddy movies unleash. Any one of these ten classics will remind you.

Peekaboo! The Top 10 Semi-Nude Scenes in the Movies

Article: Peekaboo! The Top 10 Semi-Nude Scenes in the Movies

Semi-nude or semi-clothed–are you an optimist or a pessimist? Whatever your view, these 10 movies have mastered the art of the almost-but-not-quite tease.

How Geena Davis Made the ’80s (and Some of the ’90s, Too)

Article: How Geena Davis Made the ’80s (and Some of the ’90s, Too)

Geena Davis has been portraying kickass women in movies since Reagan was president. She’s still awesome, but the decade between 1982-1992 brought us some of her most memorable work. Go ahead and take a trip down memory lane.