These six flicks, from “Pretty Woman” to “The Devil Wears Prada,” can be your own form of retail therapy.
The documentaries did justice to this downer of a decade. Many of the ’00s best Sundance docs filled the gaps left by mainstream journalism; all of them told important stories with sophistication and intelligence. Our top 10 include “Grizzly Man” and “Zoo.”
Some call the ’90s the boom years at Sundance, but in the ’00s plenty of great work was produced–upholding the finest traditions of independent movies and maybe even inventing some new ones. Of the fiction features that had their world premieres at Sundance this past decade, here are our top 10, including “Donnie Darko” and “The Savages.”
Don’t let her pretty face fool you. Nicole Kidman’s filmography features more complex roles than just the sweet girl next door. In fact, she often portrays murderous, manipulative characters and is also the perfect leading lady to cast in pretty much any dark movie. From Stoker to Dogville, here are eight of our favorite dark flicks starring the actress.
What makes a movie a cult movie? Is it the movie itself or the audience who watches it? Are certain movies just born to be cult, while others have cult status thrust upon them? These questions are as elusive and provocative as cult movies themselves, but while you ponder, check out these 10 cult movies from the past 25 years, like “Natural Born Killers,” that are all included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Delightful chameleon David Bowie is most renowned for his career as a musician, but every time he’s dabbled in movie acting, the results have always been unique and bewildering. Here are Bowie’s eight best big-screen performances.
Over the years Sundance has developed its own star system, launching, or redefining, the careers of actors who in turn become regulars (Steve Buscemi, Parker Posey, Sam Rockwell, Ryan Gosling, Vera Farmiga, Zooey Deschanel, et al). Here are 10 of the greatest performances in festival history.
A huge crowds flocks to a large, isolated building and shuffles quietly into a dark room, drooling at the scent of warm… popcorn. The movie’s a hit! Zombie movies were once pretty niche, but over the last decade or so, undead monsters have gone mainstream. Here are 10 movies, including “28 Days Later,” that turned the living dead into cold, hard cash.
With winter approaching, curling up by the fireplace with a cozy blanket is definitely a posture that favors page-turning over screen-gazing. So if you’re looking for your next great book, here are 10 movies you should “read” this winter.
Despite being one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for nearly two decades, there is one career milestone that continues to elude Leonardo DiCaprio: an Academy Award. First nominated for an Oscar as a teenager, DiCaprio has struck out all four times he’s been up for the coveted trophy, making him perhaps the most conspicuously snubbed actor of his generation. Movies like “Revolutionary Road” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” showcase just a few examples of his work that failed to bring home the gold—or, in many cases, even earn him an Oscar nomination.
Once upon a time, the average movie hero didn’t wear capes, tights or electrically powered exoskeletons. Instead, they were ordinary men and women thrust into real-world combat, relying on their temerity and teamwork to save the day amid brutal (and historically accurate) circumstances. Here are 10 war movies that defined heroism from the front lines.
1989 was a wild year in politics thanks to events like the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the deadly pro-democracy rallies in China’s Tiananmen Square. It was also an underrated and exceptional year for movies. Want proof? Here are nine movies from that year that make for essential viewing, all of them featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Are graphic novels and comic books responsible for classic fanboy superheroes, and nothing more? Of course not! This rich, literary (yes, literary) genre has inspired a wealth of other cinematic material, from dystopian yarns to biting black comedies, some of which you may not have even guessed.
Even in the golden age of muscled-up testosterone, the ’80s, Cusack found success in offbeat roles in movies like High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. And each role offers some timeless advice.
Sometimes we all just need to curl up in a ball and let the waterworks flow. So the next time you’re feeling overcome with feelings, try turning on one of these 10 movies (“Brokeback Mountain,” anyone?) that don’t hold back from delivering an emotional wallop. Warning: have a box of tissues ready.
“Aliens,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Ghostbusters”…. Most blockbuster movies, when you get right down to it, are about invasions: otherworldly creatures arriving on our planet uninvited, ghosts taking over society, futuristic cyborg assassins intent on pursuing its targets to the ends of the earth, etc. And while we usually associate invasion movies with destruction and mayhem, some visitors do exhibit more peaceful intentions. Here are 10 of the best-ever invasion flicks that can all be found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Not all zombies are created equal. From shambling, slow-moving corpses to insectoid alien parasites, the living dead have taken myriad forms while attacking humanity. Here are seven movies, from “Dead Alive” to “World War Z” that offer truly terrifying takes on a zombie apocalypse.
Madman, maverick, adventurer, auteur: There’s no one in cinema quite like Werner Herzog. While “Grizzly Bear” finds the German filmmaker doing what he does best—shining a light on the extremes of human obsession—that’s just one of Herzog’s many explorations into the darker side of human nature. In fact, here are 10 movies that illustrate why Herzog is a moviemaking genius.
Film scholar Carol J. Clover coined the term “Final Girl” to describe the horror genre’s female protagonists like Nancy Thompson in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” who—through a combination of pluck, luck and relentless common sense—keep their heads about them when everyone else is losing theirs… literally. They’re the last ones standing at the end of of the picture.
A mobster’s favorite means of control? Violence, which is a staple of gangster culture—and, by extension, mob movies. “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Godfather”…. Here are 10 of the most gruesome scenes you’ll ever see in movies about the Mafia.
It’s the place where we can sing, think, get naughty, and ultimately be ourselves while (hopefully) nobody is watching. The shower has been the site of several memorable movie scenes (Psycho, anyone?), but ’80s cinema can claim some particularly great ones. Here are seven shower scenes from that decade that are steamy in more ways than one.
Horror’s not the only movie genre that boasts horrific body counts (“Saving Private Ryan,” anyone?), but if you’re a fan of scary movies, then you know there’s good, fatal fun to be had in fright flicks. That’s why we’ve compiled our rankings of some of the deadliest movies we’ve ever seen — from “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2″ to “World War Z.”
The zombie subgenre of horror flicks has a rich history of mixing gore with guffaws. In fact, here are 10 bloody funny movies that perfectly illustrate how “zom-coms” are anything but brainless.
Pizza should get its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s been making cameos in movies like “Do The Right Thing” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” for decades. And there are often valuable lessons to be learned from cinema’s most famous ‘za connoisseurs. So order a pie and read on for 10 pizza proverbs.
On the surface, Hollywood is all glitz and glam—but under that shiny surface lurks a seedy underbelly of betrayals, corruption, lies… sometimes even murder. Here are eight movies that profoundly explore the darker side of Tinseltown.