movies

Top 10 Things to Know About Stanley Kubrick

Article: Top 10 Things to Know About Stanley Kubrick

You think you know the notoriously reclusive director? You just might be surprised.

Cinematic Sickos: The Top 10 Movie Psychos

Article: Cinematic Sickos: The Top 10 Movie Psychos

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.

Braaaaiiinnnsss: 10 Great Zombie Movies

Article: Braaaaiiinnnsss: 10 Great Zombie Movies

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.

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.

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.

The Big Tease: 5 Movies Where Cher’s Hair Was (Awesomely) Big

Article: The Big Tease: 5 Movies Where Cher’s Hair Was (Awesomely) Big

Cher is a classic triple threat: singer, actress, HUGE hair. While her hair has been spectacularly large throughout her career, we think it should have its own credit in these movies. At the very least, it should have its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was a challenging task, but we’ve done extensive field research and uncovered the top five movies where Cher’s hair ruled.

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.”

4 Must-See Movies You Can Watch Right Now

Article: 4 Must-See Movies You Can Watch Right Now

Did you know you can watch movies right here on SundanceTV? Here’s what’s available to stream this month, including a career-best performance from Richard Gere, a glimpse inside the world of fashion’s ultimate tastemakers and two feature debuts from notable directors.

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!

Poisoned Apples: Terrible Teachers in Movie History

Article: Poisoned Apples: Terrible Teachers in Movie History

Some are so good, they’ll do anything to help their kids succeed–but you’d better not break the rules. Some are so, so bad, you really don’t want to cross them. These high school teachers and principals from movies are no joke, even though we may like to laugh at them.

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.

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 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.

Gritty City: Movies That Capture New York City’s Dirty Decade

Article: Gritty City: Movies That Capture New York City’s Dirty Decade

New York in the ’80s was a time and place all its own: grimy subways, decaying buildings, violent crime and colorful characters. Here are some of movies that captured the essence of the city before Rudy Giuliani came along and cleaned the place up.

Expert Opinion: Rolling Stones Tribute Band Rocker Kevin Gleeson on the Stones in the Movies

Article: Expert Opinion: Rolling Stones Tribute Band Rocker Kevin Gleeson on the Stones in the Movies

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.

Top 5 Christina Hendricks Movies

Article: Top 5 Christina Hendricks Movies

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.

Movies Become Her But What’s Your Favorite Isabella Rossellini Pic?

Article: Movies Become Her But What’s Your Favorite Isabella Rossellini Pic?

Isabella Rossellini came to fame as David Lynch’s muse in cult favorites like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. More recently, she’s become an auteur of the internet with her SundanceTV web series GREEN PORNO, SEDUCE ME and MAMMAS. But putting aside her online shorts on insect sex and animal lust, what’s your favorite movie in her career?

6 Questions With RECTIFY Composer Gabriel Mann

Article: 6 Questions With RECTIFY Composer Gabriel Mann

RECTIFY composer Gabriel Mann discusses supporting a subtle story and working in different genres through other shows like Modern Family and Arrested Development.

Q: What does RECTIFY‘s score say about the show?

A: I hope that it’s actually not saying a whole lot. The characters in RECTIFY are so carefully drawn that my job really is to support what they’re saying, doing, viewing. I guess you could say that the music in general is about the overall feeling of Daniel’s situation, his emergence from prison and the starkness and the loneliness of that experience. I mean, the music’s not all stark and lonely. There are moments of levity and beauty. I hope the music is not telling us too much, rather than just supporting and reacting to the characters and the town and the family relationships.

Q: Say you’re composing for a specific scene. Do you work from the script, from a rough cut or something else?

Hey Sweetheart… 10 Films About Looking for Love

Article: Hey Sweetheart… 10 Films About Looking for Love

If love were easy, romantic films wouldn’t exist. In the movies, the quest for love is like trying to swim across a wide, piranha-filled river while arrows are shot at you from all sides. And in the end, whether we win love or lose love, we learn from it. These ten films preach the gospel of perseverance, no matter what the treasure chest of romance ultimately holds.

1.Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)
Thanksgiving parties bookend two years of romance, adultery, betrayal, alcoholism, religious mania and hypochondria among a group of erratic New Yorkers. Lesson learned: Love is better when you accept that it is very unpredictable. Also, New Yorkers can be quite neurotic.

So Weird! So Good! Ten Eccentric Characters Only Geoffrey Rush Could Play

Article: So Weird! So Good! Ten Eccentric Characters Only Geoffrey Rush Could Play

Masterful at portraying unusual characters, Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has been an artist, a revolutionary, a tailor and a pirate (among others); he’s been Russian, Israeli, French and British (among others). To top it off, many of these characters are based on real people, making it that much trickier to get them just so. Vote…

Movie Evolution: Five Decades, Five Political Sex Scandals

Article: Movie Evolution: Five Decades, Five Political Sex Scandals

There’s no scandal as juicy as a sex scandal. And when political intrigue gets mixed in, well, that just ups the ante. Lest you think that political sex scandals are a modern invention, here’s a breakdown of movies — all based on true stories — over the last half century.

The Devils (1971)
Talk about sordid: Back in 1634, French Catholic priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) was burned at the stake in connection with a series of supposed demonic possessions. The powerful Cardinal Richelieu used the accusations of a twisted, sexually obsessed nun (Vanessa Redgrave) as fuel to pursue a political vendetta against Grandier. The movie, directed by Ken Russell and based on a book by Aldous Huxley, met harsh criticism in the U.S. and U.K., both of which gave it an X rating because of violence and explicit sex scenes (two words: nun orgy). It has since been embraced as a cult classic.

Blaze (1989)
Based on the memoir of a former stripper, Blaze recounts the passionate love affair between Louisiana Governor Earl Long (Paul Newman) and his buxom babe Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovich). They may have been an unlikely pair, but their connection held fast even when the governor’s rivals used their relationship against him when he advocated for black voting rights). Having a fling with a stripper is one thing; what really riled up his adversaries was when they moved in together.

The Naked Truth: Some Directors Aren’t Afraid of Nudity… Seriously, Not Afraid

Article: The Naked Truth: Some Directors Aren’t Afraid of Nudity… Seriously, Not Afraid

If you spend a lot of time analyzing movie sex scenes like we do, you might find yourself rolling your eyes at how many on-screen couples manage to have sex without ever showing any skin… or who fall asleep with a sheet covering them just so… or who always put on a shirt and underpants when they get out of bed to pee, no matter how raunchy things just got. Where’s the nudity? Where’s the raunch? For further feverish research on your own time, you might want to look up the work of the following ten directors who are very, shall we say, comfortable with on-screen nudity. And we mean the real kind — not the CGI kind. Only after we finished this list did we realize it was entirely male, which we suppose shouldn’t surprise us — after all, most of the nudity is female. But we dug up male nudity — or, at least, equal-opportunity nudity — where we could. You’re welcome!

1. Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick may not have directed as much on-screen nudity as the other people on this list (unless we missed something in 1989′s Glory), but he takes the number one slot because he is the only director on the list, who got naked himself while shooting a nude scene.