More than just a character actor, Steve Buscemi has that certain… something. His distinctive look and offbeat energy set the tone of a movie like few actors can, and his one-of-a-kind mug makes a big impact onscreen—even when it’s just in a cameo appearance. No wonder Joel and Ethan Coen love casting him in their movies; he’s able to sum up their signature creepy/weird/funny style in just one shot. Here are five movies from the Coen brothers that show how Buscemi is like their cinematic soulmate.
Sometimes uttering the words “I quit” just won’t cut it. If you’re looking to make a less than graceful exit from your job, you need not look any further than movies like “Bad Teacher” and “Waiting” that teach you exactly how. Here are 9 foolproof ways to suck at your job.
Great Britain has a long history of horror movies, but great British zombie films are harder to come by. That said, we’ve dug up this list of Britain’s best movies about the undead — from “28 Days Later” to “Shaun of the Dead.”
The Juilliard-trained, Oscar-winning William Hurt is a consummate actor’s actor, a leading man who isn’t afraid to take on supporting roles. Maybe that’s because—as the following 10 movies from “The Big Chill” to “The Accidental Tourist” prove—he’s one of those electrifying performers who scene-steals every movie he’s in regardless of the part he’s playing.
Martin Scorsese is one of the most inspired movie directors of all time, one who’s managed to reinvent himself from Hollywood enfant terrible to elder statesman of American cinema. Here are the six Scorsese films that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
The upcoming Ghostbusters remake—which features female stars like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy taking over the roles made famous by the likes of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd—could be the start of a trend. As long as Hollywood seems ready to remake everything these days, why not cast more women in what used to be men’s roles? (After all, is busting ghosts necessarily a guys-only activity?) Here are our picks for famous films that should be remade with female leads.
Like school, the cinema can teach you important lessons. Unlike the subjects you study in class, though, oftentimes a movie’s main lesson is that things can always be worse. From “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ to “Heathers,” here are the nine most horrible school days ever committed to film.
Attention, filmmakers: If you want an audience to get behind a particular character, make him go it alone, force him to do things his own way. Renegade style. Whether he’s fighting for the good of mankind or redefining what constitutes evil, we can’t help but find him intriguing. From Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) in “Blue Velvet” to Goodkat (Bruce Willis) in “Lucky Number Slevin,” these are self-sufficient guys with no apologies, few rules and even fewer questions asked.
Let’s pay tribute to some of the best big-screen grandparents out there. From Betty White in The Proposal to Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, here are 10 amazing onscreen grandmas and grandpas who do a lot more than just knit sweaters.
Blockbuster season has come and gone, so as the summer’s superhero reboots drop out of theaters like so many autumnal leaves, why not check out some of the year’s finest independent offerings on the big screen? Here are 10 indie movies not to miss this fall, from raunchy comedies to groundbreaking dramas to challenging documentaries.
Keanu Reeves has starred in tons of movies, but he’s mostly known for two kinds of characters: the doofy-slacker type he played in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (and then again in comedies like “Parenthood” and “I Love You to Death”), and the stoic action hero he most memorably portrayed in “The Matrix” (but also in movies like “Speed” and “Point Break”). It’s not fair to put Reeves in a box, though. Here are five times he terrifically played against type.
Every great movie starts a great script, but sometimes the greatest moments in cinema are captured when an actor “goes off book” and conjures a mesmerizing gesture or unforgettable line on the spot. To wit, here are 10 spontaneous bits in “Goodfellas,” “Annie Hall,” and more that have since been emblazoned into filmmaking history.
War, what is it good for? Well, at the movies, war is good for shocking (sometimes even sickening) moviegoers with images that convey just how gritty and unbearable human combat can be. Here are 10 movies that don’t flinch as they show their audiences the grim realities of battle.
As fans of Doc Brown and Marty McFly may remember, the duo’s second adventure in “Back to the Future II” takes them all the way to the distant sci-fi reaches of… 2015. Now that the future has arrived, let’s check in on the 1989 classic’s most memorable predictions.
James Earl Jones has enjoyed an acting career that’s spanned TV, stage and film for six decades and counting. Ironically, Jones’ difficult upbringing was plagued by a severely debilitating stutter; now he’s most recognizable for his rich, resonating voice. (In case you’ve forgotten: “This is CNN.”) To see his best work, check out these four movies starring James Earl Jones that have been included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
From Jared Leto’s Oscar-winning turn in “Dallas Buyers Club” to Felcity Huffman’s Oscar-nominated role in “Transamerica,” it seems like Hollywood is finally taking notice of trans characters. But beyond those cisgendered actors receiving Award show acclaim, we have to recognize these groundbreaking trans actresses who have made a lasting impact on both the big and small screens.
Few directors are guaranteed final cut on their movies these days, which means that even after they painstakingly oversee a film’s production, the movie that ultimately hits theaters may not be the one they really want audiences to see. However, since the arrival of home video, an increasing number of filmmakers have managed to issue original, restored or extended cuts of their work—a boon to movie buffs who love nothing more than seeing an auteur’s vision manifested on film. Here are 10 of the most famous director’s cuts.
Although he’s been both celebrated and (occasionally) reviled by movie buffs, idiosyncratic auteur Stanley Kubrick turned out a collection of groundbreaking feature films over the course of his nearly 50-year directorial career. In fact, the overwhelming majority of his movies have found a place in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Here are the nine Kubrick movies — from “Full Metal Jacket” to “A Clockwork Orange” — that made the cut.
Back in the early ’90s, Clint Eastwood managed the rare feat of parlaying his movie-star credentials into a successful second career as an esteemed director. Starring in his own projects when he feels like it and staying behind the camera when he doesn’t, the 85-year-old icon seems to rack up greater acclaim and bigger box office returns with every movie he makes. Here are the five Eastwood films–from “American Sniper” to “Unforgiven,” that have brought home the most bacon at the box office.
Some support your rap career, others accept your alcoholism…and some even earn you some quick cash by turning your house into a brothel to earn you some cash. Working girls are more than just streetwalkers in miniskirts and high heels; in fact, at the movies, they often make for some of the most colorful characters onscreen. Here are 10 fictional prostitutes with hearts of gold we’d love to meet someday.
Bringing a high-fantasy epic to the big screen has never been an easy feat, and 1982′s Conan the Barbarian was no exception. But the risk paid off: Conan proved to be legendary screenwriter John Milius’ most successful directorial effort and gave Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger his perfect breakout role. What may shock you is the lengths taken by the creative forces behind the movie to bring it to life. Here are seven things you probably don’t know about the making of Conan the Barbarian.
The Sundance Film Festival is best known as a haven for the sort of risky, low-budget movies that might otherwise fall through the cracks between the latest Hollywood blockbusters… but that doesn’t mean Sundance movies can’t make some serious bank! Here are 10 films that took home a little something more than just awards and acclaim — from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” to “Memento.”
John Malkovich is a multifaceted thespian: versatile, sophisticated and (let’s not forget) as creepy as it gets! While the actor can turn off his more disconcerting qualities to play straightforward roles, his most memorable performances use those ominous eyes and coiled-beast vocal tones to chilling effect. Here are 10 films featuring Malkovich characters we’d least like to run into in a dark alley.
“Jaws,” “Batman,” “Star Wars”….Some of the best over-the-top blockbuster flicks are routinely released when the weather’s at its hottest. Here are 10 summer blockbuster releases, all of them found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,” that should be on your home-viewing list no matter what time of year it is.
Small-town life is laid bare in RECTIFY. What began as a drama about one man’s wrongful conviction has unfurled into a compelling portrait of a close-knit community whose peace is shattered by the past. Likewise, here are 10 dramatic movies, from “Napoleon Dynamite” tp “Blue Velvet,” that scratch at the surface of daily life in tiny towns, revealing the stark contrast between a community’s image and its reality.