All top ten lists are, by their nature, subjective, but this one is especially so–because one person’s “WTF” sex scene is another person’s monkey spanking material. (Exhibit A: We’d qualify a lot of porn as WTF.) That’s said, here are 10 scenes that make us scratch our heads.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a movie about fashion? We’ve got the Top 10 films you need to see.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes it does take two to make a thing go right. Our picks for the top ten buddy films of all time are all chosen as archetypes of what to do–and in some cases what not to do–when your friend needs some back up.
The complicated history in the Middle East has provided Hollywood with a backdrop for some of the most gripping movies to hit the silver screen. Our list of the tensest movies about the region will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.
Want an excuse to laugh, cry, swoon and eat chocolate? Then go ahead and indulge with these guilty pleasure movies. The women on our list will make you feel things–all of them good.
In honor of the upcoming season 2 premiere of RECTIFY — the story of a man set free from jail after twenty years — we’re bringing you our Top 10 Movies Set Behind Bars. There are a few surprises on this list, including a vintage screwball comedy, a lot of eggs, Sigourney Weaver with no hair, an anti-James Bond film, and no Shawshank Redemption! Or maybe just a little Shawshank Redemption. You’ll have to read and find out for yourself, and vote for your favorite in the poll below. …And by the way, if you’re intrigued by these films, you might just be intrigued by RECTIFY (season 2 premiere June 19 at 9pm) — which is brought to you by the same geniuses behind Breaking Bad.
1. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
“What we’ve got here… is a failure to communicate. Some men, you just can’t reach.” When a quote takes on a life of its own outside of a movie, that’s when you know that you’re dealing with a stone-cold classic. And speaking of which… no man can eat fifty eggs. Or can he? Cool Hand Luke isn’t just the defining prison movie; it’s also a classic of 1960s cinema. Watch Lucas “Luke” Jackson (Paul Newman) struggle with the intense hardships of life on the chain-gang. Can he escape? Can he survive? Can one man actually eat fifty eggs? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then you don’t know Cool Hand; so run, don’t walk, to see this film, you wild, beautiful thing, you. …You crazy handful of nothin’.
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
“Destroy a bridge or destroy yourself” — that’s the dilemma posed by The Bridge on the River Kwai. The movie features Alec Guinness, William Holden, and director David Lean — and really, what more do you need to know? Lean’s film follows the lives of soldiers in a WWII prisoner-of-war camp, as they are forced by their captors to build a bridge in the middle of the Thai jungle. …To build or not to build? Guinness fights to finish the bridge — believing that doing so will give his men a sense of hope in the middle of a deadly jungle. (On the minus-side, finishing the bridge will also aid the enemy in a time of war.) Meanwhile, Holden struggles just as fiercely to tear the bridge down. Who is right and who is wrong? Big questions, a big, big bridge, and a big, big explosion — it’s all in here.
Geoff Blain, the often snappily dressed paralegal on Loredana, Esq., weighs in on his ten favorite courtroom dramas. Of the movies cited, he adds, “The first four represent my childish, romanticized vision of the law while the latter six helped to temper my rosy vista with more realistic and somber grays.”
Summer may not officially end until later in September, but come on: Labor Day has passed, and summer is over. It’s time to put away summer spectacles and let cool breezes and chillier moods wash over you. You can get away with less ebullient movies in the fall than you can in the summer; this goes for Sundance Channel, too — just check out this month’s lineup. It’s hard to get too bummed out by a well-told story or a stylishly made film (then again: DANCER IN THE DARK), but these are 10 seriously messed-up stories. In ascending order of potential to disturb you…
Chances are, you or someone you care about has struggled to find work lately. There’s no question that it’s a tough market. That’s why you need to give yourself every advantage — what can you do (and what should you avoid) when you go in for an interview? Strive’s lead job-trainer Rob Smith and his staff share insights on how you — just like the down-and-out unemployed citizens featured in the Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK — can make the right impression and land a job.
Photo credit: GET TO WORK
Everyone loves an underdog, right? They’re the people who manage to make something out of nothing by transforming themselves — and the world along the way. From tenth-century Japanese courtesans to twentieth-century chess sensations, it’s the underdogs and their uncompromising internal will that we remember in the history books, not the people who gave up or left the work to someone else.
Aaah… the great American outdoors. It can sure be beautiful, but beware: The further afield you get, the harder it is to find help. Help with what, you may ask? Just ask the boys from DELIVERANCE, currently playing on the Sundance Channel: deviant lunatic hicks, o’course!