July 21, 2014

The 5: Boyhood Movies for Adults

With the recent release of the excellent Boyhood by Richard Linklater, it’s time to look at some of the very best movies about boyhood (note boys…girls have been criminally underserved) Here are five of the best which still hold-up for kids and adults today.
July 20, 2014

James Garner (1928-2014)

One of the coolest and most charming actors of his era, James Garner, died at 86 Saturday. The Oklahoma born actor arrived in Hollywood at the tail end of the star system with the rugged masculinity of John Wayne and romantic-comedy swagger of Cary Grant.
July 3, 2014
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Six Essential Performances by … Stanley Tucci

Our newest feature salutes some of the great character actors with a primer on their greatest performances. In our first, we saluted the outstanding performances of recently deceased actor Bob Hoskins with Six Essential Performances. This week, a look at six brilliant, and sometimes overlooked roles of Stanley Tucci.
July 1, 2014

Paul Mazursky (1930-2014)

One of the most prolific film writers of his generation, Paul Mazarsky died yesterday, but left behind an impressive filmography which serve as true documents of their time.
June 9, 2014

The 5: Sitcom Children Who Got Misplaced

Sometimes even TV families lose interest. But it would be so easy to come up with a storyline driven reason to get rid of a kid that the writers lose interest in. It's just common sense. For these five sitcom kids, they had a fate worse than getting written off a hit show. They just disappeared. Where do the sitcom children go?
May 27, 2014

When Filmmakers Go Way Out of the Box With Their Music Choices

Often times music choices in film are a little predictable or on the nose, even if it has an emotional impact. Going outside of the ordinary is always risky creatively, but when it works, it's absolutely unforgettable. Here are some of the best examples of choosing outside the box music for films.
May 9, 2014

The Five: Cinema’s Worst Mothers

Usually, this is a section where highlighting good stuff is the goal. But it seemed time to give something for all the passive aggressive angry people dreading Mother’s Day.
May 3, 2014

Six Essential Performances of…Bob Hoskins

In the first of what we hope will be a new feature, we’ll be saluting some of the great character actors with a primer on their greatest performances. With the passing of Bob Hoskins earlier this week, it seemed only right to pay homage by kicking things off with a salute to the actor's remarkable career. Hoskins referred to himself as “5 foot six and cubic”, a self-deprecating way of describing the unique appearance of an unlikely star
April 30, 2014

Bob Hoskins (1942-2014)

One of the great character actors of his generation, Bob Hoskins, died last night at the age of just 71. Hoskins dead of pneumonia, a complication of Parkinson's Disease which he had been battling for some time, and reason behind his retirement announcement in 2012.
April 24, 2014

16 Tribeca Film Festival Standouts To Look Forward To

With only a few days left to attend the Tribeca Film festival, we put together this list of some of the standouts so far. Here's what we're loving at Tribeca including seven comedies, two great documentaries, one mockumentary and some great dramas.
March 12, 2014

The 5: The New Music Comedy

Music has always been a part of comedy. Since the days of the old traveling vaudeville shows, to era of the novelty song, the parody song, through to todays more modern take on musical comedy, there will always be musical comedy. These five musical comedy acts are the latest wave of a tradition that has included the Smothers Brothers, Weird Al Yankovic, Stephen Lynch Lonely Island and so many others.
March 5, 2014

The 5: The Great American Surf Movies

It has been a brutal winter and parts of the country are still dealing with mounds of snow, below zero temperatures, and freezing wind. So, as we enter spring, and wish we could go on spring break like college students, its time to enjoy the definitive surf movies and pretend you're getting sunburned with the rest of these beach bum blondes...not all these movies can be called "good" but they are all entertaining.
February 24, 2014

The Day I Met Harold Ramis

Film biographer and writer Lesley Coffin writes about the day she met Harold Ramis.
February 24, 2014

The 42: Oscars’ Big Five Films

Exactly 42 films have reached the prestigious honor of receiving "The Big Five" nominations at the Oscars -- where one film is nominated for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Actress. From 1930's Cimarron to this year's American Hustle, here are The 42 Big Five.
February 14, 2014

Ralph Waite (1928-2014)

The quintessential loving, solid father from TV's depression era-set The Waltons died yesterday at 85.
February 12, 2014

Why Sid Caesar Mattered (1922-2014)

Comedy legend Sid Caesar has passed away at the age of 91.
February 3, 2014

20 Essential Performances By Philip Seymour Hoffman

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman caused a ripple of sad appreciations for an actor taken too early, who had already made his mark as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
January 31, 2014

The 5: Movies Based on Documentaries

There are plenty of movies which claim to be "based on a true story" each with their own degree of comittment to that claim. But to base a movie on a story already documented on film, featuring the real people being portrayed is a whole different challenge only a few directors will take on. Here are five of the best films based on documentaries.
January 22, 2014

The 5: Dummy Comics

Whether you think they're funny, not funny, or creepy; the ventriloquist comic has been around for over a hundred years and will probably be around for another hundred.
December 17, 2013

The Most Disturbing Christmas Specials Ever Made

Christmas specials are all about the ho-ho-ho and seasons greetings and messages of love, sharing and good will toward your fellow man. In theory. And then there's these...
December 12, 2013

SNL on the Big Screen: Who Did It Best?

Wednesday an SNL alumni received a National Board of Review Award for the first time.  Since premiering in 1975, only six cast members have been nominated for acting honors at the Oscars. But this year, we have a host of SNL cast members who made the jump into critically praised films
October 1, 2013

Lock Yourself in Weekend: See the World From Your Couch

No passport? Fear customs? Couldn't take a week off to go on vacation this summer? Watch some movies and see the...
July 18, 2013

15 Essential Bruno Kirby Characters

He was loved by his peers, admired by writers and directors, and audiences who took notice were given a lesson in the craft of acting. There are more roles...
July 5, 2013

The Easy Rider Effect

How much influence can one movie have? Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider might have been the most influential film in Hollywood history with the most direct effect on the industry. After the box-office success of Easy Rider...
May 13, 2013

Playing Dumb: 10 Classic Idiots in Film

There are stupid movies and movies about stupid characters…and these are some of the absolute stupidest.  A few of these movies might cause you to lose […]
February 7, 2013

Lock Yourself In Weekend: Michael Ritchie’s America

You probably know his later films, which were more family friendly and comedic (Fletch, The Golden Child, Wildcats, The Fantasticks), but when director Michael Ritchie burst onto the scene with his first five films he showed a sharp-edge visual style and viewpoint which was startling.
November 9, 2012

Lock Yourself In Weekend: Contemporary B&W

Technological advances are always bringing new ways to create film, but when a director chooses to use an old style, they are making an artistic statement. […]