When I first launched this feature last week, most of the people in my life had one response: “You’ve never seen what?!” Usually, my argument against seeing a particular classic film is “Well, I already know how it ends.” That’s what happens when movies are so hugely relevant in our cultural zeitgeist – we’ve seen enough parodies and caught enough references that we feel like we’ve seen a movie, even when we haven’t. But there was another reason for me not having seen Jaws – I don’t like scary movies. In other words, I am a giant fucking wuss. More
I’ve realized a subversive plot on the part of Hollywood. Though we are fed cookie-cutter versions of romance and unrealistic visions of love, if you take a look at the last lines of the best romance films, they are always so…mundane. Is this the “happily ever after” we were promised? Not even an “I love you” as the screen fades to black?
We picked 12 of our favorite love films and found their last lines…see if you can pair the movie with the dialogue. More
Movies and product placement have always shared a strained relationship. There have been those meta-moments (like in Wayne’s World, where Mike Meyers gives that whole speech about not selling out while drinking Pepsi and eating chips), as well as their less self-aware, but no more subtle counter-parts (Michael Bay makes more on product placement) than he does actually making his films at this point). More
2010 had some pretty great films: Inception, The Social Network, Black Swan, one of those Harry Potter things, probably a Twilight movie in there. But there were also a ton of clunkers (anything with The Rock, Angelina Jolie, or Johnny Depp pretty much sucked this year). What’s amazing is that someone managed to take all the movies, good and bad, and turn it into this amazing 6 minute montage of awesomeness. More
Due Date Is Basically The Hangover – We’ll see it anyway, d’uh, but here are 11 similarities to the movies. But Zach Galifianakis is holding a dog instead of a baby in this one! (Esquire)
Women Don’t Just Get Killed By Movie Monsters, They Direct Them Too! – This awesome essay by Monika Bartyzel details the history of women in horror films. No, not getting slashed by Freddy, but writing and directing some of the creepiest, nightmarish movies ever to show on a big screen. Mary Shelley, anyone? (via Cinematical)
God, it must have been so embarrassing when Gwyneth Paltrow realized that being married to rock musician Chris Martin didn’t somehow magically transferred his powers of crooning to her, after she had already signed on to star in a terrible musical. It must have be doubly embarrassing when that movie, Duets, tanked.
So it’s really weird that Miss Goop has decided to give it another go as a country singer in her upcoming film, the aptly titled Country Song, for which she has just released the first music video. More
One of the things we always get excited about in October is the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. In just over two weeks, we’ll be covering all sorts of shows for you. This year, we’re looking forward to shows fromThe Blow, Ghostface Killah, GZA, DeVotchKa, Phoenix, and returning guests School of Seven Bells. More
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World may be the last summer blockbuster that looks good enough to actually slap down $12 for (sorry, Last Airbender). Based on the comics by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the movie centers on young Scott (Michael Cera) … More
Before she was a "Heroes" cheerleader, Hayden Panettiere was the cheerleader at "Bring It On: All or Nothing". Here is a short clip of her as Britney Allen, saying goodbye to her friends. The movie came out in 2006.