Film

‘Field of Dreams’: Still Making Men Cry, 25 Years Later

Here’s the funny thing about Field of Dreams: it’s the kind of movie I don’t want to like, and there are a handful of reasons why. First of all, as a grown-up in a post-Waterworld/The Postman world, Kevin Costner’s film presence has become a quick and easy punchline, and anything featuring the actor is a bit of a turn-off. Secondly, Field of Dreams is one of those modern family classics that was almost a staple, and anything so cheesy and PG shouldn’t actually be good. That it features one of the most memorable lines in recent film history has only made the film seem too accessible. And let’s not get started on its emotional manipulation; it practically turns men’s faces into salty sponges, just wringing the tears right out of them.  … Read More

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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ‘Ghostbusters’ With Witty Art Inspired by the Film

Gallery 1988, everybody’s favorite pop culture art gallery, is taking its show on the road — and for good reason. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, so 1988′s not just doing shows at its Los Angeles galleries; its amazing assemblage of original Ghostbusters-inspired art is currently showing in New York, on its way to Los Angeles, then Chicago, and finally (of course) at the San Diego Comic-Con. The fine folks at Gallery 1988 were kind enough to share a few pieces from the exhibit with us; check them out after the jump, and visit their Ghostbusters 30th website at ghostbusters30th.com for dates and locations, as well as opportunities to buy limited-edition screenprints from the show. … Read More

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Is Joss Whedon’s ‘In Your Eyes’ Worth Your $5?

When the lights came up at the conclusion of last night’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere of In Your Eyes, and the cast and key creatives dutifully shuffled up to the front for the compulsory post-movie Q&A, one key collaborator was noticeably absent — “busy making a little micro-budget superhero film,” as producer Michael Roiff noted. That film is the new Avengers movie; the missing face was that of Joss Whedon, In Your Eyes’ executive producer and screenwriter. But that face quickly appeared on the screen with an apology (“I wish I could be there with you, but I’m here with me instead”) and an announcement: April 20 not only marked the film’s premiere but its worldwide release, as a $5 rental at inyoureyesmovie.com. As Whedon explained, “It’s exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another form of distribution, and get five dollars.” It’s exciting for his many loyal fans, because it marks a significantly shorter wait between festival and consumption than, say, that of his Much Ado About Nothing. It would be even more exciting if the film itself weren’t so puzzlingly misbegotten. … Read More

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Clever Movie Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Biting the heads off chocolate bunnies and determining the flavor of questionably colored jellybeans is fun and all that, but cinephiles know the best way to celebrate Easter is by geeking out over movie easter eggs. Yes, we’re talking about those inside jokes, hidden messages, and clever visual puns that filmmakers sneak into their movies so that obsessive fans and eagle-eyed viewers can win bragging rights. We revisited 10 clever movie easter eggs that you might have missed. Feel free to add your favorites, below. … Read More

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12 Riveting 2014 Cannes Film Festival Titles to Watch

The most exciting time of the year for cinephiles has arrived. The 2014 Cannes Film Festival slate was announced earlier this week. This year’s lineup will surely be a feast for the eyes with auteurs new and old returning to the French Riviera red carpet. Opening the fest will be Olivier Dahan’s much-talked about Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the movie star turned princess — but there are a number of titles that have merely been hinted at leading up to the announcement. We took a look at 12 of the Cannes features to watch in the coming weeks as trailers and stills continue to roll out in anticipation of the May 14 festival — all absolute must-sees when they arrive in a theater near you. … Read More

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Why Do Cinematographers Make Such Lousy Directors?

Wally Pfister has been in it for a minute. He started out in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, first as a camera operator and then cinematographer for straight-to-VHS erotic thrillers and horror films with titles like Animal Instincts II, Secret Games 3, and Amityville: A New Generation. But in 2000, he hooked up with director Christopher Nolan for Momento, and he’s shot every Nolan film since (along with Moneyball, The Italian Job, and a few others). Now he moves into the director’s chair, orchestrating a high-caliber cast in the big-budget sci-fi thriller Transcendence (out today). But even if you view it without this thumbnail bio in the back of your head, you might guess the pedigree, because it’s a terrible movie that looks amazing. … Read More

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‘Time Is Illmatic’: Why Nas’ Classic Album Is More Relevant Than Ever

There’s a moment in One9 and Erik Parker’s excellent documentary Time is Illmatic, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival last night, that sticks in the memory. Nas and his brother Jabari are discussing a photo that was taken in 1994, not long before the album release. It was snapped outside the building in the Queensbridge projects where the brothers grew up, and eventually appeared in the CD booklet. It captures a moment when friends and foes alike united behind a local boy who’d made them proud. There are maybe 20 people in the photo, some in their late teens, some little more than boys. Jabari points at face after face: “He’s doing life. He’s doing 20 years. He got shot. He just got out after doing a long time.” Nas is silent, although his eyes betray his horror. Eventually, he sighs, and speaks to the camera. “That’s fucked up.” … Read More

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13 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

Well, friends, spring is in the air (occasional lingering thundersnow aside), and Easter weekend is upon us, which could mean several things for you: participation in some sort of egg hunt, consumption of massive quantities of chocolate and sugar, a biannual visit to some sort of house of worship. Or it might just mean hanging out on the couch/in bed all weekend like it’s any other weekend. Your Flavorwire can’t help much with the first batch of items, but if you’re vegging out this holiday weekend, we’ve got a handful of noteworthy titles that have arrived (either for the first time, or for a return stint) over the past couple of weeks over at Netflix. Click through, fill your queue, and clear a day or two. … Read More

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Watch This Gorgeous Trailer for Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Ida’

In less than two minutes, the chilling trailer for Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida exemplifies the tenuousness of cultural and religious identity.… Read More

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