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25 Incredibly Tough Movies for Extreme Viewers

We’ve been talking a lot about Lars von Trier lately, prompted by the release of Nymphomaniac, and now Criterion Collection has given us one more reason to think about his work: their new special edition of his 1996 masterpiece Breaking the Waves. It’s a key entry in the von Trier filmography, its themes echoing throughout Nymphomaniac and Melancholia, but it takes something big like the Criterion release to warrant a revisit; Breaking the Waves is both a masterful movie and one that’s incredibly difficult to subject yourself to. We’ve looked previously at great books and important albums that are just plain hard to take; here’s a few movies that warrant the same kind of… Read More

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What if ‘Hunger Games’ Made Rue The Hero: Links You Need to See

I will readily admit that my favorite office holiday tradition for the last four years has been to dredge up clips from X Factor UK and bawl like Baby Jesus fresh out of the womb. This year is no different, so join me in tears of joy and wonder with this throwback clip. Brad… Read More

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Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Disappoints

When the Coen Brothers took home a bundle of awards for their 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, including the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, the 1992 National Book Award winner found himself shot into a whole new realm of fame. By then, McCarthy was already on a professional hot streak: in April of 2007 Oprah had picked his latest novel, The Road, for her Book Club. Literature lovers had already known of McCarthy’s greatness, but now everybody knew, and everybody wanted to read him. You could hardly go anywhere without seeing somebody clutching a copy of the book the Coens had adapted, or the post-apocalyptic novel that Oprah loved so much (and would eventually be turned into a well-received 2009 film). … Read More

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’12 Years a Slave’ Bears Witness to the Harrowing Reality of Slavery

“Your story, it is amazing. And in no good way,” Bass (Brad Pitt) tells Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) near the end of 12 Years a Slave, the remarkable new film from director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame). He’s right; Northup was a real man, an educated, sophisticated, free black man from Saratoga, New York who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Yet his extraordinary narrative (adapted by John Ridley from Northup’s memoir) is not why 12 Years a Slave is such a powerful experience. It is because of the vividness with which McQueen dramatizes the utter brutality of Northup’s everyday life as man treated as though he were less than one. … Read More

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Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Birthday With His Most Memorable Films

Amid all the hullabaloo leading up to Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, critics couldn’t help comparing it to the 1974 version starring Robert Redford as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous character. To readers’ despair, neither of the massively hyped films turned out to be an adequate adaptation of one of the 20th century’s most serious Great American Novel contenders. But the failure of the Gatsby movies tends to obscure the fact that Fitzgerald — who was born on this day in 1896 — had far more than just Jay and Daisy to offer cinema. … Read More

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It’s Easy to Love Actors Like Gwyneth Paltrow: Just Ignore Their Terrible Personalities

“Gwyneth Paltrow is not the most courteous scooter driver,” went the Vulture headline last week, and skimming it, this reader had one immediate thought: there is not one thing in that headline I care about. I don’t care about scooters; I don’t care about who is and is not good at driving them; and I especially don’t care about how the Oscar-winning actress stacks up in the scooter-courtesy derby. But here’s the real question: why does anybody care? … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Al Pacino, Daniel Day Lewis, Brad Pitt, Emma Watson, Ellen Page, Woody Allen, Chris Rock, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Farrow, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Sofia Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Thomas Anderson, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Big Deal, All-In Fall Movie Preview

There’s a particularly juicy crop of Movies for Grown-Ups™ to look forward to this season — daunting, even. It’s all exhaustive and a little overwhelming, but hey, that’s what fall moviegoing is all… Read More

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Why Did Ryan Gosling Want So Badly to Get Beat Up in ‘Only God Forgives’?

An hour or so into his latest film, Only God Forgives, Ryan Gosling steps up to the chief antagonist (Vithaya Pansringarm), looks him right in the eye, and poses a two-word question: “Wanna fight?” The two men step into Gosling’s boxing club. The star rolls up his tailored sleeves, undoes his immaculate tie, and puts up his fists. And Pansringarm just beats the bejesus out of him. He then spends the rest of the picture in rather startling face makeup, his golden mug all but unrecognizable behind all the bruises and battery — and this, fascinatingly, was among the first promotional images released for the film. Come see our movie, folks! Here’s America’s Sexiest Man looking like ground chuck! … Read More

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Watch the Goosebump-Inducing Trailer for ’12 Years a Slave’

Steve McQueen’s second feature film (and second collaboration with actor Michael Fassbender), 2011’s Shame, was a controversial and somewhat… Read More

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