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50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our… Read More

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Dear Seth MacFarlane: Quit Your Day Job

The reviews are in for Seth MacFarlane’s new comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, and they’re not pretty. But comedy is unpredictable — the best ones sneak up on you, and your film editor found himself laughing fairly frequently at MacFarlane’s Western send-up, which is something of a surprise, since I loathe Seth MacFarlane. I’m not sure I’ve ever managed to sit through an entire episode of Family Guy (to say nothing of its even-less-inspired knock-offs American Dad or The Cleveland Show), and he was one of the worst Oscar hosts in recent memory (which is one stiff competition). But his first feature film, Ted, was an unexpectedly likable and funny piece of summer fluff, and while his new film doesn’t quite measure up to that one, it confirms that he’d be wise to continue on the filmmaking path. Particularly if it means less time spent making terrible television shows. … Read More

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The 25 Most Underrated Movies of the 2000s

Today, our friends over at the Criterion Collection are giving the Blu-ray upgrade treatment to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Wes Anderson’s 2004 comedy/drama — a film that arrived with sky-high expectations (it was Anderson’s first film after the acclaimed Royal Tenenbaums, and star Bill Murray’s first since his Oscar-nominated turn in Lost in Translation) that it didn’t quite meet. But few films could have, frankly, and seen from this distance, Life Aquatic holds up quite well; in fact, it’s one of many films from the first decade of the 21st Century that doesn’t seem to have the reputation they deserve. In the spirit of celebrating such overlooked gems, we’ve assembled this list of the most underrated pictures of the 2000s. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Charlize Theron

Welcome back to SNL, Charlize Theron. It’s only been almost 14 years since we last saw you at Studio 8H. The Monster star is known for her dramatic parts, but her comedic role as a stunted writer in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult was convincing, impressive, and hilarious — despite her nauseating character’s antics. We hope to see similar comedic subtleties in her performance tonight. Next week, Andy Samberg returns to his stomping ground to close out the show’s 39th season. For now let’s indulge in a little Theron gone wild. … Read More

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Here’s the Red-Band Trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

His Fox comedies are unwatchable and his Oscar ceremony was a travesty, but even a non-fan like this one… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week(end)

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. We normally run this feature on Mondays, but figured it might be more helpful to you, the reader, in advance of the long Labor Day weekend. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve picked out a few work-related titles, along with great stuff from Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Viggo Mortensen, Zooey Deschanel, Charlize Theron, Mike Birbiglia, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Robert Duvall, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … 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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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 good stuff from Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Paré, Wong Kar-wai, Sofia Coppola, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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The 50 Greatest Movie Antiheroes of All Time

Last month, this site took a look at the entirety of cinematic history and cooked up a ranking of the 50 best villains of all time. In honor of this week’s release of Man of Steel, the natural follow-up would seem to be a list of the best heroes — except, ugh, how boring are heroes? They can’t hold a candle to the villains, the supporting goons, or (especially) the antiheroes. The latter is usually defined as a protagonist with no heroic virtues or qualities, but that definition can get a little blurry; some would consider characters that are treated as heroes but have a few unlikable or unpopular qualities (like Han Solo, Dirty Harry Callahan, or Snake Plissken). But a true antihero is made of darker stuff than that. Here are a few examples — well, 50, to be… Read More

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80 Wonderful Michael Caine Quotes for His 80th Birthday

Break out the cake, light up the candles, and trot out your best Cockney-accented imitation: the great Michael Caine is 80 years old today. Sir Michael, who first came to international fame clear back in 1966’s Alfie, has always struck us as a particularly down-to-earth chap, blessed with fierce intelligence, a quick wit, and a rather astonishing work ethic — he’s appeared in well over 100 films since his first credited role in 1956’s Hell in Korea, and during his most productive period in the 1980s, he would frequently star in three or four pictures per year. That doesn’t just mean he’s done a lot of movies; it’s means he’s done a lot of interviews. So in celebration of his 80th year on Earth, we rounded up some of our favorite quotes from his many interviews (and from his own writing); enjoy the wit and wisdom of Sir Michael Caine after the jump. … Read More

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