As the year-end lists and nominations and awards pile up, it’s time for a Flavorwire tradition that goes all the way back to 2010: our round-up of the the individual scenes and sequences from this year’s movies that have stuck in our heads. Sometimes the films around them don’t measure up to these moments of greatness; sometimes they do, with those interludes standing out as the best of the best. Either way, these are the movie moments worth treasuring from 2015. …Read More
After lengthy negotiations, Emma Stone is officially set to play tennis star Billie Jean King in an upcoming dramatization of 1973’s infamous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match.
“Take out the phone, ooh, sharpen a stone, ’cause you got to get money.”
Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and ‘Broadchurch’s’ Olivia Colman May Star in ‘Dogtooth’ Director’s Historical Drama
With The Lobster — the Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz-starring film set in a future where the government turns people into animals if they cannot find a monogamous partner — having been widely praised throughout the festival circuit, director Yorgos Lanthimos, it seems, now has the interest of some of the biggest Hollywood actors.
For a little while there, it looked like we were on a one-off, one-on pattern w/r/t the quality of Woody Allen’s annual feature film — You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger was followed by Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love by Blue Jasmine, and thus last summer’s wildly mediocre Magic in the Moonlight would seem to indicate we were due for another good one. Alas, Allen’s latest, Irrational Man, is not that good one — in fact, it’s a picture so dire, its problems so base and elementary, that I’m honestly not sure he still has good ones in him.
Why do reporters ask vapid gendered questions about diets and clothes and “balancing work and family” of actresses over and over again — while they ask male movie stars about preparing for their roles and other weighty topics? Well, because whether these inane queries get slapped down or answered in earnest, it probably makes for a juicy headline. But it’s also simply lazy. That’s why one of the most heartening changes in the cultural sphere in the past few years is the way so many celebrities, male and female alike (Jeremy Renner being a notable exception), have simply refused to play this game — or, even better, called questioners on their …Read More
Public service announcement: Cameron Crowe’s new film Aloha features a party scene where Emma Stone and Bill Murray dance to Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That,” and if you (like me) are the kind of person who finds the promise of such a scene utterly delightful, let me assure you that it lives up to that promise. It’s a scene of sheer movie-star pleasure that pretty much stops the film for about three minutes; it doesn’t really move the plot (or even, in retrospect, make much narrative sense), but it feels like something Crowe had to put in, for the simple reason that he couldn’t not put it in. Maybe a more disciplined filmmaker would’ve resisted that temptation, but if we’ve learned anything about Cameron Crowe, it’s that he’s not terribly disciplined, which can be both a blessing and a curse. It seems your correspondent likes Aloha more than much of the critical community (to say nothing of the studio releasing it), but your enjoyment will hinge greatly on your level of tolerance for Mr. Crowe’s indulgences.