John Cusack

Ambiguity Is Dead: ‘Say Anything,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ and Pop Culture’s New Closure Obsession

I was 14 years old when I first saw Say Anything…, and when the ending arrived, I didn’t get it. At all. I mean, there they are on the plane, having been through so much stuff: virginity loss, painful break-up, parental imprisonment, even learning to drive a stick shift. (From my current vantage point, as someone who’s never made it past an automatic, that last one sounds the most traumatic to me.) But there they were, heading overseas and trying to make a go of it, but then there’s this business with the ding and a cut to black, and that’s it? What happens after that? Well, 14-year-old me would be relieved to know that NBC is finally setting out to answer that question, via a TV spin-off/sequel that sounds like the stupidest fucking idea since Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? … Read More

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12 Must-See Movies at This Year’s New York Film Festival

Tonight, the New York Film Festival kicks off its 52nd (!) edition with the world premiere of David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. We’ll have more on that film (and that premiere) in this space tomorrow, but in the meantime, we’ve had the chance to check out several other NYFF selections that are well worth your time over the next two weeks (should you happen to be in the area), or in the months to come as they make their way to your theaters and on-demand platforms. … Read More

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Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars’ Is Wickedly Funny and Deliciously Dark

So here’s a mean, nasty little piece of work — and I have a feeling director David Cronenberg would take that as the compliment it’s intended to be. Maps to the Stars is part vicious Hollywood satire, part portrait of horrifying dysfunction, and part (no kidding) Greek mythology. Early on, I found myself jotting down echoes and influences: The Player, Douglas Sirk, Mulholland Drive, Cronenberg’s own Cosmopolis. At some point, I stopped playing connect-the-dots, because that’s missing the point: you can trace its genealogy all you want, but at the end of the day, Maps is its own, utterly deranged thing. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.

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The 10 Oddest Elvis-Inspired Movies Of All Time

Into the barren wasteland of late August and early September comes this week’s sole new wide movie release, and you’re forgiven for knowing nothing about it. It’s called The Identical, and it is kinda sorta weirdly about Elvis, except not! There’s a long tradition of this sort of thing — few pop culture figures have inspired more cinematic hypotheticals, dramatizations, and all-out fictions. Here are a few of the weirder ones. … Read More

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New Clip From David Cronenberg’s ‘Map to the Stars’ Features John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska

After his mild-mannered (for Cronenberg) A Dangerous Method and quickly forgotten Cosmopolis, it looks like the body horror pioneer is returning to extremist form… Read More

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Was ‘Say Anything…’ the End of a Teen-Movie Era?

If you ask them, people will tell you with great confidence that there’s no way Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court actually make it after the credits roll in Say Anything… Their certainty is understandable — after all, they’ve had 25 years (the anniversary is today) to think about it. Even Diane herself seems uncertain, in that last scene; she asks Lloyd, “Nobody really thinks it will work, do they?” Lloyd confirms the fact, but then quickly adds, “You just described every great success story.” The question of their longevity usually boils down to a few basic ideas about compatibility — after all, she’s a genius and he’s (in her words) “basic,” a fast-talking, goofy Army brat who has hung his career prospects on the hybrid sport of kickboxing. “What’re you gonna talk about?” her father asks. “What do you have in common?” He asks these questions to break them up, unaware that his own dishonesty will not only bring them back together, but ensure that they do, in fact, last. … Read More

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The ‘Say Anything’ Boombox: Which Song Would Make You Take Someone Back?

On Monday (April 14), Say Anything turns 25. Both a classic in the rom-com and teen movie categories, Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut also spawned one of the most memorable musical moments in modern film history. The movie’s protagonist, Lloyd Dobler (played by John Cusack), wins back Diane Court (Ione Skye) by standing outside her window and blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” in the middle of the night. Hearing lines like, “In your eyes/ I am complete/ In your eyes/ I see the doorway to a thousand churches,” Diane melted and took Lloyd back. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in March

At risk of getting all post-Oscar hyperbolic, I have a bit of good news: this is one of the best months for independent movies in a long, long time. Of the 11 films I had the chance to check out in preparation for this month’s indie guide, every single one is at least worth your time, and several are a good deal better than that; they offer a wide range of experiences, from familial comedy to baroque suspense to penetrating documentary to, well, Wes Anderson. (He’s kind of his own experience.) Our many, many recommendations for March movie-going are after the jump. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in February

The new year rages on, but the pickings at the multiplex remain mighty slim: a Robocop remake that no one asked for, an Endless Love remake that no one asked for, a big-money Pompeii epic, a love-through-time story that somehow doesn’t star Rachel McAdams, and a Liam Neeson vehicle whose generic title (Non-Stop) may have taken an entire minute to think up. But, as usual, we need not despair: we’ve got a diverse slate of indies, documentaries, and foreign films that will send you to the art house (or, more likely, the on-demand channel) this chilly month. … Read More

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