Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got titles from Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Cage, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Jason Sudeikis, and Alec Baldwin, plus an excellent documentary and what we believe is the greatest of all the Great Bad Movies. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
The best of this week’s (admittedly lean) DVD releases is Coriolanus, the sleek and muscular Shakespeare adaptation from star and first-time director Ralph Fiennes. He’s been angling to bring the play to the screen for nearly a dozen years now, since he first played it on the London stage, and when the time came to do so, he did what many a filmmaker before him has done to make Shakespeare tenable to today’s audience: he modernized it. But the text is so open, and his staging is so robust, that the interpretation works; it couldn’t feel more timely and appropriate, with (perhaps intentional, perhaps accidental) allusions to the Tea Party, Congressional dysfunction, and the Occupy movement that land without the clumsiness that so often batters political cinema.
In honor of a job well done, we’ve assembled ten other films that altered the Bard’s plots and texts in a similarly entertaining fashion. Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments. … Read More
Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week, we’ve got eight new ones—everything from cancer comedies to Shakespearean dramas to, God help us, holiday fare. Check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More
Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of their favorite looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!
This week on Go Fug Yourself, we took a walk down memory… Read More
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — which was responsible for two out of every three film tickets sold over the weekend — grossed a whopping $475 million at the box office worldwide. Meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh did not fare so well. [via Vulture]
2. Thanks to a violent thunderstorm,… Read More
At the time of this writing, Natalie Portman’s odds of winning the Academy Award for Best Actress — for her portrayal of a certifiable prima in Black Swan — are hovering somewhere between 1/11 and 1/12. In other words, Portman is so likely to win that to pry a dollar from a bookie on such an outcome, you’ll have to lay down twelve times that amount. If Annette Bening, the 13/2 favorite to upset Natalie Portman, wins Best Actress, the film will go on to double or triple its modest $20M earnings to date, and J. Todd Harris and Focus Features stand to make an unholy sum. Translation: When it comes to Oscar upsets, the stakes are incredibly high.
With that in mind, after the jump, our list of the greatest upsets of the past 20 years. Leave comment on which wins you feel were actually deserved. … Read More
Following recent flops like Ghost Town and Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais is in need of a vehicle that will assure audiences that his quirky humor translates from the small screen. Cemetery Junction, which is a writing/directing collaboration with frequent cohort Stephen Merchant, and which Gervais describes as a cross between The Office and Mad Men, could prove just what he was looking for. … Read More
Like dentists and their Trident, we at Flavorwire want to bring you authoritative recommendations, but a consensus of opinion tends to allude us. In this feature, we will spotlight the week’s most worthy new movie release with four reasons why you should see it…and one why you shouldn’t. This week’s selection: The Hurt Locker, which opens today in New York and… Read More