These Are the Movies That Make You Totally Undateable

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve started some fierce conversations (and ruffled a few feathers) with our features on books and bands that send up red flags among the dating population of Flavorpill’s staff, writers, and readers. With movies, it can get a bit more complicated — after all, a movie is a short commitment, so we can all be forgiven for seeing (and liking) some dogs, or for taking in films that dabble in disturbing subject matter. Where it gets worrisome is when you’re at the potential someone-special’s place, glancing over their DVD shelf, and a title jumps out that you realize they not only paid good money for, but wanted to keep around for repeat viewings. Thus, with the help of readers and colleagues (names kept anonymous to protect, well, everyone), here are some of the movies that you might want to clear from your shelves and queues if you’re heading out into the dating pool. Check them out after the jump, and add your own horror stories in the comments. … Read More

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Trailer Park: You Know, For Kids!

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. We’ve got six new trailers this week, with an emphasis on family-friendly fare. Check ’em out after the jump. … Read More

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Kids’ Halloween Costumes That They’re Too Young to Understand

Do you know a kid? Does that kid need a Halloween costume? Are you cool with casually exploiting said kid for your own trick-or-treat amusement? Take a break from the princess and superhero aisles at your local holiday superstore and consider these silly costumes that are meant to make grownups chuckle. True, these outfits might go right over the wearers’ kiddie heads, but who wouldn’t love finding a tiny Mr. T or a baby Bob Ross at their doorstep? We wish we could give these youngsters’ parents high fives. Enjoy some adorably mini versions of grown-up pop culture figures after the jump. … Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: James Wan’s ‘Insidious’

The release of a new film from the director of Saw isn’t necessarily cause for celebration; whatever your thoughts on that somewhat game-changing horror tentpole, its never-ending sequels have — to put it charitably — softened the brand. To his credit, director James Wan only helmed the first installment, but his follow-ups — the murderous-ventriloquist-dummy tale Dead Silence and the Kevin-Bacon-as-Charles-Bronson thriller Death Sentence — both crashed and burned.

However, his latest effort, Insidious, is a collaboration with producers Oren Peli, Jason Blum, and Steven Schneider —the team responsible for the surprisingly taut, genuinely scary Paranormal Activity. (We’ll not talk about Paranormal Activity 2 for now.) And we’ve gotta say, the trailer for this Poltergeist-style haunting chiller looks pretty decent. It’s got Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne in the leads, some solid character actors in supporting roles (hey there, Barbara Hershey!), and we’d be lying if we didn’t admit this two-minute teaser gave us a mild case of the creeps. Click through to check it out, and let us know if you agree in the comments. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Nas was out partying while Kelis gave birth to their baby son, Knight. [via NYDN]
2. James Cameron announced at Com-Con that he’ll be screening 15 minutes of Avatar in theaters next month. [via THR]
3. British arthouse movies are back for the first time in decades. Could it be… Read More

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Saw Is Now The Most Lucrative Horror Franchise and It’s Seriously All Your Fault

While you were out stalking Halloween party invite lists last weekend, SAW V (aka Really, Torture is Still Hot?) and its opening weekend box office helped make Saw the most lucrative horror franchise ever at a whopping (not chopping) $316 million.

Congrats people who enjoy watching other people attempt to bleed their way out of whatever freaktastic torture device the writers thought up this time.

Not far behind the Saw films are the FRIDAY THE 13TH films at $315 million, then the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films at $307 million, the HALLOWEEN films at $275 million and finally your shaky-cam Halloween neighborhood home videos which … are … just … too … adorable.

With a Friday the 13th remake scheduled to hit theaters this winter, one imagines the dude with the hockey mask will once again slash his way back to the top. … Read More

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Hollywood Math: What This Weekend’s Box Office Means For You

2. SAW V – $31M
3. MAX PAYNE – $ 8M
5. PRIDE & GLORY – $7M

Obviously, it’s good to be a vapid franchise, so get pumped for High School Musical 4 and Saw VI.… Read More

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