Whether through homage or satire, there’s a rich tradition in cinema — fueled by the likes of cinephile filmmakers such as Godard and Tarantino — of making inside references to other filmmakers. But perhaps even more than the directors enjoy making movie references, audiences love picking up on them. It makes us feel like we have a specialized, albeit useless, expertise. Apparently the writers of The Simpsons have indulged in their share of cinephilia over the years as well, and the Movie Simpsons Tumblr — which launched earlier this year — has been posting animated gifs of famous movie scenes reconstructed, referenced, or otherwise alluded to on the show. We’ve put together ten of our favorites here. … Read More
There’s a lot to be learned from wedding movies — how to decorate, what to wear, how to recreate a film’s wedding scene and become an Internet sensation. Have you ever searched for the Love Actually wedding on YouTube? Ninety percent of the resulting videos are real weddings that have copied the “All You Need Is Love” sequence, and they’re all pretty awkward. So, after the jump, we’ve compiled 12 wedding dos and don’ts inspired by 12 popular weddings on film. Check ‘em out, and hit the comments to provide any other lessons you’ve learned from big-screen weddings. … Read More
It’s that time of year again, that time when recent graduates are stricken with anxiety as they enter month three of an extremely difficult job search. Fittingly, the media is rife with terms to describe the unemployed 20-something: Boomerang Generation, No Collar, and now, thanks to a recent Newsweek article, #GenerationScrewed. The piece, which has created quite the online firestorm, blames earlier generations’ fiscal irresponsibility for the unemployment epidemic among young people. So, who’s an aimless, jobless former humanities major to look to as a role model? Thankfully, the idle and undirected graduate is no new character in movies. The older, slightly grittier sister of the high school coming-of-age film, the post-grad film perfectly encapsulates the period of aimlessness that sets in when graduates return to their childhood bedrooms and think, “So what’s next?” To ease the pain (and boredom), we’ve gathered our favorite post-collegiate movies after the jump. … Read More
Our friends at Mental Floss published an article yesterday revealing a list of literary characters that almost had entirely different names. We agree that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bladorthin the Grey wouldn’t have rolled off the tongue as nicely as Gandalf the Grey does and felt relieved that J.K. Rowling, Raymond Chandler, and other writing giants had the good sense to wise up.
The list left us wondering about the original names of film characters. The best fictional heroes and villains aren’t remembered solely for their names, but a creative and original moniker can make an otherwise forgettable figure truly stand out. It’s also a great way to shed an interesting light on a character’s backstory. Click through to find out what disastrous, cinematic names directors and screenwriters evaded throughout film history. If you know of a particular lemon we didn’t cover, drop it in the comments below. … Read More
While Moonrise Kingdom is currently making Wes Anderson fans swoon, one film that inspired the director’s filmography is getting a Blu-ray release today from distinguished distributor Criterion. Harold and Maude was digitally restored and lovingly packaged by the company, and we can’t get enough of it. The darkly comedic, unconventional love story centers on a morbid, wealthy 19-year-old man (Bud Cort) and the bohemian 79-year-old widow he falls for (Ruth Gordon). It’s a heartbreaking, but inspiring tale, and a landmark of 1970′s cult cinema.
The youthful rebellion of the counterculture movement, and the anxiety of the Vietnam War are reflected through Harold and Maude’s relationship. The 1971 film clearly expresses an anti-war sentiment through its characters that buck authority in different ways and carve their own path despite the odds (a loving push from Gordon’s feisty octogenarian is crucial here). We thought of other cinematic couples from various points in film history that also found love in a countercultural landscape. Dig into our picks, then leave your own in the comments below. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we tried not to look at this hot dog stuffed crust pizza. We learned about a fish from hell that has been terrorizing Maryland for the past ten years. We got cat fancy reading about this hyperliterate, proto–LOL Cat. We boggled time itself by watching this silent-era version… Read More
If you’ve paid much attention to film festival coverage over the past few months, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about a film called The Raid (it was later given the rather silly subtitle Redemption, though I’ll be damned if I recall anybody being redeemed in it). It screened at Toronto, Sundance, and SXSW, and it is a knockout — a powder keg of pure action, done with deadpan humor and hyperkinetic style. I saw it at an all-media screening at Sundance, and even among that jaded group, the audience literally gasped at loud at several points, and burst into applause at the end. It’s terrific cinema.
And that’s why so many people who have seen it are losing their shit over Roger Ebert’s inexplicable one-star review of the movie, which went online last night. He complains about the film’s “wall-to-wall violence,” cracks that “if I estimated the film has 10 minutes of dialogue, that would be generous,” and says that the picture is “almost brutally cynical in its approach.” This coming from a guy who gave three stars to Transformers and most of the Fast/Furious franchise.
Then again, as much as we love Mr. Ebert, this isn’t the first time he got a great movie dead wrong. His one-star pan of Blue Velvet is still a head-scratcher; ditto the single star he awarded Wet Hot American Summer. And don’t even get us started on that two-star review of the original Die Hard. The point is, sometimes the critics just plain get it wrong. After the jump, we’ll take a look at a dozen classic movies, and the scribes who blew the call on them. … Read More
A little earlier this month, we started a semi-regular series where we look at the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. First up were a selection of classic soundtracks recorded prior to 1960, and this week, we’re following up with a look at the 1960s. Here’s our picks for ten of the most influential and innovative scores and soundtracks from a decade where both cinema and music were exploring a multitude of new possibilities. … Read More
Josh Cooley is a story animation artist at Pixar. For the past few years he has been working on a series of drawings inspired by the unlikely pairing of the Golden Books your parents used to read you as a kid and some of the best movies of all time. His illustrations of films like The Big Lebowski, Silence of the Lambs, and The Godfather might not be appropriate for the children in your life, but they do look like something we’d like to put up in our apartment. If you like your dark sense of humor less on display, his pieces are also coming out as a book — Movies R Fun — later this year. In the meantime, click through to view some of our favorite prints. … Read More