Two things drew me to “Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus.” No. 1, the title. And No. 2, Michael Cera. As with many indie movies, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was certain of two things: Cera (of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Superbad”) would have me laughing and admiring him, as usual.
Julianne Moore stars in “The English Teacher,” a coming-of-age story about Linda, a 45-year-old who has always lived life through the romances and adventures in literature. It always amazes me when filmmakers try to make Moore look less than fabulous, and they’re really trying in this film, though not to its detriment.
“V/H/S” is a horror movie from 2012 that brought independent filmmakers and writers together in what felt like a shout-out to an era of audiences all too familiar with VCR “auto-tracking.” So, its sequel, “V/H/S/2,” kind of had some big shoes to fill.
“The Woman Who Wasn’t There” documents the ongoing deception of Tania Head, who gained notoriety and fame claiming to be in the Merrill Lynch building during the 9/11 attacks. You go into this film knowing she’s full of it, but that makes it no less gripping or intense.
“Movie 43” opens with Charlie (Dennis Quaid) pitching an idea to film exec Griffin (Greg Kinnear). “If I can’t make this movie my way, then I’m outta the biz forever,” Charlie says, and so begins the first segment in this star-studded gong show.
“The Bling Ring” is writer/director Sofia Coppola’s latest film about burglaries that took place in 2008 and 2009 in the Hollywood Hills. The film’s opening credits are smeared with shots of celebrities, Facebook and glitzy material possessions — all key factors in this film.
Unlike any other genre, a horror movie’s success hinges on the villain. Their superhuman powers, their odd motivations and even their sinister one-liners and delivery can make or break a franchise. Here’s my list of the best, most terrorizing villains, psychos and homicidal killers of horror.
I’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece, “The Shining,” but “Room 237” proves I’ve never really seen it. This documentary, which came out last year, sheds light on the many interpretations of “The Shining,” its subliminal messages, its visual trickery and Kubrick’s motivations.
Elle Fanning plays Ginger, a fiery-haired teen who, with the help of her life-long bestie, Rosa, gets into typical teenage shenanigans. But what makes this film different than other coming-of-age flicks is it’s set against the backdrop of 1960s London and the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
So many factors go into creating the list of your all-time favorite movies. For me, nostalgia and a film’s mind-blowing capabilities play a large part. And while I’ve seen X amount of movies in my 30 years, here are the ones that stuck.
I can handle massive amounts of Tabasco. I load my subs with jalapenos. I drown my eggs in Sriracha. So, I was ready for The Parrot’s Cay Heat Elite wing challenge, of which only 56 out of 82 people had completed.
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