When we are children, we believe in things that later we realize were just make believe. Once we grow up, and all of our very real responsibilities pile up, sometimes it’s nice to kick back and watch a film with themes containing magic, the supernatural, mythology, folklore, or even fantasy worlds. Fantasy films are cousins to science fiction and horror films, but they tend to be a bit more ethereal and often less logical. But that’s what we’re looking for, right? Here are seven fantasy movies from the 2010s that are worth watching.Read More
It’s a wooly world out there on the dating apps. Almost as wooly as the classic cinematic love triangle. You know the ones in which we cheer for one love interest over another and the main characters only sometimes make the right decision? This is why Annie Jung, the redoubtable marketing honcho at DVD.com, suggested that I write a post about how movie characters might come across on these dating apps. Challenge accepted.Read More
Several years ago Marya Gates, @oldfilmsflicker on Twitter, started #Noirvember, a yearly celebration of all things film noir. It’s a great way for the online community to share their mutual love for this amazing genre of classic film.
For those of you unfamiliar with film noir, it’s a movie genre born out of post-WWII Hollywood and known for its particular brand of storytelling and visual style, the use of light and shadow, the blurring of lines between good and bad, and the depiction of crime, vice, and sexuality. It was given the name Film Noir by French film critics in the mid-1950s.
The heyday of film noir lasted from 1944 to the end of the 1950s and produced some of the best movies ever made. When people give the 1950s a bad rap for being squeaky clean, I point to films from this genre and from others to show naysayers that not everything was white picket fences and family dinners back then.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite films noir (yes, that’s how you pluralize it!) from the 1950s. And if you want to explore more options beyond the five films I recommend, take a gander at the DVD Netflix Film Noir genre page:Read More
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Toy Story 4, Good Boys, The Peanut Butter Falcon, The Farewell, The Handmaid’s Tale: S3, The Lion King, Angel Has Fallen, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and more are coming in November 2019.Read More
Movie stars have a sort of eternal quality to them, particularly the legends. James Stewart is forever the 30-something George Bailey, proprietor of the Bailey Building and Loan in Bedford Falls. Audrey Hepburn is forever the princess on a lark in Rome. Cary Grant is forever Roger Thornhill, running from spies in South Dakota while wearing a perfectly tailored suit.
And yet, in reality, our favorite celebrities made movies until eventually they made their last picture. Some of their choices for a final movie are well within character, but others are surprising, in both good ways and disappointing ways. Let’s take a look at a few of these final movies. They are all worth a rental, if only to say goodbye.Read More