Hungry Hearts distinguishes itself from the rest of the list by becoming a horror movie almost by accident. The psychological thriller stars Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher as Jude and Mina, a young couple who hastily marry after she gets pregnant. It’s a stark movie with very little involvement from anyone besides Mina and Jude and the doctors growing ever more concerned that the newborn’s life is in being endangered by his paranoid mother. Mina doesn’t trust doctors, and is terrified that everything surrounding her son could poison and kill him, leaving him undernourished and underdeveloped as Jude fights to save him and pull her from madness. The couple’s entire life feels claustrophobic, and the movie invokes terror by way of discomfort that leaves you in near-constant fear for the baby’s safety. There are no violent gimmicks here — just the horror of becoming a new parent. … [Read more...] about 10 Horror Movies No Pregnant Woman Should Watch
Titanic (1997) If you’ve watched Titanic recently, one of the big takeaways might have been, “Good lord, look how young Leo and Kate are.” Because both have blossomed into significant actors, it’s easy to forget that they were really just kids when they made this movie — which, by the way, is still the second-highest-grossing movie of all time. Even in the Terminator movies, writer-director James Cameron had always had a flair for down-to-earth protagonists, and in Jack he came up with a plucky commoner that DiCaprio transformed from an immigrant cliché into a great romantic hero. The trick was that Leo was young when he made this film: Having just turned 23 when Titanic opened, he filled the character with the reckless abandon and cocky, wide-open optimism that would have made him catnip for a prim-and-proper upper-crust beauty like Rose (Kate Winslet). DiCaprio would develop more nuance as an actor as he got older, but in terms of old-fashioned … [Read more...] about Every Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Performance, Ranked
A bevy of producers, executives, and directors have provided Landis with validation. He’s become an object of loathing for his critics — most of whom direct their ire toward his conduct online, rather than his work — but that hasn’t seemed to slow his lightning-fast rise in the past five years. He already has an impressively long résumé for someone his age, having written genre-bending outings like Chronicle,American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein, and Mr. Right; written and directed Me Him Her; executive produced the TV series Channel Zero; and created and acted as lead writer for the BBC America show Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, which is about to begin its second season. But just as impressive are the deals he’s made for products that haven’t hit the screen yet: He sold a spec for this winter’s Bright for a reported $3.5 million (an insane figure for the largely dying sector of mid-budget, non-franchise pictures), … [Read more...] about Who’s Afraid of Max Landis?
Jurassic Park costars Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are back together again for the franchise’s most recent film, the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion, and to celebrate, they serenaded each other in a series of videos posted by Neill on Monday. “I Remember You,” the actor captioned a Twitter video featuring the pair at a piano. On Instagram, he captured himself singing while Goldblum played along. “More from the #LoungeGoldblum on this day off,” wrote Neill. “Next time I will wear my shades too. I had a cool deficit.” … [Read more...] about Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum Serenade Each Other During
Stoner comedies experienced a resurgence in the ‘90s. With the Reagan era over and the country’s attitude towards marijuana relaxing, drug use began to trickle back into the theaters. Many factors contributed to this new national outlook, and there seems to be no big single cause, just a bunch of tiny ones that turned the tide on the public perception of the War on Drugs and brought about the return of the stoner comedy. Chalk it up to a wave of 60s/70s nostalgia or the introduction of medical marijuana beginning with its legalization in California (prescription pot even began to be used as a plot point, making its way into Half Baked and Harold and Kumar). Either way, fears associated with the perceived harms of pot gradually wore off. The national conversation over marijuana use even made its way into the 1992 Presidential Election, with Bill Clinton famously saying he tried the drug but never inhaled. There was more weed around, too, as the signing of NAFTA increased the … [Read more...] about A Definitive Guide to Stoner Comedies