Captain America 2 Is One Of The Best Action Movies I've Ever Seen

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a brilliant action movie, that serves up a huge dose of wish fulfillment along with its bravura fight scenes. The wish fulfillment isn't just being a face-kicking badass and blowing shit up, but the notion that we could all live in Steve Rogers' world, where political conundrums… » 4/04/14 1:26pm 4/04/14 1:26pm

The Playboy Interview: Stan Lee on Superheroes, Marvel and Being Just…

At 91 Stan Lee is what you might call a superhero emeritus. His epic adventures are mostly behind him and his powers are on the wane. (He can't hear or see so well, and a pacemaker regulates his heart.) But the comic-book writer who dreamed up Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four still works … » 4/01/14 4:24pm 4/01/14 4:24pm

Which Studio's Attempt To Copy Marvel's Movie Universe Is Most Doomed?

The rules have changed for superhero movies. Any studio that's serious about being in the game is openly trying to copy Marvel's comic-book-esque strategy of a shared universe and an interlocking series of series, with crossovers. But which studio is most likely to succeed in grabbing at Marvel's crown? » 3/31/14 1:54pm 3/31/14 1:54pm

Noah Is the Best and Worst Bible Movie You'll Ever See

Noah is the first of the great Bible epics coming in 2014, and it's probably going to be the weirdest. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has created an intense, disturbing reinterpretation of the Old Testament flood story that owes a lot to obscure rabbinical debates and fantasy epics. Get ready to see the Bible » 3/28/14 5:53pm 3/28/14 5:53pm

Map: How Hollywood Has Destroyed America

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How many times have you seen New York City destroyed onscreen? Los Angeles? Kansas? For nearly as long as there have been movies, there have been disaster movies. The map above shows 189+ such cinematic attacks—using a very broad definition of the "disaster" genre—that have afflicted various parts of the United States.… » 3/19/14 1:58pm 3/19/14 1:58pm

I'm Sports Filmmaker Mike Tollin. Got Any Questions For Me?

Mike Tollin is a filmmaker and the co-chairman of Mandalay Sports Media. He has directed and helped produce films in ESPN's 30 for 30 series, and is the producer of the Baron Davis comeback videos that have been airing on TNT. His latest project, Summer Dreams, chronicles life in the NBA summer league and airs on CBS… » 3/13/14 3:30pm 3/13/14 3:30pm

io9's March Madness: Science Fiction vs. Fantasy!

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Are you ready for another edition of io9's March Madness? In previous years, we've crowned the best movie, the worst movie, and the best TV show. But this year, we're going bigger. The most famous series in science fiction and fantasy will battle it out, to see which genre reigns supreme! Check out our full bracket,… » 3/12/14 3:07pm 3/12/14 3:07pm

What Your Favorite Star Trek Says About You

After nearly 50 years, Star Trek is still transporting us. But which Star Trek? There have been so many, and we all have our own favorites. It's not just generational, either — it's personal. Here's a handy* guide to what your favorite version of Star Trek says about you. » 3/10/14 3:44pm 3/10/14 3:44pm

I Watched Nymphomaniac Volume 1 On Demand So You Don't Have To

Happy Friday, weekend warriors!!! If you're like me, you're looking to leave the boss-man behind and kick back with the family, a blockbuster hit, and a six-pack of Mike's Hard tonight. And what better way to relax than via the brand new live-action Animaniacs movie directed by Lars von Trier?! Animaniac purists might… » 3/07/14 5:23pm 3/07/14 5:23pm

I Re-Watched Reality Bites and It's Basically a Manual for Shitheads

Few things have shaped my existence more profoundly than the realization, courtesy of the 1994 film Reality Bites, that there are two kinds of women—Janeane Garofalos and Winona Ryders—and that I would never, ever be a Winona. (Other things I discovered painfully, early on, that I would never be: a Shalom Harlow, a… » 2/21/14 4:22pm 2/21/14 4:22pm

10 Forgotten Secrets of Great Movie-making From The 80s

Everybody wants to recapture the glory days of 80s movies these days. Everywhere you look, they're remaking 80s classics or paying homage to the motifs of the Reagan era. But there's still something about the 80s that remains unique and special. Here are 10 things movies were good at in the 80s that they struggle at… » 2/11/14 1:45pm 2/11/14 1:45pm

Lego Movie is a great spoof of summer movies. And a great summer movie.

Galaxy Quest is a brilliant spoof of Star Trek. It's also one of the two or three best Star Trek movies. That's how I feel about The Lego Movie, which is both a perfect satire of noisy toy-driven summer action movies, and also an absolutely perfect summer movie in its own right. A few months early. » 2/07/14 1:06pm 2/07/14 1:06pm

10 Most Essential 1970s Conspiracy Thrillers

Techno-paranoia has become the norm in our post-Snowden world, and hit shows like Person of Interest play on our fears of being watched. But the high-tech conspiracy tale has its roots in the 1970s, which saw a great wave of movies about assassins, surveillance, secret governments, and corporate cabals. The result was… » 1/28/14 1:50pm 1/28/14 1:50pm