Warm Your Heart With A Supercut Of Kids Swearing In Movies

There's something disarming about a little kid swearing. It's shocking and delightful at the same time, even though it's not supposed to be encouraged. That's real life, though. This supercut of children cursing in movies, however, can be enjoyed without guilt. Embrace the profanity, especially "bunghole." » 7/22/14 5:38pm Yesterday 5:38pm

Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Last Starfighter

For a whole generation of video-game-playing kids, The Last Starfighter represents a special kind of wish-fulfillment: a down-on-his-luck kid becomes a video-game champ, only to find himself recruited to fight in an interplanetary war. How did something so perfect get made? Here's the whole, fascinating story. » 7/10/14 4:38pm 7/10/14 4:38pm

I Just Watched The Notebook and Am Here to Ruin It for All of You

Ten years ago last week, The Notebook took our nation's feel-holes by storm. Nick Cassavetes's adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's novel—starring Ryan Gosling at PEAK shoulder-to-waist ratio—struck some emotional brown note of sentimentality and hunkiness and forbidden love and manipulative sentimentality, and remains the… » 7/02/14 4:35pm 7/02/14 4:35pm

Melissa McCarthy's Self-Made Waterloo: Tammy, Reviewed

1. So what happened here, exactly? Tammy is a passion project for Melissa McCarthy—she co-wrote the film with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed and has a small role as a fast-food manager—and she spent nearly a decade trying to make it. So why is it so, so terrible? This is the movie McCarthy was fighting… » 7/02/14 11:26am 7/02/14 11:26am

Saying Goodbye To Roger Ebert: Life Itself, Reviewed

When Roger Ebert died on April 4, 2013, it felt like a death in the family, not only because I'm a film critic, but because he and Gene Siskel are a huge part of the reason why. The different incarnations of their Siskel & Ebert show were instrumental in my upbringing, driving home the idea that movies weren't just… » 6/30/14 4:07pm 6/30/14 4:07pm

Walter Matthau, '70s Action Hero: The Lurid Charms Of Charley Varrick

For much of his adult life, Walter Matthau looked like a weathered chew-toy version of Ronald Reagan, not like anyone's idea of an action hero. But for a three-movie run of early-'70s crime thrillers, he made a case for himself as one of the all-time great movie tough guys, a calm and sardonic everyman outwitting… » 6/27/14 11:04am 6/27/14 11:04am

The Lion King Turns 20 Today! Here, Let Me Ruin It for You.

Twenty years ago today, the Lion King opened in wide release. I was 12 at the time, slightly past my prime Disney years, so the Lion King was never my #1 jam (which just means I've only seen it, say, 10 times instead of 1,000). But in honor of the Lion King's birthday, I re-watched it to see if it still holds up!… » 6/24/14 3:20pm 6/24/14 3:20pm

Looper's Rian Johnson Is The Director Of Star Wars: Episode VIII

He will also reportedly be the scriptwriter of Episode IX, but not the director. Man, not only is Disney is getting their Star Wars biz together quickly, they're hiring some real scifi talent with Johnson, Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank. It's getting immensely difficult not be excited about the future of Star Wars. » 6/20/14 3:28pm 6/20/14 3:28pm

Unfairly Slimed: It's Time To Forgive Ghostbusters II

In the weeks leading up to June 16, 1989, I can only imagine how incessantly my seven-year-old self pestered my parents to go see Ghostbusters II. I spent years obsessed with the 1984 original, once watching it on repeat from the moment I woke up to the moment I got sent to bed, wearing my plastic proton pack and… » 6/20/14 11:10am 6/20/14 11:10am

The Real Ultraviolence: In Praise Of Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky

If you're old, you might remember a time before Jon Stewart hosted The Daily Show, and instead Sportscenter's own Craig Kilborn sat in his chair. If you're old with bad taste like me, you might remember being deeply annoyed when Stewart took over, mostly because he immediately did away with his predecessor's nightly… » 6/19/14 9:21am 6/19/14 9:21am

Robert Duvall: An American Hero, Or At Least An American Man

Careening down the road behind the wheel of a sturdy old Cadillac, Robert Duvall makes his intent clear: "I want some singin' and dancin'. And a woman. I want me a woman." With little more than a sharp tongue, pink and frequently squirming loose in anticipation, the weather-beaten octogenarian bullies his college-aged… » 6/09/14 3:44pm 6/09/14 3:44pm

Peak Jackie Chan: The Intoxicating Joys Of The Legend Of Drunken Master

Netflix Instant doesn't have to feel like a depleted Blockbuster in 1990, where you spend half an hour browsing hopeless straight-to-video thrillers before saying "fuck it" and loading up another Archer. Streaming services can be an absolute treasure trove, particularly if you like action movies, and especially if you… » 5/22/14 11:51am 5/22/14 11:51am

The Time Travel Of Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure, Visualized

Over on FlipFlopFlyin', Craig Robinson has put together a graphic summarizing all the time travel in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. The film leaves some of the exact dates open to interpretation—did they hang out with Genghis Khan in 1209 or 1269?—but these details are well handled here, and we're comfortable… » 5/21/14 4:29pm 5/21/14 4:29pm

Cannes Film Festival 2014: 10 Movies We Can't Wait To See

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off today, setting in motion 10 days of premieres of some of the most heavily anticipated movies of the year. Inside Llewyn Davis and Blue Is the Warmest Color got their start there last year—not to mention Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Great Beauty—and certainly some… » 5/14/14 12:37pm 5/14/14 12:37pm

Famous Action-Movie Quotes, As Sentence Diagrams

Remember sentence diagrams? If you're like me—under 30 without a day spent in a Catholic school—the answer's probably no, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy looking at them. Luckily, Pop Chart Lab just released "A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Notable Lines of Cinematic Action," which breaks down the sentence… » 5/13/14 5:12pm 5/13/14 5:12pm

Worst Godzilla Ever: Why Japan Hated (And Murked) The '98 U.S. Remake

If you hated what Joel Schumacher did to Batman with 1995's Batman Forever and (especially) 1997's Batman & Robin, the Christopher Nolan trilogy that followed didn't just offer good movies; they were cathartic release, a reclamation. This buffoon had taken one of the great characters in the American pop-culture… » 5/12/14 1:34pm 5/12/14 1:34pm