New Documentary Tells Compelling Story of Vaudevillian Conjoined Twins

Before Paris and Nicky there was Daisy and Violet, the world's first famous pair of Hilton sisters. Born conjoined at the hips in 1908, Daisy and Violet were sold to a promoter who exploited them for financial gain by turning them into a sideshow sensation. Bound By Flesh, a new documentary by IFC Films, tells their… » 6/17/14 6:45pm 6/17/14 6:45pm

The Definitive Sad Teen Death Movie Power Rankings

When I was a #cool #teen, it was a more hopeful time, pre-9/11 and pre-recession and pre-taking-your-shoes-off-at-airports. It's no wonder that the dominant teen movie genre of the day was light, fun sex joke-heavy comedies involving romantic pratfalls and climactic scenes at school dances. The prom-com, if you will.… » 4/25/14 2:00pm 4/25/14 2:00pm

Barbie Live-Action Film Might Actually Be Good and Sorta Feminist

Green-lit by two female top studio executives at Sony and penned by a former Sex and the City writer, the forthcoming live-action Barbie comedy promises to be about "female empowerment"—which we all know falls somewhere comfortably between the immaturity of "girl power" and the scariness of "feminism"—and has the… » 4/24/14 12:00pm 4/24/14 12:00pm

Their Bodies, Ourselves: Bodysnatching and the Male Gaze in Under the…

It's been almost two weeks since I saw Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michel Faber's novel, and it's been hard to really gather my thoughts on it. This is not a unique condition. Looking at viewer reviews of the film on Letterboxd, the second most popular thing to say about the film is that it's… » 3/30/14 9:04pm 3/30/14 9:04pm

Divergent Opens with a Cool $56 Million, Will Get the Franchise Works

Looks like Hollywood has found its newest YA franchise, though it didn't hit the $70 million expectation. Compared to the $70 million dollar opening for Twilight in 2008, and the $153 million dollar opening (these numbers are insane to me) for The Hunger Games in 2012, Divergent's opening seems modest. Still,… » 3/23/14 6:05pm 3/23/14 6:05pm

Every Matthew McConaughey Movie Is Actually About Rust Cohle

Fans of HBO's True Detective are an obsessive lot. Over the course of the show's 8-episode first season, bajillions of hours of productivity were wasted discussing, dissecting, and speculating about the show. Insane-sounding theories about the identity of the murderous Yellow King abounded, each with an… » 3/10/14 3:45pm 3/10/14 3:45pm

Did a Studio Lengthen Margot Robbie’s Legs for The Wolf of Wall Street?

Hollywood sorcery can be wonderful. CGI can make the Hulk not look like Lou Ferrigno, or it can ensure that your favorite actor doesn't have to risk disfigurement to wrestle with a mountain lion. It can also extend the legs of fairly tall actress just a teeny-tiny bit so that when she uses them to fend off Leonardo… » 2/09/14 12:00pm 2/09/14 12:00pm

Ryan Reynolds Talking Cat/Serial Killer Movie Sounds Effing Bonkers

Sundance Film Festival has a reputation for launching the sort of film that festoons its promotional posters with icons representing film geek awards like so many pretentious Christmas tree ornaments. But Ryan Reynold's latest film — a "horror comedy" about a man who murders and dismembers women because his evil… » 1/21/14 1:00pm 1/21/14 1:00pm

Today's Best Directors Are Men, According to Martin Scorsese

On its face, Martin Scorsese's open letter to his 14-year-old daughter Francesca is a sweet, if random one. He wants his daughter to derive joy from cinema just like he did, and maybe, even make a career of it. Too bad that when he lists the directors that are shaping cinema today, he neglects to mention a single… » 1/07/14 4:30pm 1/07/14 4:30pm

Honest Trailer for Home Alone Suggests Kevin Is a Nascent Sociopath

Real talk: Home Alone, the movie about an irresponsibly procreating family that abandons an attic-dwelling savant at home right before leaving the country for vacation, is really a prequel to the Saw franchise. Once you see this holiday installment of Honest Trailers, you will never be able to root against Harry… » 12/01/13 2:30pm 12/01/13 2:30pm