Remember Biff, the dumb villain in all three “Back To The Future” movies? The guy who famously told Michael J. Fox to “make like a tree and get out of here?” Well his real name is Tom Wilson, and people stop him all the time to talk about the movie series and ask him a bunch of questions. So he decided to cut to the chase and create a postcard that answers virtually any and all “Back To The Future”-related question you might have. Like, is Crispin Glover really as weird as he seems? (Answer: Not as weird as he wishes he was). And what was it like to work with the Delorean (Answer: Annoying). Read the whole postcard after the jump! Keep reading »
“The Avengers” smashed box office records this weekend, and who was responsible for most of the smashing in the film? The Incredible Hulk of course! Played by Mark Ruffalo, Hulk is temperamental, strangely lovable, and green. Very, very green. Click through for six gorgeous green pieces that are totally wearable whether or not you’re raging mad … Keep reading »
As you know, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will always be My Ultimate Fantasy Famous Dude Boyfriend. But that doesn’t mean that I’m exactly stoked with some of his movie choices lately. First, there’s his forthcoming movie “Premium Rush,” in which he stars a bike messenger on the run — it looks totally crap. And now comes word that he’s going to be involved in a remake of the 1986 classic film “Little Shop of Horrors.” The original, starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, is kind of unbeatable, so the idea that JGL thinks he’s got the chops to produce and possibly star in a remake sounds a little arrogant to me. Do you think he can pull it off? [Chicago Tribune]
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope is super annoying. Not only because the MPDG is a rather one-dimensional portrayal of femininity, but also because stories featuring her always go the same. She unexpectedly pratfalls into the protagonist’s staid life to shake things up, forcing him to learn a valuable lesson or change his ways, or get a different job or go scuba diving or leave his uptight girlfriend. She’s an event that happens, rather than a real character. And what does she get for all of her dancing in the rain and quirky hijinks? The guy. But whatever, usually the guys in these stories are pretty terrible — they’re boring, facile and barely able to keep up with the MPDG. The guys in MPDG movies are kind of The Worst.
That’s why we’ve evaluated some of the best-known MPDG dudes and evaluated them for annoyability and bangability. After all, while the Manic Pixie Dream Girl might have her faults, at least she’s not boring. A helpful key is available after the jump. Keep reading »
While we will most likely never see “American Pie: Reunion” — not even in a so-bad-it’s-good way — we have been impressed by the international press blitz the film’s been on, promoting itself around the globe. Because apparently, gross-out humor is universal. Here, Mena Suvari looks smashing in a slightly conservative magenta and black cocktail dress. Conservative? Does she know what movie she’s in?
Back in 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel drew a “Dykes To Watch Out For” cartoon describing the three rules that govern whether or not she will see a movie, which she called “The Bechdel Test“:
- It has to have two women in it who have names,
- Who talk to each other,
- About something besides a man.
Bechdel’s point was that the majority of mainstream films relegate women to the role of “girlfriend,” “wife” or “princess in a tower who needs to be saved by a knight in shining arming” and this is problematic for women’s substantive representation in film. Unfortunately, 25 years later, a lot of movies still don’t pass the Bechdel test, including 2012 Oscar nominees. Keep reading »
I’m too young to remember Angelina in the age of Billy Bob [Sigh. -- Editor], but of course I’ve heard the legends: the tattoos, the tumultuous relationship, the blood vial necklaces. As if anyone needs to be reminded, before Angelina was an altruistic philanthropist, she was the baddest of bad girls, and Billy Bob Thornton only served to stoke her fire. They divorced in 2002, and while Angelina never mentions her ex to the press, he’s vocal about the fact that he still loves and respects his former love. Interesting it is, then, that Billy Bob has reached out to co-write a film, entitled “And Then We Drove,” that will be something of an interpretation of his relationship with Jolie. The film is set to be an “ethereal” story of a man on a road trip who picks up a “wild woman” and takes her along on his journey. I’m not too worried: Angelina was notoriously wanton, but it seems to me like Billy Bob reveres his ex-wife and would do little to incite her. Angelina was more public with her life and struggles during that time, so I don’t think there’s much we don’t know already know about her past… or is there? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. [NYMag.com]
I’ve gotten really annoyed with the recent spate of movie remakes. Do we really need to see Channing Tatum in a reboot of “21 Jump Street”? Probably not. But then I watch previews for actually new original movies — like the trailer for this new flick called “ATM” — and it makes me long for another overblown “Charlie’s Angels” sequel. At first, I thought, there’s no way this could be real, but then I remembered that in 2002 Colin Farrell made a similarly ridiculous movie called “Phone Booth,” in which he was stuck inside a phone booth for the length of the film. [IMDB]
In honor of New Year, New You month at The Frisky, I’ve taken an in-depth look at one of the biggest teen movie cliches: the “makeover scene” (second only to the “prom scene”). You’ve seen it a thousand times — the heroine descends a staircase in slow-motion and we cut to the montage of her metamorphosis from nerd to culturally-sanctioned hottie. It’s no new invention. The makeover goes as far back as Cinderella. The message is that in order to be liked, girls must be conventionally pretty (and not look poor) to land the prince. And while there’s plenty to tease apart there culturally, it’s hard not to love a good geek to chic makeover montage, especially the rebellious or ill-advised. Click through for some teen movie makeovers that made lasting impressions on our collective girl unconscious.
Apparently, when most of us take off for the holidays to hang out with our families, the internet’s cat population takes over. Witness this trailer for the new film “The Dark Knight: Rises” — the latest in the Batman series — as performed by cats. Ironically, incredibly, the role of Catwoman (as played in the actual movie by Anne Hathaway) is played by a dog. [Comic Book Movie]