Organize Your Halloween Movies By Decades Of Nostalgia

Even if you really hate getting scared, you owe it to yourself to watch a scary movie on Halloween.Now, whether the deepest cut you’ll indulge is The Nightmare Before Christmas or you consider Cannibal Holocaust child’s play, it’s your own prerogative to approach Halloween with varying levels of horror intensity. But even with that out of the way, there are still so many great horror movies to choose from that we’ve …

The New York Film Festival Is Really Nice, Except For When It Isn’t

On paper, everything about the 51st New York Film Festival was ideal. The film selection itself was top notch, as the festival opened on a shot of pure, socially conscious adrenaline in the form of Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips and came in for a gentle landing with Spike Jonze’s emotionally devastating satire of modern romance, Her. Alice Tully Hall, which played the bulk of the festival’s selections, is a gorgeous venue, and one of …

So, About That Breaking Bad Finale

There’s a fine art to obliquity. It just happens to be one that Breaking Bad has never been particularly interested in.That’s not to say that the show is without nuance on any level, particularly a thematic one. However, for a series so interested in the moral ambiguity of right and wrong, black and white (and Gray), and the thousand tenuous justifications that lead from good to bad, it’s always operated on …

Prisoners Is Great, But Is It Held Captive By Oscar Season?

If you spent this weekend watching a terse, angry man in a beard and flannel fight for his soul in low lighting and confined spaces, you didn’t have to be at a Hipster Warehouse Party. Rather, that description also accounts for much of what takes place in the new film Prisoners, and if previous summation didn’t make it clear enough, this is a movie that confidently announces the arrival of Oscar season.Yet despite its …

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, And Now You Finally Can Too

Following the commercial and critical successes of director Jonathan Levine’s last two films – 50/50 and Warm Bodies – his latest release, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, can’t help but feel like a step down in scale. The truth of the matter is though, Levine hasn’t stepped anything down at all for Mandy Lane, which is now available on iTunes and hits the Angelika on October 11th. The low budget horror comedy is …

Celebrity Guest Directors And The TV Shows That We Want Them To Direct

There are way too many great TV shows on the air right now, and just when we were already drowning in content, we get news like the announcement that Jodie Foster is directing an episode of the upcoming season of House of Cards.Now, this isn’t to say that we weren’t already on the Francis Underwood bandwagon (Team Peter Russo forever), but throwing Jodie Foster into the mix made us realize something important: No …

NYU Local’s Fall Movie Preview, Organized by Accents

Nothing says “Oscar season” like attention grabbing performance tics. Of course, when you can’t dramatically alter your face with prosthetics or play a nobly assassinated historical figure, things tend to get trickier. However, there’s always a fail safe – whip out a wild card of an accent. As such, we’ve decided to focus this year’s fall movie preview around the excitingly crazy movie accents of the season. Granted, this means our scope is relatively …

It’s Definitely Gatsby, It’s Just That The “Great” Part Is Debatable

It isn’t all that surprising that Baz Luhrmann’s expectedly gaudy, confetti-laden 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby is most entertaining when it least resembles The Great Gatsby. Yet what is rather stunning – considering the prominence of Luhrmann’s maximalist, modern stylization at work (get out ya seat, Hov) – is just what a literal adaptation this is.No, it’s not enough for Tobey Maguire (increasingly endearing as the film goes on, but …

Books We Read In High School That Actually Made For Good Movie Adaptations

The Great Gatsby finally hits theaters today, presumably leaving behind a trail of 3D confetti explosions and Jay-Z-approved companion albums in its wake. However, while word so far is decidedly split on Baz Luhrmann’s ultra ostentatious adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, the relentless hype around the film’s release has served as a nice reminder that there are other books that we were forced to read in high school and …

Iron Man 3 Is The Best Marvel Movie Yet Because It Doesn’t Feel Like A Marvel Movie

The first Iron Man was such a shot in the arm because it was a comic book movie that felt like it wasn’t beholden to the tropes of comic book movies. Anchored by a magnetic lead performance from a freshly sober Robert Downey Jr., this was a hedonistic superhero with more in common with James Bond than a spandex-clad do-gooder. Of course, this went on to be the cornerstone film …

Summer Movie Pair-Offs: What Before Midnight and Fast And Furious 6 Have In Common

With Iron Man 3 hitting theaters tomorrow, the summer movie season is here–that magical time when movies that are best seen with a bag of popcorn and a slushee the size of a kiddie pool flood multiplexes.However, there are a ton of movies opening this summer, so much so that breaking down each one individually might take a while. So instead, we’ve put together a cross-section of the …

Pain and Gain Is Michael Bay’s Roided-Out Parody Of A Michael Bay Film

In the build-up to Pain and Gain’s release, much has been made over director Michael Bay’s description of the film as “a small character piece” that would allow him to go back to filmmaking basics. Of course, there’s something inherently, and for a maximalist in the tradition of Bay, fittingly absurd about approaching a splashy crime comedy about homicidal bodybuilders like a small, indie passion project.Yet upon seeing the …

Get Pumped Up On Your Michael Bay Knowledge Before Pain and Gain

Today’s the day. Pain and Gain finally hits theaters, and if you’ve ever wanted to see The Rock play a “cokehead Jesus-loving goofball criminal,” this is your chance. Never mind that the real story (yes, this actually is based on a true story) is an alternatively nauseating and darkly hilarious crime saga about the worst of human behavior. Leave it to Michael Bay to turn that into a gonzo …

Why Aren’t We Talking About Terrence Malick’s New Movie?

Terrence Malick must’ve recently had a change of heart – that is, if his filmography is anything to go by. The reclusive auteur, formerly resigned to releasing a new film every decade or so, has recently picked up work at an exponential pace; The Tree of Life came a mere six years after The New World, and now, two years later, To the Wonder arrives in theaters, with several other projects …

What To See When You Get Shut Out Of The Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off yesterday, and though it claims to be the festival that doesn’t know the meaning of “sold out,” those long rush ticket lines can be a drag all the same.But not to worry: even if your luck runs out when trying to catch the new David Gordon Green movie, there’s still thankfully a plethora of great stuff at the art house right now worthy of your …