7 items from 2015
You imagined yourself having the wit of Kat Stratford; the wardrobe of her sister, Bianca; plus an adorable tutor like Cameron and/or a sexy, bad-boy boyfriend like Patrick. Sound familiar? 10 Things I Hate About You is one of the many memorable teen movies that came out in 1999, and in March, it was 15 years since it opened. With its big-name cast, snarky one-liners, and crazy-cute romances, the modern interpretation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew quickly became a classic. In all likelihood, though, it probably triggered some very high expectations for life and love, too. After all, of course you'd have all the smartest comebacks, of course you'd make the resident bad boy bring out his inner charm, and of course he'd serenade you with the support of a marching band, right? Right. For anyone who's ever daydreamed about that "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" song and dance by the lovable, »
Fantasy adventure from Muppets creator Jim Henson, in which a Gelfig embarks on a quest to restore order to his world by retrieving the missing shard of a magical crystal.
Groundhog Day - 2.45pm, Gold
Cynical weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, gets trapped in a time loop that causes him to live the same day over and over.
10 Things I Hate About You - 7pm, Film4
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 8.10pm, BBC Three
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) travels the globe »
The Musicals Collection Blu-ray set from Warner Home Video contains four Hollywood classics of the genre, at least two of them among the greatest of all time: Kiss Me Kate, Calamity Jane, The Band Wagon, and Singin’ in the Rain. And all except for Singin’ in the Rain are making their Blu-ray debut. While the films may not rank equal in terms of quality—those latter two titles are the all-time greats—each of the transfers are outstanding, the movies themselves are still nevertheless enjoyable, and the set is a terrific bargain.
Kiss Me, Kate
Written by Dorothy Kingsley
Directed by George Sidney
Kiss Me, Kate is offered in 2-D and 3-D versions. Though the 3-D is certainly not the best to grace a Blu-ray, it’s still the version to watch, even with the clichéd, though occasionally amusing gimmick of characters throwing things at the camera. However, it »
- Jeremy Carr
Valentine's Day tends to split people into two camps - the lovers and the haters. It's doesn't just break down into couples and singles - there are a hundred reasons why you might be a fan or foe of Valentine's Day.
Not wanting to leave anyone out, here are our top picks of films - all available to watch now on Netflix - for anyone who wants to celebrate or forget Valentine's Day:
Sometimes the obvious choice is the best one. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts star in this modern day Pygmalion as the uptight businessman and the hooker with a heart of gold, as if we had to tell you.
There are few films with more memorable moments than this: the shopping scene, the cutlery, the day at the races and the dental floss. If you want something straightforward and heart-warming for Valentine's Day, you can't do much better. »
Sigmund Freud would have surely had a field day with writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein, who has now devoted not one but two movies to women with metaphorical steel traps between their legs. In Lichtenstein’s 2007 debut, “Teeth,” the woman in question was a sexually curious teen suffering from an acute case of vagina dentata. In Lichtenstein’s latest, “Angelica,” the focus is on a wife and mother whose fragile health demands that she abstain from all pleasures of the flesh — a dietary restriction that leads to many strange bumps (and humps) in the night. The result is a looney psychosexual potboiler with one foot in “Masterpiece Theater” finery and the other in outre camp abandon, never fully satisfying on either count, but at least partly redeemed by a finely calibrated star turn from Jena Malone. Lacking the shock scares needed to sate the mainstream horror crowd, the film’s commercial prospects are decidedly limited. »
- Scott Foundas
The plays of William Shakespeare have received more than their fair share of the cinematic treatment over the years. From the silent era version of The Taming of the Shrew to more recent “modern” adaptations of Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus, and everyone’s favorite standby Hamlet, the works of the Bard have been plumbed to the very depths. Yet, somehow, some of Shakespeare’s lesser known works have yet to see the light of a cinema screen. That is now being rectified with the upcoming Anarchy, a new and updated version of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
Anarchy takes Cymbeline out of the world of kings and courtiers and into modern-day motorcycles, street gangs, and drug dealing. The original play tells the story of King Cymbeline, his daughter Imogen, and her secret marriage to Posthumus Leonatus. Scheming members of the royal family and elsewhere lead to war between the Britons and the Romans. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It appears Empire isn’t letting up with the Shakespearean influences. Not only is the show emulating King Lear, it seems to have a little bit of The Taming of the Shrew in it as well. “The Outspoken King,” the show’s sophomore episode, certainly does have a lot of shrews that need taming. The episode also leads me to believe that the show may have a serious woman problem, which is unfortunate, since this episode was written by co-creator Danny Strong and new showrunner Ilene Chaiken (who’s best known for creating The L Word). Nearly every female character is manipulative, power-hungry, ball-busting (in the case of Andre’s own Lady Macbeth, Rhonda, literally), or just plain ghetto. If an Aaron Sorkin–style backlash doesn’t pop off after this, inciting sites like Jezebel and Salon to launch missives lambasting the show’s less-than-supportive portrayal of women, I’ll be very surprised. »
- Craig D. Lindsey
7 items from 2015
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