#TBT: Happy Birthday, John Waters!

John Waters at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Filmmaker, writer and photographer John Waters turns 70 this Friday, April 22, so for this Throwback Thursday, let's take a look at his long career. Waters got his start making wild transgressive camp movies in the 1970s. Using a cast of regulars and a Baltimore setting, his black comedies featured desperate people doing outrageous things. In Pink […]

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The Legacy of Ebertfest

Filmstrip created by the author Bart from Louisiana.

Roger Ebert's passing left a hole in the world of film criticism, but his legacy will never die. "Roger, you would love Ebertfest 2016," his widow, Chaz Ebert, wrote in her blog. The festival's programmers have stayed true to his vision, curating a diverse and interesting lineup in his honor. If you can't attend Ebertfest […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?

drawing of William Shakespeare

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”—Hamlet While Hamlet had only one question, we have 13 for you: See how well you know William Shakespeare with our quiz created by bloggers B. Bruins, Jeff, Mara, Michelle, MsCaroline, Sarah and Stephen.  

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The Bard in Bollywood: 3 Hindi Hits Inspired by Shakespeare

Ram-Leela Bollywood film poster: barechested male embraces female, wind blowing her hair back

Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare's harshest critic, gave him his most meaningful epitaph: "He was not of an age, but for all time." Shakespeare has been quite naturally adapted for film: the plays were meant to be heard and watched. This people pleaser had a keen notion of attention span: "Things in motion sooner catch the eye than […]

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Formula 1 Movies: The Noise & The Rivalries

Formula 1

The 2016 Formula 1 season starts this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix. Do you have to love driving to appreciate Formula 1? Not me—I'm a pretty indifferent motorist, but after happening upon tickets to a Grand Prix and hearing the apocalyptic cacophony of a 12-cylinder engine pass 18,000 revolutions per minute and 180 miles per […]

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Based On a True Story

Based On a True Story

I love it when authors and filmmakers claim that their works are based on true stories. It usually means that the original story went through so many different versions, there's no way to tell anymore what's true and what's false. Fur trapper Hugh Glass had a string of bad luck in 1823 when, in the […]

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#TBT: The Godfather Film Released

Book cover of the Godfather by Mario Puzo.

When Francis Ford Coppola became the go-to director for Paramount's next big picture—the film version of a pulpy novel called The Godfather by Mario Puzo—he was apprehensive. He thought it glorified violence and the criminal lifestyle and made Italian-Americans look bad. After a second read, he saw and put into the film the subtexts of family, […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Oscar Trivia?

Oscar statue

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be presenting the 88th Oscars ceremony on February 28. The Big Short is widely predicted to take the top prize, although Spotlight and The Revenant are also considered big contenders. Although there were some disappointing omissions (I'm personally most disappointed about Michael B. Jordan not being nominated […]

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After Dracula: Vampire Movies Today


It's been 85 years since the premiere of Universal's Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, on February 12, 1931. Adapted from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, it was one of the first entries in a great tradition of vampire films still alive and stalking unwitting victims to this day. If you thought the immortal vampire had finally been slain by […]

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B-Fest Is the Best

Skidoo DVD cover

It's that time of the year: Time to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies at Northwestern University. If you don't feel like spending the night in an auditorium, you may want to check out these films at home. What exactly is Skidoo? It is the only satire of the 1960s that brings […]

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