The Enduring Virtues of ‘Sixteen Candles’

I want to live in Samantha Baker’s house. Samantha, played beautifully by Molly Ringwald in John Hughes’ 1984 classic movie Sixteen Candles, was one of my heroes growing up, and now that the house where the movie was shot is up for sale in Evanston, IL, I’m thinking I could finally get to live out … Continued

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Why Are So Many Profitable Movies So Terrible?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently the #1 movie in America. It has been so since it was released and is likely to continue to occupy the top slot for several more weeks. It is making, as the kids say, all the money: $764 million dollars so far—just in America—with no final total in … Continued

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Do We Need More Female Film Critics?

As if the world were not infused with enough sorrow and woe, here’s one more thing to worry about: Not enough film critics are women. Operating on the apparent theory that America will not be a just place until every conceivable subgroup, not matter how small, is similar in its demographic breakdown to that of … Continued

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Eddie Murphy and Statute of Limitations on “Funny”

There are certain entertainers whose names evoke instant and generally positive reactions. Nobody hates Tom Hanks. Everybody loves The Beatles. Sports fans almost universally admire a guy like legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels. For fans, critics, and comedy aficionados alike, Eddie Murphy remains a revered purveyor of “funny.” Credited for “saving” Saturday Night Live during … Continued

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The PC World of Disney Fairies

  The Disney Fairies franchise is the most perfect gateway drug ever invented by Hollywood. It’s a series of movies (and books and video games and theme park rides) centered on Tinker Bell that imagines an entire fairy world where Tink and her friends have adventures and learn lessons before the events of Peter Pan. … Continued

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Why Do Our Movie Heroes All Sound Like Jeff Spicoli?

To understand just how bizarre an experience it is to sit through Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, just imagine watching an alternate version of the moon landing in which Neil Armstrong’s first words upon reaching the surface are, “Holy s–t! I made it!” We’re in an age in which resolutely idiotic and childish dialogue … Continued

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The Enduring Appeal of ‘Metropolitan’

Twenty-five years ago this month, a former agent for cartoonists named Whit Stillman made his debut as a filmmaker with an absurdly low-budget production that helped define a new golden age of independent cinema that had begun just a year earlier. Stillman’s Metropolitan, following in the footsteps of Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape, earned … Continued

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