The Craft Remake: It’s Happening

Sony has announced that a remake of the 1996 film The Craft, our favorite teenage witch movie, is happening. Yes: The Craft remake, it’s confirmed. Director Leigh Janiak, whose Sundance horror film Honeymoon was picked up by Magnolia pictures just last year, will be co-writing the script alongside Phil Graziadei, who helped with Honeymoon.

Word has it that Janiak has impressed the film execs with her new take on the witchy L.A. film. What does this mean??? I want to read the script! (I’m a huge fan of The Craft, duh.)

Considering its all female cast and female director this could be something of a new interesting variation that may or may not be appealing to the audiences who fell in love with Robin Tunney’s witchy moment. Let’s just hope that it’s not a direct remake? Or will it be set to the likes of a new young Hollywood, incorporating iPhone usage, cyberbullying, etc? We all know how Scream 4 was. I just hope that these new witches don’t cast spells on their iPhones. Though, maybe that could be interesting. We shall see….

For now: let’s revisit this amaaaahzing moment in teen cinema.

Blast From the Past: The 10 Best Films of 1963

1963 was a year filled with plenty of horror, suspense, and time period films. Elizabeth Taylor starred in the epic Cleopatra, Paul Newman had a major moment in Hud, and James Bond was still going strong with From Russia with Love. Let’s take a look back on 10 year films from 1963 available to stream. Enjoy.

THE BIRDS, dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds features a ravishingly beautiful Tippi Hedren in her cinematic debut. Based on a short story with the same title written by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds tells the story of unexplained bird attacks happening in the town of Bodega Bay, California. The film premiered at an invite-only ceremony at New York City’s MoMA and went on to the Cannes Film Festival. The Birds takes disastrous nature vs. man conflicts to a whole different level and its conclusive climax is beyond entertaining.

Available to watch on: Google Play, M-Go, VUDU

THE SERVANT, dir. Joseph Losey

The Servant is a psychological examination of the roles we play in society, regarding the “master” and the “servant.” Its four central characters include a wealthy Londoner named Tony, Tony’s girlfriend, the house servant named Hugo, and his “secret” lover named Susan, who acts as the other housemaid. The film premiered at London’s Warner Theatre on November 14, 1963 and performed well with the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as the BAFTAS (where it won three BAFTA awards including Best Actor for Dirk Bogarde’s portrayal of the title.)

Available to watch on: iTunes

8 ½, dir. Federico Fellini

Many critics consider 8 ½ Federico Fellini’s best picture and there’s no doubt that it ranks as one of the best. (The title refers to how many films Fellini had done by that point). It won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars that year as well as Best Costume Design. As renowned Italian filmmaker (played by Fellini regular Marcello Mastroianni) faces the predicament of director’s block the artist experiences a series of flashbacks and memories that begin to delve into reality as he’s preparing for his next film.

Available to watch on: Amazon

THE LEOPARD, dir. Luchino Visconti

Based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lamepdusa’s novel of the same, director Luchino Visconti brought audiences an epic and glossy cinematic time-piece set in Siciliy circa 1860. An aristocratic Prince of Salina faces the responsibility of a war-ridden Sicily as he must maintain his family’s well-being and social status. The film’s international cast features Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Serge Reggiani, Mario Girotti, and Pierre Clementi. Its undeniably suave cinematography left many breathless and was a massive hit at the French box office. The Cannes Film Festival jury awarded the film the Palm D’Or.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU

BLACK SABBATH, dir. Mario Bava

I know you’re thinking of the band — they were inspired by the film, but Italian horror director Mario Bava is a crucial part of the 60s Italian cinema. Black Sabbath consists of three stories (“The Telephone”, “The Wurdalack”, and “The Drop of Water”) compiled into one. The cast is international and Bava followed the trend of making low-budget horrors during the rising horror films of Italy during this time. It’s been said that directors Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary were greatly influenced by this film. “What Mario Bava did with the horror film in Black Sabbath, I was going to do with the crime film.”

Available to watch on: Amazon

The Fire Within dir. Louis Malle

The original French title of this complex Louis Malle film is Le fou follet, meaning “The Manic Fire”, and was inspired a real-life person named Jacques Rigaut, a Parisian who was a major force in the Dadaist movement and later killed himself. The suicide inspired the book, which then inspired this film. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars that year but didn’t win. Roger Ebert has said the film is “a triumph of style”.

Available to watch on: YouTube, Hulu

Contempt dir. Jean-Luc Godard

It’s extremely difficult to look away from the screen when you have the sizzling goddess herself: Brigitte Bardot. Jean-Luc Godard’s masterful piece of world cinema “joins ‘meta’ with ‘physique’ as it explores a digressive and conflicted relationship abound the filmmaking world. Godard’s inspiration Fritz Lang, the also prolific director, also stars. Initially, after reading the book the film would be based on and talking with Italian producer Carlo Ponti, Godard envisioned Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak as the two leads. They refused. Thank goodness we will forever have Bardot (and the beautiful score).

Available to watch on: Google Play, iTunes

Lord of the Flies dir. Peter Brook

Though the majority of the film had been in production during 1961, it wasn’t until 1963 this adaptation of William Golding’s popular novel was released. Just like the book, the film explores themes of hate, violence, and fear among the isolated British schoolchildren left to survive on the island. Most of the cast hadn’t even read the book and director Peter Brook guided them through acting out scenarios. Well, it worked. Peter Brook was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and critics praised the film for its immersive suspense.

Available to watch on: Amazon

Charade dir. Stanley Donen

Critically acclaimed stars Audrey Hephburn and Cary Grant star in this “screwball thriller” that oozed style, charisma, and witty flavor. Shot on location in Paris, Audrey Hepburn plays Regina Lampert, a woman whose husband was murdered and had stolen a fortune, pursued by many men that may have hidden motives. The question lies in “Who do you trust?” The screenplay, written by Peter Stone, has been noted as a strong addition for the film and received a 1964 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Original Screenplay. Grant and Hepburn were both nominated that year for Golden Globes and didn’t win. The soaring theme by Henry Mancini is a classic tune from this decade.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, M-Go, iTunes, Hulu

The Silence dir. Ingmar Bergman

Two sisters (Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom) travel back home to a fictional Central European country amidst the war. The tense relationship between the two remains the dynamic of the film as one sister is younger and “sensuous” and the other is severely ill yet highly intellectual. Woody Allen wrote a New York Times article reflecting on Bergman’s career and mentioned that the film begins to happen when you realize that both of these women represent different aspects of people. Bergman said, in regard to this film fitting into his “Trilogy of Faith’: “These three films deal with reduction. Through a Glass Darkly- conquered certainty. Winter Light– penetrated certainty. The Silence– God’s silence- the negative imprint. Therefore, they constitute a trilogy.” They were not meant to be a trilogy but because of similarities Bergman began to notice he proposed they fit together. Available to watch on: Hulu, Google Play, VUDU, iTunes

10 Controversial Cannes Films: From Vincent Gallo to David Lynch

The glamourous film festival begins tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at 10 controversial Cannes films and where to watch them right now.

THE BROWN BUNNY, dir. Vincent Gallo

The Brown Bunny is perhaps one of the most notorious films that has ever been released at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The infamous sex scene, featuring Chloe Sevigny performing fellatio, was just one of the cherries on the top. Roger Ebert deemed the film the worst film of the film festival thus far. “It is true that I am fat, but one day I will be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny,” Ebert wrote. The Brown Bunny was major controversy but became a sensational cult-hit among Gallo’s fanbase.


Available to watch on: Veoh

ANTICHRIST, dir. Lars Von Trier

Lars Von Trier, just like our other favorite filmmakers, isn’t afraid to speak his mind. His films have often explored dark depths of the human condition and Antichrist is an exceptionally controversial choice to choose. When the film premiered at Cannes in 2009, critics were so widely divided and reportedly four audience members fainted due to the explicit violence. The jury gave the film an “anti-award” and labeled it the “most misogynistic movie from the self-proclaimed biggest director in the world.” Audiences were heard snickering when the titles read the film was dedicated to Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.


Available to watch on: Google Play, Amazon

FAHRENHEIT 9/11, dir. Michael Moore

It was the following year after The Brown Bunny when Michael Moore’s highly controversial examination of the Bush presidency debuted. When the political documentary was awarded the Palm d’Or a fifteen-twenty minute standing ovation had followed. Harvey Weinstein, one of the funders of the film, said, “It was the longest standing ovation I’ve seen in over 25 years.” Not since Jacques Cousteau’s and Louis Malle’s The Silent World was a documentary awarded this prize. Though, critics were very divided and many suspect the politics of the film governed its favor from the jury.


Available to watch on: YouTube

VIRIDIANA, dir. Luis Buñuel

The government of Francisco Franco (the former dictator of Spain) attempted to withdraw Buñuel’s Palm d’Or award winning Viridiana. Spain headlines were everywhere claiming the film was blasphemous. The most-talked about scene was the parody of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, to which the Vatican wasn’t so happy about. Buñuel had then said, “I didn’t deliberately set out to be blasphemous, but then Pope John XXIII is a better judge of such things than I am.”


Available to watch on: Hulu +

PULP FICTION dir. Quentin Tarantino

It was the year of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s climax to the his Three Colors Trilogy and many were surprised that Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction won. It was rumored that the problem at this year’s Cannes was that only two jury members had seen any of Kieslowski’s works. There was also the other rumor that speculated Marin Karmitz, the producer of the trilogy, was prone to offending some. When Pulp Fiction did win the Palm d’Or, the Liberation’s headline read: “Cannes endorses the American New Wave.” Many booed the film and reacted harshly when he won. Check this clip of Tarantino not giving two s&^#@!!! :



Available to watch on: iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

IRREVERSIBLE,  dir. Gaspar Noe

Gaspar Noe is a name in the film industry that’s almost synonymous with controversy. His 2002 film Irréversible was greeted with many walk-outs and a dizzied, mostly disgusted audience due to its graphic content and horrifically violent material, particularly a rape scene. David Ansen of Newsweek wrote, “If outraged viewers (mostly women) at the Cannes Film Festival are any indication, this will be the most walked-out-of movie 2003.” He then later wrote that the film was “an adolescent pride in its own ugliness.” Woah…


Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, iTunes

THE VOICE OF THE MOON, dir. Federico Fellini

Legendary Italian maestro Frederico Fellini had his controversial moments previously at this glamorous film festival (La Dolce Vita) but, considering this was his last film before passing away, Fellini had faced a rather dismal and unenthusiastic response to the film’s debut.


Available to watch on: YouTube

TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, dir. David Lynch

Attention Lynchian fans: if you weren’t aware of the negative response to cult favorite Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at the Cannes Film Festival now you know. The film reportedly had stars, including Quentin Tarantino, walk out of the theater, rolling their eyes, bored out of their minds. “After I saw Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at Cannes, David Lynch had disappeared so far up his own ass that I have no desire to see another David Lynch movie until I hear something different. And you know, I loved him. I loved him.”


Available to watch on: Amazon, M-GO, VUDU, iTunes

CRASH, dir. David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s Crash (no, not the nail-in-head morality tale starring Sandra Bullock) won the Special Jury Prize the year it was screened at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. However, the film’s integration of sex with violence was met with audiences sneering and revolted.


Available to watch on: YouTube

MARIE ANTOINETTE, dir. Sofia Coppola

“There are so many great films that have been booed at Cannes. But in the end, they were always pretty bourgeois,” French critic and editor of Positif magazine was once quoted. Marie Antoinette could easily be put into this category. Coppola was met with critics rolling their eyes at the young Coppola’s film effort and was said to be compared to television’s Desperate Housewives in its lonely wife shtick. It was indeed booed at the festival and Coppola responded to USA Today, “I didn’t know the boos-it’s news to me. But it’s better than a mediocre response.”


Available to watch on: iTune, Google Play, VUDU

Celebrate Mother’s Day With 10 of the Most Memorable Movie Moms

Mother’s Day is coming up and whether you’re attending a nice brunch or doing a daytime activity you know that later you’ll want to watch a movie. Why not watch one of these ten films featuring 10 memorable movie moms?

 Wishing you a happy Mother’s day. Shoutout to all the mothers out there!

Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) in The Shining

Heeeeeeere’s Johnny!!!! How can we forget the horror in Wendy Torrance’s face when her husband’s mind becomes truly dismantled and he throws an axe into the door? She’s also the mother of Danny, a psychic troubled by his visions. This is no easy feat and the family retreat that was supposed to be quite peaceful turned out to be quite horrifying- and bloody.

Available to watch on: iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, M-GO

Hattie (Susan Sarandon) in Pretty Baby

Louis Malle’s controversial Pretty Baby featured a young Brooke Shields as a young 12 year-old who becomes the obsession of a photographer her mother Hattie, a hooker, is seeing. The relationship, of course, is troublesome as her daughter Violet (Shields) becomes introduced to the sleazy world that they live in. The burdensome nature of what Hattie does for a living becomes a hindering prospect of the relationship she has with her daughter and the possibility of change from this life they’ve lived together.

Available to watch on: VUDU, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

Olivia Evans (Patricia Arquette) in Boyhood

Patricia Arquette’s Oscar moment was well deserved when she won for her depiction as a single mother maneuvering through life and supporting her family. Needless to say, the Oscar speech that Patricia Arquette was poignantly dedicated to all the other mothers out there, such as Olivia Evans. The mother figure is really the meat of this movie and the concept of the film testifies the passage of time as a mother such as Olivia Evans. It’s a journey that’s hard to forget.

Available to watch on: iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, M-Go

Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) in Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer is a symphony of family matters amidst a divorce battle that goes to court. Leave it to Meryl Streep to sweep us off our feet! Streep’s Joanna Kramer is a mother fighting for custody of her son as her husband (Dustin Hoffman) pleads for custody, as he’s raised the young boy since she left. It’s a classic film testifying to a mother’s will and the pains of a child caught in the web of adult problems.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, M-Go, iTunes

Mother (Kim Hye-ja) in Mother

Now, here’s an action thriller that came from South Korea that’s got the thrills, punches, and guts. A mother (Kim Hye-ja) seeks vengeance for her son’s death and delves into a criminal underbelly as she pursues her conquests. Mother won’t stop until she seeks justice. Nobody messes with Mother!

Available to watch on: iTunes, Amazon, VUDU

Janine Cody (Jackie Weaver) in Animal Kingdom

Janine Cody is some major work. You could dub her the “gangster mother” of this list because she’s the glue that keeps her crime family together and she’s seriously got some attitude. The film’s performance garnered Weaver an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The depths of the Janine Cody character are enthralling and darkly humorous. Every dysfunctional family needs a leader of some sort, right?

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, iTunes

Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) in Mamma Roma

A struggling mother trying to make ends meet just to support her son in the streets of Rome is the central guiding force of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s classic Mamma Roma. When Mamma Roma’s son discovers that his mother is a prostitute, he turns to “petty theft” and a life in the streets on his own. The moments that audiences spend with Mamma Roma wandering in the streets is heartbreaking just as it it’s powerful. Mamma Roma has the heart and soul of a mother who just wants what’s right for her son.

Available to watch on: YouTube, Hulu

Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) in The Graduate

Before terms like “MILF” or “Cougar Mom” became mainstream in our modern day world, there was Mrs. Robinson, the sultry, seductress who seduces our recent graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman). When Benjamin falls for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, the plot thickens and mayhem pursues in this classic coming-of-age story. Mrs. Robinson is just downright iconic and may we add- fabulous.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, M-Go, iTunes

Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) in Rosemary’s Baby

He has his father’s eyes!! Poor Rosemary… A Nebraskan native who marries an aspiring actor (John Cassavettes) only to find that she’s becoming the plot of a satanic cult is where Mrs. Woodhouse finds herself shortly after moving into New York’s infamous Dakota building. The classic Roman Polanski tale is a true nightmare as pregnant Rosemary becomes increasingly paranoid for her baby’s fate.

Available to watch on: Google Play, M-GO, VUDU, iTunes

Eva (Tilda Swinton) from We Need to Talk About Kevin

Eva is a mother tormented by her son’s behavior. Her son (played by a brilliant Ezra Miller) exhibits major psychopathic behavior and the repercussion of what her son did (killing classmates) continues to haunt her. The film’s dark humor, moody tones, and top-notch tension is truly an unforgettable mother-son exploration into madness and horrors of parenthood. Favorite scene? Eva pushing a young crying Kevin in a stroller in downtown Manhattan beginning to lose her mind amidst the construction work blasting in her ears.

Available to watch on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

See Meryl Streep Rock Out in the New Trailer for ‘Ricki and the Flash’

Jonathan Demme (Something Wild, Rachel Getting Married) has a new crowd-pleaser rolling into theaters this summer. It’s written by Diablo Cody, and we’re excited like woah. First of all, Meryl Streep is starring as a rocker in a band called “The Flash,” and she’s donning a major hairdo with an American flag tattoo on her back. Not to mention, real-life daughter Mamie Gummer is starring as her daughter. Needless to say, it’s going to be worthwhile to check out these two act alongside each other onscreen.

Here are five things we can expect from Ricki and the Flash:

  • Lots of family drama. The core of this film ultimately seems to be the relationship between the mother and daughter—too bad it’s not being released this Mother’s Day. (I’ll probably see it with my mother anyway.)
  • Meryl Streep makes out with young Sebastian Stan!! GEEEET IT GIRL!
  • Diablo Cody has a knack for writing some pretty memorable one-liners. Looking forward to Streep’s portrayal of rocker Ricki. In the trailer Ricki talks about growing gray hairs, saying: “Some day you’re going to wake up and find a grey hair and I don’t mean on your head.” *chuckle chuckle*
  • An original song titled “Cold One” written by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice, performed by (duh) Meryl Streep. OMFG! (Rick Springfield also stars in this movie.) What if this gets nominated for an Oscar and Meryl has her Country Strong moment performing at the Oscars?
  • A stern and preppy Kevin Kline playing Ricki’s ex-husband who’s now married to a different woman (Audra McDonald).

Check out the trailer below:

 

Blast From the Past: 10 Great Films from 1962 to Watch Right Now

From Agnès Varda and Stanley Kubrick to François Truffaut and John Frankenheimer, here are 10 great films from 1962 to enjoy right now.

LOLITA, dir. Stanley Kubrick

The classic (and controversial) Vladimir Nabokov novel was adapted into Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 picture and remains a provocative film after all these years. A middle-aged man (Peter Sellers) known as “Humbert Humbert” falls for the young Dolores “Lolita” Haze (Sue Lyons, who won a Golden Globe for “Most Promising Newcomer”) under the roof of his hostess (Lolita’s mother) Charlotte Haze (Shelley Lyons). Because of extremely strict censorship at the time, Stanley Kubrick said he would’ve never made the film if he only knew beforehand. (The “nymphet”, as described in the film and original novel, and desired title character was played by a 14 year old Sue Lyon.) Good thing he made the film.

Available to watch on: Amazon, GooglePlay, iTunes

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, dir. Robert Aldrich

One of the most famous (and widely publicized) actress feuds occurred during the making of this 1962 cult classic that had been nominated for five Academy Awards. A wildly delusional child star known as Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) keeps her physically ill and overlooked sister (Joan Crawford), a victim of a car accident, hostage in a withering house. The Baby Jane character has been widely referenced in pop culture and there was even an Italian spinoff spoof of the film appropriately titled Whatever Happened to Baby Toto? The UK gave the film an X rating and then later an 18 rating in 1988. It wasn’t until 2004 that the film was resubmitted earning it a 12 rating. It’s become considered “camp” and “black comedy” because of its devious performances and high drama so if that’s your forte it’s essential to view.

Available to watch on: VUDU, GooglePlay, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, dir. John Frankenheimer

John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate was released at a crucial moment in American history when the Cuban Missile Crisis was going full-throttle. Frank Sinatra stars as Maj. Bennett Marco, a U.S. platoon who suffers horrifying nightmares about the Korean War, creating suspicions of a brainwashed Staff Seargant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) whose been credited for saving the other soldiers’ lives when held hostage Manchuria in Communist China. The conspiracy begins to escalate as the future of America’s people is threatened and it’s a taut suspense tale.The film’s political horror still resonates and was later remade by famed director Jonathan Demme and starred Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber as the two main leads. May I also add Meryl Streep plays the controlling mother behind the brainwashed Sergeant?

Available to watch on: Netflix DVD 

JULES AND JIM dir. François Truffaut

 

Set during WWI, Truffaut’s masterpiece Jules and Jim chronicles a most difficult love triangle involving a French bohemian named Jim (Henri Serre), an Austrian named Jules (Oskar Werner), and a woman named Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), later married to Jules. Time Magazine named the film’s soundtrack one of the “10 best soundtracks” in the “All Time 100 Movies List” thanks to the eloquent work by composer Georges Delerue. A major ode to the bohemian lifestyle, Jules and Jim is also a milestone in the French New Wave. Its use of newsreel footage, dolly shots, voiceover usage, and freeze frames are utilized for the film.

Available to watch on: Amazon, iTunes

KNIFE IN THE WATER, dir. Roman Polanski

Before there was Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion, Polanski had his first feature film Knife in the Water nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards. A married couple invites a hitchhiker to join them on their sailing journey resulting in rivalry and suspicions. The film was shot in Poland and the difficulty of shooting on water aboard a ship left the crew limited with space (the film crew had to use safety harnesses as they were hanging on the side of the boat).

Available to watch on: Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, dir. Blake Edwards

My name is Joe Clay. I’m an alcoholic. Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick star in this eye-opening tale of a relationship dwindled by the omnipresence of alcohol. At a time when the organization Alcoholics Anonymous was just becoming more prevalent and alcohol abuse was on the rise, the film’s depiction of a tumultuous relationship shook audiences. It was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Actress and Best Actor. The film’s theme song won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Days of Wine and Roses is a cautionary tale that showcases these two lead actors’ incredible talents.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes

IVAN’S CHILDHOOD, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky 

Based on a short story written in 1957 by Vladimir Bogomolov, Ivan’s Childhood follows a young orphan named Ivan and his life set against the backdrop of WWII. It was also one of the very few Soviet films, alongside The Cranes Are Flying and Ballad of a Soldier, that expressed a strong sympathy for its characters amidst the war rather than “glorify the war experience”. Ivan’s Childhood won the Golden Lion award at the annual Venice Film Festival. Filmmakers Ingmar Bergman, Krzystof Kieslowski, and Sergei Parajanov have credited the film as a major influence.

Available to watch on: Amazon, Hulu, iTunes

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, dir. Agnès Varda

In Paris, a pop star named Cleo (Corrine Marchand) wanders the streets of Paris as she awaits her medical results. The film’s been noted for its bizarre structure (its precise timing as we follow the story), symbols (mirrors are throughout the film reflecting self-obsession) and its themes that include existentialist questions seen through the feminine perspective of its title character. The film was entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.

Available to watch on: Hulu

MAMMA ROMA, dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini

The emotional centerpiece of Mamma Roma is a relationship between a mother and son. The mother, Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani), is trying to make ends meet by selling vegetables and being a prostitute. Her sixteen-year old son named Ettore (Ettore Garofolo) discovers his mother is a prostitute and the maternal bond is threatened. Anna Magnani is incredible in this Pasolini film, a landmark in Italian cinema that introduced provocative ideas.

Available to watch on: Hulu

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, dir. Robert Mulligan

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird had its revival onscreen with hot Hollywood actor Gregory Peck’s Oscar winning performance starring as Atticus Finch, the town lawyer of (fictional) Maycomb, Alabama, who takes on the case of a convicted black man accused of rape. The film’s poignancy relies heavily on great direction and top-notch performances that make the film a classic to be viewed over and over again.

Available to watch on: iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

Hear Britney Spears and Iggy Azealia’s New Collab ‘Pretty Girls’

Collaborations have always been crucial for the creative industry. After the Paul McCartney, Rihanna, and Kanye West moment earlier this year, now we have a new track adjoining Britney Spears and Iggy Azealia giving homage to all the pretty girls in the world.

The current album artwork, referencing the 80s cult classic Earth Girls Are Easy starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, depicts Miss Britney Spears surfing on a rocket and Iggy Azealia all femme-bot in a bubble in outer space.

The feedback from enthusiastic fans has been generally positive as many people took to Twitter expressing their heightened ecstacy. It’s apparent that both female artists are excited about the new collaboration as well. Britney has said that there will be “more surprises” to come and tweeted, “Thank you all for the amazing feedback on #PrettyGirls!! Going to bed now with a smile on my face. Have more surprises coming soon!”

As if that’s not making fans excited enough, the two will be premiering their live performance of “Pretty Girls” on May 17 at 8 PM E.T. for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Then there’s the music video. What will it be? The superstars were spotted being filmed in California and apparently it’s going to be very 80s. AHHHHH!!

Please tell me that Jeff Goldblum will be making a cameo. Pleasssse!!!!

Listen below:

10 Fabulous New York Women Style Icons We Love

Iris Apfel

Photo courtesy of Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

One of our all-time favorite style icons Iris Apfel has her documentary debut premiering this week. Famed documentarian Albert Maysles has given us Iris, an exclusive look back on the life of a pioneering woman and crucial New York figure. This brings us to another list of ten fabulous women to recognize that have had a tremendous impact on our favorite city: New York.

Eleanor Lambert

Eleanor Lambert founded the International Best Dressed List, New York Fashion Week, and was the first press director for the Whitney Museum of American Art. If that’s not enough for you to consider this woman fabulous I just don’t what is. The CDFA even created “The Eleanor Lambert Award”, which recognizes a “unique contribution to the world of fashion and/or deserves the industry’s special recognition.”

Pat(ricia) Buckley

Pat Buckley served as the chairwoman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit from 1978 until 1995, an obvious social hoopla. Her charitable efforts involved helping with the AIDS epidemic, Vietnam War veterans, and medical centers. Known for her wickedly dark sense of humor, Pat Buckley’s style was very hard to forget.

Brooke Astor

Brooke Astor was a major name in the city of New York that some could have even called her the unofficial first lady. Spending millions of dollars to help those who were impoverished, Astor was a philanthropist. Her social milieu and aristocratic lifestyle were beyond what many could fathom. As her estate and wealth grew into the hundreds of millions she was often quoting Dolly Levi in Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker” saying, “Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around.” The 90s were her time out and about, often spotted sitting right next to the host decked out in diamonds. Fab!

Nan Kempner

Some like to shop until they drop…It could’ve been said for Nan Kempner, originally born in San Francisco but later a predominant New York socialite that had a strong taste for charity, couture clothing, and art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute even held an exhibition of all that fabulous couture she owned after all her years. Diana Vreeland, also on this list, once said, “There are no chic women in America. The one exception is Nan Kempner.”

Babe Paley

Starting in 1938, Babe Paley started as a fashion editor for Vogue magazine, where she had already been noticed for her high-profile image. She lived in the St. Regis (where interior designer Billy Baldwin did some work) and spent weekends at Kiluna Farm on a sprawling 80 acres in Manhasset, Long Island. (There was plenty of gardening, trust.) Fourteen times she had been positioned as the best-dressed in the Fashion Hall of Fame. Fourteen times! Even Truman Capote, along with style icon Slim Keith, were close friends. Babe supported fashion like no other, often buying entire haute couture collections from major fashion houses such as Givenchy.

Caroline Astor

Caroline Astor was definitely a primadonna, having a strong distaste for “railroad money” (new money), often excluding people she deemed inferior, and holding grand ballroom events at her Newport, Rhode Island mansion that catered to “the 400” socialites of the moment. She’s kind of the Regina George of this list but you can’t deny the power she had over New York City, making her ultimately fabulous. Her husband, William Backhouse Astor, wasn’t particularly fond of her social gatherings, which just made her act upon them even more.

Carmen Dell’Orefice

First on the cover of Vogue at age 15 and then many, many years later still appearing in fashion campaigns, Miss Carmen Dell’Orefice is truly fabulous, making her the oldest living person still modeling. Get it girl! When Carmen turned 80 years old in June 2011, the University of the Arts London held a retrospective exhibition that was curated by one of her long-time friend David Downton, an illustrator, featuring her personal collections of archives and numerous Vogue covers.

Diana Vreeland

Perhaps the most recognized fashion columnist and editor was Miss Diana Vreeland. Born in Paris, France, Vreeland’s own mother was a socialite herself (Emily Key Hoffman). She came to America when WWI had its outbreak and enrolled in dancing school, where she later performed in Anna Pavlova’s Gavotte. Her impact on the fashion industry, influencing too many to count, can be recognized in the documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, which you can watch on Google Play, VUDU, iTunes, and YouTube. WATCH IT!

Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick is the “It girl” of this list (Vogue named her a “Youthquaker” ). She came to New York City from California and when she met Andy Warhol her life was forever changed. Her objective was to become a fashion model when she arrived to the East Coast. Everything changed when she met Andy at a dinner party held at an apartment by Lester Persky. Suddenly, she became a star, style icon, and social butterfly because of starring in Warhol’s films that were shot at his factory. When Sedgwick became an outsider from the Warhol circle, she later moved to the Chelsea hotel, where she met Bob Dylan. Her tragic end left an impact on many and inspired the film Factory Girl.

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry is the rock and roll queen. When she came onto the scene, regularly attending famed nightclub Studio 54, many began to notice her fierce style, often incorporating it into music videos and televised looks. She had also been working as a Playboy bunny and got involved with Andy Warhol, along with many other socialites, while she’d attend parties at Max’s Kansas City. Her solo music career and band Blondie was fashionably trendy and she took an acting career path as well, following the likes of David Cronenberg and John Waters. She’s a crucial rock and roll New York icon; thus, Dirty Harry is officially on this list of fabulous (and fashionable) women.

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Blast From the Past: 10 Great Films From 1961 to Watch Now

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1961 was quite a year. West Side Story won Best Picture, Elvis Presley starred in Blue Hawaii and Wild in the Country, JFK became the president, and technicolor was alive in all its beautiful glory. Let’s take a look back on 10 great films from ’61 that you can enjoy from the comfort of home.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, dir. Blake Edwards

Moooooon river. How fabulous was Holly Golightly? Loosely based on Truman Capote’s novella, the classic tale features a charming (and unforgettable) performance from leading lady Audrey Hephburn, whose portrayal of a New York sociality is beyond whimsical and yet enchanting. George Peppard stars as the love interest, Paul Varjak. The film won two Oscars for Best Original Score and (duh) Best Original Song for “Moon River”, which was recognized by the American Film Institute as the fourth most memorable song in Hollywood history.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, M-Go, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, dir. Alain Resnais

A film such as Last Year at Marienbad feels like a dream—it’s beautiful, meandering, and entirely mysterious. Critics were divided upon its release: some hailed it as a masterpiece and others labeled it “incomprehensible.” As transfixing as it is alluring, the film’s constantly moving and mischievous cinematography is masterful. The question of the film is whether a man and a woman met “last year” at a chateau in Marienbad. The rest is visceral and unconventional storytelling that even filmmaker Peter Greenway has cited as being the most important influence in terms of filmmaking. Watch Blur’s music video for “To The End” after you’re done watching the movie. 😉

Available to watch on: Hulu Plus, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play, YouTube

101 DALMATIONS, dir. Clyde Geronomi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske

Apart from Miss Ursula from The Little Mermaid101 Dalmatians‘ Cruella De Vil is my favorite villainess in a Disney film. This film was the 17th animated feature to emerge from Walt Disney Animated Classics Series. Before 101 Dalmatians was even made, Sleeping Beauty had been box-office failure the previous year. It was then decided that a more approachable (and inexpensive) technique of animation would be introduced: xerography during the process of inking and painting traditional animation cels. The classic family film has been reissued at the theaters four time (1969, 1979, 1985, and 1991).

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, dir. Elia Kazan

Famed writer William Emge wrote Splendor in the Grass, the tale of a man struggling with unrequited love and heartbreak, and won an Oscar at the 1962 Academy Awards. Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty star as the two star-crossed lovers in high school. The title is taken from a line in a poem William Wordsworth wrote. It read:

“What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind…”

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes

A RAISIN IN THE DUN,  dir. Donald Petrie

Lorraine Hansberry’s titled play was envisioned and brought to the screen by Donald Petrie (Sybil) in 1961. This heart-wrenching story of a family striving for their American dream, amidst prejudices against them, features an absolutely riveting performance by the lead Sidney Poiter. It was met with great reception as it had been nominated for the prestigious Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, dir. William Wyler

Audrey Hephburn had quite a year in 1961. Alongside Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which premiered in the fall of 61, The Children’s Hour came out just two months later. Shirley MacLaine won a Golden Globe for her performance as one of the two schoolteachers accused of being lesbians by a troubled student and whose every aspect of life becomes more difficult amongst the local community. The film was based on the original play written by Lillian Hellman. Though the film only grossed a low 2.5 million dollars critics were favorable of the two lead performances by these grand actresses.

Available to watch on: Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube

THE INNOCENTS, dir. Jack Clayton

If you’re a fan of horror films like The Sixth Sense, The Others, or even The Woman in Black, you must give The Innocents a look. After all, the film’s inspired by the classic Henry James tale “The Turn of the Screw”. What could possibly go wrong with two children, a haunted mansion, and a well-dressed governess (Deborah Kerr)? It’s one of the earliest films that pushed “psychological horror” as it didn’t rely so heavily on the shocks and its use of lighting was cleverly crafted. It also had synthesized electronic sound (generated by Daphne Oram)for the cinemas, which was groundbreaking.

Available to watch on: YouTube

YOJIMBO,  dir. Akira Kurosawa


1860. The near end of the Tokugawa shogunate era. Kurosawa regular Toshiro Mifune stars as a rōnin arriving in a small town divided by two competing crime lords. The catch? Both sides hire the newly arrived outsider as a personal bodyguard. Kurosawa claimed that the 1942 film noir classic The Glass Key was a beneficial source for the film’s plot. Film theorists point to other films. Sergio Leone later remade the film. That film was A Fistful of Dollars, which was released just three years later. Oh Hollywood! Always remaking…

Available to watch on: HuluPlus, Amazon, iTunes, VeOh (for free)

LA NOTTE, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni

The follow-up to L’Avventura and second installment of Antonioni’s trilogy is La Notte. Just like L’Avventura, the film stars Marcello Mastroianni and, yes, the one and only Monica Vitti. This time Antonioni focuses on the day of a life of a married couple whose relationship, filled with lack of care and infidelities, is withering away. Stanley Kubrick has listed the film as one of his top ten favorite movies—obviously, he had great taste.

Available to watch on: HuluPlus, Amazon, iTunes

JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, dir. Stanley Kramer


Coinciding with the real-life Adolf Eichmann trial, Judgment at Nuremberg explores a heated trial of four Nazi judges convicted for their war crimes. The film was actually inspired by Judges’ Trial before the Nuremberg Military Tribunal in 1947. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won for Best Actor (Maximilian Schell) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Abby Mann). The film won against West Side Story (also nominated for 11 Oscars and winner of Best Picture) for the riveting screenplay that truly deserved the gold.

Available to watch on: Vudu