A History of Cinema Awaits in this Supercut of 4th Wall-Breaking Movie Moments

Supercuts celebrating the world of film are pretty commonplace and usually dedicated to some major plot device, trope or cliché, but here’s a wonderfully diverse one that uses a theme we all recognize. Film buff Leigh Singer has made a supercut of more than 50 movies that have used breaking the fourth wall as a key device or as part of a pivotal scene. From the humorous (lots of Mel Brooks, most notably the cavalry charge onto the musical set in Blazing Saddles) to the gutting (Alex the Drooge’s haunting gaze in A Clockwork Orange), Singer’s exploration travels across era and genre. And, of course, Ferris Bueller is there, as is Rob Gordon.

As a result, what we end up with is not just a montage of variations on this device, but an homage to some of the most brilliant and memorable film moments of all time. Gems include the Marshall McLuhan scene from Annie Hall, the conversation/stereotype rattle-off from Do The Right Thing, Charlie Chaplin’s iconic speech from The Great Dictator and, one of the most chilling fourth-wall breakages of all, Anthony Perkins’ sinister smirk from the final scene of Psycho. It’s rather lengthy for a supercut, but well done and a great look at the diversity of what seems like such a simple decision. Watch the whole thing below. 

Breaking the 4th Wall Movie Supercut from Leigh Singer on Vimeo.

From Bunuel to Burton: The Best Films to See This Weekend

Well, it’s finally Friday. Either time to retire to your bed for the weekend with a stack of movies, a bottle of whiskey, and avoid the world you’ve been immersed in for the past five days—or if you’re not a misanthropic human, it’s time to indulge in a hard-earned celebration of another completed work week. But for those of you looking for a pleasant medium, a trip to the cinema to see one of your favorite old films or catching a midnight screening is always a wonderful way to spend a night. For those of you that have been anticipating, The Hobbit’s release—good for you, the day has finally come. You can now sardine yourself into theaters, throw on some 3D glasses, and hop on that journey. But if you’re in the mood for something a little different, this weekend theaters all over the city will be populating their screens with some wonderful films from Bunuelian dramas, to midnight horror shows, and even a little holiday—dare I say it—cheer. Earlier today we told you about our least favorite films of the year, but now with a slightly lighter heart, I’ve rounded up my pick of the best films showing over the weekend—so you really have no excuse to grab a pack of Twizzlers and lose your troubles in the world on the screen.


Nitehawk Cinemas
Christmas Evil (12:15am)
Kill Bill Volume 1 (12:15am)
Killing Them Softly
Edward Scissor Hands (12pm Saturday)
Marnie (11:45am Saturday)

Anthology Film Archives
Killing of a Chinese Bookie (9:15 Saturday)
Husbands (6:30)

Sunshine Landmark
Newsies (midnight)
Rust and Bone
Any Day Now

on the road
IFC Center
Alien (12:10am)
In Search of the Road (6:00pm)
On the Road (8:00pm)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (11:50pm)
They Live (12:05pm)

Film Society Lincoln Center
Ghost Graduation (8:15pm)
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (11:59pm)
Viridiana (6:15pm)

Museum of the Moving Image
Dead Ringers (6:00pm Sunday)
Children of Paradise (7:00pm today and 6:30pm Saturday)

Gremlins (6:15 and 9:15 Saturday)
Meet Me in St. Louis (2:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 9:15pm Sunday)
Never Say Never Again (6:00pm and 9:00pm)

Clearview Chelsea
Rocky Horror Picture Show (12:00am) 

Escape To The Movies This Weekend

This might just be my inner Larry David speaking, but Halloween (and most celebratory holidays like the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, etc) are usually pretty horrible. That’s not to say I dislike Halloween. On the contrary, it might be my favorite holiday, consisting of my three biggest passions in life: fear, candy, and pretending to be someone else. However, adulthood seems to mean the pressure of finding “something fun to do” and wearing a costume that will both please your aesthetic spooky sensibilities and/or entice a mate, which itself is always a waste. Anyhow, for those of you that don’t feel like finding yourself surrounded by humans but also desire not to spend another weekend drinking whiskey alone watching Eyes Without a Face in bed, here are some wonderful films being shown around the city so you can keep to yourself, while escaping from yourself. Or, you know, if you can find a person that wants to go watch Nosferatu with you at midnight, good for you.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn—12:00am (Friday and Saturday)

Ghostbusters—12:05am (Friday and Saturday)
Starship Troopers—12:00am (Friday and Saturday)

Halloween 3—12:20am (Friday and Saturday)
Cabinet Doctor Caligari—12:10am (Friday)
Island of Lost Souls—12:15pm (Saturday)
Lost Boys—12:00pm (Saturday)
Nosferatu—12:10am (Saturday)

Rocky Horror Picture Show—9:00pm, 12:00am (Friday and Saturday)
Carrie—10:00pm (Saturday)

Wolfen—11:59pm (Friday)
American Mary—9:15pm (Friday)
Dracula—2:00pm (Saturday)
The Night of the Devils—6:00pm (Saturday)

Room 237—9:15pm (Friday)


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