October 23, 2017 • Fiction, Movies & Film
The incomparable Tilda Swinton has been on the big screen for over thirty years, bringing us characters who run the gamut from modern day mothers to fantasy ice queens, vampires and royalty, predators and angels. Her unique look and commanding presence is incredibly distinctive, yet it can be wrapped around a range of roles that most other actors would struggle to encompass. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that Swinton has brought to life multiple characters from the pages of books—so many, in fact, that we aren’t even going to list them all. Instead, we take a look at her ten best and biggest—whether blockbuster movies, starring roles, amazing adaptations, or something else that makes these literary roles worth watching.
October 23, 2017 • Fiction, Movies & Film, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Michael Crichton may be the author responsible for some of the most beloved and iconic science fiction on shelves today, but for some reason, his work hasn’t always weathered the jump to screen very well. While Jurassic Park endures as a modern classic, and Westworld is enjoying new life as a critically acclaimed HBO original series, most of Crichton’s sci-fi stumbled in the transition from page to screen. The screenplays often made sweeping changes to the stories and characters of the novels, the effects couldn’t keep up with the imaginative visuals described in the books, and talented actors were often stuck with clunky dialogue and ridiculous, nonsensical plots. Furthermore, while Crichton’s novels forced the reader to grapple with complex questions about humanity, cause and effect, communication, nature, and more, the movies rarely concerned themselves with such thoughtful reflection, retreating instead into spectacle and action and abandoning the very things that made the novels great.
However, now that special effects technology has evolved and filmmakers are increasingly making riskier, more cerebral films, perhaps we are due for a Crichton renaissance. Hollywood is already keen on revisiting many of the films and TV shows of yesteryears, so taking another cinematic swing at a few of Crichton’s novels seems like a natural next step.
October 18, 2017 • Humor, Movies & Film
There is only one man who can consistently break the Internet, and his name is Jeff Goldblum. We love him, you love him, and the Internet is crazy for him! Here are a few examples of Jeff Goldblum doing what he does best…. being his lovable self and slaying the web.
October 17, 2017 • Humor, Movies & Film, Television
Pop culture is full of leaders of all stripes, from starship captains, kings, and queens, to office managers and school principals. Some consistently inspire greatness, while others have turned slacking off and screwing up into an art form. Today we’ll take a look at some of the best – and worst – bosses that pop culture has to offer.
October 10, 2017 • Geek, Movies & Film
Halloween is right around the corner, and if you are no longer in your 20s, here’s something really scary: the ‘80s and ‘90s are now costume themes!
That’s right, this year two of the most popular themes for Halloween are the ‘80s and ‘90s, and that means almost unlimited nostalgic costume-options, no matter how you like to rock the 31st.
October 6, 2017 • Movies & Film
Mother nature has not been kind to the Latino community in recent weeks. An earthquake devastated Mexico, two major hurricanes flooded Texas and Florida, and a third deadly hurricane has left Puerto Rico destroyed and without power. And it’s Hispanic Heritage Month. So if you’ve already given to the relief efforts and you want to remind yourself of the rich Hispanic culture you are supporting, consider watching a few films based on novels by Hispanic writers. (Odd coincidence—it seems the ‘80s were a good decade for Latin novels.)