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Trailers for Some of My Favorite Cult Classics

From magnificent treasures, to movies so bad that they’re good, here are the trailers to some of my all-time favorite cult classics! What are yours? Be sure to share your recommendations in the comment section below. ūüôā Labyrinth¬†(dir. Jim Henson, 1986) Wet Hot American Summer¬†(dir. David Wain, 2001) Office Space¬†(dir. Mike Judge, 1999) The Big Lebowski¬†(dir. Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Troll 2¬†(dir. Claudio Fragasso, 1990) The Breakfast Club¬†(dir. John Hughes, 1985) Easy Rider¬†(dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969) Harold and Maude¬†(dir. Hal Ashby, 1971) Hausa¬†(dir.¬†Nobuhiko √Ēbayashi, 1977) The Room¬†(dir. Tommy Wiseau, 2003) What are some of your favorite cult classics?

‘Under The Gun’: Examining the Gun Debate

Last week I had the chance to attend the Los Angeles premiere of¬†Under the Gun, directed by Stephanie Soechtig and executive produced by Katie Couric. The film examines America’s complex gun problem, from Sandy Hook to the streets of Chicago, and takes aim at the gun show loophole and the country’s most powerful lobby, the National Rifle Association. Although the documentary certainly leans left, the film also gives a voice to gun advocates who hold their right to bear arms dearly. Under the Gun¬†concludes with a positive outlook and a common thread: though we may disagree about guns, we’re¬†(mostly) in agreement that they should stay out of the wrong hands. On January 8th, 2011 my Congressional Representative, Gabby Giffords, and 18 others were shot at a grocery store in Tucson, AZ. Six people died. Every Tucsonan was devastated, and the memory of that day will always remain with me. Under the Gun¬†begins in Tucson with Gabby, who is alive, but dealing with the effects of her brain injury¬†every day. She is a fighter and an …

Gender & Representation

A couple of years ago I stumbled across¬†Miss Representation¬†on Netflix, and after reading the film’s description, I decided to give it a watch. The documentary, which examines how women are represented in the media, is a must see for all. I credit the film for solidifying¬†my interest in studying how representation (or rather misrepresentation or lack there of) in media both reflects and shapes¬†our society. I’d argue that media has the ability to inform and influence change more than anything in our culture. And because of the impact of images in film and television, media makers have a special responsibility to be conscious of their influence and power. Now on Netflix is a new documentary from¬†The Representation Project,¬†The Mask You Live In, which analyzes¬†American masculinity and the mounting pressures of manhood. I had the chance to watch this documentary with my boyfriend, and afterwards, as we often do when we watch a film together, we debriefed. It¬†was especially¬†insightful to hear his stories of bullying, the pressure to “be a man”, and the complexity of male …

Watch ‘The Wolfpack’ – A Mesmerizing Documentary That’s Available on Netflix

Directed by Crystal Moselle, The Wolfpack¬†journey’s into the secluded lives¬†of six brothers who had non-traditional upbringings, characterized by a severe lack of connection to the outside world.¬†In order to escape the confines of their¬†Lower East Side Manhattan apartment (which some years, they didn’t leave at all), the brothers watched and recreated their favorite movies.¬†The Wolfpack¬†is an exceptional documentary¬†about extraordinary young filmmakers¬†who¬†harnessed their oppression as a means of creative power. They maybe grew up¬†sheltered, but their intelligence¬†and appetite for creation seems to outshine the effects of their seclusion.¬†To see the world through their eyes – at times lost, sometimes disillusioned,¬†but above all,¬†hopeful – is a gift unto itself. The Wolfpack, which is available on Netflix, is an absolute must-see film. It embodies so much of what I love about documentaries; not only are the viewers allowed a glimpse into the peculiar lives of “The Wolfpack” and their family, but we are given, if briefly, a chance to rediscover the outside world and bask in its infinite¬†possibilities. After you watch¬†The Wolfpack, be sure to check out¬†their short …

Watch the Inspiring Trailer for ‘He Named Me Malala’

Emotional¬†films often bring tears to my eyes, but only the most touching previews¬†are capable of¬†doing so. The trailer for¬†He Named Me Malala¬†is one of those rarities. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist fighting for education rights for girls and young women, is both a survivor of an assassination attempt and the and youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. Like millions of people across the globe, I look up to her strength and courage immensely, and am in awe of all she has accomplished thus far. Please share the trailer for He Named Me Malala¬†and be sure to see it when¬†it hits theaters in October. And if you’re interested, visit the¬†Malala Fund¬†to find out how you can make a difference.

House // Hausu

Sometimes I like to indulge in ultra-bizarro films. The Room¬†and¬†Troll 2¬†remain two of my favorite B-movies, but House¬†(or¬†Hausu) takes the cake for the strangest film¬†I’ve ever seen.¬†It’s dark, weird, violent, and absolutely hilarious. So if you like indulging in the unorthodox, give this 1977 Japanese cult classic a chance and let me know what you think. And as always, please share your B-movie and cult classic¬†suggestions below. I need more weirdness in my life!

Bob Marley Honored with Year Long Celebration for His 70th Birthday

Bob Marley’s music has inspired those young and old from all over the world for decades. Even 31 years after his death, he remains an icon whose music and spirituality continues to influence¬†people to this day.¬†This year he would have turned 70 years-old. In honor of his legacy, the Marley family will¬†be commemorating¬†his work with a year-long celebration of his music and global influence. Throughout the year Universal Music Group will be working with the Marley family to¬†share unreleased material to the public. The first release is¬†Bob Marley & The Wailers –¬†Easy Skanking in Boston ’78.¬†The footage was shot by a fan who was given permission by Marley to sit at the front of the stage, and has remained with the Marley family until now. Because the concert was shot with film and the cinematographer needed to change the roles during the show, there are gaps in the footage that have been replaced with beautifully animation while the audio continues to play. Easy Skanking in Boston ’78¬†will be¬†available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD and in …

Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

Negative criticism is fun to write. It leaves us with an air of self-satisfaction, and from the safety our position accords, it allows us to poke fun at someone else‚Äôs vision; an opportunity we grasp at as critics. But to fall in love with a film is the greatest treasure offered by cinema. It’s the mesmerizing and enchanting feeling that leaves us spellbound and in awe, and is¬†what drives us to continue to watch films. No such negative criticism should be embellished upon Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama, for it’s¬†a peerless effort that stands alone. Boyhood follows the story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age five to eighteen, where we live and breathe his experiences from boyhood through adolescence. We see him¬†bicker often¬†with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), and join him right through his relatable teenage episodes that seem as real as the grooves in the palms of your hands. Filmed over twelve years, and lovingly sutured together, Richard Linklater’s vision transforms into reality. It’s almost as if we are offered snippets of Ellar Coltrane’s life …

Roger Ebert & ‘Life Itself’

I don’t want to review a film¬†when I know I won’t do it justice. I particularly don’t want to review a film when I know I won’t do it justice and it’s about the most well known film critic¬†in American history. So just heed my advice and go see Life Itself. Somehow, being the emotional individual that I am, I found myself teary eyed within the first 30 seconds. It’s truly a wonderful viewing experience. Go. If¬†Life Itself isn’t playing at a theater near you, it’s now available on iTunes.