Our film critics didn't come away from Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar with much praise, but it did get us thinking about other flicks -- epics, comedies, and truly weird classics -- set in or about the great beyond. Below are our 25 favorite space movies since the Big Bang.
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The Sound of Music is a perfect movie, no matter what Christopher Plummer has been muttering for decades. It happens to be sweeping, enchanting, funny, adorable, and scary--the perfect mix of puppets, moppets, and Nazis. And now that it's been announced to come to TV in a whole new version, I want ... More >>
If you look that up, you'll generally find a list that includes a bunch of recent films, both animated and comic bookish, and all very large and loud. But boxofficemojo.com took the time to adjust all the domestic grosses for inflation, so this list that they posted is way more accurate. And sudde ... More >>
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For some reason, creative visionaries have felt emboldened to spill their deep, dark admiration for Adolf Hitler in public lately. First, designer John Galliano was ruined for screaming such thoughts at someone he felt deserved to be in an oven. And now, filmmaker Lars von Trier has been ba ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 20, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 16 films in focus By Andrew Sarris The 44th annual festivities of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began with a whimper and ended with a bang, demonstrating that, among other things, Oscar ... More >>
Speechifying on Broadway, plus plenty of cussing and discussing
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 16, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 16 Films in Focus by Andrew Sarris OSCAR GOES TO COLLEGE: You could hardly recognize Oscar this year at the celebration of his 42nd birthday. After years of flaunting his nouveau riche vulgarity and grade s ... More >>
Supposedly there will be a movie made of the Broadway show Memphis, and I bet they don't use the stage cast. They hardly ever do! And I wish they would! Remember when they made a movie of Doubt two years ago and Cherry Jones didn't get the part?
What's the first movie you ever saw in an actual theater? My answer will date myself, but it's nice to date somebody. It was The Sound of Music! And I adored it! It had everything I turned out to need in a film--scenery, music, puppets, lederhosen, Julie Andrews, and Nazi hating! And I g ... More >>
Currently costarring on Broadway in the Ionesco play Exit The King, Susan Sarandon took the sly route with her bio in the Playbill. Here it is in its entirety: "Susan Sarandon is a mother, actor, and activist. She is very happy to be returning to Broadway for the first time since she appeared in th ... More >>
Even the greatest Oscar-winning epic can be improved with a little tweaking. In fact, whenever I watch my favorite works of world cinema, I'm still bugged by storylines that should have come out differently, for chrissake. For example:
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