Film Can Save You: 8 Movies to Help You Survive an Apocalypse

As a disaster novelist, I am always on the lookout for movies or television series that depict practical survival skills. But most Hollywood productions portray people acting foolishly in the face of peril and they fail to teach any useful lessons. I can't count the number of times that I've felt like shouting at a… » 10/21/14 1:00pm 10/21/14 1:00pm

Down with Dystopia: 5 Highly Adaptable Utopian Novels

One of the most recent bizarre trends in contemporary cinema is the rise of the dystopian sci-fi flick. Sure, the "Hunger Games" films may be the most female-empowering YA franchise of all time. But anyone who reads the news already knows the world is in trouble. Do we really need a new movie every week to remind us… » 10/06/14 3:52pm 10/06/14 3:52pm

What If Lena Dunham Remade Nora Ephron's 'Heartburn'?

In the last few years, rarely has a week gone by without Lena Dunham in the headlines. But unlike many of her peers, Dunham doesn't score buzz for celebrity feuds, leaked sex tapes, or alleged stints in rehab. Instead, the Oberlin-educated actress, producer, director, and writer is largely known for her clever quips,… » 10/01/14 9:47am 10/01/14 9:47am

Banned to the Big Screen: 10 Great Banned Books Adaptations

Ah, Banned Books Week. It's that week in Autumn that is welcomed into the open arms of readers everywhere, readers who cherish this celebration of freedom of speech — and freedom of the written word. We've talked about banned books-turned-movies before, but it's been a while. So herewith, ten more great movie… » 9/24/14 4:26pm 9/24/14 4:26pm

The Essential Doctor Who Midseason Check-in

Back in 2010, before an interview with then-star Matt Smith, Craig Ferguson summarized Doctor Who as "the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism." Four years later and a third of the way through the eighth rebooted series of "Doctor Who," where do we stand with Peter Capaldi's incarnation? » 9/16/14 2:31pm 9/16/14 2:31pm

On Tracks and Mia Wasikowska with Robyn Davidson, 'Camel Lady'

In the 1970s, Aussie Robyn Davidson, then in her twenties, moved to Alice Springs. She had set out a plan for herself that would take her clear across the Outback, accompanied by a few camels she had yet to train. Here is where we meet Robyn in her memoir, Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian… » 9/16/14 9:44am 9/16/14 9:44am

Unmasked Crusaders: 5 Reasons Stars Do Superhero Movies

Here's a surprise: "Guardians of the Galaxy," the latest movie dispatch from the Marvel Universe, is great fun. Unlike such steroidal fare as "The Avengers" films, it doesn't take itself too seriously, perhaps because it is directed by James Gunn, who is best known for micro-budget indies that send up genre flicks… » 8/01/14 10:41am 8/01/14 10:41am

The Age Gap Is Getting Old: Fading Magic in the Moonlight

Though not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, "Magic in the Moonlight" is one of Woody Allen's slightest efforts in quite a while. Its central star is the French countryside where it is based, with a distant second played by Colin Firth as an ill-tempered illusionist and Emma Stone as a comely medium who… » 7/25/14 12:15pm 7/25/14 12:15pm

The 7 Big 'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Deviations

From the very first episode, HBO's "Game of Thrones" has had to walk the difficult tightrope between being as faithful as possible to its source material, George R. R. Martin's acclaimed fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, and creating a worthwhile series for TV audiences that could stand on its own. That, like… » 6/16/14 11:49am 6/16/14 11:49am

Your Guide to 2014's Comic Book Movies and Source Material

It may seem hard to believe, but not that long ago (the mid-nineties) films adapted from comic books were pretty nonexistent (blame George Clooney). But since Hollywood discovered that the general movie-going public (and not just comic book fans) will actually pay to see characters and storylines from comics on the… » 5/27/14 4:12pm 5/27/14 4:12pm

5 Deeply Unsettling Movie Scenes You Can't Un-See

Editor's Note: Jonathan Moore is a Hawaii-based author whose first novel, Redheads, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. His second novel, Close Reach, is now available. We asked Jonathan to talk to us about the most unsettling movie scenes he's ever seen. Here's what he came up with. » 5/13/14 1:42pm 5/13/14 1:42pm

The Great Summer Movie Preview of 2014

With "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swinging into theaters over the weekend to the tune of $91.6 million in grosses, it's glaringly obvious that summer (according to Hollywood's calendar) is officially here. Now that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's teenaged webslinger has once again wrecked New York City, it's time to turn our… » 5/07/14 10:37am 5/07/14 10:37am

Could There Be a Male Equivalent to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

As we inch toward another spring, we collectively face the unfortunate (or, for some of us, mouth-watering) prospect of yet another MPDG. Yes, of course, it's the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," still making waves even as she enters second grade. In the mere space of seven fruitful years, our favorite twenty-first century… » 4/17/14 2:55pm 4/17/14 2:55pm

When Girls Kick Ass: On the Unlikely Success of 'Divergent'

"Divergent," the adaptation released last week of the bestselling dystopian YA novel, is no great shakes. It is faithful enough to the book - capturing protagonist Tris' radicalization in a post-war Chicago divided into factions based upon personality traits - but doesn't work well unto itself. Drawn out, and even… » 3/28/14 12:38pm 3/28/14 12:38pm

So You Loved 'True Detective': 7 Books to Un-break Your Heart

Eight episodes watched carefully and closely (and possibly repeatedly); recaps read religiously; season two rumors explored frenetically; BuzzFeed gif lists aggregated and shared obsessively. "True Detective" season one has come to its conclusion - so now what? » 3/14/14 12:06pm 3/14/14 12:06pm

3 TV Shows We're Ready to See Resurrected -- And How to Do It

ABC may have just started airing its new series "Resurrection," but rebirth has been a staple of television almost since its inception. "Veronica Mars," a high school noir that ran for three seasons (2004-07) on UPN, is just the latest to manage an unlikely reincarnation. Kristen Bell starred in the original series as… » 3/14/14 12:00pm 3/14/14 12:00pm

10 Essential Screenwriting Tips from 2014 Oscar Nominees

This year's best adapted screenplay nominees couldn't be more of a jumble if Academy ballots were stuffed inside a Magic Bullet juicer. There's the solitary-writer-in-a-room model of "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Captain Phillips," and "Twelve Years a Slave" versus the Hollywood Game Night-style team behind "Philomena."… » 2/19/14 11:33am 2/19/14 11:33am

5 Moviemaking Moments That Surprised The Maze Runner's James Dashner

Editor's Note: This fall, James Dashner's dystopian novel of a place called The Glade, in which a young man named Thomas wakes up in a world surrounded by an unsolvable maze, will land in theaters. Dashner's story spans three books – The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure, as well as its prequel, The… » 1/16/14 3:40pm 1/16/14 3:40pm