“I never understood that expression— ‘Have your cake and eat it too,’” director Neil LaBute said last week, munching on a jam-covered bagel at French Roast on the Upper West Side. “It doesn’t make any sense. Who wouldn’t want to eat the cake they ordered? Who wants to go through the trouble, or keeps going through the trouble, all the time? Orders a cake and then is like, ‘No, thanks, I can’t have any’?” Read More
Given up yet? No, it’s not that all three films were described by Rex Reed as “a genre-bending tour de force.” These movies, along with 22 others, were just inducted into the National Film Registry, which chooses a select 25 films a year to preserve in case of an apocalyptic scenario, for the aliens to find in a time capsule when they discover the scorched earth of this planet and wonder what our society worshiped as gods. As The Week noted, Librarian of Congress James M. Billington has said that these 600-plus films are not “the best American films of all time,” but are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to Americans.
And yet The Big Lebowski is not even on there! Check out the full list below, along with clips of the features. Read More
Whenever a news organization, blog, or what have you comes out with a “definitive” list on the Internet, they do so with the knowledge that half their traffic will come from people who are furious over particular omissions or inclusions. Even something as innocuous as naming New York’s most powerful media couples (and single people!) can start a firestorm that usually ends when Henry Blodget comes up with an even more esoteric lightning rod.
So when Time Out New York did a list of the 100 best films set in New York (not filmed, mind you!), and then ranked them in order, they were essentially placing a giant Kick Me sign next to their hundreds of thousands of pageviews. Consider it life’s greatest trade-off. Or something. Read More