movie night

Celebrate Mike Nichols, Watch The Graduate

Director, comedian, and EGOT-winning badass Mike Nichols died yesterday. Nichols got his start in comedy, first as an improviser and then as part of a duo with the equally legendary Elaine May.


On Sesame Street's 45th Birthday, Watch Follow That Bird

Most of the movies I used to watch as a kid have actually held up well over time (maybe I just had boss taste as a child, but my favourite movies were Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and The Muppet Movie, and both remain amazing). One I remember loving when I was little that I didn’t think would stand the test of time was Follow That Bird. Sure, Big Bird sprang from the golden brain of Jim Henson just like the Muppets, but I figured it’d be too saccharine.


Goodbye, Lenin Imagines A World Where The Berlin Wall Never Fell

The separation of East and West Berlin is perfect fodder for tragedies. Separated families, ruined lives, dreams destroyed; the Berlin Wall remains vivid cultural shorthand for oppression for a reason. On the anniversary of its fall, I recommend watching something that celebrates the humanity of the people divided by it. 2003 German comedy Goodbye Lenin directly incorporates the death of East Germany into the narrative.


The 1993 Clinton Documentary That Showed How Elections Are Really Won

As far as political documentaries go, 1993′s The War Room stands out for showing viewers what really matters in a campaign: Not the candidate himself, but the people working behind the scenes to get him elected.


Go Car Shopping With "Click And Clack" In This 2008 Documentary

I don’t care much for cars. But even though I’m ambivalent about automobiles, I’m incredibly passionate about the hilarious radio show Car Talk. Sadly, one half of the Car Talk brothers, Tom Magliozzi, died today at 77, which sent me searching for this they made in 2008 — the first time I saw “Click and Clack” in person.


Catch Up On The Sci-Fi Culture You're Missing With Blade Runner

I have a confession to make: despite writing stuff about tech on the internet for a couple years now, and despite making poorly-worded references to it in hastily-written ledes, I’ve never actually watched Blade Runner, which is (as I am informed by my incredulous friends and colleagues) the seminal sci-fi film.


Celebrate 25 Seasons Of Treehouse Of Horror By Watching The Simpsons

Quick! Stop what you’re doing (including reading this), and go watch television history. The Simpsons will be airing the 25 instalment of a now national Halloween tradition known as Treehouse of Horror.


See The Gone Girl Before She Was Gone In An Education

Rosamund Pike kills it as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, but she isn’t an overnight sensation. Pike has been stealing scenes as a supporting actress for years, and her turn as a beautiful but not-so-smart ’60s socialite in 2009′s An Education is some of her best work.


Manakamana Captures The Entire Country Of Nepal In Just One Cable Car

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’ Manakamana isn’t a film for everyone. Labelled as experimental, it comes with the territory that this isn’t your average doc with an identifiable beginning, middle, and end. Instead Manakamana is something you’ve never seen before, and that’s why it’s worth watching.


The Imitation Game Review: A Stirring Look At Turing's Tragic Life

Alan Turing’s life story is unequivocally a tragedy. The Imitation Game, a new biopic that focuses on his accomplishments as a codebreaker during World War II, manages to recognise this while celebrating his formidable legacy.


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