movie night

Black Mirror's Christmas Special Imagines Blocking People In Real Life 

Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s brilliant techno-dystopian anthology series, has both three-episode seasons available to stream on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a worthwhile but disturbing holiday binge. And now there’s a new addition to the unsettling show: A 90-minute holiday special called “White Christmas” starring Jon Hamm debuted yesterday.


Don't Forget All The Atypical Christmas Films This Holiday Season

A Christmas Story? It’s a Wonderful Life? Miracle of on 34th street? C’mon, we can do better than that.


Watch Freaks And Geeks, An Awesome Show From A More Peaceful Time

Remember Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived teen comedy produced by Judd Apatow before you knew who Judd Apatow was? The show starred Seth Rogen and James Franco some 15 years before the pair would help spark the international cyber-clusterfuck we know as the Sony Hacks. Forget about the hackers and just watch the show.


Tron Inspired Disney To Make This Psychedelic Movie About Computer Art

There was something undeniably awesome about Disney in the early 1980s. The company was expanding its theme parks in Flordia with EPCOT, a shrine to technological innovation. Meanwhile, a bunch of young kids sort of got left unattended at the studio. The result? Movies like Tron.


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.