Cut the vagina subplot: 12 great movies made from bad books

For as long as cinema has looked to literature for inspiration, there’s been someone around to study the results and helpfully remind all of us that “the book was better.” Usually, they’re right: Moving a story from page to screen doesn’t tend to improve it, if for no other reason than the things you might love about…

None of Anne Bancroft’s spark makes it into her new biography, Anne Bancroft: A Life

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The great thing about The A.V. Club’s Random Roles feature—the guiding principle, really—is the idea that the actors below the top tier of the A list are just as deserving as any other star of having their stories told. In fact, they’re usually better sources for show biz gossip, as character actors can and usually do…

Film’s most memorable characters are here to stare at you in this short film

U.K. filmmaker Vugar Efendi establishes the agenda of “Here’s Looking At You,” his four-minute supercut of memorable cinematic moments, with this quote from Martin Scorsese: “Films that I constantly revisited, that I saw repeatedly, held up longer for me over the years not because of plot but because of character. And…

Supercut synthesizes a half-century of sizzling cinematic seduction scenes

“Woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.” So said George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a film that is curiously not represented in Robert Jones’ “A Tribute To Female Seduction,” even though the steamy (yet arguably SFW and nudity-free) YouTube supercut amply…

7 essential films demonstrate Mike Nichols’ gift for comedy and drama

Mike Nichols got his start in the theater. One could not know that and still guess it from watching his films, even the ones not based on plays. The veteran director, who died yesterday of undisclosed causes, had a long, healthy career in the movies, breaking into Hollywood in the late 1960s and continuing to produce…