August 5th, 2011
09:43 AM ET
The pursuit of happiness, a clever phrase, actually referred to our founding fathers’ affinity for their bank accounts.
As we've seen this week in Congress, our ability to access cash has been woven into the fabric of our Constitution. So this week, we're taking a look at movies about money, the lengths we'll go to acquire it, and the curse it can carry along with it.
I think this top five is pretty money, but as always, leave your own list in the comments!
July 29th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
Amy Winehouse’s passing is a reminder that so many music industry legends leave us too soon. For sad and mysterious reasons, it seems that many can’t make it past their 27th birthday.
Luckily, their stories are still with us in their music and, for some, also on film.
A few movies on this week’s list include rock bio pics. These have a pretty standard formula: The movies introduce the subjects before they were celebrities, and follow them as they rocket to fame and fortune. In many cases, their lives either spiral out of control or result in some sort of tragedy (i.e. a first class ticket to rehab, an organ transplant candidacy, or an abusive relationship).
What are you favorite Rock n’ Rollas? Here’s mine:
July 22nd, 2011
10:17 AM ET
Bicycles will overrun the Champs-Élysées this weekend in Paris as the world’s most prestigious and grueling road race concludes its three week journey across France on Sunday.
For many Americans, the Tour De France is as foreign a subject as Francois Truffaut but the two share something in common. Both bike races and bike movies are perfect to enjoy without moving a muscle.
You may notice that the majority of films on this week’s list were released in the early '80s. Thankfully, our culture’s apathy in cycling recently came to an end, simply because of a little yellow bracelet.
July 15th, 2011
09:26 AM ET
Fanatical moviegoers dressed in Hogwarts garb have been standing in line today, casting charms like "ACCIO Milk Duds" while waiting for Harry Potter's final chapter.
As a tribute to the spell that J.K. Rowling has cast on the kid in all of us, today's list delves into our favorite whimsical stories. These could include pure fantasies, movies with heroic children or child-like hobbits, and adventures that explore the development and use of magic. If you prefer, just tell us what films you find simply magical for whatever reason.
Don’t be hasty with your picks. Give it some thought and approach your list as Hermione would prepare for the O.W.L.’s.
July 8th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
[Editor's Note: If you're just joining us, Friday’s Top Five is when we boil down your favorite pop culture gems into a quintessential list of all lists. The topic will vary from week to week depending on what’s going on in the world. We may end up with “the stuff that dreams are made of” or maybe just a great coffee table book. At the very least, we'll have fun kicking off the weekend by wasting some time...I mean, helping to contribute to this interactive conversation.]
Today marks the end of an era in space exploration. NASA’s iconic shuttle program will have one final lift-off. It seems the future of space travel will now rely on taking commercial steps for mankind and probably charging extra for luggage. Nevertheless, there’s another form of space travel that’s been around and affordable for generations.
Movies have been launching armchair astronauts into space for more than 100 years. Georges Méliès, a motion picture pioneer, took audiences on their first sci-fi voyage with 1902's “A Trip to the Moon” long before the Cold War’s Space Race.
July 1st, 2011
09:45 AM ET
Holidays just aren’t complete until you veg out on the couch while watching a movie marathon. These cinematic siestas not only provide down time between festivities and the well-intentioned gorge fest, but they also give us the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.
For many, the Fourth of July has become known for hot dogs, transporting illegal fireworks over state lines, and sporty outfits in red, white, and blue. Nevertheless, fifth grade social studies taught us that the American Revolution was actually about rebellion against tyranny and victory over seemingly insurmountable odds.
To help celebrate Independence Day, tell us what movies will make your holiday list and best embody the spirit of revolution. If you don't want to dwell on dissent, your favorite patriotic films will also suffice. Let the fireworks begin!
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