Notice: Movies

By Keith | Articles on film from the editor of Notice Magazine.

Minding the Gap Is an Extraordinary Feat of Filmmaking

The Hulu documentary by Bing Liu examines masculinity and trauma through the lens of three Illinois skateboarders.<p>The moment Bing Liu’s gifts as a filmmaker first becomes clear is about a minute and a half into <i>Minding the Gap.</i> After documenting his two friends sneaking into a parking garage, Liu …

Domestic Violence

James Dean's final days on volatile 'Giant' set with Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor investigated in new book

When George Stevens convinced three of Hollywood’s hottest stars to head over to West Texas to create a movie, he couldn’t have predicted it would result in an epic drama that ended in tragedy.<p>Don Graham, an English professor at the University of Texas, recently published a book titled “Giant: …

James Dean

How Jean-Luc Godard Liberated Cinema: A Video Essay on How the Greatest Rule-Breaker in Film Made His Name

Few can think of the very concept of the auteur without thinking of Jean-Luc Godard. That goes for those of us exhilarated by his movies, those of us …

Los Angeles

Michael Caine confirms what really happened at the end of Inception

It's been nearly 10 years since Christopher Nolan's <i>Inception</i> hit theaters, and the debate over the film's ending continues to rage on. Did dream …

Marion Cotillard

From Birth of a Nation to BlacKkKlansman: Hollywood’s complex relationship with the KKK

The movies have never quite been sure how seriously to take the Ku Klux Klan. Is it a terrorist organisation, or a glorified frat society for resentful losers who like dressing up in silly costumes? Over the decades, cinema has given us both versions, and a few more besides.<p>Incredible as its …

BlacKkKlansman

What Made Robin Williams a Uniquely Expressive Actor: A Video Essay Explores a Subtle Dimension of His Comic Genius

"He had admirers but no imitators," writes Dave Itzkoff in <i>Robin</i>, his new biography of Robin Williams. "No one combined the precise set of talents he …

Robin Williams

A Tale of Two Lolitas

Sixty years after Nabokov’s novel was published in the US, the two movie versions warrant reexamination.<p>Is Nabokov’s Lolita pornography masquerading …

Literature

Bad Science: The Fiction and the Reality of The Matrix

Seeker’s Bad Science podcast discusses how the 1999 film predicted today’s debates about AI, neurokinetics, and epistemology.<p>What if your life wasn’t …

Science Fiction

'Oral sex – and no scissoring!' How the lesbian gaze changed cinema

Google “sexiest movie lesbian scenes” and you will find a lot of tawdry thrillers. Cruel Intentions, Wild Things, Basic Instinct … hot stuff, maybe, but not the most realistic or responsible depiction of what women actually do in bed together. Think two feminine women posing for the camera, tongues …

Rachel McAdams

The Last Temptation of Christ at 30: how Scorsese's drama still soars

A few decades before Hollywood started reaping every last bit of arable intellectual property, Martin Scorsese imagined a gritty reboot of Jesus Christ. In the devout Christian’s retelling of the greatest story ever told – adapted, per a title card, from Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel and <i>not</i> the New …

Mary Magdalene

‘Madeline’s Madeline’ Is a Transcendent Movie Masterpiece

Writer-director Josephine Decker’s unique voice reverberates through the unpredictable teen drama.<p>Several minutes into her twice-eponymous film, …

Mental Disorders

Exclusive: Robert Redford announces he's retiring from acting

One last job. It’s a theme that’s powered many Hollywood crime stories. For Robert Redford, “one last job” isn’t just one of the loose themes in his …

Film Festivals

12 Old Time Facts About Risky Business

On August 5, 1983, Tom Cruise—wearing Ray-Bans and his skivvies—starred in the teen dramedy <i>Risky Business</i> and slid his way into pop culture history. …

Tom Cruise

How Charlie Kaufman Goes Deep into the Human Condition in Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Other Movies

We all remember our early encounters with the work of Charlie Kaufman, though few of us knew at the time — or even know now — that it was the work of …

Animation

15 Amazing Details That'll Make You Appreciate "Titanic" Even More

The iconic car was real!

Paramount Pictures

Animal House at 40: why the slobs v snobs comedy remains essential

At a time when cultural commentators intently comb through older works of fiction for offenses against modern mores of propriety, there’s no target fatter than Animal House.<p>The clear crowning achievement of the National Lampoon comedy madhouse, this slobs v snobs frat-off violated every available …

Codes of Conduct

'Saving Private Ryan' 20th Anniversary: 20 of the Most Brutal War Films Ever Made (Videos)

Steven Spielberg’s WWII epic is part of a group of films known for their unflinching depiction of war

Korean War

Mad Max: Fury Road voted greatest Australian film this century by critics

Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2015 feminist reincarnation of the Australian classic film that catapulted a young Mel Gibson to fame, has been named the greatest Australian film of the 21st century so far.<p>Fifty-one working Australian film critics voted to find the top 25 films of this century in a poll …

Mad Max

The 10 Wildest Movie Plot Twists

Laura Harring in <i>Mulholland Drive</i> (2001)<p>Laura Harring in <i>Mulholland Drive</i> (2001)<p>An ending often makes or breaks a movie. There’s nothing quite as …

Fight Club

What Hollywood Still Needs to Learn From Heath Ledger’s Joker in ‘Dark Knight’

"The worst casting decision ever made"<p>Looking back at <i>The Dark Knight</i> on its 10 year anniversary, Heath Ledger’s role as The Joker makes perfect …

Heath Ledger

The Dark Knight at 10: how Christopher Nolan reshaped superhero cinema

Can Christopher Nolan predict the future? Could he have somehow foreseen the eerily specific prescience of Batman’s introduction in 2008’s The Dark Knight, modern superhero cinema’s unwitting blueprint? Christian Bale’s caped crusader doesn’t show his cowled face until a few scenes into the film, …

Bruce Willis ends debate on whether 'Die Hard' is Christmas movie

We finally have a definitive answer to the age-old question over whether the 1988 action classic “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie.<p>Given that Bruce Willis’ character, John McClane, visits his estranged wife and two children during Christmas Eve at a party at his wife’s workplace, a debate has …

Vertigo review – still spinning its dizzying magic

The unbearably sad, exquisitely macabre love story that is Vertigo now reaches its 60th birthday, and this week sees its rerelease, not much liked on first appearing in 1958 but now hugely canonical and prestigious, recently unseating Citizen Kane at the top of the Sight and Sound critics’ poll, …

Vertigo

Die Hard at 30: how it remains the quintessential American action movie

The first shot of John McClane in Die Hard is his left hand digging into the armrest as his plane lands at LAX. We can see he’s wearing a wedding band on his ring finger. His seatmate then gives him an unusual piece of advice about surviving air travel: once he settles in, he should take off his …

Die Hard

The Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

Even as cinema-going audiences decrease, blockbuster movies continue to break box office records across the world. And while box office numbers have …

19 Stars Who Never Won A Major Accolade For A Notable Role

Courteney Cox was the only cast member from Friends to never be nominated.

What Makes Taxi Driver So Powerful? An In-Depth Study of Martin Scorsese’s Existential Film on the Human Condition

The field jacket, the mohawk, the "real rain" that will "wash all this scum off the streets," the virtuoso tracking shot over the aftermath of a …

How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture

How <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i> Continues to Influence Pop Culture. When creating heroic tales, filmmakers still ask, "What would Indiana Jones do?"<p>*<p>The …

28 Tubular '80s Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids, Tweens, And Teens

The '80s were all about young men discovering otherworldly entities.<p><i>🚨 Important Note: Ratings were way different 30+ years ago, so we recommend checking out the Parents Guide link in each description for more information. 🚨</i>