In 1979, the British author Angela Carter published the book The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, leading a movement of rescuing and updating common folklore and fairy tales from their homogenized fate as Disney fodder and children's bedtime reading. The following recommendations (the first one is based on Carter's works) are "adult" fairy tales in that they are unafraid to delve into darker subject matter while still maintaining a spirit of child-like wonder. So, here, in no particular order, are ten adult fairy tales that we think will entertain you a bit more than either Red Riding Hood or Beastly.
A very dark and gory re-telling of classic legends featuring Angela Lansbury as The Grandmother relating these campfire tales.
One of the most surreal, symbolic stories of sexual awakening ever made. A scary, uncompromising nightmare that gives even David Lynch a run for his money.
Droll New York version of the tale of Beauty and the Beast. A flawed yet still unique take on an oft-told story.
Cocteau's filmic poetry was never better...Read More
It may bill itself as "the biggest adventure of all time" but let's stop kidding ourselves. Countless critics, bloggers, and filmgoers alike (this one included) were right. Behind the multi-million dollar budget, the dazzling special effects, and the marketing blitz is the not-so-thinly-veiled truth – Avatar is one of the most politically charged films in years. It touches on overt imperialism, corporate greed, religious pluralism, environmental degradation, and,...Read More
With The Last Exorcism and Takers unlikely to change the movie landscape of 2010 too drastically, it's time to take a look back and examine what Hollywood learned from the Summer of 2010 before we close the books and try and put it behind us. What lessons can be taken away from this season of sequels, blockbusters, and bombs? The most obvious is that few films honestly connected...Read More
We don't need to tell you that a LOT is riding on the last four months of 2010. Why? Well, the first eight months have sucked. Except for a couple of major summer movies about toys and dreams and a few great independent ones, this year has been a brutal slog of unoriginal disasters. Those of us who cover film for a living are increasingly aware that 2010...Read More
With Bill Murray's excellent supporting work in the limited release Get Low (expanding to other cities soon; watch for our upcoming review and an interview with director Aaron Schneider), it got us thinking about the history of Saturday Night Live and the actors who graduated from that school of super-stardom. Who has done the most with their degree? Who has used the show as a launching platform to...Read More
With The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Toy Story 3 proving to be two of the biggest films of not just the season but the entire year, have we broken the curse of the threequel? Third installments in successful franchises have long been considered absolute poison creatively and commercially. For every one that works, we get a Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Batman Forever...Read More
With his recent TV appearances and this week’s release of Knight and Day, it feels like America has finally gotten over couch-gate and is willing to once again look at Tom Cruise as what he actually is – one of the best actors of his generation. Of course, there are many who will never give him the credit he deserves but the fact is that he...Read More
The release of Toy Story 3 closes a chapter on Pixar while also ushering viewers into the next era of the studio. It’s a film about putting toys away and moving on to the next phase of life. It’s an absolute masterpiece that thematically got us thinking about the most important movie studio of the last two decades and the ridiculous consistency of their output....Read More
With The A-Team finally navigating the production gauntlet from hit TV show to feature film, it got us thinking about the best and worst movies that have gone from the small screen to the big one. The fact is that a large majority of them fail to replicate what you enjoyed week after week on TV in one film, but there have been a few that broke...Read More
The A-Team joins the list of TV properties that have made the leap to the big screen. Like its predecessors Starsky & Hutch (2004), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), and even Speed Racer (2008), The A-Team features an iconic vehicle that is beloved by the fans of the original TV series and is as integral to the story as the human characters. In Starsky...Read More