After eating dessert and clearing the plates, there’s no better place to be on Thanksgiving Day than on the couch, in a tryptophan-induced dream state. My family has a post-feast tradition of cozying up in the living room, building a fire, and popping on the biggest-budget blockbuster we can find On Demand. While this year’s pick is still up in the air (my vote’s for the apocalyptic laugh fest This Is the End) here are some of my favorite classics (with mass appeal) for a food coma film fest, listed in order from family-friendly fare while the kids are still awake to a late-night horror classic:
1. The Kid-Friendly Family Film: Home Alone (1990)
Funny to kids and adults alike, 20+ years later Home Alone has yet to lose its luster. Macaulay Culkin shines as mischievous eight-year-old Kevin McAllister, mistakenly left behind after his family heads to France for Christmas vacation. With the threat of the Wet Bandits (a couple of knuckleheaded crooks), Kevin does the best a third grader can do to protect his home (and himself) from harm. Hilarity ensues.
2. Trite (But Terrific) Rom-Com: Love Actually (2003)
I don’t care how many times I’ve seen it, I love Love Actually. (Word on the street is that a lot of guys love it, too.) With its intersecting romantic vignettes, charming British cast (Hugh Grant at the Prime Minister anyone?), and a Mariah Carey finale number, there really is something for everyone. I’m jonesing to watch this one just writing about it.
3. Epic Babysitting Odyssey: Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
I remember watching this movie on one of the first nights I was allowed to stay up late with the adults in my family. For those of you who haven’t seen it, one night of babysitting goes awry for a teen in the Chicago suburbs. With the kids in the backseat she braves flat tires, stolen cars, and a blues club showdown, all in the span of one insane night. Do they make it home before the parents to? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out.
4. Hard-Boiled Crime Flick: The Departed (2006)
Once the kids’ table hits the hay, my family tends to want some high-stakes suspense. Martin Scorsese’s Serpico-referencing cop drama is just as thrilling as it is funny—both Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg play comic roles—and the rest of the cast is as good as it gets: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, and Vera Farmiga.
5. Scary Movie: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
With a painfully full Thanksgiving belly, you may find yourself relating to poor Rosemary Woodhouse, the unknowing mother of a demon child, played by Mia Farrow in this classic horror film. As Rosemary nears her due date, she finds herself at the center of a creepy conspiracy that involves not only her husband and neighbors, but her doctor too. The movie’s strange and chilling finale is one you won’t forget anytime soon.
Photo: 20th Century Fox
I love beach days and ice cream cones as much as anyone, but for me summer means escaping into the delicious cool of a movie theater, settling in with an outrageously large bucket of popcorn, and giving in to the flash-bang-ridiculousness of silly action flick. It’s no surprise that my weekend plans involve seeing both Fast and the Furious 6 and Man of Steel.
Here’s what some other Birchbox staffers love about summers past and present.
"When I think summer, I think summer camp! My favorite summer pastime is swimming in cold lakes on hot days." —Hayley
"Dirty gin martinis and Cadbury Crunchie Bars." —Dana
"Dawson’s Creek on Netflix!" —Kendall
Carey Mulligan Is A Total Babe in Balenciaga At Cannes
Despite the fact that The Great Gatsby has already had its world premiere, the larger-than-life drama by director Baz Lurhmann managed to nab the opening slot for the Cannes Film Festival, which kicked off earlier today.
Getting the festival off to a good start, Carey Mulligan appeared in a show-stopping Balenciaga strapless jumpsuit—proving that you don’t need a lavish gown to be make a jaw-dropping statement. We’re huge fans of her unconventional choice. And another round of applause should be given to Ms. Mulligan for perfectly pairing her beauty look to her ensemble: fresh barely-there makeup and a modern yet not-too-voluminous bouffant.
What do you think of the style?
(Photo from left to right: Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and director Baz Luhrmann. © People Avenue/Corbis)
College hoops are in full swing—unexpected crazy upsets and all (nice work, Harvard and Florida Gulf Coast!). We’re big lovers of the NCAA insanity, but on the off chance that you prefer your basketball in a more narrative format, we’ve rounded up our all-time favorite b-ball flicks so you can enjoy the courtside drama sans whistles and chaos. Nothing’s quite as great on a lazy weekend as watching good sportsmanship and courage overcome everything in a great sports film.
1. Hoosiers: This movie is the ultimate underdog tale, featuring the iconic Gene Hackman as a new coach in a small town who teaches his players the value of teamwork. Dennis Hopper also makes an appearance as Hackman’s alcoholic assistant coach who needs some life coaching for himself. Who doesn’t love this rousing flick? Also, fun fact: You can thank this timeless film for the creation of the slow clap. Mind-blowing, right?
Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery, design, and so much more all the time. Once a week, they’ll be sharing their latest inspirations—from pretty-hued wrapping paper to silly YouTube memes—so you can see the unexpected items that get them fired up.
Movies (clockwise from top left): 1. Moonrise Kingdom 2. In The Mood for Love 3. The Fall 4. 2001 A Space Odyssey 5. West Side Story 6. Lost in Translation
Whenever I’m looking for inspiration, I turn to films. I love how all the different parts of a movie work together in perfect harmony—the score, the story, the beautiful images. But what really makes a story successful for me is when I can pull out any single moment and feel like it’s just as evocative alone as when it’s part of a whole story. As a photographer, I strive to have that magic moment in everything that I create.
Looking for more imagery to help fire up your creative side? Take a peek at the Creative Team’s Mood Boards.
Our top picks for pre-Turkey Day movies: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Photo: hollywoodreporter.com), Anna Karenina (Photo: screencrush.com), Skyfall (Photo: filmofilia.com), Wreck-It Ralph: (Photo: womensenews.org)
The holiday movie season is officially upon us! Many of the year’s most hyped films are being released in such rapid succession that we can barely catch our breath in between fighting for seats at the theater. (True story: the last two movies I watched involved our group either sharing seats or sitting on the floor to avoid the neck pains of being in the front row.) Here are the hot new releases that we’ll be buying tickets for this weekend:
Clockwise from left: Gizmo the Mogwai; The Sanderson Sisters; our fave friendly ghost; the Peanuts gang searching for an elusive figure.
With just two weeks left to go before Halloween, it’s time to get serious about costumes and makeup. Just as crucial to our holiday fun: our favorite Halloween-inspired movies! For the next two weeks, we’ll be curling up with a bowl of candy corn, some apple cider, and large pillows that can withstand terrified clutches as we watch these seven flicks. A few of them are genuinely scary, a few are hilarious, and a few are totally nostalgia-inducing childhood faves that we’ll never get enough of. Click through to find out which films made our list!
Brave hits theatres this Friday, June 22nd. Photo: Apple
Jasmine, Snow White, Cinderella, Belle. Disney movie heroines were easily the entertainment highlight of my childhood. As I was growing up, their fantastic worlds, awesome adventures, and picture-perfect happy endings shaped my sense of what was possible. For me, the female leads represented what it meant to be an adult woman. I dressed up as Disney princesses for Halloween: for all intents and purposes, I wanted to be them. Now, looking back, I realize the the stories set (much) less than realistic expectations, with a brand of femininity that wasn’t worthy of worship.
We have a deep, abiding love for all things fashion, which is why we often turn to stylish online boutique ModCloth to snag everything from chunky, bold bracelets to fancy frocks. This week, we asked the ModCloth fashion mavens to impart some of their style wisdom to us—and therefore you.
Every so often, all we crave is an old-fashioned movie night. Sometimes, things go wonderfully (like when we watched the German silent film Metropolis). And sometimes they go terribly (such as when we discovered Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez’s Holiday in Handcuffs). So we thought we’d share a few of our go-to films for fashion and beauty inspiration for the next time you indulge in an impromptu movie night. These flicks feature femmes with expertly coiffed ‘dos, killer eyeliner, and, of course, obsession-worthy outfits.
Bonnie & Clyde (1967) — Looking bad never looked as good as it did in this 1967 classic, which starred Faye Dunaway as Bonnie and Warren Beatty as Clyde. Bonnie’s swooping haircut, swipe of black eyeliner, and chic hat-and-scarf pairings have become as iconic as the duo itself.