/Answers: The Best Movie Needle Drops

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite “needle drop” in the movies?” What use of a pre-existing song in a film stands out to you the most? As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by director Edgar Wright, whose music-powered action film Baby Driver inspired this week’s topic.

If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie needle drop, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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Wayne's World 25th Anniversary Screenings

It’s Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent!

This might be hard to believe, but the Saturday Night Live movie Wayne’s World will officially be 25 years old next month. The comedy hit theaters on February 14, 1992, and Paramount Pictures is preparing to celebrating this milestone anniversary with a theatrical re-release of the meta 90s comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.

Find out when you can catch the Wayne’s World 25th anniversary screenings below. Read More »

audio commentary reccomendations

For the past year, editor in chief Peter Sciretta has been asking me to write about my favorite audio commentaries. If I ever recommend one to him, he asks about the list. Compiling a list of only a few must-hear audio commentaries sounded like too much of a challenge. There’s far too many I haven’t heard yet, so writing some “best commentary list” didn’t feel right. I have a lengthy list of commentary tracks I intend on listening to, and the plan is to write about a few of them — at least the good ones — around the start of every month.

These first five recommendations feature insights from Martin Scorsese, Robert ZemeckisJ.J. AbramsTom Ford, Penelope Spheeris, and many others.  Below, check out our movie commentary recommendations.

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Movie Locations Then and Now

Even though many movies end up being shot on the backlots of studios, there are plenty that end up shooting on location in real places around the world. One photographer has decided to visit the real shooting locations of movies like Halloween, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Wayne’s World, Back to the Future and more, but instead of just shooting a photo of the location without any context, he’s been posting them matched up perfectly with the original shots from the movies.

Check out the movie locations then and now after the jump. Read More »

Wayne's World 3 Script

We’re living in the age of nostalgia and recycling when it comes to our entertainment. Over at Netflix, there are revivals of Full House and The Gilmore Girls while Fox is working on a TV series adaptation of Lethal Weapon. On the big screen, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Mad Max: Fury Road revived franchises that were dead in movie theaters for over a decade. And if one man has his way, he’ll get another franchise to rise from the grave.

Back in the early ’90s, during what was one of the more popular times for Saturday Night Live, cast members Mike Myers and Dana Carvey brought their recurring characters Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar to the big screen for a Wayne’s World movie in 1992. It was successful enough to warrant a Wayne’s World 2 in 1993. And since then, Trevor Schindeler has been desperate to make Wayne’s World 3 a reality, going so far as you write his own script, tirelessly trying to get it read by Hollywood. Now he’s asking for your help. Read More »

Ethan Anderton's Favorite Movies

Hey there! We haven’t been properly introduced. I’m Ethan Anderton. Back in May, I joined the /Film crew as the Weekend Editor, and while some of you have gotten to know me and my film tastes over the past few months, I never got a chance to truly arrive here at the site like our new writers Jack Giroux and Jacob Hall.

Therefore, I figured I’d follow suit by delivering my own favorite films of all time. These are the movies that have stuck with me over the years, some more recently than others, and have defined and changed my life in a variety of ways. Read More »

Saturday Night Live movies

Since a new season of Saturday Night Live is kicking off this weekend with host Miley Cyrus on October 3rd, and yours truly will be reviewing every new episode, there’s no better time to take a look back at all the movies that have been spawned from the iconic late-night sketch series and rank them from worst to best.

This wasn’t too monumental an undertaking since there’s only 11 total movies produced that were based on Saturday Night Live sketches, but there’s bound to be some dissension when it comes to where they fall on the list. So without further adieu, let’s get to ranking Saturday Night Live movies. Read More »

The Top 15 Best Bands in Movies

Top 15 Best Bands in Movies

This weekend brings the sequel Pitch Perfect 2 to theaters, featuring a wonderful showcase of music created by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld and more. Their group The Barden Bellas trots around the globe in an effort to win the world championships of a cappella. Their slick mash-ups and catchy harmonies have made them a sensation on the big screen, and Kendrick even turned into a radio hitmaker with her cute song “Cups.”

But The Barden Bellas aren’t the only musical groups on film that know how to jam. There are plenty of other fictional bands from cinema that give us a toner (a musical boner). Below, I’ve rounded up my picks for the Top 15 Best Bands in Movies. Did your favorite big screen musical group make the cut? Find out after the jump! Read More »

Bill Hader SNL Audition

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard about the special Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special that aired this past Sunday night. It was a three and a half hour trip down memory lane, featuring a true dream-team of comedy’s elite.

Among the many highlights came early in the show when a 5-minute video montage was shown of cast members’ first auditions. Not fake auditions, like we’ve seen in the past. The actual, real auditions for stars like Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon as well as classic cast members like Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. Here, you can see them in the auditions that would change their lives forever. It’s pretty special.

As a bonus though, there are also auditions from people who didn’t make the cut. They’re people you’ve definitely heard of who auditioned, but didn’t make the show.

Below, check out the Saturday Night Live auditions video as well a few of the other highlights from the special including Celebrity Jeopardy, Wayne’s World and more. Read More »

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Our 25 Favorite Gifts in Movie History

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Whether you’re giving or receiving, there are few things better than a gift. It feels great to get one, it feels wonderful to give one, it’s just a nice thing. Gifts in movies are kind of the same. They represent a bond between characters that can be layered with meaning. The person getting the gift can be either appreciative or disappointed, the person giving it either sincere or malicious. There’s just so many ways you can go with it.

Being as it’s the holiday season, we decided to pick out our favorite gifts in movie history. Not necessarily the best ever, just our favorites. That means not all of these are “good” gifts. Some, in fact, are awful. But it’s the act of giving them, whether in the context of an overall film or series, that makes them awesome and memorable. So, below, we count down our 25 favorite gifts in movie history. Read More »