Michael Arbeiter
Michael Arbeiter is a pop culture writer living in New York City... primarily because it always seemed so wonderful in the movies. Though Michael loves entertainment of all kinds, he has a particular fascination with Sidney Lumet films, '80s sitcoms, and anything in which real people travel into cartoon worlds. Along with being a proud member of the Bustle team, Michael has work featured on Hollywood.com, MovieTickets.com, Mental Floss, New York Daily News, and The Times of Israel.

11 Actress-Director Duos That Gave Us Great Films

It’s not only the talents of Jennifer Lawrence that brewed excitement for her dramatic comedy film Joy . At this point, there’s a hike in excitement whenever the actress takes on a new cinematic venture directed by David O. Russell. The mentor…
By Michael Arbeiter

2016's Oscar Hopefuls Are Optimistic Films

Every year, we spend months doling out assessments of who will win Best Picture at the Oscars Picture to every movie with a lilting score, only to narrow the race down to two realistic contenders come Oscar night. Though only knee-deep into 2015’s…
By Michael Arbeiter

8 Scariest Scenes In Non-Horror Movies

Great cinematic horror is not restricted to the horror genre. Some of the scariest moments on the big screen have in fact come out of dramas, mysteries, adventure films, and even the odd children’s movie. In fact, scary scenes in non-scary movies…
By Michael Arbeiter

7 TV Shows That Have Tackled Recent Social Issues

The upswing in awareness of our culture’s violence against women has given way, over the past year, to observable action. It's given way to movements like #YesAllWomen, aggression against systematic misogyny such as that under the GamerGate…
By Michael Arbeiter

Your Ultimate Christmas Movie Guide For The Season

The “Christmas movie” label doesn’t actually say all that much about the work of cinema to which it applies. When you're trying to find the right Christmas movie for you, you can be held up by the fact that these holiday films come in all shapes and…
By Michael Arbeiter

Movies Of 2015 Totally Prepped Us For 'Star Wars'

We’ve spent the past year in the company of some wonderful movies — heartrending romances, boisterous comedies, and the sort of action and adventure films that remind you just how thrilling a trip to the theater can be. But, no matter where we aim…
By Michael Arbeiter

The Most Underrated Movies of 2015

As diluted as big screen culture has become, thanks to so many home viewing options and escalating watch-at-your-leisure mindsets, the movies remain exciting. And that fact is not limited to the good ones — we can get just as enthusiastic with our…
By Michael Arbeiter

Where Are The Women Among The SAG Ensemble Noms?

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture may be the cinematic awards circuit’s most impressionable entity. The category is hardly limited by its own definition, having recognized ensembles with as many…
By Michael Arbeiter

Diversity In The 2016 Grammy Noms Is Good & Bad

The big critique targeted at the previous round of musical nominations and victories concerned diversity at the Grammy Awards. The institution is notorious for failing recognize artists of color, at least on the same scale that it consistently…
By Michael Arbeiter

9 Great Actresses Who'll Get Shunned By The Oscars

Many of us have already begun working toward our predictions for movies will win an Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards. Considering the impressive films to spring from the loins of 2015, it isn’t especially difficult to find a number of choice films…
By Michael Arbeiter

How 'Chi-Raq' Handles Gun Violence With Comedy

Week after week, the public is reminded of the urgency that envelops America’s flaring infection with gun violence. With every new instance of terror, the encouragement to incite conversation toward a solution grows louder. But with progress…
By Michael Arbeiter

9 Great Actresses From The 'Star Wars' Prequels

Looking past all the most prominent flaws of the Star Wars prequel trilogy — past the Midi-chlorians, past precocious baby Anakin Skywalker, past computer-generated Yoda, and way past Jar Jar Binks — we can highlight one thing that the second string…
By Michael Arbeiter

Which December Films Will Win Their Genres?

Rivaling holiday festivities as December’s greatest selling point is the fact that December seems to be the month to roll out some of the best feature films of the calendar year. Traditionally, December is the time where you can find a wide variety…
By Michael Arbeiter

7 Movie Spinoffs That Star New Characters

Once you bust through the hurdle of revealing to your pop culture agnostic friends that Creed is not, in fact, a musical biopic about the ’90s Christian rock band, you’ll still need to brave the effort of explaining just how it ties into the…
By Michael Arbeiter

'The Good Dinosaur' Brings Humans & Dinos Together

Spend a few moments rooting through the comments section of The Good Dinosaur’s IMDb page and you’ll find a ton of threads devoted to hating on the central plot of humans and dinosaurs living side by side. It seems as though the Internet has taken…
By Michael Arbeiter

Can We Separate J. Law From Katniss Everdeen?

Like many, I first met Jennifer Lawrence by way of her Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone. (Not watching The Bill Engvall Show is a something I never thought I'd regret.) I agreed with everyone who said that Lawrence in Winter’s Bone was…
By Michael Arbeiter

Richard Linklater Writes Amazing Female Characters

Richard Linklater's focus as a filmmaker has ranged from youth culture to lucid dreaming to rock music to homicide. Whether his sights lay on basic premises (as in Dazed and Confused and SubUrbia) or high-concept functions (like in Waking Life or A…
By Michael Arbeiter

Gale Is The Best Part Of 'Mockingjay, Part 2'

Returning to the real world after nearly two and a half hours of static tone and overcooked plotting, film critics had plenty to say about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 . I myself had quite a few comments about the picture, and spent a lot…
By Michael Arbeiter

10 IRL Couples Who Entranced Us On-Screen

Middling reviews aside, there’s an inherent draw to Angelina Jolie’s new directorial effort By the Sea — that being the chance to see her play on the big screen opposite husband Brad Pitt for the first time in 10 years. It was behind the scenes of…
By Michael Arbeiter

Breaking Down The Theme Songs Of Every Pixar Movie

It's a given that Pixar films are a treat for the eyes. Whether homing in on the colorful world of a child’s bedroom or the empires that lay beneath the Pacific — to which we'll be lucky enough to return in Finding Dory — the animation house has…
By Michael Arbeiter