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May 22 2016

Thelma & Louise Part 1: Girls' Trip, Interrupted

25th Anniversary Five-Part Mini Series Event

Thelma & Louise
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Callie Khouri
Released by MGM on May 24th,1991
Nominated for Six Oscars亚博主页

To celebrate the anniversary of this bonafide girls gone wild classic from 1991,Team Experience is revisiting the picture,tag-team style all week long (like we did withRebecca&Silence of the Lambs,y'all!).

While the film begins in Arkansas,we're taking an alternate route.Grabbing the keys to begin this road trip is our own dazzling female duo over in Los Angeles,Anne MarieandMargaret.- Editor

Pt 1 by Anne Marie and Margaret

Anne Marie: 00:01.Fade in on an opening credit sequence that pulls every single late 80s/early 90s cliche.Heat-baked street?Check.Twanging guitar?Check.Harmonica solo?Check.

Margaret: Based on this alone,I would definitely expect to be watching a serious action-drama about a lovable renegade cop

Anne Marie: I mean,it's in that vein.As Susan Sarandon has pointed out (love this woman,and love how much she talks about this movie),Thelma & Louisebasically is an outlaw buddy movie in the vein ofButch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.

01:10 But more on that later.Right now let's talk about HANS ZIMMER WROTE THIS SCORE?!?

Margaret: Hans Zimmer contains multitudes.

Anne Marie: As long as those multitudes contain at least one louder-than-necessary instrument solo.In all seriousness,there is a lot of talent behindThelma & Louise,which you get to see just in the opening credits roll: Besides our two incredible leading ladies,the incomparable Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon,we've got baby Brad Pitt without an ounce of baby fat on him,Harvey Keitel (happy belated birthday!),Michael Madsen,Christopher McDonald,and it's written by Callie Khouri,who would one day give usNashville.Not the Altman.

Margaret: And never let us forget character actor workhorse Stephen Tobolowsky,who also appears here in compliance with state law.I also often forget that this is a Ridley Scott film.It doesn't have a "Ridley Scott film"kind of place in our cultural discourse,though it's got at least as much pop permanence asBlade Runner.(When was the last timeBlade Runnergot referenced in a Country radio hit?)

Anne Marie: Definitely.

02:15.Moving on,we introduce Our Fair Heroes.It's actually a great bit of screenwriting,because we learn exactly who each lady isjust by this introduction

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Dec 03 2015

THE WIZ LIVE!Live Blog with Anne Marie and Margaret

MARGARET: Good evening,Kansans and citizens of Oz!Margaret here with Anne Marie,ready and excited to ease on into NBC'sThe Wiz Live!

ANNE MARIE: Last year Margaret and I re-capped that musical where Christopher Walken kinda sang a little bit,to the joy of few and the dismay of many.HOWEVER,this yearThe Wiz Live!looks like everything we ever wanted and more!The live-blog begins after the jump!

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Nov 12 2015

AFI Fest: 5 Reasons to See 'The Lobster'

Margaret here,reporting from AFI Fest in Los Angeles..

The Lobsteris the first English-language film from director Yorgos Lanthimos,Academy Award nominee for unsettling black comedyDogtooth.The buzz since it debuted at Cannes (where it won the Jury Prize) has largely focused on its eyebrow-raising premise: in a society where being part of a couple is mandatory,the perpetually or recently single are rounded up and sent to The Hotel where they must either pair off or be turned into an animal.It's offbeat and biting and not for everyone,but it's also captivating and dryly hilarious.Here are five reasons you should check it out:

1)A bonkers premise improbably well-executed.The setup is so very odd that its ambition alone would make it worth seeing;the fact that the movie sells it without ever straining under the weight of exposition is masterful.In Lanthimos' bizarro world,where existing social rituals around courtship are both flattened and taken the extreme,lonely people scrutinize and reject each other with laughably trivial reasons and deadly serious consequences.Interactions are stilted,and many scenes sound for all the world like they've been dubbed over with a foreign-language translation,except what we're hearing are the actual words coming out of the actors' mouths.But the universe feels fully realized: odd as the relationship dynamics are,they're both internally consistent and recognizably human.

four more reasons after the jump...

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Oct 28 2015

Kristen Wiig's Awards Bait: 'Crying in a Sweater'

Margarethere,bringing you the first of this year's Oscar-bait parodies and with it proof that awards season is fully upon us.

Kristen Wiig,on the promo circuit forNasty Baby, used her spot as a guest onJimmy Kimmel Live!to debut the trailer for her new "extremely independent"movieCrying in a Sweater(directed by Michael Bay).The title,if you can believe it,about covers it: Wiig lolls about tearfully in a series of sweaters while rhapsodic critical praise scrolls by.She's poking fun at the kind of dramatic low-budget Oscar hopeful that she's starred in more than once,but the result is silly enough that it doesn't read as snide.

My personal favorite performances in the Crying in a Sweater subgenre include Toni Collette inThe Sixth Sense,Jaye Davidson inThe Crying Game,and Cate Blanchett inBlue Jasmine,but the gold standard has to be Diane Keaton inSomething's Gotta Give:

In fact,there's a lot of overlap here with the favored TFE movie categoryWomen Who Lie to Themselves.Which prompts the question:what are your favorite crying-in-a-sweater performances?How many of them come from Women Who Lie to Themselves?

Oct 25 2015

AFI Fest 2015: Predicting this year's 'American Sniper'

Margarethere.The full 2015AFI Fest lineuphas been announced and it's full of must-sees,from Oscar-campaign heavyweights and indie up-and-comers alike.

Many of the season's most buzzy films have already made a splash at Cannes,TIFF and NYFF,and a few of those will be screening here,but AFI Fest will also as in years past be holding world premieres for a few late-breaking contenders.With the first end-of-the-film-year nominations out (Gotham Awards,always early but never predictable) many pundits would have you believe the shortlists are already set,but there may yet be a few wild cards in the mix.

Last year AFI Fest gave us the world-premieres of two eventual Best Picture nominees (SelmaandAmerican Sniper),a critical darling that nonetheless escaped Oscar's notice (A Most Violent Year),and an all-around non-starter (The Gambler).This year the festival will premiereBy the Sea,The Big Short,andConcussion,as well asThe 33(already released in Latin America but not yet widely screened in English-language markets).Naturally we're very curious to see which of these,if any,will make the kind of impression it will take to break into the conversation and stay there.

The Big Short:a (comedic?) drama about the bursting of the housing credit bubble in the 2000s.Directed by Adam McKay;starring Christian Bale,Steve Carrell,Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.Oscar loves when comedic actors get serious.Might similar goodwill extend to a director like Adam McKay,who is most famous for his many absurdist collaborations with Will Ferrell?You'll note that the ensemble cast is chock-full of Oscar nominees with atrocious hairdos-- reminds one of nothing so much asAmerican Hustle,which made a killing on nomination morning 2013.

By the Sea:a marital drama set at the 1970s French seaside.Written and directed by Angelina Jolie,who is also starring with Brad Pitt.As buzzy as it gets: the world's most famous celebrity couple,acting together for the first time in ten years.Jolie's last directorial effort debuted to very healthy box office and decent reviews-- unspectacular,but more than enough to sustain curiousity for her third film.People seem to really want it to be good,and the below the line team (includingThe White RibbonDP Christian Berger andThe English Patientcomposer Gabriel Yared) bring a formidable arsenal of talent to the table.But will a romantic drama that's not also a biopic be able to gain traction with Oscar?

Concussion:a dramatic thriller about the real-life Dr.Bennet Omalu's research on serious brain damage in professional football players and the NFL's efforts to keep him quiet.Written and directed by Peter Landesman,starring Will Smith,Alec Baldwin,Gugu Mbatha-Raw,and Albert Brooks.Primed to be a dramatic comeback for Smith,who used to cross back and forth between blockbusters and prestige films much more often.The true story aspect is often irresistable to awards bodies,and it seems that recent-history stories about the investigation of shady dealings by powerful people is a popular theme among this year's Oscar hopefuls (see alsoTruth,Spotlight,The Big Short).But since the trailer dropped,Smith's accent has been the object of many a snide comment-- will we be able to take him and the movie seriously?There are also rumors that pressure from the NFL shaped some of the storytelling,which if true could impact the movie's bite and credibility.

The 33:a true-life drama based on the 2010 Chilean mining catastrophe that trapped 33 miners underground for over two months.Directed by Patricia Riggen,starring Antonio Banderas,Rodrigo Santoro,Juliette Binoche,Lou Diamond Phillips.Not only does it have the true-story advantage,but the subject is an objectively impressive and cinematic human achievement.Binoche and Banderas also both have decades of critical goodwill.The response from critics in Latin America (where it has already opened) suggests that it's something of a broad melodrama,which might not win it die-hard fans among cinephiles but certainly puts it in good company with many Best Picture nominees in years past.

Which of these has the potential to go fullAmerican Sniperand sneak into 5-7 nominations?Which do you predict will go the way ofThe Gambler?And perhaps most importantly: which movies on theAFI Fest slateare you dying to hear more about?Nathaniel,Anne Marie,Kieran and myself will be attending and sharing our thoughts.

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