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Jul 11 2019

75th Anniversary: Double Indemnity

by Eric Blume

This week marked the 75th anniversary of Billy Wilder's seven-times Oscar nominated noir classicDouble Indemnity(1944).  If you haven't seen this movie -- andIsurprisingly never had,despite not one but two film noir courses in college -- rush post haste to view it:  it's a classic noir that holds up powerfully.

Fred MacMurray is the patsy,an insurance guy who is convinced by Barbara Stanwyck to murder her husband and cash in on the double indemnity clause in the policy they conspire to have him secretly sign.  The performances by MacMurray,Stanwyck and Edward G.Robinson (as the insurance boss) have incredible force.  Yes,this style of acting went out less than ten years later,but the raw power of their acting is undeniable...

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Jul 23 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Live Without Masters

Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"for you people to vote yourselves silly with -- did you know that today would have been the 51st birthday of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman?He's been gone over four years now and I ache to think of all the performances we've missed out on.No I wouldn't have given him that Oscar over Heath Ledger either,but he wasn't even nominated for the greatest film of the past two decades (that would beSynecdoche New York) so the injustices,they pile up.

But we're here to talk about another film,one I have come hard around on since its release - I was cool to Paul Thomas Anderson'sThe Masterin 2012 but my affection for it has grown with time;I'm pretty keen on it now,with its medicinal greens and hard elbows.It's only right,it taking some time - it's not the sort of film that hugs you,at least not without wanting something back,making it much like its leading men...

PREVIOUSLYNaturally the actress prevailed and then some with last week'sDouble Indemnitypoll- crossing Barabra Stanwyck was never a good idea,not when she's got that silver pistol in her pocketbook.Saidcal roth:

"That was so easy...I love Stanwyck and MacMurray reunion inThere's Always Tomorrow.I love Stanwyck,the most versatile movie goddess of all time.She could go from a Hawks screwball to two masterful perfomances in Sirk melodramas to westerns by Samuel Fuller and Anthony Mann (the director who got her best best performance ever,inThe Furies)."

Jul 16 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Never Trust A Dame In Sunglasses

Jason Adams fromMNPPhere on the 111th anniversary of my favorite lower-case dame's birthday - Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Stevens in Brooklyn NY on this day in 1908 and a rough-and-tumble 19 years later found herself making movies.Cut to 1944 she was one of the biggest stars there was or ever will be when she got what's probably her most famous role and the one that carved the Femme Fatale Archetype in stone - the unhappy wife with murder on her mind Phyllis Dietrichson,who wrangles the wranglable insurance salesman Walter Neff (a gloriously against-type Fred MacMurray) into doing her dirty work.And Billy Wilder's Noir classicDouble Indeminitywas born.

PREVIOUSLYForrest Gump couldn't run fast enough last week to outrun his Jenny Girl - Robin Wright took 65% of your vote on the now controversial Oscar winner.SaidDoctor Strange:

"I have hated Forrest Gump since it premiered,so I'm hardly a johnnie-come-lately hater.I find it manipulative,simplistic,and just plain unbelievable from beginning to end.It's got some very good performances that almost save it...but it's mostly a succession of cheap shots.I'm a boomer myself,but I was never blind to its self-aggrandizing convservatism and retrograde sexual politics."

Aug 17 2017

The Tweets Are All Right

90s movie reference humor for the win

After the jump Barbra Stanwyck,Christopher Nolan's "perfection,"Evita's MPAA rating,two Indiana Jones references and more ...

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Oct 21 2016

Tweets and Where To Find Them

Before we get to this week's best and most amusing tweets on topics like HBO's Westworld,film reviews,Ben Affleck,Hillary Clinton and more after the jump,let's start with a few tweets on the next franchise no one has seen yet but is still eager to spend billions on...Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.(sigh)

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Aug 25 2016

One Week Left to Watch ___________

It's a massacre of available older streaming titles this month although there aren't very many major titles among them.[Disclaimer: Netflix hasn't announced yet so all of these titles are Amazon Prime but bear in mind that the Amazon Prime titles are not "official".They don't ever publish that list much to the frustration of their customers!So this infogathered from usersabout expiration notices they've seen on their personal watch lists.Sometimes it changes abruptly.

Let's play our game where we freeze frame them at very random places and see what pops up.Okay?Okay.

Mrs Doyle: I'd like to see that file.
Police Inspector: I'd be very happy to show it to you.

Crime of Passion(1957)
My god Barbara Stanwyck's voice.It gets me every time.Everything sounds so subliminally erotic.In this one she's married to a detective but bored into ambitious dangerous action.

Five more after the jump...

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