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Jan 29 2017

Tweet Story: Huppert,Gibson,Barbarella

After the jump a gorgeous mini-review of 20th Century Women,a valid question about Barbarella,a fantasy about female auteurs,and more amusements...

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Jun 02 2016

Marvin Hamlisch's Big Oscar Haul.And Other Stories...

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

Dr Duran Duran and the Orgasmatron

1835P.T.Barnum and his circus begin their first tour of the US.Wasn't Hugh Jackman supposed to play him in an original movie musical?Is that still on or did the endless Wolverine show derail it?(sigh)
1840Novelist Thomas Hardy is born.Movies adapted from his work include multiple versions ofJude,Tess,andFar From the Madding Crowd
1904Johnny Weissmuller is born.We just wrote aboutTarzan and His Mate(1934)which you should definitely see
1926Character actor Milo O'Shea,aka Dr Duran Duran who tried to kill Jane Fonda by excessive pleasure inBarbarella,is born.
1937Sally Kellerman,the original"'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan"is born

1944EGOT composing legend Marvin Hamlisch (of "A Chorus Line") fame is born...or as Cher calls him "Marvin Hamilsmisch".Classic songs include the Oscar winning "The Way We Were"and Oscar nominated gems like "Nobody Does it Better,"and "Through the Eyes of Love."Get this: He is the only person other than a director or screenwriter to win more than two Oscars on a single night.亚博主页At the '73 Oscars he took Song and Original Score for亚博主页The Way We Wereand also Adapted Score (back when they had that) for Best Picture winnerThe Sting.
1953The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II,aka Helen Mirren's signature role.Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest running monarch in British history?
1989Dead Poet's Societyopens in theaters.Goes on to 4 Oscar nominations including Best Picture in one of the all time least satisfying Oscar years.I meanthat Best Picture lineup is atrociousgiven thatsex lies and videotape,The Little Mermaid,Fabulous Baker BoysandDo the Right Thing(all nominated for something) were right there for the taking.

No,don't take my picture.

1995Bridges of Madison Countyopens in theaters and audiences start loudly demanding Meryl Streep's third Oscar.The conversation lasts for 16 whole years thereafter.(Demands for #4 have not yet begun but it's only a matter of time.)
2006Peyton Reed'sThe Break-Upopens in theaters with Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn

And one year from today...
2017Wonder Womanwill open in theaters.Somehow it only took them 75 years to get her on the big screen.

Jan 20 2014


The StirLaura Linney had a baby despite none of us knowing she was pregnant
The WireJoe Reid plans to see all 58 Oscar nominated movies from 2013
LA TimesGeorge Clooney pretends to be pissed about Tina Fey's Golden Globes joke
Gawkerloves the idea of Detroit getting a bronze Robocop statue.It needs a hero!

Film School Rejects
as I predicted Margot Robbie is wracking up the roles in the wake ofWolf of Wall St
Interview MagazineKanye West interviewed by Steve McQueen.Expect quotables

/Filmwhat's going on with Nicolas Winding Refn'sBarbarellaTV series?
previouslytv"your crotch is not that interesting"on HBO'sLooking
Vultureon the new and improved Lady Edith onDownton Abbey
Coming SoonJason Isaacs is joining theRosemary's Babytv miniseries as Roman Castavet (good part!) ...and word is that Zoe Saldana may get the famous pixie cut for it

Looking premiered and I missed it.But more when i catch up with it

a chain reaction
NY Timeshas a piece about why it might be better for the cinema if there were less movies each year.It's an interesting article that I mostly agree with though I wholeheartedly wish that Manohla hadn't felt the need to dissIron Man 3which is hardly the best example of junk blockbusters out there -- at least it was trying something vaguely new,making a Tony Stark movie rather than an Iron Man movie essentially.But let's not get distracted.Her piece was provocative asking for curation over consumption for programmers and money people.
The New Yorkerdisagrees,arguing that we only get the great discoveries because so many indie films are made.You can't predict which new artists will actually deliver.
The Front Rowtakes this as an opportunity to talk about what the purpose of film criticism is in the internet era and then
Mark Harriscomments,too
...all of which gives us plenty to think about.

Mar 20 2013

Beauty Break: Horizontal Lovelies

From top to bottom chronologically: Natalie Wood,Jane Fonda as Barbarella,Burt Reynolds as The Cosmopolitan Man,Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa,Miss Piggy,La Pfeiffer as Catwoman,Rollergirl of Boogie Nights fame,Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux,and Dame Helen Mirren.

P.S.If you would like to replay this post at maximum volume,might I suggest queueing up the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack whilst doing so?

Mar 14 2013

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: "Barbarella"

Barbarella comes from the 41stcentury so theoretically she knows a thing or to.Perhaps she can tell me from the future how to choose a best shot from her infamous movie?Though I'd seen at least some ofBarbarellabefore – I've never forgotten the hilarious space-burlesque title sequence -- now I've seenallof Barbarella.In both senses.

There's certainly a lot to look at but I've rarely been more stumped with this series...more

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