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Friday
Jun 16 2017

Q&A: Best 'Best Actress' Decade?Gay for Play as Actorly Rite of Passage?

Four more reader questions to kick off the weekend.Wheeee.As ever,I'd love to hear your answers to these questions thrown my way.

MATT ST CLAIR: Is there an unseen awards contender this year that you are hoping doesn't fail?

NATHANIEL: My "please let this be successful"hopes reside withBlade Runner 2049(because the original's reputation being tarnished would be such a pity),The Greatest Showman(because musicals MUST continue to thrive) andFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpool(because it's infinitely annoying that Annette Bening doesn't have an Oscar yet and didn't even get nominated for such gorgeous work in20th Century Women).While we're well- wishing please letWonderstruck,How to Talk to Girls at Parties,andThe Florida Projectcould be bigger hits than usual for Todd Haynes,John Cameron Mitchell,and Sean Baker,since they're three of our most distinctive American auteurs.I could go on but I'll stop as no genie grants unlimited wishes.

CATBASKETS: I've been thinking a lot about straight actors getting their starts or big breaks playing gay roles--Hugh Grant inMaurice,Guy Pierce inPriscilla,DDL inBeautiful Launderette,Charlie Hunnam inQueer as Folk,Eddie Redmayne inSavage Grace,etc.etc.Do you think this was/is a major rite of passage for actors?Do you think this will slow down now that there's more awareness/active demand for gay actors to play these roles?

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Tuesday
Jun 28 2016

Best Shot: Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief (1955)

To Catch a Thief(1955) is minor Hitchcock.Let's get that out of the way.But even minor works by an indisputed master can look awfully major when you stack them next to regular ol' films which is why we keep hitting Hitchcock in this series.There's a clickbait article going around (no I'm not linking) that argues thatThe Shallows(Blake Lively vs shark) is a better film thanThe Birds(Tippi Hedren vs,well,birds).Which is crazy talk but film twitter alwaysalwaystakes the bait.

True story: the last two films I screened wereThe Shallows(2016) andTo Catch a Thief(1953) and I would have never thought to pair them until this silly shark vs birds kerfuffle which erupted immediately after I had just seen both of the movies.Truth bomb:The Shallowsis a really good "B"movie (I don't mean grade,but yes: B) but it's awfully slight.It's just girl,shark,a few good scares,smart direction,and not much meat to chew on beyond "wow,that was kinda good."To Catch a Thiefis a pretty good "A"movie (I don't mean grade) and it's somewhat slight.But here's the thing.People aren't going to be talking aboutThe Shallowsin 2070.Please note: People arestilltalking about Hitchcock's entire oeuvre a half-century plus later.

Even in a trifle likeTo Catch a Thief,which is maybe too long considering it's shy on plot and stakes,is a joy to watch for a number of reasons,the first of which is its surprisingly robust sense of humor.[More...]

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Wednesday
Aug 26 2015

How Ingrid Bergman Triumphed After "Indiscreet" Affairs

When Ingrid Bergman won the Academy Award in 1957 forAnastasia,it read like the end of a tinseltown screenplay: tarnished star,humbled by exile for her shameless behavior,returns to the city that made her famous,and is welcomed home with open arms.Of course,the truth was a little more complicated.Bergman was unable to attend the Academy Awards.Instead,she received the award from Roberto Rosselini while in the bathtub.

More importantly,despite the years of alienation and recrimination,the Swedish star was far from humbled.Even while attempting to attain a divorce from Rosselini,Bergman refused to regret her decade of tempestuous marriage and moviemaking with the neorealist director.She had taken risks,romantically and artistically,and the result had been more artistic freedom - if not mainstream acceptance - and three beautiful children.Neither did Hollywood fully embrace her.A pre-recorded intervew with Bergman was pulled fromThe Ed Sullivan Showwhen an audience poll rejected the idea.So,in 1957,with 2 Oscars,亚博主页2 divorces,4 children,and tenuously positive box office appeal,the question was: what's next?

The answer came from Ingrid Bergman's old friend,Cary Grant.[More...]

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Sunday
Aug 16 2015

Top Ten: Best Ingrid Bergman Kisses

Our Ingrid Bergman Centennial continues withDaviddreaming about her most romantic moments...

Like all stars of Classic Hollywood,Ingrid Bergman was paired with numerous leading men,and romance was an integral part of practically every film she starred in.And when I think of Ingrid Bergman,I think of - well,I think of #1 on this list.But we'll get to that.Here,in entirely subjective order,are Ingrid Bergman's best on-screen kisses.Start swooning.

Much kissing - oh,so much - after the jump.And,for those with bad internet connections,a whole lot of gifs - you have been warned.)

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Sunday
Jan 11 2015

"Excuuuuuuuze me,will ya,I'm talking to him!"

Walter: Now,look Bruce.You persuade Hildy to do the story and you can write out a nice fat insurance policy for me.

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the premiere of Howard Hawks classicHis Girl Friday(1940).Here's a double sidedbitchy moment to savorin which Walter Burns has dangled an insurance policy carrot for Bruce,who doesn't bite but Hildy does,eyeing the green while milking Walter for a bigger payday.Walter feigns objection,while egging Hildy on...

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Tuesday
Aug 12 2014

Curio: Jason Bryant's Skater Film Stills

Alexahere with your weekly art appreciation.Like many,movies were a way for Jason Bryant to escape the difficulties of childhood.Growing up in rural North Carolina,he loved to draw;as he got older,painting became his passion.He often painted while listening to the soundtracks of his favorite films,and the images and emotions evoked made their way to his canvases.His work has evolved into photo-realistic paintings of classic film stills combined with skateboard graphics and pixelation.He often paints on skateboards themselves.He explores the facades of living,the act of "us[ing] smoke and mirrors to convey a polished life but sometimes it's broken."

For Sake of Family

Jason's take onGilda,North by Northwestand moreafter the jump...


Nothing Left To Give

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