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Jan 15 2017

Podcast: "Silence"and "20th Century Women"

NickandNathanieland special guestChris Feil(who you read hear at TFE at least twice a week) talk new flicks in our post Golden Globe/DGA nominations world.

Index (43 minutes)
00:01Globe & DGA intro...
04:00 Martin Scorsese'sSilence
18:31Extremely wandering conversation alert:Silence,20th Century Women,Paterson,Rogue One,new movie trailers...
27:00 The brilliant20th Century Women
39:50Aquarius,Demon,Pervert Park

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?Are you planning to watchAquariuson Netflix?

Silence & 20th Century Women

Oct 18 2016

"Rogue One"Cast Gets Death Starred

Chrishere.The rumors of behind the scenes trouble forRogue One - A Star Wars Storykeep circulating,but the actual goods just keep on delivering.Last week's full trailer was warmly received for its narrative details and for its snappy visuals,and now we have a new set of character posters to peruse.Whether the whispers are true or not,Disney doesn't seem to be shying away fromRogue One's darker tone.See the full set (and our thoughts) after the jump...

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Sep 03 2015

Women's Pictures - Amy Heckerling's Fast Times At Ridgemont High

The Film Experience is proud to welcome back Anne Marie and her series "Women's Pictures"亚博主页after a month long hiatus.September's episodes (each Thursday) will focus on Amy Heckerling.If you missed previous subjects,Anne Marie's series on female directors already coveredAva DuVernay,Ida Lupino,Jane Campion,Sofia Coppola,Agnes Varda,Kathryn Bigelow- Editor

The days are getting shorter,the weather is turning colder,and just as you perfected your righteous tan,the bell rings and it's back to school you go!Anne Marie here,after my own (all too brief) summer vacation,ready to celebrate Back To School month with the female filmmaker who has exercised as much influence on the Teen Film genre as John Hughes: Amy Heckerling!While Heckerling's ouevre has run the gamut from slapstick to parody to fantasy,she's best known for two genre-defining high school films made a little over a decade apart:Clueless(1995),which we will cover later,andFast Times At Ridgemont High(1982),the topic of today's lesson.

When Heckerling set about makingFast Times at Ridgemont Highin the early 1980s,she wasn't looking to define a genre.There wasn't yet a teen film genre to define.John Hughes was still two years away from makingSixteen Candles,andAmerican Grafitti,now pointed to as the first teen film,was already almost decade old with few major successors.What drew Amy Heckerling to Cameron Crowe's script about high school students was the realness of its characters.Fast Times At Ridgemont Highwas no nostalgia-tinged look backward at youth;it was an expose written by Cameron Crowe,who'd gone undercover at a high school forRolling Stoneto observe contemporary teens.Fast Times at Ridgemont Highwas something new: high school from the teenager's perspective.[More...]

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May 14 2014

Lupita Lives To Fight Another Day

JA fromMNPPhere.If you don't count doing voice-acting the wolf-mother in the upcomingJungle BookCG-stravaganza,we're blasphemously still waiting for Lupita Nyong'o to find her follow-up to her Oscar-winning role in12 Years a Slave.But now we've got a whisper -she might be taking a roleinSouthpaw,the upcoming "Jake Gyllenhaal is a boxer (and then JA blacks out thinking about Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer and misses the rest of what the movie's about)"movie written bySons of Anarchycreator Kurt Sutter and directed by Antoine "Training Day"Fuqua.

She'd be playing a social worker keeping track of Jake's young daughter.Dunno how substantive the role is - are we talking Mariah Carey inPreciousor Brie Larson inShort Term 12?Whatever the case let's once again say a humble yet firm prayer to the Hollywood Gods that they do right by Lupita.We're watching you!

Also in talks to join the film are Forest Whitaker as Jake's coach and Rachel McAdams as Jake's lady.And in case you missed the pictures of Jake getting into prime boxing shape for the movieclick on over here- they're worth your time and effort,I guarantee it.

Dec 15 2013

Podcast: Awards Week Blowout Special

Nathanielis back from his Iceland trip and going regional withJoe,Nick,andKateyfor a one hour discussion of the barrage of film critics prizes from New York,Detroit,Boston and San Diego.And another thing: are LA's "ties"okay with this panel?

Afterwards we pick on the Screen Actors Guild and their bizarreAll is Lostjoke (no Redford in actor but a stunt ensemble nomination when there's only one character and Redford did his own stunts?!)  and the team splits on the quality ofRush,recently resurgent thanks to SAG.Then we're on to the  Golden Globes for a discussion of the troublesome Comedy/Drama divide (read Joe's article for context) and we pick the best and worst of their nominees.

Also discussed: Jennifer Lawrence's backlash,Greta Gerwig's surprise,Forest Whitaker's acting,Leonardo DiCaprio's elusiveness,12 Years a Slave'spower,Philomena's luck,Dallas Buyers Club's ensemble,Wolf of Wall Street's editing, andFruitvale Station's potential.

You can listen hereor download the conversation on iTunes.

Awards Week Blowout

Aug 19 2013

Review: White House.Golden Oprah.Lee Daniels' The Butler

This review was originally published inmy column at Towleroad

Somewhere in the vast middle ofLEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER,a movie about a White House butler who served US Presidents from the Eisenhowers through the Reagans,there's a terrific agitated scene in which we leave the butler behind to check in on his wife Gloria.Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) and Howard (Terrence Howard),the neighbor she's turned to from loneliness,argue on a couch.Howard is trying to sweet-talk his way back into her bed.Gloria,guilt-ridden,distracts herself with chain smoking,occasionally side-eyeing him as if he were a buzzing nuisance and,damn,where is her fly swatter?Slick Howard begins spinning two of her clothes hangers in the air to visualize their parallel worlds.Gloria reacts with extreme annoyance to the comic pleasure of the audience -- Oprah gets one laugh after another,all of them blessedly intentional,in her rousing return to the big screen.

It's a weird but lively domestic hothouse scene that feels,at first,largely divorced from the movie containing it,a somewhat duller "greatest hits"tour of America's civil rights journey.But in its own peculiar way it's also the movie's key scene.[more...]

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