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Aug 01 2019

Streaming Roulette,August: Serenity,Red Sea Diving Resort,and two major 1981 classics

As is our practice we've selected a handful of titles and frozen the films at utterly random moments without cheating (whatever comes up comes up!).It's our way of previewing new titles streaming each month.So what should you queue up forAUGUST2019?(★ means we recommend catching them.) Please do let us know if you're dying to discuss any of the films and maybe we'll write about one or two of 'em  You rarely tell us but we'll try if you do.


Jackie Brown(1997) ★  on Netflix
Is De Niro coughing to distract you fromOnce Upon a Time Hollywoodfor a minute?He's gota new trailer outand that would like a little attention,too.On the couch is Bridget Fonda giving what is easily one of her top two performances (the other one is in a little seen 80s movie calledScandal). We should probably see this particular Quentin Tarantino flick again.Beyond Fonda's perpetually baked surfer girl I don't personally remember much about it except for thatRashomoninspired scene in the mall,and Pam Grier and Robert Forster being a fine match in the two central roles.


Body Heat(1981) ★  on HBO
Nice wedding ring shot.That ain't her husband...

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Mar 11 2019

25th Anniversary: "Four Weddings and a Funeral"

by Deborah Lipp

Four Weddings and a Funeralturns 25 today.This is probably not also the number of times I've seen it,but itmightbe.I'm sure if you add the times Professor Spouse and I have each seen it,we exceed that number.To say,therefore,that this is a beloved movie is a ridiculous understatement.

Here's what we're going to cover after the jump to celebrate its birthday...

  • Four Weddingsis highly quotable
  • It features the best use of "fuck,"and its variations,this side ofGet Shorty
  • Screenwriter Richard Curtis excels at movies that are kind-heartd and generous
  • Four Weddingsisn't perfect,but I will teach you the trick of making it perfect

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Nov 03 2017

A "Four Weddings & A Funeral" Revamp!

Chrishere.As Mindy Kaling wraps up the final season ofThe Mindy Project,she is probably about to be on our minds more than ever before.In the next year,she will be in two of our most anticipated movies: Ava DuVernay'sA Wrinkle in Timeand gay oasisOcean's Eight.But she is currently lining up another project to fawn over: a television series revisit ofFour Weddings and a Funeral.

Kaling will executive produce with the film's Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis for Hulu,and the idea is to craft each season around a different group of friends.While it may seem like yet another revisit for the offing,Kaling has exactly the point of view to make something very special out of this particular reboot.And a rotating cast allows for all different kinds of possibilities for romantic pairings - not to mention Andie MacDowell as different wedding guests / white wine connoisseurs.

Is it maybe time for a reassessment of the original?I admittedly haven't seen it in some time,but it's worthwhile to remember that it ushered in the era of 90s romantic comedies and also was a rare contemporary Best Picture nominee for the genre.And let's not forget the hats!Have you any fondFour Weddingsmemories?

Feb 06 2014

Top Ten: The Best of Kristin Scott Thomas

DON'T LEAVE!Don't check out of the movies now.

I'd like to speak to your manager."
-Kristin Scott Thomas as "Crystal"in Only God Forgives

As you may have heard the great Kristin Scott Thomas,who first broke through as Hugh Grant's deliciously tart unfortunately platonic friend in4 Weddings and Funeraland was Oscar nominated way back when for her ice hot sand- blasted eroticism inThe English Patientand who has elevated countless films since has rathercasually tossed off a 'good riddance' to cinema.

I just suddenly thought,I cannot cope with another film.I realised I've done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages...I can't do it any more.I'm bored by it.So I'm stopping

Oh come on Kristin,Only God Forgiveswasn'tthatbad.[More...]

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Oct 29 2012

Hurricane Sandy Open Thread

To all our Eastern Seaboard US readers,stay safe!"Sandy"is raging toward us.Should I lose power there are are a few posts ready to be published.The storm begs a movie question...What movie scenes or entire movie sequences come to mind when you think about stormy weather?

I mean besides Dorothy & the twister and her sudden transport to Oz...which has never and will never be bested in human movie history...especially once you include her technicolor recap of the events.Which is like the best in-movie "previously on..."moment ever.

♫  It really was no miracle.
What happened was just this.

The wind began to switch,
the house to pitch
And suddenly the hinges started to unhitch.

Just then the Witch,
to satisfy an itch
Went flying on her broomstick,
thumbing for a hitch.♩♪

My god,I just love that movie so much,don't you?Judy.Judy.Judy.Any chance to think of her is welcome.Even if it means violent house threatening weather.

But oddly the first thing I thought of out in the rain today was the climax ofFour Weddings and a Funeralwhen Andie MacDowell was all...

My brain is so weird.

Before I embarrass myself further,I'll turn it over to you.Favorite stormy movies?