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Apr 13 2019

Posterized: Regina Hall,finally a star

by Nathaniel R

With the new comedyLittleopening today in theaters and last year's beloved indieSupport the Girlsstill fresh in the memory,let's talk Regina Hall.

The talented 48 year-old actress has been kicking around in the movies and (occasionally) on television for 20 years now,but it's only very recently that she's come into full stardom.Or,to put it another way,it's only very recently that Hollywood has realized that she's a star.Usually with slow-burn stardom,the charisma and talent were there all along but it takes a big hit movie,or a breakthrough signature part,or the cumulation of multiple moderate hits for that too happen.

It's a little of all of those with Regina Hall who spent the first decade of her career mostly well-down the hiearchical cast lists of ensemble comedies and then finally began to crack leading roles.

How many of her films have you seen?(I've included her two biggest television roles as well).Let's look at all the posters after the jump...

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Jan 05 2018

The Oscar Week with Haddish in New York & Chastain in Palm Springs


Welcome back to The Oscar Week,where we follow Oscar contender appearances and interviews and examine how they impact their chances.After a 2 week hiatus,all the contenders were back in full campaign mode on both coasts,cramming in as many events as they could before the Golden Globes.Even hitherto missing person,Sally Hawkins,made an appearanceat the Palm Springs Film Festival.

However the week,the moment,maybe even the year belonged to Tiffany Haddish.She took the New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner by storm,delivering an 18 minute epic speech.Here are a few excerpts:

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Dec 10 2017

Podcast: A Proper Oscar Season Kick-Off

Katey,Nick,JoeandNathanielreunite to talk about the Oscar season as the floodgates open - Globe & SAG noms are about to hit!There are absolutely no spoilers in this so listen away.

Index (43 minutes)
00:01 Introductions &The Greatest Showman
02:11Lady Bird's prospects
04:15 SAG ensemble possibilities
11:00Girls Trip& Comedy Globe
16:00 Best Director -- easy or tough call?
21:00Three Billboards,Darkest Hour,Screenplay race
30:00Phantom Thread,The Post,Murder on the Orient Express,Visual and Sound categories
38:30Roman Israel Esq
41:00 Colin Farrell & Goodbyes

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?

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Nov 11 2017

FYC: Tiffany Haddish for "Girls Trip"

byChris Feil

Tonight Tiffany Haddish will be hostingSaturday Night Livein what some are hoping will be the beginning of a Best Supporting Actress campaign for her breakthrough role inGirls Trip.While it's beenunclear if the studio would be campaigning her,Haddish deserves the kind of groundswell effort that makes awards groups take notice.

How likely are her chances?Melissa McCarthy'sBridesmaidsnomination has been the obvious comparison,at least in terms of recent Oscar history - summer hit,female ensemble comedy,a presumptive "unlikely"narrative.But in her performance I see much more than that.To this viewer,she recalls the hilariously warped pathos of Madeline Kahn,the lovability of Octavia Spencer,and the imposing confidence of Rita Moreno.That's high praise for sure,but gets at the full spectrum of her work that I'd wager hasn't been fully explored...

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Oct 06 2017

C O N S I D E R -Fav Actresses of 2017,3rd Qtr

With less than three months of the year to go - eep!-- it's time to do another tally of favorite performances -- this is how we keep track so we're not like Oscar voters who only vote on the last couple months of the year.Here are the17bestfemale turnsthis past quarteraccording to your host,Nathaniel.Which movies were considered?Movies released between July and right now (October 6th) as well as unreleased movies (marked by an asterisk*) which were screened in that time frame but have no firm release date in the future.Previous 3rd quarter lists:FilmmakingandMale Acting

Disclaimer: Key actress-focused films I missed this past quarter wereHome Again,Ingrid Goes West,andLady Macbeth.If you've seen them give their MVPs a shout-out.


Dame Judi Dench as "Queen Victoria"inVictoria & Abdul
I love the idea of character sequels decades later rather than continuing story sequels (that's what TV is for!).The movie is no great shakes but it's quite fun to see her return to this signature character.

Regina Hall as "Ryan Pierce"inGirls Trip
A wonderfully nimble performance.She's got to provide the straight man to the comic bananas but to make that funny,too,while dexterously handling the script's somewhat heavy handed character arc.

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Oct 05 2017

C O N S I D E R - Favorites of 2017,3rd Qtr

by Nathaniel R

Blade Runner 2049 is our current prediction for "Most Nominations Without Best Picture"though maybe it'll snag that,too.Here at The Film Experience I like to keep track of favorites all year long for two reasons.亚博主页The first is to not to be unduly influenced by the studio shenanigans of backloading the film year with their intended Oscar hopefuls.The second is to prevent forgetfullness when it comes time to give out theFilm Bitch Awards,my own virtual awards fest to close out each film year.  When I don't keep careful track it's much harder to wrap things up at year's end.

Being a bit late this quarter,here are Best ofs per Oscar category from films released from July through October 6th (an extra week added on because we're running late). This list does not include films with known release dates from now until the end of the year.We'll save those films till we get there.Unreleased films without a future date are marked with an asterisk.Got it?

Key movies I missed this quarter(that I'll try and catch up with on screeners hopefully):It,Valerian,Logan Lucky,Patti Cake$,Tulip Fever,Good Time,Lady MacBeth,andA Ghost Story

(i couldn't decide which to cut so this first grouped selection is 8 wide)

ATOMIC BLONDE(David Leitch) The lack of audience turn out for this uber-stylish,inventive actioner,with Charlize Theron showing all the other movie stars how to do action hero performances  (again!) was one of the bummers of summer '17.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES(Jonathan Drayton & Valerie Faris) Such a surprisingly strong history lesson and funny resonant drama,too
BLADE RUNNER 2049(Denis Villeneuve) Hypnotic if already overrated (calm down!If you're claiming that it's better than the original if it's not your #1 of 2017 with ease you'll have to explain why you've dissed one of the greatest and most influential movies ever made)
DUNKIRK(Christopher Nolan)
THE FLORIDA PROJECT(Sean Baker) The new criticism that I keep seeing online that this film romanticizes poverty is a head-scratcher as it's an exceedingly dark movie that merely looks like candy (due to all that color).The imagined future of virtually all the characters is outstandingly bleak and politically aware for those who are willing to see it.Sean Baker's recent (also terrific) moviesStarletandTangerineare similarly focused / staged / and tonally nimble with gallows humor,character specificity,and socioeconomic concerns.If having this much empathy for marginalized people is romanticizing poverty,I say bring it on!
mother!(Darren Aronofsky) Sorry not sorry.

more after the jump including best unreleased pics,highlights in cinematography,costumes,and the like...

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