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Wednesday
Jul 10 2019

Showbiz History: Hound dog Kurt Russell and fishy Fiona Shaw

7 random things that happened on this day (July 10th) in showbiz history

1964The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night"their 3rd studio album.Have you seenYesterdaythe high concept musical comedy about a world without The Beatles in it?Only the title song from this particular album gets played inYesterday.

1981It was a big weekend for Kurt Russell with two new movies in theaters...

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Thursday
Oct 18 2018

Months of Meryl: It's Complicated (2009)

JohnandMattheware watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#42 —Jane Adler,a successful bakery owner caught in a love triangle with her ex-husband and her architect.

JOHN: Quick: name a recent American movie starring a 60-year-old woman who,in attempting to enliven her long-deferred sex life,is pursued by not one but two enamored men.Additionally: name a film like this that grossed over $200 million worldwide.Perhaps the only correct answer is Nancy Meyers'It's Complicated,which is itself a testament to both the rarified and barrier-breaking career of its leading lady,the one and only Meryl Streep."Only"because,well,who else but Streep could get a movie like this off the ground and steward it toward a box office tier reserved almost exclusively for inane,teenager-courting blockbusters?In her 2011Voguecover story,Streep remarked that "in the period ofSilkwood,[It's Complicated] could never have been made,with a 60-year-old actress deciding between her ex-husband and another man.With a 40-year-old actress it would never have been made."It's Complicatedis a star vehicle that is in some ways completely uncomplicated,but in other ways downright revolutionary,showcasing the effervescent charisma of its beloved star while also demanding that audiences consider a woman who undoubtedly exists in the real world but hardly ever graces the big screen...

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Friday
Apr 20 2018

Blueprints: "A Quiet Place"

This week,Jorgedives deep into the unconventional formal elements inside the screenplay of the number one film in the country right now.

A Quiet Placeis an immersive experience.The film centers around a dystopian future,in which creatures that are attracted to sound have taken over.In order to stay alive,a family has to stay totally silent through their everyday lives.

The film utilizes sound (the lack of,its intensity,its threat) as a formal device to guide us through the narrative.There is barely any spoken dialogue.Everything is conveyed visually,using alternative devices than those we are used to seeing in film.It is an experiment in form.  Its screenplay is much the same.Using devices that are rarely found in a regular script,the writers create an immersive,completely different experience that lets the reader know right away that this is not your regular horror flick...

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Thursday
Apr 12 2018

Contrarian Corner: A Quiet Place

Contrarian Corner is an irregular series in which TFE team members sound off on a film that they just can't join the consensus with.Chris loved the movie(as audiences seem to).But here's Sean Donovan with quite a different reaction...

A Quiet Placeis very very quiet,as all of the characters are keen to remind us,frantically throwing up a finger to their lips in a suppressed SHHHHH.The monsters can hear you,a mysterious species blind but intensely sensitive to sound,and capable of swinging in from far off distances to decimate any disturbance in the soundscape.As a result,one survivalist family of this ruined civilization (dad John Krasinski,mom Emily Blunt,children Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) have calibrated their lives perfectly to function without sound.

I,for one,wanted more of a sense of this family's regular routine in their soundless environment: how do they communicate,how are their lives different,how do they have fun?You can imagine theSwiss Family Robinsonor Rube Goldberg machine fun this movie could have had: what are Noah Jupe's favorite sound-free toys?How does Emily Blunt make toast so the toaster stays PERFECTLY SILENT?

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Sunday
Apr 08 2018

Review: A Quiet Place

byChris Feil

Family tragedy strikes early inA Quiet Place,with the sudden violent loss of the youngest of three children dividing each remaining family member by their own griefs and grudges.With this,his third feature,actor John Krasinski has made a rather astute portrait of grief with shades of Spielberg that is both lean and unpretentious.But this emotional family drama is more than just that: it's also nerve-fraying creature feature.

The family,led by Krasinski and Emily Blunt,is one of the remaining survivors of a world decimated by an unspecified (but probably extraterrestrial) species.These creatures hunt people by sound alone and with shocking speed,turning survival into a tense lifestyle of sanded pathways,technological ingenuity,and softened surfaces.ThatA Quiet Placefunctions equally well as drama and horror is its greatest strength.The silence that keeps them alive reflects the emotional blockage that is tearing them apart,and the undiscussed loss catalyzes the film effortlessly.

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