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Thursday
Nov 29 2018

Sundance 2019 Lineup: Lots of Promising Topics and Great Actresses

The Sundance Film Festival runs January 24th through February 3rd next year.Let's look at the five of the key program lineups in brief.Which films are you most excited about.TFE might be going this year,we're not yet sure.

U.S.DRAMATIC COMPETITION

Alfred Woodard stars in "Clemency"

16 World Premieres will be competing for the Sundance crown (won last year byThe Miseducation of Cameron Post).The new crop is all writer/directors (except where noted) and Sundance has been very careful about diversity,noting in their press release that the US dramatic competition section is 53% female directors,41% directors of color and 18% LGBTQ directors.But they had a ton to choose from which helps with diversity.There was a record number of submissions for the 2019 festival with 4,018 features hoping to be selected,1767 if those made from within the US...

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Thursday
Nov 08 2018

Months of Meryl: August Osage County (2013)

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

#45 —Violet Weston,the cancer-stricken,drug-addicted matriarch of an Oklahoma family.

MATTHEW: Tracy Letts' high-octane,Pulitzer Prize-winning family dramaAugust: Osage Countywas the toast of the 2007-2008 Broadway season,which made a cinematic adaptation all but inevitable and the star involvement of Meryl Streep an equally foregone conclusion.The vituperative,pill-popping Violet Weston is the crowning achievement of Letts' play and arguably the meatiest dramatic role to come along for sexagenarian actresses in the past 15 years.The part has been previously interpreted on stage by the Tony-winning Deanna Dunagan (who originated the character in the initial Steppenwolf production),Estelle Parsons,and Phylicia Rashad,any one of whom could have bowled us over in an alternate film,as might have rumored candidates like Jessica Lange,Sissy Spacek,and Glenn Close.This isn't to take away a single merit from Streep's no-holds-barred work,but rather acknowledge that Streep herself is the rare and defiant exception who proves the rule that actresses over the age of 50 are anathema to Hollywood's gatekeepers.

Before falling in love with the eye of the camera,Streep was first and foremost a creature of the theater...

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Monday
Oct 23 2017

Middleburg: Maggie Betts' "Novitiate"

Continuing our Middleburg Film Festival adventures.Here's Lynn Lee

Middleburg is the kind of idyllic Virginia town that makes me wish I had enough independent means to spend regular fall weekends there lodging at a cushy spa,riding horses,visiting local wineries,and binging once a year on Oscar-baity films before they get released in theaters.  As it is,I was happy to get a taste of the latter on a press pass to this year's festival.  On Day 3,I joined Nathaniel in town (albeit at different events) and took in Maggie Betts'Novitiate,Todd Haynes'Wonderstruck,and Dee Rees'Mudbound.

Of the three,the one I knew the least about beforehand turned out to be the one I liked best.  Set at a convent in the 1960s around the time of Vatican II,Novitiatecenters on the struggles and yearnings of young postulant Cathleen (Margaret Qualley of "The Leftovers"andThe Nice Guys) and the fellow nun-aspirants and nuns around her.  That may sound like niche fare at best,but I hope Sony Pictures figures out how to market it because it's an astoundingly assured,riveting debut feature...

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Saturday
Sep 16 2017

TIFF: "Kings"and "I, Tonya"

TIFF wraps up Sunday and since we'd like the last few pieces to be positive let's get some negativity out of the way.Here are two films which yours truly did not respond well to.One is certain to be trashed by critics and the other,thoughtrashy,is being widely praised.But they're both bad.

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Friday
Dec 18 2015

Link Roundup and a "Trumbo"Shout-out on the Hill

David Polandon why certain films overperform or underperform come Oscar time.Much of this is both trueandfrustrating.Why couldn't Warner Bros see what they had inCreedfor example?
Comics Allianceon the fan campaign to makeIron Fistan Asian hero in the new tv eries.So far Marvel/Netflix has rejected the idea which is just maddening since the origin story is pretty racist in modern context.
The Envelopeinterviews Julianne Nicholson who was so so good inBlack Mass
Word and FilmAn interview with actress Ileanna Douglas (we've missed her) about her new memoir "I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories From a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies"

The GuardianPeter Bradshaw picks his favorite films in multiple categories
VarietyGuy Lodge's top ten list.It won't surprise you to hear that it's a good read.AndJoyandMagic Mike XXLare on it keeping things provocative.
PajibaJohn Krasinski is on his way to a Chris Pratt like reinvention.Trying to keep up with wife Emily Blunt perhaps?
VarietyChristian Slater and Patricia Arquette reprised their famous roles at Jason Reitman's live reading ofTrue Romance.How fun.
The Playlistsays Jennifer Lawrence is going to play Robert De Niro's dad in the next David O.Russell film.Now they're just purposefully antagonizing us now,right?
Awards DailySpotlighttakes the Las Vegas Film Critics prize for Best Picture
Daily HeraldMad Max Fury Roadtakes Best Picture from the Chicago Film Critics Association
AV ClubSean Penn to play Andrew Jackson in an HBO miniseries.Sadly it isnota remake of the Broadway musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"but we'd rather see that!...albeit with its original Jackson,Benjamin Walker in the lead role

Off Cinema
Rolling StoneReaders Poll of the 10 best songs of the year: Adele,Madonna,Drake and more
Boing BoingMatt Haughey is a genius -- he started photoshopping dildos where guns were in photos of GOP candidates and it's both funny and satirically pointed
The Daily Beastbest TV shows of 2015:UnReal,The Knick,Empireand more...

Star Wars ♫  give me more Star Wars...Nothing but Star Warsdon't let them end...
Thrillistunearths a time capsule of photos from the premiere ofThe Phantom Menace(1999).Dakota Johnson is just a baby!
Pajiba"a serious discussion of which original trilogyStar Warscharacter is best in bed"Hilarious.The gif game is strong with this one.(I agree with the rankings pretty much but I'd still do Luke.)
Screen Crushon the diversity of casting inThe Force Awakens

Today's Watch
Rep.Steve Cohen (D-TN) honored Kirk Douglas on the floor for his 99th birthday!It's always shocking when someone in Congress does something cool but apparently this Cohen fellow is a good guy with a strong civil rights record so there you go.But mentioning a screening ofTrumboin DC?That movie's reach has been such a surprise this month.

ICYMI we sang the praises of New Zealand actor Dean O'Gorman who plays Kirk Douglas in the moviehere.

Tuesday
Nov 24 2015

Black Mass and Acting Beats

If there's a surprise SAG Best Ensemble nominee this year on December 9th,you should fully expect it to beBlack Mass.Not that something can be a surprise when you fully expect it but let's not split hairs.Especially not hairs carefully threaded through bald caps.

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