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Entries in Master and Commander (4)

Tuesday
Jul 30 2019

The New Classics: Master and Commander

Michael Cusumanohere to explore what keeps fans returning for repeat voyages on Peter Weir's 2003 nautical adventure.

Scene: Exploring the Galapagos
Right before the climactic naval battle in Peter Weir'sMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World,the story pauses to watch a scientist leisurely wander the Galapagos Islands,collecting lizards and measuring giant tortoises.How many modern adventure films would halt the action dead in its tracks like that?Hell,how many films from any era would resist relegating such a detour to the cutting room floor?I can imagine David Lean including the sequence,but then his version ofMaster and Commanderwould probably push the four hour mark.

This adaptation of Patrick O'Brien's series of novels is less about narrative urgency and more about creating a world to get lost in.Sure,when the time comes to pay-off the naval duel at the center of the plot,Master and Commander delivers in spectacular fashion.But that's not what keeps the devotees of the film returning over and over again...

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Saturday
Apr 20 2019

The New Classics and the return of Michael C

The Film Experience is very pleased to announce that one of our long-lost contributors,亚博主页Michael Cusumano,is returning to the fold.After a few years off,he has a new weekly column launching Tuesday and new readers are in for a treat because Michael is a fine and insightful writer.We asked him about where he's been and what we can expect.Please welcome him back with open arms!- Nathaniel R.

Michael,where the hell have you been?We haven't seen you around these parts in 4 (gulp) years!We hope you've been having film experiences without us at least.

I've been living in New York doing my own creative writing.I needed to take a step back from online film culture and clear some mental space.I had tried to write a first draft of a screenplay and I ended up with a ranked list of all the meaningful glances inCarol.

You'll be relieved to learn I still have plenty of film experiences,although I no longer feel the pressure to stay up to date with everything playing...

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Monday
Jan 06 2014

Linker and Commander

My New Plaid Pantsthe greatest "which is hotter?"of all time
Pajiba's bitch rankings for the new season ofDownton Abbey.So happy it's back.Love Mary so much.
The BacklotDid Sir Ian McKellen out gay actors who everyone knows are gay even though they're not actually really out even though they're gay?The silliest "controversy"of the weekend.Gay gay gay

Awards Dailyseems convinced that American Hustle is going to win Best Picture and everyone knows it.Ummm...we don't even have the nominations yet.I'd say the race is still on.
The Carpetbaggerlet's ask Siri about Samantha in Her why don't we?Yes,let's.
VarietyJudi Dench,Bruce Dern and 12 Years get props from the AARP in their annual "best movies for grownups"list
In Contentionoooh,it's BAFTA's rising star nominees!I always forget that they do that.The nominees are: Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings),George Mackay (How I Live Now),Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave),Will Poulter (We're the Millers),and Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color).They aren't nominated for those specific pictures but I just include them to remind you.Who would you vote for?

Best Read
If you haven't yet readthis open letter to James Francofrom The Village Voice's Amy Nicholson,titled "do the double dick dude"youabsolutelymust: hilarious,provocative,and smart.

Today in Randomness...
A happy 25th birthday to actorMax Pirkis.Remember how great he was opposite Paul Bettany and Russell Crowe inMaster and Commander: Far Side of the World?I've been meaning to rewatch that for in forever.You never know with child actors if it's merely a great director,a natural gift,or a happy accident.Pirkis later had a supporting role on HBO'sRomeas the evil Gaius Octavian (I only saw the first season of that show but I understand it was akin to a King Joffrey part?) but he's been absent from screens for all of his twentysomething years.He's returning to the movies this year inFlying Home(with Jamie Dornan) and the horror flickThe Quiet Ones(opening in April) and we wish him well,especially ifMaster and Commanderwas indication of his potential.As I was typing this up I realizedhe was on twitterand twitter accounts from non celebrity actors are a peculiar joy.There you can sometimes spot actual opinions instead of careful PR positivity about everything.For example,hehas Oscar opinions,didn't likewhatever Jodie Foster was doing inElysium(but who did,really?).And,this is my favorite,because I never quite understood why people were so gaga forThe World's End(which I think is the worst of the Cornetto Trilogy and by a significant margin.

Friday
Nov 15 2013

The Smackdown Cometh.Let's Meet Our Panelists

The2003 Supporting Actress Smackdownis just 15 days away!If you're like "um...it's 2013"you should know that each month we look back at a particular Oscar race and debate it.

This month we're having a tenth anniversary party.For context before we get to the main event we're revisiting films.So far we've hitFinding Nemo,The Triplets of Belleville,The Fog of War,Girl with a Pearl Earring,Much Ado About Nothing,andLove Actually.

Let's meet our panelists for the main Supporting Actress event.They'll be sounding off soon enough on Renée,Holly,Marcia,Shohreh and Patty.For now we're asking them"What does 2003 mean to you?"

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