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Feb 26 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Home is Where the Hearts Are

Jason fromMNPPhere with the last "Beauty vs Beast"before the Oscars.亚博主页This week's poll doesn't have anything to do with the Oscars though because let's face it - the Academy,亚博主页bless their shiny hearts,is never going to be as cool and adventurous as our host Nathaniel is.Nathanieldropped his Top Ten of 2017over the weekend and at #9 was a movie AMPAS was never going to go anywhere near - Darren Aronofsky's spectacularly divisivemother!starring Jennifer Lawrence (who's gotRed Sparrowout this weekend) as a sink-bracing Suzy Homemaker under,uh,extreme duress.But we're never going to forgetmother!,and we doubt you will either - even if it's just to picture Michelle Pfeiffer whenever you slip a little extra something into your lemonade...

PREVIOUSLYWe wished Sidney Poitiera happy birthday last Monday,wondering why he wasn't the one who got AMPAS' attention in 1967'sIn the Heat of the Night- he certainly got our attention,rounding up 85% of your vote from his co-star (and statue-snatcher) Rod Steiger.SaidRed:

"Watching Sydney Poitier reassured me that I could grow up into the kind of adult I wanted to be.He still had what we kids had and adults had lost.He was honest,honourable,brave and full of joy."

Feb 19 2018

Beauty vs Beast: They Call Him Mr. Poitier

Jason fromMNPPhere - Sidney Poitier is turning 91 years old tomorrow,and so let's devote this week's episode of "Beauty vs Beast"to Norman Jewison's 1967 classic police dramaIn the Heat of the Night,which won five Oscars including ones for Best Picture,亚博主页for Rod Steiger as Best Actor,and for Hal Ashby for Editing.Shockingly Poitier wasn't even nominated for the film,but he did already have his 1963 statue forLilies in the Fieldat that point.

ITHOTNis nominally a film about a murder in a small town,but it's the tension between the Mississippian police chief Gillespie (Steiger) and the usurping fancy-man Philadelphian detective Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) that gives the film its drama,as we watch their animosity give way to something like respect.Still it's very much of its time,up to and including those Oscar nominations - imagine Steiger winning the statue while Poitier's not even nominated today...

PREVIOUSLYTo borrow a turn of phrase from Denzel Washington,last week'sCreedcontestwasn't close and the winner,by an arm,was Michael B.Jordan as Adonis.He took just under 70%.SaidEmma:

"I cried like a baby in the final act of CREED.My crying was so audible that someone in front of me turned around and said to my friend,'let's hope she never sees SCHINDLER'S LIST!'.   Oh,and Michael B.Jordan's guns,obviously."

Dec 11 2017

The Furniture: Matte Paintings at the End of an Era

"The Furniture,"byDaniel Walber,is our weekly series on Production Design.You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

Over the course of the past year,I've done an informal retrospective series on the Best Production Design nominees of 1967.It isn't an especially "New Hollywood"lineup,despite being the year of "Pictures at a Revolution."Four of the nominees are lush period pieces,three of them lengthy musicals.They often feel like extravagantly-designed chaos,whirlwinds of sets and props that spin out of control.This is true of boththe hilarious brawls ofThe Taming of the Shrewandthe dated,stereotype-laden adventures ofThoroughly Modern Millie.Camelot,the winner,manages to split the difference between Old Hollywood excess and New Hollywood sexuality.

The final two films,both Best Picture nominees,are a bit less of a thrill.Guess Who's Coming to DinnerandDoctor Dolittleare,respectively,the most realistic and most fantastical of the five nominees.However,despite their differences,they both underline the inadequate end-point of old-school studio design.

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Sep 11 2017

Sneakers Turns 25

by Lynn Lee

Sneakersturns 25 today,and until last week I'd never seen it.   Although it came out when I was of moviegoing age,it was barely on my radar.  All I remembered of it later was that it was about hackers and maybe also spies and the NSA,and I tended to confuse it withHackers(which I'd never seen either).My husband was amazed to learn this,having seenSneakersmore times than he could count,and said I had to see it.  But wouldn't it be awfully dated now,I wondered?  He insisted it still held up,despite admitting he hadn't seen it in a while.  There was only one way to find out…

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Aug 15 2017

1963 Convo Pt 2: Lilies of the Field

Previously,in this '63 Party:
The Supporting Actress Smackdown
Podcast Conversation Part 1

To close out our little Oscar 1963 celebration, Nathaniel talksLilies of the Fieldand more with this month's panel: Teo Bugbee,Keiran Scarlett,Séan McGovern,and Brian Mullin.

Smackdown '63 Companion Podcast Part 2
(42 minutes)
In which we wrap up our discussion of big budget airport trifleThe VIPs.Then the panel has differing opinions on the merits of the classic feelgoodLilies of the Field.Also up for discussion: Sidney Poitier's unique spot in Hollywood history,Denzel Washington comparisons,and an aside to Alfred Hitchcock andThe Birds.And,as we say our goodbyes,we each offer up one must-see film from 1963 that we hope you'll watch.

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?

Smackdown '63 Conversation Part Two - LILIES OF THE FIELD

May 18 2017

Stage Door: "Six Degrees of Separation" Revived

Stage Door bringing you intermittent theater reviews when we manage to get there.Here's Nathaniel R

It's so basic to binge plays during Tony season as opposed to a more sensible and committed once-a-month diet of live theater.Alas,just as the more familiar mainstream obsession of the Oscar circus encourages studios to backload their releases to the last quarter of the year,most of the "big"theater shows open as late as they can for Tony consideration.This makes April and May a madhouse of theater-going for those who care about such things.Because most of the musicals are too expensive,I've been catching up with the plays.We've already coveredThe Little Foxes(a must see) and the Pulitzer-winning economic tragedySweat.So let's talkSix Degrees of Separationnominated for 2 Tonys: Best Revival of a Play and Best Leading Actor (Corey Hawkins).

"Chaos,control.Chaos,control.You like,you like?"

That's Stockard Channing's most sweetly funny line reading (among thousands of exquisite ones) in the 1993 movie adaptation of this stage classic.That was also,roughly,my reaction to the Broadway revival with Allison Janney,John Benjamin Hickey,and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton),taking over the roles Channing,Donald Sutherland,and Will Smith played onscreen...

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