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Friday
Sep 07 2018

Posterized: Movies About Nun

by Nathaniel R

Sally Field as "The Flying Nun"...but that's a TV showThough we hate that every movie wants to become a 'universe' now,box office pundits predict thatThe Nun-- part ofThe Conjuringseries -- is going to be huge.And,hell,we kind of love nun movies because we didn't grow up Catholic so it always seems like a fun or exoticotherto us with peculiar hangups and fashion sense.Perhaps Catholics don't like nun movies quite as much or go into them with far more complicated baggage?

There are LOTS of B movies about nuns -- particular of the naughty variety (whether that's horror films or sexual films) but we're looking at only the more known titles here.(And surely there are a TON of foreign films about nuns that we're unfamiliar with though we've included a few famous ones in the list below.)

This list is dedicated to Sally FieldThe Flying Nun,and Ann Dowd's nun in the short-lived TV seriesNothing Sacred(both of whom welove) because this list is about nun movies.

OK,let's survey the posters.How many of these 39 nun movies have you seen?If we've discussed the movie,it's linked up below...

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Wednesday
May 31 2017

Soundtracking: "Sister Act"

It's the 25th anniversary ofSister Act!Here'sChris Feilwith the second installment of Soundtracking,our newest series at The Film Experience,亚博主页focusing on music in the movies...

Nuns having fun while singing runs!Alma,check your battery,because it's time to take it to church!

Sister Actis about as much of an easy comfort as 90s movies get,from Whoopi Goldberg's peak comic powers to that vibrant choral soundtrack.The film is kind of a prototype jukebox musical,recontextualizing 60s girl group soul to a vaguely christian context."Guy"becomes "God",traditional hymns transition into contemporary gospel,music and lyrics twisted twenty years beforePitch PerfectandGleepopularized the mash-up.

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Wednesday
May 03 2017

Today's Five: Don't go into that castle,Jonathan Harker!

by Nathaniel R

We got a little carried away with our "on this day"posts these past few months.They were meant just to be fun and festive quickies and not take over so REDUCEREDUCE.Moving forward we'll give you 5 reasons to celebrate any given day because a) we're trying to stay positive b) it's good to be alive and c) who knows how much longer we'll be able to do that with nut-job man-babies running the world's most weaponized countries?So put on your party hatseveryday,is the point.

Five Showbiz-Related Anniversaries (May 3rd)

2002Sam Raimi's pop and playful superhero pictureSpider-Manopens in theaters to massive then record-breaking returns.We were all so innocent back then.There was really only Batman and Spider-Man (Superman still on his long hiatus) and no "universes"to obsess over.If only even 1/10ths of the superhero pictures that came after it these past 15 years were shot as inventively (but they can't all be Raimis)

In its honor today: Look at yourself in the mirror the appreciative way Tobey Maguire does when he wakes up after that spider-bite,improved.You're awesome.Maybe you just didn't notice it before?

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Tuesday
May 03 2011

Stage Door: Oscar Flashback = Tony Prophecy?

I promised you a stage|screen colum each Tuesday.With the Tony Award nominations out this morning (see previous post),we already have so much to discuss but how is this for a twist on the flashback.

Remember this moment from the March 1995 Oscars?亚博主页Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner won Best Costume Design for the epic outback drag comedyThe Adventures ofPriscilla,Queen of the Desert.

Sharon Stone with Oscar winning costume designers in 1995

Lizzy's credit card dress was all anybody could talk about the next week in fashion reviews,outside of nominee Uma Thurman's lavender Prada that is.

Several Tony winners have gone on to repeat their wins at the Oscars when the stage plays or musicals transferred to the bigscreen (think Yul Brynner,亚博主页Shirley Booth,etcetera) but it doesn't usually happen the other way around.Trivia Expert Question:would this be the first time that someone won a Tony for reprising an Oscar triumph?

OTHER SILVER SCREEN CONNECTIONS!
Let Them Double as Rental Suggestions If You Don't Have Access To the Stage Plays

Screen-To-Stage
Best Musical NomineesCatch Me If You Can,Sister Actand Best Musical no-shows that were nominated in other categories likePriscillaandWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdownare all stage adaptations of hit movies.

Stage-To-Screen and Back Again
Both Musical Revival nomineesHow To Succeed in Business Without Really TryingandAnything Goeshave made trips to the big screen in 1967 and 1956 respectively.How To Succeedis a typical adaptation but theAnything Goesfilm bears extremely little resemblance to the stage musical apart from some of the same songs.Driving Miss Daisywasn't a big success in these Tony nominations but Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for reprising the Jessica Tandy role,a role that started on the stage.

Compare and Contrast
War Horse,one of the big tickets in town,is based on the book.The book is also the source of the upcoming Oscar Bait film War Horse from Steven Spielberg.It's not an adaptation of the stage play but they're both adaptations of the book.Got it?

If you can't see the plays,read the books or see related films

I've Seen That Face Somewhere Before
Mark Rylance,nominated for Jerusalem is a superb and acclaimed stage actor but unfortunately he doesn't work in movies very often.But some of you may remember him from his brief stint as  leading man of controversially explicit films like the beautiful period pieceAngels & Insects(1996) or the stinging dramaIntimacy(2001).Lily Rabe,nominated for her Shakespearean work in The Merchant of Venice,is the daughter of Jill Clayburgh and you may have seen her in the moviesNo Reservations,Mona Lisa Smileor as Ryan Gosling's loyal friend inAll Good Things.

Ellen Barkin in "The Normal Heart"which has strangely never been made into a movieAnd though it pains me to admit it this,I've discovered recently that many younger readers are quite unfamiliar with Ellen Barkin.She's playing the stressed doctor inThe Normal Heart,another revival of Larry Kramer's devastating AIDS drama (I saw the last revival which was great but people have been completely insane for this one so apparently it's unmissable.) Barkin's  screen heyday was in the late 80s (notablyThe Big Easywith Dennis Quaid andSea of Lovewith Al Pacino).Her last high profile studio movie gig wasOceans 13(2007).She's also Julianne Moore's bestie though that's neither here nor there,just a fun factoid.

Mother Gothel!
Donna Murphy,who hopefully won an army of new fans with her great work inTangled,is Tony nominated again for Best Actress in a Musical for playing a woman from youth to old age in the tearjerker The People in the Picture.Murphy is  a two-time winner already.

Oscar Winners On Stage
Frances McDormand,Vanessa Redgrave and Al Pacino are all nominated for lead roles.

Will Any of The New Plays and Musicals Be Made Into Movies?
Your guess is as good as mine.Hairsprayis a recent example of a movie that became a stage musical and then became a movie again based on its stage musical.Back and forth it goes.It's hard to know.Kander & Ebb'sThe Scottsboro Boysin particular might make an interesting transfer and we all know what happened withCabaretandChicago.Good Peoplefrom David Lindsey Abaire has already had one of his acclaimed plays transferred (Rabbit Hole) and he's also a working screenwriter (his current gig beingOz: The Great and Powerful.) so maybe that show about a poor southie in Boston could make some sort of move.