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Next on "Hit Me..."

I'm debating whether Hit Me With Your Best Shot will get a season 4 but it depends on how the rest of the summer goes. If you've always wanted to join in, please do. The more the merrier... the more the essential actually as it's meant to be a film club conversation with all eyes on one movie, making a case for the movie's single best shot.

Wednesday July 11th

*10th Anniversary*
Sam Mendes' stately and self-conciously "best shoty" gangster drama, adapted from a graphic novel, won Paul Newman his last Oscar nomination, introduced many moviegoers to both Daniel Craig (now very James Bond) and Tyler Hoechlin (now very grown up on Teen Wolf) and won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. How has it aged? 117 minutes.
Netflix |  Blockbuster | LoveFilm  

Wednesday July 18th
Black Narcissus was one of my top three favorite episodes of this series, so why not? Hee. This NSFW underground indie classic about a rent boy's erotic fantasies was shot almost entirely in the then "Anonymous" director James Bidgood's apartment over a seven year period. But it's quite a lot more visually resourceful than its undoubtedly miniscule budget would suggest. 70 minutes.
Netflix |  LoveFilm (instant watch)  

Wednesday July 25th

Moonrise Kingdom would be a great option for this series but it's still in theaters. (Go see it!) Instead let's revisit Wes Anderson's greatest film about a wealthy, artistic, incestuous, funny, idiosyncratic, intelligent, stylish and manically depressed clan. Yes, lots of adjectives apply... and maybe this noun, too: "Masterpiece". 110 minutes.
Netflix |  LoveFilm | Blockbuster 

Wednesday Aug 1st
*Marilyn Week*
The 50th anniversary of Marilyn's death (August 5th) will likely take up a lot of media space in August so we'll celebrate with one of her lightest confections, as three roommate friends (Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable) husband hunt in this Cinemascope comedy -- very widescreen for lots of actresslicious three shots. Why this one? Oh, I haven't seen in a long time. 95 minutes.
Netflix |  Blockbuster | LoveFilm 

Depending on how those go, we'll wrap up on the 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th. How's that for decisive?!?

Complete list of all 39 episodes thus far (with links)

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Reader Comments (9)

I'm getting in on this one.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Z

You have no idea how excited I am for How to Marry a Millionaire. I saw this movie at a repertory theater when I was about 10 and it revealed this fantasy Hollywood life that I still want to live in. The decor, the costumes (every movie's plot should just stop for a few minutes to make way for a fashion show the way this one does), the glamour gals. Oh I love this movie so much!! I'm completely technically inept- posting a comment is about as sophisticated as I can get on the interwebs so I'm sorry I can't join in on this series. I really love reading all the responses and I hope you don't discontinue it.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAR

Three more episodes after How to Marry A Millionaire? Yay!

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Um. i didn't say three more. I said "we'll see"

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

What's the process to be involved?

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZach

You just watch the movie and then post your choice for best shot on your own webspace wherever that is livejournal, facebook, blog, personal wenbsite, tumblr, flickr whatever. with an explanation is best. it's fun to click around and see the different choices.

generally it goes up on wednesday night at 10 with whatever links people send me.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Thanks! E-mail you the link or post it on the blog?

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZach

either works

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R


July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZach
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