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Coming Next on “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” which we're pleased to see off to such a fine communal start with Barbarella and Oz. Join us. The more the merrier. All you need is any sort of webspace wherein to post your image (twitter, tumblr, blogger, etcetera) and eyeballs with which to choose a Best Shot from the chosen films.

Wed March 20th
Forbidden Games (1952). The director René Clement's centennial is this week so why not look back on this Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner which combines two of the Academy's favorite things in that category: Children and World War II (available on Netflix instant watch)
Wed March 27th
Jackie Brown (1997). That’ll be Quentin Tarantino week here at TFE as we celebrate the filmmaker’s whole oeuvre for his 50th birthday
Wed April 3rd 
I'm thinking a Short Film Special as time will be short. Details TBA but I'll make it/they are available online.
Wed April 10th
Jurassic Park (1993). Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster will be back in theaters in three dimensions. See it there and describe it or see it at home and screencap it. Or both but play along.

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One of the most frustrating developments in movie history is the way Forbidden Games has gone from universally acknowledged masterpiece to all but forgotten footnote.

I'm so glad you will be discussing it.

It's a searing, ingeniously constructed narrative, beautifully acted, sweet, morbid, tense, hilarious, believable and indelible. It broke my heart at 14, and it broke my heart all over again at 24.

It's a shame that, just because Clement never made any other formally interesting films, this one got buried along with all the stunted prestige packages of French pre-New Wave 50s cinema.

Even watching it today, it still feels very alive and very immediate in its impact. It's one of the great films of the decade, and really, of all time.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergoran

After a very sick and a very busy week, I'm happy thinking I'll probably be back for some fun this wednesday!

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

STOKED for Jurassic Park. That's one of my all-time favorites and i can't imagine what--

Nevermind. I know exactly what my shot will be.

I couldn't do Barbarella because i couldn't get my hands on a copy (and i cancelled Netflix the week before) and Forbidden Games might be even more difficult for me so we'll see.

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

If you're going short film, I strongly suggest Chris Marker's La Jetée, a true classic materpiece, the movie that inspired Twelme Monkeys. It's a perfect movie for this series because every single shot of it photographed. You're seeing a science fiction story narrated through photos and voice-over, It's incredible, haunting.

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Watch it at youtube with English subs: watch?v=ezkAeQuUqCg

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Oh no! Forbidden Games! The last time I saw it was in a random TCM viewing. I was very pregnant, full of hormones, and then, the little kids ... and the animals . . . and WWII, and everything. Beautiful, but I don't know if I can handle another viewing without a stiff drink.

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

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