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Next Two "Best Shot" Episodes: Zootopia + Cinematography of '77

Watch the movies. Pick a shot. join us! You can see all the past episodes here.


Tuesday Evening, July 19th
ZOOTOPIA (2016, Howard, Moore, Bush. 108 minutes)
It's the second biggest global hit of the year and now that it's available for home viewing let's have a second look at this delightful animated comedy about a utopia threatened when predators go wild again. 

BEST SHOT SPECIAL: Mon Jul 24- Fri Jul 29th
Oscar Battles: Best Cinematography 1977

JULIA Douglas Slocombe 
TURNING POINT Robert Surtees 

Choose one or more of Oscar's 1977 Cinematography nominees for your "Best Shot" pleasure. We'll reajudicate the cinematography Oscar battle of 1977 over the final week of July. If this sounds crazy, please note that 1977 happens to be our "Year of the Month" and four of those five titles were also nominated for Best Supporting Actress so we'll be watching them anyway for the Smackdown so this is time management...albeit of an ambitious kind. That week at the blog we'll post our favorite image from each of those movies one a day along with links to whichever you've discussed at your blog, tumblr, twitter, or facebook. 


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Don't Look Now is in the picture grid but not the poll????

June 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Never participated because I never screen capped anything before. Not sure if I have the capabilities.

I can suggest movies which live and die off their visuals: Dune (1984), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Beloved (1998) -- I feel like I'm missing other pure visual delight titles. Wait, maybe I'm thinking of some Oliver Stone movies from the 90's. But his movies actually work on a dramatic level for me. Though I will throw in U-Turn (1997) as another suggestion.

June 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Tim -- it is in the poll. i see it at least.

June 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

The vote is a fabulous idea, but choosing is painful! A tough choice with such fun options!

June 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterChris Feil

I participated once and really enjoyed it, but since then I keep forgetting until I see the results have been posted. I'll try and participate more, especially with CLOSE ENCOUNTERS coming up.

June 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMario

The idea of a series of weekly posts sounds exhausting, but interesting. That said, I just checked, and both Looking for Mr. Goodbar and The Turning Point aren't available for renting on either I-tunes or Amazon. Is there any other way to rent the movies without getting a Netflix account?

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Tooey

Working Girl is winning. We love to tease you

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Allilson -- looking for mr goodbar is on YouTube. I dont know how to get Turning POint without Netflix.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Off Topic

Someone cobbled together an alternate list of Best Actress winners that will drive you insane on the Academy denying most of these women statuettes for these performances.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

DON'T LOOK NOW PLEASE! Such an underrated horror masterpiece with the greatest sex scene ever, hell yeah baby.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercraver

Catgirl? Really? *lol*

I voted Gentlemen prefer Blonde. That legendary "Diamonds are a Girl's best friend" is so worth it.
Why also not Batman (1989) and Batman Returns??? Please? PLEASE????

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

I'm mildly frustrated to see that such a visually gorgeous movie like The Painted Veil is losing in the polls. I was able to do the last few best shots because I got too busy to devote the time to watching these movies and write about them unfortunately. Work and personal life got in the way.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Sonja: 1. For your last point, they did a Batman mega special a couple years back for the 75th anniversary and 2. Eh, I think looking at bad movies for this is a fun idea, because even the bad stuff adds to the discourse.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

FYI, The Turning Point expires on Netflix Instant at the end of June, so if anyone is interested in watching it for Best Shot or the Smackdown, they should do so ASAP. Netflix does not have it available for rental.

June 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I swear I will be back in August!

June 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJason H.

I'll try posting here and on a more recent article, and hopefully you'll see this!

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteri/fwp

Suzanne -- YIKES. Thank you. I didn't know that.

June 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Hope this is the right place to post this!

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFritz

Working Girl is an opportunity to discuss Sigourney Weaver duh!

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Watching Mr. Goodbar on YouTube a couple weeks ago and the ending is still haunting me.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I'll be back. :)

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIan

I remember reading an interesting essay by Roger Ebert comparing Working Girl to The Graduate, both directed by Mike Nichols. His point IIRC was noting that the latter was cynical about capitalism but the former very much embraced it, and that that reflected the times. So it'll be interesting to watch this 1988 business film in 2016.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

Ugh, Pfeiffer and Streep were supposed to star in Working Girl. My heart aches.

Weaver was fantastic though...

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterScooby

LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR is on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on cable on Thursday, July 14th at 11:15 pm (CST).

Check local listings.

July 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

I'm planning on being a first time participant this week. Zootopia is my current obsession.

July 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterConMan

Man everything but Close Encounters sounds awful...

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Wagner

I'm not sure where to post it, but... here.

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterConMan

Rachel - you don't have to do all of them ;)

Con-Man - thanks for participating

July 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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