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Feb012019

January. It's a Wrap

Only one month of the film year left to go - haha. We all know the film year doesn't end until Oscar night, right? But we have technically begun another calendar year and we're already 1/12th done with it. We were reminded not by the calendar but by Murtada and Abe's Sundance coverage which is nearing completion. And the end of Sundance always means the end of January.

Herewith highlights we don't want you to have missed...

10 Reasons to Stream Support the Girls -Ilich's funny ode to this great indie
Say a Prayer for Serenity - Jason's must-read review of a future camp classic
Toni Collette: The Interview - Nathaniel talks to the great actor about her iconic performances and her feelings about grief and horror
Soundtracking: Best of 2018 - Chris surveys the best recent musical movie moments
Podcast Special - Murtada and Nathaniel answer reader questions
Mary Poppins vs Mary Poppins Returns - Lynn compares their ensemble of kooks
A Simple Favor's Design - Mark's ode to the very best of 2018's contemporary costuming
Ben Foster: The Interview - The Leave No Trace star is in a good life & career place
Months of Meryl: The Epilogue - Matt & John wrap up their year-long Streep series with a 10 best list
Film Bitch Visual Awards - the 12 most beautifully shot movies of the year, plus other eye candy

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Hiccup is all grown up! COMING IN FEBRUARY
Oscar night obviously. But until then, a handful of new interviews with filmmakers and actors, the completion of the Film Bitch Awards as we wrap up the year in film coverage, favourite screen kisses, favourite acceptance speeches, the 25th anniversary of Reality Bites, the Berlinale, the return of the Supporting Actress Smackdown, and new releases like Birds of Passage, Alita Battle Angel, and How to Train Your Dragon 3

Any requests as we near Hollywood's High Holy Night?

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Any requests as we near Hollywood's High Holy Night?

Is there a chance The Film Experience will do a preview piece on the part of Oscar night that I, in my early-onset old age, find the most interesting: In Memoriam?

Like, what are the stats on how many people get included in the montage every year? And, given that approximate number, who gets included and who gets left out this year?

A few solidly in: Bernardo Bertolucci (winner), Milos Forman (winner), Dorothy Malone (winner), William Goldman (winner), Michel Legrand (winner), Anne V. Coates (winner; honorary 2017), Burt Reynolds (nominee), Neil Simon (nominee), Carol Channing (nominee), Sondra Locke (nominee), Gary Kurtz (nominee), Craig Zadan (Oscar telecast producer), Tab Hunter, Margot Kidder, Penny Marshall, Aretha Franklin

Less sure about: Stan Lee, Audrey Wells, Pablo Ferro, Ringo Lam, Nicolas Roeg, Andrew Vajna, R. Lee Ermey, Ricky Jay, John Gavin, Susan Anspach, Philip Bosco, Donald Moffat, Michael Anderson (nominee), Martin Bregman (nominee), Paul Junger Witt (nominee), Hubert de Givenchy (nominee), Barbara Harris (nominee), Gloria Katz (nominee), James Ingram (nominee)

Probably not: Steve Ditko, Ken Berry, Bill Daily, Charlotte Rae, Robin Leach, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Clark, Tony Mendez, Bob Einstein

That's not counting movie-adjacent authors (Tom Wolfe, Philip Roth, Stephen Hawking) and the random-to-us publicists and industry execs that often make the cut.

February 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrevity

Once I start looking t that Support the Girls still, I never stop.

February 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

@Brevity

A fun game to play isn't who is included in the In Memorium segment, it's who get's the hammer position in the montage. My money is on Burt Reynolds, but the SAGs surprised me with Penny Marshall.

February 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Hi Nat! As you have the Best Casting category in The Film Bitch awards, i ask you to consider Boehemian Rhapsody as a candidate. The actors chosen are not only very good actors, but they look so much like the real person! Just look at the entry from the fun site historyvshollywood.com.
http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/bohemian-rhapsody/

February 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

I'd be shocked if Stan Lee isn't included in the In Memorium section. Same with Barbara Harris.

February 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Bohemian Rhapsody is a VH1 rockudrama quality film that doesn't deserve any accolades. Besides, the perfect casting for Freddie was Sasha Baron Cohen, and they lost him.

February 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Bruno: I agree about Sasha Baron Cohen. Bur he would have been the perfect choice 10 years ago! He is now 47 and Mercury died when he was 45. In addition, the film starts when Mercury was very young. I was mostly and pleasantly surprised by the uncanny likeness of the other actors to their real-life counterparts. That's all. Even a lousy picture can have very good casting. Did you check out the link I included?

February 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

Brevity -- that sounds like an interesting topic but i'm not sure how to begin to research it. (i guess maybe they put those videos online ??? but i've never rewatched one after the Oscars like i have speeches or such)

February 2, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@Marcos: Malek is 37, no spring chicken either. He did a fine job but it could've been better, and the rest of the cast were background noise.

February 2, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

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