Hit Me With Your Best Shot always has to step aside for the utter madness of Fall Festivals and Awards Season. It will return for a sixth season next March. So join in now while we're still rolling and see how much fun it is over the course of the next five movies. It's simple to play:
1) Watch the movie.
2) Choose your "Best Shot" (your definition - beauty in the eye of the beholder)
3) Post it online somewhere with a few words about why you chose it. We link up.
Tues July 29th CRIES & WHISPERS (1973)
Since we're celebrating 1973 all July to coincide with the Smackdown, here's your Best Cinematography winner. Ingmar Bergman's extraordinary movie about sisters and death. Cheerful!
Tues August 5th THE SADDEST CHILDREN IN THE WORLD (2003-2009)
BITE-SIZED WEEK. Here's a short film trilogy from the super gifted Canadian filmmaker Jamie Travis (For a Good Time, Call...) who I've been obsessed with since 2006 when I first saw his "Patterns" trilogy. Pick one of these films to watch and write about -- they don't need to viewed in order as they're only thematically connected. I'm guessing you'll like it and want to watch all three.
Tues August 12th SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (1959)
We're jumpin in on Anne Marie's "A Year with Kate" action this week. Since the Tennessee Williams film was directed by four time Oscar winner Joseph Mankiewicz (All About Eve) and stars Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor (both nominated for Best Actress!) and Montgomery Clift that's five great artists all grouped together for our sensationalistic amusement in this insane story of predatory homos, evil mothers, and primordial gardens with some of the best taglines the cinema ever gave us outside of Susan Hayward pictures:
...suddenly last summer Cathy knew she was being used for something evil!"
The one they're all talking about"
These are powers and passions without precedent in motion pictures."
August 19th GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) PART 1
August 26th GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) PART 2
We're going back to Tara for Scarlett, Rhett, Melanie, Ashley et all but since Gone With the Wind is supersized in every way (3 directors, 2 cinematographers, 1400 women seen for Scarlett, 6 months of filming, 238 minute running time, 1.6 billion dollar box office adjusted for inflation, 8 competitive Oscars and too many iconic scenes and lines of dialogue to count) we're splitting it up into two episodes for its 75th anniversary year. Part 1 Stretches from the opening credits to "I'll never go hungry again" and Part 2 finds Scarlett trying to make Tara happen until Rhett no longer gives a damn.
September 2nd THE MATRIX (1999)
SEASON FINALE. Take the red pill and join us to sing Keanu Reeve a Happy 50th Birthday as we look back on this much adored, eventually reviled (well, the sequels anyway) but hugely influential sci-fi blockbuster.