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Thursday
Aug222019

Over & Overs: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

In this new series, members of Team Experience wax rhapsodic on films they've never been able to stop watching. Here's Lynn Lee...

Conventional wisdom holds that Raiders of the Lost Ark, the O.G. Indiana Jones, is also the best Indiana Jones.  Yet the Indy installment I love the most is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which I’ve watched more times than I can count and can practically quote from beginning to end.  It’s one of my cinematic comfort food go-tos. I can count on it to put a smile on my face and – perhaps more surprisingly – a tear in my eye.

I suspect my deep affection for The Last Crusade is at least partly rooted in the fact that it was the first Indiana Jones movie I saw, and the only one I ever saw in a theater...

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Wednesday
Aug212019

No Time to Link 

Variety cultural conversations about a TV show lift its Emmy prospects
The Guardian on Leonard Bernstein's 10 year affair with a Japanese fan
/Film Bond 25 has a title No Time to Die
Daily Xtra Joey Moser remembers seeing movies with his father on the weekend - lovely

After the jump Love Simon, Spider-Man divorce, cool film festivals, and Marvel Comics avoiding anti-fascist "politics" in a genre built on just that...

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Tuesday
Aug062019

10th Anniversary: Julie & Julia is an 'Over & Over'

by Ginny O'Keefe

BONJOUR! It’s now been 10 years since Amy Adams (with a bad wig) and Meryl Streep (with platforms to make her look 6’2”) starred as the title characters in the delicious Nora Ephron film, Julie and Julia. The film follows New Yorker Julie Powell in 2002, challenging herself to make every recipe in Julia Child’s famous cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” while simultaneously chronicling Child’s start of her cooking profession in 1950’s France. I saw this film for the first time in theatres when it premiered back in August 2009 and thank God I had a large popcorn and Buncha Crunch by my side because otherwise I would’ve died of starvation.

Without a doubt, this is my favorite food film ever. It lets a legend and a regular person share the spotlight while paralleling each other through their obsession and love of good French food. This film inspired an interest in the culinary arts for this then 14-year-old me. I decided to make more food for myself (instead of just relying on my mom)...

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Monday
Aug052019

Box Office: Hobbs & Shaw

What did you see? We took a beach weekend in Fire Island so the movies weren't viewed though they were still very much on our mind. Particular due to a showtunes night at the Pavilion where ample clips from ChicagoBurlesque, Dreamgirls and more were shown. FYI: Catherine Zeta Jones' Velma Kelly is still magic. 

Weekend Box Office Actuals
August 2nd-4th
๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanding / โ˜… = Highly Recommended
W I D E
PLATFORM / SPECIALTY TITLES
Hobbs & Shaw The Farewell
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Hobbs & Shaw  $60 *new* REVIEW 
1 ๐Ÿ”บ The Farewell $2.4 (cum. $6.8) REVIEWINTERVIEW โ˜…
2 The Lion King $38.5 (cum. $431.1) REVIEW
2 ๐Ÿ”บ Maiden $223k (cum. $1.5) REVIEW โ˜…
3 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $20 (cum. $78.8)  REVIEW, PODCAST โ˜…
3 ๐Ÿ”บ Luce $132k *new* โ˜…

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Tuesday
Jul302019

Lunchtime Poll: Which scene in a movie made you imagine a whole other movie?

by Nathaniel R

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood was difficult to write about. That's what happens with dense movies. Naturally, then, my review left out something major. It was only after publishing it that I realized I hadn't even mentioned the extended scene that is the movie's most impressive on a filmmaking level. I'm talking about the significant detour when Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) visits Spahn's Movie Ranch. He used to shoot a TV show there a decade earlier but it's now Manson Family territory, thanks to the retired and now blind George Spahn (Bruce Dern)...

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Sunday
Jul212019

The Lion King's Leftovers

What did you see this weekend? Disney's photorealistic animated remake of the animated classic was all the rage as audiences stampeded to theaters like a herd of wildebeests. Though the numbers below are just estimates it's accounting for about 72% of the nation's box office. Insanity. Next time you hear someone complaining about 'Hollywood running out of ideas' check how many of Disney's recent remakes they've seen before taking them seriously.

Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 19th-21st 
๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanding / โ˜… = Highly Recommended
W I D E
PLATFORM / SPECIALTY TITLES
The Lion King The Farewell
1 ๐Ÿ”บ The Lion King  $185 *new*
1 ๐Ÿ”บ The Farewell $1.1 (cum. $1.6) REVIEWINTERVIEW โ˜…

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