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How had I never seen... "Three Days of the Condor" or "The Parallax View"?  

In this new series, members of Team Film Experience watch and share their reactions to classic films they’ve never seen. 

by Lynn Lee

The 1970s may have been a great era for cinema, but they were a pretty lousy time for faith in the great American experiment.  Between the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers, the Church Committee reports, and of course Watergate, there were seemingly endless reasons to suspect the U.S. government and other institutions meant to serve and protect the public were instead covering up all manner of malfeasance—and that they might be watching you if they thought you were a threat.  This generalized paranoia found fertile ground in Hollywood, leading to a spate of conspiracy thrillers of varying quality and goofiness.

Until last month, the only one of these films I’d seen was All the President’s Men (unless you count Chinatown and Network, which I’d argue you could).  But something about the social and political tensions of today made these movies seem especially current again.  So it seemed like a good occasion to watch two of the most famous examples of the genre: Three Days of the Condor (1975) and A Parallax View (1974)...

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Movember is here. But everyone is already furry!

I considered growing a 'mo for "Movember," to raise money for men's health issues but in truth vanity prevailed. I look good with a beard but terrible with a moustache. I tried it just once and ewww. Not everyone can be classic Robert Redford (left) and look great with no matter what facial hair situation or lack thereof they choose. Not everyone can look so definitively like their true self with a moustache that to shave it off would be as catastrophic as biblical Samson losing his hair and power -- think Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Clark Gable, or Nick Offerman.

It used to be really fun to watch everyone get furrier for Movember, which raises awareness and money for men's health issues like testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and suicide prevention. But I'll admit I haven't noticed a difference these past couple of years. How does it work when just about everyone already has so much facial hair? (It's now almost shocking to see someone clean-shaven in NYC!)

Which male movie star's facial hair do you most love? Perhaps a list or beauty break is in order...


Halloween's Big Weekend and More... 

by Nathaniel R

The return of Jamie Lee Curtis to the Halloween franchise meant big business in movie theaters over the weekend, continuing a strong October. Meanwhile A Star is Born held on to second place for a third consecutive week. It's already the highest grossing release of 2018 to never hit #1, since its surpassed the Mamma Mia  sequel's gross. A lot of platform releases kicked off this week to in the rev up to awards season. More after the jump...

Weekend Box Office
(October 19-21)

800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. 🔺 Halloween $76.2 *NEW* Review
1. 🔺 Free Solo $1 on 251 screens (cum. $3.6) 

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Months of Meryl: Lions for Lambs (2007)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.  


#38 — Janine Roth, a liberal network journalist faced with an ethical quandary.

JOHNWhen Meryl Streep accepted her Golden Globe for The Devil Wears Prada in January 2007, she divulged a prophecy: “This has been such a fun year to watch movies because of you gals,” she said, citing fellow nominees like Annette Bening, Toni Collette, and Beyoncé. “[It] makes you want to cry with gratitude… until next year.” How could Streep have known that her 2007 would contain some of the most insipid and unwatchable films of her entire career?

In Robert Redford’s Lions for Lambs, Streep switches sides from Rendition, her previous War on Terror drama, playing Janine Roth, an investigative journalist given an exclusive scoop by a hawkish, right-wing senator named Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise) about a new military tactic being deployed in Afghanistan. Because Lions for Lambs was made under the same misguided inspiration of everything-is-connected political narratives like Babel, Crash, and Rendition, Streep and Cruise’s conversation is just one of three narrative threads...

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TIFF Review: "The Old Man and The Gun"

by Chris Feil

David Lowery has already proven a difficult director to pin down easily, giving us film’s as divergent as Aint The Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon, and A Ghost Story. His newest film, The Old Man and the Gun, fills some of the spaces between those, and a clearer directorial voice is beginning to take shape. Lowery’s films want to immerse us in a feeling, to mire over circumstances that have inevitable ends we fight against. And this time, his film also pointedly faces its own metafictional end by showcasing what is to be the final performance of Robert Redford as a con man refusing to give up the habitual ghost of robbing banks.

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