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Monday
Jul282014

ICYMI

Super jam-packed week here at TFE. We were possibly over-posting which brings us to ICYMI because sure you did miss something. I've put the goods under song headers this morning just because.

We Can Be Heroes
TFE got schizophrenic as Amir bitched about superhero franchises just as Anne Marie was celebrating them with live Comic Con coverage.

You're Beautiful
We gave Sandra Bullock a teensy look-back for her 50th. But I was mostly feeling love in short post form for players who get too little attention these days: Mary Steenburgen is always boss, John Leguizamo is an oft inspired clown, and on a clear day you can see Barbara Harris forever. I'm glad to know there are other fans out there of all three. 

Anticipation
I was worried that YNMS efforts were getting stale but the inspiration faucet was suddenly turned back on for Imitation Game. And how about a double feature of Miss Julie & 50 Shades of Grey?

You're History
To give the upcoming Smackdown (Thursday!) some context we looked back at 1973 in particular: The Long Goodbye, Badlands, Day For Night, Box Office Hits, and Introductions of the Supporting Actresses. (There's still a couple more goodies coming.)

That Thing You Do!
Drew Bond on a banana. Got under ScarJo's Skin. Discussed 1999 mythologizing. Drooled on Jake. Saw red.

HELP WANTED: I want to thank everyone who responded to the post about new contributors. It's going to take me awhile to get through the samples but know that I appreciate and have received.

UP NEXT
Cries and Whispers, The Smackdown of 1973, Masters of Sex and more Emmy Award Countdown silliness, and Patricia Arquette from Boyhood.

Wednesday
Jul232014

Best Shot - Final 5 Episodes of 2014

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.

• Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come To Dinner (2003, 16 min)
The Saddest Boy in the World (2006, 13 min)
The Armoire (2009, 22 min)

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."

[Amazon Instant | Netflix | iTunes]

August 19th GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) PART 1
       August 26th GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) PART 2

*READER'S PICK!*

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. 

 

Monday
Jul212014

Help Wanted

Regular Contributor
TFE is looking for a new regular with a focus on current cinema / movie news. Must have your own voice but one that still fits with the general tone of the site (i.e. serious about cinema but never at the expense of having fun & vice versa). Interested parties should have three writing samples but the ability to be concise and right to the point in engaging bite-sized takes is best. We never cut and paste press releases here as so many sites do but sometimes that's at the expense of not covering news at all which is not an ideal solution. Are you an alchemist who can read a press release and transform it into something short and pithy that actually still gives us the news but with a point of view? 

International Correspondents
The last time I tried this I got a lot of interest from foreign readers who wanted to talk about American cinema. But that's not what we're looking for. We're looking for people abroad (with the same skill set as regular contributors: fun, concise, accessible) who are well versed in / frequently attend their own country's cinema for monthly concise peeks at film culture elsewhere. Especially in major film markets like Germany, China, Japan, Brazil, India, France, Spain, Russia, etcetera...

If You Are Jake Gyllenhaal, You're Hired

 

 

Saturday
Jul192014

ICYMI (12 Days 'til Smackdown)

July's heat has slowed us down a bit here at TFE (I'm actually at the beach as you read this) but if you haven't been popping in each day you might've missed some goodies. Herewith a baker's dozen of the most popular and/or best posts from the past couple of weeks.

Just One of the Guys Annie Hathaway

Lee Pace Won't Kiss Amy Adams - a flashback
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - reviewish
Catwoman and The Joker - the two best performances ever to grace a superhero movie
Movie Star Drag Kings - KStew, Hathaway and Brie Larson became "Just One of the Guys"
Kate with a Side of Bette - a special edition of the podcast w/ Nick & Anne Marie
Flashy Title Sequences, TV - we looked at an undersung Emmy category
Exodus Tease  -  More of a Cock Block, really
Robin Hood - Disney's anthropomorphic '73 version  

Halfway Mark Madness - The Complete Series
We looked at the best films of the year's first ½ as well as the best performances, best visuals, best sounds (consider them FYCs) and the hottest of the hotties from Hiddleston to ScarJo

UP NEXT
The final 2 weeks of July will be jam-packed: Nathaniel interviews Patricia Arquette on Boyhood; Anne Marie reports from San Diego Comic Con; we'll finish the Oscar charts (hey we got 4 categories updated at least!) "Best Shot" looks at Under the Skin (7/22) and Cries and Whispers (7/29); Matthew Eng returns to celebrate Sandra Bullock at 50; and we continue to look at the movies of 1973 before Stinky Lulu's Supporting Actress Smackdown returns on July 31st with our special guest panelists

Monday
Jun302014

ICYMI & Coming Soon at the Halfway Mark

Today marks the final day of the first half of 2014. That flashed by, didn't it? Here are five highlights from this past week while you wait for this afternoon's Smackdown (squeeeeeeeee!)

Ten Best Dragons - from Toothless to Vermithrax
• Test Interview - filming dance sequences
What's Wrong With Musicals? - it isn't the talent pool
What If... The Academy had loved Do The Right Thing 25 years ago? Fight the Power!
Welcome to the Academy - 271 new invites went out... and, as always, some are headscratchers and some are deliciously welcome

COMING IN JULY
Oscar Chart Updates are in progress and we'll post tomorrow when we start "Halfway Mark" festivities surveying the Best of the Year (thus far).

What else? July's Year of the Month is 1973... so get to watching / rewatching some of the movies from that vintage especially Paper Moon, The Exorcist, Cries and Whispers, and The Way We Were. 'A Year with Kate' will hit The African Queen and The Rainmaker... and I'll try to catch up with Seasons of Bette. We'll also return to the "Best Shot" party and wish Sandra Bullock a happy 50th.  AND (Who, ME? Overplan?) it's Reader Appreciation Month so we'll start spotlighting some of you again.

PLUS ENTICING NEW MOVIES: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Tammy, Land Ho!, Boyhood, Happy ChristmasMagic in the Moonlight and Lucy chief among them.