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Murtada talks "Pain & Glory"

The Film Experience representing on Turkish TV! Murtada appeared this weekend to discuss Pedro Almodovar's autofiction career reflection in Pain & Glory. Well done. (If you haven't yet caught Murtada's review, referenced here, check it out.)

Pain & Glory now playing in NYC, LA, DC, San Francisco, Chicago.
Oct 18th Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Miami…
Oct 25th Detroit, Austin, Seattle, Denver, Fort Meyers, New Jersey, Ontario…
Nov 1st Atlanta, Fort Worth, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Santa Barbara...
Nov 8th New Orleans, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cincinatti, Des Moine...


Podcast: Parasite + Listener Qs

with Murtada Elfadl & Nathaniel R


Index (58 minutes)
00:01 Parasite's opening weekend success and its basic premise
06:30 through 22:59 [SPOILER SECTION]
23:00 Its Oscar prospects and the joys of sold out theaters
30:00 CHANGE OF TOPIC. Continuous shot movies. 
32:38 More Parasite chatter (non-spoilers) plus a Portrait of a Lady on Fire tangent
39:13 Listener Questions 

 You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 


Parasite plus


Middleburg Tickets on Sale

We told you about the main events at Middleburg last week but the full slate and list of movies is now available. But first here's a little listing that's historic (for us at least) -- The Film Experience will join Awards Daily and Awards Circuit for a special "Coffee and Contenders" event.

Should be fun.

Hope we don't get stage fright. You can check out the full listing of films for Middleburg after the jump...

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What if there had been a Best Casting Oscar this past decade?

Since we shared the news that Casting Director David Rubin had become the new president of the Academy, we've been thinking a lot about a potential Best Casting Oscar. The common 'they shouldn't do this' feeling in the comments and on twitter was based on the fact that the Academy would likely get it all wrong and only pick a random sampling of Best Picture nominees with starry casts. But that's never a reason not to have a category when there should be one. Lord knows they get a lot of things wrong and many of the branches are susceptible to strangely ignoring anything outside of the Best Picture race even if the film isn't strong in their particular field.

Here at TFE, in our Film Bitch Awards, we've had a Best Casting category since 2013 which makes it pretty much our newest category. Why did we wait so long? Who knows. But after the jump we thought we'd share our nominees each year and what we think Oscar would have nominated in those same time frames. Play along in the comments, won'cha?

Film Bitch Nominees What Would Oscar Have Chosen?

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July. It's a wrap

The dog days of summer are upon us and the year is just flying by now. As we prepare to ride out the last month of the summer (and thus the summer movie season), here are 14 highlights from the month we now leave behind...

The Farewell interview  Murtada talks to rising director Lulu Wang about her autobiographical hit
New Classics: In the Loop Michael discovers that the political satire is eerily even more relevant 10 years on
Doc Corner Glenn says Maiden is a must-see and an Oscar contender
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Nathaniel sits in the car with Brad and wonders where Tarantino's 9th or 10th movie is going. What an odd film experience
The Personal and the universal Lynn Lee's take on The Farewell
Best Actresses Nathaniel's ballot on 2019's first half
Review: MidSommar Chris on the year's most polarizing movie
Soundtracking: Nashville Chris listens closely to a non-musical that's also a musical 
Smackdown 1960 Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) and more special guests discuss Psycho and Elmer Gantry. Have you listened yet? 
The Lion King Redux Timn's brutal review of Disney's money-devouring remake 

Most Discussed
Yes No Maybe So: Cats that trailer was the stuff of dream nightmare ballets
Emmy Snubs who we were mourning on nomination day
Populist Oscar Nominees which performances wouldn't have been nominated without their outstanding box office receipts? 
Big Little Lies "I Want to Know" - series or season finale? Either way we all had opinions.  

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of 1957,  a tribute to the very random and many-act career of producer Dino de Laurentiis for his Centennial, Mindhunter season 2, and new films like Luce, Blinded by the Light, The Kitchen, Where'd You Go Bernadette, Brittany Runs a Marathon, and Vita & Virginia.


Halfway Mark: Best of 2019 (Thus Far) 

by Nathaniel R

Let's wrap up the midyear review now with a general overview and behind the scenes beauty. Please don't consider this list 'official' awards since the back half of the year is usually more impressive than the first half due to annoying Oscar-focused distribution patterns. The point, nevertheless, is an important one: we should always be appreciating art and keeping lists so we don't forget delights that opened in non-awards season months like most awards voters do. 


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