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Months of Meryl: THE RIVER WILD

"Great post and comments. Yes, Streep had to navigate the rough waters of being in her 40's! I do think she smashed through the glass ceiling for women since she persevered and then became an even bigger star in her 50's." - Sister Rona

"One of my favourite movies from my teen years - I'm shocked at how long ago this was released. It was Meryl that sold this movie for me and is the reason I saw it. At the time, and I still feel this way, she is the reason to watch and believe this film." -Filmboymichael

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Smackdown Summer: 1994, 1943, 1972

The fall and winter months are too busy with normal Oscaring for Smackdowning but we aim to provide each summer. Did you enjoy the Smackdown of '70? If so, join the comment party and share it on your social media. 

Here's the schedule for the rest of the hot months. We hope you'll play along and vote.

June 17th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1994"
Panelists: TBA

  • Rosemary Harris, Tom & Viv
  • Helen Mirren, The Madness of King George
  • Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction
  • Jennifer Tilly, Bullets Over Broadway
  • Dianne Wiest, Bullets Over Broadway

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Stage and Screen: "The Band's Visit"

Hey Tri-state area readers! Only a few of you have come out to Show-Score's Stage & Screen events this spring that I've been moderating. Here's one last opportunity for you. 

I'll be interviewing Tony-nominated director David Cromer and Tony-nominated Book writer Itamar Moses of "The Band's Visit" this Sunday at 3:00 PM just before a screening of the movie that inspired the Tony nominated musical. We'll be talking about translating the film for the stage and then we'll all watch the film!

If you've never seen the Israeli film The Band's Visit (2007), you really must. It's quite charming and it stars the late great Ronit Elkabetz (of Late Marriage and Gett fame) and was a sleeper hit at US arthouses in 2008. It also won 8 Ophirs (the Israeli Oscar) in its year including Best Actress. You can get tickets here.


Coming Soon: Smackdown 1970 and Smackdown 1994

The next two regular Smackdowns were among the most requested years last time I shared the remaining years that haven't been done (among the years where it's still possible to find all five films -sigh). In both cases there are only 4 movies you need to watch to play along. I'm still on the hunt for panelists but in the meantime get to watching for the first time (or rewatching!)

Helen Hayes in "Airport"

May 13th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1970"
Host: Nathaniel R; Meet the Panelists: Mark Blankenship, Dan Callahan, Denise Grayson, Lena Houst, and Bobby Rivers; Vintage: Showbusiness in 1970; Nominees:

  • Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces
  • Lee Grant, The Landlord
  • Helen Hays, Airport
  • Sally Kellerman, MASH
  • Maureen Stapleton, Airport

Balloting is currently open and closes May 10th. Send your ballot to me with "1970" as subject line and a heart rating for each contender of 1 (awful) to 5 (perfection). Please only vote on the performances you've seen since the results are weighted accordingly so as not to punish the underseen or overvalue the widely seen.

Dianne Wiest in "Bullets Over Broadway"

June 17th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1994"
Host: Nathaniel R; Panelists: TBA; Nominees:

  • Rosemary Harris, Tom & Viv
  • Helen Mirren, The Madness of King George
  • Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction
  • Jennifer Tilly, Bullets Over Broadway
  • Dianne Wiest, Bullets Over Broadway

Balloting opens May 14th and closes June 13th. Same rules apply with "1994" in subject line. (Please do not confuse the inbox by trying to vote on different years in the same email. Your votes would likely not be counted that way)


Get Caught Up on "Pfandom"


P  F  A  N  D  O  M 
P F E I F F E R    R E T R O S P E C T I V E
Series Resumes March 31st. Saturdays at TFE

Coming Soon... Watch Along With the Series!
March 31st: Scarface (1983)
April 7th: Into the Night (1985) 
April 14th: Ladyhawke (1985)
April 21st: Sweet Liberty (1986)

Until then get caught up with...
Episode 1 Miss Orange County Beauty Queen
Episode 2 Early Bit Parts on TV
Episode 3 TV Recurring Roles Delta House and more
Episode 4 The Hollywood Knights (1980), her film debut
Episode 5 TV Movie Callie & Son (1981)
Episode 6 TV Movies Splendor in the Grass and The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
Episode 7 Falling in Love Again (1980) and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Episode 8 First Starring Role: Grease 2 (1982)



by Nathaniel

The Film Experience will be back in a week. Before we dive headlong into 2018 catch up with highlights from the past film year...

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The Film Experience is (mostly) on vacation.

by Nathaniel

Heads up everyone. Aside from a few intermittent pieces, we're taking a post Oscar break (for the first time in herstory!) for recuperation and HQ revisions. We return to full content mode once you've had a chance to see Isle of Dogs, Pacific Uprising, and Unsane (for those weirdos who use actual dates as calendar rather than movies that's March 26th or so).

If you'd like to be notified of our return, please sign up to for the newsletter on facebook or right here below which will begin going out weekly shortly after our return!

The newsletter will feature random exclusives plus utterly non-fancy but thus more frequently updated Oscar charts. Why are we doing a newsletter you might ask? Well, various potential advertisers keep asking if we have one and we're behind the times on that front! We have to drum up more advertising or get more donations (see sidebar) to survive so we're working on revamps to make ourselves more attractive to them...

COMING IN APRIL: Tully, Avengers Infinity War, The 1970 Supporting Actress Smackdown (so get to watching: Airport, Five Easy Pieces, The Landlord, and M*A*S*H), William Holden Centennial Celebration, Where is Kyra?, You Were Never Really Here and all the randomness you've come to love or at least tolerate.