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Sunday
Aug172014

Suddenly, last ICYMI posting....

August isn't an ideal month for blogging. People are vacationing or otherwise desperate to make use of the last stretch of summer (Turns out most people's idea of summer fun does not include hanging out online reading articles about the Oscars and Liz Taylor classics) and everyone is sick of current movies too as the summer blockbusters begin to blur together and everyone waits for the movies to get serious again since August is usually reserved for the riskier or less stellar blockbuster wannabes. So if you've been in & out, here's a handful of highlights from the past two weeks you might have missed.

Scotty vs. Judy - it's your last day to vote on this Vertigo poll
10 Best Movie Trees - as inspired by Groot. "I am Groot"
What Makes Sandra Bullock Special? - Matthew figures it out as Forbes named her Highest Paid actress
Lauren Bacall Essentials - ten key roles from the newly departed legendary star
Oscar Charts - they were finally updated. Even the foreign submission charts are a go.
The Giver - Michael's entertaining review, complete with a Study Guide 
Desk Set - They had computers in 1957? And Katharine Hepburn did battle with them!?

"Blondes were next on the menu..."
In other news, I'm STILL obsessing over Suddenly Last Summer (1959). I was so taken by the movie this time around (maybe it's the dearth of exciting movies out in theaters?) that I thought about it all week and ended up writing a second piece for Towleroad, which delves a bit more into its place in my life and gay cinema history (and my actual theory about which subgenre it actually belongs to).

In high school English I became totally smitten with the Tennessee Williams classics. This worried my mother because she picked up on everything gay long before I did though she was too religious to ever name that unspeakable concern. (She gave me the same look when I fell hard for Cabaret though the most she would say by way of explanation was that it was “disgusting”). Hollywood as an industry is perhaps a little more akin to a frightened parent than their gay child; Showbiz loved, nurtured and produced endless gaybies but always had issues with their gayness!

Read it in full here...

And in case you missed the earlier postings about this Tennessee Williams film, please do check out my thoughts on Liz Taylor's blazing Oscar nominated star turn, as well as the Best Shot choices from around the web.  Lots of interesting takes on the movie. Next up on "Best Shot" is GONE WITH THE WIND (the first half only) on Tuesday night. Will you be riding into Tara to socialize with that infamous Southern Belle?

Thursday
Aug142014

Gone With The Summer

Hattie is judging you. Stop with your fiddle-dees and choose a 'BEST SHOT' alreadyI'm like one of those horrible teachers that gives you endless homework. But I hope in the end when you graduate you'll be all 'he was the best. O Captain My Captain' and whatnot.  But here's what you should be watching for maximum participatory glee here at The Film Experience as the summer draws to a close.

Retro: To close out "Best Shot" we'll be celebrating Gone With the Wind in two parts for its 75th anniversary year on August 19th (pre-intermission) & August 26th (post-intermission) and The Matrix on September 2nd (if you've always wanted to participate, why not now?); Anne Marie will look at Long Days Journey Into Night and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner as she hits the glorious 1960s in "A Year With Kate". And we'll be celebrating a few films from 1989 leading up to the Supporting Actress Smackdown on August 31st: Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias) vs Dianne Wiest (Parenthood) vs Brenda Flicker (My Left Foot) vs Lena Olin + Anjelica Huston in (Enemies: A Love Story). Make sure to get your votes in on those since you are the 7th panelist! 

The Now: Emmy countdown madness. More on Boyhood. Reviews of The Giver, Frank, and The Congress. And coverage of two must-see indies Love is Strange with John Lithgow and Alfred Molina and The One I Love with Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. 

Elisabeth Moss in "The One I Love"

And then we hit The Toronto International Film Festival to start September off right. This fall is going to be so exciting. I can feel it. More interviews. More festivals. More guest star actors. More. Whoo-hoo! 

Tuesday
Aug052014

Best Shot - Final Three Films of Season Five

Hit Me With Your Best Shot soon steps 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 3 movies (but 4 episodes). 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 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
Aug042014

ICYMI & August's 'Year of the Month'

Since I spent the last week completely absorbed in Supporting Actress Smackdown '73 (with a side of Into the Woods spazzing) I didn't have as much time to write. I'm super proud of this month's two part event (written & podcasted) and I'm so tempted to make Dana Delany's impression of Sylvia Sidney my new ringtone. I thank StinkyLulu for letting me be the Whitney to his Dolly. But here's a handful of other highlights you may have missed if you too had a busy week where one project stole your life. The team jumped in since I was smackdowning.

A Dame to Shill For cosign Jason's bigscreen/smallscreen lust for Eva Green's talent
Bergman's Ghosts Cries and Whispers is the greatest haunted house movie. But who or what is doing the haunting?
Is Lucy racist? Matthew refuses to see it
Hepburn's Hair Anne Marie shares a hairography theory
A Most Wanted Man & Guardians of the Galaxy reviewed. Michael is joining me on weekly review duties so you get two each week now + the podcast reviews

UP NEXT: I just got a new computer (it's so big I could trap Jeff Bridges inside it for decades!) and though the size of the screen is beyond glorious and will help with my writing and whatnot (particularly the whatnot) immensely, it rendered many of the ancient software programs I use to create the various entertainments on this here site unusable. Sad face. I will try to recover quickly.

Liz whips her hair back and forth

 But in August you can expect Emmy coverage & Oscar season warmups, The Giver, Love is Strange, the final episodes of "Hit Me" (cannot wait for Suddenly Last Summer and Gone With the Wind!), Anne Marie on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and of course a celebration of 1989, our "year of the month" culminating in the Smackdown on August 31st.

  • Brenda Flicker, My Left Foot
  • Anjelica Huston, Enemies: A Love Story
  • Lena Olin, Enemies: A Love Story
  • Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias
  • Dianne Wiest, Parenhood

So queue up those four films and five performances and get your votes in (scale of 1 to 5 hearts) by August 24th. What other 1989 films should we discuss this month

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.