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The Furniture Index

Can we have a random break for applause for Daniel Walber's The Furniture column. It was Daniel's birthday this weekend so he has the day off. His incredible series has been filled with sharp insights, a keen eye, and rich Hollywood anecdotes. Here's everything he's covered thus far, all 73 episodes. Please show your love in the comments if you look forward to these each Monday.

The Forties and Fifties
Hold Back the Dawn (1941) Bored at the border
How Green Was My Valley (1941) Designing dignity
That Hamilton Woman (1941) High ceilings
Captain of the Clouds (1942) A Canadian air show
The Magnificent Andersons (1942) Victorian Palace / Manifest Destiny
My Gal Sal (1942) Nonsense Gay Nineties
The Shanghai Gesture (1942) Appropriating Chinese design
Black Narcissus (1947) Mad for matte paintings
• David and Bathsheba (1951) A humble palace of moral struggle
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Decorative madness
My Cousin Rachel (1952) Ghosts of property
The Night of the Hunter (1955) American expressionism
Lust for Life (1956) Van Gogh's inspiration

The Sixties and Seventies
How the West Was Won (1962) Saloon kitsch
Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) weird wonders
Come Blow Your Horn (1963) Comedy by design
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) Your house is listening
Fantastic Voyage (1966) Absurd anatomy
The Oscar (1966) Celebrate the tackiness!
Is Paris Burning? (1967) Is patriotism subtle? Not very
The Taming of the Shrew (1967) A scenery buffet for the Battling Burtons
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) Extravagant concentrated nostalgia
The Exorcist (1973) A possessed bedroom
Tom Sawyer (1973) Stovepipe and steamboat nostalgia
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Supertanker
All that Jazz (1979) The creative erotics of scaffolding

The Eighties and Nineties
Querelle (1982) explicit architecture
Amadeus (1984) Paper opulence
Beaches (1988) Color schemes
Batman (1989) Nightmare at the museum
Orlando (1992) Otherworldy pageantry
Addam's Family Values (1993) Setting fire to Thanksgiving
The Madness of King George (1994) Cluttered musty madness
Sleepy Hollow (1999) Historical realism meets nightmarish fantasy

Sidebars to TV
• Best of Absolutely Fabulous - Special Report
Emmy Production Design 2016 - Should win? Penny Dreadful, Veep, etc
Emmy Produciton Design 2017 - Should win? The Young Pope, Feud, etc

21st Century
Dreamgirls (2006) Fame flattens your dream(girls), boys
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Feasts of flesh
The Skin I Live In (2011) Decorating obsession
Brooklyn (2015) and Carol (2015) Dramatically different department stores
Joy (2015) Emerald city of home shopping
Lady in the Van (2015) Crime scene home
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) The Forest

Very Recent Cinema
20th Century Women (2016) Unfinished house, collaborative kitchen
Arrival (2016) and Passengers (2016) Lost in space and time
Childhood of a Leader (2016) Cruel curtained childhood
• The Conjuring 2 (2016) Malevolent secret codes
Deadpool (2016) Junkyard
• Embrace of the Serpent (2015/2016) The venomous and fanatical
The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Stark contrasts and devotional objects
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) 70's sitcom styles
• Fantastic Beasts (2016) and La La Land (2016) Magic unreality
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Exuberant fandom
Ghostbusters (2016) Shrieking color scheme
Hail Caesar (2016) Merrily We Dance
Hell or High Water (2016) Old West descendants
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) A warm welcome
Jackie (2016) and Paterson (2016) Home décor
The Lobster (2016) Phony flowers
Love and Friendship (2016) Country charm
The Love Witch (2016) A tarot reading
The Salesman (2016/2017) Crafting his own stage
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Terrestrial fun
Toni Erdmann (2016) The dangers of corporate upholstery
Wiener-Dog (2016) Sickly green cages
The Witch (2015/2016) Design heralds doom
Art Deco Oscars - Special Report

The Now
Colossal (2017) Hoarding and emptiness
• Frantz (2017) Decorating for a lost generation
Get Out (2017) Beige house of colonial horrors
A Quiet Passion (2017) floral punctuations
The Lost City of Z (2017) deranged ambitions and indulgent fantasies


Oscar Chart Updates - Everything! 

The Oscar Charts are all freshly updated (but for the second two pages of foreign film submissions which will go up very soon). It's an exciting time because before the fall festivals hit and while we're still contemplating the highlights of the year's first seven months, it seems like anything's possible. That feeling will soon dissipate of course but for now, (almost) anything goes. Biggest gains this update go to The Papers, mother!, The Big Sick, and Wonder Wheel. Meanwhile Wonder Woman enters several charts, though not with much in the way of current predictions as it gears up for a campaign. Dunkirk solidifies pre-release Oscar faith now that people have layed eyes on it en masse. Taking the biggest hit this time is Detroit tas it gears up for wide release but is proving divisive and controversial. Our initial hunch/faith in The Snowman (due primarily to the director) dissipates with its somewhat generic thriller trailer.

And here's the wonderfully opaque teaser for mother! which might be exactly the kind of thing that works in acting categories (where psychological horror is sometimes popular if the film is a hit) so I've had to boost Jennifer Lawrence up in the Best Actress chart... not sure what I was thinking to so undervalue her previously...

Check out the charts and report back, won'cha?



Happy Monday Open Thread

Left to Right: Chris Feil, Murtada Elfadl, Nathaniel R, Jose Solis

The Film Experience is mostly an online party, but on very rare occasions small portions of us have the opportunity to see each other off line. So from this brief weekend get together... happy Monday to all of you!



See, I Listen to You.

Those times I ask you "what's on your cinematic mind?" are not just filler. I really do listen. Sometimes it inspires articles and other times I take direct requests. Thanks, for example, to Kris who pointed out that I needed to update the Review page. The funny thing is I thought I had because earlier in the year I'd been updating daily. But I was three months behind --eeep! -- and now I see the films I never got around to reviewing. Now the page is fresh again with all recent reviews notated and the list of everything screened thus far. Take a look if you think you missed something. 

Pssst I'm seeing The Beguiled this Monday and couldn't be more eager.


I'm wishing... (I'm wishing)... 🎶

Someday our funds will come...Hello dear readers!

Today is your host's birthday (c'est moi, Nathaniel R) and I want to thank my team for filling in for me while I was on a wee vacation --special thanks to Chris Feil who has been a superstar since joining the team and really jumped in daily in my absence. In case you don't follow me on twitter or instagram, I was away at Disney World, a birthday treat from my bestie.

I'm not quite back up to speed from the trip so I shall return in the morning with a jampacked Wednesday through Friday of blogging for y'all since I know you haven't heard from me in a bit. I'll answer reader questions, return to Pfandom retrospective, oh and also BEST SHOT - PARENT TRAP (tomorrow night - pushed back 24 hours so you still have time to join us!), and more.

Since it's my birthday, I'm allowed to do a wee bit of fundraising. I did some wishing at Snow White's well while I was away and if she can survive a coma, get a Prince Charming, and a whole kingdom, and a whole new set of miniature friends, surely The Film Experience can continue strong another year with your support! 

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"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Returns !

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" began its eighth season last week with Moonlight.  If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating in the weekly series that is open to all, we guarantee a good time. 


Tues May 30th Wonder Woman (1976)
We're doing Season 1 Episodes 5/6 (two parter) "The Feminine Mystique" which is largely considered one of the best episodes of the series and is after the show perfected Diana's spinning costume change (which was rougher / incomplete in the first few episodes). Plus this one features Debra Winger as "Wonder Girl", only her second role ! [Amazon  (per episode or season) | iTunes (full season) ]

Tues June 6th Parent Trap (1961) 
For my birthday and to honor all the Geminis among you, my favorite childhood movie starring Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills! [Amazon | iTunes | Netflix ]


  1. Watch the assigned movie over the weekend
  2. Post your single favorite shot from that movie any time on Tuesday (i.e. what you deem "best" for whatever reason) on your blog/tumblr/youtube/instagram/twitter/pinterest whatever and tell us why you chose it!
  3. Let us know you've done so and we link up

Everything we've previously covered is after the jump... 

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