"HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT"
In this group series (open to everyone with the ability to take screen captures and a public space to post them), we look at films from all eras and choose what we think of as the film's best shot (or our favorites as the case may be). Participants are free to explain their reasonings in essay or capsule form or merely post the photo.
Season Finale September 4th
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Buddy Western (Visual Index)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Hollywood on Hollywood via Vincente Minnelli (Visual Index)
The Color Purple (1985) Whoopi, Oprah and Margaret shine in this landmark film (Visual Index)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Hitchcock's favorite of his own movies
Mary Poppins (1964) She's practically perfect in every way (Visual Index)
Dead Ringers (1988) the 25th anniversary of David Cronenberg's classic (Visual Index)
American Graffiti (1973) rich nostalgia in George Lucas' sophomore hit (Visual Index)
Hud (1963) Paul Newman's greatest performance. (Visual Index)
Fantasia (1941) Disney's experimental masterwork (Visual Index)
The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) Tom would like Dickie's life, thanks (Visual Index)
Summertime (1955) David Lean takes Katharine Hepburn in Venice (Visual Index)
Double Indemnity (1944) the greatest of all noirs? (Visual Index)
A Star is Born (1954) Judy Judy Judy...but what a fine picture, too (Visual Index)
Jurassic Park (1993) to coincide with its rerelease (Visual Index)
The Eagleman Stag & Death to the Tin Man our first short film special!
Jackie Brown (1997) an anomaly in Quentin Tarantino's filmography (Visual Index)
Forbidden Games (1952) French children grieve in World War II (Visual Index)
Barbarella (1968) Jane Fonda overheats the universe in this camp-fest (Visual Index)
Wizard of Oz (1939) we followed that yellow brick road...in circles. (Visual Index)
SEASON 3 (19 Episodes)
March thru August 2012
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) tense classic with Pacino's greatest star turn
Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly's GOTTA DANCE GOTTA DANCE ♬
Sherlock Jr (1924) Buster Keaton does everything well in this silent comedy
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Wes Anderson's masterpiece
How To Marry a Millionaire (1953) a gorgeous trio but is the movie visually flat?
Pink Narcissus (1971) an influential avante-garde queer indie. NSFW
Road to Perdition (2002) majestic and stately father/son drama
Picnic (1955) Kim Novak gazes lustfully at her romantic options in this hit
The Story of Adele H (1975) Isabelle Adjani believes her own lies.
Possessed (1947) Joan Crawford goes a little mad sometimes.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Tim Burton's perfect fairy tale.
The Exorcist (1973) the horrifying zeitgeist sensation about a little girl and the devil.
Pariah (2011) a tender bruised coming out saga about a lesbian teen.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991) Gong Li goes mad in this Oscar nom'ed classic.
Serenity/Firefly (2005) Joss Whedon's western sci-fi serial turned feature.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) the movie that built an empire.
Easter Parade (1948) Judy & Fred's only team up.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) drive away with the doomed lovers.
Ladyhawke (1985) season kick-off with a conflicted but undeniably gorgeous movie.
SEASON 2 (15 Episodes)
March thru July 2011
ERASERHEAD David Lynch (1977)
THE CIRCUS (Charlie Chaplin, 1928)
BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, 1991)
HEAVENLY CREATURES (Peter Jackson, 1994)
PSYCHO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) [Visual Index]
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Elia Kazan, 1951)
MEMENTO (Christopher Nolan, 2001)
SEASON 1 (11 Episodes)
July thru October 2010
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955)
MEAN GIRLS (Mark Waters, 2004)
LA DOLCE VITA (Federico Fellini, 1960)
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
SE7EN (David Fincher, 1995)
PANDORA'S BOX (G.W. Pabst, 1929)
A FACE IN THE CROWD (Elia Kazan, 1957)
BRING IT ON (Peyton Reed, 2000)
BLACK NARCISSUS (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
ANGELS IN AMERICA (Mike Nichols, 2003)
SHOWGIRLS (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)
X-MEN (Bryan Singer, 2000)