9 items from 2016
The Supporting Actress Smackdown Of 1977 Is Just One Week Away. Get your votes in by Friday early evening. This week will be a '77 blitz at the blog to get you in the mood.
The Nominees were...
Quinn Cumming, The Goodbye Girl
Vanessa Redgrave, Julia
Tuesday Weld, Looking for Mr Goodbar
Readers are our final panelist for the Smackdown so if you'd like to vote send Nathaniel an email with 1977 in the header line and your votes. Each performance you've seen should be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 hearts (1 being terrible 5 being stupendous) -- Remember to only vote for performances that you've seen! The votes are weighted to reflect numbers of voters per movies so no actress has an unfair advantage.
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- NATHANIEL R
I promised a second round of Q&A this week so here we go. Seven more reader questions answered...
Mr W: Do you have any thoughts on Anna Magnani? She's one of my Top 10 Actresses of all time, but I don't think I've ever read anything on her from you.
I do not. Embarrassing to admit but I've only seen her in The Rose Tattoo (1955) which she was wonderful in. Any suggestions as to where to start?
/3rtful: Is there one unsung veteran actress you would like to see get an award season career boost through Ryan Murphy?
There's very few veterans I wouldn't want to see good a career boost. But i'll just name a dozen (and anyone reading should know I could list another 5 dozen with ease -- I shoulda been a casting director). Given that Murphy usually pulls from the 80s and 90s actressing packs (which, one assumes, »
- NATHANIEL R
Alanis Morrisette had a baby daughter. Named her "Onyx Solace"
Mnpp Chris Hemsworth's Australian commercial
Film School Rejects Where is Shelley Duvall?
Revelist on Poussey & Soso's relationship in the new season of Orange is the New Black (spoilers)
Mike's Movie Projector remembers Deborah Kerr's iconic nun characters
Pajiba whiny women-fearing Ghostbusters haters are still at it, giving the movie a 3.5 rating on IMDb before the pubic has seen it
Times of Israel »
- NATHANIEL R
A complicated curiosity about a reclusive actress.
Two of the most intriguing characters in Robert Altman’s Nashville are Tricycle Man and L.A. Joan. When considered together, it’s a wonder Shelley Duvall didn’t wind up becoming the female equivalent of Jeff Goldblum. She should have had a long career playing eccentric but charismatic women, just as he has done (in male roles). But that kind of thing works out better for actors than actresses. So instead, he wound up starring in movies where he fought fictional aliens, and she wound up a recluse gossiped to be living in fear of aliens that are in her body.
It’s been a while since I thought a lot about Duvall, outside of regularly enjoying her in many of Altman’s films, including 3 Women and Popeye, plus Annie Hall, Roxanne, and of course The Shining. I hadn’t seen her in anything new in forever, but »
- Christopher Campbell
Perhaps harder to believe than the fact that Stanley Kubrick's The Shining -- which turns 36 today -- wasn't universally beloved by critics in 1980 is the idea that it was nominated for two Razzies (Worst Director and Worst Actress, Shelley Duvall) following its release. First off: Shelley Duvall's Wendy Torrance may very well have been a misogynistic portrait (Stephen King once colorfully described the character as a "screaming dishrag"), but Duvall was nothing short of great in that role, a perfect reflection of the audience's mounting terror. It seems to me that there is also some misogyny at work in the widespread idea that Nicholson was brilliant and she was terrible, but that's another post. So just what did the critics say in 1980? While a number of reviewers enjoyed the film (People magazine's critic described it as a "near-miss auto accident: You don't know how scared you really were »
- Chris Eggertsen
Unkrich has been collecting memorabilia for years and decided to share it with other devotees, via TheOverlookHotel.com. Since the website’s debut several years ago, other admirers have shared things with him. There are now about 700 pieces online, including photos and notes on the film’s production, as well as work inspired by the movie: paintings, sculptures, songs, perfume, clothing, vinyl figures, a skateboard, even a gingerbread house re-creating the Overlook Hotel. The site also offers a few short films, such as “Wes Anderson’s The Shining, »
- Tim Gray
Paul Thomas Anderson seems to be spending the early part of the new year in a bit of a nostalgic mood. Later this month, his terrific "Punch-Drunk Love" will hit Bam where a new, scoreless print of "Punch-Drunk Love" will screen accompanied by a performance of the score by the 40-person strong Wordless Music Orchestra, conducted by Ryan McAdams, and joined by composer Jon Brion. However, Los Angeles got the first taste of this unique experience over the weekend, with help from a very special surprise guest. Read More: Watch: 20-Minute Video Essay Explores Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Punch-Drunk Love,' Early Shorts & Comedy Sketches At the Ace Hotel on Saturday, Joanna Newsom stopped by to sing "He Needs Me" from the film's soundtrack. The song, originally penned by Harry Nillson, was covered by Shelley Duvall in Robert Altman's "Popeye," and Anderson used that version to lovely effect »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Prepare yourselves for the best five minutes you will have all day. The Chickening, the amazing short film from the demented minds of Nick DenBoer and Davy Force in which chicken focused violence is done to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, is now available online. The short has traveled the World, once, twice, three times around the world (maybe?) on the festival circuit. This is one of those things that you simply have to experience for yourselves. We cannot begin to describe what you are about to see, except that it is damned hilarious stuff. Experience the glory of volcanoes, fried chicken and Shelley Duvall's wandering eyeballs! ...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
9 items from 2016
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