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6 items from 2012

Friday Film Noir: ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’ is a tantalizingly messy affair

13 December 2012 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Directed by Tay Garnett

Written by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch (screenplay), based on James M. Cain’s novel

U.S.A., 1946

Movies provide escapism in most cases, save perhaps for the most ardent art house devotees. They can operate as complete fantasies or slightly heightened extensions of our own reality. In the latter case, the films might try to represent ideas and themes about who people are and our collective lot in life. Within this category can be found two sub-sections, the first being movies that play things in tidier fashion, the second being those which hold an appreciation for the often muddled psychology and moral ambiguity that is so pervasive in human behaviour. Noir excels at this, but of all the noirs ever made, few are as good at tackling the subject as Tay Garnett’s The Postman Always Rings Twice.

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- Edgar Chaput

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Book Review: "Dropped Names: Famous Men And Women As I Knew Them" By Frank Langella

13 July 2012 4:18 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Harvey Chartrand

Frank Langella played an aging writer in Starting Out in the Evening (2007). Who would have figured this for typecasting?

In his superb memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them (HarperCollins), Langella reveals that he is an incomparable memoirist and storyteller, recalling his encounters with scores of luminaries from the world of entertainment in a career spanning half a century. All of these luminaries are deceased and the cast of characters is listed “by order of disappearance”. Just as well, as many of the revelations are quite shocking.

Langella must be the most sociable and congenial actor on the planet, as the busyness of his social and professional lives and the breadth and depth of his friendships, romantic liaisons and acquaintances are very impressive indeed. He met Marilyn Monroe in 1953. She stepped out of a limousine and said “hi” to the adolescent from Bayonne, »

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'12 Angry Men': Why Sidney Lumet's Claustrophobic Classic Still Matters

16 April 2012 4:59 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

On paper, it's a tough sell: a black-and-white movie set in one room, with an all-male (and all-white) cast, with no action except for a heated war of words among a dozen guys. Indeed, "12 Angry Men" -- which opened 55 years ago last week (April 13, 1957) -- with its shoestring budget, was a financial flop, and while it was nominated for three Oscars (including Best Picture), it lost them all to the splashier, more colorful, wide-screen epic "The Bridge on the River Kwai." Yet today, "12 Angry Men" is considered a classic, not just for its riveting script and top-notch acting, but also for how it made a virtue of its stagy limitations. Adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1954 TV play (back when live drama was a TV staple), the movie expanded the hour-long story of a deliberating jury into 95 minutes, but it didn't expand the confines of the setting: a single, »

- Gary Susman

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Fred Zinnemann/Oscar Actors: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr

26 February 2012 1:09 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gary Cooper, High Noon Fred Zinnemann: Top Oscar Directors for Actors Fred Zinnemann-directed movies: twenty acting nominations; six wins. (s) supporting category; (*) Academy Award winner 1944 Hume Cronyn (s), The Seventh Cross 1948 Montgomery Clift, The Search 1952 * Gary Cooper, High Noon Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding 1953 Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity * Frank Sinatra (s), From Here to Eternity * Donna Reed (s), From Here to Eternity 1957 Anthony Franciosa, A Hatful of Rain 1959 Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story 1960 Deborah Kerr, The Sundowners Glynis Johns (s), The Sundowners 1966 * Paul Scofield (with Susanna York), A Man for All Seasons Robert Shaw (s), A Man for All Seasons Wendy Hiller (s), A Man for All Seasons 1977 Jane Fonda, Julia Maximilian Schell (s), Julia * Jason Robards (s), Julia * Vanessa Redgrave (s), Julia »

- Andre Soares

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Meryl Streep Photo: SAG Awards 2012

1 February 2012 1:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep Meryl Streep, nominated as Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance as the controversial former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, attends the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards, which was broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage.) Meryl Streep lost the SAG Award to Viola Davis for her performance in Tate Taylor's The Help. Coincidentally, Davis was featured opposite Streep in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (2008) — for which Streep won her first (and so far only) SAG Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Streep and Davis' competitors this year were Glenn Close as a 19th-century Irishwoman passing for a man in Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs, Tilda Swinton as the mother of a young mass murderer in Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, »

- D. Zhea

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Meryl Streep Photo: Best Actress Golden Globe Winner 2012

19 January 2012 12:35 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep, Golden Globe winner for The Iron Lady Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep poses with her (eighth) Golden Globe at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Streep won in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, in which she plays former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Lloyd had previously collaborated with Streep on the musical blockbuster Mamma Mia!, co-starring Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, and Amanda Seyfried. Meryl Streep has been nominated for a total of 26 Golden Globes. She has won eight times: Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), opposite Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry, and Jane Alexander; Best Actress – Drama for Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), with Jeremy Irons; Best Actress – Drama for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), with »

- D. Zhea

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