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Happy Birthday Lee Marvin! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Born 94 years ago today, Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing.
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Oscars: What Should Have Won – Judgment at Nuremberg over West Side Story for Best Picture of 1961

Graeme Robertson on why Judgement at Nuremberg should have won over West Side Story at the Academy Awards…

It’s Oscar season again, so it’s time to take a look at Oscar ceremonies of the past and spotlight the films that I feel should have won the coveted Best Picture trophy over those that ultimately did.

Before I argue my case about this particular Oscar decision, I must make a confession dear readers. I really don’t like musicals.

While I will admit that a few manage to escape my disdain by being decent films outside of the musical segments (I was pleasantly surprised by La La Land for instance) or they have so much charm gushing from every frame that I can’t bring myself to hate it (I have a fondness for Singin’ in the Rain), I tend to steer clear of any films concerning matters of singing and dancing.
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'Burden': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Burden': Film Review | Sundance 2018
If Stanley Kramer were alive today, he would have wanted to make Burden. A socially conscious film of the old school, this appalling tale of continued Ku Klux Klan violence has been a dream project of veteran actor Andrew Heckler's virtually since the time the inciting incidents took place, in 1996.

The sincere historical and thematic concerns pertaining to persistent small-town Southern racism come through loud and clear, but the writer-director’s inexperience behind the camera is all too evident, as the painful but ultimately cathartic tale bumps along for more than two hours without ever finding an aesthetic form. All...
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‘Get Out’ Channeled the Changing Zeitgeist in Exposing Racial Unease

“Get Out,” a PGA film nominee and recipient of this year’s Stanley Kramer award, immediately struck a chord with critics and moviegoers when it debuted early last year.

Jordan Peele’s horror satire managed to capture the zeitgeist and puncture the notion of a post-racial society once and for all. His achievement is even more noteworthy given that he began writing “Get Out” during the Obama presidency, when views of race relations were far rosier than they would become during Donald Trump’s campaign and eventual presidency.

The movie deftly tackles racial unease between African-American and white communities: Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a photographer, heads with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to visit her parents, who seemingly accept him despite the racial difference between the couple. It is only as the movie progresses that Chris discovers the true horror of their intentions.

Sean McKittrick, one of the producers on the film, first talked
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Not as a Stranger

What? Doctors aren’t perfect? And some practicing doctors are incompetent? Stanley Kramer’s All-Star medical soap opera takes two unlikely students (Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra) through med school and confronts them with a number of pat dramatic complications. But the movie belongs to top-billed Olivia de Havilland, who lends a touch of class to the entire iffy enterprise.

Not as a Stranger


Kl Studio Classics

1955 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 135 min. / Street Date January 9, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Charles Bickford, Myron McCormick, Lon Chaney Jr., Jesse White, Harry Morgan, Lee Marvin, Virginia Christine, Whit Bissell, Jack Raine, Mae Clarke, John Dierkes, King Donovan, Franklyn Farnum, Paul Guilfoile, Nancy Kulp, Harry Lauter, Juanita Moore, Jerry Paris, Stafford Repp, Carl Switzer, Will Wright.

Cinematography: Franz Planer

Film Editor: Fred Knutson

Original Music: George Antheil

Written by Edna and Edward Anhalt,
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Daniel Kaluuya to Receive Creative Impact in Acting Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Daniel Kaluuya to Receive Creative Impact in Acting Award at Palm Springs Film Festival
Variety will honor Daniel Kaluuya, the star of the horror hit “Get Out,” with its creative impact in acting award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The honor, to be presented at the annual brunch on Jan. 3, will recognize his performance in Jordan Peele’s social satire. Kaluuya has already received Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Critics’ Choice nominations this awards season, while the film itself has also scored Golden Globe and SAG nods.

“If there’s one performance in 2017 that embodied the general political angst of post-Trump America and the specific anger and anxiety of Americans of color, it’s Daniel Kaluuya’s deft, rich, layered portrayal of Chris Washington in Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking film ‘Get Out,'” Steven Gaydos, vice president and executive editor of Variety, said. “The terror, tension, humor, and fury of this powerfully effective cinematic balancing act all rests on the shoulders of this brilliant young British actor who communicates
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‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award

‘Get Out’ to Be Honored by Producers Guild With Stanley Kramer Award
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Stanley Kramer Award.

The prize will be presented on Jan. 20 at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer, or other individuals whose contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “The electrifying response to ‘Get Out’ demonstrates that the power of motion pictures to crystallize and reflect our collective social anxieties remains stronger than ever. It’s hard to imagine two more different sensibilities approaching the problem of race in America than Stanley Kramer and Jordan Peele, but despite the different paths their stories take, their power springs from the same outrage, fearlessness, and passion.”

Kramer’s producing credits include “Inherit the Wind,” “On the Beach,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “Guess
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry
Titanic,” “Superman” and “The Goonies” are among 25 titles selected into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, it was announced Wednesday. These films were selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance and range from “La Bamba” to “Die Hard,” spanning the period 1905 to 2000. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Other selections this year include Stanley Kramer’s 1967 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Yvonne Rainer’s 1972 film “Lives of Performers,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” “Spartacus” and “Ace in the Hole.”
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This December

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This December will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Friday, December 1

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World*: Criterion Collection Edition #692

Stanley Kramer followed his harrowing Oscar winner Judgment at Nuremberg with the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure. Performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery. Supplemental Features: an audio commentary featuring It’s a Mad,
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Ryan Murphy to Receive PGA’s 2018 Norman Lear Achievement in TV Award

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Ryan Murphy to Receive PGA’s 2018 Norman Lear Achievement in TV Award
American Horror Story” and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, the Guild announced Tuesday. Murphy will receive the award, honoring the producer’s contribution to the TV industry, at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. He has won four Emmys, two PGA Awards, and was also the recipient of the 2014 Stanley Kramer Award. His recent credits include “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story” and “Feud,” as well as “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee.” He recently wrapped production on.
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Ryan Murphy to Be Honored by Producers Guild of America

Ryan Murphy to Be Honored by Producers Guild of America
Ryan Murphy will be honored by the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, recognizing his contributions to the television industry, at the 29th annual PGA Awards, which will be held Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The winner of four Emmys, two PGA Awards, and the recipient of the PGA’s 2014 Stanley Kramer Award for his work on the Emmy-winning television movie The Normal Heart, Murphy has created and produced such TV series as American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud, Glee and Nip/Tuck. His newest project The Assassination of Gianni...
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Guess Who’S Coming To Dinner Back on the Big Screen December 10th & 13th

Oscar-winning screen legends Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy — in his final film role — star in the classic comedy-drama Guess Who’S Coming To Dinner, which shattered on-screen taboos exactly 50 years ago, and returns to movie theaters nationwide for two days only on December 10 and 13 to celebrate its golden anniversary.

It’s the final film in Fathom Events’ 2017 TCM Big Screen Classics Series. (Look for details on the 2018 series to be announced soon!) Tickets are available now.

Guess Who’S Coming To Dinner will play in more than 750 theaters nationwide on Sunday, December 10, and Wednesday, December 13 only, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Before and after the film, TCM host Tiffany Vazquez will present commentary about this groundbreaking classic, which is filled with dazzling dialogue, perfect performances and a remarkable mid-century style. Still as riveting, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining as the day it was released (exactly 50 years ago,
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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More

Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored by Museum of the Moving Image at its 31st annual Salute on December 13 in New York. The news was announced by Michael Barker and Ivan L. Lustig, Co-Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and an award presentation, featuring clips from Bening’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues.

Barker said in an official statement, “On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses. From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising.
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Rushes. Greta Gerwig, Algorithmically Created Videos, Paul Thomas Anderson

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended Viewinga stunning trailer for the 4k restoration and re-release of Legend of the Mountain (1979), an under-seen, contemplative action masterpiece by Come Drink with Me and A Touch of Zen director King Hu.Hong Sang-soo's On the Beach at Night Alone gets a wry and incisive new trailer for its imminent U.S. release. We wrote on the film in February, and later interviewed the director about it.For De Filmkrant, Notebook contributors Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin investigate in a new video essay the virtuous modulation to be found in Howard Hawks' and Barbara Stanwyck's talents in Ball of Fire.Commissioned by Renzo, Le CiNéMa Club has premiered three inspired short films from Mati Diop, Eduardo Williams, and Baptist Penetticobra all loosely interpreting the theme "Inhabit the earth".Recommended READINGIn
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‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven Selected for PGA’s David O. Selznick Award

‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven Selected for PGA’s David O. Selznick Award
The Producers Guild of America has named Charles Roven as the recipient of its 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award to recognize his body of work in motion pictures.

Roven will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Roven’s credits include “Wonder Woman,” Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and the upcoming “Justice League,” which opens Nov. 17 and stars Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller. Roven received a best picture Academy Award nomination for “American Hustle.”

Chuck Roven is a producer’s producer,” Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said. “Whether he’s working with fiercely independent voices or within the heart of the studio system, Chuck brings a seriousness of craft and an incredible instinct for story to every set he runs. We
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I’ll Be Seeing You

This unusually sensitive, overlooked WW2 romance skips the morale-boosting baloney of the day. Two people meet on a train, each with a personal shame they dare not speak of. Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten are excellent under William Dieterle’s direction, and Shirley Temple doesn’t do half the damage you’d think she might.

I’ll Be Seeing You


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1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 85 min. / Street Date November 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, John Derek, Tom Tully, Chill Wills, Kenny Bowers.

Cinematography: Tony Gaudio

Film Editor: William H. Zeigler

Special Effects: Jack Cosgrove

Original Music: Daniele Amfitheatrof

Stunt Double: Cliff Lyons

Written by Marion Parsonette from a play by Charles Martin

Produced by Dore Schary

Directed by William Dieterle

Aha! A little research explains why several late-’40s melodramas from David O. Selznick come off as smart productions,
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Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on His Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns

Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on His Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns
This year’s 9th Lumière Festival includes a section dedicated to classic American Westerns, selected by French helmer Bertrand Tavernier (“The French Minister”), who is also curating a collection of books dedicated to the genre, published by Actes Sud.

The fourteen films to be screened span the period between 1943 and 1962, including titles such as William A. Wellman’s “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943), John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” (1946), Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948), Delmer Daves’ “Broken Arrow” (1950), King Vidor’s “Man Without a Star” (1955) and John Ford’s “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962).

Tavernier will personally present each film. He has been a fan of American Westerns since he was a teenager and became an avid reader of Western novels as soon as he learned how to read English, in his early twenties.

Through this section and also a book collection published by Actes Sud, Tavernier is paying his own personal tribute to this quintessentially American genre. He is
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‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters | Written by William Rose, Tania Rose | Directed by Stanley Kramer

If you are a fan of comedy films, you’ll already know that It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is one of the greatest ones ever brought to the silver screen. Including most of the biggest names in comedy, it quite simply is a film that could never happen again. Now the Criterion Collection release has come to the UK and it is well worth buying.

When Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante) has a high-speed crash, a group of drivers who come to his aid find him close to death. Before he literally kicks the bucket, he shares with them the location of a $350,000 treasure, leading to a frantic race to be first to the prize. One thing they
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The Bottom Shelf: Dreamscape, House Of 1000 Corpses, C.H.U.D 2: Bud The C.H.U.D

Nick Aldwinckle Sep 4, 2017

Our latest round-up of horror and genre DVDs and Blu-rays...

So: with season two of Stranger Things fast approaching, a remake of Stephen King’s It set to mildly trouble a whole new generation and, erm, the on-going threat of nuclear armageddon, it seems everything eighties is 'in' at the moment. And, you know what? That surely must include Dennis Quaid, right? Well, maybe not, unless you count this year’s canine reincarnation/multiple hound-homicide horror A Dog’s Purpose, which we don’t in these parts. Anyway, Quaid’s back in Blu-ray form with the recent repackaging of his 1984 quirky fantasy thriller Dreamscape.

Nicely sandwiched between the release of Jaws 3-D and Enemy Mine, surely two of the most Quaidessential (sorry) films of the decade, Dreamscape sees our hero take on the mantle of a cheaper Harrison Ford, burdened with psychic powers that he must use
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