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Love at Large

Alan Rudolph goes all mushy on us, but in a good way. This loose, somewhat cartoonish comedy pits detectives Tom Berenger and Elizabeth Perkins on opposite sides of a hot case. All they uncover is one illicit love affair after another... while getting personally involved too. A quirky romantic favorite. Love at Large Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date December 1, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Perkins, Anne Archer, Kate Capshaw, Annette O'Toole, Ted Levine, Ann Magnuson, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ruby Dee, Barry Miller, Neil Young Cinematography Elliot Davis Production Designer Steven Legler Art Direction Steve Karatzas Film Editor Lisa Zeno Churgin Original Music Mark Isham, Warren Zevon Produced by Stuart M. Besser, David Blocker, Dana Mayer Written and Directed by Alan Rudolph

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

This charming little movie went nowhere in 1990, but it still pleases this reviewer, from its odd
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Camille Rewinds or Peggy Sue Gets Cloned

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there," L.P. Hartley noted in the opening of his novel The Go-Between.

In 1986, Francis Ford Coppola tried to explore that notion with his wan whimsy in Peggy Sue Got Married, which closed the New York Film Festival. Kathleen Turner, who was nearing the end of her film career as a marketable entity on the West Coast (The War of the Roses (1989) was her final Hollywood hit), starred as the eponymous fortyish mother whose greasy spouse (Nicolas Cage) is ditching her. Distraught, Peggy Sue is persuaded to attend her high school reunion where she ends up being crowned queen. Immediately, she collapses and winds up traveling back in time to her teens. The quirk is that both she and the audience see that Peggy Sue clearly is a middle-aged mom dressing up in age-inappropriate attire, while her parents, friends, and all
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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 3)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.

“The success of The Godfather [1972] went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart [1982] suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas,
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[DVD Review] Fame

"It's better than a real school. It's free and you don't get raped in the hallways."

Fame is full of no-nonsense dialogue like that, earning its stripes by making art vikings out of its adult and teenage characters alike. "This isn't your dick you're holding," seethes a classical music teacher. "It's a violin bow!" Fabulous. Now we're talking real music.

It's hard to comprehend the thought process that resulted in this movie remade into a network television show and more recently a PG-rated cash-in. It's hard to comprehend because this 1980 original is an open, uncompromising R-rated movie by Alan Parker, director of controversial films such as Midnight Express, Pink Floyd's The Wall and Angel Heart. Fame follows the same rabble-rousing spirit of those films, depicting the school years of underprivileged and misunderstood kids who want to pursue their dreams of being performers—be it dancers, musicians, actors or stand-up comedians.
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Fame (1980) and Fame (2009) Blu-ray Reviews

What may be most shocking about the 2009 remake of Fame is that it really is a remake. And with the release of both the 1980 original and remake now on Blu-ray, a quick compare and contrast can be done. Both films follow a group of students (in 1980, Maureen Teefy, Irene Cara, Paul McCrane, and Barry Miller are the stand outs, in 2009, it’s Kay Panabaker, Naturi Naughton, Walter Perez, and Paul Iacono) through their four years at a prestigious New York performance arts school where they learn to act, sing and dance. My Reviews of both versions of Fame after the jump.

In 1980, Alan Parker’s film must have been seen as a slice of life kind of thing. Half realism, half-playtime, it’s about a group of kids as they come up and the life lessons they get about being a performer. For one (Maureen Teefy) it’s realizing that
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A New Bunch Wants Fame

The 1980 Alan Parker drama/musical Fame catapulted all of its young actors into the stratosphere of superstardom. Irene Cara, Gene Anthony Ray, Laura Dean, Maureen Teefy, Lee Curreri, Antonia Franceschi, Barry Miller, and Paul McCrane all became huge stars for years. Or maybe they didn't, it's so hard to remember. I think a couple of them ended up on the television series based on the movie and one guy was on E.R., maybe. That's not going to discourage the stars of the upcoming remake of Fame, though. You many have not heard of these guys, yet, but there names will be as common as Lee Curreri and Maureen Teefy soon. Hr says MGM has lined up the lead cast for director/choreographer Kevin Tancharoen's remake. Kristy Flores, Paul Iacono, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Walter Perez and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle will portray
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