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Tickets are currently on sale for a special screening of Frank Capra's 1933 film Lady for a Day at the Paramount. On hand to introduce the movie, and to talk more about classic films in general, will be film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Maltin was one of the proponents for making this movie available on Blu-ray, and the event will include a rare 35mm projection of the classic, thanks to a loan from the Capra estate.
Lady for a Day is early Capra, made before he really burst on the scene with his big hit It Happened One Night. It's adapted from a Damon Runyon story by Robert Riskin, who continued to team up with Capra on many other movies in the 1930s and early 1940s.
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Alexa here kicking off a theme week at Tfe, featuring a very special actress. This Sunday I will not only celebrate Mother's Day but also the birthday of the inimitable (well, except by Catherine O'Hara) Katharine Hepburn with a viewing of Bringing Up Baby, Manic Pixieness be damned.
Hepburn quote art, available here and here.
It's always been a goal of mine to follow her lead, except for the playing golf part, which I will never, ever do. She supplies all the wisdom any woman needs to get through life on quotes alone. After the jump, some Kate art, collectibles and curiosities... including a life mask? »
Brief Encounter has beaten Casablanca to the title of 'Best Romantic Film' in a new list for Time Out London.
> Read the full top 100 on the 'Time Out' website
Time Out London's film editor Dave Calhoun said: "What makes the Time Out list so exciting and unusual is that it's not just the opinion of three sun-starved film critics sitting in a darkened room and writing a list.
"Instead, we got off our sofas and asked 101 real experts in movies and romance for their personal take on the matter - and our top 100 romantic films reflects their very personal choices."
In the great romcoms of old, it was the women who were a bit nuts. But in Love is All You Need and Silver Linings Playbook, it's the other way round …
If ever one needed a excuse to flip, the heroine of Love is All You Need would appear to have an embarrassment of riches. She has had surgery for cancer and just finished a bout of chemo, the long-term efficiency of which she doubts. She returns home from hospital to find her husband of 25 years shagging a colleague on their couch. He leaves her, then the following week shows up with the colleague – to whom he's now engaged – at the wedding of their daughter in Italy. Their son can't come as he's serving as a soldier in a warzone.
And yet she remains, throughout, perfectly peaceful and sanguine. She starts sane and she ends sane – her hopes get mashed »
- Catherine Shoard
Internet Memes are what happens when the hive mind of the internet meets the short attention span of the character-limit generation. Where once a person may have written a full story to explore characters, now we have character observations boiled down to their purest form and injected straight into our veins. One image, two captions; a moment’s foreplay, then punch line.
These images work as jokes because of our preconceptions about their characters, having already encountered people like that in our lives, and seen them played out in countless popular films and TV shows. Indeed, many of these images involve screen caps of movies, capitalising on our familiarity with that character to make their point.
In this article I will present the cinematic equivalent of ten of these Internet Memes. For the purpose of this list, I will omit any Internet Meme derived directly from a film (Condescending Wonka, »
- Jon Marco
The beloved The Golden Girls is coming to Logo (our parent company) starting on Saturday, with a "Hot Flashback Weekend", and below you can see a compilation they've put together of some of the gayest moments of the series, including scenes with Blanche's gay brother Clayton. Take a look.
So here's the question: What is your favorite Golden Girls moment or episode? It's a daunting question, I know, and one I expect most people will deliberate and agonize over. I'll get the ball rolling with my top five episodes. Are any of these your favorites?
5. It's A Miserable Life - When the girls run afoul of battleax neighbor Frida Claxton, Rose tells her to "drop dead," ... which she does. The girls spring for the funeral, but are dejected when no one shows up. But then something ... remarkable happens.
4. Yes, We Have No Havanas - When Blanche and Sophia start dating the same man, »
The romantic comedy, or “rom-com”, has become a staple genre in which Hollywood can perpetuate upon couples, yearning for a breezy date. But, there is an inherent problem with the modern day romantic comedy. From the start, the film is not the question of whether or not the two gorgeous looking stars will get together, but how they will get together. The formula inevitably brings forth the structure of the two stars either meeting in a cute way or in a precarious situation. Then the relationship goes through its ups and downs as the leading lady will probably fall down in a “hilarious”, slapsticky way, while the guy probably takes off his shirt.
Then again, this was exactly the structure that some of the best romantic comedies of all time, from “The Apartment” to “Bringing Up Baby”, have followed. The question then becomes, why modern day “rom-coms” feel so contrived nowadays. »
- Patrick Hao
It's Andy !It's "Reader Appreciation Month". So we're talking to a reader a day. Get to know The Film Experience community. Today we're talking to Andy Hoglund a '20something living that rock star life'. He writes for The Inclusive
What's your first movie memory?
Andy: When I was 4 my dad took me to a screening of Pinocchio. I know I probably had watched movies before then (Mary Poppins on VHS), but this is my first legitimate memory of going to the movies. Sitting in a darkened theater, fully immersed -- there’s really nothing comparable to it, I’d say.
I was infatuated with the Universal Horror monster movies. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man. I still remember – at 4 – watching AMC’s 2pm Monster movie every Saturday. It is rumored that I have seen Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man over 50 times. I actually once sent Vincent Price a letter when »
- NATHANIEL R
Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2013, and to mark the occasion is releasing five box sets throughout the year, with 20 films each highlighting the best of the studio's output. First up: the Comedy Collection, including such unbeatable classics as Howard Hawks' "Bringing Up Baby," George Cukor's "The Philadelphia Story" and Frank Capra's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Alas, it also includes "The Hangover," but nothing's perfect. Full list of titles below. Warner Bros. was founded and formally incorporated on April 4, 1923, by brothers Albert, Harry, Sam and Jack Warner. The collection will be divided into two chapters across 20 discs: "Class Acts" (1935-1980) and "Class Clowns" (1983-2009). The set releases on July 2, 2013.Films included are: 1. A Night at the Opera (1935)2. Stage Door (1937)3. Bringing Up Baby (1938)4. The Philadelphia »
- Beth Hanna
Chicago – The more one is familiar with the art of improv, the more one is bound to fall head over heels in love with the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest. Working from a mere scene outline, Guest and his ensemble of top-drawer comedians bring a colorful assortment of richly eccentric oddballs to life. Their ad-libbed dialogue is infinitely funnier than scripted punchlines since it emerges organically from their character’s own warped worldview.
2000’s “Best in Show” is Guest’s most merciless satire and also his funniest. It ranks right alongside “Bringing Up Baby,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Airplane!” as one of the greatest comedies ever made. It has stood the test of time, proving to be funnier with each subsequent viewing, while providing viewers with countless quotable lines and a wealth of side-splitting sequences. Few comedies in the last decade have delivered as many genuine laughs.
Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
Of course, a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Apropos of nothing other than my urge to throw a tuesday top ten at you, my favorite films of the 1930s. The order and even the titles might be different if you ask me tomorrow, but you didn't ask me tomorrow. I asked me today.
With apologies to: Min & Bill, "M", Grand Hotel, All Quiet on the Western Front, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Jezebel and many more. Which 30s movies do you love most and have you seen all of these?
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- NATHANIEL R
With this year's Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, Hollywood is attempting to get down and dirty with real people and real problems. But Us films are notoriously bad at this. I Give It a Year is a British comedy about falling out of love – not a romcom, more of a romp-incomp. But whatever happened to the simple idea of the innocently zany finding love?
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Being abnormal used to be normal. In movies such as The Apartment (1960), it was redemptive. Cc Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) are outsiders who've missed the boat, careerwise and hopewise. She's wasting her time on a married man, while Baxter is caught in a sexual vortex established by his superiors, who have clandestine trysts in his apartment while "Buddy Boy" gets »
- Lucy Ellmann
Comedy Classics! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Peter Bogdanovich's "What's Up, Doc?," one of the biggest comedy hits of the early '70s. Following up on his dramatic breakthrough with The Last Picture show, movie scholar turned director Peter Bogdanovich evokes '30s screwball comedies and classic Looney Tunes in this self-consciously wacky homage to Bringing Up Baby. As befits the brief post Easy Rider era when directors were as famous as stars, this is an unusually auteur-centered trailer. »
- Trailers From Hell
I always lose January in a rush of movie and work demands and previous year spillover. It's over already? Here were 10 highlights from the month that was:
Biggest Celebrity Crushes Of the Moment: Marius & Cosette Eddie & Amanda... weirdly Les Miz isn't really involved in this crushing.
Best of the Year Nathaniel's 22 Favorites of 2012
Jodie Foster is Single Thoughts on Jodie's brand of "coming out"
The Hours 10th Anniversary. Nick & Joe discuss the actressy film in depth
César Nominations - Julien takes us through the French Oscars. This year half the big titles were also hits abroad: Rust & Bone, Amour and more.
Celebrity Globe Tweeting - from Cazwell through Zachary Levi to Adele
10 Big Surprises of Oscar Morning - from Silver Linings dominance to Affleck's »
- NATHANIEL R
A 'meet cute' is a plot device enabling the first meeting of a film's romantic lead characters. The rest, dear viewer, is history
Each week one reader offers up five of their favourite film clips on a subject of their choosing – and we ask you to tell us what other movie scenes should have been included. This week's is from john Carvill, who previously wrote a clip joint on taking the train.
If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email email@example.com.
The 'meet cute' is Hollywood screenwriters' name for a standard plot device in which a couple meet in a way that's charming, ironic, or just generally amusing.
Golden age film-makers such as Billy Wilder used to stockpile ideas for meet cutes, and Wilder was sufficiently adept at dreaming them up that he talked his way out of studio objections to his idea »
- Guardian readers
Feature Ivan Radford Jan 24, 2013
In the wake of Les Misérables' success, Ivan takes a look at how the musical has reinvented itself in the modern era...
Do you hear the people sing? The refrain, bellowed by fans of Les Misérables whenever a French flag is in sight, was given a new meaning when Tom Hooper’s magnificent adaptation of the musical arrived in cinemas earlier this month. Because for the first time in years, we really could hear them - live, on camera.
It's an inspired decision by director Tom Hooper, who ignored the usual route of actors recording a track beforehand and miming for the cameras and instead gave them all an earpiece connected to a piano and told them to let their vocal chords rip.
The result? A cast full of people acting rather than lip-syncing - a raw edge often missing from studio song-fests. It's a »
The second half of our daily countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made is here. This is part 16 out of 30. Today we have numbers 150-141.
146) Harvey (1950) Henry Kostner USA
144) The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1967) Sergio Leone USA
142) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Japan Animated
141) Monsieur Hulot’S Holiday (1953) Jacques Tati France
Numbers 140-131 coming next...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
There was never anybody quite like Cary Grant.
And honestly, there never will be. Today's "hottest" actors don't hold a candle to Grant, the screen legend who stood 6'2" and had the kind of face that was both handsome and innocent. His [bearing] could be aristocratic, exaggerated for comedic effect in films like "The Philadelphia Story," as the wry playboy Ck Dexter Haven. (And who else could get away with pushing Katherine Hepburn to the ground?) He could be the wide-eyed innocent, like the professor driven to slight madness in the screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby" or the bumbling writer in "Arsenic and Old Lace." But those same brown eyes could read cold, in thrillers like "Suspicion." (It seems unfair to limit this retrospective to a handful of Grant's many great contributions to film during his 40-year career, but there you go.)
But no matter what the role was, Grant's style was effortless. »
- Brie Dyas
A film critic by the name of Nathan Rabin coined the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" as a way to describe Kirsten Dunst’s role in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown. He described this Manic Pixie Dream Girl as being "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." Here's a great video compilation that pays tribute to 75 years of these type of female characters. The movie comes from Flavorwire, and it turned out great!
75 Years of Manic Pixie Dream Girls from Flavorwire on Vimeo.
Featuring (in order of appearance):
Natalie Portman – Garden State
Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
Barbra Streisand – What’s Up, Doc?
- Joey Paur
19 items from 2013
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