7 items from 2013
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! Starting with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the next 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.
The 1944 movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis »
- Katie Atkinson
Happy Halloween, everybody! It’s Tim, here to celebrate the high holy night of horror movies, when even the most squeamish can steel themselves up to watch a scary movie, and scary movie lovers stock up all our best and blackest to watch in marathons of unendurable dread.
But let’s not go prattling about every random horror film that comes to mind (which is, I’m a little sorry to admit, the way that I assembled my movie playlist for the night). Instead, I’d like to ask everybody to pitch in their suggestions for a question always on my mind this time of year:
What movies best capture the spirit of Halloween?
- Tim Brayton
A Story of Children and Film
Written by Mark Cousins
Directed by Mark Cousins
A Story of Children and Film is the follow-up to documentarian Mark Cousins’ epic 15-part The Story of Film, his love letter to cinema that’s generally considered a masterwork effort and a radicalized rewrite of cinema history in a style defined by a holistic take pursuing a three-part focus: the personal, the polemic, and the cryptic. Cousins employs a similar approach as he turns his gaze to the child performances and coming-of-age tales that have have left their indelible mark on the changing shape of cinema. The director has always been interested in the topic of children in film. His first project for television was a special on a kid’s festival in Glasgow and his first feature, appropriately titled The First Movie, was about Kurdish children growing up in Iraq during the second Gulf War. »
- Gregory Ashman
In a new regular column, Flickering Myth's writing team pick out those hidden gems you might have missed; first up is Jackson Ball with...
Some Came Running, 1958.
Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
An alcoholic war veteran and former writer returns to his sleepy hometown in Indiana, where his way of life is turned upside down by acquaintances old and new.
Some Came Running is the 1958 romantic drama adapted from the James Jones novel of the same name. By the some of its parts, it may just look like any another feature from the genre and period, with its big-name stars and slow-burning plot. Perhaps that is why it has been all but forgotten in the annals of cinema history, unjustly robbed of any status as a ‘classic’. However, it’s not until you watch it, »
- Flickering Myth
A Story of Children and Film
Written and directed by Mark Cousins
In his latest project, Mark Cousins treats us to a broad and sweeping analysis of the ways in which children are captured in film. His starting point is a candid home video of his young niece and nephew, Laura and Ben, playing in his Edinburgh flat, which enables him to identify some of the archetypal representations of children in film. It takes the form of a personal cine-essay, using spontaneous connections and free association to build affinities between the most disparate of films and work towards a kind of conclusion. Drawing on extracts from 53 films from around the world, Cousins proves once again to be a knowledgeable and insightful commentator, a true cinephile of extraordinary scope.
His distinctive, idiosyncratic narration guides us through the clips, highlighting the aspects that illustrate whatever point he is making at the time. »
- Rob Dickie
In what is becoming a New York tradition, the legacy of Judy Garland will be celebrated with an evening of eclectic performances honoring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) youth.
Now in its third year, "Night of A Thousand Judys" will feature Broadway's Carolee Carmello and Christiane Noll along with Manhattan cabaret stars Justin Vivian Bond and Molly Pope. Also making their "Judy" debut in 2013 are "Glee" Warbler Telly Leung, original Weather Girl Martha Wash and singer Madeleine Peyroux.
Acknowledging that the evening's set will comprise both classic tunes and lesser-known material from the Garland songbook, the participating artists were nonetheless tight-lipped about the specifics of their performances; last year's show featured nods to Garland's seminal 1961 Carnegie Hall concert as well as her starring roles in "Meet Me In St. Louis" and, of course, "The Wizard of Oz." Still, they nonetheless praised Garland as being more than just a stage »
- Curtis M. Wong
By Joey Magidson
Everyone knows the saying “it’s an honor just to be nominated,” right? Well, that’s certainly the case, but there are always times when it just doesn’t seem right for a film to leave Oscar night empty handed. Tons of worthy films aren’t even nominated each year, but there is also no shortage of flicks that receive a solid amount of nominations and wind up winning nothing.
A lot goes into actually winning an Academy Award. Quality, of course, comes into play, but a little less than I’d prefer. Politics has its place, too, both in terms of capturing the zeitgeist and also in campaigning for the win. Oscar voters love to be wooed. One can occasionally win without campaigning, but by and large the Academy wants you to want it.
While it’s not included below, Up in the Air »
- Joey Magidson
7 items from 2013
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