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2 items from 2011

MGM musicals: All singing, all dancing

10 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

MGM meant musicals for more than a decade after the second world war. David Thomson looks at a time when a little cheer at the movies was appreciated – and wonders if the same couldn't be said now

There had been musicals before. In the 1930s, as soon as sound permitted, Warner Brothers developed what we call the Busby Berkeley pictures: they were black and white, and often aware of the harsh Depression times, but a choreographic lather of girls and fluid, orgasmic forms where the camera was itching to plunge into the centre of the "big O" – think of Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933 or 42nd Street. They had aerial shots of waves and whirlpools of chorus girls, opening and closing their legs in time with our desire. A few years later, at Rko Pictures, the Astaire-Rogers films came into being – where the gravity, beauty, and exhilaration of the »

- David Thomson

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Are These the 50 Best Special Effects in Film of All-Time?

12 August 2011 3:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

David Fear, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich from Time Out New York have taken the time to list their choices for the 50 "most special effects of all time" from films dating from 1902-2009.

As effects have become a larger and larger part of today's films, to the point we are now debating whether a CG-rendered character is worthy of an Oscar nomination, it's interesting to look at the number of films on the list from each decade. Here's how each decade breaks down: 1900-1909 - 1 film 1920s - 2 films 1930s - 4 films 1940s - 2 films 1950s - 5 films 1960s - 4 films 1970s - 8 films 1980s - 14 films 1990s - 7 films 2000-2009 - 3 films Looking over the list, there are a few films I haven't seen, but of the bunch I would consider for such a list, they have pretty much covered them all. The ranking would probably be the only dispute, »

- Brad Brevet

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